A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


PNA’s ‘Beer Taste Olympics’ is July 23

July 14th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Summer Beer Taste Olympics is from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.


Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $30 general public, and $10 for designated drivers. Includes 10 tastes, mini brats from Barking Dog Alehouse and pub style snacks. Must be 21 and over to attend.

More than 30 Northwest breweries and cideries will be there, and some will have special brews made just for this event. Click here for the complete list of breweries and cider makers attending.

Only service dogs are allowed.

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4 Greenwood-Phinney breweries participating in Washington Beer Commission’s Brewery Open House Day on Feb. 20

February 4th, 2016 by Doree

Stop by neighborhood breweries on Saturday, Feb. 20, as part of Washington Beer Commission’s statewide Brewery Open House Day. You can get a tour, meet the brewmasters and sample the beers.

Participating breweries in our neighborhood include Bluebird Brewing (the nano brewery inside Bluebird Microcreamery; you’ll also see how they make their sodas) at 7400 Greenwood Ave. N.; Lantern Brewing at 938 N. 95th St.; Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery at 8570 Greenwood Ave. N.; and Naked City Brewery and Taproom at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Phinney Center Beer Taste Nov. 14 celebrates ‘Beer Wars’

November 4th, 2015 by Doree

The theme of the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Beer Taste is “Beer Wars: The Wort Awakens.” The Beer Taste is from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building.

Cost is $25 for PNA members, $35 general public. That includes 10 tastes from any of 30 NW breweries, pub style snacks and a silent auction of beer stuff. Designated drivers pay $10 and get all the soda and snacks they want. You can buy tickets online.

Special preview tasting tickets are available for an additional $25. Start tasting early, at 6:15 p.m., eat complimentary sliders and coleslaw, and receive a commemorative tasting glass.

See the Beer Taste webpage for a complete list of all participating breweries and which brew they’re bringing.


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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).


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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