By Aaron Swaney, Herald Writer
The Everett Craft Beer Festival is set for Saturday, Aug. 16 and will feature 32 breweries pouring over 100 different beers in downtown Everett. The third annual festival is from noon to 7 p.m. and will take place on Hoyt between Hewitt and Pacific.
Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets or $25 at the door ($15 with military ID). Entry includes a tasting cup and six tokens, each one good for a 5-ounce taster. Additional tokens can be purchased for $1.50 each or four for $5.
This year’s festival will focus on fruit beers, with a number of breweries bringing beers brewed with raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.
“It’s a chance for brewers to be experimental,” said Matt Russell, the Washington Beer Commission director of festival operations. “Fruit beers are an opportunity for guys to use fresh ingredients and make beers that stand out.”
A few of the fruit beers that stick out include Valholl’s Crimson Cove Smoked Cherry Rye, North Sound’s Mango Hopsolute IPA and Fremont’s Raspberry Infused Dark Star.
Here’s a look at the breweries coming to the Everett Craft Beer Fest and what they’ll be pouring:
192 Brewing, Kenmore
1. Shticky Blonde: Wonderfully flavored blonde with notable Northwest Wild honey addition. 6.5 percent.
2. Kopper Rye: An English style amber ale with 16 percent Rye added to the malt bill. 6.5 percent.
3. Shticky Framboise: A honey blonde, aged with raspberry. 6.25 percent.
7 Seas Brewing, Gig Harbor
1. Depth Finder IRA: Simcoe and Palisade hops give this IRA an aggressively hoppy character over a medium bodied, toffee like, malt backbone. 5.9 percent, 70 IBU.
2. Life Jacket Session IPA: Crisp and clean, this low ABV IPA is dry hopped with Nugget and Amarillo hops giving it a citrusy, tangerine aroma. 4.8 percent, 60 IBU.
American Brewing, Edmonds
1. American Session Ale: Citra and Amarillo hops give this refreshing pale ale the aroma of fresh squeezed oranges. Crisp and light in body, this beer is easy to drink and pairs well with sunshine. 4.5 percent, 33 IBU. 2. The American Blonde: A golden blonde ale with delicate hop notes and a citrus aroma. Crisp and dry with a slight bubbliness from carbonation. Light and refreshing. 4.5 percent, 16 IBU.
Anacortes Brewery, Anacortes
1. 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA: An imperial version of our award winning India Pale Ale with significant hop flavor, bitterness and aroma from Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe. 9.9 percent, 118 IBU.
2. Belgian Sour Blonde: Sour Belgian style blonde ale aged in a chardonnay barrel. 4.8 percent, 9 IBU.
3. Yippie Rye PA: Single hopped session IPA brewed with citra hops and rye malt for a crisp, dry and citrus finish. 5.3 percent, 68 IBU.
Beta Brewing, Everett
1. FiFI: FiFI is a fruit-infused beer brewed with dual infusions both post-boil and post-fermentation. There is no mistaking what load this beer has in its bay. A special debut and first offering for the 3rd Annual Everett Craft Beer Festival by Beta Brewing.
2. Hedge Hopper Ale: Hedge Hopper Ale is inspired by the barnstorming builders and flyers in the early years of civil aviation. This beer is brewed using traditional methods and fermented with a distinctive yeast and contains a large portion of wheat. Hedge Hopper Ale is a beer of golden haze, smooth body, and an ever-changing array of flavors including anise, orange, bubblegum, banana, clove, and hints of guava.
Boundary Bay Brewing, Bellingham
1. Thai-PA: Heavily dry-hopped with Kaffir lime leaves, galangal and lemongrass. 7 percent.
2. Traverse Red IPA: A generous amount of Pale 2-Row, Carafa and Cara Red malts give this ale a big, malty body with a deep ruby red color. The addition of Columbus, Tradition, Centennial, Cascade and Willamette hops provide a smooth, refreshing finish. This lighter bodied yet heavily dry-hopped Red IPA is a distinctly flavorful yet easy drinking ale.
