Despite the fact that I just don’t get there often enough, I have a strong affinity for Naked City Brewery & Taphouse. As I’ve said many times before, Owner and Head Brewer, Don Webb truly loves his work and it shows in the quality of the beers Naked City produces. Some of my favorites of theirs over the years have included their Big Lebrewski Russian Imperial Stout, Rye Barrel Aged Old 48 Stout, The Can In Black Malt Liquor and Old Proper, their English Style Barleywine. Not to mention their popular, seasonal triple IPA, Cry Me A River, which you should be seeing again soon as the Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow returns next month.
Now, with well over 320 distinct beers under their belt, Naked City is preparing to celebrate their 10th Anniversary with the release of a beer that will be the first in a series of 10 collaboration beers along with a series of 10 concerts for charity.
There are a number of breweries in Seattle that have been around and been popular for several years. As a result, it’s sometimes easy to forget that some the most popular breweries in Seattle today are actually quite young. One such youngster among us is Stoup Brewing Company in Ballard.
Not quite 4 years old now, Stoup has amassed a loyal following thanks to beers like their extremely popular Citra IPA and their award winning Robust Porter and Russian Imperial Stout. Not content with just a single celebration this year, Stoup has decided to stretch out their 4th Anniversary celebration in to a week full of events.
The end of Summer and the return of Fall is a double-edged sword in the Pacific Northwest. The downside is that we start to lose our Summer sun and Summer temperatures. The upside, however, is that Fall brings along with it all those wonderful, aromatic, tasty Fresh Hop Ales.
Hellbent Brewing Company is celebrating this Fresh Hop season in a big way. They’re throwing a big party on Saturday, September 30th, featuring the release of their own Amarillo Fresh Hop IPA.
Each year around this time, there’s a big party out in Redmond. If you’re a fan of Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), then you know that I’m referring, of course, to their annual Flock Party anniversary celebration.
Set to take place on Saturday, May 6th from noon – 7 pm, this year’s Flock Party will include live music, plenty of ‘rare birds’ (rare and unique Black Raven beers, including some Tiki-drink inspired infusions this year), food, a retail merchandise booth and even an outdoor cigar lounge/booth. Well-behaved and leashed dogs will also be welcome and, if you run short on cash, there will be an ATM on site.
We’re fortunate in the Seattle area to have such a plethora of craft beer festivals to attend, pretty much year-round. In addition to being a great way to enjoy and share our love of craft beer, many of these festivals also serve to benefit various non-profit organizations and other worthy causes. Well, get ready for one more festival in town as Elysian Brewing Company prepares to host the first ever Search Party this July at the Seattle Center.
This one-day festival will be a celebration of beer, food, music and the arts, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting The Vera Project. With music and the arts no longer part of the core curriculum at many schools, it’s more important than ever to find other ways to cultivate a love of music and the arts in young people and to provide the necessary skills to pursue careers in those fields. That’s what The Vera Project does. According to their Mission Statement: “The Vera Project fuels personal and community transformation through collaborative, youth-driven engagement in music and art.”
Harley’s & Hops is a cycle-themed craft beer event with proceeds benefiting The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation. There will be live bands, barbecue and craft beers from more than 15 local craft breweries. Don’t worry though, no motorcycle is required. Emerald City HD is just a cool place to hold the event.
Last October I told you about Beardslee Public House, the new restaurant and brewery from the John Howie Restaurant Group. Since their opening, they have earned rave reviews for their beers thanks in no small part to Head Brewer Drew Cluley and assistant brewer (and Certified Cicerone), Paige Zahnle.
Beardslee opened their doors with an impressive 12 beers on tap right from the get go and now, less than a year old, they’re announcing even more new beers going on tap as well as their first ever bottled beers.
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.
Burdick Brewery (CBM Sponsor) is one of Seattle’s newest craft breweries. They opened their doors just this past October in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, sharing the building they occupy with another Seattle newcomer: Lowercase Brewing. Burdick is a great place in South Park to enjoy a few pints, catch some sports on their large-screen projection TV or even attend their occasional waffle breakfasts on weekends (Check Burdick’s Facebook page for upcoming events).
Dedicated to brewing great beers, including the occasional small batch bourbon-barrel aged ale, Burdick Brewery also seeks to provide a creative space for artists to express themselves and has hosted other musical artists in the past, including local singer/songwriter, Camila Recchio. It’s an intimate spot, where you can get up close and personal with the artists and, with our warm Summer nights back for a few months, Burdick will have their roll up door open so you can enjoy the Seattle evening air with your beer and music.