In the past, you may have noticed at your small bottle share that someone brought an interesting tart treat from an eponymously named brewery in Northern California. Surely you inquired afterward as to where you could find the brewery’s other beers. Well, until recently, the answer to that was not very many places. Recently, however, the good people at The Rare Barrel were gracious enough to send a shipment of beer of this way and some of your favorite sports probably picked some up.
We ended up picking up a few of their brews and thought about what to do with them. A couple went on during Sour Fest, and they were both terrific and two of the most popular beers at the festival. If you missed out, we have great news for you. On Aug 14th, we’ll be putting on all 4 of the beers we were fortunate enough to get from them for your enjoyment. The tap list will be:
Across the Sea Sour Ale w/ Coriander and Sea Salt
Apropos of Nothing Sour Ale w/Elderberries and Lavender
Pop’t Art Sour Ale w/ Blueberries, Boysenberries, and Cherries
Summer’s Gonna Hurt You Sour Ale w/ Peaches and Nectarines
Have you ever sat outside next to an airport and put down a few cold ones? No? That sounds weird, you say? That’s because you haven’t made it up to Arlington to go see the good people at Skookum, conveniently located adjacent to Arlington Municipal Airport. If you haven’t made the stop, you are definitely missing out, but we might have the next best thing.
On July 31st, we’ll be hosting Hollis and his wares in-house for a night with Skookum. They are one of our favorite Washington breweries and we are excited to be able to pour several of his offerings that evening. Tap list coming soon, both expect both hoppy and rich barley treats from them.
In this day and age, every brewery out there is throwing new and exciting beers out to the thirsty public seemingly all the time. It’s the era of FOMO – you can’t afford to be shamed on your semi-anonymous beer logging website for missing out on the Super Hazy Pastry Boi ™ of the week. Oh my god, it was sooooooooooo gooooooood. The horror of it all.
Well, you know what is always there for you? What will never be as fleeting as a 1-4-pack/pp limit of micro-brewery hop juice? That’s right, it’s the Trappists. They are a time-honored tradition of brewing excellence. When was the last time you ordered an Orval – the first commercially available Brett beer in the US; or maybe crack open a cellar-temped bottle of delicious Rochefort 10?
That time could be right now – or very soon. It’s the time of the year when we like to look beyond the hype and revisit beers that are on the top of your favorite brewers’ desert island list. Once again, we’ll be offering 20% all the Trappist beers in our cellar and a certain t-shirt might make a repeat appearance.
Please join us for a unique event where we’ll be pairing pours of some of New Belgium’s finest sour ales with beautiful flowers from […]. Flowers are available to everyone who partakes (while supplies last).
It is that time of the year when a very special Northern Washington couple honors the memory of their late best friend to help raise money for a very noble cause. The Shadow Hike-a-Thon, now in its 9th year has raised over $40,000 for the Old Dog Haven in Oak Harbor and we are happy to partner with them for a second year.
Once again, they are partnering with their (and our!) friends at The North Fork on Mount Baker Highway to brew Gray Muzzle IPA with some proceeds benefiting the Old Dog Haven. This special brew will be available on June 21st after the Tiger Mountain hike here at Brouwer’s, beginning at 5:30 pm. As we did last year, all proceeds will go to the charity. We are happy to be able to help out a wonderful organization with a very noble goal.
From their page: “Old Dog Haven was founded in 2004 to provide safe, loving homes for abandoned senior dogs who have almost zero chance of adoption in a shelter. We do not have a kennel; all our dogs live in homes as members of temporary or permanent (Final Refuge) families. We take dogs 8 years and older from shelters and occasionally from owners in Western Washington. We adopt out dogs that have a reasonable life expectancy; however, more than 90% of our dogs are Final Refuge (permanent foster) or hospice residents – too frail, old or sick for adoption. ODH’s mission is to give these dogs a loving family and good quality of life in their final months, years, weeks or even days. We also assist owners who need to re-home their senior dog and help shelters and other rescues place their seniors.”
For more information about ODH, please visit: www.olddoghaven.org
Blend of spontaeneous and mix culture blonde ales aged in
red wine barrels. Refermented on 2 lbs per gallon of sweet dreams peaches.
