It is indeed the season for the Washington Brewers’ Guild Washington Winter Beerfest, my favorite beer festival. Beer is not just to quench your thirst on sunny afternoons or to kick back with sports. Some of my favorite beers are big winter warmers with layers of flavors like spice, fruit, nuts and a myriad of barrel aged influences. Sipping those tasty Washington brews in a be-ribboned winter wonderland, surrounded by ugly Christmas sweaters at the Winter Beerfest, is the traditional and beloved beginning to my winter holidays.

The 2017 Washington Winterfest takes place in building 30 at Magnuson Park on December 1st & 2nd. Choose between three fun and festive sessions:

  • Friday night Winter Beerfest 2016

    Friday night Winter Beerfest 2016

    Friday night (5:30-9:30pm) is twinkling with bright lights and usually some Friday only pours. Being Friday night and all of the traffic and fatigue that can represent, this is usually the least crowded. You can hear each other talk and are less likely to spill your beer while walking through a throng of beer lovers.  Also, this the best time to catch up with your favorite brewer.

  • Two Beers Winter Beerfest 2016

    Two Beers Winter Beerfest 2016

    Saturday afternoon session (12:00-4pm) often sells out first and is a favorite of beer geeks. Daylight lessens the magical impact of the holiday lights and decor but frees up your Saturday night for more festivities.

  • Saturday night (5:30-9:30pm) is a big party of a lot of festive Washington beer lovers.  Holiday lights shine brightly in the evening darkness, creating a cheery party environment. You will be rubbing elbows with lots of Santa hats, reindeer antlers and ugly sweaters as you navigate the packed crowd to your next beer. Saturday evening always sells out.

Seasonal favorite: Fremont Brewing B-BombThis holiday beer fest celebrates the creativity of Washington breweries. Over 50 Washington breweries will be bringing a huge variety of beers  for your tasting pleasure. Here are just a few of the beers you can expect:  Brewing Pecan Porter, Splinters Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Scotch, Choco-Candy Cane Rise & Grind Stout, Chainline Cerné,  Cranberry Spiced Oatstanding, Dirty Mo’s Hot Apple Sour, 2017 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star,  All Spruced Up Winter Ale,  Eggnogen-Weizen,  High Camp Winter IPA, Cranberry Kölsch Radler and  Check Czech Pilsner. Check out the entire list of 2017 Winter Beer Festival Beer Descriptions.

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Beer at the Washington Winter Beerfest isn’t the only outlet for brewer creativity. Although there is fierce competition to win the coveted Peoples’ Choice award for favorite beer, brewers can go a little crazy when it comes to the booth holiday decorating contest. Expect to see lots of Santas but the Game of Thrones Iron Throne, Discotheques (complete with mirror ball) and cloth laden altars have pushed the boundaries in past years.

Washington Breweries pouring at Winter Beerfest 2017 here.

192 Brewing

20 Corners Brewing

7 Seas Brewing

Anacortes Brewery

Aslan Brewing

Bale Breaker Brewing

Beardslee Public House

Black Raven Brewing

Chainline Brewing

Cloudburst Brewing

Counterbalance Brewing

Crucible Brewing

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing

Dirty Bucket Brewing

Downpour Brewing

Dru Bru

Fish Brewing

Floating Bridge Brewing

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery

Fremont Brewing

Geaux Brewing

Georgetown Brewing

Ghostfish Brewing

Hale’s Ales

Hellbent Brewing

Hop Nation Brewing

Icicle Brewing

Jellyfish Brewing

Lake Stevens Brewing

Lowercase Brewing

Mac & Jack’s Brewing


Mollusk Brewing

No-Li Brewhouse

Old Stove Brewing

Optimism Brewing

Port Townsend Brewing

Postdoc Brewing

Rainy Daze Brewing

Ram Restaurant & Brewery

Ravenna Brewing

Rooftop Brewing

Schooner EXACT

Silver City Brewery

Slaughter County Brewing

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing

Stoup Brewing

Triplehorn Brewing

Watts Brewing

Wet Coast Brewing

Washington Winter Beer & more

In addition to hundreds of Washington beers to choose from,  tasty food treats will also be available for purchase:

Take advantage of the food offerings. Many of these beers have a high alcohol content, this is nor a time to drink on an empty stomach.

Admission to the Washington Winter Beerfest includes a souvenir glass and eight (5oz) drink tokens. WABL members will receive two extra beer tokens, if they present their member passports. Additional drink tokens will be available for $2 each.

Washington Brewers Guild Winter Beerfest 2017


Friday, December 1st, 2017

1st Session: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

2nd Session: Noon-4pm

3rd Session: 5:30pm-9:30pm


Hangar 30 at Warren G. Magnuson Park

7400 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle, WA 98115


Advance tickets available now!

$30 advance/$35 at the door (while supplies last)

Admission includes a tasting glass and eight 5oz beer tastes.

Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only.

21 and over only.