Wa Belgian FestSaturday, January 31, 2015 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center

Seattle, WA –  On Saturday, January 31, the Washington Beer Commission will celebrate its 6th Annual Belgianfest beer tasting event. The festival will be held on Seattle’s waterfront at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center (Pier 66) and will feature 40 Washington breweries showcasing more than 90 unique varieties of Belgian style beer. This event is the day before Super Bowl Sunday and serves as a great way to get warmed up for the big game the next day. Go Seahawks!

Belgian beer has an interesting history, with clear origins in the Belgian abbeys of the Middle Ages. First brewed by monks, it was a way to remain industrious and earn income for the abbey. Little did they know they were crafting beer unlike anywhere else in the world, with distinct, recognizable tastes such as citrus, vanilla and cloves to name just a few.

Popular Belgian beer styles include Lambics, Witbiers, Dubbels, Tripels and Saisons. The key ingredient that differentiates Belgian beer is its yeast. Though many of the other ingredients remain the same, Belgian yeast creates flavors and aromas that no other strain can. The 40 Washington brewers participating in Belgianfest will be using Belgian yeast, along with their creativity to craft delicious Belgian style beers.

Belgianfest will host two separate sessions: Noon-4pm and 5:30-9:30pm. Admission is $35 in advance or $40 at the door and includes a tasting glass and ten, 4oz samples. Separate tickets are required for each session. Tickets are available online now at washingtonbeer.com

The 40 Washington Breweries participating in 2015 Belgianfest:
American Brewing                  Edmonds
Anacortes Brewery                 Anacortes
Big Al Brewing                        Seattle
Der Blokken Brewery              Bremerton
Dick’s Brewing                        Centralia
Elliott Bay Brewing                 Burien
Elysian Brewing                      Seattle
Fish Brewing                           Seattle
Fremont Brewing                    Seattle
Gallagher’s Where U Brew     Edmonds
Georgetown Brewing              Seattle
Hale’s Ales                              Seattle
Hilliard’s Beer                         Seattle
Holy Mountain Brewing          Seattle
Lantern Brewing                     Seattle
McMenamin’s                         Seattle
Menace Brewing                    Bellingham
Odin Brewing                          Tukwila
Paradise Creek Brewer           Pullman
Peddler Brewing                     Seattle
Pike Brewing                           Seattle
Propolis Brewing                     Port Townsend
Pyramid Breweries                 Seattle
Rainy Daze Brewing                Silverdale
Ram Brewery                          Seattle/Tacoma
Ramblin’ Road                        Spokane
Redhook Brewery                   Woodinville
Schooner EXACT                      Seattle
Scuttlebutt Brewing                Everett
Silver City Brewery                 Bremerton
Snipes Mountain Brewing       Sunnyside
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing      Snoqualmie
Sound Brewery                        Poulsbo
Strong Arm Brewing               Renton
Three Magnets Brewing         Olympia
Tin Dog Brewing                     Seattle
Triplehorn Brewing                 Woodinville
Wander Brewing                     Bellingham
Wingman Brewers                  Tacoma
Yakima Craft Brewing            Yakima