The 10th annual Seattle Beer Week includes about 200 different dinner pairings, tastings and other events at nearly 100 different bars and restaurants around King County. Better start to prioritize, right?
Seattle Beer Week is a coming-out party for Urban Family Brewing Co., one of the best-kept secrets (until now) in the city.
This Magnolia microbrewery is currently the cool kid that everyone wants to ask to the dance. Urban Family Brewing didn’t plan to host many tastings. It can only make 2,000 barrels a year out of its tiny warehouse near Salmon Bay. But in recent weeks, Seattle bars and bottleshops requested Urban Family Brewing’s sours and farmhouse ales to feature during the 10th annual Seattle Beer Week. And next thing you know, Urban Brewing is involved in seven different Beer Week events.
In December of 2016, Andy Gundel took over the brewery and gradually put his fingerprints on the operation. He hired Isaac Koski of New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado to head his sour program.
The city’s biggest beer event, Seattle Beer Week hosts about 200 different dinner pairings, tastings and other events at nearly 100 different bars and restaurants around King County.
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The event is a good chance for the mainstream to sample suds that the beer community raves about, especially Urban Family Brewing. In addition to its barrel-aged beers, Urban Brewing makes some of the best New England-style IPAs, robust floral and fruity beers without the usual bitter finish you find in Northwest IPAs.
Below are suggested events for the 11-day festivities. Note that times and dates are subject to change. Check the website for updates.
Then at 6 p.m., the bar crawl continues to West Seattle, where Beveridge Place Pub will tap 16 cask beers; at 7:30 p.m., it’s on to Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden. The final stretch includes stops at Brave Horse Tavern (8:30 p.m.), and if you’re still standing after that, The Pine Box on Capitol Hill at 9:30 p.m.
Brouwer’s Cafe; 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; 400 N. 35th St., Seattle; 206-267-2437, brouwerscafe.blogspot.com
An OG, Polish Beer Night was featured at the first Seattle Beer Week 10 years ago. It’s back, with a dozen pilsners and porters featured on draft and in bottles including “the Champagne of Polish Beers,” Piwo z Grodziska. Also check out the Fortuna Mirabelle made with plum nectar and the pear cider, Perry Miłosławski.
The most acclaimed breweries in Tacoma and Seattle respectively come together at this Lower Queen Anne haunt. The Masonry will feature 14 beers from these two powerhouses as well as two IPAs they collaborated on: the Five of Swords and the double IPA Ten of Swords, the latter loaded with Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic hops. Both will be among the most sought after with the hop heads.
Masonry, 11:30 a.m.-midnight; 20 Roy St., Seattle; 206-453-4375, themasonryseattle.com
The Noble Fir, 1 p.m.-midnight; 5316 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; 206-420-7425, thenoblefir.com
Brunch pair with some stellar IPAs from Bellingham including Kulshan Brewing, Aslan Brewing, Structures Brewing and Wander. A family-friendly event at Elysian Tangletown.
Elysian Brewing, 10 -a.m.- 2 p.m.; 2106 N. 55th St., Seattle; 206-547-5929, elysianbrewing.com/age-gate
One of the stars in Bellingham, Chuckanut Brewery won gold for its pilsner and Kolsch at the prestigious World Beer Cup in Nashville last week. Its rare and limited releases will be featured during brunch at this Tom Douglas bar in South Lake Union.
Brave Horse Tavern, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; 310 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; 206-971-0717, bravehorsetavern.com
One of the signature Beer Week events, 35 different brews from 35 different breweries from Washington state. To many, this is what Seattle Beer Week should be about — a toast just to local beers, $4 a pint.
Beveridge Place Pub, 2 p.m.-2 a.m.; 6413 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; 206-932-9906, beveridgeplacepub.com
A celebration of the women in the beer industry, this tasting focuses on brewers as well as 30 other artisanal producers in ciders, wines and chocolates. Ticket is $45.
The Pike Brewing Company, 5-8 p.m.; 1415 First Ave., Seattle; 206-622-6044, pikebrewing.com
A popular event on Capitol Hill, “The Twelve Randalls” features all sorts of wacky and weird ingredients that get infused in beers. In years past, that included Skittles, bacon, ham bits and whiskey-soaked oak chips.
The Pine Box; 4-9 p.m., 1600 Melrose Ave., Seattle; 206-588-0375, pineboxbar.com
Some underrated craft beers have come out of Vancouver, Wash. in the past three years. Come check out the lineup from Vancouver’s Loowit Brewing Company. It’s a good excuse to head north to this stellar drinking hole, Brigid’s Bottleshop.
