I love the craft beer community – especially here in the Northwest. It goes well beyond just beer. Sure, different breweries are in competition with each other to make the best beers and to sell the most beers, but I’ve always felt that, for the most part, there’s a real feeling of kinship between many local brewers and breweries. They don’t just provide a faceless product. They become part of the greater community and, as such, care about that community.
That’s why you’re constantly seeing local craft breweries hosting events that are geared towards helping out local charities and non profits. They want to give something back to the community that’s given to them. Also, let’s face it, as a craft beer consumer it feels good to know you’re helping out by really doing nothing more than enjoying the craft beers you love. What could be better?
As I’m sure you’re already aware, June is Pride Month and there are plenty of events all around Seattle to celebrate and stand up for the LGBTQ community. Considering the current political climate in our nation, I think that recognizing and celebrating Pride Month is more important that ever.
Pike Brewing Company feels the same way and recently released Pike Pride Ale in celebration of Seattle’s LGBTQ community. It’s available on tap now at Pike Brewing and Tankard & Tun and will be featured at several locations during Pride Week (June 18-24).
Other news from Pike includes their new Late-Night Hoppy Hour (with food specials from 9 pm to close (menu below)), a new seasonal menu at Tankard & Tun, and the exciting news that Pike has shipped over 600 unique pieces of beer art to Japan’s International Airport in Nagoya in preparation for the opening of a Pike Brewing restaurant and craft beer bar in Nagoya Airport.
What could be better than a visit to the circus? Well, how about a visit to a craft beer circus? If you enjoy fresh craft beer, live music, and freaktacular entertainment, then Lagunitas has an event for you. Tickets are set to go on sale Tomorrow, 5/21, for the Lagunitas Brewing Company Beer Circus, which will be coming to the Lagunitas Seattle Taproom & Beer Sanctuary on Saturday, August 25th.
This will be the 10th year that Lagunitas is hosting their Beer Circus, but the first year it’s come to Seattle. This year’s Seattle stop will benefit Urban Artworks, a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for contemporary artists and local youth to work together to create public works of art.
Since you’re here, I’m assuming you enjoy craft beer. How about hiking? Do you enjoy hiking as well? Great. Do you also enjoy doing what you can to help protect our Northwest forests, waters and wildlife? If the answer is still yes, then strap on your hiking shoes and get registered with Washington Wild for one (or more) of three hikes coming up later this month, in July and in August.
Each hike will follow a different trail where local craft breweries haven taken inspiration from the native plants along the trail for their next beers. Then, this October, there’ll be a special tapping event at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse to enjoy the fruits of those trail-inspired brewing labors.
Have you ever been a member of a craft brewery mug club? If you find that you’re a frequent visitor to some craft breweries more than others, joining a mug club could be a good way for you to save some money over time and even get access to special events and special releases. I myself have been a member of the mug club at Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) for several years now. Since they’re one of the breweries closest to my house, I tend to stop there quite a bit.
Now, with Spring upon us, Two Beers Brewing has announced the annual renewal for their mug club memberships. As with most mug clubs, not every member renews their membership each year. Any un-renewed membership slots are then available for new members to join. If you are already a member and are renewing your membership, there may be a few benefits for you as well.
Cheese is addictive. That’s not just an opinion. There have even been studies done that show that cheese may even be as addictive as heroin. Well, despite that conclusion, I’m not ashamed to say that I’m hooked. I’m a cheese addict, and I know many others who are as well.
Last month was women’s history month. I hope you took the time to celebrate some of the amazing women in our nation’s history – and those around you every day. Well, that special month may be over but that’s no reason to stop celebrating women.
Coming up in May, during Seattle Beer Week #10, Pike Brewing Company is once again hosting their Women In Beer event to celebrate women who are a part of the Northwest craft beer industry, along with women owned and run restaurants, cideries, wineries, confectioners and more.
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.
Despite the fact that I just don’t get there often enough, I have a strong affinity for Naked City Brewery & Taphouse. As I’ve said many times before, Owner and Head Brewer, Don Webb truly loves his work and it shows in the quality of the beers Naked City produces. Some of my favorites of theirs over the years have included their Big Lebrewski Russian Imperial Stout, Rye Barrel Aged Old 48 Stout, The Can In Black Malt Liquor and Old Proper, their English Style Barleywine. Not to mention their popular, seasonal triple IPA, Cry Me A River, which you should be seeing again soon as the Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow returns next month.
Now, with well over 320 distinct beers under their belt, Naked City is preparing to celebrate their 10th Anniversary with the release of a beer that will be the first in a series of 10 collaboration beers along with a series of 10 concerts for charity.
The current political climate in this country has many people divided. With such diametrically opposed views on so many different topics, it’s enough to make your head spin. However, don’t let yourself get drawn into the ‘Us vs Them’ mentality where you start to categorize and label everyone. That only leads to blind hatred because, as you categorize everyone, you could then easily let yourself start to hate anyone who falls into certain categories.
Don’t let it happen. Don’t fall into the trap of hate. We’re stronger than that and y’know what? Beer is stronger than that. Rooftop Brewing Company understand this which is part of why, last year, they launched their Beer Trumps Hate campaign. Now, for 2018 they’ve released the latest beer to support their Beer Trumps Hate campaign: Imperial Peach Mint IPA. Brewed with peach puree and fresh mint, Imperial Peach Mint IPA has tropical fruit flavors and an effervescent character from the mint. It’s available now at Rooftop Brewing and several restaurants/bars around town and several events are scheduled to help raise awareness. This release in the Beer Trumps Hate campaign will support Washington Wild.