If this is the first time that you ever read this blog, you might not know about our affinity for a former brew house known as Water Street Brewing. The iconic pub once ruled the streets of Port Townsend, Washington, with incredible food, heartwarming charm and of course – excellent beer. If you need to catch up on why we loved (and still love) it so very much – read this post.
After a long bout with the owners of their former space, Water Street was forced to close its doors. If you have visited Port Townsend since this closing, you might have seen their empty space, still donning the famous mural that once make the place as epic as can be. For me, it was so incredibly difficult to peer through that glass and notice no life within.
But, lets cheer up. As we inch closer to Winter, we can begin to think about Strange Brewfest. This festival is a celebration of the unique spirit that Water Street encompassed. Strange Brewfest is a chance to see the creativity of Washington’s wonderful brewing community.
Of course, many of us were concerned that Water Street’s closing spelled the end to this event. We were wrong to bet again Nina and Mark, the committed owners of the former pub.
Nina and Mark have announced, via their Facebook page, that Strange Brewfest is on! The event will span across three days this year and be held down the street from the original location at the American Legion Hall. The event will no longer be a Water Street Brewing event, but Nina and Mark will serve as consultants, to ensure that the festival does not lose it luster.
So, book your hotel for January 28-30, 2011. There are a list of suggested hotels on the Strangebrew Festival website.
Check in with the Water Street Facebook page to learn more about the event as we inch closed to the big date. See you there!
Another Monday, another week, another set of weekly events. Read on, pencil these dates in and have fun!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Monday Night FREE Tasting: Portland, Oregon
5:00PM-7:00PM@ The Beermongers
Blue Mountain Cider Company from Milton-Freewater Oregon will be providing the samples. They make great cider from whole apples grown here is the Pacific Northwest. Beermongers will have their unfiltered cider on draft, free samples and we will be making cider “cocktails” (such as Red Skies at Night: 8oz of Cherry Cider & 8oz stout beer!). Join the Beermongers and Andy from Blue Mountain for an evening of cider tasting and education about the proper way to make cider.
Ommegang Beer Dinner: Washington D.C.
6:30PM-10:30PM @ Birreria Paradiso/Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown
Four delectable courses complemented by 6 beer pairings, come indulge on a Monday evening with the head brewer of Brewery Ommegang at Birreria Paradiso. 6:30 & 9:00 PM seatings. Call for reservations:202-337-4936!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Hitachino Brewery Night: Brooklyn, New York
6:00 PM until close @ Bar Great Harry
Visit one of the best beer bars in all of Brooklyn and sample beers from Japanese brewery, Hitachino Nest. This is a unique brewery with top notch beers, such as their Espresso Stout (personal favorite), Real Ginger Brew, White Ale, the XH (matured in sake casks) and the Red Rice Ale. Try them all!!! Oh and FREE meats and cheeses!
Highland Brewery Night: Sarasota, Florida
4:00PM-12:00AM @ World of Beer
Highland Brewing Co. out of Asheville, NC will feature their 15th Anniv.auld Ahshevile Ale, Black Mocha Stout, Gaelic Ale, Kashmir IPA, Oatmeal Porter, St.Terese’s Pale Ale and their Tasgall Ale. World of Beer is a family friendly establishment until 7:00PM and there will be specials on draft sampler platters and givaways.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Weyerbacher Tasting Night: New Haven, Connecticut
7:00PM-9:00PM @ Prime 16
Get here early if you want a seat and want to beat the crowd, as there will only be two hours to drink as many Weyerbacher beers as humanly possible. Every Wednesday, Prime 16 hosts FREE beer tastings. What a great idea!!!
