Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2014

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Back in 2008, a few friends (including Ian Roberts, Matthew Younts and Mike Baker) were wandering around the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and realized how many of the great beers they were seeing there were from the Pacific Northwest.  That simple realization became the spark that helped them decide Seattle needed its own annual celebration of all things craft beer.  Less than a year later, Seattle Beer Week was born.

Kicking off in 2009, Seattle Beer Week (SBW) has grown steadily each year.  This year there are well over 300 different events, spanning 11 days.  That’s incredible.  The first Seattle Beer Week that I attended and covered was the 3rd annual, in 2011.  That year, there were fewer than 200 total events – still a very respectable number for such a young festival.

With so much going on over the 11 days of Seattle Beer Week, from May 8th to May 18th, you’ll want to take a little time to look over the complete list of events on Seattle Beer Week’s website, and decide which ones you’d like to attend.  If you’re entertaining notions of attending every single event, you can abandon them now.  Unless you have the ability to teleport and/or replicate yourself, as well as the ability to drink more beer than any human being would likely be able to consume safely, then you’re pretty much out of luck.

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I always have a hard time deciding which events to attend myself, and those choices just get more difficult each year.  There are some events I almost always like to attend, such as the Back In Black Stout Festival at Brouwer’s Cafe (on Friday, May 9th), or THIS IS WASHINGTON DAMMIT at Beveridge Place Pub (on Monday, May 12th).  This year, I’ll likely still hit many of my favorites.  However, I want to try an make an effort to get out of my comfort zone at least a bit, and visit some places that I’ve either never been or just don’t get to often enough.  With that in mind, I present to you Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2014.  I likely won’t attend every single event listed below (that would be extremely ambitious and costly), but these are the ones that caught my eye on this year’s Seattle Beer Week event calendar:

~Thursday – May 8th~

Kickoff Night Stops:

On the first night of Seattle Beer Week each year, there are a series of ‘kickoff events’ that take place at several different locations across the city.  This year, six different breweries collaborated on the official Seattle Beer Week 6 beer: Six Degrees Of Collaboration IPA.  A few of those breweries, Elysian, Georgetown and Naked City, will be stops on the opening night kickoff tour.

There are 5 stops in all for kickoff night, including:

Hitting every kickoff stop on opening night can certainly be challenging.  Driving from location to location is definitely not recommended, so be sure to have a bus pass, a lot of cab fare or a designated driver with you.  There is a bus that hits all of the kickoff night stops, starting at Elysian Brewing and ending at Naked City, but that bus is usually reserved for Seattle Beer Week sponsors and a few other friends of SBW organizers.  For most people, the best choice is to pick your one favorite spot on the kickoff night list, and celebrate there.

Seattle CASK-O-RAMA At Beveridge Place Pub:

Put simply, there will be twenty casks on the bartop at Beveridge Place Pub, featuring 20 different Washington State breweries.  Things get under way at 6:00 PM at Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle.

The casks Beveridge Place Pub has lined up for this event so far include:

Big Al Coffee CDA
Big Time Icculus IPA
Elliott Bay Demo
Elysian 6 Degrees of Collaboration
Fremont Simultaneous Release Wheat IPA w/ Coffee
Georgetown Lucille
Hales Imperial Golden Collaboration
Hilliards Murdered Out Stout w/ vanilla bean
Machine House Bitter
Naked City Hoptrocity IPA
Odin Hibiscus Saison
Pike Morning After Pale
RAM Brown Dwarf Brown Ale
Reubens Imperial IPA
Schooner Exact Asleep at the Wheel IPA
Stoup IPA
Two Beers Forester Double IPA
Urban Family Baby Cakes Clementine Pale

~Friday – May 9th~

Back In Black Stout Fest At Brouwer’s Cafe:

Do you like stout?  No, scratch that.  Do you love stout?  Then this is the festival for you.  Big Stouts, Imperial Stouts, Oatmeal Stouts, Woot Stouts (wait, what?); they’re all here!  Be there when the doors open at 11:00 AM.

