Chuck’s Hop Shop Celebrates 2 Years in Central District With Stellar Tap Lineup This Saturday

January 8th, 2016 · Events

Owner Chuck Shin.

It’s safe to say that Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Central District was a hit right off the bat. From day one, business has been robust, and it’s rare that I go in there and the place isn’t packed. Much like the original location in Greenwood, the neighborhood has embraced the business. It’s the unique place that can serve as a hangout for all types, from uber beer geeks to parents with their kids in tow.

This Saturday, Chuck’s will celebrate their 2nd Anniversary at the Central District location by filling 30 of their taps with some very special beers (list below). The beers will be on tap when they open the shop at 11am. It will be busy, but they do a great job of cycling through long lines quickly there. Block 15 Brewing, an outstanding brewery from Corvallis, OR, also brewed Chuck’s a special 2nd Anniversary IPA that is packed with Galaxy hops. It will be available on draft and in 4-packs of 16oz cans. There will be plenty of other great beers to round out the list, I’m sure.

The event will run on a ticket system. Details from their Facebook page:

Still have your glass from another Chuck’s event?! Bring it with you to our Anniversary to avoid being sold another!! We’ll be using the same format as this summer’s Sour Fest! When you arrive you’ll pay $10 for a glass, and 9 taster tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased at the door, or later at the bar. 4 ounce draft pours will range between 1-4 tickets. Tickets can be used for gratuity. We’ll buy back any unused tickets should you need to make a quick exit.

In addition to the special drafts, they have been saving up a case of every Holy Mountain Brewing bottle release that has seen distribution, and they are going to put those out for sale at 11am as well. That includes The Hart, The Ox, Misère au Borinage, The Seer and The Goat.

The staff also has some good advice for those of you that are crowd-averse, but you don’t want to miss out on all the fun:

Last year most of our taps lasted well into the evening. If you’re not chasing the uber-rare beers, come by in the afternoon or evening! It’ll be much calmer, and we’ll still have some wonderful beers pouring!

The beer list includes the following*:

Alesmith Vietnamese Speedway Stout
Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway
Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout
Black Raven Great Grandfather Raven
Black Raven Corvus Frambicus
Engine House 9 Apricot Wild Ale
Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse ’15
Fremont Bourbon Barrel Abominable
Fremont Bourbon Barrel Abominable Coffee Cinnamon
Fremont Bourbon Barrel Dark Star
Fremont Bourbon Barrel Dark Star Coffee
Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee
Goose Island Bourbon County
Goose Island Regal Rye Bourbon County
Logsdon Peche N Brett
Lost Abbey Track 10
Lost Abbey Track 8
Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme
Maui Imperial Coconut Porter
Midnight Sun Berserker
Prairie Ale BOMB!
Prairie Ale Christmas BOMB!
The Bruery Cuivre
The Bruery Filmishmish
The Bruery Sour In The Rye
Trinity Red Swingline W/Palisade Peaches & Apricots
Victory Java Cask
Fremont Brew 1000
Upright Fantasia
Holy Mountain Bourbon King’s Head Brown
Holy Mountain Cascade Table Sour
Urban Family Chuck’s CD 1st Anniversary
Pelican Mother Of All Storms

Per the event page on Facebook, they’ll have to cut 3 beers from this list to get down to 30 taps.

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7th Annual Belgian Fest to Feature 100+ Belgian-Style Ales from Washington Breweries

January 6th, 2016 · Events, Washington Breweries

Image from Washington Beer Facebook page.

There are plenty of local beer festivals here in Seattle, but Belgian Fest is one of my favorites of the year. Coming up on Saturday, January 30, Belgian Fest gives local Washington breweries a chance to showcase Belgian-style beers. It is always an interesting lineup of beers, with sours, saisons, strong ales and more getting equal billing alongside Belgian-style pale ales and IPAs. After a successful run at the Bell Harbor International Convention Center over the past few years, the festival moves to the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center for the first time this year.

The event takes place over two sessions, and advanced tickets cost $35 ($40 at the door, if tickets are still available). The admission price includes ten 4-ounce tastes and a tasting glass that is yours to keep. Additional tokens can be purchased for a reasonable price if you want to taste more than ten different beers. If you want free entry to the fest, you might consider volunteering to help setup or pour at one of the sessions. Check out the website for more info.

