Festivals are a big part of the craft beer World, and a great way to discover new beers and new breweries. New festivals seem to pop up nearly every year and some, including myself, might say we’re starting to get too many. I have a lot of respect, however, for the festivals that helped start the craft beer festival craze and the Oregon Brewer’s Festival, which has been running for more than 30 years now, is definitely one of them.
We have great craft beer here in Washington State for sure, but we also recognize that there is a plethora of craft beer awesomeness coming out of our neighbor to the South. Showcasing all that embodies craft beer (and cider), this year’s Oregon Brewer’s Festival is set for July 24th thru the 27th.
Fremont Brewing Company supports Pride Month and cares about the safety and self-determination of the LGBTQ community. They also want to help foster an LGBTQ presence in the craft beer World. To that end, they are preparing once again this year to release their Pride Kölsch, which will arrive just in time for all of Seattle Pride Month’s biggest events.
The 2014 Fremont Solstice Parade is this weekend. This annual expression of eclectic individuality is a celebration of creativity and a welcoming of Summer, however short it may be, to Seattle. Will you be taking part in this year’s parade; perhaps stripping down, covering yourself in body paint and riding your bicycle along the parade route? Don’t worry; I won’t be participating. You don’t want to see that. I’m too full of good beer and good food.
Whether you decide to participate in the parade or just observe it, parade day is going to be nice and sunny, so you’ll want to cool down with a cold beer after the parade passes by. The Sixgill knows that, which is why they will be providing the Official Beer Garden for this year’s Solstice Parade.