The Lost Abbey Beer & Beast Brewer’s Dinner At The Sixgill

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The Sixgill hasn’t been around that long, having just opened their doors back in April of 2013.  In the short time since their opening, however, they’ve gained quite a reputation for a great craft beer selection, great cocktails from their full bar and really delicious food.  Featuring one of the healthier pub menus in the city, The Sixgill’s regular menu includes such choices as roasted cauliflower, stuffed pardon peppers (stuffed with goat cheese), slated beet salad, fajita steak melt and more.

With Seattle Beer Week kicking off just one week from tomorrow, on May 8th, selecting which events to attend can certainly be a challenge (watch for an article on Craft Beer Monger’s picks for SBW 2014, coming soon).  Livers are strained, taxis are hailed and budgets are stretched thin as the ‘week’ (Seattle Beer ‘Week’ is really 10 days long), draws out.

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Airways Brewing Introduces Seat Kicker IPA

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Airways Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is having quite a Spring this year.  They’ve been busy expanding the Airways Brewing Beer & Bistro to increase capacity, and also just won their very first World Beer Cup medal for their 3rd Anniversary Belgian Dark Strong Ale.  Now, fresh off that medal win and the recent release of PSA Summer Ale, Airways Brewing Company is proud to introduce their newest beer: Seat Kicker IPA.

Airways has been keeping the wraps on this beer for a while now and are proud to introduce it along with their latest airline-themed character, the Seat Kicker; created by Brett Nilsson, the same Washington artist who helped Airways Brewing Craft their well known Sky Hag and Loud Lady characters, which you’ll find on the labels of Sky Hag IPA and Loud Lady Imperial IPA respectively.

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Naked City Celebrates 6 Years As Founding Sponsor Of Seattle Beer Week With 6 Big Events

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“In THE NAKED CITY, it doesn’t matter where you’re going or where you’ve been, all that matters is great living and great beer.”  That’s a quote from the ‘About’ page for Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, and it pretty much sums up their overall philosophy.  Started by founder and head brewer Don Webb, Naked City has been providing Seattle craft beer lovers with delicious beers and great food since October of 2008.

Less than one year after they were founded, in 2009, came the very first Seattle Beer Week, and Naked City Brewery & Taphouse was a proud sponsor.  For this year’s Seattle Beer Week, Naked City was one of Six local breweries who collaborated on this year’s official Seattle Beer Week beer: Six Degrees Of Collaboration IPA.  The other breweries who collaboration with Naked City on this year’s beer included: Elysian Brewing, Black Raven Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Schooner Exact Brewing and Pike Brewing.  Six Degrees Of Collaboration has been available since early April, and you’ll find plenty of it pouring at several different Seattle Beer Week events.

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27 Cideries Are Signed Up For The Pacific Northwest Cider Awards

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Last month, I told you about the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) coming this June.  At that time, more than 20 cideries were set to participate, with nearly 25 ciders set to be on tap for the festival.  Since then a few more cideries have signed up, bringing the total number of cideries competing at this year’s awards up to 27.

Of the 27 cideries participating in the competition, 20 of them will be submitting a special or limited edition cider for the three-day PNWCA public cider festival, which is set to take place June 6th to 8th at Seattle Cider Company‘s tasting room, The Woods, in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. Cider lovers will be able to enjoy 20+ unique ciders on tap, available in pints and tasters, plus delicious grub from local food trucks Contigo and Where Ya At Matt.

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Airways Brewing Celebrates Their First World Beer Cup Medal

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Only a smattering of Washington State breweries won medals at this year’s World Beer Cup competition in Colorado.  As the proliferation of craft breweries continues unabated, there’s more and more competition each year from all across the nation and the World.  This year’s competition had 4,754 entries from 1,403 breweries, representing 58 different countries.  That’s a lot of competition!

Each medal won at the World Beer Cup is a badge of honor for the winning breweries, proclaiming to the World that their beers are considered some of the best available on this small, blue marble we call Earth.  ‘Best’ is always subjective, of course, but it’s nice to be recognized by your peers for all the hard work that goes into your brews.

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Ascension Returns From Two Beers Brewing Company – UPDATED 4/24

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A little over two years ago, in February of 2013, Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) released what was, ‘officially’, the first of their new Alta Series of beers: Switchback Russian Imperial Stout.  I say ‘officially’, because some lucky people got to try what would actually become the second beer in the Alta Series, Ascension Triple IPA, back at the 2012 Seattle International Beer Festival(SIBF)).

The entire line up of Two Beers Brewing Company Alta Series of beers includes: Switchback Russian Imperial Stout (Later re-dubbed Fall Line Russian Imperial Stout), Ascension Triple IPA, High Divide Double Blonde and Overhang Imperial Porter.  Early next month, on May 3rd, what is officially the second beer in the Alta Series, Ascension Triple IPA, returns for its second annual release (really its 3rd release overall, including the 2012 one-off appearance at the 2012 SIBF).

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Black Raven Brewing Celebrates 5 Years On May 3rd

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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.

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Join The Ravenmasters Mug Club 4/27 At Noon

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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.

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Cool Down This Summer With PSA Summer Ale From Airways Brewing

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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.

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Mariners 2014 Season Food & Drink Preview Event

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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.

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