The 13th Annual Winter Beer Festival will take place on Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd, at Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle. This Washington Brewers Guild tasting event will feature 50 local breweries pouring 175 delicious holiday season creations. The beer lineup will include dark malty stouts, robust winter warmers, rich barrel-aged gems, coffee beers, chocolate brews and more. This event sells out every year so purchase your tickets today! Here are the participating breweries and the innovative beer list for this annual celebration:
2017 Winter Beer Festival
1) Noel Winter Ale (7.0% ABV/45 IBU)
Brewed to celebrate the holiday season, this winter warmer uses various aromatic specialty malts and has a prominent hop character from mild American Noble varieties.
2) Cask of Noel Winter Ale with Cinnamon and Star Anise
3) Valley Shine Bourbon Barrel Porter (9% ABV/45 IBU)
Aromas of molasses, vanilla and plum welcome you to this porter aged for over a year in a Valley Shine Bourbon barrel. Boasting flavors of port wine, dark fruit and tobacco.
4) Highway to Helles (ABV 4.8%/18 IBU)
Highly drinkable and well-balanced, this refreshing session beer is brewed in the traditional German style. A light grainy maltiness provided by Premium two-row & Vienna malts is supported by a restrained bitterness from Vanguard & Perle hops.
5) Broadsword Strong Scottish Ale (8.3% ABV/35 IBU)
Black Patent, Caramel, Chocolate, Munich & Peat smoked malts produce dark color, malty flavor and subtle smokiness. Perle, Cascade & Mt Hood provide a balanced bitterness.
6) Weizenbock (8% ABV/20 IBU)
Caramel covered banana and dark fruit aromas are at the forefront pf Anacortes Brewery's Weizenbock. This medium-bodied, dark wheat beer has a bready and slightly malty palate due to copious amounts of Munich and Vienna malts. Noble hops take a back seat to the malt providing a rich and flavorful ale.
1) Winter Warmer Red IPA (6.0% ABV/55 IBU)
This year's rendition of our winter warmer is a red IPA. Fermented with our house ale strain and mashed with a variety of caramel and chocolate malts for a deep amber hue. Then dry hopped with Mosaic, Cascade, and a large dose of Sterling Hops. It has a prominent piney character that is slightly dank.
2) Satan's Airport Imperial Milk Stout w/ Coffee (9.5% ABV/75 IBU)
This Imperial Milk Stout was brewed with over 60 lbs of custom roasted, organic Guatemalan coffee beans from our friends at Doma Coffee Roasting Company. Pitch black in color, malty and smooth, the chocolate is complemented with deep coffee notes that linger on the palate.
3) Pecan Porter (5.7% ABV/33 IBU)
A wonderfully balanced London-style Porter with waves of subtle complexities. Brewed with blackstrap molasses, dried bitter orange peel, and roasted pecans; creating flavors of roasted nuts, figs, and chocolate. This beer finishes dry with lingering notes of caramelized sugar.
4) Simcoe Slice IPA (6.7% ABV/65 IBU) (FRI Only)
This double dry hopped IPA is an expression of the dank piney character of the Simcoe hop. Further accentuated with fruity notes of strawberries, lychee and guava from the contribution of Taiheke hops. Brewed with oats for added mouthfeel.
5) Shook Double Dry Hopped IPA (6.7% ABV/53 IBU) (SAT Only)
This IPA was brewed to exhibit the grandfather of "sexy" hops, Yakima grown Cascade. As the only hop used, massive flavors of dank grapefruit prevail, while finessed flavors of stone fruit and flowers create layers of complexity.
Bale Breaker Brewing
1) High Camp Winter IPA (7.3% ABV/80 IBU)
Named for the ski lodge atop our local White Pass Ski Resort, High Camp takes Bale Breaker's signature hop-forward style to a darker side with the addition of chocolate malts. Dry-hopped with HBC 522 and Mosaic™, this IPA bursts with pine and grapefruit aroma. Perfect to celebrate the season, this 7.3% ABV fireside sipper is sure to warm from the inside out.
2) Dormancy Breakfast Stout (6.8% ABV/50 IBU)
Who says Bale Breaker only does hoppy? This year's batch of Dormancy Breakfast Stout incorporates even more oats with the malt, plus an intense coffee presence, thanks to over 1 lb/barrel of Coast Rican beans roasted by Yakima's Lincoln Avenue Coffee Co. As winter settles in and the hop fields surrounding our brewery lay dormant, this beer was crafted to remind us that good things can still happen in the off-season for hops.
3) Leota Mae India Pale Ale (6.2% ABV/50 IBU)
Introducing our fourth year-round beer available in six-packs and on draught! Leota Mae joins the Bale Breaker lineup with a fresh take on a heavily hopped West Coast IPA. With late additions of Ekuanot™ and Mosaic®, this beer veers into dank, tropical territory, highlighting the aromatic power of these two Yakima-bred varietals. Our great-grandparents planted hops in the Yakima Valley in 1932. This beer pays tribute to our family's legacy and the woman who started it all. Cheers, Leota Mae, here's your IPA.
