The 15th Annual Winter Beer Festival in Seattle features 42 Washington breweries pouring 142 different beers. Befitting the coming season, the beers range from rich and robust winter warmers to barrel-aged masterpieces, from chocolate stouts to coffee-infused gems. Below, we share the complete lineup of breweries and beers as it exists right now, though more beer may be added as the event nears.

Along with the beer, three local food trucks and The Brewmaster’s Bakery will provide the food options. Shop for beer swag in the holiday gift shop. And of course, Santa will be around for group photos. They’ll even make it snow indoors! Get your tickets now for this always-soldout event.



ADMISSION: Advance tickets available now at washingtonbrewersguild.org. $35 advance/$40 at the door. This event has sold out the last six years so buy now!

Admission includes a tasting glass and eight 5oz beer tastes. Additional tokens are available for $2 each. Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only. This is a 21+ only event.

Flaked oats, wheat, and corn lend a soft, rounded mouthfeel to this unfiltered IPA, loaded with newfangled hop varieties – El Dorado, Mosaic, Idaho 7, and Meridian – for lots of juicy flavor and aroma.

A truly Northwest original, Cascadian Dark Ale is surprisingly light on the pallet, yet velvety smooth. Dark as a Cascadian winter, generously layered with piney hops, and a hint of roasted malts for a lingering, flavorful finish. Like the divergent landscapes of its’ Pacific Northwest roots, this ale offers both power and finesses, audacity and subtlety.

Smooth, dark lager originally brewed at the Anacortes Brewery under the guidance of the visiting brewmaster of The Kalt Loch Brewery in Bavaria. Inspired by a dark lager brewed for the Engelberg Monastery. Delicately hopped with Perle hops, this beer has become a local favorite.

This hoppy, Northwest-style Amber Ale is made with Skagit Valley malt and balanced with generous amounts of Centennial, Chinook, Cascade and Mandarina Bavaria hop varieties. Brewed to honor industry pioneer, Bert Grant, who opened the first craft brewery in the state of Washington.

Celebrating the holiday season, this winter warmer uses various aromatic specialty malts and has a prominent hop character from mild American Noble varieties.

Brewed with 40 lbs of local honey and all pilsner malt to give this light ale a straw color, while Mt. Hood hops provide just the right amount of balance for a crisp, refreshing finish.

After refining our hazy game for a year with over 30 recipes in our Imagination Station, we created this unique hazy showcasing Citra and Sabro hops designed for everyday drinking. With approachable bitterness and a crisp body, this hazy is a nod to ripe East Coast hazies with our own fun West Coast spin. In the early 1900’s, “Lazy L” was the cattle brand of our great-grandparents, B.T. and Leota Loftus, who planted our family’s first hops in 1932.

Dormancy Breakfast Stout was initially brewed as a heavier, dark beer to get us through the cold weather months when the hops lay dormant. We call it a breakfast stout because we use certain grains–like flaked oats, victory malt, and chocolate malt–that mimic breakfast flavors. Also, we condition this beer for three days on locally roasted Lincoln Avenue Espresso Costa Rican Blend at 1 lb per barrel. There are negligible levels of caffeine in this beer–there are .11 cups of coffee/pint, or 10 Dormancys = 1 cup of coffee.

Homegrown hops. Homegrown barley. Homegrown beer. Sown and grown in the Yakima Valley and brought to you by Bale Breaker Brewing Company. An easy concept for easy drinking. Brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic, Loral, Citra, Ahtanum hops and Loftus family-farmed Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malt with an IBU rating of 55 and 6.5% ABV makes for a traditional Bale Breaker hop-forward yet smooth IPA.

Modeled on a beer, “Icculus”, which Drew had made at the Big Time Brewery back in 2011, Invicculus features tropical fruit forward Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand, and NW Mosaic hops.

As smooth and powerful as the beings that roam our Puget Sound. This beer will take you places land lubbers where not  meant to roam. Dark, roasty, slightly oaky, firmly hopped.

Inspired buy the dedication to ingredients and time the monks of old displayed in creating this most holy of beers. Flavorful, sweet, malty, crisp.

Brewed in the holiday spirit with cranberries, Buddha’s hand, orange peel, and a brewer’s secret blend of spices.  What better beer to enjoy while airing your grievances and performing your feats of strength?

