Washington Brewers Festival – What’s New for 2013

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It’s the big daddy beer fest — the largest concentration of breweries, beers and beer lovers in Washington. The annual three-day celebration of Washington-brewed beer has become a Father’s Day weekend tradition (June 14 thru 16). This year the Washington Brewers Festival returns to Redmond and the picturesque expanses of Marymoor Park. In all, 72 of Washington’s top breweries will pour over 250 different beers for nearly 20,000 festivalgoers. Tickets are available online.

Below we list the breweries pouring at this year’s event along with other details. The actual list of beers will be available in the coming weeks. There are some newcomers this year, such as Seapine Brewing of Seattle, Bale Breaker Brewing of Yakima, and Strong Arm Brewing of Renton. Some breweries will travel great distances to participate, for example Laht Neppur Brewing of Waitsburg, Paradise Creek Brewing of Pullman, Riverport Brewing of Clarkston, and Iron Goat Brewing of Spokane.

This year the Washington Beer Commission made a some important changes. There will be more food trucks this year. In addition to the typical festival food vendors, you can get real food from real food trucks, like Skillet (more will be announced as the even nears). This year beer lovers will have the park to themselves. Last year there was another event at the park at the same time as the beer festival. With two big events happening at the same time, traffic in and out of the park was a bit bothersome. This year the beer fest will be the only event at the park.

Don’t want to deal with traffic or parking? Consider walking or riding to the festival along the Sammamish River Trail. You can easily find street parking or other public parking nearby and then hike or bike the last mile or two into the festival.

This event is kid-friendly on Saturday and Sunday. Friday is for grownups only. Not all of the breweries show up for Friday, but more than 40 breweries will be there and some of them will pour special Friday-only beers.

BREWERIES

  • 192 Brewing
  • 7 Seas Brewing
  • Airways Brewing
  • Alpine Brewing
  • American Brewing
  • Anacortes Brewery
  • Bainbridge Island Brewing
  • Bale Breaker Brewing
  • Bellevue Brewing
  • Big Al Brewing
  • Big Time Brewing
  • Black Raven Brewing
  • Boundary Bay Brewery
  • Brickyard Brewing
  • Chuckanut Brewery
  • Der Blokken
  • Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
  • Dick’s Brewing
  • Dirty Bucket Brewing
  • Duvall Springs Brewing
  • E9 Brewery
  • Elliott Bay Brewing
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Emerald City Beer
  • Fish Brewing
  • Foggy Noggin Brewing
  • Fremont Brewing
  • Gallagher’s Where U Brew
  • Georgetown Brewing
  • Hale’s Ales
  • Harmon Brewing
  • Hilliard’s Beer
  • Hood Canal Brewery
  • Iron Goat Brewing
  • Iron Horse Brewery
  • Island Hoppin’ Brewery
  • Issaquah Brewhouse
  • Justice Brewing
  • Kulshan Brewing
  • Laht Neppur Brewing
  • Mac & Jack’s Brewing
  • McMenamin’s
  • Naked City Brewery
  • New Belgium Brewing
  • No-Li Brewhouse
  • North Sound Brewing
  • Odin Brewing
  • Old Schoolhouse Brewery
  • Paradise Creek Brewery
  • Pike Brewing
  • Port Townsend Brewing
  • Rainy Daze Brewing
  • Ram Restaurant & Brewery
  • Redhook Brewery
  • Reuben’s Brews
  • Riverport Brewing
  • Rock Bottom Brewery
  • Roslyn Brewing
  • Schooner EXACT Brewing
  • Scuttlebutt Brewing
  • Seapine Brewing
  • Silver City Brewery
  • Snoqualmie Falls Brewing
  • Sound Brewery
  • Strong Arm Brewing
  • Triplehorn Brewing
  • Twelve Bar Brews
  • Twelve String Brewing
  • Two Beers Brewing
  • Urban Family Brewing
  • Wingman Brewers
  • Yakima Craft Brewing

OTHER FESTIVAL INFO

Admission:
Tickets are now available online

Friday:

$15 advance tickets/at the door. (Friday advance tickets available online only)

Friday admission includes a tasting cup and 4 tasting tokens

21+ only

Saturday & Sunday:

$20 advance tickets ($25 online after May 31) or $25 at the door

Admission includes a tasting cup and 6 tasting tokens

Advance tickets are available online and at local outlets.

All Ages: Those under 21 admitted free (must be accompanied by a parent)

Designated Drivers: Admission is $5 and available at the gate only. It includes complimentary water, root beer and the entertainment.

Days & Hours:

Friday, June 14, 4 – 9pm. 21+ only
Saturday, June 15, 11am. 9pm. All ages
Sunday, June 16, 11am – 6pm. All ages

BEERS: The Festival is a celebration of world class beer brewed here in Washington, offering a great variety of craft beer including many NW style hoppy beers, refreshing summer seasonal brews and hard-to-find rarities. Friday, select Washington breweries will be open (40+ breweries) with many offering Friday-exclusive beers. Saturday and Sunday will feature the full 72 brewery lineup with more than 250 beers on tap.

Back this year is the Buzz Cart, a unique beer bar that will tap a special premium kegs at different times each day of the festival.

KIDS: In addition to the spectacular beer selection for dads the Festival offers many activities for the young ones including bouncy toys and a kids’ craft tent where they can make Fathers Day gifts. In addition Washington Beer’s own root beer garden will serve up premium craft root beer brewed by local breweries.

CIDER/WINE: This year’s Cider & Wine Tasting Tent will feature Washington cider makers, a mead maker and a nice selection of wine on tap from Vessel Wine company.

LIVE MUSIC: From funk, alt-country rock to blues, just like the beer selection the Festival’s music lineup also features an eclectic blend of the Northwest musical talents.

FOOD: Fantastic offerings including locally renowned Skillet and other favorite food trucks making for delicious pairings with Washington Beer!

 

 

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