A preliminary list of participating breweries follows, and I expect a full beer list will be available for the event soon.

Participating Breweries:

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7 Seas Brewing Expanding with a Second Location in Tacoma’s Historic Brewery District

December 21st, 2015 · Press Release, Washington Breweries

Here is some exciting news from 7 Seas Brewing: currently located in Gig Harbor, the brewery will expand to a second location in Tacoma’s historic downtown Brewery District. It’s great to hear that 7 Seas will be a part of the continued growth of downtown Tacoma. Congrats to founders/co-owners Mike Runion and Travis Gusterson and everyone else involved!

Full Press Release:

Tacoma, WA, December 21, 2015 – 7 Seas Brewing will expand operations with a second location and begin crafting beers in the historic Heidelberg Brewery starting in the spring of 2016. This expansion represents the founders’ commitment to local economic development and dedication to crafting quality

The revitalized brewery will occupy two city blocks adjacent to the University of Washington campus at the heart of downtown Tacoma’s historic brewery district. The purchase of this historic building allows 7 Seas Brewing a permanent home where they will increase capacity ten fold as they continue to enter new markets. Plans for the 80,000 square foot space include a tap room and market, a large barrel-aging cellar, with additional space planned for a 60 barrel brew house and operations. “This project represents everything we love about our company, our community, and brewing history. As brewers dedicated to crafting and keeping our beers local, we cannot think of a better place to expand operations besides the historic Heidelberg Brewery,” said co-owner Mike Runion.

Creating a strong and thriving economy in all of Tacoma’s business districts is vital. 7 Seas Brewing is proud to be a part of that effort. Runion added, “We are grateful for the support we have received from City of Tacoma Economic Development, the Chihuly Studio team, Heritage Bank, the SBA, Harbor Reality Advisors, and Mayor Strickland’s office.” Mayor Strickland and Deputy Mayor David Boe were a pivotal part of creating this opportunity for 7 Seas. “We are pleased to welcome 7 Seas Brewing to downtown Tacoma and thank them for being part of our shared vision for the renaissance of our historic Brewery District,” said Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “With new hotels, and the planned Town Center development, the 7 Seas Brewing project shows there is growing interest in downtown Tacoma.” “This is fantastic news for South Downtown and the Brewery District,” said Deputy Mayor David Boe. “It is another important piece in the continued redevelopment of existing building stock in Tacoma.”

About 7 Seas Brewing

7 Seas Brewing founded in 2009 by Puget Sound natives, Travis Guterson and Mike Runion, offers 7 year-round brews, 3 rotating seasonal brews, and an extensive Tap Room Reserve Series. As the first brewery in Washington to can craft beer, they blazed a path of environmentally friendly packaging that has since been adopted by many others. 7 Seas Brewing voted ‘Best Brewery in the South Sound’ 6 years running by readers of South Sound Magazine and ‘Best Brewery in Tacoma’ by The Volcano. Their Brewery and Tap Room in beautiful downtown Gig Harbor is open every day, is family-friendly, and showcases a wide variety of core and small batch brews. For more information about 7 Seas Brewing please visit

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The Pine Box Hosts 12 Randalls of Xmas Tonight

December 16th, 2015 · Events

As the holidays approach, it’s time for The Pine Box to break out their array of Randalls and fill them with all sorts of fun stuff. The 12 Randalls of Xmas will feature 11 beers and one cider poured through Randalls filled with festive ingredients. The event starts at 5pm.

The offerings include:

21st Amendment Brewery Fireside Chat With Figs & Cocoa Nibs
Backwoods Brewing Company Spruce Springsteen With Cloves & Orange Peels
Bale Breaker Brewing Company High Camp With Ginger & Cinnamon
Boundary Bay Brewery Cabin Fever With Nutmeg & Coriander
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing Ho Ho With Gran Marnier Soaked Cranberries
Elysian Brewing Bi Frost With Spruce Tips
Lagunitas Brewing Co Brown Shugga With Vanilla Beans & Brandy Soaked Oak
Maritime Pacific Brewery Jolly With Rum Soaked Raisins & Coconut
Ninkasi Brewing Sleigher With Scotch Soaked Cherries
Port Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey Santas Helper With Candy Canes
St.Bernardus Christmas With Star Anise & Sage
Tieton Cider Works Cranberry With Bourbon Soaked Oak Chips

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Schooner Exact Celebrates Holidays With Brewers Dinner & Barrel-Aged Bash

December 9th, 2015 · Beer & Food

8f32712f-2769-4c12-b874-97781326a2d1Schooner Exact is ready to celebrate the holidays, and you’re invited. First up is a Holiday Brewers Dinner on December 23, and then they will host the Barrel-Aged Bash on December 26. More info on both below.

