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This Weekend: PNA Winter Beer Taste

This Saturday is my favorite beer festival of the year: the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Winter Beer Taste.  As a sort of “kick-off” to winter beer season, the event features 30 local breweries pouring both the classics, and their newest winter concoctions.

The event starts at 7pm on Saturday, November 9th, and costs $35 for non-PNA members ($25 for members).   It’s held at the Phinney Center, at 6532 Phinney Ave N.   For $60, you can head in early for a sneak preview tasting and beat the crowds.

Some recommendations to look out for?  Big Al’s Nutwarmer (which is usually gone halfway through the night), Naked City’s Wild Cherry Barrel Aged Sour, and a cider this year from the new Seattle Cider Company.

More info and tickets here: http://www.phinneycenter.org/beer/

Two north Seattle Winter Beer Festivals – get your tickets now

The holiday season quickly approaches, and while the kiddos dream of sugarplums (what the heck is a sugarplum, anyway?) I’m dreaming of something else – the winter beer releases from all our great local breweries.  Thankfully, there are some incredible local events that bring those brews to the masses, coming soon in north Seattle.  There’s two that I just don’t miss, and tickets are on sale now for both.

First up, the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Winter Beer Taste.  When I tell people about this HUGE event, they look at me like I’m crazy.  Phinney Ridge is a pretty small neighborhood, but this Beer Taste packs a big punch.  In fact, it fills up three stories of the Phinney Center with over 25 craft breweries, each serving two or three different tastes each.  This year is extra special, as it’s the 25th year running.  The PNA also holds a terrific silent auction during the evening with some great prizes.

A crowd packs one of the rooms at the PNA Winter Beer Taste 2011

Details: PNA Winter Beer Taste falls this year on Saturday, November 10th from 7pm to 10pm.  Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members, and $10 for designated drivers.  The Phinney Neighborhood Center is located at 6532 Phinney Avenue North. Tickets can be purchased here.

After a few weeks of recovery from that, the Washington Beer Commission presents Winter Beer Fest, held this year on December 7th from 5pm to 9pm, and December 8th from 12pm to 9pm.   Held each year at Hale’s Palladium, the Winter Beer Fest packs the room with almost every local brewery, along with food options from Hale’s Pub next door, chocolate from Theo Chocolate, and oysters from Taylor Shellfish.

“Big Daddy” Don Spencer and Kurt Larson from Silver City Brewery get in the holiday spirit pouring Winter Bock and Old Scrooge Ale at 2011’s Beer Tastes.

Details: Hale’s Palladium is located at 4301 Leary Way NW.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and designated driver admission is $5 (at the door only).  WABL members received an additional two tasting tokens with their entry.  Tickets for this one are available here.

Tickets on sale now for Phinney Summer Beer Taste

Tickets are now on sale for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s 7th Annual Summer Beer Taste, held this year on July 21st from 4 to 7 p.m.  Beers will be provided from 21 local breweries, including north Seattle’s own Fremont Brewing Company, Hale’s Ales, Hilliard’s, Lantern, Naked City, and The Ram at Northgate.

Admission is $25 for PNA members, and $30 for the general public, which includes ten tastes plus brats from sponsor Barking Dog Alehouse.  Designated drivers can get in for $10.  As always, the event is held at the Phinney Center at 6532 Phinney Avenue North.

To get your tickets, just click the link here.

Winemakers Dinner at Stumbling Goat – February 23rd

As part of the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Wine Walk on Thursday, February 23rd, The Stumbling Goat (6722 Greenwood Ave N) will be featuring a Winemaker’s Dinner with Hestia Cellars and Airfield Estates (both out of Woodinville).  Tickets to the event cost $100 per person, and start with a meet & greet at 5:30 with the chefs and winemakers, followed by the five-course dinner.  To reserve your spot, you can call them at 206.784.3535.

Here’s the full menu:

Saffron Mussel Bisque
Meyer Lemon-whipped Mascarpone
Airfield Estates 2010 Lightning

Lamb Crudo
Arugula, smoked sea salt, verjus vinaigrette
Airfield Estates 2010 Tempranillo

Quail Veronique
Grilled radicchio, pancetta
Hestia Cellars 2009 Merlot

Venison Osso Bucco
Celeriac puree, blackberry jus
Hestia Cellars 2008 Syrah

Pear Almond Honey Cake
Airfield Estates 2008 Late Harvest Riesling

Phinney Wine Taste – February 25th. Tickets on Sale now!

The 22nd Annual Phinney Neighborhood Association Wine Taste is Saturday, February 25th from 7:30 to 10pm.  Attendees get to sample their choice of ten wine tastes, along with hors d’oeurves from Bill Drummond Catering and live jazz music.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Neighborhood Center, and tickets can be bought for $30 for non-PNA members and $25 for members.  Designated driver tickets are $10 (and of course, don’t include the wine tastes).  You can buy your tickets now either in person at the Neighborhood Center, or online here.

This year’s event is sponsored by Ken’s Market and Ballard Market, with a co-sponsorship from In the Red Wine Bar. So far, at least 13 wineries have signed on to pour at the event.

Start thinking about your new year remodel with the 2012 PNA Home Fair, this January

If you’re thinking of selling your home next year, right now (yes – today) is the time to start thinking about it. Create a timeline of small jobs that might need to be finished first and what steps you need to take for a move.  But if you’re staying put and just want to freshen up your home in 2012, put this on your calendar:  The 15th Annual Design and Remodel Home Fair, presented by the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

The Fair takes place next year on January 29th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, and costs just $10 for the general public ($6 for PNA members).  Children under 12 are free.

