Each day during Seattle Beer Week, Sauced will recommend a few picks from the vast calendar.
Seattle Beer Week chugs to its boozy conclusion on Sunday, meaning you have three more days to partake of great offerings like Beer O’Clock, Squirreled Away, and assorted kegs and eggs. Meanwhile, here are a few notable events to help you close out the week.
One of the coolest breweries in town has been busy laying in a stock of barrels and building up a major program of barrel-aged beers. Some of them aren’t quiiiiite ready for prime time, but the brewery is inviting the public in to sample a few that are just about ready (including the B-Bomb, the already-powerful Abominable made even more potent by a stint in the barrel). Not only do you get to taste some good beers, but it’s a fascinating lesson in how barrel aging changes and deepens a beer over time.
I am a sucker for Belgian-style beers, hence I am a sucker for Sound Brewery in Poulsbo. These guys make some brilliant heavy hitters, but even their more sessionable creations pack lots of flavor. And on a completely unsessionable note: Friday night will reportedly involve a keg of WW3, Sound’s Triple Entendre, aged in a barrel that previously housed wheat whiskey from Bainbridge Organic Distillers. Be still my liver.
Eugene craft powerhouse Ninkasi + Oola Distillery = a night of beer-based cocktails courtesy of Liberty’s talented barkeeps. Ninkasi founder Jamie Floyd and Oola’s Brandon Gillespie will be on hand to accept your rapturous compliments.
The Ballard taproom’s ample parking lot will be blocked off for the day and devoted to food, beer, and live music.
The Noble Fir
Hawaiian Night Featuring Maui Brewing
Maui Brewing Co. achieved a bit of a beer miracle by creating a coconut porter that actually tastes (very much) like coconut, yet still manages to be a serious beer. A few of the Hawaiian craft brewery’s creations are common sights around Seattle, but the night’s agenda includes some rarities, including an imperial golden ale, an imperial (aka extra boozy) IPA, and a Abbey-style dark strong ale. It’s an Alohafied take on Belgian-style beers and clearly Hawaiian shirts are encouraged.
This debut event gathers up the best brewers east of Lake Washington, at one of the best beer shops around. Black Raven, Snoqualmie, Foggy Noggin, Redhook, Mac & Jack’s, Issaquah, Dirty Bucket, and 12 Bars will be in the house for a low-key potluck, and plenty of beermosas. If you’re too hung over to bring food, neighboring Stone Korean Restaurant is supplying Korean chicken wings for $0.60 apiece, and the nearby gyro spot has discounts as well.
Beer Lovers Appreciation Day
Hold the phone. All beer purchase are 20 percent off at all Puget Sound–area Whole Foods Markets? Drat—if only I hadn’t just spent all my money on Beer Week events.