September is upon us, and it’s about time to raise an overflowing bier stein to German-style lagers, platters of bratwurst and seconds, thirds and fourth helpings of all of the above. Oktoberfest season is one of our favorite things, and if you haven’t already indulged on your favorite seasonal beers at your area’s glorified fall block party, here’s your chance.
On Oregon’s northern coastline, the final weekend of September means beer mugs, tasting tokens, food and friends among the changing foliage. For the thirteenth year, the Pacific Northwest Brew Cup is set to return to Astoria, Ore., from September 26-28, when PNW beer lovers can gather downtown to celebrate old favorites and discover the new.
Local craft breweries galore are set to invade the streets of Bellingham, Wash., from September 12-21, when Bellingham Beer Week will return (bigger than ever) for its third year.
In the past year alone, the sleepy bay town has been anything but, with the addition of two newcomers to its flourishing microbrew scene. Aslan Brewing Co. and Wander Brewing have joined Boundary Bay, Kulshan and Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen in giving locals something to drink about.
From September 18 through 21, expert food and beverage artisans from across the country will flood the blocks of downtown Portland to stuff more than 30 culinary events into a mere four days.
For the third consecutive year, Bon Appétit Magazine presents the appropriately named Feast Portland. The festival will unite an impressive list (in both breadth and star power) of industry pros, sure to keep fest-goers full and happy throughout the jam-packed weekend itinerary.
Ever get the sense that cutting-edge coffee attracts innovators and artists? So did Rip Pruisken, founder of Dutch-style coffee wafel company Rip van Wafels. So he created an event to draw the coffee, technology and arts communities together on purpose, just to see what would happen.
The first iteration of Pruisken’s event, called Mandala, was held last year in San Francisco where Rip van Wafels is headquartered, and brought 400 luminaries from the three disparate fields together.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We’ve all likely heard the age-old idiom more than few times. But in the case of the fourth year of Seattle’s Craft Beer + Food event, we’re excited that the folks of the Washington Beer Blog have taken the already highly-anticipated smorgasbord and made it even better, with more restaurant and brewery pairings than ever.
A host of single-spirit festivals have sprouted up across the region over the past half-decade, one such is Seattle’s Northwest Tequila Fest that celebrated its third year on Saturday with a sun-soaked parking lot roped off and filled to the gills with agave spirits and their analogous enthusiasts.
There are three things you should know about aquavit before anything else.
1) It’s a category of caraway-flavored Scandinavian liquors, four times older than Ballard and veritably limitless in its scope.
2) Out of hundreds, only one foreign aquavit survives as an import to the United States, meaning Americans’ understanding of a drink once culturally integral to many of our ancestors has virtually disappeared.