It's Saturday morning and I hope you slept-in before another full day of beer in Kenmore. Last night, was as everyone had confirmed, a beautiful day to enjoy a beer with friends and family. With the mayor of the Kenmore tapping the first keg, we were soon on our way sampling various one-off’s from Washington brewers.
There were no favorites between us but I did hear my wife proclaim the Coco Jones to be her favorite coconut porter (sorry Maui). She wasn't alone though as Black Raven's lines were some of the longest but for good reason. For me it was the Wisdom Seeker Double IPA that I found enjoyable from Black Raven.
Last night was also a bit of a test for some of the newest breweries including 192 and Foggy Noggin. Jim Jamison with the assistance of wife brought his anticipated Kastrated Dawg to the festival, with a twist as there were three varieties of this tasty treat. 192 on the other hand is the old man of the nano-bunch as this makes the third time we have seen them in action.
This year was also the first attempt at a unique promotion, the buzz cart. By the name one would presume a roving cart or at a minimum a hand truck delivering a mystery beer to a booth. Instead what you see is a mobile bar, complete with a rinsing station. As promised twitter updates were posted, although if the status updates are any indication, Saturday will show whether or not this two token per sample, wonder, is going to be successful. On a side note, I can't be 100% sure but it appeared that the cart started with Fremont's Mystery Beer and then moved right into something from Pillager's although, there is no twitter updates to confirm this. Anyone?
Finally, as a reminder today is open to all ages with those under 21 requiring a parent and those over 21 required to have a wrist band. Additionally parking is at a premium so if you haven't bought your pass you might invest in one of the festival lots that feature a bus to and from the park.
Well that's all for now, we have already uploaded photos from the first day and as expected, they all feature the sun as the special guest. See you later today at the festival and be safe out there.
About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.