Beardslee Public House
1) Timburrrrr Winter Ale (7.3% ABV/70 IBU)
This year’s winter warmer is a lightly spiced, but very hoppy wassail. It is sure to get you singing carols by the fire.
2) Timber Demon IPA (8.4% ABV/88 IBU)
A beast of an imperial IPA with lingering bitterness and abundant hop aroma. Columbus, centennial, Cascade and Simcoe Hops.
Black Raven Brewing
1) Festivus Infused Holiday Pale Ale (7.1% ABV)
2) Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout (9.5% ABV)
3) Splinters Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Scotch (11.5% ABV)
4) Kitty Kat Blues – Infused Pale Ale (6.0% ABV)
1) Chainline Černé (5.4% ABV)
The traditionally brewed Czech Černé is a rarity and difficult to find in the North American beer world. This black lager has aromas of cigar and cocoa with full bodied coffee and bitter chocolate tasting notes. Brewed on our Czech brew house, this rare beer gets its tradition in full bodied creamy flavor and rounded profile. Restrained use of noble Saaz hops let the malt depth really shine and provide a perfect balance of bitter and sweet.
2) Chainline De-Railer Kumquat infused Imperial IPA (7.7% ABV)
Our second release of the Imperial IPA De-Railer - with a twist! This big and well-rounded IPA has massive amounts of Simcoe, Mosaic, Chinook, and Amarillo hops. We kicked up the ABV level just over the Imperial limit but then killed the alcohol fire burn with heaping mounds of brown sugar. And then added the twist of Kumquats! The lupulin characteristics of the kumquat skin allow us to shovel in even more citrus flavors.
1) No Wrong Way
Oatmeal Stout with Peanut Butter & Chocolate.
2) One of our IPAs
It's an I.P.A. It's got hops and stuff in it. Also alcohol. Should be good. Trust us.
3) We Have No Idea
This will be a beer we made. We know this much.
1) Kushetka Russian Imperial Stout (8.9% ABV/65 IBU)
A big, bold beer with lots of roasted malts and just the right hop balance.
2) Verboten Porter (6.2% ABV/39 IBU)
Flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, nuts, caramel, roasted malt, black pepper and subtle fruit esters. A luscious mouthfeel with a balancing hop presence.
3) Bad Wolf Dark Ale (6.7% ABV/61 IBU)
Dark caramel malts balanced by classic northwest hops with a smooth mouthfeel and toffee notes.
4) Big Bad Wolf Dark Strong Ale w/cascara (10.3% ABV/68 IBU)
Extremely limited, jacked up version of Bad Wolf Dark Ale brewed with dried coffee cherries for 2nd Anniversary.
5) Counterbalance IPA (6.1% ABV/ 72 IBU)
Grapefruit, passionfruit, slightly dank hop character, medium malt body, spruce on the finish.
6) Samsparilla Stout Winter Seasonal
Export Stout brewed with Indian sarsaparilla and fresh vanilla beans for a rich root-beer stout profile.
1) Dark Elf Blood Porter (5.8% ABV)
Chocolate Raspberry Porter brewed in collaboration with Redhook.
2) Smith and Weizen
Blood orange Hefeweizen
3) Metallurgy Number 6 IPA (6.2% ABV)
IPA brewed with azaka and orbit hops.
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
1) Cask Conditioned Industrial Ho!Ho! (8.5% ABV/60 IBU)
A smooth, full bodied Winter Warmer with mild roastiness, dark fruit flavors, and delicate resinous hops.
2) Nitro Hazelnut Praline Brown Ale (6% ABV/ 27 IBU)
The milk chocolaty aroma and creamy body lead to rich hazelnut and smooth praline flavors.
3) Nitro Honey Cream Ale (4.6% ABV/ 7 IBU)
Brewed with local honey creating a floral aroma, hint of crisp sweetness, and a surprising dry finish.
4) Industrial Saison (7.8% ABV, 23 IBU)
This "Super" Saison is ester forward with notes of clove followed complex flavors of candied orange peel, pepper corn, and coriander.
5) Red IPA (6.1% ABV/40 IBU)
A toasty, complex malt profile balances perfectly with a generous dry hop of the fruity and assertive Simcoe hop
6) Storm Surge Winter Ale (5.5% ABV/30 IBU)
A dark, yet light-bodied Cascadian Dark Ale with malt-driven aroma with lots of hops. Complex yet surprisingly sessionable.
Dirty Bucket Brewing
1) Ruski Porridge Oatmeal Coffee Stout (7% ABV)
English style oatmeal stout made with freshly roasted coffee from Highland Coffee Roasters specifically for Dirty Bucket Brewing Co. Rich and robust.
