The Washington Beer Commission hosts the 6th Annual South Sound Winter Beer Festival on Saturday, November 9. Below we share the complete beer lineup.
This year the event moves to a new venue, the Mattress Firm Showplex at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, just 15 minutes from its previous home at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. This will be the second year that the event is geared towards winter beers.
The South Sound Winter Beer Festival offers some of the first tastes of this year’s batches of winter beers from 27 Washington breweries. From imperial stout and roasted porter to Belgian-style strong ales and English-style winter warmers, from barrel-aged masterpieces to bracing coffee-infused beers, and many more.
South Sound Winter Beer Festival
Saturday, November 9
Noon – 6:00
Admission is $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and includes a commemorative tasting cup along with eight, 4oz. sample tastes. Additional tastes are available for purchase at $2 each.
Complete ticket and event information is available at the event website.
This is a 21-and-over event.
Brewery and Beer Lineup for South Sound Winter Beer Fest 2019
7 Seas Brewing-Tacoma
1) Boobytraps CDA (ABV 7% / IBU 65)
A truly Northwest original, Cascadian Dark Ale is surprisingly light on the pallet, yet velvety smooth. Dark as a Cascadian winter, generously layered with piney hops, and a hint of roasted malts for a lingering, flavorful finish. Like the divergent landscapes of its’ Pacific Northwest roots, this ale offers both power and finesses, audacity and subtlety.
2) 2018 Imperial Stout
Planning begins months before winter begins its relentless stampede of drizzle and darkness here in the NW when we release our annual Imperial Stout. Different each year, but always big, roasty, and strong, these hearty and robust stouts will surely warm you up and add a little cheer to the gloomy winter months.
1) Pazuzu’s Java (ABV 9.6% / IBU 66)
Imperial Mocha Stout. Brewed with Java Junkies Sumatran Dark Roast
2) Vanilla Phrasing Porter
Bellevue Brewing Company–Bellevue
1) Double Red IPA (ABV 8.2% / IBU 66)
Balanced hop complexity, subtle tropical notes in harmony with full flavored malt and a delicate caramel finish.
2) Scotch Ale (ABV 7.7% / IBU 32)
Rich, full bodied great caramel character, with hints of cashew, hazelnut and toffee.
Black Raven Brewing-Redmond
1) Festivus Holiday Pale Ale (ABV 7.1% / IBU 45)
The Festivus is our annual holiday beer, brewed in the holiday spirit with cranberries, various citrus peel fruit and a brewer’s secret blend of spices.
2) Coco Jones Coconut Porter (ABV 5.6% / IBU 32 IBU)
A rich brown porter with flavors of caramel and chocolate. Aged a short period of time on freshly toasted coconut to bring out the dark malt and light hops
Boundary Bay Brewing-Bellingham
1) Party Shirt IPA (ABV 6.5% / IBU 44)
Party Shirt is a juicy-style IPA that’s dressed to impress. Its bright, golden-orange hue gets the festivities rolling with a vivacious oasis of aromas and a tropical tickle on the taste buds. Party Shirt IPA’s hop recipe buttons-through with eight varieties of Washington-grown, expressing assertive citrus and mellow tropical fruit flavors. Break out that colorful/floral/flamingo pattern, because it’s always sunny with a Party Shirt.
2) Oatmeal Stout (ABV 9.6% / IBU 37)
Perhaps more than any beer, this Oatmeal Stout deserves to be called a “meal in a glass.” For many years’ stouts were considered so nutritious they were often served as a health tonic! Lightly hopped, Oatmeal Stout is aged for one month to allow the medley of dark malts and oats to celebrate their union.
3) Cabin Fever (ABV 8.5% / IBU 45)
Hit the slopes and cozy up next to the fireplace with the perfect companion: Cabin Fever. Rich and malty with a balanced hop character, our Winter Warmer is, by nature, deceptively strong. With an extended conditioning period, Cabin Fever is blissfully smooth. This winter there’s no need to fear the cold; cozy up with a fever.
