Heritage Brewmasters’ Dinner Honoring Washington’s Craft Beer Pioneers

We just receive some information about a very special beer event happening next month: The Washington Heritage Brewmasters’ Dinner at Hale’s Palladium in Seattle. Honorary guests will include some of Washington’s craft beer pioneers (listed below), along with a presentation by Alan Moen, the now-retired, longtime editor of the Northwest Brewing News. Expect plenty of discourse and reminiscing about the early days of the Washington craft beer revolution.

The four-course dinner and event take place on July 7th at Hale’s Paladium in Seattle. Below we provide more details about the event straight from the organizers. Click here for tickets.

A gathering of Northwest craft brewery founding fathers for an evening of dining, drinking and discourse.

Mike & Kathleen Hale of Hale’s Ales
Charles & Rose Ann Finkel of Pike Brewing
Will & Mari Kemper of Chuckanut Brewing
Jeff Winn & Chris Swedin of Yakima Craft Brewing,
Alan Moen (retired) editor of Northwest Brewing News


Now the longest running independently owned brewery in the Northwest, Hale’s had some company in the early days, some 30 odd years ago.  Hale’s started in 1983, a year after Bert Grant opened Grant’s Brewing in Yakima where Chris Swedin worked as the master brewer. Soon, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel of Pike Brewing and Will & Mari Kemper of Thomas Kemper Brewing Co. opened their doors.  Thomas Kemper Brewing Co. gave rise to the famous soda we have all come to know and love.  The Kempers eventually closed their original business and, in 2008, opened Chuckanut Brewing in Bellingham, Washington.

On July 7th Hale’s will host the Washington Heritage Brewmasters’ Dinner where guests will enjoy a delicious four course small plate meal paired with select beers presented by the founders of these pioneering craft breweries.

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“We all knew each other and shared the many challenges of making small batch brewing a success,” says brewery founder Mike Hale, “It’s a really special thing to be able to get together with these folks after all this time to look back and see how far it’s all come.”

The evening’s highlights include speaker Alan Moen, retired editor of the Northwest Brewing News who will be speaking about how he has seen the craft beer industry change over the several decades, as well as a rendition of an early Grant’s Brewing Co. Amber Ale called “1982 Amber Ale,” made and presented by Yakima Craft Brewery president Jeff Winn.

“Welcome Beer”: Hale’s Cream Ale.

1st Course: Ceviche with citrus cooked Baby Bay scallops, diced avocado, tomatoes, & cilantro.  Paired with El Jefe Hefeweizen from Hale’s Ales.

2nd Course: Mussels sautéed with garlic, green & yellow peppers, which are then steamed in Yakima Craft’s 1982 Amber Ale.  Served with rustic Columbia bread toast points.  Paired with Yakima Craft Brewing Co.’s 1982 Amber Ale.

3rd Course: Bacon-wrapped shrimp on a bed of cannellini beans prepared with olive oil & rosemary.  Paired with Chuckanut Pilsner.

4th Course: A plate of honey-drizzled Oregon Blue Cheese, pear, button mushrooms, Mediterranean olive mix, & prosciutto.  Served with rosemary crackers.  Paired with Pike’s XXXXX Stout.

*Menu and price adjusted for vegans or vegetarians with advance notice.  Please call Hale’s Pub at (206) 782-0737.

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