Widmer Invites You to Explore Your Craft

It is a delicate balancing act. On one hand, I think of craft beer as an inclusive beverage that does not put on airs. Beer is a quaffable drink that never takes itself too seriously. On the other hand, I want craft beer to get the credit it deserves. While I delight in the playful, Homeresque side of beer, I also think it deserves some respect. Beer is fun, but it is also important.

Widmer Brothers Brewing and Draft Magazine invite you to join them for a celebration of beer’s more cerebral side. The Explore Your Craft series of events not only features outstanding, uncommon beers from Widmer paired with the world-class cuisine of Herban Feast, but it also includes art and music. Explore Your Craft presents beer in a sophisticated, elevated light.

The Seattle version of the event takes place in the SoDo neighborhood this Thursday, November 15. Tickets are $45 and are available online at www.exploreyourcraft.com. Here is the press release with more details.


PORTLAND, Ore. – Nov. 8, 2012 – Explore Your Craft, a collaborative effort between Widmer Brothers Brewing and DRAFT Magazine celebrating the art of craft beer, will be held in Seattle on Thursday, Nov. 15, and tickets are available now. The Seattle Explore Your Craft Event will feature Widmer Brothers beers paired with food from Herban Feast, The Cheese Cellar and The Swinery, live music from Danny Godinez, and artwork from John Osgood.

Seattle is the fifth of six cities where Explore Your Craft will be hosted this year. The final event in the 2012 series will be hosted in Boston on Monday, Dec 3.

WHAT: Highlighting the Widmer Brothers Brewing portfolio of handcrafted beers, the Seattle Explore Your Craft event will offer a selection of small plates from Amanda Herrera, chef de cuisine for Herban Feast, offering a unique food and beer pairing experience for attendees. The celebration will also feature local artisans, including The Cheese Cellar and The Swinery; live musical performance by Danny Godinez; and an urban contemporary art installment by John Osgood.

Featured beers at the Seattle event will include Falconer’s IPA from the Rotator IPA Series; SXNW, the latest Brothers’ Reserve release; Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’12; Milk Stout; Alt; and Pacific Gem, an experimental IPA brewed with Pacific Gem hops from New Zealand. Widmer Brothers favorites—including Brrr Seasonal Ale, Drifter Pale Ale, Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen, Nelson Imperial IPA and Pitch Black IPA—will also be available.

Beer and food pairing examples include:

  • Sweet balsamic onion and roasted garlic jelly on crostini with brie paired with Drifter Pale Ale
  • Crying tiger endive leaf spoons with spicy grilled chicken, carrots and green onions paired with Hefeweizen
  • Black and blue beef sliders served with picnic fries and paired with Pitch Black IPA
  • Mole chicken tostada with black beans and fresh cabbage salad paired with SXNW Dark Ale
  • Banana chocolate bread pudding bites with Brrrbon caramel sauce paired with Barrel Aged Brrrbon ‘12

WHO: Special guests include Rob Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 15, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Sodo Park, 3200 1st Ave. South, Seattle 98134
COST: Admission is $45 per person. Purchase tickets online at exploreyourcraft.com.


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