***Yikes. I jumped the gun and didn’t look at the dates on the Seattle Beer Week website – only the logo which has yet to be updated. The actual dates for the 2011 event are May 19-28.***
I’m not beating around the bush – its beer time. With a full spectrum of excellent city beer festivals right around the corner, your liver best get ready. Here’s a short preview of what’s up.
San Fran is tapped out, but Sacto is just getting carbed.
San Francisco just killed the final keg of their beer week, which spanned through February 20. While the city dries out over the next few days, beer geeks have something else to celebrate – Sacramento Beer Week! That’s right, Sacto is tossing out its second go round of beer week fanatics with a whole eight days of beer craziness. The festival officially spans from February 25, 2011 – March 6, 2011.
Sacramento Beer Week kicks off with the Sacramento Brewers Showcase on February 24, 2011. From that point on, the event organizers have over 300 events planned. They will close out Beer Week over at The Capitol Beerfest, which will take place at Cal Expo on March 5. Fifty-nine breweries are expected to attend that event. Giddy up.
Do not forget two of the biggest brew experiences on earth – Philly Beer Week and Seattle Beer Week. These two events are certain to shock and awe the senses. Both are worth the flight, regardless of where you are. Luckily, we just so happen to be in both places while the events go down.
Seattle priming up for 3rd annual beer adventure.
Seattle Beer Week is in its 3rd year, and will span from May 19 – 28, 2011. This year, the event planners have hooked up with Maritime Pacific to craft the festival’s annual brew.
While the past two years have yielded 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.
The self-anointed original American beer week gets ready for #4
Philly Beer Week is in its 4th year, and will span from June 3 – 12, 2011. The founders of this event consider it to be the original city beer week and boast that it attracts more visitors than any other beer festival.
We know from experience that Philly Beer Week is one hell of an attraction. Over the past years, I have paid attention to the Twitter updates of festival goers with great jealousy. Hopefully this year, we will be joining the experience.
You can follow the event details on their website.
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
The Nationwide toast is at 6pm, this Monday, November 15th.
No doubt – this is a Top 5 Seattle beer event. Each of us, over here at Beer Blotter, agree that Elysian Brewing‘s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival is one of the can’t miss events we have here in Seattle, each year.
Elysian Brewing puts on this years celebration of all things pumpkin from October 16-17, 2010. The event begins each day at 12:00 PM and goes on through the evening.
What should you expect from this event? How about 40+ pumpkin-styled beers!
Elysian will roll out 3 or 4 beer trucks and set them up in the back lot. Each truck will pour several beers, from brewers all around the country. Here is the preliminary lineup, but remember that Elysian always holds a few names back as a surprise:
From Elysian: Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, The Great Pumpkin, Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout, Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pilsner, Kaiser Kurbis Pumpkin Hefeweizen, PK-47 Pumpkin Malt Liquor, Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin Ale, and a few surprises including a new brew and treats from the Elysian Cellar.
Guest Beers From: Big Time, Silver City, Snipes Mountain, Naked City, Elliott Bay, Schooner Exact, Rock Bottom, Fremont, Diamond Knot, Anacortes, Ram-Puyallup, Rogue-Issaquah, Allagash, Russian River, Iron Hill, Cambridge, Nodding Head, Jolly Pumpkin, Dogfish Head, Stewart’s, Beer Valley & Laurelwood!
We hope that you caught some of these names and did a double take – we did. Jolly Pumpkin!? Russian River?! Iron Hill!! These are some of the greatest brewers around. You can expect to see some other surprises, throughout the festival.
One other thing. Did you see that gigantic pumpkin on the Elysian webpage? Dick and the guys over at Elysian brew a beer in one of these massive gourds each year. I am hopeful that this trend continues on this year.
Don’t miss this event – It’s one of a kind!
Back in June, I did a short article about the return of the Belltown Pub. Back at that time, there was some hope that the Pub would be up and running by July.
