Strange Brewfest, the annual beer festival in Port Townsend that challenges the creative boundaries of beer, took place this year on January 25th and 26th. It was the 15th annual event. As usual, it was more than a beer festival; it was a party. Something about all those crazy beers makes people get a little bit crazy. The theme this year focused around super heroes. Costumes encouraged. Below I share some photos provided by the event organizers. Sorry I missed it this year.
The event is always a rip-roaring good time, with lots of zaniness, but in the end it’s about the beer. This year’s people’s choice first place winner was Rainy Daze Brewing of Poulsbo, the top token-getting brewery. The brewery’s beer lineup included Coconut Cream Pie lager, She’s Bazaar Belgian-style golden strong ale, and Only the Tip Double IPA.
Over at the Jelly Fish Brewing booth, festivalgoers were challenged to take a Shotski. I’ll let the picture explain the process. Each time a group downed a shot, the crowd yelled “Shotski!” The more perceptive among you might recognize Dick Cantwell in the photo(s) below — formerly a co-owner at Elysian Brewing and now an owner and brew guru at Magnolia Brewing, an independent brewery and pub in San Francisco.
Strange Brewfest takes place (usually) the last weekend of January in Port Townsend. Be warned, lodging sells out early, usually a month in advance or more. Make your plans early. Keep an eye on the website for details.