Washington Brewers Festival Offers Seasonals, Rarities, and Favorites

June 8th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Events, Washington Breweries

Georgetown Lisa's Chocolate Stout was a buzz beer at last year's festival.

The 2010 Washington Brewers Festival will be here before you know it. In just over a  week the fun will start with a 21+ session on the night of Friday, June 18, and then Saturday and Sunday will follow with a family-friendly, all ages atmosphere. The full lineup of beers is on the website (subject to changes and updates), including the Seattle Beer News/Big Al Brewing Passive Aggressive Wheat that I recently announced. This year’s lineup looks pretty stellar, and they haven’t even announced what beers they will be pouring from the rotating “Buzz Cart”, which will feature some truly special brews. Here are some beers and breweries that might be worth your tokens:

Black Raven _____ – Just fill in the blank with one of the five enticing beers they have on the list. They aren’t bringing a single beer from their “standard” lineup, just specialties that make people like me drool. The Wisdom Seeker Double IPA just might be the first beer of the weekend to kick, but then you’ll have to choose from the Malt & Vine 3rd Anniversary, Jerked Brown Porter, Spinters, or Coco Jones (Friday only).

Alpine Hefeweizen – This traditional Bavarian-style hefeweizen is just what the doctor ordered if we get ourselves some sun. If you are a fan of the style, this is a must-hit.

Fremont Solstice Pale Ale – This summer seasonal from Fremont is brewed primarily with Amarillo hops, and it packs in a lot of hop flavor without too much bitterness. The malt backbone is nice and light to keep it very drinkable. You just may be heading over to the brewery to fill a growler after you try this one.

Schooner Exact Imperial Project #2: Virgil Gamachinator – This Friday night-only beer is the second in their experimental Imperial IPA series. The first attempt was top-notch, and I’m excited to try this one.

Stone Levitation – I was re-introduced to this 4.4% Amber Ale a few weeks ago, and it just might be at the top of my list of hoppy session beers. It’s very well-balanced, but the hop flavor shines. Stone is often known for their big, in your face beers, but this shows some true skill.

Snipes Mountain Cask Twangzister Sour Cherry Stout – Another Friday-only beer, and this one is for the sour freaks out there. You can’t go wrong with anything from Snipes, in my opinion, but they’ve done a nice job of experimenting with sours and this one could be interesting.

Georgetown Brewing Lucille IPA – This will be the first chance for many of us to try the new IPA from Georgetown. I’ve heard good things.


3 Comments so far ↓

  • Tim Nichols

    The twangzistor is really freakin’ good. I had it during Seattle Beer Week. Not to be missed!

  • Murphy

    I had the Fremont Solstice over the weekend at Pig ‘n Whistle in Greenwood. I was really blown away by this beer; crisp, refreshing, low in ABV I presume, but amazingly flavorful. Delicious!

  • Pat

    Lucille is unreal, its not going to blow your top off with 120 IBUs or anything like that, but its perfectly balanced, i think it compares pretty closely to wipeout, perfect ipa in my opinion

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