Now for a few details….

We hope that all of you awake daily and prepare your spirit for what surely will be a week( a brewer’s week i.e 10days) to remember. We have a few events during Seattle Beer Week:

Friday, May 11th @ 11 am…Back in Black Stout Fest. We will be pouring 35 or more delicious dark malt beverages, including, a few Firestone Beers, Nectar Black Xantus, Green Flash Double Stout ’10, Great Divide Espresso Yeti, Evil Twin Yin Imperial Stout and Avery Mephistopheles to name a few.

Monday, May 14th @ 6pm Big Sky, Ride the Bull night. It is exactly like it sounds, we will have a mechanical bull in the middle of the floor and you will be able to ride it if you so desire. Look for cans of Ipa along with a few draft beers. We encourage you to wear your best western getup.

Tuesday, May 15th @6pm Beer and Burger Battle. 5 breweries are tasked with creating a Burger with a beef patty as the base, and bring 4-5 beers to go along with it. The winner is determined by sales. Reigning Champs Fremont Brewing take on challengers, 21st Amendment, New Belgium, Hair of the Dog, and Black Raven. We look forward to this event every year.

Wednesday, May 16th Sean Paxton collaborates with our Chef Bob and Firestone Walker for an evening not to be missed titled ‘Now for Something Completely Different.” 10 courses, with at least 12 beers. David Walker will be on hand as well. Sean and Bob have some great ideas for this English Pub Food meets Brouwer’s Cafe food. Tickets are available for $125 tax and gratuity included through Brown Paper Tickets.

Thursday, May 17th @ 11am. Sour Fest. Look for Russian River Supplication, Temptation, Several Cantillions, Cascade has something in the works, as does New Belgium, Double Mountain Devil’s Kriek, and many more.

We hope you are planning ahead and taking time off from work so that you can join us in this celebration of all things beer in Seattle.

Now For Something Completely Different! An evening with Sean Paxton and Firestone Walker.

As I am sure you are all aware, Seattle Beer Week is just a few weeks away. One of the events that we have hosted each and every year is a night with Sean Paxton, the homebrew chef, and Firestone Walker. We look forward to it all year, the event is always fabulous, Sean is an amazingly creative gentleman and a joy to be around. This year the title of the event is “Now For Something Completely Different”, think English Pub food meets Brouwer’s Cafe, meets Firestone Walker Beer, for 10 courses paired with at least that many beers, usually more. I imagine there will be plenty of game on this menu. That’s the brief description now for the details:

Here is a link to Brown Paper Tickets where you can purchase tickets for the event. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16th @ 6pm. This is a limited event we are selling 85 tickets, it has sold out in years past and we expect the same this year. The price for the event is $125 tax and gratuity included. In past years it was $100 but wasn’t inclusive of tax and gratuity. We invite you to purchase your ticket and reserve your spot at a not to be missed event.

The above photo was taken from Seattle Beer News. Its Sean a few years ago here at his first dinner.

We have a few Washington Beer Events!

This Wednesday, at 6pm, we will tap two special beers from Boundary Bay that have been aged in Dry Fly Whiskey Barrels. Many months ago these two Washington Business’s got together with an idea, age Washington Beer in Washington Whiskey Barrels, so they aged Cabin Fever and Imperial Oatmeal Stout in Washington Wheat Whiskey Barrels. Representatives from both Boundary Bay and Dry Fly will be on hand to answer all your questions. We are looking forward to this great evening, and hope that you are too.

Wednesday, March 21st, at 6pm we are hosting a Silver City Brewers night. We will be pouring 8 of their delicious beers, including Whoop Pass Double Ipa, Fat Woody Scotch, Old Scrooge Winter Bock and St Florian Ipa. There will be a brewery representative on to answer all of your questions.
Herbert’s Ale, brewed every year in honor of Burt Grant a pioneer in the brewing industry was brewed by Diamond Knot this year. We are proud to host the release of this, hoppy, once a year beer on Thursday March 22nd at 6pm. We hope you come out and show your support. This beer is usually on Cask at the Cask Festival, come and try it here first.