Well, that didn’t happen, but each and every day I noticed people working on it. From painting the outside, to replacing furniture, to installing 6 or 7 large LCD TVs, to completing the bar and its 8 or so taps, to finally this week – putting up the new brass-styled “Belltown Pub” sign.
I walked by the new Pub yesterday afternoon to notice a locked door and an “OPEN” sign in the off position. But, inside was a full staff setting tables, TVs blazing and 8 beautiful tap handles ready to pour. It appears that the Belltown Pub has finally arrived.
I still cannot locate a website for the new Pub, but they do sport a fine Facebook page. The pages describes the bar as follows:
Welcome to the Belltown Pub, A Northwest inspired restaurant and bar situated in the heart of Belltown! Come check us out for our great food, signature cocktails and local craft beer selection!
Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 Days a week!
Then they posted this little nugget:
Belltown Pub Belltown Pub will be open to the public this Friday 8/20/2010! Come help us celebrate our opening by trying one of our signature cocktails, local draft beers, or some amazing “Pub Grub”
So, it appears they are open for business. The Pub will serve you from 11:00 AM-12:00 AM each day, staying open to 2 AM on Thursday-Saturday.
When I walked past yesterday, I noticed tap handles for Bridgeport’s Hop Czar and Georgetown’s Chopper Red. Cannot wait to check it out. Let us know if you do!
After a daring 3 post day yesterday, I am a bit spent. I really enjoyed the 52 Weeks on the Pub at Third Place, put together by Timperial Stout. That place looks awesome.
So, for today you get a little perspective on what the hell is happening in Seattle and where you need to be on this beautiful Friday evening:
Capitol Hill Block Party
First and foremost, this is on top of the list. This Capitol Hill music festival takes over the hill for the entire weekend. Those of you who were lucky to score $60 weekend passes probably noticed that they are going for over $300 now on Craigslist. Who would have thought that live music was an investment?
Anyways, If you are headed to the hill tonight, you will get to see the likes of Yeasayer, MGMT, Bear in Heaven, Holy Fuck and Jaguar Love. The lineup is pretty damn good.
The problem with CHBP is the lack of enjoyable ales. Typically, you are restrained to a few bars in the Pike & Pine Street area, between 10th and 12th Avenues. There are a few bars here, most notably Quinns, which has an amazing bottle list and typically a few good taps. Last year, they had most of their taps shut down to fill them with PBR and Mannys. Hopefully that is not the case again this year.
My memory was that I took off the bad sets and headed over to Odd Fellows Cafe to grab a Firestone Walker Union Jack. You can also head up to 12th and grab one of the amazing craft beers at Elysian Brewing.
In the words of “the goat”: “have good mosh-pitting.”
Superstars on at Brouwers Cafe
Well they never cease to amaze us with their incredible collection of beer on draft. Today they have two of my absolute favorite beers on earth: my favorite Imperial IPA and a Top 5 Sour Ale. From their Facebook:
Brouwer’s Cafe Just two of the many delicious beers on draft. We still have RR Supplication. We just tapped a keg of thus years batch of Boundary Bay’s Imperial Ipa.
The Beer Junction Hosts First Tasting
The Beer Junction is a quality bottle shop that just opened over in West Seattle. They are hosting their first-ever tasting event this evening. Guess who is the guest: Stone Brewing. From their twitter:
@thebeerjunction 1st tasting [today] w/ Stone! 5-8pm- pale ale, cali-belgique IPA, 14th anniversary IPA, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Russian Stout $2 tasting fee.
Naked City Blows Me Away
I love this place. Let me say it again – I love it. No place in Seattle offers you the amazing bar dichotomy of a brewery and a tap house. Right now they are showcasing their tap house abilities, with an amazing list of micros.
