Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. A jury found Michael Jackson not guilty of child molestation. Brokeback Mountain dominated at the box office. George W. Bush began his second term as President. It was 2005, the year that Brouwer’s Cafe opened in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
On March 28th and 29th Brouwer’s Cafe celebrates its 10th anniversary exactly as you’d expect, with lots and lots of really good beer. Event website.
Over the years, Brouwer’s Cafe has racked up more impressive accolades than I can count. It’s gotten to the point that they are no longer mentioned on those “Best Beer Bars” lists because, well, proclaiming Brouwer’s one of the best beer bars in America is like telling people that they can save 15 percent or more by switching to GEICO. Duh. It’s big annual events—Hard Liver Festival and Big Wood Festival—are legendary. There are too many good things to say about Seattle’s venerable Belgian-inspired beer mecca. Now that it’s been around for ten years, I’m comfortable using the term venerable to describe Brouwer’s.
Here’s what Nat Pellman, the General Manager at Brouwer’s Cafe, has to say about the upcoming festivities:
“Wow! Do you remember 2005? We do! 2005 was the year we opened our doors and poured our first beer. Back in 2005, Matt “Vern” Vandenberghe brought what he had learned from Bottleworks bottleshop, at the time already into its 5th year, and created Brouwer’s Café.”
“On March 23, 2005, we opened our doors to the public, and the rest (as they say) is history. With over 60 taps, 300 bottles, a wide selection of whisky and whiskey, and a menu based around the hearty and delicious cuisine of Belgium, Brouwer’s has remained one of Seattle’s premiere beer destinations for the whole of its (almost) 10 years. Every year since our first anniversary we’ve worked with a variety of breweries to create a unique anniversary beer. ”
“For our 10th year of pouring pints and snifters to the beer lovers of Seattle and abroad we’ll have two beers to celebrate with. We teamed up with Reuben’s Brews’ Adam Robbins to create a hop-bomb of a beer that would be worthy of such a big milestone in our history. At the young age of 2 years old, Reuben’s has easily become one of our favorite breweries in town, as well as one of our friends. We’ve been happy to host their staff and patrons for both their 1st and 2nd anniversaries, and we’re honored to have them brewing our 10th anniversary beer.”
“Our 10th anniversary beer is a 10% imperial IPA that we have named Gobsmacked and will be available in a very limited number of bottles, as well as on draft.”
“For Bottleworks’ 10th anniversary we worked with the one and only New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado. We thought it would be fun to Blend a Brouwer’s 10 as well, and we headed down hang out and blend a beer in early December. Eric and Lauren were kind enough to open up the wood cellar at New Belgium and we had an amazing day. We tasted somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 different fouders and came up with a beer that we are very happy with. New Belgium’s contribution will be a draft only affair, and we’ll be pouring it like it’s hot at our anniversary party. We will also be digging in to the cellar and pulling out some past anniversary beers.”
“Mark your calenders and plan on having a great day!”