Bremerton, WA - Consider us daft for missing an opportunity to mention this festival sooner but come Saturday July 23rd all should be forgiven. Unlike other Washington themed brewery festivals, this one has a twist. Given that this event is held in Bremerton, you could have guessed that the primary focus will be on breweries from the Olympic Peninsula and South Sound.
However it’s not all about the ‘Sound’ as breweries from Seattle will also be in attendance. Look for over 23 breweries featuring over 60 beers for you spend your
Look for this first year event to feature beers that accent the summer, come rain or shine.
Here are our picks for what to look out for.
Battenkill Brewing (Poulsbo). Why? Chances are you won't find these guys' beers on draft anywhere around Seattle, so this might be a great chance to try their Old Tractor IPA or Summer Rain Pale Ale, for 1.50 each!
Fremont Brewing's Barrel Series: Kentucky Dark Star-Bourbon Imperial Oatmeal Stout (Seattle). Why? Well for starters if you live outside of Seattle you probably haven't had a chance to sample this directly from the brewery. We would advise heading over and seeing what a barrel-aged Imp. Stout from the folks who make B'Bomb is like.
Here is what the brewery had to say about this limited edition release.
Roasty, chocolate tones swirled with oatmeal smoothness and dark as the night. The Dark Star crashes, pouring its light into ashes, so follow as the Lady of Velvet in the nights of goodbye. This one is too smooth...and at 8.5% ABV, dangerous.
Down and Dirty: 2-row Barley, Oats, Crystal malt, Carafa, Chocolate malt, Roast Barley and Wilamette and Cascade hops.
Slippery Pig Brewing (Poulsbo). Why? Same reason we specified regarding Battenkill. If you need further encouragement then a beer made with "... Lemon Verbena and Lemon Balm." won't change your mind.
Valholl Brewing (Poulsbo). Why? Head's Up, that's why. No Head's Up isn't back. But some of the people instrumental in maintaining this special U-Brew brewpub are back with their own operation. Check out the Single Series Citra IPA if you are curious.
A single malt and single hop IPA. Brewed with 100% citra hops. Infused with fresh tangerines and grapefruit in the kegs. 8.2% ABV 88 IBU's
Want to see more than just our thoughts, head over to the Washington Beer's website for a complete list.
That's all there is to know. Want to know more about this festival first hand, then we advise you to hop on a Seattle Ferry to Bremerton and check it out!
Saturday July 23rd, 2011 from 12:00 to 9:00 PM
Downtown Bremerton - Pacific Avenue between 6th St. and Burwell St.
Event Entry and Will Call on Pacific Avenue near 6th St.
The event is open to ages 21 and over and will feature live music from three outstanding local bands including, New Old Stock, Lutes and Liars and Tumbledown. Popcorn Chef will be on hand to serve up some great flavors of popcorn and attendees are encouraged to visit the multitude of great restaurants and cafes in the downtown area (a walking map will be included in the event program).
Advance tickets are $15 and available through 6pm, Friday, July 22 at Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets will be $20 at the door on event day. Advanced tickets can also be purchased at Silver City Restaurant/Brewery in Silverdale or Pike Brewing in Seattle while supplies last. Military discount tickets are $15 at the door for those with Military ID. Admission includes a tasting glass and five tokens good for a 5.5oz taste each.
Additional tokens may be purchased for $1.50 each or four tokens for $5. Designated Drivers- admission is $5 and available at the gate only. This includes complimentary water, soda, and the entertainment. Cash or check only for day of event admission.
About the Bremerton Brewers Festival
The Festival is a celebration of the fantastic beer brewed here in Washington, with an emphasis on Olympic Peninsula and South Sound breweries. There will be refreshing summer seasonal beers, the always popular hoppy brews and some limited quantity special beers as well. A complete mouthwatering beer list is available at: http://www.washingtonbeer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Beer-List-Bremerton-20111.htm