Water Street Brewing in Port Townsend, WA

Mark your calenders for the
12th Annual Strange Brewfest - January 29-30, 2016

And the 2015 Winners are....

all from the Peninsula - Kingston, Silverdale and Gig Harbor!

As voted on with your tokens:
  1. 7 Seas Brewing
  2. Rainy Daze Brewing
  3. Downpour Brewing
As voted on by ballot, the winner of the Strangest Brew was awarded to 7 Seas Brewing for their 7 Bloody Seas!

Check back- we're still waiting for pics from the event and we'll be posting them here!

Ours goes to Eleven:

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When we held the first Strange Brewfest in January 2005, it was a bit of a muted affair. A handful of breweries made their way to the peninsula, embraced our concept of concocting strangely inspired potations, and we celebrated under the cold, gray skies of the PNW.

In the years to come, we've turned it up a notch or two. Each year more breweries, more music and more acreage have been added to the show.

Last year during Strange Brewfest 10, however, we looked out over the crowd of smiling faces, spilled beer and dancing bears and thought, 'This is it. We've reached the pinnacle of Strange Brewfest. Nothing more could top this one'.

Check out these images from last year and you'll see why we thought we couldn't top it! - Photography by Dave Lindsay

But then we thought of Nigel Tufnel, spiritual leader of the legendary rock band, Spinal Tap. He wasn't satisfied at 10. He was always looking for ways to turn it up even higher. Following is an excerpt from a hard-hitting interview as seen on 'This is Spinal Tap', and the inspiration for this year's throwdown:

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...

Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?

Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.

Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?

Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?

Marty DiBergi: I don't know.

Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.

Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.

Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?

Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

And so, Strange Brewfest 11 will do the very same thing. We will go one louder, and blow the roof off of the American Legion Hall.

Please join us for Strange Brewfest 11! This party is on! And turned all the way up to 11!

As voted on with your tokens, the 2014 winners were...
  • Third Place: Triplehorn

  • Second Place: Alpenfire

  • First Place: 7 Seas
As voted on by ballot, the winner of the Strangest Brew went to...

7 Bloody Seas!

Thanks to all of the breweries and cideries for making this such a great celebration! And thanks to all of you beer enthusiasts who made the trek!

See you next year, January 29 & 30, 2016!