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Tonight (Thursday, June 11th) Black Raven Brewing will be at the Beveridge Place for a Brewers Night celebration. Come sample beers from one of Washington’s newest breweries. Beaux Bowman (with Andy and Kat) will bring some great beers from his new brewery in Redmond, including Trickster IPA (in a wooden cask), Tamerlane Brown Porter, Kristale Wheat, and Totem Northwest Pale! The fun gets started at 7:00 PM.

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We are once again reminding you that you need to consider your parking and transportation plan for this year’s “Mother of all Fathers Day beer festivals.” As we originally reported here, parking will be a bit tricky this year and you are encouraged to use the shuttle buses the festival organizers are providing.

Let’s face it, if you’re reading this blog you are probably a beer geek. Well, here’s a really good option. Go on Friday night. Unofficially, that’s beer geek night at the festival. Not only will parking be free on Friday night, but the brewers will be bringing out their most interesting and creative beers. For example, the other day I was fortunate enough to sample the cask-conditioned Pinetop Red Ale from Elliott Bay Brewery, which had been conditioned using fresh hemlock needles. You will only get this beer at the Friday night session of the Brewers Fest. (Read about that beer.)

Friday night is a 21+ event, so no kiddies allowed. If you sometimes get a bit annoyed by the hording masses that show up on Saturday and Sunday afternoon and interfere with your beer geek experience, this is the answer for you. (Remember the line at Laughing Buddha’s booth last year?) Friday night will offer you a smaller crowd, no kids, and select breweries serving select beers. There will be live music and food vendors as well. And there are no parking issues on Friday night!

Get the details at http://www.washingtonbeer.com/wabf.htm

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We just got this note from Manny at Georgetown Brewing –

This is your last chance to drink 2009 Bob’s. Come out to Sport Restaurant and Bar tonight for our FINAL Bob’s Brown fundraising/drinking event for the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. Phew… my liver needs a break. It should be a good one. Keg is tapped at 6PM and we’ll have some cool giveaways including an autographed Edgar Martinez Jersey (SWEET!). Hope to see you tonight. Cheers, -Manny

We here at the WBB say, “twist my arm.” While Sport isn’t a great beer bar, we are suckers for a worthy cause, we love to catch the M’s there, and they certainly do have a good Kobe beef burger. Maybe we’ll see you there?

Follow Up –

We went to the event last night. Hosted by Ian Furness (KJR sports radio), the evening included a raffle for some really cool prizes. Someone walked away with an autographed Edgar Martinez jersey. Someone else walked away with a luxury suite –which handles up to 16 people– for an upcoming Mariners game. Lots of other great stuff, too. We even scored some M’s tickets!

Bob's Brown Ale - Sport Restaurant

Bob's Brown Ale - Sport Restaurant

Just in case people were not in a giving mood, they showed a video about a young family that has lost two children to cancer. The video really drove home the point about the importance of Ronald McDonald House. It was “pin-drop” silent in there. Not a dry eye in the house. Ronald McDonald house really does provide an angelic service and we’re proud of Georgetown for supporting such a great cause.

The event was the last in the series. No more brown beer until next year. They were very close to reaching their goal of $50,000. We’ll assume they did. We saw a lot of people drinking brown beer.  Cheers to that and cheers to Bob!

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(Friday, June 5th) – Redmond’s Malt and Vine will be hosting a Pike Tasting tonight (5:30 – 7:30). Sample selections of Pike’s great beers. As a special treat, they’ll have a cask of Pike IPA. The truly adventerous can even try a vertical tasting of  the Pike Old Bawdy Barleywine.

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Seriously, if you’re going to the Washington Brewers Festival this Fathers Day weekend (and you should), you really need to read this and heed the advice.

The 2009 Washington Brewer’s Festival will be held June 19-21 at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore. Sometimes referred to as “the mother of all Fathers Day beer festivals,” this event is definitely the big daddy. What we’re talking about is approximately 50-something breweries pouring a couple hundred different beers. Most of the breweries are right here in Washington, though there are some out-of-state participants. If you love good beer, your attendance at this event is mandatory.

Parking! Transportation!

Parking is the big news this year. Currently there is construction going on at the park. As a result, parking is limited. On Saturday and Sunday, on-site parking is by permit only. Permits must be purchased in advance for $15. The parking fee will be donated to St. Edward State Park. The Washington Beer Commission has arrange shuttle buses from local park-and-rides. You can park at one of the P&Rs for free and catch a shuttle to the event. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the free shuttle. On-site parking is free on Friday (no permit required).

The Washington Beer Commission has spelled out the entire parking and transportation plan very well on their Web site. We strongly suggest that you visit the site and make your transportation plans according to their advice. http://www.washingtonbeer.com/directionswabf.htm

Festival Web Site – http://www.washingtonbeer.com/wabf.htm

About St Edward State Park

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A new beer festival is in the works in Tacoma. At this point, all we can really tell you is to mark the date – Saturday, October 3rd. We will keep you informed as more details come together. For now, here is the message we got from Chris down at the Red Hot in Tacoma (a great place for cool brews and hot dogs).

Myself and some other people who are passionate about craft beer are putting together the Tacoma Craft Beer Fest on Saturday October 3rd. It will take place at The Foss Waterway Seaport. 30,000 sq. foot building, outdoor promenade, should be a great time. Space and date is secured, details are being worked out.

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NAOBFThis year’s North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF) in Portland, OR will showcase organic beers from more than 40 breweries. The list of participants includes three Washington Breweries: Elliott Bay Brewery, Fish Tale Ales, and Pike Brewing. The event will take place at Portland’s Overlook Park the last weekend in June (26th, 27th, and 29th).

Overlook Park is located just north of downtown Portland, overlooking the Willamette River and the city. It is on the MAX yellow line. Festival goers are encouraged to use public transportation. Show your validated Tri-Met ticket and get a dollar off your tasting fee. There is no parking at Overlook Park. This is, after all, a festival to celebrates sustainability.

Admission is free. Participation in beer tasting is $6 for a reusable, yet compostable, cornstarch tasting glass and samples are $1 a ticket. A full glass is 4 tickets. Strong beers (over 8% ABV) and certain imported beers will cost more.

Beers poured at the NAOBF range from pilsner to porter, amber ale to Belgian wit, and plenty of Northwest India Pale Ales. Last year the event poured over 75 different organic beers, drew about 15,000 attendees and raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Oregon Tilth (a certification body dedicated to organic agriculture), and brought in hundreds of cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank. This year, the NAOBF is proud to add a new beneficiary to the list–Willamette Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to protect and restore the Willamette River.

For more details, visit the NAOBF Web site.

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