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Every Seattle Beer Week 2012 event on Capitol Hill

Beer nerds rejoice! You made it to the 4th annual Seattle Beer Week running May 10th – 20th. With the recent addition of beer haven The Pine Box to the neighborhood, Capitol Hill has a stacked line-up of events to choose from. Beer can car derby? Yes. Pig roast? Yes. Beer industry legends? Yes. You can even bring mom along for half-off drinks at a Mother’s Day brunch.

Unlikely to win Saturday’s Pine Box Can Derby (Image: The Pine Box)

Pine Box co-owner Ian Roberts is also one of the event’s founders. Continuing its lifelong tradition, Beer Week organizers have dubbed Elysian’s Split Shot espresso milk stout made with Lighthouse coffee as this year’s official beer.

More than 100 beer-related events will be happening throughout the city. To keep track of it all, Beer Week set up a calendar so you can make your own custom itinerary. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of all the Hill events.    


SBW 2012 Kickoff pt. 1
5 pm – 6:30 pm
Elysian Capitol Hill

Come celebrate the kickoff of Seattle Beer Week 2012 at the historic Elysian Capt. Hill Brewery. We will be tapping the official SBW 2012 beer, Split Shot, at 6PM.


SBW 2012 Kickoff pt. 4
9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
The Pine Box

Come put a nail in yer coffin at the final stop on our opening night gala at The Pine Box.


Pig Roast and Homebrew Competition
11 am  – 3 pm

Quinn’s and Fremont are teaming up to make Quinn’s 3rd Annual Pig Roast the best one yet! Due to high demand we’re doubling our capacity and we’re stepping up our offerings. In addition to live music and special casks from Fremont, we’ll also be hosting the only Homebrew Competition of SBW!! The crew from Fremont Brewing will be on hand to review each entry and will pick a winner based on flavor, balance and style. The winner will get behind the scenes access to Fremont Brewing for a whole day of brewing! Get tips and hints and see how the pros get ‘er done! Additional prizes will be available for the best label art of the day – as judged by the crowd. As usual, one ticket gets you beer and all the pig you can eat. $30 plus tax presale. $35+ at the door. For details, reservations or to sign up for the homebrew contest, contact the restaurant at 206.325.7711. Don’t put this off! Entries and space are limited.

Beer Can Airplanes,
originally uploaded by Pighood.

Pine Box Can Derby
3 pm – 8 pm
Pine Box

The race is on! Come and try your luck racing cans cub scout style down the tracks to beer glory. Build a can car on the spot or build your own at home and bring it in.

Beer Prizes will be awarded!


Following are the inspection points

  1. The can weight shall not exceed 5.0 ounces. The official race scale shall be considered final.
  2. The overall length of the can shall not exceed 7 inches.
  3. The overall width of the can shall not exceed 2 ¾ inches.
  4. The can must have 1 ¾” clearance between the wheels.
  5. The can must have 3/8” clearance underneath the body.
  6. Thecan may be shaped any way that is desired.
  7.  The can must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.

Hosted by New Belgium Brewing.

(expect some non-can New Belgium Beers as well)

More info to come as we collect more local beer canners for the event!

SUNDAY (5/13)

Mother’s Day Brrrunch! w/ Dinner
11 am – 3 pm
The Pine Box

Half off beer during Brunch for all of you mothers out there.

We’ll be featuring special brews from the Widmer Brothers for Mothers and others during this tasty Brrrunch.

  • Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’11
  • Nelson Imperial IPA
  • Marionberry Hibiscus Gose
  • Kill Devil Brown Ale
  • Rasberry Russian Imperial Stout

TUESDAY (5/15)

3rd Annual Trappist Dinner — SOLD OUT —
7 pm – 9 pm

Trappist Beer Dinner at Quinn’s Tuesday, May 15th 7pm (seating limited). Merchant du Vin is blessed to represent three of the world class breweries that will be coursed with amazing dishes from Quinn’s kitchen. Come learn about the Trappist breweries, taste “best in the world” beers paired with incredible food, and do a good deed by contributing to the charities that these breweries support with the proceeds of the beer that they so devoutly brew.

For reservations, please contact the restaurant at 206.325.7711.

Firestone & Frans Beer & Chocolate  — SOLD OUT —
7 pm – 10 pm
The Pine Box

A night pairing some of the boldest beers, with some of the finest chocolates. Join David Walker, of Firestone Walker, and Andrina Bigelow, of Fran’s Chocolates, as we explore the boundaries of two very different fermented delicacies.

This will be a 10 course pairing accompanied by a photography exhibit of each company by Rawi Nanakul.

Beer List:

  • Double Jack
  • Wookey Jack
  • Walkers Reserve
  • Parabola
  • 14
  • XV
  • Velvet Merkin
  • Black Xantus
  • 3 year old Oak Aged Lil Opal
  • Unfiltered DBA
  • Sucaba
  • Pale 31 Firkin

Price is $55 including gratuity.

Please email [email protected] for reservations.

Seating is very limited

Black Raven Brewing & Barbecue
7 pm – 10 pm

The zany boys from Black Raven Brewing Company are back for their annual trip to the ‘Vine. Amazing beer will be involved. There will be a cask on the bar and brats on the grill. The crazy raven returns.

