SEATTLE BEER WEEK 2015

The glorious 11 days of Seattle Beer Week are upon us, with 200 events and counting.
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Unlike the early years, there鈥檚 a number of tastings and events on both sides of the bridge, and as far north as Everett and as far south as Tacoma.

For the first time, the official brew for Seattle Beer Week was made outside the Emerald City. Silver City Brewery in Bremerton made a special light lager with Northwest hops for the seventh annual festival.

鈥淲e almost have to call it Greater Seattle Beer Week,鈥 said festival co-founder Ian Roberts. 鈥淲hen I first moved here, it was not a lot of great beer establishments outside of Seattle. Now, they keep popping up in every city.鈥

In addition to the beer tastings, many chefs will host beer-pairing dinners.

But when it comes to beer festivals, we must lead the nation in pairing beer with recreational events: beer and mini golf, beer and kayaking and a couple of organized bar hopping on bikes including 鈥淭our de Pints鈥 on Saturday, May 9.

The festival, ending May 17, is overwhelming. The best way to navigate the maze is pick what to focus on. IPAs? You鈥檒l have no problem finding those events. For something different, there鈥檚 a Lager Fest, Stout Fest and Sour Fest. Belgian beer events are always big hits. Brews aged in oak barrels are trendy this year.

The festival, ending May 17, is overwhelming. The best way to navigate the maze is pick what to focus on. IPAs? You鈥檒l have no problem finding those events. For something different, there鈥檚 a Lager Fest, Stout Fest and Sour Fest. Belgian beer events are always big hits. Brews aged in oak barrels are trendy this year.

Below are some recommended events.

May 8

Some of the nanobreweries鈥 stuff is amateurish home-brewing, but these garage-size breweries also make some of the most interesting beers these days. They, more than the big boys, think outside the box and take more risks. Naked City Taphouse in Greenwood devotes an evening to two dozen nanobreweries including the cult favorite, Standard Brewing, 6-9 p.m.

Noble Fir in Ballard features a tap lineup of some of the best breweries from the Midwest such as Boulevard and Goose Island breweries, 4 p.m.-midnight.

May 9

Chef Mike Easton from the pasta paradise Il Corvo does a five-course pairing dinner with Pfriem Family Brewing from Hood River. Seating at 6:30 p.m. $150.

Or how about a pub crawl through Tom Douglas鈥 joints? Black Raven Brewing Co. organizes a beer-and-food pairing for $75 starting at Hot Stove Society, then on to Cantina Le帽a, TanakaSan, Seatown and Dahlia Lounge before ending at Brave Horse Tavern with a barbecue spread. Starts at 2 p.m.

Or maybe you鈥檙e more into a simple shot and a beer. Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge hosts a Redhook and Westland Distillery whiskey pairing. Check out Redhook鈥檚 flagship ESB aged in oak barrel, which gave it a nice almond note, 7-10 p.m.

May 10

Celebrate Mother鈥檚 Day at Prost in West Seattle, with a complimentary barbecue spread. Donations to the West Seattle Food Bank is suggested, 3-8 p.m.

May 11

For those who complain Seattle Beer Week isn鈥檛 local enough, this event is for you:

鈥淭his is Washington Dammit鈥 features 36 local beers, $3.50 a pint. At Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle.

Pike Brewing Company hosts the fourth annual Women in Beer event, featuring 35 breweries and cider houses. Pike Brewing will also feature two limited releases, 6-9 p.m. $35.

May 12

Arguably the best beer-pairing dinner last year, Quinn鈥檚, the stellar gastro pub on Capitol Hill, does seven courses paired with Trappists beers. Seating at 6:30 p.m. $185.

Or if you鈥檙e on a budget, Reuben鈥檚 in Ballard, one of the rising stars in the local brewery scene, partners with nearby Giddy Up Burgers and Greens for a burger-and- beer pairing, 6-8 p.m.

May 13

The dinner that has created the most buzz this year, Burgundian in Tangletown hosts a seven-course pairing with beers from the esteemed Hair of the Dog Brewing in Portland. Expect foie gras and duck breast, 6 p.m. $150.

Naked City Taphouse features an all-star lineup of beers from Oregon. Many brewers will bring their wood-aged and other special brews, 6-9 p.m.

May 14

One of Seattle鈥檚 most anticipated beer events, Brouwer鈥檚 Cafe鈥檚 annual Sour Fest, features some of the world鈥檚 best sour beers. Starts at 11 a.m.

American Brewing Company in Edmonds will release some special batches for the night, 5-8 p.m.

May 15

Noble Fir in Ballard features some rare releases from two of the heavyweights: The Lost Abbey and Stone Brewing Co., 4 p.m.-midnight.

Mammoth on Eastlake hosts a night of just lager beers, 5-11 p.m.

May 16

For parents who love beers, Barking Dog Alehouse in North Seattle will baby-sit your kiddos while you enjoy a beer or three from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. (Bratty kids won鈥檛 be rejected.) Face painting and games for children. Noon-3 p.m.

The stellar Malt and Vine in Redmond celebrates its eighth anniversary by rolling out a special tap list with food from Campfire BBQ. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

May 17

Fremont Brewing hosts the aptly named 鈥淢y Liver Hurts Free BBQ,鈥 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

First off, you鈥檙e still drinking? Well then, head to Chuck鈥檚 Hop Shop in the Central District, where brewers and beer geeks, the ones still standing, will hang out. Expect some surprise beers featured among the 24 taps, noon-5 p.m.

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