2) BlackBerry Sour (5.5% ABV)
Bronze Medal Winner in The Best of the Northwest. Made with fresh Northweat blackberry puree.
3) Hopnobbin New England Style IPA (6.5% ABV, 42 IBU)
Hopnobbin is an IPA for those who just want to feel sophisticated while celebrating 3 of the Northwests finest aromatic hops. Juicy and full of Northwest pride. Amarillo, Simcoe, and Citra Hops
4) Dirty Mo's Hot Apple Sour (8% ABV)
A northwest kettle sour, following closely to Momo's Apple pie recipe.
We have taken this amazing recipe to the brewing community and serving it hot to keep you warm during Winter Beer Fest.
1)Bourbon Barrel Sad Sasquatch Scotch Ale (8.5% ABV)
Sad Sasquatch Scotch Ale aged in Woodinville Bourbon Barrels.
2) Cookie Ale (8% ABV)
One of our favorite winter seasonals. Ale brewed with oats, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla.
3) Eros Raspberry Sour (5% ABV)
Dark Sour Ale with Rasberry
1) German Sticke Alt (6.4% ABV/64 IBU)
A dark roasted ale that boasts rich malt flavors of caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Loads of Northwest hops add a bitter edge and pine aroma to create this full-flavored seasonal ale.
2) Rauchbier (5.8% ABV/27 IBU)
Smoke Beer. An amber colored beer with a profound smoke/mesquite aroma. Applewood smoked malt combine with German Munich and caramel malts to create a sweet and smoky experience.
Elliott Bay Brewing
1) Chai-hopped Noäle Holiday Ale (7.5% ABV)
Our classic seasonal dark wheat bock infused with a blend of chai spices.
2) The Whisper (7% ABV)
A beer that straddles line between winter ale and IPA. Hints of candied orange peel, tangerine juice, lemon candy, caramel, and faint toffee. Dry-hopped with Citra and Sorachi Ace.
3) Santa's Surprise
A treat from the cellars of barrel-aging program. Stop by to find out what Santa has up his sleeve.
1)Winterfish Imperial IPA
2)Beyond the Pale
3)Spire Winter Warmer
Floating Bridge Brewing
1) Chai Pale Ale (5.3% ABV/27 IBU)
Oatmeal pale ale brewed with ginger, clove, cardamom, nutmeg, black pepper, and pumpkin.
2) Santa’s Sour (5.8%/7 IBU)
Mild kettle sour with a sleigh-load of tart & sweet cherries
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery
1) Saint Phinneyus Abbey-style Ale (8.7% ABV, 45 IBU)
Brewed in collaboration with Naked City Brewing
in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Phinney Neighborhood Association's Winter Beer Tasting. Rich deep chocolatey luxurious malt secretive mysterious elusive spice
2) Milk And Cookies Stout (7.25% ABV/32 IBU)
Santa's beverage of choice
1) Winter Ale with Vanilla, Cacao Nibs & Cinnamon (8.0% ABV/60 IBU)
2) Head Full of Dynomite Hazy IPA (6.7% ABV)
Hazy IPA concoction featuring Strata hops has a medium body, is bursting with sweet citrus and tropical notes, and is resinous and bitter but smooth.
3) 2017 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star (14.0% ABV/ 50 IBU)
A blend of 18, 12, and 8-month Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star in 12-year old Kentucky bourbon barrels. The roasted and chocolate malts complement the smooth oats to bring you a stout delight wrapped in bourbon barrel warmth.
4) Thunder Kitty Imperial IPA (8.1% ABV, 80 IBU)
Brewed with Mosaic, Simcoe, Ekuanot, and Columbus hops. Tropical and melon notes are balanced with flavors of pine, grass, and a mild spiciness.
5) Gose Sour Weisse w/ Coriander, & Sea Salt (4.0% ABV)
Our take on the traditional German style—tart, yet refreshing!
6) 2017 B-Bomb Barrel Aged Imperial Winter Ale (13.0% ABV)
Aged in 12-year-old American Oak bourbon barrels and is a blend of 9, 12, and 24-month old barrel strength Winter Ale. We add cold brew coffee and cinnamon bark to complement the bourbon, oak, cacao, and leather notes.
7) Bonfire Brown Ale (6.0% ABV/40 IBU)
Dark barley and gentle hops provide you this delightful winter treat.
8) Lush-India Pale Ale (7.0% ABV/80 IBU)
Lush is brewed with a hand-selected blend of malts and lush, tropical hops reminiscent of lime, mango, and guava
9) Czech Pils Czech-Style Pilsner (5.2% ABV/35 IBU)
Notes of lemon, bread, grass, and chardonnay with a crisp, light bitter finish
Session 1: Friday *PRE-RELEASE*
5:30pm: 2017 Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb 7pm: 2017 Coconut B-Bomb
8pm: Rusty Nail
Session 2: Saturday *PRE-RELEASE
Noon: 2017 Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb 1:30pm: 2017 Coconut B-Bomb
2:30pm: 2017 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Spice Wars
Session 3: Saturday *PRE-RELEASE*
5:30pm: 2017 Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb 7pm: 2017 Coconut B-Bomb 8pm: 2017 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coffee Edition
1) Barrel-Aged Heaux Heaux Heaux! (9.5% ABV)
imperial oatmeal stout bourbon barrel-aged and infused with vanilla, mint, and chai spices.
