Anacortes, WA - While it's true, Oktoberfest's true starting date was back in September, that doesn't stop a few organizations from staying relevant by holding theirs in October. If we could pick one this weekend, we would suggest you drive up north to the naval town of Anacortes, for their take on Oktoberfest.
Coincidentally, the folks in Anacortes will be holding their FIRST annual Oktoberfest. Featuring over 30 Northwest breweries, at two beers per brewery, there will definitely be something for everyone.
When pressed for a comment, Rick Star, one of the organizers of this year’s first annual event had this to say about Oktoberfest.
"Through our business, we attend many beer festivals throughout the Northwest each year. Our goal with the Anacortes Oktoberfest was to take the best elements of each, provide patrons with a host of choices, and build the event into an enjoyable experience for brewers and attendees alike. Gauged by brewery participation, the event will be the largest Oktoberfest in Washington State, providing event-goers with an opportunity to meet-and-greet brewers from throughout the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to building a wonderful recurring festival-one that people will want to return to year after year." –source, Anacortes.org
Total cost for this 21 and over event is $20, which gets you a souvenir 4oz cup , plus six tokens. If you want to purchase more you only have to come up with $1.50 for each additional 4oz taster token. Tickets are still on sale through Brown Paper tickets as well as at the door.
Don't forget to vote during the evening in the "People's Choice Award" for best brewery during the festival. To sweeten the deal the folks putting on the festival will giving one lucky person a return trip back to the town.
Afterwards if you want to record the moment or show your support for your favorite brewery, you can pick up some merchandise that they will be bringing along with them.
We have included the breweries participating to further entice you.
- 192 Brewing Company
- 7 Seas Brewing
- Anacortes Brewery
- Birdsview Brewing Company
- Black Raven Brewing Company
- Boundary Bay Brewery
- Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
- Diamond Knot Brewing Company
- Elliott Bay Brewing Company
- Elysian Brewing Company
- Flyers Restaurant and Brewery
- Fremont Brewing Company
- Hales's Ales
- Lazy Boy Brewing
- Mac & Jack's Brewing
- Naked City Brewery & Taphouse
- Ninkasi Brewing Company
- North Sound Brewing Company
- Odin Brewery
- Old Schoolhouse Brewery
- Pike Brewing Company
- Port Townsend Brewing Company
- Ram Restaurant & Brewery
- Roslyn Brewing Company
- Schooner EXACT Brewing Company
- Skagit River Brewery
- Snoqualimie Falls Brewing Company
- Trade Route Brewing Company
- Two Beers Brewing Company
- Yakima Craft Brewing Company
October 9th, 2010 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM PDT $20
1st and Commercial Avenue Anacortes, WA 98221 (360) 293-7911
With LIVE music featuring the Pickled Herrings and Spoonshine.