Finding a good tap and bottle shop around Seattle isn’t all that difficult. We’re fortunate to have several options for where to go beer shopping while enjoying a few pints on tap at the same time. One of those places that stands out for me in particular, however, is The Beer Junction in West Seattle. Offering Seattle’s largest selection of more than 1,300+ different beers (plus cider and mead) and an incredible 70 taps of beer, cider, mead and wine, The Beer Junction has become my favorite after-work destination to enjoy a few cold ones from their always excellent and diverse tap selection and check out what’s new in bottles and cans.
Each year, as their anniversary approaches, The Beer Junction teams up with a local brewery to create a special anniversary beer to help them celebrate. Last year it was Cinq Houblon, a Saison brewed by Sound Brewing out on the Kitsap peninsula. The year before that it was Black Sands Coconut Cream Imperial Stout, from Fort George Brewing in Astoria, Oregon. I’m still aging a bottle of that one in my cellar at home.
I don’t always get to each of these places as often as I’d like, which is unfortunate. The two I tend to make it to the most often are The Beer Junction and Beveridge Place Pub, both in West Seattle. With only a minor detour, both places are basically on my way home from work. Don’t get me wrong though. Convenience is not, by any means, the only reason I frequent these two places. In fact, Beveridge Place is regularly named one of Seattle’s best pubs on many ‘Best Of’ lists and The Beer Junction was just awarded Best Bottle Shop In Washington for the 4th year in a row from Rate Beer.
Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is about two weeks away and that means romance, fancy dinners, jewelry, stuffed animals and, of course, chocolate. However, don’t go for that same old boring heart-shaped box of mass-produced chocolates. That’s boring. Instead, why not satisfy that chocolate craving by getting local and indulging your love of great craft beer?
Starting this coming Saturday, February 6th and running through Valentine’s Day on the 14th is The Beer Junction‘s 4th Annual Chocolate Beer Week. All week long, the taps at the Junction will be flowing with chocolaty beers of every variety. Most will be Stouts and Porters, since those styles lend themselves so well to the use of chocolate, but there will be other offerings as well.
I’m a beer guy. I’ve always been a beer guy. Sure, I enjoy the occasional glass of wine and I love a good Bourbon, Whiskey or Tequila, but my first love when it comes to adult beverages has been, and I think always will be, a great craft beer. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t still make an effort to broaden my horizons, and the incredible rise in popularity of craft cider (see the press release below) is making that much easier.
I’ve got to give much of the credit for my increased interest in cider to both Seattle Cider Company and The Beer Junction in West Seattle. Both are places I usually visit when I’m in the mood for a beer but, since they both have a great selection of ciders on tap as well, I often find myself switching things up a bit and ordering a cider instead of a beer.
I also haven’t been to many cider festivals or conventions yet, and unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be able to make this one either but perhaps you can. Coming up next week, starting February 2nd and running through February 6th is CiderCON 2016, presented by the Northwest Cider Association.
How can anyone limit themselves to just a single style of beer? Sure, I’m a serious hophead at heart, but I never limit myself to just IPA’s. I’m a fan of all styles but I do have to admit that, especially in the cold of winter, I’m a huge fan of barrel aged beers.
There’s just something special that happens to a beer when it’s aged in Bourbon, Whiskey, Tequila, Brandy, Wine or other barrels. They impart complex flavors, new characteristics, perhaps a slight boost in ABV, etc. That’s why I’m glad that the 4th Annual Barrel Junction at The Beer Junction in West Seattle is almost here.
Are you ready for 9 day long blast of hops? The Beer Junction is certainly ready. Starting this coming Saturday, June 6th, is their 3rd Annual Hop Hysteria. Running for a full 9 days until June 14th (and likely a bit longer, until the taps run out), the Junction will devote at least 25 of their 40+ taps to the best and most unique IPAs they can get their hands on.
If you were sad to not see IPApril happen at Beveridge Place Pub this year (it was replaced with Belgian Beer Month), then The Beer Junction has you covered here. Come satisfy your craving for all things citrusy,piney, herbal, floral, Earthy and all those other wonderful hop qualities your palate craves. With our early Spring and even Summer here a bit early (except for today’s rain of course – but the Sun and warm temperatures should be back by Friday), my taste buds have been anticipating a higher hop intake than I’ve enjoyed during the Winter.
Seattle is home to some pretty great craft beer bottle shops. Whether you’re in the heart of the city, in the North end, on the East side or down South, you can still find a craft bottle shop without having to search too far and most of them, though not quite all, have taps as well. Let me tell you, nothing compares to shopping for craft beer while sipping on a craft beer.
One of my favorite craft bottle shops, and the one I probably hit up most often, is The Beer Junction in West Seattle. With over 45 taps (and even more coming soon) and well over 1,300+ bottles from over 50 countries, you’d be hard-pressed to not find something you’ll love either on tap or in the bottle.
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.