2) Vanilla-Coffee Poydras Porter (6.5% ABV)
Robust porter brewed with a tasty blend of vanilla and coffee.
3) Blackberry Gulf Coast Session IPA (4.6% ABV)
A refreshing, low-ABV IPA kicked up a notch with fresh blackberries.
4) Tremé IPA (6.9% ABV)
IPA that's bursting with flavors blueberries, tangerine, and papaya.
1) Gusto Crema Coffee Ale (4.5% ABV) (2016 GABF Gold Medal)
Building on Gusto Crema blend, a medium roasted bean from our friends at Caffè Umbria, we made a smooth, rich cream ale. This beer has roasted flavor, aroma, and color from cold brew coffee. Smooth, rich mouthfeel comes from oats and Munich malt.
2) Chardell Stout (4.7% ABV)
This sessionable stout is blended with cold brew coffee from Caffè Umbria, and then cold conditioned on chocolate nibs from Theo Chocolate. The result is a full-bodied beer with a rich coffee aroma and a touch of chocolate, giving Chardell a rounded roasty and nutty finish.
3) MegaMeow Imperial Stout (8.7% ABV)
Every time this year. This dark beer will appear. Up from the tanks it comes
To pour one more pint that can be near. A deep, dark brew with more going on than your typical stout. Notes of leather and tobacco, bitter cocoa, smokey rye, dark fruit and herbal licorice spice with a bracing bite of booze.
1)Wild Bill’s Strong Ale (9.0% ABV/ 70 IBU)
A complex grain bill of malted buckwheat, toasted millet, and crystal brown rice malts is sure to satisfy the skeptics. Deep, full-bodied, and bursting with rich malt flavors of sweet bread, dulce de leche, and a hint of whiskey.
2) Peak Buster Double IPA (ABV: 9.5%/100+ IBU)
This bold and challenging beer is bursting with intriguing tropical fruit and evergreen aromas from the Centennial, Eureka, Summit and Azacca hops.
3) Watchstander Winter Stout (ABV: 6.5%/ 30 IBU) (FRI ONLY)
Winter Seasonal featuring malted buckwheat, dark candi syrup and smooth roasts of millet and rice malt with a big body and sweet chocolate flavor.
4) Smoked Imperial Porter (ABV: 8.4% / IBU: 30) (Sat Only)
A preview of the forthcoming 3rd Anniversary beer from Ghostfish, featuring a dark, robust body from several varieties of millet malt along with flaked quinoa and brown rice malts. With hints of chocolate and coffee and subtle smokiness from a special beechwood smoked buckwheat malt.
1) Hale’s El Dazzle Winter Stout (6.9% ABV)
A medium bodied, dark round and roasty winter ale. Plenty of dark malt flavor, medium sweetness for an overall complex taste.
2) El Dazzle with Coconut / Vanilla (6.9% ABV)
Our Winter Stout conditioned with vanilla bean and coconut roasted right at the pub. The coconut and vanilla mingle wonderfully.
3) El Dazzle Stout with Cherry and Chocolate (6.9% ABV)
Again our Winter Stout, this time aged on chocolate and cherry
4) Hale’s Barrel Aged American Strong Ale (9.6% ABV)
Reddish/brown in color this 9.6% Strong Ale has been aged in Woodinville Whiskey Barrels for 11 months. Hints of vanilla and oak and a slight hop nudge. Complex.
1) All Spruced Up Winter Ale (7.5% ABV)
The newest winter beer from Hellbent Brewing Company is All Spruced Up Winter Ale. Brewed in the style of a traditional winter beer, it’s dark amber in color with brown hues yet has a mild malty richness. The hops Citra, Chinook, and Cascade along with fresh Spruce tips add a citrus floral and “candy-like” aroma. As with most winter beers the alcohol content is high at 7.5%
2) Warm Fuzzies Winter Ale (8.8% ABV)
Warm Fuzzies Winter Ale is a strong, copper-colored ale brewed with over half a ton of peach purée and a touch of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. It’s lightly hopped, slightly sweet, and fully loaded at 8.8% ABV to keep you feeling warm and fuzzy.
Hop Nation Brewing
1) Lane Splitter Oatmilk Stout (7.5% ABV/ 100+ IBU)
Dark as night, flavors reminiscent of a NCA Stout we all love, but with milk sugar to cut the IBU.
