Across the tracks and apart from the town's official program, Rocky Coulee Brewing Co. puts on its own party. Started in 2002, Rocky Coulee sells 12-oz glass bottle 6-packs in a respectable chunk of eastern Washiington. The flagship is Fireweed Honeyh Blonde Ale and brewer-owner Tom Schafter buys from a beekeeper who takes pains to assure that his bees are working with fireweed almost exclusively. They also bottle a winter ale and a golden lite summer ale, in season. Several other brews are draft-only, such as the Dunkel I tasted. Very rich and amlty; I would llove to taste it side by side with Chuckanut's Dunkel one day.
There was no time for more than a peek at the brewing equipment, as a band was tuning up to play for the festiival. A sunny day to close out a fine sunny summer in Washington.