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Beer Alert: A Little Brew and a Few Strange Folks Coming

I can get away with calling some people from Port Townsend strange. I mean, the unofficial town slogan is “We’re here because we’re not all there.” And I love that little city all the more for it.

I can find myriad reasons for going: to visit some pretty good people, fantastic consignment shops, good restaurants, a place to get vintage cookbooks and coming Jan. 28-30, the seventh annual Strange Brewfest.

In years past, it had been hosted at Water Street Brewing, which closed its doors in June. But people involved with Water Street are again involved in the Strange Brewfest, though this year it will be at the American Legion, which just happens to about double the space.

Thirty breweries will be there, as will food (the site hints at some kind of fresh fish tacos), and entertainment ranges from music to a costume contest Saturday. Cost is $25 cash.

Weekend for Wine and Chocolate

With Valentines Day on it’s way (on a three-day weekend, no less), local wineries and chocolatiers are gearing up for the coming buying frenzy.

And it’s not just about bringing home the box or the bottle. Looks like some regional and area proprietors are offering a little experience as well. Cost is a few dollars at each winery.

Here are a couple that are closer to home. The state’s tourism website has a few more:

On the Olympic Peninsula, six wineries from Port Townsend to Port Angeles will host a Red Wine and Chocolate weekend. Cost is $25 to taste at all wineries or $5 each. Most of the wineries are in Port Angeles, so you might consider making a weekend of it so you don’t have to risk getting tipsy for the drive back.

Seven Bainbridge Island wineries will offer tastes paired with chocolates chosen by the winemakers.

View Wineries of Bainbridge Island in a larger map

Port Townsend Cheese Maker Gets National Nod

Kitsap Sun file photo
Kitsap Sun file photo

One of my favorite local cheesemakers recently was awarded best of class in the semi-soft cheese category at the 2009 United States Championship Cheese Contest.

Mt. Townsend Creamery in Port Townsend, who has gotten a few nods from Seattle foodies and chefs, won for their Trailhead variety.

I’ve been a fan since I wrote a story in 2006 (before I was a web geek, I was a staff writer) and got a taste test —  research, simply research.

Their cheese is sold at Central Market, and possibly other places.

If you want to wait to get a taste of a variety of cheesemakers, they’ll also be at the Seattle Cheese Festival in May. Many, like Mt. Townsend, come from the Northwest. We’re giving Wisconsin a run for its money.

Since we’re on the subject, who are some of your favorite Northwest cheese experts?