We just received an official press release from the Washington Beer Commission about the Washington Brewers Festival. So here it is, everything you need to know. We will continue to give you tips, top picks, ideas and advice as the event nears, but though you might appreciate seeing the official press release.
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2010 WASHINGTON BREWERS FESTIVAL
Friday, June 18-Sunday, June 20, 2010 at Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore, WA
Kenmore, WA- The Washington Brewers Festival will return to Saint Edward State Park this coming Father’s Day Weekend with an impressive beer list that will include everything from refreshing summer seasonals and longtime festival favorites to rare vintage gems and the latest releases from some of the newest breweries in the region. With more than 200 beers to choose from everyone is bound to discover a new favorite beer or two.
The Festival kicks off on Friday, June 18, with an evening featuring Washington breweries exclusively. It will be a can’t-miss event for beer connoisseurs since many breweries will bring Friday-exclusive beers which are often smaller-batch, experimental brews. Saturday and Sunday guests can choose from the full beer lineup from all 65 breweries and there are always some great surprises and new beers to try. In addition the Festival is introducing a new Pint-Size Beer Garden and the Buzz Cart, a roving beer station serving premium beers, offering more ways to enjoy fresh, local, award-winning Washington beer.
Here are just some of the great craft beers that will be pouring at this year’s Washington Brewers Festival:
NW classics: At an event named the “Washington Brewers Festival” everyone expects to see a whole lot of Northwest style hoppy beers and they surely will not be disappointed. There will be a variety of hoppy beers including IPA’s, Double/Imperial IPA’s, Pale Ales and Red Ales. For the diehard hop heads there will be Silvery City Whoop Pass Double IPA, Black Raven Wisdom Seeker Double IPA, Georgetown Brewing’s brand new IPA, Lucille, and many classics such as Snoqualmie Falls Wild Cat IPA, Port Townsend Hop Diggidy IPA and Elysian Avatar Jasmine IPA.
Summer seasonals: Many refreshing, thirst quenching summer seasonals make their appearance at the Festival each year. Any of the following will be a perfect choice to drink in a beautiful tree-lined park under the beaming sun: Alpine’s new HefeWeizen, Boundary Bay Locker Lager, Baron Pilsner, Chuckanut Kolsch and Big Al Summer Lager.
“Real ales”: Every year an increasing number of breweries are bringing cask-conditioned beers (also known as “real ale”), a welcome trend for many cask fans. Anacortes will bring their popular Cask IPA (a Friday beer) which has won the Cask Festival People’s Choice Awards multiple times. Snipes Mountain and Northern Lights will also bring their Cask IPA while Scuttlebutt will serve up a Cask Oaked Porter. Diamond Knot will be a popular stop among cask beer fans as they will bring a different cask-conditioned beer each day.
Novelty beers: For those who are up for trying something unique and one-of-a-kind there will be the Malt & Vine 3rd Anniversary Beer (Sour Mash Rye) by Black Raven, Oscuro Con Chiles (a chili infused Porter) by Lazy Boy (a Friday beer), special aged Portage Bay Pilsener by Maritime Pacific and Cask Twangzister Sour Cherry Stout by Snipes Mountain. Also not to be missed is Fremont Brewing who has been bringing a different Mystere de l’ete to every festival.
Fruity beers: Summer is a farmers market season and restaurant chefs are not the only ones who get inspirations by fresh produce. There are many beers brewed with a variety of fruits such as Northern Lights Blueberry Cream, Schooner Exact Seamstress Union (Raspberry Wheat), Rock Bottom Bellevue Pretty N Pink (also a Raspberry Wheat), and 192 Brewing Granny’s Apple Ale and Hale’s IX Gold on sour cherries.
