Fruity, Hoppy, and Minty: Must-Try Washington Beers 

The Washington Brewers Festival in June is a dizzying array of more than 500 beers to sample from 110 Evergreen State breweries. Even if you made it to the annual festival, there’s a good chance you missed out on some of the hottest breweries. According to the Washington Beer Commission, these were the top five most popular breweries at the festival along with one of their speciality, summery brews.

Scrappy Punk BrewingSnohomish

Mango Champagne IPA (ABV 10.3% / IBU 50) This Brut IPA has a mango twist — think “mimosa beer.” Fermentation was finished off with champagne yeast, making it dry, fruity and fizzy.

Heathen BrewingVancouver

MegaMint Imperial Milk Stout (ABV 9.0% / IBU 22) Big and bold with a touch of mint. This Imperial Milk Chocolate Stout is kicked up a notch by using fresh picked mint from Seely Mint Farms. The milk sugar leaves a pleasant residual sweetness that is balanced with chocolate and biscuit notes of the specialty malt.

Fremont BrewingSeattle

Interurban: Moscow Mule Edition (ABV 6.3% / IBU 80) All the ginger and lime flavors of your favorite summer cocktail combine with this balanced IPA filled with grapefruit and pine flavors. It was brewed just for the festival.

Paradise Creek BreweryPullman

Blackberry Pucker Berliner Weisse (ABV 4.6% / IBU 3) This tart and refreshing beer is all blackberry. Dark in color and bold in flavor it brings the sweet smell of blackberry to your nose and flavor to your lips.

At Large BrewingEverett

Melbourne-West Coast IPA (ABV 7%) This West Coast IPA is light in color and features Ella hops. Lots of tropical fruitiness and grapefruit.

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