Monday, August 10, 2015

Ales for Washington MTB Trails!


On Thursday, August 27th, we are hosting a fund raiser for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance!

A Message from out GM Nat:

As you are all likely aware, I am a cycling enthusiast! I’m also an avid mountain biker, frequenting the Northwest’s amazing trail systems each and every week. One of the groups building, maintaining and advocating for mountain bike trails here in Washington is the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization. They do amazing work, and I’ve wanted for some time to host an event at Brouwer’s Cafe on their behalf. So, it’s now on our calendar for Thursday, August 27th. 

We have beer from Oskar Blues BreweryGoodLife BrewingNew Belgium Brewing and Fremont Brewing Company, and Hopworks Urban Breweryand all proceeds will go directly to Evergreen for ongoing trail work. So, come meet the Evergreen folks, mingle with the beer folks, and join us in celebrating and supporting a great cause!

This is an all day event so come in whenever it fits in to your schedule.


Click here for Facebook event page!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Reuben's Brews Triumvirate IPA

Nothing cures the early AM bartender's zombie haze like the smell of spent grain. Kettle open, grain steaming, sweat glistening and you witness the true dedication it takes to brew some of the best beers in Washington. It's more than just an honor to have these award winning brewers make time in their busy brew schedule to brew a house beer for Bottleworks, Brouwer's Cafe and Burgundian. 
On August 5th, that hard work pays off in not just one way. That date is not only the release of this beer it marks Reuben's Brews 3rd anniversary; like previous years Brouwer's Cafe will celebrate but unlike the previous years we will be celebrating company wide with the tapping of Triumvirate IPA our new house beer.

Triumvirate IPA
ABV: 6.0%
OG: 1.060
IBU: 52

Malts: Pale, Munich, Crystal, Wheat
Hops: Mosaic, Citra, Amarillo



A lighter bodied IPA to let the hops shine through brightly. Strong tropical fruit and citrus notes, in particular passion fruit and grapefruit, are wrapped up with a crisp refreshing finish.






Thursday, July 23, 2015

Beer and Burger Battle this weekend! Then Firestone Anniversary Vertical!

Usually scheduled during Seattle Beer Week, we decided to switch things up this year and host this event in July, as it’s a crowd favorite!

For those of you unfamiliar with the event the formula is simple. We invite 5 breweries to attend, and ask that each craft a special burger to be paired with 1 of the 4-5 beers they send us. Two of those beers should be less widely distributed (somewhat rare).
Big Time Brewing - Now with a  new head brewer, and owner.  The brewery has won the competition the last two years.  Now they have some big shoes to fill if they are to win for a third year in a row.

Reuben’s Brews - First time at the competition—Head Brewer Adam Robbings and company are excited  to be part of this.  I have heard that they are vegetarian—that would be a first.

Breakside - Ben Edmunds and his Portland crew have been coming up with some very creative beers, and food to go along with it.

Ballast Point - These guys have been putting Grapefruit and other spices etc in their beers for awhile now, we are looking forward to what they come up with for this event.


August 1st   Firestone Walker Anniversary Vertical

We’ve been known to let beers age for years in our cellar, but at a certain point they need to be consumed! That said, we think August 1st is the perfect time to pull some Firestone Walker Anniversary beers, specifically Firestone 14 through 18, which are known for the rich, deep flavors. Doors open at 11am, and $35 gets you a 5oz taste of all 5 Anniversary beers, plus a 12oz pour of Firestone Pivo at the beginning of the event. 

Click here for Facebook event page

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Attention, Attention--we have a few events ---


Monday, July 13th - Goose Island Migration Kickoff 

If you made it last year you saw the great stuff Goose Island Beer Co. brought out. Make it down this year and taste some of the best they have to offer, and it will go fast. More details on beer line up to come, so stay tuned.
Event runs 7pm-10pm!



Saturday, July 25th – Beer and Burger Battle

Usually scheduled during Seattle Beer Week, we decided to switch things up this year and host this event in July, as it’s a crowd favorite!

For those of you unfamiliar with the event the formula is simple. We invite 5 breweries to attend, and ask that each craft a special burger to be paired with 1 of the 4-5 beers they send us. Two of those beers should be less widely distributed (somewhat rare).

We have invited:
Beardslee Brewing - New brewery in Bothell, Drew Cluley who previously worked at the Big Time and won the last two years with them, moved on to this new brewery.