3. Whatcom Wheat Krystalweizen: The 2014 Bellingham Beer Week collaboration beer.
Der Blokken Brewery, Bremerton
1. Rat City Red: Irish Red Ale. 6.4 percent.
2. Russian Overcoat Stout: Russian Imperial Stout. 8.2 percent. 3) Strawberry Pale: Our Praetorian Pale aged on strawberries and dry hopped with Belma hops.
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, Mukilteo
1. Blonde Ale: Based on a pre-Prohibition era lager recipe, this one is surprisingly complex despite being one of our lightest beers. Wheat, corn, flaked barley and malted barley all lend their respective goodness. 4.2 percent, 13 IBU.
2. Rye Knot? Just ‘cause we felt like it! Call it a “Rye-P-A” if you must; this deliciously hoppy pale ale has just enough Rye malt to let you know it’s there. Cascade, Amarillo and Chinook hops round out the bitterness component. 7.1 percent, 50 IBU.
3. Fog Bank Fall Ale: Reddish amber in color, this ale has a bright, crisp flavor with a complex malty body. Domestic Hallertauer hops lend a slightly spicy, herbal finish. Get it while you can, it’s only around for a short time. 5.8 percent, 25 IBU.
4. Cask Conditioned Cherry Porter: We infused our Possession Porter with fresh cherries and cask conditioned it. Sweet cherries are supported by black barley and chocolate malts, while Galena and Willamette lend a refreshing bitterness on the finish. 6 percent, 45 IBU.
Dirty Bucket Brewing, Woodinville
1. Irish Red Ale: 5 percent, 24 IBU.
2. Dirty Amber ESB: A crisp, smooth ESB style ale for the masses. Carefully selected malts combined with Centennial and Cascade Hops come together to create our flagship beer. 5.8 percent, 38 IBU.
3. Summerlot Blonde: A crisp blonde ale aged on Merlot grape skins sourced from Armstrong Family Winery. All ale with a crisp summer wine back end. 5 percent, 23 IBU.
Duvall Springs Brewing, Duvall
1. Burn Ban Porter: A throwback to the ways Porter used to be made. The grain is smoked over a special blend of fruit woods to give the beer a unique taste not found in other Porters. Enjoy this with a thick New York Strip and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. 6 percent
2. Triple IPA: A play on our Centennial IPA recipe, this one packs a punch. For the true Northwest IPA lover we did our best to balance the amount of hops to give you the fruity taste with a smooth finish. Weighing in over 9 percent, be careful of how many you have of these in the hot sun. 9.3 percent.
3. Red Door Raspberry Hefeweizen: Using raspberries and raspberry honey from our local farms, we’ve crafted a beer perfect for reminiscing about the summer. Balancing the tartness of the berries and the sweetness of the honey, we’ve found the middle of the road making an extremely drinkable brew.
Elysian Brewing, Seattle
1. Night Owl Pumpkin Ale: Night Owl is brewed with over 7 pounds of pumpkin per barrel and includes seven different malt varieties, green and roasted pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin in the mash, boil and fermenter. Bittered with Magnum hops and spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. 5.9 percent.
2. Space Dust: A totally nebular IPA. Great Western premium two-row, combined with c-15 and Dextri-Pils, give this beer a bright and galactic Milky Way hue. The hopping is pure starglow energy, with Chinook to bitter and late and dry additions of Citra and Amarillo. Space Dust is out of this world 7.2 percent, 62 IBU.
3. Perfesser: Mis Scarlet has had one too many. We suspect the brewers, with plums and brettanomyces, Marris-Otter pale, Munich and wheat, and East Kent Goldings to bitter and finish. 6.35 percent.
Foggy Noggin Brewing, Bothell
1. Huckleberry Hound Cream Ale: Traditional English cream ale conditioned with wild huckleberries from the Fn Huckleberry Plantation. The smooth crispness of the cream ale is matched ever so delicately with the tartness of the wild red huckleberries. 5.2 percent, 18 IBU. 2. Morning Wood: Traditional English Special Bitter aged in French Oak. This exceptional well balanced Special Bitter is taken to a whole new level with a slight wood character that enhances the nice dry finish. 4.3 percent, 38 IBU.
Fremont Brewing, Seattle
1. Raspberry Infused Dark Star: Our smooth, roasty, chocolatey Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout infused with plump, juicy raspberries. Yes, please. 8.0 percent, 50 IBU.
