Tacoma Craft Beer Festival

By | September 11, 2013

On short notice, I accepted an invitation to the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival. I should have ridden my bicycle, to kick off the CYCLEBUTTCRACK BEER run series, but it was last minute, and the best cycling route to Tacoma is about 40 miles.  I’m pretty embarrassed, so in order to avoid the scorn of the dozens and dozens of people who read my blog, lets not call this a BEER Run….Let’s call it a CYCLEBUTTCRACK BEER Extra. The BEER Jersey gets some good exposure and I get to drink some tasty beverages. And, let’s be honest, with the amount of beer I consumed, riding my bike home would not have been fun at all!

So a little run down of the festival:

  • 70+ Breweries on hand.
  • $30 for 10 tastes
  • Located at Cheney Stadium in fabulous Tacoma, WA
  • $10 for parking (on top of the ticket to get into the event?! You have to be kidding.)
That is a lot of breweries, so my strategy was to avoid the brands I am familiar with. Instead I scouted for unfamiliar local breweries to target for future BEER Runs. I’ll share a few highlights, and I hope you will forgive me if I don’t remember every detail….remember, 10 tastes. and those tasting glasses were nicely sized!
  • DUO Brewing from Puyallup, Washington.  
  • Rainy Daze Brewing from Silverdale, WA  Their Mind Funk looked like an ale, but tasted like and had the mouth feel of a good coffee porter.  Totally unexpected and the group I was with all agreed it was delicious.
  • Odin Brewing Seattle, WA.  I have sampled Odin’s Gift on tap. It is a tasty beverage, and I was not disappointed by their sample. Too bad I can not remember what it was! Odin is a new brewery, and I will have to add them to my list of future BEER Run locales.
  • Deschutes Brewery  I was going to avoid them since I am very familiar with Deschutes- great beers, but I only had so many options. However they had the Abyss on draught- this stuff is their special addition brew and it is a commitment. Oak-aged and at 11% you better be serious about some beer if you are drinking this stuff.  I had to have one!
  • Orlison Brewing. Airway Heights, WA  Uses locally sourced, in-season, organic ingredients brewed in small batches. These folks put the craft in craft brewing. Plus their attractive server was the best dressed person at the event.
  • Stone Brewing Escondito, CA   Sadly I don’t have plans on riding to California for a BEER Run in the near future. However the folks at Stone don’t brew beer for wussies. I am not a hophead, so I steered clear of the IPA, but their Sublimey Self-Riteous Ale had more than enough hops.  Woah Buddy!

The BEER Cycling Jersey.  There were a few cyclists at the festival, but it was clear it was not a cycling event. Even so, The BEER Jersey got a lot of compliments! I handed out many cards, took photos with some nice people and the pockets were handy for keeping track of my beer merchandise. Who could ask for anything mor? I am already looking forward to next year!
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