Enjoy 5 Years of Firestone Walker Anniversary Beers at Brouwer’s Cafe on Saturday

July 30th, 2015 · California Beer, Events

The anniversary beer releases from Firestone Walker Brewing are always phenomenal. They are certainly made to age well, and Brouwer’s Cafe will give local beer geeks the chance to see just how well the past five releases are tasting this Saturday, August 1.

Details from Brouwer’s:

We’ve been known to let beers age for years in our cellar, but at a certain point they need to be consumed! That said, we think August 1st is the perfect time to pull some Firestone Walker Anniversary beers, specifically Firestone 14 through 18, which are known for the rich, deep flavors. Doors open at 11am, and $35 gets you a 5oz taste of all 5 Anniversary beers, plus a 12oz pour of Firestone Pivo at the beginning of the event.

There is more detail for each beer than you could ever hope for on Firestone Walker’s webiste: http://www.firestonebeer.com/beers/index.php.

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Last Call for 2015 Silver City Brewery Mariners Pub Crawl Tickets

July 30th, 2015 · Events, Washington Breweries

Do you like beer and baseball? Despite the Mariners sucking this year, a day at the ballpark is always a good time. Join Silver City Brewery for their annual bar crawl around Pioneer Square before the game on August 22 vs. the White Sox. Tickets are available online through this Sunday, August 2.

More info:

2015 Silver City Brewery Mariners Pub Crawl

Tickets $35

Tickets include the following
1 ticket to Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox
1 commemorative t-shirt
1 Pub passport

We will start at Swannies in Pioneer Square at 4:30 pm where you will receive your ticket to the game, t-shirt, & passport. Visit the participating Pioneer Square pubs & restaurants to enjoy Silver City beers and mark your passport off along the way. Full passports will be turned in for a drawing to win cool prizes.

You will receive your Mariners tickets, t-shirt, & passport when you arrive at Swannnies.

Please let us know your shirt size during checkout. Further inquiries can be sent to kurt@silvercitybrewery.com

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The Masonry to Celebrate 2nd Anniversary This Saturday With Special Lineup of Beers

July 28th, 2015 · Events, Washington Breweries

The Masonry, the cozy beer bar and restaurant located in lower Queen Anne, has become one of my favorite places in Seattle to grab a beer. The owners know their beer and are fans of styles that get my attention. Stop by to check out the taplist any day of the week, and you are likely to find sours/wild ales, flavorful but clean IPAs, barrel-aged specialties and crisp lagers to choose from. The meatballs are also one of the best food items you’ll find on any menu in Seattle (make sure to get an order of house-made focaccia to soak up the sauce). The kitchen staff also knows how to put together some fantastic beer dinners. I’ve been to three of them in the past year, and it is impressive what they put out with such a small kitchen that has limited equipment.

The Masonry crew will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary this Saturday by filling their taps with a bunch of specialty beers, including an anniversary beer called “Fellowcraft” from their friends at Holy Mountain Brewing:

Fellowcraft was brewed in April, the base beer is a light pale ale hopped heavily with Amarillo. It was transferred to an oak puncheon and aged with a mixed brettanomyces culture for 3 months before being dry hopped in the barrel. Fellowcraft will be available only on draught at both The Masonry and the Holy Mountain taproom while the limited supply lasts.

The party will be from open to close (11:30am to Midnight) this Saturday, August 1. In the theme of their beer and music geekiness that they get to express at the pub on a daily basis, they’ll have some old-school video games going for tournaments, including Mario Kart, Ken Griffey Baseball, NHL 94 and Tecmo Bowl (I call that I’m the Bears).

