Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Firestone Walker Tasting Tomorrow

Exciting news to start the month of July: tomorrow from 5-7pm, we'll be having a Firestone Walker tasting. For $1, you can try samples of the California brewery's Double Barrel Ale, Pale 31 and Union Jack IPA. As an added bonus, we'll also be tapping one of the first Seattle-area kegs of Double Jack, their brand-new Double IPA. Dry-hopped four times and weighing in at 9.5% ABV, this beer promises to be a memorable one.

For more information on the creation of Double Jack, check out this interview with Firestone Brewmaster Matt Brynildson:

Bottleworks Growlers Now Available

Want to take home 64 ounces of draft deliciousness from one of our five taps? Good news--you no longer need to bring your own container. Bottleworks growlers are here and they're only $7! Get one while they last...

Monday, June 29, 2009

Diamond Knot Tasting Today

Please join us for today's tasting featuring the beers of Mukilteo's Diamond Knot Brewing. Named after a famous Pacific Northwest shipwreck in the Strait of Juan de Fuca (which connects the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean) , Diamond Knot has been crafting tasty beers since 1994.

The brewery recently started bottling four beers: Blonde Ale, Brown Ale, IPA and Industrial IPA. Brian from Diamond Knot and the Bottleworks staff will be pouring all four from 5-7 pm. As usual, the tasting costs $1 and includes samples of all four beers. Also, all four are available for purchase in 22 oz. bombers.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Job Opening

With the loss of Seth "The Best" Swihart from the Bottleworks team comes an opportunity to be the next beer MVP. We are now accepting résumés (with custom tailored cover-letters of course) for a part time position with a possible increase in hours in the future. We are looking for the usual: a motivated, hardworking, people-friendly, and open minded employee. Applicants must have beer knowledge. I know, we all like to drink it but we are looking for someone with knowledge about beer styles, ingredients, terminology, and industry. Retail and money handling experience are preferred. So stop by with your résumé today, talk to us, and hopefully be welcomed into the Bottleworks family.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Brews 6/25

New Domestics:
21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat (6pack cans) 21st Amendment Live Free or Die IPA (6pack cans)
Left Hand St.Vrain Tripel (220z.)

New Import:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale (New Packaging, 750ml)

The 4th of July is coming up next week so make sure to talk to us about the kegs you will need so we can make it a memorable celebration.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Brews 6/24

New Domestics:
He'Brew Rejewvenator '09 22oz (CA)
Mad River Double Dread Red Imperial Red Ale 4pk (CA)
Russian River Consecration (Batch 2) 750ml (CA)
Stone Levitation Ale 6pk (CA)

New Imports:
Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale 12oz (Japan)
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 40 Year 11.2oz (Scotland)
Kingway 6pk (China)

Returning Domestics:
Elysian Loser Pale Ale 22oz (WA)
Great Divide Samurai Ale 6pk (CO)
Hair of the Dog Ruth 6pk (OR)
Lagunitas Lucky 13 22oz (CA)
Port Brewing Hop 15 22oz (CA)
Russian River Pliny the Elder (bottled 6/10/09) 500ml (CA)

Returning Imports:
Castelain St. Amand 750ml (France)
Dupont Bière de Miel 750ml (Belgium)
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12 Year 11.2oz (Scotland)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Brews 6/17

New Domestics:
Red Hook Tripel 22oz (WA)
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis 6pk (CA)

Returning Domestics:
Boulevard Saison 750ml (MO)
Caldera IPA 6pk can (OR)
Speakeasy Double Daddy 4pk (CA)

New Imports:
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 18 Year 11.2oz (Scotland)

Returning Imports:
Bitburger Premium Pils 500ml cans (Germany) New Package!
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 30 Year 11.2oz (Scotland)

Overlooked Beer of The Week: Dorothy Goodbody's Our Glass

There are many worthwhile beers on our shelves that are passed over, for one reason or another. The other night I took home Dorothy Goodbody's Our Glass, an English Strong Ale from Wye Valley Brewery in Herefordshire, England.

I'm actually surprised that this one was overlooked, because the label art gets your attention--a smiling blond bombshell showing some leg. The lady is Dorothy Goodbody, a character that Wye Valley created to move beer. (Check out Dorothy's backstory [complete with cheesy double entendres] on the Wye Valley site--you really don't wanna miss the one called Dorothy Catches Crabs.)

So what about the beer? Well, it's pretty good. Like a lot of English beers, Our Glass has subtle flavors. There's a nice balance between the initial caramel-like sweetness of the malt and the dry, bitter hop finish. You also get a bite of alcohol in there, but nothing harsh. And at 6% ABV, this may be a Strong Ale by English standards, but it's almost sessionable for American craft beer drinkers.

Dorothy Goodbody's Our Glass is interesting and complex enough to be worth trying. So if you see Dorothy beckoning you from her lonely English quarter, give in to temptation and take her home tonight.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bottleworks on Twitter

We've finally decided to join Twitter. Please follow us for lightning fast updates on beers new to the store, kegs tapped, etc.

Drink Any Beer in The Store

Guess what? You can drink any beer in the shop. Next time you buy a bottle, have it here. It might be a whole 20 minutes before you get home and your beer might need to be re-chilled. We'll open anything in the shop and you can drink it right now. So try a bottle of that IPA before investing in a sixpack or bring a couple friends and share a few 22 oz. bombers. We do have to charge a small corkage fee, but it won't break you. The rates are: $1 for an 11.2 or 12 oz, $1.25 for a 500 ml, $1.75 for a 22 oz and $2 for a 750 ml.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

New Brews 6/6

New Domestics:
Great Divide Belgica Belgian IPA 6pk (CO)
Great Divide Dunkel Weiss 22oz (CO)
Great Divide Saison 22oz (CO)

Returning Domestics:
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye 4pk. (CA) New Size!
Deschutes Twilight Ale 6pk. (OR)
Hale's Aftermath Imperial IPA 22oz (WA)

Returning Imports:
Bosteels Pauwel Kwak 750ml (Belgium)
Cervejaria Kaiser Palma Louca 6pk (Brazil)
Grain D'Orge Belzebuth 8.4oz (France)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Draft Beer Available In Pints, Growlers & Kegs

Since we started pouring draft beer at Bottleworks over a month ago, quite a few people have asked about growler fills. Well, we can finally announce that all five of our tap beers are now available to go by the ounce (see the list in the sidebar to the left). I'd recommend grabbing 64 ounces of the Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale or Fuller's London Pride, both great sessionable beers that won't be difficult to polish off in large quantities. We don't have our own growlers yet, so please bring your own clean containers and we'll be glad to fill them.

Did you know that we also sell kegs? Give us a bit of advance notice and if the beer is available to us, we'll order it. With summer weather hitting Seattle early this year and bbqs and other get togethers coming up, now is a good time to plan ahead and take care of your beer needs.