It’s time to Celebrate Rose Ann at Pike Brewing



On May 16th, Pike Brewing invites you to join in a celebration of Rose Ann Finkel’s life

In June of 2020, the world lost a shining light. Rose Ann Finkel was not only a pioneer in the world of beer and food, but she was one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. When she passed, it was mid-pandemic and a proper celebration of her life was not possible. Now it is.

On Monday, May 16th the public is invited to the Pike Brewery and Pub in downtown Seattle as the local beer and brewing industry pays tribute to Rose Ann.

Kim and I with Rose Ann and Charles Finkel. October 2019.

Here’s a very high-altitude view of her contribution to the business of beer that barely touches on all she did. Rose Ann was a trailblazer in the world of fine food, wine, and beer importing even before she co-founded Merchant du Vin, an import company that still thrives today. Merchant du Vin brought many Belgian and independent English and German beers to the U.S. for the first time, such as Ayinger, Orval, and Samuel Smith to name just a few.


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Delivering the first keg of Pike Pale Ale on October 17, 1989.

In 1989, Rose Ann and her husband, Charles Finkel, founded Pike Brewing. Much more than all of that, Rose Ann was an advocate for racial justice, civil rights, and women’s rights. She was a community builder and a thought leader.

The celebration on May 16th is a first-come, first-served event, one that promises to attract a lot of the local beer community. And rightly so! There are a lot of people in this town that loved and respected Rose Ann.


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Here is the brief announcement from Pike Brewery:

It’s time to Celebrate Rose Ann

Please join us during Seattle Beer Week in raising a glass in honor of Rose Ann. Event is open to the Public on a first come, first served basis – space is limited. Beers available for purchase, including some special releases one of which is a Rosehip Saison. Food available in the Pike Pub.


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5p Monday May 16th – Pike Brewery off of Post Alley



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1 thought on “It’s time to Celebrate Rose Ann at Pike Brewing

  1. As a husband and wife in beer, Rose Ann and Charles have and will always been a great inspiration. They scooped us up from the start and took time to get to know us. We need more people like them in the world!

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