Here is the lineup for this year’s Back In Black Stout Fest (Subject to change):

  • Allagash Black Belgian Stout (7.5%)
  • Almanac Barrel Noir (10%)
  • Anderson Valley Huge Arker Imperial Stout
  • Avery Mephistopheles ’09 (16.8%)
  • Backwoods BBL Stout (7.1%)
  • Boulder Obovoid (8%)
  • Ballast Point Indura Kunindra
  • Big Sky Ivan the Terrible
  • Big Time Breakfast Cereal Killer
  • Black Raven AK Session Stout (11.8%)
  • Boneyard Suge Knite
  • Breakside Savory Stout (5.65%)
  • De Molen Cease and Desist Imp Stout (10.5%)
  • Deschutes The Abyss ’12 (11%)
  • Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (18%)
  • Elysian BBL Dragonstooth Stout
  • Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist (10%)
  • Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break (11.5%)
  • Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin ’12 (13%)
  • Firestone Walker/Nectar Ales Black Xanthus ’11 (11%)
  • Fremont First Nail (11.5%)
  • Full Sail Full Sail Bourbon Imp. Stout
  • Grand Café-Emilisse Emelisse Espresso Stout
  • Grand Café-Emilisse Emilisse Russian Imperial Stout
  • Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti ’12 (9.5%)
  • HUB Brouwer’s 6th Anniversary (10.5%)
  • Lagunitas B.A. Rye Cappuccino Stout (12%)
  • Laurelwood Moose & Squirrel ’14 (8%)
  • Lompoc 2012 Sour Stout (4.5%)
  • Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout ’12 (11%)
  • Mad Viking Congac Imperial Stout (11%)
  • Midnight Sun Berserker (12.7%)
  • Midnight Sun Moscow Imperial Stout (11%)
  • Mikkeller Rauch Beer Geek Breakfast (7.5%)
  • New Belgium Chocolate Imperial Stout (10%)
  • Ninkasi BBL Oatis (7.2% )
  • Northwest Brewing NW Bourbon Barrel Stout
  • Oakshire Oraz BBL Stout (9%)
  • Odin BBL Stout Nitro (11%)
  • Old School House Imperial Stout
  • Prairie/ Brewfist Spaghetti Western (8.7%)
  • Rueben’s Imperial Oatmeal Stout (8.4%)
  • Sam Adams Imperial Stout (9.2%)
  • Stone Farking Wheaton Woot Stout (13%)
  • Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout ‘13(11%)

Nanobrewery Night At Naked City Brewery & Taphouse:

“C’mon, let’s get small!” – Steve Martin.  For this event, Naked City celebrates the smallest of the small.  21 different nanobreweries from Washington State will be there.  Many of the head brewers from these small breweries will be in attendance when the beers start pouring at 6:00 PM.

The breweries/beers lined up for this event so far include:

  • Rainy Daze – Klaas Vaak (Barrel-aged Belgian Dark Strong)
  • Foggy Noggin’ – Mr. Chips (English Extra Pale, 9.9 ABV)
  • Strong Arm – Son of Cincinnatus (Brown Ale, 6.7 ABV)
  • Island Hopping – 60 Shilling English Mild (English Mild Bitter, 6.0 ABV)
  • Charging Hippo – Zombie Jesus (Imperial Porter Brewed with Cadbury Creme Eggs and aged on oak and bourbon, 8.0 ABV)Wingman – Mighty HighPA (Northwest Style IPA, 6.8 ABV)
  • Populuxe – Seattle Stout (American Stout, 6.2 ABV)
  • Justice – Sour Marvin (Marzen Oak-Aged (two years) American Wild, 8.5 ABV)
  • Bad Jimmie’s – Habanero Amber (6.4 ABV)
  • Standard – West Coast IPA (7.1 ABV)
  • Rooftop – Nelson Sauvin IPA (7.0 ABV)
  • Standard and Rooftop Collaboration Beer – Bedwetter Dandelion Ale (Bittered with Dandelions, 6.8 ABV)
  • Geaux – Ragin’ Cajun (Imperial IPA, 9.2 ABV)
  • Tacoma – Broken Window IPA
  • Old Rock – Kippen Rae Pale Ale
  • Puyallup River – Whiskey Aged Mud Mountain Milk Stout
  • Dirty Bucket – Filthy Hoppin’ IPA
  • Outlander – TPineapple Serrano Wheat
  • Northwest Peaks – D IPA (double IPA)
  • Urban Family – Baby Cakes Pale Ale (6.4 ABV)
  • Menace – TBA
  • Tin Dog – TBA
  • West Seattle – TBA

