Seattle certainly has its share of craft beer events and festivals. I’ve been to more than my fair share and I’m betting many of you have as well. Some of my favorite annual events take place at one of my favorite craft beer bars in the city: Brouwer’s Cafe. I first discovered Brouwer’s way back in 2005, the year they opened, and immediately fell in love. They have great, Belgian inspired food and always have a great tap selection – especially during events/festivals.
Brouwer’s has several great events coming up over the next month. It all kicks off with the 18th annual Hard Liver festival coming up this Saturday, February 29th and culminates with their 15th anniversary celebration on March 28th. Now I know what you’re thinking. How can this be the 18th Hard Liver fest but only Brouwer’s 15th anniversary? Not to worry. This is a logical explanation for this discrepancy. The first few years of the Hard Liver fest were held at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center, before Brouwer’s Cafe opened.
Seattle has lots of unique neighborhoods, each with their own identity and feel. One such neighborhood is Phinney RIdge and each year, the Phinney Neighborhood Association hosts a craft beer event known as the Summer Beer Taste. This year’s luau-themed event, Brewkilau, is set for this coming Saturday, July 21st.
Your $30 ticket for this event ($25 for PNA Members), gets you 10 beer tastes from 30+ different, local craft breweries and cideries, plus an assortment of pub snacks.
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.
Each year, the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) hosts a Summer Beer Tasting. This year will be the 12th year for this fun event, which is scheduled to take place this Saturday, July 22nd at the Phinney Neighorhood Center.
The motto/slogan for this year’s event is Summer of Beer which is a throwback, of course, to the Summer of Love. That’s very fitting since the Summer of Love was exactly 50 years ago (1967).
Many of Seattle’s neighborhoods are tight knit communities. Each is different in its own way and in the Phinney neighborhood, the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) helps bring the community together. In their own words, the PNA exists to: “Build, engage and support our diverse community through programs, services and activities that connect neighbors and foster civic engagement.”
One of the best ways I know of to help connect the people in a community is an outdoor social gathering, and what better social gathering than a beer tasting? Coming up this Saturday, July 23rd is the 10th Annual PNA Summer Beer Taste.
This coming Saturday, November 14th, is the 28th Annual PNA (Phinney Neighborhood Association) Winter Beer Taste – Aka: Beer Wars: The Wort Awakens. That’s right. This event has been going strong for 28 years now. Amazing.
This popular annual event will give you 10 tastes from a selection of 30 NW breweries, pub style snacks and a silent auction of awesome beer stuff.
Each year, the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) hosts a Summer Beer Tasting. This year will be the 10th year for this fun event, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 18th from 4-7 PM at the Phinney Neighorhood Association. This year’s theme is “Beer Oasis – Draughts not Drought”.
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.
Last month, I told you about the 12th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival coming to Brouwer’s Café on Saturday, March 15th. Now, Beveridge Place Pub has announced the kickoff date for their 12th Annual Barleywine Bacchanal. Starting on Saturday, March 1st and continuing until Friday, March 7th, or until they run out, this bodacious bastion of barleywine bacchanalia will have well over 50 different barleywines on tap for you to enjoy. At least 30 of Beveridge Place Pub’s taps will be taken over during the Bacchanal, but you’ll have to visit more than once if you want to try them all.