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Enumclaw Oktoberfest: Community Festival and Beer

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Enumclaw Oktoberfest is a community festival, featuring German music and dance. Although the King County Fairgrounds have been converted into the Enumclaw Exposition Center, it retains part of a fair atmosphere. A variety of vendors offered an assortment of food, novelty and crafted items for purchase. The food ranged from traditional bratwurst to BBQ to Yakisoba.  Joe’s Smoked Bratwust was so good we had two!

WABL at Oktoberfest

WABL at Oktoberfest

Most people equate Oktoberfest with beer and there was plenty of Washington beer to choose from at the Enumclaw Oktoberfest. The Washington Beer Commission organized the beer garden at the Enumclaw Oktoberfest and they have ensured that you have a wide number of Washington beers to choose from.  Beer drinkers have the option of purchasing just tokens and drinking their beer out of plastic party cups or purchasing a souvenier stein to enjoy their beer in style. WABL members received their WABL glass steins for free for this event. In addition, they had access to the special WABL beer brewed exclusively for WABL members.

Snoqualmie Extra Special Butternut

Snoqualmie Extra Special Butternut

We started off with the special WABL beer, Snoqualmie Brewery ESB aka Extra Special Butternut. It was one of our favorite beers of the night. It has a bright butternut color and smells like autumn harvest in a glass. The butternut adds a subtle nutty characteristic and adds a whole new layer of complexity to the malt profile. This beer from Snoqualmie Brewery was smooth and delicious. It was made with 300 pounds of butternut squash added to a non-spiced malty autumn ale with Glacier and Spalt hops.

We also really liked Harmon Brewery’s Harmon’s Killer Brew. This tasted like a cask conditioned beer, served almost flat and at room temperature. It was also a great orangish gold color with a trace of cloudiness. This Washington beer was velvety and complex. We weren’t the only ones liking this beer. A colleague was practically orgasmic over this one.

Chuckanut Brewery’s Oktoberfest beer was a Golden Oktoberfest style brew. This was a easy sipper and a great session beer. you could definitely pound these in between your polkas!

Trade Route Brewery

Trade Route Brewery

Trade Route Brewing Co. Chieftain Pale ale was a crisp and hoppy treat. Amber colored and full flavored. (Don’t forget Trade Route’s Grand Opening, Oct 17 & 18 in their new Pacific location).

7 Seas Brewing Company’s Ballz Deep Double Deep IPA was a very unusual IPA. First, it was a deep amber, almost caramel color. Second, in many IPAs you can forget that there is even such a thing as malted barley. That isn’t the case with this Washington IPA. This 7 Seas Brewing Company IPA is packed with Pale Ale and Crystal malt. It gives the beer an unusual combination of malty sweetness and bitter resin flavors.

Although we make a goal of trying the new and unusual at brewfests, we could not resist the siren call of two of our favorite stouts: Iron Horse Brewery’s Quilter Irish Death and Georgetown Brewery’s Lisa’s Chocolate Stout.  These stouts are classic examples of why I am a WAshington Beer Lover (WABL)!

7 Seas Brewing Co. Gig Harbor, WA Cutt’s Ale
British Pale Ale
Ballz Deep Double IPA
Alpine Brewing Co. Oroville, WA Alipin Oktoberfest
Alpine Pilsner
Baron Brewing Co. Seattle, WA Baron Oktoberfest
Baron Pilsner
Big Al Brewing Co. Seattle, WA Big Al Irish Red
Papa Charlie’s Pale Ale
Fresh Hopped Harvest Ale
Local Hero #4 Brown
Chuckanut Brewing & Kitchen Bellingham, WA Chuckanut Oktoberfest
Chuckanut Pilsner
Diamond Knot Brewing Co. Mukilteo, WA Vienna
Brown Ale
IPA
Fish Brewing Co. Olympia, WA Leavenworth Oktoberfest Ale
Leavenworth Eightmile Alt
Fish Tale Organiz Pale Ale
Spire Mountain Dark & Dry Apple Cider
Georgetown Brewing Co. Seattle, WA Roger’s Pilsner
Manny’s Pale Ale
Lisa’s Chocolate Stout
Harmon Restaurant & Brewery Tacoma, WA Harmon’s Killer Brew
Point Defiance IPA
Iron Horse Brewery Ellensburg, WA Quilter’s Irish Death
Light Rail Ale
Mocha Porter
Pyramid Breweries Seattle, WA Haywire
Snow Cap
Thunderhead IPA
Brewer’s handle
Snipes Mountain Brewery Sunnyside, WA Late Oktoberfest
Coyote Moon
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co. Snoqualmie, WA Harvest Moon
Haystack Hefe
Trade Route Brewing Co. Seattle, WA Jet Stream Lager
Ginger Pale Ale
Chieftain Pale Ale
Big Al Brewery

Big Al Brewery

And don’t forget the fun! There was a lot of funny hats, braids and giggle gear in addition to the more traditional Oktoberfest garb. Check out the photo gallery on our Facebook page.

6 Responses to “Enumclaw Oktoberfest: Community Festival and Beer”

  1. Vivian Mycroft says:

    Thanks for introducing me to WABL & Quilter’s Irish Death. One of my three favorites I tasted at the Enumclaw Octoberfest. The ESB (Butternut squash) was a great surprise!

  2. Deb says:

    Harmon’s Killer Brew: named after famed Minnesota Twins player Harmon Killebrew. How poetic that this blog was written while the Twins were battling the damned Yankees in post-season.

    The Twins are out, but I can’t wait to try this beer.

    • Bean says:

      Deb,
      Thanks for the story behind the name of Harmon’s Killer Brew. I don’t know if it is safe to admit in the autumn that I am not much of a baseball fan, but I love it when there is a story behind a beer!

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