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.

The Winners are! and we have a few events coming up…

As I am sure you are all aware Hardliver X was this weekend. We would like to thank all of you that showed up, waited in line and drank from our taps. We would also like to let you know that there are still quite a few delicious barleywines on draft currently. We would like to take this time to announce the winners:

1.Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Brandy Barrel
2. Firestone Walker Abacus
3. Black Raven Old Birdbrain
Toughest Tiger: Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Bourbon Barrel

We will take this time to let you know about a few events we have in the upcoming weeks, that we think you will appreciate…

First off, for those of you who need more Barleywine, Tomorrow Night at 6pm, Vertical Barleywine Night: We will tap Verticals of both Stone and Lagunitas starting with 2007 thru the current year.

Next Wednesday, March 14th at 6pm Boundary Bay/Dry Fly evening. Awhile back these two Washington Business’s got together and had an idea, they wanted to age Washington Beer in Washington Whiskey Barrels. On Wednesday we will be pouring the results of this project. Boundary Bay aged their Cabin Fever and Imperial Oatmeal Stout in Dry Fly Barrels. We plan on having a special cocktail as well. We hope you take this opportunity to come out and support your love of Washington.

On Wednesday, March 21st we will be hosting a Silver City Brewer’s night. There will be a brewery representative on hand to answer your questions. We will have 8 beers on draft from them. Come on out and show your support of local beer.

On Wednesday, March 22nd at 6pm we will tap this years Herbert’s ale brewed by Diamond Knot. This is a beer is brewed each year in honor of Bert Grant, one of the pioneers in the craft brewing industry. It is usually a hop monster.

We have lots of Washington Beer Events here this month. We look forward to seeing you.

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.


We have some closures to announce. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you. This Sunday, January 15th we will be closed for a private party starting at 2pm, we will be open for lunch this Sunday. We will be open regular hours on Monday.
We will also be closed on Sunday, January 22 and Monday, January 23 for employee appreciation. Again sorry in advance for an inconvenience this may cause you.

Also don’t forget, the 10th edition of Hardliver Barleywine Fest is March 3-6th, our annual celebration of Barleywine. We replace all of our taps with a delicious Barleywine. There is usually a line for this one so be prepared. We are working on putting up a partial list in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned.

Let’s all celebrate!!!

Chanukah, that is. On Tuesday night, December 20th, the first day of Chanukak, as part of Shmaltz’s 150 Chosen Bars we will be pouring Shmaltz’s Jewbelation 15, Lenny’s RIPA and Smaltz/Terripin Reunion Ale. Come in and have a glass or two. The Jewbelation 15 consists of 15 malts, 15 hops and is always a unique and rare beer. We are looking forward to having it on draft.

Don’t forget that on Saturday, December 17th at 4pm the Firestone Walker’s Ugly Sweater Party kicks off. We will be pouring a special beer, there will be a special 25 oz glass available and prizes @6pm from under the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Wear your ugly sweater, come in and enjoy delicious and hoppy Firestone Walker beers. For those of you that attended Bigwood last week and enjoyed the unblended Velvet Merkin we will be tapping another keg around 6pm as well.

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.

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.


I have an announcement. I just got off the phone with a one Mr Tomme Arthur, shortly after that I received an email with the list of the beers that he is sending our way. I am not going to list all of them here and now, but you can expect to see some of his year round beers on draft like, Lost Abbey Devotion, Lost and Found, Port Wipeout and Mongo Double Ipa, Port Summer Pale and Shark Attack . You can also expect to see Serpents Stout, Old and Older Viscosity, and Angels Share. I will tell you that Tomme did dig deep in to his cellar and sent Anit Ox ( it was here very shortly for Sour Fest), his Framboise, and Saints Devotion an all Brett version of Devotion. I hesitate to list all the beers cause that just isn’t fun…come on down and see what else he has sent our way, I promise you will not be dissappointed.

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.