The Gig Harbor Beer Festival, the outdoor salute to suds now in its third year, opens Saturday in Uptown Gig Harbor with 21 Northwest craft brewers on tap.
The event will run from noon to 6 p.m. at the pavilion in Uptown Gig Harbor, on Point Fosdick Drive. Attendees must be older than 21 years of age to enter.
Some brewers have been to the festival before, but some are new to the Gig Harbor scene. For one up-and-coming outlet, Vancouver’s Loowit Brewing, the Gig Harbor Beer Festival will be a chance to showcase its beer. Loowit, which opened a year ago, has been making a name for itself, winning the gold medal at the 2013 Washington Beer Awards.
“There are several brewers returning from previous years who are bringing some fan favorites and new brews to try,” said John Fosberg, the festival organizer. “But we also have a great crowd of new brewers who’ve never poured at the event, so we’re looking forward to getting familiar with their beer as well.”
The brewery making the longest trek to the festival is Everybody’s Brewing, from White Salmon. Everybody’s will have about a three-hour drive to the festival. The brewery couldn’t make the trip in 2013, but did pour in 2012’s inaugural festival. Fosberg said the festival is excited to have the “delicious” beer back at the festival after a hiatus.
In the fray of Northwest brewers, Gig Harbor’s 7 Seas Brewery will be offering samples. Other local beers include Tacoma’s Harmon Brewing, Narrows Brewing, Wingman Brewery and RAM Big Horn Brewery. From Bremerton are coming Silver City Brewery and Der Blokken.
Other brewers include:
• 192 Brewing, Kenmore
• American Brewing, Edmonds
• Bainbridge Island Brewing, Bainbridge Island
• Big Al Brewing, Seattle
• Dicks Brewing Co., Centralia
• Everybody’s Brewing, White Salmon
• Fremont Brewing, Seattle
• Georgetown Brewing Co., Seattle
• Hood Canal Brewery, Kingston
• Northwest Brewing, Pacific
• Rainy Daze Brewing Co., Silverdale
• Slippery Pig Brewing, Poulsbo
• Sound Brewery, Poulsbo
For those that don’t like beer, spirits from Gig Harbor’s Heritage Distillery can be sampled.
The music area of the event has expanded. Aisle of View, a reggae band, will take the stage at 12:30 p.m. and Gig Harbor’s Perry Acker will perform at 2 p.m.
Proceeds from the event go to the Gig Harbor Kiwanis. Sponsors of the event are DPI Print, Lunchbox Laboratory, Maritime Inn, Cascade Print Media, Tides Tavern, The Peninsula Gateway, The INN at Gig Harbor, Northwest Creative Imaging, The HUB at Gig Harbor, Harborstone Credit Union, and Uptown Gig Harbor, with help from the city of Gig Harbor.
Tickets are $25 and include a taster cup, eight beer tokens and a program. Last year, according to organizers, the remaining tickets to the event sold out within the first hour of opening. They encourage those planning to attend to buy in advance.Karen Miller: 253-358-4155 firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @gateway_karen