We have two events next week!

On Tuesday, April 26th we will be hosting Midnight Sun Brewing from Anchorage, AK.  We have had some beers in the cooler for a bit and they were kind enough to send some other greats down.  There will be a brewery representative on hand.  We are tapping 5 Beers for this event:
Termination Dust Belgian Barrel Aged Barleywine
2/29 Vanilla Milk Stout
Tundra Wookie Belgian Dark with Tart Cherries
Brewtality Espresso Black Beer
Barfly Smoked Imperial Stout

Wednesday, April 27th, We will celebrate Kings Day, a national holiday in the Netherlands.  We will be pouring 4 beers from Le Trappe, a Trappist Brewery based in the Netherlands. Those beers are:  Wit, Triple, Quad and Puur.  Please join us for this great celebration.

La Trappe is one of only ten Trappist breweries in the world allowed to carry the logo “Authentic Trappist Product”. This logo guarantees authenticity, recipe, tradition and, in the case of La Trappe, a thriving working relationship between monastery and brewery. These world-class beers have been brewed at the Cistercian Abbey of Onze Lieve Vrouw van Koningshoeven since 1884.


F*%k Cancer!

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F*%k Cancer!  Five years ago today our friend and co-worker Chris Cavanaugh lost his battle with this horrible disease.  Chris was well known in the Beer Industry and was one amazing bartender.  Raconteaur has been brewed, in his honor, by Elysian Brewing every year since.  Brouwer’s Café will be donating all proceeds from the sale of this porter to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, in hopes that one day we can truly F*%k Cancer with a  cure.  We invite you to lift a pint to him and the many others that have lost their battle with this disease.  Cavy, we miss you every day, and we wish you all the best.

6 Degrees of Inebriation

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Next Saturday, April 9th we will have a 6 Brewery tap takeover.  Hopworks, Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, Firestone Walker, New Belgium and Two Beers will be taking over. Each Brewery has dug deep in to their cellars for some of the beers on draft at this event.  We will attach the draftlist to the end of this post.  If the beer is not enough the brewery representatives have gotten together and are hosting a Game Show, with lots of chances for audience participation as well as chances to win prizes.  The Game Show will run from 4-6 pm.  We will also be donating a portion of the proceeds as well as passing a donation bin around with the money going to Motley Zoo a local Animal Rescue.  We invite you to join us, we assure you it is going to be a good time.



Here is the draftlist:
Deschutes Abyss 2012
Deschutes Abyss 2014
Deschutes Armory XPA
Deschutes Black Butte XXIV
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
Deschutes Hop Henge IPA
Deschutes Super Jubel 2015
Deschutes Obsidian Stout Nitro
Deschutes Red Chair NWPA
Deschutes The Stoic Belgian-Style Quad
Firestone Walker from Paso Robles, California
Firestone Walker Bravo Brown Imperial Brown Ale
Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse
Firestone Walker DBA Amber Ale
Firestone Walker Double DBA ’12
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion
Firestone Walker Merkin ’13
Firestone Walker Parabajava Coffee Imp. Stout
Firestone Walker Pivo Pilsner
Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout Nitro
Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA
Hopworks Urban Brewery from Portland, Oregon
HUB Under Pressure Eisbock in Woodford Rsv. Barrels
HUB Big Poppa Bel. Strong  w/Figs in Woodford Rsv. Barrels
HUB Organic Velvet ESB Nitro
HUB Galactic Imperial Red
HUB Pan Galactic Imperial Red in Pinot Noir Barrels
HUB Organic IPA
HUB Organic Lager
HUB Barrel-Aged Noggin Floggin Barleywine
HUB Cultivator Smoked Doppelbock
New Belgium from Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium 1554 Black Ale (5.6%)
New Belgium Abbey Belgian Style Ale
New Belgium Botanical Imperial IPA
New Belgium Citradelic Tangerine IPA
New Belgium Decennium Brouwer’s 10th Anny Ale
New Belgium Apple Felix Sour Ale
New Belgium/Hof Ten Dormaal LoF Golden Ale
New Belgium Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour
New Belgium Shift Pale Lager
New Belgium Slow Ride Session IPA
Sierra Nevada from Chico, California
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Gose w/ Cactus and Grapefruit
Sierra Nevada Hop It to Me Hoppy Dark Lager
Sierra Nevada Maillard’s Odyssey
Sierra Nevada BA Narwhal Imperial Stout
Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
Sierra Nevada Ovila Brown w/ Cocoa and Mandarin
Sierra Nevada Oaked Ovila Quad
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tropical IPA
Sierra Nevada Cascade Dry-Hopped Pale Ale Cask
Two Beers from Seattle, Washington
Two Beers Barrel-Aged Fall Line RIS
Two Beers Cloverhang Imperial Porter w/Cloves
Two Beers Coffeehang Imperial Porter
Two Beers Cold Brew Coffee Brown
Two Beers Forester IIPA.
Two Beers/Seattle Cider Company Wine BA Berry Cider
Two Beers Pilchuck/Presidential Pils
Two Beers Session X
Two Beers Tangerine IPA

