Think & Drink, presented by Humanities Washington and hosted at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood, always packs the house with people interested in hearing from local voices on interesting topics. But July’s Think & Drink, coming up on July 17th at 7pm, touches on a rather major subject to Seattleites right now: marriage equality.
The discussion, titled, “State of the Unions: A Conversation on the Institution of Marriage,” will feature social historian Stephanie Coontz, civic leader Anne Levinson and moderator Steve Scher – and as always, will take questions and comments from the audience.
The conversation will cover everything from the historical context of marriage, to the recent legislation and opposition. Although Think & Drink starts at 7pm, it usually sees a full house around 6:30 so people who want to attend are encouraged to show up 30 to 60 minutes early. Naked City Brewery & Taphouse is located at 8564 Greenwood Avenue N.
You might, as I did today, look outside and think you slept through summer and it must be October already. But it’s still June, and that means the annual Greenwood Car Show is coming up shortly. June 30th, in fact.
Between North 67th Street and North 90th Street along Greenwood Avenue, cars of all shapes, sizes and years will line the closed-off street for everyone to enjoy. Collector classics, hot rods, and super modern vehicles will come together in one place, open to the public starting at 8am and ending at 4pm.
Car show not enough for you? How about some great craft beer to go with it. Along with the car show’s 20th anniversary, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse at Greenwood and 87th will be hosting their 3rd Annual Beer Can Derby, a race between decorated beer cans that last year pitted Black Raven’s “car” against a can of PBR. It’s an event not be missed!
Last night as part of Seattle Beer Week, I went to the special Brewer’s Dinner at Naked City Taphouse in Greenwood. Eight fabulous courses paired with beer included fried chicken, buffalo carpaccio, smoked trout, rabbit rillet and lamb shank. The great news is that Naked City is going to put on dinners just like last night’s once every quarter, so if you missed it you can come again next time.
In the meantime, Seattle Beer Week is in full swing, and doesn’t take a break just because we have weekday jobs. So here’s my picks for this week’s north Seattle Beer Week:
- On Tuesday (5/15), head to Brouwer’s Cafe in Fremont for the Beer and Burger Battle. It runs from 5pm to 11pm and features beer and burgers from reigning champs Fremont Brewing, along with New Belgium, 21st Amendment, Black Raven, and Hair of the Dog.
- On Wednesday (5/16) make your way to Ballard for Snipes Mountain Sour Night at The Noble Fir. Event runs from 4pm to 8pm. Not a sour fan? If IPA’s are more your thing, go to Big Time Brewery in the U-District for their IPA Cask Fest – pouring all day.
- On Thursday, please please PLEASE don’t miss Latona Pub’s annual “Wall of Casks.” They physically build up a wall/pyramid of great cask beers for a fun night, starting at 6pm in east Green Lake.
Stay safe out there everyone, don’t drink and drive, and enjoy the mid-week festivities!
I promised I’d keep you posted about the (North) Seattle Beer Week events coming up, so here’s my second installment of beery good news about the best week of the year: The Burgundian.
The Burgundian (formerly The Publican) in Tangletown is dishing out four great nights for Seattle Beer Week this year. As a brand new restaurant, they’re new to Beer Week, but the team behind The Burgundian is plenty familiar with the week’s happenings as they also provide amazing events at Brouwer’s in Fremont.
Here’s the lineup for Seattle Beer Week at The Burgundian:
- May 12th: Pre-purchase your tickets now to the Laurelwood Brewer’s dinner. $65 gets you one of 30 spots at the dinner, where five courses will be paired with Laurelwood beers. Call 206-420-8943 to reserve your spot.
- May 13th: Mother’s Day brunch from 10am to 1pm – what mother doesn’t love beer? For $20 per person, you can enjoy a 3-course brunch with live bluegrass music.
- May 14th: Enjoy Collaboration Night featuring an array of “mash up” brews from the likes of Elysian, New Belgium and more.
- May 18th: Hopworks Urban Brewing will take over 11 of The Burgundian’s tap handles, and crawfish will take over the food menu.
There’s plenty more Seattle Beer Week events coming up in north Seattle, so keep checking back for updates! To see what’s happening over in Greenwood at Naked City Taphouse, read my previous post here.
