Tacoma Craft Beer Festival – we’re giving away tickets

The Tacoma Craft Beer Festival (blog sponsor) takes place this Saturday, September 3rd. The event offers more than 80 beers poured by 40 breweries. This is the third year for this festival and it has now moved to a new location. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous, so why not spend the afternoon or evening sampling delicious beer and supporting a worthy cause. For details, visit the official event website or read our previous post.

Free Tickets

Wednesday, 4:00 pm – Contest is now closed. Congratulations to Katherine G. Her comment was randomly selected as the winner.

The Cause You’re Supporting

All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound. Wondering how the money is spent? According to the Boys and Girls Club, “We keep our fees affordable for all families, and there is a sliding scale. We offer scholarships to ensure no child is turned away due to inability to pay. In 2010 we provided over $915,000 in scholarships. $1.50 provides a snack to a child. $3 provides a hot meal to a child. Each day we serve an average of 1,300 children in all our Clubs. 1,300 youth are off the streets and engaged in positive activities at our Clubs during the after school hours which is the time where the most juvenile crimes are committed.”

The Breweries

The current list includes:

  • 7 Seas Brewing
  • Airways Brewing Co
  • Alpine
  • Anderson Valley
  • Avery Brewing
  • Deschutes Brewing
  • Diamond Knot Brewing Co.
  • E-9
  • Fish Brewing
  • GeorgeTown Brewing
  • Great Divide
  • Harmon Brewing Co
  • Hopworks
  • Kona Brewing
  • Lazy Boy Brewing Co
  • Leavenworth Brewing
  • Lost Abby
  • M. T. Head Brewing Co.
  • Mac & Jacks Brewing Co.
  • New Belgium Brewing Co
  • Odin Brewing Co
  • Pike Brewing Co.
  • Port Brewing
  • Red Hook
  • Reel Ales
  • Schooner Exact
  • Scuttebutt
  • Silver City Brewing
  • Sound Brewery
  • Spire Cider
  • Stone Brewing Co.
  • Trade Route Brewing
  • Unibroue
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing
  • Wingman Brewing


  1. Airways Brewing is a jewel of a brewery in the South end with a cool new taproom. Can’t wait to see them in Tacoma and line their beers up with all the other great ones.

  2. From the list of brewers… Scuttebutt is my pick! Their Triple 7 Belgium is one of my all time favs!

  3. Silver City rocks the house! As scotch ales grow in popularity, Fat Woody continues to be one of the best examples. Especially love the barrel aged versions. Lost Abbey is another fave due to the variety and experimentation of their Belgian inspired ales.

  4. There’s a lot of good brewers here and can’t wait to sample! But if I had to pick one it would have to be Wingman.

  5. So excited for all the breweries but have a special place for mack and jacks for introducing me to craft beer and changing the way I think about beer.

  6. I’d say my current favorite on the list is probably Hopworks. I’m really excited to finally try Wingman!

  7. Current favorite has got to be Schooner Exact; I can’t get enough of their Profanity Hill Porter!

  8. Widmer still makes the one of the best Hefeweizen’s I’ve ever tasted, but I would be delighted to consider any and all contenders if I’m lucky enough to win. 😀

  9. I love Wingman Brewing and am excited to try anything new from them. Always gets me excited when they have a brewers night somewhere.

  10. Odin showed up with a bacon beer last year, so I’m giving them a tip of my hat in internet comment form.

  11. We’ve been to, or sampled the beers from almost all of the breweries listed, so it’s hard to pick a single favorite, but we had such a great time at 7 Seas anniversary party earlier this summer, that I’ve got to put in my vote for them. We’d love to go so we can try the few brewer’s beers which haven’t yet passed through our lips.

  12. Of all these excellent breweries, I’ll have to go with M.T. Head. Their beer is amazing, and when you visit they will give you a tour of the great system they have built over time to make it happen. It gives beerfans and homebrewers alike hope that they can somday live the dream of making beer paying customers will congratulate you for. Cheers.

  13. I’m looking forward to trying new beers in general, last year I was one of the first in line when Big Al tapped their cask of pepper beer (Serrano Pepper I believe). I remember sipping the foam off the top and my lips feeling the heat form the peppers. I can’t wait to see what they are going to pull out this year.

  14. My favorite brewery on the list is Deschutes! I go down to Portland at least once a month to go to their pub in Portland for one of their amazing seasonals or rotating handles. Although I do seem to go in waves. I grew up in Kent,WA so Airways Brewery is close to my heart and their Sky Hag IPA is tough to beat!

  15. Deschutes is my favorite brewery in the Pacific Northwest. All of the breweries listed are outstanding, but none can match Deschutes for consistent quality across their entire (large) portfolio.

  16. Can’t wait to try some more Lost Abby! Heard lots of good things about that brewery. Also, unibroue, I love all their beers.

  17. Craft beer festival is by far the best event in Tacoma, I love it! I definitely have a soft spot for the Harmon brewery and all 3 of their great restaurants.

  18. Mmmm, I love me some Diamond Knot!!! The Brown, Possession Porter and the Steamer Glide Stout are exceptional brews. yum!

  19. Iam interested in receiving free tickets, -my favorite brewers:
    Kona, Hopworks and Georgetown!!

  20. Always look forward to what Deschutes has to bring, but Great Divide has been making me pretty happy lately

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