English writer and novelist Arnold Bennett once said “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”
While many of us dislike change of any kind, sometimes change is necessary to keep things fresh and thriving. This is exactly why the Sumner Downtown Association chose to have a Harvest Fest Micro-brew Tasting event in lieu of its annual History Mystery Wine Walk.
With attendance down half last year from the year previous, it was important to consider other options that might refresh our fall event. After much contemplation by our board, the decision was made to try our hand at micro-beer tasting.
This idea came from a large contingency of participants of our previous wine walks. Thoughts shared included disappointment that the event was getting boring. They felt they’d tasted most of the wines before. They were not sure what the “mystery” was all about. Many don’t know that Sumner, besides being a rhubarb and daffodil farming community, was also known for its hops.
According to the Daffodil Valley Times website, in 1865 Olympia brewer Charles Wood shared some hops with Steilacoom school teacher John Meeker.
These were hops he got from England in 1865. John walked 20 miles to drop some off with his brother Ezra in Puyallup and a few more with his father J.R. in Sumner. Due to great Puyallup Valley propagation, hops were Sumner’s first major commercial crop. This is a great piece of history about our fertile Puyallup valley. Since the Sumner Downtown Association strives to promote history as part of our mission, a beer tasting event seemed a good change for the mix of our fall event.
Similarly laid out to the History Mystery Wine Walk, folks will travel from business-to-business in historic downtown Sumner, where they can wet their whistle while choosing from up to 37 micro-beers from a variety of local brewing companies: Harmon Brewing, Northwest Brewing Company, Powerhouse Brewing and from our sister city in Silverton, Oregon we will present Seven Brides Brewing. Slated for Sept. 28, 2013 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., the inaugural Harvest Fest will welcome between 600 to 800 participants to the Sumner downtown.
There will be music and food suited to compliment a cold beer. Tickets are $15 until Sept. 9 and start at $20 Sept. 10 to Sept. 28 (available the night of the event at the registration table). Tickets include: six taste tickets, a collectible glass, an event Passport (describing who is serving what and where) and one entry into the door-prize drawing for a merchant gift basket. Extra taste tickets are just $1.
All proceeds support the Sumner Downtown Association in its efforts to further historic education and preservation as well as promoting the Sumner downtown and its local businesses. Like our Facebook Page and be entered to win one of five tickets to this event. For more information, a list of the micro-brews being presented and participating merchants, please visit our website at www.sumnerdowntown.com.
Tickets can be ordered online or by calling our office at 253-891-4260.Laurie Miller is the program manager for the Sumner Downtown Association.