9 years ago, while the nation and the world celebrated the election of the United States’ first black president, a foursome of men comprised of bartenders, former brewers, and distributors duplicated an idea started in places like Philadelphia and San Francisco. With the name of the city in the title, Seattle Beer Week was born on May 7th, 2009 with the goal of promoting the burgeoning beer experience in the city.
During that formative week (number in 10 days), the number of events was closer to the century mark than bi-centennial. Today all that’s ancient history as this year’s Seattle Beer Week has over 200 different events including dinners, beer-themed competitions, and entertainment. Plus of course, this year’s Seattle Beer Week beer will be on draft in select bars and restaurants throughout the city.
Which means it’s time for our annual list of places you’re more than likely to find us.
But first a caveat to those who might think we’ve overlooked a beer festival, a tasting, or a dinner - this is our list. Ask anyone who’s either impacted by breweries and they will tell you, drinking isn’t free. This is mostly because it’s illegal and also because the host business needs to make some money. That doesn’t mean you’re not welcome to share your thoughts. But it doesn’t mean your right either.
[SOLD OUT] East meets West (pFriem Family Brewers at Union Saloon)
May 14th, 2018 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm.
Why we’re going. As one of the faster-growing breweries in the Pacific Northwest, the brewers at pFriem continue to expand their library of beers aged in wood barrels or stainless steel. Add to this their numerous awards both international and domestic and we can’t think of a more deserving brewery to pair against the menu of Chef Blake King and former sous chef (and owner) Michelle Magidow.
Tickets are $75 per person and include a six-beer, Asian-inspired six-course dinner. For more information, including reservations, guests are asked to callto confirm a reservation.
Why you should go. Come on! If what we just said doesn’t inspire you then hopefully the $75 price tag will! But we would advise against waiting until the night before.
Honorable mention. Fort George Brewing at Burgundian
May 14th, 2018 from 6 pm - 10 pm.
If you’ve never had dinner, lunch, or (even) breakfast at Burgundian; then you’ve never enjoyed chicken and waffles, deep-fried cheese curds from the kitchen or enjoyed a memorable cocktail from the experienced bartenders at this pub in Tangletown.
Why you should go. In a word Matryoshka. More specifically, an opportunity to enjoy a brewery exposition as Fort George pours four unique versions of this Russian Imperial Stout. Matryoshka is only one of three differently-named beers featured at this six-course, $100, dinner.
For more info, including tickets visit https://burgundianfortgeorgedinnersbw10.brownpapertickets.com
Honorable mention. Naked City 10th Anniversary dinner with special guest brewery 21st Amendment Brewery + owner Shaun O’Sullivan
May 14th, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Why you should go. If you’re a fan of anything from the ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’ or enjoy beers with names like Yankee Drifter, Bing, and Big Labrewski; then Naked City Brewery and Taproom is worth the visit. Also, it’s the only brewery at this year’s Seattle Beer Week who is hosting a 10-course dinner, featuring not one but 2 breweries.
Included with your $100 reservation is a menu choice between Regular, Vegetarian, and Pescatarian dietary menus as well as 5 10th Anniversary (collaboration) beers from Naked City and 5 “pub only” beers from guest brewery 21st Amendment. In addition to all of this, you will have an opportunity to listen to 21st Amendment guest (and owner) Shaun O’Sullivan, share his thoughts on the beers and maybe the San Francisco Giants’ chances to win it all in 2018.
Tickets are on sale through Stranger Tickets.
If any of the following events sounds appetizing, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to call or click to reserve your spot as many of these events will no doubt sell out, if they haven’t by the time you read this.