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We’re Giving Away a Pair of Tickets! 2nd Annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival

Tuesday, 5/7/2013. 1:00 p.m.

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We are giving away a pair of tickets to the 2nd Annual The Gig Harbor Beer Festival, which takes place this Saturday, May 11. To enter, simply take a look at the list of breweries below and leave a comment telling us which brewery is your favorite. Make sure you leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. We’ll pick a winner at random on Tuesday afternoon.

The Gig Harbor Beer Festival (blog sponsor) is a fundraiser and food drive for the Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH Food Bank. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations. All they ask is that your donation not be expired. The location is the Uptown Pavilion. Eighteen different breweries will pour beer at the event.

Music will be provided by Perry Acker – a local band known for high-energy live shows, playing a unique brand of melodic, passionate rock. There’s a lot of buzz around this band. They’ve worked with Don Was (seven-time Grammy-winning producer) and recorded with Lee Oskar (WAR), who is recognized as one of the best harmonica players ever. In short, these guys are good.

Here is the list of breweries:

7 Seas Brewing, Gig Harbor, WA
Alaskan Brewing Co., Seattle, WA
American Brewing Co. Edmonds, WA
Big Al Brewing, Seattle, WA
Dicks Brewing Co., Centralia, WA
Duo Brewing, Puyallup, WA
Elysian Brewing Co. Seattle, WA
Georgetown Brewing Co. Seattle, WA
Harmon Brewing Co., Tacoma, WA
Hood Canal Brewery, Kingston, WA
Ninkasi Brewing Co., Eugene, OR
Odin Brewing Co. Seattle, WA
Rainy Daze Brewing Co., Silverdale, WA
Ram Brewery, Tacoma, WA
Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, WA
Sound Brewery, Poulsbo, WA
Valholl Brewing Co., Poulsbo, WA
Wingman Brewers, Tacoma, WA

 

Here’s the official press release about the event.

Gig Harbor, WA – April 22, 2013 — The Gig Harbor Beer Festival today announced their final brewer list for the upcoming event. The 2nd annual spring beer-tasting event will be held May 11, 2013 — Mother’s Day Weekend — at the Gig Harbor Uptown Pavilion and will feature 18 craft brewers from around the Northwest, including:

7 Seas Brewing, Gig Harbor, WA

Alaskan Brewing Co., Seattle, WA

American Brewing Co. Edmonds, WA

Big Al Brewing, Seattle, WA

Dicks Brewing Co., Centralia, WA

Duo Brewing, Puyallup, WA

Elysian Brewing Co. Seattle, WA

Georgetown Brewing Co. Seattle, WA

Harmon Brewing Co., Tacoma, WA

Hood Canal Brewery, Kingston, WA

Ninkasi Brewing Co., Eugene, OR

Odin Brewing Co. Seattle, WA

Rainy Daze Brewing Co., Silverdale, WA

Ram Brewery, Tacoma, WA

Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, WA

Sound Brewery, Poulsbo, WA

Valholl Brewing Co., Poulsbo, WA

Wingman Brewers, Tacoma, WA

“Wow, what a difference it made having the first year under our belts. Our brewer list filled up in just a couple of weeks after we announced the 2nd annual festival — and we still have a half a dozen brewers on a waiting list,” said festival organizer, John Fosberg.

“A lot of the brewers from last year are returning,” he continued, “but we also have quite a few new brewers attending for the first time, and you know what that means to all the brew connoisseurs out there: more new and unique beers for everyone to enjoy. This year’s festival will offer event goers a more memorable and diverse group of craft beers to choose from over last year.”

Mr. Fosberg also mentioned that this year’s space has been expanded by about a third, but even though the space is larger, most of the new room will be used up by the expanded list of brewers, not necessarily more ticket buyers. Plus, a large crowd is expected to catch the live concert by Perry Acker. Advance tickets are selling at a brisk pace, and event organizers encourage everyone to purchase their tickets before hand. Last year some thirsty people were left at the gate.

“Many people are simply attending to hear Perry Acker rock the joint,” said Fosberg. “For the best festival experience, buy your ticket in advance, arrive early, and come thirsty.”

Advance tickets are $20 (you save $5), and are available online by visiting the Festival’s website at http://www.gigharborbeerfestival.com, or at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/223059. Your ticket admission includes a 2013 commemorative taster cup and eight taster tokens. You may also purchase tickets the day of the event for $25. Additional taster tokens will be on sale during the day of the Festival.

The Gig Harbor Beer Festival benefits the Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH Food Bank. And here’s the most important part of all of this: The folks from the Food Bank will be on hand during the festival to collect non-perishable food items — so don’t forget to bring some with you. “Just make sure the items you bring are not past the expiration date,” added Fosberg. To learn more about this non-profit organization, please visit http://www.ghpfish.com.

Safeway — the events major sponsor — will be there with their Safeway Food Truck offering event goers the opportunity to try snacks during the Festival.

Other sponsors included, DPI Print, Maritime Inn, Cascade Print Media, Tides Tavern, The Peninsula Gateway, The INN at Gig Harbor, Northwest Creative Imaging, Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant, Harborstone Credit Union, and Uptown Gig Harbor, with additional support from the City of Gig Harbor.



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26 comments

  1. Lots of Breweries that are new to me on this list. Looking forward to trying Duo Brewing.

  2. I’m most excited for American Brewing. I love their stuff and it can be hard to find on tap in the area.

  3. All 18 of the breweries are superb! This is a hard question as I LOVE multiple breweries from the list. Everything from Sound I have drank has blown me away so I would say them. Elysian I would put second favorite of the list, but the one I would be most excited to see if I could go. I have drank close to 20 brews from them including most of their Apocalypse series and would be interested what they brought to this event. Wingman, I haven’t had Stratafortress since the 99 Bottles tasting event, I really hope you guys bring that beast to the show. Harmon does the best tastings I have been to date as well. They participated at WSU’s Beerfest and not only generously gave the biggest pours, but would talk and talk about everything craft beer with me. By far the most knowledgeable rep out of any brewer at the event, I gladly wear my Harmon Cougar shirt all the time. Duo I also would love to sample more of, I have had a few growlers of their beer and loved it and want to try more.

  4. Im excited to taste something from all these brewers but I must admit I and especially excited for Odin. They make a few of my favorite brews.

  5. Sound Brewery, that’s my favorite! Good place to stop on the way to the Peninsula for camping or hiking! Nice taproom as well. Wish I could be there now at that table by the garage door in the sun!

  6. I’m a big fan of little Hood Canal. Both because I enjoy their beer and because their brewery is such a fun, laid-back place to hang out. Worth the ferry detour every time!

  7. They are all great breweries, at least the ones I have tried. If I have to pick just one it is Wingman Brewers!

  8. Wow, great looking fest. Didn’t realize it was happening this weekend. I’d love to see what Sound Brewery shows up with.

  9. It’s a tough call. I’m a big fan of Elysian and have volunteered with them before. I think I’ve got to go with Big Al’s. I met Micah, the head brewer and he went out of his way to give a mini tour, tastings and a wealth of information. I love Big Al’s.

  10. Al’s is a personal favorite but Sound is pretty amazing as well. Their beer definately makes the drive around worth it!

  11. Ninkasi is my favorite brewery on this list. I don’t discriminate based upon location, ingredients, marketing or any other silliness. I base my decision on the fact that Ninkasi brews amazing beers of every genre. My favorite is their Tricerahops IPA. A phenomenally hoppy, bitter beer!

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