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.
Breakside Brewing Company out of Portland, Oregon makes a wide variety of beers. I’ve had their Wanderlust IPA many times, but haven’t really explored the rest of their offerings too much. I’ll have to make sure I visit them the next time I make a trip down to Portland.
Now, with Winter bearing down on us, Breakside felt it was the right time to release their new Winter Seasonal: La Tormenta, a dry-hopped sour ale. There will be a special release party on December 5th at Bottleworks.
Brouwer’s Cafe is one of Seattle’s premiere craft beer destinations. With their always impressive tap list and incredible bottle selection, it’s a place I find myself quite often when I’m craving some good craft beer served in a Belgian-styled venue. Along with their ‘sister’ tavern, Burgundian in Tangletown and Bottleworks Specialty Beer Store in Wallingford, you know you’ll always be able to find something delicious on tap to quench your craft beer craving. When I’m hungry, I often find myself checking Brouwer’s or Burgundian’s websites or Facebook pages to see what food specials they might have going.