Seattle Beer Week: Big Time IPA Festival Happening All Day on 5/22

image of Bill Jenkins of Big Time fame courtesy of our Flickr page Seattle, WA – Fast into the first five days of the Seattle Beer Week and already some are suffering aching livers, while bottles of aspirin, and Gatorade seem in short supply (kidding of course). With a focus on drinking great craft beer in Seattle, we thought we would speak of one of the locals for a moment, namely Big Time Brewery & Alehouse in the University District.

Already the oldest brewpub in the city has played host to the Ave Rat Malt Liquor release and a vertical tasting of Old Wooly (over five years worth). Starting at 11:30 AM (on May 22nd) and running into the night, you are invited to stop into the brewery on University Avenue to enjoy a nice classic (like Scarlett Fire or Bahgwan’s Best), the familiar (Meerkat), or the newest of Big Time’s IPAs. We had a chance to speak to head brewer Bill Jenkins to learn what he had in mind for the 22nd’s festival.

Featuring eleven (11) unique Big Time India Pales, there is definitely something for the hop head, including some potentially never to be seen again. Here is the current lineup that is being proposed, choose your beer wisely.

‘An Old Friend’, always on draft and always consistent

  • Bhagwan’s Best
  • Scarlet Fire India Pale Ale

‘A new and but returning beer. Just don’t call it a seasonal’, a new beer that will be back but we wouldn’t advise putting in on the calendar just yet.

  • Hop de Mensonge (Belgian-style India Pale Ale)
  • Perspective *see
  • Matt’s Red Eye

‘Sound Familiar?’, beers inspired by other breweries

  • Meerkat India Pale Ale

‘One of a Kind’, unless Bill changes his mind, you probably won’t see these again.

  • Decade 2.1 *21st Anniversary IPA
  • Brouwer’s Lil’ General *brewed for Brouwer’s 5 Year Anniversary
  • Dark Days India Black Ale *see Cascadian Dark Ale
  • Jeezum Crow India Brown Ale
  • Begonias on the Mountain *old Scarlet Fire recipe

‘Slide into the Glass’, beers that are poured from a firkin

  • Perspective

‘Fill-up from the Pump’, beers poured from a cask engine

  • Scarlet Fire India Pale Ale

Also, as a side note, the brewpub will be the starting point for the Brew Cruise (starting at 1:30 PM), which will feature bike pub tours of Fremont, Maritime Pacific, and Hales (in no particular order).

About Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

Big Time Brewery & Alehouse has been in business in Seattle's colorful "U-District" since 1988. We are a classic American Alehouse located in an old yellow brick building with high ceilings and lots of stained wood. The pub has an antique bar, an extensive bottle and can collection, numerous historical brewery photographs, and lots of old beer signs and trays. Music is provided by a 100 disc CD jukebox with an eclectic mix of artists. An original 1950's era shuffleboard in the back room gets plenty of use. [more-source, Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

May 22nd, 2010 11:30 to Close
Big Time India Pale Ale Festival
4133 University Way NE Seattle WA 98105


About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.

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