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Its Time For Washington IPA Festivals!

Its time to gear up hopfests abound! Its IPA time.

So, its the end of the Summer. Dammit. If you live in Seattle, you are probably wondering whether it actually ever began. Plagued with bad weather through the warm months, most of us simply keep waiting for it.

But alas, the end of Summer brings positives. Namely – IPA. Typically, brewers start accessing hop crop and can begin dry-hopping their tasty hop bombs. This allows many to hold their hop festivals, serving the best in IPA grog.

 

Brouwers Cafe Hopfest

We are huge fans of Brouwers Cafe’s Hopfest, which goes down on September 10, 2010 at 11 AM. The festival will showcase some 60 IPAs on tap. It promises to be one of the best attended beer events in Seattle, each year.

Typically, Brouwers rounds up a keg of Pliny the Younger and Firestone Double Jack for the occasion. Lets hope it happens again.

Keep checking out their website for more details. A recent tweet was sent requesting that brewers start sending word to the bar whether or not they will be sending a beer for the festival. We should soon know what will be poured.

 

Yakima Fresh Hop Festival

The altar of hop might be the annual Fresh Hop Festival in the hop valley that is Yakima, Washington. Producing more than 70% of the hops used in American beer, makes Yakima the source for the freshest hops on the planet.

Each year, the Fresh Hop Festival puts about a dozen brewers to the test of producing a “fresh hop” ale, made with hops plucked from the vine less than 24 hours before they are placed in the kettle. In the past, Laughing Dog Brewing, Snipes Mountain Brewing and Iron Horse Brewing have put out favorites.

This festival is held October 3, 2010 from 5PM – 10PM in the heart of downtown Yakima. You can typically grab a hotel within blocks of the event for about $100.00, but you want to grab that soon. They book quickly.

 

Parkway Tavern’s IPA Festival

Finally, the Parkways Tavern IPA Fest is already taking shape. The event will be held at Parkway’s excellent pub in the historic area of Tacoma, on September 28-29.

Parkway sent out a preliminary list of beers today, which includes the following:

 

(some impressive choices are bolded)

  1. Anderson Valley Anniversary Imperial
  2. Avery Maharaja Imperial
  3. Bear Republic Racer 5
  4. Beer Valley Leafer Madness Double
  5. Big Time Bhagwan’s Best
  6. Big Time Scarlett Fire
  7. Black Raven Trickster
  8. Boulder Mojo
  9. Boundary Bay Imperial
  10. Caldera
  11. Diamond Knot
  12. Dick’s Imperial
  13. Dogfish Head 90 Minute
  14. Elysian Idiot Sauvin
  15. Everybody’s Brewing Goodwill
  16. Firestone Walker Union Jack
  17. Fremont Interurban
  18. Full Sail Spotless
  19. Georgetown Lucille Cask
  20. Great Divide Titan
  21. Green Flash West Coast
  22. Harmon Single Hop
  23. Hopwork’s Organic
  24. Hale’s Over the Hop
  25. Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
  26. Laughing Dog Devil Dog Imperial
  27. Laurelwood Workhorse
  28. Left Hand 400lb Monkey
  29. Maritime Pacific Double Dry Hopped Imperial
  30. Midnight Sun Meltdown Double
  31. New Belgium Ranger
  32. Ninkasi Dry Hopped Tricerahops
  33. Northern Lights
  34. Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial
  35. Pike Double IPA
  36. Port Brewing Mongo
  37. Port Townsend Imperial (rarely seen)
  38. Schooner Exact Virgil Imperial Cask
  39. Scuttlebutt Hoptopia Double
  40. Southern Tier Randall
  41. Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial
  42. Stone Double Dry Hopped
  43. Two Beers Peach-Infused Summer Hop
  44. Victory Hop Wallop Randall
  45. Walking Man Homo Erectus
  46. Widmer Deadlift Imperial

 

Hope to see you all out for same IPA sipping this summer! Let us know if there are any other events coming up that bear mention here at Beer Blotter!

 

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