September 15, 2018
Sample the fine brews that the San Juan Islands have to offer while relaxing at this special Friday Harbor venue. Meet new people, learn about the beer-making process, and enjoy a relaxing evening. For those who participate in the bike event earlier in the evening, what better way to cap off a long and satisfying ride around memorable San Juan Island. (However, purchase of a brew ticket does not require purchase of a bike ticket.)
Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew will host this event at Brickworks in the middle of Friday Harbor, a venue rich with island history.
The San Juan Islands once produced significant quantities of agricultural products for the Puget Sound Region. Economic and infrastructural changes following World War II caused the local farms to decline. In the last few decades, the number of farms have risen once again with more diversified and niche farming. Needing a location to hold a Farmers Market for these farms, the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild purchased Brickworks in 2010.
This location was originally the Friday Harbor Brick and Tile Company, hence the name “Brickworks.” The Guild restored the historic building on the site and repurposed it as a community event facility. This hall, with its wood floors, vaulted ceilings, and heavy, wooden beams, has the feel of a modern country lodge. Outside is a large brick plaza and greenspace. The site now hosts the Farmers’ Market most every Saturday, rain or shine.
To the event hall, Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew will add a large tent, providing plenty of indoor space in addition to the ample outdoor space if the weather permits. Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew will provide music from a playlist at levels allowing conversation.
This event will feature the beer of four breweries, all from the San Juan Islands. Two of the microbreweries are on San Juan Island, one on Orcas Island, and one on Lopez Island. They are:
This microbrewery on Orcas Island has been in business for only four years but has already created a regional reputation with sales in several mainland stores. The brewery has a tasting room in Eastsound on Orcas Island that is open seven days a week.
Island favorites include the beer that started it all, the Elwa Rock IPA, named after one of the super ferries that plies these waters; the Old Madrona Imperial Red, which is a barleywine and IPA, and was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Anacortes Oktoberfest, and many more.
Visit their website for more information.
This microbrewery was formed in 2014 on Lopez Island. It calls itself the smallest “nano-brewery” in Washington brewing with a 1/3-barrel brew system producing sixty 22-ounce bottles per batch. Yet it is already a local favorite on Lopez Island. This company has big expansion plans and is going places!
Visit their website for more information.
Consistent with the laidback attitudes of the San Juan Islands is the Friday Harbor Brewing Company. The brewmaster of this San Juan Island microbrewery has been brewing beer for 25 years. But he and his partner just opened their tasting room in a nondescript industrial location that you cannot find unless you know where it is, and is open “depending on the mood of the owner.”
The beer is anything but laid back. The microbrewery always has a large and varied menu available at its tasting room. Sample it all while you can because this microbrewery never makes the same beer twice!
The San Juan Island Brewing Company is the newest addition to the local microbrewry scene with a brand new restaurant and microbrewery in Friday Harbor opening this summer. The new business highlights its artistry, science and meticulous attention to detail. “Using the latest brewing technology and equipment, and the expertise of countless islanders, we go the extra mile to source the absolute highest quality of old world malts from Europe while using the freshest hops grown in Washington’s own Yakima Valley for a distinct flavor you can savor with every sip.”
Come to our event to taste their new products. You can learn about these products at their website.
Entrance to the event is $25 and includes eight tastes, adding up to two pints. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass. Additional tastes may be purchased at the event for $1.50 each.
Tickets are on sale now! Bike Event participants pick up their Brew Event tickets when they check-in at the Fairgrounds for the Bike Event. All others pick up their Brew Event tickets at the Brew Event.
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