Two Beers Wonderland Trail IPA

Thursday, March 24th, Come and celebrate our 11th Anniversary with us!

brouwers_11thCan you believe that we are already 11?  What a wild ride it has been.  We couldn’t do it without your continued support.  We contacted our friend Steve Luke at Cloudburst Brewing (who brewed our 9thanniversary while at Elysian) and is known for his hoppy creations.  He agreed to brew our 11th Anniversary,  Hu11abalo DIPA, expect this to be one hoppy ding dong!
Steve is known for his love of the tropical patterns, we will have some special shirts here, and you should wear your best Hawiian Patterned shirt.  Look for there to be other beers from Cloudburst on draft as well.
Brouwer’s Café is proud to announce the starting line-up for our 11th Anniversary featuring Hu11abaloo 11PA brewed by Seattle’s own, Cloudburst Brewing. Also available from Cloudburst will be:
Cloudburst Hu11abaloo 11th Anniversary IIPA Cask
Cloudburst Darkenfloxx™ Nitro
Cloudburst Happy Little Clouds Pilsner
Cloudburst House Guest IPA
Cloudburst Phenomena IPA
In addition to those, we’ve pulled a *few* things from our cellar to round out our offerings:
HUB Brouwer’s VI Army of Darkness Imp. Stout
Fremont Brouwer’s VII Old Bridgerider Barleywine Bottlepours
Flyer’s Brouwer’s VIII 140 Shilling Scotch Ale
Reuben’s Brouwers’s X Gobsmacked IIPA (Batch #2)
Boneyard Notorious IPA3
Black Raven King Dandy ’14 Barreled Pit Fruit Sour
Breakside Safeword Triple IPA
Eggenberg Samichlaus Classic
Engine House #9 Wild Tacoma Fruited Sour: Black Currant
Finnriver Cider in the Rye Barrel-Aged Cider ’14
Fremont Bourbon Barrel Aged Darkstar  ’14
Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imp Stout
Hair of the Dog Adam ‘13

March is going to be a blur….

What’s next? Well, the month of March is filling up fast with events here at Brouwer’s Café.
Thursday, March 10th at 6pm, we will be tapping Sump and Burundi Sump, 2 variants of Perennial Sump (a 10.5% CoffeeStout). Nothing like a little bit of gas and a little bit of brake in your beer! Come and join us for this rare experience.
Wednesday, March 16th starting at 3pm is “If you don’t know, now you know!”, is a night with Melvin Brewing. Owner/Field Hoperative Jeremy Tofte will be joining us to officially launch Melvin into the Seattle market. We will be tapping 4 Melvin beers (and maybe a few more!), including the 2×4, a Pale Ale (aka Heubert), the Melvin IPA and Asterisk DIPA, and showcasing some of Jeremy’s favorite things (Wu Tang and Kung Fu!).
Thursday, March 24th starting at 3pm, we will be celebrating our 11th Anniversary! Can you believe it’s been 11 years? What a wild ride, and we couldn’t do it without your continued support! So, for this special celebration we have Steve Luke ofCloudburst Brewing (who brewed our 9th anniversary at Elysian, and is known for his hoppy creations!) making the 11th Anniversary Hu11abalo DIPA. Expect it to be one hoppy ding dong! In honor of Steve’s love of tropical patterns, we’re asking everyone to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt, but have procured quite a few ourselves in case you forget! Look for there to be other beers from Cloudburst on draft as well.
Saturday March 26th is Orval Day, and it’s coming to Seattle this year, hosted by us! What is Orval and why do they get a whole day dedicated to them? If you ask 100 brewers what their favorite beer is, we bet more than half of them will say, “Orval.” Notre Dame d’Orval Monastery has been making 1 beer and that beer is the stuff of legends. ”Three different malts, two types of hops, Belgian candy sugar, complex fermentation with multiple yeasts, dry-hopping and bottle conditioning all contribute to great character and complexity.” –merchantduvin.com The challenge has been extended to select bars around the country to see which one can pour (and have their patrons consume!) the most Orval in a single day. We would of course love that honor, but need your help in making this happen! Come to Brouwer’s and taste (again or for the first time) the first Brett beer to land on the shores of the United States. Starts at 11AM.
and then its on to April…


