Ales for ALS Release at Fremont Brewing this Weekend

alesforals1By this point we imagine that most of you have been called out in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in support of The ALS Association, or if you haven’t been called out then you at least know what we’re talking about. While we wholeheartedly support anything that raises awareness and much needed funding to combat this horrible neurodegenerative disease, not everyone is overly-enthused about drenching themselves in freezing cold water. Thankfully with the support of Loftus Ranches, Hopunion, and many breweries around the nation, there is an alternative for those who want to participate in the raising of awareness and funds without taking an ice bath – Ales for ALS. Ales for ALS allows people the opportunity to raise a pint while supporting the search for a cure. Fremont Brewing was one such brewery participating in this program and this weekend they are holding a release party for their Ales for ALS beer. First we’ll tell you about the event taking place at Fremont Brewing Company and then we’ll give you some information on the Ales for ALS program.

Fremont Brewing Company Ales for ALS Release Party:

This Saturday (8/30, 11AM – 3PM) Fremont Brewing will be hosting a release party for their Ales for ALS beer. In addition to their own brew, they’ll be tapping Ales for ALS beers from fellow WA state breweries: Pike, Bale Breaker, Mt. Tabor, Two Beers, and Triplehorn. Proceeds from the sale of these beers will go to benefit research into a cure for ALS and to help those living with the disease today. This event will be an excellent opportunity to support the battle against ALS, especially for those of you who have been ducking the challenges from your friends (and we know a few of you!). Perhaps you’ll even be able to get away with chugging a beer or two in lieu of taking an ice bath.

Saturday’s lineup of Ales for ALS beers will include:

  • Fremont Brewing: Ales for ALS Kolsch-Style Ale
  • Pike: No. 4 Session IPA
  • Bale Breaker: Bubba’s Brew, Session IPA
  • Mt. Tabor: Little Dutch Boy ISA
  • Triplehorn: “4” Ales for ALS, Cascadian Dark Ale
  • Two Beers: Fresh Hop Ale, Fresh Hop IPA

Ales for ALS:

Loftus Ranches and Hopunion created Ales for ALS to support a very worthy cause – ALS research. They offered participating brewers access to a proprietary hop blend, free of charge, in exchange for participation in Ales for ALS. Each brewery created their own special beers with these hops. Brewery proceeds from sales will be donated to ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s leader in ALS research.

About the ALS Therapy Development Institute:

The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is the world’s leading ALS research organization and aims to discover and develop effective treatments and a cure for ALS. Built by and for patients, the Cambridge, MA based drug development institute operates as a 501c3 nonprofit: combining the optimal entrepreneurial practices of a biotechnology and pharmaceutical company with the passion and urgency of a nonprofit mission. For more information, please visit us online at www.als.net.

What is ALS?

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Progressive neurodegenerative disease leading to paralysis caused by the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain
  • No known cure for the disease
  • The average person survives only 2-5 years following diagnosis
  • ~5,000 people in the US are diagnosed with ALS each year
  • ~30,000 people in the US living with ALS today
  • Current worldwide population with ALS ~450,000

There will be plenty of room for all of the supporters who want to come out for the event. Fremont Brewing recently expanded their outdoor beer garden and they’re currently working on an expansion on the inside as well. So we hope to see a big turnout this Saturday!

Burger Meets Mac and Cheese

So what happens when you put mac and cheese on a burger??? The world stops! And that is exactly what Li’l Woody’s did to many people. This past week, Li’l Woody’s did a collaboration burger with the Seattle’s famous Beecher’s Cheese to create this amazing burger.

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The original burger comprised of a 1/3 lb. burger patty, Beecher’s Mac and Cheese and Beecher’s No Women Cheese, Bacon, garnished with green onions and mayo. However, when I got there they were all out of the No Women Cheese, so I got Tillamook Cheddar instead.

