Naked City Camano Island Opens This Weekend

Back in January, I shared with you the exciting news that Naked City Brewery & Taphouse announced they would be opening a second location out on Camano Island.  Now, just three short months after that announcement, they’re ready to go.

After a soft opening that will happen later this week for family and friends (invite only), they will be ready to open their doors to the public on Saturday, April 22nd at 11 am.

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Naked City Opening A 2nd Location On Camano Island

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I’ve always been a big fan of Naked City Brewery & Taphouse.  They make some of my favorite locally-brewed beers including their The Big Lebrewski Imperial Stout and Cry Me A River Triple IPA.  Unfortunately, I don’t get there as often as I’d like but every time I’m in the Greenwood area, I’ll stop by.  One taste of their beers is all it takes to let you know Owner and Brewmaster Don Webb really loves his work.

Now, after going strong for over 8 years (they celebrated their 8th Anniversary last October), Naked City is ready to expand.  So, coming as soon as this Spring, Naked City is pleased to announced they will be opening their 2nd location out on Camano Island.

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Naked City Prepares For Their 8th Anniversary

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Sometimes, which breweries you tend to frequent will depend as much on location as it does on beer quality.  This is one of the reasons I don’t get to a few of my favorite Seattle breweries as often as I’d like to.  I work somewhat odd hours and live in the South end.  So visiting any Seattle breweries that are farther North in the city requires a bit of effort on my part, largely due to our craptacular traffic.

One of Seattle’s North end breweries that I don’t visit nearly as often as I’d like to is Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood.  Owner and head brewer, Don Webb, really enjoys his work, and it shows in the quality of beers Naked City continually puts out.  I’m particularly fond of The Big Lebrewski, their award-winning White Russian Imperial Stout.

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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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The Naked Sessions Acoustic Concert Series Returns To Naked City

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Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood and Band in Seattle are pleased to announce the return of the Naked Sessions acoustic concert series to Naked City, with a great lineup featuring: Peter Case, Star Anna and Jason Dodson, and Simon Kornelis.

There is one show each month, starting with Peter Case this coming Saturday, followed by Star Anna and Jason Dodson on February 27th, and Simon Kornelis on March 26th.

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Naked City Prepares For Their 7th Anniversary

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Ahh 2009.  Back in those days, Craft Beer Monger wasn’t even a glint in my eye.  I was still involved with blogging about console gaming; specifically Xbox and Xbox 360.  I still enjoy gaming, but my passion for craft beer took over and I started my first craft beer blog (beermonger.blogspot.com) back in February of 2011.

Lots of other things were happening in Seattle back in 2009 as well: Obama was inaugurated as President, Michael Jackson passed away, etc.  One big local event in particular, however, was the opening of Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood.  I’ve become a big fan of many of Naked City’s beers since they first opened.  Head brewer Don Webb (and Assistant Brewer Isaac Hatter) definitely love their work and that love comes through in the quality of the beers they produce.

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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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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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Naked City Creates 8 Collaboration Beers For Seattle Beer Week #7

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It seems like Seattle Beer Week just keeps getting bigger every year.  There are well over 240+ events listed for this year’s festivities, including tap takeovers, special tasting, brewer’s nights, ticketed dinners and more.  If you haven’t started making your plans you’d better get busy.  It all kicks off next Thursday, May 7th with several opening night events, including the final stop of the official Seattle Beer Week kickoff events.

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse always gets in on the fun and they’re all set for this year.  They’ve brewed up 8 special collaboration beers and are preparing to tap 80+ regional brews throughout Seattle Beer Week.

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The Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow Returns For A Second Year

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We may be well into Winter in the great Northwest (Dang it’s cold out there!), and that currently has me deeply engrossed in lots of dark, rich, roasty, chocolaty, delicious Porters and Stouts – especially the bourbon barrel aged variety, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still enjoy the occasional hoppy and satisfying IPA.  A hophead like me can never go too long without one.  In fact, I think I’ll make my next one a Double IPA just for good measure.  I like ’em strong and quite hoppy.  I’d have a Triple IPA, but they’re a bit more difficult to track down this time of year.  That will change, however, in just a few short months.

Last February I told you about a unique new series of events dubbed the Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow.  It was a celebration of the relatively new and still unofficial style, the Triple IPA.  Featuring 12 different breweries and spanning 5 events around the Sound from Lynnwood down to Tacoma, the Roadshow was a great way to explore this strong and hop-heavy style of craft beer.  Well, the Roadshow is back for 2014 with more breweries, more events and even more Triple IPA goodness.

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