Some announcements

First off, we just want to take the time to Thank all of you that came out last night and showed your support for Eugene. He is very appreciative, and we raised a good amount of money to help him out with some of his bills. For those of you that didn’t make it, the kegs that were tapped last night to support him are still on, so come down and help the cause. All the proceeds from each keg goes directly to him.
Hardliver X is just around the corner, on March 3rd, Doors open at 11am. We anticipate that you have been preparing your liver for this event. Our friends at Full Sail just dropped off a jem. We hope to have a majority of the list up by this weekend.
On Wednesday, March 14th at 6pm we will be hosting a very special night with Boundary Bay Brewing and Dry Fly Distillery. These two business’s got together awhile back and decided to age Washington Beer in Washington Whiskey Barrels. We will be pouring two Boundary Bay beers, BB Barrel Aged Cabin Fever and BB Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout, both of which spent time in Dry Fly Washington Wheat Barrels. Additionally we will have a special cocktail or two that use Dry Fly liquors. There will be representatives from both business’s on hand, feel free to ask them about their products.

The moment you have all been waiting for!!!

This Monday, February 20th at 4pm we will tap, the beer we have received numerous daily phone calls about, Russian River Pliny The Younger. We will also have Russian River Pliny The Elder, Big Time Whiny the Complainer, and Naked City Cry Me A River. These last two beers are a reaction from local brewers to the Pliny craze. Try all 3 side by side and compare!!! We expect this to be one hell of a fun time. See you Monday!! We will be limiting Pliny to 1 per person in the beginning, we feel this is best, as it allows more people to wrap their lips around this rare beer.

Cancer Sux, let’s help Eugene kick it’s ass!!!

Cancer Sux!! We are sure there is not a person out there that has not in some way shape or form been effected by this horrible disease. A few months back Eugene Koptin, our barback, was diagnosed with Leukemia and has been locked in battle with it ever since. He is only 22 years old. For those of you that met him you know what a character he was, so full of life. He has spent most of the past months, since the diagnosis, in the hospital or not far from it. In an effort to help him out with the mounting bills etc. we have decided to throw a party in his honor. We have contacted some of our friends in the industry, who were more than happy to help out. On Tuesday, February 21st we will host a party here. We will sell raffle tickets, and host an auction for a few items. The proceeds from a selection of kegs, the raffle, and auction will all go directly to Eugene. We would like to thank all the Breweries for their gracious donations. We hope that you mark your calender and make it a point to come out and support Eugene, and let Cancer know that we think it Sux. We hope that he is well enough to be on hand, but are not sure that is possible at this time. Help us Help Eugene. We will have an update as to what the raffle items and auction items will be in the near future as well as a list of those that helped out with this event.
Don’t forget to get your pin! We have been selling these for awhile now, and the are currently available. All proceeds from the sale of these Cancer Sux pins go directly to help Eugene. Thank you in advance for your support.

Just a reminder…

We are raising money to help a former co worker of ours out, Eugene Koptin is fighting with Cancer…We are selling Cancer Sux buttons for $5, all of the proceeds go to help Eugene out. Help us help him and purchase a button. We are also in the process of putting together an event where we will donate the proceeds from a bunch of kegs to Eugene. Stay tuned we will be announcing this in the near future.

We hope you are enjoying the snow. We certainly are. We will be closed Sunday January 22nd and Monday, January 23rd for employee appreciation. We will be open our regular hours on Tuesday, January 24th. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Hardliver is Saturday, March 3rd -5th. We are in the process of updating the website, it has last years dates on it. We sorry for any confusion this maybe causing you. This is also last years logo, we are in the process of designing this years as I type this.

For those of you that don’t already know, we opened a new place, The Publican, a few weeks ago, serving Breakfast all day, 22 taps, craft canned beer galore, and a huge collection of Whiskey and Tequila. The Publican is located at 2253 N 56th in the Tangletown neighborhood. Please come check out our new restaurant. The Chicken and Waffles are amazing. Check The Publican out on Facebook.

