Join us for a drink in the garden | Chamber Corner

By Kim Voetberg | Aug 30, 2017
Courtesy of: Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce This 2016 photo shows the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce’s Beer and Wine Garden during Blue Friday at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival.

I just returned from a trip through the Bavarian region of Germany, so my Beer Garden expertise has increased substantially. Not being a beer drinker myself, the whole process and, dare I say, warm-weather tradition became quite clear when talking with locals for whom beer drinking is an art form.

Back in the day – read 16th century – regulations were decreed that beer could be brewed during certain times of the year and only in certain locations due to fire hazards from coal fires used to heat the brewery kettles.

That and a whole host of other reasons caused locals to brew and serve their libations in select locations, outside and near rivers, for safety purposes. This outdoor idea became so popular that people began eschewing taverns and pubs for the less formal atmosphere of the biergarten. A tradition was born.

Each year, the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce has their own tradition: we host a Beer and Wine Garden at the Lighthouse Festival in September. The festival is a community event that has grown over the years to include a parade, fireworks, recognition of military/first responders, food and vendor booths, a children’s area, and of course for the 21 and older crowd: a Beer and Wine Garden, complete with live music from local musicians and bands.

As part of their commitment to this area, many local businesses are supporting the Chamber’s Beer and Wine Garden through sponsorship and support. This year, Staybridge Suites is sponsoring the Main Stage, Jennifer Voke, DDS and Silver Cloud Inn are underwriting the wine and beer cups, respectively, and Dora Corelli of Mukilteo Windermere once again is sponsoring Blue Friday In The Beer Garden. We appreciate these local businesses who have stepped in as patrons of the event.

As in years past, local brewpub Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, which got its start back in the mid ‘90s, will partner with the Chamber to offer several beer choices for garden attendees. That along with our wine selections will set the scene for those enjoying live music performed by some new artists, such as MachOne Jazz Orchestra and Reggae band Jimmy Free’s Friends, as well as some return favorites such as Gold Digger, The Charlies, IvyLane, and The Machine.

We have increased our serving hours to include: Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cover charges on Friday are waived if attendees wear Seattle Seahawks, Storm, Mariners, or Sounders gear, or if current military or first responder ID is shown. Saturday’s cover charge begins at 5 p.m., and there’s no cover charge on Sunday.

The weather promises to hold, we’re ready to open the gates and now we need residents and visitors to come out and celebrate all that we love about Mukilteo.

 

Kim Voetberg is the marketing and communications director for the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce. Call her at 425-347-1456 or write to her at kim@mukilteochamber.org. For more on the Chamber of Commerce, go to www.mukilteochamber.org.

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