Unless you’ve were hiding out under a rock this past weekend, you know that the Washington Brewer’s Fest was happening at Marymoor in Redmond. This annual event takes place on Father’s Day weekend – Friday through Saturday. This is, by far, my favorite festival. Maybe I’m biased, but I think Washington beer is the best and this is the place to try the best local breweries, including those that aren’t so “local”.
Usually we attend on Saturday, but this year we had a scheduling conflict, so we ended up going Friday night. I have to say, it was kind of a pleasant change. There were significantly less people in attendance which meant shorter lines everywhere! Friday night is also 21+, which meant no kiddos running around. There were, however, a few downsides to attending Friday…there were a few missing breweries, a few brews that were only being poured Sat/Sun, and a lot less food trucks than I remember from past years. We still had a great time though and tried some really great brews from both favorite breweries as well as new breweries.
Here’s my official “review”.
Reuben’s Brews : Blimey That’s Bitter (Triple IPA)
All I can say is WOW! This is one BIG beer that I loved every sip of! Hops so big & juicy you almost had to chew through it. In my book, Reuben’s cannot brew a bad beer.
Heathen Brewing : Transgression IPA
I was hesitant to try this one…I’m not sure why, but I’m sure glad I did! They were pouring 2 IPA’s and this one was, according to the brewery rep “more hop forward”. Sounds good to me! It was everything I like in a IPA – tropical & citrusy. Keep your eyes on this brewery – I think they’re on the right track! I’m hoping to visit them on our way to Bend later this summer.
Strong Arm Brewing : Coconut Porter
I like a good dark beer in the fall & winter, but I usually don’t favor these in the summer. Well, Friday was no warm sunny day and with the cloud cover and temps in the 50’s, it almost felt like fall. This was porter was a perfect combo of dark roasty cocoa/coffee to warm you up on a cool fall day and coconut to make you lust for a warm tropical beach. This was a first taste from Strong Arm and I definitely want to try more!
Stoup Brewing : Citra IPA
I’ve been wanting to check out Stoup for a while now. I first heard about them when they ordered a regulator from my company a few months ago and I processed their order. Citra hops are one of my faves and this IPA did not disappoint. It was grapefruity & refreshing. Stoup is definitely on my short list for breweries to visit soon.
Two Beers Brewing : Evo IPA (mango & simcoe randall)
The first time I ever tried Two Beers Evo IPA was at the Winter Brewfest a few years back. It was infused with mango and apricot and I instantly fell in love. Since then, it’s been a rare occurrence to find the Evo infused with mango and/or apricot. Apparently Friday was my lucky day! So good!
Being the DD, I wasn’t able to partake in full tastes of all of the brews I wanted – some were just sips from the hubs, but they were all really good.
Also among the sips were:
Backwoods Brewing : The Bumbler
The Ram : Paradisi Pale
Schooner Exact : First Session IPA
Pike Brewing : Double Hopulus IPA
Skookum Brewing : Hopinoscopy
So, tell me…what did you try? Loves? Hates? Leave them in the comments!
Cheers to another a great WABF!