So if you are reading this you have already taken our advice or you are pondering the next set of days, during Seattle Beer Week.
We won’t bore you with some waxing, poetic, scripture. Instead we cut through the B.S. and get right to it.
Monday May 14th, 2012 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Stone & Pizza at Elliott Bay Pizza
5107 Ballard Ave NW Seattle WA 98107
Seems like we cannot stay away from the Ballard neighborhood. Turn on the GPS or take the bus to 5107 Ballard Avenue NW and give Elliott Bay Pizza a try, for lunch. A word of advice from some amateur food critics, try their hot subs. Namely the Chicken Caesar. From what I hear it might go pretty well with that Stone India Pale Ale or Ruination.
Afterwards and only if your feeling brave, you can head over to Big Time Brewery & Alehouse around 2PM for their first ever Bourbon barrel-aged Stout Heavenly Stout. Big Time Brewery is located in the historic University District on 4133 University Way NE. And if you stick around till 6 PM you can swing into Shultzy’s across the street as they host Bellingham’s Chuckanut Brewery. Shultzy’s Sausage is located in the historic University District on 4140 University Way NE, across from Big Time Brewery.
Tuesday May 15th, 2012 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Fremont Tasting at Whole Foods in Interbay
2001 15th Avenue W Seattle WA 98119
For some reason (unlike the other locations hosting a tasting) this one is $2. But this doesn’t diminish the opportunity to enjoy a few beers from Fremont’s newer breweries. Afterwards we have one of two suggestions, take 15th Avenue to Alaska Way and Pike or head North towards Leary Avenue and visit Brouwer’s Cafe.
Option #1 Pike Brewing near the Pike Place Market. Starting at 6:00 PM you will be treated to a one of a kind event as Pike Brewing hosts thirstysisters.
The thirstysisters evolved out of a growing desire for women involved in the craft beer industry in the greater Seattle area to come together and pool their resources. With the ever expanding involvement of women in the brewing business, the thirsty sisters recognized a need to not only celebrate their love of craft beer, but also to educate other women on the historic significance of females in the craft beer industry. Through events such as this one planned for Seattle Beer Week, the thirsty sisters hope to bring more women into the fold and foster a vibrant, diverse craft brew community.
So what does that mean to you and me? Honestly this is a rare chance to speak with women who rub elbows, drip sweat, and compete in the same space; that for years has been occupied by men.
For more information on this event visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ThirstySisters/info. Pike Brewing is located in the Downtown Neighborhood on 1415 1st Avenue.
Option #2. Brouwer’s Cafe hosts 5 brewers for a 5 burger battle.
Since its inception, the burger battle has been described as unhealthy, gastro-destructive, and awesome. And that was just the first burger.
Featuring 5 different brewer inspired burgers, you are asked to visit Brouwer’s Cafe from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM and decide which burger speaks to you. And don’t forget reigning champ Fremont’s burger will be available for consumption and judgment. Dig in. Brouwer’s Cafe is located in the Fremont neighborhood on 400 N. 35th Street.
Side item. If you are leaving Brouwer’s Cafe and had a brewer-inspired burger, we encourage you to walk the few blocks at 11:00 PM for drink with the Troll. Located under the Aurora Bridge, there will be a chance to take a load off from a heavy day of consumption. The Troll is located on the corner of N 36th St & Troll Avenue.
Wednesday May 16th, 2012 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Dinner w/Anderson Valley, Hopworks, & Chuckanut at Brave Horse Tavern
310 Terry Avenue North Seattle WA 98109
$55 gets you in the door of this rare dinner at Brave Horse. Current guest brewers or brewery reps include Chuckanut’s co-owner Mari Kemper, Hopworks’ head brewer Jamie Rodriguez, and returning to Seattle as a brewer Anderson Valley’s Fal Allen.
For this writer its the prospect of meeting Fal Allen that would be worth the $55 alone. But if you are more concerned with the food we can tell you that the menu is going to be awesome. It’s worth mentioning that there are still tickets available for this event, so call up the Brave Horse (at (206) 971-0717) today!
For those who want something a little different we would advise heading further north to Edmonds (WA) and visiting American Brewing. Near the Ferry Terminal, the brewery is hosting a rare event where you the customer get to slap the puck against head brewer Skip Madsen. The event starts at 6:00 PM and runs till 10:00 PM.
While your there, you should check out their award winning beers. American Brewing is located in Edmonds on 180 West Dayton Street in Warehouse 102, near the Ferry Terminal.
Thursday May 17th, 2012 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sausage Flights with Beers at Duck Island Saloon
7317 Aurora Ave. N Seattle WA 98103
A week later since kick off we have decided to spread things out with a visit to Greenlake & Duck Island for their unique take on the word ‘flight’.
Usually associated with beer, spirits, or wine; the Alehouse is choosing to alter the definition to meats. Look to enjoy four different meats paired with sauces. Need a beer recommendation? How about Samichlaus Doppelbock, Double Mountain Goliathon Belgian-Style Dark Ale, Boneyard Hop Venom IPA, or Gulden Draak Belgian Quad.
Should you choose to enjoy one or more of the listed beers at Duck Island, we would advise NOT going to Epic Ale’s Gastropub for their $30 dinner. Subject to change, the menu is looking like … “morel salt cod fritters, chicken liver mouse and ramp merengue, purse of spring vegetables on potato bun with tea smoked duck, pork pate musubi, and ice cream beer float” Word has it there are 15 or so slots available. Send an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Epic Ales is located in the So’Do neighborhood on 3201 First Ave South, Suite 104.
If you are reading this you have survived the literal interpretation of Seattle Beer Week. Stay tuned for the final few days and our thoughts.