Its Time For Washington IPA Festivals!
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)
- Anderson Valley Anniversary Imperial
- Avery Maharaja Imperial
- Bear Republic Racer 5
- Beer Valley Leafer Madness Double
- Big Time Bhagwan’s Best
- Big Time Scarlett Fire
- Black Raven Trickster
- Boulder Mojo
- Boundary Bay Imperial
- Diamond Knot
- Dick’s Imperial
- Dogfish Head 90 Minute
- Elysian Idiot Sauvin
- Everybody’s Brewing Goodwill
- Firestone Walker Union Jack
- Fremont Interurban
- Full Sail Spotless
- Georgetown Lucille Cask
- Great Divide Titan
- Green Flash West Coast
- Harmon Single Hop
- Hopwork’s Organic
- Hale’s Over the Hop
- Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
- Laughing Dog Devil Dog Imperial
- Laurelwood Workhorse
- Left Hand 400lb Monkey
- Maritime Pacific Double Dry Hopped Imperial
- Midnight Sun Meltdown Double
- New Belgium Ranger
- Ninkasi Dry Hopped Tricerahops
- Northern Lights
- Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial
- Pike Double IPA
- Port Brewing Mongo
- Port Townsend Imperial (rarely seen)
- Schooner Exact Virgil Imperial Cask
- Scuttlebutt Hoptopia Double
- Southern Tier Randall
- Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial
- Stone Double Dry Hopped
- Two Beers Peach-Infused Summer Hop
- Victory Hop Wallop Randall
- Walking Man Homo Erectus
- 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!