This Saturday, February 26, 2011 (TOMORROW) for approximately 4 hours, you should go on a tour of the local craft brewing industry.
The Washington Beer Commission organized an Open House of sorts where local breweries open their doors to beer lovers providing them with the good stuff to make this an epic Saturday afternoon. From 12PM-4PM you can plan your route or pick an area of Washington to tour:
CENTRAL and EASTERN WA
NORTH and EAST of SEATTLE
American Brewing, Edmonds
Anacortes Brewing, Anacortes
Black Raven Brewing, Redmond
Boundary Bay Brewing, Bellingham
Chuckanut Brewing, Bellingham
Diamond Knot Brewing, Mukilteo
Foggy Noggin Brewing, Bothell
Gallagher’s Where U Brew, Edmonds
Lazy Boy Brewing, Everett
Redhook Brewery, Woodinville
Scuttlebutt Brewing, Everett
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing, Snoqualmie
SOUTH and WEST of DOWNTOWN SEATTLE
WEST of PUGET SOUND
This event will showcase a number of special beers, beer pairings and surprises at many locations. You will just have to go and find out what is in store. Don’t forget this Saturday is the Grand Opening of American Brewing Co.
This event is free but beer prices at each location will apply. Drive safely or don’t drive at all and ENJOY!
Since Editor Jess is off living in the lap of luxury by means of a massive sea-faring vessel and therefore finds herself unable to pen the much heralded Events column, I figured I’d bring you my version of the events.
Many of our local readers may very well be savvy in the 140 character world of Twitter, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they both follow all of the tweeters that I do and actually keep up with what they are saying on a daily basis. Admittedly, I find it nearly impossible myself, but today I made a point to sift through all the bird calls and pull out a few of the Seattle area events and/or beers on tap that may interest you all.
Let me know if you find this helpful or simply redundant by leaving a comment below. Have a great week and drink good beer!
Latona Pub (@latonapub) in Greenlake has the following on tap (as of 1/31/11):
Port Townsent Nitro Stout
Roslyn Dark Lager
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
Full Sail LTD 4 Pale
Hale’s Wee Heavy
Firestone Walker Union Jack
New Belgium Vrienden
Silver City Whoop Ass
Super Deli Mart (@superdelimart) in West Seattle (9051 35th Ave SW) has Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red and Flyers Hop Duster IPA on tap as of 1/31/11.
It’s most likely a joke, but Iron Horse Brewing (@ironhorsebeer) of Ellensburg claims to be releasing a beer called Double Rainbow Ale inspired by the impossibly hilarious YouTube video that went viral last year. Check it out here.
The Toronado (@toronado), an absolutely epic beer bar in San Francisco, is having a special event on 2/18/11 for the release of Pliny the Younger. Yes, that is during San Fran’s annual Beer Week, but this, most likely means that we should see kegs in the Seattle market either slightly before that or around the same time. Are you ready?
This Wednesday at the 74th St. Alehouse (via @twobeersbrewing) in Phinny – Two Beers Brewing will be providing a very special cask of Evo IPA. Here are the details from their Facebook page:
Wednesday Night: 74th St. Alehouse Cask of Double Dry-Hopped (Simcoe, Amarillo, Sorachi Ace, Centenniel) Evo. IPA. We also threw in some D’Anjou Pears and Pink Lady Apples to help with the secondary fermentation. Uhhh, you won’t want to miss this one of a kind beer.
That sounds redonculous!
Elliot Bay Brewing (@elliotbay_beer)will be sending out two barrel-aged beers today, one “Sour” to the West Seattle location and a “Bourbon Stout” to Burien. I would highly recommend checking these out if you are able.
The Porterhouse Pub (via @diamondknot) in West Seattle is hosting a Super Bowl party/fundraiser in conjunction with Beer Church that will feature brews from Diamond Knot, Port Townsend and Georgetown. For more details please check out this site. Go to this!
This Friday, 2/4/11, at 5pm, Cooper’s Alehouse (@coopersalehouse) in Maple Leaf will be hosting a 5 year vertical tasting of Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale. You can order a tasting tray and try all 5 side by side. If there are any beer aging naysayers out there, get you ass out to this event and see what age can do for yourself. They also have Sierra’s Bigfoot Barleywine on tap (as of Sunday).
As of Sunday night, Naked City (@nakedcitybeer) had Fish Brewing’s 10 Squared Barleywine on tap. If it’s still on, it won’t be for long. They also have Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum and Snipes Zombie Killer.
Apparently, Grandfather Raven, Black Raven’s Imperial Stout, is still on tap at the brewery’s taproom (as of Sunday, via @seattlebeerclub) .
One of several beer fests in Seattle throughout the year, Belgium Fest is the first in 2011. On January 22, 2011 this festival, run by the Washington Beer Commission will begin. Due to the high demand of this event, the venue has been moved to Magnuson Park (it will be heated, do not worry).
Word on the street is that tickets are already being sold at an alarming rate, so go online NOW and secure your spot. This is a festival that requires some advance commitment. Waiting until the day of might not be the best idea. $30.00 advance and $35.00 at the door, if available. As always, the designated driver ticket is $5.00 and only available at the door- includes free water and soda.
You pick one of two sessions on Saturday, January 22, 2011-
Session 1: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Session 2: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The Workshop at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St., Seattle, WA
Now for the important stuff. The beers. For now all I have are the breweries, but hope to have a list of all the beers in the next week or so.
Breweries expected to participate:
Big Al Brewing
Big Time Brewery
Black Raven Brewing
Boundary Bay Brewery
Der Blokken Brewing Co.
