The Great Leavenworth Wine and Food Festival

The Great Leavenworth Wine and Food Festival


Jun 27, 2013
The Great Leavenworth Wine and Food Festival. 3rd Annual
Columbia Cascade Winery Association and Icicle Creek Music Center
Leavenworth, WA

“The Great Leavenworth Wine and Food Festival”
Military Discount see below

Leavenworth, Washington

Where: Festhalle When: Saturday June 27, 2013, 11:00 AM — 5:00 PM Sponsored by: Columbia Cascade Winery Association, Viking, Leavenworth-Cashmere Wine Trail, Debbie Douglas Designs,

Pioneer Packaging, WCP Solutions.

“The Main Event” 

     11am – 5pm FestHalle

   Downtown Leavenworth

  Taste Great Wine, and Food Bites

 Attend Guest Chef Demonstrations



The Main Event, $35 online or $40 at the door, includes: souvenir wine glass, great wines to taste from 20 – plus wineries, great food to taste from 10 plus local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, win bottles of local wines. Meet winemakers and chefs.

 Military Discount with ID, 10%

During the Wine Festival we also invite you to enjoy the

Leavenworth International Dance Festival

at the Gazebo downtown.

Please Visit Downtown Leavenworth 

Guest celebrity Chefs presenting cooking demonstrations

To Be Announced

Some of Wineries:

  • Bella Terazza Vineyards
  • Baroness Cellars
  • Chateau Faire Le Pont
  • Copper Mountain Vineyards
  • Dutch John Private Reserve
  • Eagle Creek Winery
  • Esther Bricques Winery
  • Horan Estates Winery
  • Icicle Ridge Winery
  • Lake Crest Winery
  • Napeequa Vintners
  • Okanogan Estates
  • Stemilt Creek Winery
  • Swakane Winery
  • Tsillan Cellars Winery
  • Vin du Lac
  • Wapato Point Cellars
  • Waterville Winery

 Plus:  Its 5 Oclock Somewhere Distillery

Stay a while and listen

Stay a while and listen

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Epic Brewery.

Epic Brewery.

Heroic; majestic; impressively great.
The good news is Utah’s newest brewery lives up to it’s namesake. This newcomer brings in an impressive lineup of some extremely great beer. Epic has set up three primary lineups for the classes of beers it produces: Classic, Elevated and Exponential. In a nutshell I actually enjoy the classic series the best for two reasons. The first and foremost is that the classic series is quite delightful in the high quality beer that is produced even it the most basic of the three lines of craft beer. Secondly the Classic series has some very nice value priced beer some in the $3-4 dollar range nearly half of most of the other beers in the Epic catalog. I have a few beers I would like to recommend for the inexperienced or beginning beer drinker I  make some assumptions that favor beers offering a lighter and perhaps more unassuming flavor characteristics.  Ladies and gentlemen I give you the Pfeifferhorn Lager. Before I plug away at that old familiar bias railing against the American Lager I would first like to argue that not all beers even in within the respective class are brewed equally. The Pfeifferhorn lager is better by far than its mass produced counterparts, it carries a smooth crispness and delicate simplicity leaving only slight hints of malt and a breath of hops bite. A simple beer that maintains some elegance to any and all who try it.
In my humble opinion I would say my favorite most singularly quaffable beer to the widest variety of palates has been the Capt’n Crompton’s Pale Ale. This particular beer has a nice cascade hops presence but does not overwhelm the senses and maintains a slight sweetness that balances between the subtle bitter of the aforementioned hops. It should be noted that although Epic beer is brewed in Utah it does come in higher than the store bought 3.2 stuff you find here in the local grocer. Most of the Epic beers that are not of the imperial or barley wine varieties will be in the 5.3% – 5.8% alcohol by volume range.
The exciting thing to me is that Epic brewery is blazing new trails in the craft brewing world here. They have been bold selecting local ingredients like sage and blue spruce to craft brilliant unchallenged and eyeopening flavor experiences. I can’t stress how impressed I am with this, I am as always eager to venture for the new and unexplored areas of brewing and I am glad to see this kind of excellent craftsmanship and adventurous attitude taken by the talented master brewers at Epic. I for one can’t wait to see what the future holds for this promising new brewery.

The folks at epic were kind enough to show me around the Brewery and unfortunately I had forgotten my camera so much of the photos I took that day were really bad so I will have to update this section later with some good picts!

