Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like the past year has flown by so quickly. Seattle Beer Week #8 almost feels like it was just a few weeks ago. Yet here we are, with Seattle Beer Week #9 kicking off in just two days. Have you had an opportunity to look over the ever-growing list of events on the official Seattle Beer Week website? With so many events to choose from, many of which happen on the same day or even at the same time, you may have to make some difficult choices regarding which events to attend. Here are my top picks for Seattle Beer Week #9.
Things get under way with the Official Seattle Beer Week Kickoff this Thursday, May 4th. There are 5 stops on the Seattle Beer Week (SBW) kickoff tour. Things start off at 4:30 pm at the new Flatstick Pub location in Pioneer Square. The other stops on this year’s kickoff tour include: Beveridge Place Pub (6:30 pm and Cask-O-Rama will be going on), Brouwer’s Cafe (7:45 pm), Naked City Brewery & Taphouse (9:00 pm), with the evening closing out at The Pine Box (10:30 pm).
Today, Monday May 16th, is day number 5 of Seattle Beer Week #8, which means we’re about halfway through. Things kicked off last Thursday at Reuben’s Brews with the official tapping of the first keg of the official Seattle Beer Week beer: Daily Pale, followed by the opening night pub crawl. I had to drop by Reuben’s, of course, for the kickoff and then found my way to Beveridge Place Pub for stop #3 on the crawl.
It’s hop harvest time again. That means it’s time for fresh hop ales, and Two Beers Brewing Company wants to be the first out of the gate this season with their 2013 Fresh Hop Ale. “This Northwest-inspired brew’s strong citrus aroma – featuring hints of grapefruit and passion fruit – can be attributed to the freshly picked Yakima Valley-grown Centennial hops from Puterbaugh Farms used to create it.”
Perhaps you were at Two Beers Brewing Company last week for their hop picking party(?) A small army of Two Beers employees and patrons took a few hours carefully picking hops from vines harvested earlier that day in Yakima Valley and the Fresh Hop Ale was brewed with those hops later that same day.
Seattle Beer Week 2013 is just under one month away, kicking off this year on Thursday, May 9th. Did it sneak up on you? There are already well over 100 events listed for this year’s Seattle Beer Week and more are being added all the time. If you haven’t already, it’s definitely time to start making plans and deciding which ‘must attend’ events you want to hit up this year. With so many events happening, there are bound to be a few conflicts – two or more events you’d like to attend, but each happening at a different end of town at the same time. That’s why it’s important to start planning now.