Camp Colvos Brewing-Vashon Island
1) Doppelbock (ABV 7.8%)
Liquid Bread! Rich, double German amber
2) Iroito Cold Brew and Cream Stout (ABV 6%)
Rich Iroito cold brew from Pollard and roasted malts make this cold brew and coffee stout super tasty.
1) Verboten Cocoa Porter (ABV 5.9% / IBU 39)
Flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, hazelnut, caramel, roasted malt, black pepper.
2) Kushetka Imperial Stout (ABV 8.9% / IBU 65)
A big, bold beer with lots of roasted malts and just the right hop balance.
3) Mandarina Hazy IPA (ABV 7.2% / IBU 40)
Featuring German Mandarina Bavaria hops, this beer has tropical pineapple aroma and flavors of tangerine, white peach, white pepper, and a touch of dankness.
Dog Days Brewing-Seattle
1) Dreams of Hildegard (ABV 5.2% / IBU 28)
Crisp and clean German Lager
2) Hibiscus Pale Ale (ABV 5.3% / IBU 40)
Pale Ale brewed with hibiscus flowers.
3) Basic Bitch (ABV 5.4% / IBU 21)
Salted Caramel Brown Ale packed full of sweetness!
1) Ol’ Skag English Barleywine (ABV 10.2%)
Featuring a malt bill of Copeland, Pilot Pale, Light Munich and Caramel 30 from Skagit Valley malting; this beer is big-bodied and fruity. Bittered with Magnum, Crystal hops were added for a spicy and herbal contrast in flavor and aroma.
2) Ursa Minor Berliner Weiss (ABV 3%)
Named for the bear in the sky, “the little dipper”. Brewed with malted wheat and barley. The wort is not boiled but hopped in the mash with Styrian goldings.
3) Said in Zest (ABV 5.9%)
Five pounds of freshly grated grapefruit zest, top secret saison yeast, and Chinook Cascade, and experimental 5256 hops all combine for an aroma of citrus and pine with banana, clove, and bubble gum flavor.
4) Podunk Dinosaur (ABV 3.9%)
Brown porter w/ Kveik yeas had hopped with HBC 472 and Sabro.
Everybody’s Brewing-White Salmon
1) Hoedown Brown Ale (ABV 5.6% / IBU 34)
This dark brown ale is the perfect dance; a rich, malty beauty with chocolate and roasted flavors. Swing your glass round and round as this medium-bodied brown goes down easy with a lightly nutty sweetness.
2) Imaginary Friends Winter IPA (ABV 7.2% / IBU 85)
Big, piny, earthy flavors from Simcoe and Citra hops, balanced with subtle toffee notes coming from the Carmel and Crystal malts. Pouring a deep red color, this hoppy winter warmer has a nice fruity aroma and clean aftertaste. Best shared with your imaginary friends.
1) Winterfish Seasonal Ale (ABV 4.5% / IBU 60)
Winterfish is a celebration of the endeared chinook hop, chinook is big and bold just like the chinook salmon. Potent yet smooth bitterness with flavors and aromas of grapefruit, citrus, pine resin, and fragrant dried herbs.
2) Dunkelweizen (ABV 4.7% / IBU 25)
Boulder Bend Dark Wheat Ale is an exceptional creation. character infusing its medium-bodied smoothness. Notes contributed by additions of malted wheat. Other Northwest examples of this classic German style are rare and few. Certainly none are as tasty.
1) Mod Pod IPA (ABV 7.0% / IBU 60)
Delightfully Northwest IPA with notes of tropical fruit and tangerine, and an echo of malt sweetness.
2) Dark Star Oatmeal Stout Nitro (ABV 8.0% / IBU 50)
A mysterious, yet silky oatmeal stout of epic proportions balance by a firm hop handshake. Served up on nitro.
