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Tree lighting and ‘Brew Santa’ at Naked City Brewery on Thursday

December 2nd, 2013 by Doree

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a special family-friendly tree lighting, visit with Brew Santa, and release of its holiday Bing Spiced Cherry Ale from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

Aged on a blend of Washington Bing and Montmorency Tart cherries, cinnamon, and cloves, Naked City Bing is Christmas in a glass. The holiday hit’s base beer is the Knowledge, an English-style strong old ale brewed with dark malts and balanced with hops. The Knowledge is its own reward, but Bing sweetens the deal.

Get your picture taken with Brew Santa in front of the majestic fourteen-foot Christmas tree glittering in the Walrus Beer Garden or on the Naked City brew deck. Bing Spiced Cherry Ale will be tapped at 5pm when Brew Santa arrives from the North Pole Brewery. The tree lighting takes place soon after dusk. All ages are welcome.

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Lantern Brewing set to open much larger brewery, tasting room, in Greenwood

November 7th, 2013 by Doree

Phinney Ridge’s little nano-brewery that could, Lantern Brewing, has moved out of its tiny digs in a retail building’s basement at Greenwood and 74th and into a large warehouse at 938 N. 95th St. in Greenwood. Owners Chris and Lori Engdahl tell me the warehouse also has a dedicated space for a tasting room, which should be up and running by the end of the year.

“While our equipment is a lot bigger now, our focus is still on creating authentic Belgian-style beer, using ingredients and materials sourced as locally as possible: malts from Vancouver WA, hops from Yakima, local water and house yeast, plus Washington-grown fruits, herbs, and other flavorings,” the Engdahls told me by email today.

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Engdahl is test brewing now, with production brewing to start by December. But Lantern will be pouring beer at this Saturday’s PNA Beer Taste.

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Tuesday ‘Think & Drink’ to explore American attitudes toward food

October 14th, 2013 by Doree

This month’s installment of Humanities Washington’s “Think & Drink” series is “Food for Thought: GMOs, Home-Cooked Meals, and the American Relationship to Food.” It starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N.

The free event will examine the way Americans relate to food – from home-cooked meals to grab-and-go snacks, the obesity epidemic to diet trends, and more. We will also talk about the upcoming Initiative 522, which would require labeling for genetically modified food in our state, and ask how this initiative relates to cultural trends and attitudes.

This Think & Drink discussion will be led by food experts Julia Harrison and Derek Wood and moderated by Ross Reynolds. Harrison is an anthropologist focusing on desserts and sweets and a member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Wood is the chair of the biology department at Seattle Pacific University and a professor of microbiology at the University of Washington. Reynolds is host of KUOW’s The Record.

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PNA Summer Beer Taste on Saturday

July 15th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Summer Beer Taste is back this Saturday with the motto “Big Beertha – No Boring Beers.” (It’s a take-off on the huge tunneling machine for the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which has been nicknamed Bertha.)

Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $30 for non-members. For that you’ll get 10 tastes from your choice of 20 breweries, plus brats from Barking Dog Alehouse, Ridge Pizza and pub snacks. Music provided by Sidesaddle Cowboy. Check out the website for the list of all breweries participating.

The Summer Beer Taste is from 4-7 p.m. in the lower parking lot at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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Naked City’s new beer garden officially called the Walrus, will be for all ages

June 12th, 2013 by Doree

Naked City’s new beer garden in the adjacent parking lot will officially be called the Walrus Beer Garden, in honor of the Walrus blues tavern that was originally on that site before burning down three decades ago.

Local muralist Henry painted a large mural of two walruses on one wall. And the artists who created the colorful arson mural that used to stand next to Taproot Theatre down the street, have been restoring it and added a portrait of John Lee Hooker, who once played at the original Walrus tavern.

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The grand opening for the beer garden, at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., will be Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22. That Friday night will feature live jazz. That Saturday will feature an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil for $25 a person, live music and games.

Naked City’s full menu will be available, along with table service, in the beer garden. All ages are welcome, but dogs are not.

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Naked City Brewery adding beer garden in parking lot

May 31st, 2013 by Doree

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., has leased the adjacent parking lot from Yen Wor Garden Chinese restaurant, and is turning the space into a beer garden.

Here’s what it looked like Friday morning, as workers try to get it ready in time for a soft opening in the next week or two.

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Yes, that’s a Henry mural on the wall. And there’s another interesting Henry painting along the concrete wall.

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The opposite wall is being painted to cover the old graffiti.

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Marketing Director Bryan Miller said Naked City also will display the mural that used to cover the fence next to Taproot Theatre after the 2009 arson destroyed the adjacent building.

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Bluebird Brewing opening at Bluebird Microcreamery on Thursday

November 11th, 2012 by Doree

Bluebird Microcreamery is expanding into the beer business. It will officially open Bluebird Brewing with a special happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Phinney Ridge shop, 7400 Greenwood Ave. The happy hour will feature raffles with prizes for T-shirts, growlers, and coupons for free scoops and pints of ice cream.

The brewery will not only brew dessert beers, but craft sodas as well, from eight taps (they’re striving for an old-fashioned soda fountain feel). It’ll offer both beer and soda for pints, floats and growlers. Beers and sodas brewed at the Phinney Ridge shop will be available at all three of Bluebird’s locations.

