The location of a craft brewery can sometimes influence how often you might visit. If a brewery you enjoy is further away from you, then you have to decide if the quality of the beer and the atmosphere of the establishment are worth the extra time and effort. I’m chagrined to say that I don’t always take the time or make the effort I should to visit breweries that are a bit father from home (my unusual work schedule doesn’t help either). Don’t get me wrong though, I do plan the occasional day or even overnight trip to visit breweries that are a bit of a trek, including breweries in Bellingham, Spokane, Portland, Bend, etc.
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse up in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood has been one of my local favorites for years but, unfortunately, I don’t take the time to head North to visit them as often as I should. When they opened their new Camano Island location back in April though, I made sure I took the time to head up for a visit. It’s a great location and, style-wise, not much different from their original location in Greenwood. Now with their 9th Anniversary approaching, Naked City has decided to celebrate at their Camano Island location with a new Fall food menu, some rare Naked City beers and a Mug Club.
I know, I know. It’s not Fall yet. However, that doesn’t mean that breweries can’t start bringing us their Fall releases, does it? Elysian Brewing Company doesn’t think so. In fact they’ve already released their Night Owl Pumpkin Ale.
Now, joining Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, three other pumpkin beers are making their annual return from Elysian: Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout, and Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale.
The holidays are upon us, and with them all those glorious Winter seasonal beers are making their return. If you’re a fan of stouts, spiced holiday beers and other Winter seasonals, then you’re probably on your way to Nirvana about now. Make sure you don’t leave though, without picking up some Festivus Holiday Ale from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).
Set to release next Tuesday, November 4th, this spiced holiday ale is teeming with cirtus peels, cranberries, galangal root and a whole host of secret holiday spices.
Located in Kent, Washington, Airways Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) first opened their doors to the public in March 2010. In October of that same year, they introduced their signature IPA: Sky Hag, the first new beer to be added to the Airways Brewing lineup since their launch earlier in the year.
Now, with Halloween fast approaching, it’s time once again to celebrate Sky Hag’s birthday and Airways Brewing has decided to combine that celebration with a Halloween party and costume contest at the brewery on Friday, October 31st. Also on tap for the celebration will be a keg of Ol’ Wooden Hag – Sky Hag’s ‘sister’ (aged on toasted oak), as well as Loud Lady Imperial IPA.
Fall has arrived in the Great Northwest with a vengeance. We’ve got colder temperatures, abundant rain and bitter wind; but it’s not all bad news. The arrival of Fall also brings Elysian Brewing‘s annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival. Its the biggest annual celebration of pumpkin beer around and has grown into one of the largest Fall events in the Northwest.
This will be the 9th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival Elysian has hosted, and it just keeps getting bigger every year. At this year’s festival, you’ll find over 64 different pumpkin beers all pouring at once (full list below) and you can expect to see the largest ‘Great Pumpkins’ in the history of this illustrious festival. We’re talking HUGE!
This year’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival is scheduled for Friday, October 4th through Sunday, October 6th and will be held at Elysian Brewing‘s production brewery facility in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. This will be the 9th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival (GPBF), and it just seems to get bigger and more popular each year. If you’ve never been to the festival and/or have never tried a pumpkin beer, I urge you check it out. You’ll be amazed at the diversity and complexity you’ll find in pumpkin beers.
Are you one of those people who never outgrew Halloween; someone who dresses up each year in an elaborate costume, sometimes to the point of non-recognition? Or are you the more reserved type, prefering to just observe while you go about your business dressed as usual (or, as Wednesday Adams put it: “I’m a homicidal maniac- they look just like everyone else.”)? Either way, weekday or not, there will be a lot of people out tomorrow night to celebrate Halloween. If you’ll be one of them, do you know where you’re going yet? Here are a few optiosn for you (this is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all Halloween gatherings aroud Seattle):