I know it’s only Fall. Winter doesn’t officially arrive until late December, but craft beer has always been a bit ahead of the curve (Pumpkin beers showing up in early August, anyone?) Being a big fan of Winter beers though, I certainly don’t mind when they start arriving a bit early.
Apparently, nether do many of the breweries in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Because, coming up this coming Saturday, November 3rd is the Ballard Brewed Winter Beer Festival to Benefit Bellwether Housing. Drink Winter beers from eleven different Ballard breweries and do your part to help Bellwether Housing – creating affordable housing in Seattle.
Don’t you just hate it when Halloween falls on a Wednesday? I mean, do you celebrate the weekend before or the weekend after? Some might say both. Some might say celebrate on the day anyway, even if it’s a Wednesday. Personally, I like the idea of celebrating the weekend before and the weekend after.
If you’re planning on celebrating Halloween this year on the weekend before the 31st, then Hellbent Brewing Company has an event you might want to check out. On Saturday, October 27th, they’ll be hosting a Beer N Bones Backlight Bash with a portion of the proceeds from sales of their Funky Red Patina going to benefit Solarize Puerto Rico. They’ll also be releasing their 2018 Warm Fuzzies Winter Ale.
You’re here, so I assume you enjoy locally made craft beer. I’m also going to assume you’re a decent person because the vast majority of craft beer drinkers I know are decent people. So you probably are as well, right? Since you’re a decent person, then I know you also care about our Veterans.
I may not support the current administration in the White House, but I’ve always supported and respected our men and women in uniform. Veterans made sacrifices for our freedoms – some making the ultimate sacrifice. Many are still suffering in isolation, often leading to suicide. It’s the mission of Growing Veterans to end the loneliness and isolation that can lead to Veteran suicides and Aslan Brewing Company wanted to help. That’s why they’ve teamed up with Growing Veterans to create Charlie Foxtrot IPA, brewed with hops grown and hand-picked by Growing Veterans’ veteran members from their Growing Veterans Organic Hops program. It will be released next Saturday the 29th, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Growing Veterans.
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.