Light, crisp, and effervescent with low bitterness.  El Dorado and Mosaic hops bring tropical and candied stone fruit to the aroma.

This robust black ale is full with rich dark caramel notes, unsweetened chocolate, and hints of coffee aromas and flavors.

Brewed with a Belgian Ardennes yeast strain, and a generous three month cellar aging mellows and matures this fine ale.  Flavors of dark fruit such as plums and raisins, deep caramel notes, and wonderfully earthy tobacco tones.

A barrel-aged version of our La Petite Mort that we rested in a twice filled Westland Garryana Single Malt Whiskey cask before transferring to stainless for additional aging.

1) One of Our IPAs – Um, it’s an IPA – 6.8%/60 IBU 2) Something Dark and/or Strong – Because it’s Winter, obvs. – ~10%/50 IBU 3) Probably an Ale, Maybe a Lager – Do you like ales? We sure do. This is one of them. Or not.

Featuring Mandarina Bavaria hops from Germany, this beer has tropical pineapple aroma and flavors of tangerine, white peach, white pepper, and a touch of dankness.

An explosion of mango and citrus fruit aromas greet the nose which stays true throughout the flavor profile. With very low bitterness, this beer is tropical and juicy.

Our delicate, hoppy lager starts with a citrus aroma followed by a clean and crisp malt flavor making it easy-drinking and crushable.

A classic Winter Warmer with a nutty aroma, notes of stone fruit and cocoa, and a warm, smooth finish.

A dunkel weizenbock-style ale infused with the tantilizing flavors and aromas of chai. An enticing seasonal mash-up.

Ten months of extended lagering makes for a very smooth 11.2% beer. This beer is all about the malty flavors and warming alcohol making it the perfect drink to warm up with by the fire. Dark fruit notes of fig or raisin are complemented by light fruity esters from the yeast. Bottles available at the taproom now!

A light malt bill and light hopping lets the spice notes in this winter saison take center stage.  We fermented this beer warmer to enhance the spiciness from the yeast and then added additional spice in the form of Jamaican peppercorns.

Strong stout that is surprisingly approachable with complex and complementary flavors. Dark chocolate complements roasty, coffee notes. Bitterness from hops and dark malts balance the sweetness from crystal malt and lactose. The lactose also provides some additional mouthfeel making it smoother than the 7.7% abv might suggest. 4) 3rd Leg Oak-aged English Barleywine (ABV 9.5%)

Released to celebrate our 3rd anniversary in September. With a ton of complex malt notes of caramel, dried fruit, and raisin, this beer is perfect for aging. Medium toast American oak lends additional notes of vanilla and toast and accelerated the mellowing of this beer.

A hearty Winter Lager to help you celebrate the holiday season! Flirting between a Bock and Marzen, this one’s brewed with ample amounts of Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich for a rich malt character with a clean dry bitterness of German Northern Brewer. You’ll be reminiscing of the days of olde and ready to toast to the new year!

A chocolate infused version of Sarah Rood’s Coffee Milk Stout, one of our Flying Bike member competition-winning beers brewed with premium craft malt from Skagit Valley Malting, Milk Sugar and a dash of coffee for the perfect finish. Forget the Milk, Santa wants his Milk Stout!

Dark Star is a dark, mysterious yet silky oatmeal stout of grand proportions balanced by a firm hop handshake…go ahead, enjoy the journey…Because Beer Journeys Matter!

The very latest in our ongoing series of hazy IPA’s. Version 15 is brewed with Simcoe, Sorachi Ace, and El Dorado hops.

A contradiction of the senses offering ripe melon, juicy citrus, pineapple and pepper flavors to the brave. An idea brought together by the cosmic attraction of opposites, Sky Kraken is a naturally unfiltered beer.

This year’s release is a blend of 24, 18, 12, and 8-month Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star in 7-12-year old Kentucky bourbon barrels. The roasted and chocolate malts complement the smooth oats to bring you a stout delight wrapped in the gentle embrace of bourbon barrel-aged warmth. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops to finish with a wave, and then she’s gone.

This year’s release of B-Bomb is aged in 8–12-year-old American Oak bourbon barrels and is a blend of 9, 12, and 24-month old barrel-aged Winter Ale. B-Bomb achieves distinct bourbon, oak, cacao, leather, toffee, and dark coffee notes from its extended barrel aging and barrel blending. Each barrel contributes a different note and combining each barrel to create a coherent tone is a distinct art and true pleasure.

