The sun blessed us on Saturday, the second day of the Washington Brewer’s Fest at St. Edwards park. A crew of four today, we started the day with the Georgetown Brewery‘s special WABL only brew Lisa’s “The sun is trying to kill me” Chocolate Stout. We have very different beer palates, but this was one of the few beers that we all liked. I knew that this a Jeremy beer through and through and he didn’t disappoint. The other beer that we all agreed on was Iron Horse Brewery Quilter’s Irish Death Stout. They call this “beer candy” and it is full of dark malty sweetness. Very smooth drinking. One other beer won thumbs up from all four of us. It was actually a blend called Black and Blue from Northern Light brewery in Spokane. The longest line of all was to get a sample of that combination of their Blueberry Cream and Chocolate Dunkel beer. It had the most pronounced and accurate fruit flavor of any of the fruit beers that we sampled. It wasn’t a sweet beer, it was well balanced and full bodied and full flavored. It was an inspired combination. Yum!
Ed and I really enjoyed the Anacortes Aviator Dopplebock. Malty and smooth but not too sweet, this rich amber beer was a great brew. Ed went back for seconds! We also really enjoyed the Suffocater, an Imperial Amber from Cashmere Brewing. It was crisp and refreshing with the malts tempering the hop’s bitterness.
Ed and Jer enjoyed the very unique Pinetop Red Ale from Elliot Bay Brewery that was infused with Western Hemlock. This beer is for resiny hop lovers not malt geeks like Jonathan and I. It is a BIG beer with BIG flavor. Ed encouraged me to keep sipping it so my palate could acclimate but it wasn’t a beer that was going to grow on me. The resin flavor was too much for me. It reminded me of those old 1970’s Grapenut commercials about eating trees. I left it to the hop guys to enjoy it and they did.
Ed, Jer and I liked the Coconut Porter from Ram Restaurant and Brewery. Although it won the People’s Choice at Cask festival, Ed and I enjoyed this version of their Coconut Porter better than what we sampled at Cask Festival. This was a smooth porter with just a hint of coconut sweetness to it. It is a Porter first and a flavored porter second.
Jonathan and Jer enjoyed the Hood Canal Brewery Big Beef Oatmeal Stout. This was a hefty black stout with a luxurious thick creamy head on it.
Jeramie and I also enjoyed sipping the Vienna Lager from Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen. Crisp and light, it was a great summer time beer and it was a great match for our dinner.
Those were the beers that really stood out for us, but only a small portion of the beers that we tasted. Milder flavored beers have their time and place, but they tend to get overpowered at these events. We can’t really give them justice when our palates have been inundated with bitter hop bombs and malty sweetness all day. Jer has volunteered to be our coffee porter/coffee stout guy so look for his posts if you want to know more about those beers.
Although the festival revolves around beer, it is not the only thing that makes this event such a great experience. Food, friends, family, fun and music are all part of the mix. The guys were laughing at me dancing in my walker to the catchy tunes of the Senate. Ed got lots of pictures of the keg toss that you can check out on our Facebook page