2) North Pole Smoked Porter
Wine Barrel-Aged Smoked Porter, 6.8% ABV. Made with Bamburg, GDR smoked malt, lightly aged in oak, this beer has the makings of awesome memories!
3) Cask Lanesplitter Oatmilk Stout
Same as above Oatmilk Stout, but with brown sugar and dry hops added for an extra kick!
1) Dark Persuasion (6.5 ABV/22 IBU)
Delicate dark chocolate with a whisper of coconut. You can finally have German Chocolate Cake and drink it too. Wickedly deep and full of flavor with its provocative aroma and smooth body.
2) Ill Eagle Imperial IPA (8.5% ABV/90 IBU)
A complex beer that's flavor forward and full of aroma. Bitter yet smooth full-flavored ale.
3) Dirtyface Amber (5% ABV/21 IBU)
An Amber Lager that features a smooth, medium body, with a rich toasted malt aroma. Dirtyface's initial malty sweetness finishes fresh and clean.
4) Crosscut Pilsner (5% ABV/28 IBU)
From a clean malty profile to a moderate Noble-hop flavor and aroma, our Lager combines local ingredients and inspiration.
5) Bootjack IPA (6.5% ABV/64 IBU) (Friday)
Starting with the pristine waters of Icicle Creek, we add the intense flavors and aromas of our locally grown Yakima hops, pairing the citrusy floral hop notes with a sweet-malty undertone
6) Priebe Porter (6.5% ABV/34 IBU) (Saturday 1st Session)
We raise our glass to you ingenious explorer and say, "Thank you Dean for the Priebe Porter!" So dark and so rich, robust and full flavored, the hops and aroma make it hard not to savor.
7) Lifeguard Biere De Garde (8.5 % ABV/ 22 IBU) (Saturday 2nd Session)
A French beer that starts sweet and finishes dry. They've brewed a bronzed stud muffin running slow motion in the sand that delicately pulls you from the dangerous waters off Cheap Beer Isle.
1) Tickle Monster Imperial Stout (10.2% ABV)
Imperial Stout with hints of roasted coffee and cocoa nibs. 10.2% ABV
2) Dark Times Winter Ale (6% ABV)
Dry-hopped Old Ale with black cherries.
Lake Stevens Brewing
1) Java Jingle American Porter (6.6% ABV/ 32 IBU)
Shots of fresh espresso, roasted barley, flaked oats and Fuggle hops create an American porter that is sure to get you thru the holidays.
2) Sour Santa Russian Imperial Stout (9% ABV/65 IBU)
Sour Russian Imperial stout aged 1 year in bourbon barrels, this beer is bigger than Santa himself.
3) Lakeside Blonde (4.8% ABV/15 IBU)
Vienna malt, flaked corn and zythos hops make this easy every day drinking beer. It’s like so fetch!
4) Big Dock IPA (6.4% ABV/ 54 IBU)
Simcoe and mosaic hops build unique flavors of citrus and stone fruit.
1) Chocolate Milk pORTER (5.3% ABV)
Some of the best things in life... in a pint glass! Behold a hearty porter enhanced with milk sugar (lactose), chocolate malts and aged on Hawaiian cacao nibs. Roasty enough for the dark beer drinker this brew will be sure to satisfy the midday sweet tooth craving and will only be around for a short-time... get it while you can!
2) Italian pILSNER (4.8% ABV)
For this interesting brew we partnered up with the Georgetown crew and brewed a super-interesting Italian Pilsner modeled after Birrificio Italiano's Tipopils to celebrate our Georgetown Taproom 1st Birthday. Light and crisp, but with an interesting fruity hop kiss, this beer is unique, delicious and limited!
Mac & Jack's Brewing
1) Bourbon Barrel Aged Cascadian Dark Ale
Most people would say why a CDA in bourbon barrels. We say...why not? Our interest in dabbling with barrel aging led us to put one of our darkest, yummist beers in bourbon barrel. And so, the barriage of the CDA in bourbon barrels was born. As this beer matures for almost a year in barrels, the hop aromas and bitterness begin to mellow leaving wonderful notes of dark figs, raisins and bourbon. A mild alcohol presence warms you. This beer is a decadent, one of a kind offering only found here.
2) Maxx Stout
Our Stout features six different varieties of malt creating a rich and complex malt character. Coffee and roasted barley notes are imparted from additions of Midnight Wheat and Dark Crystal Malt. Flaked oats provide the beer a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Kent Golding's hops are added with restraint, allowing the well-developed malt body to shine through. Maxx Stout finishes clean, crisp and semi dry on the palate.
3) African Amber
The Northwest’s original, unfiltered and dry hopped amber ale.
1) Midnight Forest Winter Ale (7.22 ABV/33 IBU)
This Winter Ale is a tribute to Teddy Roosevelt, who signed a bill and designated many forests as protected public land, against the wishes of many at the time. This beer came from the idea that beer doesn't have to be four ingredients, and can certainly incorporate spices not commonly used.
