Redmond, Wash, home of Microsoft, has a good-sized park, Marymoor Park, which hosted the state Beer Commission's biggest party of the year again. I bicycled there (Redmond, cris-crossed by parkways that mess up the King County street grid pattern, is easy enough to get lost in, sober. Buzzed, it would be hopeless.)
A few impressions and notes. It was good to see so many of the new brewers in Spokane making the 300-mile trip: No-Li, Iron Goat, 12 String, Golden Hills (in the process of changing its name to Orison Brewing). Some of the smaller breweries could not spare enough people to cover three days of festival and left their spaces empty the first day--my local fave Chuckanut, Alpine from Oroville, a few others,
Black Raven, the Redmond cult brewer that had to travel only a few blocks to the festival, drew crowds like it always does. They popped a keg of something called Spinters that drew a humongous line.