Beat blues with brews at Gilman Village

February 5, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

There is a solution to chase away the doldrums of a rainy, cool Issaquah winter, and if the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is correct, it comes pouring from your favorite wine or pilsner glass.

The chamber will host its inaugural Beat the Winter Brews Fest, complete with spirit, beer and wine tastings, food and music, all scattered along the storefronts and boardwalk of Gilman Village on Feb. 26.

“We were looking to do something in the winter, when people are saying there is nothing to do, and we came up with this unique adult-friendly event,” said Robin Kelley, director of festivals for chamber.

Upon arrival, revelers will be greeted with a map of participating storefronts and a souvenir glass to use to sample the different alcoholic beverages. Each storefront, 14 of which are expected to participate, will offer two to four samplings each of local ales, wines or spirits.

If you go

Beat the Winter Brews Fest

  • 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 26
  • Gilman Village
  • 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
  • Tickets cost $20 if purchased online before Feb. 22; after that, the cost is $25. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $25. Participants must be 21 and older.

“Rogue Issaquah Brewhouse will be the featured brewery and several wineries will bring different pours for people to sample,” Kelley said. “It’s nice because people will get a chance to try what they’d like, without buying a whole bottle of it.”

In addition to the wide array of spirits, nonalcoholic beverages will also be available.

The event is open to adults 21 and older; photo identification will be checked upon arrival. Whether you are a connoisseur of alcoholic drinks, or just casually partake, Beat the Winter Brews Fest will have something for everyone, Kelly said.

The chamber is particularly excited to host the event at Gilman Village, which is getting ready to celebrate its 40th anniversary, Kelley said. Event organizers plan to do their best to beat the winter blues by decorating the locale with blue lights and hiring a blues band to perform.

“This event gave us the opportunity to be in a different, unique location and highlight a different part of town,” Kelley said. “It’s a really fun way for us to celebrate Gilman Village, which is one of the icons of our community.”

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