Belgianfest: Belgian style beers crafted by Washington Brewmasters

The Washington Beer Commission is proud to present the Belgiumfest 2010, on January 23. This new brewfest will highlight our Washington brewmasters skill and creativity in crafting Belgian style beers. Not exactly sure what a Belgian style beer is? No worries! Stu Stuart of Beglian Beer Me has a great tutorial on the diversity of Belgian beers at the Belgianfest web site. Some of the major differences in Belgian style beers lie in the diversity of ingredients used to craft these brews, bottle conditioning and the use of wood casks. Those are some of elements that I find so intriguing about Belgian style beers.

The “official” beer list has not been released yet, but the Washington Beer Blog has a sneak peak of some of the beers expected at the Belgianfest. I am really excited to see Black Raven Brewery‘s  Pour les Oiseaux (Viognier Barrel Aged Saison) and Pike Brewery’s  Tripel Kreik on the list. I first tried the Pour les Oiseaux at Brouwer’s Cafe Big Wood Festival. The Pour les Oiseaux was a big hit with the drinkers at the tables surrounding my own and I am eagerly anticipating Ed’s reaction to this beer. The Pike’s Triple Kreik I fell in love with at the Pike Brewery’s 20th Anniversary party. When I wrote up the Kriek, I was lamenting the fact that it wasn’t going to be tapped again until Sour Beer Night next May during Seattle Beer Week. Happy indeed  am I that I don’t have to wait until May to sip some of this delicious sour cherry beer! Lots of new beers to try as at the Belgianfest. WABL members will be able to taste a special WABL only  beer, brewed exclusively for WABL members. The brew is top secret and the final blend won’t even be determined until right before the event.

In addition to the two sessions of beer tastings on January 23rd, there will be a Belgian Beer Dinner at the Corson Building. Dinner details are still being finalized but we will keep you updated.

The Details

Saturday, January 23, 2010
Session 1: 12-4pm
Session 2: 6-10pm

The Engine Room @ Georgetown Studios
5890 Airport Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108

$30 advance tickets
$35 at the door
Separate tickets required for each session
Admission includes a tasting glass and ten 4oz tastes
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only
We accept cash and check only at the door
21+ only

Space is limited- Order your tickets early!
Tickets are available online and at ticket outlets.

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