Chrome Satan Release At Hilliard’s:

Get a little devil in you.  At 7:00 PM, Hilliard’s Brewing will bring out their popular seasonal can release: Chrome Satan Copper Lager.  There’ll be great beer, live music, and a devilishly good time.  Come on out to Ballard and enjoy.

~Saturday – May 10th~

Brewer’s Breakfast At Burgundian:

Ever wanted to have breakfast with your favorite brewer?  Burgundian is giving you your chance.  Brewers from 10 different Pacific Northwest breweries will be on hand to chow down and talk hops with you.

The list of  breweries and brewers featured at this event will include:

  • Anderson Valley (Fal Allen)
  • Epic Ales (Cody Moris)
  • Ninkasi (Jamie Floyd)
  • New Belgium (Eric Salizar)
  • Hair of the Dog (Allen Sprints)
  • HUB (Christen and Jamie)
  • Oakshire (Matt Van Wyk)
  • Gigantic (Ben Love)
  • One more to be announced

Barleywood Squares At Naked City Brewery & Taphouse:

You’ve see the show Hollywood Squares, right?  No?  If it’s before your time, check out this clip.

I’ll let Naked City describe what’s going on here:

Barleywood Squares features the region’s most celebrated brewers firing off witty answers to craft beer-centric questions in a life-size Hollywood Squares tic-tac-toe board in the Walrus. With an all-star line up of breweries and a dozen special and collaboration beers on tap in the Walrus Beer Garden, Barleywood Squares is guaranteed fun!
Featuring celebrity brewers, and beers, from all these great breweries: Ninkasi, Naked City, Flyers, Skagit, Anacortes, American, Pike, Schooner Exact, Elysian, Firestone,Fish, Georgetown as well as the Copper Hog and the non-profit The World is Fun.

The Pine Box Can Derby:

I’ll probably be skipping this event this year myself, but I attended it the past two years in a row and had a great time.  If you’re familiar with the Pinewood Derby races from your (or your brother’s) days in the Boy Scouts, then you get the basic idea here.  Head down to the Pine Box Build your can racer, and race for glory and prizes starting at 1:00 PM.  See here for the full list of rules.  You can check out my coverage of last year’s Pine Box Can Derby here – including video I took of every single race.

The canned beers you’ll find at this event (you’ll have to drink one before you can build your racer!) include:

  • 21st Ammendment Hell Or High Watermelon – 4.9% ABV Watermelon Wheat
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery IPA – 6.6% ABV India Pale Ale
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery Lager – 5.10% ABV Lager
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery Rise Up Red – 5.8% ABV American Red Ale
  • New Belgium Shift Pale- 5% ABV American Pale Lager
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA – 6.5% ABV India Pale Ale
  • Schooner Exact 3-Grid IPA – 6.7% ABV India Pale Ale

Other beers that will be on hand include:

  • 21st Ammendment Springtime for Hallertau Pale Ale – 5.6% ABV American Pale
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery Kronan the Bourbarian – 9.2% ABV Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel Aged Baltic Porter
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery Oola Kentucky Christmas – 7% ABV Oola Bourbon Barrel Aged Abominable Winter Ale
  • New Belgium – TBA
  • New Belgium La Folie – 6% ABV Barrel Aged Sour Red
  • New Belgium Summer Helles – 5% ABV Munich Helles Lager
  • Schooner Exact First Session– 4.7% ABV Session IPA

~Sunday – May 11th~

Kegs N’ Eggs At Brave Horse Tavern:

C’mon, you know you want to.  Come have breakfast at the Brave Horse Tavern starting at 11:00 AM, and pair your meal with a delicious 20oz craft beer.  Perhaps an Oatmeal Stout?  The full details of this event are yet to be announced by Bravehorse, but check back as I will update this post when the information becomes available.

