Festival Preview: WA: Seattle Beer Week: Our thoughts, 5/19 – 5/22

In a few short hours another Seattle Beer Week will be upon us. For the past three years Seattle Beer Week has been our war cry to the rest of the country regarding the city’s craft beer history. While other cities can lay claim in popularity polls the city is content knowing the truth, we know how to enjoy beer.

Seattle Beer Week is not just a glorified, cornucopia, of beer gluttony. It's also an opportunity for local breweries, distributors, and business to re-emphasize why beer and the Seattle scene are so special.

But if this is your first time attending an event created in reverence to Seattle Beer Week, welcome. To those returning either for their second or third year, it's only gravy from here on out. Starting with tonight's official kickoff at Maritime Pacific's Jolly Roger Pub, you are encouraged to visit a participating pub, bottleshop, or restaurant and enjoy all that Seattle has to offer it's thirsty fans.

So with that soapbox speech out of the way we would like to invite you review our thoughts and as always practice responsible imbibing.

Slainte.

- Thursday May 19th, 2011 -

5:30 PM Ballard neighborhood

Seattle Beer Week Kickoff at Maritime Pacific Brewing's Jolly Roger Taproom
1111 N.W. Ballard Way Seattle WA 98107

Join the Seattle Beer Collective as they celebrate the start of Seattle Beer Week complete with the proclamation, a ceremonial tapping, and who knows maybe a few surprises. From here you are encourage to follow them to the Fremont neighborhood and Brouwer's Cafe, then So'Do for a post-Mariner's game beer at Pyramid, before things end in Greenwood at the Naked City Brewery & Taphouse.

6:00 PM West Seattle neighborhood

Cask-O-Rama at Beveridge Place Pub
6413 California Ave SW West Seattle WA 98136

Come out to West Seattle and drink the true definition of locally brewed from the bar top.

- Friday May 20th, 2011 -

5:00 PM Georgetown neighborhood

Treasures of the Deep at Full Throttle Bottles
5909 Airport Way S. Seattle WA 98108

As the southern most bottleshop in Seattle, Full Throttle Bottles has been providing SBW goers with a healthy selection of beer, wine, and cider. Come in on Friday to meet a member of Fish Tale Ales out of Olympia. Featured at this event will be some rare treats including, "... Fish Tale Poseidon's Barrel Aged Imperial Stout and Leviathan Barleywine, Old Woody, and some 10th Anniversary brews."

Yum

6:00 PM South Lake Union neighborhood (ride the S.L.U.T)

Silver City Night at Brave Horse Tavern
310 Terry Avenue North Seattle WA 98109

What happens when you mix one part local celebrity chef and combine it with a wide range of locally produced beers? Give up? Situated just up the street from busy Denny Street and in the maturing neighborhood of South Lake Union, The Brave Horse Tavern will be hosting its first brewers night, with Bremerton's Silver City. Join the brewery and the staff of Brave Horse whiles enjoying a pint of Ridgetop and a savory burger.

7:00 PM Fremont neighborhood

Shmaltz Brewing & Brouwer's Cafe present Kulture Freaks at Brouwer’s
400 N 35th Street Seattle WA 98103

Back for their third year, the folks that gave us Coney Island Lager, Lenny's IPA, and of course Donny Vomit, return to entertain you with feats of the absurd. Join Shmaltz, Matt Bonney, along with a motley crew of entertainers, while enjoying a pint of Lenny's Rye.

-  Saturday May 21st, 2011 -

11:00 AM Downtown Seattle neighborhood

Tour de Pints la Troisième Partie (Part Three) starts at Pike Brewery, Pub, and Museum
1415 1st Avenue Seattle WA 98101

While the Professionals are burning the daily does of lactic acid on the roads of California and Italy, you can settle for trudging your way to destinations like Naked City, Brouwer's Cafe, or Market Arms. As before the 'course' will be broken into the moderate and the intermediate rides. We have included the complete list below. Enjoy.