Special Ingredients: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Star Anise
2) There’s More Stout! (8.25% ABV/ 27 IBU)
You’ll be asking for more of this Imperial Stout once it hits your lips, caresses your gullet and slides down into your big jolly tummy. It takes the concept of that famed childhood dessert and turns it into a magical (and potent) brew concoction. Is there more? Indeed! There’s more Stout! Special Ingredients: Graham Cracker, Cocoa Nibs, Marshmallow, Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon
4) Kris Kringle (6.84% ABV/87 IBU)
Just in time for the holidays, the McMenamins Brewers have created another gift for your tastebuds! This year's winter warmer is a hearty and robust ale with a big and bold malt complexity. Toasty, caramel and fig flavors make up its sturdy foundation while two hop varieties added in five different additions deliver magnificent and intense hop flavor and aroma. Happy holidays!
1) Soggy Shoes Winter Ale. (7.7% ABV/45 IBU
Dark rich malts collide with bright fruity hops to bring you a big beer to get you through the winter."
2) Eggnogen-Weizen (4.2% ABV/15 IBU)
Made with real eggnog this unique brew has somehow made eggnog light and refreshing"
3) Into the Woods #1 Sassafras (8% ABV/25 IBU)
A strong ale fermented with Sassafras wood giving it a rich and complex spice profile harking back to the mulled beers of yore.
1) Choco-Candy Cane Rise & Grind Stout
2) Born & Raised Again Double IPA
Old Stove Brewing
1) Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine (10% ABV / 70 IBU)
2) Tiger Shark Pale Ale (6.4% ABV/39 IBU)
All Southern Hemisphere hops -
1) Cheer Winter Warmer
This seasonal ale is ruby red and tastes of winter spices. It is deserving of all the "cheers" you will make with friends and family this season.
2) Ale X Barleywine
A strong, sipping beer with heavy notes of dark caramel and toffee. Balanced, with a long-lasting finish.
3) Check Czech Pilsner
A very simple beer, made with just one malt and one hop, and stored near freezing for four weeks, in the Czech pilsner style.
4) BierBier Belgian Dubbel
A cozy beer that's a tad sweet with dried dark fruit flavors and an understated bitterness. We consider the dubbel Belgian's winter beer. It is like drinking a beer Old Fashioned.
Port Townsend Brewing
1)Port Townsend Winter Ale (7.2% ABV/40 IBU)
A smooth and malt forward winter ale with a nice Simcoe hop finish.
2) Hop Diggidy IPA (6.7% ABV/65 IBU)
Northwest style IPA brewed with a blend of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Columbus hops.
3) Lost Sailor Imperial Brown Ale (8.9% ABV/20 IBU)
A rich and complex strong brown ale. Aged on oak with organic whole vanilla beans.
1) Antichromatic White Stout (8.5% ABV)
We crafted this contradiction by excluding dark, roasted malts from the recipe and replacing them with cacao nibs, house made pecan syrup, and cold-brewed coffee. This beer has all the rich flavors and staggering potency you’d expect from a stout, but exhibiting a surprisingly clear golden appearance, this optical illusion is sure to amaze the senses. 8.5% ABV
2) Bourbon and Spice and All Things Nice (9.2% ABV)
Inspired by bourbon-spiked eggnog, this experiment features our Wheat Wine 101 aged to perfection in Bourbon barrels and finished with nutmeg.
3) Cranberry Kölsch Radler (3.8% ABV)
This refreshing radler-style ale pours a hazy pink, due to the generous addition of cranberry juice to the Kölsch-style base beer. Crisp and tangy, this harmonious combination is so thirst-quenching it’s hard to have just one!
4) Chocolate Cherry Porter (5.2% ABV)
It is exactly what it sounds like, just more decadent and delicious than you could even fathom.
Rainy Daze Brewing
1) Only the Tip Double IPA (9.7% ABV/80 IBU)
This Double IPA has the addition of Spruce Tips. When paired with Cascade, Citra and Mosaic Hops you get Raspberry, Strawberry notes from the Tips.
2) Resin Ball Barrel Aged Stout. (9% ABV/50 IBU)
A roasty, hop resinus Stout mellowed out in Heaven Hills Bourban barrels for 9 months.
3) Chocolate Orange Oatmeal Stout (6% ABV/20 IBU)
We blended a 1/2 bbl of our 2017 Washington Beer Awards gold medal winning Built for Comfort Oatmeal Stout with fresh orange zest, cocoa nibs, baker's chocolate and vanilla beans.
4)Frosty Chairlift (7.8% ABV/46 IBU)
Deep mahogany in color, hints of roasted malt and chocolate with lots of pine and spicy hop character. A NW winter warmer.
