Now that the WA Brewers Festival is a wrap after the fun this past weekend, the next big festival of the year is quickly approaching. The Seattle International Beer Festival (SIB) will take place at the Seattle Center Fisher Lawn & Pavilion from Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12. While most Seattle-area beer festivals focus on local beers, SIB brings in some great beers from all over the world, in addition to some of the best the NW has to offer. This year’s festival will feature at least 220 beers, both on draft and poured from bottles.
The best way to experience SIB might be to volunteer for a shift pouring beers. It’s easy and fun, and you’ll earn yourself free entry to the fest for your help. Check out the volunteer page on the website for more info and how to sign up.
There are always quite a few gems at this fest, and this year is no exception. You can check out the full list of beers here, and I’ll put up a target list in the week leading up to the fest. Be careful; many of these beers are high alcohol and will catch up to you. I highly suggest taking public transportation, which shouldn’t be an issue due to its central location.
Tickets are $25 online, or $30 at the gate (cash only) and include 10 beer tickets and a SIB glass. Or, you can get the “Big Deal” online, which for $45 includes 40 beer tickets total. You can revisit all weekend without an additional entry cost. Beers will “cost” you between 1 and 7 tickets, depending on how expensive the particular beer was for the organizers to procure. There will be many bottled beers available that cost upwards of $20 or even $30 per bottle, and SIB is a great chance to try those without throwing down $ for a whole bottle. There are always plenty of interesting beers available for 1 ticket, so you can stick to those if you prefer.