Photos: 2014 Olympia Brew Fest and DB Cooper Music Festival

By Ron Swarner on August 3, 2014

The day after two festivals is always foggy. But this morning - following yesterday's 2014 Olympia Brew Fest at Port Plaza and the DB Cooper Music Festival in Chehalis - isn't just foggy, it is surreal. I felt like I woke up from a 24-hour slumber where I dreamt a ridiculous beer and music fantasy.

Did that really happen? Did I really drink beer with some of the best brewers in the country and freakin' rock out in freakin' Chehalis? Were there really no lines at any of the beer booths? Were there really 10,000 IPAs along Olympia's waterfront? Did Chehalis erect a bronze statue of Puyallup Southern rock band SweetKiss Momma because they're so freakin' good?

More than 30 of the best brewers and cider makers in the Northwest came to Olympia to pour their beer, hang out and talk with hundreds of beer fans. Thirty miles down the road, while the crowd was thin, then music was more than full at the DB Cooper Music Festival.

I'm still pinching myself, but I do have photographic proof it happened.

This man knows beer.

Abby's Cupcakes knows what goes with beer.


Olympia Beer Fest early crowd shot

Another crowd shot

DBST provided the soundtrack at the Olympia Brew Fest.

People danced.

Thurston County Chamber folks danced too.

Here's "Mr. Beer" Mick Wilcox of Click Distributing chatting with the ScuttleButt Brewing folks.

Here are two people enjoying the beer festival.

Lucky Eagle Casino had the biggest barbecue.

Lacey's Top Rung Brewing Co. caught with their mouths full.

Little Creek Casino's Oktoberfest promotional girls owned the Olympia Brew Fest.

Proof the girls owned it.

More proof

The Brown Edition kicked off the DB Cooper Music Festival on the Saloon Stage at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds in Chehalis.

Ethan Tucker went Hendrix on the DB Cooper Music Festival crowd. That's Jesse Turcotte on bass.

He really went Hendrix.

Charlie Imes played the Songwriter Stage.

Sour Owl played a fusion of rock, blues, jazz, funk, zydeco and pop on the South Stage.

Bump Kitchen had them dancing.

Seriously dancing

When you hear Puyallup's SweetKiss Momma it's impossible not to make a few assumptions. Assumption No. 1: They're a classic Southern rock band. However, SweetKiss Momma are as much like Drive-By Truckers as they are Gov't Mule.

Yes, Jeff Hamel, I said Drive-By Truckers and Gov't Mule.


Delicious IPAs at the 2014 Olympia Brew Fest