Scott Carsberg 10 Barrel Beer Dinner At The Pine Box:

Come to a special beer dinner, featuring the cuisine of award winning Chef: Scott Carsberg.  His delicious food will be paired with an impressive lineup of beers from 10 Barrel Brewing out of Bend, Oregon.  If you’re interested, don’t delay in purchasing your tickets, which you can do here: https://squareup.com/market/the-pine-box/barrel-carsberg-dinner Dinner starts at 7:00 PM.

The lineup of beers for this special dinner includes:

  • The 2nd Nail – 5.5% ABV A Sour Apple Berlinerweiss with fresh pressed juice from Tieton Cider Works.
  • Apricot Crush – 4.2% ABV Apricot Berlinerweiss
  • Brown Sour – 5.9% ABV Flanders Oude Bruin
  • Cynical CDA – 8% ABV Cascadian Dark Ale
  • Power to the People Stout – 7.5% ABV American Stout
  • SAM IPA – 6.8% ABV India Pale Ale
  • German Sparkle Party – 4% ABV German Berlinerweiss
  • WINO – 10% ABV Double Golden Ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels

Mom’s Day Psycho Showing With DJ Nicfit At Naked City Brewery & Taphouse:

Hey, it is Mother’s Day after all.  Bring her along to scare the s#*% out of her… or perhaps send her a subtle message(?)  lol  The movie starts at 8:00 PM and will be provided with a live soundtrack, courtesy DJ Nicfit, whose live soundtracks have drawn crowds and acclaim from the Seattle International Film Festival and the Northwest Film Forum.

~Monday – May 12th~ 

THIS IS WASHINGTON DAMMIT!  At Beveridge Place Pub:

This all day event (Beveridge Place opens at 2:00 PM), will feature a whopping 36 different beers from 36 different Washington State breweries.  ALL pints are just $3!  Come on out, celebrate all that is Washington craft beer, and you can even sign up for  WA.B.L. (Washington Beer Lovers) on the spot and/or grab yourself a WA.B.L T-Shirt.

Mystery IPA Night At Chuck’s Central District:

You like hops, don’t you?  Can you identify your favorite IPAs blind?  Come out to Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Central District and find out.

From Chuck’s Hop Shop:

How well do you know your Northwest India Pale Ales? We’ll be featuring four of Washington’s finest IPA’s head-to-head, in a blind tasting. Purchasing a flight of the four gives you a chance to taste them all, and a ticket to vote for your favorite. At the end of the night, we’ll reveal the secret identities of the beers, and declare a winner as the king of Washington’s hoppy brews!

Sensory With Ninkasi’s Jaime Floyd At Total Wine – Bellevue:

You love craft beer.  Why not learn more about it?  Let Ninkasi Brewing’s founding brewer, Jamie Floyd, help you learn more about how to evaluate craft beers to increase your appreciation of what it takes to make the craft beers you love.  Class gets under way at 6:oo PM at Total Wine in Bellevue.  Tickets are required and can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bellevue-wa-ninkasi-brewing-sensory-tasting-tickets-11427972373

The featured beers for this sensory class will be:

  • Ninkasi Total Domination IPA
  • Ninkasi Pravda Pilsner
  • Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout
  • Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA

~Tuesday – May 13th~

Beer And Burger Battle At Brouwer’s Cafe:

5 breweries.  5 burgers – with beer pairing suggestions.  Big Time Brewery will be back to defend their title from last year against 4 contenders: Almanac (San Francisco), Schooner Exact (Seattle), Ninkasi (Eugene), and Boneyard (Bend).  Get your burger on, starting at 2:00 PM.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Big Time: The Sloth Burger.  Drew Cluley suggest pairing it with: Icculus IPA, Legacy IPA, Scarlet Fire on Cask or Trombipulator.
  • Ninkasi: Kimchi & Bacon Burger.  Jamie Floyd suggest pairing it with: Multihead Single Hop, Believer Double Red, Spring Reign or Oak Aged Oatis Oatmeal Stout.
  • Schooner Exact: Smokey & The Bandit Burger.  Matt McClung suggest paring it with: Imperial Stout, 3-Grid IPA, King Street Brown or Hopvine IPA.
  • Almanac: San Francisco Burger.  Jesse Friedman suggest pairing it with: IPA, Gose, Sour or Ichi Beer.
  • Boneyard: Top Ramen Burger.  Tony Lawrence suggest pairing it with: RPM IPA, Diablo Fuego, Hp Venom Double IPA or Norotious Triple IPA.

