Washington Brewer’s Festival 2014 – Father’s Day Weekend at Marymoor Park

Ray and I had been looking forward to attending the Washington Brewer’s Festival for months, and it certainly lived up to the hype. The Brewer’s Festival was held Father’s Day weekend at Marymoor Park in Redmond, and featured over 300 different beers from 88 different Washington breweries.

We attended on Saturday, and got in line for entrance around 11 am. The line went fast, but the wait was at least 20 minutes. Next year, we’ll try to get there a little earlier.

WABL Brewers Festival 2014 Front Gate

After checking in and getting our wristbands, glasses, and tokens, we headed over to the WABL tent to receive a special glass tasting glass and 2 extra tokens (WABL members received these at the festival as a member benefit, and extra tokens and glasses were available for purchase for non-members).

My first taste of the day was the Banshee Wail, a smooth Scotch Ale from Charging Hippo Brewing Co. We were happy to meet brewer Kyle Stevens at the pour station as well! Ray loaded up with another Zombie Jesus and we were on our way.

WABL Brewers Festival 2014 Charging Hippo Justice BrewingWe met up with friends and walked over to the Root Beer Garden to get a soft drink for the kid in the group. I was impressed that they had not only craft root beer, but also Strawberry Rhubarb by Fremont Brewing that Ray picked up. It was quite tasty.

A great addition to a beer fest is food, and they arranged for various food trucks. We happily stopped at Where Ya At, Matt! (their jambalaya is amazing!)

When you love beer as much as we do, trying just a few is pretty difficult. We tried to visit booths of breweries new to us, and to try out new brews from favorite breweries. Next year, we’ll have to go more than one day!

Some of the beers we tried:

NW Peaks:  Gose and the Snowfield Winter Ale. NW Peaks is one of the breweries that has never disappointed me. Everything I’ve tried from them has been very good, very solid. The Gose was a wonderfully nice, lightly salty, yet sour beer.

Foggy Noggin Brewing: the Rufus IPA, a smooth, carmelly English IPA.

Strong Arm Brewing: Naked Bootleg Summer Wit. Very refreshing – a great summer beer!

WABL Brewers Festival 2014 Strong Arm Brewing

Long lines at Strong Arm!

Justice Brewing: White and Radical, a radler, (like a shandy) made with orange soda.

Laht Neppur Brewing: Spiced Peaches ‘N’ Cream Ale, a subtle spice ale that I wished would have been more peachy and creamy. Won a Gold for Specialty Beer.

Skookum Brewery: Breakfast of Crows, an oak-aged Imperial Stout soaked in sour mash. Very rich, deep, full taste; a not overly-sweet chocolate and coffee stout. Very nice.

WABL Brewers Festival 2014 Skookum BreweryNorthwest Brewing: Bad Panda Ginger Pale Ale, a pale ale with ginger and orange taste. Very light and nice.

Old Schoolhouse Brewery: Ruud Awakening IPA. Won a Bronze in American-Style India Pale Ale.

Triplehorn Brewing: Intervention, a barrel-aged Imperial IPA, hopped with Amarillo hops. So smooth – malty, hoppy, slight spice.

Wingman Brewers: Peanut Butter Porter. {Peanut. Butter. Porter.} This was so good, I used two tokens and convinced one of my friends to get one for himself as well. Smooth, creamy, with chocolate and peanut butter flavor. Very yum.

WABL Brewers Festival 2014 Wingman Brewery Peanut Butter Porter

Dreams do come true.

North Sound Brewery: Lemongrass Blonde. This was a light blonde that had a bit much of the lemongrass taste, but was quite good.

Twelve String Brewing: Jam Session IPA, an easy drinking, malty IPA.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing: Zippy, a sweet lemon wheat ale.

WABL Brewers Festival 2014 Snoqualmie Falls ZippyTwo Beers Brewing was there with a Randall. On Saturday when we were there, they had their Evo IPA with mango and Simcoe hops.

WABL Brewers Festival 2014 Two Beers RandallAlso at the Brewer’s Festival were awards! A total of 460 beers were entered in the competition by 75 Washington breweries. Complete list of Award Winners.

Overall, a really good time. We got to hang out with friends, visit with local brewers, eat great food, and enjoy some of the best beers that Washington brewers have to offer. I’m already looking forward to next year!

Big kudos to Washington Beer Commission for putting on such a well-organized and fun event!

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