The expected tap list includes:

Holy Mountain Fellowcraft (our 2nd Anniversary Beer)
Ballast Point Calm Before The Storm
Boulevard Saison Brett 2014
Bruery Sour in the Rye
Engine House #9 Nectarberry
Epic Big Bad Baptist 2014
Firestone Walker Helldorado
Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza 2013
Logsdon Oak Aged Seizoen Bretta
Mikkeller Rauch Beer Geek Breakfast 2013
Off Color Biere de Garde Dog
Stillwater Table Beer
Tilquin Gueuze
Victory Braumeister

For the hopheads we will have two pins
Engine House #9 House IPA
Silver City Clear Creek Pale w/ Grapefruit

Also, here is a full press release from Holy Mountain for “Fellowcraft”:

(Seattle, WA) Holy Mountain Brewing Company, located in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood, is proud to announce a new limited availability barrel aged beer brewed in celebration of the 2nd anniversary of The Masonry. ‘Fellowcraft’ will be released on draught this Saturday, August 1st. The Masonry, one of Seattle’s preeminent beer bars, is located in the Uptown neighborhood, with 14 carefully curated taps and food from their wood­burning oven. Fellowcraft will be on tap when The Masonry opens at 11:30am on Saturday.

Fellowcraft was brewed in April, the base beer is a light pale ale hopped heavily with Amarillo. It was transferred to an oak puncheon and aged with a mixed brettanomyces culture for 3 months before being dry hopped in the barrel. Fellowcraft will be available only on draught at both The Masonry and the Holy Mountain taproom while the limited supply lasts.

The Holy Mountain Brewing Company taproom is located at 1421 Elliott Ave W in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood. Featuring 12 taps of Holy Mountain’s ales and lagers. The taproom is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3­9, Friday 3­10, Saturday 12­10, and Sunday 12­9. The taproom is closed Tuesdays. Food trucks every Saturday. 21+ except to pick up growlers, no pets, outside food is welcome.

The taproom has parking on the west side of the building, which can be accessed from the alley off of W Galer St under the Magnolia overpass, or W Lee St, next to the Dog Lounge. There is also access from Elliott Ave, including ADA access.

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Elysian Brewing Great Pumpkin Beer Festival Tickets on Sale August 1

July 24th, 2015 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

GreatPumpkinIt’s that time of year again. Even though summer is far from over, pumpkin beers are starting to hit the shelves. There is a lot of pumpkin-related news from Elysian Brewing in the press release below, including information about this year’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival.

Press release:

Atypical to summertime practices of the carefree, the orange-minded brewers at Elysian have been thinking, breathing, and brewing pumpkin to prepare for its return to the shelves this August. This seasonally unseasonal tradition is part of the fabric of the brewing team and, each year, it all begins with the return of Night Owl, Elysian’s flagship pumpkin beer.

Brewed with over seven pounds of Oregon pumpkin per barrel and spiced with the classic pie blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice, Night Owl will be available August 1 in six-packs, 22-ounce bottles, and on draft in all Elysian’s markets throughout the Northwest and beyond.

Elysian’s pumpkin patch grows with the return of Great American Beer Festival silver medal winners, The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale (2007) and Dark o’ The Moon Pumpkin Stout (2010), along with Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale, an instant crowd favorite after its debut in bottles last year. These coveted specialty brews can be found in limited 22-ounce bottles and draft.

Elysian’s four bottled pumpkin beers are just the tip of the gourd: by the time the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival returns for its 11th year, the Elysian crew will have brewed almost 20 different pumpkin beers! These beers, among many others, will be featured at this year’s fest on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3 at Elysian’s Airport Way production facility in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. The GPBF celebrates the gourd with around 80 different pumpkin beers from across the country, the sporadic sounds of Chaotic Noise marching band, KEXP DJs Stevie Zoom and Riz Rollins, games, Pumpkin Royalty, local food trucks, a costume contest, and more. The highlight of the 21+ fest is the tapping of Giant Pumpkins that have been scooped, scorched, filled with beer, sealed, conditioned, and then tapped for all to enjoy. Tickets go on sale August 1.

