Belgianfest is sold out. Your alternatives.

This Saturday’s Belgianfest is sold out. Friday night’s Belgian Beer Dinner is sold out. If you don’t have tickets, it’s time to find alternatives. Of course you could keep an eye out for tickets on Craigslist, but that’s probably a long shot.

Today/tonight –  Full Throttle Bottle in Georgetown will have a Belgian beer tasting event. It takes place this evening from 5:00 –  7:00. (Details at the bottom of this post.)

Thursday -the Beveridge Place Pub and the Naked City Taphouse will host Belgianfest preview parties this Thursday night. Each will feature casks of Belgian-style creations from local brewers. Well, one brewer is not really local. Kind of.

In West Seattle, the Beveridge Place Pub will be tapping at least two casks. One cask will be Elliott Bay Brewing’s Spring Golden, which I believe is seasoned with coriander seed. The other cask will be a yet-to-be-named collaborative beer made by Elysian Brewing and Green Flash Brewing (CA). We may not know the name, but we know that this collaborative effort is a saison. We also know that they used peppercorns and apples. Click here to read about Green Flash Brewing and this collaborative beer.

Up in Greenwood, the Naked City Taphouse will feature two casks: Pike Barrel-aged Tripel Kriek and Ram Abbey-style Wheat Ale.  The Kriek promises to be a rare treat. You might want to get there early.

There may still be changes to the lineups at these preview events. We’ll keep you posted if any new info comes in.

Regarding today’s event at Full Throttle Bottle, here is what they’ve told us:

The Trappists are here! The Trappists are here!! Tomorrow we’ll be tasting the ultimate in Belgian beers. A selection of Trappist beers and one other just for fun! Come hear the history of the trappist beer: What qualifies as a Trappist beer, who makes them, and why they are so prized. We will have Jhon Gilroy from Merchant de Vin importers here. Many of you may remember him from the Lindeman’s tasting we did last year or as the bachelor from the Rat City Roller Girl Fundraiser. (Yes he was the one with the ball and chain…) He’s happily married now and would LOVE to share these beers with you!

Orval (Belgian Ale from Brasserie D’Orval): In contrast to all the others, the Orval Trappist brewery makes only one beer for the general public. It has an intensely aromatic and dry character. Between the first and second fermentations there is also an additional dry-hopping process. Through this the beer acquires its pronounced hoppy aroma and extra dry taste.

Bottled at 5.2% abv – can go up as high as 7.2%

Trappist Rochefort 10 (Quad from Brasserie Rochefort): The top product from the Rochefort Trappist brewery. Dark color, full and very impressive taste. Strong plum, raisin, and black currant palate, with ascending notes of vinousness and other complexities.

La Trappe Isid’or (Belgian Ale from De Koningshoeven): Made to celebrate 125 years of La Trappe…Quotes one reviewer: “The aroma has notes of fruit, yeast, and some caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, yeast, and fruits as well as light notes of spices, leading to a dry spicy finish.”

Lindeman’s Cuvee Renee (Lambic-Geuze from Brouwerij Lindemans): A golden hue sets off the wonderful almost champagne like taste.For those of you used to the sweeter lambics, come see what Lindeman’s can do with a traditional geuze.

We will be tasting these tomorrow, Wednesday, January 20, from 5pm-7pm. Only $4 for all of them! John usually bring his own glasses, but just in case, we’ll continue with our usual offer: Bring your own tasting glass and save a dollar!!



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  1. They named the Green Flash / Elysian collab “The Red Queen”. It was a bit strange. LOTS of peppercorn in the nose and a subtle apple taste with a bit too much belgiany yeast spice for a saison imo……