Treat Your Dog To A Complimentary K9 Natural’s Meal At Optimism Brewing

Do you love taking your four legged friend(s) along with you when you go out for a few beers?  Seattle is a very dog-friendly city and many local breweries and craft beer bars (particularly those that don’t serve their own food) allow your well behaved dog(s) to accompany you when you visit.

One such dog-friendly establishment is Optimism Brewing Company on Capitol Hill, and they’re preparing to host a  series of special dog-friendly events with K9 Natural and a special K9 Natural’s Bone Appétit dog menu.

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Optimism Launches Pride Beer To Benefit Gay City

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New breweries are popping up in Seattle with such frequency, that I still haven’t been able to visit all of them yet.  One of the newer kids on the block I still need to get to is Optimism Brewing Company on Capitol Hill.  Founded by the husband and wife team of Troy Hakala and Gay Gilmore, Optimism wants to battle the pretension and snobbish ‘beer geek’ trends that have crept their way into some parts of the craft beer World and, as such, they don’t like to categorize their beers in to styles.

As Optimism puts it: “We do not use style names to describe our beers. Part of this is because we don’t brew beers to fit a style, we brew them to taste the way we want them to taste. Moreover, we believe that beer is “the every(wo)man’s drink”, not something that should be intimidating, pretentious or expensive. For this reason, we try to make beer approachable to everyone by describing our beers in ways that everyone can understand without beer-geek jargon. Most beer-drinkers do not even know that beer styles even exist, let alone have all 120+ memorized. We believe using flavor descriptors and a photo is the best way to encourage people to try beers that they otherwise wouldn’t have tried. Wine can be pretentious and filled with esoteric jargon to maintain an elitist status. Beer doesn’t need that.”

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Seattle Beer Week Kicks Off Today

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a pretty crazy last week or so leading up to Seattle Beer Week #8.  Between being busy at work (both of them), still mourning a bit for our dog, Bailei, and trying to plan out my Seattle Beer Week 2016 schedule (picking from, literally, hundreds of events), I’ve barely had time to breathe.

The event list for Seattle Beer Week seems to get a bit bigger each year.  There are always a few days where there are at least 2 or 3 different events all happening at the same time on opposite ends of town, so you have to make a choice.  Hitting every single event is absolutely impossible (and severe liver abuse!), so you have to pick your battles (or is it bottles?)

Now, it’s here.  Seattle Beer Week kicks off this evening at Reuben’s Brews in Ballard.  They’ll be open at noon today, but the official opening ceremony for Seattle Beer Week won’t take place until 5 pm.  The first keg of Daily Pale, the official beer of Seattle Beer Week #8, will be tapped and the Mayor’s Proclamation will be read.

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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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Elysian Brewing Releases Knock On Nelson Wood Aged IPA

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If you’re a craft beer drinker in the Seattle area, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been to Elysian Brewing Company.  They have three brewpub locations around the city: Capitol Hill, Tangletown and Elysian Fields down by the stadiums, as well as their new Elysian Bar down on 2nd Avenue downtown.  If you ever make it to Georgetown, then you’ve also likely seen their big production brewing facility down on Airport way, where they have held their Great Pumpkin Beer Festival for the past few years.

Founded in 1995 by Head Brewer and Founder, Dick Cantwell, CEO and Founder, Joe Bisacca and Founder, David Buhler, Elysian Brewing has grown to become one of Seattle’s largest and most respected craft breweries.  They brew several iconic beers that are well known around the Puget Sound and indeed across the country.  Now, Elysian prepares the latest release in their ‘Dick’s Picks’ Series: Knock On Nelson Wood Aged IPA.

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The Pine Box Celebrates Their Second Anniversary This Week

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Back in March of 2012, a brand new craft beer bar opened in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, just off the corner of Pine and Melrose.  Appearing almost immediately on several ‘best of’ lists, and keeping their patrons happy every day with a great craft beer selection, plus lots of great events, a full liquor bar and great food, they pulled no punches in showing everyone they had what it took to be, and stay, one of the best.

Here we are, two years later, and The Pine Box shows no signs of slowing down.  Though it seems like they’ve been around much longer (I can recall thinking the same a year ago), The Pine Box is set to celebrate what will be only their second anniversary this Thursday, March 20th.  The celebration begins when they open their doors at 3 PM, with what looks to be an excellent tap list.

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