  • Pike Brewery
  • Market Arms
  • Brouwer's
  • Naked City
    • Back by popular demand, the "Feat of Strength" from Naked City to the Fiddler's Inn and then Latona before those not-so-full-of-strength doing the "Feat of Weakness" make it from Naked City to the Latona Pub.
  • Eastlake Zoo (cash only)
  • "The Sobering Climb" to the Stumbling Monk
  • Elysian Capt. Hill

12:00 PM Ballard neighborhood

Falconer's Flight at Maritime Pacific's Jolly Roger Taproom
1111 N.W. Ballard Way Seattle WA 98107

Curious what Falconer's hop tastes like? Ever heard of Glen Falconer? Answers to these questions and many are yours while consuming as many Falconer-inspired beers you can swallow.

3:00 PM Maple Leaf / Lake City neighborhood

Firestone Walker Parabola release celebration at The Last Drop Bottleshop
8016 15th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98115

The zip code says Maple Leaf but the address is just down the street from Lake City Way. Swing into the newest bottleshop in Seattle to pick up a bottle of Parabola, speak to the founder himself in David Walker, or just paruse Last Drop owner Seth's Howard collection of beers for sale.

7:00 PM Greenwood neighborhood

Beer & Ink at Piper's Creek
10527 Greenwood Avenue N. Seattle WA 98133

Join Colorado's Left Hand and Mt. Vernon's (WA) Skagit for a pint at Piper's. Known for their annual Smoker, you are encouraged to enjoy something from the bar and maybe walk out with some ink. As mentioned a local tattooist will be present should inspiration strike either at the bottom of a glass or from sober insanity.

7:00 PM Ballard neighborhood

Classic Beers for Classy Ladies at The Leary Traveler
4354 Leary Way NW Seattle WA 98107

Here is what Seattle Beer Week has to say bout this rare event.

"Classic Beers for Classy Ladies" is Saturday May 21st from 7-10 pm. We will be featuring an excellent selection of classic European brewing styles from "Merchant Du Vin Importers", Pickled items from locally owned "TabbyCat Pickling Co." and the culinary talents of "The Leary Traveler." We are also partnering with "ChickChat" a local women's networking group to provide a forum for the ladies to discuss topics and issues pertaining uniquely to them as well as "Washington Women In Need" www.wwin.org a local non-profit raising money to provide grants to low income women for education and health care. Cost is $25 per head and we will have raffle prizes to help raise money for the cause. So Ladies, get your tickets now and partake in a night of great beers, pickled fair, networking and philanthropy.

Tickets limited and available now at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/173917

- Sunday May 22nd, 2011 -

12:00 PM Federal Way

Epic Ales Cheese Pairing at 99 Bottles
35002 Pacific Highway S. Federal Way WA 98003

If you have never visited 99 Bottles on your way heading south then you have been missing quite a bit. All too often this little bottleshop is the recipient of first peek at new and returning releases to the state of Washington. Top that off with one of the few places to get beer from British Columbia (Canada) and Eastern Washington, and you have the makings of a gem. Make the Sunday drive south and say hello to Seattle's Epic Ales while enjoying a thoughtfully prepared cheese and beer pairing.

4:00 PM Wallingford neighborhood

Hair of the Dog at Bottleworks
1710 NE 45th Seattle WA 98103

Doggie Claws, Fred, and Adam are names all too familiar when one visits the grocery aisle of your favorite bottleshop or Independent Grocer. If Portland seems a touch out of reach to try the fresh stuff from Alan Sprints' brewery, you can stop in at 4:00 to say hey. As a special treat Alan is bringing with him a limited edition blend.

"Alan received a very special keg of unblended lambic from the BOCKOR brewery in Belgium. He has blended this sour beer with one of his special creations."

Definitely not an event to miss.

- Stay tuned for May 23rd and beyond's suggestions -

That's our thoughts for now. But we encourage you to visit both the Seattle Beer Weeks's website as well  our calendar with the (SBW) tag.

Cheers

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