Sunday, January 18, 2015

March is going to be awesome!!




13th annual Hardliver Barleywine Festival- March 14th and 15th

Our Hardliver Barleywine Festival, which had its first few years at the Phinney Ridge Neighboorhood Center  will be back for its 13th consecutive year. With over 45 barleywines pouring on draft, we suggest you start hardening that liver immediately! This year we plan on hosting all you lovers of that sticky nectar that is barley wine on Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th.  




For Immediate Release: Brouwer’s 10th Anniversary party Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29th.

Wow! Do you remember 2005? We do! 2005 was the year we opened our doors and poured our first beer. Back in 2005, Matt “Vern” Vandenberghe brought what he had learned from Bottleworks bottleshop, at the time already into its 5th year, and created Brouwer’s Café. On March 23, 2005, we opened our doors to the public, and the rest (as they say) is history. With over 60 taps, 300 bottles, a wide selection of whisky and whiskey, and a menu based around the hearty and delicious cuisine of Belgium, Brouwer’s has remained one of Seattle’s premiere beer destinations for the whole of its (almost) 10 years. Every year since our first anniversary we’ve worked with a variety of breweries to create a unique anniversary beer. For our 10th year of pouring pints and snifters to the beer lovers of Seattle and abroad we’ll have two beers to celebrate with. We teamed up with Reuben’s Brews’ Adam Robbins to create a hop-bomb of a beer that would be worthy of such a big milestone in our history. At the young age of 2 years old, Reuben’s has easily become one of our favorite breweries in town, as well as one of our friends. We’ve been happy to host their staff and patrons for both their 1st and 2nd anniversaries, and we’re honored to have them brewing our 10th anniversary beer. Our 10th anniversary beer is a 10% imperial IPA that we have named Gobsmacked and will be available in a very limited number of bottles, as well as on draft. For Bottleworks’ 10th anniversary we worked with the one and only New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado. We thought it would be fun to Blend a Brouwer’s 10 as well, and we headed down hang out and blend a beer in early December. Eric and Lauren were kind enough to open up the wood cellar at New Belgium and we had an amazing day.  We tasted somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 different fouders and came up with a beer that we are very happy with.  New Belgium’s contribution will be a draft only affair, and we’ll be pouring it like it’s hot at our anniversary party.  We will also be digging in to the cellar and pulling out some past anniversary beers.  Mark your calenders and plan on having a great day!

Friday, December 26, 2014

We are proud to be hosting the Kickoff Party for the Washington Hop Mob Triple Ipa Roadshow on February 6th @3pm!





A Celebration of Washington’s Biggest and Hoppiest Brews



The Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow celebrates hoppy beers and showcases the talents of Washington’s breweries


 The 2nd Annual Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow (Hop Mob) is a two-week celebration of the hoppiest of all Washington-brewed beer styles. Over 30 Washington breweries signed up to produce special batches of Triple IPA to pour at a series of events around the Puget Sound region during February.



Hop Mob begins with the official Hop Mob Kickoff at Brouwer’s Café in Seattle (400 N. 35th Street) on Friday, February 6 and concludes with the Hop Mob Finale at Pike Brewing in Seattle (1415 1st Avenue) on Saturday, February 21. Sandwiched between those dates, various beer-focused bars around the Puget Sound area will host Hop Mob Roadshow events.



The Hop Mob Kickoff and the Hop Mob Finale will each feature over 30 Triple IPAs on tap—all of the Hop Mob beers. Each Hop Mob Roadshow event features at least a dozen of the beers on tap. Locations currently signed up to host Hop Mob Roadshow events include Flatstick Pub in Kirkland; the Red Hot in Tacoma; and Naked City Brewery and Taphouse in Seattle. More locations and events will be added in the coming weeks. A complete calendar of events is available on the official Hop Mob website, www.wahopmob.com.



The event showcases Washington-brewed Triple IPAs, perhaps the most boldly hoppy of all beer styles. Typically this style of beer weighs in at more than 9 percent Alcohol by Volume and features profound hop character, whether in the form of bitterness, aroma, or both.



“Triple IPA is a difficult style of beer to master and breweries that do it well are highly revered,” says Kim Sharpe Jones of the Washington Beer Blog, which is helping organize and promote the events. “Some out-of-state Triple IPAs get an enormous amount of attention and cause beer enthusiasts to swoon like preteens at a One Direction concert. Our goal with Hop Mob is to show that Washington’s brewers can produce beers that stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any of those ballyhooed, out-of-state beers. Also, it’s a great excuse to drink some really excellent stuff.”



