Earlier this week the Washington Beer Commission released the beer list for this year’s Belgianfest beer event, happening February 4. If Belgian-style beer is your bag, and for some reason you weren’t already counting the days until next Saturday, this roster should banish your ambivalence.
The list currently boasts 32 breweries from around the state pouring more than 70 beers, from saisons to sours. Some participants, like Poulsbo’s Sound Brewery, produce Belgian-style beers all year ‘round (love both the name and the taste of their Dubbel Entendre). But for other breweries, this fest is a chance to get creative with specially concocted wits, saisons, or various big, boozy, biscuit-tasting beers. Other brewers put a Belgian spin on familiar styles like IPAs.
Washington Beer Blog’s Kendall Jones also notes that next weekend is also a rare chance for Seattleites to sample the wares of Engine House No. 9 brewery, which rarely dispatches its beer beyond its Tacoma brewpub.
It’s only the third year for this gathering of Washington brewers, each brandishing their own version(s) of Belgium’s mighty beers. The last two years sold out so rapidly that organizers moved this shindig from Magnuson Park to the larger Bell Harbor space on Pier 66. I still say waiting until the day of to buy tickets is a risky proposition (plus they cost $5 more at the door). Get ‘em online for $30 for either the afternoon or evening sessions.