Today, Monday, May 13th, is the 5th day of Seattle Beer Week 2013. Before I head out to ‘Can You Handle My Randall’ today at The Pine Box, I wanted to recap for you the events I have attended during the first four days up until the 12th. In all, I have attended nine different events so far, including three stops on the 9th – kickoff night, at several locations all around the city.
Things kicked off for me on the 9th with a little personal pre-event at Fremont Brewing. I wanted to try a pint of the official Seattle Beer Week Pale Ale, and grab a six pack to take home before things started to get too crazy. Fremont did a great job with the Pale Ale. It’s a nice, flavorful session Ale that’s been a great accompaniment to the wonderful, warm weather we’ve been having lately.
After that, it was on to The Sixgill for some delicious Cascade sour beers on tap – the first official stop listed on the Seattle Beer Week events schedule. I was in the mood for a Vlad The Imp Aler, but at nearly 11%, I was a bit wary of starting things off with such a strong beer. As a compromise, I split a Vlad with my friend Paul, who was of like mind on the matter of how strong this wonderful beer is.
The Sixgill filled up fast with beer week revelers and organizers happy to finally be getting the week under way. The crowd didn’t last, however, since it was soon time for everyone to head down to Fremont Brewing for the official kickoff, the reading of the Mayor’s Proclamation and the release of the Seattle Beer Week ‘Session Barleywine’ Fremont also created for Seattle Beer Week 2013. Fremont calls this (as a joke, of course) a ‘session’ barleywine since it’s under 10% alcohol (its 9.5%). That lead me to wonder how long before a local distiller comes out with a ‘session whiskey’? lol
Fremont Brewing was packed and, in no time, the line to the bar went all the way out onto the patio. Everyone wanted a taste of the Official Seattle Beer Week Pale and, once it went on tap at 5:30 PM, a taste of the Session Barleywine. Everyone was also there to hear the reading of the Seattle Beer Week Mission Statement and the reading of the Mayor’s Proclamation, officially starting Seattle Beer Week. If you weren’t at Fremont Brewing for the reading/official kickoff, you can catch it all HERE on Youtube.
The next stop on the kickoff night tour, and my last stop for day 1, was at Beveridge Place Pub for Cask-O-Rama. This popular event had beers all from Seattle breweries lined up across the bar top; a great way to mark the start of Seattle Beer Week. I enjoyed a taster tray a few pints before calling it a night and heading home to get some rest for day 2. The kickoff tour continued on at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse and The Pine Box, but I didn’t make those stops. You can look HERE on Facebook to see many more photos from the stops I hit on day 1.
I spent the majority of day 2 at Brouwer’s Cafe for the Underberg Back In Black Stout Fest, sampling some wonderful, dark and rich stouts. I started off with PNC Buckwheat Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing – a Firestone beer I had actually never had before. I was rich with notes of dark fruits, licorice and a wonderful, rich bourbony character imparted from bourbon barrel aging. Some other notable stouts I sampled that day included: Brandy Barrel Aged Santa’s Little Helper ’12 from Lost Abbey, Snipes Mountain‘s Terror From Texas Stout and Green Flash‘s Silva Imperial Stout.
On my way home from Brouwer’s I decided to stop in briefly at The Pine Box for a few Anderson Valley Brewing Company beers during their ‘Palin’ Around With Fal Allen’ event. I wasn’t there long, but did manage to say hi to Fal (Anderson Valley’s Head Brewer) and try out their unique Gatlin Damnosus Sour and tasty Horn of the Beer Barleywine. Then it was home again to get ready for day 3. You can see many more photos from day 2 HERE on Facebook.
On day 3 of Seattle Beer Week 2013 I headed back to The Pine Box for The Pine Box Can Derby races. If you ever participated in the old ‘Pinewood Derby’ races back when you were in Boy Scouts, then you get the gist here. The main difference? For this derby, the racers are all made from beer cans! Last year I only watched this event, but this year I decided to build a racer and compete. I wasn’t the big winner, but I was happy with how my car performed (Go #2!). To see all the races from this event, you can look HERE on Youtube. I recorded every single race and put them together into a 28 minute video.
My next stop was at Burgundian in Tangletown for some more Anderson Valley Brewing Company beers during their Anderson Valley and Wild Turkey Bourbon night. Representatives from both Anderson Valley Brewing and Wild Turkey Bourbon were on hand to talk about the beers and drinks on hand and answer any questions. I enjoyed a flight of Anderson Valley Summer Solstice, a shot of Wild Turkey and a wonderful Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. This tasty flight also paired quite well with my mini chicken and waffles with Wild Turkey Bourbon maple syrup. Yum, yum! To see many more photos from day 3, look HERE on Facebook.
Day 4 of Seattle Beer Week 2013 was Mother’s Day, and initially I had planned to take part in ‘Hoppy Drinks On Tiny Links’ at the Interbay Golf Center. Plans can change, however, and instead my wife and I brought a good friend of ours out for Mother’s Day, since her own kids weren’t able to be here. As a result, I actually wound up attending two different events today. The first being ‘Kegs n’ Eggs’ at Brave Horse Tavern, where we brought our friend for Mother’s Day brunch. The food and drinks were great. I had the brisket hash paired with and Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout on Nitro and our honored Mother’s Day guest enjoyed a Breakfast Bagel Sandwich with a homemade Irish Creme and Coffee.
On our way back South, we decided to stop in at Beveridge Place Pub for the Iron Brewer Pro Tripple Header. This event featured six different breweries, each competing one-on-one using unusual ingredients selected by Beveridge Place. The matchups were:
- Anacortes vs North Sound – Maple & Smoke
- Harmon vs Dick’s – Pineapple & Macadamia
- Odin vs Epic Ales – Sage & Chervil
My two favorites were the darker of the Pineapple and Macadamia beers and the lighter of the two Maple and Smoke beers. I don’t know exactly which breweries made the beers I enjoyed yet, since the voting for Iron Brewer competitions is blind. We’ll find out which brewer made which beer when Beveridge Place Pub reveals the voting results sometime today. Check their Facebook page for the results.
That’s four days down and seven more to go, including today. Keep checking back here and be sure to follow Craft Beer Monger on Facebook and Twitter as well, for continued coverage of Seattle Beer Week 2013.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.