Each day during Seattle Beer Week, Sauced will recommend a few picks from the vast calendar.
Have you been drinking enough water? Seattle Beer Week soldiers on for another round of cant-miss events.
Sometimes sweet, sometimes tart, and usually funky, sour beers are a favorite of many brewers and beer geeks, and currently inching their way into the mainstream. Brouwer’s festival of pucker and funk is one of Beer Week’s major gatherings, wherein the bar turns over most of its taps to top-flight sour beers from the U.S. and Belgium. If you love sours, it’s not to be missed. If you think sour beer sounds nasty, this gathering of styles hopefully includes at least one brew that will change your mind.
True, beer is often served in conjunction with pork belly, pork rinds, bacon, and other meaty companions. Which is why tonight’s five-course pairing dinner at lovely vegetarian restaurant Carmelita is such an unusual opportunity. Chef Carlos Caula and Pike Brewing founders Charles and Rose Anne Finkel will preside over a communal table of beer, snacks, and courses, with nary a pig part in sight. Cross your fingers that the weather holds, in which case dinner is served in Carmelita’s garden.
It’s always nice to see atypical establishments get in on the Beer Week action. Taylor Shellfish Farms’ Melrose Market shop always has a few oyster-friendly beers in the cooler, but tonight Widmer Brothers is invited over to comingle with freshly shucked oysters. The Portland brewery is bringing a hefeweizen and its seldom-seen oyster stout. If you’ve ever wondered what the deal is with oyster stout, and whether this dark, creamy beer can really complement crisp, briny oysters, tonight’s the night to find out.