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2010 Seattle International BEERFEST Preview

150 + beers from 15 countries. Experience it all at SIB!

Lurking in the shadows of summer beer festivals is the Seattle International BEERFEST. Mark your calendars for July 2-4th for this epic, yes, epic outdoor beer loving, beer gazing, beer drinking event.

We are talking beers from all over our fine country plus the rarest of the rare, beers from all over the globe. Over 150 beers from 15 different countries to be exact. Now you know why I’m saying “epic.”

Let the world unite under the pretense of good craft beers at Seattle Center next weekend. Its going to be magical and not to be missed. With over 150 beers, I am unable to review them all. However, I present you with four top five lists since that seems to be an easy way to organize the blog these days.

1. Top 5 breweries to try from the USA

2. Top 5 breweries to try from outside of the USA

3. Top 5 beers you should try

4. The 5 rarest of the rare

Hopefully that will cover the basics, but for the full list and all of the details visit the 2010 Seattle International BEERFEST’s website. And just a note, there is no particular order to the “Top 5s.”

1. Top 5: US Breweries To Try

Although this is your chance to try some rare, undeniably authentically amazing beers from other countries, I have to represent. After all, the USA did make it to the second round of the World Cup! So my reasoning behind choosing these 5: Festivals are a place where you want to capitalize on those beers you normally cannot obtain and those that have several options. Therefore, the breweries are on this list for mainly those two reasons, plus of course, they are awesome.

  • Cascade Brewing Co., Portland, Oregon- amazing sours beers and once in awhile Uber Tavern will get a few kegs, ONCE IN AWHILE. They are showcasing two mystery beers, which are almost certain to be some wild yeast infected, wood-aged masterpiece. Save your tickets for those.
  • Dogfish Head Brewing Co., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware- although this brewery is getting more popular by the minute, this weekend 90 min IPA, the 120 min IPA (take it easy on this one, its 21%!!!!) and World Wide Stout will be pouring, so if you missed WWS at Brouwer’s Back to Black during Seattle Beer Week, now is your chance for redemption.
  • New Old Lompoc Brewing Co., Portland, Oregon: This is another brewery that although located 2 hours south of Seattle, rarely shows up on tap. Try their barleywine and save on the gas!

2. Top 5: The Foreign Brewers To Try

Now onto more worldly things….the following breweries produce high quality beverages. I will write a little snippet, if you will, on each brewery just for your enjoyment.

  • Mikkeller, Denmark: Mikkeller makes beers of all styles and they are all amazing. A line of single hop IPAs, an IPA that combines 10 hops, a-m-a-z-i-n-g-l-y flavorful and thick stouts as well as your finest Belgium styled beers. And, no big deal, but they are pouring 6 beers, one of which is Big Worse (their incredible barleywine).
  • Dieu du Ciel, Canada: Amazed that the two beers they are pouring are on tap – Peche Mortel Imperial Stout and Rigor Mortis, a Quad.
  • Nogne-O, Norway: If their amazing trademark brand doesn’t entice you, then their innovative beers will. Cant go wrong with a beer from Nogne-O, especially the Batch 100 IPA.
  • Cantillion, Belgium: If you are a frequent reader, then you know our love for this brewery, especially after experiencing it first hand. Authentic Lambics are brewed here. When you drink these lambics, you can taste the authenticity…it just tastes…pure. Iris is the only beer pouring, but my God, its on draft.
  • Caracole, Belgium: This is a Belgium brewery through and through producing a White Ale, a Blonde, Amber Ale and Brown Ale. Of course, these beers are named for their color…their taste goes much much deeper.

3. Top 5: Beers You Cannot Miss

Now this is challenging- the top 5 beers you should try.

  • Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast on draft! Had this a couple weeks ago in San Diego. Fixated.
  • Mikkeller Big Worse on draft! And I am back to this brewery. That is what you get for being awesome and also pouring 6 beers. Big Worse is a barleywine and is on tap. A Beer Blotter favorite.We had Beer Geek in San Diego last month and Big Worse on the tap in Amsterdam – best on draft.
  • Oud Beersel Oude Kreik: a cherry lambic pouring from the bottle.
  • Both of Cascades’ Mystery Beers: take your pick, cannot go wrong. I know that’s two beers – but whatever.
  • Nogne- O #100: a Double Imperial IPA on draft.

