Nearing The Halfway Point Of Seattle Beer Week #8 – UPDATED

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Today, Monday May 16th, is day number 5 of Seattle Beer Week #8, which means we’re about halfway through.  Things kicked off last Thursday at Reuben’s Brews with the official tapping of the first keg of the official Seattle Beer Week beer: Daily Pale, followed by the opening night pub crawl.  I had to drop by Reuben’s, of course, for the kickoff and then found my way to Beveridge Place Pub for stop #3 on the crawl.

Since then, the events have been coming pretty much non-stop.  The highlights for me so far have been the Underberg Back In Black Stout Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe, Satanic Metal C.O.W. Night at Toronado and, even though I had to leave a bit early, Firestone Walker & Holy Mountain last night at The Pine Box.

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Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2016 – UPDATED

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I’ve been a fan of great craft beer ever since having my very first craft beer (a Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company, if memory serves).  However, I didn’t really immerse myself into the Seattle Craft Beer scene until sometime in 2010.  Before that I was, of course, still enjoying craft beer, but my journalistic focus was geared more towards the console video game market.  I used to operate a couple of console gaming review sites (focusing mostly on Xbox), which are now closed down.

That means I haven’t been attending Seattle Beer Week for as many years as some of you out there.  The first time I attended a Seattle Beer Week event (and actually knew that I was doing so), was back during Seattle Beer Week #4 in 2010, and the first Seattle Beer Week I ever wrote about was Seattle Beer Week #5 in 2011.  Right now, that sure seems like a long time ago.

Now, with 2016 upon us, we’re just one week away from the kickoff of Seattle Beer Week #8.  That means it’s time once again for me to give you my picks for what sound like the best events at this year’s Seattle Beer Week, just as I’ve done each year since 2012.

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Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For The Best Local Craft Beer Bars

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Each week on Twitter I take part in what’s known as Follow Friday.  If you follow me (or anyone else) on Twitter then I’m sure you’re familiar with the concept.  In my Follow Friday (#FF) tweets, I always give a shout out to a few of my favorite local craft beer bars including: The Beer Junction, Beveridge Place Pub, The Pine Box, Toronado, Brouwer’s Cafe (and Burgundian), The Noble Fir, Stogies N Hops (CBM Sponsor) and The Red Hot and Parkway Tavern down in Tacoma.

I don’t always get to each of these places as often as I’d like, which is unfortunate.  The two I tend to make it to the most often are The Beer Junction and Beveridge Place Pub, both in West Seattle.  With only a minor detour, both places are basically on my way home from work.  Don’t get me wrong though.  Convenience is not, by any means, the only reason I frequent these two places.  In fact, Beveridge Place is regularly named one of Seattle’s best pubs on many ‘Best Of’ lists and The Beer Junction was just awarded Best Bottle Shop In Washington for the 4th year in a row from Rate Beer.

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Burgundian Prepares For Their 4th Anniversary (UPDATED)

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Welcome to 2016!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are keeping warm out there in this chilly January weather.  I’ve been keeping myself warm with all the wonderful bourbon barrel aged stouts I’ve been picking up lately as well as all the other high ABV beers that have been on tap around town.

If you’re looking for a place to warm up this Winter season, enjoy some delicious craft beer, cider, spirits and great food, then maybe it’s time for a visit to Burgundian, which is getting ready to celebrate their 4th Anniversary next Saturday, January 16th.

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Washington Cider Week Starts Next Thursday

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Yep; it’s Fall.  It may not quite be official yet by the calendar, but that chill is back in the air and our days have grown noticeably shorter with fewer hours of sunshine to enjoy.  Summer may be fading away, but we still have plenty of things to look forward to.  One of those things is Washington Cider Week, brought to you by the Northwest Cider Association.

Kicking off one week from today, on September 10th, Washington Cider Week brings cider tasting events, paired dinners and more in a 10-day celebration of Northwest craft cider.

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Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2014

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Back in 2008, a few friends (including Ian Roberts, Matthew Younts and Mike Baker) were wandering around the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and realized how many of the great beers they were seeing there were from the Pacific Northwest.  That simple realization became the spark that helped them decide Seattle needed its own annual celebration of all things craft beer.  Less than a year later, Seattle Beer Week was born.

Kicking off in 2009, Seattle Beer Week (SBW) has grown steadily each year.  This year there are well over 300 different events, spanning 11 days.  That’s incredible.  The first Seattle Beer Week that I attended and covered was the 3rd annual, in 2011.  That year, there were fewer than 200 total events – still a very respectable number for such a young festival.

With so much going on over the 11 days of Seattle Beer Week, from May 8th to May 18th, you’ll want to take a little time to look over the complete list of events on Seattle Beer Week’s website, and decide which ones you’d like to attend.  If you’re entertaining notions of attending every single event, you can abandon them now.  Unless you have the ability to teleport and/or replicate yourself, as well as the ability to drink more beer than any human being would likely be able to consume safely, then you’re pretty much out of luck.

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Burgundian Celebrates Two Amazing Years This Saturday

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Not all craft beer bars are created equal.  Thankfully, we have some pretty amazing craft beer bars in and around Seattle.  One such establishment is Burgundian in Seattle’s Tangletown neighborhood.  They opened their doors on December 28th, 2011 to rave reviews and have only improved since then.  If you’re looking for a place with a great beer selection (plus a full liquor bar), and amazing food to accompany those delicious drinks, then you need to get to Burgundian.

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Seattle Beer Week So Far (5/9 – 5/12)

My Pint Of SBW 5th Anniversary Pale Ale & A Six Pack To Go

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Today, Monday, May 13th, is the 5th day of Seattle Beer Week 2013.   Before I head out to ‘Can You Handle My Randall’ today at The Pine Box, I wanted to recap for you the events I have attended during the first four days up until the 12th.  In all, I have attended nine different events so far, including three stops on the 9th – kickoff night, at several locations all around the city.

Things kicked off for me on the 9th with a little personal pre-event at Fremont Brewing.  I wanted to try a pint of the official Seattle Beer Week Pale Ale, and grab a six pack to take home before things started to get too crazy.  Fremont did a great job with the Pale Ale.  It’s a nice, flavorful session Ale that’s been a great accompaniment to the wonderful, warm weather we’ve been having lately.

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Seattle Beer Week #5 Is Less Than A Month Away – Craft Beer Monger’s Picks

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Seattle Beer Week 2013 is just under one month away, kicking off this year on Thursday, May 9th.  Did it sneak up on you?  There are already well over 100 events listed for this year’s Seattle Beer Week and more are being added all the time.  If you haven’t already, it’s definitely time to start making plans and deciding which ‘must attend’ events you want to hit up this year.  With so many events happening, there are bound to be a few conflicts – two or more events you’d like to attend, but each happening at a different end of town at the same time.  That’s why it’s important to start planning now.

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Brouwer’s Cafe – There’s An App For That

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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.

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