Barrel Aged Beer Tasting At Foggy Noggin:

Head out to Bothell and taste 4 barrel aged beers from one of Washington State’s smallest breweries.  Each beer will be served in 10oz pours.  Contact Foggy Noggin Brewing to register.  Only 20 spots are available and the cost is $25 per person.

The Foggy Noggin beers included in this event will be:

  • Twice Kastrated Dawg (Imperial English Strong Ale) aged in Lagavulin Oak Barrels
  • Twice Kastrated Dawg (Imperial English Strong Ale) aged in Woodinville Whiskey Barrels
  • Wasky (Burton Ale) aged in Woodinville Whiskey Barrels
  • Big Chief (Imperial Irish Red) aged in Woodinville Whiskey Barrels

~Wednesday – May 14th~

Firkin Firkin At Elysian Capitol Hill:

Come to Elysian Brewing on Capitol Hill for an all star lineup of 16 casks all competing to be the best.  Your votes decide the winner.  Full details (i.e. The firkin list) has not yet been announced for this event, but check back as I will update this post as soon as the info becomes available.

UPDATE: 5/14/2014 –  Here is the tap list for this event, courtesy Elysian Brewing:

POURING :: Dave’s Picks :: Sierra Nevada Hoptimum IPA, Rogue 7 Hop IPA, Balebreaker 41 Pale, Machine House Mild, Ecliptic India Wheat Ale, Stoop Porter, RAM Galactic Brown Ale, Elysian ESB, Firestone Walker Pale 31 Dick’s Picks :: Port Mongo 2XIPA, New Belgium Felix and Rampant Blend, Virtue Cider English Cider, Logsdon Seizoen Bretta, Anderson Valley Horse Tongue, Elysian Dayglow IPA and a couple surprises!

 

Can You Handle My Randall At The Pine Box:

Passing a craft beer through a randall on the way to the tap can really have an impact.  The Pine Box has been doing this for a while, and they’ve come up with some interesting combinations.  The randalls start flowing at 5:00 PM.

From The Pine Box:

The Twelve Randalls return again to have you asking, “what the F*** did you put in my beer?” Oregon “vs” Washington Edition.

Here’s the lineup of beers and the randalls they’ll be passing through:

  • Crux: Pilsner on a randall of Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime Leaves and Thai Chiles.
  • Gigantic: Too Much Coffee Man on a randall of Cocoa Nibs and Chiles.
  • Double Mountain: Molten Lava (randall to be announced).
  • Fort George: Vortex on a randall of Mango, Pineapple and Grapefruit.
  • pFriem: IPA on a randall of Whole Leaf Citra Hops
  • Fremont: Summer Ale on a randall of Grapefruit, Belma Hops and Rosemary.
  • Machine House: (beer and randall to be announced).
  • Backwoods: Ridge Run on a randall of Coffee Beans and Golden Grahams.
  • Schooner Exact: Imperial Stout on a randall of Chocolate Covered Marshmallows and Cinnamon Sticks.
  • E9: Farmhouse on a randall of Citra Hops, Peaches and Peach Hi-Chew.
  • Skagit: Trumpeter on a randall of Green Chiles and Chocolate.
  • Dogfish Head: Wordwide Stout on a randall of Cocao Nibs and Coffee Beans.

~Thursday – May 15th~

Sour Fest At Brouwer’s Cafe:

If you’ve been to this one before, then you know what it’s all about.  If you haven’t, you really need to come.  Not into sour beers?  Neither was I until the first time I attended this festival 3 years ago.  Now, I can’t get enough of those awesome sour craft beers.  The fest starts at 11:00 AM.

