Washington Brewer's Festival 6/15-6/17

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by beefandbean22, Jun 7, 2012.

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  1. beefandbean22

    beefandbean22 Aspirant (293) Oct 15, 2008 Washington
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    Hey everyone, who is going to the Brewers Festival this year in Marymoor? The beer list was released today and there are definitely some standouts. Here is the list: http://www.washingtonbeerblog.com/washington-brewers-festival-list-of-beer/

    I'm going on Friday, like I have the last 2 years. Only beer I'm sad I'm going to miss this year is the Raspberry Sour Brown from Schooner Exact on Sunday. But can't wait to drink some Fremont Kentucky Dark Star, Black Raven Splinters, Skookum Murder of Crows, Flyers Jet Fuel Coffee Porter, and the wit aged in Chardonnay Barrels from Hales.
     
  2. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    Haven't thought much about it die to the work schedule but that Kentucky dark star is definitely worth going for. Hopefully I can find my way down there this year.
     
  3. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,626) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Looks like I'll be there on Saturday, pouring for a while and then drinking the rest of the time. Hope to meet some of you there.
     
  4. csano

    csano Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2010 Washington

    FYI, I stopped by Fremont the other day, and was told that they were working on bottling KDS this week. They said it'd be released when ready.
     
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  5. dirtylou

    dirtylou Poo-Bah (3,336) May 12, 2005 Washington
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    would like to go, but a little too far away with no safe mode of transporation back
     
  6. jklinck

    jklinck Initiate (192) Jul 23, 2007 Washington

    Here is a mode of safe transportation:
    http://metro.kingcounty.gov/

    Just type in your address and the address of your destination.
     
  7. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington


    This is the best news I've heard all week!! I went to Brouwers two days in a row last week just to drink it.
     
  8. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    I'm going and luckily my parents don't live too far away from Marymoor so I don't have to worry about driving! Yes!
     
  9. dirtylou

    dirtylou Poo-Bah (3,336) May 12, 2005 Washington
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    Cute. I ride the bus twice, daily. Thanks. One hour and 40 minutes one-way from Ballard. PASS. I guess what I meant to say was, I'd go if it weren't in the burbs.
     
  10. jklinck

    jklinck Initiate (192) Jul 23, 2007 Washington

    I wasn't trying to be cute. Just trying to help you out and give you a viable way of going to the festival. How could I have possibly known you ride the bus everyday? I took the bus one year from the eastside to the IBF at Seattle Center. It took a while but I didn't have to worry about getting a DUI.
     
  11. JasonVAlinen

    JasonVAlinen Initiate (0) May 29, 2012

    Want me some Raspberry Sour Brown on Sun but I'm working the festival that day.

    I'll be there Friday if anyone wants to meet up 206 605 7494
     
  12. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (983) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Wife is taking me for Father's Day on Saturday and being the DD. Taking the little one with us as well.
     
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  13. RonLovesBeer

    RonLovesBeer Initiate (0) May 16, 2010 Washington

    I'm not happy that they eliminated the shuttle buses from the park and rides that they had for the Kenmore location. Now the only bus you can take is the Sound Transit 545 and then you have to walk a mile to the park from the nearest stop. They say Marymoor has more parking, but encouraging more people to drive is dangerous for a beer event.
     
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  14. jklinck

    jklinck Initiate (192) Jul 23, 2007 Washington

    I just sent the WBC Director of Festival Operations an e-mail requesting a shuttle bus from the Overlake Park and Ride (156th ave ne and ne 40th st) for the festival. We'll see what he has to say. If you would like to send him a message as well here is his e-mail (matt@washingtonbeer.com).
     
  15. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,626) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Things could change, but it looks like I'll be pouring for Boundary starting around 2-2:30 for a couple hours, then be around trying some brews. I'll be wearing a hat with a logo that looks like my avatar, so say Hi!
     
  16. Mages64

    Mages64 Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2009 Washington
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    Any highlights or surprises?
     
  17. Wetpaperbag

    Wetpaperbag Defender (684) Aug 14, 2007 Washington

    I usually go to this event, but because I'm going to the NHC I thought I would give the liver a break.
     
  18. beefandbean22

    beefandbean22 Aspirant (293) Oct 15, 2008 Washington
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    Of the beers i had, i enjoyed kentucky dark star, skookum mammoth jack, snipes sour, and of course splinters from black raven. Lantern brewing also had a nice tripel and sour.
     
