Elysian Split Shot

The official beer of Seattle Beer Week will be flowing freely tonight and for the next 10 days.

Each day during Seattle Beer Week, Sauced will be recommending a few picks from the ever-growing calendar.

When I stopped by Brave Horse Tavern yesterday, and the pub was festooned with so many banners, signs and decorations that it looked like the joint was throwing a Beer Week-themed birthday party. But you can’t blame the staff for being excited. The fourth installment of Seattle Beer Week begins today, and brings a formidable list of events, each more intoxicating than the last.

Here’s where beer fans should be celebrating on Thursday, May 10.

Elysian Brewing Co. (first stop)
SBW 2012 Kickoff
5pm and on
Drinkers usher in this most beery of weeks with a progressive celebration that begins at Elysian and continues on to Pyramid, Naked City, and The Pine Box. The highlight of this first stop will be tapping the inaugural keg of the official Beer Week brew, Elysian’s Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout.

Elliott Bay Pizza and Pub
Drink Your ‘Fn’ Beer
6-9pm
Every brew I’ve tasted from Bothell brewery Foggy Noggin (most recently the English-style pale ale Diablo del Sol) has been damn delicious, and I do enjoy a brewery that gives its creations names like Bit O’ Beaver and Kastrated Dawg (UW fans probably don’t buy a lot of that one). Brewer Jim Jamison is kicking off Beer Week at this Mill Creek pizza spot, and bringing some rare kegs with him.

Beveridge Place Pub
Cask-O-Rama, Part 1
6pm-Midnight
West Seattle’s coziest of beer bars will set up 12 cask-conditioned ales, each from a different Seattle brewery, and let you have at it. The night’s offerings include Elysian’s official Beer Week brew, the Space Needle Anniversary Ale brewed by Pike, and Two Beers’ Heart of Darkness Cascadian dark ale, infused with habanero and plum, as well as beers from Georgetown, Schooner Exact, Big Time, Maritine, Odin, Elliott Bay, Hale’s, Big Al, and Naked City.