Check out their ever-evolving tap list at their website. But here is a snapshot: Russian River Consecration (Amatuer Hour’s favorite beer), Double Mountain Bonne Idee (our favorite saison made in US), Walking Man Homo Erectus, and Russian River Pliny the Elder (for all you Pliny Watchers out there).
Regardless of where you end up – it looks to be a heck of a night! Anything else that we missed? Post in comments below.
Seattle’s newest bottle shop has opened up in West Seattle – bringing great craft beer across the bridge! We are very happy to announce that The Beer Junction has finally opened up in West Seattle. The new shop officially opened its doors on Saturday, July 3, 2010.
We have yet to pay a visit to the Junction, but we saw an article from Washington Beer Blog‘s Kendall Jones about the opening. Kendall’s article highlights the fact that two of our area’s best beer bloggers each will have a shelf to showcase their beer picks. A shelf will feature the picks of Seattle Beer News‘ Geoff Kaiser and Washington Beer Blog’s Kendall Jones.
Of course, we are very delighted to see area beer writers get some input. We would highly recommend that you take a look at their shelf when you visit – these guys know their beer!
Read more about Kendall’s picks by visiting his article. Seattle Beer News has yet to publish a listing of its picks – but check the website for more in the coming days.
The Beer Junction is located at:
4707 42nd Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Check them out.
Last week, I poured my heart out for Water Street Brewing in Port Townsend, Washington. The article became, by far and away, our widest read post. It was also mentioned in a few other places, including the brewery’s own webpage.
First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who gave us good comments on the article. I am so very happy to know that there are others out there that feel the same about that majestic place. The Port Townsend community surely held high regard for its favorite watering hole.
I wrote my eulogy to my favorite brewpub in a matter of about 15 minutes. I really wanted to have it go up the same day that they announced their closing. In doing so, I rambled about, refused a re-read and published. I now recognize that there are probably 1000 thoughts that I failed to mention, but I am fairly certain that I (or anyone for that matter) could write a novel about Water Street Brewing. The institution created 60 years worth of memories and nostalgia in about 6 years.
Water Street Brewing had their final night at the old Water Street address on Thursday, June 24, 2010. In closing my article, I held out hope for a resurrection of my favorite spot. It appears that the prayers of many, may be answered.
Water Street Brewing’s owners have published the following blurb on to their website, offering hope to us all:
We, here at Water Street Brewing are currently working hard to find a new location and would love to ask our loyal friends to give us a helping hand. If you would like to share your experiences and opinions, it would go a long way to show how very much our community would like to see us reopen in a new home. Please either email us, or the Pennisula Daily News, or post your contribution to ourFacebook Fan Page. Thank YOU!
Needless to say, I wrote to them immediately. My position is simple: find a place with the character and atmosphere that bred great experiences for your patrons. An old dusty shoe would probably work – as long as the same people are there with the same love they once had.
I implore you all to e-mail them if you have an opinion about what they do next. The best way to follow their re-launch is to check their Facebook page. Hold out hope folks. Good things happen.
Well we couldn’t wait any longer, so we are going ahead and rolling out to Kenmore, Washington today for the opening day of Washington Brewers Fest. We hope to see you all out there.
Check out our incredibly extensive Washington Brewers Fest Preview, which was published yesterday here at BeerBlotter.com. You might also want to check out the preview articles put together by fellow Seattle beer bloggers – Seattle Beer News and Washington Beer Blog. We are really excited to try out some of these amazing ales.
Hope to see you there! Remember to stop by the Lazy Boy Brewing stand Saturday and Sunday to say hello to our cellar king Timperial Stout.
Seattle’s sustainable brewer, Fremont Brewing, is making a big splash. Amidst increasing exposure and growing popularity, Fremont Brewing is finally rolling out a canning line. Even more exciting (to us) is that Fremont has begun the process of producing sour beer, right here in Washington state.
Both of these items were disclosed by way of a blog post today at the brewery’s website. The blog post states that the brewery acquired a used canning system that will allow them to put beer in a can at impressive rates.
