Washington State is trying to get organized about marketing its beers.
The crusade to establish Washington-made as a premium microbrew brand is in line for some help from the state Legislature, which appears willing to create a new industry promotional arm called the Washington Beer Commission. > > If lawmakers give the OK, the commission will be officially empowered to levy a modest tax on its producers, put on fund-raising festivals and -- perhaps most important -- give away beer. > >
Washington does have great breweries, Maritime and Pike Brewing Co and even Red Hook, are great Seattle brewers and brewpubs like Elysian and Big Time makes great beer too. But I have to admit, most of the beers I drink are from Oregon and California because they’re better. It’s heresy in Seattle to say this, but Seattle’s biggies, Pyramid and Hale’s, are not very good breweries, in my opinion – if your top beer is a Hefeweizen, it’s time to find a new brewmaster.