Saturday, April 9th all day long is “6 Degrees of Inebriation”, which will raise money for select local charities (still working on which ones!). 6 Breweries including Firestone Walker, New Belgium, Deschutes, HUB, Sierra Nevada and Two Beers proposed this event, so look for rare beers as well as some core beers from these 6 breweries. Some of the proceeds will be donated to charity and there will be a game show (complete with interactive games!) from 4-6pm. This is an all day event, but show up early to sign up for the game show. We will have a draftlist soon and it will not disappoint

And the favorites were…..



Let’s start off with a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who came out for our 14th Annual Hardliver Barleywine Festival! We had a fantastic time, and we hope you (and your livers) did too!

We lost track of time and forgot to mention that the top 3 Barleywines at this years fest were:

  1. Ecliptic Orange Giant Bbl-Aged Barleywine ’15
  2. Firestone-Walker Abacus ’10
  3. Fremont Brewing Batch 1000 Barleywine ‘15

Thank you all for your support over the years.







It’s finally approaching; the 2016 Hard Liver Barleywine Festival at Brouwer’s Cafe and we couldn’t be more excited for what we’ve assembled for you. 49 barleywines on tap at one time. Over a dozen barrel-aged barleywines! Barleywine on cask! Vintage barleywines! Norwegian barleywines! Canadian barleywines! Ducth barleywines! And all of your favorite barleywine brewers from Seattle, Bellingham, Hood River, Portland, Paso Robles, Missoula and more. Check out this line-up:

1. 21stAmendment Lower De Boom ’15 (11.5%) San Francisco
2. 3 Magnets Old Skook in the Woods Barleywine ’15 (12.1%) Olympia
3. Alaskan Barleywine ’11 (10.7 %) Anchorage
4. Alesmith Decadence ’14 Wheatwine (10%) San Diego
5. Anacortes Old Sebastes ’15 (9.9%) Anacortes
6. Avery Hog Heaven ’16 (9.2%) Boulder
7. Bainbridge Island Bbl-Aged Old Toe Jam ’14 (9%) Bainbridge
8. Ballast Point 3 Sheets Barleywine (10%) San Diego
9. Beachwood Annihilator ’12 (12%) Long Beach
10.  Big Sky Old Bluehair ’12 (12%) Missoula
11.  Big Time Old Wooly ’15 (9%) Seattle
12.  Black Raven Old Birdbrain ’13 (12.2%) Redmond
13.  De Molen Bommen & Granaten Barley Wine-ish (15.2%) Bodegraven
14.  Deschutes Mirror Mirror ’14 (11%) Bend
15.  Destihl Antiquity Rye Wine (12.1%) Bloomington
16.  Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d’Hiver Barleywine (10.5%) Montreal
17.  Double Mountain Off the Wagon Belgian Barleywine ’14 (11.8%)
18.  Ecliptic Orange Giant Bbl-Aged Barleywine ’15 (13.8%) Portland
19.  Elevation Arête Barleywine (12.5%) Poncha Springs
20.  Engine House #9 Claret Bbl-Aged Barleywine (10.4%) Tacoma
21.  Evil Twin Freudian Slip Barleywine (10.3%) Stratford
22.  Firestone-Walker Abacus ’10 (12.5%) Paso Robles
23.  Firestone-Walker §ucaba ’13 (12.5%) Paso Robles
24.  Fremont Brewing Batch 1000 Barleywine 2015 (11.6%) Seattle
25.  Full Sail Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wheatwine (9.5%) Hood River
26.  Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine ‘15 (12.1%) Chicago
27.  Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine ’12 (12.7%) Denver
28.  Green Flash Barleywine (10.9%) San Diego
29.  Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws ’14 (11.5%) Portland
30.  HUB Noggin Floggin Barleywine ’15 (11%) Portland
31.  Lagunitas Olde GnarleyWine ’11 (10.6%) Petaluma
32.  Laurelwood Santa’s Woody Barleywine (9.5%) Portland
33.  Lost Abbey Angel’s Share ’12 (12.5%) San Diego
34.  Machine House English Barleywine Cask (10.5%) Seattle
35.  Midnight Sun Artic Devil ’13 (13.7%) Anchorage
36.  Midnight Sun Bore Tide Bbl-Aged Wheatwine (10%) Anchorage
37.  Mikkeller Big Worster Barleywine (17.3%) Copenhagen
38.  New Belgium LoF Blackberry Barleywine ’15 (10%) Fort Collins
39.  Ninkasi Sasquatch Legacy Wheatwine (9%) Eugene
40.  Nøgne-Ø Batch #100 Barleywine (10%) Grimstad
41.  Oakshire Vintage Barleywine ’13 (10.1%) Eugene
42.  Old Schoolhouse Brewer’s Reserve Barleywine ’13 (10.5%) Winthrop
43.  Perennial Vermillion Barleywine (10.5%) St. Louis
44.  Pike Old Bawdy Barleywine ’12 (9.9%) Seattle
45.  Sierra Nevada Bbl-Aged Big Foot Barleywine ’14 (9.6%) Chico
46.  Seven Seas Barrel-Aged Old Wheelchair ’13 (11.5%) Gig Harbor
47.  Snipes Mountain Roza Reserve Barleywine (9.2%) Sunnyside
48.  Stone Pekko Dry-Hopped Old Guardian Barleywine (11%)Escondido
49.  Wander 3 Ton Barleywine (11.6%) Bellingham
Now take a deep breath. You’re going to be OK. All barleywines will be on tap at 11AM on Saturday February 27th. At Brouwer’s Cafe.

