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!
Seattle is not at a loss for breweries and beer bars. That perfect place to have a pint is just around the corner. But what happens when you want to enjoy a beer at home, purchase a beer souvenir or contribute to your ever growing beer collection? That’s right, you visit a bottle shop.
Although here in Seattle, your local corner store will have a decent selection of micro-brews, a worthy bottle shop is about location, price, rotation, organization and of course, inventory. There are many bottle shops in the greater Seattle area, but I am going to focus on four, each with a very different reason for making the mention on this post.
Best Bottle Price
5909 Airport Way South
Seattle, WA 98108
Befriend this reasonably priced bottle shop on Facebook– cause that is what all of the cool kids are doing…
Full Throttle Bottles is located in the off beat neighborhood of Georgetown. Comprised of warehouses, biker bars and other edgy establishments, Full Throttle gives this neck of the woods a great selection at very reasonable prices. Although their inventory is smaller than several other bottle shops, you can’t beat their prices. I have acquired several special bottles for $1-$3 less than other places. An added bonus- spend over $10.00 ten times and you will get 11% off of a purchase. This Saturday, November 13, 2010 is Georgetown’s Art Attack- a great opportunity to support the local arts and grab some bottles to-go!
Best Selection and Most Knowledgeable
1710 North 45th Street #3
Seattle, WA 98103
Bottleworks is owned by the same people that created, built, own and manage Brouwer’s Cafe, so you can imagine this bottle shop has an amazing selection. If there is a release that makes its way to Washington State, then you better believe, Bottleworks will get it and get it first (and probably sell out first). Located in the Wallingford neighborhood among quirky store fronts, Bottleworks is the place you can go and enjoy a beer while you shop. Within this past year, Bottleworks installed 4 or 5 rotating taps. Grab a tasty beverage and peruse the store looking for your favorite IPA or the new release. From Belgium to Japan, sours and stouts, Bottleworks will meet your beer needs, every time.
A Bottle Shop for the Commuter
16851 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98052
As you may know, Seattle is home to Microsoft. After living here for about a week, you are bound to meet someone who works for Microsoft. The “campus” is located in Redmond, WA about a 20 minute (without traffic) drive from downtown Seattle. So what do you do after work in Redmond? And more over, why would a Seattlite who works in Seattle go to Redmond for beer? Well let me tell you. Malt and Vine not only offers a well-rounded, ever changing inventory, they always have amazing beers on tap- 10 or so at any given time. On a sunny day, you can sit down with a beer on the back patio or just window shop among the glass coolers. Just down the road is Black Raven Brewing Co., another reason to head to Redmond. But Malt and Vine makes the list for their selection and their approach to organizing the inventory- by brewery. Its quite the site to see 10 Midnight Sun beers all in one area glistening below the cooler lights. The staff here are very nice, knowledgeable and lovers of craft beer.
The Place to Go When Visiting Seattle
1926 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101-1013
Located in Pike Place Market- Seattle’s #1 tourist destination is the Pear Delicatessen. Although this specialty grocery sells fine cheeses, wines and simple groceries, they have a great selection of beers from the Western part of our country, mainly Colorado, California, Washington and Oregon. This is perfect for a local to stop by and grab some beers and snacks for guests and perfect for the visitor looking to take back a taste of the Pacific NW.
Highlights of beer for this weekend: 1/3 of Beer Blotter visited Walking Man Brewery (look for a 52 places article later this week) while I stayed in Seattle soaking in the 90 degree plus weather. I stopped at Fremont Brewing Co. on Saturday and enjoyed their Interurban IPA on cask dry hopped with Cascade hops and Mango. Damn good. But now for the week ahead.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Give a Pint, Get a Pint: Escondido, California
9:00AM-2:00PM@ Stone Brewing Co.
Stone held this charitable event last December. The premise, donate blood and get a free Stone Brewing Co. pint glass. No beer today, you need your strength for this good cause. Come support the San Diego Blood Bank and Stone Brewing Co’s efforts to give back to the community.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Beer Class Subject- Wild Ale: Atlanta, Georgia
7:30PM-9:30PM @ The Porter Beer Bar
One of my favorite styles of beers, the Sour Ale or Wild Ale is not for everyone. However, its origin, history and chemical make up are down right fascinating. Call 404-223-0393 to save your spot!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Ballast Point Brewing Co. Tasting: Brooklyn, New York
7:00PM-11:00PM @ The Double Windsor
Come taste some amazing brews from San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing Co.
