For nine years, Washington’s statewide Beer Open House has allowed suds lovers to look behind the scenes at some of Washington’s most innovative breweries.
That is, to jaw with the brewers themselves, discover new breweries, try craft beer and meet new, craft-beer-loving buds.
And as Geaux Brewery has done since its days in Bellevue, the now-in-Auburn beer emporium will be among the 105 brew-making celebrants and luminaries doing the drink proud from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Like its beer-brewing brethren and sistren, Geaux has planned a lot of things for the day, like rare barrel tastings, new seasonal beers, finger food, full brewery tours, brewer conversation, unique beer samples, growler sales, live music and other activities, said Jeremy Hubbell, owner of Geaux Brewing.
“First thing to say is it’s a state-wide event, so it’s a great opportunity for people to learn what their local breweries are doing to make beer, how they make it, things they are doing in their own community, and how they are having their community participate and be part of the beer-making process,” Hubbell said.
Hubbell noted that activities will vary at each brewery.
“More than likely, what we’ll ending up doing here is brew while we’re having the open house. So, not only can people see the brewery and ask questions but they can also see it in action, which I think is more fun than just seeing a static brew house with a bunch of tanks and hoses,” Hubbell said.
And after the five-hour open house is over, a big band, Big Mischief, takes center stage.
“It’s also our kickoff to Mardi Gras on Tuesday,” Hubbell said of his New Orleans-themed menu.
For a list of breweries, details of activities, and other useful information visit washingtonbeer.com. Plan your trip to visit a couple of neighboring breweries throughout the day, or spend the afternoon at just one of your local favorites.