Beer, Brewers and Homebrew Invading Wine World

I’ve been a craft beer geek for about as long as there has been such a thing–since the mid-1980s. Basically, my entire adult life. One of the most satisfying parts of the journey has been watching beer make inroads into previous uncharted territory. I suppose this story is an example.

David LeClaire is a certified sommelier, the founder of Wine Events and Promotions, and the founder of Seattle Uncorked and Portland Uncorked, the two largest wine clubs in the Northwest. Beyond that, a couple of years ago he opened a highly visible wine store just off Interstate 5 in Seattle: Wine World, the place with the big red sign near the University District. There really wasn’t anything like it in Seattle: an real wine superstore. When it comes to wine, David LeClaire is kind of a big deal around here. So what does that have to do with beer?

Wine World is evolving and these days it is about more than just wine. The store also stocks beer and (now) spirits. Last night Pike Brewing was the second brewery to participate in Wine World’s Meet the Brewer series. On June 20th, Sound Brewery was the first. Each Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 Wine World turns into beer world.

What’s more, Wine World is starting a homebrew club. The first gathering of homebrewers is this Sunday. If you’re interested in the homebrew club, email [email protected].

Upcoming Meet the Brewer Events (Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:00)

  • July 11 – Lazy Boy Brewing
  • July 18 – Sierra Nevada Brewery
  • July 25 – BridgePort Brewing
  • Aug. 1 – Fremont Brewing
  • Aug. 8 – Pyramid Breweries
  • Aug. 15 – Alaskan Brewing
  • Aug.  22 – Widmer Brewery
  • Aug. 29 – Kona Brewery
  • Sept. 5  – Redhook Brewery
  • Sept. 12 – Elysian Brewery