How Bout that Ugly Christmas Sweater?

In the last post I mentioned that Firestone Walker had something in the works, and to find that Ugly Sweater.(there’s a visual aid pictured above) Well I am pleased to inform you that this event, Think Ugly Sweater with a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, is this Saturday, December 17th at 4pm . We will be pouring a very special beer from Firkins in to these:
Santa knows you, here in the Northwest, love all things hoppy and has a very special beer for you. No, I am not going to say exactly what, but I can assure you that your taste buds will thank you for showing up. In addition we will have Pale 31 (pre J), the UJ(in its purest form), Velvet Merlin (the other side of the rainbow), and towards the end of this event we will be tapping an Unblended Velvet Merkin (Rainbow in the dark)…all words in () provided by the Firestone rep.

Alright, you probably are bored of me typing on so you want details, here you go:
1. Wear your ugly sweater
2. The event starts at 4pm, we have a limited (40) of the large mugs pictured above, have a mug and you get to be the some of the first to taste this special beer. It is 25 oz, cost $20 filled on the first time, $12 dollars the second time. (you can still drink this beer without a mug but it will cost $7 a pint).
3. With your mug purchase you also receive a ticket for a prize that will be under the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree (gifts will be given between 6 and 7). Gifts will run the gamete from funny to awesome.
4. Have fun, it is the holidays after all, a time to reflect and be thankful.
5. Hope to see you Saturday!

Just a reminder…

Hey there! Above is the Bigwood t shirt image. We hope you like it. They will be available for purchase in the upcoming days. The kegs are coming in and our cooler is filling up. We are excited about this event and hope you are as well. Its only a week away and we have some woody goodness in store for you. Chef Bobby is also coming up with some tasty treats in the kitchen to compliment the beers.

We have a cool event int the works for Saturday, December 17th, I can’t give you details right now other than I hope you have an ugly sweater handy.

On a side note, we will be closed on both December 24th and 25 for Christmas, but reopen regular hours on Monday the 26th. We hope you enjoy a wonderful Holiday. Will we get snow this year? Also don’t forget to stop by Bottleworks and pick up craft beers for the beer lover on your Christmas list.

Bigwood is just around the corner

We hope that your Turkey Day is a good one! We would like take this time to say thank you for your support over the years. Without your love of fine malt beverages and your patronage we would not be able to do all that we do. With that we have decided to post a few of the beers that are going to be available at BigWood, Your Welcome! We know with the last few festivals we held all the info in and that was not the right choice, so we thought this would be a great time to provide you with information…Knowing after much time with your family you will need a distraction. As you sit on the couch having too much to eat and drink you can daydream about Thursday, December 8th.

Some of the Bigwood Beers:

Alaskan Perseverance RIS

Allagash Curieux

Avery Rumpkin

Big Time 2010 Bourbon/Oaked Old Rip

Dogfish Head Palo Santo

Double Mountain Wooden Nipple Barrel Aged Triple

Full Sail Black Gold

Glacier Makers Mark Eisbock

Great Divide Oaked Rumble IPA

Hitachino Classic in Schnider-Wiesse Barrel

HOD 2008 Fred Flanders

HUB Bourbon Baltic Porter

Maritime BBN Jolly Roger

Nectar Black Xantus

New Belgium Love

Oakshire Hellshire II Oaked Imperial Stout

Port Townsend Oaked Mables Best Imperial Stout

Russian River Supplication

Russian River Temptation

Schooner Exact Hoppy the Woodsman

Shmaltz Barrel Aged Blockhead

Silver City 2010 Fat Woody

The Bruery 3 French Hens

We are packing in the events…

Tonight at 6pm, Alaskan Brewer’s night…Don’t expect to see Amber, but so expect Baltic Porter, IPA, Perseverance( their 25th Anniversary), Oatmeal Stout, and a handful of others. If that isn’t enough we have another event on Thursday.

