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Saturday Night with the Kempers

April 20, 2010

Looking for something to do this weekend?  How does spending the night at Diablo Lake and drinking beer with a Northwest Brewing legend sound?

As part of their Sourdough Speaker Series the North Cascades Institute is hosting a special evening with Will and Mari Kemper from Chuckanut Brewery. The night includes lodging, a beer social, and a gourmet meal paired with Chuckanut’s Beer. If that wasn’t enough, throughout the evening Will and Mari will tell stories from their lives in the craft beer industry. If you are interested, and you should be, they have 4 rooms left and the enrollment for registered guests is 35 of 40.  Why not take this opportunity get out and relax with good food, good beer, and good people?

What: Will and Mari Kemper: A Celebration of Microbrewing in the Pacific Northwest
When: Sat Apr 24 5pm – Sun Apr 25, 2010 11am Pacific Time
Where: Lake Diablo, WA (map)
Why: Why not
How: Registrar via telephone (360-856-5700) or by e-mail at
Cost: $95pp

Checkout the details from their website:

When Will and Mari Kemper chose Bellingham as their new home, our corner landed one of the most accomplished entrepreneurial beer-brewing teams in the world. From the original Thomas Kemper Brewery on Bainbridge Island in 1984 to the opening of Old Town’s Chuckanut Brewery in 2009, their story traces the rise of craft brewing in the Pacific Northwest. Join us for a night full of beer history and lore, insider stories from the frontlines of the Northwest’s microbrewing revolution and a special multi-course meal created to showcase several of the Kemper’s best brews.

This special evening begins with a “welcome beer” and toast by Will and Mari on the lakeside deck of our dining hall before moving inside for a celebration of slow food and locally-brewed ales. Dinner will feature several delicious courses prepared by the Institute’s Chef Shelby Slater and paired with complimentary beers from the Chuckanut Brewery. Throughout this unique gastronomical experience, the Kempers will weave tales of their long personal history in the craft beer movement and introduce each beer in turn – what style it is, how it is prepared, its historical background and place in world cultures.

Will Kemper is a master brewer, chemical engineer, educator and graduate of the first Masterbrewers Program from the University of California at Davis. He has worked as brewmaster for Thomas Kemper, Aviator Ales, Norwester Brewing, Orange County Brewery, Mile High Brewing and many other breweries. The Kempersí started the first two Sierra Madre Brewpubs in Monterrey, Mexico in the late 1990s and opened up Turkeyís first brewpub in Istanbul in 2001. They have traveled extensively throughout England, Belgium and Germany, visiting breweries and gaining new information for their repertoire that they share today at the Chuckanut Brewery (which won the Best Small Brewpub of the Year award at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival). The Kempers support community sustainability by using as many local and organic products as possible, donating spent grains to local dairy farms and hosting local fundraisers and education events.



FTC info: GoodBeerTrips is not affiliated with the North Cascades Instute or Chuckanut Brewery. This is not a paid advertisement.

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