Five finds to help you enjoy the Seattle International Beerfest — or just celebrate local beer culture.
The Seattle International Beerfest starts Friday, and whether you’re willing to brave the crowds to try brews from around the world or just sampling them at home, some new beer gear will make it all go down more easily.
Handmade La Conner Beer Soap ($14 at handmadelaconner.com). Wake up and literally bathe in beer. Don’t worry; you won’t smell like you spilled on yourself. The beer in these local soaps adds color, better lather and antioxidants. Scents come from essential-oil combos such as cedar and bergamot, so you’ll smell good in the beer lines.
Reuben’s Brews Hoodie Sweatshirt ($45 at Reuben’s, Ballard). You may be tasting globally, but you can show your pride in the local beer scene with some schwag from your neighborhood brewery. This hoodie, with awesome details like Reuben’s “R” logo printed inside the hood, will also keep you warm if temps dip over the course of the day.
33 Bottles of Beer Professional Edition Tasting Journal ($6 for one or $33 for six at 33books.com). Don’t attend a tasting event without a journal to record your favorites. It can be hard to remember the name of that one Belgian the next morning. This journal is spill-proof, made in Portland of water-resistant paper. There’s space for notes on every aspect of the beer, and even a color meter for remembering just what you drank.
MiiR Growler ($55 at miir.com). Didn’t get enough at the event? Fill up local company Miir’s gorgeous growler on the way home. The double-walled vacuum insulation will keep the beer cold up to 24 hours, and the clamp top prevents leaks.
Beer Cap Map USA ($35 at uncommongoods.com). Save your beer caps to get a jump on filling in this fun plywood wall map. Try to get a cap from all across America — a bucket-list goal any beer fan can aspire to.