Awhile back we got a few J.W. Lee’s Wooden Barrel Casks in. With the changing of the season we have decided that it was time to pour a couple of them. On Thursday, November 10 we will be pouring two of them, a Port and a Lagavulin, both these are 2010 vintages. This will be a fun night.

Next Monday, November 14th is a very special night with Firestone Walker. Its the release of their Anniversary Beer, Firestone XV. We will be pouring one 1/6 barrel, starting at 7pm, don’t expect it to last very long. We have Parabola, 13 and 14 available in the bottle and for on site consumption only. This is a not to be missed event.

On Tuesday, November 15th, we along with many other establishments around the country will host : Coast to Coast a toast to Vanberg and Dewulf importers of fine Belgian Beers like Scaldis, Saison Dupont, Moinette and Witkap to name a few

Addtionally our much anticipated Wood Aged beer event is shaping up nicely. Look for some special beers from New Belgium, HUB Brouwer’s 6th anniversary, Great Divide Oak aged Yeti, Nectar Black Xantus, The Bruery 3 French Hens, and many more…Trust us you will not be dissappointed. It all starts Thursday, December 8th at 11am when the doors open.

Firestone Walker XV Release…

The much anticipated release of Firestone’s anniversary beer, on draft, here in Seattle will be on Monday, November 14th. Bottles of XV will also be for sale starting at 11am at Bottleworks. I imagine there will be a limited number that can be purchased per person. This is one of those beers that I anticipate will only get better with age.
As I am sure most of you are aware, this is a rare beer, and even more rare on draft. We will be tapping one small keg at 7pm. There will be a few other Firestone Beers on draft, adn we are also working on getting a special IPA, one that we had in the past, but nothing has been confirmed yet. From the sounds of it Brewmaster Matt Brynildson had a lot of fun making this beer, he calls in the winemakers from around Paso Robles and has them help with the blending. The first Anniversary beer was made for Firestone’s 10th anniversary, and one has been released every year since. Here’s a link with more information about the blending process, and a little history as well. We look forward to this night with much anticipation. If XV isn’t enough for you we also have Parabola, 13, and 14 available in the bottle for consumption on site, no to go sales here.

Don’t forget our other events as well:

Tuesday, November 8th, Alaskan Brewer’s night, we will be pouring their IPA, Perseverance Anniversary Ale, Smoked Porter and others.

Tuesday, November 15th, Coast to Coast Toast, a toast to the Importers Vanberg and DeWulf importers of fine Belgian Beers like: Scaldis, Dupont, Foret, and Moinette to name a few.

We have some events….

Bigwood, our celebration of wood aged beers is just around the corner. All the woody goodness starts flowing at 11am on Thursday, December 8th. We expect you to take the day off so that you can join us for the day. We will be getting a draftlist together for this one early, look for updates on the blog. I know for the past two festivals we have not posted a draftlist early and we apologize and plan to get a partial list up much earlier for this festival.
Tuesday, November 8th at 6pm, come on in for a Alaskan Brewers night. We will not be pouring the amber, but will have 8 dedicated Alaskan taps including their IPA, Oatmeal Stout and their 25th Anniversary Perseverance Ale. There will be a brewery representative on hand to answer all of your questions.

Its that time of year again, time for some of us to pedal our bikes in circles in the mud and grass for the fun that is called Cyclocross, Sunday, November 13 we host the end of the season party for the MFG Cyclocross series. The upstairs will be closed and used to host this party.
On Tuesday, November 15th, we along with many other establishments around the country will host : Coast to Coast a toast to Vanberd and Dewulf importers of fine Belgian Beers like Scaldis, Saison Dupont, Moinette and Witkap to name a few. What follows is a little more info:

November 15, 2011 – King’s Day in Belgium – marks the official day (and night) of the Coast to Coast Toast celebration for the 30th anniversary of the founding of Vanberg & DeWulf. Ever and always our mission has been to support independent, family-run breweries and indigenous beer styles that express the spirit of a place.