More from Schooner Exact:

Holiday Brewers Dinner – Wednesday, December 23

If you haven’t yet experienced one of our beer dinners, now is your chance! This holiday-inspired rendition will feature a whopping six courses with beer pairings, each one carefully imagined and executed by our chef, Joshua Beckham.

Hors D’oeuvre
Champagne-poached oysters, pickled cherry
paired with: Cherry Berliner Weisse

Cauliflower veloute, romanesco, toasted walnuts
paired with: Bravehorse Ale

Venison tartare, marrow aioli, dijon mustard, parsley, lemon zest
paired with: Gateway Golden

Foie gras “tater-tot,” curry ketchup
paired with: Evergreen IPA

Savory bread pudding, duck, thyme
paired with: Hoppy Holidays

Confit pork belly, beluga lentils, pickled onions, spiced butternut puree
paired with: Barrel-Aged Sour

Foie gras brioche french toast, candied bacon, salted caramel sauce
paired with: Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter

Tickets are $55 + tax (gratuity included). To secure your seat at the table, give us a call at (206) 432-9734, or stop by the brewery. Space is limited and sells out quickly.

Barrel-Aged Bash – Saturday, December 26

Like your beers big, bold and bourbon-y? Then you should probably clear your schedule for a barrel-aged tap takeover on December 26th. What’s pouring? Hoppy the Woodsman ’14 and ’15, Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter ’14 and ’15, Whiskey Dick Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Boxcar Hopper. These are small batch beers and rarely are they on tap at the same time. Pick your favorite and dive in, or try a flight of all six!

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Beveridge Place Pub Celebrates 12th Anniversary With Special Beers on Thursday

December 7th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Join the folks at Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle to celebrate 12 outstanding years on Thursday, December 10!

From BPP:

We celebrate all sorts of anniversaries around here, this one commemorates the year we went from being the Full Moon Saloon to Beveridge Place Pub in 2003! We’ll tap all sorts of special brews and pull some big-ass bottles out of the cellar for toasting at 5pm and 8pm, including a 6 liter bottle of La Fin du Monde courtesy of our friend Larry Rock!
Twelve rare draught beers for
twelve years:
Black Raven Corvus Frambicus
De Proef Sour Barrel #2
Elgood’s Coolship Sour #4
Engine House #9 Holy Diver Cab Barrel Belgian Strong
Flyers F-10 Anniversary CDA
Foggy Noggin Anniversary Old Ale
Georgetown Rye Tombourbon
Lompoc Cimmerian Port Barrel Belgian Dark
Naked City Big Lebrewski White Russian Imperial Stout
Oud Beersel Framboise
Perennial Stefon ’14 Dark Rye Brett Farmhouse
Three Magnets Anniversary Barrel Blend

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9th Annual Big Wood Fest Set to Kick Off at Brouwer’s Cafe on Thursday

December 1st, 2015 · Events

When the doors open at 11am on Thursday (Dec 3) at Brouwer’s Cafe, the 9th annual Big Wood Festival will officially be under way. This celebration of barrel-aged beers is one of the best events of the year. The updated list of 56 wood-aged beers that are set to pour is below. There are typically some last minute additions and subtractions to the list, so don’t treat it as gospel.

If you don’t feel like fighting the crowds today, I wouldn’t blame you. Stop by Friday or sometime this weekend to see what is left. With so many outstanding beers on tap, there is guaranteed to be plenty worth drinking throughout the weekend.

