Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 11

Even though I knew it was coming, Seattle Beer Week (SBW) kind of snuck up on me this year. I can’t believe it kicks off in just 2 days! There are a few events that happen each year that I usually attend so I’m set there. However, I didn’t find much time until this past weekend to look over the rest of this year’s SBW events and choose which ones I’d either like to attend myself and/or that I’d like to suggest to you. I’m here to fix that.

How about you? Have you found the time to look over the ever growing list of events on the official Seattle Beer Week website? If not, don’t worry. I took the time to read through the details of every event that’s been posted for this year’s festivities, and I’m here to give you my suggestions for the best events to pick from for Seattle Beer Week #11.  Here we go!

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T-Mobile Park Food & Drink Preview For The 2019 Seattle Mariners Season

A hot dog and a beer or soda have always been the quintessential food and drink of baseball.  Throw in some peanuts and Cracker Jack and… well, and you might think this piece is being written by some old geezer from the 1940’s. Not quite. I don’t know if 50 qualifies me for geezer status just yet, but I can still fondly remember the days of my youth when a hot dog, a soda (hey, I wasn’t always drinking age!) and a box of Cracker Jack were a big part of what I looked forward to when attending a game.

Things have sure changed, especially at T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field), where your game time food and drink options have become decidedly more gourmet. The food and beer selection at T-Mobile Park has been called some of the very best in the nation. That’s a big reputation for this seasons newcomers to live up to, but I think they can handle the challenge.

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Get Your Tickets Now For Pike Brewing’s Annual Chocofest

Are you still searching for the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone? How about Valentine’s Day?  Have you thought about that yet? Yeah, I know. It’s still two months away but hear me out.  What if you could kill 2 birds with one stone?  Does your significant other enjoy craft beer? How about wine? How about spirits? How about small bites from top local restaurants? How about chocolate!? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then tickets to Pike Brewing Company‘s annual Chocofest might be just the gift you’ve been searching for.

Chcofest seems to grow bigger each year and is Pike’s most popular annual event. That’s why, in order to accommodate the more than 900 expected attendees, this year’s Chocofest will encompass all three levels of Pike including the brewery, the Pike Pub and Tankard & Tun.

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Spend New Year’s With Worthy Brewing

Do you know how you’re planning to spend New Year’s Eve this year?  I usually spend mine at home with some craft beers from my cellar, my family and my dogs – who really don’t like the fireworks we always seem to get in our neighborhood.  If you’re fortunate to not have anxiety-riddled doggies to babysit or if you haven’t made plans yet and are looking for some ideas (and if you’ll be down in Bend, OR), Worthy Brewing Company has an event you might be interested in.

On New Year’s Eve this year, Worthy Brewing is hosting a 5-course beer (or wine) pairing dinner, featuring a cocktail hour before dinner, live music throughout the whole evening, dancing after dinner and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.

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Fresh Hops & Fine Cuisine At Urbane

There are several great restaurants in Seattle.  Since my primary focus here at CraftBeerMonger.com is on craft beer though (and to a lesser degree craft cider and other craft alcoholic beverages), I haven’t visited as many of Seattle’s fine dining establishments as I’d like.  Also, due to my somewhat unusual work schedule, I don’t get to downtown Seattle for a good meal very often.

That’s why I was pleased to receive an invitation recently from Urbane to experience, on them, their Fresh Hop dinner, featuring Fresh Hop beers from Georgetown Brewing Company.  Urbane is a farm-to-table restaurant who prides themselves on sustainability and using locally-sourced ingredients.  In fact, the vast majority of Urbane’s ingredients come from within a 200-mile radius of the restaurant located at 8th Ave and Olive Way in the Hyatt at Olive 8 building downtown.

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Naked City Celebrates 10 Years With Gluten Removed Announcement, Parties & New Mug Club

Back in January of this year, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse celebrated their 10th Anniversary with parties, music and new beer releases at both their Greenwood and Camano Island locations.

Now, Naked City is keeping the celebration going with even more parties, more music, more new beer releases and the announcement of a new Mug Club at their Greenwood location.  All of the events are free and family friendly (open to all ages).

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Fresh Hop Releases From Schooner Brewing & Belltown Brewing

Man, I love living in the Northwest – home to the greatest hop growing region in the nation and possibly the World.  I can’t get enough of this year’s crop of Fresh Hop/Wet Hop beers, so it’s a good thing just about every craft tap list I see these days is packed with Fresh Hop/Wet Hop beers.

Does that mean we’ve had enough?  Never.  I’ve sampled nearly 30 different Fresh Hop/Wet Hop beers already this year, and I’m still ready for more.  Anticipating the continued demand for Fresh Hop beers this Season, Schooner Brewing and Belltown Brewing are preparing their Fresh Hop releases for later this week, featuring El Dorado and Mosaic hops respectively.

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SODO IPA, Comet Fresh Hop & Terrarium Making With Schooner Brewing

There’s a lot going on right now at Schooner Brewing (formerly Schooner Exact Brewing Company).  They’ve finished their remodel and re-branding from the old Schooner Exact taproom, but the changes aren’t so dramatic that you won’t recognize the place.  They’ve updated the style, added more seating, updated the menu and started rolling out some new beers.  Don’t worry though, your old Schooner favorites like 3 Grid IPA, Profanity Hill Porter, King Street Brown and more are still around too.

If you’re ready to try a new Schooner beer though, why not stop in for a pint of their SODO IPA, which is on tap now.  Also on tap for these waning days of Summer is their very popular Seamstress Union Raspberry Wheat.  Not your thing?  Then hang on till the first week of October when Schooner Brewing’s Comet Fresh Hop will make its debut.

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New Cans As Pike Prepares For Their 29th Anniversary

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Pike Brewing Company is a Seattle icon.  They’re also one of the oldest craft breweries in Seattle and are preparing to celebrate their 29th anniversary.  That’s nearly 30 years of craft beer, which is longer than some craft beer drinkers I know have even been alive!

Pike doesn’t just rest on their laurels either.  Sure, they have their core favorites like Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, XXXXX Stout, Naughty Nellie Golden Ale, Monk’s Uncle Belgian Tripel and more, but they also continue to innovate with beers like Hive Five Hopped Honey Ale, Oaked Pear Sour, their Third Story Series Dark Lager and more.

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Celebrate Oktoberfest At Queen Anne Beerhall

Harvest season is upon us.  For those of us here in the Northwest, that means lots and lots of Fresh Hop Ales – which makes me quite happy.  However, the abundance of wonderful Fresh Hop beers we get this time of year can sometimes obscure the start of another great annual beer tradition: Oktoberfest.

I’m a serious hop-head, but when Fall arrives, my palate sometimes needs an occasional break from the hops and starts craving something with more of those rich, toasty and bready malt flavors.  I’m referring, of course, to the traditional, German style Märzen/Oktoberfest.

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