You had to know this was coming, but it still hurts to hear. The Washington Beer Commission announced today that it has canceled the Washington Brewers Festival, for now anyway. The state’s largest annual beer festival takes place at Marymoor Park in Redmond each June. This year, if it happens at all, it will be later in the summer. Officially, this would have been the 15th Annual Washington Brewers Festival, but some form of this event dates back to the mid-1990s.
I hope everyone can imagine that trying to plan an event like this while facing countless uncertainties is nearly impossible. There are too many things to plan and too many things to consider. Although a lot of us are heartbroken, remember that everyone involved did their best to make it happen in June as usual, but it is just not possible given the current circumstances. Here is the official announcement.
Dear Friends of Washington Beer,
We hope you’re staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. Under the current federal and state “stay at home” regulations, the Washington Beer Commission has had to make some difficult decisions regarding its craft beer tasting festivals you all know and love.
Today we announce the postponement of the 15th Annual Washington Brewers Festival, which
was scheduled for June 19-21, 2020 at King County’s Marymoor Park. This annual celebration
of Washington-brewed craft beer on Father’s Day weekend is a time-honored tradition for
thousands and we are looking into the possibility of producing a like event at a later date this
For those that have purchased a ticket(s) to this year’s event we will be sending you an email with instructions for a full refund. You will also have the option of retaining the ticket(s) for the
potential postponed event or entry to any day of the June 18-20, 2021 event.
While the physical distancing orders remain in effect, we have been working with the
Washington Beer Blog to keep you connected with your favorite local breweries.
We encourage you to visit washingtonbeerblog for frequently updated pickup hours and online ordering links, to help keep your local brewery operating. You can also visit your favorite
brewery’s website and support them by purchasing gift cards and branded merchandise that
may also assist them keep their doors open and the beer flowing.
We greatly appreciate your continued support of the Washington state craft beer industry as we all face this unprecedented challenge. Please stay safe at home” and continue to enjoy
Washington Beer responsibly.