Add Port Townsend's Strange Brewfest to Your Travel To-Do List
WHERE: Port Townsend, for the 10th annual Strange Brewfest (1/24–1/25 $30 for both days; 21 and older. American Legion Marvin G. Shields Post 26, 209 Monroe St.; strangebrewfestpt.com). WHY: This quirky and quintessentially Northwest celebration of more than 30 craft beer and cider brewers from all over the region promises a weekend of beverage tasting and boisterous fun, including live music by local funk band Polyrhythmics, Whidbey Island chainsaw carvers Steve Backus and Pat McVay, and seafood galore. Taste new flavors—some kept secret until tasting day—from emerging and well-established breweries, including Georgetown Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Big Time Brewery, Elk Head Brewing and Silver City Brewery. WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Take a break from the suds at the recently opened Starlight Room (21 and older; 237 Taylor St., Port Townsend; rosetheatre.com/starlight-room), a brand-new screening room next door to the historic Rose Theatre. Along with first-rate films, it features food (think black truffle fries and Dungeness crab–stuffed mushrooms) and cocktails by the Silverwater Cafe. The theater boasts a lovely view of Admiralty Inlet, plus cozy loveseats, plush chairs and, of course, the Rose’s famous popcorn.