Get Your Tickets Now For The 7th Annual Belgian Fest – UPDATED

 

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Craft beer has been growing in popularity for years.  Bit by bit, many beer drinkers across the nation and the World are slowly abandoning bland, tasteless, corporate-controlled, mass-produced lagers like Bud and Miller and are welcoming all the varying styles of craft beer to their palates instead.  It’s helped the number of craft breweries in the U.S. reach an all time high (as of December 2015, there are 4144 breweries in the U.S. according to the Brewer’s Association), while sales of mass-produced lagers continue to decline.

While this is a great thing, to be sure, it seems that a number of the newer craft beer ‘converts’ out there don’t stray too far away from IPAs, Pale Ales and a few other styles like Red/Amber Ale, and a few Stouts or Porters.  If you fall into this category, it may be time for you to expand your horizons even further and start looking at the wonderful and varied Belgian styles of beer available from local breweries.

There are so many different styles of Belgian beer to choose from, including: Dubbels, Triples, Trappist Ales, Saisons, Lambics, and more.  Each offers distinct and unique aromas and flavors and I enjoy them all.  If you’d like to get to know Belgian beer better, or if you’re already a fan like me, then you’ll be happy to know that the 7th Annual Belgian Fest, presented by the Washington Beer Commission, is returning on Saturday January 30th.  In previous years, Belgian Fest has been held at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center at Pier 66.  This year, however, it will take place at the Fischer Pavilion at Seattle Center (305 Harrison Street).

Belgian Fest Lunch From Dante's Inferno Dogs

Belgian Fest Lunch From Dante’s Inferno Dogs

The list of breweries and food vendors that will be participating in this year’s Belgian Fest has not been released yet, but according to the Washington Beer Commission: “The 7th Annual Belgian Fest will highlight 100+ Belgian-style beers crafted by Washington breweries. Featured beer styles includ Tripels, Dubbels, Saisons, Wits, Abbeys and Lambics. In keeping with this unique style, all of the beers are brewed with Belgian yeast.

Here is the list of breweries that were at least year’s event:

  • American Brewing-Edmonds
  • Anacortes Brewery-Anacortes
  • Big Al Brewing-Seattle
  • Black Raven Brewing-Redmond
  • Der Blokken Brewery-Bremerton
  • Dick’s Brewing-Centralia
  • Elliott Bay Brewing-Burien
  • Elysian Brewing-Seattle
  • Fish Brewing-Seattle
  • Fremont Brewing-Seattle
  • Gallaghers’ Where U Brew-Edmonds
  • Georgetown Brewing-Seattle
  • Hale’s Ales-Seattle
  • Hilliard’s Beer-Seattle
  • Holy Mountain Brewing-Seattle
  • Lantern Brewing-Seattle
  • McMenamins-Seattle
  • Menace Brewing-Bellingham
  • Odin Brewing-Tukwila
  • Paradise Creek Brewery-Pullman
  • Peddler Brewing-Seattle
  • Pike Brewing-Seattle
  • Propolis Brewing-Port Townsend
  • Pyramid Breweries-Seattle
  • Rainy Daze Brewing-Silverdale
  • Ram Restaurant and Brewery-Seattle
  • Ramblin’ Road Brewery-Spokane
  • Redhook Brewery-Woodinville
  • Schooner EXACT Brewing-Seattle
  • Scuttlebutt Brewing-Everett
  • Silver City Brewery-Bremerton
  • Snipes Mountain Brewing-Sunnyside
  • Snoqualmie Falls Brewing-Snoqualmie
  • Sound Brewery-Poulsbo
  • Strong Arm Brewing-Renton
  • Three Magnets Brewing-Olympia
  • Tin Dog Brewing-Seattle
  • Triplehorn Brewing-Woodinville
  • Wander Brewing-Bellingham
  • Wingman Brewers-Tacoma
  • Yakima Craft Brewing-Yakima

This is a popular local event, so don’t wait too long to purchase your tickets.  I’m a big fan of Belgian beers myself (and they’re some of my wife’s absolute favorites), so I try to attend this event almost every year.  I’ll update this article with more information as the Washington Beer Commission announces more details about this year’s festival.   You can click HERE to purchase your tickets ($35.00 + $2.22 service fee).

UPDATE – Here is the current list of breweries set to be at this year’s event:

To see the full list of all beers pouring at this year’s fest, CLICK HERE.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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