January and February felt like one big party! First up, our annual Old Bawdy Vertical, then the biggest and best Pike Chocofest ever! To finish, we got to enjoy the Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow. There is still a whiff of hops in the air as we approach St. Patty's Day. With the luck o' the Irish, we will be lifting a Kilt to an entire weekend o' fun.
LIFT A KILT!
It's March and St. Patrick's Day is but a wee week away. It's time to start plannin' your celebratin'. Join us on Saturday from 4-7pm for some Celtic music to light THE FIRE INSIDE,
performing foot stomping jigs and reels to those lovely slow airs that make you smile, along with hilarious songs, well known sing-a longs, and more. The Pike Pub has some delectable food specials too: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew, Pretzels, and, of course, to complete it, Pike Kilt Lifter. For St. Patrick Celebration Details Click Here.
On Monday, St. Patrick's Day, Pike once again welcomes THE ELLIOTT BAY PIPE AND DRUM BAND
. At 5:30 (better come early to grab a seat!) the band will pipe their way through the Pub and Museum Room with a sound so sweet it will bring a tear to your eyes. You can be wearin' the green
and spend less green on an official Pike Kilt Lifter T shirt - only $10.00 all weekend.
TUNE IN TO HAPPY HOUR RADIO
The best new program to air on Seattle radio is Christopher Chan's new Happy Hour Radio show each Saturday at 11am. Chris, a talented sommelier and drinks expert/turned talk show host, poured and tasted Pike on the airways last Saturday during a spirited interview with Charles and Rose Ann; Paul Beveridge, Wilridge Winery; and Roy Hersh, For the Love of Port. Click here
A WOMAN OF BEER
March 8 was International Women's Day. Last Thursday, THE WEEKLY PINT, i
n their annual salute to some formidable females in the craft beer industry, recognized me for having inspired other women in beer. Thank you Christian DeBenedetti--what an honor!
Seattle is serious about Seahawks and biking.
Mayor Murray wins the Super Bowl bet.
The rolling (sometimes steep) hill's and gentle mist (sometimes rain), don't deter locals from making our city the top cycling spot in the country. Pike even has a beer named for a bike, the seasonally released Pike Tandem "double ale." The Tandem, (the bike, not the beer), was hand crafted in Seattle by Rodriquez, one of America's most highly regarded bike builders. Rodriquez singles and tandems are sold worldwide and are the official brand of celebrity bikers like local travel author and bike advocate, Willie Weir, and bike and designer/builder/tour guide, Glenn Erickson. Each bike built is hand in their University District boutique factory. Each year, Rodriquez and Pike Brewing team up for the "Bike and Pike" event held in late February, an open house held at Rodriquez and their adjacent bike shop, R&E. Inventor's , authors, designers, tour guides, the tandem club, bike advocates, suppliers, guests, and Rodriquez employees get together to talk bikes, tour the "factory," drink Pike beer (served by Charles) and enjoy Pagliacci Pizza. It's a great way to spend Saturday afternoon and considerable funds raised are donated to Food Life Line, to combat hunger in our city. The star of this year's Bike and Pike was the bike that Mayor Murray bet Denver Mayor Hancock on the outcome of the Superbowl, a bespoke Rodriquez Seahawks single, all dressed in Seattle Seahawks logos and colors-gorgeous!
Since our mayor won the bet, Rodriquez has donated the bike to the Bike Works Auction to be held on March 23rd at The Seattle Design Center. Proceeds from this historic bike sale will be shared equally with Food Lifeline and Bike Works.
If you love bikes and football, or want to give the ultimate gift to someone that does, don't miss this auction.
March 27 - 30, 2014 RELAIS & CHATEAUX GOURMET FEST
Perhaps you were looking for an opportunity to spend $5250 for a dinner? If so, we're sorry to tell you, you're out of luck, "The Rarities Diner"
featuring Aubert de Villaine (Romanée-Conti), Véronique Drouhin (Maison Joseph Drouhin), and Olivier Krug (Krug Champagne), is sold out!
Don't let that stop you! You don't have to be so extravagant or philanthropic to enjoy Gourmet Fest, a 4-day foodie extravaganza being held March 27-30 in Carmel, CA. It is a fund raiser for: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Carmel Chamber of Commerce, and Rancho Cielo.
Seattle's very own, Canlis Grand Chef, Jason Franey, will join some of Relais and Chateaux' most famous chefs to prepare meals to compliment wines from 40 of the world's top vineyards. Event organizer, David Fink, CEO of Mirabel Hotel and Restaurant Group, and a director serving on the Board of Relais and Chateaux, the finest independent hotels and restaurants worldwide, invited Pike to the party.
Charles and Rose Ann will pour a special beer brewed specifically for the event: wood aged Pike Kilt Lifter, along with Pike IPA, Monk's Uncle Tripel, and Pike XXXXX Extra Stout at two events: the Welcome Party ($225 per person ) on March 27th from 6-9 pm, and at the Seafood Grill ($175.00 per person) on Sunday, March 30th, from noon - 3 pm, as well as at the chefs and wine makers gathering after each night's dinner-priceless!
Pike is thrilled to be in such great company. We hope you can join us in Carmel for the food experience of a lifetime.
Rose Ann and Charles Finkel
Pike Brewing Company
The Pike Brewing Company
is a family owned brewery located 1/2 block South of the entrance to the historic Pike Place Public Market. It is owned by Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, who founded the brewery in 1989.