Its Winter Beer time and one of my favorite beer festivals: Winter Beer Fest 2016 December 2-3, 2016 at Magnuson Park by the Washington Brewers Guild. Beer is NOT just for summer time and if you had any doubt, over 50 Washington breweries at the Winter Beer Fest will change your mind with big, bold and flavorful beers that you will want to snuggle up with.

Snipes Mountain Terror Rye

Snipes Mountain Terror Rye

The Winter Beer Fest is a holiday tasting event celebrating the craft and creativity of Washington brewers. Towards the end of each beer fest session, you will be asked to submit your vote for the People’s Choice for your favorite beer. Brewers take the honor of winning pretty seriously, so expect to sample some really tasty dark malty stouts, robust winter warmers, barrel-aged beauties and other unique beers.

UPDATE:  Check out the 180 different and delicious Washington beers that will be on tap over the weekend! 2016-winter-beer-festival-beer-descriptions here. 

Naked City Santa Don Webb & Elf wife Janet

Naked City Santa Don Webb & Elf wife Janet

Brewer creativity does not even begin to end with their beers. The competition continues with booth decoration. Each year they will try to out do each other with weird, wild and/or whimsical decoration and costumes. Unfortunately, the lights are usually dim and when the festival was at Hale’s Palladium, too crowded for me to get pictures deserving of the booths. You are just going to have to trust me that Bill Jenkins as Jack Frost was truly inspired!

Showing off Ugly Christmas at Winter Beer Fest

Showing off Ugly Christmas at Winter Beer Fest

Don’t let the brewers and their staff have all the fun.  Please feel free to wear your ugly sweaters, sparkly snowflake earrings, Santa hats, elf shoes or whatever puts you in the festive spirit!

Having fun at Winter Beer Fest 2013

Having fun at Winter Beer Fest 2013

Admission tickets to the Winter Beer Fest cost $30 in advance or $35 at door (until sold out) and benefits the Washington Brewers Guild. Your ticket includes a souvenir tasting glass and 8 tasting tokens. Are you an official Washington beer lover (WABL member)? Bring your current passport to receive 2 extra tasting tokens. Additional tasting tokens will available for purchase at $2 each. Designated Driver tickets are only available at the door. They sell for $5 and include free soda/water.

Food available to purchase at Winter Beer Fest

  • Nosh Food Truck
  • Woodshop BBQ Food Truck
  • Wood Fired Pizza
  • Fresh Oysters
  • Brewmasters Bakery
taxi cab

Don’t Drink and Drive

These winter beers tend to be strong beers, quite a few will top 10 ABV. Keeping food in your belly is a good idea, as is a designated driver. The parking at Magnuson Park by Hanger 30 is limited so carpooling is another consideration. The Metro #75 conveniently stops right outside the park entrance. Car service and taxi are other options. Enjoy your delicious Washington beer and get home safely!

Winter Beer Fest

Washington Brewers Guild LogoFriday, December 2nd, 2016 1st Session: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 2nd Session: Noon-4pm

3rd Session: 5:30pm-9:30pm


Advance tickets available online for $30. If not sold out, tickets will be $35 at the door. This event benefits the Washington Brewers’Guild.

LOCATION Hangar 30

Warren G. Magnuson Park

7400 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle, WA 98115

This is 21 and over event ONLY