The Washington Beer Commission Presents
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
Ÿ The Workshop at Magnuson Park
Seattle, WA –   The Washington Beer Commission is celebrating its 2nd Annual Belgianfest on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011, at the Workshop at Magnuson Park in Seattle. The event will feature 25 Washington breweries (listed below) showcasing more than 50 unique varieties of Belgian style beer for sampling.

Belgium has a long history of beer making and is arguably one of the most distinguished brewing countries in the world. While there are different theories about what qualifies as a “Belgian” beer, in general the term “Belgian” beer can only be applied to a beer brewed in Belgium. Beers brewed outside Belgium with Belgian yeast and similar recipes are commonly referred to as “Belgian style” beers. The 25 Washington Brewers participating in Belgianfest will challenge themselves to make delicious Belgian style beers using Belgian yeast and adding their own craftsmanship and creativity during the brewing process.

Belgianfest will host two sessions: 12-4pm and 5:30-9:30pm. Admission is $30 advance or $35 at the door and includes a tasting glass and ten 4oz samples. Separate tickets are required for each session. Tickets are available online at www.washingtonbeer.com and at select ticket outlets. Space is limited and the event sold out in 2010. This is a 21+ only event.

Washington Breweries expected to participate in 2011 Belgianfest:
Anacortes Brewery, Baron Brewing, Big Al Brewing, Big Time Brewery, Black Raven Brewing, Boundary Bay Brewery, Der Blokken Brewery, Elliott Bay Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Hale’s Ales Brewery, Issaquah Brewhouse, Naked City Brewery, Odin Brewing, Paradise Creek Brewery, Pike Brewing, Ram Brewery, Redhook Ale Brewery, Scuttlebutt Brewing, Snipes Mountain Brewery, Snoqualmie Falls Brewing, Two Beers Brewing, Lazy Boy  Brewing, and Silver City Brewery.

DATE & HOURS:
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
Session 1: 12-4pm
Session 2: 5:30-9:30pm

LOCATION:
The Workshop at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St., Seattle, WA  98115

PARKING:
Plenty of free parking is available at the event site.

ADMISSION:
$30 advance tickets or $35 at the door (if available)
Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass & ten 4oz tastes

Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only (includes free water/soda)
Must be 21 years old or older and have a valid ID
Tickets are on sale online now at www.washingtonbeer.com and beginning Monday, January 10, at Big Time Brewery, 4133 University Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105 and at Full Throttle Bottles, 5909 Airport Way South, Seattle, WA 98108.

BEERS:
The event will put a spotlight on the fascinating beer culture of Belgium by showcasing more than 50 Belgian style beers by Washington breweries. Featured beer styles include Tripels, Dubbles, Saisons, Wits, Abbeys and Lambics. All the beers will be brewed with Belgian yeast. A complete list of beers and  their descriptions will be available Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

BENEFICIARY:
Belgianfest is a fund raiser for the Washington Beer Commission, the first commission of its kind in the nation. Established in July 2007 the Commission represents all 130+ breweries in Washington State. The Commission’s mission is to ensure that more beer enjoyed in Washington state is made by its own craft brewers, using ingredients from Washington state’s agricultural industry.

Web site: www.washingtonbeer.com