Here in the Northwest, we take a lot of pride in our craft beers. While we recognize that there are excellent craft beers available from around the nation, most of us have a special place in our hearts (or is it livers?) for beers made in Washington State.
That’s why I’m always glad when Spring arrives and the Washington Beer Commission brings back their annual Washington Brewer’s Festival. Set this year for Friday, June 15th through Sunday June 17th at Marymoor Park in Redmond, there are a few changes you’ll want to be aware of regarding how drink tokens will work at this year’s fest.
Oktoberfest you know. Everyone does. There are Oktoberfest celebrations all around the World every year – although may places improperly start their Oktoberfest celebrations in October. Traditionally, Oktoberfest ends the first week of October, so September is really when you want to do most of your celebrating.
What about Mayfest though (aka Maifest)? Do you know that one too? While Oktoberfest celebrates the harvest season, Mayfest/Maifest celebrates the return of Spring. Mayfest is starting to grow in popularity in the U.S. and has actually been celebrated in Cincinnati since 1873. The Queen Anne Beerhall has decided they’d like to get into the Mayfest spirit and will be hosting a Mayfest celebration for two weekends in May, the 11th-12th and the 18th-19th.
What could be better than enjoying some delicious craft beers and tasty food from some of Seattle’s favorite breweries, food trucks and restaurants on a crisp, Fall evening in October? I know, enjoying those tasty beers and delicious food all while helping raise money to help sick children’s dreams come true.
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington is in the business of making children smile. They do whatever they can to grant as many wishes as possible to local children with life-threatening medical conditions and now, they’ve teamed up with several local businesses to bring you an event filled with beer, cider and food samplings from some of Seattle’s favorite breweries, food trucks and restaurants.
It’s that ‘Dads and Grads’ time of year. I hope you’ve found the perfect Father’s Day or graduation gift for that special beer lover in your life. If not then perhaps they’d enjoy a visit to the Washington Brewer’s Festival. Hosted by the Washington Beer Commission and presented this year by Total Wine & More, the Washington Brewer’s Festival kicks off this Friday, June 17th and runs through Sunday the 19th at Marymoor Park in Redmond.
This all-ages festival is a celebration of craft brewing in Washington State and features over 110 Washington State breweries pouring over 500 different craft beers for you to enjoy. Whether you attend just one day or all three, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. Feeling extra adventurous? Starting this year, there’s a Washington Beer 5K on Sunday the 19th. There’s also a full lineup of food trucks, live music, a brewer’s keg toss, a kid’s play area (Saturday & Sunday only), and even a Rootbeer garden.
If you’re from the Seattle area and you enjoy Georgetown Brewing Company‘s beers, then there’s a good chance you know the story behind Bob’s Brown Ale. For those of you who aren’t aware, Bob’s Brown Ale is a special beer that Georgetown brews just once a year, in honor of their dearly departed friend, Charles ‘Bob’ Hirsch. Bob was a child fighting cancer at Ronald McDonald House and Georgetown’s own Manny Chao was Bob’s camp counselor at Camp Goodtimes.
After Bob lost his battle, Georgetown wanted to help others in need. So they donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Bob’s Brown Ale each year to the Ronald McDonald Charities of Western Washington and Alaska. For this special event, The Westin Bellevue is donating all of their proceeds for this special release of Bob’s Brown to Ronald McDonald House Charities as well.
How would you like to come out to Shoreline this weekend and enjoy some great craft beer from some local breweries, all while helping out children in Washington who have speech and language delays? It all happens tomorrow, April 25th at the Seattle Scottish Rite Masonic Center.
“RiteCare of Washington enables children to communicate. We provide the highest-quality of care to children with speech and language delays through a family-centered, collaborative care environment. In addition to our customized treatment plans, RiteCare clinicians specialize in parent education to ensure speech and language therapy extends into a child’s home and classroom. Our life-changing therapies are provided at no cost to families thanks to the generous support of our donors.”
Nearly a year ago, in March 2013, the number of craft breweries in the already brewery-crowded neighborhood of Ballard increased by one. That brewery, Populuxe Brewing, is getting ready to celebrate their first anniversary with a huge celebration that will be great fun for the whole family. There will be live music, great food, activities for the kids and, of course, great craft beer from Populuxe who will also be releasing a special strong ale to mark to occasion.
It’s a sign you see often these days, at more and more bars around the Puget Sound (sometimes it’s 9:00PM, but the basic idea is the same). It means, while visiting many local pubs, taverns and breweries, you’ll often see teenagers, young kids and even babies around as you enjoy your drink(s). What prompted this change, and is it really such a good idea?
I first started seeing these signs pop up in a few pubs/taverns I frequent about two years ago. One of the places I know, Big Time Brewery in Seattle’s University district, installed a ‘railing’ around the bar area just to facilitate this rule (children under 21 must remain outside the railing that indicates the ‘bar’ area at all times – even before 8:00PM). Now, it seems even more places are adopting this rule, including places like The Yard Cafe in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood.