Seattle International Beerfest

During an ordinary July, the Seattle International Beerfest arrives like a cool oasis in the scorching heat. This lukewarm summer, however, favors a less frosty palette. Room temperature is the new black. Chilled mugs are no longer fashionable. Bros don’t ice bros. For that reason, you may wish to sample the Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti, or Golden Pheasant, or Kraken—none of which sound very summery. Some 130 different varieties of brew will be available for tasting, plus food from Hot Dog Joe and Rancho Bravo Tacos to help sop up the alcohol. (Live music from Clarence Gallagher & the Oyster Creek Boys and other bands is also part of the weekend fun.) Wear comfortable shoes to help walk off the beer buzz. And though most visitors will insist on wearing shorts (or kilts), you may need to pack a sweater to fight the summer chill. Because beer can only warm you up so much. $25 (21 and over.) T. BOND

Fri., July 2, 12-10 p.m.; Sat., July 3, 12-10 p.m.; Sun., July 4, 12-9 p.m., 2010

 
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