The Mac and Cheese was phenomenal, which I expected because it’s Beecher’s. By putting the mac and cheese on the flat-top grill, it crisped up the cheese to give it a nice crunchy texture to compliment the creaminess and richness of the mac and cheese. (I love when you crisp up cheese!) They added just enough mayo to not over power the flavor of the mac and cheese and to help continue the creamy texture.

The mac and cheese would oozed on the burger patty, reminding you that you were eating a burger. The burger patty itself was good. It was a little over-cooked for my likings, but it didn’t take away much. The bacon, cheddar cheese, and mac and cheese kind of help the slightly dry burger patty by having all its creaminess running on to it.

Overall, this was an excellent and unique burger! Definitely one of the tastiest ones I’ve had. I wish they would of added just a little bit more mac and cheese, but that’s just because I love Beecher’s mac and cheese (what Seattleite doesn’t!). I’m looking forward to see what kind of collaboration Li’l Woody’s will do next, but in the meantime, I will be eating there other burgers of the week and try some of their other signature burgers, like The Fig and The Pig, which has Boat Street pickled figs, Hills Bacon, mayo and crumbled gorgonzola cheese! Li’l Woody’s, keep doing what you’re doing! I gave the Li’l Woody’s Beecher’s Mac and Cheese Burger 4-stars! Burger 4 Star

Today’s Events (8/28)

Here is a brief list of things you might be interested in today around Seattle:

Ninkasi Tap Takeover at The Beer Junction

ninkasiTomorrow (8/28 5-8PM) Ninkasi Brewing, out of Eugene (OR), will be visiting The Beer Junction for a tap takeover event. They’ll be bringing along their Nuptiale Cream Ale, Double Latte Milk Stout (produced in conjunction with Sierra Nevada as part of Beer Camp), a vintage 2010 Critical Hit Barley Wine, as well as a standard and a tropical fruit randalled version of their Summer IPA – Maiden The Shade. Ninkasi, one of the most well known breweries in the NW, is definitely one of our favorites and their Tricerahops Double IPA is right near the top of the list for our favorite NW IPAs. You won’t want to miss this event!

From the Ninkasi event page on FB:

Join us August 28th for an evening of Ninkasi beers and Ninkasi shenanigans. We’ll have some rad beers pouring including Nuptiale Cream Ale, Sierra collab brew Double Latte Milk Stout, 2010 Critical Hit Barley Wine and more! Come kick it with Ryan Brentley who I’m fairly certain will buy you a beer or maybe even break dance a bit for you. The man is just that epic.

A little about the offerings from Ninkasi (Try all 5 for $4)

Nuptiale Cream Ale – Inspired by human rituals of love, Nuptiale was first brewed in celebration of a Ninkasi wedding. This beer is a straw-hued cream ale with a rich, creamy mouthfeel and smooth drinkability. A lighter-bodied Ninkasi offering, it is for celebrating the loves in our life and our love of life. Light, crisp malt aroma with a bright refreshing hop finish. Apricots, mango, and fruity hop presence. Flaked barley lends a toasty oat malt flavor and creamy finish. ABV: 5.7%

Double Latte Milk Stout – Produced in collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing as part of their Beer Camp series. This stout is brewed with coffee from the fantastic Stumptown Coffee Roasters along with milk sugar. Tastes rich and roasted, just like cold-pressed coffee and cream, with added hints of milk chocolate and sharp roasted grains. ABV: 7.6%

2010 Critical Hit Barley Wine – In the Ninkasi tradition, this barley wine is hopped to high heaven! Critical Hit has a rich, malty expression but the 11 varieties of hops linger on the palate. Three-hundred and thirty pounds of hops were used to brew this beer! Its high gravity nature warms the cheeks and soul. Pull out your 20-sided die — Critical Hit does double damage so you might have to roll versus save if you take this ale for granted. ABV: 10.4%

Maiden The Shade – In salute to the playful side of summer, we had fun with this beer! Maiden the Shade has a big, robust hop character from the liberal use of eight different hop varieties. It’s completed with a light-colored malt backbone to stay in balance. This beer has been dubbed a summer IPA. Big powerful combinations of many different kinds of hops give a big hop profile. We added flaked barley to the beer to make for the smooth body and lighter summer-style IPA. Another Ninkasi cult favorite! ABV: 6.8%

Maiden The Shade -Randalled version with starfruit, passionfruit, papaya, and more!

