Mudshark porter, on cask at Fishbowl in Olympia.
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This year's Washington Beer Commission Cask Beer Festival promises to be less of a butt-cruncher than last year's. This year's affair will be held in Seattle Center's spacious Fisher Pavilion. If you remember last year's festival in the split-level Alki Room, you'll hoist some cheer. The festival happens March 22. Tickets ($35 advance, $40 at the door) go on sale in February.