Beer Week

Seattle Beer Week Begins on Thursday

Once again, there is way too much to do. Plan well.

May 10, 2010

Seattle Beer Week begins this Thursday, May 13 with the inaugural keg tapping. This year it’s at Hale’s, brewer of the official 2010 Seattle Beer Week beer.

That starts at 5:30pm. From then on, the week is jam-packed with beer events—so many, in fact, that it can be a little overwhelming.

Here are a few of my recommendations.

On Saturday, May 15 from 11am-8pm, local brewer Schooner Exact is hosting a public preview of its new digs at 3901 1st Avenue South. There will be barbecued ribs and pulled pork sandwiches along with the beer. On the same day at 3pm at Bottleworks, sample Firestone Walker’s new Parabola stout. If you ask me, the California brewer is making some of the tastiest beers currently on the market.

On Sunday, May 16 I’ll be on my way to Whisky Bar, where Rob Tod, head brewer at my beloved Allagash, will be tapping rare kegs.

Starting at 3pm on Monday the 17th, Beveridge Place Pub is offering 24 varieties of Washington-brewed pints for $3. No brainer.

Later in the day, however, a difficult choice must be made. Crow is hosting a beer pairing dinner with Pike Brewing. It’s $55, call restaurant for reservations. But Brouwer’s has invited Firestone Walker for a pairing dinner that starts at 6pm. There will be eight courses paired with 12 beers; the dinner costs $100. (Email [email protected]’sCafe.com to reserve.)

But then—holy crap—on the very same evening Elysian head brewer Dick Cantwell is hosting brewing luminary Sam Calagione of Delaware’s Dogfish Head at Elysian Tangletown. That starts at 6:30 and costs $95, you can buy tickets at Tangletown or Elysian Brewing on Capitol Hill.

What to do? You’ll get the best food at Crow, probably, and while I love all these breweries I’m most excited about Firestone Walker right now. But dinner with Cantwell and Calagione? That would be such a fine Beer Week thing to do. Best of luck deciding.

I’ll be back later in the week with more SBW picks.

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