Seattle International Beer Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow – Beer Picks & Details

July 1st, 2010 · 11 Comments · California Beer, Events, Oregon Breweries, Washington Breweries

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I still remember the first year that I had the pleasure of going to the Seattle International Beer Festival (SIB) back in 2006. That year saw a sharp increase in my beer-geekiness, and my trip to SIB was one of the highlights of the year. Most beer festivals focus exclusively on draft beer, often from local and regional breweries. The goal of SIB is to bring in great beers from around the world, both on draft and in bottles, as well as some treats from around the region. That first year I was amazed at some of the things that I was able to sample for sometimes just a single token.

This year’s festival features more than 150 world-class beers from over 15 countries. About half of the beers are on draft and many can be had for just a single ticket. Much of what they have available in bottles are expensive beers that might cost you upwards of $15/bottle to buy in a store. These might cost you more than a single ticket, but it is a great chance to try these beers without having to buy the entire bottle.

The full beer list can be found here, and I’ve called out a few suggestions on what to target below. Many of the beers available have a very high alcohol content, so please drink responsibly and don’t drive.

Friday, July 2 from 12pm to 10pm
Saturday, July 3 from 12pm to 10pm
Sunday, July 4 from 12pm to 9pm

The Mural Amphitheater at Seattle Center. Right under the Space Needle.

$25 at the gate or $20 online. Entry includes a tasting glass and 10 beer tickets. All beer samples are 4oz servings and cost 1 to 6 tickets, depending on the what it cost the organizers to buy the particular beer. Extra tickets are available for $1 each.

Other Details:
The event is 21+ only. There will be food on-site and bands throughout the weekend. As for most festivals, it could get busy and I’d suggest going early.

Beer Suggestions:
Flyer’s Kentucky Uberwine (10.5% ABV) – Made exclusively for Über Tavern in Seattle, this barley wine is bourbon/oak aged using American Oak & Bookers Cask Strength Single Barrel Bourbon.

Walking Man Jaywalker Imperial Stout (12.3% ABV) – Liquid crack for Imperial Stout aficionados. This Stevenson, Washington brewery rarely sends kegs of this gem outside of their taproom, so enjoy.

Firestone Walker Parabola (11.0% ABV) – The first-ever bottling of this rare Imperial Stout from the well-regarded California brewery. It’s complex and thick, and oh so good.

Laurelwood Workhorse IPA (7.5% ABV) – If you still haven’t tried this outstanding IPA from the Oregon brewery, what are you waiting for? This will be on draft.

New Belgium La Folie (6.0% ABV) – This festival is perfect for trying out new styles you aren’t familiar with. If you are new to sours, give this one a try. It’s one of the best American-made examples of the style available. It’s intensely sour, and if it is too much for you try the Duchesse de Bourgogne instead, which has a nice sweetness to balance out the sour flavors.

I could go on and on highlighting beers, but I’ll stop there. You can always buy extra tickets for just $1 if you too can’t decide what to drink.


11 Comments so far ↓

  • Brian

    please go on highlighting! i wouldn’t mind some advice on the foreign stuff for after i finish pulling taps tomorrow.

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  • Patrick

    Not sure why they’re calling it SIB, I like the sound of SIBF much better.
    Here are some more recommendations (mostly local, since that’s what I know best):
    DFH 120 Min + World Wide Stout on Sunday at 1pm. (get in line early)
    Deschutes Super Jubelale
    Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale
    Chatoe Rogue OREgasmic – this is similar to their First Growth Single Malt Ale, which is the most amazingly fresh and clean tasting pale ale I’ve ever had.

  • Lucas

    You have just added some targets for me to find during my time there tomorrow . . . essentially landing in Seattle and heading straight there for what will be some much needed refreshment!

  • Suzy

    after looking detail I kind of wish I was going instead of splitting town tomorrow

    two yummy saisons not available locally….De Ranke HOP Flower Power & Jandrain-Jandrenouille IV

    not Lupulus, but this is great one too….Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum

    Rieder Urecht and Tuatara Pilsener for the Bohemian Pilsener fans

    sour/lambics….De Ranke Cuvée De Ranke and Cantillon Iris

    impy stouts for nice summer drinking….Haandbryggeriet Odin’s Tipple, Mikkeller Black Hole (Bourbon Barrel), Mikkeller Texas Ranger

    plus Cascade mystery beers of course – Jelly Roll (confirmed) and maybe Noyeaux or Bourbonic?

  • Dean Ruffner

    Outstanding recommendations.

  • Tim Nichols

    The Mikkeller beers are not to be passed up! Also will drink ANYTHING from Cantillon.

  • Ben

    Both of the beers being offered by Lompoc were excellent, as were both of the choices from Ninkassi.

    If there’s any left, the Parabola is amazing. One of the best stout’s I’ve ever had. Very unique in its blend of the alcohol, sweetness, and added flavors.

    The name should attract you already, but I also highly enjoyed the Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Stout (wish I could of tried the Bacon-flavored one!).

  • Pat

    sweet, another seattle beerfest where young families are not welcome

  • Charpy

    The Seattle International Beerfest is in it’s 9th year. I’ve been to every one. Here are the photos to prove it.

  • Mike

    How come I never heard about this until Monday?

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