Beer List:
10 Barrel Rare Breed Barrel-Aged Red Ale (11%) Bend
Against The Grain KY Ryed Chiquen (8.6%) Louisville
Almanac Reserve Strawberry Sour (7%) San Francisco
Alvine Burgundy Barrel-Aged Cuvée Freddy (8%) Zwevegem
Anderson Valley Huge Arker Bbl-Aged Imp. Stout ’12 (13.5%)
Avery Samael’s Oak Aged ’12 (14.45%) Boulder
Ballast Point Bbl-Aged Sea Monster ’15 (10%) San Diego
Big Time Oak Chipped Old Rip Stout Cask (4.7%) Seattle
Black Diamond The Twelve ’13 Belgian Strong Dark Ale (12%) Concord
Black Raven Splinters ’14 Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (10.8%) Redmond
Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes Abbey De Saint Bon Chien’14 (11%)
Breakside Aquavit Barrel-Aged Saison a Fleurs (9.7%) Portland
Bridgeport Raven Mad Bbl-Aged Imperial Porter ’12 (7.8%)
Cantillon Iris ’15 (5%) Brussels
Crux Banished Double Cross Bbl-Aged Belgian Dubbel ‘13 (12%) Bend
De Molen Bourbon Barrel Aged Cease and Desist Imp. Stout (10.7%)
De Struise XXX Rye Triple ‘14 (10%) Oostvleteren
Deschutes Abyss ‘13 (11%) Bend
Double Mountain Devil’s Kriek (9%) Hood River
Ecliptic Rastaban Oud Bruin w/Cherries & Raspberries (7.4%)Portland
Elevation Signal De Botrange Chardonnay Bbl Imp Farmhouse (9.86%)
Elysian Oak Frost ’14 (7.4%)
Engine House #9 Nefilibata Sour ’15 (5.8%)
Epic Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout ’14 (11.8%)
Finnriver Black Oak Barrel-Aged Black Currant (6.5%)
Firestone Walker Bretta Rosa Wild Ale w/Raspberries (5%)
Fremont “Kentucky in Scotland” BBomb with Islay Chips (11%)
Full Sail Bourbon Imp Stout ’15 (7.2%) Hood River
Gigantic Most Most Bourbon RIS ’15 (10%) Portland
Goose Island Bourbon County Regal Rye Stout (12.7%) Chicago
Grand Teton Bbl-Aged Black Cauldron Imperial Stout (8%) Victor
Great Divide Rumble ’13 (7.1%) Denver
Highwater NyctoPhilliac Dark Sour (6.5%) San Leandro
Hoften-Dormaal Bbl-Aged Project Brew #1 Jenever (12%)
Holy Mountain Bbl-Aged King’s Head Double Brown (9.2%)
Lagunitas Highwestified Stout (12%) Petaluma
Lantern Bbl-Aged Wallonia Saison (4.8%) Seattle
Logsdon Oak-Aged Bretta ’15 (8%) Hood River
Lost Abbey Cuvée De Tomme ’11 (11%) San Marcos
Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego Bbl-Aged Stout (13%)
Mad Viking Night Raid Cognac Imperial Stout ’13 (11%)
Midnight Sun Berserker Imp Stout ’14 (12.7%) Anchor
Millstone Cobbler Bourbon Bbl-Aged Peach Cider (8%)
New Belgium Blackberry Felix (7.5%) Fort Collins
North Coast Bourbon Bbl-Aged Grand Cru ’12 (12.9%)
Oakshire Free Your Souls ’15 Russian Imperial Stout (12.5%) Eugene
pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11%) Hood River
Prairie Barrel-Aged Bomb! Imperial Coffee Stout(13%) Tulsa
Propolis Syrah Aged Salmonberry Sour w/Brett (7.5%) Port Townsend
Reuben’s Bourbon Barrel Imp. Porter w/Coffee and Cocoa ()
Schooner-Exact Hoppy the Woodsman ’14 (9%)
Snipes Mountain Terror in the Wood ’14 (10%) Sunnyside
Stone Vertical Epic Red Wine Bbl-Aged 7.7.7 (8.4%)
The Bruery 6th Anniversary Sucre ’14 English Old Ale (16.9%) Placentia
Trinity Red Swingline w/Palisade Peaches&Apricot (4.1%) Colo. Spgs
Wander Bbl-Aged Imperial Global Mutt Baltic Porter (9%) Bellingham

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Optimism Brewing Set for Grand Opening December 5 in Capitol Hill

November 25th, 2015 · Washington Breweries

Optimism is ready to open with about 8 beers on tap December 5.

