Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Upcoming Event: 2nd Annual BREW Seattle - October 10th - Fremont Foundry

 It’s no secret that Seattle has become quite the beer focused city. The number of breweries located within Seattle city limits has exploded to a staggering 43 (according to a list put together by the Washington Beer Commission) and many of those have appeared just within the past few years. As more and more people “think local”, they look to local breweries for variations of their favorite microbrews and shun the big name beers found on supermarket shelves. Well, Seattle Magazine’s BREW Seattle on October 10th, 2014 brings local to the masses. This 2nd annual event presented by BevMo (@BevMo) showcases Seattle beer and only Seattle beer. The event is the largest tasting that honors Seattle beer history and only breweries that brew within the city are invited. There are even a few cideries thrown into the mix since, as we know, the term “gluten-free” is quite popular in our fine city. Included in your ticket price is delicious tastes from over 20 local breweries and unlimited BBQ (yes, I said unlimited and BBQ in the same sentence. Commence happy dance!) provided by Pinky’s Kitchen (@pinkyskitchen). No picked over finger foods here folks. This event provides beer AND tons of BBQ in one happy package. Where else can you get that? This year’s event is also being held at the new Fremont Foundry (@fremontfoundry), a beautiful new venue that I know I’ve been eager to check out. Tickets are just $40 and can be purchased here. Want to follow details about the event on the Twitter? Check out hashtag #BREWSeattle for the latest news and info.

But WAIT, there’s more! Everyone knows free is the best price, so Sips & The City is giving away a pair of tickets to this beer-tastic event! Feeling lucky? Just leave a comment to this post and tell me what your favorite Seattle brewery is. Easy as that. Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you with details on how to claim your prize if you win! A random drawing from all comments received will be done Thursday October 2nd. Good luck!

A glimpse of the fun from last year's BREW Seattle!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spring Barrel Weekend 2014 - Yakima Valley

I had the opportunity to do some tasting over on Red Mountain and Yakima Valley for Spring Barrel Weekend back at the end of April. I was lucky enough to win a contest on the Twitter put on by the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail (@wine_rhwt) and received a “Wine Trail Passport” good for free tasting at 13 of the area’s wineries! I also scored some sweet new glasses, two box lunches and a gas card, what a great little prize package! Over the weekend I was able to hit a few of the wineries, plus a stop on Red Mountain.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Upcoming Event: Wine Rocks 2014 - July 10th - Elliott Hall at Bell Harbor (Pier 66)

The Seattle days are heating up once again (what’s that bright giant orb in the sky?!), and with warm weather comes one of my favorite summer time events. Wine Rocks (@WineRocksSEA) is back for the 7th year in a row, held again this year down on the Pier at Elliott Hall at Pier 66 on Thursday July 10th, 2014. With over 40 wineries, food trucks, live music and amazing waterfront views of Puget Sound, how can you possibly pass this up? (Answer: You can’t. So don’t)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sips on the Road: Volcano Winery - Volcano, Hawai'i

In another exciting edition of “Sips on the Road”, I visited America’s Southernmost Winery, Volcano Winery (@VolcanoWinery), on the Big Island of Hawai'i! I had done my research in advance of my trip to the island and knew that our road trip from Kailua-Kona around to Hilo and back would take us directly through the small town of Volcano, Hawai'i where the winery is located. While we had a bit of a trouble with where to turn (i.e. we were farther east than we thought when we exited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and had to double back) we made it up to the winery and were delighted to find that there weren’t many people already there (my favorite types of visits, I love chatting with tasting room staff when they are available!).