 I will have to come back and revisit some of the beers in the list below but for now enjoy trolling the list:




Imperial IPA

Brainless® on Peaches

Smoked Porter

Smoked and Oaked

Brown Rice Ale

Fest Devious

Wit Beer

Sour-Apple Saison

Mid Mountain Mild Ale

Straight Up Saison

Barley Wine

Brainless® on Cherries

Imperial Stout

Rio’s Rompin’ Rye Ale

Hop Syndrome Lager

Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout

“Fermentation without Representation”

Double Skull Doppelbock

Utah Sage Saison

Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale

Santa Cruz Brown Ale


Blue Law Porter

Brainless® IPA



Oktoberfest 2011

Oktoberfest 2011

October 12, 1810 is for many brewers and beer-drinkers alike as hallowed a day for on a fall day in Munich the history of beer changed. In honor of Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen a great week long festival would commence with all the dancing, eating and drinking Munich could muster. The happy couple were so pleased with the event that they decreed that the same type of festival should be continued annually. (And frankly who could blame them, we all love a good party.)

One of the common points of confusion comes from namesake of the event itself. Originally Oktoberfest was largely an event for the month of October (from the 12 to the 17th) as its name suggests however over the years the event has slid into September. This was done primarily because September nights in Bavaria are much warmer than October nights and no one wants to be outdoors in bad weather. Historically, the last weekend of Oktoberfest lands in the first week of October. Oktoberfest starts on a late September weekend and lasts for three weekends. This year’s official dates are September 20-Oct. 5.

If you can’t make it to Munich’s Oktoberfest there is no need to despair there are many major cities that take part in the celebration and if you happen to be in Utah I recommend checking out Snowbirds Oktoberfest

Snowbirds Oktoberfest notes

The Wasatch front seems perfect for a little slice of this fun Bavarian tradition. The mountains are beautiful and I almost enjoyed the drive up to snowbird as much as the event itself. Snowbirds little event offers a fun family friendly atmosphere with good food and a few local beers to sample. It’s no big event but it’s a great way to spend a warm fall day with a beer and just enjoying the clean mountain air.

Snowbirds Oktoberfest pulls in approximately 80,000 people annually for the event and it runs from August 20-October 9, 2011 every Saturdays, Sundays and even Labor Day.

For more information about snowbirds events click here :

I have included ADDITIONAL info about Oktoberfest under it’s own menu! (just look up top!)

Happy Birthday, Gears of War 3!

Happy Birthday, Gears of War 3!


Ok, this really has very little to do with beer but I am stoked for gears of war 3!

As some of you may know I am a HUGE gears fan and today is the release day so I had to pay tribute to the awesomeness that is Gears of War.

I came up with this logo to express how awesome both beer and gears is and potentially how great they are together.

Das Boot Beers of War Beers of War Beers of Warkegorator, Beers of War

Ok, so the first photo is really my Das Boot with the original Gears of War emblem but in any-case I am very excited for the next Gears game and I hope I get the chance to play it soon.

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A SLC Bees game

A SLC Bees game


At eight bucks a beer I can only guess that those who brave the beer here at spring mobile ball park have to be committed fans of the sport or leagally insane. Maybe both why not. As for myself I’m going dry as I am unable to stomach the weighty price for a 3.2 beer

8.48pm – update.

Ok, so I broke down and got a beer. I know its horrible. The sting of buying this soon after making my point about its expense to value ratio being way off. I find myself drinking a bud light and although its the number 1 selling beer in the US and its about as iconic as apple pie but I’m just not feeling it. First of all it’s an American lager and although I am American I feel this is a bit of culture that is not my own. It’s the small stadiums like this one that sell a sort of idea that every American can come here and (and even in my case) kind of gives me a general sense of nostalgia. A friend of mine mentioned that he felt like he was transported to the 30’s when he watches Baseball. And maybe that’s part of what makes this sport great. Its a living memorial to summers our grandfathers spent on warm summer-nights with family. Even though I have no love for baseball, most folks here are having a great time and its good to be out amongst them.

Washington Brewers Festival 2011

Washington Brewers Festival 2011


Washington Brewers Festival is the biggest and one of the longest running of the six beer tasting events presented by the Washington Beer Commission.

More than 60 breweries (50+ from Washington state!) will be on hand to pour more than 200 craft brews in this annual pilgrimage of 15,000 to Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore, June 17-19.

Washington Beer is recognized everywhere as being high in quality and taste thanks to the energy and creativity of the craft brewers and abundance of fresh ingredients available right here in the evergreen state.

Established in July 2007 the Washington Beer Commission represents all 145 craft breweries in the state with a mission is to ensure that more beer enjoyed in Washington is made by its own craft brewers.

Support your local breweries and Drink Washington Beer!


17th Annual Mountain Brewers’ Beer Fest

17th Annual Mountain Brewers’ Beer Fest

Like some siren song I hear her calling to me across the green vistas and picturesque snow capped mountains. Her large white tents are a mirage oasis in the dessert to tempt dry mouthed travelers to come and drink deeply of her sweet offerings. Thousands come to the quiet town of Idaho Falls, Idaho to bathe in the goodness and cheer beer has to offer.

