How you can help Outer Planet beer brewer’s recovery from heart surgery

Capitol Hill’s tiniest brewery is calling for big support after its brewmaster underwent emergency heart surgery last week. Here is the call from 12th Ave’s Outer Planet to lend your support to James Stoccardo during his recovery: 2b9dea24-675e-45ee-b98c-60a8700cd740_update_profile

Jim has just undergone triple bi-pass open heart surgery. We are trying to raise money to help him with recovery. Below you can read more about the specifics of his health and the surgery itself. Anything will help! He received surgery on March 3rd at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Dr Glenn Barnhart performed the surgery. He is currently in recovery. Being an artist and small business owner, Jim’s resources are limited and will be strained to the breaking point by this medical emergency. He will need help during his long and painful recovery which will take over 3 months. We are setting up this fundraising campaign to help cover some of his living expenses until he can get back on his feet and start painting and brewing for us all once again.

CHS introduced you to Stoccardo and business partner Renato Martins as they opened the tiny Capitol Hill “nano” brewery in 2015. We checked in last year as Outer Planet celebrated its first year in business. “You start to get to know what you’re doing after 100 batches of beer,” Stoccardo told us back then. Here’s wishing him hundreds of batches more soon.

You can learn more and make a donation here.

Stoccardo in 2015 (Image: CHS)

Stoccardo in 2015 (Image: CHS)

Trivia Night – Sam’s Tavern

Form teams, or come alone and meet new friends. Pop culture, current events, a music round, picture round, and a matching round. along with bonus questions throughout the night. And who knows what else will be thrown at you. It’s free to play and you may win. First, second, and third places awarded with samstavern_seattle_wa

Send Love: Send a Political Valentine

Get political this Valentine’s Day and send Valentine’s to legislators, politicians, and those who need it right now. Make your voice heard. Express your values. Send love.

In our America… all people are equal. Diversity is celebrated. Immigrants and refugees are welcome. Black lives matter. Science is real. We stand by the Mission of the Women’s March: https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/

We will provide contact information and key message ideas. Of course everyone is welcome to bring their own information and write from their heart as well.

We’ll supply 5,000+ valentine postcards and postage as well as an assortment of craft supplies but please consider bringing fun items to contribute. This includes but is not limited to: Postage stamps, scissors, glue, tape, glitter, colored paper, doilies, envelopes, markers, stickers, postcards, and any other craft supplies you’d like to share.

It’s a family affair—kids & dogs welcome! Silverspoon food truck will be here. The space can hold 500! Beer on hand! Light rail and bus access.

We are reaching out to key organizations fighting for our values on the frontlines to see if there may be opportunity to provide critical support membership, volunteer opportunities, and donations—stay tuned.

Who in our community needs our love right now? Share specifics in the comments and we’ll compile a list for the event!

#LoveTrumpsHate #ChooseOptimism #SendLove

One year, 250,000 pints of Optimism

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Hakala and Gilmore, left, along with the Optimism crew (Images: CHS)

Happy birthday to brew, Optimism Brewery.

Optimism Brewery opened its doors at Broadway and Union in December 2015 and is celebrating one year of making beer on Capitol Hill this weekend.

Gay Gilmore, who founded the brewery with her husband Troy Hakala, said they always dreamed of opening the brewery in their home neighborhood on Capitol Hill, and the support they’ve received has been hugely rewarding.

“The response has been so awesome, we just want to say thank you,” Gilmore said.

In the first year, 61,000 people visited Optimism’s taproom, and the brewery has sold 1,000 barrels or 124,000 250,000 pints of beer. In addition to Capitol Hill-brewed beer, Optimism’s-16,000 square-foot brewery has become a popular space for politicians, city officials, nonprofits, and residents to hold parties and events. Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Elysian plans ‘brewing amphitheater’ overhaul on Capitol Hill

After 20 years of making a name for itself, Elysian Brewing can now focus on other goals, like a complete overhaul of its Capitol Hill location to keep up with the neighborhood’s increasingly impressive craft manufacturing investments.

Elysian cofounder and CEO Joe Bisacca tells CHS there will be some major changes throughout the E Pike brewery, but the main objective is to make the craft the focus.

“We want to bring the brewing aspect to the forefront in that space,” Bisacca said.

Bisacca said plans include tearing down a wall, opening up and reconfiguring the brewery portion and adding five fermentors. The vision is to create a “brewing amphitheater” with stadium seating and comfortable tiers of tables so customers can enjoy the brew while they cheer on the brewmaster.

