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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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(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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We just got a message from Justin at the Green Frog Cafe Acoustic Tavern – a truly fine place to drink craft beer in Bellingham. We’re going to start adding Green Frog events to our soon-to-be-revamped Events Calendar. In the meantime, here’s what Justin told us.

We have a series of biweekly Brewers’ Nights that have been going on for about 8 months now, primarily featuring Washington beers. We are proud to host Big Al Brewing tonight, and we have several more Seattle area breweries lined up for the summer. Here are the dates we have scheduled so far:

June 10: Lazy Boy
June 24: Pike
July 8: Schooner Exact
July 22: Two Beers

We pride ourselves on getting beer that you can’t get anywhere else around here, and we’d love to be a part of the WA Beer Blog. We’re now following you on Twitter as well (@acoustictavern).

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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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Tonight (Fri. May 22, 7:00 pm) the Red Hot in Tacoma will be tapping a firkin of dry-hop 3 Grid IPA from Schooner Exact. This is your opportunity to meet Matt McClung from Schooner Exact and talk to him about his beer. Pints will be just $3.50 until the firkin dies. The Red Hot is a great place for cool brews and hot dogs – located at 2914 6th Ave. in Tacoma.

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