Anacortes Bier on the Pier

Come raise a glass and celebrate the 11th Anniversary! With breweries, cideries, food trucks, and live music – you’re in for a hoppin’ time!


Multi-Session Event

  • Friday, October 7th, from 5 to 8pm
  • Saturday, October 8th, from 12 to 3pm
  • Saturday, October 8th, from 4 to 7pm

Tickets: $45 (includes entrance into one event session, a commemorative 5-oz tasting glass, and eight tickets for 4-oz pours)

*Must be 21+ and ready to present ID at the door. No babies, strollers, infants, children, pets/animals will be admitted.

Come raise a glass and celebrate the 11th Anniversary of Anacortes Bier on the Pier presented by Peoples Bank! With breweries, cideries, food trucks, and live music – you’re in for a hoppin’ good time! Experience tastes ranging from spicy and peppery to the citrusy and piney hops of the Pacific Northwest, all with the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel.

After the festival closes, take a stroll through historic downtown Anacortes to find unique shops, live music at multiple venues, and beer and ciders from the festival featured in restaurants. One day in Anacortes just isn’t enough – we hope you make it a weekend! Anacortes has a wide variety of hotels, local inns, and bed and breakfast locations.

Have questions about the event? Give Anacortes Chamber of Commerce a call at (360) 293-7911.


Dust off the lederhosen and dirndls because the Chuckanut Oktoberfest celebration is happening at South Nut and P. Nut on Saturday, September 24, 2022, from 12pm to close. This family-friendly fall celebration includes lots of beer, food, games, and contests. Get your arm muscles in shape for the liter holding and hammerschlagen contests. If you aren’t familiar with hammerschlagen it’s a game of skill and strength. Make sure to dress up in your favorite Bavarian gear to enter the costume contest. Contests will happen throughout the day with no early sign-ups needed.

Traditionally Oktoberfest happens in the last couple of weeks in September to capitalize on the better September weather as opposed to October, when it historically began in Germany. Activities are planned for the beer gardens at South Nut in Burlington and P. Nut in Portland if the weather holds. Hammerschlagen and costume contests will only happen at South Nut, but there will be plenty to do at P. Nut also.

Beer Garden games like cornhole will be out and at the ready. GrisGris Kitchen will be on hand in Portland to dish up food for the hungry, while Captain’s Cod food truck will be on-site in Burlington at South Nut. Captain’s Cod has been making WAVES since bursting onto the scene with their 100% sustainably caught wild Alaskan Cod. Either way, there will be plenty to eat, and did we mention the beer?

You are guaranteed there will be plenty of Chuckanut’s Fest Bier on hand to drink in liter mugs, just like in Germany. Plus Cuckanut’s other great German beers like Kolsch, Dunkel Lager, Helles Lager, Vienna Lager and the rich Maibock. Chuckanut Oktoberfest is sure to be a very fun gathering for everyone!

Anacortes Brewery Releases / Rockfish Grill Events for Sept 2022

New Beer Releases

Highway to Helles (ABV 5.5% / IBU 18) Our Helles Lager is a tribute to the North Cascades Highway that runs through Anacortes. Highly drinkable and well-balanced, this refreshing session beer is brewed in the traditional German style, slightly malt forward with restrained bitterness from Vanguard & Perle hops, finishing soft and dry.

Pumpkin Ale (ABV 7% / IBU 30) Our 2022 Pumpkin Ale is brewed with biscuit malt along with cinnamon and allspice then local Skagit valley grown pumpkin is roasted in a wood fired oven and added to the bright tank to capture the flavors of Fall.

Oktoberfest (ABV 6.4% / IBU 30) Malty and full bodied, this savory beer celebrates the traditional Bavarian festival. Delicately hopped and lagered for 6 weeks in our authentic cold storage cellar.

