The rising popularity of craft beer shows no sign of slowing, and an increasing number of festivals devoted to the brewed beverage are tapping the trend.
Downtown Tacoma will get in on the act Saturday with the inaugural Brew-Five-Three festival. (The name is a spin on Pierce County’s area code, 253). The one-day event brings together more than 35 Washington breweries and cideries and combines them with local blues music and food trucks.
But organizers are calling it a block party, rather than a drink-and-eat-until-you-burst event.
“It’s never been our intention to create a festival that was just about consumption,” said Aaron Stevens, the programming manager for the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, which is organizing the event.
Stevens said he and other organizers want to see a livelier, bustling downtown Tacoma.
“What we’re trying to do with Brew-Five-Three is create that atmosphere,” he said.
Each brewery will bring about two brews, Stevens said. But four Tacoma breweries are partnering up for collaborative beers created just for Brew-Five-Three. Tacoma Brewing and Wingman Brewers will have a session IPA, while Harmon Brewing and E-9 Brewery will collaborate on an imperial IPA.
“If there’s anything left over, they’ll end up at those breweries and The Red Hot (restaurant),” Stevens said.
The festival will use the same footprint as the Thursday downtown farmers market on Broadway between Ninth and 11th streets.
Brew-Five-Three might be the latest beer festival on the scene but it’s not the only one. The 5-year-old Tacoma Craft Beer Festival will return Sept. 7 at Cheney Stadium.
Brew-Five-Three: Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival
When: 1-10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Broadway, between Ninth and 11th streets, Tacoma
Tickets: $30, which includes admission, eight tasting tokens for eight beers, and a 2.5-ounce pilsner glass. Designated drivers can purchase tickets for $5. Additional tokens can be purchased at 10 for $8. The festival is for ages 21 and older only.
Information: 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org
Blues bands: T-Town Aces, Chris Stevens’ Surf Monkeys with Jay Mabin, Snake Oil Blues Elixir All Stars, and Little Bill and the Blue Notes.
Food trucks/stands: Skinny Phoenix, Gateway to India, Smooth and Juicy’s Pyro Pie, Dirty Oscar’s Annex, Lumpia World and Taste of Istanbul.
Breweries/cideries: 7 Seas Brewing, Airways Brewing Company, Alpine Brewing Company, American Brewing Company, Big Al Brewing, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, Dick’s Brewing Company, Duo Brewing, E-9 Brewery, Epic Ales, Fish Brewing Company, Flyer’s Brewery, Fremont Brewing Company, Hale’s Ales, Harmon Brewing, Iron Horse Brewery, Lazy Boy Brewing, Mac & Jack’s Brewery, Maritime Pacific Brewing Company, M.T. Head Brewing, Naked City Brewing, No-Li Brewhouse, Pike Brewing, Puyallup River Brewing, Pyramid Breweries, Schilling Cider, Schooner Exact Brewing Company, Silver City Brewery, Snipes Mountain Brewing Inc., Tacoma Brewing, Tieton Cider Works, Triplehorn Brewing, Two Beers Brewing Company, Wingman Brewers and Yakima Craft Brewing.Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541 email@example.com blog.thenewstribune.com/getout