3) Lush IPA: Winter Vacation Edition (Mango/Guava/Cinnamon/Allspice) (ABV 7.0% / IBU 80)
Take a trip away from the cold and gray with each sip of our specially infused Lush IPA.
4) Strawberry Sour Weisse (ABV 4.5% / IBU 10)
Big strawberry and lemon notes come through with a moderately sour and slightly honey sweet finish.
5) Sky Kraken Hazy Pale (ABV 5.5% / IBU JTRA)
Naturally unfiltered hazy pale ale… this beer offers ripe melon, juicy citrus, pineapple and pepper flavors.
6) Horizon (ABV 5.0% / IBU 19)
An American sour ale from our Black Heron Project
7) Winter Ale (ABV 8.0% / IBU 60)
Winter Ale is dark like the weather with roast chocolate and warm malt flavors balanced by Noble hop aroma and subtle hoppy spice.
8) BBADS: Chocolate, Vanilla, and Maple Edition 2019 (ABV 13.1% / IBU 50)
TAPPING AT 12PM – Bourbon barrel aged imperial oatmeal stout with maple syrup, cocoa nibs, and Madagascar vanilla beans.
9) BBADS 2019 (ABV 13.1% / IBU 50)
TAPPING AT 2PM – Roasted and chocolate malts complement the smooth oats to bring you a barrel aged imperial stout delight wrapped in the gentle embrace of bourbon barrel-aged warmth.
10) B-Bomb 2018 (ABV 14.0% / IBU 65)
TAPPING AT 4PM – B-Bomb is a bourbon barrel aged imperial winter ale that achieves distinct bourbon, oak, cacao, leather, toffee, and dark coffee notes.
1) Johnny Utah Pale Ale (ABV 5.6%)
With heavy grapefruit, citrus and resin in the nose, this light colored ale has minimal malt interference, giving the beer a clean finish without a cloying bitterness. Pronounced grapefruit and pine flavors with a faint verdant note. American-style Pale Ale gold medal winner at 2019 GABF. *cans are currently a limited run.
2) Bodhizafa IPA (ABV 6.9%)
This IPA gets its light silky texture from rolled oats. The flavor and aroma both express mandarin and citrus all around. Over five pounds of hops per barrel makes this IPA truly Bodhilicious. Gold medal winner in the American Style IPA category at the Great American Beer Festival in 2016!
3) Tombourbon Ale (ABV 9.4%)
Tombourbon is a smooth and rich malty brown ale aged in fresh Heaven Hills, Maker’s Mark and Westland Distillery bourbon barrels. This dry ale has a port-like complexity of vanilla, dried cherry and oak combined with bourbon flavors and aromas from the extended barrel aging.
1) Cascade Fresh Hop IPA (ABV 6.3% / IBU 67)
It doesn’t get much fresher than this! For this single batch limited release, we got our hands on 300 lbs of fresh-picked Cascade hop cones straight from the hop fields of Chelan Valley! The untamed nature of these fresh picked hops brings an intense palate of spicy, herbal and citrus flavors with each sip! Underneath it all is a sturdy grain bill that provides a clean malt sweetness with just enough presence to balance the bitterness.
2) Angler Vienna Style Lager (ABV 4.3% / IBU 11)
A Vienna style lager with a malty aroma and slight malt sweetness from Vienna and red Prosso millet. Easy drinkin’…just the way we like our fall beers!
3) Watchstander Stout (ABV 6.5% / IBU 30)
Explore the dark side of beer with Watchstander Stout. Dark roasts of malted millet, buckwheat and brown rice contribute dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow and coffee flavors. We added rolled oats (certified gluten-free) to provide a satisfying and fluffy mouthfeel. Pair it with freshly baked cookies next to a warm fire! GOLD MEDAL Gluten Free Beer, 2015 Great American Beer Festival.
1) Coffee Pilsner (ABV 5.2%)
This preliminary batch of beer is a collaboration with Belltown Coffee Shop Cedar & Spokes. It combines a dark roast coffee bean with our always crisp, Northwest Pilsner.
