Toronado to Feature 30+ Drool-Worthy Beers for First Annual Rise of the Centaur Fest

January 7th, 2015 · Events

When Toronado opened last year up in Roosevelt, if there was one thing we knew for certain it was that owner Matt Bonney would plan some pretty stellar festival lineups. The first annual Rise of the Centaur Fest, which will take place on Thursday, January 29, definitely fits that bill. The lineup will feature 30+ beers, including barrel-aged beers, sours, barleywines and more.

Here is the initial list of beers that will be pouring (more to come):

– Midnight Sun – Berzerker
– Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Stout
– Fremont – Bourbon Abominable
– Nectar – Black Zantus
– Dogfish Head – Old School Barleywine
– Perennial – Abraxxas
– Laughing Dog – Dogfather
– Coalition – Big Maple Porter
– Engine House #9 – Barrel Aged Triple
– Mad Viking – Barleywine
– Maritime – Bourbon Bosons
– Hales – Bourbon Barrel Stout
– Deschutes – XXVI
– BFM – Abbey de St. Bon-Chien
– Black Raven – Splinters
– Firestone Walker – Double DBA
– Elysian – De Peche Mode
– Green Flash – 12th Anniversary Sour
– Boulevard – Saison #4
– Perennial – Stefon
– Firestone Walker – Velvet Merkin
– Firestone Walker – Agrestic
– Bear Republic – Tartare Rouge
– De Prouf – Sour #1
– Stone – Bang Bang
– Pelican – Poire

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Four Seattle Bars Make Draft Magazine’s 2015 List of America’s 100 Best Beer Bars

January 6th, 2015 · Uncategorized

There is no question that we are blessed with an abundance of amazing beer bars here in Seattle. Any time a list of “Top Beer Bars” comes out, there are bound to be some glaring omissions. But, it’s always nice to see some of our local spots recognized in a national publication.

Draft Magazine’s annual list of “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars” is one of the more popular lists, and the 2015 edition was posted on their website today. Four Seattle beer bars made the cut for 2015: Beveridge Place Pub, The Pine Box, The Sixgill and Stumbling Monk. All four of these bars were named to the list in 2014 as well, and Beveridge Place Pub and Stumbling Monk have been on the list for as long as I can remember it being put together. A few Seattle bars have dropped off the list over the years, but I certainly can’t argue with Pine Box and Sixgill being in there. I’d consider all four of these bars some of my favorites in the city.

What about all the other outstanding beer bars that didn’t make the list: Uber Tavern, Brouwer’s Cafe, Collins Pub, Tippe & Drague, etc…? Again, it just goes to show how lucky we are here. These lists can be arbitrary when you are looking at some great bars and only have room for a certain number.

This reminds me that someday I should probably consider updating my own list of Top 10 Beer Spots in Seattle….which I last did in 2012. Much has changed since then.

A big congrats to all four of the bars on the Draft list, and cheers to all the other great bars in town.

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Strong Ale Fest at The Pine Box Coming Up on January 15

January 6th, 2015 · Events

The Pine Box is emptying out their cooler and they seem to have a lot of strong beer. They’ll be throwing a Strong Ale Fest next Thursday, January 15, featuring 15+ beers that weigh in at 10% ABV or above.

If I were you, I wouldn’t drive to this one…

Here are the beers that are confirmed:

BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 11.00%
Black Market Black Hole Sun Russian Imperial Stout 15.00%
Crux Fermentation Tough Love 11.50%
Deschutes Abyss 11.00%
Deschutes Black Butte XXVI 10.20%
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marin 12.00%
Dogfish Head Raison d’ Extra 18.00%
Firestone Walker Double DBA 12.00%
Firestone Walker Parabola 13.00%
Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee 13.40%
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 14.20%
Lost Abbey Angels Share 12.50%
Midnight Sun Berserker Imperial Stout 13.00%
North Coast Barrel Aged old Rasputin 12.10%
Perennial Abraxas 10.00%

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Beveridge Place Pub Inaugurates Georgetown Lucille as 2015 House IPA on January 8

January 5th, 2015 · Events, Washington Breweries

From BPP’s Facebook page – Lucille Inauguration Party tap lineup from 2013.

Each year Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle lets customers decide what the house IPA is going to be for the following year. So, in October customers had the chance to vote for their favorites, and the winner was announced at the annual IPA Cask-O-Rama in early November. Georgetown Lucille took the title back from Schooner Exact 3-Grid, which was the 2013 house IPA.

Beveridge Place Pub is one of my favorite bars in Seattle, and a permanent handle of Lucille is certainly a good option to fall back on when you can’t decide what to get from the rest of their taps.

They will be celebrating with an Inauguration Party at the pub on January 8 starting at 7pm, and they’ll be pouring a few other fun Georgetown Beers, including Lisa’s Chocolate Stout, Camp George Dunkellweizen (a collab with Base Camp Brewing from PDX), Tombourbon (bourbon barrel-aged Belgian brown ale) and the always popular Manny’s.

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“Six Degrees of Kevin & Bacon” Beer Dinner at Gordon Biersch to Feature Chuckanut, Firestone Walker

December 29th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Kevin Davey at the downtown Seattle Gordon Biersch.

