Brouwer’s Cafe Big Wood Festival & more upcoming Events


For those in the Seattle area, or those who may travel there, Brouwer’s Cafe has some killer events coming up like a Firestone Walker Ugly Sweater Party, Elysian Pumpkin Roadshow and the infamous Big Wood Festival which I hope to make it to myself.

Thursday, November 20th starting at 6pm, Firestone Walker Ugly Sweater Party

Brouwer’s taps some Firestone Walker beers, invite people to join them and encourage them to wear Ugly Sweaters so that they can win prizes.   In the past years, pretty much everyone that wore an ugly sweater has left with some kind of prize. Tom comes up with some games to keep the party going, last year there was lots and lots of limbo going on, and everyone in attendance probably is still sick of the limbo song.  That’s the idea.  This year there will be the option to cross stitch your own ugly sweater ornament.  Supplies will be limited.

Brouwer’s will be tapping:

  1. 15th Anniversary
  2. Parabola 2013
  3. Mocha Merlin
  4. Agrestic Sour
  5. Merlin
  6. Union Jack Ipa
  7. Wookie Jack Black Rye Ipa
  8. DBL Jack Imp Ipa
  9. Pivo Pilsner
  10. Opal


Wednesday, November 26th at 6pm Elysian Brewing Pumpkin Roadshow

The night before Thanksgiving Brouwer’s will tap 8 Elysian Brewing Pumpkin beers and 8 or a few more from other breweries.

Elysian beers:

Great Pumpkin

Night Owl


Dark o the Moon

The Port Lost Abbey Collab

Mr. Yuck

Cohche Mexican Chocolate Amber


BBL Dark o the Moon

Guest Brewery Pumpkin Beers:

Reuben’s Pumpkin Beer

Destihil Sam Hain Pumpkin Porter

Almanac Dark Pumpkin Sour ( or Heirloom)

Gigantic/ Commons Pumpkin Dinner Not Dessert

Southern Tier Pumpking

Midnight Sun Treat

New Belgium Pumpkick

Seattle Cider Pumpkin


8th Annual Big Wood Festival

Thursday, December 4th thru Sunday, December 7th

Brouwer’s annual celebration of all things that have spent time in a barrel or with chips from Stout to Sour.  This is probably the best barrel-aged beer festival on the west coast and Brouwer’s best event.  The staff at Brouwer’s work all year collecting some of their favorite beers around the world and put them on draft for your imbibing pleasure.

This year Brouwer’s has beers from:

Almanac, Avery, Bainbridge Island, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Black Raven, Boneyard, Boulevard, Breakside, Crux Fermentation, De Struise, Deschutes, Destihil, Elysian, Engine House #9, Fremont, Full Sail, Great Divide, Hales, Holy Mountain, Jolly Pumpkin, Logsdon, Lompoc, Lost Abbey, Midnight Sun, New Belgium, Pelican, Perennial, Pike, Port, Reuben’s, Schooner Exact, Seven Seas, Sound, Surly, Stone

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