Scotch at Hop Scotch. Photo courtesy Hop Scotch’s website.

Planted amidst this weekend’s bevy of booze activities is the annual Hop Scotch Spring Beer and Scotch Festival, a celebration of all things malted and marvelous that happens to benefit the Seattle International Film Festival. This year Hop Scotch features over 80 libations—not only microbrews, imported beers, scotch, and local whiskey, but spring-release wines, too.

Why focus on whiskey and beer? Hop Scotch started 10 years ago as a microbrew festival called Hops on Equinox, and changed its name and venue seven years ago when scotch was added to the festivities. The result makes for some delightful wordplay, and an excellent destination for equal opportunity drinkers.

Whiskey tastes go for an additional $15. Choose between—or choose both—a sampler of six single-malt scotches representing the regions of Scotland, and a flight of six whiskeys from our own region. The Whiskeys of Washington sampler, a new addition to the Hop Scotch lineup this year, features spirits from Woodinville Whiskey Co., Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane, Bainbridge Organic Distillers, Fremont Mischief, and Golden Distillery on Samish Island.

It all goes down at Fremont Studios on March 30 and 31. General admission is $25 (or $30 at the door), and gets you a tasting glass and five tokens redeemable for beer and wine. Upgrade to a $30 ($35 at the door) admission for double the tokens. Whiskey flights are available for purchase at the tasting, but you can buy advance admission tickets online here.

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