New to this year’s fall event lineup, on Sunday, September 27 from 11am-3pm, through the joint efforts of Elysian and Krainick Dairy Farms in Enumclaw, the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off comes to Seattle! This event honors the amazing growers in our region (who make it possible for us to feature giant pumpkins and fill them with beer). Giant pumpkins are hauled in, judged, weighed, and prize money is awarded to the winners. This all ages, family-friendly event is an official, sanctioned event by The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC). Join us in the lot at Elysian’s Airport Way production facility. No tickets are required.

GPBF Tickets Available AUG 1st

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Video: Hilliard’s Beer Collaborates With Jameson Irish Whiskey

July 22nd, 2015 · Washington Breweries

Hilliard’s Beer, located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, was one of just five breweries invited to collaborate with Jameson Irish Whiskey for their Drinking Buddies program. Todd Garrett and Adam Merkl of Hilliard’s were lucky enough to be invited to visit the Jameson distillery in Ireland, and they were sent home with five whiskey barrels to create a Jameson-inspired beer.

The embedded video is a recap of Garrett and Merkl’s visit to Jameson, as well as a nice overview of Hilliard’s.

After some experimentation, Hilliard’s decided to brew a beer inspired by the classic whiskey sour cocktail. They brewed a kettle-soured saison and fermented it with Belgian yeast and lactobacillus, and then they aged the beer in the Jameson barrels. The resulting beer should be tart and lemony, with flavors of caramel, vanilla and charred oak imparted by the barrels.

The beer will be released to the public on Wednesday, August 19. In addition to being available at the Hilliard’s taproom in Ballard, select spots around town will also be pouring it.

Original press release:

NEW YORK, NY – (June 23, 2015) Jameson® Irish whiskey announces today the next phase of the Jameson Drinking Buddies program, highlighting distinct craft beer collaborations with American breweries. Continuing on last year’s successful collaboration with KelSo Beer Company of Brooklyn, Jameson is partnering with five local breweries from across the US who exemplify devotion to the spirit of their neighborhoods and share Jameson’s passion for craft & quality in the beer they produce.

The five breweries from across the US include – Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in New York, Deep Ellum Brewing Company in Dallas, Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, and Hilliard’s Beer in Seattle. Jameson invited each brewery to the distillery in Ireland, and then sent them home with Jameson Whiskey barrels to create a limited edition beer inspired by both their experience in Ireland, and their own unique neighborhood.

Showcased in a video series, being released over the coming weeks on JamesonNeighborhood.com, is the story of each partner brewery in the Drinking Buddies program. From visiting the Jameson distillery in Ireland, to becoming buddies with the whiskey distillers, the series sheds light on each brewer’s Drinking Buddies experience. Following the distillery visit, the brewers returned home to their neighborhood breweries with Jameson barrels, where the episodes chronicle the beers they ultimately brewed.

“The breweries involved share Jameson’s passion for craftsmanship, quality, and creativity,” said Sona Bajaria, Director, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA. “With the creation of these locally brewed Jameson-inspired beers, our goal is to pay homage to the spirit of each brewery’s neighborhood.”

Hilliard’s Beer Jameson Whiskey Barrel Sour
– Color – Chestnut
– Aroma – Citrus, spiced wood, and a light sweetness
– Flavor – Kettle-soured Saison with tart, lemony notes from the Belgian yeast and lactobacillus. Flavors of caramel, vanilla and charred oak imparted by the barrels.
– ABV – 5.5%

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Cider Summit Seattle Returns for 6th Year on September 11 & 12

July 21st, 2015 · Cider

Tickets are on sale now for the 6th annual Cider Summit Festival, coming to Seattle on September 11 & 12. This is always a good excuse for me to put down the beer and sample some ciders.

Press Release:

July 21, 2015SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of the Cider Summit Festival to Seattle, WA.  The sixth annual event will be Friday, September 11th from 3pm-8pm and Saturday, September 12th from 12pm-6pm.  Cider Summit will once again be at The South Lake Union Discovery Center near Westlake & Denny in downtown Seattle.  The event is presented by Whole Foods Market.

This will be the 16th Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland, Chicago, and San Francisco.  Each event features 150+ elegantly crafted ciders from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, Michigan, New Hampshire, England, France, Spain and others.