New kids on the block: Every year the Festival introduces new breweries to thousands of beer aficionados and this year is no exception. In fact there are quite many breweries who will make their Brewers Fest debut including two new hometown breweries 192 Brewing (Kenmore) and Foggy Noggin Brewing (Bothell) as well as Airways Brewing (Kent) and Odin Brewing (Seattle). Although not quite as new the following breweries are also going to make their first appearance at the Festival: 7 Seas Brewing (Gig Harbor), Naked City Brewery (Seattle) and Old Schoolhouse Brewery (Winthrop).
Complete beer list can be viewed on the web site at www.washingtonbeer.com/wabf.htm.
The Washington Brewers Festival will take place on June 18-20 at Saint Edward State Park. Admission is $15 on Friday (in advance or at the gate) and for a Saturday or Sunday ticket it’s $20 advance ($25 online after June 11) or $25 at the gate. Minors are admitted free but must be accompanied by a parent. Tickets are available online (www.washingtonbeer.com/wabf.htm) and at local outlets. On-site parking passes are $15 on Saturday and Sunday and available online via the festival web site. Parking is free on Friday. The Festival also encourages guests to take public transportation or park in one of the designated off-site parking lots and take FREE shuttle to the Park. Parking and shuttle information is available online at www.washingtonbeer.com/wabf.htm.
The Washington Beer Commission Presents
2010 Washington Brewers Festival
DATES New Hours
Friday, June 18, 4 – 9pm- 21-and-over only
Saturday, June 19, 11am – 9pm- All ages
Sunday, June 20, 11am – 6pm- All ages
LOCATION Saint Edward State Park
14445 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
Limited on-site parking available. There is a $15 on-site parking fee. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Free shuttle service available to/from select off-site parking lots. See web site for more information.
$15 advance tickets/at the door. (Friday advance tickets available online only)
Friday admission includes a tasting cup and 4 tasting tokens
Saturday & Sunday
$20 advance tickets ($25 online after June 11) or $25 at the door
Admission includes a tasting cup and 6 tasting tokens
Advance tickets are available online and at local outlets.
All Ages. Those under 21 admitted free (must be accompanied by a parent)
Designated driver admission is $8 and available at the gate only. It includes complimentary water, rootbeer and entertainment.
BEERS The Festival is a celebration of world class beer brewed here in Washington, offering a great variety of craft beer including many NW style hoppy beers, refreshing summer seasonals and hard-to-find rarities. Friday is a Washington Beer-exclusive event and select Washington breweries will be open (35+ breweries) with many offering Friday-exclusive beers. Saturday and Sunday will feature a full brewery lineup with nearly 200 beers on tap.
New this year are the Buzz Cart, a roving beer bar that will tap a special premium keg at a different location each day and a by-the-pint beer garden where guests can relax and enjoy pints of beer.
BREWERS Here’s a chance for the brewers to show off their muscles and keg-maneuvering skills they
KEG TOSS developed from years of hard work! Each contestant will toss an empty pony keg toward three
CONTEST kiddy pools full of water and points will be awarded for landing the keg in the pools. Be there and find out who will claim the title of ultimate championship!
KIDS In addition to the spectacular beer selection for dads the Festival offers many activities for
PLAYGROUND the young ones including bouncy toys and a kids’ craft tent where they can make Fathers Day gifts. In addition Washington Beer’s own Rootbeer Garden will serve up premium craft rootbeer and soda brewed by local breweries.
CIDER/WINE This year’s expanded Cider & Wine Tasting Tent will feature six cideries and two wineries from Washington State for those who opt for something different.
MUSIC From folk, funk, alt-country rock to blues, just like the beer selection the Festival’s music lineup also features an eclectic blend of the Northwest musical talents. Friday night features a headliner Flowmtion.
BENEFICIARY Washington Brewers Festival is a major fundraiser for the Washington Beer Commission, the first commission of its kind in the nation. Established in July 2007 the Commission represents all 120+ breweries in Washington State. Its mission is to ensure that more beer enjoyed in Washington state is made by its own craft brewers, using ingredients from our state’s agricultural industry.