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Upcoming Anacortes Brewery Events

AMPfest – 12PM Sat 9/3, Seafarers Park, Anacortes
Great Pumpkin Beer Festival – 4PM Fri 9/30, Seattle Center

Rockfish Grill Entertainment Calendar:

9/3 – Children of the Blues (7:30PM)

9/7 – Whistle Lake Jazz Quartet (6PM)
9/10 – The Naughty Blokes (7:30PM)

9/14 – Norris and Nicely (6PM)

9/17 – Stevie and the Blue Flames (7:30PM)

9/21 – Andre Feriante (6PM)

9/24 – Billy Appleton Band (7:30PM)

9/28 – Fidalgo Swing (6PM)

Preview: 10/1 – Queen’s Bluegrass (7:30PM)

Live Podcast at Chuckanut Brewery with John Holl

Well-known craft beer cookbook author and podcaster John Holl will be recording a live podcast at Chuckanut Brewery’s South Nut Tap Room on September 10, Saturday at 5 pm. The podcast will be recorded in front of a live audience in the taproom.  South Nut Tap Room is located across the road from the Port of Skagit Airport in Burlington, WA.

Mari and Will Kemper, Chuckanut owners and craft beer pioneers will be on hand along with neighboring Garden Path Fermentation owners Ron Extract and Amber Watts. The conversation will discuss John’s newest edition of his Craft Brewery Cookbook, in which Chuckanut beer and recipes are highlighted. Chuck Light, the beer featured in the book, will be on tap along with nine other Chuckanut beers. But there will also be a discussion of the state of the craft beer industry, lagers, fermentation, and wherever the conversation flows over 45 minutes. Village Books in Fairhaven will be on-site to sell John’s books and other beer-related books of interest to those in attendance.  This event is free of charge and open to the public.

John has been covering the beer industry as a reporter, writer, and editor for nearly 20 years. He is the editor of All About Beer and the on-air host for Drink Beer Think Beer podcasts.

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Chuckanut Brewery brews award-winning Lagers and Ales and has won Large Brewery of the Year at WA Beer Awards 2017, 2019, and 2021 and Small Brewery at the GABF 2011. The production facility and Tap Room is in Skagit Valley at 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington, WA. Chuckanut Brewery’s P. Nut Beer Hall is at 920 SE Caruthers St, Portland.  Both locations welcome guests of all ages and have indoor and outdoor seating! Check out additional information about Chuckanut at

Brewfest on the Skagit 2022


The 20th annual BrewFest on the Skagit, the Skagit’s longest-running Craft Brew Festival, is set for Saturday, August 13th, 2022 from 3:00 to 8:30 pm at Edgewater Park along the banks of the Skagit River in Mount Vernon. This year’s BrewFest will feature dozens of local craft brews, three of the region’s most popular bands, leisure games, tie-die courtesy of Tri-Dee Arts, vendors, and local food trucks.


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This will be the biggest and best BrewFest on the Skagit ever! Moving the event from Skagit Riverwalk Park to Edgewater Park has given us more room to move and groove.

A special addition to the Festival Leisure Games this year will once again be a cornhole tournament hosted by Upper Left Cornhole! To register yourself or your team for the tournament CLICK HERE or contact Eric at for more information. Upper bracket winner: 1st place cash win $250. Lower bracket winners: gift cards. Cornhole players get early 2:00 pm entry.

Advance Tickets: $30 Adult; $50 VIP Section; $15 “Designated Driver” (includes no beer scrip) + applicable fees. All prices are an additional $10 at the gate. Lincoln Theatre Members receive $2 off all ticket tiers.


LAZY ACRES 3:30 – 4:45pm

High energy PNW Rock n Roll celebrating their second full length album “Front Porch”.

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FANNY ALGER 5:15 – 6:30pm

Fanny Alger is proud to be your favorite for-profit-salvation-company.

brewfest on the skagit

BABY CAKES 7:00 – 8:30pm

A 10-piece powerhouse of highly experienced and talented musicians, Baby Cakes takes their audiences on a luxurious joyride through the golden age of American Soul, funk, and R&B.

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List of Brewers Confirmed

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Anacortes Brewery Releases / Rockfish Grill Events for July 2022

New Beer Releases

Experimental Series – Honey Golden Ale (ABV 7% / IBU 21) This is a honey forward, lighter bodied ale with a kick made with 60 lbs of local honey, all pilsner malt and balanced with Crystal hops.

