The first night of the 2011 version of Strange Brewfest is in the books. This was the first time in the event’s seven year history that they held a Friday night session. Only a handful of breweries took part in the Friday night cask-themed madness. The breweries who were involved served up some deliciously strange brews, to be sure.
Perhaps the crowd’s favorite was the Ole Mole from the Ram Brewery: a dark ale with a south-of-the-border flair. The Junior Mint Imperial Stout from Naked City was a big hit as well. Mix the two together —a practice approved by the brewers— and you had a cinnamon, chocolate and mint-infused glass of delicious strangeness. The Mango IPA from Pike Brewing was also very good. There were others and there will be many, many more tonight and tomorrow.
The venue (Port Townsend American Legion) is new, but seems to be perfectly suited for the event. I should add, the bands last night completely kicked butt.
A big shout out to the ideally located Bishop Hotel, where we are staying this weekend. It is cute, Victorian, charming, comfy, and our complimentary basket of breakfast goodies just showed up at the door. Breakfast in Port Townsend. Fog horns, tide bells and boat builders. Hippies in the mist, unwashed and moving towards steaming coffee. Rigid 19th century architecture: inert, motionless sensibilities standing strong against the inevitable strangeness.
Here’s a video from last night. Hope to see you here tonight or tomorrow!