The Winthrop Hop Rendezvous Brewfest, which will offer samplings of craft beers from around the region on Saturday (June 21), is a reincarnation of sorts.
Casey Ruud, co-owner of the Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop, said that the brewery’s predecessor — the Winthrop Brewing Company — used to host something similar called Octoberwest.
Ruud said the idea to revive the festival came from his wife, Laura, who conceived it as a fundraiser for the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce.
The Hop Rendezvous will take place at the Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink from 1 – 6 p.m., in conjunction with the Methow Singletrack Solstice mountain biking festival.
Cost is $20, and the event is limited to those 21 and over in the beer garden. Ten breweries will offer sampling of their suds, and the Methow Valley Ciderhouse will provide alternatives to the ales. Twisp River Pub will provide food. Music will be by Dedric Clark and the Social Animals, and the Peter Benjamin Band.
In addition to Old Schoolhouse, the ciderhouse and Twisp River Pub (Methow Valley Brewing Company), other participants will include Kulshan Brewing Company, Bellingham; Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham; Anacortes Brewery, Anacortes; Republic Brewing Company, Republic; Icicle Brewing Company, Leavenworth; Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene, Oregon; Iron Horse Brewery, Ellensburg; and Badger Mountain Brewing, Wenatchee.
Will the brewfest become an annual event? “We’ll see how the first one goes,” Casey Ruud said.
For information and links to related sites, visit www.pintandpedalfest.com.