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.
One month ago, on September 29th, Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle (one of Seattle’s best local craft beer bars) kicked off their annual ‘Hoptoberfest’. More than just a celebration of Washington-brewed IPAs, this month-long festival is their way of selecting their House IPA for the next year.
If you’re a regular at Beveridge Place Pub, then you know how this works. For the uninitiated, Beveridge Place whittles down over 48 Washington IPAs to just 3 finalists based on your votes. Today and tomorrow is your last chance to vote on those 3 finalists, which must be done by blind ballot. Order a taster try with all 3, and vote for your favorite without knowing which is which. This year’s 3 finalists are: Reuben’s Brews‘ Crikey IPA, Georgetown Brewing‘s Bodhizafa IPA and Counterbalance Brewing IPA. Visit Beveridge Place Pub today or tomorrow to have your blind tray and cast your vote. I’ve already voted once, but I’ll probably go back and cast one more vote before the end of tomorrow.
October was, as usual, a big, hoppy, IPA-filled month for Beveridge Place Pub. For those not in the know, each October Beveridge Place holds their annual ‘Hoptopberfest’. This month-long Washington IPA competition, decided by your votes, is how Beveridge Place selects their ‘House IPA’ for the next year.
Now, with Hoptoberfest voting nearly complete, Beveridge Place turns their attention to their last seriously hop-filled event of the season: the 10th Annual IPA Cask-O-Rama. This event is heaven for those who love Cask IPAs. Beveridge Place will cover the bartop with at least 23 cask IPA from Washington breweries for you to enjoy.
Fall is a great time for hopheads in the Northwest. It’s harvest time, so we get all the great fresh hop beers filling our taste buds with all that amazingly fresh hoppy goodness (and I must say that Fremont Brewing‘s Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop was my absolute favorite this year), the annual Hopfest at Brouwer’s Cafe and the Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival. Then, as if that weren’t enough, we get both Hoptoberfest and the IPA Cask-O-Rama from Beveridge Place Pub. What more could a hophead ask for?