(WA) Water Street Strange Brewfest, a geo-brewery crawl & accommodations guide. Part One, traveling by ferry

Olympic Peninsula, WA – Previously we mentioned that during the Saturday and Sunday of January 30th, Water Street Brewing will be hosting their annual Strange Brewfest. Those of you that have yet to decide to go or not have only a few more weeks before both hotels and the event will be sold out (tickets go on sale the 20th of January at the brewery).
However, as you decide the best route in order to get to Port Townsend and enjoy the sights, the sounds, and above all the beer, consider a couple of side trips along the way. Compiled below are a few ideas that you can use both in regards to accommodations and stops along the way to Port Townsend. As always the intent of the suggestions is not to condone overconsumption of alcohol but to make your journey to the event enjoyable and memorable.
As a side note, remember those of you that are current Washington Association of Beer Lover members, the below suggestions will offer you a great opportunity to get some much needed stamps.
- Traveling by Ferry -
Edmonds (Kingston ferry) to Port Townsend (approx. time 1 hour 28 minutes) – Depending on how close you are to this city, you can take the ferry from Edmonds across the water (a short 33 minutes) to the town of Kingston, before continuing your journey. If you are in Edmonds with a few hours to kill, just seven blocks is Gallagher’s Where U Brew.
image courtesy of singingjana's Flickr page Gallagher’s “Where you Brew” - The brewery is one of a few locations in the state that features ‘brew it yourself’ facilities. Unlike traditional breweries where the finished product is purchased from the brewer at their cost, you get to take all of what you make home (when it’s ready). If brewing isn’t your thing, then you might consider swinging in for a pint from one of the owners or staff’s recipes during their tasting room hours (2:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday). For more information check out their website or call them up (425) 776-4209.
Gallagher’s “Where you Brew” 120 5th Avenue South Edmonds, WA
If on the other hand you are traveling South on your way to Edmonds, you might consider picking up a growler of Ellersick (aka, Big E Ales) in Lynwood.
image courtesy of Rick Ellersick and the whole crew of Big E AlesEllersick Brewing – Brewing in one capacity or another, owner and head brewer Rick Ellersick has been servicing the region with beer since 1997. Swing into their current location (5030 208th Street Southwest Suite A) for a pint, a growler, or a sample while watching the Seahawks, Mariners, or Sounders on their HD television. The tasting room is open from 1:00 PM to 10:00 Tuesday thru Saturday with food served till 9:30.
Ellersick Brewing 5030 208th ST SW Ste. A Lynnwood, WA 98036 (425) 672-7051
But whether you’re traveling from as far away as Everett or as close by as Shoreline, you definitely should swing into Hood Canal Brewery as you make your way to P.T.
image courtesy of Dor & Bob's Flickr page Hood Canal Brewery – Chances are as you are exiting off the Edmonds to Kingston ferry it never occurred to you that not that far away that beer was nearby. Started by Don Wyatt, the brewery was inspired by years of homebrewing was well as his few years of experience gathered at Thomas Kemper before its closure. In the beginning the brewery was pretty much a one man operation with Don delivering beer to nearby bars, when he wasn’t brewing. As word got around regarding his beers, named after locations around Hood Canal, he expanded into what is today the tasting room and retail outlet. While you are savoring the thought of a Burrs Winter Ale, try the Dabob Bay IPA.
Hood Canal Brewery 26449 Bond Road Northeast Kingston, WA 98346 (360) 297-8361
Mukilteo (Clinton ferry) to Port Townsend (approx. travel time 1 hour 52 minutes)  – Although less direct in regards to distance traveled this route will allow you the opportunity to sample several breweries along your way to the festival. The average destination from Mukilteo to Clinton is usual 25 minutes or so, but the wait in the parking lot can be over an hour.
image courtesy of Crapmonkey's Flickr page Diamond Knot Brewing - Located in Mukilteo, Diamond Knot Brewing has been in the business of beer since 1994. Situated just a block away from the ferry waiting area, the pub and brewery features a unique menu featuring their hot stone cooking process. If you are grabbing a bit to eat, try one of their hot stone sandwiches which allow you the customer to cook. If watching your food being prepared isn’t your thing you might consider one of their oven baked pizzas, nachos, or a nice relaxing sandwich while you sip on an Industrial India Pale Ale or Ho Ho.
Diamond Knot Brewing 621A Front Street Mukilteo, WA 98275 (425) 355-4488
In our next installment we will cover accommodations and points of interest for those driving from a major city.
Ferry Schedules / Edmonds / Mukilteo
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