The 19th Barleywine Bacchanal kicks off today. They must be crazy



The barleywine must keep flowing! Pandemic be damned!

It is a challenging and maybe crazy thing to organize and host a barleywine festival. In and of itself, tapping into 24 barleywines at once is a completely mad idea.

Like Jack Kerouac said, “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time…” Yeah, dig the mad ones.

With that same kind of crazy, mad spirit, Beveridge Place Pub kicks off the 19th Annual Barleywine Bacchanal today. Okay, it’s one kind of crazy to host a barleywine festival, but it is a completely different kind of crazy to host a barleywine festival for 19 years in a row. They must be mad!


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Kerouac was a cat that would completely dig a barleywine bacchanal and the people who are mad enough to do it 19 years in a row and now during a pandemic. “… the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” 

From the Facebook event page, where you’ll find more details – Celebrating the 19th year of bringing you a great variety of barleywine from around the world and down the street. We’ll have twenty-four (24!) dedicated taps for the biggest, boldest brews born between Bellingham and Belgium (and elsewhere, too)! Taster trays encouraged!

Yes, taster trays are encouraged. It is not very often that you get to enjoy so many reasonable-sized samples of barleywine side-by-side. Master publican Gary Sink procures and cellars some of the best.


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The Beveridge Place is allowing indoor seating as circumstances allow, but they’ve also expanded the beer garden to take over the entire parking lot. So even if you are not ready to take the party back indoors yet, they’ve got you covered.

So grab a glass of 14 percent ABV beer and raise a toast the mad ones!



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