The guys running the show for Seattle Beer Week (May 13 – May 23) have been hard at work putting together a schedule of events for this year, and the week is starting to take shape. They have a shiny new website to show things off, including a preliminary list of events. There is already more than you could possibly hope to attend, and some tough choices will have to be made. Here are just a few highlights:
Sour Beer Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe on Thursday 5/20 – If you enjoy sour beers, this is one event that you just cannot miss. 40+ sour beers of outstanding quality, and brewers from around the country will be in attendance.
Brewers Brunch a la Porterhouse on Friday 5/21 – This low-key event at Porterhouse in West Seattle from 10am to 2pm on a Friday will be a great chance to meet brewers from Stone, Full Sail, Pike, Elysian, New Belgium, and more. The only problem is that damn job that might get in the way of a Friday drinking brunch…
Firestone Walker Brewer’s Dinners – There are two brewers dinners for this fine brewery on the schedule. The first is at Collins Pub on Saturday, May 15. That one will be five courses and five beers for $50 + tax/tip. The second is at Brouwer’s Cafe on Monday, May 17. This dinner will be eight courses prepared by the renowned “Homebrew Chef”, Sean Paxton, as well as Brouwer’s chef Eric Draper. The only catch is the $100 price tag. I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about Paxton’s dinners, so the price tag very well might be worth it.
Washington Brewers Beer Garden at Safeco Field on Wednesday 5/19 – Beers from Skagit River, Lazy Boy, and Fremont Brewing will be available while the Mariners take on the Blue Jays. Only 100 tickets available and they go on sale tomorrow, March 26. Tickets should be available at mariners.com/seattlebeerweek.
De Proef Collaboration Dinner at Quinn’s on Monday 5/17 – Six course dinner featuring beers of the De Proef Collaboration Series. Featured breweries will be Allagash, Lost Abbey, Terrapin, Bell’s and De Proef. World premier of the latest De Proef Collaboration, ‘Monster Rouge’ brewed with Terrapin Brewing.
Over the Mountains We Go at Naked City Taphouse on Saturday 5/15 – Naked City will feature breweries from the east side of Washington, including breweries that we do not see very often in Seattle. They open at noon, and taps will rotate throughout the day.
Big Time IPA Festival on Saturday 5/22 – Big Time Brewery makes some of the best IPAs in the state, and for this event it sounds like they’ll be turning all of their brewpub taps over to IPAs. A hop-head’s dream? You bet.
There are many more events than what I have listed here, so make sure to check out the entire list for yourself.