Leavenworth Ale Fest this Saturday, April 13th


The 13th Annual Leavenworth Ale Fest takes place at the Leavenworth Festhalle on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Among the breweries involved, some that are not familiar to us westsiders, like Whipsaw Brewing, Single Hill Brewing, Burwood Brewing, and others. (Complete list of breweries is below.)

Same great event, but with a new beneficiary and a plan to make the festival bigger and better. The Leavenworth Ale Fest will now raise funds to support the arts across North-Central Washington. Leavenworth’s Icicle Creek Center for the Arts has officially taken the reins for the event. After an official application process, the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which founded the event in 2007, chose Icicle Creek to take over the event.

“We’re grateful to be assuming responsibility for this festival and will work hard to turn it into an
important annual fundraiser in support of the arts and arts education across North Central
Washington,” said Jamie Howell, Icicle Creek’s Development Director,  who is also serving as the
new festival director.

Icicle Creek is undertaking a full rebranding of the event, has launched a new website (leavenworthalefest.com), and is making a series of updates to the event itself. The changes include:

  • More breweries: The 2019 Leavenworth Ale Fest will feature no fewer than 40 breweries, up from the 24 participating breweries in recent years.
  • Single day event: The event will run one day only this year – Sat., April 13 – from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with VIP tickets allowing early access at 5:30.
  • Make Ale for the Arts Home Brew Competition: A new competition for home brewers has been added to the event with BJCP-certified judges.
  • The event will continue to feature live music, beer tastings (and ciders), and brewery awards, as
    well as continuing to take place at the Leavenworth Festhalle.

A portion of the event proceeds remain earmarked to support The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, but the primary beneficiary will now be Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Founded in 1995 by Harriet Bullitt and the late Wilfred Woods, Icicle Creek, located on a 13-acre campus three miles outside of Leavenworth, provides arts education to more than 6,000 students around North-Central Washington each year. It offers a full performance season that draws more than 10,000 audience members annually.

More details are available at leavenworthalefest.com.

  • 20 Corners Brewing
  • 509 Bierwerks
  • Aslan Brewing Company
  • Badger Mountain Brewing
  • Bale Breaker Brewing
  • Berchman’s Brewing Company
  • Bosk Brew Works
  • Brothers Cascadia Brewing
  • Burwood Brewing Company
  • Cash Brewing Company
  • Doghaus Brewery
  • Dreadnought Brewing
  • Farmstrong Brewing
  • Ghostfish Brewing Co. 
  • Gig Harbor Brewing
  • Hellbent Brewing Co.
  • Hop Nation Brewing Company
  • Icicle Brewing Company 
  • Island Hoppin’ Brewery
  • Iron Goat Brewing
  • Kulshan Brewing Company
  • Merchant du Vin
  • Milepost 111 Brewing
  • Northwest Brewing
  • Old Schoolhouse Brewery
  • Ordnance Brewing
  • Scuttlebutt Brewing
  • Single Hill Brewing
  • Taneum Creek Brewing
  • Ten Pin Brewing 
  • Timber Monster Brewing
  • Varietal Beer Company
  • Wenatchee Valley Brewing
  • West Seattle Brewing
  • Western Red Brewing
  • Whipsaw Brewing
  • Yakima Craft Brewing


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