Today, Monday May 16th, is day number 5 of Seattle Beer Week #8, which means we’re about halfway through. Things kicked off last Thursday at Reuben’s Brews with the official tapping of the first keg of the official Seattle Beer Week beer: Daily Pale, followed by the opening night pub crawl. I had to drop by Reuben’s, of course, for the kickoff and then found my way to Beveridge Place Pub for stop #3 on the crawl.
Since then, the events have been coming pretty much non-stop. The highlights for me so far have been the Underberg Back In Black Stout Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe, Satanic Metal C.O.W. Night at Toronado and, even though I had to leave a bit early, Firestone Walker & Holy Mountain last night at The Pine Box.
The tap list for last night’s Firestone Walker & Holy Mountain event was truly amazing. I was able to have a bit of at least 5 beers from the list before I had to call it a night, but there wasn’t a bad choice in the bunch (and I’ve had at least some version nearly all of those beers before with a few exceptions). Firestone Walker’s Krieky Bones Batch #2 was simply incredible, as was their SLOambic Batch #2. Holy Mountain brought some great choices as well, including Covenant, Demonteller and a new offering: Heartwork – a wonderful Belgian Golden Ale. Many of the beers from last night’s amazing list may still be on tap today, but I wouldn’t expect the to last for much longer.
If you’re a stout fan and missed the Stout Fest at Brouwer’s on Friday, you may still be able to find a few of them on tap today. Also, if you missed Satanic Metal C.O.W. Night at Toronado, most of those beers appear to still be on tap today (from Firestone Walker (California), Boneyard (Oregon) and Cloudburst (Washington).
I won’t be attending any events today due to work, but there are some great events happening including: This Is Washington Dammit! at Beveridge Place Pub (2:oo pm – all day), Daily Pale and Four Roses at Burgundian (10:00 am – all day), Lost Abbey Night with Tomme Arthur at Chuck’s 85th (5:00 pm) and Women In Beer at Pike Brewing (6:00 pm), plus, of course, many more events which you’ll find listed on the Seattle Beer Week website (or Android app).
This Is Washington Dammit! at Beveridge Place means all and only Washington Beers on tap, with $3.50 pints all day. Daily Pale & Four Roses at Burgundian lets you get a Reuben’s Daily Pale and a shot of Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon for just $10. Lost Abbey Night with Tomme Arthur is just what it sounds like. If you’re a Lost Abbey fan, you ought to check this one out.
Women In Beer at Pike celebrates all of the women involved in our local craft beer scene. It’s not just a man’s World anymore. This is a huge event.
I’ll let Pike Explain:
Celebrate women’s roles in brewing at Women In Beer, a Seattle Beer Week event. This food and beer tasting features women involved in the Northwest craft beer industry along with local, women restaurateurs, cider makers, chocolatiers, cheese makers and more. Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands
This food and drink tasting event is open to women and all the people who love them, as long as they are 21 years and older. Your ticket entitles you to all food samples and 10 tickets for alcoholic beverage tastes.
Participating businesses to date are: Balleywood Creamery, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Chuckanut Brewery, Copperworks Distilling, Evolve Truffles, Finnriver Cidery, Fremont Brewing, Full Throttle Bottles, Gnocchi Bar, Grand Central Bakery, Heritage Distilling, Hot Cakes, Iggy’s Foods, Island Hoppin’ Brewery, Mt. Townsend Creamery, Naked City Brewery, Peddler Brewing, Pike Brewing Company, Pondera Winery, Propolis Brewing, Rooftop Brewing Co., Salumi Salami, Schooner Exact, Sidetrack Distillery, Sky River Brewing, Spinnaker Bay Brewing, That Brown Girl Cooks!, The Pike Pub, Tieton Cider Works, Two Beers/Seattle Cider.
Tomorrow (Tuesday), I’ll be heading back to The Pine Box for Can You Handle My Randall. This is always a fun event with beers flowing through 12 Randalls that, as the Pine Box puts it, will have you asking, “What the F*** did you put in my beer?”
Here is the preliminary tap/Randall list for this year’s Can You Handle My Randall:
This Year It’s Oregon vs Washington!
UPDATED – 5/17 – 10:50 am
Breakside Brewery Sweet Potato Brown w/cacao nibs, vanilla, cinnamon bark and papilla chiles
Crux Fermentation Project Hook a Chinook IPA w/mango, papaya, guava, and mint
Ecliptic Brewing Zenith Grapefruit Gose w/fruits, tangerines, grapefrui
Fort George Brewery Cavatica Stout W/Madagascar vanilla beans, alongside whole stumptown coffee beans
Gigantic Brewing Company The Business w/ fresh cuties (tangerines) and crystal hops
GoodLife Brewing Sweet As with feijoa fruit
Machine House Brewery Golden Ale with confit orange from Fran’s Chocolates
Reuben’s Brews Gose with cucumber
Schooner Exact Brewing Co. Jawja Peach Sour to be run through Citra Hops & fresh peaches
Seapine Brewing Company Mosaic Pale Ale with orange zest
Standard Brewing Mosaic Kolsch with pineapple
Stoup Brewing Citra Pale with whole leaf Comet Hops from Loza Farms
There are some pretty interesting combinations in that last, as usual. I’m particularly looking forward to trying the Crux Hook a Chinook through a Randall of all that tropical fruit as well as Fort George’s Cavatica Stout through a Randall of Madagascar vanilla beans and Sumptown Coffee beans. Yum, yum.
Wednesday will be another event free day for me, but you might want to check out the 3rd Annual Ballast Point Tap Takeover at Chuck’s Central District (11:00 am – all day), the Ninkasi Sensory Class with Jamie Floyd at Brouwer’s Cafe (4:00 pm), or the Wall of Casks at Latona Pub (5:00 pm). Plus, Daily Pale and Four Roses will be happening again at Burgundian.
The Ballast Point Tap Takeover at Chuck’s should be pretty self-explanatory, as should the Ninkasi Sensory Class with Jamie Floyd (get better at articulating what you see, smell and taste in your beers) and the Wall of Casks at Latona (which is similar to Cask-O-Rama at Beveridge Place Pub, but scaled back a bit).
For Thursday the 19th, I have a one track mind. For me, that day will be all about Sourfest at Brouwer’s Cafe. This is one of the most popular events each year during Seattle Beer Week and one of my personal favorites. Expect long lines and a packed house pretty much all day at Brouwer’s. You can find the complete, preliminary tap list in my Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2016 article.
Can’t make it to Sourfest? You have my sympathies, but you also have many other options including: Two Beers (CBM Sponsor) Brewer’s Night at Copper Coin (4:00 pm), Dru Bru Meet the Brewer at Bell + Whete (5:00 pm), or you can attend a Late Night Sour Firkin Tapping at The Stumbling Monk (9:00 pm).
When Friday rolls around, you know we’re nearing the end. Some of the events I’m eyeing for Friday include: the return of the Bodacious Beverages Fest at Beveridge Place Pub (2:00 pm – all day), the Locals Only Tap Takeover at Chuck’s Central District (11:00 am – all day), and Beer & Cheese with Mt. Townsend at Seapine Brewing (4:00 pm).
The Bodacious Beverages Fest is always a good time and includes 25 “rare & unusual beers, barrel-aged brews, sour beers, fruit & spice beers, and more! Taster trays & designated drivers encouraged!” The Locals Only Tap Takeover at Chuck’s is all about highlighting breweries in Seattle. All 50 of Chuck’s taps will be flowing with beers only from Seattle breweries.
As for the Beer & Cheese with Mt. Townsend event at Seapine? Well, someone’s got to let those wine snobs know that cheese pairs just as well (and in some cases even better) than it does with wine. 5 award winning cheeses from Mt. Townsend Creamery will be paired up with 5 Seapine beers at this celebration of yeast and fungus.
Saturday the 21st is the last major event day for Seattle Beer Week #8 and there are some fun event lined up including: the Naked Beardslee Washer’s Tournament at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse (2:00 pm), Melvin Brewing Kung Fu Olympics at The Pine Box (5:00 pm), and the Chainline Brewing BrewBQ at Fiddler’s Inn (6:00 pm).
I had a great time at last year’s Naked Beardslee Washer’s Tournament (formerly known as the Big Naked Washer’s Tournament), and I hope to return this year to test my washer-tossing skills. You must play with a beer in hand. The Melvin Brewing Kung Fu Olympics at The Pine Box is basically a Melvin Tap takeover event and the Chainline Brewing BrewBQ at Fiddler’s Inn is fairly self-explanatory.
The preliminary tap list for the Melvin Brewing Kung Fu Olympics includes:
- Drunken Master
- Hop Shcocker
- Killer Bees
If you’re still standing by Sunday, there are a few events to wrap up beer week and help you recover a bit (or, perhaps, do even more damage). Start by sleeping in a bit and then make your way to either Reuben’s Brews for Coffee Beer and Dounuts (12:00 pm) or to Fremont Brewing for the 6th Annual My Liver Hurts BBQ (12:00 pm). It’s just a matter of which you’d prefer.
Are you a coffee and donuts type of person? Reuben’s will be pouring 4 different coffee infused beer and pairing them with local donuts. If coffee beers and donuts aren’t your thing, you can ways drop by Fremont for a few beers and some free BBQ (while it lasts).
The Bands for Battle of the Beer Bands at Sunset Tavern includes:
- The Industrials
- Queasy Horse
- The JV
The Bluegrass Beerweek Finale at Latona Pub will feature The Wildhares. There will also be some special beers on tap to help you close out your Beer Week right.
How has your Seattle Beer Week been going so far? Have you found any favorite events or favorite new beers? Just remember to pace yourself so you don’t burn out before the week (really 11 days) is over. I’ll see you next tomorrow at The Pine Box for Can You Handle My Randall. Be sure to keep following me on Facebook and Twitter, as I’ll keep posting comments and photos from events I attend.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.