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Seattle Beer Week Shows First Signs of Life

SBW 2011!

 

Signs of life has emerged from the Seattle Beer Week website. You may all commence celebration because, its officially on its way!

Seattle Beer Week is in its 3rd year, and will span from May 19 – 28, 2011. SBW 2011 will return some of the old favorites. This year’s kickoff will be held at Maritime Pacific, where they will unveil the special strong ale that the brewery whipped up for SBW’s 3rd Annual brew. The closing event is still up in the air, but we suppose that it will be announced shortly.

While the past two years have yielded SBW double IPAs from Hales Ales and Pike Brewing, this year promises a Strong Ale brewed with rare Falconer hops. According to the site, “Falconer’s Flight™ Hops are an exclusive proprietary hop blend created to honor and support the legacy of Northwest brewing legend, Glen Hay Falcone.” Cannot wait for that grog.

Wondering whether Sour Beer Fest is back? Seriously?! Did you honestly think it could die? Sour Beer Fest at Brouwers Cafe will return on May 26, 2011. Again, its a Thursday. Also, expect to see old favorites 5 Guys, Burgers & Fries (Brouwers – renamed to Burgers & Beers no doubt because of that burger chain), Back in Black Stout Fest (Brouwers), and Firkin Firkin (Elysian Capitol Hill).

Check out the Seattle Beer Week website for the initial listing of events. Be sure to check it frequently, as the 20 events up now will quickly swell to 300.

See you on the beer trail. Keep up with Seattle Beer Week, and its information guru and co-founder, Ian Roberts, via their Facebook and Twitter pages.

The List of Excellence For Hard Liver Barleywine Festival

February 25, 2011 1 comment

its coming.....2 weeks

Its out! Finally, I know what grogs will lead to the demise of my liver next month.

While I plan on a 10 hour epic adventure through Brouwer’s Cafe’s 9th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival, you can start to ponder which of these beers you will focus your attention upon. Oh but wait! There is no reason to worry about selecting 2 or 3 of these 10-18% beauties, Brouwers will be serving 3oz, 6oz and 12oz pours! Hooray for big beer.

So, take a gander and start planning. The festival begins on March 12th and runs through March 16th. Timperial will be here on the blog to give you the full preview early next week. If you have read his previews before, you know that its the best way to prepare for a beer festival.

Below is the numbered 48 beer list, but the website says over 60 will be poured. You can expect a few changes down the road, including some special hidden treasures.

In a cursory peak, I am most excited about the new Firestone Abacus, Marin Old Dipsea (always delicious), Victory Old Horizontal and of course some youthful experiments from local guys 7 Seas, Naked City, and Black Raven. Where the hell did they find that 2005 Dicks Barleywine!!!!! Delicious.

Enjoy…..

1 Flying Dog Horn Dog 09
2 Fishtail 10 squared
3 Red Hook Trouble Hook 10
4 Alaskan Golden Nugget 10
5 Victory Old Horizontal 10
6 Sierra Nevada Big Foot 08
7 Sierra Nevada Black Barleywine 10
8 Avery Hog Heaven 10
9 Boulder Killer Penguin 10
10 Great Divide Old Ruffian 10
11 Southern Tier Back Burner 09
12 Anchor Old Foghorn 10
13 Dogfish Olde School 10
14 Lost Coast Fog Cutter 10
15 Pike Old Bawdy 07
16 Anderson Valley Horn of the Bear 09
17 Ninkasi Critical Hit 10
18 Speakeasy Old Godfather 09
19 Stone Old Guardian 09
20 Stone Belgo Barleywine 10
21 Lagunitas Gnarleywine 10
22 North Coast Old Stock ale 10
23 Anacortes Old Sea Bastes 10
24 Dick’s 05
25 Hales Rudyard’s Rare 07
26 Hood Canal Breidablik 10
27 Deschutes Mirror Mirror 08
28 Mad River John Barley Corn 09
29 Hair of Dog Doggie Claws 10
30 Boundary Bay Old Bounder 10
31 Glacier Brew House Old Woody 10
32 Lost Abbey Angel Share 10 Brandy
33 Lost Abbey Angel Share 10 bourbon
34 Black Raven Old Birdbrain 10
35 Elysian Cyclops 10
36 Ram Mall Walker 10
37 Fullsail Old Board Head ??
38 Hub Noggin Floggin 10
39 Bigsky Old Blue Hair 10
40 Bigsky Old Blue Hair 10 Cask
41 Firestone Abacus 11
42 Smaltz  jubilation Blend 14
43 7 Seas Wheel Chair 10
44 Moylan’s Old Blarney 10
45 Marin Old Dipsey 10
46 Scuttlebutt Old No. 1 09
47 Naked City Cluster Cuss 10
48 Eel River Triple Exultation 10

Twitter Roundup Version 1.0

February 1, 2011 1 comment

What excitement awaits on twitter?

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

Laurelwood IPA

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

Allagash White

Bayern Pilsner

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) .

Seattle Beer Week 2011? Already!?

The 2010 SBW Booze. Whats in store for 2011?

We have the dates for your favorite beer festival! May 19th- May 28th, Seattle will showcase the best in the world’s beer.

If you were lucky enough to live here the past two years, you probably know all about Seattle Beer Week. Its a 10 days celebration of all things barley, hops and yeast.

Last year’s celebration included visits from Port Brewing’s Tomme Arthur, Trappiste Rochefort’s Gumer Santos, and Patrick Rue of The Bruery, among many others. The 2010 variety also included a menagerie of mind bending events, such as 5 Guys, Burgers and Fries – featuring the creations of Sam Calagione, Rob Todd, Tomme Arthur (P, Dick Cantwell (Elysian) and Christian Ettinger (Hopworks).

