By Chrissy Cooper
Hopefully, you are enjoying your summertime and easy living…even when you have to work. We are back this month with the Vancouver Brewfest for the 7th year of the Summer Edition! In April, we covered the Vancouver Brewfest: Spring Edition (which was an absolute blast in case you missed it). The weather was a little warm… and drizzly, but when that sun came out it made it all worth it… well the sun and the delicious craft beer of course, and the Summer Vancouver Brewfest, as always, promises to be even better!
One of the awesome parts about supporting the Vancouver Brewfest no matter the season is the charities that are supported just by you going there and tasting great beers. This year’s Spring Brewfest was able to donate to the following local charities and those same charities will also benefit from you checking out the Summer Brewfest as well:
- $2,500 for Second Chance Companions, a humane, no-kill organization that feeds, cares for, adopts out, and spays and neuters pets, all out of the homes of their dedicated volunteers along with the help of many area veterinary clinics. SCC is especially dear to me because I’m a crazy cat lady to the nth degree and I have fostered many kittens for their wonderful organization.
- $1,500 for NW Battle Buddies, which helps to provide professionally trained service dogs at no cost for Veterans who suffer from PTSD in order to help restore their emotional independence as well as honoring these great heros.
- $1,000 to the Mount St. Helens Institute, who work to connect people of all ages to Mount St. Helens and nature with education that ensure future generations appreciate and are conscious of the PNW’s youngest and most active volcano.
- $500 to the Disabled American Veterans (Clark County Chapter) who are dedicated to empowering and helping veterans with a range of benefits. They also fight for veteran interests on Capitol Hill and educate the public about the sacrifices and needs of veterans after they get out of the military.
There are some things that make the summer edition of the Brewfest even better than the spring, such as the space: the Summer Brewfest is spread out on the grass over close to four acres of beautiful, Esther Short park in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Because of all of the extra space, well behaved pets and pet parents are welcome. There is a large gazebo on the North End of the park that has lots of space in front to set up a blanket or chairs to enjoy the live music from popular area bands who will be rocking the park Friday and Saturday.
The Summer Brewfest is a 21 and over on Friday, August 10th from 4pm to 9:30pm event that takes place at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver with the entrance on the bricks in Propstra Square on the southeast corner of the park… just look for the big clock tower, you can’t miss it. The brewfest reopens Saturday, August 11th at 11am and is open to all ages, with supervision, all the way until 8pm that night.
This year the exciting news is that on Saturday the Brewfest is family friendly! The Washington State Liquor board has approved the permit to allow all ages on Saturday with parental supervision of course. There will be a kid’s zone with an inflatable bounce obstacle course and inflatable slide, face painting, coloring, and some other art-and-craft activities. There will be kid-friendly foods like cotton candy and corn dogs as well as a local craft soda vendor. Entry for the festival, face painting, and all of the arts and crafts will be free for kids, and for just $5 they can also get a wristband that allows them unlimited passes through the obstacle course and slide.
There will be over 100 beers, ciders, and meads…at the time this article was written the full list of breweries had not been published but you can check out the most updated list on the brewfest website at Brewery List. Along with beverages there will be food vendors such as the Urban German with authentic German buns, brats, and best of all, authentic German mustard!; Foody Blues, a Texas and Southern style BBQ joint; Tommy O’s with their delicious Pacific Island cuisine… And of course what is beer without pizza?!… Firebox Food will be there with their wood fired pizza slices. Along with food there will be quite a few vendors selling their wares, such as Oliver’s Olives (and amazing garlic), Nutz-R-Us with roasted and coated nuts, Silagy Sauce with their locally made hot sauces, and Northwest Bierhaus Jerky with their beer-made jerky. Some of the other twenty vendors include: Mindy’s Beer Gear with wallets and accessories upcycled from used 6-pack boxes, Stumptown Kilts with modern men’s and women’s kilts, as well as henna art, jewelry, and much more.
This year’s official Summer Brewfest Beer is being brewed by Railside Brewing out of Hazel Dell, Washington. There will also be a rotating tap tent where some small breweries are signing up to bring in sixtels (1/6th of a keg) of beer for people to try. There will be about 30 of these never before released, small batch beers being poured, but because of the small size of the sixtels each beer will go fairly quickly, so you might want to camp out at that tent.
We did not have a full list of the Brewfest’s musical lineup at the time of publication, but one of the local bands rocking the Summer Brewfest includes the Funk Junkies… which is actually kind of three bands in one! The 10-piece ensemble that is the Funk Junkies have been laying down the funk, blues and soul for many years all over the Pacific Northwest. Their love of a wide variety of genres is such that they have spawned two other groups: The Dude; a horn based, classic rock and pop band, and Pollock, Riggs, Pollock, and Groff, also known as PRPG, an acid jazz quartet performing modern sounds with a classic vibe. To keep you entertained between bands there will be keg tossing and other “beer olympic” events during the day on Saturday.
I have been going to the Summer Edition of the brewfest since it started seven years ago this coming August and it has always been my favorite beerfest to attend. This year the addition of the family friendly day on Saturday makes it so those with younger children and those that struggle with childcare are able to attend this awesome event. Keep your eyes peeled for the PDXScene Magazine lanyards on some of our writers that will be there all weekend enjoying the delicious beer, come and say hello and get an extra sample token.