“We’ve been very pleased with the growth of our event in Seattle,” noted SBC’s Ian Roberts.  “We believe we have added some nice features and a unique cider selection that will help us reach an even wider audience of cider enthusiasts.”

The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce tasting portions.  In addition to the superb range of ciders, the event will feature live music, specially paired food selections from Whole Foods Market, Capitol Ciderand others.  A returning popular feature is the Cider Summit “dog lounge” water station benefitting Seattle Humane. New for 2015 is a Cider Cocktail Lounge hosted by CiderCraft Magazine and Capitol Cider, with a special appearance from author Darlene Hayes.

“We believe we’ve created a unique event,” added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports.  “We have found a great home in the South Lake Union neighborhood and we expect a terrific range of ciders.  Interest in artisanal cider is exploding right now, and this event is the premier sampling opportunity for both the cider enthusiast and cider curious.”

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Stranger tickets, all Seattle Metro Area Whole Foods Marketlocations, Capitol Cider, Umpqua Bank South Lake Union and selected bottle shops. Admission includes a souvenir glass and 8 tasting tickets.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket.  Re-admission will be allowed at any time with event wristband and tasting glass.  The event is 21 and over only.  Dogs of all ages will be allowed on event grounds.

A special VIP ticket is available for $40.  This ticket includes 4 additional tasting tickets and exclusive early admission on Friday from 2p-3p.  Only 200 of these tickets are available – exclusively online via the event website. Cider Summit benefits Northwest Cider Association, The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, and Seattle Humane.

Cider Summit is presented by Whole Foods Market.  Supporting sponsors include Capitol Cider, Oregon Fruit Products Company, Umpqua Bank,Click Wholesale Distributing, Ryan’s Juice, with media support from The Stranger, KEXP, and Cidercraft Magazine.

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3rd Annual Schooner Exact Hop Field Trip Set for August 29

July 20th, 2015 · Events, Washington Breweries

IMG_0233Once I started getting into the beer scene after moving to Seattle in 2005, one of the first things I did was join WABL for a bus trip out to Yakima to tour a hop farm and processing plant. To this day, that trip is one of the highlights of all the great things I’ve experienced in the Washington beer world. Yakima Valley contains about 75% of the total United States hop acreage. Being this close to the source is something that many of us take for granted, but visiting is definitely something that should be on any beer geek’s radar.

If you are interested in visiting a hop farm, Schooner Exact is embarking on their 3rd annual Hop Field Trip on Saturday, August 29. The cost is $200 per person, but you get more than just transportation to the farm. In addition to the trip to the hop fields, you’ll get a gourmet dinner, you’ll help brew a fresh hop IPA and much more. The event will sell out, so get in touch today if you are interested.

More details from Schooner Exact:

Our 3rd Annual Hop Field Trip is set for Saturday, August 29th! Tour a working hop farm in Yakima Valley, harvest this year’s Amarillo crop straight off the vine, help brew a fresh hop IPA, AND eat a scrumptious meal prepared by our chef. You’ll probably drink a few beers, too. Space is extremely limited and selling fast!

Stop by the brewery or call (206) 432-9734 to get on the waiting list today.

What’s included:

– Virgil Gamache Hop Farm: Exclusive Tour

– Harvest fresh hops from the vine

– Participate in brewing a Fresh Hop IPA

– Farm Fresh Hop IPA commemorative bottle*

– Schooner EXACT’s Fresh Hop IPA bottle

– Continental breakfast prior to departure

– Round-trip transportation on a luxury coach

– Light sack lunch

– Gourmet dinner, crafted by Chef Joshua Beckham

– $50 gift card
Tickets: $200/person (alcohol not included**)
*to be picked up at brewery after bottling
**DUE to licensing restrictions, event is BYOB. Taproom open to accommodate same day purchases.