Here is the lineup for this year’s Sour Fest (subject to change):

  • 10 Barrel Apricot
  • 10 Barrel Sparkle Party
  • 10 Barrel  Cucumber
  • Almanac BBL-Aged Peche
  • Almanac Dogpatch Sour
  • Almanac Pluot
  • Almanac Valley of the Heart’s Delight
  • Anderson Valley Boontlingerweisse
  • Anderson Valley Grand Cru
  • Ballast Point Sour Wench
  • Bear Republic Tartare Berlinerweisse
  • Black Raven King Dandy
  • Bockor Cuvee de Jacobins
  • Boneyard Funky Bunch
  • Cantillon Cuvee Saint Gilloise ‘13
  • Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus‘13
  • Cascade Cherry Bourbonic Plague
  • Cascade Elderberry
  • Cascade Honey Ginger Lime
  • Cascade Live Barrel: Grenadine
  • Cascade Live Barrel: L’aGent
  • Cascade Live Barrel: Marshmallow Apples
  • Cascade The Vine ‘13
  • Dilewyns Vicaris Tripel-Gueze
  • Double Mountain Tahoma Kriek
  • Double Mountain Devil’s Kriek
  • Engine House #9 Rhubarb
  • Elysian Black Breetty
  • Finn River Sour Cider
  • Firestone Walker Agrestic
  • Green Flash Super Freak
  • Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo
  • Liefmans Goudenband
  • Local Option/Against the Grain Kentucky Common Wild Ale
  • Logsdon Cerasus
  • Logsdon Far West Flaming
  • Logsdon Peche and Brett
  • Lost Abbey Brouwer’s Imagination #2
  • Lost Abbey Red Poppy
  • Lompoc Cherry Christmas
  • Monarchy Methusalem
  • New Belgium Lips of Faith La Folie ‘12
  • New Belgium Lips of Faith Le Terroir ‘13
  • New Belgium Clutch
  • New Belgium Biere De Mars(aged in Leopold Peach Whisky Barrels)
  • New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek
  • Oakshire Bellatrix ½ Tribute to Belgian Beer
  • Russian River Supplication ‘10
  • Schooner Exact No Sacc
  • Silly Silly Sour Ale
  • Snipes Mountain Cumpleanos Belita
  • Snipes Mountain Quinceanera Prieta
  • Strubbe Ichtegem’s Grand Cru
  • The Bruery Sour in the Rye ‘13
  • The Bruery Rueze Trois Dames Grand Dames
  • Upright Gose Virtue Cidre de Nava

4th Annual Sausage Fest At Dude Island (Duck Island):

Dude, it’s a sausage fest in here!  Come out to Duck Island Alehouse for: “Fresh, handcrafted, specialty sausage flights? Nom nom nom… Hard to find, high octane, strong ale flights? Yum yum yum… 4 sausages, 4 sauces, four 4oz tasters of big beer, 4 years in a row!”  The beer list for this event has yet to be announced.  I will update this post when the info becomes available.  Things get under way at 4:00 PM.

UPDATE: 5/12 – Here is the beer list for the sausage fest, courtesy, Duck Island:

  • Bear Republic… Mach X Imperial IPA (9.2%)
  • Boulevard… Rye on Rye (Imperial Rye Ale Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels) (12%)
  • Firestone Walker… Winter Wookey (10.6%)
  • Mad Viking (Vejle Bryghus)… Night Raid Cognac Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (11%)

 

Hop School With Two Beers Brewing At Total Wine In Tukwila:

Do you love hops?  Do you want to know more about them?  Join Two Beers Brewing Company at Total Wine in Tukwila (Southcenter Mall area) to learn about the role and profiles of Yakima Valley Hops.  Taste different varieties in different Two Beers Brewing Company beers.  School starts at 4:00 PM.  Don’t be tardy!  (Can make it to this one?  Hop School with Two Beers happens again on 5/16 at Total Wine in Bellevue.)