Kevin Davey at the downtown Seattle Gordon Biersch.

If you are a fan of the lagers that Brewmaster Kevin Davey is making at Gordon Biersch (GB) in downtown Seattle these days, here is an event to get your new year started off right. On January 7 at 7pm, GB will hold a dinner themed “Six Degrees of Kevin & Bacon”. The fun and familiar theme will feature beers from breweries where Kevin has brewed at in the past, including GB, Chuckanut Brewery & Firestone Walker. The beers will be paired with courses that incorporate bacon.

Kevin was previously the Lead Brewer at Chuckanut from 2010 to 2012, which is regarded as one of the best lager producers in the country. He then spent a year working for the esteemed Firestone Walker Brewing Company in California before returning to Seattle for a short stint at Georgetown Brewing and then moving into his current position at GB.

Tickets for the event are $40 per person and can be reserved by calling GB at 206-405-4205. There is no menu available, yet, but according to the press release from Chuckanut, they will be bringing their Bean Stop Porter & Alt Bier. The press release goes on to say, “Chuckanut will be at the dinner to talk about Chuckanut beers and maybe stories from the days when Kevin was brewing. The chef will also chat about his bacon oriented courses as the dinner progresses. Served family style, the event will be full of laughter, good food and excellent beer.”

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Pike Pub & Old Bawdy

December 23rd, 2014 · Events, Washington Breweries

pikenyLooking for something to do for New Year’s Eve next week? Pike Brewing is having a beer dinner to celebrate the end of 2014 and arrival of 2015.  The 3-course meal will feature pairings with beers such as their 2013 Old Bawdy Barleywine and Wood Aged Kilt Lifter, and then at midnight they will have a complimentary toast with their 2014 release of Old Bawdy. Or, if you are the fireworks type, you can hop on a special trolley that will take you to the Kerry Park Overlook for a great view of the fireworks going off at the Space Needle.

Options & prices (includes tax & gratuity):
– $95 for dinner, beer pairings and your round-trip ride to the fireworks.
– $85 for dinner and your round-trip ride to the fireworks.
– $80 for just dinner with beer pairings
– $70 for just dinner

The full menu can be found here.

Book your tickets for packages with the trolley here, or call Pike to make reservations just for dinner.

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“Bois and Foie Gras” with The Bruery at The Sixgill This Saturday

December 19th, 2014 · California Beer, Events

If you are looking for an indulgent pairing leading up to the holidays, look no further than what The Sixgill in Fremont will be serving up tomorrow night, Saturday, December 20. They will be pouring eight beers from The Bruery in California, and three of those beers will be paired with special appetizers.

One of the appetizers will feature the 15% ABV 5th anniversary beer from The Bruery, called Bois, paired with a foie gras and gingerbread terrine. They will also pour the sixth beer in The Bruery’s “12 Days of Christmas Series”, a dark and toasty 11.5% ABV winter ale called Six Geese-A-Laying, which will be paired with roasted pork belly and some honeycrisp apple. Finally, you could choose the Tart of Darkness Sour Stout paired with fresh house-made cheese and some huckleberry jam.

They will also be pouring these five additional selections from The Bruery:

SUCRE 6TH ANNIVERSARY ENGLISH STYLE ALE
WHITE OAK WHEAT WINE AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS
SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING BELGIAN QUADRUPLE
SMOKING WOOD SMOKED PORTER
HOTTENROTH GERMAN STYLE BERLINER WEISSE

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Holiday Brewmaster Dinner This Sunday at Jolly Roger Taproom

December 19th, 2014 · Events, Washington Breweries

Maritme Pacific Brewing’s Jolly Roger Taproom (SBN sponsor) has some pretty fantastic food, and this Sunday from 6pm to 9pm they will be holding their first-ever Holiday Brewmaster Dinner featuring 5 beers paired with 5 courses for $40. Advanced reservations must be made today (December 19), so please give them a call at 206-782-6181 to reserve your spots. They will also be announcing the winner of their “Must Hold Beer” stein contest in partnership with Pottery Northwest during a break in the meal. And, yes, they will have the Sunday night Seahawks vs. Cardinals game on during the dinner…

You can find our more details in the following press release:

Welcome to the 2014 Holiday Season and the first Maritime “It Must Hold Beer” Stein Contest. With December being a month of merriment and the joyful drinking of Holiday Beverages, we are celebrating with a one-of-a-kind Stein Contest for which Maritime has partnered with Pottery Northwest. Participants in the contest have each handcrafted their own unique stein totally from ceramics. Some have incorporated a maritime (or even a “Jolly Roger”) theme. And each stein, of course, “Must Hold Beer”. All entries are on display in the Jolly Roger Taproom from December 7th through December 21st and will be available for purchase at the end of the contest, with the 1st Prize-winning stein to be permanently displayed in a place of honor at the Jolly Roger Taproom. All of the winning entries will be determined entirely by popular vote.

