Seattle, WA – Ever since December speculation regarding the details of Belgianfest 2011 has remained constant. Today we were finally given the details regarding the second annual festival, both in regards to brewers, sessions, and more importantly cost.
Featuring 25 Washington breweries, the Washington Beer Commission 2nd Annual Belgianfest, is a celebration (and a bit of muscle flexing) of Belgian-style Ales, brewed by the capable hands of Washington brewers. The brewery list might be a bit different, but so is the venue; this time at the Workshop in Magnuson Park.
When asked the commission had this to say regarding the event being held this January the 22nd.
Belgium has a long history of beer making and is arguably one of the most distinguished brewing countries in the world. While there are different theories about what qualifies as a “Belgian” beer, in general the term “Belgian” beer can only be applied to a beer brewed in Belgium. Beers brewed outside Belgium with Belgian yeast and similar recipes are commonly referred to as “Belgian style” beers. The 25 Washington Brewers participating in Belgianfest will challenge themselves to make delicious Belgian style beers using Belgian yeast and adding their own craftsmanship and creativity during the brewing process.
Of course the question many of you are asking is, what about the breweries?
This year look for the following breweries to feature a total of over 50 different beers.
- Anacortes Brewery
- Baron Brewing
- Big Al Brewing
- Big Time Brewery
- Black Raven Brewing
- Boundary Bay Brewery
- Der Blokken Brewery
- Elliott Bay Brewing
- Elysian Brewing
- Fremont Brewing
- Georgetown Brewing
- Hale's Ales Brewery
- Issaquah Brewhouse
- Naked City Brewery
- Odin Brewing
- Paradise Creek Brewery
- Pike Brewing
- Ram Brewery
- Redhook Ale Brewery
- Scuttlebutt Brewing
- Snipes Mountain Brewery
- Snoqualmie Falls Brewing
- Two Beers Brewing
- Lazy Boy Brewing
- Silver City Brewery
On the scheduling side of things, you should expect the two four hour sessions, with the first starting at 12:00 with the second at 5:30. Included during the session is a souvenir 4oz tasting glass, which includes 10 4oz tasting tickets. Admission is $30 (Advance) or $35 at the door. A word of caution, this festival sold out last year, without a ticket available at the door, so we wouldn’t advice procrastination. Finally as a kind reminder, this is a 21 and over event, due to the laws of the city of Seattle, so please no children or young adults.
Saturday January 22nd, 2011 12:00 – 4:00 PM & 5:30 – 9:30
The Workshop at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St., Seattle, WA 98115
ADMISSION: Must be 21 years old or older and have a valid ID
$30 advance tickets or $35 at the door (if available)Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass & ten 4oz tastes
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only (includes free water/soda)
For more information such as ticket outlets for purchase, visit WashingtonBeer.com.
About Washington Beer Commissions Belgianfest
Belgianfest is a fund raiser for the Washington Beer Commission, the first commission of its kind in the nation. Established in July 2007 the Commission represents all 130+ breweries in Washington State. The Commission’s mission is to ensure that more beer enjoyed in Washington state is made by its own craft brewers, using ingredients from Washington state’s agricultural industry.