The 9th Annual Seattle Beer Week is tapped on May 4th, 2017 with it’s traditional tour of kick off parties around the Seattle area. What follows is an exciting and eclectic celebration of beer through Sunday May 14th. This year the official Seattle Beer Week Beer is Bale Breaker Brewing Co Fresh Off the Farm IPA.

  • Seattle Beer Week Fresh off the Farm IPA

    Seattle Beer Week Fresh off the Farm IPA

    The official kickoff party is starts at 4:30pm at Flatstick Pub in Pioneer Square where the fun starts at 5:00 pm when the Seattle Beer Week crew will be reading the Beer Week proclamation and we will be tapping the first keg of SBW #9, Fresh Off the Farm IPA from Yakima’s own Bale Breaker. Bale Breaker Brewing staff will be on hand to join the party of brews and games.

  • Kickoff party #2 is at Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle from 6:30-7:30 where 16 casks of Seattle beers will be on the bar
  • Kickoff party #3 is between 7:45-8:45 at Brouwer’s Cafe in Fremont
  • Kickoff party #4 is at Naked City between 9-10 is serving beers from breweries from within the Seattle city limits.
  • Final kickoff party is at the Pine Box on Capitol Hill from 10:30-2:00am

You can expect to find some of your favorite Seattle Beer Week Activities and maybe some new favorites; almost anytime day or night from beer breakfast to hanging out with the Fremont Troll at midnight. Here are just a few examples to whet your appetite, see the Seattle Beer Week Event Calendar  for a full list of beer events.

Beer Pairings

Friday May 5, 2017 6pm Beer Dinner with SeaPine Brewing at Scout at Thompson Seattle.

Saturday May 6, 2017 3- 7 pm Ice Cream & Beer Pairing at Bluebird Ice Cream & Brewery in Greenwood for sampler trays of mini beer floats.

Sunday May 7, 2017 11 am – 3 pm The Hop & Hound is hosting Donuts, Beer and Bothell. They will be preparing four donut and beer pairings for you to try!

Monday May 8, 2017 6 – 8pm Cheese and Beer Pairing at Urban Family Brewing. Expertly paired cheeses with some cellared beers and new releases!

Monday May 8, 2017 6 – 10pm Hair of the Dog & Firestone Beer Dinner at Burgundian features a seven course meal with a beer pairing from each brewery.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 all day Beer and Girl Scout Cookies at Duck Island Ale House offers beer pairings in small glasses with your favorite cookies so you can try all the pairings.
Thursday May 11, 2017 all day Chips and Sips at Tap Station West Seattle is going for taste not prestige in their beer pairings. They are pairing six beers with house made chips like a smoked salt chip matched with an Irish Red.
Sunday May 13, 2017 11am – 3pm Coffee, Beer and Donuts at Rueben’s Brews in Ballard will pour four coffee-infused beers paired with local, gourmet donuts.


Sunday May 7, 2017 2 – 5 pm Firestone Walker Jeffers Drops Acid (knowledge) about wild fermentation at TeKu Tavern downtown. Tickets available online.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 6-8pm Fremont’s Beer Education Class at Fremont Brewery West, the new facility in Ballard. Tickets are required, check the brewery website for details.

Beer Styles

Barrel Aged

Friday May 5, 2017  Barrels to Growlers at Stogies N Hops features 12 barrel aged beers available on tap.  Buy them by the pint or the growler.

Saturday May 6, 2017 8 – 12 pm 5th Annual Barrel Aged Beer Party at Grizzled Wizard in Wallingford. Enjoy barrel aged beers in flights or in single samples.

Sunday May 7, 2017 6 – 9 pm The Pine Box is hosting Barrel Masters. Enjoy Barrel Aged Beers with with Firestone Walkers Director of Barrel Works Jeffers Richardson and the crew from Holy Mountain brewery.

Friday – Saturday May 12 – 13, 2017 all day Barrel Roller: Barrel Aged Beer Event at Chuck’s 85th Street Market is a culmination of a year gathering the best of everything barrel aged from saisons to imperial stouts. Check out the planned barrel aged tap list.


Friday – Saturday May 5-6, 2017 all day At Prost in West Seattle, drink your kölsch like you are in Cologne. You will be served your bier fast and fresh, put your coaster on top when you are done. German attire is appreciated at Kölsch Fest!

Friday – Saturday May 12 – 13, 2017 all day At Prost in West Seattle, drink your kölsch like you are in Cologne. You will be served your bier fast and fresh, put your coaster on top when you are done. German attire is appreciated at Kölsch Fest!

Sour Beers

Friday – Saturday May 5-6, 2017 all day Chuck the Puck Up at Chuck’s 85th Street Market boasts 35 sour beers on tap, from all over the US.

Thursday May 11, 2017 all day Annual Sour Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe features sour beers from all over the world with a tap take over. One of my favorite Seattle Beer Week events, I always take the day off work for this one. Make sure to ask if they have special menu pairings for sour beer fest.

Stout Beers

Black Stout

Back In Black Stout Line up at Brouwer’s Cafe 2010

Friday May 5, 2017 all day Annual Underberg Back in Black Stout Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe features 40 stouts from all over the world.

Saturday May 13, 2017 all day Lights Out Imperial Stout Showcase at Thirsty Hops in Kirkland will have specialty Imperial Stouts on tap.

Fun & Funky

Tuesday May 9, 2017 11:45am – 12:15 am 12 Pack at the Troll at the Fremont Troll – enough said.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 8 – 9pm Drink and Draw: Trucker Hat Edition at Capitol Cider is partnering with Deschutes Brewery to help you practice your drinking and drawing skills with Sharpies!

Friday May 12, 2017 all day Bodacious Beverages at Beveridge Place Pub boasts 25 rare and unusual beers with five unique themes: Barrel-aged brews, sour beers, “cocktail” beers, super saisons, and “Not Your Father’s IPA”

Get Your Game on

Saturday May 6, 2017 12 – 3pm Barleywood Squares at Naked City in Greenwood. Craft Beer Celebrities  will compete in a beer-centric version of the classic television gameshow, Hollywood Squares in the Walrus Beer Garden

Saturday May 6, 2017 2 – 6pm Beer Can Derby at the Pine Box on Capitol Hill. The Beer Can Derby is a favorite Seattle Beer Week event.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 7 – 10pm The Price is Right at the Pine Box on Capitol Hill. Join Laurelwood, New Belgium, Firestone, Deschutes, Sierra Nevada and Two Beers Brewing for a night of game show style fun and a fundraiser for Motley Zoo! (did they mention the puppies?)

Saturday May 13, 2017 1 – 5pm  Washer’s Tournament at Naked City Walrus Beer Garden in Greenwood. Open play and lessons at 1pm, tournament begins at 2pm. Must play with beer in hand. Room for 16 teams of two. Register with


Again this is just a partial listing of Seattle Beer Week activities. Even in the above categories, I didn’t list every event, just enough to start calling your friends and filling your calendar with Seattle Beer Week events for 2017!

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