Ten years ago. That’s when it all began. That’s when Seattle area craft beer lovers got to experience the first ever Seattle Beer Week and the first ever official Seattle Beer Week beer (a double IPA from Pike Brewing Company). Back then, many of our favorite local craft breweries and craft beer bars didn’t even exist yet. Whereas today, it seems, we have a craft brewery or craft beer bar around almost every corner.
More craft breweries and more craft beer bars means even more Seattle Beer Week events. Are you ready? Surviving the week (actually 11 days) will take careful planning. I’m here to give you some suggestions on which events you might want to check out. So sit back, if you’ve managed to pick up any yet, grab yourself a can of this year’s official Seattle Beer Week beer – Citrus Galaxy IPA from Georgetown Brewing Company – and take a look a Craft Beer Monger’s Picks for Seattle Beer Week 10.
Why have they grabbed my attention? It’s not because of some flashy ad campaign. In fact, they barely advertise. They don’t need to. So far, word of mouth has been doing the trick and drawing the crowds. It’s also not because of some fancy, over-the-top taproom. The taproom at Holy Mountain is actually rather minimalist; mostly white with lots of subway tile. No, the reason Holy Mountain has caught my (and everyone else’s) attention is for the best reason of all: the beers.
New craft breweries are popping up at an amazing rate these days. I’m sure you’ve heard the news that, as of December 2015, there are now more operating breweries in the U.S. than at any other time in U.S. history (4,144). That’s an impressive statistic and it means that we craft beer lovers have more choice in what we drink than ever before.
With so many new breweries around, what can a brewery do to really stand out? That hasn’t been a problem for Holy Mountain Brewing. Specializing in seasonal releases, including barrel-fermented beers, they have created a brewery that prominently features several different unique, barrel-aged beers, with no particular ‘Flagship’ beer in mind. In the short time they’ve been around they’ve become extremely popular, and I’ve amassed a pretty good selection of Holy Mountain beers in my cellar.
Seattle Beer Week (SBW) can be a costly endeavor. Depending on how many different events you plan on attending, in addition to any special dinners or other ticketed events, keeping up with the Jones’ can become a costly prospect this time of year for Seattle area craft beer fans. This year’s SBW kind of snuck up on me a bit. I can’t believe it starts in just one month.
Back in 2013 I ran the first version of this article: Seattle Beer Week On A Budget. In that article, I told you about one event each day during SBW #5 that would be kind to your wallet and give you the biggest bang for your buck. There are nearly 180 different events listed on the schedule for this year’s Seattle Beer Week already, and there’s still a month to go. Deciding which event(s) to attend can be a challenging task. There’s often more than one event I’d like to attend happening at the same time, and usually on opposite ends of town.
Last time, I listed just one event per day. This time, however, I’ll list two different events for each day of SBW, but you’ll have to decide which one(s) to hit. Hard choices sometimes have to be made.
After years of planning and preparation, Head Brewer Colin Lenfesty, President Adam Paysse and VP of Sales Mike Murphy, are preparing to start distributing beers from Holy Mountain Brewing in the Seattle market.
Starting out in a small industrial space in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood back in 2010, Colin and Adam spent their evenings brewing pilot batches, refining their brewing techniques and recipes along the way. Holy Mountain Brewing will specialize in seasonal releases, including barrel-fermented beers. They intend to create a brewery that will prominently feature several different unique, barrel-aged beers, with no particular ‘Flagship’ beer in mind.