Discover The New Growler USA In Redmond

What happens when you take the basic concept of a growler refill station and decide to take it National?  Well, what happens is, you get something like Growler USA.  Founded in 2013 by Dan White (CEO), Dave Shaw (President), and Vern Whittaker (Retired CFO), Growler USA now has 10 locations across the U.S. and are slated to open 50 more throughout 2017-2018.

Each location boasts up to 100 taps of beer (including microbrewed craft beers), hard cider, draft wine & kombucha, plus an extensive food menu. Their tap list varies by location, of course, in order to offer locally-sourced options for their patrons, and their “True to the Brew” system ensures that each brewer’s vision for their product is honored.  Things are kept tightly controlled all the way from keg delivery and storage (using ‘gentle’ keg handling systems to avoid sloshing), to a meticulously maintained tap system and the proper glassware for each pour. Yesterday afternoon I took a trek out to their Redmond location, courtesy $30 in credit from Growler USA, to see what they had to offer first hand.

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Discover New Tastes At The Cheese And Meat Festival

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.  

This celebration of charcuterie and artisan cheeses paired with local wines, ciders and beers features several local artisans, including Salumi, Jellyfish Brewing, Mollusk, FinnRiver Cidery and many, many more.

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Safeco Field Menu Updates For The 2017 Mariners Season

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.

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The Beer Junction Celebrates Their 6th Anniversary

 

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Finding a good tap and bottle shop around Seattle isn’t all that difficult.  We’re fortunate to have several options for where to go beer shopping while enjoying a few pints on tap at the same time.  One of those places that stands out for me in particular, however, is The Beer Junction in West Seattle.  Offering Seattle’s largest selection of more than 1,300+ different beers (plus cider and mead) and an incredible 70 taps of beer, cider, mead and wine, The Beer Junction has become my favorite after-work destination to enjoy a few cold ones from their always excellent and diverse tap selection and check out what’s new in bottles and cans.

Each year, as their anniversary approaches, The Beer Junction teams up with a local brewery to create a special anniversary beer to help them celebrate.  Last year it was Cinq Houblon, a Saison brewed by Sound Brewing out on the Kitsap peninsula.  The year before that it was Black Sands Coconut Cream Imperial Stout, from Fort George Brewing in Astoria, Oregon.  I’m still aging a bottle of that one in my cellar at home.

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The Washington Brewer’s Festival Happens This Weekend

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It’s that ‘Dads and Grads’ time of year.  I hope you’ve found the perfect Father’s Day or graduation gift for that special beer lover in your life.  If not then perhaps they’d enjoy a visit to the Washington Brewer’s Festival.  Hosted by the Washington Beer Commission and presented this year by Total Wine & More, the Washington Brewer’s Festival kicks off this Friday, June 17th and runs through Sunday the 19th at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

This all-ages festival is a celebration of craft brewing in Washington State and features over 110 Washington State breweries pouring over 500 different craft beers for you to enjoy.  Whether you attend just one day or all three, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.  Feeling extra adventurous?  Starting this year, there’s a Washington Beer 5K on Sunday the 19th.  There’s also a full lineup of food trucks, live music, a brewer’s keg toss, a kid’s play area (Saturday & Sunday only), and even a Rootbeer garden.

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Full Throttle Bottles Sold – Taps To Be Added

 

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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.

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Lots Of Great Events To Keep You Busy Till Spring Arrives (UPDATED)

 

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It’s really pouring out there, but I’m not talking about the weather.  It’s raining craft beer events; enough to keep your liver plenty busy between now and the arrival of Spring.  Get you calendar out, because I’m going to tell you about 8 local craft beer festivals and other events coming your way between now and March 20; the first day of Spring, 2016.

Most of these upcoming events are free to attend.  The amount you’ll spend only depends on how many beers and how much food you decide to purchase.  The other two are ticketed events, where you’ll want to get your ticket(s) in advance to make sure you can attend.

(Please note – this is not a comprehensive list of ALL local events happening between now and March 20th.  I’m merely highlighting some of the events I think my readers would be most interested in.)

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The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest Is Coming Next Saturday

Tumwater Falls (It's The Water!)

Tumwater Falls (It’s The Water!)

“It’s The Water.”  That’s the famous slogan you may have heard for Tumwater Washington’s own Olympia Beer.  It went hand in hand with their advertising campaign, which highlighted the use of “Artesian” water (Olympia Brewing Company ceased the use of Artesian well water when they were acquired by Pabst Blue Ribbon in 1983).  Olympia may not be ‘craft’, but it’s Artesian goodness is part of Washington State’s rich brewing history.  Well, it’s time once again to celebrate that history.

Set for next Saturday, August 22nd, is the 3rd Annual Tumwater Artesian Brewfest.  Don’t worry though; this won’t be a macro-fest (though you will find original Olympia Beer on tap!).  Over 30 different Washington breweries (plus Wineries, Distilleries and food vendors) are set to descend upon the Tumwater Valley Driving Range for this very special event.

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