Thursday, November 29, 2012

Check, Check...We got some events to talk about!

First and foremost, we are only a week away from one of our favorite festivals.  Bigwood, our annual celebration of beers that have spent time in wood barrels from stouts to sours,  starts next Thursday, December 6th  at 11am when we open the doors, and runs through the weekend.  We are putting the final touches on the draftlists and waiting for some of the last kegs to arrive.  We posted a tentative draftlist a few weeks back and will get an updated one up in the next day or so.  Start planning now and make appropriate arrangements to get home, a lot of these beers have a way of creeping up on you.

That leads us to our next event which happens Saturday, December 8th @ 2pm.  We are one of the 16 Chosen Bars.  What does that mean you ask?  Shmaltz/Hebrew brewing is turning 16 and we will be pouring 16 beers.  You can expect to walk in to a Sweet 16 Party, take a look at the flyer if you are still confused. The beers we will have on draft are:

Vertical Jewbelation 
Barrel Aged Messiah 
Barrel Aged Jewbelation 14 

Jewbelation 8 
Jewbelation 9 
Barrel Aged Blockhead #2 
Jewbelation Quinceanera 
Barrel Aged Origin
Jewbelation Sweet 16
Hop Manna
Coney Lager
Albino Python
Next on the list of great events in the hopper, Wednesday, December 12th @6pm, Stone Brewing releases 12/12/12 the last beer in their Epic Series, and with that release we will be pouring years 03 thru 12, on draft.  This is a not to be missed event.  What follows is a list of what each beer in the Series is:
 03.03.03:       Dubbel inspired, brewed with dark candi sugar, and spiced with alligator Pepper (Grains of Paradise) and Coriander.
04.04.04:       Strong golden ale with Kaffir Lime leaves added at the finish.
05.05.05:       Quad, brewed with dark crystal and candi sugar. No spices.
06.06.06:       Another Quad, this one all malt, with wheat and Carafa dark malt.
07.07.07:       Trippel/Saison inspired, brewed with several malts and spiced with Ginger, Cardamom, Lemon peel, orange peel and grapefruit peel.
08.08.08:       Our Belgian IPA--inspired by Duvel Triple Hop. Pale malt, flaked oats and candi sugar. Simcoe and Amarillo hops in the dry-hop.
09.09.09:       Belgian Imperial Porter with tangerine peel, vanilla bean and hints of French oak.
10.10.10:       Strong Golden fermented with 10% (by volume) added white wine juice-a blend of Muscat, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewurztraminer.
11.11.11:       Belgian amber with added Hatch chili and cinnamon.
12.12.12:       Belgian Holiday Ale, spiced with Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, clove, sweet orange peel and rosehips
We look forward to seeing you here.  Are you Worthy?

 You like sour beers?  Thursday, December 13th @6pm Cascade brewing joins us for a small tap takeover.  Look for eight draft offerings four sour and four not sour.
Regular offerings:
Darkest Day Black IPA
Counter Culture Spiced IPA
Autumnal Belgian Ale

Sour Offerings:
Black Cap Raspberry/or Cranberry  
We hope to see you at all of these wonderful events.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A little project of ours....

Awhile back we had an idea during an event we were doing with Dryfly out of Spokane.  The wheels were set in motion, a few barrels landed here in early April and we went ahead and sent them out to some local breweries to age a beer for Bigwood in.  Well Bigwood starts on Thursday, December 6th at 11am when we open, and this will be the first chance for all of us to try the five special beers . The breweries and beers aged in Dryfly Wheat Whiskey barrels are:
Big Time-----Old Sol Wheatwine
Elliot Bay Lake City-----No Doubt Stout
Elysian----Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout Stout
Black Raven "Mr Kitty" Blueberry Pale Ale on Nitro

We are glad to have these exclusive beers in addition to all of the other great beers!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November is in Full Swing, and December is close on its heels!

November is here, the Holidaze are just around the corner, we have some events here right around Thanksgiving that will help you stay in the spirit of things.  Lets go over the calender for the next few weeks:

First off:  Wednesday, November 21st.  Mini Pumpkin Road Show.  We saved pumpkin beers that came out way too early so that we could pour them at an appropriate time of the year, when it is actually fall perhaps.  We will have:
Southern Tier Pumking
Timmerman's Pumpkin Lambic
Howe Sound Pumpkinator
Naked City Boo Radley
Fort George Drunkin Punkin
Ace Pumpkin Cider
Big Time Hobgoblin
Reuben's Pumpkin Rye
Elysian Nightowl
Elysian Great Pumpkin
Elysian Dark O the Moon
Elysian Blight
Elysian Avant Gourde
Elysian L Rauch Hubbard
Elysian Mr Yuck Pumpkin Sour

All the beers will be available as a float with ice cream.