Grand. That is the word that comes to mind when you enter Optimism Brewing, located at the corner of Broadway and Union in Capitol Hill. In a neighborhood like Capitol Hill, where property values are through the roof, it is refreshing to find a project such as Optimism. Owners Gay Gilmore and Troy Hakala have taken a building that was slated to be torn down and converted into condos and turned it into the largest brewery tasting room in Seattle. With capacity for more than 400 customers, they are set to make a big splash in the Seattle brewing scene when they open for business on December 5. They recently tore the paper down from the windows of the brewery, and now when people walk by they stop and stare. The sheer size of the setting of it all in one gigantic room is unlike anything else in Seattle. My pictures certainly don’t do it justice.

It has been a long road for Gilmore and Hakala. They began looking for a space several years ago, and they started construction in March 2014. Because of strict code requirements that were difficult to implement solutions for in the older building, the brewery was under construction for almost two years. But, the hard work has paid off. Hakala says, “We built a place that we hope people will like to come to…we just wanted to do it the right way.” The 16,000 square foot space previously housed a car dealership, and the high ceilings and open interior mixes in the feel of a beer hall with the visible brewing setup right in the middle of everything. The character of the restored old building shines through.

After all the hard work they have put in, Gilmore and Hakala are excited to announce that the Grand Opening date for Optimism will be on Saturday, December 5. The brewery will then be open 4 days a week to start, from Thursday through Sunday. Days and hours will expand as they get their feet under them.

Optimism will shy away from using traditional style names to describe the beers to customers.

As for what you’ll find on tap at Optimism, the selection will change continuously. They plan to make a wide variety of styles driven by whatever customers want to drink. Hakala says, “As a homebrewer, I just wanted to brew every single style to learn about it and understand it. So, I don’t think there is anything we won’t do.” They have chosen a lineup of beers for the opening, but you want find style designations like you do at most breweries. Instead of using styles to describe a beer, they will be be using flavor descriptions to let customers know what they are ordering. Opening beers will include Gold (honey, lemon, refreshing; 4.5% ABV), One (toffee, English tea, hoppy; 5.3% ABV) and Before the Dawn (espresso, dried figs, dark chocolate; 7.7% ABV). They plan to have eight beers on tap for the opening, and they have room to expand to around 20 offerings on tap at once.

Hakala will be brewing on a 20-barrel system and they are starting out with eight 40-barrel fermenters and two 40-barrel bright tanks. Their capacity with the existing equipment would be 8,000 barrels or so if they maxed out their brewing, but they have also left room to expand their fermenter volume. Gilmore says their setup and capacity is a result of planning for the long term, but they will just focus on the brewery tasting room to begin with. She says, “We have a lot of capacity right now. We probably won’t be using it all during the first year when we are focused on draft for the tasting room, but (when they are ready to expand) we’ll be ready to go and we won’t be waiting for equipment or anything. It’s all about right here (in the tasting room) for the first year. You won’t be able to get the beer anywhere else.”

20-barrel brewing system with 40-barrel fermenters.

As many before him in the industry, Hakala is a longtime homebrewer who has wanted to open his own brewery for quite some time. He says, “I’ve always wanted to do a brewery. I grew up on the East Coast and loved beer, but for a long time you could mainly only get imported beers. Then Sam Adams came along and I thought that was the coolest thing in the world that Americans were making great beer. His (Samuel Adams/Boston Beer Company Co-Founder Jim Koch) story was kind of similar to that of Steve Jobs in the tech world, where he’s this bombastic, boisterous guy. I like that David vs. Goliath thing and I was infatuated with that idea. And, I just love beer. I always wanted to do the brewery, but it’s obviously expensive. I got into the tech world and did well there. When we sold our company I said, ‘Well, now I can do my brewery.’