We took Lush IPA and turned it into a winter vacation by infusing it with mango, guava, cinnamon and allspice. Break out your snorkel, cause you’re going on vacation in paradise.

Winter Ale is dark like the weather with roast chocolate and warm malt flavors balanced by Noble hop aroma and subtle hoppy spice.

Tombourbon is a smooth and rich malty brown ale aged in fresh Heaven Hills, Maker’s Mark and Westland Distillery bourbon barrels. This dry ale has a port-like complexity of vanilla, dried cherry and oak combined with bourbon flavors and aromas from the extended barrel aging.

A blend of Flanders-style red and brown ales was put into K Vintners red wine barrels, and fermented with brettanomyces, pediococcus and lactobacillus. That base, aged 18 and 24 months, was then re-fermented on 600 pounds of dark, sweet Lambert cherries from the orchards of the Alberg family and conditioned an additional 2 months.

With heavy grapefruit, citrus and resin in the nose, this light colored ale has minimal malt interference, giving the beer a clean finish without a cloying bitterness. Pronounced grapefruit and pine flavors with a faint verdant note. American-style Pale Ale gold medal winner at 2019 GABF. *cans are currently a limited run

Roasted and malted millet, buckwheat and brown rice deliver coffee, toasted marshmallow and rich chocolate flavors straight from the dark side, while rolled oats contribute a fluffy and satisfying mouth-feel. Now everyone can safely explore the shadowy side of craft, thanks to Watchstander! 2) Polar Nights Whisky Barrel Aged Porter (ABV 6.8% /IBU 30)

Aged in Wild Turkey whisky barrels for 4 months, this enticingly smooth porter is balanced with flavors of whisky, chocolate and roast from dark roasted millet and buckwheat. The whisky aroma and clean finish will want you sipping more!

This brew is big and bold enough to keep a lean crew navigating the high seas all winter long! A sturdy grain bill of roasted millet, rice and buckwheat gives it character of high roast and smoke, layered with nutty caramel.

2) Ghost Bear White Stout (ABV 6.6%) A pale-colored beer with the chocolate & roasted flavors associated with stout

4) Hale’s Frozen Over A mingling of 2-year barrel-aged barleywine, 2 experimental ales, and finished on figs with spices

The imperial india red ale is a hop forward strong beer brewed with Vienna, Munich, caramel steam 40L, Crystal 50, special B and pale malt.  Amarillo, Azacca, Citra, Strata and Simcoe hops are used generously in the whirlpool and as a dry hop.

Brewed in the style of a traditional winter beer, it’s dark amber in color with brown hues yet has a mild malty richness. The hops Citra, Chinook, and Cascade along with fresh Spruce tips add a citrus floral and “candy-like” aroma. As with most winter beers the alcohol content is high at 7.5%.

We took our full bodied, velvety smooth Imperial Stout and added cherry puree in the secondary tank. A sweet, chocolatey, roasty elixir sure to warm you up!

Delicate dark chocolate with a whisper of coconut… You know you want it, go ahead and indulge. You can finally have German Chocolate Cake and drink it too. There’s no need to be nervous, it’s just wickedly deep and full of flavor and desire. With its provocative aroma and smooth body, this is certainly the darkest of fifty shades of risqué.

Everything you love about Dark Persuasion, but more! It’s the bigger, badder big brother that’s wickedly deeper, and more flavorful.

You can’t deny the value of a cruiser bike’s kickstand. We put that same undeniable value into our newest beer, Kickstand Pale. It’s a highly drinkable Pale Ale packed with citrus flavors and aromas. The beer stands firmly on a foundation of Warrior Hops for a pleasantly bitter base and then cruises to its destination on the cone-tails of the NW favorite citra hop. Kick back against the bar, put your elbow on the table just as you were told not to do and enjoy our easy drinking ode to the little piece of metal that keeps your cruiser classy.

The perfect beer for those cold months; this rich, medium-bodied beer elicits nuances of chocolate, dates, and figs. Balanced bitterness and playful hop aroma fit like a mitten. Stay warm out there…

Named after the popular ridge trail that leads to the base of Mount Baker’s Coleman Glacier, Heliotrope IPA is a mouthwatering fusion of classic West Coast IPA characteristics, and new-school fruity, juicy hop flavor.  Apricot, tangerine and grapefruit dominate in both aroma and flavor, accented by milder notes of pineapple and black tea.  Balanced yet fun, smooth yet flavorful, Heliotrope IPA is truly a delicious creation.

