Countdown to WA Brewers Fest & The List of Beers
June 11, 2014 - 10:48 AM- By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog -
Dubbed the "Big Daddy Fathers Day Beer Fest," the 9th Annual Washington Brewers Festival takes place June 13 through 15 at Marymoor Park in Redmond.
The Washington Beer Commission organizes and hosts this annual gathering of brewers to showcase the great beers produced by Washington 200-plus breweries. This year, the event features more than 330 beers from 88 different breweries. (See the list of breweries and beers.)
When the weather cooperates, the festival attracts as many as 20,000 people over the course of three days. Friday night is for grownups only, but the event welcomes kids on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, including tickets, visit the official event website at http://www.washingtonbeer.com/wa-brewers-fest.
Below, some highlights, details, and advice.
- Friday night includes musical entertainment from Hell's Belles, a group of hard-rockin' women that many consider the best AC/DC tribute bands in America.
- Saturday and Sunday, a kid's play area with lots of stuff to keep the kiddos entertained.
- Saturday afternoon, the Washington Beer Awards winners announced and medals awarded on the main stage.
- Brewers Keg Toss competition on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Watch as your favorite local brewers (men and women) toss empty kegs for accuracy and distance. Always a crowd favorite.
- Lots of food vendors, including food trucks like Snout & Company, Fish Basket, and Lumpia World.
- Cider and wine available for those weirdos who don't drink beer.
Hours and Tickets:
- Hours: Friday 4:00 - 9:30; Saturday 11:00 - 9:00; Sunday 11:00 - 6:00.
- Tickets are $25 and include 6 tasting tokens (you can always get more). Designated drivers admission is $5 and can be paid for at the door.
- Stay hydrated. Bring water with you. Find water there. Stay hydrated. Make it happen.
- Eat. Bring it with you or buy it there, but make sure you eat some food.
- Consider NOT parking at the festival. Marymoor Park is located on the Sammamish River Trail. Consider parking offsite and walking or biking to the event. They do the best they can to manage the massive hordes of beer lovers, but moving all of those cars in and out is never without challenges.
- Don't show up at 2:00 and expect to waltz straight in. That is what everyone else will do. You read this blog, so you know better. Get there when the gates open. Wait until the evening. Expect the longest beer lines in the mid to late afternoon. Bring plenty of patience with you. Bags must be searched, ID must be checked.
- Focus first on finding unfamiliar breweries. Backwoods brewing comes from Carson, Washington. Beers from Skookum Brewing (Arlington) rarely make it outside of the brewery's tasting room. Heathen Brewing makes the trip up from Vancouver. Look for those kinds of breweries first, then start hitting up some of your local favorites.
- Have fun but be responsible. Do not drive drunk.