Beyond the beer, Hop Mob is a celebration of hops and the relationship between hop farmers and brewers. To brew a good Triple IPA, brewers use a substantial amount of malted barley, which provides the elevated alcohol content. To balance-out the malty sweetness and give the beer its requisite hoppy character, brewers rely on substantial quantities of hops.



In Washington, hops are more than an ingredient, they’re a way of life. The Yakima Valley produces between 75 and 80 percent of the nation’s hop crop each year and some of the farms are operated by families that have grown hops for four and five generations.



For more information about Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow, visit the official website at www.wahopmob.com or contact Kendall Jones at kjones@wahopmob.com.

We are currently working on a list of the participating breweries...we do know that Fremont Brewing brewed theirs a couple of days ago.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Can you believe its the end of the year! Mark your calenders with some of this info.

Mark your calenders, we will be closed on December 24th and 25th so that our employees can enjoy the holiday.  We will also be closed on January 1st, so that we can recover from the holidays.  That said what follows is a rough idea of the next few months:

Wednesday, January 21st @6pm- "Off the Wagon" art show with local artists Kevin "Sensei 23" Sullivan and Solace Wonder.  I bet you can guess the theme of the show.  We are hoping to have a one of a kind mini pint glass for sale at the event, as well as many pieces from these two artists.  The art will be up till the end of February.

Wednesday, January 28th- @6pm East vs West, Victory Brewing vs Elysian Brewing, the breweries will battle for best in show in 5 different beer styles.  We are hoping to have a DJ on hand as well.

Friday, February 6th-  @3pm Washington Hop Mob Triple Ipa kickoff party.  Last year this event was on the Monday of President's weekend and we had a total of 16 Washington Triple Ipas on draft.  This year it has been moved to an earlier date, and has grown from 16 to 30 plus.  We will be starting at 3pm, we will offer 6oz and 12oz options.

Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 --13th Annual Hardliver Barleywine Fest-- Get your livers ready.

Saturday, March 28th- 10th Anniversary Celebration-- We will have a couple of Anniversary beers released this day as well as lots of special beers on draft from around the world.

That gets us through till April, we have some Seattle Beer Week plans in the works, but expect that Back in Black Stout Fest will be Friday, May 8th and Sour Fest will be Thursday, May 14th.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Our Bigwood Festival starts Thursday and runs through the weekend.

Here ye! Here ye!  It's Monday, this Thursday we are celebrating our 8th Annual Bigwood-Wood Aged Beer Fest.  The doors open at 11am.  This is one of our favorite festivals all year, maybe thats why we save it till the end.  We feel that this years list is going to be very well received, we have worked over the years and especially over the past year to amass a wide variety of awesome.  We will be doing some special tappings at 2pm, 6pm, and 8pm, they will be announced 15 mins before the time of tapping.  Here you go:
There are a few changes from the last time this was posted---due to errors on our side-- There will be no Tilquin, and we have changed the Almanac to the Sour Porter, we also added Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Narwhal.

