Whether you’re looking to stay in town or hit the road, there’s a lot going on this weekend on the Washington beer scene.
IPA Festivals – As we’ve reported previously, to celebrate the fact that local beer lovers tend to favor the hoppiest of all libations, there are two different, ongoing IPA festivals happening right now. In West Seattle, the Beveridge Place Pub is celebrating IPApril with no less than 12 IPAs on tap at any given moment. In North Seattle, on Lake City Way, Cooper’s Alehouse is celebrating its 8th Annual IPA Festival. Both of these events are now down to the final week.
Barleywine Festival – The Parkway Tavern in Tacoma celebrates the biggest and most bodacious of all brews this weekend (Sat-Sun) as they host their 5th Annual Barleywine Festival. This year the Parkway will pour 34 different barleywines. They will also have a barleywine brunch on Sunday. Contact the Parkway Tavern for details and brunch reservations. (253) 838-8748.
Hop Scotch – Not the game, but the festival. (Friday and Saturday.) The Hop Scotch Spring Beer and Scotch Festival features beer, Scotch, wine and tequila tasting, with the proceeds benefiting the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Over 80 beverages will be poured at the Fremont Studios, which is conveniently located very near Brouwer’s Cafe (155 N. 35th Street, Seattle, WA 98103). Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Admission includes entrance, a 5 oz. commemorative glass and five beer/wine tasting tokens. Non-Drinking admission available at the door for $15. Visit www.hopscotchtasting.com for details and tickets.
Bellingham Brews Day – Take a trip to Bellingham for a beer festival and fundraiser (Saturday evening). They will be pouring beer from more than 20 breweries. The event runs from 6:00 – 10:00 and will feature music and food to go with the beer. This all takes place at an indoor/outdoor event space right across the street from Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro. 1100 Railroad Ave. Bellingham, WA. For details, go to the Web site.
An Evening with Will and Mari Kemper – Get out in the woods for an evening in the North Cascades on beautiful Diablo Lake (Saturday evening, overnight). Enjoy a fantastic dinner and lots of stories from one of the Washington craft beer industry’s pioneers. Much more than a beer dinner, it’s a chance to get away from the loud, busy city and relax in the splendor of the North Cascades. For more information, visit the Web site or call the North Cascades Institute at 360-854-2599.
Hops and Props – The annual fundraiser beer festival at the Museum of Flight sold out again this year. If you like drinking great beer in the company of historic airplanes, I hope you have secured your tickets.