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Northwest Film Forum’s Bike-In moves to Naked City Brewery on Saturday

August 17th, 2015 by Doree

Northwest Film Forum is moving its annual Bike-In from Capitol Hill to Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. The Bike-In is an organized bike ride from Capitol Hill to Greenwood for a night of beer, food, and a selection of local short films. The free event starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. (Beer and food are extra.)

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Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery’s grand opening is Aug. 15

August 5th, 2015 by Doree

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery will have its grand opening at 8570 Greenwood Ave. N. on Saturday, Aug. 15 (but we’ve been told they’ll open their doors for a sneak peek during Saturday’s Summer Streets).

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Putting the finishing touches on Flying Bike’s huge mural.

Flying Bike’s volunteers have spent the past four years gathering up more than 1,500 founding members to help fund the creation of Washington’s first cooperative brewery.

Kegs of beer are ready to go at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery.

Kegs of beer are ready to go at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery.

The Co-op’s Member Driven Beer program allows member — owners to submit and vote for the beers that are brewed and served in the tasting room. One of the beers created from this program, Dan Schmidt’s Bike Rye’d Saison, was selected to appear at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) later this year. In May, Flying Bike signed on Kevin Forhan as Head Brewer. Kevin was most recently Regional Brewer for RAM Restaurant & Breweries and has also held positions at Elysian Fields, Big Time and Pike.

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Redhook hosting scavenger hunt in Phinney Ridge today

July 9th, 2015 by Doree

Redhook Brewery is celebrating its retro-style ESB cans with scavenger hunts throughout the city, and this afternoon it’s Phinney Ridge’s turn.

Redhook will Instagram and Tweet clues with the hashtag #ThrowbackESB. Hidden prizes include a pair of Mariners tickets.

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2 Greenwood breweries part of this summer’s Beers Made By Walking hikes

June 10th, 2015 by Doree

A program called Beers Made By Walking invites brewers and beer lovers to go on nature hikes together, so that the brewers can then create beers inspired by plants found on the trail. Hikes take place along the Mountains to Sound Greenway between Seattle and Snoqualmie Pass.

Two Greenwood breweries are taking part this summer: Naked City and Lantern Brewing.

Brewers attending hikes are challenged to create a unique, place-based beer that serves as a drinkable, landscape portrait of the trails that are walked. The resulting beers will be served at a special event in the Fall, in Seattle, and proceeds from the beer will benefit Mountains to Sound Greenway.

The first hike is from 12-3 p.m. this Saturday, June 13, at Seward Park, with Greenwood’s Naked City Brewery & Taphouse and Ghostfish Brewing Company at Seward Park. Greenwood’s Lantern Brewery will take part in a hike from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Little Bandera, along with Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company.

Hikes are free but space is limited. Online registration begins two weeks before each hike.

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Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery signs lease for brewery and tasting room in Greenwood

December 17th, 2014 by Doree

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery has signed a lease to open a brewery and taproom at 8570 Greenwood Ave. N. Construction on the 3,000-square-foot space will begin later this month. Flying Bike has more than 900 member-owners.

As a cooperative, FBCB member-­owners choose board members, what beer will be brewed and what beers will be on tap, along with the general direction of the brewery. Member-­owners will also receive a tasting room patronage dividend, access to educational events, and other benefits. FBCB has supported many Seattle beer events including the signature Tour de Pints bike ride during Seattle Beer Week each May. The co­op has supported the launch of other new breweries and pubs in the Puget Sound area as well through member events.

Construction progress will be communicated via blog posts as well as social media outlets (Facebook, twitter @flyingbikecoop)
FBCB will feature beers from member­-sourced recipes and fosters cooperative principles built around community, collaboration, and education.

For more information or to join the co-op, email info@flyingbike.coop.

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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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