Racked into fresh American whiskey barrels on black tea leaves and bottles
conditioned with brett.
Vern’s Peach Tea
Vern’s familial ties to Belgium are well documented; hell,
he even opened a restaurant in tribute to them. Fewer though, know that he has
family in the deep-south – Alexandria, Louisiana to be exact. Thus, the
time-honored tradition of sitting on a porch and drinking fruited iced tea watching
the days pass by is near and dear to his heart. Well, in comes his good
neighbor, Eric, who had a great idea for a beer – Peach Tea!
Well gee, what a swell idea. What they’ve done is blend North
Fork’s mixed culture blonde ale with some spontaneously fermented brew just for
the occasion. It was then refermented on a ton of Sweet Dream Peaches, known
around for their size and sweetness, at a rate of two pounds per gallon. It was
then racked into fresh whiskey barrels on black tea leaves. After sauntering
along, it was finally ready and then put into bottles
with brett to recondition. Now, it’s ready for you to enjoy in your best
rocking chair on a warm day.
An absolute defining sense of self. Local. Hoppy. Hazy. IPA.
That’s what we are offering you. We’ve collaborated with our
good friends at Matchless once again to bring you some hazy love to make that
man sitting in the elevator wish he was as lucky as you.
We’ll be releasing the beer at Bottleworks on Wednesday,
July 10th and having a get together at Brouwer’s on Thursday the 11th
at 6 p.m.
Stop by The Shop Around the Corner for a good read, pick
some daisies, and join us for a pint where we can reminisce about a simpler
time filled with dial tones and the three words that could make any heart
flutter – You’ve Got Ale!
Are you tired of all those sticky stouts from the previous
weekend? So are we! So we’re taking them all off and replacing them with
something a little more seasonal. That’s right, it’s sour time! Our favorite
festival of the year rolls on to give the Seattle beer nerds community a
chance to do lasting damage to their palates.
We live for the question, “What’s your sourest sour on right
now.” The answer is, “yes!” On May 16th, hop on over to Fremont for
one of the biggest days on the Seattle beer calendar. We’ll have sunshine,
snacks, sour beer, and slambics. You won’t want to miss
Beer Week is soon upon us and as you are all aware, we host
a couple pretty cool events during that time. Well, we usually sprinkle a
smaller night in there to round things out… usually. This year, being the
gluttons for punishment that we are, we’ve decided to host one of the most
talked about breweries in the PNW – Great Notion down in Portland. Last time we
hosted them, it was a packed house and all 6 kegs kicked within a couple hours
and we’d expect nothing less this time around.
We’ll be tapping 5 or 6 of their hoppy treats (we’re keeping
a couple goodies for Stout and Sour Fest) at 6 p.m. on
Tuesday, May 14th. Come out for a (hopefully) beautiful sunny day
during an off day of Seattle Beer Week.
Well, this one started out as a night with Matchless and
Logsdon since we love both of them and because Pat and John are such good
friends. They are releasing a special Farmhouse IPA and we figured it might be
a good time have them come in and pull a couple beers out the cellar for the
night. It was then brought up that maybe Dave at Whitewood Cellars might want
to be a part of it since he shares a space at Matchless. Funky barrel-aged cider too? Great idea! Anyone else?
“You bet,” said a soft-spoken voice from the North. Eric
from The North Fork? Absolutely! You can come on down for this
friendship-palooza too. We were hoping to having a bit of dueling collabs, but
unfortunately, the gods of fermentation (the microbes) weren’t working to our
deadline. Still, on Monday, May 13th, we’ll have a couple very nice
treats from all four shops for you to enjoy including the rad collaboration
that sparked the idea for the evening. Here is what we will be pouring, beginning
at 6 p.m.:
Oh goodness, is Seattle Beer Week here already? It feels
like just yesterday we were drinking Barleywines and hoping for some sunshine
and warmth. Well, here we are: sweating, pounding lagers, and hoping for some
gray and rain. My how the tides have turned. Well, we have a way to turn back the clock…
Come on in May 10th to remind yourselves of a
simpler time, huddled en masse trying to survive Snowmaggedon by drinking dark,
boozy beers and eating hearty food because the local co-op ran out of turnips
and kale. We’ll have stouts on stouts on stouts the entire weekend. Stop in, order some heavy beer and some
heavier food, and forget about that big ball of fire in the sky; summer can
In the United States, we’re lucky to be able to enjoy most
of the fine Trappist beers that are available – in the bottle. Until very
recently, the only regularly available Trappist on draft was Chimay Triple, the
famous white label. Recently, they released their other offerings, but remained
the only widely available draft Trappist – until now…
One of the classic Monastaries has decided to start sending over one of their delicious brews. Westmalle, operated by the Cistercian monks outside of Antwerp, is sending us fortunate souls their Dubbel on draft. Originally founded in 1794, the monks began brewing in the 1930s out of an old cow bard they made in into a brewery. The rest, as they say, is history.
