(Seattle, WA) – Seattle Beer Week 2010 will kick off on Thursday, May 13th, with a new list of events and a new official beer.
In late 2008, a group of guys in the Seattle beer scene formed the “Seattle Beer Collective.” You can read more about this quartet here. Its purpose was to bring breweries, beer establishments and beer people in the area together. After a trip to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, they decided that Seattle could use some of events its own. They started Seattle Beer Week last year and the community has responded with much enthusiasm.
Now in its second year, the team is looking to continue the success of the first SBW. The kickoff event happens on Thursday, May 13th, with the official beer of the festivities being tapped at 5pm. Around Washington and northern Oregon (Portland and north), the beer will tap at local watering holes at the same time.
And what will that beer be? Hale’s Double IPA.
Pike Brewing created last year’s inaugural Double IPA and being close to the most prominent hop growing region in the country, they’re sticking to their guns.
According to the Seattle Beer Week website, “Our final batch incorperated Columbus and Magnum in the bittering, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial in the late hop additions, and Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo, Chinook and Simcoe in the dry hop.” The beer finishes out at 8.3% ABV and 100 IBUs. Brewmaster, David Seiler, formerly of Firestone Walker, is applying some of FW’s signature style to this DIPA, one that should feature a malty backbone to it.
The beer is being distributed all over Washington and northern Oregon (Portland and up). There are about 600 cases and 100 kegs expected for this run with bottles starting to appear next week. Kegs will not be tapped until the evening of the kickoff.
Matt Younts, one of the founding fathers of the Collective, says that the idea with the official beers each year has been to honor the long-established breweries of the region. Last year’s choice paid tribute to Charle Finkle and Pike Brewing’s 20+ year legacy in the region. This year, the went with Mike Hale and Hale’s Ales which has maintained a local beer presence for 25+ years. Per Younts, Hale’s was the first post-prohibition brewpub in Washington.
Possibilities for the 2011 official beer are still being discussed. Younts mentioned Elysian and Maritime Pacific as a couple potential suitors.