Drinking beer on Sunday – not just for NASCAR fans anymore

It is not too often that I wake up on a Sunday morning with beer at the top of mind, but it’s Seattle Beer Week so this isn’t a normal Sunday. Today there are a couple of events happening which I find particularly tempting. Of course there are a whole bunch of events happening today (see the SBW website for the complete list), but these two sound particularly “Sunday-ish” to me.

Dreams on Draft at Big Al Brewing – The festivities get underway at 2:00 at Big Al Brewing in White Center. Not only will you get to taste some great beer, but the event is a benefit for a worthy cause: Children’s Hospital. Your $15 admittance gets you a commemorative glass and four samples – all of Al’s regular brews, plus some special stuff as well. There will be live music and food vendors. If you’ve never visited Big Al Brewing, this is as good an excuse as any.

Iron Brewers at the Beveridge Place Pub – Starting at 5:00, the Beveridge Place Pub will host another Iron Brewers competition. Similar to television’s Iron Chef’s, the Bev chose the “special ingredients” a few weeks ago, challenging two brewers to make a beer that uses those ingredients and then face off in head to head competition. You be the judge. Votes are tallied and a winner is named. Today’s event features three different matchups:
1) The reigning champ, Hale’s Brewing, vs. Snoqualmie Falls Brewing (ingredients: spruce and figs)
2) Black Raven Brewing vs. Big Time (Indian curry spices)
3) Naked City Brewing vs. Snipes Mountain Brewing (heather and mugwort).


  1. Okay it should have been “our top three picks.” We should have also included the Porterhouse Pub’s Brewers Brunch, featuring Left Hand Brewing and Fremont Brewing. If you cannot wait until 2:00 to get your drink on, or you just feel like having a delicious brunch (with tasty brews), you can make it a Westside kind of day by starting at the Porterhouse Pub in West Seattle before heading to the other two events we mentioned. Chris from Left Hand Brewing and Matt from Fremont Brewing will be on hand to discuss beer as you get your brunch on. NOTE: The brunch at the Porterhouse is seriously ridiculous. Can you say, chicken-fried steak and eggs, with tater tots. The sausage gravy? Oh momma, you will not believe it. Yummalicious! Brunch runs from 11:30 – 3:00.

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