Harvestfest Happens This Month In SoDo

Can you have too many craft beer festivals?  It’s a quiet, behind-the-scenes type of debate here in the Northwest where breweries and craft beer festivals are plentiful.  We have so many annual festivals that some attendees and some breweries can sometimes get festival fatigue.  Those on the other side of the coin argue that there can’t be too much of a good thing and any reason one can find to create a new craft beer festival should be taken advantage of.

I can understand the viewpoint on both sides of this debate but I figure, as long as all these festivals can still find enough interested craft beer lovers to attend, then we’ll keep getting more.  With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to the Seattle Harvestfest, which will be coming to Utah Avenue South next Thursday, September 14th.  Brought to you by Cask Creek Productions, this festival is a celebration of all the Fall/Harvest season styles we all enjoy.

Continue reading

Advertisements

A Look Back At The Waterways Cruises/Pike Brewing Dinner Cruise

15235602_10210025092296018_2646400766667409391_o

Last Friday, December 2nd, my wife and I attended a beer tasting dinner cruise courtesy of Waterways Cruises And Events, featuring beers from Pike Brewing Company.  This is the cruise I told you about just last month, which took us around Lake Union and Lake Washington as we enjoyed 5 different Pike Brewing Company beers and enjoyed a delicious, 4-course dinner.

Apart from a few somewhat loud and annoying shipmates at the next table and a small technical difficulty involving the last beer of the evening, we had a great meal and a wonderful time.  As a special bonus that we weren’t expecting, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, founders of Pike Brewing Company, were in attendance on the cruise (as well Pike’s Jon Gores).  Charles took the time to visit each and every table, and spoke to us all at length about his passion for beer, Pike Brewing Company and the beers we would be enjoying during the cruise.

Continue reading

Roasted Rye In Cans & 3 New Beers For Fall From Reuben’s Brews

12779083_994141447299845_117150880187251716_o

Earlier this month, Reuben’s Brews celebrated their 4th Anniversary.  It was a great party with an amazing tap list, featuring a new IPA and 3 different barrel-aged beers to enjoy.  I particularly enjoyed their new Hopped Off The Press IPA.  I hope they brew it again and send some cans to local retailers.

Until then, however, I’ll have to be satisfied with Reuben’s latest news.  Their Roasted Rye IPA, the beer that started it all for them, is now available in cans, and they have 3 new beers ready to debut for Fall.  Say hello to Imperial Pumpkin, Life on Mars and Amarillo Fresh Hop.

Continue reading

Elysian Pumpkin Beers Return For Fall

11102966_891067517618925_8415433345144256939_n

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.

Continue reading

Tickets On Sale Now For The 12th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

11102966_891067517618925_8415433345144256939_n

They make pie out of it.  They put it in your latte.  They put it’s scent into air fresheners.  Heck, they put it in just about everything these days the moment any hint of Fall is in the air.  Of course, the very best way to use that wonderful gourd known as the pumpkin is in beer.

Elysian Brewing Company understand this, and they have for a very long time.  So, back for 2016 is the 12th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival.  For the past few years, this event has been taking place at Elysian’s relatively new production brewing facility in Georgetown.  This year, however, it’s moving to Elysian Fields on 1st Avenue South.

Continue reading

Full Throttle Bottles Sold – Taps To Be Added

 

FTBLogo1

We’re fortunate in the Seattle area to have lots of great craft bottle shops around where we can find our favorite craft beers and ciders, and discover new ones from breweries and cideries both near and far.  One such bottle shop is Full Throttle Bottles.*

Nestled in the heart of Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, Full Throttle is a specialty beer and wine (and cider and mead) store that manages to carry an impressive selection of craft beers, craft ciders, wines and meads for you to choose from, despite its somewhat small size.

Continue reading

Get Your Tickets Now For The 2015 Winter Beer Festival

WinterBeerFestLogo2015

Fall my be just getting started, but Winter is right around the corner.  That means Winter beers; rich, dark, bold Winter beers – many with an ABV that will help warm you up a bit.  The Washington Brewer’s Guild is pleased to present the 2015 Winter Beer Festival, happening December 4th and 5th at Magnuson Park.

Since the festival is not until December, the tap and food lineups have not yet been announced, but at least 50 breweries will be participating and food will be available from several local area food trucks.

Continue reading

10 Great Upcoming Events And Releases

HolidayCheers1

The holiday season kind of snuck up on me this year.  Just yesterday, my wife and I had to go out to run a few errands and we were amazed at how large the holiday shopping crowds were.  Granted, it was pretty nice out this weekend; cold but sunny and clear, so I suppose there were a lot of people trying to get a jump on their shopping.

As busy as everyone gets this time of year with family, shopping and general holiday preparations, it’s important to schedule a few diversions; y’know, to get your mind off all the happy, merry, cheery, I’m going to go insane if I hear ‘Jingle Bells’ one more time, omnipresence of the season.  To help you out on that front, here are 10 great craft beer events coming up between tomorrow, November 18th and Thursday, December 18th, just one week before Christmas.

Continue reading

Three Big Releases Coming Up From Two Beers Brewing

TwoBeersSponsorshipLogo1

It’s Summer in the Northwest and the aroma of hops is in the air.  Next Friday, August 1st, is National IPA Day and it’s also nearly time for the annual crop of fresh hop ales to start showing up.  It looks like Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) will be first out of the gate this year with their 2014 Fresh Hop IPA, which is set to make its debut on Saturday, August 9th at The Woods – the taproom Two Beers Brewing shares with their sister company, Seattle Cider Company.

If you’d like to be involved with helping Two Beers make this year’s Fresh Hop IPA, your chance is coming up this coming Monday, July 28th.  On that day, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, head down to The Woods (4700 Ohio Avenue South, Seattle) and help Two Beers pick the hops for this special ale.  Fresh hop vines will be trucked in from the Yakima Valley right to The Woods, and they’ll need as much help as they can get all the hops off the vines and into the brew.  You’ll score a free 22oz bottle for your efforts when it’s released.

Continue reading

No One Can Pick Just One (Volume 2)

Pick Just One?  Good Luck!

Pick Just One? Good Luck!

Welcome to the second in a series of arttcles, where I search my soul to share with you some of my favorite brews.  In the extremely diverse world of craft beer, picking a single favorite beer is virtually impossible.  So why limit your ‘favorite’ selection to just one beer?  In this volume, which is a bit ‘late’ (I meant to post this last month) I’ll be talking about Some of my favorite Fall and Winter time craft beers.

Continue reading