When it comes to farmhouse ales, no bar in Seattle has more passion for these styles than The Masonry, located in Lower Queen Anne. They do more to regularly feature excellent saisons and other farmhouse ales with their 14 taps and single bottle fridge than any other bar in town.
Last February, the bar hosted an epic Farmhouse Beer Fest featuring a lineup of these styles of beers unequaled at any previous event in Seattle. It was great, but their space isn’t exactly huge. Cozy would best describe it. So, it was welcome news when they recently announced that for this year’s event they are partnering with KEXP and hosting the festivities in KEXP’s home at Seattle Center on Saturday, February 25. More information and tickets are available on the KEXP website.
The first thing a casual beer drinker might notice is the ticket price. $120? What gives? Well, first off, these are not cheap beers. Many of the beers will be pouring in Seattle for the first time ever, and even the ones you could buy at retail might cost you upwards of $30 for a bottle. Unless you are a serious beer geek, you likely won’t recognize most of the breweries on this list. I’ll assure you that they are pretty much the best of the best when it comes to farmhouse ales. With your ticket, you’ll get unlimited tastings (until bottles run out), food from the Masonry’s kitchen (which is awesome) and a commemorative glass for the event. Proceeds from ticket sales will also go to benefit KEXP.
In addition to this main event, there will also be a few other events set up at some of the best bars around town making it a “farmhouse weekend” of sorts. More info to come on that soon.
Seattle – February 2, 2017 – On Saturday, February 25th, KEXP will host the Masonry’s Third Annual Farmhouse Beer Festival. Beer lovers from throughout the region will come together in the KEXP Gathering Space at Seattle Center for a celebration of beer and music showcasing some of the best farmhouse ales from Washington, across the United States, and abroad.
The Farmhouse Beer Festival is a unique opportunity for beer connoisseurs and newbies alike to sample many rare brews in Seattle in the company of the brewers who make them, all while enjoying live sets by KEXP’s top-notch musical curators including DJ Reeves and DJ Larry Rose. Some of these beers rarely leave the taproom making this a “can’t miss” event for music and beer lovers alike.
La Marzocco, the Café in the KEXP Gathering Space, will be open during the event.
The Light in the Attic Record Store will be open for visitors’ record browsing and buying pleasure.
Saturday, February 25th
Noon – 4 pm
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit KEXP
Tickets are $120 per person: Your ticket includes
· Tastings, all poured straight from the bottle
· Food from the Masonry’s Kitchen
· Commemorative Event glassware
More information and tickets at KEXP.ORG
Participating Breweries Include:
· 2nd Shift Brewing: St. Louis, MO
· Ale Apothecary: Bend, OR
· Anchorage Brewing Company: Anchorage, AK
· De Garde Brewing: Tillamook, OR
· Engine House #9: Tacoma, WA
· Fantome Brewery: Belgium
· Fonta Flora Brewery: Morganton, NC
· Highland Park Brewery: Los Angeles, CA
· Holy Mountain Brewing: Seattle, WA
· Jester King Brewery: Austin, TX
· Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales: Ann Arbor, MI
· Kent Falls Brewing: Kent, CT
· Monkish Brewing Company: Los Angeles, CA
· Off Color Brewing: Chicago, IL
· Sante Adairrius Rustic Ales: Capitola, CA
· Tired Hands Brewing Company: Ardmore, PA
· And more!
What’s a “Farmhouse Ale”?
Farmhouse Ales are traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not long ago this method was close to extinction, but in recent years there has been a massive revival —especially in the US. This is a very complex brewing style; many of the offerings are very fruity in aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness, lots of spice, and medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry and many have only a touch of sweetness. Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 5.0-8.0%
ABOUT THE MASONRY:
Open since August 2013, The Masonry is a small bar located in the Uptown neighborhood of Seattle. We cook all food, from our Neapolitan-style pizzas to our spicy meatballs, in a wood-burning oven. Come chat with our bartenders about our extensive beer list, watch our chefs at work, and listen to some samples from our record collection. Featuring 14 beer taps, 2 cider taps, 5 wine taps and a seasonal, rotating lunch and dinner menu.
KEXP is a nonprofit arts organization serving music lovers and artists through in-person, broadcast, and online programming. KEXP operates one of the most influential listener-supported music radio stations in the world, 90.3 KEXP-FM Seattle, with online and on-air service reaching over 200,000 global listeners each week. On KEXP’s YouTube channel, videos of exclusive live performances garner more than 2.1 million views per week. From their headquarters at Seattle Center, KEXP hosts community events and produces hundreds of live performances each year, many of which are open to public audiences at no charge. For more information, please visit www.kexp.org.