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.
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.
Here at Brouwer’s we are into training; training our staffon beer, training ourselves to handle the rigorous festival schedule we setforth, and training our palates to be the most knowledgeable we can be.
But what about our dear guests who find themselves needing
to gear up for the events of February through May?! We haven’t left you out.
You may ask, “Gee, how are you going to help us get ready for Hard Liver, your
anniversary, and Seattle Beer Week?” Great question!
Come out on Thursday, February 7th for the 5th
annual Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow. This year, we’ll be selecting 24 souped-up
barley treats to get your livers ready for the rest of the year. With many of
these IPAs knocking down your door at 10% and 100+ IBUs, your palate will have
just enough time to recover for the next hoppy onslaught.
What started out as a small collective of Washington brewers, eager to
show that good IIIPAs exist outside of California, the Hop Mob has grown to
over 50 breweries, all trying their hand at throwing as much malt and hops into
a kettle that it can hold. Come celebrate all that is Washington born and
brewed with the 5th installment of this great even
BEERlesque – A special evening of world-class beer and the ladies of burlesque to show us how it’s done withn grace and style.
After the rousing success of last year, it was inevitable that we’d give it another go at hosting one of our favorite events of 2018. This year’s performers will be Boom Boom L’Roux, Ruby Mimosa, Lady Drew Blood, and Amara Strutt. Joining us once again to MC will be none other than Sailor St. Claire.
Like last year, this will be a ticketed event and proceeds will go to charity. The charity this year will be the Old Dog Haven, a wonderful organization dedicated to taking care and finding forever homes for older pups. Tickets are $30 and include a beer from one of the partner breweries – Ayinger, Brasserie du Bocq,Dupont, Lindeman’s, and Weihenstephan.
There will be a change in protocol this year, however. Doors will open at 7 and the show will begin at 9. This will allow attendees to order and enjoy dinner beforehand. Dinner service will end when the show begins to limit interruptions.
U-G-L-Y your sweater ain’t got no alibi, it’s ugly. Well, at least you hope so. It’s the most magical time of year – where you dust off the vintage, grandma-knit hand-me-down or scour the internet for the perfect top that will make people shake their heads in disgust. It’s Ugly Sweater time! Now in its 8th year!
As is tradition, the lovely people of Firestone Walker are helping us put on one of our favorite events of the year. We’ll have fun holiday games, some crafting, an “Ugliest Sweater” contest, and a whole bunch of goodies from the cellar on draft. There might even be a few presents to give out to the people donning their finest yule-time apparel. We’re usually one of the first ugly sweater events of the year, so you can come out and use the night to beta-test that new purchase while sipping on some not-so-ugly brews.
We’ll kick off the evening around 6 pm, with the sweater contest happening around 9 pm. Please join us once again for this really fun evening of ugly!
What time is it again? You guessed it – Big Wood time; our time to celebrate all beers (and ciders) barrel-aged. Not barrel-aged? Not interested. That’s right, 50+ taps of beers that have been aged in barrels. Oh, you threw some beechwood staves into your tanks? Get out here with that nonsense. We are talking real time, in real barrels. This is one of the events we put on that certainly isn’t to be missed.
On December 6th – 9th, we will once again dive deep into the bowels of the cellar and pull all sorts of vintage goods for your palate from sour to sweet and everything in between. Join us that weekend for one of the biggest barrel-aged beer festivals in the city. Big Wood is good.
One of our favorite Portland breweries is once again making the long trek northward to deliver beer to the cold, wet, and SAD masses of Seattle. Great Notion will be bringing us a few goodies on draft to tide you over with liquid sunshine until the land bridge that was I-5 thaws out and you can make the trip down for yourselves.
It’s that time of the year, the time when the days get short and the sun becomes a hot commodity. It is time for the wearyites of Seattle to take to the insides of bars and coffeehouses in search of warmth and polite human interaction. Heat, beer, coffee, commiserating… there seems to be one thing missing, though – chocolate. Chocolate, you say? We do say.
New Belgium Brewing has paired with our neighbors over at Theo’s to bring you four beer and chocolate pairings that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and help you forget about the drab days ahead.
We’ll be lining up a flight of four beers and four chocolates for your enjoyment. 6 oz beer pours paired with a chocolate for $15.00
They will be:
Imperial Frambozen paired with Theo Raspberry 70% Dark Chocolate
Cocoa Stout paired with Theo Hazelnut Crunch 45% Milk Chocolate
1554 paired with Black Rice Quinoa Crunch 85% Dark Chocolate
New Belgium Fat Tire White paired with Theo Orange 70% Dark Chocolate
And… take it easy as you sip through some of the neat variants of AleSmith’s signature brew, Speedway Stout. We’ll be featuring 4 variants and offering them as a flight or “lap” as AleSmith calls them. We’ll have Mokasida, Thai, and Hawaiian Speedway, as well as barrel-aged Speedway to help you feel faster-than-light while keeping you firmly planted in your seat.
Join us on Thursday, November 1st at 6 p.m. for this fun night. Whether you are a tortoise or a hare, everyone wins this race!