2. Summer Ale: Tangerine flower in a glass, endless days distilled into nectar of barley and hops. One grain, one hop. Simplicity … yet, so much more. 5.2 percent ABV, 45 IBU.
3. Interurban IPA: Interurban IPA offers the adventurous beer lover a warm embrace of roasted pale malt swirled with a hand-selected blend of flavor malts and filled with the rich spice of Chinook, Centennial and Amarillo hops. 6.2 percent, 80 IBU.
Rotating Tap-Every Two Hours
Noon—Bourbon Abominable: Aged in 15 year-old American oak whiskey barrels, Bourbon Abominable achieves distinct bourbon, oak, and vanilla flavors from barrel aging, balanced by chocolate roast malt, Noble hop aroma, and subtle spice. 11 percent, 65 IBU.
2p—Midnight Rider: An Imperial Porter with rich flavors of vanilla, coffee, and coconut. 8.0 percent, 40 IBU.
4p—Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Aged in 15-year old single use Kentucky bourbon barrels. The roasted and chocolate malts complements the smooth oats to bring you a stout delight wrapped in gentle embrace of bourbon barrel aged warmth. 11 percent, 50 IBU.
Gallaghers’ Where U Brew, Edmonds
1. Mowie Wowie: An award-winning brew with Mango Orange Citrus notes. This will also be flowed through a Randall filled with mango and oranges. 6.5 percent.
2. The Monk Tripple: A strong beer with orange peel and coriander, then dry hopped with orange peels. 8.5 percent.
3. Rashers Red: A smooth brew using honey and oak chips. 5 percent.
Hilliard’s Beer, Seattle
1. Nautical Reference Pale Ale: Northwest pale ale with summit and cascade hops. 5.0 percent.
2. Opulator Dopplebock: A dark full-bodied lager historically drunk by monks as sustenance during lent. 7.5 percent.
Lazy Boy Brewing, Everett
1. Coconut Porter: 5.8 percent.
2. Infused Summer Rye: Summer Rye infused with kaffir lime and Grains of Paradise spice. 5.1 percent.
McMenamin’s, Mill Creek
1. Purple Haze Cream Ale: A light, creamy, fruit ale made with almost 100lbs. of boysenberries to give a nice subtle tartness. 5.2 percent.
2. Ugly Puppy Dark Belgian Strong: A dark Belgian ale with a mix of malty richness and fruity esters, the low bitterness let flavors of dark cherry, raisin, and toasted bread to come through. 8.2 percent.
No-Li Brewhouse, Spokane
1. Noble Hop Extra Pale Ale: Old world meets new in this internationally inspired beer with a local twist. We used Noble Hops, Saaz and Hallertau, grown right here in our backyard, the Yakima Valley. The beer has four kettle hop additions, and is finished with dry-hopping. This golden-hued beer reveals a classic Noble-hop aroma with a crisp finish. 6 percent.
2. Aksel Strong Belgian Ale: This ruby-red beer gets it’s color from using Crystal malts. Sweet malt balances the body and compliments the dry, crisp character of the yeast. The Saison yeast creates a slightly tart flavor, with hints of papaya, mango and pineapple. Saaz hops contribute a light floral quality to round out the beer’s unique flavor. 7.5% ABV, 50 IBU
North Sound Brewing, Mount Vernon
1. Mango Hopsolute IPA: Our “hop-bursted” Hopsolute IPA featuring Simcoe, Citra and Amarillo hops-infused with mango. 6.8 percent.
2. Mystery Wheat Ale: A light and easy drinking wheat ale made with a splash of real fruit juice each batch that lends at subtle note on the finish. Can you guess the fruit? 4.5 percent.
Northwest Brewing, Pacific
1. Mango Weizen: Mango-Weizen is an unfiltered Wheat beer that has components of both American and Bavarian styles. Fresh Mango puree is added during cold conditioning, which creates a subtle flavor in the background and keeps this beer from not being too sweet. Pairs well with BBQ. 5.3 percent, 15 IBU.