Other things to know about Optimism Brewing:

  • This is not a brewpub and they will not offer their own food; they want to focus on the beer. But, they have a loading area space in back where they plan to bring in rotating food trucks, and there are tons of take out food options around the brewery that you could bring in.
  • All beers must be purchased at the bar; no table service for purchasing (they will clear, though). I love this…it’s one of the things that makes Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle work so well in my opinion.
  • They will accept credit and debit cards only; no cash.
  • No tips allowed. Optimism says, “We believe our business should be responsible for our workers’ wages, not the whim of its customers. Nor should the people who serve our product end up making more than the ones who create it.” Cheers to that.
  • They have a ton of unisex bathrooms. It’s kind of an awesome setup…you’ll see.
  • When they serve a beer in a “pint”, it will be a true pint. They’ll use glassware that can hold up to 20oz in order to accommodate a proper head on top of the beer.
  • All of the servers at Optimism will be Cicerone Certified Beer Servers.
  • The tasting room will be kid-friendly, and they even have a play area back in a corner. Don’t want to hang out with the kids? No problem. The place is huge….you’ll find a spot far away from the play area.
  • They have a sensory analysis room for blind tasting where staff members and possibly the public will get to evaluate beers.
  • The brewery includes a laboratory where they will test their product and processes.
  •  They did a great job of using resources from the building. “All of the tables, benches, the bar top, and even our desks, are made from wood salvaged onsite. Our failing roof system was made of 14″ x 14″ x 40′ long old growth Douglas Fir. It was important to us that these trees stay in the building. Everything was milled and planed by hand on site, and assembled within the building.”
  • The brewery is literally right in the middle of the building and the tasting room surrounds it. You really feel like you are hanging out in the brewery.
  • Why did they call it Optimism? “Optimism is one of our core values. We want to promote optimism and celebrate optimists because they are the ones who improve the world. We can’t cure diseases, fix homelessness or create world peace, but we can make beer for those who are trying and we can use beer to help. Optimists are also more fun to be around.”
  • They will have room in the basement for barrels, and they plan to do sour beers, imperial stouts and other strong ales.
  • They were very close to ending up in the building where the Starbucks Reserve Roastery now sits.
  • Staff members will rotate around to different responsibilities. Someone who might primarily work in the taproom will also have a chance to assist in brewing, etc…

Cheers to the team at Optimism for making the brewery a reality after a long process.

Visit the Optimism Brewing website and Facebook page for up-to-date news on the opening and other items.

Corner of Broadway & Union.

The side of the tasting room facing Union. This is all sit down tables, with a kids area in the back. The courtyard where customers will access food trucks is off to the right of this pic.

The side of the tasting room facing Broadway. All bar-height seating. There is also a large standing room area with beer rail off to the right of this pic.

There will be room for about 20 total beers on tap at the expansive bar.

The steel “V”s and posts are new in order to bring the building up to current seismic code, but they blend in nicely with the old feel of the interior.

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Drinking for the Holidays: Thanksgiving Week Event Listing

November 24th, 2015 · Events

B-Bomb_webWhile most drinking establishments are closed on Thanksgiving, the days surrounding the holiday have plenty of special events to offer. The day before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest bar nights of the year, and while most people know Black Friday as a day to go shopping (or stay far away from shopping), many breweries & bars offer up special events featuring dark beers.

Below are just some of the events happening around town that you might want to check out. If you know of other events, feel free to leave a comment.

Wednesday Events:

Holiday Gose Release at Reuben’s Brews: “Just in time for Thanksgiving, we’re debuting our new Holiday Gose. This cranberry-orange variation of our award-winning gose is fermented with our house lactobacillus culture and includes 10 lbs of fresh cranberries per barrel, sweet orange zest, a touch of coriander and a hint of sea salt. We’re releasing the Holiday Gose in 22oz bottles in the taproom beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25! It will also be available on tap and for growler fills in the taproom. Bottles will be $7 each with a limit of two per person, per day.” Reuben’s is open from Noon to 9pm on Wednesday, closed on Thursday and then back to normal hours on Friday.

$1 Off Growler Fills at Two Doors Down: They are loading up the taps with beers from Boneyard, Old Schoolhouse, Flying Lion, Two Beers, Ghostfish, Fremont Orlison, Populuxe, Backwoods, Georgetown, Standard and more at Two Doors Down in Capitol Hill. They’ll be doing $1 off growler fills all day long.

$5 Growler Fills at Silver City: If you find yourself near the Silver City Brewery taproom in Bremerton on Wednesday, stop by for $5 growler fills. Some styles excluded. Open 2pm to 9:30pm.