Alameda Bbl-Aged Ol’ Alger Barleywine Nitro (11%) Portland
Almanac Farmers Reserve Sour Porter  (%) San Francisco
Avery Tweak No. 1 Bbl-Aged Coffee Imp. Stout (18.5%) Boulder
Bainbridge Island Broadhead Bbl-Aged Red (8.5%) Bainbridge Island
Boneyard Barrel-Aged Suge Knight Imperial Stout (14%) Bend
Boulevard Rye on Rye ’13 (12%) Kansas City
Cantillon Cuvée Saint Gilloise (5%) Anderlecht
The Commons Putin from the Wood (8%) Portland
Crux Fermentation Oud Bruin Cake/Freak Cake (10.5%) Bend
De Struise Blackberry Albert Imp Stout (13%) Oosvleteren
Deschutes Abyss ’14 (12%) Bend
Destihl Dekerra Strawberry Sour (7.5%) Normal
Elevation Rum Bbl-Aged Horchata Imp. Porter (8.5%) Breckenridge
Elevation Chardonnay Bbl-Aged Imp. Farmhouse Ale (9.86%) Breckenridge
Elevation Breckinridge Bourbon Quad (11.73%) Breckenridge
Elysian Gourdfather Bbl-Aged Pumpkin Barleywine () Seattle
Engine House #9 NEFILIBATA (5.8%) Tacoma
Finnriver Rye Fire Barrel Cider (8%) Chimacum
Firestone Walker Parabola '11(12.5%) Paso Robles
Fremont Bourbon Bbl-Aged Darkstar Coffee Edition ’14 (11%) Seattle
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (12.5%) Chicago
Full Sail Top Sail Bourbon Bbl-Aged Imperial Porter (11%) Hood River
Hale’s Gold Rush ’13 (10%) Seattle
Hair of the Dog Ardbeg Adam from the Wood (10%) Portland
Iron Fist Rum Barrel Dark Day Imp Stout (14.3%) Vista
Logsdon Oak Aged Bretta (8%) Hood River
Lompoc Port Bbl-Aged Big Bang Red ’14 (8%) Portland
Lost Abbey Cuvée De Tomme ’13 (11%) San Marcos
LoverBeer Madamin Italian Sour (6.2%) Marentino
Midnight Sun Berserker (11.4%) Anchorage
New Belgium Coffee Sour () Fort Collins
North Sound BBL Imperial Red () Mt Vernon
Odin O&S Cabernet Barrel-Aged Saison (8%) Seattle
Old School House Oaked Imp Porter (9%) Winthrop
Pelican Mother of All Storms (13%) Pacific City
Perennial La Bohème Bbl-Aged Cherry Sour (6%) St. Louis
Pike Bbl-Aged Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale (8.5%) Seattle
Port Older Viscosity ’14 (12%) San Marcos
Propolis Prunus Malbec Aged Cherry Flanders Red (8.2%) Pt Townsend
Reuben’s Brews Bbl-Aged Imperial Stout (12%) Seattle
Russian River Supplication ’11 (10%) Santa Rosa
Schooner Exact Whiskey Dick Bbl-Aged Pumkin Beer (10%) Seattle
Seven Seas Bbl-Aged Imperial Stout () Gig Harbor
Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Narwhal Imp. Stout (10.4%) Chico

Silver City Fat Woody ’14 (9.7%) Silverdale
Sound Brewery Barrel-Aged Ursus Spelaeus Stout (10%) Poulsbo
Surly Eight (???) Minneapolis
Surly Pentagram (6.66%) Minneapolis
Stone Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard (7.2%) Escondido
‘T Hofbrouwerijke Anarkriek (8.5%) Beerzel 
The Bruery Bottleworks XII 2.0 Raspberry Sour (8%) Placentia
Victory White Monkey Bbl-Aged Belgian Golden (9.5%) Downingtown


Are you salivating?  Get on over to the Big Time for an Old Wooly Barleywine that is getting released today!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pumpkin Roadshow and some other events!

You like pumpkin beer?  We do! All the pumpkin beers seem to come out too early, so we hang on to some each year and serve them up the day before Thanksgiving. This year the Roadshow kicks off Wednesday, November 26th @ 6pm.  Elysian is the king of pumpkin beers, so we throw what we have called the Elysian Pumpkin Roadshow.  The formula is pretty simple, we save 8 Elysian pumpkin beers and this year 9 other Pumpkin beers (including a cider).   What follows is a list of what we are tapping for the event:

Wednesday, November 26th at 6pm Elysian Brewing Pumpkin Roadshow
The formula for this one is pretty straight forward.  Elysian does their Pumpkin fest we do a Roadshow edition here the night before Thanksgiving.  We tap 8 Elysian beers and 8 or a few more from other folks.  We are happy with the list this year.

Elysian beers:

Great Pumpkin
Night Owl
Punkacinno
Dark o the Moon
Mr. Yuck
Cohche Mexican Chocolate Amber
Gourdgia
BBL Dark o the Moon

Other Pumpkin Beers

Reuben’s Pumpkin Beer
Destihil Sam Hain Pumpkin Porter
Almanac Dark Pumpkin Sour ( or Heirloom)
Bainbridge Pumpkin beer
Southern Tier Pumpking
Midnight Sun Treat
New Belgium Pumpkick
Lost Abbey/Elysian Avant Gourde


A note about Turkey day.  We will be closed on Thursday, November 27th.  We would like our employees to enjoy Thanksgiving.  We will reopen at 11am on Friday, November 28th. While you are out shopping, you can always get some relaxation here with a pint in between trying to find that perfect gift for the loved ones...or you might be going to Fremont Brewing for their B-Bomb release which starts Friday @ 5pm as well, so stop in before you go to Fremont for a pint and some food. 

