Even though I knew it was coming, Seattle Beer Week (SBW) kind of snuck up on me this year. I can’t believe it kicks off in just 2 days! There are a few events that happen each year that I usually attend so I’m set there. However, I didn’t find much time until this past weekend to look over the rest of this year’s SBW events and choose which ones I’d either like to attend myself and/or that I’d like to suggest to you. I’m here to fix that.
How about you? Have you found the time to look over the ever growing list of events on the official Seattle Beer Week website? If not, don’t worry. I took the time to read through the details of every event that’s been posted for this year’s festivities, and I’m here to give you my suggestions for the best events to pick from for Seattle Beer Week #11. Here we go!
At first you wouldn’t think a brewery and a barbershop would have much in common and, for the most part, you’d be right. However Rudy’s Barbershop and Reuben’s Brews, both founded in Seattle, have similar sensibilities when it comes to community and making their customers feel comfortable and at ease in their establishments.
That’s why Rudy’s has partnered with Reuben’s Brews to create a beer that celebrates their 25th anniversary. Set for release this coming Saturday, June 9th, Reuben’s well release Good Hair Day Pale Ale. A portion of the proceeds from Good Hair Day will be donated to Equal Rights Washington to help support LGBTQ rights.
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.
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.
One of Seattle’s best little breweries that you’ve probably never heard of, Standard Brewing Company, is preparing to celebrate their 3rd Anniversary this coming Saturday, March 19th. I told you about Standard Brewing Company back when they first opened their doors in March of 2013 and, since then, there have been lots of changes, including their current, ongoing expansion.
Launching with a modest 20 gallon brewing system, Standard Brewing’s founder, Justin Gerardy, certainly had his work cut out for him. Even with brewing on such a small scale, however, Justin was able to produce amazingly consistent beers from batch to batch and managed to keep about 6 different beers on tap in the taproom at any one time. That’s an impressive feat when you’re only getting four 5-gallon kegs per batch.
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.
Back in 2008, a few friends (including Ian Roberts, Matthew Younts and Mike Baker) were wandering around the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and realized how many of the great beers they were seeing there were from the Pacific Northwest. That simple realization became the spark that helped them decide Seattle needed its own annual celebration of all things craft beer. Less than a year later, Seattle Beer Week was born.
Kicking off in 2009, Seattle Beer Week (SBW) has grown steadily each year. This year there are well over 300 different events, spanning 11 days. That’s incredible. The first Seattle Beer Week that I attended and covered was the 3rd annual, in 2011. That year, there were fewer than 200 total events – still a very respectable number for such a young festival.
With so much going on over the 11 days of Seattle Beer Week, from May 8th to May 18th, you’ll want to take a little time to look over the complete list of events on Seattle Beer Week’s website, and decide which ones you’d like to attend. If you’re entertaining notions of attending every single event, you can abandon them now. Unless you have the ability to teleport and/or replicate yourself, as well as the ability to drink more beer than any human being would likely be able to consume safely, then you’re pretty much out of luck.
The flood of new breweries opening in Seattle continues and the newest brewery in town, Standard Brewing, which I only recently found out about myself, is opening its doors today at 4 PM in Seattle’s Central District. To my knowledge there aren’t any other breweries in Seattle’s Central District, so it’s a great place to add a new one. Everyone needs a craft brewery close to home!
Standard Brewing’s founder, Justin Gerardy, who was a former bar manager at Vito’s and The Hideout, has put in a lot of hard work getting everything ready since taking over the space from the previous tenant, the Jerusalem Mini Market. There was a lot of cleanup to do, as the Mini Market used the side room as a kitchen; but it had carpeting and no vent fan. Justin says on the Standard Brewing Blog that the smell was so bad when he first leased the space, nobody could stand to be inside for more than a couple of minutes at a time.