Washington Crossing Brewfest
May 2, 2015 – Washington Crossing, PA
2015 marked the 5th year for the Washington Crossing Brewfest but this Gal’s first year to attend. Truth be told I just always figured it was rinky dink little festival. However, I stand corrected and admit I was very wrong.
With 64 breweries on hand serving at least 2 beers each plus, Isaac Newton’s had a booth pouring several different beers it’s no wonder this Brewfest sells out in advance each year. The list of breweries was impressive – to name just a few: Avery, Allagash, Ballast, Bullfrog, Clown Shoes, Firestone, Flying Dog, Founders, Heavy Seas, Ommegang, Southern Tier, Stone and Weyerbacher. Truly just the tip of the ice burg.
Not only is the list of breweries impressive but the setting for the festival is beautiful. It’s held outside under a canopy of trees along the banks of the Delaware of River. This particular year the weather was gorgeous and the trees provided not only a nice breeze but plenty of shade as well. It’s a spacious setting with ample room for the 2600 folks in attendance. Three things that stood out to me about the planning of this festival: 1. A brochure was provided to each person clearly marking which breweries were located where along with a full festival grounds map. 2. Each and every brewery tent was clearly marked. 3. (and this is a big one) Each and every brewery either had a brewery rep or distributor rep pouring their beer.
As with past festival reviews I’ll just give a quick recap of the standouts…
Put a Smile on this Gal’s Face: Bullfrog (love this brewery and glad to see distribution of their beers) the Sunny Disposition IPA was very refreshing
Most Excited to Try: Ballast Sculpin on tap – it lived up to it’s reputation
Surprise of the Day (is a tie):
The Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale Saison (this beer made me do a double take – wonderful)
Capt. Lawrence Kolsch (nice to see a Kolsch represented)
Highlights – Dark Horse End of the Spectrum Belgian Strong Pale Ale & Sapient Trip Ale Tripel (Whoohoo a Belgian Strong and a tripel on tap at a festival)
Shout Out to Long Trail for their Long Trail Imperial Stout. Say what, an imperial stout at a spring festival? Thank you Long Trail for remembering stouts can be enjoyed year round and aren’t just a winter beer. Oh and it was might tasty.
New to this Gal:
Rivertowne Brewing Grateful White
Roy Pitz Greatful Red Scottish Style Red Ale (Roy Ritz is brewing German beers with a twist – be sure to check them out)
Best Selection: Brooklyn Brewery with 1/2 Ale (a session saison!) and Wild Horse Porter
Favorite Beer of the Day: Boulder Beer Shake Chocolate Porter (decadent)
Very Happy to see representation of Saisons
Great Divide Saison
The Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale Saison
Brooklyn Session Saison
Bonus: Proceeds from the brewfest benefit the non-profit Friends of Washington Crossing Park.
The Washington Crossing Brewfest is certainly one to add to your festival calendar for next year!