THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
Ben Paris Pilsner Repeal Day Release
The downtown restaurant Ben Paris is named after a Seattle sportsman and entrepreneur, who used to run Ben Paris Cigars, Lunch & Cards in the same space in the early 20th century and who fought for the legalization of selling beer on Sundays. For Repeal Day, which commemorates the end of Prohibition in the United States, they'll honor his memory with the release of a new pilsner brewed in collaboration with Old Stove Brewing Company, plus happy hour pricing on beers and daiquiris from Batch 206 Distillery and free swag.
Celebrate Craft Beer & Produce with the Beeroness
Writer and beer expert Jackie Dodd, who runs the award-winning website The Beeroness, will discuss her new cookbook Lush - A Season by Season Celebration of Craft Beer & Produce, which features recipes using beer and fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
The Growler Guys Third Anniversary Party
The Growler Guys will fête their third anniversary with special rare beers on tap, visits from beertenders from their past, and giveaways.
This festival exclusively featuring barrel-aged beers and ciders will boast over 40 barrel-aged creations on tap.
12 Days of Beer! Free Hoodie Contest
Visit West Seattle's Ounces taproom a dozen different days before December 23, and you'll receive a complimentary hoodie of your choice.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
Adult Milk & Cookies
From the word "adult" in the title, I thought Adult Milk & Cookies was some obscure fetish that nobody (not even anyone at The Stranger) knew about. Turns out, it’s an event hosted by the Growler Guys along with TV writer/cook Scottie Jeanette Madden, author of Recklass in the Kitchen, during which Fremont Brewing beer is paired with cookies. Fremont Brewing’s 13.1 percent ABV Imperial Oatmeal Stout already tastes like an incredible cookie, but this is an exciting opportunity to learn about (and enjoy) some less obvious pairings. DAVID LEWIS
2019 Winter Beer Fest
There are so many places brewing craft beer in Washington, it is almost ridiculous. But there are fewer places where you can get a taste of this breadth of beers all in one place. Enter the nonprofit trade association Washington Brewers Guild and its winter tasting event/fundraiser. More than 50 local and regional breweries will be represented, pouring sips that range from “dark malty stouts” and “robust winter warmers” to seasonal IPAs and barrel-aged “rarities.” Food trucks and vendors will be on hand serving warm eats, and attendees can vote on their favorite beers and booth decorations for each of the three tasting sessions (one on Friday, two on Saturday), with award winners selected daily. LEILANI POLK
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
B-Bomb Variant Release!
Fremont Brewing will unveil the coconut and coffee cinnamon variants of this year's release of their highly coveted B-Bomb, a bourbon barrel-aged ale.
An Evening with Burial
Brouwer's Cafe will tap a selection of unusually named beers from North Carolina-based Burial Beer Co., including "Surf Wax IPA," "When You Lay in Your Grave DIPA," and "To Wear the Feathers of Slain Beasts Mixed Culture Saison."
First Anniversary Krampus Fest and Bottle Release
Help Future Primitive Brewing celebrate their first year around the sun by enjoying a special bottle release of their barrel-aged barley wine. Plus, in light of the holiday season, kids can cozy up to Krampus—the anthropomorphic figure who is different from Santa Claus in every way—and guests can win prizes in a holiday costume contest.
Food, Art & Beer Showcase
Tuck into handcrafted pasta from chef Brett Phillips, gaze at art from Vikram Madan, listen to tunes from Marshall Family Band, and sip NW Peaks Dragontail Scotch Ale with "toffee, caramel, and treacle" notes.
Ounces Holiday Beerfest!
Sample plenty of holiday beer and cider, and buy a flight for the chance to win a brewery swag bag.
Sour Beer Day
Try a new batch of pucker-forming brews from Lucky Envelope (including barrel-aged options). The food truck Chicago West will sling Chicago-style street nosh.
Chuck's Hop Shop pledges to pour the "biggest, booziest Imperial Stout we can get our hands on."
Three Ryes Men Bottle Release
The 2019 version of Reuben's award-winning barrel-aged barleywine Three Ryes Men, which is brewed with multiple types of rye, comes bearing not frankincense and myrrh but malt-driven caramel and chocolate notes. Try it on tap, as well as the 2018 vintage, and take home wax-dipped bottles.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
Beer Ranking Party at Peddler Brewing Company
Learn about ranked-choice voting, which purports to offer a "simple but meaningful change to elections" by making democracy "more fair and functional," by trying a flight from Peddler Brewing and ranking your favorites on a ballot.
Cedar & Spokes Coffee Pilsner Beer Release
Try a new coffee pilsner beer created in a collaboration between the Belltown coffee shop Cedar & Spokes and North Seattle brewery Hellbent Brewing Company, using a dark roast called Myanmar, Myin Dwin, and a Northwest Pilsner.
Screwdriver Bar's Third Birthday!
For their third anniversary, Screwdriver Bar promises a special anniversary beer brewed by E9 Brewing, five bands playing throughout the night under fake names, drink specials, food from Li'l Woody's, and "some ridiculous grilled cheese ideas."
