Wa Belgian FestSaturday, January 30, 2016 at Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center
Seattle, WA –  On Saturday, January 30, the Washington Beer Commission will celebrate its 7th Annual Belgianfest beer tasting event. The festival will be held at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center and will feature 40 Washington breweries showcasing more than 100 unique varieties of Belgian style beer.

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 of the unique flavors.

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 44 Washington Breweries participating in 2016 Belgianfest:

American Brewing
Anacortes Brewery
Aslan Brewing
Beardslee Public House
Big Al Brewing
Black Raven Brewing
Boundary Bay Brewery
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
Dru Bru
Elliott Bay Brewing
Elysian Brewing
Engine House No. 9
Fish Brewing
Flying Lion Brewing
Fremont Brewing
Georgetown Brewing
Hilliard’s Beer
Holy Mountain Brewing
Issaquah Brewhouse
Lantern Brewing
McMenamins-Roy Street
Mollusk Restaurant & Brewery
Northwest Brewing
Odin Brewing
Old Ivy Brewery
Paradise Creek Brewery
Postdoc Brewing
Propolis Brewing
Redhook Ale Brewery
Rooftop Brewing
Schooner Exact Brewing
Silver City Brewery
Skookum Brewery
Snipes Mountain Brewing
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing
Sound Brewery
Stoup Brewing
Strong Arm Brewing
Sumerian Brewing
Three Magnets Brewing
Tin Dog Brewing
Triplehorn Brewing
Wander Brewing
Wingman Brewers