$5 beers from 7-11 (list below only).
* Yellowtail Pale Ale
* Calico Amber Ale
* Big Eye IPA
* Sculpin IPA
* Wahoo Wheat
* Super secret special surprise!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Blind IPA Tasting: Mt. Pleasent, South Carolina
5:30PM-7:30PM @ Wine a While
Want to see if you have the palate of a beer judge? Come find out during a blind tasting of some of the popular IPA’s on the market. See if your favorite is really your favorite. Prize if you can correctly identify all the beers. Good luck!
The Iron Brewer Night: Seattle, Washington
7:00PM- whenever @ Beveridge Place
Two Local breweries- Naked City v. Black Raven are pit against each other in a competition that includes beer brewed with tea and ginger. Sounds like innovation in a glass.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Southern Tier Takeover: Atlanta, Georgia
6:00PM-10:00PM @ The Porter Beer Bar
I know, I know, this place again. Im beginning to think that when we take a trip to ATL, this beer bar is a must stop! Tonight, 11 Southern Tier taps will be pouring. Fingers crossed for Oak Aged Unearthly IPA, Choklat, Jah*va and more!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Goose Island Beer Event: Peekskill, New York
5:00PM-2:00AM @ Birdsall House
20 Goose Island Taps tonight paired with an available pre-fix menu. Damn.
Sunday, August 22, 2o10
Doti Liquor’s 2nd Annual Big Beer Event: Elmhurst, Illinois
2:00PM-5:00PM @ Doti Liquors
Come and sample many great beers of different styles and origins! Doti’s biggest beer event of the year takes place under a large tent in the parking lot, come mingle with the locals and expand your beer knowledge!!
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We are neighboring states, we enjoy beer together and make good beer together, but tonight at Elysian Brewing Co.’s Capital Hill location, Washington beers will be up against Oregon beers at Seattle Beer Week event, Firkin Firkin. All beers will be in cask conditioned firkins.
Drum Roll Please: the Firkin Firkin match ups are…..
Look out for the top competitors from both states (Pelican Brewing Co.- go there someday; Black Raven Brewin Co- WA Rookie of the Year; Double Mountain- quality brews and Fremont Brewing Co.- the Center of the Universe)and no matter where you are from, remain unbias- good beer is good beer!
May the best city win!!!
Tonight Beer Blotter hangs with some of the best brewers in the USA at East meets West– more on our encounter with beer royalty later!!
I always begin with a blurb about the weather. NOT this time. Although now I am at a loss. Had Bell’s Rye Stout this weekend. It was creamy, robust and a really great beer. Events…here they are.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Women’s Only Sour Beer Tasting: Escondido, California
7:00PM-9:00PM @ Stone Brewing Co.
Sour beers are up there with my favorite styles of beers. Unique flavors, unique history and a style originated in Belgium. Done, done and done.
If you’ve never tried a sour brew before, now’s your chance to explore this tart and delicious beer style. You’ll learn about what makes a sour beer sour while you try outstanding examples from several different breweries. Tickets are $20 and are available in the Stone Company Store or online here:
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Founder’s Brewing Kentucky Breakfast Stout Tasting: Mount Holly, New Jersey
7:00PM-10:00PM @ High Street Grill
Founders Brewing Co. makes damn good beer. (hello Double Trouble, Centennial IPA and their other Breakfast Stout). From their website
“…brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year, to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Make your taste buds squeal with delight.”
Live Irish Tunes from 7 pm and all you can eat mussels in beer for just $10 pp! Also on tap, 15 other great craft beers and Founders Reds Rye too!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Weyerbacher Beer Dinner: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
6:00PM-8:00PM @ Sands Casino Resort
On deck are Weyerbacher’s Blitering Idiot, Fireside Ale, Merry Monk, and the Blanche paired with amazing dishes such as Pepper Crusted Roasted Strip Loin served on oyster mushrooms, roasted garlic spaetzle, caramelized onion puree, Cippolini onion and herb jus.
