Poulsbo Oktoberfest Beer Run

 

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I’m jet lagged from my recent trip to Belarus but still, I was certain my foggy brain was not hallucinating on my AM stroll today to the Farmers Market. There seemed to be a lot of German kleidung on the streets of Norwegian Poulsbo this morning. Women (and a few men) in dirndl dresses. Men (and a few women) in lederhosen. Some Vikings in fur tunics. Lots of blue and green Seahawks gear. And everyone was running…..or at least loping…..at the very least walking with purpose. It turns out it was all for beer and the local food bank.

Poulsbo’s growing brewpub scene has been sponsoring The Poulsbo Beer Run since 2013. It began as a March St Patrick’s Day celebration – a 4.87 miles run in your best St. Paddys green attire through the streets of Poulsbo stopping at four brewpubs/bars downing a beer at each. In 2014 the sponsors held a run for breast cancer with runners and brewpub staff dressed in pink.

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This year the run is kicking off Oktoberfest. There are five stops including the new Rainy Daze Brewpub which took over the old facility of Sound Brewery who moved into a nearby former school building. See my blog post about the move here. Envy Bar and Grill is pouring Silverdale’s Silver City beers. Stops from the previous runs also include Slippery Pig Brewery and Valholl Brewing.

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The run includes a food drive for Poulsbo’s Fishline foodbank. It began at 8:55 am. Five stops. Five 10 ounce beer pours. Lots of ┬ásuspenders and knee socks, a few participants who apparently didn’t read the rules about Oktoberfest beer gear, a lot of surprised Farmers Market shoppers and a beautiful autumn day. Let Oktoberfest begin! Probst everyone!

Olalla’s Winery and Vineyard

It seems an unusual place for a winery – past the elementary school which has been in existence in one form or another since 1888, beyond the grange hall turned community center, near the infamous property that once held a sanitarium made famous by the book, Starvation Heights. If you come to the Olalla Bridge where the annual New Years Polar Bear Plunge occurs, you’ve gone too far.

Yes, it seems an unusual place for a winery that prides itself on hand making wine using an ancient method originating with the early Greeks and Romans, but the new owners of Olalla Valley Winery are determined to turn the venue into a community gathering place and model for agritourism .

The vineyard and winery opened to the public in 2008 under previous owners Joe and Konnie Serka. When they decided to sell, neophyte vintners, Stuart and Mary Ellen saw the possibilities of combining wine, music, art and community in the vineyard and the tasting room. All summer they’ve been trying out wine tasting plus music on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. On Halloween they plan on hosting their official Grand Opening.

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The winery’s flagship wine is a red Golubok made of Russian grapes originating in Ukraine. The vineyard has a new section of Pinot Gris grapes that will (fingers crossed say the owners) be ready for the 2017 crush as will a Malbac and Cabernet Franc.

The enthusiastic owners have regular tasting room hours from noon to 5 on Thursday through Sunday.