There are only a few breweries that I put into a particular category. That being: the brewery doesn’t make a single beer I don’t like. Their beers may not all be my favorites, but I find every beer they make to be very solid and a joy to drink. A few breweries that fall into this category for me include: Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Fremont Brewing Company, Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and a select few others. I’ve also come to realize, as I look over their portfolio, that Black Raven Brewing Company fits into this category for me as well.
Do you enjoy beers from Black Raven Brewing Company? I know I sure do. Black Raven makes some truly delicious beers that rate high on my list, including: Wisdom Seeker Double IPA, Trickster IPA, La Petite Mort, Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout, Old Birdbrain Barleywine; the list goes on and on. I don’t get over to Redmond to visit Black Raven nearly as often as I’d like but, if you do, you might want to consider joining Ravenmasters – the Black Raven Brewing Company mug club.
Mug club memberships are both a great way to show your loyalty to a particular brewery, as well as providing you with a wealth of benefits that save you money in the long run, and give you exclusive and/or early access to special offerings before the general public. I’m a member of the Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) mug club myself, since Two Beers is close to home for me, I visit there fairly often and the beers are delicious.
It’s warming up out there. In fact, I believe yesterday (4/7) was our warmest day yet this year. It officially reached 70 at SeaTac and closer to 72/73 in many other places around the Sound (including 78 out in Carnation!) It’s cooled back down a bit today, but there’s no denying that Spring is here and Summer can’t be far behind.
Our Summers are, unfortunately, rather short in Seattle. The running half joke heard around town is that Seattle’s Summer starts on July 5th and ends on September 1st. During that short time, however, we North Westerners really get out there and take advantage of the warmth and sun as much as we can while it lasts. Airways Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) wants to help you enjoy your Summer this year with the arrival of PSA Summer Ale, releasing today in 16oz can 4-packs at both Airways Brewing locations and any day in local bottle shops.
In an article posted here last week, I told you about some of the new food and drink choices coming to Safeco Field for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season, including choices from: Swingin’ Wings, Sound Seafood, Hot Cakes Deserts and Georgetown Brewing. This past Friday, April 4th, I was invited to a preview event at the Safe to sample some of these new food and drink options. I’d like to thank the Seattle Mariners and Centerplate for the invitation and the opportunity to get a little taste of what the fans can expect to find when they attend a Mariner’s game this season.
Though we still have the occasional chill in the air (this is Seattle after all), it is Spring; and Spring means it’s time for baseball. Can the Seattle Mariners pull off a feat similar to the Seahawks’ amazing championship season? Only time will tell but, based on their performance so far this season, they appear poised to win 162 straight games – right? I mean, they’ve kicked the Angels’ butt twice already.
The Seattle Mariners home opener is next Tuesday at 7 PM against the California Angels. If you’re planning to attend the game, or any Mariners home games this season, you’re in for a truly delicious experience when you head out to the concession stands for something to eat or drink, thanks to Seattle Mariners’ hospitality partner, Centerplate.
The way some events are named sometimes baffles me. Golf provides some of the better examples: ‘The Cadillac Classic’? That sounds more like a new Cadillac model to me than a golf tournament. How about ‘The John Deere Classic’? Are we golfing or competing to see who can mow their lawn the best here? I think the name of an event, even a ‘Classic’, should reflect what you can expect to find at that event rather than who’s sponsoring it.
You enjoy good craft beer, don’t you? I mean, you’re here reading this article, so I would suspect you do. I also suspect you enjoy good food as well; perhaps even bacon. Would I be correct? Well, do you have plans for Saturday, May 17th? If you didn’t before, you do now. The Bacon and Beer Classic is coming to Seattle’s Safeco Field on Friday, May 17th and, with a name like ‘Bacon And Beer Classic’, I’m sure you have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
This year’s Seattle Beer Week is just over a month away. There are nearly 100 different events listed already, and that number will only increase before the evening of big kickoff events gets under way on April 8th, starting at Elysian Brewing on Capitol Hill, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start celebrating now.
Six Degrees of Collaboration, the official Seattle Beer Week 6 beer, went on sale yesterday, April 1st, at six select locations around Seattle. No fooling! I’ll give you just one guess as to where those six locations might be. That’s right. The six different breweries who collaborated on this year’s SBW beer will be, at least at first, the only places you can buy this beer. Only Elysian had it yesterday, April 1st, as it was just shipping out to the other breweries, but be on the lookout for it soon at Black Raven, Pike, Schooner Exact, Naked City and Georgetown as well any day now – and in local bottle shops very soon.
Hops. What would beer be without them? They are a crucial element in the production of most styles of beer, imparting aromas, flavors and bitterness to various styles through the use of different quantities and varieties of hops. Depending on the type(s) of hops used, they can impart aromas and flavors reminiscent of orange, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, pine needles, grass, honeysuckle (or other flowers), earthy or spicy tones, and many other qualities. The bitterness they impart is also important because, without it, most of the beers you enjoy would taste far too sweet.
In well made beers, depending on the style of course, the bitterness of the hops is usually complimented by the sweetness imparted by the malt, resulting in a well balanced play between the two. Of course, many IPAs (and even some ho-forward Belgian and pale ales) purposely throw this balance out of whack, providing an aromatic and flavorful hop punch, often with a more generous amount of bitterness and hop aromas and flavors than you’ll find in other styles. With April right around the corner, Beveridge Place Pub is all set, once again, to celebrate all things hoppy with IPAPril: a month-long celebration of hoppy beers.
Back in March of 2012, a brand new craft beer bar opened in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, just off the corner of Pine and Melrose. Appearing almost immediately on several ‘best of’ lists, and keeping their patrons happy every day with a great craft beer selection, plus lots of great events, a full liquor bar and great food, they pulled no punches in showing everyone they had what it took to be, and stay, one of the best.
Here we are, two years later, and The Pine Box shows no signs of slowing down. Though it seems like they’ve been around much longer (I can recall thinking the same a year ago), The Pine Box is set to celebrate what will be only their second anniversary this Thursday, March 20th. The celebration begins when they open their doors at 3 PM, with what looks to be an excellent tap list.
Since 2007, Joel VandenBrink has been a very busy man. That’s when he first launched Two Beers Brewing Company in a small 170 square foot space in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Six years later, he founded the first cidery within Seattle in over 90 years: Seattle Cider Company. Now, less than one year after Seattle Cider Company’s wildly successful launch, Joel and Seattle Cider Company, with sponsorship from Washington Beer Blog and Capitol Cider, is ready to kick off a whole new cider event in the Pacific Northwest.
The first annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) are set to take place from June 5th to June 8th, 2014. The event will be privately judged at Capitol Cider on Thursday, June 5th, followed by a three-day festival at Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room: The Woods, from June 6th thru June 8th.