Washington Cask Beer Festival – Tickets On Sale

This may seem like an early, distant warning, and we still need to maintain focus on Strange Brewfest and Belgianfest, but I should remind you that this event sells out. The Washington Brewers Guild presents the wildly popular Washington Cask Beer Festival. (complete info below.) The event takes place on Saturday, March 30th at Seattle Center.  Tickets are now on sale and the countdown has begun. There are two sessions. The afternoon session (noon – 4:00) will sell out first. Tickets are available via the Guild’s website or at select offline locations (visit the website for details).

This year the event has moved to a new location. Still at Seattle Center, but no longer at Fisher Pavilion, The Exhibition Hall is the new home of the Washington Cask Fest. The Exhibition Hall is located on Mercer Street, downstairs below the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Unless I’m mistaken, it is larger than the Fisher Pavilion.

Most of you beer geeks don’t need me to give you details about this one. You’re probably licking your lips already. Suffice it to say that the cask-conditioned offerings of Cask Fest represent some of Washington’s most interesting, creative and delicious beers. All of it poured the way God intended: pushed by gravity and not gas.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Washington Brewers Guild. The mission of the guild is to protect the interests of the Washington brewing industry in matters of politics and policy. Note that the Washington Brewers Guild is different from the Washington Beer Commission, which benefits from most of the big beer festivals around here. They are both worthy and deserve your support, but they have different missions.

Check out our post from last year’s Cask Fest.

The Washington Brewers Guild presents


Saturday March 30, 2012,   12-4pm & 6-10pm, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

(Seattle, WA) January 15, 2013- The Washington Brewers Guild presents 2013 Washington Cask Beer Festival at its new venue, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Saturday, March 30. Over the years the Cask Festival gained a cult-like following among craft beer aficionados in the region and consistently sold out at its previous venue. In an effort to accommodate more guests and showcase Washington brewers’ exceptional talent to a larger audience this year the event is moving to the spacious Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. The success of the event is a powerful indication that more and more consumers are learning to appreciate the artistry of cask-conditioned beer and embrace its richer, complex flavors.

2013 Washington Cask Beer Festival


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Session 1: 12-4 pm

Session 2: 6-10 pm

Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins.


Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA  98109


$40 advance tickets or $45 at the door, if still available

Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and up to 25 sample tastes.

Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only.

Separate ticket required for each session.

21 and over only.

Tickets are on sale online at and at select outlets; 99 Bottles (Federal Way), Bottleworks (Seattle), Full Throttle Bottles (Seattle), and Malt & Vine (Redmond)


Washington Cask Beer Festival is a major highlight of the Pacific Northwest beer festival scene. The event features one-of-a-kind handcrafted cask-conditioned beers from over 40 Washington breweries. To stay true to the tradition of cask-conditioned beer the Festival requires brewers to naturally condition the beer in a firkin or other vessels without artificially introducing CO2. Poured by gravity the result is smooth ale with a thick creamy head that brings out subtle, nuanced flavors.

Also featured at the event is the Herbert’s Legendary Cask Festival Ale, a special cask beer brewed collectively by the Washington brewers in memory of Bert Grant, a legendary Washington beer icon. This year’s Herbert’s will be brewed at Snipes Mountain Brewery in Sunnyside in collaboration with other Central Washington area breweries. Herbert’s will be available at the Cask Festival as well as select pubs prior to the event.


Washington Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community of Washington State brewers, advance their common interests through the legislative process and promote the quality and value of their beers.


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