Last night we attended the WABL 4th Anniversary Party – held in the Rainier Room at Seattle Center. As anticipated, the crowd (approx. 300) lined up long before the 4:00 opening. When the doors swung open the crowd streamed inside to find a wonderful selection of Washington beers, most of which had been specially crafted for this event.
There was a buffet and a birthday cake, but the real star of this show was the beer. The infused British Pale Ale from 7 Seas Brewing was my favorite. I was also quite fond of a beer called “1982” from Yakima Craft Brewing. The crowd went bonkers over the fresh-hopped rye IPA from Anacortes Brewing. At the WABL anniversary party, the Washington Brewers Guild thanks their most loyal fans in the most appropriate of ways: by serving them great beer. Speeches were made and a lot of swag was given away. The party is just one more reason you should join WABL.
Brewers were on hand from 7 Seas Brewing, Dick’s Brewing, Snoqualmie Falls Brewing, Scuttlebutt Brewing, Black Raven Brewing, and Schooner Exact Brewing. Glasses were raised to honor the three brewers that the guild has lost recently – Brian Sollenberger (Diamond Knot), Dick Young (Dick’s Brewing) , and Jim Quilter (RAM U-Village). The evening also included the introduction of Eric Radovich, the new Executive Director of the Washington Beer Commission, who served as emcee for the event. Janelle Pritchard (Snoqualmie Falls Brewing) was even so kind as to give a shout out to the local beer bloggers (including us), which we sincerely appreciated.