I am a musician as well as a beer lover. (Above, me and the fellas on stage at the Washington Brewers Festival.) I especially dig music when paired with fresh craft beer. I am not sure what happened and I don’t care, but a lot of breweries are hosting live music these days.
Once upon a time, it was rare. Now, especially around Seattle, more and more breweries are offering live music at their taprooms. And why not? Below I share a list of breweries that regularly host live music, or have announced a series of live music events.
Because I want to help… Breweries, I implore you. Please let the world know that you’re hosting live music. As a musician and a music fan, it makes me sad to see posts that say “Happening now…” or “Tonight…” Why not let us know a day or two in advance? Got a series, tell the world. Social media, newsletters, whatever. Let us know. I may sound a bit bossy, but seriously, if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, who cares if it makes a sound?
Some do it regularly. Other breweries announce a special series of events. The big trick here is to actually announce it.
Some of what I’ve heard about live music and breweries lately.
This is what I know off the top of my head and what I’ve stumbled across on social media. I am certainly forgetting a lot. Please share whatever you know beyond what I share here.
Reuben’s Brews recently announced a series of live music events. “We’re launching a new summer concert series today (Sunday, June 6) that will run through the last week of July,” said the announcement on Instagram. “Each Sunday evening, musicians will perform two sets on our Taproom patio between 5:30 – 8 p.m. with a small break in between. No cover.”
Machine House Brewery – First and third Wednesday evening of the month, they host a bluegrass jam. Bring your fiddle, guitar, mandolin, etc. Or just listen in.
Bickersons Brewhouse, which recently opened its new location in Ballard, hosts a live music event this Saturday. This will be a regular thing. Most Saturdays this summer. Keep an eye on Insta.
Bad Jimmy’s Brewing – Bad Jimmy be jammin’! The brewery regularly hosts live music and other fun events at the taproom and beer garden in Seattle. They do a good job of sharing the info via Instagram and elsewhere.
Métier Brewing – For some time now, Métier Brewing has hosted regularly scheduled events on Sunday afternoons at the brewery’s taproom in Woodinville. Frequently on Saturdays, singer-songwriters. Now that the new location in Seattle’s Central District is open, I’d expect to find music there as well. Keep an eye on social media.
Old Stove Brewing is hosting a live music event this Saturday, June 11th at its Ship Canal location in Seattle. Word is, this will be a regular thing at that location. Keep an eye on Old Stove’s social channels.
Farmstrong Brewing in Mount Vernon offers live music in its lovely beer garden. They announce the coming “series” on Instagram. Keep an eye out.
Birdsview Brewing, out there on Highway 20 near Concrete, has a lovely beer garden that often welcomes live performances.
I am certain that there is lot more to report. Please feel free to leave comments and spread the word about live music happening at brewery taprooms. It’s a good thing! Let’s work together to support it.