4. Top 5: Rare Ones Not To Miss

Now, on to the rarest of a the rare.

  • Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Bacon: WHAT? BACON? Its out of the bottle but this is going to be unreal.
  • De Molen Dispution Stout: We had the pleasure of visiting this brewery in the Netherlands. Every beer they crank out is top notch, this being no exception.
  • De Proef K-O: Straight from Belgium, this “Knock Out” is a Triple weighing in at 10% (ok no more boxing puns).
  • De Ranke Cuvee: Old sour beer from De Ranke blended with Girardin (another brewery in Belgium) lambic. This is being poured from the bottle. However, if you are in the mood for draft, De Ranke is pouring the XX Bitter which has a hop component with that sour funk you get from good ol’ wild yeast. Both beers are sure to impress!
  • De La Senne Equinox: I’ve selected this beer because they are the perfect representation of the “new Belgian” movement across the Atlantic. This young brewer is situated in French Belgium, south of Brussels. They make remarkably progressive beers, while holding on to the classic Belgian styling. Try this beer, one of their best.

There are so many amazing beers and amazing breweries at this event. It truly is unfortunate that my liver and my bank account can’t support my trying every last one. Take notes, report back and let us know which beers you are excited to try. Leave a comment or email us at beerblotter@gmail.com!

Events for Week of May 17, 2010

Grab some sour beers by Cascade Brewing Co. @ uber on May 17!

Seattle Beer Week continues with everything a beer lover could dream of: Cascade Brewing Night, Dogfish Head dinners, vertical tastings and bottle releases.  BB.com heads to DC on Thursday and we are so excited to stop by the beer bars of our nation’s capital.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cascade Night: Seattle, Washington

6:00PM @ Uber Tavern

Come to Uber and enjoy some of Cascade Brewing Co.’s incredible sour beers: Cascade Apricot Ale; Cascade Kriek 2009; Cascade Noyeaux and Cascade The Vine 2009. These beers are top-notch. Cheese and meats will be served and are complimentary!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

East Meets West: Seattle, Washington

6:00PM-12:00AM @ Brouwer’s Cafe

I see beers and burgers in your Tuesday night plans. Brouwers is hosting Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Dick Cantwell of Elysian Brewing, Christian Ettinger of Hopworks Brewing Co. and Rob Todd of Allagash, each bringing along a list of beers and a signature burger. Check out the burger options and beer lists here!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Weyerbacher Release of Verboten: Warren, New Jersey

5:00PM-7:00PM @ Tap Room at Somerset Hills Hotel

If you have yet to visit Warren NJ, now is as good a time as any for the release of Weyerbacher’s Verboten, a Belgium style pale ale. Cheers!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

SOUR BEER FEST: Seattle, Washington

3:00PM-11:00PM @ Brouwer’s Cafe

This is my favorite of all the festivals…thats really all I have to say, except check back later this week for Timperial Stout’s review of the sour beer line up.

Friday, May 21, 2010

AHA Rally: Portland, Maine

5:00PM-8:00PM @ Allagash Brewing Co.

In the name of homebrewing and how awesome it is, you should 1. homebrew and 2. become a member of the AHA and 3. attend this event.

American Homebrewers Association Rally open to members of the AHA and those interested in joining. Non-members attending will pay $33, receive entry and will become an AHA member, the event is free to members. We will be hosting brewery tours throughout the evening. Light appetizers will be provided along with a raffle and door prizes!- http://www.beeradvocate.com

Saturday, May 21, 2010

Iron Horse Night: Seattle, Washington

5:00PM-7:00PM @ Bottleworks

Join the brewers from Iron Horse Brewing Co., located in Ellensburg, Washington and a local fav. Iron Horse brews beers across the board ranging from Black IPAs, Coffee Stouts, Red Ales and Dry Irish Stouts.

Sunday, May 22, 2010

Closing Ceremony for Seattle Beer Week: Seattle, Washington

12:00PM-6:00PM @ Hales Brewing Co.

