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.
We’re blessed here in the Northwest to live in an area where there are so many great breweries. Having easy access to so many great beers is great for craft beer fans like us, but it’s also part of what allows Seattle to have some of the best tap and bottle shops around. Some of the most popular and well known ones include The Beer Junction, Bottleworks and Chuck’s Hop Shop.
Now, joining those establishments is Seattle’s newest tap and bottle shop: Teku Tavern. Named for the Teku style of glassware that has been called the “World’s best beer glass”, Teku Tavern is looking to, as they put it, elevate the beer scene in Seattle. They’ll have 50 taps, 3 cask stations and 29 refrigerators of beer and cider to go.
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.
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.
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.
Last year at about this time, I attended a food and drink preview at Safeco Field for the 2015 Seattle Mariners season. It was an impressive spread with a wide variety of options like crab sandwiches, burgers, gourmet hot dogs, flatbread pizzas and more, plus a wide array of locally sourced craft beers, wines and even high end cocktails.
Well, I’ve been invited back again this year for the 2016 food and drink preview, and I’m eager to see what delicious new items and what new and returning craft beers and other drinks I’ll find available for this season. One thing is for sure, a big feature of the 2016 menu will be gourmet sandwiches, using high end ingredients like Beecher’s Cheese, Hempler’s Bacon and Baker Boys Northwest Brioche Bread. I love a good sandwich, so that sounds pretty good to me.
I don’t get to the Watershed as often as I should. They have an extensive menu, including a full weekend brunch menu, and a full bar with a wide selection of liquors, cocktails, wines, bottled beers and ciders. They also have 21 craft taps, featuring many local breweries and cideries.
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.)
Today I was invited to join a group of several other local journalists down at Safeco Field for an in-depth preview of the new food and drink options that will be available for the 2015 Seattle Mariners season. With the home opener coming up in just five days, this was a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at all the new high-end food and drink options that Mariners fans will have the opportunity to enjoy at the Safe this year.
Last year’s offerings included delicious choices like Apple Wood Smoked Salmon Chowder, ‘Dirty’ Tots With Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar, Carlton Farms Pork Belly & Bay Valley Picked Peppers, and Fish & Chips With Manny’s Pale Ale Batter among other selections; plus cask beers from local Northwest breweries like Georgetown Brewing Company, Oakshire Brewing Company and others.