Brigid’s Bottleshop, 5-8 p.m.; 190 Sunset Ave. Ste C, Edmonds; 425-412-3199, brigidsbottleshop.com
Several events will feature this Magnolia brewery, but hit this one if you want to sample a wide range from its portfolio. Check out its Brett pale ale, its dry-hopped apricot sour ale (Light Fields) and its floral Saison Magnolia. Snacks and small bites are from Brave Horse Tavern.
Urban Family Brewing Company, 5-9 p.m.; 4441 26th Ave. W. Suite A, Seattle; 206-861-6769, urbanfamilybrewing.com
Evil Twin has a huge following around Seattle. Here’s your chance to see what the fuss is about. On tap will be Evil Twin’s “2016 Even More Jesus Imperial Stout.” Also on tap will be Mikkeller’s 2015 Big Worster Barleywine. Beer geeks will get the reference. Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso of Evil Twin supposedly doesn’t get along with his twin brother Mikkel Borg Bjergso of Mikkeller Brewing.
The Hop and Hound, noon-10 p.m.; 18116 101st Ave. N.E., Bothell; 425-486-2337, thehopandhound.com
A focus on craft beers out of Olympia and Tacoma, this tasting showcases not only all the big-name South End breweries but also a few that are hard to find in King County including Northish Beer Company and Well 80 Brewing.
Full Throttle Bottles, 5-9 p.m.; 5909 Airport Way S., Seattle; fullthrottlebottles.com
Pucker up. One of the biggest draws during Beer Week, Sour Fest features 55 beers on tap including great suds from The Lost Abbey, Almanac Beer Co. and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. Beer geeks from around Washington and Oregon will pack this bar for a chance to taste some acclaimed sours. Come early if you want a seat at the bar. Lines will start before 11 a.m.
Brouwer’s Cafe, 11 a.m.-11.p.m.; 400 N. 35th St., Seattle; 206-267-2437, brouwerscafe.blogspot.com
Expect some rare kegs and bottles including Fremont Brewing’s B-Bomb, Crux Fermentation Project’s Freakcake! and Perennial Artisanal Ales’ Abraxas (brewed with ancho chili peppers and other spices). Lots of big imperial and barrel-aged beers. You might need to call an Uber or a designated driver for this event.
The Growler Guys NE, 5 p.m.-midnight; 8500 Lake City Way, Seattle; 206-522-2337, thegrowlerguys.com/locations/seattle-northeast
Legendary Seattle brewer Dick Cantwell and craft-beer pioneer Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewing Company will be at The Pine Box. Expect some special sour releases from New Belgium Brewing. Also, it’s not open to the public yet, but Future Primitive Brewing in White Center has brewed two beers for this Capitol Hill event.
The Pine Box, 6-10 p.m.; 1600 Melrose Ave., Seattle; 206-588-0375, pineboxbar.com
About 40 nitrogen beers will be featured, the largest event of its kind in the Northwest. Nitro beers have a fluffy, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Some stellar ones to try: Matchless’ Super Secret Sour, Cloudburst’s Pale Ale and 3 Magnets’ Vormestrand’s Scroll.
Arguably Fremont Brewing’s best beer, the bourbon barrel-aged Dark Star from 2015-2017 will be poured at this Wallingford bottleshop. The event starts at 6 p.m., though you should be there early. It is likely to sell out. You will want a sample of the Ancient One Dark Star beer.
Bottleworks, 6-9 p.m.; 1710 N. 45th, Seattle; 206-633-2437, bottleworks.com
Some of Reuben’s rare and special releases, including its anticipated sour beers, will debut at this Ballard event. Also expect to see several out-of-state beers that usually don’t land in our state, including beers from Alvarado Street Brewery, Adroit Theory Brewing Company and Noble Ale Works, which just won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup. Urban Family Brewing will also have a special beer for the event.
Beer geeks will get to schmooze with other brewers from around the country who are in town for Beer Week. Reuben’s back lot will be open to accommodate the crowd. Live music, also.
Reuben’s Brews, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; 5010 14th Ave. N.W., Seattle; 206-784-2859, reubensbrews.com
This brunch pairing has become trendy. Here’s two events to close out the festivities:
The Hop and Hound will do a chocolate doughnut with coffee stout, French cruller with sour beer and a raspberry jelly doughnut with strawberry wheat beer. The doughnuts come from Countryside Donut House.
The Hop and Hound, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 18116 101st Ave. N.E., Bothell; 425-486-2337, thehopandhound.com
This Ballard standout will pair four different Mighty-O Donuts with Kuma Coffee-infused beers. Pairing details will be posted later on its Facebook page.
Reuben’s Brews, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.; 5010 14th Ave. N.W., Seattle; 206-784-2859, reubensbrews.com