FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
October 14, 2004
A. A. Cushman
REDBONES NORTHWEST FEST TURNS TEN IN NOVEMBER
BEST OF THE LEFT COAST BEERS ON TAP AND
FEATURED AT TWO BEER DINNERS
Davis Square, Somerville, MA - Redbones eagerly anticipated Northwest Fest returns for the tenth time this November. Hand crafted beers from Oregon and Washington will be on tap from early November through December; two Brewers Banquets are highlights of the Fest. Scheduled on Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 PM, the Banquets include dinner, Northwest beers and Northwest memorabilia raffle prizes all for $45.00, including tax & gratuity. Brewers from the Northwest will be speaking both nights. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617.628.2200.
This year, over 2 dozen Northwest breweries are sending more than 60 kegs. Ten years ago 16 breweries participated; of those, 10 are back including Deschutes, Portland, Big Time and Maritime Pacific as well as new comers North Fork Brewing and Bear Creek Brewing. Returning for the 9th year is Elysian Brewing Company, the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) 2004 medal winner for Best Large Brewpub of the Year. Dick Cantwell, brewer/co-owner of Elysian and GABF medal winner for Best Brew master at a Large Brewpub, will speak at the Fest Beer Dinners. Cantwell will be joined by three additional guest speakers from the Northwest. The speakers are available for in person interviews November 15 and 16; phone interviews can be scheduled before then.
Of the participating Northwest Fest breweries, ten received medals at the prestigious Great American Beer Festival held in Denver this October. The medals awarded are recognized worldwide as symbols of brewing excellence because the Festival uses Professional Panel Blind Tastings. Among the medal winners being tapped at Redbones, Laurelwood's Boss IPA, Pelican's Imperial Pelican Ale, and Widmer's Snowplow Milk Stout. For a list of What's on Tap during the Festival, or any day, click here.
Redbones Manager, Chris Bol, says "the Northwest Fest has developed such a following that every year our regulars start asking about it in June." According to Bol there are three principal reasons why. Availability - most of the beers tapped are never available in the East because they come from small breweries with limited production capacity and, without Redbones stepping in, the economics and logistics of shipping are untenable. Nostalgia - many of Redbones regulars have visited or lived in the Northwest and drinking these beers are reminders of favorite places. Quality and style - Northwest brewers are among the pioneers of the craft brewing movement, producing consistently high quality brews with distinct regional profiles enjoyed by beer aficionados. With 4 to 5 Northwest beers on tap at a time during November and December, enthusiasts have two months to taste the Festival Beers, ordering by the glass or samplers of 4 - 5 oz. glasses.
Redbones, at 55 Chester Street, Davis Square, Somerville, is open for lunch and dinner seven days. The restaurant is located steps from the Red Line T stop at Davis Square; for cyclists, Redbones offers free Bicycle Valet Parking every evening.
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Here are some of the breweries participating this year: Alameda Brewhouse, Alpine Brewing Company, Anacortes, Baron Brewing Company, Bear Creak Brewing Company, Boundary Bay, Deschutes, Elysian, Far West Ireland Brewing, Full Sail, Hair of the Dog, La Conner, Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, Maritime Pacific Brewing Company, North Fork Brewing, Pelican Pub and Brewery, Portland Brewing, Pyramid Breweries Inc., Raccoon Lodge, Renegade Brewing Company, Rogue, Silver City, Widmer, Winthrop.
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