How would you like to come out to Shoreline this weekend and enjoy some great craft beer from some local breweries, all while helping out children in Washington who have speech and language delays? It all happens tomorrow, April 25th at the Seattle Scottish Rite Masonic Center.
“RiteCare of Washington enables children to communicate. We provide the highest-quality of care to children with speech and language delays through a family-centered, collaborative care environment. In addition to our customized treatment plans, RiteCare clinicians specialize in parent education to ensure speech and language therapy extends into a child’s home and classroom. Our life-changing therapies are provided at no cost to families thanks to the generous support of our donors.”
Now, before April is even over, Black Raven is bringing back another award winner: Pour Les Oiseaux 2015 Vintage. A Saison aged in white wine barrels and finished with Brettanomyces, Pour Les Oiseaux won a Gold Medal at the 2011 North American Brewer’s Association Awards (Specialty and experimental catagory).
Seattle Beer Week #7 kicks off in just over 2 weeks. As of this morning, April 20th, there are over 220 different events listed for this year’s festivities. That’s incredible. Just two weeks ago, when I gave you my tips for enjoying Seattle Beer Week #7 on a budget, there were 180 events listed. As you can see, that number has grown significantly.
Now, with majority of this year’s events listed, I thought it would be a good time to review all the choices and present you with what I believe will be the best events to hit during each day of Seattle Beer Week. Unlike my budget friendly article from two weeks ago, however, this list of events will disregard cost and focus entirely on fun.
Seattle Cider Company seems to be quickly taking over the nation. Since they first launched back in 2012, they’ve continued to increase production and expand into new markets. Just this past February I told you about their expansion into Wisconsin (the 6th state, including Washington, to carry Seattle Cider Company ciders). Their ‘drier’, less-sweet ciders hold a growing appeal to those who find many other commercial ciders too sweet.
Now, Seattle Cider Company is set to expand into their 7th state: Minnesota. Their ciders should start appearing there on May 4th, along with a series of kickoff events planed throughout the week.
Are you planning to attend this year’s 10th Anniversary Washington Brewer’s Festival, coming on June 19-21? How would you like to attend the festival for free? Are you on Instagram? If not, get yourself an account today and start snapping those photos. The Washington Beer Commission is launching an Instagram campaign. It’s a photo contest where the grand prize is 4 free tickets to this year’s very special 10th Anniversary festival.
All you have to do is follow the Washington Beer Commission on Instagram (@Washingtonbeer), start snapping photos of Washington beers that show off our beautiful state, and tag each one with #DrinkWaBeer.
If you’re looking for a new Session IPA to sip on this Spring and Summer, then look no farther than Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor). Just this past January, they brought back their popular Son of Birdserker SIPA, which always arrives shortly after the release of their Birdserker Triple IPA, for obvious reasons.
Next up, as part of their rotating SIPA series, is their latest release: Redfeather Session IPA. Arriving tomorrow, April 15th, Redfeather SIPA is all set to carry you from Spring into Summer.
Can you believe Black Raven Brewing (CBM Sponsor) has been around for only six years? In that relatively short time, they’ve amassed a huge following and have a portfolio that’s just overflowing with amazing beers. They brew IPAs, Stouts, Saisons, Sours, Barleywines, Lagers and much more.
The tap lineup for this year’s anniversary celebration hasn’t been announced yet but, if it’s anything like last year’s list, you definitely won’t be disappointed. I expect Black Raven will dig into their cellar once again and bring us some amazing and rare versions of some of their most popular offerings.
Seattle Cider Company has really taken off since they first launched back in August of 2013. Their original year round offerings: Dry and Semi-Sweet, have garnered acclaim from across Washington state and indeed across the nation as they continue to expand distribution. Their diverse portfolio of other ciders (including Three Pepper (Lmited), Gin Botanical (Lmited – Year Round), Pacific Northwest Berry (Seasonal), Washington Heirloom (Heritage) and more keeps cider fans coming back for more and wondering what they’ve got up their sleeve next.
Now joining their year round lineup on tap and in 16 oz cans is Seattle Cider’s new (and very popular around the taproom during it’s initial run) offering: Citrus. According to Seattle Cider Company: “This slightly tart yet refreshing cider is the first “infused” cider to be offered year round by the rapidly expanding cidery. Featuring a subtle medium-dry sweetness – falling right between Dry and Semi Sweet – this summer-worthy cider is complemented by a bold citrus flavor and slight bitterness, offering a palate cider lovers and IPA drinkers alike will appreciate.”
Seattle Beer Week (SBW) can be a costly endeavor. Depending on how many different events you plan on attending, in addition to any special dinners or other ticketed events, keeping up with the Jones’ can become a costly prospect this time of year for Seattle area craft beer fans. This year’s SBW kind of snuck up on me a bit. I can’t believe it starts in just one month.
Back in 2013 I ran the first version of this article: Seattle Beer Week On A Budget. In that article, I told you about one event each day during SBW #5 that would be kind to your wallet and give you the biggest bang for your buck. There are nearly 180 different events listed on the schedule for this year’s Seattle Beer Week already, and there’s still a month to go. Deciding which event(s) to attend can be a challenging task. There’s often more than one event I’d like to attend happening at the same time, and usually on opposite ends of town.
Last time, I listed just one event per day. This time, however, I’ll list two different events for each day of SBW, but you’ll have to decide which one(s) to hit. Hard choices sometimes have to be made.
Today I was invited to join a group of several other local journalists down at Safeco Field for an in-depth preview of the new food and drink options that will be available for the 2015 Seattle Mariners season. With the home opener coming up in just five days, this was a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at all the new high-end food and drink options that Mariners fans will have the opportunity to enjoy at the Safe this year.
Last year’s offerings included delicious choices like Apple Wood Smoked Salmon Chowder, ‘Dirty’ Tots With Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar, Carlton Farms Pork Belly & Bay Valley Picked Peppers, and Fish & Chips With Manny’s Pale Ale Batter among other selections; plus cask beers from local Northwest breweries like Georgetown Brewing Company, Oakshire Brewing Company and others.