(WA) Wandering the Hop Fields for August 15th, 2009

Elephant & Castle Pub Patio is open!

     Announced back on the 8th of this month I am sure many of you weren't really looking outside and thinking patio sitting. But With the weather looking to improve both in temperature and skyline this might be a good week to pop over for a pint or cocktail.

"The only way to appreciate our patio more than these photos is to visit and enjoy with one of these refreshing cocktails and one of our tasty new salads!" source, Elephant & Castle newsletter

Elephant & Castle
1415 5th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101-2313 (206) 624-9977

Proving another positive side effect of beer, saving lives

     Many of you know the drill when you are in a bar, a grocery store or pub, you walk in, you look at the options and order whatever is on the list. The majority of those out there however never realize that without the distributor and the importer all of those great German, Belgian, Polish, English, and Irish beers wouldn't see the light of day or be spoke of in conversation. In the end we would be left with American craft copycats (not that this is a bad thing mind you) and no master beer style to compare with. Alan Shapiro who works on behalf of SBS Imports is a man who has for many years provided that emotional response that one responds with when they sip down a Belgian tripel or a hard cider. Over the years though he has also sojourned another occupation, fund raiser on behalf of cancer research.

     Utilizing his experience in the craft beer and fermented fruit (aka, cider) industry Alan has collaborated with two additional brewing entities each year since 2006 to create a beer that inspires change and donating for a worthy cause.

"Now in its third year, Reunion - A Beer for Hope has welcomed four regional
breweries as production partners for 2009.  Bison Brewing in California
returns for its third year.  Joining Bison are Terrapin Brewing in Georgia,
Pizza Port Brewing in Southern California, and Elysian Brewing in Seattle.

The 2009 Reunion beer is a Double Wheat Ale with a hint of lemon, based on
the original Pete's Wicked Summer BrewR.  The recipe for this year's brew
was conceived by Pete and Brian "Spike" Buckowski of Terrapin.  Each brewer
has adapted that recipe to meet the requirements of their production
facility and place their individual stamp on the beer.  It is available in
draft only.

Elysian brewers Dick Cantwell and Marcus Stinson describe their version of
Reunion as hazy golden with a pronounced citrus nose.  Fruit and subtle
spice notes dominate the pallet, with a rich, soft finish.  It is brewed
with Pale Malt Torrified Wheat, Accidulated Malt, Weyerman Wheat and Great
Western White Wheat.  It is bittered with Sorachi Ace hops and spiced with
orange peel, lemon grass and coriander.  7.5% alcohol by volume.

"I am thrilled to have Elysian on board as a brewing and fundraising partner
for 2009," noted Reunion co-founder Alan Shapiro.  "They have been an
enthusiastic partner and I look forward to tasting another fantastic Elysian

"We are honored to work with Pete and Alan on this very worthwhile project,"
added Elysian Sales Director David Buhler.

Elysian and the Reunion team will officially launch this year's release with
a public event at Elysian Capitol Hill (1221 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122)
starting at 5p on Tuesday, August 18.  Joining the Elysian team will be
Reunion project Co-Founders Pete Slosberg (Pete's Wicked AleR) and Alan
Shapiro of SBS Imports, a Seattle-based specialty beer & cider importer.
Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase Reunion '09 pint glasses
featuring all four brewery logos for $5.  100% of those proceeds will go
directly to The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org)
the beneficiary of the profits generated by Reunion.

Reunion Double Wheat Ale will be sold at all three Elysian locations as well
as 15 other outlets in the Seattle-Tacoma area.  Elysian will be making a
donation for every pint sold at their locations as well as every keg sold to
area restaurants and pubs.  As these locations are confirmed they will be
posted at www.reunionbeer.com/myelomalinks.php.

For additional information on Reunion-A Beer for Hope please visit
www.reunionbeer.com.  For additional information on Elysian Brewing please
visit www.elysianbrewing.com.  Artwork attached.

Alan Shapiro
SBS Imports

David Buhler
Elysian Brewing
source, Alan Shapiro

     Please join the crew of Elysian Brewing, Pete Slosberg from Pete's Wicked Ale, and Alan Shapiro in supporting the research to eradicate a senseless disease.

August 18th, 2009

Seattle, WA

5:00 PM PST
Elysian "Capital Hill"  1221 E Pike Street Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 860-1920

Getting a buzz one hole at a time

This Sunday in case you have lost your mind the fine folks at Beer Church will be hosting a golf tournament on behalf of the Whisker City non-profit organization. According to the site, there are still walk up registrations still available tomorrow.

When: Sunday, August 16th. 12:00 Noon
Dinner, banquet, silent auction 6:00.

Where: Nile Golf and Country Club in Mountlake Terrace. The banquet/silent auction will follow immediately at Jersey's Great Food and Spirits.


$95 per person includes: golf, power cart, dinner, a raffle ticket, and a "goodie bag" at the first tee. 

Prizes awarded for:
*The top foursomes.
*Closest to the pin (mens and womens).
*Longest drive (mens and womens).
*Straightest drive.
*And more! Lots of prizes!

Non-golfers can attend the banquet for $20.

All proceeds will benefit Whisker City - a shelter for abandoned, abused and neglected pets.

Silent Auction - We have some amazing auction items lined up. The list includes a Seahawks helmet autographed by Matt Hasselbeck and a guitar autographed by Dave Matthews. (Yes, really.)” source, Beer Church

August 16th, 2009

Mountlake Terrace, WA

12:30 PM PST
Golf Check-in, Nile Golf and Country Club
6601 244th SW Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 (425) 776-5154

1:30 PM PST
Shotgun Start, Nile Golf and Country Club
6601 244th SW Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 (425) 776-5154

6:00 PM PST
Banquet at Jersey's, Jersey’s Great Food & Spirits
1306 N. 175th Street Shoreline, WA 98177 (206) 546-4054


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