Head west for the first ever Far West Beer Fest

Far West Beer FestJust when you thought Bremerton was about the only western-bound brew fest in Washington, this summer 7 Cedar Casino in Sequim, Washington brings us the first annual Far West Beer Fest.

Set in the picturesque summer-time setting of the beautiful coastline and Olympic Mountains, Far West highlights some of the newest (and smallest) craft breweries in Washington. Many of these nanos are unknown to us “east-siders” as they rarely make their way all the way over to Seattle beer events. Far West Beer Fest should be a treat for those of us that don’t oft make it over to the peninsula solely for the purpose of a beer pilgrimage. I highly recommend you use the excuse of this new beer festival for just that: Sampling the wares of our peninsula microbreweries.

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Summer beer fest in Kitsap County

With that big fiery yellow ball of light finally showing itself on a regular basis here in the Pacific Northwest, summer is officially here! And what better way to spend your summer weekends than at brew fests?

Next up on the Washington Beer Commission’s docket of quality beer festivals is the Bremerton Summer BrewFest happening Saturday, July 21 (yup, it’s a one-day deal) from noon to 9 p.m.

This brewfest makes the perfect weekend excursion, whether you head over just for the day or spend the evening in Bremerton and stay for the night (highly recommended). You’ll find this to be a low-key event with some truly exceptional beer.
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The beer community pitches in on Earth Day with a sustainable event at Latona Pub

With Earth Day around the corner, the beer community here in Seattle is once again showing just how green it is by teaming up with Feet First to throw a fundraiser for the Seattle non-profit on Sunday, April 22. For the third year running (or walking rather), the Latona Pub has been “kicking the carbon footprint” and transporting beer from brewery to bar without the help of a combustible engine during Earth Week. That’s right; Sunday, volunteers will have the opportunity to haul kegs of beer from Two Beers Brewing in SODO all the way to Latona Pub in Greenlake. And once the beer arrives, the party starts.

Tickets for the event are $20, are available for purchase now and will certainly sell out, so act quickly. All ticket proceeds from the event go to Feet First, “Washington’s only pedestrian advocacy nonprofit.” Your ticket entitles you to a limited edition Feet First pint glass, one pint of Two Beers limited edition Hand Truckin’ Wheat Ale and, last but not least, the chance to schmooze with local craft brewers and passionate pedestrian advocates. Feet First Executive Director Lisa Quinn, Latona Pub owner Bob Brenlin and Two Beers founder and brewmaster Joel VandenBrink will all be present at the event.
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Decisions, Decisions!

BEER EVENT(S) ALERT: Two amazing opportunities this Friday, January 20 are going to make many of us face a very difficult decision. We’ve got Pike Brewing’s Old Bawdy Vertical Tasting at the Pike Brewery & Pub in Downtown Seattle (at the Market) and Schooner Exact’s 5th Anniversary celebration at Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle. Both start at 8:00 p.m. and are sure to be equally epic. I’m not going to make this decision for you (it’s hard enough to make it for myself) So, let me provide you with the details and then it’s up to you folks! Either way, look at it as a win-win situation with great beer event options to start of your weekend right and thaw out from a snowy Seattle week.

Old Bawdy Vertical Tasting @ Pike Brewing

Old Bawdy is a winter beer favorite of mine, but getting the chance to try six years of aged barley wines? Well, I have no words for the excited shivers I get from just thinking about this opportunity.

From the brewery:

Returning for it’s 5th year, Pike’s Old Bawdy Vertical Tasting is going to be better than ever! On it’s new Friday evening date, you can Get Bawdy at Pike with an upright tasting of six vintages of Old Bawdy Barley Wine: 2006 – 2007 – 2008 – 2009 – 2010 and 2011.
We have also allocated a very limited number of Old Bawdy “Vertical” gift packs featuring four vintages: 2008. 2009. 2010 and 2011 along with our elegant new Old Bawdy goblet for the special price of $50.

Pike will validate your parking after 5pm at the Russell Investments /SAM garage on 1st and Union.

Cost: $20 with RSVP by January 19th (so you only have a couple more days to decide!) / $25 at the door PIKE PUB CLUB and WABL members: $15 (passport required)
RSVP by email or call (206) 812-6604

What is Old Bawdy Barley Wine? Old Bawdy Barley Wine is a rich, concentrated elixir that is best served as a digestive, or to accompany lusty cheese, artisan bread, fruit (fresh or dried) and nuts, or at the end of the meal. Fine Barley Wines, when properly cellared, can be aged. Old Bawdy develops in complexity as it matures, and can be laid down for up to 10 years.

The History: Seattle’s history of lusty beer dates to pioneer days when the local population was primarily made up of men. Bawdy houses abounded and by the time naughty Nellie Curtis established The La Salle Hotel, this “city on the sound” reverberated with the echoes of fun and frolic. The La Salle, where Pike Brewery was established in 1989, was the last of Seattle’s infamous “bawdy houses.”Pike’s Old Bawdy Vertical Tasting is an annual toast to commemorate Nellie Curtis and her “ladies of pleasure.”

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