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The Hop Shop: Chuck’s 85th Street Market

A North Seattle Entrepreneur Revitalizes a Corner Market into a Craft Beer Haven

By Keith Lockwood

Tucked away in the sleepy borough of North Seattle, at the corner of 85th and 8th, lies an unassuming little piece of craft beer heaven.

When  I walked in after the store re-opened two years ago I couldn’t help notice the unbelievable metamorphoses it had gone through.  Usually, the re-opening of the neighborhood corner market is a small event consisting of a splash of paint and dusting of the same old shelves.  But gone was that which defined the previous establishment; bars in the windows, the adult entertainment section, knives, cheap wines, and assorted “other” paraphernalia.  Replacing it was a well-lit and inviting environment featuring Dreyer’s ice cream by the scoop, fresh pizza by the slice, and beer… really good beer.

An extremely polite gentleman still working on building the new shelves came over to greet us as we sauntered in.  We had to ask what happened and who had performed such a miraculous resurrection?  He introduced himself as the new owner, Chuck.  His explanation was simple: “Well, I like beer, ice cream, and pizza.”

Chuck’s 85th Street Market, or Chuck’s Hop Shop as it is affectionately known, has since that day become one of Seattle’s premier gathering places for beer enthusiasts.  It boasts hundreds micros from around the world, a superb selection of more than 20 beers on tap, kegs to go, a big screen television, and IPA-boiled bratwursts on the grill.  Chuck’s also offers t-shirts, pint glasses, specialty bottles and coozies.

Friday evenings at Chuck’s are usually reserved for beer tastings from Port Townsend, Iron Horse, and Sierra Nevada, to name a few.  Chuck has also held wine, mead, barley wine, and even homebrew tastings.

Chuck has provided a setting where you can sample, drink, purchase, and discuss great beers at length, with the game on in the background and with a brat in hand. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Hops and Props 2012

An Aerial View From The Museum of Flight’s 10th Annual Fundraiser

By Colin McElroy

Hops & Props alone would be an amazing beer festival, with more than 50 breweries serving local and international beers and an all-you-can-eat buffet. But what takes this festival to the next level is its location, The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.

For me, the idea of drinking a Fremont Brewing 77 Select Session IPA under the worlds fastest airplane, the SR-71 Blackbird, is epic to say the least.

For those not as excited about the planes as I am, there are food and beer pairings guided by a special guest (this year’s was Charles Finkel, President and Founder of Pike Brewing Company), live music, and an impressive lineup of breweries pouring their beers.  Some of my tasting highlights were Elysian Brewing’s Idiot Sauvin IPA, Dick’s Brewing Company’s Working Man’s Brown Ale, and Two Beers Brewing Company’s Evo. IPA.

A full list of all breweries in attendance can be found at The Museum of Flight website.

All proceeds from the festival will go toward supporting The Museum of Flight, an independent, non-profit organization.

I’m already counting down until I can encounter the Blackhawk next year.

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,