By Kristen Star
Photo by Bernt Rostad
It’s almost here; my favorite event of the Holiday season. Just thinking about it makes me giddy with anticipation, like a little kid waiting for Christmas morning. It’s the 2012 Winter Beer Fest!
Featuring 30+ Northwest breweries at Hale’s Palladium, this event is the perfect mix of beer and holiday cheer. There you’ll find brewery displays decked out in snowflakes and miniature holiday scenes, brewers in Santa hats and beers with names like ‘Cozy Sweater’ (brewed with lactose and vanilla so it tastes like a milkshake). Could there be anything more awesome? Yes, there could because Theo Chocolate will also be there with beer and chocolate pairings.
As a Washington Beer Lover (WABL) member and the daughter of an actual brewer, I have been to and poured at a lot of Washington Beer Commission events. Belgianfest and the Washington Brewers Festival are some favorites, but the Winter Beer Fest is the best by far. There’s just something about being packed in a cold and cheerful warehouse with a bunch of friends in puffy down jackets, drinking a chocolaty stout or a barrel-aged winter warmer that screams, “’tis the Season!”
If you’d like to experience this joy for yourself, the event happens next weekend, 12/7 and 12/8. Advance tickets are available here, which I would recommend to avoid lines. If you don’t have time next weekend but are still interested in finding some frosty-mugged fun, there are some great beer tours happening around Seattle.
Evergreen Escapes’ Brews and Bulbs Tour combines beer tasting with a tour of dazzling Seattle neighborhoods, all lit up for the season. Road Dogs Seattle Brewery Tours also offers entertaining options, with private or group brewery and distillery tours. These tours are a fantastic option if you’re looking for a jolly good time with your friends and family, because you can leave the driving to others (remember, winter beers often have a higher alcohol percentage). You may even learn some things about Washington micro brews on the way.
Hoppy Holidays, everyone!
Enjoying Winter Beer Fest 2010 & Rudolph