Great Pumpkin Beer Festival @ The Seattle Center

Pumpkin fiends, consider this your call to action 🎃

Published September 1, 2022

80+ pumpkin and seasonal beers (plus a couple surprises) from near and far will be poured, including twenty or so from Elysian Brewing’s pumpkin-crazed brewers.
Sept 30 –
Oct 1
Too Late — You Missed It!

Sept 30 – Oct 1 • 4 – 10 pm 

A brewer once told me brewers have a rough time justifying pumpkin beers on their tap list. Though well-loved, people stop drinking them after October 31st. Pumpkin fiends, consider this your call to action: The Vera Project kicks off this seasonal window with their 18th annual, all-out tasting of over 80 libations—including pumpkin beers, fresh hop brews, and ciders—and 100% of event proceeds benefit their very important programming

Fearless, pumpkin-crazed event partner Elysian Brewing spearheads the celebration with 20ish of their themed selections alongside other Washington-based breweries, TBA. Several KEXP DJs will set an appropriately wicked mood with continuous sessions. Wear orange or attempt to win the costume contest and you’ll fit right in. 

A massive, several-hundred-pound pumpkin will be gutted, filled with pumpkin beer, and turned into a firkin for all to enjoy during both sessions. These behemoths are sourced straight from competing growers from around the region at The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Saturday, September 24th.

Buy your tickets early, as the event usually sells out. Single-day general admission tickets are upwards of $30 and include six drink tickets and a sniffer glass. Additional tickets are available for $2 each. Limited 2-day passes are available for $50. For non-drinking DDs, festival-only admission is $5. Leave the kiddos with a babysitter; this event is strictly 21+.

📸: Vera Project

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Meghna leads with her curiosity when writing about travel, food, and beverages. She previously wrote about cookbooks at Kitchen Arts & Letters, and has managed events & communications at Book Larder, Peddler Brewing Company, and Cascade Bicycle Club. She is newly pescatarian and a Seattle native. Follow along at @wanderingthali.

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