Hey, this is cool. A new festival, happening next month at King’s Hall, puts equal emphasis on good bands and good Northwest beer. Shadowy name aside, Penumbra Beer Bash sounds like a corking good summertime event. Except that it’s happening March 16, technically the last weekend of winter. The organizers’ manifesto calls out Seattle’s habit of saving our socializing for the summer months: “To hell with all that! Let's get drunk on good beer, dance to awesome music.” 

Bands include catchy locals like the Catheters, Pleasureboaters, and Wimps, La Luz, the excellently named Prism Tats, and TacocaT, fun punk-pop local bands of the sort you might find at KEXP’s popular Concerts at the Mural. Here's the full list.

Beerwise, the lineup of nearly 30 brewers includes some of the Washington’s newest and most notable (Silver City, No-Li, Bellevue Brewing, Hilliard’s, Naked City), beloved stalwarts (Schooner Exact Elysian, Odin, Fremont, Pike, Big Al) and an impressive delegation from Oregon that includes HUB, Fort George, and Boneyard. 

A $25 ticket to Penumbra Beer Bash gets you seven tasting tokens and the requisite commemorative tasting cup. Spring for a $40 VIP ticket and you can get in early and participate in Capitol Hill beer mecca the Pine Box’s competition that features 12 beers infused with extra flavor via the bar’s Randall taps.

Penumbra Beer Bash
March 16, 4pm, King's Hall (near the Mt. Baker Light Rail), $24-$40