The same team who brought Oktoberfest to Kirkland is organizing the first ever Kirkland Spring Beerfest. Timothy DeHan / Contributed photo

Oktoberfest organizers launch Kirkland Spring Beerfest

If your superpower involves making beer disappear, event organizers hope to see you at the first ever Kirkland Spring Beerfest.

“We have a good relationship with our local brewery industry through (Kirkland Oktoberfest),” Chump Change Productions Creative Director Rob Butcher said, adding a beer tasting event such as this didn’t exist in Kirkland. “(The brewers) work hard to make a great product, and we love to create a fun opportunity to try their local beers.”

The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. April 29 at the Arete Building (450 Central Way) in downtown Kirkland, and it starts with a unique kickoff. Those who feel like doing a brisk workout before drinking beer are welcome to participate in the 0.5K fun run around the building.

“The 0.5K is a goofy and fun addition to the festival,” Butcher said. “It’s a fun way to kick (it) off, and we’ve been wanting to bring one to a Kirkland festival.”

The event is only open to those 21 and older, and no pets are allowed.

In addition to beer and the fun run, the event also includes games, live music from Bellingham-based Hot Damn Scandals and food available to purchase from Stan’s Bar-B-Q and Little Brother.

The organizers are throwing the event in collaboration with the Kirkland Downtown Association, and all proceeds will go to the KDA.

“They’re a great organization to work with,” Butcher said of the KDA.

Registration for the beerfest portion only costs $30 and includes six tasting tokens, and the beerfest plus the fun run is $40.

The last day to sign up for the race and be guaranteed a T-shirt is April 19. For more information or to register for the event, visit

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