Does your dad like craft beer? Are you a dad yourself who likes craft beer? Then I’ve got the perfect Father’s Day weekend activity for you: The Washington Brewer’s Festival. Kicking off this year on Friday, June 14th, this 3-day festival celebrates the best around from only Washington breweries. According to the Washington Beer Commission: “The Washington Brewer’s festival is a unique all-age beer festival where thousands of beer aficionados and families gather to celebrate Father’s Day weekend. This year’s event will feature over 250 different beers from 72 different Washington breweries. In addition, the festival offers great food, live music stage, brewer’s keg toss, root beer garden, kids area, craft booths, wine and cider tasting.”
The Washington Brewer’s Festival will be held at Marymoor Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Parkway NE in Redmond. The hours for this year’s festival are:
- Friday, June 14th: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
- Saturday, June 15th: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Sunday, June 16th: 11:00 AM – 6:00PM
The Friday session is for those 21 & over only, while the Saturday & Sunday sessions are all ages (you still, of course, must be over 21 to drink). The cost for the Friday session is $15 (advance or at the door). The cost for the Saturday and Sunday sessions is $20 (each) in advance if you purchase your tickets by May 31st, or $25 at the door (or in advance after May 31st). You can CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS for all 3 sessions. So don’t delay. Follow the link and purchase your tickets today.
Friday event features:
- Select Washington breweries (35+ breweries)
- Select Friday exclusive beers
- Music Stage
- Select food vendors
Saturday & Sunday event features:
- 250 beers on tap
- Live music on the Music Stage
- Brewers Keg Toss Contest
- Kids Playground
- Rootbeer Garden
- Cider & Wine
- Craft market
- Festival food, including gourmet food trucks
Become a WABL member today and get extra benefits including:
- WABL members receive 8 tasting tokens (regular 6 tokens) with their paid admission.
- Special WABL tasting glass*
- Taste the Member’s Only WABL Beer* (a token required for each taste)
- The 2013 WA Brewers Festival WABL Beer TBA
The full tap list for this year’s festival has not yet been announced, but I did recently learn that Big Time Brewery & Alehouse‘s head brewer, Drew Cluley, is brewing another batch of ‘Whiny The Complainer’ (their answer to Russian River Brewing‘s ‘Pliny The Elder’), and it will be on tap at the festival (as well as on tap at the Big Time Brewery & Alehouse). Follow me on Facebook on Twitter and I will post up the full list when it becomes available.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.