Seattle Beer Week (SBW) returns for its fourth installment starting this Thursday, and bars, breweries, restaurants and retailers all over the city will be holding events to be a part of the celebration. The “week” actually lasts for eleven days, kicking off this Thursday, May 10, and lasting through Sunday, May 20th.
There are too many events to even think about trying to hit them all, and you’ll have to make some tough decisions regarding which events to attend. My suggestion is not to go overboard. Don’t try to hit an event every day, or else you risk burning yourself out. If you are a casual beer drinker, you might be happy to just pick a couple events and stick with those. If you do plan to hit a bunch of events throughout the week, try to limit yourself as to how much time you spend at each one.
Now that I’ve given some sage advice on how best to make it through the week, chances are that many of us are going to have a few rough mornings throughout SBW. I never said I was smart enough to heed my own advice.
You can find the full list of SBW events here, but following are a few events that should definitely be worth your time. These are seriously just the tip of the iceberg.
Brouwer’s Festivals – Brouwer’s Cafe is well-known for throwing some of the best festivals around, and two of them come during SBW. First up is the Back in Black Stout Fest on Friday, 5/11, which will feature amazing stouts from all over the country. The other is their Sour Fest on Thursday, 5/17. If you like sour beer, and you haven’t been to Sour Fest, you need to get there this year. It is one of the best sour festivals in the country. Just a warning that these events are quite popular and you should expect a crowd.
Double Mountain vs. Terminal Gravity Tap Takeover at The Noble Fir
Two outstanding breweries from our neighbor down south cross the border for an event at one of my favorite Seattle bars.
Cask-O-Rama at Beveridge Place Pub
Thursday, 5/10 and Friday, 5/11
12 cask beers on the bar top all from Seattle breweries. A great way to start off the week.
The Dray 4th Anniversary Celebration
I don’t make it up to the Dray nearly enough, and food trucks, rare beers, and an outdoor party seem like a great way to get me up there.
New Brewers Night at Park Pub
Get to know some new Seattle breweries. The Park Pub will be hosting Churchkey Can Company, Hilliard’s Beer, NW Peaks Brewery, and Twelve Bar Brews for a night of beer, giveaways, and hanging with the brewers.
Newbies Night at Brave Horse Tavern
Another event featuring some of Seattle’s newer breweries. Twelve Bar Brews, North Sound Brewing, Slippery Pig, Dirty Bucket and Brick Yard will all be at Brave Horse.
New Belgium Sour Symposium at Stumbling Monk
A special chance to attend a sour blending session with Lauren Woods & Eric Salazar from New Belgium.
Firkin-Firkin at Elysian Capitol Hill
8 San Diego breweries take on 8 Seattle breweries in a firkin throwdown. There are sure to be some special beers here.
Fort George Brewer’s Night at Barking Dog Alehouse
Another great OR brewery makes a trip up north to join us for SBW.
Barrel Night at Fremont Brewing
A special night of tastings from Fremont Brewing’s Barrel Room including B-Bomb, Kentucky Dark Star, The Lamb (Brett Saison), Flanders Red and Lambic. Try these beers before they are ready for commercial release and learn how they mature and change over time.
Ellen’s 40th Bday at The Noble Fir
As a Cubs fan, how could I not mention this one? Ellen Kelly of the Noble Fir is getting a Cubs Walking Bear tattoo for her 40th bday, and Two Beers Brewing is joining in the celebration with a special Walking Bear Imperial IPA. Go Cubs.