Seattle International BeerFest

Celebrate our country’s independence by drinking your way around the globe at the Seattle International BeerFest. This three-day extravaganza celebrates diverse flavors and styles of craft beers from the Bay Area to Brussels. You can enjoy live music while sipping Lambic beers from Belgium, Pilsners from the Czech Republic, and IPAs from right around the corner. Beer will be poured from bottles and taps, with some rare draft offerings like Nøgne-Ø Porter from Norway and Rainier Kriek from Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River. Among the 160 varieties of suds this year are also a number of beers and barley wines aged in bourbon barrels; look for these at Stone Brewing, Firestone Walker, Fremont Brewing, Hopworks, and Lost Coast (to name but a few). And to sop up the alcohol, there's chow from vendors including Rancho Bravo Tacos, Dante’s Inferno Hot Dogs, and Skillet. SONJA GROSET

July 1-3, 12-10 p.m., 2011

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