As I get a bit older (Nooo!), I’m not as much of a fan of Winter as I used to be, but I am indeed a fan of several of the craft beer festivals that come around in the Winter months. Just last month was the Big Wood Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe and, of course, the IPA Cask-O-Rama at Beveridge Place Pub. Also coming up next month is the 16th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival at Brouwer’s and the Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow – coming to multiple locations. I’ll provide more info on those events as they draw closer.
Before indulging in all those barleywines and triple IPAs, however, how about a quick trip to Belgium? I’d love to take a real trip to Belgium but, for now, I’ll settle for attending the 9th Annual Belgian Fest, which is coming to Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion on Saturday, January 27th. Presented by the Washington Beer Commission.
Barleywine season is almost here. The 15th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival is coming up next month at Brouwer’s Cafe and the 15th Annual Barleywine Bacchanal will happen at Beveridge Place Pub in March. With these and other barleywine festivals on the way, local breweries are working hard to get their 2017 barley wines ready to go.
To that end, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is just about ready to release their 2017 Old Birdbrain Barleywine, which has been a multiple award winner at the annual Great Alaskan Beer & Barleywine Festival. This year’s vintage will arrive this coming Friday, Jaunary 27th.
There seem to be a lot of high alcohol beers around lately. With Barrel Junction wrapping up at The Beer Junction (lots of high ABV, barrel-aged beers – a few are still on tap) and the Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow right around the corner (starting this Thursday at Brouwer’s Cafe and running through the 14th at various locations), we really have to pace ourselves. That can be difficult to do, however, when even more high alcohol beers are right around the corner.
Each year, as Spring approaches, I look forward to the annual return of Barleywines from all around Washington State and all across the U.S. Two of the biggest and best local events for enjoying all those wonderful Barleywines are returning soon. I’m talking, of course, about the Barleywine Bacchanal at Beveridge Place Pub and the annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival at Brouwer’s Cafe.
It’s really pouring out there, but I’m not talking about the weather. It’s raining craft beer events; enough to keep your liver plenty busy between now and the arrival of Spring. Get you calendar out, because I’m going to tell you about 8 local craft beer festivals and other events coming your way between now and March 20; the first day of Spring, 2016.
Most of these upcoming events are free to attend. The amount you’ll spend only depends on how many beers and how much food you decide to purchase. The other two are ticketed events, where you’ll want to get your ticket(s) in advance to make sure you can attend.
(Please note – this is not a comprehensive list of ALL local events happening between now and March 20th. I’m merely highlighting some of the events I think my readers would be most interested in.)
It may only be early March, but Spring has indeed sprung in the Northwest. While the East, Midwest and even the South have been having a pretty harsh winter, we have, for the most part, been unseasonably warm this year. I don’t really hear anyone complaining, except perhaps ski and snowboard fans, who had a rather limited season this year.
Perhaps all those disappointed winter sports fans can console themselves with the realization that barleywine season has arrived. The biggest and boldest beers of the year are here. Get out there and get yourself some. This year’s ‘Barleywine Bacchanal’ (with a rotating selection of at least 30 barleywines on tap each day) has already been going at Beveridge Place Pub since this past Saturday, February 28th and will continue through this coming Saturday, March 7th. Also, coming up late next week is the 13th annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival at Brouwer’s Cafe.