8th Annual Big Wood Festival
Thursday, December 4th thru Sunday, December 7th
Our annual celebration of all things that have spent time in a barrel or with chips from Stout to Sour.  This is one of , if not our favorite festival of the year.  We work all year collecting some of our favorite beers around the world and put them on draft for your imbibing pleasure.  I will be posting an almost full list of the beers being tapped by tomorrow afternoon.  Stay tuned.

This year we have beers from:
Almanac, Avery Bainbridge Island, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Black Raven, Boneyard, Boulevard, Crux Fermentation, De Struise, Deschutes, Destihil, Elysian, Engine House #9, Fremont, Full Sail, Great Divide, Hales, Holy Mountain, Jolly Pumpkin, Logsdon, Lompoc, Lost Abbey, Midnight Sun, New Belgium, Pelican, Perennial, Pike, Port, Reuben’s, Schooner Exact, Seven Seas, Sound, Surly, Stone




Thursday, November 6, 2014

We have some upcoming events... to get you ready for the Holidaze!






Thursday, November 20th starting at 6pm, Firestone Walker Ugly Sweater Party.  We have moved the date of this around and thought we would try earlier this year before the Holidaze take over and everyone of us has too many social engagements to stay on top of.  The formula is pretty simple.  We tap some Firestone Walker beers, invite people to join us, encourage them to wear Ugly Sweaters so that they can win prizes.   In the past years, pretty much everyone that wore an ugly sweater has left with some kind of prize. Tom comes up with some games to keep the party going, last year there was lots and lots of limbo going on, and everyone in attendance probably is still sick of the limbo song.  That’s the idea.  This year there will be the option to cross stitch your own ugly sweater ornament.  Supplies will be limited. 
We will be tapping:
15th Anniversary
Parabola 2013
Mocha Merlin
Agrestic Sour
Merlin
Union Jack Ipa
Wookie Jack Black Rye Ipa
DBL Jack Imp Ipa
Pivo Pilsner
Opal


Wednesday, November 26th at 6pm Elysian Brewing Pumpkin Roadshow
The formula for this one is pretty straight forward.  Elysian does their Pumpkin fest we do a Roadshow edition here the night before Thanksgiving.  We tap 8 Elysian beers and 8 or a few more from other folks.  We are happy with the list this year.

Elysian beers:

Great Pumpkin
Night Owl
Punkacinno
Dark o the Moon
The Port Lost Abbey Collab
Mr. Yuck
Cohche Mexican Chocolate Amber
Gourdgia
BBL Dark o the Moon




Other Pumpkin Beers

Reuben’s Pumpkin Beer
Destihil Sam Hain Pumpkin Porter
Almanac Dark Pumpkin Sour ( or Heirloom)
Gigantic/ Commons Pumpkin Dinner Not Dessert
Southern Tier Pumpking
Midnight Sun Treat
New Belgium Pumpkick
Seattle Cider Pumpkin




8th Annual Big Wood Festival
Thursday, December 4th thru Sunday, December 7th
Our annual celebration of all things that have spent time in a barrel or with chips from Stout to Sour.  This is one of , if not our favorite festival of the year.  We work all year collecting some of our favorite beers around the world and put them on draft for your imbibing pleasure.

This year we have beers from:  and are working on beers from others
Almanac, Avery Bainbridge Island, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Black Raven, Boneyard, Boulevard, Crux Fermentation, De Struise, Deschutes, Destihil, Elysian, Engine House #9, Fremont, Full Sail, Great Divide, Hales, Holy Mountain, Jolly Pumpkin, Goose Island,  Logsdon, Lompoc, Lost Abbey, Midnight Sun, New Belgium, Pelican, Perennial, Pike, Port, Reuben’s, Schooner Exact, Seven Seas, Sound, Surly, Stone

Friday, October 24, 2014

A look at the next few weeks


First off, this Saturday, October 25th we will be closed for a private party.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  We will reopen on Sunday at 11am.  Thank you for your understanding.



We have few events next week.  First off next Wednesday, October 29th @ 6pm John Harris from Ecliptic Brewing will be in town.  You may or not know John Harris, but you have drank his beer before.  He worked at both Deschutes and Full Sail and is now doing his own thing at Ecliptic Brewing based in Portland.  We will have 5 unique draft beers.  John will be here to hoist a beer with, answer your questions or just admire him from afar.  We hope you join us.

Next Friday is Halloween!  Fremont Brewing, Gigantic Brewing, and New Belgium Brewing are all getting together with Emerald City Soul Club to throw one hell of a party for you.  We have some great prizes!  Including a Sounders Package for 2, a New Belgium bike and lots of shwag.  The costume contest will start at right around 10:15 or 10:30.