Fremont Brewing Harvest Ale Release Party

HARVESTALEEvent Info from Fremont Brewing:

Harvest Ale Release Party – Thursday (8/28) 5-9pm

Fremont Brewing Urban Beer Garden

Come celebrate the release of our fall seasonal, Harvest Ale! We’ll have five infusions on tap:

  • Dandelion & Cranberry
  • Huckleberry
  • Mint, Lime, and Ginger
  • Chamomile and Lemon
  • Cucumber and Thyme

At 7pm, we’ll be doing a casual tasting and Q&A with one of our brewers. Fall into a Harvest Ale.

Naked City Brewer’s Night at Beveridge Place Pub

nakedcityNaked City Brewing will be heading across the bridge to West Seattle’s Beveridge Place Pub tomorrow night (8/28) for a brewer’s night. If you haven’t made it to Naked City in Greenwood then you’re missing out, they make some awesome beer (as well as some delicious food). So, if BPP is more convenient for you then get over there and check these brews out.

Event Info Page:

Naked City Brewer’s Night! – Thu, Aug 28, 7PM

Check out this eclectic selection from the thriving metropolis of Greenwood!

On draught: Crossfire IPA, Sibling Rivalry Pale Ale, Fleur d’ Elise Saison, Wild at Heart Barrel-Aged Sour, Wait Until Dark Chocolate Stout (NITRO), 826 Luminocity Summer Golden Rye, The Spy Who Came in for a Kölsch, & a cask of Dark Passage CDA!

A little bit about these offerings from Naked City’s beer info page:

Naked City Crossfire IPA - Our flagship IPA is brewed in the West Coast style and inspired by the 1947 film noir of the same name starring the three Roberts (Mitchum, Ryan, and Young). Crossfire has a bold hop presence with notes of citrus and pine. Pale, Munich, and Crystal Malts provide a strong malt backbone, making this IPA extremely balanced and drinkable. ABV: 6.00%

Naked City Sibling Rivalry Pale Ale - This golden brew was specially created as a thanks to listeners of The Sibling Rivalry, a podcast that’s so good in your ears, you’ll want to put it in your mouth. Just like beer! Made with Pale, Light Munich, and a touch of Crystal malt, this original pale should gather a lot of new fans. Bittered with Chinook and finished with Amarillo and Simcoe Hops, it’s better than a hot biscuit at a donkey show. ABV:  5.00%

Naked City Fleur d’ Elise - This Farmhouse Style Ale, also known as a saison, was brewed with Orris Root, Grains of Paradise & primed with Wild Flower Honey. ABV: 6.30%

Naked City Wild at Heart - This low-hopped Strong Amber was aged ten months in Burgundy Barrels from Flying Dreams Winery in Woodinville. Brettanomyces Bruxelensis and Lactobacillus combine for a funky tartness that is interlaced with hints of cherry, vanilla, and oak. Yum! ABV: 8.00%

Naked City Wait Until Dark (Nitro) - This rich, decadent stout was brewed with generous amounts of Chocolate Malt, as well as dark Crystal Malt and Roasted Barley. Full bodied with deep flavors of hazelnut and dark chocolate, Wait Until Dark is inspired by the 1967 Audrey Hepburn thriller. Aged on medium-toast French oak. If you’re in need of comfort, Wait Until Dark. ABV: 6.30%

Naked City 826 Luminosity - Made for “826 Day,” 826 Luminosity is brewed in honor of the inspirational kids, volunteers, and programs at 826 Seattle. Each batch of Luminosity is unique and brewed based on input from the many wonderful staff at 826 Seattle. This year’s vintage is a Summer Golden Rye. Falconer’s Flight 7-Cs hops bring out notes of grapefruit, with the rye malt lending a subtle spiciness. Naked City wholeheartedly supports the wonderful programs at 826 Seattle. ABV: 5.00%