2015 Hop Field Trip Dinner Menu

Pork Ribs
blackberry-ancho barbecue sauce

Glazed Beef
porter teriyaki

Hop-Cured Salmon
capers, dill cream cheese

Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad

IPA Caesar Salad
pork belly croutons, shaved parmesan

Farro with Sweet Corn
preserved lemon, parsley

Spicy Chili and Cheddar Cornbread

Drunken Pinto Beans
brown ale, onions, cilantro

Vanilla Pana Cotta
caramelized stone fruit

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Summer Beer Dinner at Belle + Whete on July 29

July 17th, 2015 · Beer & Food

Belle + Whete, located in Belltown, is hosting a beer dinner with the well-known Sierra Nevada Brewing Company at the end of this month.

The dinner will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, July 29. The cost is $65 (plus tax & tip) for four courses and an appetizer with beer pairings.

You can buy your tickets online.

Press Release:

Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is hosting a four-course beer pairing dinner, with artisan beers by Sierra Nevada Brewing.

Upon arrival you will be greeted with Sierra Nevada’s famous Pale Ale along with welcome snacks of seaweed-dusted caramel corn and foie gras torchon with spring onion brulee. Tickets are $65 per person and include appetizers, four course dinner (menu below), beer pairings, beer education, and swag.

One of the top breweries in the US, Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for a wide variety of beers and ales, including the legendary Pale Ale.

For more information about the event and ticketing please visit:


Seaweed-Dusted Caramel Corn
Foie Gras Torchon with Spring Onion Brulee
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

First Course:
Black Cod Crudo, Underripe Peach Coriander
Hop Hunter IPA

Second Course:
Roasted & Chilled Summer Squashes, Peas, Corn Soubise
Kellerweis Bavarian-Style Wheat

Third Course:
Rotisserie Lambs Leg, Cocoa Nib & Plum Sauce (Family-Style)
Ovila Abbey Quad

Fourth Course:
Olive Oil & White Pepper Cake, Frozen Orange Curd
Ovila Abbey Saison
*Menu subject to change
*Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice

Bell+Whete European Kitchen+Lounge
200 Bell St. (Belltown)

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Meet Selkirk Abbey Brewing at The Beer Junction Tonight

July 16th, 2015 · Events

Selkirk Abbey Brewing, located in Post Falls, ID, entered the Seattle market around a year ago. Prior to that, their beers were available in Eastern Washington, and I’d heard rumors of how good their Belgian-style ales were. If you still haven’t tried anything from them, you can sample five of their beers this evening at The Beer Junction. Someone from the brewery (Brewer, owner, sales rep? Not sure.) will be on hand for the event as well.

They will be pouring Chapel Witbier, Deacon Belgian Pale Ale, St. Stephen Saison, Augustine Rye Saison and Infidel Imperial Belgian IPA. You can sample all five of the beers for $4 from 5pm to 8pm this evening (Thursday, July 16).

More about Selkirk Abbey:

The Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company is located in Post Falls in scenic Northern Idaho.  The Brewery has an abbey themed tap room that is a warm, comfortable, and a surprising contrast from the building’s industrial exterior. The production floor is home to a custom built, oversized fifteen barrel direct fire brewhouse, nine fifteen barrel fermenters and just two fifteen barrel brite tanks. A typical brewery with similar equipment would be making considerably more beer than we do here at Selkirk Abbey. Our process is more demanding, more time consuming and considerably less forgiving. So we do it a little slower, and a lot more carefully. Taking our time and catering to our yeast allows us to focus on what is important, our beer. We believe that the extra time and care we give our beer, shows in the glass. We think you’ll agree It is not our goal to be Idaho’s largest brewery. There are several other breweries in the state better suited to that task. Our goal is to produce the best possible beer we can and deliver it to as many people who appreciate it that we can, while maintaining our unusually high standards.

