Last month I finished my second marathon (blog post coming soon about that) and celebrated by immediately heading back to Redmond for the Washington Brewers Festival at Marymoor Park. This is one of my favorite events of the year and even though I was slightly delirious from the 26.2 miles I had just ran that morning, it was an absolute blast!
One of my favorite parts of the festival is that is serves as my annual reminder to renew my Washington Beer Lovers membership. Doing so at the festival gets me an extra two tokens, a larger tasting glass and of course my annual shirt. I love my collection of WABL shirts, especially since they print the name of each and every brewery in the state on the back of each edition. Laid out side by side, I have a pretty amazing visual guide to the explosion of WA beer over the last 8 years!
Every year I also receive a WABL passport, a small printed book meant to be toted around throughout the year, stamped at each WA brewery I visit and then redeemed for prizes at the next festival. Quite frankly, I love this idea (those of you who remember my Foursquare days are shocked by this, I know) but have only actually remembered to take my passport to a handful of breweries throughout the years, and only about half of the time did my server at the brewery know what the heck I was talking about. This year, however, the passports have finally gone digital! Now I can “stamp” my passport through the Washington Beer app as long as the GPS in my phone recognizes that I am at the brewery. So much easier!!
With this new found convenience, I am on a mission to collect all the stamps I can get my hands on. I visit a good deal of breweries each year already, but this adds a little more fun to it! I also figure, why not share the experience here on the blog? The people and places that make up the WA beer community have been a big part of my life since coming to Seattle, I would love to get a little of that experience written down! Plus, I share the beers I am drinking on Untappd and Twitter, but sharing the experiences at these places and the friends I share them with is tough to get into 140 characters! So be on the lookout for updates on #projectWABL and if there is a brewery I haven’t mentioned yet, let me know about it!