Exotic Meats & Local Lagers
7 pm  – 11 pm
8oz Burger Bar

8oz Burger Bar in Capital hill, and Emerald City Beer are teaming up for a special night of Exotic Meats, and Local Lagers. 8oz is preparing a world class trio of Veal, Lamb, and Wild Boar sliders to be paired with Dottie Seattle Lager, Betty Black Lager, and Ivana Pale Lager from Emerald City Beer Co.


New Belgium Sour Symposium
1 pm – 6 pm
The Stumbling Monk

This will be a sour beer seminar and blending workshop led by New Belgium’s master blenders Lauren Woods and Eric Salazar.

There will be 2 sessions. Space is very limited.

Tickets are now available through Brown Paper Tickets:

4th Annual Firkin-Firkin
3 pm – 10 pm
Elysian Capitol Hill

Seattle vs. San Diego @ Elysian Capitol Hill

This year 8 Seattle area breweries are taking on 8 San Diego area breweries to see which city has the most kick-ass Cask ! Come taste a great line-up of cask beer and help us choose a winner by voting for your favorite brews!



(Image: CHS)

Beer & Oysters
4 pm – 5 pm
Taylor Shellfish Farms


Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen and specialty Oyster Stout perfectly paired with a variety of fresh local oysters by the experts at Taylor Shellfish Farms. Oyster and beer flight pre-sale at Taylor Shellfish.

The Art of Arrogance
5 pm  – 8 pm
The Pine Box

Come for the Capitol Hill Artwalk, Stay for the specials on Stone Brewing Co. Beers.

  • Featured beers:
  • Old Guardian 2011
  • Imperial Russian Stout 2012
  • Oaked Arrogant Bastard
  • Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
  • Levitation Ale

FRIDAY (5/18)

Pallin’ Around with Fal Allen
5:00 PM-08:00 PM
The Pine Box

Join us for a relaxed evening with acclaimed brewer Fal Allen and his beers as head brewer at Anderson Valley Brewing. Along with his presence we’ll have some special reserve beers from their cellar.

“Fal Allen started brewing professionally in 1988 for Red Hook Brewery in Seattle, Washington. In 1990, he moved downtown to Pike Place Brewery where he was the head brewer for eight years. In 1999, he was awarded the Brewers Association’s Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation and Achievement in Craft Brewing. In 2000, he took over as the general manager at Anderson Valley Brewing Company (AVBC)  in Northern California. Starting in 2005 he did a five year stint as brewmaster for Archipelago Brewing (a division of Asia Pacific Breweries) in Singapore, he returned to AVBC as Brewmaster in 2010. He has been a beer judge at the Great American Beer Festival for many years and has judged several times at the bi-annual World Beer Cup. Fal’s writing credits include co-authoring Barley Wine (Brewers Publications, 1998), a four part series on Microbiology and lab work in Brewing Techniques and more than 40 articles in American Brewer, The New Brewer, Zymurgy, MBAA Technical Quarterly, Celebrator, Malt Advocate, and other publications.” –

Sound Brewing Night
7 pm – 10 pm

Sound Brewery Night: A Night of Beer, Food and Music

The boys in Poulsbo are brewing some amazing beer and we will be sharing some of their special craft with you on Friday. Live music and something special from the kitchen will be included in the fun.

‘Beer Cocktails’
8 pm – 12 am

Ninkasi brewing and Oola distillery present Beer Cocktails with Ninkasi founding brewer Jamie Floyd and Oola’s own Brandon Gillespie. Come see how these two beverages can be made into artful cocktails by talented bartenders.


Beer O’Clock
All day, every day

It’s Quinn’s Beer O’Clock on steroids! During Beer O’Clock, we’re offering our entire beer list at half price for the duration of Seattle Beer Week! This, of course, includes any of our 14 draft beers, all of our Trappist Ales, our large format list and the rest of our 50+ bottle list of ales, lagers, sours and ciders. As usual, our bar menu will be available: burgers, sloppy joes, fish & chips – and recently added- oysters on the halfshell. Fresh oysters and half priced Guinness on draft? I’m just sayin’…

Four Roses Boilermakers
All day, every day
The Pine Box

All week long we’re doing specials on Four Roses Bourbon Boilermakers.

Also grab an Elysian Split Shot (official Beer of Seattle Beer Week) through our Randall stuffed with Four Roses Bourbon Soaked Oak Chips.

Also look for Four Roses Boilermaker specials at Brouwers Cafe, The Burgandian, & The Whisky bar.

List of all Capitol Hill participating venues:

  • The Pine Box
  • Taylor Shellfish
  • Linda’s Tavern
  • The Stumbling Monk
  • DeLuxe Bar and Grill
  • 8 oz Burger and Bar
  • Julia’s on Broadway
  • Oddfellows
  • Quinn’s
  • Unicorn
  • Elysian Capitol Hill
  • Volunteer Park Café
  • Liberty
  • Hopvine
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10 years ago

Dude, and the sun will be shining- sweet!