This morning we feel at home in DC. Rain and mid 60’s high temps. A fitting sendoff for our weekend here.
The second night of SAVOR was equally epic as the first. We made many new friends and informed them about Darrington, WA as being the scientifically-proven center of the best place on earth (narrowly beating out Glacier National Park by the presence of a skate park, and brewery).
The venue is simply amazing, and worth the trip in itself. Truly a premier beer festival.
Outcomes of our trip:
- We met MANY AWESOME people and brewery folks from around the country
- Made everyone want a Sweatsedo (Yes, we can get you your own, just ask us, or call them and tell them we sent you for a discount)
- We met with the staff of 8 of our Federal legislators with the company of our WA Brewers Guild, Icicle Brewing and Fremont Brewing
- The P.I.G./Hot Irish has been renamed to “Notorious P.I.G.” – it was great to see people telling others about it, and seeking us out at the festival. The line at our booth was LONG but we got everyone their samples.
- We need the recipe for the pairing! Maybe SAVOR will publish the recipes?
- Beer Industry is a Great Industry – we love our 6,000+ comrade craft breweries around the US (even though we only got to hang out with 90 of them this weekend)
Below are some more fun shots of SAVOR. Enjoy!
Last night was the first of two nights at SAVOR festival. Brewer meeting was at 6:30, and doors opened around 7:30 to the public, and it was a swarm of excited people, tasting beer and tasting paired foods.
The venue, National Building Museum, pre-public was impressive. The calm before the storm.
As the public entered it became a flurry of conversations, happy guests, and lots of people in LOVE with the P.I.G. So many people came to taste our beer at such a rate that our staffer was always running. We ran out of pairing food very early on, much to our staffer’s dismay. We don’t think they anticipated the excitement we would generate in our Sweatsedo outfits!
We made lots of great friends last night, and are super excited for tonight’s sold out event.
See you tonight, SAVOR!
Yesterday we participated in the Brewers Association Hill Climb – an event to bring brewery perspective to our DC legislators. We discussed issues such as the extension of the Craft Beer Modernization Act, how tariffs on aluminum, steel and related products impact our industry, how breweries are a growing component of a sustainable economy, and how proper funding for the TTB helps us get our products on time (by staffing to approve beer labels). We personally met with staff for 8 senators and representatives of WA State, across many different buildings.
We began our day on the steps of the Capitol Building with our new friends from the WA Brewers Guild, Icicle Brewing and Fremont Brewing.
There were miles of crazy hallways and secret tunnels which we traveled to get from one place to another. All of DC seems to be connected with a lattice of tunnels, and even trams and a subway system.
While we were focused on WA State legislators, we enjoyed running into our other fellow brewers who were visiting their legislators. We crisscrossed each other between meetings constantly all day, making a presence in DC.
The day finished with a reception in the Rayburn building for all legislators and their staff to try beer from around the US.
For more information, check out the article published on the Brewers Association site:
We would also like to add that our Sweatsedo outfits were a HIT on Capitol Hill. So many people stopped us and commented. We weren’t missed in any crowd! If you want one, let us know – we can hook you up 🙂
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We look forward to seeing you soon! Coupon expires July 18.
Out here in Sydney this week, and checking out beers on the other side of the world. Stopped in at All Hands Brewing House on the King Street Wharf and discovered their delicious Dirty Root Ginger Beer – beer brewed with ginger and lemon juice.
What are your thoughts on something like that this summer?
Friends of RTB, we have been selected to represent WA State at the SAVOR Beer Festival in WA DC, June 1-2, 2018. We are very excited to attend this beer festival and provide a taste of fresh WA Beer alongside the history of our country!
The two beers that we choose to send to the festival will be paired with custom appetizers, made to highlight each unique beer. The festival will have tasting notes sent to the chefs to work their magic.
The big question is: What beers should we send to WA DC? Can you help us decide by taking this survey?
Thanks everyone who made it out to RTB for our annual Gingerbread Making event – made possible by our own ‘Mama Jean’ (Shawna) who made all the houses. This year we learned and pre-assembled houses for folks – especially for the little ones. All up, 25 houses were constructed and decorated.
Enjoy some of the pictures of the event below!