Goose Island Bourbon County Tap-Out at Chuck’s Hop Shop Greenwood: “Chuck’s is thrilled to be the only location in Seattle to feature a pre-release BCBS tap-out as a little preview of what is to come! We will be tapping Standard, Coffee, Regal Rye, and Barleywine. Event starts at 4pm and ends promptly at 9pm.”

Slow Boat Tavern Opening: The new Slow Boat Tavern will officially open in Hillman City at 2pm on Wednesday. They’ll then be closed on Thanksgiving and open regular business hours for the foreseeable future after that. This place is going to rock. Many may recognize owner Ken Provost from his time managing Uber Tavern up on Aurora. I was able to visit the bar a couple of weeks ago, and it reminds me of a mix between Hooverville and Stumbling Monk, which are two fantastic bars. Check it out.

Friday Events:

Stout & Coffee Beer Fest at The Beer Junction: They will have 15+ stouts and coffee beers on tap to begin the fest. Drool-worthy list is here.

Fremont Brewing Bourbon Abominable (B-Bomb) Release:”B-Bomb will be on tap and available in 22oz bottles at 11am in our Urban Beer Garden. At 5pm, we will tap three B-Bomb infusions and rumor has it that the Yeti will be making an appearance once again.” B-Bomb weighs in at 14% ABV this year….careful!

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Release: Beer geeks don’t care who owns Goose Island when it comes to seeking out the coveted Bourbon County Stout. It’s worth the hype. Friday is the first day that retailers around town will be able to sell bottles. Many will sell out quickly. Others, like my local Red Apple market up here in Beacon Hill, will price it insanely enough that it will sit on shelves for a couple of weeks. Confirmed Friday releases include: Both Chuck’s Hop Shops, Beer Junction, Bottleworks and Total Wine. I’m assuming many others will have it on Friday, or soon after.

What other events did I miss? Leave a comment.


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Diamond Knot Brewing to Serve Dinner to Homeless on Thanksgiving at Two Locations

November 23rd, 2015 · Washington Breweries

Cheers to Diamond Knot for embracing the spirit of Thanksgiving. They will be opening up at both the Mukilteo flagship location and the brewpub in Mountlake Terrace to serve dinner to the homeless this Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanks to the staff of Diamond Knot for volunteering their time to give back to the community.

Press Release:

The staff at Diamond Knot is giving back, not only with their time, but with dinner this Thanksgiving. Both Diamond Knot locations are preparing and serving an early dinner for those in need this holiday season.
“I can’t even begin to describe how proud I am of our staff,” said Andy Eason, DK’s VP of Retail. “We have more staff volunteering than we know what to do with, but this just goes to show that being able to provide Thanksgiving dinner is in line with everything we stand for. It shows what’s important to our company as a whole.”
The Brewery & Alehouse, DK’s flagship location on the Mukilteo waterfront, is opening its doors to Esther’s Place, a day center for homeless women and children in Snohomish County.
“The ladies of Esther’s Place are so very excited to be able to have a meal with their families for Thanksgiving,” said Laurie Hardie, Esther’s Place’s director. “One of the things we always say is we don’t feed them, we eat with them and Diamond Knot is providing a wonderful opportunity for not only the ladies and their families, but for the volunteers to sit with the ladies and have a wonderful holiday dinner.”
Since opening in January, Esther’s Place has helped 30 women get off the streets.  The housing crisis in Snohomish is what the organization struggles with every day they are in operation. The organization, which is an arm of the Hoff Foundation, offers a place for women and children to come to have a meal and just relax for a little while.
The Brewpub @ MLT, located in Mountlake Terrace, is opening its doors to the community’s homeless through several organizations. There are up to 100 dinners available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with staff on hand to offer a full turkey dinner, complete with the fixings. Diamond Knot is asking homeless shelters in the Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace area to encourage their visitors to enjoy Thanksgiving with the staff.
Shelter directors in need of information should contact Sherry Jennings, DK’s Dir. of Sales & Marketing at to coordinate dinners at the Brewpub.
“The staff jumped on this opportunity to give back without blinking,” Eason said. “They have collected toiletries and other items, and are looking forward to sharing the holiday with people in the community.”

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