No Beer For You

At the Homebrew Competition this weekend, the public won't get to taste the suds.


The below Food Files listing, as it appears in print, is incorrect. I just received a correction from one of the event organizers.

Saturday, May 19
The Cascade Brewers' Cup ExBEERience celebrates the 11th annual Cascade Brewers' Cup Homebrew Competition. This first-time event is "open to all non-commercial, home-produced beers, meads, and ciders and is sanctioned by the national American Homebrewer's Association and the Beer Judge Certification Program." Almost 100 styles of beer are up for judging and tasting, with workshops to school you on how to judge a good homebrew. Proceeds benefit the American Hop Museum in Toppenish. $10 admission with ID, includes five 7-ounce beer tastes (!). 1-6 p.m. Lake Washington Rowing Club, 910 N. Northlake Way, 633-0422, FREMONT

I was excited about this event precisely because of what I assumed was an opportunity to taste local homebrews. Communicating with one of the organizers, it was clear that that this was the original plan for this event, but apparently the Washington State Liquor Control Board has since intervened:It is now against the law for the public to taste homebrewed beer. Official judges are allowed to taste the competing suds, but the public will have to drink on the sidelines, downing commercial beers instead. Why the change, when it seemed like this was to be the first year when the public was to be given a taste of privately made, competitive-grade beers?

For the updated listing, and more Food Files events, visit here.

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