Washington Beer Commission to Host 5th Annual Belgianfest in February

Seattle, WA – On February 1st, 2014, the Washington Beer Commission will celebrate its 5th 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 42 Washington breweries showcasing more than 90 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.

Popular Belgian beer styles include Lambics, Witbiers, Dubbels, Tripels and Saisons. The key thing 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 42 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 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 42 Washington Breweries participating in 2014 Belgianfest:

7 Seas Brewing Gig Harbor
Anacortes Brewery Anacortes
Big Time Brewing Seattle
Black Raven Brewing Redmond
Boundary Bay Brewery Bellingham
Der Blokken Brewery Bremerton
Dicks Brewing Centralia
Duvall Springs Brewing Duvall
E9 Brewery Tacoma
Elysian Brewing Seattle
Epic Ales Seattle
Fremont Brewing Seattle
Georgetown Brewery Seattle
Hale’s Ales Seattle
Issaquah Brewhouse Issaquah
Kulshan Brewing Bellingham
Lantern Brewing Seattle
Lazy Boy Brewing Everett
Loowit Brewing Vancouver
McMenamin’s Seattle
New Belgium Brewing Seattle
Odin Brewing Seattle
Paradise Creek Brewery Pullman
Peddler Brewing Seattle
Propolis Brewing Port Townsend
Rainy Daze Brewing Silverdale
Ramblin’ Road Brewery Spokane
Redhook Brewery Woodinville
Reuben’s Brews Seattle
Scuttlebutt Brewing Everett
Seapine Brewing Seattle
Silver City Brewery Bremerton
Snipes Mountain Brewing Sunnyside
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Snoqualmie
Sound Brewery Poulsbo
Stoup Brewing Seattle
Strong Arm Brewing Renton
Triplehorn Brewing Woodinville
Urban Family Brewing Seattle
Valholl Brewing Poulsbo
Wingman Brewers Tacoma
Yakima Craft Brewing Yakima