It’s been a warm Seattle Summer. With temperatures reaching into the high 90’s the other day, however, I know a lot of people who are glad that the rain is back, at least briefly, and the temperatures are dropping a bit. Personally, I don’t mind the warmer temperatures we’ve been having. Our Summers are traditionally pretty short here in the Northwest, so I say enjoy the heat while it’s here. Soon enough the clouds and rain will be back for months on end (*muffled cheers from the back of the room*).
The warm Summer weather is also a great excuse to drink some beer styles I don’t always seem to get enough of: Saisons, Pilseners, German Lagers and, of course, the first Fresh Hops beers of the season are starting to appear. Two Beers Brewing (CBM Sponsor) was first out of the gate again this year, releasing their 2014 Fresh Hop ale just this past weekend.
Summer also means lots of craft beer and craft cider events. We’ve already had several this Summer, including: The Pacific Northwest Cider Awards at Seattle Cider Company, The 3rd Annual IPA Invitational at The Sixgill, Big Al Brewing‘s 6th Anniversary Celebration, Parkway Tavern‘s 79th Anniversary Celebration and many, many more.
Well, Summer ain’t over yet and more events are on the way. The first one happens tonight at the new Toronado Seattle. Tonight is Port Brewing/Lost Abbey keep-the-glass night with brewer, Tomme Arthur.
The Port/Lost Abbey beers that will be featured tonight at Toronado Seattle include:
Framboise de Amorosa
Angel’s Share Grand Cru
Mongo Double IPA
If you haven’t been to Toronado Seattle yet, here’s your chance. Started by Matt Bonney, the same man who helped bring you Brouwer’s Cafe and Burgundian, Toronado won’t disappoint. They have 40 taps, a full bar and an impressive food menu.
Next up is Saisonfest at Beveridge Place Pub, which takes place tomorrow, August 14th. If you aren’t familiar with the style, Saisons (as I mentioned above) are a great Summer beer.
Saisonfest at Beveridge Place Pub will feature the following six Saisons:
- Enginehouse #9 Vieux Monde
- Bridgeport Hibiscus Ginger Saison
- Lompoc Knott Boysenberry Saison
- Stillwater Cellar Door White Sage Saison
- Omnipollo Prairie Potlatch Brett Saison
- Saison Dupont Dry-hopped Saison
I’ve already had a few of these myself this Summer, but I’ll have to make sure I drop by tomorrow to try the rest. The Saisons start pouring when Beveridge Place opens their doors at 2:00 PM.
Next week, starting on Friday, August 22nd, the Seattle International Beer Festival returns to the Seattle Center. Continuing through Sunday the 24th, this annual festival specializes in difficult to find beers. This is a fun event to volunteer at as well. Volunteers get a festival shirt, tasting glass and taster tokens (more if you work more shifts), but it looks like all the volunteer shifts for this year’s festival are already full. You’ll have to try again next year if you want to volunteer.
According to the Seattle International Beer Festival:
SIB is a high end 3-day beer festival specializing in rare, hard-to-find, exotic beers. Over 200 world-class beers from 16 countries will be on hand, hailing from all over the planet, many from right here in the Pacific NW. Stroll around our beautiful grounds with a cold one as you listen to great bands play all weekend.
The cost for this event is $30 at the gate and you price of admission includes your official Seattle International Beer Festival taster glass and 10 tasting tokens. Tastes range in cost from 1-7 tokens and additional taster tokens may be purchased for $1 each.
Also happening next week is the first anniversary celebration for Seattle Cider Company, the first cidery in Seattle since the days of prohibition. Set for Saturday, August 23rd, they’ll have over 15 different ciders on tap for you to enjoy, including some limited edition and one-off ciders you won’t find anywhere else.
The tap list at The Woods, the tasting room Seattle Cider shares with their sister company, Two Beers Brewing, will include:
- Three Pepper
- Six Pepper
- PNW Berry
- Pumpkin Spice
- 2013 Washington Heirloom
- Red Wine Barrel-Aged PNW Berry
- Batch 206 Gin Barrel-Aged Gin Botanical
- Westland Single Malt Barrel-Aged Double-Fermented Wild Ferment
- Westland Single Malt Barrel-Aged New England Style
That’s quite a lineup. I’ve been learning more about cider over the past couple of years and, with their wide variety and consistent quality, Seattle Cider Company ciders have become some of my favorites, especially their Three Pepper (I’m eager to try the Six Pepper) and their PNW Berry.
