Yesterday officially marked the beginning of Seattle Beer Week 2010 and this year they’ve pulled out all the stops. Running from May 13th to the 23rd, Seattle Beer Week will bring you from one end of Seattle to the other in an absolutely insane list of non-stop events from an eight course Firestone Walker beer dinner prepared by the highly acclaimed Homebrew Chef himself Sean Paxton, to the grand release of Parabola at Bottleworks. It is happening. In Seattle. Right now.
And the iconic Hale’s Ales of Seattle (since 1983!) didn’t disappoint as they brewed the official beer of Seattle Beer Week 2010, the Hale’s Ales Seattle Beer Week 2010 Double India Pale Ale. I’m drinking this as I type and this is the real deal. With a huge malt backbone utilizing the addition of oats in the malt bill for a rich body and mouthfeel, Columbus and Magnum hops were used for bittering, Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial were used in late hop additions (at 1.6lbs/bbl), and Centennial, Chinook, and Simcoe hops were used in the dry hop (at 1.0lb/bbl) . Seriously this beer is insane, especially at $4.99 a bomber. I highly recommend you find your local craft beer shop and buy a few of these. Store them in the fridge and drink them fresh – they are amazing.
Check out all the events at Seattle Beer Week’s website to find something that works for you. There is an absurd amount of events and they all offer something unique that is sure to be a blast. Me personally, I plan on hitting the Back in Black Stout Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe on Friday, May 14, then the Firestone Walker Parabola release at Bottleworks on Saturday, followed by the Firestone Walker Brewer’s Dinner at Collin’s Pub in Pioneer Square, then, sadly, I leave for the East Coast and miss the rest of #SBW2010.
See you on Friday?