We’re fortunate in the Seattle area to have such a plethora of craft beer festivals to attend, pretty much year-round. In addition to being a great way to enjoy and share our love of craft beer, many of these festivals also serve to benefit various non-profit organizations and other worthy causes. Well, get ready for one more festival in town as Elysian Brewing Company prepares to host the first ever Search Party this July at the Seattle Center.
This one-day festival will be a celebration of beer, food, music and the arts, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting The Vera Project. With music and the arts no longer part of the core curriculum at many schools, it’s more important than ever to find other ways to cultivate a love of music and the arts in young people and to provide the necessary skills to pursue careers in those fields. That’s what The Vera Project does. According to their Mission Statement: “The Vera Project fuels personal and community transformation through collaborative, youth-driven engagement in music and art.”
Pike Brewing Company has been a fixture of the Seattle craft beer scene since way back in 1989. Founders Charles and Rose Ann Finkel have also been instrumental in helping expand the craft beer scene across Seattle and indeed across the nation. Their tireless work to help promote craft beer as well as all the wonderful craft beer and food parings that are possible out there has been an inspiration to countless brewers and chefs.
Now, Charles and Rose Ann are preparing for Pike’s biggest expansion in over 21 years. Pike Brewing Company is pleased to announce Tankard & Tun. Coming this Summer, Tankard & Tun is a new restaurant, oyster bar and brew deck that will also provide Pike with an expanded brew cellar.
Meat and cheese. Cheese and meat. They go together like bread and butter, like rhythm and blues, like Kayne West and being a douche. If you agree, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Cheese And Meat Festival, coming to McCaw Hall(321 Mercer St.), this coming Saturday, April 29 from 7 – 9 pm.
Spring has finally arrived in the Northwest and that means, of course, the return of baseball. For the past few years, I’ve kept you up to date on what delicious craft beers and gourmet food choices you can expect to find each Seattle Mariners season at Safeco Field.
Well, it’s that time again and I’ve been invited back to check out some new offerings for this year’s menu. Ethan Stowell has, once again, partnered with Centerplate and the Seattle Mariners to bring you some amazing creations including: Seattle ‘Wings’ (Taylor Shellfish Farms fried oysters with Frank’s RedHot sauce), authentic Oaxacan chapulines (toasted grasshoppers with chile-lime salt seasoning), and frozen custard cookie sandwiches.
Since I live in the South end, I’ve been a bit of an advocate for Seattle’s many South end breweries. Back in 2015 I even published an article encouraging craft beer lovers to check out all of the breweries in SoDo, Georgetown, South Park and Columbia City. As I pointed out in that article, the South end rivals Ballard for the sheer number of breweries you can visit, albeit spread out a bit more than the concentration in Ballard.
In order to continue encouraging craft beer fans to visit Seattle’s South end breweries, they have come together to form the South Seattle Brewery Coalition (SSBC), which encourages you to “be disloyal” and drink someone else’s beer. According to the SSBC: “We love challenging one another to make better beer, to provide more excellent service, and to better educate the wonderful people who have chosen to support our businesses.”
Back in late September, I told you about a beer tasting dinner cruise with Waterways Cruises And Events, featuring beers from Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor). My wife and I were scheduled to go on this cruise, but an unexpected schedule conflict meant that we had to cancel. Hopefully, some of you out there learned about the cruise here and were able to take advantage of it.
For those of us who missed the last cruise, now is our second chance. Coming up on Friday, December 2nd, Waterways Cruises And Events is hosting another dinner cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington. This cruise will feature beers from Pike Brewing Company.
For pretty much my entire life, I’ve lived near the ocean. I was born on the Gulf Coast, grew up part of the way in New Jersey and have spent most of my life on the West Coast (California and Washington). There’s just something about being near the water that appeals to me. It’s a unique feeling – that aroma of sea air – the beautiful sunsets, the easy access to lots of great seafood.
One thing I regret, however, is that even though I’ve lived near the water most of my life, I don’t spend nearly enough time out on the water. I used to do quite a bit of sailing when I was younger, but keeping and maintaining a boat isn’t a cheap prospect and, frankly, I can’t afford waterfront property in Seattle. That’s why I’m really looking forward to October 7th, when my wife Lynn and I will be attending a Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) beer tasting and dinner and cruise, courtesy Waterways Cruises And Events.