Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 Washington Cask Beer Festival - Saturday, March 19, 2016

Courtesy of Washington Brewers Guild
The Washington Brewers Guild presents
Saturday, March 19, 2016  I  Noon- 4pm & 6-10pm  I  Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

(Seattle, WA) February 4, 2016- The Washington Brewers Guild will present its annual Washington Cask Beer Festival on Saturday, March 19 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. This year marks its 17th year for this long-running cask beer celebration and the event will once again offer an opportunity to sample a wide variety of cask-conditioned beers.

The festival will feature 44 Guild member breweries and this year's lineup includes many first timers who will be making their Cask Fest debut including Old Stove Brewery, Cloudburst Brewing, and Dirty Bucket Brewery while there are plenty of veteran breweries as well including Redhook Brewery who will make an appearance after a few years of hiatus. It is an encouraging sign that breweries new and established from all over the State from Eastsound to Stevenson and Pullman are making cask-conditioned beer and keeping the tradition alive for the next generation of beer drinkers.

Washington Cask Beer Festival was started in 2000 by a handful of local brewers who wanted to preserve the centuries old brewing tradition here in Washington while raising money for the organization that helps protect their industry. Since its inception the event has become a prominent advocate for cask-conditioned beer by encouraging local breweries to learn how to cask and exposing younger beer drinkers to the artistry of cask-conditioned beer.

Festival patrons can also feel good about attending the Cask Festival because every ticket purchase will directly benefit the Washington Brewers Guild, a non-profit dedicated to advancing the interest of the Washington craft beer industry and strengthening the community of brewers. The Guild works with policymakers in Olympia and Washington DC to ensure equal access to market for small brewers, which equals more choice for craft beer consumers. During the current legislative session the Guild introduced bills that would create a special private events permit that would give breweries a new means to engage Washington craft beer consumers and expand their sales opportunities.

The Cask Festival will host two sessions, from noon to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm on Saturday, March 19. Admission is $40 in advance or $45 at the door if tickets are still available. Separate tickets are required for each session. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and up to 25 sample tastes. Tickets are available online at This is a 21-and-over-only event.

2016 Washington Cask Beer Festival
Participating Breweries (Subject change)

7 Seas Brewing- Gig Harbor
American Brewing- Edmonds
Anacortes Brewery- Anacortes
Bainbridge Island Brewing- Bainbridge Island
Beardslee Public House- Bothell
Bellevue Brewing- Bellevue
Big Time Brewery- Seattle
Black Raven Brewing- Redmond
Boundary Bay Brewery- Bellingham
Cloudburst Brewing- Seattle
Diamond Knot Brewing- Mukilteo
Dirty Bucket Brewery- Woodinville
Elliott Bay Brewing- Seattle/Burien
Elysian Brewing- Seattle
Fish Brewing- Olympia
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery- Seattle
Fremont Brewing- Seattle
Georgetown Brewing- Seattle
Hale's Ales Brewery- Seattle
Harmon Brewing- Tacoma
Hellbent Brewing- Seattle
Hi-Fi Brewing- Redmond
Island Hoppin' Brewery- Eastsound
Mac & Jack's Brewing- Redmond
Machine House Brewery- Seattle
Maritime Pacific Brewing- Seattle
McMenamins- Seattle
Mollusk Brewery- Seattle
Naked City Brewery- Seattle
North Sound Brewing- Mount Vernon
NW Peaks Brewery- Seattle
Odin Brewing- Tukwila
Old Stove Brewing- Seattle
Paradise Creek Brewery- Pullman
Pike Brewing- Seattle
Postdoc Brewing- Redmond
Rainy Daze Brewing- Silverdale
Ram Restaurant & Brewery- Seattle
Redhook Brewery- Woodinville
Rooftop Brewing- Seattle
Schooner Exact Brewing- Seattle
Silver City Brewery- Silverdale/Bremerton
Two Beers Brewing- Seattle
Walking Man Brewing- Stevenson

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Session 1: 12-4pm
Session 2: 6-10pm
Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins. Taps close 30 minutes before each session ends. 

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
299 Mercer St., Seattle, WA  98109

$40 advance tickets or $45 at the door, if still available
Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and up to 25 sample tastes. 
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only. 
Separate ticket required for each session. 
21 and over only. Non-refundable. No dogs allowed. 

Ticket are on sale online at This event may sell out so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. 

Washington Cask Beer Festival is a major highlight of the Pacific Northwest beer festival scene. It's a rare opportunity to sample over 100 mostly exclusive or limited release cask-conditioned beers from 40+ Washington breweries. To stay true to the tradition of cask-conditioned beer the Festival requires brewers to naturally condition the beer in a firkin or other vessels without artificially introducing CO2. All beers will be poured by gravity or via a beer engine and the result is smooth ale with a thick creamy head that brings out subtle, nuanced flavors. 

Also featured at the event is the Herbert's Legendary Cask Festival Ale, a special cask beer brewed collectively by Washington brewers in honor of Bert Grant, a legendary Washington Beer icon. This year's Herbert's will be brewed at Mollusk Brewery in Seattle. 

Athena's Food Truck-- Greek gyros and falafels
Brave Horse Tavern-- house-made pretzels and mustards
Brewmaster's Bakery-- granola and other baked goods made with spent grain from breweries
Dante's Inferno Dogs-- assortment of hot dogs
Mt. Townsend Creamery-- artisan cheese and salami skewers
Sockeye Catering-- Fresh local oysters

Washington Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community of Washington State brewers, advance their common interests through the legislative process and promote the quality and value of their beers.


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