Brewer’s Night with Elysian Brewing Co.: Bellingham, Washington
6:00PM-9:00PM @ Green Frog Cafe
Elysian Brewing Company out of Seattle, Washington is taking the trip North to Green Frog Cafe to taste a bunch of tasty beer with some surprises. Elysian Brewing Company is known for innovation, collaborations and some damn good IPA. For those that are attending this event, look for Trip IV, an interesting brew from Elysian and New Belgium!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Lagunitas Hopstoopid & Cask Hairy Eyeball Tapping: Chicago, Illinois
7:00PM- 11:00PM @ Sheffield’s Wine and Beer Garden
Lagunitas Brewing Co. is the feature brewery for the month of January at Sheffield’s Wine and Beer Garden, so tonight all 6 taps will be Lagunitas beers: Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, Hopstoopid IPA, Cappuccino Stout & a very special keg of Cask Hairy Eyeball!! All pints will be $4.00 each.
Stout Tasting: Mt. Pleasent, South Carolina
5:30PM-7:30PM @ Wine a While
Sample several different styles of stouts from the classic to newer interpretations. All tasted beers will be on special with a $5 fee! Call 843 881-3155 to find out what beers will be featured!
Friday, January, 29, 2010
Founders Brewing Co. Tasting Event: Ann Arbor, Michigan
5:00PM-7:00PM @ Whole Foods Market
Come meet the folks from Founders and enjoy $3 pints of three different Founders brews served at the Wine and Craft Beer Bar. This event is free to attend! Want to know what will be on tap? Call (734) 997-7500.
Winter Ale Night: San Diego, California
5:00PM- 12:00AM @ Downtown Johnny Brown’s
Only….51 days of winter left, keep on enjoying those winter brews! There will be a complimentary pot of Carbonnade a la flamande and a selection of cheese from Taste in Hillcrest. Our usual Friday happy hour fare will also be available. And the beers (this is not a complete list): Mikkeller’s Santa’s Little Helper, Deschutes Abyss, Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper, Lost Abbey Angel’s Share and Ale Smith’s Yulesmith.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Strange brewFest: Port Townsend, Washington
1:00PM-9:00PM @ Waterstreet Brewing and Ale House
One of Beer Blotter’s favorite spots in the state of Washington, Waterstreet Brewing and Ale House is hosting the 6th Annual Strange brewFest. What to expect? ● Over 30 Northwest Breweries ● Live Music ALL Week-end ● Chainsaw Carving ALL Week-end ● Costume Contest- theme is Wild Things ● Zany Games & Entertainment ●(Saturday afternoon) Fusion Belly Dance Show,fire dancers, jugglers, and much much more. $25.00 Entry Fee (at the door). Be prepared to wait on a long line! It will be well worth it! Strange brew Fest continues on Sunday, January 31st from 1:00PM-6:00PM.
New Belgium Ranger IPA Release Party: Chicago, Illinois
8:00PM-3:00AM @ Will’s Northwoods Inn
Tonight is the pre-release party for New Belgium’s Ranger IPA. With the nation-wide release date is February 1st, those in attendance will be envied by all! There is no cover charge and no need to RSVP to this event. The commercial description of this IPA reads as: This clear amber beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish…
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Beef & Beer: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5:00PM-9:00PM @ South Philadelphia Tap Room
Tickets are $50 per person for this all you can eat & drink event.
BEEF AND BEER—> what a way to end the week right! All you can eat hormone-free prime rib, marinated mushrooms, house-smoked brisket tacos and beef tartar, all made from local, grass-fed cows, plus all you can drink firkins from your favorite local breweries. Featured beer will include firkins of Tröegs Nugget Nectar, Weyerbacher Hops Infusion, Sly Fox Chester County Bitter and Philadelphia Brewing Company’s newest seasonal, a Scotch Ale – in addition to a few surprises. Tickets are available for purchase on location, over the phone at 215.271.7787, or on the venue’s website.
Stout Fest: Chicago, Illinois
11:00 AM until close @ Quenchers Saloon
LAST DAY FOR STOUT FEST. Spend the last day of January among many amazing stouts. Here are a few examples of the amazing beers on tap: Founder’s Breakfast Stout, Avery’s Out of Bounds Stout, Hitachino Espresso Stout and Left Hand Oak Aged Imp Stout. Stouts are great on Sundays…and any day for that matter.
See everyone next week for events in February! If anyone attends an event, wants us to add an event or tried a beer at an event, please leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Cheers!