If you truly enjoy beer I would not miss the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest. The Beer Fest occurs annually on the first weekend of June. Aside from the mass quantities of high quality beer this event is awesome because all proceeds benefit local charities so it’s good karma too. This festival stands in a class of it’s own with no use of drink tokens and it’s cheap. For all this merriment it’s just $20 in advance, $25 at the door or Purchase 5 tickets online get one free. Also if you brought a DD you can get them in for $5. The city spares no expense to encourage a fun celebratory atmosphere. Plenty of Live Music, a wide array of delightful food options to choose from and lots of space to bring a blanket and just hang out on the grass on a warm summers day.

After the main event closes at 5 pm you can bring the party to the belly of the Shilo inn and get drinks at the club and dance the night away. I prefer going outside the club in the back to relax in the cool night air on the grass next to the lazy creek.

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Brewing above and beyond the 3.2

Brewing above and beyond the 3.2

I have some Aussie friends of mine who tend to rib me a little about the quality of beer on this side of the globe compared to Europe and Australia. I know it’s all in jest but it got me thinking American beer. If you are from another country I think the perception of why Americans have “bad beer” is because all the major “American beers” are from a classic lineup of very famous brands of American lagers like Budweiser and Miller and Coors. And yes all of these famous American lagers have a similar light texture, pale color and unrefined, slightly bitter taste. So if you don’t like these kinds of beer I can kind of see why the bias is so pervasive. Now to be fair I pointed out to my friends that these “Bad American lagers” are not dissimilar to another equally famous Austrian brand: Fosters.

Likewise Utah beers and breweries I think tend to share in the unfair stigma of being a ‘flavorless and watery beer’ that kind comes hat in hand with the famous 3.2 law. And again I think I can understand where the stigma comes from. I imagine brewers want to create beer that they themselves would want to drink. Because of that perception I have much hope for the future of the brewing community in Utah. I think the microbreweries of Utah will be inventive and try to make the beer work for them in the realm of 3.2 by weight. And while there are those who create session beers that are light and will strive to be the best of ‘Utah legal beers’. There will also be bold steps made by others who break from the traditional to make beer that demands your attention and that will remind you by who and where it was made. While some could argue that this beer is the exception and not the rule of how Utah beer defines itself, I think I see it as a promising step towards something greater than the things that limit the community.

Somewhere, something diabolical comes in the swirling blue twilight of night. While others rest peaceably a band of crazed hop heads toil with fevered minds on one of the most amazing brews ever put to wort. This formidable brew gains it’s strength from over two pounds of hops per barrel made from fresh hops. Now to some that may seem a little excessive to some but the Hop Rising has been the best balanced double India Pale Ale I have had. Hop Rising maintains a IBU rating of 75 with the of 9% alcohol so it’s no light weight but it tastes sweet enough that the tell tale flavor of alcohol is not a menace to the flavor. Truth be told I am very taken with this beer. It’s one of the best beers I have ever had period. To say Hops Rising is by far my favorite Utah born beer would seem limiting. This beer is so good I think it could easily stand against other Double IPA’s and Imperials in a contest of global arena and bring home some gold medals. With three different malts and three varieties of hops working together in perfect harmony Hop rising is simply a work of art that I hope everyone can enjoy sometime.

Not to put to fine a point on things but I’d wager that my Aussie friends would have to eat .. (ahem) ‘drink’ there words if they tried this delectable beverage. Being about as far from flavorless and watery as you can get it just proves that even here in the beehive state you can readily find good beer to drink. As far as I am concerned Hops Rising makes it’s mark on the annals of great American brews.


The PaulBeerer

Dick N’ Dixie’s

Dick N’ Dixie’s


A short time ago a friend of mine suggested we hit Dick and Dixies to grab a pint. He was telling me about how cheap the beer was and how much I would like the place. Now before I go on I do want to explain that I had been warned of the overwhelming swarm of hipsters that would be present at this establishment and how I can expect terrible service do to the lack of staff. I had some apprehension to fight for a pint or for somewhere to sit down to enjoy said pint. Luckily my fears were calmed as my experience was nothing like the horror stories I had been warned of. Mind you I was sitting in the bar at about 5 pm or so and aside from the occasional man coming in from work it felt like a quiet neighborhood bar where one could enjoy a pint or two without the hassle of going into the bustling presence of downtown. The beer was as priced reasonably with $2 dollar cans of cheap American lagers and cheap well liquor shots.





Though the establishment itself is relatively small the ambiance was welcoming, large windows wrap around the front letting in plenty of daylight and it really opens up the front of the space giving it more space. With the front door open the cool air would come in from the street carrying with it the smells of local eateries and because of the Utah clean air act I was able to further enjoy the smoke free environment. If you are looking for somewhere to drink on a lazy afternoon I would suggest stopping by and grabbing a pint. It’s easily worth the trip.