Fidalgo Light (ABV 3.5% / IBU 15) Named for our destination island, this straw-colored, lightly hopped session beer is designed for light beer drinkers.

Upcoming Anacortes Brewery Events

Rock the Dock – 5PM 7/4, Seafarers Park, Anacortes

Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks – 5PM 7/4, La Conner Marina

Deception Pass Centennial Concert – 1PM 7/23 Deception Pass State Park

Heart of Anacortes Concert Series, 6PM, corner of 4th and O St, downtown Anacortes

7/9 – The Atlantics

7/16 – The Naughty Blokes

7/23 – Savage Blues Band

7/30 – Broken Banjo

Rockfish Grill Entertainment Calendar:

7/2 – Powerhouse (7:30PM)

7/6 – Whistle Lake Jazz Quartet (6PM)

7/9 – CD Woodbury (7:30PM)

7/13 – Mike Faast (6PM)

7/16 Suze Sims and LaRoca Boom (7:30PM)

7/20 – Kalyna Rakel and Dan Gurman (6PM)

7/23 – Children of the Blues (7:30PM)

7/27 – Fidalgo Swing (6PM)

7/30 – Mary Ellen Likens and the CC Adams Band (7:30PM)

Preview: 8/6 – Red House (7:30PM)

Chuckanut Brewery Events this Summer

Chuckanut Brewery’s locations will be hosting a slew of events in June and July. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend in the Skagit Valley make your way over to South Nut Tap Room. Events include food trucks (every other Thursday at South Nut), dog fest, crafts market (June 26 and July 17 at South Nut), and oyster pop-ups (at South Nut).


At the Artist Market Series during the summer you might find a different selection of jewelry, linens, musical items, art, paper items, food vendors and more. The Artist Market pop-ups run noon-5 pm at South Nut in Skagit and include all local artists selling their creations. Also at South Nut Stella Sopra Italian Food truck stops in every other Thursday 2-7 pm.


Don’t forget to bring your best friend over on July 2 to South Nut and P. Nut for a visit. Join us for a pawfect afternoon of clean pups and clean beers! Both of our locations will have mobile groomers on-site to give your best friend a relaxing spa day while you snag a beer. Discounts on beer, select merchandise, and raffle prizes! Sweet P’s Dog Grooming truck will be on-site noon-5 pm at South Nut and You Dirty Dog at P. Nut, no appointments are necessary. A series of Oyster Pop-Ups will take place all summer long at South Nut too. Dates to be determined but we’ll have fresh oysters and someone to shuck them for you all day. At all of these special events, you’ll be able to sip on your favorite Chuckanut beer and enjoy the activities.  

Farmstrong Wins the People’s Choice Award

Congratulations to Farmstrong Brewing and Artist Laura Childs for winning the Rain Barrel People’s Choice Award!  Did you know that during the dry months, May-September, you still could potentially collect 5,365 gallons of rainwater from your roof?  Rain barrels are available for $60 from Skagit Pud.

The Rain Barrels Down at Garden Path Fermentation

Did you know that beer is 95% water?  Skagit Farm to Pint has united water conservation, breweries, art, and Viva Farms to create the Skagit Farm to Pint Roadshow Rain Barrel Project!  Skagit PUD donated and delivered the rain barrels to the participating breweries before the beginning of the Skagit Farm to Pint Roadshow, artists painted the rain barrels, and Viva Farms will be donating the rain barrels to Viva’s Farm to School program!

Creativity at Garden Path Fermentation

Garden Path Fermentation creativity goes well beyond painting rain barrels. “In pursuing our creative philosophy, we use exclusively local ingredients, with over 98% coming from within 20 miles of our location, and ferment using only 100% native yeast, either from our house culture–which was originally cultivated from local flowers, plants, and berries and preserved from batch to batch for over 100 generations–or from naturally occurring microbes that we capture from the nighttime air; or, in the case of our wine and cider, from the fruit itself,” explains Ron Extract, co-owner of Garden Path Fermentation. Additionally, Garden Path does not limit itself to beer but makes wine, cider, mead, and various co-ferments, using local fruit and honey.