A style born in Southern Germany, Helles is an elegant and refreshingly simple beer style. Soft and smooth with low bitterness, this beer is predicated around German malts that impart full bready notes and slight lingering sweetness. Noble German hops provide a bit of floral and herbal accents, balancing out the sweet malt notes to create a highly drinkable beer that was designed to be consumed by the liter. Prost!

Thunder Road is a British-style Barleywine that will dance across your palate, and in these dark and dreary months of the year will remind you that there is a little magic in the night.  Rich and smooth malt notes blend gracefully with a warming booziness, followed by slight lingering notes of graham cracker and toffee. A healthy dose of hops play sidekick to the malt notes in this beer, providing just enough bitterness, as well as floral and earthy notes.  Bold, yet nuanced and humble, Thunder Road will warm you up on the coldest of winter days.

Ripe with festive spirit, this year’s Royal Tannenbaum is balanced and clean, with just enough spice and warming alcohol notes to keep you warm on these cold, dark days. Playful notes of fir, pine, and pithy citrus are layered on top of a smooth and bready malt body, followed by resinous and slightly lingering hop bitterness. A treat we get to experience but once a year, Royal Tannenbaum is not for the faint of heart, but warmly rewards those who dare enter its realm.

The story of this beer begins in the mountain town of Joseph, Oregon in Bourbon barrels from our friends at Stein Distillery. Originally happened upon by accident, we discovered that these were the perfect barrels in which to age our beloved Kitten Mittens. Toffee, chocolate, dark stone fruit and coffee take center stage in this wintery ale, followed by notes of vanilla and black cherry. While each year’s batch will have its own unique nuance of flavor and aroma, its warmth and comfort remain constants to rely on.

Oak barrel aging, measured patience, meticulous blending and years of anticipation culminate to bring you this very special English-Style Barleywine. Bold, complex, flavors and aromas warm the senses. Layers of toffee, roast, sweet malt and generous hop presence provide the perfect balance to alcohol warmth. Available in bottles at both locations. Lake Stevens Brewing Company-Lake Stevens 1) Great Divide NEIPA (ABV 6% / IBU 40) 2) Stairway to Hef’n Hefeweizen (ABV 5% / IBU 13) 3) Shitters Full Milk Stout (ABV 7.2% / IBU 31) 4) Scouts Honor Thin Mint Porter (ABV 6.4% / IBU 32)

Clean and easy drinking porter with orange and chocolate notes to create one of the best holiday beers around!

Five types of dark, roasted malt are added to this beer to give it a complex flavor of coffee, chocolate and brown sugar, with a rich vanilla infusion. Two large hop additions prevent the dark malt from totally dominating this monster of a beer.

1) Sweater Weather Brown IPA (ABV 6.1% / IBU 34) 2) Cheer Winter Warmer 3) Ale X Barleywine (ABV 9.0% / IBU 92) 4) Solar Punk Sour

We picked cranberry for this version of our L.A.B. Partner fruit gose. Pinkish beer with a light frothy head and aromas of cranberries. Tart and juicy with a hint of funk. Sight salinity from Jacobsen hand harvested sea salt. Finishes with a lingering breadiness of fresh sourdough and canned cranberries.

We crafted this contradiction by excluding dark, roasted malts from the recipe and replacing them with cacao nibs, house made pecan syrup, and cold-brewed coffee from Caffé Lusso.  With all of the rich flavors and staggering potency you’d expect from a stout, but exhibiting a surprisingly golden appearance, this optical illusion is sure to amaze the senses.

Aged in whiskey barrels for two years and then rested on a blend of cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon, and chilies. Rich aromas and flavors of Mexican Cake will give your tastebuds a kick and your face a smile. Keep the cold away and warm yourself by the darkness.

5) Morning Star – Barrel Aged Demon Star Imperial Stout 2019 (ABV 11.2% / IBU 66.6) (SAT Afternoon Only)

We love our Bourbon Barrel Aged Demon Star, so when we heard there were bourbon barrels filled with Maple syrup we could get our hands on we didn’t hesitate for a second! All the bourbon, chocolate, and espresso you know and love now with delicate maple notes as it warms in the glass. Enjoy the darkness.

