Seattle Beer Week #7 kicks off in just over 2 weeks. As of this morning, April 20th, there are over 220 different events listed for this year’s festivities. That’s incredible. Just two weeks ago, when I gave you my tips for enjoying Seattle Beer Week #7 on a budget, there were 180 events listed. As you can see, that number has grown significantly.
Now, with majority of this year’s events listed, I thought it would be a good time to review all the choices and present you with what I believe will be the best events to hit during each day of Seattle Beer Week. Unlike my budget friendly article from two weeks ago, however, this list of events will disregard cost and focus entirely on fun.
Here are Craft Beer Monger’s Picks for the best events to hit up during this year’s Seattle Beer Week:
Thursday – May 7th:
Opening Night Pre-Funk at The Pine Box – 3:00 PM. Stop off for a few at The Pine Box and then join the march up to Rhein Haus for the for the tapping of the first keg of the official Seattle Beer Week Beer Seiben Brau. Have lederhosen or a Dirndl? Dressing for this event is encouraged.
Official Seattle Beer Week Kickoff at 5 locations: Rhein Haus – 5:00 PM. Beveridge Place Pub – 6:30 PM. Brouwer’s Cafe – 8:00 PM. The Noble Fir – 9:00 PM. Naked City Brewery & Taphouse – 9:45 PM. Hitting all 5 stops on this opening night tour will be extremely challenging. I don’t recommend it unless you have a dedicated designated driver. For most, selecting one of these locations will be sufficient. I’ll probably see you at Beveridge Place Pub, since I’ll already be there for Cask-O-Rama (Starting at 6:00 PM) after a likely quick stop at The Pine Box for some pre-funk.
Friday – May 8th:
Back In Black Stout Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe – 11:00 AM. This selection was also part of my budget friendly choices list, but it’s a must for stout fans. I’ll definitely see you there when the doors open at 11:00 AM.
Barrel, Barrel, Barrel at Stogies N Hops – All Day (Starting at 3:00 PM). Stogies N Hops in Lynnwood is run by Min Chung, the man who used to run Super Deli Mart in West Seattle back in it’s heyday. Stogies N Hops is an ‘upgrade’ a bit from Super Deli Mart as well, with 20 craft taps and a walk-in cigar humidor. Min is known for getting the good beers and at good prices. You’ll even be able to fill your growlers with most of these amazing beers. So remember to bring a few along.
This event will feature at least 12 different barrel aged beers including:
- Port Brewing Older Viscosity Imperial Stout
- Humboldt Brewing Black Xanthus Bourbon Barreled Imperial Stout
- Firestone Walker Parabola Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout
- Fremont Bourbon Barreled Abominable Winter Ale
- Fremont Kentucky Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout
- Crux Brewing Tough Love Bourbon Barreled Imperial Stout
- Deschutes 2014 Abyss Reserve Imperial Stout
- Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout
Saturday – May 9th:
Shuffleboard Tourney at Brave Horse Tavern – 12:00 PM. Do you have some serious shuffleboard skills? Come out to this tournament at Brave Horse Tavern and prove it. If you beat out the competitors, you could win a beer dinner for 10. That’s a very nice prize. Details to follow from Brave Horse Tavern.
Firestone Barrel Class at Bottleworks – 3:00 PM. Are you a fan of barrel-aged beers? Would you like to know more about them? Come learn from one of the masters: Jeffers Richardson, the barrel-master for Firestone Walker‘s Barrelworks program. You’ll taste some rare selections and get a glass to take home. This is a ticketed event with just 20 spaces available. So contact Bottleworks today to get the cost and to reserve your spot.
Sunday – May 10th:
Mother’s Day Brunch at Burgundian – 10:00 AM. It may be Seattle Beer Week, but don’t forget about Mother’s Day! Bring mom out to one of Seattle’s best gastropubs for a delicious brunch with a special menu, special cocktails and, according to Burgundian, “a few other subtle surprises that Mom is sure to love.” Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day Psycho With DJ Nicfit – at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse – 8:00 PM. Keep the celebration with mom going by taking her to the ultimate ‘creepy mom’ movie: Psycho. “Chill out and catch up on some beers while DJ Nicfit spins the wheels of steel in a live soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mother’s Day classic film, Psycho. Enjoy full table service and a selection of SBW beers in the Screening Room during the film.”
Monday – May 11th:
Women In Beer at Pike Brewing Company – 6:00 PM. Try not to take the title of this event too literally or you may be disappointed. According to Pike: “This celebration features women involved in the Northwest craft beer industry along with local, women cheese makers, restaurateurs, cider makers, chocolatiers and more.” Come on out and help celebrate all the local women who prove beyond any doubt that craft beer and craft food is, most definitely, not just a guy thing. This is a ticketed event. Get your tickets here. $35 per person.
Nichtigkeiten at Prost! Phinney Ridge – 8:00 PM. You may know a lot about local craft beer, but how’s your repository of knowledge on German beers? Prost! is teaming up with Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr for an evening of German beer trivia. Compete for fun, prizes and bragging rights.
Tuesday – May 12th:
Can You Handle My Randall at The Pine Box – 3:00 PM. This event was also on my budget conscious list for Seattle Beer Week #7 but, regardless of your budget, it’s a great event. 12 different Randalls will be hooked up out on The Pine Box’s patio, and 12 different beers will be pouring. Here’s a recap of this event from Seattle Beer Week #5 in 2013, to give you some idea of what to expect. We’re still waiting for the tap list to be announced for this event but, considering The Pine Box’s usual awesome lineup, I’m not too concerned.
