Nobody likes to see craft breweries fighting with each other. Unfortunately, however, disputes occasionally arise between breweries over beer names, label designs and other issues relating to intellectual property rights. Craft breweries are businesses after all, and must sometimes act to protect themselves. Thankfully, most of the time these disagreements are resolved amicably rather than through litigation and, in some cases, have even led to craft breweries collaborating with each other to produce a new beer.
Now, collaborative beers are everywhere. Avery Brewing and Stone Brewing gave us Collaboration Not Litigation (a strong, dark Belgian ale they collaborated on after discovering they had both named a beer ‘Salvation‘), Elysian Brewing did collaboration beer with The Bruery and Stone Brewing called La Citrueille Céleste de Citracado (an Amber Ale with pumpkins, yams, rye, toasted fenugreek, birch bark, and lemon verbena) as well as a whole series of collaborative beers dubbed the ‘Trip‘ series with New Belgium Brewing, and Fort George Brewing has had great success with their 3-Way IPA series, collaborating with different breweries for each iteration.
The Washington Beer Commission has picked up on this trend and recently announced the new Washington Beer Collaboration Festival. Set to take place on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd, this new festival will feature all collaborative beers from over 40 different Washington State breweries.
Here is some more information about this festival from the Washington Beer Commission:
The Washington Beer Commission is excited to announce the brand new Washington Beer Collaboration Festival at the South Lake Union Discovery Center lawn on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd. This festival will feature 23 unique collaboration beers from 46 different Washington breweries. These beers will highlight the creativity and collaborative spirit of the Washington Beer community.
Dates & Times
Friday, April 22nd, 4:30-8:30pm
Saturday, April 23rd, Noon-6pm
South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn
101 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Featuring 23 original collaborative beers from the following breweries:
- Anacortes Brewery + Menace Brewing
- Aslan Brewing + The North Fork Brewery
- Bale Breaker Brewing + Reuben’s Brews
- Backwoods Brewing + Ashtown Brewing
- Boundary Bay Brewery + Farmstrong Brewing
- Brickyard Brewing + Spinnaker Bay Brewing
- Chuckanut Brewery + Red Hook Brewery
- Cloudburst Brewing + Stoup Breweing
- Diamond Knot Craft Brewing + Scuttlebutt Craft Brewing
- Elysian Brewing + Bluebird Microcreamery & Brewery
- Fish Brewing + Top Rung Brewing
- Flying Bike Coop + Lantern Brewing
- Ghostfish Brewing + Seattle Cider
- Georgetown Brewing + Two Beers Brewing
- Hilliard’s Beer + Wander Brewing
- Iron Goat Brewing + Everybody’s Brewing
- Lazy Boy Brewing + Naked City Brewing
- Maritime Pacific Brewing + Roslyn Brewing
- Postdoc Brewing + Resonate Brewery
- Seapine Brewing + Standard Brewing
- Silver City Brewery + Sound Brewery
- Three Magnets Brewing + Triceratops Brewing
- Whitewall Brewing + Skookum Brewery
Tickets on sale now!
Tickets are $30 Advance or $35 at the door.
Admission includes a tasting glass and 8 tasting tokens. Each taste is 4 oz.
Separate tickets required for each session.
$5 designated driver admission is available at the door. Designated driver includes includes soda and/or water.
21+ only. No refunds. No dogs. Registered service dogs ok.
A great selection of food trucks and vendors will be on hand to pair with your beer.
The Washington Beer Commission encourages you to designate a driver or take public transportation.
Yellow Cab (206) 622-6500
Orange Cab (206) 522-8800
Hotel partner to be announced soon.VOLUNTEER!
We are looking for a few more volunteers to help out with beer pouring, registration, and WABL at this festival. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email us with your 1st and 2nd shift preferences. Volunteer shifts are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Volunteers receive admission to the event upon completion of their shift. Saturday, 2nd shift volunteers also receive admission to a future Washington Beer Commission event. Volunteer shifts are listed below:Friday, 1st Shift: April 22, 11:30am – 3:30pmFriday, 2nd Session: April 22, 3:30pm – 7:30pmSaturday, 1st Shift: April 23, 11:00am – 2:30pm
Saturday, 2nd Shift: April 23, 2:30pm – 6:00pm
WAshington Beer Lover members show your current passport at the entrance and receive:
- Two Bonus Tokens
- Chance to taste exclusive WABL Beer. Description TBA.
Learn more and sign up for WABL here.
The festival may not be until April, but if you’d like to volunteer I suggest you email the Washington Beer Commission ASAP since, as noted above, volunteer slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and usually go pretty fast. Tickets are also on sale now too (link above). The descriptions of the collaborative beers each brewery team will be serving at the festival will be announced in early April. Check back here then, as I will update this article when the information becomes available.
UPDATE – 4/13/2016
The Washington Been Commission has announced the full beer list for the festival. You can get it by clicking HERE.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.