Naked City Dark Passage - Naked City’s Third Anniversary Beer was one of the highlights of last winter! This Imperial Stout was aged in a Merlot barrel and soured with Lactobaccilus to create a complex blend of delicious flavors. ABV: 8.50%

Rutgers’ Fan Guide to Seattle from a Rutgers Alum

RUWSUIt’s NCAA College Football opening weekend! If you’re anything like me then you’re excited about this. Even more thrilling this year, for me at least, my alma mater will be traveling across the country here to Seattle for their opening game. Thursday night, the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University take on the Washington State Cougars in their annual Seattle game. Much excitement surrounds the Rutgers’ football program this year as they transition from the Big East to the BIG10, and they hope to carry the conference proudly when they debut here in Seattle. This will also be the first time ever that Rutgers and WSU play one another; the second time will be next year in Piscataway, NJ. Anyway, we’ll leave any football analysis to the pros and get on to the good stuff.

Rutgers does have a reasonably sized alumni base in the city, and there are many others coming to town to take in their first snap as a BIG10 team. The pre-game tailgate at Pyramid Alehouse adjacent to Century Link has been sold out for weeks, which means that fans who didn’t register in time for the event will need to head some place else before the game. Thankfully Seattle has no shortage of great spots and fans will have a number of options if they’re turning the game into an excuse for a long weekend vacation.

Our recommended spots to grab a burger:

Blue Moon Burgersone of our most frequented places in town, locations in Fremont (our favorite), Capitol Hill, and South Lake Union. Try the Code Blue, Blue Bayou, or El Diablo Azul. If you’re feeling bold, go for the Big Bertha. It’s a task, but if you can handle a Fat Sandwich then this should be a piece of cake. Vegetarian, or traveling with one? – you can sub a black bean or veggie patty in any of their burgers (go for the Blue Hawaiian with the black bean patty, you will not be disappointed).

Brouwer’s - located in Fremont, Brouwer’s serves a dual purpose on our list. This is a phenomenal place both for food and beer. The lamb burger with roasted red peppers, chipotle mayo, and pearl mozzarella is one of our favorite meals in the city. They also have 60+ taps of some of the finest beer you can find, many sourced from the best craft breweries in the PNW. And if that isn’t enough, they still have 300+ bottled beers, many of which are extremely hard to find.

Lil Woody’slocated in Ballard and Capitol Hill recently documented by us was their “World’s Best Mac & Cheese” Burger. Though time has run out on your chance to get one of those glorious burgers, they still have plenty of other options that will more than satisfy you. In the mood for a more basic burger, go for the Lil or Big Woody. Want to be adventurous, go for The New Mexican with chile peppers and queso.

Sam’s Tavernup in the trendy capitol hill neighborhood, possibly a better joint for the recently graduated alum. We typically venture here during the day on the weekend, especially whenever we’re in the mood for a Bloody Mary (they make one of the best in the city with a mini-burger garnish). If you’re in the mood for something more substantial then we suggest the Jalapeno Reno or the Sammy’s 50 Burger (a patty made of 50% angus beef and 50% hickory smoked bacon, topped with avocado and bacon ranch).

Lunchbox Laboratorylocated in South Lake Union, steps from the REI flagship store (a tourist attraction in its own right, seriously, it’s awesome). Lunchbox Laboratory makes some great burgers and signature cocktails. We recommend the Burger of the Gods (crumbled bleu cheese, candied balsamic onions, and super gorgonzola spread) or the Tear Jerker (super beef topped with pepperjack cheese, jalapenos, habanero mayo, and Satan’s tears ketchup).

Brave Horse Tavernlocated across from Amazon in South Lake Union. The burgers themselves are fairly standard, but all of them are really good. They make one of the finest black bean burgers I’ve ever had, so if you’re a veggie or traveling with one, this might be the place for you. Aside from burgers they have plenty of delicious (as you’d expect from a Tom Douglas restaurant) tavern fare. Their brick oven pretzels with multiple dipping sauces are excellent. Bravehorse also has a fantastic beer selection, both draft and bottled, to go along with darts and other tavern staple games.

