Brewers Fest moving from Saint Edward State Park to Marymoor Park in Redmond
By MATT PHELPS
Redmond Reporter Contributor
May 15, 2012 · Updated 3:30 PM
Many people struggle with what to get dad for Father's Day.
For many a tie is cliche, socks are too impersonal and a new wallet might remind him of what he doesn't have.
But for others, the Washington Brewers Festival has become a Father's Day tradition.
The annual event will move this year from its normal location on the Kirkland and Kenmore border at Saint Edward State Park to Marymoor Park in Redmond. But the beer will still taste just as good.
"We were just running out of space," said Washington Beer Commission Executive Director Eric Radovich. "The event just keeps growing. Marymoor is only 22 miles away and is more centrally located. And they promised great weather."
It has rained at Saint Edward Park during the past two Brew Fests.
Anyone who lives on Finn Hill knows when the Brew Fest was happening as Juanita Drive would be lined with parked cars.
"We have had a lot of parking and transit issues at Saint Edward," said Radovich, who noted there is good bus access at Marymoor.
Organizers expect 15,000 people to attend the Brew Fest this year.
The event began about 15 years ago by the Washington Brewers' Guild at the Herbfarm, which was located in Fall City back then. The Herbfarm is now located in Woodinville. The Washington Beer Commission took over the event nearly a decade ago and helps produce six festivals statewide.
"It has been at Saint Edward six of the past seven years," said Radovich. "One year we had it at the Seattle Center."
Last year the event had 64 breweries take part with 50 from Washington State. This year the event will have 63 participate with just three from out-of-state.
"I believe we have the third-most breweries of any state in the country," said Radovich, noting that Washington has 152. The event will play host to more than 200 beers. But Radovich said that this is not an event for those just looking to get a buzz.
"This is a beer tasting event," said Radovich. "We have 5 ounce pours for tasting. It is not how much can you drink."
Brew Fest also features live music, food trucks and a kids' area, along with a brewer’s keg toss, root beer garden, craft booths, wine and cider tasting.
"We are one of the few events that are kid friendly," said Radovich.
Kids can enjoy blowup toys and can make a Father's Day card for dad.
The price to get in to Brew Fest has not changed in three years. The event starts on Friday, June 15 from 4-9 p.m. for adults only. Admission for Friday is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. On Saturday, June 16, the event will run 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for all ages with tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door. On Sunday, June 17, the event is for all ages and will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the same price.
Designated drivers get in for just $5 at the door. No pets are allowed.
"This is a chance for us to expose ourselves to new beer drinkers and we are looking forward to it," said Radovich. "But we remind people to drive responsibly and have a designated driver. We have a good track record of having responsible people attend."Contact Redmond Reporter Contributor Matt Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org.