October is a month for beer (Oktoberfest, duh), so naturally after booking our flights to Seattle I feverishly searched through event calendars, scouring the internet for beer tastings during the dates we were in town. What did I find? Seattle Magazine’s second annual BREW Seattle — the ultimate local beer tasting event. It’s the largest beer festival that focuses exclusively on Seattle breweries.
For $40, your ticket got you into the party, a souvenir 5 oz. mug, six drink tickets, plus access to their free photo booth and all the pulled pork and mac ‘n’ cheese you could eat — provided by Pinky’s Kitchen (if you could get some — the line was brutal). They ran out of food after an hour, but were able to replenish their supply later in the evening (sans mac ‘n’ cheese).
It’s no wonder they ran out of food as over 700 people attended the sold out festival. And they all had the drunchies.
The event was held inside the Fremont Foundry — a cool industrial loft space, with both indoor and outdoor areas. There were over 20 breweries represented at different tables around the venue with over 60 different beers to try, so you had to spend your six drink tokens wisely. Thankfully we were lucky and a couple gave us their extra tokens. Needless to say we ended up toasted — tipsy and full of beer and BBQ.
My highlight of the night was Bluebird Microcreamery & Brewery’s Habanero Pumpkin Porter — topped off with a scoop of ice cream. Yeah, you heard me — a pumpkin beer float! It was delicious. I had two and was not ashamed. The ice cream was handmade, too!
Coming in at a close second was all of the beers Elysian Brewing brought with them that night — most notably the Dragonstooth Stout and the Punkuccino Pumpkin Ale, easily the best pumpkin brew I tried all night (and there were many).
Aside from the disappointing food shortage, this event was a blast. Throughout the night you could vote for the brewery of the year and at the end of the evening, Pike Brewing Co. received the title. That night they brought their Wood Aged Kilt Lifter, Space Needle Golden IPA, Entire Wood Aged Stout, and Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin.
It was a great way to start our first night in Seattle and was just a short Uber ride away from Capitol Hill, where we continued the night’s shenanigans. To read more about the sights from our Seattle trip, click here!
What’s your favorite Seattle brew? Sound off in the comments!