Last year for Seattle Beer Week, I made a pledge to do something beer related every single day. I failed miserably, missed two days of it due to hangovers, and almost got tattooed at the Pub at Piper’s Creek.
This year, I’m going to be a little more selective because well, I’m kind of fond of my liver. I’m also going to feature different north Seattle locations on the blog here with their Seattle Beer Week activities to let you know all the local happenings. Today: Naked City Brewery and Taphouse in Greenwood. Here’s their full lineup of Seattle Beer Week activities:
- May 11th – The Phinneywood Art Walk gets a beer twist, as Naked City displays art from brewery photographer Rawi Nanakul. The black-and-white prints of the Naked City Brewery and homebrewers will be available for purchase, and the artist will be on hand to share the stories behind the photographs.
- May 12th – Colorado Brewers Night. It’s not quite Seattle beer, but let’s celebrate other great breweries around the country. Oskar Blues, Left Hand, Boulder, Avery and Great Divide will be on tap, including a keg of Great Divide’s 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA. Naked City’s new chef Tessa will also be dishing up Rocky Mountain Oysters.
- May 13th – Mother’s Day Brewers Dinner. Join head brewer Don Webb at a special brewers table for Mother’s Day, featuring 7 paired courses from Chef Tessa. ATTENTION: There are 30 seats available, and tickets are ON SALE NOW. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased in person at the pub, or by calling 206-838-6299.
- May 13th – After the Brewers Dinner, stick around the screening room for the Classic Movie DJ Session. Naked City’s own DJ Nicfit will be playing a live, synchronized soundtrack to accompany Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” (no cost for this one)
- May 14th – From 6pm to 9pm enjoy West Sound and East of the Mountains Brewer’s Night. 18 taps – nine from West of the Puget Sound and nice from east of the Cascades, including 7 Seas, Port Townsend, Silver City, Peaks, Der Blokken, Sound, Iron Horse, Icicle, Northern Lights and more.
- May 14th – Classic Movie Night #2. Join DJ Nicfit once again for F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu,” a classic vampire film.
- May 16th – Show Oregon some love at the Oregon Brewer’s Night, featuring Oakshire Brewing and a collaboration beer. Representatives from Ninkasi, Deschutes, Full Sail and other breweries will also be on hand with their beers.
- May 16th – Classic Movie Night #3. DJ Nicfit takes a break, and DJ Jon Francois performs a live synchronized session to the classic silent film, “Sunrise: A Tale of Two Humans.”
Naked City Brewery and Taphouse does some pretty interesting, out-of-the-box events on a regular basis. But I’m intrigued by the idea of “Think and Drink,” presented by Humanities Washington and hosted this month by Naked City. Each event brings conversations on provocative topics and new ideas to pubs and tasting rooms around the state. This time, the discussion is called ”Consumerism and the Pursuit of Happiness,” a conversation about the rise of consumerism in postwar America and its impact on our national happiness and well-being.
The event takes place April 4th, and features a conversation with John de Graaf and Laura Musikanski, creators of the Happiness Initiative. The discussion will be moderated by Ross Reynolds, the host of KUOW’s award-winning news-talk program The Conversation. De Graaf is the filmmaker and author behind Affluenza; Musikanski is the former executive director of Sustainable Seattle. Together, they are coordinators of the Happiness Initiative (happycounts.org), a national nonprofit, nonpartisan project that studies and promotes conversations about the various factors influencing our personal and community well-being.
Think and Drink is free, and begins at 7pm on April 4th at Naked City. For more information, visit humanities.org/programs/think-drink. For those of you unable to be there in person, you can follow along on Twitter with me as I’ll be guest-tweeting the event for Humanities Washington from my handle @nseattlesarah.
Laugh for a good cause tonight (and keep your clothes on, please) at the Naked Comedy Benefit Show presented by Naked City Brewery and Taphouse in Greenwood. Beginning at 10 p.m. this evening, March 10th, four local comedians will bring you their finest in comedy stylings.
The show is free, but benefits the Chris Cavanaugh Memorial Fund and a $10 suggested donation is welcomed. Additionally, $1 from every pint of Podunk IPA sold tonight will benefit the Fund. For those outside of the local beer industry, Chris Cavanaugh was a much-loved mainstay who spent several years working for Elysian Brewing, before finally losing a longtime battle with cancer in April of last year. The Fund helps to remember him and raises money for specific charities having to do with leukemia/lymphoma and blood donation.