2) All Spruced Up Winter Ale (ABV 7.5% / IBU 32)
Brewed in the style of a traditional winter beer, it’s dark amber in color with brown hues yet has a mild malty richness. The hops Citra, Chinook, and Cascade along with fresh Spruce tips add a citrus floral and “candy-like” aroma.
1) Dark Persuasion (ABV 6.5% / IBU 22)
Delicate dark chocolate with a whisper of coconut… You know you want it, go ahead and indulge. You can finally have German Chocolate Cake and drink it too. There’s no need to be nervous, it’s just wickedly deep and full of flavor and desire. With its provocative aroma and smooth body, this is certainly the darkest of fifty shades of risqué.
2) Kickstand Pale Ale (ABV 4.8% / IBU 50)
You can’t deny the value of a cruiser bike’s kickstand. We put that same undeniable value into our newest beer, Kickstand Pale. It’s a highly drinkable Pale Ale packed with citrus flavors and aromas. The beer stands firmly on a foundation of Warrior Hops for a pleasantly bitter base and then cruises to its destination on the cone-tails of the NW favorite citra hop. Kick back against the bar, put your elbow on the table just as you were told not to do and enjoy our easy drinking ode to the little piece of metal that keeps your cruiser classy.
3) Specialty Limited Release
This will be a limited release beer!
1) Kitten Mittens Winter Ale (ABV 8% / IBU 35)
The perfect beer for those cold months; this rich, medium-bodied beer elicits nuances of chocolate, dates, and figs. Balanced bitterness and playful hop aroma fit like a mitten.
Stay warm out there…
2) 2019 Barrel-Aged Kitten Mittens (ABV 11.1% / IBU 32)
Toffee, chocolate, dark stone fruit and coffee take center stage in this wintery ale followed by notes of vanilla and black cherry. While each year’s batch will have its own unique nuances, its warmth and comfort remain constants to rely on.
3) Heliotrope India Pale Ale (ABV 7.3% / IBU 83)
Named after the popular ridge trail that leads to the base of Mount Baker’s Coleman Glacier, Heliotrope IPA is a mouthwatering fusion of classic West Coast IPA characteristics, and new-school fruity, juicy hop flavor. Apricot, tangerine and grapefruit dominate in both aroma and flavor, accented by milder notes of pineapple and black tea. Balanced yet fun, smooth yet flavorful, Heliotrope IPA is truly a delicious creation.
4) Nor’Easter Barleywine (ABV 13.4% / IBU 70)
Oak barrel aging, measured patience, meticulous blending and years of anticipation culminate to bring you this very special English-Style Barleywine. Bold, complex, flavors and aromas warm the senses. Layers of toffee, roast, sweet malt, and generous hop presence provide the perfect balance to alcohol warmth.
5) Fresh Barleywine (ABV 11% / IBU 60)
British-Style Barleywine with rich and smooth malt notes, warming booziness, and an earthy, floral hop profile.
Lumber House Brewery-Black Diamond
1) Scotch Ale (ABV 6.7% / IBU 22)
This dark bodied Scotch ale has a leading flavor on the tip of your tongue of soft hops, balanced nicely with a creamy complex malty caramel finish.
2) Full Brazilan IPA (ABV 6.8% / IBU 68)
Brewed with Skagit Valley Malt, Cascade and Columbus hops This IPA is bold and beautiful with notes of citrus and spice.
1) Hop Shindig Winter Fresh Hop Ale (ABV 7.5%)
2) Cocoon Kellerpils (ABV 4.4%)
3) Shared Table Brett Saison (ABV 5.3%)
1) Barrel Aged Winter Warmer
A spiced Winter Warmer Ale barrel aged in Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey barrels. 8.5%ABV and delicious
2) Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout
We pulled out all the stops on this big Imperial Stout. Five types of dark, roasted malt are added to this beer to give it a complex flavor of coffee, chocolate and brown sugar. That much maltiness requires plenty of hops for balance. Two large hop additions prevent the dark malt from totally dominating this monster of a beer.
