One SW Washington’s most important craft beer festivals is returning to Vancouver, Washington on August 12th-14th. And if you’ve never attended this classic as we have, you’ve been missing out on a terrific event and also on one of the Pacific Northwest’s most vibrant craft beer scenes.
When people think “Vancouver” they often think British Columbia and when they think Northwest Craft Beer, they usually think Seattle or Portland, but the local craft beer scene in Vancouver, Washington is fast becoming its own force in the region. Fifty of the region’s most cutting-edge breweries will be participating at this year’s Brewfest including many of Vancouver’s finest.
Here are four exciting Vancouver–based breweries that are driving the craft beer movement in this city….and we suggest you hit all of them at the festival!
Vancouver, Washington’s craft beer scene is relatively youthful, especially when compared to neighboring Portland. And although Fortside Brewing has just been in operation for over a year now, they’ve already established themselves one of the city’s most buzz-worthy new breweries.
Founded by Mike DiFabio along with his childhood friend, Mark Doleski, Fortside Brewing was built on the ideal of strengthening craft beer culture in SW Washington. The “Fort”-side is a reference to Fort Vancouver a Pacific Northwest landmark that straddles of the mighty Columbia River and separates the city from Oregon and the city of Portland to the south.
Fortside likes BIG beers and as you can see from their current tap listing they’re as varied as they are bold. They’ve also brewed the “Official Beer of the Vancouver Brewfest,” a hoppy Wheat Ale and they’ve invited the public to help name it.
Trap Door Brewing is a 15-Barrel brewery, in the heart of Vancouver’s Uptown Village, which was founded by beer industry family with roots that go back four generations. Committed to producing brilliant craft beer, Trap Door uses only the finest quality local ingredients, with sustainability and community in mind. The brewery’s commitment to the purity of the water they use is particularly mind-blowing. Utilizing a technique of reverse osmosis they force their water through a semi-permeable membrane (in the opposite direction to that of normal osmosis), effectively removing undesirable additives and other contaminants from what eventually becomes your beer.
Trap Door will be pouring their flagship Trap Door IPA as well as their American-style Kölsch at the Brewfest and we’re looking forward to both of them.
Ghost Runners Brewery is another hometown brewery that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Vancouver Brewfest. A running-inspired 10 barrel operation, founded by husband and wife team, Jeff and Amy Seibel, Ghost Runners is as dedicated to the running community, as they are to brewing great beer. Every beer that they brew is handcrafted with high-quality grain, premium hops, and a commitment to consistency and quality. And every beer has a name that celebrates their other great passion, running.
At this year’s Brewfest, Ghost Runners will be pouring Phantom Azul, a 4.5% ABV Blueberry Pale Ale and an IPA infused with pineapple cider that we have to admit, sounds pretty awesome.
Like many in Vancouver’s emerging craft beer scene, Gary Paul who founded Trusty Brewing along with his wife Andrea, started as a homebrewer over 20 years ago in a small apartment in San Francisco. A gifted lithographer by profession, Gary and his wife finally decided to “go pro”and stake their own claim to fame, in the ranks of great breweries in the Portland area. One of the new kids in town, Trusty Brewing first opened the doors to their beautiful downtown Vancouver brewery in January of 2016 and their impact was immediate.
Gary will be bringing one of his “Trusty” IPA’s to the upcoming Brewfest and we can assure you it’s going to be memorable.
The 2016 Vancouver Brewfest kicks off the weekend on Friday August 12th at 4 pm with festivities continuing until 10 pm. On Saturday, the fun runs from 11 am till 9 pm and on Sunday from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm.
We look forward to seeing many of you there – we’re absolutely not going to miss it!