Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 10

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.

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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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Flying Bike And Naked City Form A Brewmance

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Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, the first cooperative brewery in Washington state, has teamed up with their new neighbor, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, to collaborate on the first of many beers that will be coming from their “Wort Line of Friendship” series.

This new beer, dubbed Brewmance Golden Ale, will be on tap at both Flying Bike and Naked City starting today, September 30th, when they both open their doors (11:30 AM at Naked City and 3:00 PM at Flying Bike).

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Flying Bike Officially Becomes The First Licensed Cooperative Brewery In Washington

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I remember when I first heard about Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery.  It was April of 2011 and, at the time, there were only 9 members (the original founding members/owners).  I was excited about the idea and became member number 12.  By August of 2011, Flying Bike had rapidly grown to over 400 members and, by September of 2011, I was elected to the Flying Bike Coop Board of Directors.

For the year I was on the Board of Directors, our primary focus was on building the membership and, more specifically for me, organizing member homebrew competitions so that Flying Bike could start coming up with our first beers.  Also during my time on the Board, I led a few sensory tasting classes.  These classes were a member-only benefit, designed to educate cooperative members who were interested in learning how to better articulate the different sights, aromas and flavors they experience when tasting different craft beers.

Now, four years later, it’s finally happened.  As many of you may know, Flying Bike secured a space in early 2015, right next door to Naked City Brewery And Taphouse.  Since then, they have been busy building out the space, hiring their head brewer, Kevin Forhan, and obtaining all the necessary permits and licenses to get things up and running.

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Counterbalance Launches Two New Beers For Seattle Beer Week #7

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Breweries open at such a rapid pace in Seattle area these days, it can be difficult to keep up.  In just the past few months we’ve gotten Holy Mountain, Outer Planet, Ghostfish, Chainline and more.  One of my favorite new kids on the block, and conveniently located for me in the South end of Seattle is Counterbalance Brewing Company.

I first told you about them back in February, when they were just ‘officially’ opening their doors.  My early favorites were their Bad Wolf Dark Ale and their Kushetka Imperial Stout. A barrel aged version of Kushetka should be coming soon.  In the meantime, however, Counterbalance has two more beer coming your way during Seattle Beer Week #7 (SBW#7).  Get ready for Storm Cycle Cascadian Dark Ale, which Counterbalance brewed in collaboration with Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery (who just hired their very first head brewer), and Counterbalance’s new seasonal Wheat Ale.

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Kevin Forhan Joins Flying Bike As Head Brewer

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I became a member/owner of Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery back in 2011 as member number 12 and, shortly after joining, became a member of the Flying Bike board of directors.  Today, I’m no longer a board member but retain my membership and so, it is with a sense of pride and excitement that I’m able to report that well known Seattle brewer, Kevin Forhan, has been announced as Flying Bike’s head brewer.

Kevin has brewed for Pike Brewing Company, Big Time Brewery & Alehouse, Elysian Brewing and, most recently, was with RAM Restaurant And Brewery at their Northgate location.  The timing is fortuitous as well, since Flying Bike’s new 7 barrel brewing system just arrived this week.

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Flying Bike Coop Launches Member Investment Campaign

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Have you heard of Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery?  I’ve spoken about them here a few times before and, in fact, used to be a member of the Flying Bike Board of Directors.  The idea is simple.  So many people have the dream of opening a brewery, but few have the means to do so on their own.  After all, launching a new brewery takes a lot of time and money.  Enter Flying Bike.

If you aren’t familiar with the cooperative business model, it’s basically a legal entity owned and democratically controlled by its members. Members often have a close association with the enterprise as producers or consumers of its products or services, or as its employees.  In this case, the ‘product’ in question is beer and the employees, at least at this point, are the unpaid Board of Directors.  Membership in the Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery is just $150.  For that price, you become a member/owner and have a vote in all important matters facing the coop.  Using this membership model, along with a few other fundraising events from time to time, Flying Bike has amassed nearly 700 members and have started looking for a brewery space in the Seattle area.

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Three Craft Beer Events Happening Tomorrow

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There are a few exciting craft beer events happening around Seattle this weekend and I’d like to tell you about them.  I’m sorry for such late notice about them, but that darned annoying thing called ‘real life’ (perhaps you have one too) has kept me way too busy lately!  With Saturday expected to be in the 80’s and Sunday in the 70’s, this weekend will also probably be our last blast of real Summer for the year too, so make sure you pick one of these events, or some other event around town, and get out there and enjoy it.

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There’s A New Beer Festival In Town

Washington is well known for beer festivals.  We have the Washingon Brewer’s Festival, Belgianfest, the Everett Craft Beef Festival, Sour Fest, the Hard Liver Barleywine Fest and many, many more scattered all around the Seattle area and across the state.  Well, I hope you have room for one more on your craft beer calandar, becuase coming up on Saturday, October 13th, 2012 is the first annual B-Town Brewfest – the Seattle area’s newest beer festival.  Proceeds from this festival will go to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital

The full brewery lineup for the festival has been announced and will include:

Airways Brewing Co., Kent, WA
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, Mukilteo, WA
Elliott Bay Brewing Co., Burien, WA
Harmon Brewing Co., Tacoma, WA
Iron Horse Brewing, Ellensburg, WA
Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portland, OR
Ninkasi Brewing Co., Eugene, OR
Northwest Brewing Co., with Flying Bike Coop Brewery, Pacific, WA
Odin Brewing Co., Seattle, WA
Schooner Exact Brewing Co., Seattle, WA
The Ram Brewery, Seattle, WA
Wingman Brewery, Tacoma, WA

The festival will be held at the Burien Community Center (14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA), and will be divided into two sessions.  The first is from 11:30AM  – 3:30PM and the second will be from 4:30PM – 8:30PM.  Tickets for the festival are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate.  Advance tickets are available for purchase now through  Brown Paper Tickets.  You can also CLICK HERE to sign up as a volunteer for the festival. 

Your ticket price includes admission to the festival, a festival program, a 5oz commemorative taster glass and 9 tasting tokens.  Additional drink tokens will be available for purchase for $2 each.  So mark your calendar now and maybe I’ll see you in Burien on October 13th.  I will be at the festival, working the Northwest Brewing/Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery booth.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there. 

(Post partially re-created from my original post at beermonger.blogspot.com.)

Watch For Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery’s ‘7 Spoke Stout’ At A Taproom Near You

Flying Bike is Seattle’s first cooperative brewery, and only the second cooperative brewery in the nation besides Black Star out of Austin, Texas.  Flying Bike offers it’s members the chance to be a brewery owner and be an integral part of the ever growing craft beer scene in and around Seattle.  The cooperative currently has approximately 550 members, and continues to grow.  Flying Bike’s goal is to reach 1000 – 1200 members as soon as possible, at which time they should have the necessary funds to secure a location and actually launch the physical brewery. 

Until that time comes, Flying Bike plans to continue holding member homebrew competitions, and then having the winning beer from each competition scaled up and brewed by a local craft brewery.  Their latest beer, dubbed 7 Spoke Stout, was brewed by Flying Bike Coop member and homebrew competition winner, David Flynn, and then scaled up to a 15 barrel batch by their newest brewing partner, Northwest Brewing Company (formerly Trade Route Brewing) out of Pacific, Washington.  The first keg of 7 Spoke Stout went on tap at The Wurst Place – a sausage and beer bar on Westlake Avenue in Seattle – last week, and you should also be able to find it on tap soon at one of my favorite craft beer spots in Seattle, The Pine Box up on Capitol Hill. 

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