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2013 Winter Brew Fest

Don’t miss out on some excellent beers at the Washington Beer Commission’s 2013 Winter Brewfest. Actually, it is virtually impossible not to miss out some fantastic beer when you are immersed in a world of 150 beers to try! Here were some of our favorites from Friday night.

WBW favorites

Some WBW Drinker/Writers

Some WBW Drinker/Writers

The drinker/writers of Wine Beer Washington tend to get glasses of different brews and share sips so we can experience as many beers as possible. Some beers are too good to be shared. Here is a list of the beers that we had to go back to get our own glasses of.  This list consists of some tried and true favorites and some beers from some of Washington’s newest breweries.

  • Duvall Springs Brewing: Red Door Raspberry Hefeweizen
  • Fremont Brewing Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale
  • Hale’s Ale 30th Anniversary Barley Wine
  • Silver City Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine and Nutcracker Belgian Brown Ale
  • Sound Brewing Entender Noel Belgian Quadruple
  • Strong Arm Brewing Imperial Cherry Chocolate Porter

We  also had our individual favorites because we have discerning and diverse palates. What were some of your favorite Winter Brewfest beers.

Elliott Bay Grinch is getting Max ready

Elliott Bay Grinch is getting Max ready

Festive

I love the diverse beers of Winter Brewfest. The brewers really show their creativity in their brews as well as in their booth decor. We saw everything from mobiles, Santas, elves, arm chairs by the Christmas tree and the infamous inflatable penguin from Ram’s Brewery.

New for Winter Brewfest 2013

The most exciting new things for 2013 wasn’t necessarily the cavernous new space but the number of new Washington craft breweries pouring their brews. I often expect some growing pains with a new brewery new breweries like Strong Arm Brewing really wowed me.

Setting up for Winter Brew Fest

Setting up for Winter Brew Fest

Hangar 30 in Magnesium Park is in deed a cavernous space. Tons of room to move around, I had no problem navigating the space. There were virtually no lines, even at the Black Raven booth! Talking with Winter Brew Fest veterans, several of us missed the coziness and camaraderie of Hales. The bright fluorescent lights, to be honest, were offensive. They gave me a horrible headache and kept the space with a warehouse feel instead of a winter Wonderland.

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