The Washington Brewers Guild will host its 20th Annual Washington Cask Beer Festival on Saturday, March 23rd at Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall. The Cask Festival has gained enormous popularity and a reputation as one of the most anticipated beer festivals of its kind. This year the event will showcase nearly 100 cask-conditioned beers masterfully brewed by 27 Washington breweries.
The Cask Festival will host two sessions, the first session from Noon to 4pm (and almost always sells out) with a second session from 5:30pm to 9:30pm on Saturday, March 23rd. Admission is $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Separate tickets are required for each session and the afternoon session typically sells out. Admission includes a commemorative tasting cup and up to 15 sample tastes. Tickets are available online at washingtonbrewersguild.org. Designated driver tickets are just $5 and include free soda and water. This is a 21 and over only event.
The Cask Festival was created when a group of Washington brewers convened more than a decade ago with a goal of introducing cask-conditioned beer to local consumers who were gradually warming to the idea of drinking craft beer. To stay true to the spirit of “real ale” the brewers are required to condition the beer naturally without artificially introducing CO2. The beer is poured by gravity or by using a traditional beer engine and served at cellar temperature. The result is smooth beer with creamy head and pronounced flavors and aromas. Today there are hundreds of devoted Cask Festival fans who are known to be some of the most discerning beer critics. Their high expectations fuel the brewers’ creativity, inspiring them to brew innovative beers for this event every year.
In addition to the wide variety of specialty cask beers the event will feature a selection of wood barrel aged beers and wild ales and don't miss the traditional Herbert’s Legendary Cask Festival Ale. The "Herbert's" is a special collaboration beer brewed in honor of the late Bert Grant, a legendary Washington beer brewing icon. Each year a different host brewery invites fellow Washington brewers to brew the beer based on the recipe that has been passed on from one host brewery to the next. This year’s Herbert’s Ale was brewed at Anacortes Brewery.
Here is the list of 27 Washington breweries, bringing their unique cask conditioned beers on Saturday, March 23rd:
Boundary Bay Brewery Bellingham
Crucible Brewing Everett
Diamond Knot Brewing Mukilteo
Ellliott Bay Brewing Burien
Figurehead Brewing Shoreline
Flying Bike Brewery Seattle
Fremont Brewing Seattle
Georgetown Brewing Seattle
Hale's Ales Seattle
Headless Mumby Brewing Olympia
Hellbent Brewing Seattle
Jellyfish Brewing Seattle
Kulshan Brewing Bellingham
Lantern Brewing Seattle
Maritime Pacific Brewing Seattle
McMenamins Breweries Bothell
North Sound Brewing Mount Vernon
Old Stove Brewing Seattle
Postdoc Brewing Redmond
Ram Restaurant & Brewery Seattle
Reuben’s Brews Seattle
Rooftop Brewing Company Seattle
Silver City Brewery Bremerton
Slaughter County Brewery Port Orchard
Stoup Brewing Seattle
Sumerian Brewing Woodinville
Triplehorn Brewing Woodinville
WASHINGTON CASK BEER FESTIVAL
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Afternoon Session - Noon - 4 pm
Evening Session 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Separate ticket required for each session
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109
$40 advance tickets or $45 at the door. Admission includes a commemorative tasting cup and 15 four ounce sample tastes.
Must be 21 years old or older and have a valid ID to be admitted.
Designated driver admission is $5 and includes free soda and water.
Tickets are on sale online at washingtonbrewersguild.org .