Each year around this time, there’s a big party out in Redmond. If you’re a fan of Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), then you know that I’m referring, of course, to their annual Flock Party anniversary celebration.
Set to take place on Saturday, May 6th from noon – 7 pm, this year’s Flock Party will include live music, plenty of ‘rare birds’ (rare and unique Black Raven beers, including some Tiki-drink inspired infusions this year), food, a retail merchandise booth and even an outdoor cigar lounge/booth. Well-behaved and leashed dogs will also be welcome and, if you run short on cash, there will be an ATM on site.
Summer is fading away in Seattle. Our temperatures are down, the rain is back and the leaves are already starting to turn. Heck, I’ve even already started drinking Oktoberfest beers (the official dates for Oktoberfest this year are September 17 thru October 3). Fall is still officially a couple of weeks away though, so there’s still time for a few more Summertime celebrations before we welcome back the grey skies and rain for months.
I don’t always get to each of these places as often as I’d like, which is unfortunate. The two I tend to make it to the most often are The Beer Junction and Beveridge Place Pub, both in West Seattle. With only a minor detour, both places are basically on my way home from work. Don’t get me wrong though. Convenience is not, by any means, the only reason I frequent these two places. In fact, Beveridge Place is regularly named one of Seattle’s best pubs on many ‘Best Of’ lists and The Beer Junction was just awarded Best Bottle Shop In Washington for the 4th year in a row from Rate Beer.
Craft beer Pioneer Sam Koch and The Boston Beer Company/Samuel Adams are pleased to announce the release of 2015 Utopias. I first tasted Utopias back in 2013 at a special tasting of the 10th Anniversary edition at Super Deli Mart in West Seattle. The richness, complexity and Cognac-like qualities of this unique beer blew me away. I haven’t tasted any Utopias since, but I’d love to get my hands on a bottle of the 2015 if I can.
This year’s version comes in at an incredible 28% ABV. A limited number of bottles should start appearing in the Seattle area as soon as next week.
I’m a big fan of Firestone Walker Brewing Company‘s beers. The quality and consistency of every beer I’ve had from them is simply top notch. Some of my favorite beers of all are Firestone Walker beers such as Double Jack (Double IPA), DBA, Parabola, Stickee Monkee, §ucaba and more including their ever changing but always delicious annual Anniversary offering.
I’m also a big fan of a good pig roast. Well cooked pork is sinfully delicious and, of course, pairs well with many different styles of beer. If you’re a fan of these wonderful gastronomic delights as well, then you’re in luck. Tomorrow (Saturday, September 12th), Stogies n Hops (CBM Sponsor) is hosting their annual Pig Roast with Firestone Walker.