Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2016 – UPDATED

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I’ve been a fan of great craft beer ever since having my very first craft beer (a Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company, if memory serves).  However, I didn’t really immerse myself into the Seattle Craft Beer scene until sometime in 2010.  Before that I was, of course, still enjoying craft beer, but my journalistic focus was geared more towards the console video game market.  I used to operate a couple of console gaming review sites (focusing mostly on Xbox), which are now closed down.

That means I haven’t been attending Seattle Beer Week for as many years as some of you out there.  The first time I attended a Seattle Beer Week event (and actually knew that I was doing so), was back during Seattle Beer Week #4 in 2010, and the first Seattle Beer Week I ever wrote about was Seattle Beer Week #5 in 2011.  Right now, that sure seems like a long time ago.

Now, with 2016 upon us, we’re just one week away from the kickoff of Seattle Beer Week #8.  That means it’s time once again for me to give you my picks for what sound like the best events at this year’s Seattle Beer Week, just as I’ve done each year since 2012.

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The Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow Returns

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Oh hops, how do I love thee.  Let me count the ways.  Actually, I’d better not. With so many amazing hoppy beers out there, counting them all would take quite a while.  For the moment, I only want to worry about a particular set of hoppy beers that are back and ready to hit the road.  Returning for its third year and kicking off this week is the Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow.

I first told you about this event last month and now I wanted to update you with the full details.  Set to make its first stop this Thursday the 4th at Brouwer’s Cafe, the Hop Mob Roadshow will also hit several other locations around the Sound, bringing you the biggest, boldest, strongest and, of course, hoppiest beers around.

Originally inspired by the rather ridiculous amount of hype attributed to a particular Triple IPA from a well known Northern California brewery, the Hop Mob set out to prove that Washington Brewers can make triple IPAs just as well (and in my opinion even better) than just about anyone else.

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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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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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10 Great Upcoming Events And Releases

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The holiday season kind of snuck up on me this year.  Just yesterday, my wife and I had to go out to run a few errands and we were amazed at how large the holiday shopping crowds were.  Granted, it was pretty nice out this weekend; cold but sunny and clear, so I suppose there were a lot of people trying to get a jump on their shopping.

As busy as everyone gets this time of year with family, shopping and general holiday preparations, it’s important to schedule a few diversions; y’know, to get your mind off all the happy, merry, cheery, I’m going to go insane if I hear ‘Jingle Bells’ one more time, omnipresence of the season.  To help you out on that front, here are 10 great craft beer events coming up between tomorrow, November 18th and Thursday, December 18th, just one week before Christmas.

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Winners From This Year’s Session Fest

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In my previous article, I told you about the 2014 Session Fest, which was held last Thursday, June 26th at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood (Hosted by Naked City Brewery & Taphouse and Northwest Beer Guide).  Over 25 different Northwest breweries competed for best in show as well as the most ‘interesting session ale’.

The results have been announced, and top honors go to Dirty Bucket Brewing, who won Best In Show with their ‘Hefen’ Pineapple’, and Black Raven Brewing (CBM Sponsor), who won most ‘Interesting Session Ale’ with their popular ‘Nothing But Flowers’.  Congratulations!

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Session Fest Comes To Naked City June 26th

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Summer is finally here, though the bit of rain we may get the next couple of days will be sure to remind you that you’re still in Seattle.  Summer means it’s time to enjoy more craft beers outdoors.  Naked City Brewery & Taphouse made that a bit easier this past year, with the addition of the Walrus Beer Garden: Naked City’s large, welcoming outdoor patio space.  It’s a great place to enjoy a few pints on a nice afternoon or to, perhaps, hold a beer festival.

To that end, Naked City has teamed up with Northwest Beer Guide to host Session Fest – back after a 1 year hiatus.  Billed as Seattle’s only ‘light beer’ festival, there will be selections from over 25 different breweries from Washington, Oregon, California and Montana.

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Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2014

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Back in 2008, a few friends (including Ian Roberts, Matthew Younts and Mike Baker) were wandering around the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and realized how many of the great beers they were seeing there were from the Pacific Northwest.  That simple realization became the spark that helped them decide Seattle needed its own annual celebration of all things craft beer.  Less than a year later, Seattle Beer Week was born.

Kicking off in 2009, Seattle Beer Week (SBW) has grown steadily each year.  This year there are well over 300 different events, spanning 11 days.  That’s incredible.  The first Seattle Beer Week that I attended and covered was the 3rd annual, in 2011.  That year, there were fewer than 200 total events – still a very respectable number for such a young festival.

With so much going on over the 11 days of Seattle Beer Week, from May 8th to May 18th, you’ll want to take a little time to look over the complete list of events on Seattle Beer Week’s website, and decide which ones you’d like to attend.  If you’re entertaining notions of attending every single event, you can abandon them now.  Unless you have the ability to teleport and/or replicate yourself, as well as the ability to drink more beer than any human being would likely be able to consume safely, then you’re pretty much out of luck.

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