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.
There are quite a few breweries and craft beer bars right in Seattle, North of Seattle and East of Seattle. South of Seattle though, until you get down closer to Tacoma, breweries and even craft beer bars become more sparse and difficult to find. As far as breweries south of Seattle city limits go, we’ve got Odin in Tukwila, Elliott Bay in Burien and Airways Brewing (CBM Sponsor) in Kent (plus Strong Arm, Four Generals and Herbert B. Friendly in Renton).
One of the things that many people enjoy about the local craft beer scene is that the majority of craft breweries and craft beer bars (at least those that don’t serve their own food) are dog-friendly. That means we’re free to bring our well-behaved, furry, four-legged family members along with us when we visit many of our favorite craft beer spots.
Sadly, there are still too many dogs out there who are in desperate need of help, and that’s where rescue organizations like Rez Dog Rescue come in. With a focus on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation and Yakima County in-general, Rez Dog Rescue does all they can to help abused, injured and unwanted dogs and cats and help them find their furever homes. To help them in their mission, The Brewmaster’s Taproom in Renton is hosting a BBQ fundraiser during Seattle Beer Week, with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit Rez Dog Rescue.
A few years back, IPA fans in Washington were dismayed to discover that Russian River Brewing would no longer be distributing their beers to Washington State. That meant no more Pliny The Elder or Pliny The Younger for Washington (among many other great Russian River beers). That drought of Pliny (and the over-the-top clamoring for it during the years when we could still get it here) led many Washington breweries to start crafting their own Triple IPAs.
The first two Triple IPAs I recall seeing, which were intended partly as a joke due to the insanity surrounding Pliny releases, were Big Time Brewing Company’s ‘Whiny The Complainer’ and Naked City’s ‘Cry Me A River’. Super strong and over-the-top hoppy, I was an instant fan of both. Since that time, more and more Washington breweries started crafting their own Triple IPAs and soon after the Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow was born. That first year, just 14 Washington breweries participated.
Last week I mentioned that, this year for Seattle Beer Week, I’ll be scaling back my participation a bit from the previous few years. “This is due primarily to some work and school commitments, but also due to some personal financial considerations. I may attend more than one event on certain days, but for the most part, one event a day is what I’m budgeted for this year.” The events I outlined in that post seemed to be the most cost effective for anyone trying to do Seattle Beer Week on a tight budget, while giving you the most overall value for your dollar. However, they weren’t all necessarily the exact events I plan on attending myself.
Are you one of those people who never outgrew Halloween; someone who dresses up each year in an elaborate costume, sometimes to the point of non-recognition? Or are you the more reserved type, prefering to just observe while you go about your business dressed as usual (or, as Wednesday Adams put it: “I’m a homicidal maniac- they look just like everyone else.”)? Either way, weekday or not, there will be a lot of people out tomorrow night to celebrate Halloween. If you’ll be one of them, do you know where you’re going yet? Here are a few optiosn for you (this is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all Halloween gatherings aroud Seattle):
If you’re like me, you weren’t able to make it to this year’s Great American Beer Festival happing over the next three days in Denver, CO. It’s been difficult reading Facebook and Twitter posts from those I know who are there enjoying themselves, but there’s some consolation to be found right here at home. Here are a few craft beer related things you can do right here around the Sound this weekend.