Creativity and Tasty Brews Galore at 'Stache Bash 2012

Twenty-three beers, 171 attendees and a whole slew of great art. These were the hard facts surrounding Rain City Brew’s ‘Stache Bash this year. Held at The Seattle Creative Arts Center in Ballard last Sunday from 5 to 8 pm, tasty brews and great artwork (murals and beer labels) were the name of the game.

When I arrived at the venue, the brewers had already set up their booths and were eagerly awaiting tasters. I took a few photos before the crowds arrived.

Pictured below is Colin Curfman of Bad Jimmy’s Brewery.

Bad Jimmy’s Brewery brought Spicy Sanchez and Habenero Amber to the competition.

Bad Jimmy’s Brewery brought Spicy Sanchez and Habenero Amber to the competition.

While I didn’t sample the brews myself, I can just imagine the unique notes in the featured Spicy Sanchez and Habenero Amber.

I also met a fellow volunteer, Arun, who was nice enough to take some additional photos for me. I think this photo really captures the spirit of the evening:

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As the night went on, more thirsty individuals showed up, tasted beers and voted for their favorites. Having kept count at the door, I can personally attest to the fact that there were 171 attendees (of course, not everyone imbibed, Designated Drivers were rewarded with a dark blue wristband and free admission).

Who knows, maybe I missed my calling as a bouncer?

Voting for the best brews ended around 7 pm. The bright orange ballots naming the 23 potent potables were collected and tallied for the later announcement of winners.

Beer names were (gleefully) largely beard and mustache related. Some of my favorites included Mustache Rider, Nunpuncher #9: Revenge of the Nunstachio IPA, Red Flanders Red Ale, Pedo Bear Blueberry Wheat and Yosemite Sam’s Rackin’ Frackin’ Cherry Bourbon Ale.

At the end of the evening, the big kahuna award went to Sir Stachelberry: Belgian Strong with Kumquats and Raspberries. Having tasted Belgian Raspberry-flavored beer in the old country myself, I’m eager to try this Seattle-made concoction at a later date.

If Stache Bash 2012 has proved anything, it’s that Seattle is filled with talented beer brewers. And next year I plan to sample at least a few.

-Maggie Tarnawa is an Events Blogger for The World is Fun