Trappist Dinner at Quinn’s – 6:30 PM. If you’re a fan of Trappist beers and gourmet food, you’ll want to look into this event. Enjoy a full 6+ course meal, designed specifically around Trappist beers. Last year’s event included courses like: Hudson Valley Foie Gras Terrine, Braised and Glazed Lan Roc Farms Pork Shortrib, Roasted Imperial Wagyu Striploin, and more. Check Qinn’s Facebook page for more details and reserve your spot today. Contact Quinn’s for cost.
Wednesday – May 13th:
Barrel-Aged Tap Takeover at Schooner Exact Brewing – 11:00 AM. If you’re a fan of Schooner Exact’s barrel-aged work, including their sours, you’ll want to check this out. According to Schooner Exact Brewing: “Schooner EXACT will be pouring several barrel-aged beers including Sours, Whiskey Dick Pumpkin Ale (10%), Hoppy the Woodsman, and Bourbon-aged Imperial Porter from 11-9pm.”
Beers And Brats In The Outfield at Safeco Field – 5:00 PM. The Mariners take on the Padres at 7:10PM but, before the game gets under way, come out for a pre-game beer battle between Seattle and San Diego. Beers from Stone Brewing and Green Flash Brewing will square off against beers from Fremont Brewing and Black Raven Brewing. Who will come out victorious? According to event organizers: “The beers will NOT be normal offerings.” Check here for ticket information. Prices vary.
Thursday – May 14th:
Sourfest at Brouwer’s Cafe – 11:00 AM. This selection was also part of my budget friendly choices list, and it’s a can’t-miss choice for sour fans or anyone trying to get into sours. Come early. There’s always a line for this one.
Grab Our Cans! at Watershed Pub & Kitchen – 5:00 PM. Come out to the Watershed to celebrate canned craft beer. According to Watershed: “Hopworks Urban Brewery, 21st Amendment, Hop Valley, and Oskar Blues will be partnering up to drink cans and teach why cans. Out door lawns games, ice cold beer with special beer tapings from each brewery.” Can you dig it?
Friday – May 15th:
2nd Annual “The Lost Stoner” Festival at The Noble Fir – 4:00 PM. Come out to Ballard for this event, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste some rare and exciting releases from The Lost Abbey and Stone Brewing Company.
Midnight Sun Brewing Beer Tasting at the Hot Stove Society – 6:00 PM. This event is a beer and food pairing: partnering beers from Midnight Sun Brewing with food offerings from The Hot Stove Society – a new cooking school in Seattle, located on the 2nd floor of the Hotel Andra.
Pairings will include:
- Snowshoe White: Belgian-style beer with delicate notes of citrus, cumin, and coriander
Paired with Smoked Mussel and Red Pepper Relish Empanada, Warm Curry Paprika Sauce
- Pleasure Town IPA: This India Pale Ale is pure pleasure in a can!
Paired with Pan-Fried Sweet Pea and Potato Gnocchi, Proscuitto and Mushroom
- An Undisclosed IPA Surprise from the Brewery: Will it be an Imperial? A Triple? We can’t wait to find out!
Paired with Grilled Naan, Flank Steak, Green Chutney, Yogurt, and Cilantro
- Arctic Devil Barley Wine: English-style (malt inclined) barely wine aged in oak barrels
Paired with Savory Pecan Tart and 18 month aged Beemster Gouda
This is a ticketed event and space is limited. The cost is $35 per person. Get your tickets here.
Saturday – May 16th:
Malt & Vine 8th Anniversary at Malt & Vine – All day (starting at 11:00 AM). Come out to Redmond and help Malt & Vine celebrate their 8th Anniversary, including the release of their special 8th Anniversary beer, brewed by Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), food from Campfire BBQ and very special tap list (TBA).
Everybody’s Naked In The Backwoods at Fiddler’s Inn – 4:00 PM. This is a collaboration event featuring Kevin from Backwoods Brewing Company, Doug from Everybody’s Brewing Company and Don form Naked City Brewery & Taphouse. Come on out to the Fid and enjoy some delicious beers and barbecue. I think you can figure out where the event’s name came from.
Sunday – May 17th:
4th Annual My Liver Hurts Free BBQ at Fremont Brewing Company – 11:00 AM. Are you still standing? By this time, your liver should be filing a police report against you for prolonged abuse. Come out to Fremont Brewing and reward it for all it’s hard work (and perhaps deal it a bit more abuse), by enjoying some free BBQ from Fremont Brewing.
Last Call Beer Week Party at Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District – 12:00 PM. Come out and meet some of the crew from Sierra Nevada Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Two Beers Brewing (CBM Sponsor), Deschutes Brewing and Firestone Walker Brewing as Seattle Beer Week winds down. There will be 24 carefully selected taps, a food truck and prize giveaways.
There you have it. I’ve provided you with two event choices here for each day of Seattle Beer Week #7 (in addition to the events outlined in my ‘Seattle Beer Week #7 On A Budget‘ article from two weeks ago). If my choices don’t seem like the right fit for you, be sure to check out the full listing of Seattle Beer Week events on their official events page.
Whichever event(s) you choose to attend during this year’s festivities, have fun and be safe. Also, if you’re interested in any of the ticketed events, don’t delay. Get your tickets ASAP before the event(s) you want are sold out. I’ll see you out and about during Seattle Beer Week #7, starting on May 7th.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.