2. 3 Skulls Blood Orange Wit: Blood Orange Wit is a true Belgian-style White beer brewed with German wheat and pilsner malt along with rolled oats for a palette-filling experience while still being refreshing. Banana, spice, and citrus notes come from a strongly flavored Belgian yeast strain, two different types of orange peel, and hand crushed coriander. 5.5 percent, 20 IBU.
Peddler Brewing, Seattle
1. Tangerine Wheat: A refreshing German style wheat ale brewed with 100% natural tangerine juice. 5.0 percent, 15 IBU.
2. On Your Left IPA: A satisfyingly hoppy, yet balanced IPA with the distinct citrus aroma and flavor of Northwest hops. 6.8 percent, 77 IBU.
Rainy Daze Brewing, Silverdale
1. Sod Slayer ISA: A session IPA with a big dose of Citra and Centennial hops pouring this through a Randall filled with Pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, limes and a little Habanero pepper. 4.5 percent, 70 IBU.
2. Pourhouse IPA: Our newest IPA, light straw color, big dank aroma and flavor. 6.7 percent, 80 IBU.
Ram Restaurant and Brewery, Seattle
1. Berry White: A special Belgian-style Wit beer featuring surprise fruit flavors. 5.4 percent.
2. Grapefruit IPA: Our grapefruit-infused IPA poured through our “Ramdall” for extra grapefruit zest and hop deliciousness. 6.3 percent.
Scuttlebutt Brewing, Everett
1. Jalapeno Tripel 7: Scuttlebutt Brewing’s jalapeno-infused Tripel 7 Belgian Style Ale truly is a must try. A beautiful pairing, this beer isn’t a burner — it’s surprisingly refreshing and drinkable. The broad flavor of the peppers ally beautifully with the delicate white pear and clove flavors present in the Tripel 7.9 percent, 10 IBU.
2. Gale Force IPA: Bold hop flavor with subdued maltiness and a balanced finish. Color: Straw. Aroma: Zesty floral hop aroma. Hops: Amarillo, Goldings, Cascade, and Columbus. 5.6 percent, 96 IBU.
Silver City Brewery, Bremerton
1. Ridegtop Red Ale: Washington’s Gold Medal Red Ale, this Red Ale Rocks! Full-bodied and smooth with a sweet caramel flavor balanced with Northwest Liberty hops for a refreshing finish. 6 percent, 15 IBU.
2. Ziggy Zoggy Summer Lager: An unfiltered lager that balances a crisp and elegant honey-like malt flavor with assertive, classic German hop character. Brewed in the tradition of German style. 5 percent, 33 IBU.
3. Saint Florian IPA: A portion of Saint Florian’s proceeds will go to a Washington State Council of Firefighters benevolent fund. Saint Florian IPA uses Washington grown Cascade &Columbus hops that are boldly citrus, floral and piney. 6.8 percent, 55 IBU.
4. Fat Scotch Ale: Exceptionally smooth and malty, with a touch of peat character, Fat Scotch Ale legend quickly grew. Today, Fat Scotch Ale stands astride the brewing landscape a behemoth brew, uncompromising and unavoidable. 9.2 percent.
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing, Snoqualmie
1. Zippy Lemon Ale: Our Zippy Lemon Ale is as unique as its Zippy the Pinhead namesake. A Belgian Style brew, this beer starts with a high gravity wheat ale grist, and uses Czech Saaz hops for an herbal character. Fermented with genuine Abbey Yeast, Zippy has a fruity aroma and finishes with a lemon flavor. Slightly hazy, lemony and tart. 7.2 percent, 25 IBU.
2. Plant 1 Powerhouse: This beer is a tribute to the historical significance of this Northwest treasure. It has a big malt profile, bittered with Columbus Hops and finished with Cascades to give a slightly floral and “piney” flavor profile. An iconic beer giving tribute to an iconic part of our history. The Plant 1 Powerhouse at Snoqualmie Falls has been powering the Northwest since 1898, and has just been renovated to power us into the future. 7.5 percent, 85 IBU.
Triplehorn Brewing, Woodinville
1. Enabler India Session Ale: WA Beer Awards Gold Medal, Session Ales. Dry hopped and refreshing. 4.7 percent.
2. Intervention Imperial IPA: Immense flavors abound in this IPA. Rich malts marry well with the generous dry hopping. 9 percent.
