seattle beer week

Seattle Beer Week, reservations recommended

Seattle Beer Week (May 19th – 29th) offers no shortage of impressive beer events, some more exclusive than others. You might be inclined to play it day by day, from event to event, but there are some activities requiring a bit more forethought. We recommend that you decide which of these events you want to attend and make reservations or buy tickets now. If you snooze, you will lose.

This is not a comprehensive list. It is based solely on our opinion of which events will attract the most attention–the events for which you will need to plan ahead. This list includes an event not yet on the official Seattle Beer Week calendar: the Ol’ Mallwalker vertical tasting at Ram Northgate. Although Seattle Beer Week is only a few days away, keep an eye on the official website as more events are still being added. The events calendar is a bit of a moving target.

Which events do you think will sell out? Did we miss something? Leave comments and share your thoughts.

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THURSDAY, MAY 19th

Hale’s Brewer’s Dinner at Deluxe
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
DeLuxe Bar and Grill

The DeLuxe Bar & Grill hosts a Hale’s Ales Brewery Dinner to launch Seattle Beer Week 2011. The DeLuxe was an early supporter of the craft beer scene and has been serving beer and grub to the Capitol Hill neighborhood for almost 50 years. Representatives from Hale’s will be there to talk about the beers that chef Beth Fuller selected for each course. For reservation, call the DeLuxe (206) 324-9697. Cost is $35 per person for beer and food, tax and gratuity not included.

SATURDAY, MAY 21st

Pyramid Beer Bus Pub Crawl
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pyramid’s Seattle Alehouse and beyond

Hop on the beer bus and go for a pub crawl around Seattle. The tour starts with appetizers and beers at the Pyramid Alehouse. From there, 30 passengers will venture out to the LTD, The Village Pub, and then the Maritime’s Falconer’s Flight Fest. The tour, led by Pyramid’s head brewer, Vasilios Gletsos, eventually returns to the Pyramid Alehouse. You’ll receive beers at all locations and you can expect surprises along the way. Tickets are $30 per person and you must book in advance. Grown ups only (21+). Parking is free at the Alehouse. Click here to purchase tickets.

Stone Brewers Dinner at Elemental
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Elemental at Gasworks

This is likely to be a very popular event. No doubt, the food will be amazing. Word on the street is that dinner includes a spectacular vertical tasting of Arrogant Bastard, featuring rare and ancient versions of the beer. Jeff Porter from Stone Brewing will be there to talk about the beer. Call for reservations and more information. 206 547 2317

SUNDAY, MAY 22nd

Anderson Valley Brewers Dinner at Leary Traveler
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Leary Traveler

Anderson Valley Brewing’s Head Brewer Fal Allen (Formerly of Pike Brewery, among others) will be at the Leary Traveler to talk about his beers, which will be paired with a special dinner menu. Fal Allen is a legend around here. That fact, paired with the Leary Traveler’s food means this event is likely to attract a lot of attention. Call for reservations. (206) 783-4805

MONDAY, MAY 23rd

Ol’ Mallwalker Vertical Vintages
5:00 pm. – 7:00 p.m.
RAM Northgate

Join brewers Kevin Forhan and Dave Leonard for a private vertical tasting of Ol’ Mallwalker (strong ale) with vintages from 2006 – 2010, including a wild barrel-aged version. There will be a total of six vintages to sample, some of which are the last kegs. The beers will be paired with various artisan cheeses. The tasting will be in the brewery and is limited to 25 lucky people. Click here to get your tickets.

Firestone Walker vs. the Homebrew Chef
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Brouwer’s Cafe

A beer dinner with the beers of Firestone Walker. An eight-course dinner featuring 12 beers from Firestone Walker. Cuisine and beer pairings conceived by renowned chef Sean Paxton (the Homebrew Chef). $100 per Ticket via Brown Paper Tickets.

Pike Brewers Dinner at Crow
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Crow Restaurant and Bar

Chef Craig Serbousek and Pike Brewery legend Charles Finkel, along with his wife Rose Ann, host an intimate beer dinner. Enjoy a local, sustainable menu paired with the award winning beers of Pike brewery. Call Crow for more information and reservations. (206) 283-8800

Cider Fest at Quinn’s Pub
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Quinn’s Pub

This is the ONLY cider festival of this year’s Seattle Beer Week. As most know, handcrafted ciders are on the up and up- but as some may NOT know, hard cider and cheese is one of the best food pairings on the planet. This event features five different cider houses (Aspall, JK Scrumpys, Tieton, Wandering Aengus, Westcott Bay) representing ten different styles of handcrafted ciders with artisanal cheeses on hand with which to pair. Meet some of these brilliant new cider masters and allow experienced cheese mongers to guide you on an exploration of some of the best cheeses available in the city. $20 (plus tax) presale or $25 at the door. Limited space. Contact Quinn’s for reservations. 206.325.7711.

