The cries of cheers once again herald the arrival of Anacortes Bier on the Pier! A two-day extravaganza of beer, ciders, food, and music on the 1st Friday and Saturday of October! Bring your thirst, and leave room to enjoy the smorgasbord of all the tasty foods on the pier. Come spend the weekend in beautiful Anacortes.
The event is held at the Historic Port Warehouse at 1st & Commercial in downtown Anacortes allowing for spectacular views overlooking the Guemes Channel and Mount Baker. Set amidst the funky warehouse charm of Anacortes’ historic port building will be no fewer than 30 Washington State breweries and 10 cideries sharing their finest.
“This year, festival attendees will get to discover new breweries that they might not have heard of,” says Kevin Pierce, the former head brewer at Anacortes Brewery. “A lot of these brewers have a long history of loving to brew, and it shows in the beers that they craft.” Products from most breweries, Kevin notes, are distributed in the area, but some self-distributors see the festival as a valuable chance to impress tasters and expand their customer base.
When it’s time to take a break and clear your palate, head onto the pier for delicious food, talk shop with fellow aficionados, debate your vote in the People’s Choice competition, or stomp and swing to live tunes.
And when Bier on the Pier festival doors close, the night will still be young – and Anacortes wide awake, with great restaurants, wine bars, and music venues ready to keep your party spirit rolling. Too tired to drive home? Not to worry, there’s local lodging for every budget and endless things to do the next day.