Reunion for Beer Tribute, Taps and Growler Fills at Bottleworks and a Trip to Black Raven Brewing

June 4th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Events, Washington Breweries

  • Today is the second anniversary of Reunion for Beer partner Virginia Maclean’s passing. The other 2 partners of this worthy cause, Alan Shapiro (SBS Imports) and Pete Slosberg (Pete’s Brewing Company), have a tribute up at This year’s Reunion Beer, a Double Wheat Ale brewed by Bison Brewing, will only be available on draft (starting in July) in the San Francisco Bay area, as well as Taco Mac restaurants throughout Georgia. Pete & Alan hope to return with bottles for the 2010 Reunion Beer. For now, the best way to support Virginia’s vision is to donate $5 or more directly to the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.
  • Naked City’s LagerFest is coming up June 18 – 21 at their taphouse. This is a great chance to concentrate on some of the world’s/NW’s best beers that many drinkers often overlook. So far the list includes lagers from Samichlaus, Schlenkerla, Kulmbacher, Chuckanut, Snipes, Paulaner and Spaten.
  • If you haven’t been into Bottleworks lately, you might be surprised at the layout the next time you venture in. They changed the setup of the coolers and layout in order to add a bar with five beers always on tap, aTex pours some Port Townsend beers during a Seattle Beer Week tasting with the shiny new taps in the background.s well as a large bar that runs down the middle of the store (where they used to just stack cases of beer). Bottleworks isn’t a huge store and you might think that this would make for cramped drinking quarters, but the change in setup really opened the place up a lot more than it was previously. We were there for a tasting during Seattle Beer Week and there was plenty of room even with a well attended event. In addition to grabbing a pint to drink while you shop, you can also buy any beer in the store to drink there (for a $1 or $2 corkage fee). They also recently started filling growlers (bring your own empty), and if you’re looking for a keg of something they can order it for you with some advanced notice. On tap right now: Elysian Bitch in a Barrel w/ Brett, Firestone Walker DBA, Fuller’s London Pride, New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale and Russian River Pliny the Elder.
  • Similar to the National IPA Championships that the Brewing News hosted earlier this year, it is time for the second annual Global Warming Open, which is a contest to determine what the most refreshing beer in America is (out of the ones submitted, at least). While judges will determine the final winner, consumers can participate by filling out their brackets online to compete for a case of the winning beer, as well as $100 to spend in the Brewing News store. The first round kicks off on June 20, so make sure to fill out your brackets before then. Full details, competitors and brackets can be found from the contest website. NW brewers with beers in the competition include Boundary Bay, Rogue, Full Sail and Deschutes.
  • We finally made it out to Black Raven Brewing in Redmond this past Sunday, and I was quite impressed with both the taproom and the quality of the beer. We had a chance to sample everything, except for the IPA which they had temporarily run dry on. All of the beers were very clean and well made, and I think our favorites were probably the Totem Northwest Pale Ale (a very American Pale Ale with lots of citrus hop flavor!) and the Tamerlane Brown Porter. The Stout (served on nitro) was a smooth, low alcohol Irish style stout with a nice roast, and both the Kristale Wheat and the Hefeweizen would both be refreshing wheat beers on a summer day (the Black Raven logo glasses they were served in were very cool as well). The taproom itself is a perfect example of how a taproom can be set up when you have the room. There were probably 10 tables total, with a nice bar and a couple more tables in the back next to the roped off brewhouse. You can definitely count me as one of the many new Black Raven fans since their opening, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them. If you haven’t visited yet, I’d highly suggest heading over there.

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5 Comments so far ↓

  • Elvis

    i’m excited about bottleworks’ new space, but two things kinda bug me about it, something i’ll share with them.

    1) it’s a tiny bar with no place to sit
    2) at $6 for a 10oz glass, it’s steep
    2.5) why no board telling you what they have on tap?

  • Anonymous

    “at $6 for a 10oz glass, it’s steep”

    Hair of the Dog Matt, Consecration, Pliny the Younger are like $1 a oz beers in the bottle. Bottleworks actually is giving you a great price.

  • elvis

    well, then give me a $4 option and the $6 “bargain” options

  • Chris

    1) we’re still a bottleshop. we’re not trying to be a bar, more like a place you can have one or two, do some shopping, maybe take home a growler of something.

    2) anonymous covered it. the beers that we’ve been pouring in snifters for $6 are beers that cost us considerably more than your average kegs. we’ll have pints of beers for $4 too (like the Firestone Walker DBA that’s on now).

    2.5) as of a week ago, we have a board with the names of the beers and prices.

  • Elvis

    cool. not that i don’t love you guys, and take the feedback as it is designed (feedback). i’ll be there to get my bottle fix and maybe sip something once and awhile. do like the open feel, tho.

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