Elliott Bay Brewing
Hale’s Ales Brewery
Lazy Boy Brewing
Naked City Brewery
Paradise Creek Brewery
Redhook Ale Brewery
Snipes Mountain Brewery
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing
Silver City Brewery
Two Beers Brewing
Its going to be a doozy!
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Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub
255 SW 152nd St.
Rank: #3 of 5
Type of Establishment: Brew Pub/Brewery with full kitchen.
BEERS ON TAP (at time of visit) —>
No Doubt Stout
Nitro Gulden Von Boorian
Hop Von Boorian
Red Von Boorian
Brandy Barrel Brown
Cask Conditioned Diamond Knot IPA
FOOD OPTIONS: Pretty much anything that your heart desires with the consideration that you are in a bar.
STAFF OPINION: Attentive and helpful, but not entirely knowledgeable about the beer offerings.
Approximately 12 miles south of the Beer Blotter Headquarters, within earshot of Sea-Tac Airport, lies an establishment that its members had never before set foot in. This day, we changed that.
The collective has been to the West Seattle location on several occasions, but this was a first to the Burien location. I’m really glad we went, really glad. This place is great…and big. Spacious indeed. There is a lot of room to breath. The ceilings are high, the bar is long, and every corner you go around reveals a new room. Did I mention it’s big?
I think the reason the atmosphere most resonated with me was that it reminded me of the Independence Brew Pub (RIP) in Philadelphia. It was a long time Sunday ritual for me to grab some food at Reading Terminal Market and then relax with a good pint around the corner. I’m sad it’s gone, but I’m happy I found a replacement.
A few notable highlights include the dueling, full size shuffleboard tables and the beautiful, glass enclosed, sunken brewing room in the back corner. Seriously, the brewery is like a display at a museum. Sadly, the brewing was done for the day when we were there. Reason enough to go back I presume. It might be a bit odd to watch the brewers work from above, behind glass, as if they were attractions in a zoo, but it might be really cool too. To be determined.
Lucky for us, the grandiosity didn’t end there. The beer and food menus packed a substantial list of offerings for whatever mood may strike. A great variety of beer styles were pouring, both in-house brewed (lion’s share) and guest beers (both local and international). Food offerings included burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, fish & chips, tacos, brunch items…and it goes on.
Beer was on the mind this day, so our food order was left at a very large and delicious Bavarian Pretzel with honey mustard.
For brews, we went with the sampler. It was our choice of five, excluding the Brandy Barrel Brown and Imperial Stout (boooo!). The choices were…
Black IPA – 6.3% 60 IBU – Very bitter up front, lots of bakers chocolate on the finish. Dry hopped w/ Cascade & Amarillo.
Hop Scotch – 8% scotch ale, 66 IBU – Dark amber, a lot of sweetness, slightly boozy, some fruitiness, tastes almost aged, barleywine like.
No Doubt Stout – 6.3% 32 IBU – Coffee oils and acidity, lots of sweetness, malty finish, possible arrested fermentation.
Nitro Gulden Von Boorian – 7.3% 30.6 IBU – Well made Belgian golden with a wonderful nose of yeast and mild fruit and coriander. Why you would put this on nitro vexes me. My Belgians need prickly carbonation.
Riot Ale – 7.6% strong pale ale, 77 IBU – Slightly buttery, best carbonation yet, European hops in the nose.
You may be wondering where all the great stats above came from. Well my friends, I present to you, the best part of my entire experience at Elliott Bay Brewhouse…the Beer Bible! This thing isn’t just lying around, so be sure to ask for it. I kinda wanted to just sit there all night and read it from front to back, but that would have been just a little too nerdy.
We had the fortune of meeting the owner, Todd, who was a very gracious host. Many thanks to Todd for the good beers, good times, and for answering our many questions!
Elliott Bay is King County’s first all organic certified brewer. Go there!
“More beer please” is what we plan on saying all day on Saturday, January 23, 2010, as Belgiumfest begins in the Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown. Belgium beer styles vary from pale lagers to blondes to lambics, Saisons and Flemish reds. This country knows their beer, as some of beer brewing’s origins date back to the Middle Ages in Belgium. With over 125 breweries in this magnificent country, Belgiumfest 2010 is the perfect kick off to the countdown of Beer Blotter’s trip to Belgium in March.
Belgiumfest will take place at the Engine Room located on Airport Way South. Divided into two sessions, 12-4PM and 6-10PM, this event focuses on local, Washington breweries that feature Belgium style brews.
And the line-up INCLUDES (click here for a full list):
Anacortes Brewery: Sour Brown (Belgian Sour)
Big Time Brewery: Malaprop 8 (Belgian Abbey)
Black Raven Brewing Co.: Pour les Oiseaux (Wine Barrel Aged Saison)
Elliott Bay Brewing Co.: Blended Brett Beer (Blonde & Red Brett)
Fremont Brewing Co.: Solstice Saison and Sideshow Saison (Saison)
Issaquah Brewhouse: White Frog (Belgian Wit)
Port Townsend Brewing Co.: Belgian Dark Rye (Belgian Dark Strong Ale)
Two Beers Brewing: Crooked Belgian Wit and the Cask Dry version(Belgian Wit)
There are so many more breweries, 20 in total and most are presenting 2 or more Belgium beers. Tickets are $30.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door. What does that get you?? A 4oz tasting glass and ten taste. Extra taste are available for purchase. NOTE: ONLY CASH AND CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED DAY OF FOR TICKET PURCHASE.
To purchase tickets in advance, visit brownpapertickets.com.
Get your tickets now and we hope to see you there!! In parting, we leave you with this….
Verhoog zo uw glas naar België, naar bier en tot vele meer jaren om van België bier te drinken. Gejuich!