Welcome to festival season in the Pacific Northwest. It all gets underway in earnest at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA on Father’s Day weekend when the Washington Beer Commission hosts the Washington Brewers Festival. Virtually every weekend through the end of September features a beer festival somewhere in the Northwest: from Spokane to Bremerton, from Bend to Victoria.
Below we list some of the most notable Northwest beer events of the summer. We encourage you to use the comments section to share information about any events we’ve missed or to tell us about your plans for this festival season. So, which of these sounds most appealing to you?
West Coast Beer Town Showdown
June 9, 3:00 p.m.
Beveridge Place Pub
(Blog sponsored event, see our post)
Portland Fruit Beer Fest
June 9 – 10
The Portland Fruit Beer Festival returns bigger and badder in 2012 (June 9th and 10th) after unprecedented success in it’s first year outside of Burnside Brewing Co. The only festival of it’s kind, the PFBF celebrates the wonderful, creative and uniquely crafted fruit beers of the Pacific NW and beyond.
Washington Brewers Festival
June 15 -17
The Washington Brewer’s festival is a unique all-age beer festival where thousands of beer aficionados and families gather to celebrate Father’s Day weekend. This year’s event will once again feature over 200 different beers from 64 different breweries. In addition, the festival offers great food (new this year, gourmet food trucks), live music stage, brewer’s keg toss, root beer garden, kids area, craft booths, wine and cider tasting.
Gorge Blues & Brews Festival
June 22 – 23
Skamania County Fairgrounds (on the shores of the Columbia)
Enjoy beers from 16 breweries and a variety of food options. It’s about more than just barbecue. The musical lineup is impressive, featuring top notch blues from artists like Curtis Salgado, Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes, and others.
North American Organic Brewers Festival
June 29 – July 1st
Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF serves up more than 50 organic beers from around the nation. From summery Saison and Kolsch styles to rich and hearty stouts, the festival offers beers to please every palate. There’s also live music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, and a children’s area.
Seattle International Beer Festival
July 6 – 8
SIB is a high end 3-day beer festival specializing in rare, hard-to-find, exotic beers. Over 200 world-class beers from 16 countries will be on hand, hailing from all over the planet, many from right here in the Pacific NW. Stroll around our beautiful grounds with a cold one as you listen to great bands play all weekend.
Rails to Ales Brewfest
the historic Milwaukee Depot
Cle Elum, Washington
Similar to last year’s lineup of nineteen regional breweries and hard cider producers, they will be pouring samples of their finest brews in the unique setting of the Ironhorse State Park’s Milwaukee Road Depot and Railyard in South Cle Elum, WA. A couple of wineries, food vendors and prizes will once again round out the festivities.
Portland International Beer Festival
July 20 – 22
Pearl District North Park Blocks
PIB is a high end 3-day beer festival specializing in rare, hard-to-find, exotic beers. Over 150 world-class beers from 16 countries will be on hand, hailing from all over the planet, many from right here in the Pacific NW. Stroll around the beautiful park with a cold one as you listen to music play all weekend.
Bremerton Summer Brewfest
Downtown, on Pacific Avenue between Burwell and 6th St.
Twenty-five Washington Breweries pouring more than 50 Washington Summer Style Beers. On the strets of downtown Bremerton within easy walking distance of the ferry terminal.
Oregon Brewers Festival
July 26 – 29
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
The Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the nation’s longest running and best loved craft beer festivals. Sample and learn about a variety of craft beer styles from across the country. Eighty craft breweries from all parts of the nation offer more than 20 styles of handcrafted brews to 80,000 beer lovers during the four-day event.
Esther Short Park
Description: Minutes from Portland and in the heart of downtown Vancouver we’ll be hosting the first ever Vancouver Brewfest. Featuring NW beers, great musical entertainment live on the center stage and food from local vendors.
Innis Arden Clubhouse
Now in its second year, the 4-Corners Brewfest features 20 local breweries pouring beers to benefit 4-Corners.Org, a local non-profit organization.
August 16 – 18
Les Schwab Amphitheater
The 9th Annual Bend Brew Fest celebrates Bend’s bent for brews. Held at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, the festival features great food and lots of fantastic beer. Over 80 distinct craft beers will be available for public tasting. This is a festival where the focus is on tasting and enjoying fine craft beers.
Everett Craft Beer Festival
The Inaugural Everett Craft Beer Festival will take place Saturday, August 18th 2012 from Noon to 8pm in downtown Everett.
Great Canadian Beer Festival
September 7 – 8
Royal Athletic Park
Victoria, British Columbia
The Great Canadian Beer Festival has become one of the worlds’ must-attend beer events. People from all over the globe seek out Victoria and the GCBF every year; the event attracts brewers from Australia, volunteers from England and beer lovers from all over.
Tacoma Craft Beer Festival
Over 50 craft breweries pouring beer along the waterfront in Tacoma.
Craft Beer + Food
Yatch Club on Lake Union
An event showcasing the Seattle area’s finest craft beer and cuisine, presented by the Washington Beer Blog. Featuring delicious dishes from 10 of the Seattle area’s best restaurants paired with beautiful beers from 10 of the Seattle area’s best breweries.
September 21 – 22
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Washington-brewed beers. The park-like setting along the Spokane River provides a beautiful backdrop for the Washington Beer Commission’s official Oktoberfest celebration.