Ram Restaurant & Brewery
1) Wonka Beer
2) Golden Ticket
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
1) Snuggle Bus Spiced Winter Ale (7% ABV)
2) Lion Tamer Bourbon Vanilla Porter (9% ABV)
3) Jalapeno Kolsch (5% ABV)
4) Barrel Aged Raspberry Table Beer (3.2% ABV)
1) Up on the Rooftop Holiday Ale (6.3% ABV/11 IBU)
Brewed with fresh ginger, fresh orange zest, cinnamon sticks and honey – and a lot of LOVE! Up on the Rooftop is a beautiful aromatic bouquet to remind you of all the fun and spice of the Holiday Season.
2) Tank Ride Russian Swirl (8.6% ABV/40 IBU)
The beer inspired by an actual Boozy Ride in a Russian Tank! The SWIRL is our Tank Ride Russian Imperial Stout infused with real Chocolate and Vanilla, right in the keg. Already velvety smooth on the palate, the extra flavor takes you on a wild ride. A Tank Ride.
3) Cask Gateway Creamsicle (5.8% ABV/ 38 IBU) (Saturday Only)
Remember the Creamsicle you got from the Ice Cream Truck on a hot summer day when you were a kid? Well, our version is better because it is beer, of course. Our Gateway Dry-Hopped Pale is infused with fresh orange pulp and a vanilla bean!
Schwarzbier (5.0% ABV/23 IBU)
The Schwarzbier makes a comeback, perfect for those days you want something dark but still light bodied. The dark lager greets with fruity notes on the nose followed by lightly roasted malt flavors in the mouth.
2) Mountain Boomer (7.5% ABV/52 IBU)
A rich, malty beer with an assertive but balanced hop character. Hints of chocolate and dark fruits greet you on the nose. Roasted malt undertones play over your tongue and finish with an earthy hop finish.
3)Whiskey Dick Cantwell Pumpkin (9.9% ABV/30 IBU)
Aka "Hey Matt, where's my f*#&ing pumpkin beer?!" Brewed in honor of the great pumpkin beer master, Mr. Dick Cantwell, this pumpkin beer has spent a long time in the barrels soaking up whiskey flavor and aroma from the wood.
4) Cluster Funk Barrel-Aged Sour (5% ABV)
This bright, refreshing sour is a blend of 5 barrels aged to different lengths. The refreshing acidity is complete with a brett finish
Silver City Brewery
1) Old Scrooge Christmas Ale (8.5% ABV)
Intriguing notes of apple, cherry and apricot abound from the long boil time, cool fermentation and extended aging of this dark, malty ale. Celebrate this year’s release & save some for next, as this beer matures wonderfully when cellared.
2) Wonderland Winter Lager (7% ABV)
Frightful weather is no match for Wonderland. A blend of five different malts lend a deep rich color & mild roast character refined by five weeks of lagering at near freezing temperature.
3) Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge Christmas Ale (9% ABV)
Of any character, none would benefit more from the smooth mellowing kiss of bourbon than Old Scrooge. A long slumber in single use Kentucky Bourbon barrels marries fruity esters and rich malt body with cherry, wood and vanilla.
Slaughter County Brewing
1) Jul Fruktsoppa Scandinavian "Fruit Soup" Style Ale (8% ABV)
Our winter seasonal based on a hearty Old-Stock Ale, and brewed in the style of Norwegian fruit-soup. Incorporates real dried fruits and spices. Mo extracts! The honey, orange juice, apples, apricots, peaches, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg produce a truly unique flavor experience.
2) Lynnie The Crimp - Oatmeal Stout (7% ABV)
A grain bill that includes 11% oatmeal gives this beer an almost viscous mouthfeel, and a last minute addition of molasses not only enhances aromatics but also takes the edge off the graininess that some oatmeal stouts can exhibit. Wonderfully full, strong, and satisfying.
3) Gorst Light Bohemian Pilsner Style Ale (4% ABV)
If you're looking to give your taste buds (and your liver) a bit of a break after
all these beautiful, huge winter beers, this may be what you need.
Light, clean, and slightly grassy with a nice Czech hoppiness in the
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing
1) Avalanche (6.8% ABV/48 IBU)
Avalanche Ale is a northwest-styled winter ale designed to take the chill off the stormy Northwest winter weather! Deep ruby red when held to the light, full bodied complex malt flavors dominate, with perfect balance provided by distinctive Yakima Chinook and Cascade hops
Big, rich, smooth and satisfying yet drinkable enough to enjoy more than just one, this winter ale is a Northwest classic! (6.8% ABV/48 IBU)
2) 20th Anniversary Imperial India Red Ale (8.5% ABV/60 IBU)
Our 20th Anniversary Imperial India Red Ale is a robust India Red Ale, with a rich and malty flavor from Two Row and C75 malt, and the unique flavor and aroma of Mosaic Hops, suggesting pineapple and tangerine.
