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  Kristin at Oktoberfest in 1994
by richiecdisc

Hey, what happened? This used to be a brewery. In fact, it was one of the nicest Oktoberfest experiences I've ever had and it came about quite by accident. I was headed from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 1994 and after catching the ferry over to Bainbridge Island, a stop in the Poulsbro brewery was in order. It just happened to be the start of their Oktoberfest and much as the ?real? one in Munich, the mayor of the small town came in a horse-drawn wagon with a huge wooden barrel of their seasonal Fest beer. He hammered a brass tap into it and the amber nectar flowed freely and for free for about an hour until all of it was gone. I believe they had many backups though free it no longer was.

At any rate, the began serving homemade root beer for kids and non-drinkers in 1990 and by the next year formed a permanent soda making facility due to demand. In fact, the demand became so great that they are now a soda making company and no longer a brewery. Done in by root beer. Damn, I hate when that happens. Needless to say, no stop at Thomas Kemper was made on our most recent 2008 trip to Washington though Poulsbro still deserved and got one.

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  • Updated Nov 20, 2009
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