Big Time Brewing - Now with a  new head brewer, and owner.  The brewery has won the competition the last two years.  Now they have some big shoes to fill if they are to win for a third year in a row.

Reuben’s Brews - First time at the competition—Head Brewer Adam Robbings and company are excited  to be part of this.  I have heard that they are vegetarian—that would be a first.

Breakside - Ben Edmunds and his Portland crew have been coming up with some very creative beers, and food to go along with it.


Ballast Point - These guys have been putting Grapefruit and other spices etc in their beers for awhile now, we are looking forward to what they come up with for this event.




August 1st  -  Firestone Walker Anniversary Vertical

We’ve been known to let beers age for years in our cellar, but at a certain point they need to be consumed! That said, we think August 1st is the perfect time to pull some Firestone Walker Anniversary beers, specifically Firestone 14 through 18, which are known for the rich, deep flavors. Doors open at 11am, and $35 gets you a 5oz taste of all 5 Anniversary beers, plus a 12oz pour of Firestone Pivo at the beginning of the event. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The 7th Annual Seattle Beer Week is a few short weeks away!

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Friday, May  8th  All Day
Back in Black Stout Fest
We will be tapping 40 plus awesome Stouts from around the world.  We have squirreled away some rare and one off kegs just for this event, from the likes of Alesmith, Breakside, Ballast Point,  Black Raven, Boneyard, E9, Elevation, Elysian, Epic, Evil Twin, Firestone Walker, Evil Twin, Fremont, Green Flash, HUB, Iron Fist, Lost Abbey, Port, Midnight Sun, Mikkeller, Perennial Silver City, Upright and others.


May 12th @ 6pm
Rise of the Hop Monster” is an event with Boneyard, Barley Brown’s and Melvin at Brouwer’s Café on Tuesday, May 12th starting at 6pm.  We are sure that most of you are familiar with at least one of these breweries, as they are all well known for their love of hops, which will be the showcase of this event. They are collaborating on a beer dubbed “The Three Headed Hop Monster” which will be brewed at Barley Brown’s in early April.  So join us in raising a glass in honor of hops, and celebrating these amazing breweries. Representatives from each brewery will be on hand. We are still working out the exact draft list, but it will make hop heads rejoice.



Thursday, May 14th – All Day
Sour Fest
We replace every or just about every tap with a delicious sour beer from around the world.
We will have beers/ciders from 10 Barrel, Almanac, Bear Republic, BFM, Boulevard, Crux, Destihl, Double Mountain, E9, Elysian, Evil Twin, Finn River, Firestone Walker, Logsdon, Lost Abbey, Magic Rock, Mikkeller, New Belgium, Paradox, pFriem, Perennial, Russian River,  Telegraph, The Bruery and others.



Slow Ride with New Belgium’s Jamie Mastin, Saturday May 16th.

What better way to wrap up and wind down Seattle Beer Week than with a Slow Ride around town?  Join New Belgium’s Jamie Mastin and Brouwer’s Nat Pellman for a laid back pedal around the north end, complete with entertainment, heckling, stories and more!

Oh you want the details?  Get your cruiser out of the garage, pump up your tires, and meet us at the Burgundian @ 10am, where we will fuel ourselves with a delicious breakfast.  At 11:30am we will head out for a short pedal to The Yard in Greenwood to quench our thirst, then make a few more stops before heading to the finish line at Brouwer’s Café.  This is a leisure ride, with swag and surprises along the way! So come join in the fun!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Please join us in our 10th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 28th!

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Our 10th Anniversary, on Saturday March 28th, a major milestone for us! It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years already, or just how much Seattle and the Craft Beer Industry has changed! What were you doing in 2005? What’s your first (or favorite!) Brouwer's memory? We’d love to know!

In honor of this 10-year milestone we have two very special beers to share with you. New Belgium was kind enough to open up their “wood forest” and allow us to blend a sour beer.  We had a great time hanging out with Eric Salazar, on a sunny December day in Fort Collins, where we tasted close to 20 different fouders. We came up with a 50/50 fouder blend we think everyone will enjoy, but this is a draft only offering.

The second beer was brewed at one of our favorite Seattle Breweries, Reuben’s Brews. Adam, Mike and Thor were great hosts and allowed us to sit in on the brew, on a sunny Monday in early March. This IIPA, appropriately named Gobsmacked (a British slang term for astonished) is a blend of Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy Hops, and it will have your lips smacking. 

