Seattle Beer Week has been running for over a decade now. This year’s festivities marked the 11th year for Seattle Beer Week and it shows no signs of slowing down. While it is, of course, Seattle based, Seattle Beer Week featured beers from all around the sound. However, Seattle Beer Week and all of the events surrounding it aren’t always that convenient for people who live over on the East side. So this July, get ready for the first annual Eastside Beer Week,
Like Seattle Beer Week, Eastside Beer Week (EBW) will be 10 days long, and is set to feature events at breweries and craft beer spots along the 1-405 corridor. If you don’t get over to the East side that often, you might not be aware that there are well over 30 breweries on the East side. I’ve been to most of them myself but not all, so this is an excellent excuse for me to visit those I haven’t been to yet. Mark your calendar now for the ‘week’ of July 12th to the 21st, and prepare to head East.
Fat Tuesday is a little under two weeks away and, though we may not be in New Orleans, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Mardi Gras with the best of ’em. Want to get in on the action, but aren’t sure where to go? Here are a few options for where you can celebrate Mardi Gras in Seattle on Fat Tuesday, which is Tuesday, February 9th.
Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of all Mardi Gras events around Seattle. It’s just a few select events from a few local craft beer spots in and around Seattle.
Craft beer has always had a conscience and a desire to give back to the community. In my travels, I’ve been to countless craft beer events that also serve to benefit various charitable organizations and raise money for some worthwhile causes, etc. In that spirit, Bellevue Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) has teamed up with KZOK (102.5 FM) and Columbia Distributing to introduce KZOK Classic Rock Amber.
Set to release tomorrow, August 6th, this complex and hoppy Amber Ale will not only quench your thirst for delicious craft beer but also help benefit a number of different local charities.
We’ve been having a great Summer here in the Northwest. The long days and warmer temperatures have turned our taste buds on to the lighter, crisper beers of the season and it’s with this in mind that Bellevue Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) has released their first lager ever, a Bohemian Pilsner.
Perfect for those long Summer evenings and weekend barbecues, Bellevue Brewing’s own John Robertson believes it to be one of the best representations of the style that he’s ever tasted.
If you’re from the Seattle area and you enjoy Georgetown Brewing Company‘s beers, then there’s a good chance you know the story behind Bob’s Brown Ale. For those of you who aren’t aware, Bob’s Brown Ale is a special beer that Georgetown brews just once a year, in honor of their dearly departed friend, Charles ‘Bob’ Hirsch. Bob was a child fighting cancer at Ronald McDonald House and Georgetown’s own Manny Chao was Bob’s camp counselor at Camp Goodtimes.
After Bob lost his battle, Georgetown wanted to help others in need. So they donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Bob’s Brown Ale each year to the Ronald McDonald Charities of Western Washington and Alaska. For this special event, The Westin Bellevue is donating all of their proceeds for this special release of Bob’s Brown to Ronald McDonald House Charities as well.
I’m a big fan of rye beers. I even dropped by the 3rd Annual Rye Fest at Reuben’s Brews‘ new brewery and taproom in Ballard during Seattle Beer Week. There’s just something about the taste of rye in an ale that really agrees with my palate. Some of my favorite Cascadian Dark Ales contain a little rye as well. I think it just helps smooth out the flavor profile.
That’s why I’m eager to try Rye IPA from Bellevue Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor). I haven’t had the pleasure of tasting it yet, but their description makes it sound like it’s definitely right up my alley.
Seattle Beer Week (SBW) can be a costly endeavor. Depending on how many different events you plan on attending, in addition to any special dinners or other ticketed events, keeping up with the Jones’ can become a costly prospect this time of year for Seattle area craft beer fans. This year’s SBW kind of snuck up on me a bit. I can’t believe it starts in just one month.
Back in 2013 I ran the first version of this article: Seattle Beer Week On A Budget. In that article, I told you about one event each day during SBW #5 that would be kind to your wallet and give you the biggest bang for your buck. There are nearly 180 different events listed on the schedule for this year’s Seattle Beer Week already, and there’s still a month to go. Deciding which event(s) to attend can be a challenging task. There’s often more than one event I’d like to attend happening at the same time, and usually on opposite ends of town.
Last time, I listed just one event per day. This time, however, I’ll list two different events for each day of SBW, but you’ll have to decide which one(s) to hit. Hard choices sometimes have to be made.
The return of Spring in the Northwest brings with it a desire to enjoy more beers outside. This wonderfully warm and early Spring we’ve been having is beginning to turn my palate away from all those dark, silky, luscious Stouts and Porters and back towards the hoppy goodness of IPAs. I just want to sit out on a patio on a nice, sunny day and enjoy a pint.
Many of the IPAs I seem to enjoy the most are Double/Imperial IPAs, meaning they are both hoppier and higher in alcohol than most single IPAs. There’s something about that extra hop and alcohol punch that really agrees with my taste buds. Of course, there are other times where I still want the hops, but I want something lighter than I can enjoy more than just one or two of before having to stop. That’s where the ‘Session’ IPA (SIPA) comes in.
Often a Seasonal offering (though I did just recently tell you about Firestone Walker’s Easy Jack, which is now available year round), Session IPAs are more prevalent in the Spring and Summer months. Now, Bellevue Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is set to release their Session IPA.
Are you feeling Irish yet? Everyone has a bit ‘o the Irish in ’em on St. Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately it’s on a Tuesday this year so, if you’re usually one to overdo it a bit on St. Pat’s, you’ll have to try to control yourself a bit, especially if you have to work the next day. Or will you? Read on.
Traditionally, and contrary to popular modern belief, St. Patrick’s Day is not primarily about drinking. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. It’s that ‘celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general’ that leads people to think that, since the Irish have acquired a bit of a reputation or rather stereotype as a people who really enjoy drinking.
The stereotype isn’t necessarily wrong. According to 2012 figures, annual beer consumption is 98.3 liters per person in Ireland. The only countries with higher figures are Poland, Estonia, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. The U.S. is farther down the list with an average of 77.1 liters per person.
I enjoy a good Wee Heavy Scotch Ale when I can get one. The rich, malty and slightly smoky/peaty full flavor doesn’t agree with everyone but, when they’re made right, Scotch Ales are quite delicious. The problem is, not a whole lot of local breweries make a Scotch Ale with any regularity. One of my favorites from breweries in the Northwest is Fat Scotch from Silver City Brewing Company out on the Olympic peninsula. It’s especially good when you can get the more rare Fat Woody Scotch (bourbon barrel aged).
Another locally made Scotch Ale that’s very high on my list is the one from Bellevue Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), which also comes in a more rare bourbon barrel aged variety. Unfortunately, it’s not quite bourbon barrel time yet (in bottles at least – the bourbon barrel aged version is on tap at the brewery right now but won’t be for long!), but the regular version of Bellevue Brewing’s Scotch Ale will be making its return in bottles on February 20th. This is one of Bellevue Brewing’s flagship beers (meaning that it’s always on tap at Bellevue Brewing), and the only flagship beer they bottle seasonally. Their other seasonally bottled beers include their Rye IPA and their Winter Ale (Summer & Winter, respectively).