This 4 course dinner is $50.00/person. To make reservations call 877-SANDS77. Please note: Beer Dinners include tax and gratuity.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Southern Tier Take Over: Cumberland, Rhode Island
7:00PM-9:00PM @ Pitcher’s Pub
The good stuff from Southern Tier Brewing is on tap tonight this is an amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing event. Mokah, Choklat, Oak Aged Unearthly IPA, Iniquity (Black Ale) and many more. This brewery can’t go wrong, so go here tonight.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Lagunitas Tasting: Amesbury, Massachusetts
5:00PM-8:00PM @ Carriagetown Wine and Spirits
There will be a Lagunitas tasting from 5pm-8pm on Friday April 30th. The full line up of year round offerings and current seasonals will be sampled.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Black Raven Anniversary Party: Redmond, Washington
12:00PM-10:00PM @ Black Raven Brewing Co.
21 and Over only Event- so if you are of age, come enjoy, live music all day, food kiosks (grilled food and pizza, Rare BRBC beers, 2 beer gardens and………………….Live goats! AND live music stage with headliners and Seattle Reggae band, Dub Lounge International.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
The Bruery Seasonal Tasting: Portand, Oregon
3:00PM-5:00PM @ Saraveza Bottle Shop
Try all four seasons of The Bruery at this free sampling. And lucky for you, they will be pouring both Partridge in a Pear Tree (’08) AND Two Turtle Doves (’09). If you are super lucky, you’ll get a sample of Black Tuesday (first come, first served!).
Nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
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Without further ado and no introduction, drum roll please…..
Monday, March 29, 2010
Southern Tier Pint Night: Pawtucket, Rhode Island
8:00PM-10:00PM @ Doherty’s East Irish Pub
Put your Guiness down and enjoy a pint from NY’s Southern Tier Brewing Co. An amazing brewery with a wide range of styles, you can expect to enjoy the following on tap tonight: Mokah, Unearthly IPA, Choklat, Cherry Saison, Iniquity Black IPA and many more!
Allagash Beer Dinner: South Norwalk, Connecticut
7:00PM- 9:00PM @ The Ginger Man
Tonight, $70.00 will give you an all inclusive beer experience, with 5 courses, 5 pairings, tax and gratuity included. Come in early for a pint, and then enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a brief introduction to the Allagash Brewing Company when everyone is seated. 4 courses follow, including a cheese plate and dessert.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Enter the Smutty, An Evening with Smuttynose Brewing Co.: Burlington, Vermont
5:00PM-11:00PM @ American Flatbread Burlington Health
This line up is amazing and since our trip to Ohio, we are huge fans of Smuttynose Brewery. So here goes: Wheat Wine ’08; Big A IPA; Oaked Old Brown Dog CASK; Brett & I and many more.
Beers for Babes: New York, New York
6:30PM-9:30PM @ The Pourhouse
Beer is not just for men, women have sophisticated tastebuds and many enjoy the sweet nectar as much as their male counterparts. So tonight, lets drink to female beers lovers at the Pourhouse for a women only event. Tonight’s themed is flavored beer which includes Bluepoint Blueberry Ale, Ithaca Apricot Wheat, Lindeman’s Pomme, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, Abita Purple Haze. Light appetizers will also be available.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Bell’s Oberon Kick Off Party: Atlanta, Georgia
6:00PM-8:00PM @ The Porter Beer Bar
Come and celebrate the beginning of Spring with Bell’s Brewery’s new edition, Oberon. An American wheat ale brewed with Saaz hops. Spicy and fruity, Oberon is the color and scent of a sunny afternoon. Get a pint, keep the glass.
Goose Island Beer and Wine Dinner: Rocky River, Ohio
6:30PM- 8:00PM @ The Pub Rocky River
Who said beer and wine lovers can drink in unison? Join Goose Island‘s Eddie Anderson as well as a Gallo Wine Rep in this very unique event of beer and wine pairings. Goose Island will be featuring Sofie, Matilda, Pere Jacques, 312 & Mild Winter.
Cask Night: Redmond, Washington
Every Wednesday, come get a pint of one of Black Raven Brewing Co.’s beers on cask at the brewery of Redmond amazing bottle shop. This Wednesday, the Saison is featured.
