There is a reason that beer establishments were called Pubs (Public Houses); they are the hub (heart) of the community for philosophical discussions, laughing, gossiping, dancing, networking, learning, etc. Beer festivals are generally the same concept, they bring a people together. The Bothell Chamber of Commerce & UW Bothell Alumni brought communities together to share in public house-like activities. On this day, I felt closer to neighbors that I use to called strangers. I met Jim, the Owner & Brewmaster of Foggy Noggin Brewing; Cameron & Steph with Cairn Brewing; Garrison, the Kitchen Manager at 20 Corners Brewing; and two other Beerded Gentlemen, Jeremy & Matt.
Beer festivals are a lot like pubs. The Bothell Block Party and BrewFest embodied the pub spirit with food trucks, musicians, and local brewers. It's a good thing they expanded the footprint of the event, because they sold out with 2,600 community participants. The only downside were the long lines to get beer tastings. However, the lines did give me the opportunity to meet new people and learn about my neighbors.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ken Wood at the Bothell Block Party & BrewFest. Ken was at the festival to support his lifelong friend, Jim Jamison of Foggy Noggin Brewing. Ken served me my first beer of the festival, Diablo del Sol and told me how much he liked the beer. Ken is longtime Bothell resident that use to brew his own beer, but he said, “When you have a friend that does it for a living there is no need to brew your own.” If I had to guess, you could find Ken down at Foggy Noggin’ "talking" to Jim.
There is one member of the Bothell Chamber of Commerce that I did not get to meet, Annette Pettit. She is also an alumnae of UW Bothell and she rocked her Road Dawg Hot Dog cart. The reason I did not get to meet her is because there were so many people waiting to get a hot dog. Looks like I have to track her down and another festival. Cheers Annette! You made many community members happy.
MRoad Dawg photos provided by Annette Pettit
This is my second Bothell Block Party & BrewFest, and I already have plans to come back next year. In the meantime, mark your calendars for the Bothell Beer Festival taking place on October 14, 2017.
Bonus Material: You can check out the Block Party & BrewFest marketing video for this year’s festival with special appearance by me. As you can see in the video, I always attend festivals with family and friends, and this year is no different. Please check out the picture gallery below to see how much of the fun time we had in Bothell.
Your's truly is easily spotted between 9 seconds and 14 seconds