Use this to learn all about the latest design trends, visit exhibits, and even take the 25 minute classes held throughout the day which include topics like “Choosing and Hiring a Contractor” and “Landscape Design 101.”  Plus, representatives from the city of Seattle will be on hand to talk about permitting and answer questions.

This is a great opportunity to start your new year, especially if your resolution is to finally get around to tackling that bathroom project or trying to become more energy-efficient.


December 3rd & 4th: Phinney Winter Festival and Crafts Fair

Mark your calendars for yet another amazingly produced event from the Phinney Neighborhood Association: The 31st Annual Winter Festival and Crafts Fair.

This year, the festival takes place December 3rd and 4th at the neighborhood center in Phinney Ridge (6532 Phinney Ave N), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  115 artists are slated, filling teh center with everything from watercolor paintings, to glass art, to knitted items and more.

Additionally, there will be two stages set up with performances all day each day.  Performances range from swing music, to folk, to Sousa, and even Morris Dancing (I love Morris dancing).

Bring your cash and come prepared to knock out a lot of your holiday shopping!

BitterSweet & PNA Winter Beer Taste: 2 north Seattle beer events you need to know about

I just love the change of seasons:  Spring & Summer Ale, Oktoberfest…then its time for Winter Beer Festival season.  And this month, there are two events you do NOT want to miss.

The first is the 24th Annual PNA Winter Beer Taste, held by the Phinney Neighborhood Association at the Phinney Center (6532 Phinney Ave N).  This year, it falls on Saturday, November 12th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (with a special preview tasting for “elevated” admission).

The PNA Winter Beer Taste gives people 10 tastings from 32 local breweries, which this year includes the new Ballard brewery Hilliards, as well as Lantern Brewing in Phinney Ridge.  You get all that for $35 (non PNA-members) or $25 (PNA-members).  For an additional $30 admission, which benefits the elevator fund for the Phinney Center, you can get a special preview taste starting at 6:15, plus a commemorative glass.

Your second beer event to put on the list is BitterSweet, a pairing of eight Seattle breweries with products from Theo Chocolate.  BitterSweet is the second event presented by Washington Beer Blog, and your $35 admission will include two beer tastes from each brewery, along with chocolate.  Breweries are each bringing one beer that pairs well with a Theo chocolate style, and one beer created by using the chocolate itself.

BitterSweet is next Thursday, November 10th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, and will take place at Fremont Brewing (3409 Woodland Park Ave North).  Proceeds benefit FamilyWorks, a food bank and family center in Wallingford.

As an added bonus to you guys, you’ll get to spend both of these events hanging out with ME!  I’ll be helping out at BitterSweet, and attending the PNA Winter Beer Taste.  So come say hello!

Greenwood Community Garden almost complete, needs final donations

Greenwood Park’s community garden is almost complete – raised beds have been construction, artwork has been created for the fence, and a tool shed is almost complete.  Vision Greenwood, the organization behind the effort to create the space, reports that they’ve had over 1,000 hours of volunteer help and  have really stretched their dollars (with several businesses providing discounts to help).

However, they have a couple of projects to finish before the garden is complete, and are asking for your help.  They need to raise $2,200 to build out the garden beds with soil and borders.    Their goal is to raise the money before the end of the late planting season this year, so immediate donations would be appreciated.

If you’d like to help, you can donate directly through The Phinney Neighborhood Association website, or checks can be made out to Vision Greenwood Park and mailed to PO Box 30105, Seattle WA 98113.  Donations are tax deductible.

Photo Courtesy Vision Greenwood

“Pig Out” in Phinney Ridge October 13th (for a good cause, of course)

This Thursday, October 13th is the return of the Phabulous Phinney Pig Out.  If there’s ever a night to eat out, this is the one: 23 local businesses have agreed to donate a portion of their profits to benefit the local Hot Meal program.

The Hot Meal program is supported by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, St. John United Lutheran Church in Phinney Ridge, and Crown Lutheran Church in Ballard.  It feeds low-income, disabled, and elderly people in our own neighborhood, and has been doing so since 1998.  According to the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s website, they dish up about 23,000 meals annually – which is even more important in today’s economy.

Eat out at one of these places this Thursday, and you’ll be contributing directly to the program:

74th St Ale House, 7401 Greenwood
Barking Dog Alehouse, 705 NW 70th
Carmelita, 7314 Greenwood
El Chupacabra, 6711 Greenwood
Fresh Flours, 6015 Phinney
Gainsbourg, 8550 Greenwood
Gaspare Ristorante, 6705 Greenwood
In the Red Wine Bar, 6510 Phinney Ave N
Kouzina, 8403 Greenwood
Mae’s Phinney Ridge Cafe, 6412 Phinney
Makeda Coffee, 153 N 78th St
Naked City Brewery & Tap House, 8564 Greenwood
New’s Noodles, 8576 Greenwood
The Olive and Grape, 8516 Greenwood
Oliver’s Twist, 6820 Greenwood
Pete’s Egg Nest, 7717 Greenwood
Picnic, 6801 Greenwood
Red Mill Burgers, 312 N 67th
Santa Fe Cafe, 5910 Phinney
Stumbling Goat Bistro, 6722 Greenwood
Tangerine Thai, 5914 Phinney
Wingdome, 7818 Greenwood
Yanni’s Greek Restaurant, 7419 Greenwood

I’m sure you can guess where I’ll be eating from previous posts (save me a seat, Naked City).  If you head out and can’t remember which restaurants are involved, don’t worry – Metropolis has donated balloons to go out front of each participating location. So join in and help our neighbors to help our neighbors!