Super Cellar Sale!
Beveridge Place Pub will sell treasures from their stash, including barrel-aged beers, imperial stouts, barleywine, and other "funky stuff."
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9
Strange Fury Release
Interbay's eccentric, metal-inspired Holy Mountain Brewery will introduce their new Strange Fury IPA brewed with Pilsner and Two Row malts and a hefty dose of malted spelt and flaked wheat.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
Bisickle Brewers' Reserve Bottle Release
Take home some Bisickle Wheat Wine Brewers' Reserve to age in your closet. For some instant gratification, try some on tap, too.
Chuck's Hop Shop has pledged to maintain a steady flow of "viscous and boozy" beers to keep drinkers warm this winter, and Perennial Artisan Ales' Abraxas (an Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks) is no exception. They'll release it in bottles and pour the 2017, coffee, and vanilla versions, too.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
Barrel Aged Lion Tamer Bottle Release (2019)
Ravenna Brewing Co. will debut wax-dipped bottles of their Lion Tamer Vanilla Porter, aged in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels.
Beer & Chocolate Celebration
Fremont's fair-trade chocolate factory Theo Chocolate is releasing a new collection of "beer confections," including a pate de fruit made with Reuben's Brews Hazealicious IPA. To mark the release, Reuben's will offer a trio of their beers paired with the pate de fruit and two other Theo treats.
Lager Day Schwarzbier Release
Lucky Envelope will reprise their fan-favorite schwarzbier black lager on tap. Try it in a flight alongside their Lucky Envelope Helles Lager, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, and Vienna Amber Lager.
Second Anniversary Party
For their anniversary, Full Throttle Bottles will release an IPA brewed in collaboration with Vancouver-based Trap Door Brewing and a pastry stout made with Portland's Culmination Brewing, and pluck some gems from their cellar. They'll also plug in "Tusko," a mechanical toy elephant you can ride.
Deck the Brew Hall: Fremont Brewing Holiday Market
Browse a holiday market for locally made gifts, try holiday-infused beers on tap, and meet the "Santa Claus Yeti." Dogs and kids are welcome.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
De La Soil and Stoup Brewing Collaborative Warehouse Dinner
Lecosho executive chef Cody Westerfield, who runs the "hyperlocal" farm-to-table pop-up De La Soil on the side, will team up with Stoup Brewing co-owner/brewer Robyn Shumacher (the first woman in Washington to receive her cicerone certification) for a multi-course dinner. DJ DJCIDE will provide tunes.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16
Getaway Scar Release Party
Try Elysian's limited-release Getaway Scar, a session IPA brewed with Belma, El Dorado, Huell Melon and Enigma hops and the third installment in their Singles One Batch series. Peach crisp will be served, and the first 30 people to show up will snag free swag.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18
Winter Beers with pFriem and pFlannel
Sip some barrel-aged winter ales from Oregon's pFriem Family Brewers alongside food from Jimmy's on Broadway, and listen to music from the Warren G. Hardings Trio.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
Beer Trumps Hate Impeachmint Release Party!
Pair a viewing of the Democratic Debate with the first cans of Rooftop Brewing's "Beer Trumps Hate" ImPeachMint IIPA, and participate in some raffles. Proceeds will benefit Fair Fight, a national organization that promotes fair elections and encourages voter participation, and Queen Anne Helpline, a neighborhood organization dedicated to preventing homelessness and offering financial and supportive services.
Oyster Feast with Pleasant Bay Oyster Farm at The Growler Guys
Slurp some superlatively fresh oysters (pulled from the ocean that very morning and shucked on the spot) from Pleasant Bay Oyster Farm, paired with four kegs of Breakside Brewery beer (including a 2019 Salted Caramel Stout).
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
Chuckanut Italian Pilsner Release
Chuck's Hop Shop will release an Italian pilsner-style they made in collaboration with Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen. They'll pour some other beers from Chuckanut for the occasion, too.
6th Annual Dark Beer Fest
Dark winter days call for similarly dark beers. At this three-day event, Flying Lion will offer over thirty such brews, including "cellared favorites, special releases, and plenty of limited availability brews."
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
Annual Darkest Day at The Red Hot
Offset the winter gloom with some "dark, gnarly beer" and creative hot dogs at the laidback Tacoma pub the Red Hot.
Dark Beer Day
As solace for the shortest day of the year, Populuxe will tap an array of dark beers. Scoop up some upscale sandwiches from the recently launched food truck Layers Sandwich Co. to go with them.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27
6 Years of Beers Anniversary Party!
Bad Jimmy's will ring in their sixth anniversary, a.k.a. the "wooden anniversary," with free wooden coasters for the first 50 guests to make a purchase and a dark flight of four beers (including a rare bourbon oak-aged milk stout). SoSo Good Food Truck will purvey New Mexican fare.
Burial / Holy Mountain Tap Takeover
Cult-favorite breweries Burial Beer Co. and Holy Mountain will dominate the taps at Capitol Hill's mortuary-turned-watering-hole, the Pine Box.