The Lure of Belgian Fest in Seattle: So Much Beer, So Little Time

It's never too early to start planning for Belgian Fest - an annual event that fills the Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion with some of the best Washington Breweries around. In fact, you may want to jump online December 8 when tickets for this popular brew fest officially go on sale.

If your palette runs more toward the ubiquitous hopped up brews that have come to define the Pacific Northwest beer scene, you may want to consider these Belgian-style beers as a heady and satisfying alternative. You shouldn't have any trouble finding something that's to your taste buds' liking, as breweries from across the state will be pouring more than 100 multi-mashed beers brewed with Belgian yeast.

It all goes down Saturday, January 28. There is so much demand for this fest (so much beer, so little time) that they break the day into two sessions. The first session runs from 12-4 p.m. and is a little more laid back than the evening session, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with last call ringing out just prior to 9:30 p.m.

Once inside, your ticket gets you a tasting glass and 10 tasting tokens (each taste is 4 oz). And with many Belgian-style beers clocking in anywhere from 8% - 12% ABV, that's plenty of tastings. But if your tolerance has been built up over the years there are always additional tokens available for purchase - just remember to drink responsibly.

If you really love beer (and who doesn't?), you may want to check out WABL - or Washington Beer Lovers club. Not only will you be finding new mates to cheers, you'll also be privy to some additional perks, like the chance to taste exclusive, members-only WABL beer.

Tripels, Dubbels, Saisons, Wits, Abbeys and Lambics are sure to be your new found friends after spending an afternoon/evening at Belgian Fest. Its popularity is undeniable and tickets often sell out in advance of the main event.

Michael Nank is a Seattle-based writer with a penchant for film, theatre and travel.

Check out Belgian Fest online for tickets and additional information.