The 20th Annual Cask Festival returns March 23rd. Tickets on sale!

Press Release

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 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 iconEach 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



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 .