This Father's Day weekend brings the Washington Brewers Festival to Saint Edward State Park, a beautiful spot on the northeast side of Lake Washington, in Kenmore. The festival features a whopping collection of Pacific Northwest breweries (listed here), along with a little cider, wine and copious amounts of live music. Hang out with dad whether or not you're over 21. The Washington Brewers Guild has done a great job organizing tons of stuff for the youngsters in the family, including a craft tent, inflatable playground, boat pond, and a special root beer garden with non-alc foamy brown from some of the festivals' exhibitors. I know the idea of craft root beer from the likes of Heads Up, Boundary Bay, and Scuttlebutt makes this 30 something kid very happy. The family, a park, some beer--what more could dad want?
You might as well let your kids share positive experiences around alcohol with you; we're going to be assholes anyway. One time? One summer? At Batavia days? My dad sequestered himself in the beer tent, nothing for a kid to do but wander the town square and eat fried food. In my boredom, I found a guy selling puppies on the street and conned another guy into loaning me $300 so I could buy one, pointing to my dad in the tent, saying he was good for it. Dad paid up because, well, he had to; and he saw that sad labrador face and caved (I knew he would). But he did mumble filth flarin' filth all the way home. And that's why you should take your kids to the Washington Brewers Festival.