The 18th Annual Hard Liver Fest & Other Upcoming Events At Brouwer’s Cafe

Seattle certainly has its share of craft beer events and festivals. I’ve been to more than my fair share and I’m betting many of you have as well. Some of my favorite annual events take place at one of my favorite craft beer bars in the city: Brouwer’s Cafe. I first discovered Brouwer’s way back in 2005, the year they opened, and immediately fell in love. They have great, Belgian inspired food and always have a great tap selection – especially during events/festivals.

Brouwer’s has several great events coming up over the next month. It all kicks off with the 18th annual Hard Liver festival coming up this Saturday, February 29th and culminates with their 15th anniversary celebration on March 28th. Now I know what you’re thinking. How can this be the 18th Hard Liver fest but only Brouwer’s 15th anniversary? Not to worry. This is a logical explanation for this discrepancy. The first few years of the Hard Liver fest were held at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center, before Brouwer’s Cafe opened.

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Introducing the Seattle Beer Bar Coalition (SBBC) & Georgetown Boop & Beep IPA Release

We are pleased to announce: Introducing the Seattle Beer Bar Coalition (SBBC)

Beer Release January 29th, 2020
Georgetown “Boop & Beep IPA”

January 6th was a good day for the beer community—The Seattle Beer Bar Coalition officially kicked off what will become a long and productive journey with a collaboration brew at Georgetown Brewing. The SBBC is made up of some of the city’s most well-known craft beer bars including Brouwer’s Cafe, Latona PubBottleworks, Fiddler’s Inn, The Yard Cafe, Watershed Pub & Kitchen, Trailbend Taproom, Olaf’s, The Pine Box, Toronado SeattleThe Shambles, Beveridge Place Pub, Hopvine Pub, and The Dray.

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Aslan Brewing Is Coming To Seattle

Even though we have a large number of breweries right here in Seattle, many of us often take trips away from the city to explore breweries farther away or perhaps to visit some favorites we’ve found on previous craft beer excursions.

One popular destination for those leaving Seattle on one of these excursions is the city of Bellingham, WA.  I myself am a big fan of many Bellingham breweries including: Wander, Kulshan, Chuckanut, Structures and, of course, Aslan.  Well, if Aslan Brewing Company is on your list of favorite Bellingham breweries, then I’ve got some great news.  This Summer, Aslan will open a location in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.

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Field To Ferment Fresh Hop Arrives Today From Fremont Brewing

Don’t be sad that our Seattle Summer is winding down and Fall is set to return.  Instead, rejoice in knowing that the hop harvest is upon us and that means the return of Fresh Hop beers.  Several local breweries make Fresh Hop beers each year but one brewery really goes all out, releasing multiple Fresh Hop beers for us to enjoy each year.  That brewery is Fremont Brewing Company.

Each year, they release multiple versions of their Field To Ferment Fresh Hop Ale, each one featuring a different hop.  The first release in this year’s Field To Ferment series arrives today, 9/7 and features Centennial hops.  Also, set to return soon is their wildly popular Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop, using hops grown exclusively for Fremont on a single farm at the mouth of the Cowiche Canyon Conservation area in Yakima.

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Field To Ferment Fresh Hop Pale Ale (Centennial) Arrives Today From Fremont Brewing

It’s harvest time up in the Yakima Valley, the #1 hop growing region in the World.  Our proximity to the hop fields of Yakima Valley means that the Northwest, particularly Washington State, is in a prime location to enjoy one of the best benefits for craft beer lovers this time of year: Fresh Hop Ales.

As has become the norm, Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) was first out of the gate, releasing their Fresh Hop IPA back on August 23rd.  Now, Fremont Brewing Company is ready to release the first of their Fresh Hop Ales for 2017.  Field To Ferment Fresh Hop Pale Ale (each release featuring Centennial, Amarillo and Citra hops respectively) arrives today, 9/6, in Fremont’s Urban Beer Garden.

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Fremont Brewing Releases Pride Kölsch For Pride Month

This month is Pride Month in Seattle and across the nation.  There are several Pride themed events happening around Seattle, culminating on June 23-25, when the Pride Parade, Seattle PrideFest, Trans Pride, and Seattle Dyke March & Rally will take place.

Fremont Brewing Company supports Pride Month and cares about the safety and self-determination of the LGBTQ community. They also want to help foster an LGBTQ presence in the craft beer World.  To that end, they are preparing once again this year to release their Pride Kölsch, which will arrive just in time for all of Seattle Pride Month’s biggest events.

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It’s B-Bombs Away From Fremont Brewing

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Bottle releases have become a pretty big deal in the Seattle area.  It feels like just about every other weekend, there’s a new release (or several) coming out at one local craft brewery or another.  Fremont Brewing Company has definitely had their share of sought after releases, including their recent release of The Ancient One series (Dark Star & B-Bomb versions).  I heard the line for those bottles started as early as 4:30 am.

Your possible adverse feelings about standing in line for a beer release notwithstanding, the time has come to let you know that Fremont Brewing will be releasing the 2016 Version of B-Bomb in just over one week on “B-Bomb Friday”, November 25th.

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Field to Ferment Fresh Hop Pale Ale Coming From Fremont Brewing

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Hopheads rejoice.  It’s Fresh Hop season!  It all kicked off this past Friday when Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), released their 2016 Fresh Hop IPA.  Now, Fremont Brewing Company is preparing to release their 2016 Fresh Hop Pale Ale.

In a unique twist, however, Fremont isn’t just brewing one fresh hop recipe.  They’ll be brewing during the whole hop harvest season up in the Yakima valley, and  using four different hop varieties as each one his harvested throughout the season.

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The Lamb Arrives Next Week From Fremont Brewing

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For most craft beer fans, seeking out a particular beer is a simple matter of checking a few of your local craft bottle shops to see if they have any in stock.  This works just fine for most beers out there.  However, there are those occasional and highly sought after beers where, if you really want to get your hands on a bottle or two, you’ll want to head to the bottle release at the brewery.

Fremont Brewing Company brews several beers that are popular enough to draw a line on the day of their release.  The most recent was last month’s release of The Rusty Nail – a delicious, bourbon barrel aged Oatmeal Stout.  Now, Fremont is ready to release another beer that could draw a crowd: The Lamb.

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Summer Ale Returns From Fremont Brewing

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The cherry blossoms are back, people are picking up starters for their gardens and, most days, there’s a bit less of a chill in the air.  Spring is here and that means Summer is right around the corner.  That also means it’s time for the return of Summer Ale from Fremont Brewing Company.

To celebrate it’s return, Fremont Brewing is hosting a release party in their Urban Beer Garden next Thursday, March 31st from 5 – 9 pm.  With tangerine, spicy and floral notes, this seasonal ale will have you anticipating those long  Summer evenings ahead.

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