Comedians tonight include Bryan Cook, Derek Sheen, Travis Vogt and Kevin Clarke. Naked City is located at 8564 Greenwood Ave N.
This weekend is the annual Washington Beer Open House, and six north Seattle breweries are taking part. On Saturday February 25th between 12pm and 5pm, the breweries open their doors for special events throughout the state. In north Seattle, guests can visit Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, Big Time Brewery, Fremont Brewing, Maritime Pacific, Hilliard’s Beer, and the new Elliott Bay Public House in Lake City.
Here’s a few ways some of the breweries are making Saturday special:
- Maritime Pacific in Ballard will be offering brewery tours every hour beginning at 12:15 (last tour starts at 4:15). They’ll have some special beers on tap for the day.
- Big Time Brewery in the U-District will have brewery tours and special cask-conditioned Icculus IPA.
- Naked City Brewing in Greenwood is going to be pulling samples of their famous Big Lebrewski off the brite tank and showing off the backroom brewery.
- Hilliard’s Beer in Ballard is doing tours of the brewery every hour, and with have the Snout and Co mobile food truck serving up amber boiled Brats outside.
- Elliott Bay Brewing is giving people a sneak peak of their newest location in Lake City - not yet open!
As of this time, Fremont has not announced what they might have on tap – all the more reason to go and be surprised! As people make their way through tomorrow’s Open House, they’re encouraged to tweet their trip and what they find. You can use the hashtag #WaBeerOH to tweet and follow along.
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Tagged Ballard, Big Time Brewing, Elliott Bay Lake City, Fremont Brewing, Hilliard's Beer, Maritime Pacific, Naked City Brewery, naked city taphouse, Washington Beer Open House
Russian River Brewing has done it again – turned the beer-loving community of Seattle into crazed zombies looking for one thing: Pliny the Younger. This heavy triple IPA weighs in at 10.5% ABV, and comes out in only limited quantities every February. And when I say limited, I mean it’s gone within ten minutes of being put on tap.
Personally, I have never tasted the elusive Younger. This is because I refuse to wait in an excited line unless Adam Levine is at the other end of it with his shirt off. A few local establishments have already put their small keg of Pliny the Younger on tap for the year (like The Publican in Tangletown did last Saturday night). But if you’re looking for a taste, you still have a few options that have been announced:
Naked City Brewery and Taphouse is tapping Pliny the Younger at 2pm on Wednesday February 15th (that’s tomorrow people!). It’s first come, first served. Along with Pliny, they’ll also be serving two “tribute” beers – Big Time’s Whiny the Complainer, and Naked City’s own Cry me a River. Both beers are named in response to all the upset people who don’t get their taste of Younger.
Last Drop Bottle Shop WAS selling tickets for tastes of their Pliny…but they’re sold out. They’re tapping it at 4pm on Saturday 2/18 to the ticket holders – and if they still have some left at 4:30, it will be first come/first served (chances are slim, people). If you’re a ticket holder and you’re not there when your number is called, your taste will be forfeited and they’ll move on to the next person.
Some announcements won’t be made until just a few minutes before the pour, but other local establishments known to carry Younger in the past include The Dray, Brouwer’s Cafe (who have already tapped the Elder this week), Uber Tavern, and Bottleworks. For those of you that really want a taste, keep an eye on your local establishment’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest information.
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Tagged Big Time Brewing, bottleworks, brouwer's cafe, naked city taphouse, Pliny Seattle, Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger, Russian River, The Dray, The Publican, Uber Tavern
Usually if I’m drinking, it’s because I don’t want to think anymore. But in this case, I might be able to put those little gray cells to some decent use for a stimulating night of sci-fi. Visit Naked City Taphouse on Wednesday, January 11th from 7pm to 10pm to participate in a conversation with Robert Horton titled “Alien Encounters: Sci-Fi Movies, the Cold War and Today.”
Horton is an author and film critic for KUOW and the Everett Herald and will be leading the night’s chat. Along with the talk, you’ll be treated to film clips from sci-fi movies in the large Screening Room.
The event is open to everyone with no charge for attendance (just for your booze and food). It’s part of an ongoing Think and Drink series Naked City provides to the community. Naked City Taphouse is located at 8564 Greenwood Ave North in Greenwood.