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11 Essential Seattle Beer Week Events

The 11-day festival kicks off May 9 with a slew of celebrations at bars and breweries. Here's a day-by-day guide to our picks.

By Stefan Milne May 8, 2019

Pike Brewing Company's Women in Beer returns on May 13.

Seattle Beer “Week” kicks off its 11-day run on Thursday, May 9. You can check out the whole monster list here. But to contend with the tide of events, here’s a day-by-day breakdown:

Thu, May 9
2019 Kickoff Final Stop at Brouwer’s Cafe
Including the pre-party, Thursday’s five kickoff events start at 3 and end at Brouwer’s close to 11. If you make only one, this should be it, purely because Brouwer’s is amazing and who has time to start drinking at 3 on a Thursday? 9:45–10:45

Fri, May 10
Portland Beer Night at The Noble Fir
Because we make so much beer here, we don’t drink enough of Portland’s equally excellent beer. Change that. 4–midnight

Sat, May 11
Pig Roast at Urban Family Brewing Company
Maker of rad wild and sour beer, Urban Family is releasing a new Reserve brew. To celebrate, they’ve invited Ravenna Brewing to tap kegs and have a party all while roasting a pig. Noon–10, $10–$15

Sun, May 12
Washington Versus Oregon Pilsner Fest at Altstadt
Washington State makes formidable pilsner. So does Oregon. Since most bars tap only a few pilsners at a time, though, rarely do you get to compare. 3–8

Mon, May 13
Women in Beer at Pike Brewing Company
This annual event shines the spotlight on women brewers and owners, who in this industry, like so many others, are stupidly marginalized. Some of the proceeds from Pike’s Morning After Pale go to Planned Parenthood. 5–9, $45 tickets 

Tue, May 14
Harry Potter Trivia at Ounces Taproom and Beer Garden
Yes, there will be butter beer on tap (courtesy Rooftop Brewing). 7–10

Wed, May 15
IPA Blowout at Chuck’s Hop Shop (Greenwood)
I’m pretty thankful that as craft beer has aged, it’s moved beyond its extreme sport thing: Bitterest IPA! Booziest malt bomb! So many taps! But part of me still loves lacking restraint. So what the hell: 30 beers on tap! All great IPA! 10–midnight

Thu, May 16
Fremont Fest at The Growler Guys
To celebrate its 3000th brew, Fremont Brewing made a barrel-aged barley wine called, somewhat mythically, Brew 3000. It quickly sold out when released in March. The Growler Guys have some and are letting you try it (and a bunch of other Fremont brews). 5–9

Fri, May 17
Bodacious Beverages Brewfest at Beveridge Place Pub
The name, atrociously alliterative. The idea, pretty great: 25 rare and weird beers—from barrel-aged to sour. 2–2

Sat, May 18
Battle of the Beer Bands at Conner Byrne’s Pub
Starting at 4 you can prefunk at Ballard’s new Viking bar Skål. Then head to Conner Byrne and watch four bands, each of which has members in the local beer industry. Although a band that takes its name from the German sport Hammerschlagen should be draw enough. 7:30–11:30

Sun, May 19
Coffee Beer and Doughnuts at Reuben’s Brews
Beer Week should end mellowly and cleverly. To that end, Reuben’s and Mighty-O are doing a sort of doughnut tasting menu: a paired flight of coffee beer and donuts. 11–3

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