Thursday, April 1, 201o
April is IPA Month: Burlington, Vermont
4:30 PM-11:30PM @ American Flatbread Burlington Hearth
Out with the barleywines and in with the IPAs. For the ENTIRE month of April, expect to enjoy IPA after IPA. American Flatbread Burlington Hearth’s own Zero Gravity brewery will be offering multiple IPA options in addition to the many exciting selections have been gathered from the top regional and not-so-regional breweries.
Dogfish Head Keg Party and Chili Cook-off: Chicago, Illinois
8:30PM-11:30PM @ Landmark Grill and Lounge
Ok, listen carefully- $20 at the door gets you unlimited chili and $.25 drafts of Dogfish Head India Brown, 90 min IPA, Rasion D’extra and Aprihop all night long. Done and done!
Friday, April 2, 2010
Avery Brewing’s Depuceleuse Release: Boulder, Colorado
5:00PM-8:00PM @ Avery Brewing Co.
After waiting patiently for an entire year, this beer, aged in zinfandel wine barrels , Depuceleuse has matured and is primed to be bottled. A 100% brettanomyces fermentation gives this brew lots ‘o funk throughout, intertwined with pungent elements of sour cherries, delicate aromas of aged wood and a gentle spice thanks to the zinfandel barrels. Sounds amazing!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Stone Barleywine Fest: Libertyville, Illinois
1:00PM-3:00PM @ The Firkin
Try one of 11 Stone Brewing Co. beers on draught including Old Guardian Barleywine from 2007, 2008, 2010! Also featured will be Levitation, I.P.A., Pale Ale, Ruination, Smoked Porter,and Arrogant Bastard. Brewer, Greg Koch will be stopping by during the party as well to say hello! New Old Guardian glasses will be yours to keep. Exciting!
Philadelphia Breweries During Prohibition: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2:00PM -3:00PM @ Philadelphia Brewing Co.
Celebrate the 77th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition which occurred April 7, 1933 when 3.2% beer was made legal. Find out how Philadelphia breweries coped during 13 long “dry years” some of which weren’t all that dry.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Easter At Stone: Escondido, California
9:30AM-11:30 AM @ Stone Brewing Co.
Egg hunt for kids, beer for adults. Happy Easter to you.
Easter, Avery Brewing’s release of a sour cherry beer, educational opportunities for woman and wine lovers, and the beginning of Spring. Life is good, so drink up- cheers!
The moment you have all been waiting for……
Monday, March 8, 2010
Beer U: Homebrewing Event: Escondido, California
7:00PM-9:00PM @ Stone Brewing Co.
Home brewing, any beer enthusiast can do it. Its fun and rewarding all at the same time. Join Ken Wright and Jacob McKean for a live brewing demonstration and some tasty homebrew samples! Tickets are $20 and are available at the Stone Company Store or online here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/99122
Great Lakes Brewing Enters A New Market: Greensboro, North Carolina
8:00PM-10:00PM @ The Pour House
We wish there was an event like this in Seattle which would indicate that Great Lakes Brewing is being distributed to Seattle. BUT its not, so lets get back to reality. However the lucky cities of Charlotte/Greenboro NC will experience all that Great Lakes Brewing Company has to offer. Visit The Pour House to meet GLBC reps and sample GLBC’s five year round beers: Burning River Pale Ale, Commodore Perry India Pale Ale, Dortmunder Gold Lager, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Eliot Ness Amber Lager!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Allagash Night: Brunswick, Maine
7:00PM- 12:00 AM @ The Lion’s Pride
Allagash is known for its perfection of the Belgium styled beers, so here is your chance to try lots of limited Allagash beers on tap. This is part of the Lion’s Pride Belgian Festival week along and Allagash will be featured with other great Belgian beers.
Oatmeal Stout Night: Brooklyn, New York
6:00PM-10:00PM @ Bar Great Harry
Come taste stouts that have been aged in-house at Bar Great Harry. Before the weather turns warmer, indulge in these tasty brews: Sixpoint Otis, CASK Blue Point Oatmeal Stout, Mcneil’s Oatmeal Stout, Anderson Valley Barney Flats, Young’s Oatmeal Stout, Wolaver’s Organic Oatmeal Stout, Goose Island Oatmeal Stout.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 (the day Beer Blotter leaves for Belgium)
Victory Beer Sampling: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6:00 PM-8:00PM @ Hawthornes
A FREE sampling of Victory Brewing company. As always these fine beers will be paired with a specific cheese.
