My unused ticket to this weekend's Washington Brewers Festival.
I'm taking the weekend off. So I won't need the media freebie pictured on the right. Heck, I don't even plan to write about the Washington Brewers Festival for my still-brewing personal blog. I just plan to enjoy the beer and enjoy myself.
If you see me Saturday or Sunday, I'll be the guy who paid 20 bucks at the gate to reacquaint himself with hopped-up buddies from Alpine, Roslyn, Iron Horse and a bunch of other far-way Washington (and out-of-state) breweries that only visit Puget Sound for beer festivals like this.
Family-minded beer lovers also have reason to celebrate: The festival, which coincides with Father's Day, takes place at family-friendly Saint Edward Park in Kenmore, not in an adults-only hall at Seattle Center like last year.
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In addition to samples of beer from Washington's best brewers, there'll be a brewers keg toss contest, live music and kids' activities.
For times and ticket information, click here.
Here's how I plan to spend my first 12 tasting tokens:
Diamond Knot's Brown American
Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale
Elliott Bay's B-Town Brown
Heads Up's Damn Red Scotch Ale
The Harmon's JT Memorial Kolsch
Northern Light's Chocolate Dunkel
The Ram's Berry White Belgian fruit ale
Anderson Valley's Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema
Alpine's Bohemian Pilsner
Anacortes' Mai-O-Mai Bock
Roslyn's German-style dark lager
I plan to take a picnic of cured meats, cheeses and crackers. Food at Washington Brewers Guild festivals is never as good as the beer. I might trade you some of your beer tokens for some of my salumi.