Rail Hop’n Brewing-Auburn
1) Mary Olson Red Fresh Hop (ABV 6.5%)
2) Rusty Dick (ABV 7.5% / IBU 106)
3) Firebox Jalapeno Amber (ABV 5.4)
4) Uncommon Valler (ABV 6.3% / IBU 91)
Brewed by our Brewer who is a Veteran with the VFW
Rainy Daze Brewing-Poulsbo
1) Veterans IPA (ABV 6.5% / IBU 55)
In honor of our military veterans we brewed this Deep Golden IPA with Skagit Valley Copeland Pale, Maris Otter, Honey Malt and caramalt. It gets it’s Tropical and Citrus notes from the Veteran Blend Hops!
2) Frosty Chairlift (ABV 6.9% / IBU 60)
Our NW Winter Ale has a dark Copper hue with subtle roast character. Northern Brewer, Chinook, and Golding Hops make this a Hoppy winter delight.
3) Only the Tip Double IPA (ABV 8.8% / IBU 90)
Bold aromas of Strawberry, Raspberry and a touch Pine from the Sitka Spruce Tips. Mosaic, Citra and Cascade Hops balance out the malt profile.
4) Bourbon Barrel Aged Santa’s Tea Bag (ABV 10.2% / IBU 20)
Our winter warmer that includes additions of Molasses, Maple Syrup, Orange Zest and a special blend of Holiday Tea. This batch was aged in bourbon barrels for just over a year.
1) Boondoogle Double IPA (ABV 8.2% / IBU 74)
2) Clearwater Kolsch (ABV 5.2% / IBU 19)
3) Relocator DoppelBock (ABV 7.0% / IBU 22)
1) Up on the Rooftop Holiday Ale (ABV 6.3% / IBU 11)
Brewed with fresh ginger, fresh orange zest, cinnamon sticks and honey – and a lot of LOVE! Up on the Rooftop is a beautiful aromatic bouquet to remind you of all the fun and spice of the Holiday Season.
2) Tank Ride Russian Imperial Stout (ABV 8.6% / IBU 40)
The beer inspired by an actual Boozy Ride in a Russian Tank! The Tank Ride is rich, complex and velvety smooth. Boozy without being overpowering, the chocolate and roasted malts take center stage and provide for a full bodied taste experience.
3) Gateway Creamsicle (ABV 5.8% / IBU 38)
Our favorite Gateway Hazy Pale Ale is infused with real orange pulp and a vanilla bean to astonishing effect. The orange-citrus from the Citra and Amarillo hops mixes just right with the orange and vanilla to create a taste just like the Creamsicle popsicles you loved as a kid – but better –
Silver City Brewery–Bremerton
1) Tropic Haze IPA (ABV 6.4% / IBU 50)
A seemingly magical reaction between a specialized yeast strain, oats, wheat, and an experimental hop variety results in a blossom of rich, tropical fruit flavor that is a feast for the eyes, with a silky-smooth texture and clean finish.
2) Ride the Spiral Pineapple-Orange Double IPA (ABV 8% / IBU 75)
Imagine a super hoppy hazy IPA married with a juicy glass of fresh squeezed POG juice. Ride the Spiral of tropical hoppy juicy-ness.
3) Cosmic Waves IPA (ABV 6.7% / IBU 30)
West Coast IPA meets New England Style IPA. Cosmic Waves is a ride into the past through the window of the future, featuring citrusy-piney hops reminiscent of the West Coast style with the fruit forward juicy and super drinkability of a New England IPA. Welcome back to the future.
