Posts Tagged ‘events’

Winter Ale Festivals

Beer West will be bundling up all weekend long in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square at the Holiday Ale Fest. And we’ll be representing at the Seattle Winter Beer Fest at Hale’s Ales. It’s gonna be a big weekend.

Photo courtesy Beeriety Blog.

Cold weather means welcoming a new batch of strong winter ales. Here are a few festivals and events in the West that you shouldn’t miss this season:

Portland Holiday Ale Festival // Pioneer Square // Portland, OR
November 30 – December 4

Winter BeerFest // Hales Ales // Seattle, WA
December 2-3

San Diego Strong Ale Festival // Pizza Port // San Diego, CA
December 2-3

15th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Tasting Challenge // Beer Co // San Diego, CA
December 3

Winter Wonderland CoLAboration Beer Garden // Golden Road Brewing // Los Angeles, CA
December 3

Parade of Darks
// Wynkoop Brewing Company // Denver, CO
December 3

Sono Park Holiday Fest and Chilipalooza // 32nd and Thorn // San Diego, CA
December 4

Meet the Brewer Monday with Ballast Point Brewing // The Pearl Hotel // San Diego, CA
December 5

Jingle Bell Jubilee // Blue Palms Brewhouse // Los Angeles, CA
December 10

8 Malty Nights Release // New Old Lompoc // Portland, OR
December 14

Kerstbier Fest 2011 // The Trappist // Oakland, CA
December 16

Chanukah Vs. Christmas: The Battle Royale of Beers // The Green Dragon // Portland, OR
December 17

Strong Ale Holiday Festival // Library Ale House // Santa Monica, CA
December 19

You know that warm, toasty feeling you get after your first (or maybe second) pint? We like to think of that as a beer blanket. So wrap yourself up, and get out this holiday season for some strong seasonal brews. Got more winter beer events to go to? Write us a comment, post on our Facebook page, or find us on Twitter @BeerWestMag. Cheers!

Washington Beer Blog Announces Craft Beer+Food, Seattle’s Newest Beer and Food Event

Perfectly timed with Beer West’s Fall Food Issue, we’re stoked to hear about this fine food and beer pairing event taking place on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Yacht Club on Lake Union.

Here’s more info on the event (from a press release from co-producers of the event, Washington Beer Blog):

Craft Beer+Food celebrates the pairing of Seattle’s world class food and world class beer with an event demonstrating how locally brewed craft beers can be part of an elegant dining experience. Craft Beer+Food introduces food lovers to good beer, beer lovers to good food. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Yacht Club on Lake Union, and will benefit the Just Garden Project.

Ten upscale Seattle area restaurants, including Tom Douglas’ Brave Horse Tavern, Ravish on Eastlake, Ray’s Boathouse, and Quinn’s Pub, will be paired with ten Seattle area craft breweries. The Chef and the Brewmaster will collaborate to develop a beer+food pairing. Each Chef+Brewmaster team will present its pairing—a taste of food with a sample of beer—to demonstrate how well great beer can accompany fine food.

“Foodies and beer lovers share many of the same sensibilities,” says Kendall Jones, Director of the Washington Beer Blog. “Seattle has long been recognized as a hotbed for both craft beer and fine cuisine. It’s not news to chefs and brewers, but more and more people are beginning to recognize that fine beer and fine food can be thoughtfully paired to create a fantastic dining experience.

“The concept behind Craft Beer+Food is simple: bring local chefs and brewers together and let them do the rest,” Jones says. “We want to prove that fine food does not necessarily need to be paired with wine. Beer can elevate the dining experience in the same way.”

Two-hundred attendees will sample all ten beer+food pairings. Tickets are $30 per person in advance, available in early August through Brown Paper Tickets via the event website,