We are Closed for Thanksgiving, Enjoy your time with the Family!

Friday, November 23rd, Firestone Walker Ugly Sweater Party.  What better way to spend Black Friday?   There will be prizes for the top 3 ugly sweaters and gifts will be given out throughout the day. We will be pouring regular options Pale 31, Union Jack, Double Jack, Velvet Merlin and Wookey Jack.  We will have special tappings throughout the day:
2pm XVI and bottle pours of XIV
3pm Double DBA
4pm Velvet Merkin and Parabola 2012
Just after the awards presentation around 6pm we will tap a very special offering that we assure you will not want to miss.

Thursday, December 6th - 9th BIGWOOD, we replace every tab with beers that have spent time in wood from Stout to Sour. We will be posting a tentative draftlist in next week or so.  This is one of our favorite events.
 Saturday, December 8th starting @ 2pm Hebrew/Shmaltz Brewing's Chosen Bar 16th Anniversary Party. This years anniversary beer uses 16 hops, 16 malts and is 16%ABV.  We are finalizing the draft list but this beer along with 15 other offerings from them will be on draft, expect to see some rare barrel aged beers.

Wednesday, December 12th at 6pm Stone Vertical Epic 12/12/12, along with other Vertical Epic beers.  We are putting the finishing touches on the draftlist and will have a full list by the end of the week.  Stone started this series many years ago, with the idea that they be saved and enjoyed together,  and has provided us with an opportunity to pour a few past years along with the current year.  We are excited by this opportunity.  Again we will have more information by late this week or early next week.

Taken from Stone's Website: As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics and twists & turns as the adventure unfolds. These bottle-conditioned ales are specifically designed to be aged until sometime after December 12th, 2012. Provided you can wait that long. At that time, enjoy them in a "vertical" tasting. Each one unique to it's year of release. Each with its own "twist & turn" in the plotline. Each one released one year, one month and one day from the previous year's edition. To remind you, the remaining dates are:


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Its that time of year again, the Northwest Brewing News Readers Poll voting that is!  Here's our shameless plug, We urge you to vote for us as the Best Pub/Ale House in the Washington, Bottleworks as best Bottleshop, and all your other favorite Breweries, Pubs and Beer Styles.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

It's already November? Where did our year go?

It's a fact, pumpkin beer is here to stay.  What started as an idea and a small festival at Elysian Capital Hill has grown in to a gigantic 75 beer celebration of all things pumpkin at their Georgetown Production facility attended by over 4000 people.  Each year these beers come out earlier and earlier, this year I found myself having to order pumpkin beer in mid to late August.  Since August is not when we really want to wet my whistle with thought of fall, we planned a bit ahead and squirreled away some pumpkin beer so that we could serve it to you at a later date.  Well that later date is upon us, and we have an event that we have dubbed The Mini Pumpkin Road Show.  It has started to rain, it feels like fall, we are turning the clocks back, and since we thought ahead we still have some pumpkin beer to share with you for the holidays.  On Wednesday, November 21st (the night before Thanksgiving)  at 6pm we will have at least 10 pumpkin beers on draft and probably one cider. We will be pouring Timmerman's Pumpkin Lambic, Naked City Boo Radley, Southern Tier Pumking, Howe Sound Pumpkineater, Fort George Druken Punkin, and a handful of beers from Elysian including, Blight, Night Owl, Great Pumpkin, and Dark o the Moon.  We welcome you to come on down and enjoy some pumpkin beer and food before you spend the day with your family over indulging.

It's that time of year again. The Firestone Walker Ugly Sweater Party is Friday, November 23rd.  It starts at 2pm, we have put together some nice prizes for the Ugliest Sweater.  Prizes will be given away throughout the day, and the major prizes will be announce between 5 and 6 pm that day.  We will be pouring 10 different draft options from them including but not limited to: Union Jack, Pale 31, Double Jack, Wookey Jack, Double DBA, XVI, and some other yet to be determined options, that will not disappoint.   What better way to recover after the holiday spent with your family.  Guys send the woman shopping, put on your ugliest sweater and come join us. 

One of our favorite festivals happens to be in the first week of December, Bigwood, our celebration of all things wood aged from Sour to Stout.  Starting December 6th at 11am and running through the weekend.  We will have more about the exact draftlist in a week or so, please stay tuned.