Since this was Dikla’s first time to the Fremont Oktoberfest, we decided to do two separate write-ups about our time at the festival. If hazy memory proves right, I have been to the Fremont beer festival five times before. This was my first time going late in the day on a Friday, and I can honestly say that I now remember why I prefer festivals during the day: you can find your group easier, you can hear the conversation going on around you and you aren’t battling Theta Delta Chi for a 4 ounce beer taste. But all that aside…
Fremont Oktoberfest: The Beers
I started off my evening with the Snoqualmie “Harvest Moon”. This beer reminded me a lot of Hales Harvest Ale and it was a moderately hoppy, easy drinking fest bier. Truly a perfect way to kick off Oktoberfest. After a detour at the Miss Buxom contest (no, we did not win) I moved on to the Mad River Brewing Company, who was pouring a double IPA that was ridiculously (in a good way) hoppy and had a nice floral note throughout the flavor.
On a side note, while I may not have been able to hear a single conversation going on around me, I will say that I truly enjoyed the cover band.
An always exciting sight to see is the Deschutes Brewing Company Traveling Barrel, and especially so on Friday because they had Jubelale on tap. The first of the season, Jubelale just inspires me to want to brew. Classified as a winter ale, it is a wonderful warmer, with hints of dark fruit and molasses. Perfect for long winter nights. After a visit to the barrel, we continue on to Stone, where they were pouring a delicious smoked porter. I tried this back-to-back with the Flyer’s Porter, and while I liked both, the Stone Porter was a true favorite of the evening. maybe I really like beers that taste like bacon…
Overall, a lot of the beers that were at the festival have been there in the past. Some of the new-comers for me were Big Al’s, 192 Brewing Company and Goose Island Beer Co. While I didn’t get to Big Al’s, we did do a stop at 192 Brewing Co., where we had the pleasure of talking to the owner of the brewery, one of the few industry people that were around on Friday evening. Finally, at Goose Island, the Matilda was a perfect way to end the evening. Noted as a Beligian Style, it was a beautiful golden color and bursting with flavor.
Again, as this was not my first time to the festival, I can say that I miss the days when they had it in the hole under the bridge. It may have been smaller, but I feel like the new location (for the last 3 years now, I know…) is almost unwelcoming. Which was certainly not the problem the next day when we went to Emerald City Brewing Co. in Sodo/Georgetown.
Pouring their Dottie Lager, the Emerald City Brewing event was an awesome way to come down from the Fremont Festival. Held in the parking lot of the Old Rainier Brewing Company, this event focused on the beer, getting to know the beer company and supporting a new establishment. The beer itself was a delicious, almost vienna lager-like style, so it was amber in color, smooth and with an almost toast-like flavor. Absolutely perfect for the brats that you could buy.
The crowd was a fun mix of beer enthusiasts and friend’s of the brewery, so we had no problems finding people to talk to and not having to fight crowds. A perfect way to spend a gorgeous Saturday afternoon.
As for the pin-up reference, the Emerald City Brewing Company has one awesome logo and I am fairly sure she is my inspiration for an upcoming photo shoot. Cheers!