On Sunday, December 21st, we will be hosting our first-ever Special Holiday Brewmaster Dinner in the Jolly Roger Taproom. We will also be announcing the winners of Maritime’s “It Must Hold Beer” Stein Contest during a break in the meal. The Brewmaster Dinner menu, created by the talented Chefs in the Jolly Roger Kitchen, will be incorporating over 8 different Maritime beers into the dinner’s separate courses. Each course will also come with its own beer that has been chosen to complement the dish, 5 beers with 5 courses. Our Jolly Roger Christmas Ale and Bosun’s Black Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter are just a couple of the beers to be featured. Dinner will start at 6 PM and cost $40 per person plus tax and gratuity. Advance reservations are required by December 19th. Call 206-782-6181. Save this Date and don’t be left out! Oh, and Yes the SEAHAWKS game will be on!

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Tacoma Field Trip: The Red Hot & Engine House #9 Celebrate the Winter Solstice With Special Events

December 16th, 2014 · Events

An excuse to head down south on I-5 to Tacoma to visit some of their worthy beer destinations is never a bad thing. This upcoming Sunday, December 21, The Red Hot and Engine House #9 will be both be hosting special events in honor of the winter solstice.

The Red Hot will be hosting their 3rd annual Darkest Day, featuring a list of dark, strong beers that are perfect for the darkest day of the year. Engine House #9 will be holding an event for the release of their 2014 Snow Cru, but they will also have an array of barrel-aged Belgian-style beers and sour/Brett beers pouring. You can see the full lists for each event below, which are subject to change.

If you aren’t aware, The Red Hot and Engine House #9 are just a short block away from each other. They make for a nice mini-bar crawl. I also happen to know there are a few rentals on Airbnb in the area….I’d suggest making a night of it so you don’t have to worry about getting back up to Seattle.

The Red Hot Darkest Day
2011 Deschutes Abyss
2012 Deschutes Abyss
2014 Deschutes Abyss
Deschutes Black Butte XXIV
Deschutes Black Butte XXV
Deschutes Black Butte XXVI
Evil Twin Imp Biscotti On Cherries
Fremont Kentucky Dark Star
Fremont Coffee Dark Star
Fremont Spiced Dark Star
Midnight Sun Berserker
Midnight Sun Son of Berserker
Midnight Sun Bar Fly Smoked Imperial Stout
Naked City Big Leberwski
Two Beers Sour Barrel Aged Jive Espresso Stout
Walking Man Jaywalker Imperial Stout

All beers will be 5.5oz pours only, ordered by number, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. This date falls on a Sunday this year, which means we will be open for breakfast (and Darkest Day) at 9am.

Engine House Snow Cru Release
Featuring barrel-aged Belgian-style beers and sour/Brett beers
Snow Cru 2014
Life Of Piker
2013 Holy Diver
Barrel Aged Tripel
Nefelibata
Rhubarb Wild
Viva La France
VOLTRON 1.0
Vieux Monde Saison
Peabody Ale
Raspberry Farmhouse
Diablo Rouge
Peach Raspberry Tacoma Weisse
Plus a few fun guest beers

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Toronado to Host Barrel-Aged Night With Portland’s Breakside Brewery

December 15th, 2014 · Events, Oregon Breweries

Breakside Brewery is making some of the best beers in the Northwest these days. Aside from their GABF-medal-winning IPAs, they continually produce an array of interesting styles and offerings, including barrel-aged beers.

Toronado will be hosting Breakside for a barrel-aged night on Tuesday, December 16 starting at 6pm. It looks like seven barrel-aged beers from Breakside will be pouring. You can see the full list with details below.

New World Bruin: 9% West Coast interpretation of a Flanders Red, this beer features a blend of old & young barrel aged sour beer.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec: 11.5% Award-winning, oak-aged version of our Aztec ale(strong amber ale made with habanero and serrano chilies and cacao nibs from Mana Chocolate). The 2014 vintage of this beer spent six months in Knob Creek whiskey barrels and shows notes of vanilla, coconut, chocolate, and red fruit.

Apollo & Dionysus: 9.7% This is the barrel-aged version of our collaboration beer with Widmer Brothers Brewing, Saison a Fleurs. The base saison is made with jasmine, chrysanthemum, and Szechuan peppercorn. The beer was then aged for five months in Old Tom Gin barrels from Ransom Spirits. The result is a botanical, tart, and very dry beer that is as reminiscent of a summer cocktail as much as a heavy hitting barrel-aged beer.

Aquavit Barrel-Aged IPA: 7.8% Blended barrel-aged beer consisting of IPA that was aged in a House Spirits Krogstad Aquavit barrel and freshly brewed IPA. A happy accident created by our brewer Tom Fischer when he decided to commandeer our barrel program for a day.

Ansatz: 11% the second release in our Cellar Reserve series of beers, this rare beer is a Bourbon barrel-aged version of our Smoked Bock

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Blackberry Porter: 9.5% strong dark beer fermented at lager temperatures with rich caramel notes. this beer was then barrel-aged with Oregon blackberries in freshly emptied Jim Beam barrels.

Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit w Kaffir (Not official name): Should be around 8.5% Blend of 80% Double Wit aged in Old Tom Gin Barrels with 20% Kaffir Lime Sour Double Wit. Herbal, botanical, refreshing, tart, delicious.

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