Here is the full press release from Seattle Cider Company:
SEATTLE (August 13, 2014) – In just one year, Seattle Cider Company – Seattle’s first and only cidery since Prohibition – has grown larger than its team could have ever expected. Launching with a mission to bring dry, flavorful ciders to the Pacific Northwest, bridging the gap between wine and beer, Seattle Cider now nears its one-year anniversary with an expansion set to make them the second largest cidery in the state. Selling through more than 83,000 cases of cider in just one year, the growing cidery is expanding both its capacity and market availability, now reaching four states and three countries. To celebrate, Seattle Cider Company will be marking the milestone with its biggest party yet on Saturday, August 23.
“We’ve had an incredible and unexpected year,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company. “We knew there was demand for a new type of cider, but couldn’t have anticipated the overwhelming positive response our products have received. Needless to say, we’re thrilled and can’t wait to continue our expansion.”
Adding an additional five 60bbl tanks and quadrupling its staff, Seattle Cider Company is now able to produce more than 235,000 cases of cider per year. The increased capacity comes just in time for Seattle Cider Company’s expansion to Chicago, Vancouver, BC and Japan – joining Washington, Oregon and Alaska – with plans for expansion on the East Coast, California and throughout the Midwest in the works. With increased demand for products that break the mold of overly sweet cider, Seattle Cider Company plans to continue to produce unique flavorful ciders, bringing the true and natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront.
To celebrate, on Saturday, August 23 from 2-7pm, Seattle Cider Company will open its doors for a party unlike any other with more than 15 of its own ciders on tap. In addition to its usual (but still unique) lineup, on tap will be an array of limited edition ciders pouring only at the party. The current anniversary cider lineup includes:
2013 Washington Heirloom
Red wine barrel-aged PNW Berry
Batch 206 gin barrel-aged Gin Botanical
Westland Single Malt barrel-aged double-fermented Wild Ferment
Westland Single Malt barrel-aged New England Style
Ciders will be available for purchase between $4-$6 per 12-ounce glass. Packaged product will be available to go. In addition, the first 500 people to arrive will receive a free Seattle Cider Company poster. Additional t-shirts, growlers, posters and glassware will be available for purchase. Popular free food truck NaanSense will be onsite throughout the day serving up a delicious gluten-free menu.
Seattle Cider products can be found in stores and on tap throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Illinois, with growing list of locations available at seattlecidercompany.com. Tastings, pints and packaged products are also available at The Woods tasting room, which shares the space with Two Beers Brewing Co. For more information, follow Seattle Cider Company on Facebook, Twitter (@seattleciderco) and Instagram (@seattleciderco).
If you’re just getting into ciders yourself, this would be a great opportunity to try several different styles in one place. The first 500 people in the door will also receive a free Seattle Cider Company poster.
Ciders not your bag? No problem. If you’re a fan of sour beers, however, there is another event happening on August 23rd (and continuing through Sunday the 24th) that you’ll want to take note of: Sour Fest at Engine House #9 Restaurant and Brewery in Tacoma. I’ve never been to Sour Fest at E9, so I might just have to check this out.
Some of the sour beers you’ll find pouring at this event include:
- Logsdon Cerasus
- Mestreechs Aajt
- Snipes Jackal
- E9 Rhubarb
- E9 Raspberry
- E9 Golden Berry
- E9 Verre Violet
- E9 End of an Era
- Trois Grande Dame
- Bruery Reuze Geuze
- New Belgium La Follie
- Logsdon Cocoa Bretta
- Lost Abbey Red Poppy
- Bruery Sour in the Rye
- Del Ducato Daciami Lupisia
- Almanac Blackberry Reserve
- Firestone Walker Lil Opal
- Elysian Sour Great Pumpkin
- Logsdon Far West Vlaming
- Schooner Exact No Sacc Sour
- Bear Republic Tartare Rouge
- Logsdon Peche n Brett
- Monks Cafe Flemish Sour
- Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura
- Alvinne Morpheus Wild Undressed
- Almanac Valley of the Hearts Delight
- Snipes Belita Cumpleanos American Wild
All beers start pouring at 11:00 AM on Saturday the 23rd at Engine House #9 (Kitty corner from The Red Hot).
