The first Beerstock 5060 was held on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock on the Alison Sheafor-Joy & Mark Joy property outside of Arlington "with the intention of sharing homebrew, love, joy, peace and creating new friendships between the various homebrew clubs," but we quickly outgrew that venue. The last Beerstock drew over 200 homebrewers from 16 different clubs. This year Beerstock 5060-4 will take place in a large, private park South of Seattle where we will have lots of space for club booths, camping, a band, food, fun, games, prizes, etc.
If you're still wondering, "What is Beerstock 5060?" Beerstock is an event where homebrew clubs in Washington get together to celebrate the fact that homebrew clubs in Washington can get together and drink beer; celebrated by getting together and drinking beer.
Back on July 26th, 2009, thanks to the hard work by Washington Homebrewer's Association (WAHA) members and other friends, Washington Senate Bill 5060 passed making it legal to transport homebrew for consumption in the state of Washington. It is still highly illegal to sell homebrew here, but our brew club meetings and homebrew sharing get-togethers are now legal. In August of 2009, Beerstock 5060 was the first, legal get-together of Washington homebrew clubs to taste each other’s homebrew and talk brewing across home brew club lines.
Most clubs set up a booth from which to share their tasty brews with other home brewers, kind of like a home brewer’s brew fest or an all day and over-night NHC Club Night in the woods. This is a private event, open only to homebrew club members. Each member is allowed to invite one guest, such as, a spouse, partner, interested friend, designated driver, etc. There is no fee for attending, this would be illegal, but there is a requested donation from each person to help pay for expenses. In the past Beerstock barely broke even, but this year, it will donate any extra money generated to the Lakewood Rotary Club. In this way, Beerstock 5060 can help spread love and joy to the needy kids of Lakewood through the work of this wonderful organization.
Here is the "poster" for the second year of the events: