Get Your Tickets Now For Chocofest At Pike Brewing

Do you like beer?  How about wine?  Spirits and cocktails?  How about chocolate and other sweets?  Baked goods and tasty, savory bites from local restaurants?  Am I making you hungry and thirsty yet?  Well then you’d better hurry up and get your tickets for this year’s Chocofest at Pike Brewing Company.

An event you won’t soon forget, Chocofest is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with that special someone, or to just enjoy an evening out where you can sample great food and drinks from several local suppliers.  It all takes place on Sunday, February 11th at Pike Brewing Company.

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The Shambles Opens This Saturday In Maple Leaf

There are some good places to go in Seattle if you’re looking for butchery, charcuterie, smoked meats, sandwiches, sausages and the like.  There are also some good places to go in Seattle if you’re looking for an excellent selection of craft beers or some top notch craft cocktails.  Of course, trying to find all of these things under one roof has been a bit of a challenge, until now that is.  Set to open this coming Saturday, January 20th in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood is The Shambles, Seattle’s new North end destination where deli • meats • bar.

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Bacon, Eggs & Kegs Returns To CenturyLink Field Next Week

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Brunch at CenturyLink, featuring bacon, cocktails, floats, fun and games and a huge beer lineup?  Yes please!  Seattle’s largest, locally produced brunch event, Bacon, Eggs & Kegs is returning for its third and biggest event next Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28 at CenturyLink Field from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

This over-the-top event will feature tastings from 30+ local breweries and cideries, boozy root beer floats, a 30-foot Bloody Mary bar with vodkas by Heritage Distilling Co., an Irish coffee bar, bacon butchery demos by Heritage Meats, 20+ local restaurants and chefs serving bacon and egg focused dishes, putt putt golf and duffleboard by Flatstick Pub, bacon bingo, dueling pianos, and much more.

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The 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet At Watershed Pub & Kitchen

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Just in case you’d forgotten, Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday.  Haven’t made plans yet to do something special for mom?  No need to panic.  You’ve still got time to make reservations for the Watershed Pub & Kitchen‘s 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet.

This year, instead of the usual, boring flowers and a card, give mom the gift of starting the day off with a hearty breakfast.  After all, she used to spend much of her time feeding you, right?  Why not return the favor?

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Gourmet Sandwiches Highlight Safeco Field’s 2016 Menu Updates

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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.

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Bread And Circuses Gets Gourmet At Two Beers Brewing Company / Seattle Cider Company

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Roach Coach.  When I was growing up, any sort of mobile food truck you’d see around (usually at places like constructions sites, day-laborer gathering spots or run-down, industrial business parks) had this unfortunate moniker, no matter the actual name of the truck.  In fact, most food trucks back in those days didn’t have any type of name or brand. Most of the food those early trucks carried was also either pre-made and pre-packaged or, if it was made in the truck, it was pretty sub-standard cuisine.  It wasn’t the type of food you’d go out of your way to find by any means.

That’s all changed.  Food trucks today are not the ‘roach coaches’ of old.  Following health department regulations as strict as ‘brick and mortar’ restaurants (and in Washington, requiring an actual brick and mortar kitchen for most food preparation), today’s food trucks offer a diverse and delectable take on many different types of cuisine.  In Seattle, competition is fierce, so anything a food truck operator can do to set themselves apart from their competition in an appealing way is a big plus.

In 2015, when Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and Seattle Cider Company decided to expand their taproom, The Woods, yet again, they were looking for a local food truck company to partner with.  They found that partner in Bread and Circuses, a local food truck that was enticed by the idea of such a partnership.   Together, Two Beers & Seattle Cider could offer food from Bread and Circuses inside The Woods taproom, without having to actually operate the kitchen themselves.  The result is an inviting combination of great craft beer, great local cider and great food, all in a comfortable, casual atmosphere and all under one roof.

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Two Beers Brewing 8th Anniversary & Taproom Kitchen Opening

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It seems like only yesterday that Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) opened their latest iteration of The Woods, the shared taproom for Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company.  Now, only 5 months later, Two Beers has more exciting news.  Coming up on Saturday, November 14th, Two Beers Brewing Company will celebrate their 8th Anniversary.

Also, on that same day, Two Beers Brewing is excited to announce their partnership with Bread & Circuses is ready to commence.  The in-house kitchen that Two Beers has been working on since The Woods 3.0 launched back in June is ready to open as Bread & Circuses’ first ‘brick and mortar’ location.

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Food And Drink Preview For The 2015 Mariners Season At Safeco Field

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Today I was invited to join a group of several other local journalists down at Safeco Field for an in-depth preview of the new food and drink options that will be available for the 2015 Seattle Mariners season.  With the home opener coming up in just five days, this was a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at all the new high-end food and drink options that Mariners fans will have the opportunity to enjoy at the Safe this year.

Last year’s offerings included delicious choices like Apple Wood Smoked Salmon Chowder, ‘Dirty’ Tots With Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar, Carlton Farms Pork Belly & Bay Valley Picked Peppers, and Fish & Chips With Manny’s Pale Ale Batter among other selections; plus cask beers from local Northwest breweries like Georgetown Brewing CompanyOakshire Brewing Company and others.

This year I was eager to return and try some of the new choices chef Ethan Stowell and his team had come up with, and to sample a few of the new craft beer choices available this season.  The featured brewery at Safeco this season is Seattle’s own Pike Brewing Company, but you’ll also find options from other local breweries like Black Raven Brewing (CBM Sponsor), Schooner Exact BrewingFremont Brewing and many more.

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The Bacon And Beer Classic Returns To Safeco Field On May 2nd- UPDATED

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Are you one of those people who believes that bacon makes pretty much everything better?  How about beer?  Beer makes everything better too, doesn’t it?  So what could be better than bacon and beer?  Not much that I know of.  Does this sound like something you might enjoy?  Then keep reading.

Last year I told you about the 1st Annual Bacon & Beer Classic, which debuted at Safeco Field last May 17th.  This event of gastronomic glee paired local craft beers with tantalizing snacks, each one featuring bacon as a main ingredient.  Well, this celebration of the best way to tax your liver and harden your arteries is returning to the Safe, this year on May 2nd.

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The Bacon And Beer Classic Is Coming To Safeco Field On May 17th

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The way some events are named sometimes baffles me.  Golf provides some of the better examples: ‘The Cadillac Classic’?  That sounds more like a new Cadillac model to me than a golf tournament.  How about ‘The John Deere Classic’?  Are we golfing or competing to see who can mow their lawn the best here?  I think the name of an event, even a ‘Classic’, should reflect what you can expect to find at that event rather than who’s sponsoring it.

You enjoy good craft beer, don’t you?  I mean, you’re here reading this article, so I would suspect you do.  I also suspect you enjoy good food as well; perhaps even bacon.  Would I be correct?  Well, do you have plans for Saturday, May 17th?  If you didn’t before, you do now.  The Bacon and Beer Classic is coming to Seattle’s Safeco Field on Friday, May 17th and, with a name like ‘Bacon And Beer Classic’, I’m sure you have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

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