Breweries we recommend:

Reubens Brews - located in Ballard, this brewery has been frequented by Rutgers fans and alums in the past (primarily because this is the first place I bring most visitors). Reuben’s has steadily built an exceptional reputation since first opening their doors just over two years ago, you can see a lot of their awards hanging in their taproom. At the 2014 US Open Beer Championship they tied for 4th Best Brewery out of more than 300 breweries from 20+ countries, in 2013 they placed 6th. There are so many excellent beers that it’s hard to recommend just one or two. In the mood to try a defining NW style IPA? – go for the Blimey That’s Bitter Triple IPA – you’ll realize that the NW does not mess around when it comes to the hop content of their beers; it also recently got ranked as one of the 20 best IPAs in America. Want something a bit less extreme? – go for the Roggenbier, a unique rye-hefeweizen style with banana and clove tones and excellent spice character. If on tap, try their award winning Robust Porter (ranked as one of the ten best in America). All of their beer is available in tas

The Pike Brewing Companyit’s rare that anyone visits Seattle and doesn’t make a trip into the world famous Pike Place Market. So we couldn’t possibly ignore the only brewery located within it. The Pike Brewing Company is also a full service pub, so it’s a great option for lunch or dinner while in town. Go with the Kilt Lifter or Naughty Nellie.

Fremont Brewinglocated in Fremont and quickly becoming one of the most popular breweries in Seattle. This brewery has one of the best setups you’ll find in the area, especially for the summer. Their recently expanded outdoor beer garden plays nicely in the warm summer months and their beer is always great. Try the Wandering Wheat or Summer Ale and a seat outside in the sun; you might find yourself wondering if rainy Seattle weather is a myth. Want something darker? – go for the Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout (one of the best beers you’ll ever have).

Odin Brewing’s Asgard Tavernlocated a short diagonal walk from Fremont Brewing. This a smaller and more intimate taproom, but there is outdoor seating if it gets crowded (which isn’t very often – we think many people still haven’t discovered it yet). This is one of our favorite places to go when looking for a good beer and to relax. Their Abbey Single is a fantastically spiced Belgian beer and their French Saison has been a summer favorite of ours.ters if you are feeling ambitious and want to try more than a few.

Elysian BrewingProbably the most widely known Seattle brewery (other than Redhook and Pyramid); you can actually find some Elysian beer on the east coast. Their location in Capitol Hill would be considered their flagship. However, Elysian’s location (Elysian Fields) next to Century Link Field might be the ideal choice for game day if you want to get near the stadium ahead of time. Go for the Immortal IPA or the Men’s Room Original Red, both excellent beers and two of the most popular. Plenty of others will be on tap, including rare draft-only brews. But if you want one of their standards, those are the two to go for.

Other places to consider:

Beveridge Place Pub - in West Seattle, considered one of the 100 best beer bars in America according to Draft Magazine. Take a trip across the West Seattle Bridge and you’ll find yourself with a vast array of options. You can choose local, domestic, or import from their 36 drafts and 150+ bottles.

The Pine Box - also on the Top-100 List. Located in Capitol Hill, this renovated funeral parlor has over 30 beers, mostly locally or regionally sourced, of an uncommon variety on tap. No matter when you stop by you’ll always find something new and interesting to try.

Chuck’s Hop Shop – there are two locations, one in Greenwood and one in the Central District. You can’t go wrong either way. Chuck’s is also known as the “land of 1000 beers,” and they’re not exaggerating. Having 35+ beers on tap at both locations and over 1000 bottled beers to choose from, there is truly something for everyone.

So there you have it fellow Scarlet Knights, our guide to the best places to grab a burger or a cold pint while you’re in town. Hopefully that’s enough to satisfy you for this trip. Let’s go R-U!