Beer, it’s my opinion!

  • Written by By Toren Heald, Broker, Wedgewood Realty & Beer Lover
Over the Father’s Day weekend I was invited to attend the Washington Brewers Festival at Saint Edwards Park. This event is put on annually by the Washington Beer Commission — luckily not a government agency so a good time was had by all.

With nearly 200 beers on tap there was no way I could have gone through all of them so I had to narrow my selections. As a hop head I decided to spend my time looking for the top three IPAs. I do want to let you know that after two days, Friday and Sunday (had to take a break Saturday), I still was not able to sample all the IPAs. If you are a brewer or consumer who doesn’t agree with me, please note that I may not have had the opportunity to indulge in your favorite, and besides as the headline says: it’s my opinion.

In no particular order these are my top picks:

Silver City Brewery—Bremerton

Whoop Pass IPA

Gallaghers’ Where U Brew—Edmonds

The Magic Bus IPA

Port Townsend Brewery Co.—Port Townsend Triple Dry Hopped Hop Diggidy IPA

Firestone Walker—Seattle,

Union Jack American IPA

Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.—Portland, Ore.

X114 Rotator IPA

Alright, so after going over my tasting notes you might have noticed I have more than three favorites from this event — very tough choices. Almost all the beer was great and served up with great brewers and their staffs. I can honestly say that with all the beer I only had one beer that I just couldn’t stomach and dumped out. I highly recommend you attend this event next Father’s Day — oh, and bring dad as well; my dad loved it! You can look it up at

In the event you see these in the store or happen to be close to one of these breweries, grab a pint or two, Cheers!

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