This Weekend: Washington Beer Open House & More

This is a big weekend for those of us who love beer.

UPDATE (2/20) – I’m adding information at the end of this post about what individual breweries are doing for Open House. Some of them, anyway. Breweries, please feel welcome to leave comments and tell us what you have planned.

  • Friday and Saturday, you can sample a bunch of beer and a bunch of Whiskey at the Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival (blog sponsor) in Fremont. The event features beers from 30 different breweries and more Whiskey than you can shake your fist at. There is even a “whiskey lunch.” Visit the official website for tickets and more details.
  • Saturday at the Beveridge Place Pub (blog sponsor), the 11th Annual Barleywine Bacchanal kicks off when the doors open at noon. The celebration lasts for a week. We reported on it here and included a list of the amazing selection of Barleywines. In all 30 taps will be dedicated to the biggest, baddest-ass of all brews.
  • Saturday is also the official Washington Beer Open House (Noon til 5:00). Organized by the Washington Beer Commission, this statewide event sees breweries opening their doors and inviting beer lovers to come in for a behind-the-scenes look at the beer. Each brewery will have a different offering. Check with the official Washington Beer Open House website to see who is involved. Check with each brewery to see exactly what’s up. If you are out there tweeting somewhere, use #WABeerOH.

Here are some Open House examples: In Bellingham, a shuttle bus will transport you from one brewery to the next (Boundary Bay, Chuckanut, and Kulshan). In Seattle, Schooner Exact Brewing is roasting a pig and offering barrel-aged beer pairings, brewery tours, a two-year vertical of bourbon imperial porter + a sour. In Redmond, at Black Raven Brewing the brewery will be open for your viewing pleasure and they will be previewing their 2012 Wheat Wine as well as offering their award-winning Old Birdbrain Barleywine for onsite consumption and also to go. Those are just three of the many, many examples. I encourage you to check with your favorite breweries and see what’s up. Keep an eye on the official website. Make use of the map.


I am adding information below about particular breweries and their Open House plans.

Silver City Brewery
Featuring $3 pints of WINTER BOCK, all-day long!
Tours will be conducted at 1:00pm, 2:30pm, & 4:00pm
Rare beer SAMPLE FLIGHTS from the Brewmaster’s Secret Stash!
Cases of RIDGETOP RED 6-Packs for $24.99! (Regular Price $29.99)

Foggy Noggin Brewing
Winter Seasonal beer release – Diablo del Sol (English Pale) – February 23rd (12-5pm) @ Foggy Noggin Brewing Tasting Room. This popular seasonal will be making it’s late winter and early spring run at our tasting room and area’s tap account for the next 6-8 weeks. This happens to be Washington Beer Open House 2013 Day too.  Contigo Seattle will be serving up great Modern Mexican food for this release.

Reuben’s Brews
“We will pour two special beers for the first time that day: One keg of our Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout as well as a cask of our Auld Heritage Old English Ale. We’ll tap both of these beers at noon and they’ll be on until they’re gone! Adam and Mike will also be there to show you the brewery and talk all things beer. ”

Airways Brewing

“We’ll have our brewery open from 12-5 pm. Come taste beer directly from the tanks, get a tour, enter our raffle, and check out the only 747 nosecone hanging in a brewery. The Tap Room will be open until 7 if you want to stay a bit longer.”

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  1. ATTN: As you’re making you way around town Saturday, be aware of this road closure. “4:30 am Saturday, Feb. 23 through 5 am Monday, Feb. 25: Southbound SR 99 will be closed between the Battery Street Tunnel and S. Nevada Street. Northbound SR 99 will be closed between S. Nevada Street and the West Seattle Bridge.”

  2. at black raven we will also be offering a meat and cheese pairing to go with the wheat wine and Barleywine. I believe we will also be releasing 2011 Barleywine in 12oz bottles. cheers!

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