The Rain Barrels Down

Garden Path Fermentation product names are complete sentences and variations of Garden Path sentences.  Garden Path sentences usually involve a misdirect that can lead the reader or listener to feel at first as though they don’t make sense until they take a step back and rethink how the words fit together.  “A classic example is “The old man the boat,” which initially seems as though it’s missing a verb until one realizes that “man”, meaning “to operate,” is the verb and “the old,” meaning “the elderly” is the subject, so “the elderly operate the boat,” said Ron. “When we were assigned the rain barrel project, one of our team members rather cleverly came up with the title “The rain barrels down,” which inspired the art. Which is all to say, in short, we’re all hardcore geeks,” states Ron.

Approach to Brewing

Ron first took up homebrewing in college and then tried his hand at professional brewing a few years later, after leaving grad school, but craft beer was still in its infancy, and there weren’t a lot of jobs to be found.  “I spent several years working in other areas within the industry–first retail, then wholesale distribution, and eventually importing, before returning to the production tier,” explains Ron.  Garden Path is heavily influenced and inspired by many of the fantastic artisan breweries that Ron had the good fortune to work with at Shelton Brothers.  “We try to bring that spirit to what we do, but rather than trying to replicate what’s done elsewhere, we do so in a way that’s specific to our location in the Skagit Valley by creating products that make use of our abundant local resources and native microflora in a way that’s uniquely expressive of this beautiful place where we live,” said Ron.

Garden Path takes a different approach than most breweries.  “The biggest overall difference is that whereas most breweries tend to take what we like to describe as the “comfort food” approach, where they strive to recreate the same products again and again, eliminating any potential variables that could interfere with that process and achieving quality control by strict adherence to recipes and procedures, we exercise much more of a “farm to table” approach, where we focus on using whatever’s local and seasonal, embracing variability, and exercising quality control through a process of aging, blending, more aging, dumping what doesn’t make the cut, and curating the end product,” said Ron.  “As each batch will be different and our products are all literally alive, each bottle, can, or glass becomes a unique experience that can never be wholly repeated, which is what makes it so special,” concludes Ron.

Visit Garden Path Fermentation

Garden Path’s tasting room customers often comment on the awe-inspiring level of knowledge that the front-of-house staff has for Garden Path products and all of the other beer, wine, cider, and other beverages available in the Garden Path bottle shop.  “Those customers that are particularly drawn to our house-made products tend to prefer softer, more delicate and nuanced flavors, vs. those that are more obvious and intense, and who appreciate things that don’t always fit neatly into categories,” said Ron.  Garden Path takes pride in helping people reconsider their preconceptions and think differently about things they’d previously taken for granted.

Garden Path is excited to be able to get back into the world and share their story face to face, which’s been somewhat challenging to do for the last two years!  Grab your passport and visit the Garden Path tasting room and bottle shop at the Port of Skagit and if you’re there on weekends, ask for a tour; they would love to show you around!

Chuckanut Brewery Awarded World Beer Cup Medal

The Brewers Association announced the results of the largest international commercial beer competition, the 2022 World Beer Cup on May 5. The awards were presented in a ceremony at the conclusion of the Craft Beer Conference in Minneapolis. Chuckanut Brewery was awarded a Bronze medal for Chuckanut’s Bohemian Style Pilsner. There were over 170 entries in the Bohemian Pilsner category that Chuckanut won.


The World Beer Cup 2022 was the largest competition to date with 10,542 entries from 2,493 breweries representing 57 countries! It is always a huge accomplishment to receive any award from this competition. The last time it was held, in 2018, Chuckanut Bohemian Pilsner and Chuckanut Kolsch both won Gold medals!


Chuckanut Pilsner is a traditional Bohemian-style Pilsner lager with a noble hop aroma, bright golden color and white pillowy head. It’s a great mouthwatering, award-winning, deeply satisfying, and refreshing brew. Great with oysters, seafood or really any kind of food, it’s also great just by itself!