As we finally begin to slowly emerge from the insanity of the past year thanks (Ha!) to COVID-19, many local breweries are beginning to expand their hours again. I know they’re all looking forward to seeing more of us visit their taprooms for some much needed social time (sill responsibly distanced, of course), and Lowercase Brewing Company is ready.Continue reading
I’ve been following Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) almost since they first opened and I think the first beer I ever had from them was their flagship EVO (Evolutionary) IPA. Loaded with Simcoe (one of my favorites), Amarillo and Centennial hops from the Yakima Valley, then dry-hopped with more Simcoe and Columbus, EVO is still a solid IPA.
However, ever since Two Beers came out with more IPAs like their Wonderland Trail Double IPA, Mango Passionfruit IPA and new The Other Coast Hazy IPA, EVO doesn’t get quite as much attention as it used to. Two Beers has noticed this so they’ve decided to shake things up a bit and turn EVO into an IPA that will be constantly changing throughout 2018, utilizing new, experimental hop varieties from Yakima Valley. It seems quite fitting that a beer named ‘evolutionary’ is now evolving.
The parade of barrel-aged goodness continues in South Seattle with Schooner Exact Brewing Company. Available now, Schooner Exact released the 2017 version of their extremely popular Hoppy The Woodsman Whiskey Barrel Aged Ale just yesterday, November 1st.
In addition to the return of Hoppy The Woodsman, Schooner Exact is also pleased to announce their new Fall food menu (going live today) which, thanks to popular demand, now includes Fish and Chips. Other new items include Blackened Fish Tacos, Caprese Sandwich, and Pork Sliders. Also, on tap now in the Schooner Exact taproom, you’ll find their Schwarzbier Dark Lager and their Whiskey Dick Cantwell, Matt Where’s My Fucking Pumpkin Beer.
Different people work different hours, which also means different people drink at different hours. I myself, for example, work extremely early hours and am usually off work by the early afternoon. As such, I’m a big fan of craft beer spots that are open in time for lunch (whether they serve food or not). That way, I can go enjoy a few tasty craft beers right when I get off work, rather than having to wait until 3 pm, 4 pm or, in a few cases, even later for places to open.
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood has always understood this and, most days of the week (except for Mondays and Tuesdays), they’ve been opening at 11:30 am, which is perfect for the lunch crowd. Starting this coming Monday, August 28th, however, they’ll be open at 11:30 am every day of the week, including Mondays and Tuesdays. No more having to wait until 3 pm on Mondays or Tuesdays to enjoy a beer at Naked City.
There are quite a few breweries and craft beer bars right in Seattle, North of Seattle and East of Seattle. South of Seattle though, until you get down closer to Tacoma, breweries and even craft beer bars become more sparse and difficult to find. As far as breweries south of Seattle city limits go, we’ve got Odin in Tukwila, Elliott Bay in Burien and Airways Brewing (CBM Sponsor) in Kent (plus Strong Arm, Four Generals and Herbert B. Friendly in Renton).
Craft beer bars seem even more sparse South of Seattle. The only ones that come immediately to mind are the Dog & Pony Alehouse (Renton), Pit Stop Taproom & Pub (Burien) and, of course, The Brewmaster’s Taproom (Renton). Just a reminder, though, the the grand opening for Burien’s newest craft beer bar, Flight Path, happens tomorrow at 5 pm.
Just a couple of years ago, beers from Melvin Brewing Company out of Wyoming started appearing in the Seattle area. Being a big fan of hoppy beers as well as strong beers, I was immediately drawn to Melvin’s offerings, which satisfied both of these cravings quite nicely. I can recall drinking quite a bit of their Melvin IPA and, of course, their extremely popular 2X4 Double (some might say triple with its 10% ABV) IPA.
Fast forward now to 2017 – just a few months ago. Melvin Brewing decided it was time to expand and opened their first brewpub up in Bellingham on June 3rd. I visited them a few weeks after their opening but had to plan my day out carefully, because Melvin’s Bellingham location wasn’t set to open until 4 pm. That’s about to change. Starting on Monday, August 14th, Melvin Brewing Bellingham will start opening at 11 am and serving lunch.
Back in March of this year, I told you about some coming changes for Airways Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor). Since opening six years ago on 196th Street in Kent (and the opening of Airways Brewing Beer & Bistro one year later), they’ve continued to grow, pushing the limits of their current brewery space. The time had come to expand.
Well, Airways has been working on that expansion as well as re-branding themselves with a new logo which debuted earlier today, and now they’re ready to share some more details about the new space, their expanded hours and the grand opening date for the new brewery.
Due to both their location in a residential neighborhood and their small size, Foggy Noggin Brewing Company has always had somewhat limited taproom hours. With the warm weather returning, however, Foggy Noggin’s Jim Jamison wanted to change that. So, a few weeks back, he put a poll out on social media sites, asking which additional day (Friday or Sunday) his customers would prefer for the added hours.
Well, the results of that poll are in and Foggy Noggin Brewing is pleased to announce that, starting this Friday, May 6th, they will now be open on Fridays from 3- 7 pm (in addition to their regular hours of noon – 5 pm on Saturdays).