“The idea is when we’re brewing customers can sit and have a beer pretty much right in there with us,” Bisacca said. Continue reading

The Growl Store now Capitol Hill’s newest beer bar but continues to focus on growler fills

Serving up pints to thirsty patrons wasn’t part of owner Loren Klabunde’s original plan for The Growl Store, but he has since added the offering with the hope of boosting business.

“Ideally we would have made it work under the original business model, but it’s been fine to serve pints, too,” Klabunde told CHS.

In fact, he did have some customers asking about pints before he added them to his lineup, which previously was growler fills and tasting trays of three to five beers.

Even though he’s made changes toward being more of a bar, Klabunde doesn’t want to cater to a rowdy crowd. Doors still close at 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. And while The Growl Store has a counter, it doesn’t have bar stools, but Klabunde is considering adding some seating.

Along with pints, The Growl Store now has happy hour from 4 to 6 PM with $2 off pints and weekly specials with a different tap priced at $10 for a growler fill and $3.50 for a pint until the keg is gone.

“While we serve pints we still think of ourselves as really a tasting room and growler fill station,” he said. Continue reading

Rudy’s E Pine to add beer

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If you want to unwind after a long day and get your hair trimmed at the same time, never fear: Rudy’s Barbershop is looking to join the beer and haircut bandwagon.

Rudy’s has applied for a license that would allow the chain to serve beer at its Capitol Hill shop on E Pine, according to a Rudy’s spokesperson. If approved, the Rudy’s at 614 E Pine will be able to serve beer in addition to its current offerings, Stumptown coffee and Jones Soda.

The E Pine shop will not be the only barber on Capitol Hill planning to offer beer in addition to haircuts. Portland based Bishops said it will offer complimentary beer with haircuts when it announced its plans to join the neighborhood, and the Rudy’s that opened in Pioneer Square this summer has been selling beer from the get-go.

“Pioneer Square was our pilot, and so far it’s gone super well,” said the spokesperson. Rudy’s says its decision to add some harder stuff to the menu has nothing to do with keeping up with the competition. “It’s something we’ve always wanted to do,” the spokesperson said.

CHS reported on Monday’s opening of MRoom, yet another hair concept targeting the lucrative male grooming market on Capitol Hill.

If the license is approved, Rudy’s plans to offer a few types of New Belgium beer, plus some local favorites like Rainier and PBR, for around $3.50 per bottle.

Brewers say corporate beer is pushing exclusive deals on Capitol Hill, too

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After Capitol Hill-born Elysian Brewing announced its sale to Anheuser-Busch last year, co-founder Joe Bisacca told CHS that if customers didn’t know about the sale, “there would be no difference.”

Granted, Seattle faces more serious injustices, but many craft beer enthusiasts say that is a major problem as corporate beer’s increasing small brand acquisitions make it harder to tell where your money is going.

By taking over regional distributors that only offer their own“craft” labels, AB and MillerCoors, the two largest beer companies in the U.S., have tried to take back some of the ground lost in the indie beer boom. And with a greater selection of beers to offer, some say the duo are increasingly flexing their muscle with bar and venue owners to be exclusive suppliers, a practice which is illegal under state law. Continue reading

Kessler’s Sports Bar Trivia Night

Join us for our monthly Trivia Night at Kessler’s Sports Bar. Third Wednesday of every month at 8:00pm.

  • $3 per person
  • Teams 1-5 People
  • Winning team gets the CA$H pot.
  • Special prizes for Best Team Name and Last Place Team
  • Great drink specials as well. Killa B will be your host for the festivities.

Come early to get a good seat and an adult beverage. Bring cash for the entry fee and don’t forget that clever team name.

Come think & drink with us!

EKARI Foundation Annual Event 2016

EKARI Foundation Annual Event 2016 – Celebrating Sustainable Livelihoods

Join us at Central Cinema on May 22 at 2:00pm to celebrate sustainable livelihoods in the midst of great food, beer, and traditional African dance. There will also be a chance to win a trip to Africa! (Check out link below for giveaway information, must be present to win.)

Limited seating is available. Tickets must be purchased in advance by using the link below. Questions? Email or call us. http://www.ekarifoundation.org/annual-event-2016/

All ages are welcome, tickets must be purchased for children ages 5 and up. Your contribution will empower generations of Malawians with training and economic development through our community programs. Check out EKARI Foundation’s website for more information. http://www.ekarifoundation.org/