From the post:
The used caning line Matt scored for us arrived yesterday! It’s a manual system capable of canning 20 cases an hour. Now we just have to buy some cans (minimum order: 85,000) and soon you’ll see us in grocery stores — and elsewhere…
This is some pretty exciting stuff. If Fremont moves quickly, they will be the 3rd (2nd?) canner in the state of Washington. Whats great about this news is that shows that Fremont has fulfilled its dreams.
When the first announcements of Fremont’s launching were released, the press release promised canning – now they have fulfilled that lofty goal. Congrats Fremont, we cannot wait to crack a beer.
More interesting to many of us at BeerBlotter.com was the claim that Fremont began barreling its Universale Pale Ale in Cabernet barrels this week. That beer will be fermented using wild yeasts to create sour ale. Yum.
Washington brewers and sour ale have not historically joined forces. Minuscule batches of sour ales have been brewed in the past for super-limited releases from Elysian Brewing and Big Al Brewing, but nothing consistently produced and available to the public.
Fremont’s sour ale endeavor involves using a pale ale, aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels. The concoction may closely resemble that used to create Russian River Brewing’s Consecration (though no fruit was mentioned).
Lets just hope that Fremont sticks with this trend. Sour beer is a great seller and something that can raise a brewer’s profile considerably.
Hey, maybe they will even entertain the idea of canning their new sour creation? Its highly doubtful, but its been done – just ask Rodenbach, who’s Grand Cru can be found in cans throughout Belgium.
We cannot wait to try both of the new products from one of Washington’s finest.
Well well, its Thursday and that signals the beginning of the perennial Easter 4-day drinking weekend! We are looking forward to a pub crawl on Saturday in Georgetown to celebrate Beer Blotter writer Timperial Stout’s new role with Lazy Boy Brewing. Then on Sunday, a magnificent Waterwheel Lounge Brunch up in Ballard!
But for tonight – what say we? Here are some options:
- Beer? Go to Beveridge Place Pub
….. Beveridge Place Pub always has plenty of great beers on tap. But, tonight they plan to throw on gems such as Green Flash Le Freak Belgian IPA, Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins Flanders Red, Catherine the Great Imperial Brown Stout, Port Mongo Double IPA, Dogfish Head Aprihop, and more.
Plus, don’t forget that their month-long I.P.April kicks off today as well. A dozen of their taps will pour IPAs all month long.
Yuck. Ok, April Fools. This is amazing.
- More Beer. Go to Naked City
Ohhhhh, its beer you like. Well then hop on over to Naked City Taphouse to sample a little firkin love from Firestone Walker. Tonight the bar will be serving a firkin of the brewery’s Double Barrel Ale (DBA).
Should go pretty fast, but if they run out, do not despair. Take a gander at this taplist:
Port Townsend Imperial Bourbon Porter – my goodness gracious this beer is incredible.
Black Raven Brouwers 5 – no secret that their IPAs are the best in Washington at this point. This one is intriguing; rye and lemongrass – yum.
Naked City Impact – The brewery’s own double IPA. I still haven’t had this one, but dying to give it a try. If anyone has had it, please leave a comment below with some notes.
- Art. Go to OHGE, Ltd. for an incredible opening.
***This event includes beer, so we will call it “Bert” (beer + art – we’re clever).
Feeling like you need a little culture? Want to enjoy the best of both beer and art? Then head over to the international district to see the OHGE, Ltd. opening this evening. The event begins at 6 PM and yes, there is beer. Lazy Boy’s Amber will be on tap.
OHGE, Ltd. is an art space owned by Alex Ohge and managed/curated by Erin Toale. Their show “You’re so cool” opens tonight, showcasing art from 16 amazing artists from around the country.
Stop by, check out some amazing art, whet your whistle with some of Everett, WA’s finest, and applaud Erin Toale on her latest and greatest. Hope to see you all there!