It’s the WA Beer Commission’s beer fest for folks on the other side of the state! Gather in the crisp Fall air and sample beer from 40 different breweries pouring over 150 different beers - how will you choose? Friday is 21+, but Saturday is All Ages.
What better place to have a fresh hop fest than in the hop heartland? We truly have an embarrassment of riches here in the Northwest when it comes to hops - it’s easy to forget how lucky we are. Head out to this fest and you’re sure to have bragging rights for the rest of the year when you get the chance to drink more fresh hop beers than maybe anywhere on the face of the earth. We’ve got plans for our Fresh Hop Johnny Utah and Fresh Hop Lucille IPA to make the trip over the mountains, but the hops are ready when they’re ready, so we’ll see….. Moar fresh hops!!!!
The plan is to be there pouring either fresh hop Johnny Utah or fresh hop Lucille, but sometimes hops aren’t ready when you want them to be, so it’s possible that our fresh hop beer won't be ready in time for this fest. If that's the case, then we'll have to bail on this one. Stay tuned. They'll have more than 65 other fresh hop beers so you should go anyway. Fresh hops 4lyfe.
Sample beers from local breweries while learning the science behind beer! You’ll learn how beer is made, how to grow hops, why starch is important and how to crush a beer can with your head, safely. I might have made up that last part. Sean will be there pouring Bodhizafa IPA and Roger's Pilsner.
Astoria Waterfront at the Columbia River Maritime Museum
Pacific NW Brew Cup
Once you hit Dismal Nitch, head south to Astoria for the Pacific NW Brew Cup. We’ll be pouring our Johnny Utah Pale Ale and probably heckling sea lions. From a distance. A safe distance. Proceeds benefit local downtown revitalization efforts.
Their website says "The Downtown Coeur d’Alene Oktoberfest is heading into its 9th year and is coming in bigger than ever before! This two day event will feature 6 live bands, 30+ beers and ciders, three biergarten locations (two outdoors and one indoor) along with kegs scattered throughout downtown businesses. This fun filled weekend is complete with the Gran Fondo bike races on Saturday!" Ok let's go back to that "kegs scattered throughout downtown businesses" part, which sounds like some kind of beery adult scavenger hunt to me, which sounds like some kind of awesome. I'll prost to that!