Get Your Tickets Now For The Washington Brewer’s Festival

Here in the Northwest, we take a lot of pride in our craft beers.  While we recognize that there are excellent craft beers available from around the nation, most of us have a special place in our hearts (or is it livers?) for beers made in Washington State.

That’s why I’m always glad when Spring arrives and the Washington Beer Commission brings back their annual Washington Brewer’s Festival.  Set this year for Friday, June 15th through Sunday June 17th at Marymoor Park in Redmond, there are a few changes you’ll want to be aware of regarding how drink tokens will work at this year’s fest.

Here is some more information about the Washington Brewer’s Festival from the Washington Beer Commission:

Raise a glass with us on Father’s Day weekend as the Washington Beer Commission presents the 13th Annual Washington Brewer’s Festival at King County’s Marymoor Park! The Washington Brewer’s Festival is a unique all-ages beer festival (Sat & Sun) where thousands of beer aficionados can sample more than 500 beers from 100 Washington breweries. In addition, the festival great food trucks, a live music stage, wine/cider and all-ages
activities.

Buy Tickets Now! (<That’s a link!)

Please Note:
General admission includes your tasting glass and eight tokens.

Three additional tokens may be purchsed for $2.00 each or three for $5.00. You will need to use the 1-2-3 tab on your wristband to purchase extra tokens on Saturday and Sunday.

This 11 token limit is to ensure a safe and family friendly event on Saturday and Sunday per WSLCB licensing agreement.

On Friday night (ages 21+), there is not an additional token sales limit, however only up to three tokens may be purchased at one time per person in order to better monitor consumption.

Run For Your Beer!
Registration is now open for the WA Beer Run!
Click here for complete details!

Beer

Participating breweries for this year’s festival include:

Food
The Washington Brewers Festival offers a fantastic lineup of food trucks and food vendors to pair with your favorite beers.

This year’s vendors include:

  • Athenas Food Truck
  • Big Dog’s
  • BuddhaBruddah
  • Frelard Tamales
  • Kautzman Kettle Corn
  • Kornman of WA
  • MacDaddys Gourmet Grub
  • Nosh
  • Pompeii Wood Fired Pizza
  • Redmond’s Bar & Grill
  • Skillet Street Food
  • Snout & Co.
  • Street Donuts
  • TABASSUM
  • The Grilled Cheese Experience
  • Where Ya At Matt
  • Wood Shop BBQ

Music & Entertainment
Throughout the weekend the festival will welcome a diverse mix of northwest bands on the music stage and the crowd pleasing Brewer’s Keg Toss on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  

Friday 6:00 PM Lowdown Drifters
Friday  7:20 PM Megs Mclean and Band
Saturday  Noon Jake Marsh Trio
Saturday  2:00 PM Nick Mardon Trio
Saturday  3:00 PM Flatstick Pub Brewers’ Keg Toss
Saturday  4:30 PM The Naughty Blokes
Saturday  6:15 PM Whiskey Fever
Sunday  Noon Miller Campbell
Sunday  2:00 PM Flatstick Pub Brewers’ Keg Toss
Sunday  3:30 PM Groovin Higher

Kid’s Playground (Open on Saturday until 7pm and Sunday until 5pm)
Washington Brewers Festival is a unique, ALL AGE Father’s Day beer festival and children are also welcome (admitted free when accompanied by a parent)! In addition to the spectacular beer selection for the parents the Festival also offers plenty of entertainment for the little ones including the Rootbeer Garden, inflatable toys*, ballon animals**, face painter** and a kids’ craft tent.
* $5.00 fee for unlimited use of the inflatables.
**Fees vary for ballon animals and face painter.  

Rootbeer Garden
There are many family-friendly brewpubs in Washington where you can take your kids and have a quality family meal together. Some of them even offer children’s menus and make their own rootbeer with the same meticulous care they apply to their world-class beer. Kids (and adults) can enjoy the premium craft rootbeer and soda by select Washington breweries in Washington Beer’s very own Rootbeer Garden during the Festival. Taps rotate throughout the weekend so please ask the servers what they are serving.

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Cider & Wine
Once again, a selection of locally produced wine and will be available for sampling. List coming soon.

Transportation
THE WASHINGTON BEER COMMISSION ENCOURAGES YOU TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY. PLAN AHEAD. DESIGNATE A DRIVER, USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OR USE A RIDE SHARE. 

Take the bus
The West Lake Sammamish Prkwy NE & Leary Way bus stop is located less than a mile from the event site. This stop is served by Sound Transit  545 from Downtown Seattle and the Mountlake Freeway Station. Visit Sound Transit for more information.

A courtesy van will be available Saturday & Sunday transporting people the .75 miles to and from the West Lake Sammamish Prkwy NE & Leary Way bus stop and the event entrance.

Ride Your Bike
Bike racks will be available close to the event entrance. Don’t forget your bike lock. Bike valet provided by Edge and Spoke Ski and Bike Shop in Redmond.

Parking for Brewers Festival

  • Parking Access is now available from both the East and West entrances of Marymoor Park. You may save time and avoid some traffic using the East entrance. You can map to 176th Ave NE & NE Marymoor Way, Redmond, WA 98052 to get directions to the East entrance of the park. This is the insiders entrance! Use West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE & NE Marymoor Way, Redmond, WA 98052 for West entrance.
  • Event Parking is $10 per vehicle (Cash Only). $5 for carpools of four or more. To expedite parking time, please have exact change ready if possible. Carpooling with a designated driver is strongly advised.
  • Your walk to the event gate may be about 400 yards further from the East entrance parking area.
  • We encourge attendees to designate a driver, use a ride share service or public transportation.


Gate Entry Process

  • Save money and avoid standing in two lines purchase your tickets in advance! We can scan them from printed versions or directly from your phone.
  • Advance Ticket Holders may skip the box office tent line and proceed directly to the security entry main gate featuring at least six active lanes!
  • Attendees that need to purchase tickets should head to the ticket buyers box office tent. Once you’ve purchased tickets you can head to the security entry main gate.


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PERMITTED ITEMS 

  • Lawn chairs
  • Blankets
  • Outside Food Okay
  • Plastic or metal reusuable water bottles (water stations available inside for refills)
  • Soft side coolers or coolers no larger than 24″ wide X 36″ long.
  • Strollers or wagons

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Sorry, no dogs or pets are permitted inside this event. Registered service dogs ok.
  • No tents or pop canopies. (Fire Marshall requirement)
  • No Folding tables
  • No Glass bottles, drinking glasses or dishes
  • No Bbq’s or grills, open flames
  • No weapons of any kind

For information on volunteering, check out the official event page on the Washington Beer Commission website.

In case you missed it above, the big change for this year is that, on Saturday and Sunday, you’ll only be allowed a maximum of 11 drink tickets (8 with your ticket and a limit of only 3 more you can purchase).  I’m not a fan of this change, nor am I personally a fan of allowing children into craft beer festivals.  So, if you’re like me, get your tickets now for Friday the 15th before they sell out.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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