Four Corners. Twenty eager and able brewers. Eighty-five degrees. Bright sunshine with a light breeze. Just what you want for a community beer festival. Shoreline area residents treated themselves to a great summer neighborhood get-together slash fund-raiser for the communities of Richmond Beach, Richmond Highlands, Innis Arden and Hillwood.
You meet the most interesting people at beer festivals, from novice to expert, enthusiastic to “are you done yet” tagalongs. Pretty much everyone found something to like at this festival. If not a beer, then maybe the great food, the mellow music, or just being out in the sun on a beautiful Pacific Northwest Saturday afternoon. (click to see larger images)
Many north end brewers brought some very tasty treats for us to try. Mostly “summer beers”, that is blondes, wits, fruit infused beers, and of course the IPA and IIPAs. A few bold souls shared my love of malt, though, and brought along some browns and a couple stouts. I was a bit disappointed that perhaps my all-time favorite summer beer (and last year’s People’s Choice winner), Summer Creamsicle, made by Rick Ellersick at Big E’s brewery was not available. He did bring three very nice beers, though.
Other beers of note included the Oatmeal Stout from Brickyard Brewing, an Oaked Arrogant Bastard from Stone Brewing, the Blackberry Ale from Big E’s, British Pale from 7 Seas, and a Blonde Ale from Diamond Knot.
Even though this event is small and relatively pricey for the short time it is open (3-7pm), it warrants a slot on next year’s calendar. There are areas for improvement. A key point is that they don’t allow the purchase of extra tokens (you get 10, but the tastes are small).
Still, the music was good, the food, even better, adding value to the price of admission. An especially nice touch was the presence of a basket of peanuts and pretzels at each brewer’s table, BBQ on the patio and buffet in the main hall. Nicely done, people.
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