For most folks, nacho-flavored beer sounds more like the result of a spill at a baseball game than an intentional recipe concocted by an actual brewery for human consumption. While the former may be true for 363 days out of the year, that still leaves two extra days for Port Townsend’s Strange Brewfest to let its freak flag fly — and fly it did.
Anyone familiar with the Strange Brewfest, now in its 15th year, won’t be too surprised by any of the unusual flavor profiles showing up in the suds, which really did include a nacho-flavored beer from the Everett-based Middleton Brewing.
This year, it was Poulsbo’s own Rainy Daze Brewing that took home the gold at the festival renowned for its unique potables.
Three beers from Rainy Daze gathered the most beer tokens (tokens are distributed throughout the event which are redeemable for beer) from attendees of the event.
Together Rainy Daze’s Coconut Cream Pie lager, She’s Bazaar Belgian golden strong ale and Only the Tip IPA, were a crowd favorite. Owner Mike Montoney said he was humbled.
“It was an honor,” he said. “There’s a lot of good breweries there, there’s a lot of good, interesting beers.”
“Luckily I’ve got a really good staff behind me too,” Montoney added.
As for the nacho-flavored beer, Montoney said he couldn’t pass up the chance to try out such an oddity.
“It pretty much had every characteristic of nachos, but it was liquid,” he said, “I actually thought it was good, it was very intriguing.”
The win, Montoney explained, has brought a fair amount of much-appreciated exposure to the Poulsbo brewery as well.
“It does help bring people in, we’ve had a pretty good draw this week, people coming knowing that we [won],” the owner said. “It’s a good thing too because we just started releasing cans into a bunch more stores in the last week. We just got into Central Market, three Safeways, an Albertson’s, plus we’ve got Red Apple.”
Unfortunately, anyone hoping to get their pint-lifters on some of Montoney’s award-winning beer, will likely have to wait awhile. Coconut Cream Pie and She’s Bazaar won’t be back on tap in the near future, as both beers were a small batch production and brewed specifically for the Strange Brewfest. Rainy Daze’s Only the Tip IPA, however, will be available both at the brewery’s Poulsbo location and can also be found in cans at stores that carry Rainy Daze beers.
— Nick Twietmeyer is a reporter with Kitsap News Group. Nick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.