The first shipment is going to be very limited and we’ve
been able to procure one of those first kegs out west. We’ll be tapping
Westmalle Dubbel on April 11th. Please join us the evening for one
or two, or try it with its bottled brethren. We’re really excited and hope you will be too.
It’s that time of year again where we try to give back to
the community and give the Badass Women of Craft our stage to try and raise
funds for on organization that’s near and dear to us – Planned Parenthood.
That’s right! Drunk HERstory, now in its third rad year, will once again be held at Brouwer’s Café on March 27th. After the success of the past two years, we couldn’t keep the train from rolling on. This year, we’ll have 8women representing 8 breweries and they will regale you with tales of awesome women throughout the ages. The night will begin at 6 pm with an introduction by a representative from Planned Parenthood and then move into 4 unique skits to educate and entertain our guests.
Please join us again this year for Drunk HERstory as we try
to help out this wonderful organization!
Saturday, March 23rd @ 11am Bottles go on sale at Bottleworks.
Saturday, March 23rd @12pm The Party starts at Brouwer’s look for past Anniversary beers and Orval to be pouring!
The idea of a partnership between Brouwer’s and pFriem has been a topic of conversation since Josh pFriem opened his doors six years ago. While both parties knew it would be awhile before the fledgling brewery would be able to make that a reality, the conversation never ceased. Over the years, on the Washington and Oregon bike trails, Josh and Nat kept the idea alive. When it became time in June of 2017, a small contingency from Brouwer’s made the journey to Hood River to discuss a possible 13th anniversary brew for the restaurant.
In sitting down with Josh and Gavin, ideas began to be
thrown out in the open. pFriem already had a list of wonderful lambic-inspired
selections that would’ve been perfect for a custom blending project. That whole
time talking through it, everyone knew there was something out there that
begged the question that there was a fruit that needed to be worked with. Nat,
from Brouwer’s, was the first to ask what that fruit was. Gavin mentioned that
he’d always wanted to work with huckleberries, but that it wouldn’t
be an option since there would be no way to source that many foraged berries
during the upcoming harvest and having it in time for March. Neither side
willing to back down from a new challenge, the decision was quickly made to
schedule it for Brouwer’s 14th anniversary and see how many huckleberries we
could get our hands on in the meantime. It soon became time to take the hastily
scribbled line, “Light sour base w/ huckleberries aged in neutral or white wine
bbls,” and turn it into something tangible and delicious.
Like many of the fruited pFriem brews, this one starts out
as a lambic-inspired base beer that was brewed in January of 2018 and spent 8
months in former white wine barrels to give the beer a nice, soft, lightly tart
profile. The barrels were then blended together and racked back into those
barrels on top of a ton of huckleberries; there is one pound of huckleberries
for every gallon of beer in the barrel. This brew will also serve as a
milestone for pFriem, as it is the first time they’ve aged beer on the fruit in
the barrels the base beer was aged in, following a long tradition of making
fruited sours in the old country.
While we eagerly wait for the experiment to bear fruit, the
jammy nose of the huckleberries juxtaposed with their sharp tartness has given
everyone involved the impression that we are in for something truly special: a
uniquely northwest ale made by a wonderful Oregon brewery for a Washington
craft beer stalwart using ingredients from both – a true Cascadian partnership.
