Sunday, February 3, 2013

Winter Beer Festival Guide

NW winter beer events

There's chainsaw carving, gnomes and beer, lots of it. where have you landed in the soggy pacific winter? Probably a winter beer festival.So many to choose, so little time, here's my favorites thus far.

Chocolate and Beer – February 10- Seattle
Theo's chocolate pairs with Seattle hometown favorite; Georgetown brewing for a great event benefitting autism. Chocolate and beer pairings, blues music, Macrina Bakery, and georgetown brewing reveals Lisa's Chocolate Stout. This brew uses 76 lbs of theo chocolate. Oh yeah and they're doing chocolate stout ice cream floats. Count me in.
Klaus the Elysian gnome always makes an appearance at WBF

Winter Beer Festival - December- Seattle
This one is “ family” as one insider puts it. Pretty much everyone you'd like to meet in Seattle beer's scene without the overwhelming crowd. Enjoy wintery beers from within the cozy goodness of Hale's Palladium. Good if you like big beers and pretty lights. Bad if you need outdoors, sunshine, and huge crowds.
Funk band at Strange Brew keeps the crowd grooving

Strange brew -Late January - Port Townsend
Again, small and intimate. Taste the most interesting beers of the Northwest in historic hippie town. Everyone brings their weirdest to this one and its another small winter festival. Good if you like small events, interesting ingredients, being off the beaten path. Bad for those who abhor; road trips, sailors, funk bands.
more gnomes at strangebrew
Winter Beer Festival -Early December- Portland
Big, weekend long, high gravity celebration. USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT. This is staged in downtown portland, the current epicenter of craft beer for the NW. Big crowds, long lines, and crazy-good winter beer selection from all over. As with all large beer festivals, I recommend showing up early on opening day. Volunteers are at their least cranky and you get the best selection. After 6pm, most everyone is very, very jolly so be a safe pedestrian.
check out local hotties in der town

Alefest- spring- Leavenworth Wa
Head over brilliant highway 2 to Alefest. Oktoberfest may get all the crazy kids in their trachten, but trust me Alefest is where it's at. Check out Icicle Brewing Company, enjoy the emerging spring beauty of the north cascades and indulge in some of the best East of the cascades has on offer. Many of these breweries rarely get any distribution in westside markets, so make sure to brag to your I-5 bound friends about your ultra rare finds.