More info on the beers:

Chapel Witbier
Selkirk Abbey’s classic Belgian witbier is light in body and delightfully easy-drinking; brewed with orange peel and coriander to provide a kiss of citrus that’s sure to be refreshing any time of the year. 4.9% ABV

Deacon Belgian Pale Ale
Hops and grains from the great Northwest, Belgian yeast and Idaho’s best water combine to make this smooth, dry Pale Ale. Excellent with a meal or simply on its own this delicious, crisp little crowd pleaser is a house favorite.5.5% ABV

St. Stephen Saison
Saint Stephen is our take on the classic Belgian saison. Traditionally brewed in the winter months for drinking during the heat of the summer, these farmhouse ales feature a complex flavor profile. Spicy yeast aromas combine with the finest European malts and noble hops to produce a beer with uncommon depth of flavor. 7.9% ABV

Augustine Rye Saison
The archetypical saison will let the yeast talk over the malt and hops. We just thought that Rye might have something to add to the conversation. Listening closely it seems to say: “I belong here” and we agree. 6.0% ABV

Infidel Imperial Belgian IPA
Unbowed and unrepentant, this free spirit makes no apologies and asks for no forgiveness. Infidel is an imperial Belgian style IPA that set the standard for the style. Its rich satisfying flavor of spicy citrus, pine and grassy earthiness are carried by a malt bill and abv big enough to run with it. 8.2% ABV

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Chuck’s Hop Shop CD to Host For the Funk of It Sour Beer Fest This Saturday

July 15th, 2015 · Events

Sour beer! Some of us love it, some of you hate it. For those of us that do enjoy the varied flavors of sour and wild ales, Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Central District will be hosting For the Funk of It this Saturday, July 18. The event will feature 30 sour beers on tap starting when they open at 11am. You will be able to get 4oz tasters of the beers, making this a wonderful way to try a bunch of different sours. If you are new to sour beers, come check out what they are all about.

Details from Chuck’s:

Join us for a day of enamel eating, mouth puckering, indigestion inducing sour beer! We are going to tap 30 sour beers from some of our favorite breweries. Fremont Brewing Company, Block 15 Brewing Co., Holy Mountain Brewing, Perennial Artisan Ales, and Firestone Walker Brewing Company are just a few of the breweries that have made the cut!

When you arrive at the door we will have a table set up where you can purchase a taster glass and 9 tasting tickets for $10. Please have your ID ready as well so we can check it and stamp your hand! Beers will be priced on a tiered system, with 4 ounce pours ranging in price from 1 to 3 tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased at the door or at the bar for $1 each. Tickets may also be used as gratuity.

Confirmed Beers for the event include:
The Lost Abbey Red Poppy Flanders Red
The Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa
Holy Mountain Apricot Table Sour
Holy Mountain Blackberry Table Sour
Aslan Brewing Disco Lemonade Berliner Weisse blended with raspberry puree
Aslan Head of Security Sour Brown Ale
Firestone Walker 2014 Bretta Weisse
Block 15 Cardinal Coalesence
Green Flash Le Freak Barrique
Ballast Point Raspberry Sour Wench

In addition to these beers and more on draft, Chuck’s announced they will have bottles of El Cuatro from The Ale Apothecary for sale. They’ll be crazy expensive, though. From Chuck’s:

It’s is our pleasure to reveal the contents of our cryptic white box post, The Ale Apothecary El Cuatro!! Paul hooked us up with 4 cases that will be available at 11:00 am! One per customer, $36.59 per bottle, not available a moment sooner than July 18th. ?#?FirstTimeInSeattle?

I love what I’ve had from The Ale Apothecary in the past, but that’s way above my price range. I’m sure they won’t have a problem selling them out, though.

Chuck’s expects a large crowd for this event, so be prepared:

For those of you that joined us for our 1st Anniversary Party, you know the line was colossal. Our move to a ticket-based format is intended to increase the speed of the lines, reducing transaction times and eliminating the need to search for a tab or make change every time we serve a beer.

And as always, please leave the car at home–take an Uber, cab, Lyft, pair of feet, or bring a designated driver! We all love beer, and we love all of you, and we want to keep this event safe and see you all here for many more years to come!

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