Although the Coast to Coast Toast is taking place on our birthday, at its core, the Toast is a salute to the Heroes of the Good Beer Movement: the bars, restaurants, stores, and patrons who made our cause their cause too. Won’t you join us, on November 15, for the nationwide festivities in honor of good beer?

Listen up!!!!

The month of October is near, I know this because, this weekend is the Fremont Oktoberfest.

We have a few other events in the Month of October that I’d like to tell you about:

Thursday, October 6th at 6pm is a Bayern Brewing. We will have 5 wooden casks on the bar, The beers pouring will be Dopplebock, Dark Hefe, Pils, Oktoberfest, and Amber.

Saturday, October 8th: We will be closing at 3pm for a private event.

Wednesday, October 12th, its our Washington Beer Fest, we replace all our taps with Washington, and celebrate this great state. Brewers please get in touch with us and let us know what beer you’d like to showcase at this festival.

Saturday, October 22nd, at 2pm the Seattle Weekly Homebrew Awards. The beer will be brewed by Big Al. This is the 3rd year of this event.

And I know its a ways off, BigWood, our festival of wood aged beers, will start Thursday, December 8th. Mark your calenders and get the day off or at least get the next day off so you can recover.

We got some events coming up…

For one Hopfest is just around the corner. It starts Friday, September 9th and runs through the end of the weekend. The cooler is filling up with delicious hoppy goodness. The image above is one of the possible t shirt logos for this year. As we have in past years there will be a special menu, we will be serving Frog legs, Kangaroo, and Rabbit, hoppy animals to compliment the hoppy beers.

Thursday, October 6th we are having a Bayern Brewing night starting at 6pm. The brewery will be bringing in 5 beers in wooden casks and tapping them on the bar top. The beers pouring will be Dopplebock, Dark Hefe, Pils, Oktoberfest, and Amber.

Wednesday, October 12th Washington Beer Fest. We will be replacing all of our taps with Washington Beers. More info to come.

Who loves hops?

Really in this city, not liking hops is more of an issue. We just tapped our keg of Black Raven’s Wisdomseeker Double Ipa. I just had a glass and it is delicious. I assure you this one will not last very long. So let your boss know you are leaving early, or get a sudden case of the Tuesday’s, find some way out of the office, or the house.

In other news…. Mark your calenders for Wednesday, August 10th, 5pm, its Port/Lost Abbey night here, we will be tapping 25 different Port/Lost Abbey beers. Tomme Arthur will be here to celebrate with all of us.

and Hopfest starts Friday September 9th.

We will be closed…

We will close on Monday, July 4th so that our staff can enjoy the fireworks.
We will close on Tuesday, July 5th from 2:30-6:30 for a private party, we will be open for lunch and then reopen for regular business at 6:30.
We will close on Monday, July 11th for an employee appreciation party.

On July 7th we are having a Four Roses Bourbon night, starting at 6pm. We will be pouring:
Yellow Label
Single Barrel
Small Batch
and Brouwer’s Single Barrel
We are offering a signature cocktail made with each, and a 1oz flight of all four. We are really looking forward to this night. Mark your calenders now.

The sun is shining…

It’s the Solstice today, the longest day of the year, and its sunny hope you get outside and enjoy it.
A while back we received some barrel samples from 4 Roses Whiskey. Matt and Matt got together and sampled them all and decided on one. Well a week or so ago we received the bottled version of the barrel they decided on. It comes in at 61.2 percent alcohol and spent 8year and 8 months in the barrel, we have all decided that it is best with a few cubes added to bring out the floral notes. We are also in the planning stages of a 4 Roses event that is tenatively scheduled for Thursday, June 7th. More details to come. We also have plans for the barrel itself….look for something special down the road, possibly Big Wood.

We will be closed on the 4th of July, hope you enjoy the fireworks.

On July 5th we will be open for lunch, but closed from 3-6:30 for a private event and then open for regular business after that.