Yesterday afternoon I attended this year’s food and drink preview for the 2016 Seattle Mariners‘ Season at Safeco Field, courtesy of the Seattle Mariners, Centerplate and Ethan Stowell Restaurants. Over the past few years, watching baseball at the Safe has become synonymous with enjoying delicious food and what is probably the best beer selection found in any major league ball park in the nation. I have for you the complete list of beers available this year (including the first ever Sour beer to be served in any major league ball park), and where you’ll be able to find them around the stadium.
I’ll also fill you in on this year’s food offerings, which did not disappoint. Whether you’re hungry for sandwiches, sausages, wings or more, you’ll find something delicious to enjoy while cheering on the M’s this season. My favorite was probably the Porchetta sandwich. I’ll go over each food item for you to whet your appetite.
Just yesterday, I told you about a place where you can go to try flights of German style beers. Most of the styles contained in those flights are Lagers, but not the Alt. Traditional German Altbier (or Dusseldorfer Alt) is one of just a few traditional German Ales rather than Lagers (along with Kolsch, Gose, Hefeweizen, Berliner Weisse, Weizenbock and a few others).
From the German Beer Institute: One of only a handful of traditional German ales. Altbier is Copper-colored, cool-fermented, cold-conditioned, clean-tasting, with an aromatic hop presence, a firm creamy head, a medium body, and a dry finish. It is indigenous to the Rheinland, which is part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the northwestern part of Germany, near the Dutch border. The best known Altbiers come from the Düsseldorf, the state capital.
Most craft beer fans I know gravitate towards Ales more than Lagers, and I think the reason is obvious. Pale Ales, IPAs, Stouts, Porters, Barleywines, Saisons and other Belgian Styles, etc. are all Ales, not Lagers. There are a few Lagers out there in the craft World but, for the most part, most of us tend to lean towards the Ale side of things much more often.
Unfortunately, that sometimes means we don’t take the time to appreciate some of the classic Germany styles (which are mostly Lagers) that are readily available at several places around Seattle. One of those places is Altstadt in Pioneer Square. To help you explore and appreciate some of these styles, Altstadt is serving up three different German beer flights, featuring classic German beer styles.
The cherry blossoms are back, people are picking up starters for their gardens and, most days, there’s a bit less of a chill in the air. Spring is here and that means Summer is right around the corner. That also means it’s time for the return of Summer Ale from Fremont Brewing Company.
To celebrate it’s return, Fremont Brewing is hosting a release party in their Urban Beer Garden next Thursday, March 31st from 5 – 9 pm. With tangerine, spicy and floral notes, this seasonal ale will have you anticipating those long Summer evenings ahead.
Last year at about this time, I attended a food and drink preview at Safeco Field for the 2015 Seattle Mariners season. It was an impressive spread with a wide variety of options like crab sandwiches, burgers, gourmet hot dogs, flatbread pizzas and more, plus a wide array of locally sourced craft beers, wines and even high end cocktails.
Well, I’ve been invited back again this year for the 2016 food and drink preview, and I’m eager to see what delicious new items and what new and returning craft beers and other drinks I’ll find available for this season. One thing is for sure, a big feature of the 2016 menu will be gourmet sandwiches, using high end ingredients like Beecher’s Cheese, Hempler’s Bacon and Baker Boys Northwest Brioche Bread. I love a good sandwich, so that sounds pretty good to me.
Would you like to feel like a kid again, but still have access to your favorite adult beverages? Then this might just be the event for you. Coming up on April 29th is the annual Adult Swim BeerCraft at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia.
At this unique event you can explore the science behind beer, taste delicious craft beer from more than 10 different local breweries, learn about fermentation, investigate hops in the garden and chat with local brewing experts.
You’ve heard the news, right? In just a few days, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) will be releasing their popular Trickster IPA in cans for the first time. I also believe this is the first time Black Raven has canned any of their beers. To mark this momentous occasion, they’re hosting a release party on Trickster‘s can release date of this Saturday, March 26th.
Cans have really made a big comeback in the past few years, especially for outdoor enthusiasts who are also craft beer fans, since cans are far easier to carry along – and carry back out when empty. As Black Raven puts it: “Each 12oz can contains the hoppy, restorative goodness you deserve after a full day of exploring the Washington wilderness and crushes down easily to be recycled when you get home. It’s the perfect companion for the golf course, floating the river, summer barbecues, long walks on the beach, and easily fits between the leftovers in the fridge.”
Harley’s & Hops is a cycle-themed craft beer event with proceeds benefiting The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation. There will be live bands, barbecue and craft beers from more than 15 local craft breweries. Don’t worry though, no motorcycle is required. Emerald City HD is just a cool place to hold the event.
I don’t get to the Watershed as often as I should. They have an extensive menu, including a full weekend brunch menu, and a full bar with a wide selection of liquors, cocktails, wines, bottled beers and ciders. They also have 21 craft taps, featuring many local breweries and cideries.
It’s time for a big celebration at one of the World’s smallest production breweries. Foggy Noggin Brewing Company in Bothell is getting ready to celebrate their 6th Anniversary this coming Saturday, March 26th. They’ll be releasing their 2016 Anniversary Ale and will be pouring rare beers all day long.
Foggy Noggin specializes in small batch English Style Ales and they do a fine job of it on their tiny, 1/2 barrel brewing system. Their doors first opened on March 20th, 2010 with just two beers on tap: Bit O’ Beaver (English Bitter) and Christmas Duck (Porter). Today they have up to 10 beers on tap at their modest taproom.