Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild: In the land of beer and pretzels

Sierra Nevada Brewery

October 25, 2014


2:00pm – I arrive at Wet & Wild and reflect again that my two main mental callbacks for the phrase “wet and wild” are a terrible makeup line sold exclusively in drugstores, and a song I listened to ironically in high school, whose lyrics had something to do with “it’s time to get wet, get wild, get wild, get wet it’s time to get wet, get wild, ooh child, check it out.” I meet the press contact for Sierra Nevada, who gives us wristbands and cups, and sets us free within the vast tent filled with brewery vendors. The setup is really well organized, with tables lining the tent, each representing another small brewery with at least two different specially brewed beers.

2:20pm – I wander outside the tent, where there are multiple tables set up with food (ribs, pretzels and beer cheese, bratwurst sandwiches, salad, and cupcakes). I eat a pretzel and salad, and feel relieved that there are vegetarian options, then silly for subconsciously questioning whether there would be vegetarian options at this event. Sierra Nevada, you scamp. You certainly know how to please those non-meat eaters.

2:32pm – I see an older gentleman with an impressive mustache who’s by himself and wandering around, peering over the tops of people’s heads. The thing that catches my eye is a pretzel necklace he’s wearing, candy necklace style. By this I mean he has a piece of yarn around his neck, with small pretzels strung on them. This amuses me greatly, and I mentally note that they nicely compliment his true-blue Wranglers and tucked-in plaid shirt.

3:04pm – I see more people with pretzel necklaces. Nobody seems to notice they’re wearing food around their necks, and I start to wonder if maybe I’m the only one who sees them. Now that the illusion of that singular man coming to SFWW wearing a pretzel necklace has been shattered, I no longer want one.

3:36pm – Sublime comes on. A group of moms yell-sings every word. The song is mercifully shut off mid verse. I celebrate in my mind.

3:52pm – I accidentally order a sour beer from Great Divide and immediately feel as if I’m being punished. I’m sure it was a really good sour beer, but I am not really a fan of that variety. I still finish all of it.

4:21pm – Second pretzel. Feeling a little sleepy from drinking during the day.

4:27pm – I find a saison (my favorite!) at Mammoth Brewing Company and rejoice. A delicious bookend to the day.


Favorite beers of the day include:

Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Company

Farmhouse Saison from Mammoth Brewing Company

Hop American from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing Company

Harvest Northern Hemisphere Ale from Sierra Nevada

Scare City from Lagunitas Brewing Company


All in all it was an excellently organized event, with an impressive turnout of breweries. If I went again, I think I’d do more next time to research the breweries that would be in attendance, as the sheer number of options was a little overwhelming.

Zooey Mae has been working as a writer monkey for Synthesis Weekly since 2007. Her favorite things include (but are not limited to), Jeffrey Brown, bubble wrap, Craig Thompson, pillow forts, receiving handwritten letters, and whiskey. She spends her free time stockpiling supplies for the impending robot Apocalypse and avoiding eye contact with strangers.