Port Townsend Gets Strangely Brewed

Day One, or I should say, Night One of the popular Strange Brew Festival was a party of songs, dancing, and creatively concocted beers.  The festival is now in its eighth year and draws festival goers from all over the Northwest. The beers are primarily from breweries on the Olympic Peninsula. It is three days of unbridled fun.

That’s right! One ticket – three days. Just show your wrist band from your first day and c’mon in. The additional tokens (you get four to start) are $1.50. For a better deal – especially if you are sharing them – you get 30 tokens for $20. Each day there are adidtional brewers and different beers to try.


Here are some of the unusual brews that were available to sample:

  • Seven Seas (Gig Harbor) – Seven Bloody Seas – a brewer’s take on the traditional bloody Mary, using syracho, worcestershire sauce, celery salt and horseradish, tomato juice and a green bean.
  • Wingman (Tacoma) – Chick-O-Brew – coconut and peanut butter brew inspired by the popular Chick-O-Stick candy bar
  • Big Al’s (Seattle) – Nut Warmer – a peanut butter and dark ale inspired by Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup candy.
  • Pike Brewing (Seattle) – Firkins Wood Aged Sour Cherry Stout
  • Slippery Pig (Poulsbo) – “Mike” – Doug Fir IPA
  • Valholl (Port Townsend) – Heroet (Braggot), and Valhollapeno
  • Fremont (Seattle) – Captain McKracken Cascadian Black Squid IPA, Margarita Pizza
  • Hales (Seattle) – Bacon Pale Ale, Cherry Troll Porter, Andale jalepeno supergoose IPA
  • New Belgium (Fort Collins, CO) – Clutch – imperial stout blended with oak-aged sour beer, Cocoa Mole – dark ale with lots of caramel and chocolate malt, with cocoa, ancho, guajillo and chipotle peppers.

You get the idea. For the less adventurous companions of the hard core Strange Brew enthusiasts, there was a bar with wine, and a variety of “normal” Silver City and Port Townsend Brewery brews.

On Saturday, an outdoor beer garden was available with food and chain saw master Steve Backus.

It is a very unique event and a great reason to visit Port Townsend Brewing.


Photography and content by Bob Shoemaker
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