The 13th annual Seattle Beer Week kicks off this Friday and runs through May 21st. Across the course of the nine-day celebration, events around the greater Seattle area raise a toast to the city’s enduring love of craft beer.
The nine-day celebration kicks off on Friday, May 13th at Queen Anne Beer Hall with the ceremonial tapping of the official beer of Seattle Beer Week at 4:00. Thereafter, events in West Seattle, Fremont, Ravenna, White Center, Phinney, and beyond span the coming days. See the SBW events calendar for a list of all events.
This year the official beer of Seattle Beer Week was crafted by Black Raven Brewing. It’s a delicious, West Coast IPA with a modern twist. That is, it has some newfangled hop character as well as some good ol’ piney, resinous bitter qualities. (I’m a big fan of this beer.) It will be on tap at various Seattle Beer Week venues and is also available in cans at better beer retailers around the area.
I share a few event highlights below, which are nothing more than my personal picks — there are a lot of events that I do not mention. To see all that Seattle Beer Week offers, I encourage you to visit the official website.
Saturday, May 14th
This is the busiest beer-drinking Saturday in years.
Haze Fest at Reuben’s Brews. Not just hazy beers of their own creation, but guest taps as well – 16 hazy beers on tap all day long.
Barleywood Squares at The Beveridge Place Pub – Barleywood Squares is a beery twist on the old TV gameshow Hollywood Squares. Local beer industry folks answer beer-ish trivia. X gets the square!. Noon ’til 3:00.
Sour Savoir Faire at Jellyfish Brewing – A ticketed event, this is one that lovers of sour beer will not want to miss (tickets here). Noon ’til 5:00.
See all events for Saturday, May 14th
Sunday, May 15th
Stoutfest Day 2 at Brouwer’s Cafe – This is day two of the event, but I figured that with Saturday being so busy, I’d share this as a Sunday event. A celebration of dark, boozy beers, hearty food, and good friends! Who knows what Brouwer’s might pull out of the cellar.
See all events for Sunday, May 15th
Monday, May 16th
Celebration of Rose Ann Finkel – Mid-pandemic, we lost a legend. One of the giants on the local and international beer scene. Rose Ann Finkel was one of the founders of Pike Brewing, but that’s just one of her many contributions to the story of American craft beer. On this day, the public is invited to Pike Brewing to remember and celebrate this amazing woman. 5:00 ’til 8:00.
See all events for Monday, May 16th
Tuesday, May 17th
Tiki Tuesday with Ravenna Brewing – We’re halfway through Beer Week, so kick back as the Pinebox welcomes Ravenna Brewing for an evening of Yacht Rock and smooth beers. Chill out with some tasty beers and some easy listening.
See all events for Tuesday, May 17th
Thursday, May 19th
Sour Fest 2022 at Brouwer’s Cafe – A celebration of sour beers at Brouwer’s Cafe. Kicks off today. Runs all weekend.
See all events for Thursday, May 19th
Friday, May 20th
Seattle Cask-O-Rama at Beveridge Place Pub – All Seattle, all cask. Firkins lined up along the bartop pouring Seattle-brewed beers the way God intended — propelled by gravity and natural carbonation. 6:00 ’til 11:00.
See all events for Friday, May 20th
Saturday, May 21st
Can You Handle Our Randall at Pinebox – A dozen beers poured through Randalls. Who does that? Nobody but Pinebox. Who knows what inspired ingredients they’ll put in the contraptions to enhance the beers? 3:00 ’til 8:00.
See all events for Saturday, May 21st
For other beer events beyond Seattle Beer Week, check out the Washington Beer Blog’s events calendar.