Seattle Beer Week 2013 is just under one month away, kicking off this year on Thursday, May 9th. Did it sneak up on you? There are already well over 100 events listed for this year’s Seattle Beer Week and more are being added all the time. If you haven’t already, it’s definitely time to start making plans and deciding which ‘must attend’ events you want to hit up this year. With so many events happening, there are bound to be a few conflicts – two or more events you’d like to attend, but each happening at a different end of town at the same time. That’s why it’s important to start planning now.
I’ll have to scale my event participation for Seattle Beer Week back just a bit this year from previous years (due primarily to some educational commitments), but I still plan to cover as many events as possible and give you the most up to date information I can about everything that will be going on. From the 100+ events listed so far, here are my picks for events I’d like to attend (I will update the list below periodically as more events are added):
Thursday – May 9th:
Seattle Cask-O-Rama at Beveridge Place Pub:
“All Seattle breweries, all casks on the bartop, over a dozen in all!” This annual event is a must for cask beer lovers.
Friday – May 10th:
Back In Black Stout Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe:
“For those about to rock…we salute you! We replace at least 40 of our 57 taps with a Stout of some sort.” Winter may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some great stouts. The annual Back In Black fest is a mecca for stout lovers and I love all those rich, deep, complex, intense flavors they provide. Will I see you there?
Fiddler’s Inn Barbecue With Brew Babies at Fiddler’s Inn:
“Four new breweries: Triple horn, Twelve Bar Brews, Reuben’s Brews, and Machine House Brewery together for barbecue and live fiddle tunes.” Come on out to Fiddler’s Inn (sister to Latona Pub and Hopvine), have some barbecue and try some great beers from a few of Seattle’s ‘baby’ breweries. If I can pry myself away from the Back In Black Stout Fest, I may stop by.
Saturday – May 11th:
Learn To Homebrew With Flying Bike Cooperative At Sound Homebrew Supply:
“Want to learn the basics of how beer is made? Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery and Sound Homebrew Supply have teamed up to show you how it’s done.” If you’re an aspiring homebrewer or you’ve ever just been curious about the brewing process, this event is a great way to get your feet wet. The folks from Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery will take you through the steps of homebrewing a beer. Who knows, maybe someday you’ll be opening your own brewery.
The Pine Box Can Derby At The Pine Box:
“The race is on! Come and try your luck racing cans cub scout style down the tracks to beer glory.” Harkening back to your Cub Scout days (remember all those Pinewood Derby races?), The Pine Box brings out the kid in you with their Pine Box Can Derby. Build the fastest racer and win beer prizes! Check The Pine Box’s website for complete rules. You can also see some video from last year’s Pine Box Can Derby races HERE.
Sunday – May 12th:
Kegs n’ Eggs At Brave Horse Tavern:
“Brave Horse Brunch and Beer pairings.” Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – so why not start your Seattle Beer Week Sunday off right and have a stout or a nice IPA with it? Cheers!
Second Annual Sip And Slurp At Wine World And Spirits:
“Taylor Shellfish will be selling oysters for a “buck a shuck”. Up to 10 Northwest breweries will be competing for your vote for the best beer to pair with the oysters.” Tickets for this event are $10 and proceeds will benefit the U-District Food Bank. Sip, slurp, find the best pairing and cast your vote.
Monday – May 13th:
This Is Washington Dammit! At Beveridge Place Pub:
“Thirty-six Washington Beers from thirty-six different breweries, All $3 PINTS!” This is, after all, Seattle Beer Week. Why not attend an event where all the beers are from Washington and only Washington. George would be proud.
Can You Handle My Randle At The Pine Box:
“We’re turning our Randall count up to 12, bringing you over 12 different Beers Randallized with whatever our twisted minds can come up with.” And their minds can get pretty twisted. Their 12 Randalls Of Christmas event last Winter even had a Randall filled with cubes of Christmas ham. What? I’ll be curious to see what they come up with this time.
Tuesday – May 14th:
Beer Education With Steve Dresler At The Beer Junction:
“A class in beer hosted by Head Brewer of Sierra Nevada Brewing. He has some great stories!!! Steve has been with Sierra Nevada since 1983.” Continue your beer education with craft beer industry pioneer, Steve Dresler. This is a great opportunity to meet Sierra Nevada’s head brewer and ask some questions.
5th Annual Trappist Dinner At Quinn’s:
“A beer dinner to end all beer dinners featuring brews from SEVEN Trappist houses paired with some of the finest food to come out of Quinn’s kitchen.” With a 6+ course meal all paired with excellent trappist beers, this is one of two great beer and food pairing events happening this evening. It looks like you’ve got a big decision to make. If you want to attend this event, Contact the restaurant for reservations. 206.325.7711. Seating is very limited.
Hair Of The Dog / Scott Carsberg Dinner At The Pine Box:
“Tonight we’re combining Hair of the Dog, one of the finest breweries in the world, with the food of James Beard award winning chef Scott Carsberg.” Tickets for this 6 course beer pairing dinner are $150 (gratuity included) and are on sale now. Space is very limited so don’t delay! Email Ian@pineboxbar.com for reservations.
