Dan Voelpel, my colleague who is on the business beat, is beating the drums for creating a brewfest in the South Sound.
"We have a void that needs filling," Dan writes. "The idea came to me after hearing about the Washington Brewers Guild's second annual Winter Beer Fest. I drove to Hale's Ales in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle for the festival last Saturday. I thought the festival experience would inspire ideas for us. My review in a word? Lame-o."
Some prominent people and associations dig Dan's let's-do-it-better-let's-do-it-right idea.
I dig it, too.
Here's what Dan and his sources say:
Need brewers? Count Dusty Trail in.
"That sounds like a winner," said Trail, founder and former owner of the Engine House No. 9 brewery and restaurant in Tacoma and proprietor of the Powerhouse Restaurant & Brewery in Puyallup.
Need an organizer? Count the Tacoma Events Commission in.
"I agree, that has the potential to be a really good event," said Doug Miller, the commission's executive director. "We've looked at moving our (Tacoma) jazz and blues festival to August anyway."
Need food? Count downtown Tacoma restaurants in.
"I'm definitely interested," said Kathryn Schwarz, new event manager for The Varsity Grill on Broadway.
How about you?
If they threw the South Sound Blues & Brews Festival, would you come? What do you want to see in a brewfest? RSVP your comments below, please.