The date for the 4th Annual Rails to Ales Brewfest will be July 9, 2011, in keeping with the traditional 2nd Saturday in July pattern of previous Brewfests. Tickets available NOW! Purchase tickets online here. (Only $20.00 each.)
Congrats to BEST OF SHOW winner Georgetown Brewing Co. of Seattle,
who’s Manny’s Pale Ale gleaned the most votes for the Best Brewer Award!
Manny’s is described as, “A careful selection of Northwest hops, premium barley, and our unique yeast give this ale a rich and complex malty middle with a snappy hop finish. It’s truly a micro that finishes crisp, clean, and smooth.”
Georgetown Porter (many know it by another name) also received a large number of votes, contributing to Georgetown’s Best Brewer title. Description, “This is an exceptionally flavorful medium bodied porter. We use tons of Chocolate, Munich, and Roasted Malt, then blend it with Centennial and Northern Brewer hops to create what we’d like to call Roasted Chocolaty Goodness. Mmm.. porter.”
Taking the Best Non-Beer category is Fox Barrel’s Pear Cider!
About the pear cider, “This delicately balanced cider is like biting into a ripe pear. The hand crafted subtlety of this 100% natural beverage pays homage to finer French ciders. Our remarkably versatile Pear Cider is consistently awarded gold medals at national and regional competitions.” Apparently Rails to Ales Brewfest tasters agree, as the long lines and being the first keg of the day to blowout attest!
Giving these guys a real run for their money were Iron Horse Brewery from Ellensburg, Deschutes Brewery from Portland, and Kona Brewing Co. from Honolulu.
We also have a sincere apology we were asked to convey from the owner of Alpine Brewing Co. out of Oroville, WA for not being able to attend this year’s Brewfest due to a back injury just days before the event. He was very disappointed as he was looking forward to visiting with brewfest fans again. This year’s champs better watch out next year as Alpine’s brand new Hefeweizen took best of show in Leavenworth earlier this year!
We have also posted the Free Parking / Shuttle Map for online viewing and/or download to printout before you come to the event. The shuttles run continuously during the event, stopping at each location approximately every 15 minutes up to 7 p.m, then switching to “return drop off mode”, stopping at only the designated stops where passengers need to go. There are stops for each of the Cle Elum lodging partner hotels/motels, the event parking lots, as well as additional stops at the Maverick’s Casino parking lot and the Cle Elum Shell station/Subway shop where the Airporter Shuttle drops off passengers. The Roslyn library stop will be visited once each hour, beginning at approximately 3:40 p.m.
If you are coming from Ellensburg, you can catch a ride for $5 each way on the separate Airporter Shuttle (a third party service not affiliated with the Brewfest, so you will need to book your ride with them separately. See their website for full details and to arrange your ride with them. They do require that fares are paid ahead of time, so plan ahead if you would like to use their service.) The Airporter Shuttle Ellensburg pick up location is the Quality Inn and the Cle Elum drop off spot is the Cle Elum Shell station/Subway shop on First Street. Visit the Airporter Shuttle’s website for full details.
The 2010 Rails To Ales Brewfest is proud to announce the entertainment lineup for this year’s event, which has been expanded from 2 groups in previous years to 3 bands this year. Tacoma’s Vicci Martinez will be making a stop on her nationwide tour to headline the Brewfest. Cle Elum band Eden, and Roslyn band Free Beer at Exit 80 will round out the musical performances.
The Brewfest planning committee meets at the Depot in South Cle Elum on the first Thursday, of each month at 6:00 p.m. unless rescheduled. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Brian Lee for directions and more information, and to get on the emailing list for schedule updates. If you have ideas for this year’s event, please feel free to send those as well.
We appreciate all the positive comments on last year’s event.
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