1) Downtown London Brown Ale (3.7% ABV/16 IBU)
A London Brown Ale is an historic session beer style. Our Downtown London Brown greets you with aromas of toffee and caramel. The body and flavors are smooth with hints of coffee and chocolate. Low in ABV but packed with flavor, this is the perfect beer for a cold night with friends.
2) Rudolph the Red Nosed Double IPA (8.0% ABV/75 IBU)
Double IPA equals double hop pleasure! This beer is bittered with Chinook with copious amounts of Simcoe added in the whirlpool and dry hop. Hop additions in the forms of Pellets, cryo-pellets and resinate result in loads of layered goodness.
3) Bourbon Barrel Dark Strong Ale on raisins (10.4% ABV/24 IBU)
A complex, malty strong Belgian ale with notes of caramel, raisin and dried fruit. Warming alcohol is balanced by malt sweetness and a hint of spice from the Abbey Ale yeast strain. Aged in a combination of 4 and 8 year old Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels. The barrel aging adds notes of wood, whiskey and vanilla.
1) Julbock Incinerator (9.5% ABV / 23 IBU)
Holiday lager with big malt backbone of caramel, biscuit, and a hint of toasty fruits.
2) Cranberry Spiced Oatstanding (6.0% ABV / 32 IBU)
A simple balanced medium bodied Porter passed through an explosion of holiday flavors on its journey to your glass.
3) Wicked Pissah (7.0% ABV/ 43 IBU)
A New England style IPA / Hazy ale with tropical fruit and citrus flavors
1) Solitary Series: Winter 2017 (10% ABV)
The Solitary Series is our line of special release strong ales. This year's winter release is a German-style abbey ale, blending concepts from different monastic traditions--part Belgian quad and part Bavarian dopplebock--resulting in a smooth, dark, boozy winter ale.
2) The Leafcutter (5.1% ABV)
A dry, pale beer inspired by the ales of Koln, Germany. Our interpretation of the style features a light pine/citrus/floral American hop character, with a nice bready, pilsner malt finish. This recipe was originally brewed as the prefect end to a day of skiing.
3) Hornfaced Stout (5.7% ABV)
A rich, malt forward stout with a distinctive nutty malt character. Get Hornfaced.
Wet Coast Brewing
1) Holiday Jeer! 2017 (6.3% ABV/ 30 IBU)
Winter Specialty Ale; We built Holiday Jeer! 2017 around a full-bodied stout and then hit it in the face with big dose of molasses to provide notes of prunes and burnt sugar. Top it off with the addition of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and this beer turns into the fire-side sipper your holidays require!
2) Fixed the Newel Post (8.2% ABV/72 IBU) Imperial India Red Ale; A big, stick Red Ale with lots of Eureka! hops
3) Wet Coast Cream Ale (5.0% ABV/28 IBU) American Cream Ale; Light, Crisp and Refreshing; Our cream ale is smooth on the palate thanks to a malt bill featuring Flaked Corn and Honey Malt. This extremely quaffable ale is then finished with Willamette hops.
4) Moving Day IPA (6.4% ABV/ 55 IBU)
Packed with resinous/citrus/tropical flavors and aromas thanks to 4 different hop varieties and is balanced by its solid malt bill featuring Munich and Crystal malts.
1) Candy Cane Stout (6% ABV)
Sweet stout with suspicious flavors of candy cane crystals.
2) Blitzen's Busted Nut (6.5% ABV)
Dark winter beer rested on oak, and spiced with crushed nutmeg. A real kick in the pants to enjoy around a toasty fire.
20 Corners Brewing
1) Ghost Trees New England IPA (6.5% ABV/ 42 IBU)
2) Cow Tipping Milk Porter (4.5% ABV/24 IBU)
7 Seas Brewing
1) 2017 Russian Imperial Stout (9.8% ABV/60 IBU)
Deep black with a thick, tawny head, 7 Seas Imperial Stout is a burly yet thoughtfully complex beer. Silky, full-bodied, rich in roasted grain and chocolate notes with a long, warming finish. Brewed several months prior to its' release, allowing the bold flavors to mellow and mingle, enjoy this limited seasonal stout.
2) Cascadian Dark Ale (7.0% ABV/ 65 IBU)
Welcome to the dark side of India Pale Ales. Conceived here in the NW, we're proud to offer this intensely hoppy, black, yet velvety smooth unique ale. Brewed with de-husked black malt, caramel malt, and generously hopped with Columbus, Centennial and Amarillo. Our CDA achieves layers of hop character nicely balanced by a hint of roast and a smooth lingering finish.
Friday, December 1st
5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday, December 2nd
1st Session: Noon-4pm
2nd Session: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Advance tickets available now at washingtonbrewersguild.org
$30 advance/$35 at the door. This event has sold out the last three years so buy now!
Admission includes a tasting glass and eight 5oz beer tastes.
Additional tokens are available for $2 each or three tokens for $5.
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only.
This is a 21+ only event.