Be sure to visit the official Seattle Beer Week calendar online for a complete listing of events. We'll be highlighting events a couple days out and blogging from a few every day.
Official kick-off party at Pike Brewing: From 5:00 to 7:00pm, join Pike brewer Drew Cluley, who will be on hand to tap the first keg of the official brew of Seattle Beer Week, Pike's Double IPA. This will be a great place to mingle with visiting and local brewers and find out about some of the under the radar stuff going on around town. (Pike Brewing, 1415 First Ave.)
Beveridge Place Cask-O-Rama: Beginning Thursday night at 7:00pm and continuing through Friday, this event is freestyle. The pub will feature all manner of cask brews from Seattle breweries and the surrounds, including: Big Al's Local Hero, Elliott Bay's bourbon aged stout, Trade Route's Sourt Mango, and Hale's Belgian IPA. (Beveridge Place, 6413 California Ave. SW)
(Seriously, there is plenty off-the-book stuff going on this next week, one off kegs, special releases, etc; so be sure to belly up to your favorite craft beer haunt and ask some questions. You may be rewarded with some sick, special delivery Allagash.)
Fish Brewing at The Beer Authority: Lake City's new beer depot serving Olympia's quietly remarkable beer. (5:00-7:00pm, The Beer Authority, 12716 Lake City Way N.E., 417-9629)
Rare Dogfish Head kegs at The Dray: Rare kegs galore, from an already pretty freakin' rare brewery, hosted by Devin from Dogfish Head. (7:00pm until... The Dray, 708 N.W. 65th St.)
Cheers to Mayor Nichols who will officially proclaim May7th-17th Seattle Hand-Crafted Beer Week at the Pike Pub today, at 5:00pm. Thanks for coming to the party, Greg, have a stout float.