Finish Seattle Beer Week with 21 of Washington’s finest Breweries at Hale’s Palladium. Admission is $25 and includes 6 beer tastings. Ok, this beer sounds amazing: Port Townsend Brewing Co. (Seattle, WA), Luciferous Belgian Whiskey Sour. Try that.

So long Seattle Beer Week, until next year…

If you have an event you want us to post about or you went to an event and want to report back, leave a comment or email us at beerblotter@gmail.com. Also, any more suggestions about places to go and beers to drink in the DC area are welcome!

Events for the week of May 10, 2010

Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle: Where the magic happens.

This Thursday marks the opening day of Seattle Beer Week, so events might be a bit Seattlecentric for the next week or two.   For those of you who live in Seattle- awesome for you and for those of you who do not, its time to visit!

Monday, May 10, 2010

FredFest 2010: Portland, Oregon

6:00PM-10:00PM @ Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.

The date of this event recently changed from May 8th to May 10th. Check out our post for more information on the event.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Belgium Beer Fest: Santa Monica, California

4:00PM- 12:00AM @ the Library Ale House

This is just the beginning of a two-week festival featuring, you guessed it, Belgium style beers.  Guests can purchase a logo Chimay glass for $15 and refill it with one of the 8 rotating Belgian handles for only $5 during the entire two weeks of the festival. Each beer will be on for one keg only, so once its gone.. its gone.  This event stars: Goose Island‘s Matilda, Urthel Hop-it, Russian River‘s Consecration and many more.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Great Beers of the Great Lakes: Bronx, New York

7:00PM-9:00PM @ the Bronx Ale House

You know we have an affinity for beers from the Mid-West and now you lucky New Yorkers can drink up and report back. Beers from Founders Brewing Co. and Erie Brewing Co. will be available for your enjoyment. Cheers!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

OPENING DAY FOR SEATTLE BEER WEEK!!: Seattle, Washington

5:00PM @ Hales Ales Pub

Kick it off with visits to Hale’s Brewery for the featured SBW beer on cask, Shultzy’s Sausage for a special imported cask and end the night at Naked City Taphouse for some special Washington beers on tap!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Back in Black Stout Night: Seattle, Washington

3:00PM-3:00AM @ Brouwer’s Cafe

All I can say, is “Thank God this is on a Friday night.” With a line up of rare and wonderful stouts on tap, surely a beer lover will need a day to recover. Brouwer’s Cafe always gets the finest selections for these events, so if you’re a stout fan, this is not to be missed!

Lazy Boy Brewing Night: Seattle, Washington

5:00PM- close @ Naked City Taphouse

Come join Shawn Loring, owner and brewer for a night of special Lazy Boy Brewing beers! Prizes and giveaways will also be in the mix.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tour de Pints: Seattle, Washington

11:00AM @ Pike Brewing Co.

Grab your helmet, check your brakes and jump on your bike.  Today is full of physical activity rewarded with plenty o’ beer. The Seattle Beer Week website states:

The 2010 Seattle Beer Week Tour de Pints, a bike ride with stops at some great beer bars, is now upon us. If you were there last year, we will be following a very similar route. Only one Feat of Strength this year as we hope to keep the group more together. We plan to spend about 30-45 mins at each location.

Route is as follows:

11am – Pike Brewing; Brouwers Cafe; The Dray; Naked City Taphouse; Fiddlers Inn (FOS) or Latona Pub (FOW); Shultzys Sausage; Whiskey Bar and Elysian Fields.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Brett Brunch: Seattle, Washington

11:00AM- 2:00PM @ Hudson Public House

This is my dream brunch:

Brett Brunch!  Four beer, three course brunch featuring the sour beers of Russian River, Cascade, New Belgium, and Jolly Pumpkin paired with Chef Nicole’s special brunch menu.  $30/pp plus tax and tip.

Seattle Beer Week- if only I could take a vacation from work to enjoy all of the amazing events lined up EVERY DAY. Those of you who get to go to an event, please email me at jess@beerblotter.com or leave a comment. I want to live vicariously through you!

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