Bottleworks’ 17th Anniversary

bottleworks_17thHappiest of Anniversaries to our family at Bottleworks! As a fixture of the Seattle beer community for 17 years, we’ve come to expect nothing but the best from them. As a result of many excellent relationships forged through the years, their anniversary brews are a must-have for beer drinkers everywhere. This year is no exception, so head over to Wallingford and enjoy Bottleworks 17, created by Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project!

Brouwer’s Cafe 11th Anniversary

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Come to Brouwer’s Cafe on Thursday March 24th to taste the debut of our 11th Anniversary IPA as well as several other beers from one of our favorite new breweries. We’ll have draft and cask-conditioned offerings available.

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Old Schoolhouse Brewing Co. Brewer’s Night at Brouwer’s Cafe

Have you gotten your fill of Triple IPA’s yet? Neither have we. But even we need to change our palate every once in a while. And we know just how to do it!

Join us Thursday February 18th at 6PM for a night with Old Schoolhouse Brewing for a night of rare and exciting beers from this Winthrop Washington brewery. Their brewer Kyle will be on hand to talk about the brewery and its beers.

Beers on tap will include Whiskey Chipped Hooligan Stout, Theo Coco-nib Porter, and fresh Renegade IPA


The year ahead.

Sorry for the radio silence.  The holidays lead in to the New Year and somehow we haven’t posted since before Christmas.  To catch you up on a few things, we are working on a new website that will unite all of our locations in to one informative and connected website.  We have also been planning the year out and have a few events right around the corner that we would like to tell you about.
Let us tell you about Thursday, February 4th, we have not one, but two very special events planned. Hop lovers will rejoice.

2x4day First off running from 11 to 3 pm will be the first ever Melvin 2X4 day, 24 bars, 9 states 1 beer.. www.2x4man.com. We have had this beer on draft a couple of times in the past but Melvin has expanded and now we have the opportunity to have this beer a lot more.  2×4 has won the GABF Alpha King award twice, in consecutive years.  Think Ninja’s, Hip Hop and Hops.  Nuff said.


hopmob_b_w (1)-page-001Next, and the Grand daddy of all Washington Hop lovers events, the Kickoff party to the Washington Hop Mob Event. This event starts at 3pm and goes until we close.   Three years ago this event had 14 participants, this year we have 40 and we only expect it to grow in the upcoming years.  We look forward to this event every year.  This year we have an award for the winner.  Come out and taste the awesome for all of these Washington Breweries.  For more info on the Washington Hop Mob Roadshow check the website.
Last but certainly not least…now in its 14th year Hardliver Barleywine Festival, on February, 27 and 28th.  More info to come, but for now here is the poster.


Happy Holidays!

We hope that you are all having a great holiday season! So our employees can enjoy some time with their loved ones we will be closed Thursday the 24th and Friday the 25th! Normal hours will resume this weekend, some come in after and grab a beer on Saturday.

Hop Mob is Returning in the New Year!

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There are so many exciting things in the work for the next year! One of the hoppiest events of the year is the Washington Hop Mob triple IPA roadshow kickoff party (wow that’s a mouthful of a title).

This year the event will be on Thursday, February 4th. Of course we will have many more details for you when the event gets closer but for now mark your calendars.

