Last year’s inaugural Penumbra Beer Bash was a landmark event for the Seattle beer scene. Beer and music have been two of my passions throughout life, and a local festival that embraces both equally is something that I had hoped for. Lucky for me, organizer Mark Leavens (often seen behind the bar at Schooner Exact) feels strongly enough about such an event that he took the idea and ran with it. Now, the festival is back for its second year on March 29.
The event’s tagline pretty much says it all: “Great Local Bands Meet the Best Northwest Brews”. This year’s band lineup will include Broken Water, Dude York, Chastity Belt, The Shivas, The Comettes and DJ sets by Peel Slowly. If you want a preview of these bands, check out this playlist on Spotify. I am only vaguely familiar with a couple of the bands, but after listening to a few songs it is safe to say I’m excited. Last year’s event was truly rocking, and I expect nothing less this year.
They also recently announced the 26 breweries that will be pouring, including the likes of Boneyard, Silver City, Stoup, Crux Fermentation, Standard Brewing and many more. They are still ironing out the beer lineup, so leave a comment here if you want to see something in particular from one of these breweries. Last year’s lineup was no joke. It included beers like Silver City Fat Woody Scotch Ale, Boneyard Hop Venom and Suge Knite Imperial Stout, Fremont Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Hale’s Bourbon Aged Russian Imperial Stout and many other interesting brews. I’m sure there will also be some session brews to help you keep a bit of self control throughout the night; the 3.6% ABV mild from Machine House was a go-to for me last year.
The Pine Box will be joining in on the fun again by bringing their 12 Randalls out to play. 12 beers will pour through the Randalls with various specialty ingredients infusing unique flavors. I’m guessing that for many people at the event drawn by the music, this will be the first time they will have ever seen one of these contraptions, let alone 12.
The event will again take place at King’s Hall, which is located close to the Mount Baker Light Rail station. It’s not exactly a central venue, but the proximity to the Light Rail makes getting there and then back downtown a snap. I thought the venue was pretty great last year.
Tickets are $25 and come with 7 tasting tokens and a commemorative tasting cup. More tasting tokens can be purchased for $1.50/EA, 4 for $5, or 10 for $10. There are also a limited number of VIP tickets for $50 that include beer tokens plus the full flight of 12 Randall beers, as well as early entry to the event and a private performance by a local musical Genius Award recipient.
Tickets will be available online at Stranger Tickets starting on February 12. This event sold out in advance last year and you can plan on a repeat sellout for this year. Get tickets when you can.