Bremerton Summer Brewfest 2014

Q.  What do you get when you gather up 30 breweries, more than 100 very different beers and put them in the downtown area of the home to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 100 degree heat? Besides cooked festival goers.

The Bremerton Summer Brewfest

To say the West Sound brewers are creative would rank as one of the world’s greatest understatements. It should be no surprise, since they are the ones largely responsible for the success of the Strange Brewfest in January each year.

It’s an easy 60 minute ferry ride from Seattle to Bremerton, made especially enjoyable by the great weather all day long. The festival was just a few blocks from the ferry terminal, the beautiful harbor and nearby shipyards.

I had a beer that looked like an IPA but tasted like a stout. That would be the aptly named Mind Funk from Rainy Daze Brewing. I had beers with raspberries plunked in them, beers brewed with hibiscus, filtered through randalls with a variety of ingredients (like cherries, vanilla bean, banana amping up a great Belgian dubbel). There was a rhubarb beer randalled with strawberries from Slippery Pig Brewing. Tasted just like a strawberry/rhubarb pie from Remlinger Farms.

Note: If you don’t know what a randall is – you can get some pretty good information about them here.

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing makes a darn good porter (Possession Porter), but at this festival they filtered it through a randall filled with Almond Joy. DEEEEEEliscious.

If the Ruski Porridge Oatmeal Stout from Dirty Bucket Brewing wasn’t a lot of beer already, you might have liked it even better filtered through fresh coffee. I know I did. Not to be outdone, Elysian Brewing filtered their Dragonstooth Stout through a randall with cracked espresso beans and muddled mint. Junior Mints on steroids.

I did not stay for the release of Fremont Brewing‘s brew called The First Nail – an epic oatmeal stout with brewer’s licorice, smoked barley and aged on cinnamon bark. It was too danged hot. People were inventing ways to create shade to beat the heat as you can see in the pictures below.

Standing in the lines got a bit on the warm side. Fortunately they moved pretty quickly.
People found shade anywhere they could; under trees, tents, in alleys and under awnings.

The event was very well attended. In fact there was a healthy line of folks wanting to come in as we were leaving.

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Bob Shoemaker

Grew up in Renton, WA. Writer. Photographer. Homebrewer. Woodworker. Beer lover. UW grad. - 14 years in Marketing and Advertising communications - 16 years in technical product support, quality, loyalty, support analyst - 12 years as communications business owner