The Washington Beer Commission is sponsoring a new beer festival, the Washington Beer Collaboration Festival. this weekend at South Lake Union  April 22-23, 2016 featuring beers made by two different breweries.  In addition to these special Washington collaboration beers, you can expect to see some flagship beers from each brewery as well as the occasional seasonal surprise.

Besides quality, Washington Brewers are know for their creativity. You know how creative they can get within their own brewery. Imagine what can happen when you get two brewers together over a couple of pints of beer…

  • Salvador Sour Saison – A kettle-soured saison
  •  Basil Saison – Farmhouse-style Saison brewed with fresh Basil
  • “Split Personality” Bourbon Banana Chocolate-Vanilla Stout  -A hybrid between a German wheat and American stout. Liberal use of chocolate malt and roasted barley set the foundation for the classic banana flavors produced by the German yeast. Vanilla beans steeped in bourbon are the proverbial “cherry on top.” Served with Bluebird Ice Cream as a float
  • Creature from the Bog – Greenwood Gruit Brewed with the kinds of growing things that might have been gathered from the giant bog that Greenwood once was and at times still is, including peat, juniper branches, dandelions, rose hips, and perhaps other undisclosed, plant-derived material
  • Big Dumb Face Session Triple IPA – Loads of Lemon Drop, Chinook and Mosaic bellow huge fruity, dank, lemon cake and resin aroma and flavor.

Washington Beer LogoActually lots of things can happen when brewers drink together  (but that is a whole lot of other stories for another time) and collaboration beers in themselves are not new. Brewers have been getting together for years to share ideas, inspire each other and often brew together in honor of something or somebody like the annual collaboration brewing of Bert Grant’s Herbert’s Legendary Cask Ale for Cask Fest. What is NEW and exciting is that this is the first time that the Washington Beer Commission has brought brewers, from across the state, to showcase those collaborations in a single weekend. Here is a list of the brewery pairings that worked on their special Washington collaboration beers:

Anacortes Brewery + Menace Brewing
Aslan Brewing + The North Fork Brewery
Bale Breaker Brewing + Reuben’s Brews
Backwoods Brewing + Ashtown Brewing
Boundary Bay Brewery + Farmstrong Brewing
Brickyard Brewing + Spinnaker Bay Brewing
Cash Brewing + Valhöll Brewing
Chuckanut Brewery + Red Hook Brewery
Cloudburst Brewing + Stoup Breweing
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing + Scuttlebutt Craft Brewing
Elysian Brewing + Bluebird Microcreamery & Brewery
Fish Brewing  + Top Rung Brewing
Flying Bike Coop + Lantern Brewing
Ghostfish Brewing + Seattle Cider
Georgetown Brewing + Two Beers Brewing
Hilliard’s Beer + Wander Brewing
Iron Goat Brewing + Everybody’s Brewing
Lazy Boy Brewing + Naked City Brewing
Maritime Pacific Brewing + Roslyn Brewing
Postdoc Brewing + Resonate Brewery
Seapine Brewing  + Standard Brewing
Silver City Brewery + Sound Brewery
Rooftop Brewing + Lowercase Brewing
Three Magnets Brewing  + Triceratops Brewing
Whitewall Brewing + Skookum Brewery

A complete list of the collaboration beers and the other beers that the breweries are bringing is available here.

Fifty Washington breweries, 25 great collaboration beers and  a bunch of flagship and seasonal brews will quench your thirst. Four food trucks will be there to tempt you when the hunger pains come calling: Bread & CircusesLumpia WorldNosh, & Woodshop BBQ , The Washington Beer Collaboration Festival is divided into two sessions. A separate ticket is required for each session. Admission grants you a souvenir tasting glass and 8 tasting tokens. Each taste is 4 oz and additional tokens are available for purchase.  WABL members will receive two additional tokens by showing their current passport and are eligible to taste the special beer brewed for WABL members.

sunscreenThe Washington Beer Collaboration Festival is a 21 and over event. No matter how cute your baby is or how well behaved your toddler is, they get to stay home this time. Its an adults only event. The beer festival is outdoors but please leave your dog at home. Only service dogs that have been specifically trained to mitigate their handler’s disability will be allowed entry. The Washington Beer Collaboration Festival is an “outdoor tented event” so plan for some cover but also plan for Seattle weather be that sunscreen or umbrella or both!

The Washington Beer Commission encourages you to designate a driver or take public transportation.

Taxi Service:
Yellow Cab (206) 622-6500
Orange Cab (206) 522-8800

Public Transportation and Directions to South Lake Union

Washington Collaboration Beer Festival

Washington Beer Collaboration FestivalApril 22-23, 2016

  • Friday – 4:30 to 8:30pm
  • Saturday – 12:00pm to 6:00pm

South Lake Union Discovery Center lawn (101 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, 98109)

Tickets are $30 online or $35 at the gate. Designated driver tickets are $5 and only available at the gate. Designated driver tickets include free pop and water.