A beautiful hue of reddish violet crowned with slight pink
foam; deceiving notes of jammy berry pie and citrus lead into crisp acidity,
light funk, a bit of berry, and minor notes of oak. Finishes off-dry, tart, and
March 7th @ 11 am 4 pack cans will go on sale at Bottleworks $2 from the sale of every 4 pack will be donated directly to Evergreen
March 7th @ 6pm Dirt Church IPA draft release here at Brouwer’s Cafe where all the proceeds from the draft sales will be donated directly to Evergreen
We are hoping between the two we will be able to raise over $2000.
Structures will hosting a similar event in Bellingham the following week.
Here’s a little blurb about how this beer came about:
Everyone has something they are passionate about, maybe even worship, and for us that’s Dirt! Those beautiful and challenging ribbons of dirt we call trails, that take us deep into the forest, high up into the mountains, and sometimes to the grandest of vistas. Dirt brings us together and lets us be alone, makes us work hard for even the smallest thrills, brings us joy yet dishes out its certain share of pain! Yet we go back to it over and over again, seeking that connection to the ground, the perfect texture, the fluidity of moving over and through it. The dirt, the trails, they are part of us now!
This is how the idea of Dirt Church IPA was born. Most of us
can’t be there to build and maintain the amazing network of trails we have here
in the Pacific Northwest, but we can certainly help support the awesome and
hardworking people who do. The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and Whatcom
Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC) are on the ground (and in the dirt!), making
sure our favorite trail systems stay in great condition.
So we are pleased to announce that Brouwers Café and
Bottleworks, along with Structures Brewing, will be collaborating on a special
Dirt Church fundraising event series. We will host limited beer release parties
in Seattle at Brouwer’s for Evergreen, and in Bellingham at Structures for
WMBC, with a portion of the proceeds from cans and draft being donated directly
to these amazing MTB trail groups. Look for the release to be in March of 2019.
Nat Pellman at Brouwer’s Café in Seattle is passionate about
Mountain Biking and Beer. He is friends with James and Max at Structures, and quite
enjoys collaborating with them on special beer releases, as well as having a
cold one (or two!) at their Brewery after a good ride in
hard to believe that’s it’s been 17 years since Bottleworks decided to host the
first HardLiver. So much has changed since then. Seattle has been an
exponentially growing community bringing with it new ideas, people, breweries,
beers, and bars. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is its taste for pain –
both emotionally and physical. As far as emotional pain, get a grow light, we
guess; what do we know, we aren’t doctors. The physical, though? Now we might
have something for that.
course, we are taking about Barleywine! That hop and malt treat disguising
itself as beer. After sustaining yourself on egg nog, mulled wine, and whiskey
through the winter it’s time to come back to barley. As is tradition, we’ll
have more barleywines on draft than is doctor recommended.
be hosting this time-honored tradition again the last Saturday and Sunday of
February. We’ll have at least 40 beers on draft celebrating the old and
welcoming the new. Join us that weekend for some light drinking and friendly
St. Valentine’s Day, a religious and commercial juggernaut
brought to you by Geoffrey Chaucer and greeting card companies everywhere. These
times, it’s a day to send notes and gifts to those you love and shame those who
don’t have anyone. By the way, did you know that total expenditures for V-day in
the US totaled $18.2 billion in 2017? Ah money love, isn’t it romantic? Nothing
says it quite like being expected to buy something nice/make a grand
romantic gesture/ tell the person or people (hey it’s 2019, right) how much
you love and care about them. I mean, it’s not like you can do that just any
ol’ time; what are we, horny teenagers?
Alas, we will try to send a Valentine to someone we love…
Urban Family, we love your beers. They lift our hearts high
and make our stomachs sing. From the dankest haze bombs to the tartest sours,
we are in amour with your electric elixirs. Won’t you spend the Loveliest Day
of the Year™ with us, wondering us with your wares?
What we really admire though? Well, it would be your Sour Heart… series of
beers, those tangy tongue tantalizers that drive us wild. Since it is Seattle,
a major progressive town, do you mind if we invite some friends? No? Perfect!
Join us on February 14th for our Valentine’s
Evening with Urban Family Brewing. We’ll have Briar Heart, Tropic Heart, and
Winter Heart all available on draft. We might even have an IPA or two on just
to round things out. The love-in will begin at 6 pm.