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Bob Brenlin, left, and Michael Congdon in front of Hopvine’s evergrowing photo wall (Images: CHS)
While Capitol Hill celebrates the birth of another beer-y establishment as the EuroPub opens on Broadway, the legendary Hopvine Pub is ready to mark its 20 years in the neighborhood by doing what it does best with a week of the best in craft brewing, open mic, music, and fun.
Here’s the lineup for Hopvine’s 20th anniversary celebration week:
- Monday September 28th 6pm – Naked City Cask Night .
- Tuesday September 29th 7pm – Two Beers Brewing
- Wednesday September 30th 8pm – Anniversary Open Mic Sponsored by Black Raven
- Thursday October 1st 7pm – Stoup Brewing Hopvine Beer Release
- Friday October 2nd 9pm – Anacortes Karaoke
- Saturday October 3rd 8pm – Anniversary Week Finale with Schooner Exact Brewing and the Lonely Mountain Lovers Band.
The Washington Beer Blog has all the details about the hoppy events.
CHS visited 15th Ave E earlier this year to tell the story of 20 years at the Hop:
Two decades of ‘American beer and American comfort food’ at the Hopvine
Bob Brenlin loves to talk about beer. He has spent nearly three decades in the business of selling suds as a co-owner of three pubs in Seattle, including 15th Ave East’sHopvine, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015.
When he opened the Hopvine in September 1995, he had already been running the Latona Pub in Green Lake since 1987 (the third pub is the Fiddler’s Inn in Wedgwood), so he had time to get the business model down. When he opened, he said he hoped to accomplish two goals.
“We wanted to be part of a local community, a nice neighborhood, and introduce them to interesting craft beer,” he said.
The Hopvine’s open mic events, meanwhile, have become a showcase for up and comers — and everyone in between.
Over the years, the comfy pub on what used to be the comfiest commercial strip on Capitol Hill has also become known for its simple pizzas and warming soups that were made to accompany a pint — or two. “Pairing is a bonus, but at the end of the day, it’s about what you like,” the Hopvine’s kitchen manager Michael Congdon told CHS. “It’s American beer and American comfort food. It’s kind of tough to screw up.”
The Hopvine is located at 507 15 Ave E. You can also learn more about its anniversary week events on the Hopvine Facebook page.