Brouwer’s Cafe Hardliver Festival, Anniversary Party & more upcoming events


Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle has some upcoming events you should know about from their Anniversary Party to the Hardliver Barleywine Festival and much more. Check the calendar.

East vs West aka Victory Vs Elysian Wednesday, January 28th at 6pm.

These two breweries have been around for a long time, and thought it would be a good idea to have a little friendly competition in 5 different beer styles Lager, Ipa, Stout, Funk and Brewer’s Choice.  Originally Brouwer’s wanted to also have a East vs West DJ battle, but that idea fell through, but they will have DJ Mullet spinning from around 7:30 to 10:30, for your listening pleasure.

2nd Annual Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow- Friday, February 6th –3pm

The 2nd Annual Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow (Hop Mob) is a two-week celebration of the hoppiest of all Washington-brewed beer styles. Over 30 Washington breweries signed up to produce special batches of Triple IPA to pour at a series of events around the Puget Sound region during February.

Hop Mob begins with the official Hop Mob Kickoff at Brouwer’s Café in Seattle (400 N. 35th Street) on Friday, February 6 and concludes with the Hop Mob Finale at Pike Brewing in Seattle (1415 1st Avenue) on Saturday, February 21. Sandwiched between those dates, various beer-focused bars around the Puget Sound area will host Hop Mob Roadshow events.

The Hop Mob Kickoff and the Hop Mob Finale will each feature over 30 Triple IPAs on tap—all of the Hop Mob beers. Each Hop Mob Roadshow event features at least a dozen of the beers on tap. Locations currently signed up to host Hop Mob Roadshow events include Flatstick Pub in Kirkland; the Red Hot in Tacoma; and Naked City Brewery and Taphouse in Seattle. More locations and events will be added in the coming weeks. A complete calendar of events is available on the official Hop Mob website, Facebook event page:

The event showcases Washington-brewed Triple IPAs, perhaps the most boldly hoppy of all beer styles. Typically this style of beer weighs in at more than 9 percent Alcohol by Volume and features profound hop character, whether in the form of bitterness, aroma, or both.

“Triple IPA is a difficult style of beer to master and breweries that do it well are highly revered,” says Kim Sharpe Jones of the Washington Beer Blog, which is helping organize and promote the events. “Some out-of-state Triple IPAs get an enormous amount of attention and cause beer enthusiasts to swoon like preteens at a One Direction concert. Our goal with Hop Mob is to show that Washington’s brewers can produce beers that stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any of those ballyhooed, out-of-state beers. Also, it’s a great excuse to drink some really excellent stuff.”

Beyond the beer, Hop Mob is a celebration of hops and the relationship between hop farmers and brewers. To brew a good Triple IPA, brewers use a substantial amount of malted barley, which provides the elevated alcohol content. To balance-out the malty sweetness and give the beer its requisite hoppy character, brewers rely on substantial quantities of hops.

In Washington, hops are more than an ingredient, they’re a way of life. The Yakima Valley produces between 75 and 80 percent of the nation’s hop crop each year and some of the farms are operated by families that have grown hops for four and five generations.

A night with Holy Mountain.  Wednesday, February 18th @ 6pm

Holy Mountain is new on the scene, and is about to open their taproom in Interbay on January 23rd, is one of Brouwer’s favorite new breweries in Washington.  Brouwer’s will be pouring 6 beers from their ever expanding portfolio.

Beer List:

Kings Head Brown with Coffee on Nitro

The Goat- Foudre Saison

Lager Beer

River of Ash- Dark Saison fermented in Oak with Cherries

The Ox-Saison with Citrus Zest

Kiln and Cone Pale Ale on Cask 

13th annual Hardliver Barleywine Festival- March 14th and 15th

Our Hardliver Barleywine Festival, which had its first few years at the Phinney Ridge Neighboorhood Center  will be back for its 13th consecutive year. With over 45 barleywines pouring on draft, we suggest you start hardening that liver immediately! This year we plan on hosting all you lovers of that sticky nectar that is barley wine on Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th. Facebook events page:

Brouwer’s 10th Anniversary party Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29th.

Wow! Do you remember 2005? We do! 2005 was the year we opened our doors and poured our first beer. Back in 2005, Matt “Vern” Vandenberghe brought what he had learned from Bottleworks bottleshop, at the time already into its 5th year, and created Brouwer’s Café. On March 23, 2005, we opened our doors to the public, and the rest (as they say) is history. With over 60 taps, 300 bottles, a wide selection of whisky and whiskey, and a menu based around the hearty and delicious cuisine of Belgium, Brouwer’s has remained one of Seattle’s premiere beer destinations for the whole of its (almost) 10 years. Every year since our first anniversary we’ve worked with a variety of breweries to create a unique anniversary beer. For our 10th year of pouring pints and snifters to the beer lovers of Seattle and abroad we’ll have two beers to celebrate with. We teamed up with Reuben’s Brews’ Adam Robbins to create a hop-bomb of a beer that would be worthy of such a big milestone in our history. At the young age of 2 years old, Reuben’s has easily become one of our favorite breweries in town, as well as one of our friends. We’ve been happy to host their staff and patrons for both their 1st and 2nd anniversaries, and we’re honored to have them brewing our 10th anniversary beer. Our 10th anniversary beer is a 10% imperial IPA that we have named Gobsmacked and will be available in a very limited number of bottles, as well as on draft. For Bottleworks’ 10th anniversary we worked with the one and only New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado. We thought it would be fun to Blend a Brouwer’s 10 as well, and we headed down hang out and blend a beer in early December. Eric and Lauren were kind enough to open up the wood cellar at New Belgium and we had an amazing day.  We tasted somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 different fouders and came up with a beer that we are very happy with.  New Belgium’s contribution will be a draft only affair, and we’ll be pouring it like it’s hot at our anniversary party.  We will also be digging in to the cellar and pulling out some past anniversary beers.  Mark your calenders and plan on having a great day! Facebook events page:

Brouwer’s Cafe
400 North 35th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 267-2437

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