We are also known for hiding beers in our cellar for a future, special day, and that day is upon us! So, we’ve been digging around looking for beers worthy of our 10th Anniversary, including as many past anniversary beers (from both Brouwers and Bottleworks) as we can find. Attached is the list of the 17 beers we’ve come up with thus far, but we are shooting to put a total of 20 on draft for this event. 10 for the 10th and 10 for the next 10 years!

Anchorage/Grass Roots Artic Soiree Saison
Allagash PNC Broken Elevator
Black Raven King Dandy
Hair of the Dog Matt ’10
HUB Copperworks Gin Barrel Aged A-bomb
HUB Oola Barrel Aged A-bomb
HUB Westland Barrel Aged A-bomb
Firestone Walker Hat Trick Sour
Firestone Walker PNC Buckwheat Stout
Fremont Old Bridgerider Brouwer’s 7th Anniversary 
Lost Abbey Bottlework’s XV
New Belgium Decenium Brouwer’s 10th  Anniversary Sour Ale
Reuben’s Brews Brouwer’s 10th Anniversary Gobsmacked IIPA
Russian River Bottleworks IX Deviation
Stone Bottleworks 13
The Bruery Bottleworks XII
Flyer’s Brouwer’s 8th Anniversary

Thursday, March 5, 2015

13th Annual Hardliver Barleywine Festival March 14th and 15th

Is your liver ready?  Have you provided it with sufficient punishment, or are you waiting for the festival?  We are really close to finalizing the list, but most of the Barleywine is in the cooler and awaiting next Saturday's event.  How early will someone line up this year?  How long will the line be?  What is going to be the crowd favorite?  We are full of questions...  Only time will tell.  On March 14th we will kickoff the 13th Annual Hardliver, it is older than we are, as our 10th Anniversary is just around the corner, on March 28th.  There will be more details on that event in a few as well. 
Lets get back to Hardliver, we are going to post the list here in a few, remember as with all things in life this is not to be taken as the law, things change, we make last min changes, but you can count on most if not all of what we post today to be on the draft at the festival.  We are hoping to have some surprises for you as well.  Without any more chatter here is most of what will be on draft..



Alesmith Old Numbskull ’14
Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine '14
Anacortes Old Sebastes '07
Amnesia 10th Anniversary BBL Barleyewine
Avery Hog Heaven '14
Bainbridge Old Toe Jam ’13
Ballast Point Three Sheets BBl-Aged Barleywine
Big Sky Four Roses Old Bluehair ’12
Big Time Old Wooly '14
Black Raven Old Birdbrain 2013
Deschutes Mirror Mirror ’09
Dogfish Head Olde School ’14
Double Mountain  Off the Wagon Belgian Style '14
Engine House #9  Barrel Aged Thunder Buddies '13
Evil Twin Freudian Slip
Firestone-Walker §ucaba ’13
Gigantic Massive! ’14
Green Flash/Cigar City Candela Rye Barleywine
Heathen Reindeer Tears Barrel-Aged ‘14
High Water Old and in the Way ’14
Iron Fist Raisin’ a Fist '14
Laguntias Olde GnarleyWine ’11
Laurelwood Santa’s Woody '14
Lompoc Old Tavern Rat ’14
Lost Abbey Angel’s Share ’12
Mad Viking Pillage the Village
Midnight Sun Arctic Devil ’13
Midnight Sun Termination Dust Bourbon Barrel-Aged Belgian ‘14
Mikkeller Big Worster Barleywine
Old School House Barelywine '14
Pelican Stormwatcher’s Winterfest Barleywine ‘14
Perennial Vermilion Barleywine '14
Pike Old Bawdy ’11
Reel Ales 102  
Reuben’s Brews Auld  Heritage '15
Seven Seas BBL Old Wheelchair ’13
Sierra Nevada Big Foot Barleywine ’14
Silver City Old Scrooge
Sound Brewery Westland Aged Old Scoundrel '14
Southern Tier Back Burner '13
Telegraph Rhinoceros Hoppy Red Wine BBL Aged
To Øl Mine is Bigger than Yours'14
Triplehorn BBL Aged BYGGVIN '14
Uinta Anniversary Barleywine