(Seattle, WA)- Washington Brewers Guild will present its annual Washington Cask Beer Festival at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Saturday, March 30. In addition to more than 90 unique cask-conditioned beers this year’s event will offer another approach to enhance guests’ experience and appreciation of craft beer.
The Cask Festival is pleased to present the EBP (Experience Beer Project), an educational seminar series presented by industry experts. During the science fair-style open Q & A sessions the presenters will be stationed at their tables and guests are invited to stop by and ask any questions they like. Then during the scheduled presentation hours each presenter will give a more structured 10 minute presentation on their subjects: Cask 101, draught beer quality/sensory analysis, and beer and food pairings.
EBP (Experience Beer Project) schedule:
12-1pm Open Q&A session
3-4pm Open Q&A session
6-7pm Open Q&A session
8-9pm Open Q&A
Learn the fundamentals of cask-conditioned beer from Airways Brewing’s founder/head brewer Alex Dittmar; what is cask-conditioned beer, how it’s made and served, and how it’s different from regular beer. Sample and compare cask vs. regular versions and see the difference.
Presenter: Alex Dittmar, Founder/Head Brewer, Airways Brewing Co.
Schedule: 1:00pm, 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Draught Beer Quality meets Sensory Analysis
An introduction on what can cause common off flavors in draught beer systems and actual sensory identification for participants. Try some samples and see if you can detect any off flavors.
Presenter: Dave Glor, Pacific Northwest Field Quality Ranger, New Belgium Brewing
Schedule: 1:20pm, 2:20pm & 7:20pm
Beer & Food Pairings
Beer and food pairing guidelines for what works and what doesn’t, and how to plan and execute beer and food pairings for events of different sizes. Cheese samples will be provided to demonstrate pairing tips.
Presenter: Warren Peterson, Chef, Schooner Exact Brewing
Schedule: 1:40pm, 2:40pm & 7:40pm
This year’s beer lineup includes more than 90 unique cask-conditioned beers by dozens of Washington breweries. While most beers are one-off or very limited releases that most guests have never tried before there is one beer that almost everyone is familiar with. Hebert’s Legendary Cask Festival Ale is a collaborative beer that’s brewed every year for the Cask Festival in honor of Bert Grant, an iconic figure in the Northwest craft beer scene who is admired by many brewers and craft beer aficionados alike. This year’s Herbert is a Scottish Ale brewed at Snipes Mountain Brewery based on Bert’s original recipe. The beer will make its debut at two release parties scheduled in Yakima and Seattle. Attendees will not only get to try the beer before anyone else but they will also have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Cask Festival that will be raffled at each release party.