  19. HuskyinPDX

    HuskyinPDX Poo-Bah (2,483) Jan 23, 2011 Washington
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    Kentucky Dark Star and the Brother from Fremont. The whiskey Lager from Emerald City was good also. Kity Kat was interesting. I was disappointed with Christmas Duck.
     
  20. HuskyinPDX

    HuskyinPDX Poo-Bah (2,483) Jan 23, 2011 Washington
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    Oh, and bring last years WABL glass if you still have it. This year's glass is about a third the size.
     
  21. honkduh

    honkduh Aspirant (261) Jun 2, 2011 Oregon
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    The chocolate cinnamon porter from Port Townsend was pretty good/interesting. Bring water!
     
  22. adkieffer

    adkieffer Disciple (326) Nov 23, 2010 Washington

    Thanks for the tip on the glass, I will make sure to bring it. Gonna be there tomorrow. Looking forward to trying the Skookum sour.
     
  23. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (983) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Had a great time today, but still bummed that 99.9% of all the sours were Friday only.
     
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  24. adkieffer

    adkieffer Disciple (326) Nov 23, 2010 Washington

    What about the Snipe's and Lantern's sour?
     
  25. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (983) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Lantern's Sour Pale was Friday only according to the brewmaster. It wasn't listed that way in the program, but I found out the truth after waiting in line.

    Snipe's Quincineria was also Friday only, according to the program.

    Oh, I was the guy in the Boneyard hoodie pushing around a little one in a BOB stroller. Really had a fantastic time with my wife, mom and friends. My little girl was wearing her Tiny Pliny shirt, but slept about 90% of the time we were there.
     
  26. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    The engine nine kriek they had a the buzz station yesterday was awesome
     
  27. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (983) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Yeah, didn't bother reading the program in full so I didn't know about the Buzz Tent until the drive home. Oh well!

    Really enjoyed the Pour Les Oiseaux over at Black Raven. Their Pina Colada IPA was ok, but a little too-coconut forward for me.
     
  28. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    Yeah Pour Les Oiseaux is really good, I didn't get any because the line for Black Raven was unreal and I go to the brewery with my parents about once a week so I figured I'd skip their tent and try some beers I haven't had. The session ipa from 2 beer was awesome.
     
  29. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (983) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Living in Greenlake and having a strong dislike of the Eastside, I've only been to Black Raven twice. Their line wasn't too bad, it was actually the same size at 11:30 and 2:30. Ended up having Wisdom Seeker, Pour Les Oiseaux and Pina Colada.

    Also, did anyone else notice that Trade Route's banner referred to them as Northwest Brewing Co.? Not sure what that's about, but I'm guessing the beer hasn't magically improved.
     
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  30. honkduh

    honkduh Aspirant (261) Jun 2, 2011 Oregon
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    yeah I noticed that as well.
     
  31. youradhere

    youradhere Devotee (487) Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    Had a pretty good time there Sunday with the wife as dd, had some extended family there to hang as well. We all got pretty tatered on some good beers and all had a good time. Food was on the expensive side, might picnic next year. Skookum and black raven were the best breweries IMO.
     
  32. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,626) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    I ended up pouring longer than I anticipated, so didn't get to try many beers. Did try brews from 12 String (meh-OK range) and 12 Bar (decent, will improve). Did spend some time in the brewers lounge where there was a keg of ZZ Hop from Ram, so that kinda made up for it. I thought the location was decent, although the ground was very uneven. Saw a couple people fall, just from all the little bumps in the ground. Hopefully next year, I can pour one day and explore the next. Still among my favorite local festivals.
     
  33. youradhere

    youradhere Devotee (487) Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    Man you aren't kidding! I thought it was kind of funny though, as even the sober people had a hard time walking, kind of like a "drunk simulator" or something lol. It made me walk more carefully though, and was sort of fun trying to walk straight.
     
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  34. adkieffer

    adkieffer Disciple (326) Nov 23, 2010 Washington

    The highlights of the day for me were the apricot sour at Schooner Exact and barrel aged stout from Skookum that was at the buzz station starting at 2pm Sunday. Scuttlebutt's Darktopia was pretty tasty too.
     
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