Safeco Field Menu Updates For The 2017 Mariners Season

Spring has finally arrived in the Northwest and that means, of course, the return of baseball.  For the past few years, I’ve kept you up to date on what delicious craft beers and gourmet food choices you can expect to find each Seattle Mariners season at Safeco Field.

Well, it’s that time again and I’ve been invited back to check out some new offerings for this year’s menu. Ethan Stowell has, once again, partnered with Centerplate and the Seattle Mariners to bring you some amazing creations including: Seattle ‘Wings’ (Taylor Shellfish Farms fried oysters with Frank’s RedHot sauce), authentic Oaxacan chapulines (toasted grasshoppers with chile-lime salt seasoning), and frozen custard cookie sandwiches.

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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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Reuben’s Brews Celebrates Their 4th Anniversary This Weekend

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There are several breweries in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.  Most of them do great work but, for me, there are a few standouts who are head and shoulders above the rest.  One of those standouts is Reuben’s Brews.  They’ve earned over 100 medals at various competitions since first opening back in 2012 (quite an achievement for such a young brewery), and they make some of the best Rye beers I’ve ever had.

Now it’s time to celebrate those achievements in style.  Coming up this weekend is Reuben’s Brews’ 4th Anniversary celebration.  They’ll be tapping 25 different beers, including a brand new IPA dubbed Hopped off the Press!

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Nearing The Halfway Point Of Seattle Beer Week #8 – UPDATED

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Today, Monday May 16th, is day number 5 of Seattle Beer Week #8, which means we’re about halfway through.  Things kicked off last Thursday at Reuben’s Brews with the official tapping of the first keg of the official Seattle Beer Week beer: Daily Pale, followed by the opening night pub crawl.  I had to drop by Reuben’s, of course, for the kickoff and then found my way to Beveridge Place Pub for stop #3 on the crawl.

Since then, the events have been coming pretty much non-stop.  The highlights for me so far have been the Underberg Back In Black Stout Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe, Satanic Metal C.O.W. Night at Toronado and, even though I had to leave a bit early, Firestone Walker & Holy Mountain last night at The Pine Box.

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Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2016 – UPDATED

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I’ve been a fan of great craft beer ever since having my very first craft beer (a Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company, if memory serves).  However, I didn’t really immerse myself into the Seattle Craft Beer scene until sometime in 2010.  Before that I was, of course, still enjoying craft beer, but my journalistic focus was geared more towards the console video game market.  I used to operate a couple of console gaming review sites (focusing mostly on Xbox), which are now closed down.

That means I haven’t been attending Seattle Beer Week for as many years as some of you out there.  The first time I attended a Seattle Beer Week event (and actually knew that I was doing so), was back during Seattle Beer Week #4 in 2010, and the first Seattle Beer Week I ever wrote about was Seattle Beer Week #5 in 2011.  Right now, that sure seems like a long time ago.

Now, with 2016 upon us, we’re just one week away from the kickoff of Seattle Beer Week #8.  That means it’s time once again for me to give you my picks for what sound like the best events at this year’s Seattle Beer Week, just as I’ve done each year since 2012.

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Get Your Tickets Now For The 2016 Cask Beer Festival – UPDATED

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We may still be in the middle of Winter (damn, it was cold at my house this morning!), but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream ahead.  Spring is a mere 2 months away and with the return of Spring comes the Cask Beer Festival, presented by the Washington Brewer’s Guild.

Not familiar with Cask Ale?  Traditionally, Cask Ales are matured after fermentation in the container (the Cask) they are to be dispensed from, and are served without any additional carbonation beyond what carbonation they obtained from the Cask conditioning.  This is why Cask Ales tend to be less carbonated and, often, served a bit warmer than their kegged counterparts.

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Black Raven Cask Nights Move To Once A Month

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If you’ve been following me on Facebook, then you know that nearly every week I’ve been giving you a heads up about special Cask Alerts from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).  Each week, Black Raven has been featuring a different beer on Cask with special additions.

Last weeks’ Cask, for example, was ‘Citrus-thingy with Simcoe hops and conditioned with Tasmanian pepper berries, grains of paradise and Indian coriander’.  The week before that it was ‘Second Sight Scotch Ale with Cedar and Sage’.

Starting next Wednesday February 3rd, however, Black Raven Brewing has decided that they’re going to dial things back a bit and put on just one special Cask each month instead of doing one ever week.

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Cask-O-Rama Is This Thursday At Beveridge Place Pub

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October was, as usual, a big, hoppy, IPA-filled month for Beveridge Place Pub.  For those not in the know, each October Beveridge Place holds their annual ‘Hoptopberfest’.  This month-long Washington IPA competition, decided by your votes, is how Beveridge Place selects their ‘House IPA’ for the next year.

Now, with Hoptoberfest voting nearly complete, Beveridge Place turns their attention to their last seriously hop-filled event of the season: the 10th Annual IPA Cask-O-Rama.  This event is heaven for those who love Cask IPAs.  Beveridge Place will cover the bartop with at least 23 cask IPA from Washington breweries for you to enjoy.

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Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week #7

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Seattle Beer Week #7 kicks off in just over 2 weeks.  As of this morning, April 20th, there are over 220 different events listed for this year’s festivities.  That’s incredible.  Just two weeks ago, when I gave you my tips for enjoying Seattle Beer Week #7 on a budget, there were 180 events listed.  As you can see, that number has grown significantly.

Now, with majority of this year’s events listed, I thought it would be a good time to review all the choices and present you with what I believe will be the best events to hit during each day of Seattle Beer Week.  Unlike my budget friendly article from two weeks ago, however, this list of events will disregard cost and focus entirely on fun.

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The Washington Cask Beer Festival Is Coming On March 28th

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Cask conditioned ale is beer that is brewed from traditional ingredients (malt, hops, water & yeast) and is matured in the cask from which it is served. This means that it is fresh and unfiltered, imparting a unique flavor.  Cask ale is naturally ‘conditioned’ by the secondary fermentation that takes place in the cask.  It is then served directly from the cask, without use of carbon dioxide or chemical treatments of any sort.

If you’re a cask ale veteran, then you know what to expect.  If you’re new to the concept of cask ales and this sounds like something you’d enjoy, then read on for details about the 2015 Cask Ale Festival hosted by the Washington Brewer’s Guild.

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