Flavors of beers and sodas will rotate. Beers on tap on Thursday will be Caffé Vita Coffee Porter, Theo Chocolate Milk Stout (which placed third at the PNA Beer Taste last night), Strong Blonde Ale, and a guest tap that will be announced later. Sodas on tap will be Root Beer, Snickerdoodle Soda, Cream Soda and a guest tap of Rachel’s Ginger Beer.

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25th Annual PNA Beer Taste on November 10

October 19th, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its extremely popular annual Beer Taste from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $35 for non-members and $10 for designated drivers. That gets you 10 tastes, pub style snacks, and a silent auction of beer gear.

For an additional $25 donation (to benefit the PNA Village), you can be part of the Preview Tasting starting at 6:15 p.m., and get a commemorative glass.

You can buy tickets online, and also volunteer to help out.

Confirmed Breweries:

  • American Brewing
  • Bluebird Microcreamery
  • Boundary Bay Brewing
  • Chuckanut Brewery
  • Diamond Knot Brewery
  • Elliott Bay Brewing
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Epic Ales
  • Fremont Brewing Co.
  • Georgetown Brewing Co.
  • Hale’s Ales Brewery
  • Harmon Brewing Co.
  • Hilliard’s Beer
  • Iron Horse Brewery
  • Lantern Brewing
  • Lazy Boy
  • Maritime Pacific Brewing Co.
  • Naked City Brewing
  • NW Peaks Brewery
  • Pike Brewing
  • Reuben’s Brews
  • Schooner Exact Brewing
  • Scuttlebutt Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Silver City
  • Snoqualmie Falls Brewery
  • Tieton Cider Works
  • Two Beers Brewing Co.

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Beer, beer, and more beer in the neighborhood for Seattle Beer Week

May 15th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood and Phinney Ridge have their share of pubs and restaurants for beer lovers to quench their thirst. Since this is Seattle Beer Week, they’re all taking it up a notch with special events.

The Park Pub, 6114 Phinney Ave. N., hosts its fourth annual New Brewers Night from 5-9 p.m. today. The pub is hosting brewers from Ballard’s own Hilliard’s Beer and NW Peaks Brewery, Woodinville’s Twelve Bar Brews, and SODO’s Churchkey Can Co.

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a slew of events, including Oregon Brewers Night from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, plus a free screening of the classic silent film “Sunrise: A Tale of Two Humans,” with a live synchronized soundtrack by DJ Jon Francois, starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Chuck’s Hop Shop, at 656 NW 85th St., is pairing Widmer Brother’s beer with Full Tilt Ice Cream from 5-8 p.m. today; $10 for a flight of four beers and four ice creams.

Check out Seattle Beer Week’s website for a list of all events.

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‘Think & Drink’ returns to Naked City Tuesday night

October 17th, 2011 by Doree

Humanities Washington hosted its first “Think & Drink” event last month at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood, and it was so successful they’re doing it again Tuesday night.

The topic is urban planning and development, and this time, HW is partnering with Northwest Film Forum, which ran its “Remaking the Metropolis” documentary series last week. “Think & Drink” starts at 7 p.m. at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

Speakers for Think & Drink:

• Steve Scher, event moderator and host of KUOW’s Weekday.
• Nicole Huber, professor of architecture, University of Washington.
• Bryon Ziegler, urban planner and designer, Strategy Workshop LLC.

Speaking of Naked City, the brewery recently won the gold medal in the American Ale category at Lallemand’s Brain of Brewer’s Competition in Denver with its Podunk IPA. This is Naked City’s first gold medal at a national brewer’s competition.

And the folks at Naked City will be celebrating their third anniversary with an all-day party on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Join us for all day happy hour, raffles & giveaways, live music, an oyster bar, & up to 15 fantastic Naked City Beers on draft and cask including rarities and one-offs available exclusive at Naked City for our anniversary. Come try Dark Passage, a stunning merlot barrel aged imperial sour, along with casks of Big Lebrewski & an as yet unnamed 9.7 % Imperial IPA. Limited edition anniversary shirts will also be available!

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‘Think & Drink’ at Naked City

September 15th, 2011 by Doree

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse is hosting the first “Think & Drink” event by Humanities Washington next Wednesday. The hosted conversation is called “The Politics Behind Your Pint,” and will explore the history of liquor laws.

Speakers include Steve Scher, event moderator and host of KUOW’s “Weekday”; William Rorabaugh, University of Washington professor and author of “The Alcoholic Republic”; and Charles Finkel, founder and president of Pike Brewing Co.

“Think & Drink” starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Naked City, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. It’s free to attend. If you have any questions, you can email Zaki Abdelhamid at zaki@humanities.org, or call 206-682-1770.

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Drink a new pale ale at Naked City to benefit 826 Seattle next Friday

August 16th, 2011 by Doree

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse is holding a special one-night only benefit for its nearby neighbor, the non-profit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle, which is housed inside the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

Next Friday (which, by the way, is Aug. 26, or 8/26, get it?) Naked City will serve a new pale ale called 826 Luminosity. $1 of every pint sold on Friday night will go to 826 Seattle. 826 Luminosity will be available only on that night.

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