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!
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.
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 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|
|Baron Brewing Co.||Seattle, WA||Baron Oktoberfest|
|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|
|Diamond Knot Brewing Co.||Mukilteo, WA||Vienna|
|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|
|Pyramid Breweries||Seattle, WA||Haywire|
|Snipes Mountain Brewery||Sunnyside, WA||Late Oktoberfest|
|Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co.||Snoqualmie, WA||Harvest Moon|
|Trade Route Brewing Co.||Seattle, WA||Jet Stream Lager|
|Ginger Pale Ale|
|Chieftain Pale Ale|
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.