~Friday – May 16th~

Bodacious Brewfest At Beveridge Place Pub:

Beveridge Place Pub digs deep into their cellar and challenges their distributors to bring out as many odd, out-there, unusual beers that they can come up with.  Be on the lookout for rare beers, barrel-aged selections, sours, fruit and spice beers, etc. etc.  Breweries featured will include Naked City, Bellevue, Sound, Evil Twin, Against the Grain, Ommegang, & more!  Come out to West Seattle and try something bodacious.  The brewfest gets under way when Beveridge Place Pub opens at 2:00 PM.

Elysian Unusuals At The Yard Cafe:

Elysian Brewing Company has become one of Seattle’s biggest and most successful craft breweries.  Between their three brewpub locations (Capitol Hill, Tangletown and Elysian Fields in Sodo) and their production brewery in Georgetown, Elysian brews many different styles of  beer, including  few that some beer drinkers might find a bit unusual.  Elysian is bringing some of those more unusual offerings up to The Yard Cafe on Greenwood Avenue North, including barrel-aged selections, sours and more.  The details of the exact list haven’t been posted yet, but I will update this post once the information becomes available.  Taps start flowing at 4:00 PM.

~Saturday – May 17th~

7th Anniversary Event At Malt & Vine:

Malt & Vine in Redmond is a popular craft beer bottle shop and tap room on the East side.  This month, they celebrate their 7th Anniversary with the release of a special Anniversary beer brewed especially for Malt & Vine by Black Raven Brewing Company (also in Redmond) in bottles and on draft.

From Malt & Vine:

Join us on Saturday, May 17th to celebrate 7 years of Malt & Vine! We will release bottles and draft of our 7th anniversary beer brewed by our friends over at Black Raven Brewery.

The grill will be running, brats and various other sausages provided, donations to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. SmokeMaster Jason on the grill and will be smoking his world famous Bohannapeños (The deliciousness that is a smoked shrimp & gouda stuffed bacon wrapped Jalapeño).

Naked Session: Big Sur At Naked City Brewery & Taphouse:

I’ll just let Naked City tell you about this one:

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse and “Band in Seattle” present Big Sur in the inaugural Naked Session acoustic concert. The Naked Sessions is a themed, intimate concert series where great Northwest bands braid songs together with stories about the music.

Join us from the beginning when Jake Hemmings, Mike Bergstrom, Derek Jackman, Steve Norman and Kat Bula take the stage and perform their dark, joyful, often orchestral folk songs. Doors at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Seated general admission; full table service. $10 at Brown Paper Tickets.

~Sunday – May 18th~

3rd Annual My Liver Hurts Free BBQ At Fremont Brewing:

Are you still standing?  It’s been a long ‘week’ and you’ve drank lots of beer; but we’re not done quite yet!  Head out to Fremont Brewing Company some delicious beers and free BBQ, courtesy of Fremont Brewing to celebrate the close of another Seattle Beer Week.  The free BBQ goes from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

There you have it.  Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2014.  What?  You thought I’d be listing even more?  What are you, nuts?  Isn’t all this enough?  Okay, okay, perhaps my list doesn’t include an event you’re particularly excited about.  No problem.  This is my list.  If you haven’t already, you need to go make one of your own.  As I said above, I won’t necessarily be attending every event listed here.  These are just the events that caught my eye, and the ones I’m most likely to attend (especially Back & Black Stout Fest and Sour Fest, both at Brouwer’s Cafe).  I’ll see you… out there.

Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates and photos throughout Seattle Beer Week.  Cheers!

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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3 thoughts on “Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2014

  1. Here’s our line-up for Sausagefest… If you’d like to cut and paste:
    Bear Republic… Mach X Imperial IPA (9.2%)
    Boulevard… Rye on Rye (Imperial Rye Ale Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels) (12%)
    Firestone Walker… Winter Wookey (10.6%)
    Mad Viking (Vejle Bryghus)… Night Raid Cognac Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (11%)

    And our event details are on our blog for other questions:
    http://duckislandalehouse.blogspot.com/2014/05/beer-week-event-2-sausagefest-at-dude.html
    Thanks for the mention!

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