“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.
The sheer number of events occurring during Seattle Beer Week is too daunting to even think of trying to hit them all, so you’ll have to pick and choose carefully. Watch for Craft Beer Monger’s picks for this year’s Seattle Beer Week in an upcoming article. Perhaps one of those picks will include one of these 6 big events from Naked City, featuring over 70 different breweries and 100 different beers.
Here is the full press release from Naked City Brewery & Taphouse:
When: May 8 – 18, 2014, Seattle Beer Week
Where: Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Avenue
Seattle, WA – Naked City Brewery is celebrating six years as a founding sponsor of Seattle Beer Week with 6 epic events featuring over 70 breweries and 100 of the finest beers from the Northwest. Each event features a unique line-up of rare & specialty brews, delicious food pairings from Chef Tessa, and an outdoor bar in the newly expanded Walrus Beer Garden, which officially opens for summer when the Seattle Beer Week Tour Bus arrives on Opening Night, May 8.
Nanobrewers Night, Friday, 5/9, 6-9pm: Twenty-two unique brews are tapped in this celebration of the innovative, hand-made, small batch breweries that make Washington craft beer so special.
Barleywood Squares, Saturday 5/10, 12-3pm: Famous craft brewers compete in a large Hollywood Squares style Tic-tac-toe game, hosted by Ninkasi, and featuring a dozen special brews on tap.
North Meets South, Monday, 5/12, 6-9pm: Naked City traversed Washington State without stopping in the middle, and brought back 18 great beers, and brewers, tucked into the borderlands.
East Meets West, Tuesday, 5/13, 6-9pm: This mini-beer-fest in one evening features 16 astonishing breweries fermenting specialty beers East of the Cascade Mountains and West of Puget Sound.
Oregon Legends, Wednesday, 5/14, 6-9pm: This historic night gives Seattleites the chance to meet the founders and head brewers of eight of Oregon’s finest breweries, and to taste their rarest specialty beers.
Big Naked Washers Tournament, Saturday, 5/17, 1-4pm: Welcome to all skill levels, the game of brewers is best played on a sunny day with a pint in hand in the Walrus Beer Garden.
Featuring two large murals by local artists, the Walrus Beer Garden is built on the site of the ruckus, legendary Walrus blues tavern of the 1970s. Naked City’s comfort food menu is available with table service at each of nine large picnic tables and an outdoor bar. All ages welcome till 10pm.
Naked City is in Seattle’s North end (just off 85th on Greenwood Avenue North), so I don’t get there nearly as often as I’d like, but Don Webb (along with assistant brewer Isaac Hatter and the rest of the Naked City brew crew) has a real passion for his work, and it shows in the quality of Naked City’s beers. With 24 rotating taps of Naked City beers and usually a few guest taps, there’s always something delicious to try.
Check your Seattle Beer Week events calendar and pick one of these events to attend; heck, pick ’em all if you like. Also, in case you weren’t aware, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse is also the last stop on the Seattle Beer Week’s kickoff night on Thursday, May 8th. Will you be hitting all the stops?
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.