We expect nothing but the best from the SBW crew. These guys are some of the most important people in the Seattle beer industry; their hard work has made Seattle Beer Week a huge beer destination.

Stay tuned to their website. We expect updates on the first set of events shortly.

Also, there has been some chatter that they are meeting with the SBW brewer this week. The past two years, Pike (09) and Hales (10) have created a Double IPA to commemorate the week. We are very curious to see who has been selected to make this delicious grog this year!

Remember to follow Seattle Beer Week on Twitter and on Facebook for up to date notices. Of course, we’ll be there along the way.

 

Don’t Ever Forget Uber Tavern for Your New Year’s Brew

December 30, 2010 1 comment

Cascade Brewing at Uber Tavern: I'm Aroused.

There was an excellent article on Washington Beer Blog yesterday about the great beer bars of Seattle. Its writer, Kendall Jones, is probably the most respected of Seattle beer bar aficionados. He has seen over 20 years of greatness from the local pubs – he knows his shit.

But in the midst of mentioning the greats, Uber Tavern missed out on a mention. I presume that it missed out because its a no brainer – Uber is prolific. Kendall was paying respects to those bars that often miss the national spotlight.

Having reached the top of the Rate Beer Top Beer Bar list for several years in a row, Uber Tavern is a Seattle icon. Its also my personal favorite Seattle beer bar. They pour brews from around the world, stock an incredible selection of bottles, and dare to offer 4oz pours (try the full rack). Its the perfect perception of a beer bar.

Uber also has the distinct honor of being Cascade Brewing‘s go to bar in Seattle. When we visited Cascade (Portland, O), their amazing bar manager, Cody, informed us that they absolutely adore Uber. Because of their affinity for the tiny Green Lake bar, they have constantly sent beer to their taps.

Well, New Years has become a special time for Uber and Cascade collaboration. Like last year, Uber will be showcasing some special Cascade beer over the Holiday weekend.

Here is the rough schedule. Do not miss out. In fact, I’m surprised I am sharing this with you all because I am a selfish prick who wants all this brew to myself!!! A Ha Ha Ha….Ha. But, its all about community right? I want my fellow beer brethren there, sharing this wondrous grog alongside me.

See you there!

 

BIG NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND EVENTS

THURSDAY DEC 30th – Cascade Gluhkriek! – 6pm official tapping (but possibly earlier)

This keg of Gluhkriek is the only one outside the brewery and will be served HOT, heated in a giant pot on our fire table right in the middle of the bar!

The 7% honey-spiced sour cherry ale will be all dressed up, served with orange slices, clove nails, and sugar cubes. Best of all, we will feature it for only $5 (normally $7.50) in 8oz goblets until it runs out.

ON THE TV’s: 6pm – Washington Huskies vs. #18 Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl

FRIDAY DEC 31st (NYE) – special keg tappings:

1) – 2009 J.W. Lee’s Vintage Harvest Ale
2) – 2009 Vintage Cascade Sang Noir
3) – 2010 Cascade Sang Noir

4) – $3 PINTS (all day/night) of Black Raven Trickster IPA
– All tapped when we open at noon, and of course free snacks all day.

 

 

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Party Coming to Brouwers Cafe

November 10, 2010 1 comment

If you still haven't tried this guy - get to Brouwers on Monday

 

Brouwers Cafe is continuing its onslaught of more than impressive beer events. Sierra Nevada is celebrating its 30th Anniversary – and Brouwers will be its Seattle host.

On November 15, 2010, you can enjoy some of the most amazing, and limited, beer produced by the California brewer. We were ecstatic to see that they will be bringing  Life & Limb back to Seattle!

Here is the post from Brouwers’ website. Don’t miss out on the toast at 6 PM:

 

 

The Beer Line-up is looking good for the 30th Anniversary Party on Monday the 15th.

 

Fritz & Ken’s Imperial Stout
Charlie, Fred, & Ken’s Bock
Jack & Ken’s Barleywine
Our Brewers Reserve Oak-Aged Ale
Life & Limb Strong Dark Ale
Organic Estate Ale

& more…

The Nationwide toast is at 6pm, this Monday, November 15th.

 

Early Notice: Brouwers Cafe Hosts Big Wood on December 2nd!

A magnificent night of woody grog awaits...

Big Wood is coming. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

There is no secret that we are utterly obsessed with Brouwer’s Cafe’s Big Wood beer festival. Last year, we launched this site in the midst of Big Wood 2009. This year, we are giving you a 3 week “head’s up.”

Big Wood will be held on December 2, 2010. If I remember correctly (but I might stand corrected), Big Wood begins in the afternoon, sometime around 4 PM. The event is officially one day, but the beers will pour for several days afterwards.

What is Big Wood? Guess. Big Wood showcases wood-aged beers on more than 40 taps. Typically, you will see a plethora of massive scale beers pouring, including some of the most complex beers you will ever taste.

Last year – Hair of the Dog dominated. From beer nerds to beer newbs, Hair of the Dog shocked and awed the crowd. Alan Sprints delivered Fred from the Wood, Michael (Flemish Red), Matt (Bottleworks 10th Anniversary) and BOB (a barrel-aged lambic). Read our review of the event by following this link.

Brouwers has yet to release a list of this year’s beers. They will slowly begin to trickle in but we have already seen them announce that Midnight Sun is sending a keg of Berserker and heard, through the grapvine, that New Belgium is bringing something special!

Keep following Brouwers Cafe’s website and Facebook.

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