Festival Preview: Port Townsend Strange Brewfest 2011, 1/29 & 1/30

image of Strange Brewfest 2010 courtesy of fruittrees' Flickr page Port Townsend, WA - Hard to believe that in less than a week, both fans of beer and the strange will descend upon the small town of Port Townsend for this year's Strange Brewfest. Since 2003 Strange Brewfest has evolved from a festival about beer and hockey to a rite of passage for those who wish to consume odd beer in the cold outdoors of Port Townsend.

Each year the festival features breweries from around Washington who show up not with the conventional or expected, but instead the odd and sometimes unimaginable. Over the years Strange Brewfest has seen beers brewed with nettles, pork-soaked oak chips, Habanero, bacon, and even once dandelions. But it's not just the beer that make this festival enjoyable, it's also the opportunity to speak with your favorite brewer while sharing a toast.

For further explanation of what Strange Brewfest means to one fan, we suggest you start with reading a few articles from Beer Blotter.

A Eulogy for Water Street Brewing is Followed by Hope
Strange Brew is Happening

So far the current brewery & cidery list on the Strange Brewfest website includes ...

  • 7 Seas Brewing Co.
  • Anacortes
  • Big Ale Brewing
  • Big Time Brewing
  • Burris Brewing Co.
  • Elkhead Brewing
  • Emerald City Beer Co.
  • Flyer's Brewery
  • Georgetown Brewing Co.
  • Hales Brewery
  • Iron Horse Brewery
  • Laht Neppur Brewing
  • Langley Brewing
  • Naked City Brewing
  • Pike Brewing
  • Port Townsend
  • Ram Brewing
  • Redhook Brewing
  • Silver City
  • Trade Route
  • Crispin Cider
  • Eaglemount Cidery
  • Waterville Cidery & Coolers

As someone who has had previous years of experience at this festival, more often than not, accommodations are something that you will need to make well in advance. For your benefit we have supplied the Hotels and Motels around the area, including those that are just a foot ferry away.

Port Townsend

Coupeville, WA *Note, last ferry leaving for Coupeville from Port Townsend, is scheduled 8:30 PM.

Compass Rose Bed & Breakfast (360) 678-5318

For further information including updates to the festival as the week rolls down, visit the Strange Brewfest website.

January 28th, 2011 thru January 30th, 2011
Strange Brewfest, The American Legion
209 Monroe Street Port Townsend, WA 98368-5708 (360) 385-3454


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