I know it’s only Fall. Winter doesn’t officially arrive until late December, but craft beer has always been a bit ahead of the curve (Pumpkin beers showing up in early August, anyone?) Being a big fan of Winter beers though, I certainly don’t mind when they start arriving a bit early.
Apparently, nether do many of the breweries in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Because, coming up this coming Saturday, November 3rd is the Ballard Brewed Winter Beer Festival to Benefit Bellwether Housing. Drink Winter beers from eleven different Ballard breweries and do your part to help Bellwether Housing – creating affordable housing in Seattle.
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.
Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has a high concentration of craft breweries , many within just a few block of each other. That makes it ideal for checking out several craft breweries in a short time. Have you explored all of the breweries in Ballard? Do you have any favorites? Would you like to help them win an award?
For the third year, four Ballard breweries are coming together for a friendly little competition known as the Ballard Beer Awards, and you get to help determine the winners. In order to cast your votes, you’ll have to visit Ray’s Cafe rather than the breweries themselves. The competition kicks off on April 16th and runs through May 11th. The four breweries involved in this year’s competition are: Stoup Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Lucky Envelope Brewing and Maritime Pacific Brewing.
Looking for a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Seattle this year? It’s just one week from Saturday (3/17) and five Ballard breweries are teaming up to bring you the first annual St. Pat’s Parade O’ Pints.
Living in the South end and working the early hours I do, I don’t get to Ballard as often as I’d like. Thankfully, I can usually find at least some beers from a few of my favorite Ballard area breweries either on tap at some good, local craft beer bars or in bottles or cans.
One of the breweries I try to visit when I do manage to get to Ballard is Lucky Envelope Brewing Company. I enjoy their IPAs and a few of their more unusual offerings. Now, Lucky Envelope is preparing to release five specialty beers in celebration of Chinese New Year – Year of the Earth Dog. Continue reading →
Is it really getting to be that time already? Summer, especially in Seattle, always seems so darn short. A couple of weeks ago I was already seeing pumpkin beers appearing on craft beer store shelves and now, here come the Oktoberfest announcements. Don’t get me wrong. I love Fall and the Seasonal craft styles that come along with it, but it’s a bittersweet reminder that the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and Summer is starting to fade.
Of course, as I just mentioned, Fall’s arrival also means Oktoberfest biers and Oktoberfest celebrations. The Märzen/Oktoberfest style is probably my favorite style of Lager. Sure, a well made Pilsner is great on a hot Summer day, but I love the more toasty malt flavors of a good Märzen. If you’re also a fan of a good Märzen and other German/European styles (Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen, Kölsch, Vienna Lager, Roggenbier, etc.) then you’ll want to mark your calendar for September 16th and this year’s Ballard Oktoberfest.
Seattle Beer Week is just around the corner. It kicks off on Thursday, May 4th and runs through Sunday May 14th. Just two days into the festivities though, on May 6th, Lucky Envelope Brewing is set to celebrate their 2nd Anniversary.
Lucky Envelope has been cranking out craft beers in Ballard since 2015 and now, they’re ready to mark the occasion with a new Anniversary IPA and three bottle releases. Then, one week after their anniversary, they’ll be hosting another event as part of their celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
I’m not generally big on making new year’s resolutions. I know a few people who sometimes do though, and those resolutions often revolve around some type of fitness goal like losing a few pounds, starting a new exercise routine, eating better, that kind of thing. I even know a few people who decided to make January a dry month this year, where they would not drink for the whole month.
I wouldn’t necessarily call it a resolution but, this year, I’ve decided that I’ll be doing a dry February (well – January 26th to February 25th). That means 30 days of no drinking. At the same time, I’m trying to motivate myself to work out a bit more often than I do now and see if I can drop a few pounds.
Of course, you don’t have to eliminate alcohol from your diet to attain your fitness goals. In fact, some studies have even shown that beer can be quite effective as a post-workout recovery beverage. Perhaps that’s part of what motivated Happy Hour Fitness NW to start their Pilates & Pints program. It sounds like a great way to combine your drive for working out with your craft beer-related social life in a comfortable and familiar setting.
Lucky Envelope Brewing was founded by partners Barry Chan and Raymond Kwan back in late 2014. An award-winning home brewer and structural engineer and a finance strategist respectively, Barry and Raymond decided to leave their old careers behind to follow their dreams of opening a craft brewery.
They first opened their doors to the public in May of 2015 with a decidedly Asian/Thai inspiration. Even their name, Lucky Envelope, was inspired by the red envelopes which the older generation in China will gift to the younger generation during holidays and special occasions.