Pike Brewing 25th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 17

It’s hard to imagine the Seattle skyline without the Space Needle and it is equally hard to imagine the Seattle beer scene without Charles and Rose Ann Finkel. The founders of Pike Brewing are omnipresent ambassadors of craft beer and for 25 years the tireless two have represented Seattle at beer festivals, brewers conferences, charity fundraisers, and countless other special events. Next month, the Finkel’s family-owned brewery celebrates its 25th anniversary.

pike_25_year_logoAmong the brewery’s many accomplishments, Pike Brewing is responsible for gifting the world an impressive number of brewers. Over the years, Pike Brewing served as a training ground and a number of Pike graduates moved on to become Brewmasters and brewery owners. Some of the alumni are working on a special anniversary beer (list of participating brewers is below).

Delivering the first keg of Pike Pale Ale on October 17, 1989.
Delivering the first keg of Pike Pale Ale on October 17, 1989.

Next month, the Finkel’s brewery celebrates its 25th Anniversary and you’re invited to join the party on October 17.

To commemorate the delivery of the first keg of Pike Pale Ale back in 1989, the festivities get started with a parade up the hill from Copperworks Distillery to Pike Brewing. Jason Parker, the owner/distiller at Copperworks, was the original brewer at Pike Brewing back in 1989.

The party at the brewery features food booths, live music, and lots of beer, including a selection of special beers for the occasion (list is below). Here are the details.

5:30 – 6:00 pm, Friday, October 17, 2014  
2nd World’s Shortest Non-Motorized Uphill Parade
begins at Copperworks Distillery: 1250 Alaskan Way, Seattle (just across the street from The Big Wheel)

6:00 – 10:00 pm, Pike Anniversary Party
Food Stations: Featuring dishes using ingredients sourced from some of our favorite vendors:
Pike’s Naughty Nellie Room
Pike’s Microbrewery Museum
Pike Brewery

Oysters and Stout: New Oyster Bar opens that evening in Pike’s Front Bar

Music: Musical Acts will be performing throughout the Pub and Brewery

Special Beers:

  • Pike Reunion 25, Alumni Collaboration Brew
  • Pike Entire: Aged in Dry Fly wheat whiskey barrels
  • Pike Wood-Aged Kilt Lifter aged in Oola whiskey barrels
  • Special Cask Beers from Alumni Brewers
  • All available Pike Beers at Pike’s Main Bar and Pike’s Museum Bar

Commemorative gift for each guest

Space will be limited so we suggest you purchase tickets early.

Tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets

Pike History  

On October 17, 1989, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel open the Pike Place Brewery with The World’s Shortest Non-Motorized Uphill Parade.

The first keg of Pike Pale Ale, is crafted by head brewer, Jason Parker, and officially tapped by Franz Inselkammer, the Braü von Aying, following a parade from The Pike Place Brewery, then located at 1432 Western Avenue, to Cutter’s Bay House, two blocks away (uphill).

2nd World’s Shortest Non-Motorized Uphill Parade
On October 17, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. friends and supporters of Pike Brewing will kick off the 25th anniversary celebration with a parade from Jason Parker’s Copperworks Distillery (located two blocks south of Pike on Alaskan Way) uphill to Pike Brewery’s Post Alley entrance.

About Pike Reunion 25, Alumni Collaboration Brew

Through America’s Craft Beer renaissance, Pike and its sister company, Liberty Malt Supply, has fostered some of the nation’s top craft brewers. Pike Head Brewer, Dean Mochizuki, has invited Pike alumni brewers to collaborate on a special reunion beer for the party. Participating brewers include: Jason Parker, Copperworks Distillery; Dick Cantwell, Elysian Brewing, Kevin Forhan, RAM; Bill Jenkins, RAM; Kim Brusco, Pyramid; Janelle Pritchard, Spinnaker Bay; Manny Chao, Georgetown; Larry Rock, Click Distributing (all of Seattle); Drew Cluley, Beardslee Alehouse, Bothell, WA; Skip Madsen, American Brewing, Edmonds, WA; Shawn Loring, Lazy Boy, Everett, WA; Frank Helderman, Terminal Gravity, Enterprise, OR; Geoff Deman, Free State, Lawrence, KS; Dean Priebe, Icicle Brewing, Leavenworth, WA., and Fal Allen, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, CA.