Last night's WABL anniversary party

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┬áIPA 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.

The crowd lined up outside. Thankfully it wasn't raining.
The crowd lined up outside, thankful it wasn't raining.
Lisa McClung (Schooner Exact Brewing, and President of the WA Brewers Guild), along with other brewery representatives, addressing the crowd.
Heather McClung (Schooner Exact Brewing and President of the WA Brewers Guild), along with other brewery representatives, addressing the crowd.
A room full of WABLs. While the Rainier Room might lack jena se qua, it serves it's purpose well.
A room full of WABLs. While the Rainier Room might lack je ne sais quoi, it serves its purpose well.


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3 comments

  1. It was a fun time. Thanks WABL. It was my first dinner. It is my first year at WABL.

    I tried the infused Pale. It was good.

    I had a taste of the Rye. It was OK. I’m not all into those rare beers especially when the brewer brings a limited amount.

    I enjoyed the Imperial Stouts. One was sweet and the other was smoother. Both were strong.

    on twitter at : SciFiCraftBeer.

    Steve =)

  2. Glad you got some good pictures. We were so busy drinking beer and chatting, we didn’t get around to taking too many pictures. We did get some of the toasts to the beer legends that we have lost this year. Hopefully we will get those pictures up soon!

  3. Glad you got some good pictures. We were so busy drinking beer and chatting, we didn’t get around to taking too many pictures. We did get some of the toasts to the beer legends that we have lost this year. Hopefully we will get those pictures up soon!

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