The 2019 Bourbon Barrel Aged Demon Star was aged in JP Trodden bourbon barrels. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, oak, cherries, chocolate, bourbon, fruit, plums, and cocoa powder. Best served at cellar temperature or above.

This Gose is brewed with over 10 pounds of cranberry per barrel, along with orange zest, coriander and sea salt, for a refreshingly tart, crisp beer.

This modern NW IPA is a bright expression of Mosaic hops, sitting on top of a clean malt backbone with Simcoe and Amarillo adding further complexity.

Our classic Robust Porter brewed with cocoa nibs and finished with peppermint. This adds a touch of holiday cheer to one of our favorite beers.

Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. This beer has been aging in barrels from Heaven Hills for 1-2 years. The complexity in the beer comes from using an oat forward and British malt to give a bigger, richer, and silkier version of this beer which may be the best yet.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine. Flavors of caramel and chocolate, with a full body and layers of warming complexity. Brewed with three kinds of rye and aged for at least a year in bourbon barrels.

Holiday flavor that goes down just as smoothly in July as it did in December. Full of orange, ginger, cinnamon, honey and Love!

I love Scotch!  This is a traditional Scotch Ale but with a twist.  We added Peated malt to give it a true Scotch flavor. A favorite seasonal last year – get it while you can!!

1) Wonderland Winter Lager (ABV 7% / IBU 22) 2) Old Scrooge Christmas Ale (ABV 8.5% / IBU 60) 3) Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Scrooge (ABV 9.6% / IBU 60) 4) Ride the Spiral Pineapple Orange IPA (ABV 8% / IBY 70)

We feel a bit of a kinship with our Kiwi friends in that we love to get outdoors, enjoy what life has to offer and then share a beer with our friends. Or in their words, “get amongst it!”. So in celebration of our NZ friends and getting amongst it, we brewed a beer full of NZ hops. Moteuka at end of boil adds a hint of lime, while Nelson Sauvin and a dash of Moutere in the dry hop load up the aroma with lychee, white grape and citrus.

We’ve added a twist to this full-bodied winter treat in the English tradition by throwing some into 10-year-old Elijah Craig barrels this year adding depth and complexity. Loaded with rich layers of malt that are first evident in the aromas and follow through on the palate with an extra punch of whiskey warmth at the finish.

This is a big, bold, roasty stout brewed with generous amounts of English crystal malt and roasted barley. Boldly hopped yet balanced with malt sweetness and a full-bodied mouthfeel and then aged in 10-year-old bourbon barrels to smooth out the rough edges and contribute notes of wood, whiskey and vanilla.

1) Buddy Brown Maple Smoked Brown Ale (ABV 7.8% / IBU 43) 2) Vidal Saison Siason (ABV 7.6% / IBU 6) 3) Amber Waves of Grain Amber Ale (ABV 4.7% / IBU 31) 4) ABCIPA (ABV 6.6% / IBU 72)

A crisp, pale beer inspired by the ales of Köln, Germany.  We took the precision of this classic German style and adapted it to the American palate with PNW hops, producing a beer of surprising depth and nuance for such a refreshing style.

This take on an old-school German schwarzbier pairs Kolsch yeast with debittered dark malts.  Though dark in color, it is still light on the palate, with hints of coffee, oreo cookies, and light citrus.

The Solitary Series is our line of special release strong ales.  This winter’s masterpiece is a unique Baltic porter, a style resulting from cross-pollination between the brewing cultures that brought you London porter, Russian imperial stout, and German doppelbock.

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A true showcase of rich malt characteristics, our brown ale starts with aromas of toasted whole wheat bread alongside a roasted-nuttiness. Similar flavors carry through with a complement of earthy and floral English hops. Hop bitterness is restrained but helps balance dark malt flavors.

Our third annual collaboration with our friends at Middleton Brewing in Everett. This is an Imperial Milk Stout with Candy canes. We add 1 pound of candy canes per boil to give a hint of mint in the aroma and flavor. This is the hooch Grandma was drinking when she got “run over by a reindeer.”

What do you think the chances of some cider being available. Asking for a friend, truly. Most of the buddies I’ve taken to this have hurt themselves, despite my best efforts to warn them.

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