It’s one of the most prolific agricultural regions west of the Cascade Mountains. The Skagit Valley is home to all sorts of great farms, but also a lot of great breweries. A few years ago, someone got the brilliant idea to start malting barley in the Skagit Valley, much of it locally grown. Today Skagit Valley Malting produces some of the best malted barley around. The stuff is coveted by brewers. It all sounds kind of magical.
Skagit Beer Week is a celebration of all of it: fresh beer, fresh food, and locally malted grain. The week kicks off with a big festival, the Farm to Pint Fest, and concludes with another festival, the Skagit Valley Malting Showcase. All sorts of events in between.
Skagit Farm to Pint Fest on Saturday, March 31st serves as the official kick-off party for Skagit Beer Week. The festival is the first-ever gathering of all 11 Skagit breweries for an event like this. Each brewery will be paired with a Skagit Valley restaurant and/or farmer with the goal of highlighting local Skagit Valley ingredients. Entertainment will be provided by three Skagit-grown bands. Advanced tickets ONLY.
The event takes place on Saturday, March 31st, from 2:00-6:00 at Skagit Valley Malting’s location at the Port of Skagit. (map.) Attendees will receive a commemorative glass and enjoy all 11 pairings– each beer expertly paired with a bite. Also, a sample of each brewery’s second beer offerings. Music supplied by The Hoe & the Harrow, Sky Colony, and Whiskey Fever.
Tickets and more details about the Farm to Pint Fest at the official website:
The event is the official kickoff of Skagit Beer Week, a seven-day marathon of beer dinners, tasting events, tap takeovers, and educational events all across the Skagit Valley. Learn more about what’s happening for Skagit Beer Week at http://www.skagitbeerweek.com/.
Skagit Beer Week ends with Skagit Valley Malting Showcase (APRIL 7) at Farmstrong Brewing! The event is free and features 10 breweries serving beers brewed with Skagit Valley Malting grains. Also, a Chili and Chowder Cook-off, a Wort Challenge, and more. For details about the event, visit the official website at http://skagitbeerweek.com/skagit-valley-malting-showcase/.