Broadway Center is gearing up for its fourth annual Brew Five Three festival, which will take over Broadway – between 9th and 11th streets – from 1-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13.
“This is one of the largest events that the Broadway Center produces each year,” Broadway Center's Associate Executive Director Lacey Wright said. “The top biggest event we put on is Star Chefs on Broadway, which supports the arts education program. But this is right up there.”
The layout of the festival will be similar to previous years, with the stage set up in the park next to Theatre on the Square. But a few changes have been made to streamline. There have been a lot of last-minute walk-up sales at last year's event, and more ticket booths will be set up to help with the flow of traffic. But there will also be a cap on attendance for the first time, so it's best to arrive early before the event sells out.
“Last year, we had about 3,000 people in attendance,” Wright said. “To comfortably accommodate that many people, and also be a good experience for both the patrons and the brewers, we just needed to keep it at that size. So we're going to say 3,500 because we have volunteers and staff, so that will be the whole capacity of the event.”
Here is a breakdown of other relevant details.
Tickets: The cost is $30 general admission, $25 with military I.D. The ticket price includes a commemorative tasting glass and six tokens, each good for one beer or cider sample. There is also a discounted “designated driver” ticket available for $10, for those who just want to check out the music.
Tunes: Warming up the stage this year will be the Paul Green, who has won the Washington Blues Society award for Best Blues Harmonica so many times, the Blues Society eventually named the award after him. In 2008, he was inducted into the Washington Blues Society's Hall of Fame. He'll play at 1:30 p.m.
Up next is popular blues guitarist Rod Cook, a 35-year veteran of the regional blues scene. He and his band, Toast, are up at 3 p.m.
Brew Five Three has been a blues-centric event in its first three years, but organizers are opening up the format with a lineup that includes popular Tacoma bluegrass band, the Barleywine Revue, which will play from 5 to 6 p.m.
Closing the evening will be the Stacey Jones Band. Jones is an award-winning singer, songwriter, harmonica player and guitarist who shared the stage with the likes of Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite and Lee Oskar. She and her band will play from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Taps: 7 Seas Brewing, American Brewing, Bellevue Brewing, Black Raven Brewing, Cash Brewing, Dick's Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Engine House No. 9, Fremont Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing, Gig Harbor Brewing, Harmon Brewing, Kulshan Brewing, Lazy Boy Brewing, Mack & Jack's Brewing, Maritime Pacific Brewing, Narrows Brewing, Northwest Brewing, Odd Otter Brewing, One Tree Hard Cider, Pacific Brewing and Malting Co., Pike Brewing, Powerhouse Brewery, Rainier Beer, Reuben's Brews, Schilling Cider, Schooner Exact, Scuttlebutt Brewing, Seattle Cider Co., Silver City Brewing, Tacoma Brewing, The Ram Brewery, Three Magnets Brewing, Tieton Cider Works, Two Beers Brewing, Washington Cold Cider, Wet Coast Brewing and Wingman Brewers.
For more info: Call (253) 591-5890 or visit www.broadwaycenter.org.