Epic Beer Dinner at Tilikum
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tilikum Place Cafe

Join Epic Ales at Tilikum Place Café for a five course dinner paired with five innovative and interesting beers. Many of the dishes incorporate the beer as well. $70 per person. For reservations call 206.282.4830.

TUESDAY, MAY 24th

Monks and Abbeys at Art of the Table
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Art of the Table

Charles Finkel of Pike Brewery and Tomme Arthur of Port/Lost Abbey Brewing pair up with Chef Dustin Ronspires for an evening of craft beer and local, sustainable dishes. Stump the Brewer, random beer-related questions asked between courses: a beer Jeopardy, of sorts. Call (206) 282-0942 for reservations.

Trappist Beer Dinner at Quinn’s Pub
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Quinn’s Pub

A beer dinner to end all beer dinners featuring brews from six different Trappist houses paired with sfine food from Quinn’s kitchen. The Odom Corporation, Merchant Du Vin, Trappist Brewery Chimay and Quinn’s are teaming up to present this exclusive event. Highlights from the dinner menu include Sturgeon with Bacon Foam, Local Squab stuffed with Foie Gras Royale, and Beer Washed Artisanal Cheeses.  $100 per person (plus tax & tip) includes all food and beverage as well as some great history and special take-home gifts. Very limited availability. Contact the restaurant for reservations. 206.325.7711.

THURSDAY, MAY 26th

Chuckanut Brewers Dinner at Palace Kitchen
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Palace Kitchen

Mari and Will Kemper will be at the Palace Kitchen to talk about the beers in the Palace Kitchen’s three-course SBW beer dinner. While the dinner and Chuckanut Beers will be served throughout Seattle Beer Week, this is the only night Will and Mari will be there to talk about it. For details and reservations call (206) 448-2001.

Stone Dinner at Volunteer Park Cafe
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Volunteer Park Cafe

Stone Brewing beer dinner at Volunteer Park Cafe with Mitch Steele, Stone’s Production Manager/Head Brewer. Volunteer Park Cafe chef Ericka Burke has prepared an amazing five course meal for the evening. Details available at the Cafe’s website. $85 per person. Space is very limited. For reservations, call 206.328.3155

FRIDAY, MAY 27th

Beers and Brats in the Outfield
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Safeco Field

The 2nd annual celebration of great baseball and great craft beer. The Mariners take on the New York Yankees in their first home matchup of 2011. Only 200 seats are available to this private function in the Safeco Field Beergarden. Your ticket includes a reserved seat to the game, a Bratwurst buffet, and six great craft beers on tap, in a East Coast vs. West Coast throwdown! From the West Coast: Laurelwood Brewing Co.(OR), Fremont Brewing (WA) , and 21st Amendment Brewery (CA). From the East Coast: Southern Tier Brewing (NY), Flying Dog Brewing (MD) and Victory Brewing Co. (PA). Tickets will sell out fast. Click here to get your tickets.

Hopworks Brewers Dinner at Trellis
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Trellis Restaurant

Join Ben Love and Jamie Rodriguez of Hopworks Urban Brewery for a five course beer-food pairing experience at Trellis Restaurant in Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel. Executive chef Brian Scheehse specializes in using the best of the current harvest as a foundation for a farm-to-table philosophy that should pair perfectly with Hopworks’ organic beers. For reservations and information call (425) 284-5914.

SATURDAY, MAY 28th

Sound Brewery Coursed Dinner at Collins Pub
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Collins Pub

Join Collins Pub as they welcome one of Washington’s newer breweries for a brewers dinner. While many Seattle-area restaurants are new at this “beer dinner” thing, Collins is not. This is sure to be an impressive feast paired with beers that many people have yet to sample. Call Collins Pub for reservations (206) 623-1016.



5 comments

  1. Stumbling Monk’s Blending Symposium with Eric Salazar from New Belgium is probably the most interesting thing I see on the Beer Week list. But I heard they have already sold all the seats for it.

  2. thanks for the props! Just a FYI, the Beers & Brats in the Outfield at Safeco is a screaming deal – it includes all the brats AND all the beers you can throw down your pie hole from 5-7pm!

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