Brewers Night with Black Raven Brewing Co.: Bellingham, Washington
6:00PM-9:00PM @ The Green Frog Cafe
Black Raven Brewing Co., known for their amazing IPAs (Single IPA-Trickster and Double IPA- Wisdomseeker) is heading North from Redmond to Bellingham to sample their beers and give away schwag.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Cigar City Pre-release Party: Bradenton, Florida
7:00PM-9:30PM @ Lost Kangaroo Pub
Tonight marks the eve of the official release of the Hunapu bottle release and there are some very special Cigar City beers on tap and in bottles. Hunapu, Jai Alai IPA, Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale and Olde Ale will all be on tap and paired with cheese.
Brewery Ommegang Tasting: New York, New York
7:00PM-10:00PM @ Shorty’s
Ken Erdogan from Brewery Ommegang will be at Shorty’s tonight, as will as at least six of his fantastic Ommegang brews. In the line up will be Abbey Ale, Hennpin, Witte, Rare Vos and a couple surprises. Come by for $10 flights (4-6oz glasses) of your favorite beers.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Downtown St. Paddy’s Day Dash: Youngstown, Ohio
5:00PM-2:30AM @ Rust Belt Brewing Co.
Kick off is at 5pm at the B&O Station 530 Mahoning Ave. Then, two 55 passenger luxury buses will arrive at 7pm to take you and around Downtown Youngstown in search of 6 mystery leprechauns who will be giving out gold coins (plastic coins provided by Amscan on New York) those who collect 5 coins will receive a free Downtown Dash 2010 St. Paddy’s t-shirt. NOTE: Registration begins at 5pm, the cost is $2 with a non perishable donation to Gleaners Food Bank of Youngstown and $5 with out donation. All proceeds will go to Gleaners Youngstown Food Bank.
Berkshire Brewing Co.: South Deerfield, Massachusetts
6:00PM-9:00PM @ Chandler’s Tavern
Featuring the Berkshire Brewing Company’s handcrafted ales. The evening starts at Berkshire Brewing Company at 6:00 with an hour tour of the brewery followed by a four course dinner at Chandler’s Restaurant.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Kona Brewer’s Festival: Kona, Hawaii
2:30PM-6:30PM @ Kona Brewing Co.
Enjoy amazing beers and a stellar view at the 15th Annual Kona Brewer’s Festival. Headliners include, Jolly Pumpkin, Great Divide, Ballast Point Brewing Co., and so many more. From Oregon to Hawaii come celebrate craft brewing in the USA!
Russian River Tapping: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (this is the hot city of the week)
12:00PM- 12:00 AM @ Tria
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Fire and Ice Brunch with Glacier Brewing Co.: Anchorage, Alaska
6:00PM-9:00PM @ Firetap Alehouse
This beer and food pairing with Glacier Brewing Co. is $50.00/person. To make reservations call (the area code in Ancorage, AK plus) 561-2337. Food items include: succulent prawns in a spring roll wrapper, crisped with herbs and spices. Served with Tabboulah salad blended with Red Hot Mama and chile infused olive oil; tender short ribs slow cooked with star anise, brushed with a Jim Bean/hoisin glaze- paired with IPAs, Red Hot Mama and more!
Los Angeles St. Patrick’s Day Festival: Los Angeles, California
2:00PM- 7:00PM @ Taglyan Complex
Ballast Point Brewing Company–Firestone DBA (Double Barrel)- New Belgium Brewing Company-and a bunch of liquors for you non-beer drinkers. We wanted to mention this event, because this is a rare occurrence, a beer event in LA.
So that is it- start priming your liver for St. Paddy’s Day, as we prime our livers for Belgium. We hope to report while abroad but will be subject to internet access, so no promises. There will be plenty of materials upon our return! But check back this week, as we are working hard to get as many posts up as possible. Thanks for the support and if you go to an event, see a sign for an event, know someone who was thinking about going to an event, let us know by leaving a comment or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!