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Base Camp Winter Ale Fest – March 5, 2011, Conway, WA

February 9, 2011

This event was left on my Contact page.  It looks fun and is for a good cause so I though I’d post it on the main page.  Thank you Ellen for making us aware of the Base Camp Winter Ale Fest.

If you go, please come back here and let us all know how it was.




Ellen Hiatt
February 4, 2011 2:34 pm

The parents of Summit Academy are serving up beer and brats – 20 local, hand-crafted ales, to be exact. The fund raiser includes Silvana Meats bratwurst and locally-grown oysters.

With 10 participating local ale houses supplying 20 ales, local beer and brats, and live music, the first annual Base Camp Winter Ale Fest promises to be a fun event. The event takes place from 4-10 p.m., Saturday, March 5 at The Conway Muse.

“The Muse has such great character, with a loft and a stage, and the ambience of an artsy, historic barn right on the edge of Fir Island and the Skagit River,” said Ellen Hiatt, a parent organizer of the event. “It’s the right place to make this event fun.” Fresh grilled brats provided by Silvana Meats, and local oysters from Taylor’s Shellfish will also be available for sale.

The local ale providers include DiamondKnot, Chuckanut Brewery, Skookum, Anacortes Brewery, and North Sound Brewing Company, among others.

Alex Dorchak, a Summit Academy parent and a member of the Cask Club, is excited about the participating ale houses. “I’m buying a ticket myself just to be sure I get to taste all of these great ales!”

Hiatt noted that the Winter Ale Fest includes a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, a commemorative tasting glass, and a souvenir tasting guide. Tickets are $30 and are available online at, or $40 at the door.

Live music for the event will be provided by The Crying Shame, a Seattle-based band. “They’ll provide just the right kind of jive for this event. We’re so excited they could be there,” said Hiatt.

All proceeds benefit Summit Academy, a 501(c)3 non-profit,; Summit Academy is an independent school that uses a field-based approach for intensive study in the environment, arts, sciences and community.

Participants must be 21 to attend.


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