3. ‘4’ Ales for ALS India Black Ale (CDA): Robust malts meet aromatic, well-blended hops. Double-dry-hopped dynamic ale. Subtle coffee and chocolate undertones. Pours deep brown/black, with a tan head. The coffee/chocolate flavors marry well with the floral aromas, and bitterness of the proprietary hop blend. 6.3 percent, 60 IBU.
Twelve Bar Brews, Woodinville
1. Wicked Riff IPA: TBB’s IPA is malted towards the dry side, making it quite quaffable rather than malty and hard to get through. It is quite pale in color and has a slightly toasted malt character. Five different hops are used during the brewing and dry-hopping for this IPA, giving it a moderately complex aroma with strong citrus and floral notes. 6.9 percent.
2. Turnaround NW Red: Northwest Red Ale is copper going on ruby red, with a slightly sweeter feel than the rest of our beers. The malt gives the beer a pleasant medium caramel flavor. Six different hops are used in this beer, including Chinook which adds a Northwest outdoors pine aroma, a strong homage to the style. 5.7 percent.
Two Beers Brewing, Seattle
1. Evo IPA infused w/ fruit via Randall: Evo is a showcase Northwest IPA, hopped with Yakima Valley Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial, then aggressively dry-hopped with Simcoe and Columbus. Enjoy this version infused with fruit through a Randall. 6.2 percent, 70 IBU.
2. Pumpkin Spice Ale: Bright, clean and spicy, this gold-medal winning small-batch fall seasonal presents clove, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and natural pumpkin in a festive and refreshing ale. 5.2 percent, 19 IBU.
3. Fresh Hop IPA: This super seasonal IPA is a Two Beers tradition not to be missed. A brewery-wide road trip provides us with some of the first hops of the Yakima Valley hop harvest. The result is an intoxicatingly aromatic IPA that’s new and exciting every year. 6.2 percent, 70 IBU.
Valholl Brewing, Poulsbo
1. Crimson Cove Smoked Cherry Rye: Valholl Brewing’s very first recipe made for our grand opening four years ago this weekend. Brewed with Crimson Cove Smoked grain with fresh cherries in the cask. 9.8 percent.
2. Poulsbo Abbey Wit: Traditional Belgian Style Wit brewed with coriander and orange peel. 5 percent, 20 IBU.
3. Brew Bitch IPA: Valholl’s Northwest IPA brewed with an abundance of Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Zythos hops. 6.2 percent, 72 IBU.
Wander Brewing, Bellingham
1. Summertime Weizen: The Summertime Weizen is a light and refreshing traditional German wheat-based ale. Best enjoyed in the heat of summer. 5.0 percent.
2. Warehouse Farmhouse Saison: Pilsner and acidulated malts team up with UK and Slovenian hops and French Saison yeast to produce this brilliantly golden amber ale with a distinctive tart sourness. 5.7 percent.
Whitewall Brewing, Marysville
1. Rubus Robustus Blackberry Stout: Not your typical fruit beer; imagine a beer brewed by your favorite coffee company only better. Locally sourced blackberries (grown in the brewer’s back yard) added at the end of the boil to impart slight berry flavor and a tart finish. Also added blackberry essence from Northwest Naturals to impart even more blackberry aroma. Wonderful roasty notes are complimented by slight blackberry aroma and flavor. 6.8 percent.
2. Founders Tripel: This beer is a collaboration of Whitewalls’ Founders Club members. The members choose the style and will name the beer. This beer was brewed with pilsner malt and a touch of Vienna malt for interest and color. Locally sourced honey was added in place of the traditional Belgian candi sugar and High Gravity Trappist yeast was used for fermentation. It begins with a fruity nose, reminiscent of stone fruit and honey, followed by the same subtle flavors, balanced with the pilsner and Vienna malt and a smooth alcohol warmth. 8.5 percent.
3. Conundrum Wheat IPA: Over 60 percent malted and flaked wheat is blended with two-row malt. Conundrum is an unfiltered wheat ale fermented with American wheat yeast. Mosaic hops were used exclusively as flavor and aroma hops. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, banana and tropical fruits. Contrary to what your tongue tells you, there is no fruit in this beer. 7.3 percent.