Beer Tasting: (WA) 99 Bottles “Meet & Sip” with Widmer Brothers & MateVeza this Wednesday 2/9

image courtesy of +Russ's Flickr page Federal Way, WA – Just another in a series of random reminders regarding various activities occurring this year.

This time around we are asking those around Federal Way to stop in for a rare tasting treat. Usually it's a given that where there’s a beer tasting there is more than likely someone from the brewery. Typically this means someone in sales or on those rare occasions, a brewer. On Wednesday February 9th, between 4:00 P.M. and 9:00 PM, you are treated to two rare appearances.

The first rare appearance is by none other than Jim Woods of MateVeza. With beers brewed with, among other things, Yerba Mate, it’s a safe bet that you will swear there is caffeine in it. The brewery despite its four years in the market, has still maintained a seemingly low profile. From 4 – 6, you are invited to speak with Jim about his beers, thoughts on homebrewing, and anything else that you can think of. Also, there will be bottle signing upon request so pick out a Mataveza fave for him to sign!

Wednesday February 9th, 2011 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM $1
35002 Pacific Highway South Federal Way, WA 98003 (253) 838-2558

About MateVeza & Jim Woods

Jim Woods (artistic rendering left) is an avid yerba mate drinker. When not lounging around in his flowing camisa roja and matching gorra, he enjoys brewing flavorful craft beers and drinking them responsibly.

It was his love for hoppy beers and yerba mate coupled with his thirst for adventure, as evidenced by his ambitious patillas, that led him to discover MateVeza.

One day while partaking in an afternoon mate, he cracked open a pale ale that had a prominent flavor and aroma of cascade hops. Chispas flew as the flavors of yerba mate and cascade hops frolicked on his lengua, and the original perky pale ale was born.

Jim started as a homebrewer before going pro in 2006. His love of Yerba Mate, a naturally caffeinated South American herbal tea, led him to brew a series of beers that include Yerba Mate as a key ingredient. The result is a glass of beer that's got similar caffeine to a cup of coffee. Enjoy the MateVeza Black & IPA while visiting with Jim about his brewing experience.

The second rare appearance will be held by the Widmer Brothers themselves, Rob & Kurt. Look for these two to share their thoughts on Portland, the W’ Series of beers, and of course anything else that you feel would be worth talking about. As with MateVeza, you are welcome to grab a favorite Widmer Brothers bottle (or glass) and ask the boys to sign it.

Wednesday February 9th, 2011 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM $1
35002 Pacific Highway South Federal Way, WA 98003 (253) 838-2558

About Widmer Brothers Brewing

The legend goes like this: During the 1970's, a decade remembered by some for its various social movements, Kurt and Rob Widmer began to formulate a movement of their own. After graduating from Oregon State University (Rob) and the University of Oregon (Kurt), respectively, the Widmer brothers set out into the "real world" only to find out the "real world" wasn't for them. Each falling victim to the proverbial "quarter-life crisis," fueled in part by jobs that barely benefited their wallets (let alone their souls), Kurt and Rob Widmer set forth on a path toward opening the brewery we know today. [more] –source, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

About 99 Bottles

99 Bottles beer store has beer from 20 Washington state microbreweries, American craft and macrobrews, and imported beer from nearly 50 countries.

At 99 Bottles, choose from 1000 beers in stock at the time of your visit. And with all the seasonal, limited, and rotating releases, the store books have well-over 2000 unique brews, which rotate in and out of stock.

99 Bottles beer store is located in Federal Way, a suburb of Seattle and Tacoma in Washington state. At this candy store for adults you can select ales, lagers, and hard ciders, plus a few meads and handcrafted fruit sodas.

As you enter 99 Bottles, grab empty six-pack carriers to your left and start mixing your brew packs. Or, stake out a spot on the counter, start your pile-o-beer, and we'll package it at checkout. [more] –source, 99 Bottles’ website


About the photo’s author
+Russ is a photo blogger and an avid beer fan who got immersed in beer and the Seattle beer culture through homebrewing and the thirsty pursuit of new craft ales to sample.

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