4) Sun Glitter Peach IPA (ABV 6.5% / IBU 60)
Gleaning its name from the radiant visual of sunlight reflected from Pacific Ocean waves at sunset, Sun Glitter is our celebration of the Puget Sound experience. A fusion of mouth-watering peach flavor with a dense, hazy malt profile, this unique IPA also incorporates lactose sugar, yielding a deliciously creamy and vanilla-like
5) Wonderland Winter Lager (ABV 7% / IBU 22)
Frightful weather is no match for Wonderland. A blend of five different malts lend a deep rich color & mild roast character refined by five weeks of lagering at near freezing temperature.
6) Old Scrooge Christmas Ale (ABV 8.5% / IBU 60)
Intriguing notes of apple, cherry and apricot abound from the long boil time, cool fermentation and extended aging of this dark, malty ale. Celebrate this year’s release & save some for next, as this beer matures wonderfully when cellared.
Single Hill Brewing–Yakima
1) Eastside IPA (ABV 7% / IBU 40)
GOLD – 2019 WA Beer Awards. Showcasing all we know about making amazing IPA, we hope this beer does our region proud. Brewed with Yakima and Treasure Valley hops, Idaho Pilsner and Palouse Munich malt. Layered, fruity, citrus, not bitter.
2) Winter IPA (ABV 6.9% / IBU 50)
A winter warmer IPA that is layered with a heavier malt back to keep you cozy.
3) Stout (ABV 5.3% / IBU 30)
A well-balanced stout that finishes smooth and crispy!
4) Citizen Grain (ABV 5.4% / IBU 38)
GOLD – 2019 WA Beer Awards. Crispy, bright, dry hopped single field Pilsner. This year we worked with Dalkieth Farms in Sunnyside to grow our own field of Explorer barley and had it custom malted by LINC Malt in Spokane. Bright lemon and herbal hop aromas. Its crispy pilsner profile finishes dry and refreshing.
Ten Pin Brewing–Moses Lake
1) Black Eyed Katy Imperial Stout (ABV 10.7% / IBU 75)
A deep, dark, strong, and borderline psychedelic stout. This granddaddy of all stouts is loaded with chocolate, coffee, and nutty flavors from large quantities of the darkest crystal malts and roasted barleys available. Enjoy a pint with 11/22/97 and have your mind blown.
2) Gutterball Hazy Pale (ABV 5.5% / IBU 35)
We threw a lot of gutterballs to get this perfect strike of a Pale Ale. Juicy, smooth and hazy with a hoppy floral bouquet. Citra and Ekuanot hops give flavors or starfruit and lemon zest.
3) Angle Amber (ABV 6.1% / IBU 35)
This ale is a balanced malty brew with a mild hop presence that is sure to satisfy any craft beer lovers appetite. The rich caramel flavors from the malted grains mesh seamlessly with the citrus and earthy flavors of some classic American hops.
4) Horchata Stout (ABV 7.3% / IBU 33)
The Mexican cousin to our Snake Eye Stout. Pleasant aromas of Ceylon cinnamon and rice pudding emanate from the glass. It’s like drinking a churro dipped in chocolate.
Top Rung Brewing-Lacey
1) Shift Trade IPA (ABV 6.7% / IBU 77)
Medium bodied IPA. Mango, apricot, and pineapple dance delectably on the tongue while sweet fruit and mild grapefruit zest tickle the nose. All solidly built upon a slightly toasty malt core.
2) Sandstone Whiskey Barrel Aged Dark Lager (ABV 8.0%)
We took our Lacey Dark and aged it in some Sandstone Distilling Whiskey barrels and gave it a bit of kick. Smooth, dark, notes of whiskey and some great barrel characteristics. This beer is easy to drink but comes with a punch.
Hellbent Brewing – The Freaks Come Out at Night Imperial Stout (ABV 9% / IBU 65)
Hellbent’s very small batch Imperial Stout is a full bodied rich in flavor and high in alcohol. It has a velvety chocolate flavor with subtle notes of coffee that goes down smooth a finishes with a slight alcohol bite.