By Aaron Swaney
Hey Puget Sounders, it’s time to get your beer-drinking shoes on.
From Mount Vernon to Tacoma and points in between, beers will be pouring in tremendous amounts this weekend. It looks like the weather is going to cooperate as well, with temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s.
Here’s where to go this weekend and what to drink (as always make sure to have a designated driver if you’re thinking of hitting multiple locales):
The Brew Five Three Beer and Blues Festival is Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m. in downtown Tacoma on Broadway between Ninth and 11th. The second-annual festival will showcase more than 30 breweries from Washington, including local breweries American Brewing, Diamond Knot and Scuttlebutt. There will be local food trucks and live music, including recent The Voice finalist Stephanie Anne Johnson.
General admission is $30 with military receiving a $5 discount. Admission includes 10 tasting tokens and a collectible tasting glass. Tickets for designated drivers are $10. Ride your bike and On the Go will provide free valet parking.
The annual 4-Corners Brewfest is Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Innis Arden Clubhouse off NW 188th St. The festival supports the four neighborhood associations — Hillwood, Innis Arden, Richmond Beach and Richmond Highlands — and a rotating charity (Shoreline Music 4 Life). There will be a total more than 20 local craft brewers on hand, including Georgetown, Fremont, Gallaghers’ Where U Brew, American Brewing, Big E Ales.
General admission is $30 and admission includes 10 tasting tokens, a 5-ounce tasting glass, food and snacks and music. If you want to volunteer, a two-hour shift earns a free ticket.
For more information, go to www.4-corners.org.
The 12th annual Porterhouse Brewfest is set for Saturday in downtown Mount Vernon. The 12th annual festival will have more than 20 breweries on hand pouring beer and live music Margaret Wilder Band, Mary McPage and the Assassins and the Chris Eger Band.
Advanced tickets are $20 and include five tastes. Admission will be $25 day of event. Additional scrip for tastes will be available for $2 each at the fest. A special $15 ticket is available for designated drivers. Money raised goes to help the Lincoln Theatre.
For more information, visit www.lincolntheatre.org.
Beer not your thing? The diversity of Pacific Northwest craft hard ciders will be showcased on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Northwest Cider Association’s fourth annual Summer Cider Day in Port Townsend at the Northwest Maritime Center. There will be more than 70 different varieties of hard cider and features 21 regional cidermakers from Washington, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia.
Admission is $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door and includes 10 tasting tickets and a keepsake Northwest Cider Association glass.
One of the best breweries in Washington, Iron Horse Brewery, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a party on Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. at its tasting room in downtown Ellensburg. The party will have live music, food and plenty of delicious Iron Horse beer.
Admission is $10 — $8 if you’re wearing IHB swag — and includes a custom pint glass and first fill. Also owner Greg Parker, who took over Iron Horse in 2006, will be tending bar.
For more information, go to www.ironhorsebrewery.com.
Hilliard’s Beer is hosting a day of free live music for all ages at its tap house off 49th St. in Ballard on Saturday from 2-8 p.m. There will be performances from Halcyon Daze, Spekulation, City Hall and Spoke Unheard among others, and plenty of beer.
For more information, check Hilliard’s Beer on Facebook.