On Wednesday, September 24th about 350 people gathered at the Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle for the sold-out, 4th Annual Craft Beer + Food event. Organized and hosted by Kendall and Kim Jones of the Washington Beer Blog, the event benefited Washington Wild’s Brewshed™ Alliance program. The event raised over $10,400 for the cause.
The participation of some of the Seattle area’s best restaurants and breweries drove the success of the event. Each restaurant was paired with a brewery; the chef and the brewer worked together to come up with a beer + food pairing. See more details about the event at www.craftbeerplusfood.com.
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Restaurant participants included Beardslee Public House and Brewery, Bell + Whete, Bravehorse Tavern, Dahlia Lounge, Little Water Cantina, Luc, Marination Ma Kai, Ravish on Eastlake, Schooner Exact, Taylor Shellfish, Trellis, and Watershed Pub & Kitchen. Also, Tom Douglas’ soon-to-be-open, but not-yet-named debuted at the event. (Inside info: they’ll specialize in pib-style cooking. Google it.)
Brewery participants included Black Raven Brewing, Charging Hippo Brewing, Chuckanut Brewery, Elysian Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Pike Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Stoup Brewing, and Two Beers Brewing.
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Schooner Exact Brewing was paired with itself, as was Beardslee Public House and Brewery. The latter is scheduled to open late this year or early next year in Bothell, but that didn’t stop Chef John Howie and Head Brewer Drew Cluley from serving up a delicious pairing. In fact, theirs took home the People’s Choice award — Citrus pork sausage on pretzel rolls (pictured below), paired with Wit beer.
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Congrats to Beardslee for winning that honor, but the truth is, all of the pairings were outstanding and deserved recognition. Everyone who helped bring the event to life –restaurants, breweries, and volunteers– all deserve many thanks. And a special shout-out to the nice folks at Tom Douglas Restaurants and the Palace Ballroom, without whom the whole thing might not have happened.
The photographs here, above and below, are provided by Mark B. Bauschke Photography.