Craft Beer Monger’s Top Picks For Seattle Beer Week #9

Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like the past year has flown by so quickly.  Seattle Beer Week #8 almost feels like it was just a few weeks ago.  Yet here we are, with Seattle Beer Week #9 kicking off in just two days.  Have you had an opportunity to look over the ever-growing list of events on the official Seattle Beer Week website?  With so many events to choose from, many of which happen on the same day or even at the same time, you may have to make some difficult choices regarding which events to attend.  Here are my top picks for Seattle Beer Week #9.

Things get under way with the Official Seattle Beer Week Kickoff this Thursday, May 4th.  There are  5 stops on the Seattle Beer Week (SBW) kickoff tour.  Things start off at 4:30 pm at the new Flatstick Pub location in Pioneer Square.  The other stops on this year’s kickoff tour include: Beveridge Place Pub (6:30 pm and Cask-O-Rama will be going on), Brouwer’s Cafe (7:45 pm), Naked City Brewery & Taphouse (9:00 pm), with the evening closing out at The Pine Box (10:30 pm).

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Naked City Opening A 2nd Location On Camano Island

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I’ve always been a big fan of Naked City Brewery & Taphouse.  They make some of my favorite locally-brewed beers including their The Big Lebrewski Imperial Stout and Cry Me A River Triple IPA.  Unfortunately, I don’t get there as often as I’d like but every time I’m in the Greenwood area, I’ll stop by.  One taste of their beers is all it takes to let you know Owner and Brewmaster Don Webb really loves his work.

Now, after going strong for over 8 years (they celebrated their 8th Anniversary last October), Naked City is ready to expand.  So, coming as soon as this Spring, Naked City is pleased to announced they will be opening their 2nd location out on Camano Island.

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Naked City Prepares For Their 8th Anniversary

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Sometimes, which breweries you tend to frequent will depend as much on location as it does on beer quality.  This is one of the reasons I don’t get to a few of my favorite Seattle breweries as often as I’d like to.  I work somewhat odd hours and live in the South end.  So visiting any Seattle breweries that are farther North in the city requires a bit of effort on my part, largely due to our craptacular traffic.

One of Seattle’s North end breweries that I don’t visit nearly as often as I’d like to is Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood.  Owner and head brewer, Don Webb, really enjoys his work, and it shows in the quality of beers Naked City continually puts out.  I’m particularly fond of The Big Lebrewski, their award-winning White Russian Imperial Stout.

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Teku Tavern Set To Open On October 18th – UPDATED

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We’re blessed here in the Northwest to live in an area where there are so many great breweries.  Having easy access to so many great beers is great for craft beer fans like us, but it’s also part of what allows Seattle to have some of the best tap and bottle shops around.  Some of the most popular and well known ones include The Beer Junction, Bottleworks and Chuck’s Hop Shop.

Now, joining those establishments is Seattle’s newest tap and bottle shop: Teku Tavern.  Named for the Teku style of glassware that has been called the “World’s best beer glass”, Teku Tavern is looking to, as they put it, elevate the beer scene in Seattle.  They’ll have 50 taps, 3 cask stations and 29 refrigerators of beer and cider to go.

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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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Tickets On Sale Now For The 12th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

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They make pie out of it.  They put it in your latte.  They put it’s scent into air fresheners.  Heck, they put it in just about everything these days the moment any hint of Fall is in the air.  Of course, the very best way to use that wonderful gourd known as the pumpkin is in beer.

Elysian Brewing Company understand this, and they have for a very long time.  So, back for 2016 is the 12th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival.  For the past few years, this event has been taking place at Elysian’s relatively new production brewing facility in Georgetown.  This year, however, it’s moving to Elysian Fields on 1st Avenue South.

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The Washington Brewer’s Festival Happens This Weekend

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It’s that ‘Dads and Grads’ time of year.  I hope you’ve found the perfect Father’s Day or graduation gift for that special beer lover in your life.  If not then perhaps they’d enjoy a visit to the Washington Brewer’s Festival.  Hosted by the Washington Beer Commission and presented this year by Total Wine & More, the Washington Brewer’s Festival kicks off this Friday, June 17th and runs through Sunday the 19th at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

This all-ages festival is a celebration of craft brewing in Washington State and features over 110 Washington State breweries pouring over 500 different craft beers for you to enjoy.  Whether you attend just one day or all three, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.  Feeling extra adventurous?  Starting this year, there’s a Washington Beer 5K on Sunday the 19th.  There’s also a full lineup of food trucks, live music, a brewer’s keg toss, a kid’s play area (Saturday & Sunday only), and even a Rootbeer garden.

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Seattle Beer Week Kicks Off Today

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a pretty crazy last week or so leading up to Seattle Beer Week #8.  Between being busy at work (both of them), still mourning a bit for our dog, Bailei, and trying to plan out my Seattle Beer Week 2016 schedule (picking from, literally, hundreds of events), I’ve barely had time to breathe.

The event list for Seattle Beer Week seems to get a bit bigger each year.  There are always a few days where there are at least 2 or 3 different events all happening at the same time on opposite ends of town, so you have to make a choice.  Hitting every single event is absolutely impossible (and severe liver abuse!), so you have to pick your battles (or is it bottles?)

Now, it’s here.  Seattle Beer Week kicks off this evening at Reuben’s Brews in Ballard.  They’ll be open at noon today, but the official opening ceremony for Seattle Beer Week won’t take place until 5 pm.  The first keg of Daily Pale, the official beer of Seattle Beer Week #8, will be tapped and the Mayor’s Proclamation will be read.

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Summer Ale Returns From Fremont Brewing

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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.

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Adult Swim BeerCraft Is Coming To The Hands On Children’s Museum

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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.

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