Chosing from more than 100 beers can be overwhelming. Encountering the same old fair food can be underwhelming. That was the state of things at the Seattle International Beerfest this weekend.
Let's focus on the food: sausages, barbecue, jerky.
At the Washington Brewers Festival two weeks ago, the fare was no more fair: sausages and meatless burritos.
There's a movement in the craft-brewing industry to educate consumers on the convergence of good beer and good food. By serving the same kind of food you can buy at flea-market food courts, promoters of these two beer festivals deflate their own souffles.
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At the Washington Brewers Festival, I smelled salami and cheese. I turned to see that someone had brought their own.
There's a big hint in that whiff.