Also you can check out the Washington Hop Mob website!

Ugly Sweater Party is Thursday!

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Ugly Sweater Party is back for it’s 5th year! If you haven’t been to one of the ugliest events we host, here is the deal. We tap 10 Firestone Walker Brewing Co. beers, including some rare awesome beers, and all of you come in your ugliest sweaters and join our contest for the ugliest sweater in Seattle!

We will have rad prizes, delicious drinks, and good food.
Come by and be ugly!

Helldorado ’15 – Imperial Blonde Ale/Blonde Barleywine; this honey infused imperial blonde ale was aged in Heaven Hill Brands barrels then blended for a rick boozy honey liqueur character.

Stickee Monkey ’14 – American Quad; this quad, they deem as a Central Coast Quad, is brewed with mexican Turbinado brown sugar the aged in spirit barrel and blended for notes of toasted oak, coconut, leather and cigar tobacco.

Parabola 15′ – Russian Imperial Stout; this rich smooth stout with notes of roasted malt, charred oak and bourbon-like vanilla has been aged on Heaven Hill Brands barrels for 8 months.

DBA – English Pale ale; Double Barrel Ale is Firestones version of a tradition english style ale, partially barrel fermented then blended into stainless steel fermented beer. This beer has awesome notes of caramel, english toffee and tasted oak.

Pivo Pils – German Pilsner; everything you love in a tradition German pilsner with a hoppy twist that delivers floral and herbal notes with a touch of lemongrass.

Union Jack – American IPA; this west coast IPA is for any hop head out there. With notes of grapefruit, and other citrus this hoppy delight should be a staple of any hop lovers fridge.

Wookey Jack – American Rye Black Ale; this is a twist on the Cascadian Dark Ale, hopped like an IPA the rye creates another level of peppery earthiness accompanied by roasty malt.

Velvet Merlin – Oatmeal Stout; this robust stout has cocoa and espresso aromas with dark chocolate and coffee flavor and a creamy mouth feel, the perfect accompaniment to the winter season.

Sour Opal – American Wild Ale; Firestone’s version of a Belgian Gueuze a blend of “lambic” aged 70% in French Oak and 30% in American Oak and aged anytime between 12-48 months. This beer has a variety of micoflora including Brett lambicus, Brett Bruxellensis, Lacto Brevis and Pediococcus Damnosus (a whole ton of wild goodness)

New Belgium Cellar Night November 10th!

Are you a fan of New Belgium Brewing and all the crazy awesome beers they make? Have you have had different vintages of La Folie? No matter what the answers are to those questions you should be drinking these beers.

We are always looking for cool ways to pull beers from our cellar so join us on November 10th and taste these delicious beers:

Clutch – Dark Wild Ale; stout blended with 20% sour Oscar (dark sour).

La Folie ’14 – Flanders Oud Bruin; a blend of Oscar (dark sour base) aged from 1 to 3 years per barrel. 

La Folie ’13 – See description above just older.

Vrienden Ale – Wild ale; A collabeeration with Allagash Brewing Company this wild was brewed with Belgian Endive and Hibiscus flowers, dosed with Lacto from Felix then a whole lot
of funky Brett from Allagash.

Brett Beer – Wild Ale; Brewed in collabeeration with Port Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey this funky golden ale was brewed with pale malts and Target, Centennial and Sorachi hops. All the ingrediants were only added to support the star of the show, Brettanomyces, cellared this brew should offer pineapple notes with a funky, sours edge.

Love Oscar Peach – Dark Wild ale, this barrel aged delight starts off as Oscar (notorious as the base beer of La Folie) then is added to Leopold Bros. peach whiskey barrels for months until it is ready for the drinking.

Click here for Facebook event page!

Halloween Party

This Saturday is the spookiest day of the year and why not celebrate it with a beer?

The first event of the evening, at 6:30, is Seattle Public Library’s Ales from the Crypt: Spooky Stories ‘n Suds. Come gather around the story teller and try to keep in your fright!

If you aren’t too scared to stay, we will have a live DJ set to keep the spooky mood going.

At 9:30 don’t miss our costume contest! Be sure to have your best costume because the 1st prize is 2 tickets to the November 22nd Seahawks vs. San Francisco AND 2 tickets to a Mariners game next season PLUS a Sounders game tba.
3rd prize is a TON OF SHWAG from all the breweries and us!

On top of all these awesome things we will also have beer, duh, we will be featuring beers from Hopworks Urban Brewery, Fremont Brewing Co and New Belgium Brewing.

See you all Saturday!