Wednesday – May 15th:
Annual Cask Fest At Latona Pub:
“The annual cask fest returns to the Latona. The wall of cask showcases the best from our craft brewer friends.” Face the fortress of casks on the bar top and enjoy some great cask beers at the Latona. Like they say, ” Fresh is best when tapped from a cask.”
Army Of Darkness Movie Night At Central Cinema:
“Ninkasi movie night featuring Army of Darkness quote along version. Ninkasi and movie themed prize giveaways.” Hail to the king, baby and come watch the original classic staring Bruce Campbell. There will be two showings: 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. Come get some!
Collabeeration Dinner At Brave Horse Tavern:
“Brave Horse Tavern is hosting a fabulous beer dinner, featuring the Midnight Sun-Black Raven collaboration beer called Sun of a Beak Imperial Bourbon Barrel Coconut Porter.” Come get your beak wet. This 5 beer, 5 course dinner starts at 7:00 PM. Menu TBA. Head to http://bravehorsetavern.com for tickets.
Boneyard Beer Open Mic Night At Hopvine:
“The tradition of the longstanding open mic and the new tradition of a great brewery come together for beer week.” Have you had enough to get up and grab the mic? Get up in front of the crowd to sing, tell jokes, speak your mind; or just leave it to those who’ve had a few more and enjoy the show.
Thursday – May 16th:
3rd Annual Sausage Fest At Dude Island (Duck Island Ale House):
“Fire-grilled specialty sausage flights? Nom, nom, nom… High octane, super-complex, Strong Ales? Yum, yum, yum…” It’s a total sausage fest in here! According to Duck Island: “Sausage flights will include four different kinds of hand crafted meat, each accompanied with a sauce. Or have a beer-brat, complete with kraut! Enjoy samplers of our featured strong beers. Come prepared with cab fare!”
Evil Twin Brewer’s Night At The Pine Box:
“Come drink the exquisite beers of Evil Twin, and meet Brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, brother of Mikkel Borg Bergsø of Mikkeller Brewing.” Evil Twin Brewing, out of Denmark, makes some amazing beers. If you’ve never had an Evil Twin beer, you owe it to yourself to be here. Tap list TBA.
pFriem Family Brewers’ Night At Art Of The Table:
“Includes a very special reception. A pFriem glass to take home. 7 courses of amazing Art of the Table goodness paired with delicious pFriem Family brews!!!” This 7 course dinner features the delicious beers of pFriem Family Brewers, who debuted in Washington just last month (at several different events around Seattle, Bellingham and Tacoma). The cost for this event is $95 (plus tax & tip). Space is limited. Call for reservations: 206.282.0942.
Friday – May 17th:
Bodacious Beverages Brewfest At Beveridge Place Pub:
“As many unusual beers as we can come up with. Odd ones, rare ones, new ones, etc. Barrel-aged brews, sour beers, fruit & spice beers, and more!” Come take a walk on the wild side and try something different. You may find something surprising.
Alpha Acid Overload At Brave Horse Tavern:
“Alpha Acid Overload with Double Mountain, Boneyard Brewing and Green Flash Brewing.” Brave Horse ratchets up the IBUs. You want the hops? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE HOPS! Things kick off at 4:00 PM.
Welcome To Bone Mt. At The Pine Box:
“The Boys form Boneyard and Double Mt. are bringing up the goods.” Two great breweries. One great craft beer bar. Tap list TBA.
Saturday – May 18th:
Tour De Pints IV At Pike Brewing Company:
“One of the most popular SBW events is back again with new stops and a new route.” Get on your bike and ride! This event, put on by Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, starts at Pike Brewing and travels around the city, making several different craft beer stops. This year’s route has not been announced yet, but check back as I will update when the route is available.
Washington Micro Distiller’s Night At Burgundian:
“Tired of drinking beer? We will be featuring several Washington Micro distilleries. Making Manhattans and Martinis.” Take a break from the beers for just a bit, come out to Burgundian and see what Washington’s many new micro distillers have to offer. Distillery guest list TBA.
Sunday – May 19th:
Kegs n’ Eggs At Brave Horse Tavern:
“Brave Horse Brunch and Beer pairings.” Yea, I know I also listed this one for Sunday the 12th, but it makes a great way to endcap the week. 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Beer Week Salmon Bake At Pyramid Breweries’ Seattle Alehouse:
“Close out Seattle Beer Week with a good ol’ fashioned Pacific Northwest salmon bake featuring live music, beer garden games & a host of Pyramid staff on hand to talk beer and brewing.” Put a little Northwest proten in your belly as you slowly start to recover from over 10 days of great craft beer events. How’s your liver doing?
Remember, these are just my picks – the events I hope to hit up myself or that I most wanted to tell my readers about. There are many, many more events and even more still to be announced. Be sure to check the official events page over at Seattle Beer Week and start making your plans today. If you want to attend any of the dinners listed, be sure to buy your tickets soon as most tend to fill up quickly.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.