Not enough cider for you? No problem. Next up, on Friday and Saturday, September 5th and 6th, is the 5th Anniversary Cider Summit Seattle. Taking place again at the South Lake Union Discovery Center near Westlake & Denny in downtown Seattle, this event is mecca for cider lovers.
According to Cider Summit Northwest:
This will be the twelfth Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland, Chicago, and Berkeley over the last two years. Each event features 100+ elegantly crafted ciders from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, Michigan, New Hampshire, England, France, Spain and others.
Tickets for Cider Summit Seattle will run you $25 in advance or $30 at the gate; or you can splurge for the $35 VIP package. Your $25-$30 ticket gets you a taster glass and 8 drink tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased for $2 each. The $35 VIP package gets you 4 additional taster tickets, plus exclusive event access from 2p-3p on Friday, September 5. Visit the Cider Summit Seattle website for more information.
Last but not least, hitting just one day after the official first day of Fall, is the 4th Annual Craft Beer + Food event. Hosted by Washington Beer Blog, this annual event is a celebration of local beer and local food. This year’s event includes even more local breweries and restaurants than ever.
Here is the full press release from the Washigton Beer Blog:
Seattle, WA – August 11, 2014 – The Washington Beer Blog, producers of Craft Beer + Food, announced today that tickets will go on sale Thursday, August 14 for the fourth annual food and beer pairing event. Craft Beer + Food takes place on Wednesday, September 24 in a new location, the Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle. This year there is also a new event beneficiary, Washington Wild’s Brewshed® Alliance program.
At the event, guests have an opportunity to sample up to thirteen different food and craft beer pairings provided by local restaurants and breweries. To create unique and delicious pairings, Craft Beer + Food partners select restaurants from around the Seattle area with local breweries. Chefs work side-by-side with brewers to devise outstanding combinations that highlight how beer can be part of an elevated dining experience.
“Our goal with Craft Beer + Food is to demonstrate how craft beer can be served alongside fine cuisine in the same way that people are accustomed to seeing wine served alongside fine cuisine,” says Kendall Jones, Co-Founder of the Washington Beer Blog and one of the event’s organizers. “It is a fun and delicious event that combines two of Seattle’s great passions: craft beer and great food. We also want to draw attention to the fact that more of the area’s fine restaurants are now offering more craft beer choices.”
Among the restaurants participating in Craft Beer + Food, Chef John Howie’s Beardslee Public House will make its debut. The soon-to-be-open restaurant and brewery will serve a dish paired with beer brewed by Beardslee’s Head Brewer Drew Cluley.
Also debuting at the event, Tom Douglas’ new to-be-named Mexican-themed cantina-style eatery, which will serve up food paired with beer from Fremont Brewing Company.
Other participating restaurants include Bell + Whete, Bookstore Bar & Café, the Dahlia Lounge, Little Water Cantina, Luc, Marination Mobile, Ravish on Eastlake, Schooner Exact, Taylor Shellfish, and Trelllis.
Brewery participants include Beardslee Brewing, Black Raven Brewing, Chuckanut Brewery, Elysian Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Hi-Fi Brewing, Pike Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Schooner Exact Brewing, Stoup Brewing, and Two Beers Brewing.
Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 14, tickets can be purchased online for $40 by visiting the official event website: http://www.craftbeerplusfood.com. Craft Beer + Food is an entirely non-profit event, with 100% of proceeds benefiting Washington Wild’s Brewshed Alliance.
Guests are encouraged to enjoy the event responsibly and use Uber for safe transportation. Using the promotional code CBFSEA14, first time Uber users will receive a free ride (up to $20). Uber will also donate $5 to Washington Wild for each first ride taken using the code. To sign up, new users should visit http://www.uber.com/go/CBFSEA14
Craft Beer + Food
Wednesday, September 24
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Palace Ballroom
2100 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Due to it’s larger size this year, Craft Beer + Food, as noted above, is moving to The Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, August 14th.
Before you know it, Summer will be over. So pull up your calendar now and mark off these great events to round out your Summer. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to them all, something tells me that the end of Summer won’t also mean the end of Seattle craft beer and craft cider events. I’ll see you out there.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.