I Hate Beer—How Did I End Up at the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival?

I know I’m in the right place when a guy in a pumpkin suit parks next to me. That and the sea of people I spot dressed in spooky T-shirts, black-and-orange striped socks, pumpkin necklaces, pumpkin masks, and pumpkin costumes at Seattle Center. We’re all here for Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival one early October weekend but I, decked in black and a denim jacket, realize I’m horrifically out of dress code. Not a great start.

I’ve never been fond of beer, my intense sweet tooth naturally leading me to fruity drinks. So as I accept my souvenir snifter and drink tickets amid a steady beat of bass and remixed techno, I dread what

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