Food & Drink

Washington’s Best Winter Brew Festivals

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For those over 21 who enjoy a great winter ale, there are lots of local events that celebrate craft beers, micro brews, Belgian-style and interesting flavors. Pick one, or more, and head out for a weekend of tasting!

Hoptoberfest
Friday, January 11
State Fair Park
1301 South Fair Avenue
Yakima, WA 98901
509.453.4749
http://www.yakimaagexpo.com

Enjoy seasonal crafted micro beers, domestic beers, wine, dinner, silent auction, raffle, and music. Discover many of Valley’s Microbrewers specialty beers and ales. Sponsored by the American Hop Museum. Call for tickets.

Winterhop Brewfest
Saturday, January 19
Downtown Ellensburg, WA 98926
888.925.2204
http://www.kittitascountychamber.com

Sample microbrews from a variety of breweries in the Northwest. Sampling occurs at a variety of venues throughout Ellensburg’s historic downtown corridor.

Strange Brewfest
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
January 25, 26 and 27
Friday, 7:00pm – midnight
Saturday, 1:00pm – midnight
Sunday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
American Legion Hall
209 Monroe Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
http://www.strangebrewfestpt.com

Brewers from around the region are encouraged to bring ‘strange’ brews that are composed with atypical ingredients, often including fruits, herbs, chocolates, coffees and sometimes, garnishments! These creatively cultivated quaffs are generally available only at this festival. Additionally, the fest always boasts a tremendous musical lineup of funk, soul, and groove. Enjoy a variety of food from local vendors, as well as mischievous entertainers, whom roam the grounds from start to finish. Tickets available online.

Belgianfest
Saturday, February 2
12:00pm – 9:30pm
Bell Harbor International Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66
Seattle, WA 98121
http://www.washingtonbeer.com

Belgianfest highlights the fascinating beer culture of Belgium by showcasing 60+ Belgian-style beers crafted by Washington breweries. Featured beer styles include Tripels, Dubbles, Saisons, Wits, Abbeys and Lambics. All of the beers will be brewed with Belgian yeast. Details and tickets available online.

The Big Beer Festival
Saturday, February 16
4:30pm – 8:30pm
Petrich Marine Dock
1118 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421
http://www.tacomacraftbeerfest.com

Big Beers, Big in Flavor and Big in Character are highlighted at The Big Beer Festival. This new event will surely be one to look forward to annually. Proceeds benefit YWCA Pierce County. Tickets available online.

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