sbw_logo_mainSpring has sprung and beer festival season is just beginning along with it. Vancouver Craft Beer Week showed us what our friends to the North offer the Cascadia region. Now it’s Seattle’s turn. Seattle Craft Beer week started yesterday and will go until May 17th. The events list is massive and there beer to be poured is nearly endless.

Make sure to head on down to Seattle and sport your Bellingham Tap Trail gear. Remind Seattle that Bellingham’s beer scene is looking pretty dandy these days. New breweries being announced every day, it seems!

Here’s some top picks for the week from our friends over at Washington Beer Blog:

Thursday, May 7

Seattle Cask-O-Rama at Beveridge Place Pub. Exactly what it sounds like. All Seattle-brewed beers, all cask-conditioned. Firkins lined up on the bar. (See our post about it.)

Seattle Proper at Naked City. The best in barrel-aged beers and other oddities, all brewed right here within city limits.

Friday, May 8

Back in Black Stout Fest at Brouwer’s Café. An impressive selection of the best of the biggest brews.

Nanobrewery Night at Naked City. An array of beers (and brewers) from Washington’s smallest breweries. Always a big hit.

bluegrass and beer

Saturday, May 9

Rob & Erik’s Brews & Bluegrass Festival – Hale’s Paladium hosts this annual event. Great beers and some of the area’s best bluegrass musicians. It’s a real hootenanny. (See our post about it)

Sunday, May 10

Iron Brewer Triple Header Throwdown. This time around, it’s a throwback throwdown. (Seeour post about it.)

Monday, May 11

This is Washington Dammit! Enjoy 36 different Washington-brewed beers from 36 different Washington breweries. At the Beveridge Place Pub. (See our post about it.)

Tuesday, May 12

Beer Pairing Dinner at Elliott Bay Lake City. Join Elliott Bay Brewing at the Lake City Public House for a special pairing dinner. Compared to many SBW beer dinners, this one’s a bargain. (See our post about it.)

Wednesday, May 13

Firkin-Firkin Throwdown at Elysian Capitol Hill. City versus State. The breweries of Seattle put up their best cask-conditioned firkins against the rest of the state. Seventeen firkins in all.

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Sourfest at Brouwer’s Café. Love sour beer? This event is for you. BYOP (Bring Your Own Prilosec).

Bob’s Brown Release party at Nickerson Street Saloon. Join Georgetown Brewing for the annual release of Seattle’s most-philanthropic brew. Beer Week or not, this is a great event for a great cause. It will be released at other locations too, but 3:00 at the Nickerson is the big rumpus.

Holy Mountain Brewing Beer Dinner at the Brave Horse Tavern. Really, do I need to say more? Tom Douglas’ crew at the Brave Horse does fantastic beer dinners and Holy Mountain is, well, you know.

Friday, May 15

Melvin at the Pine Box. The best brewery you’ve never heard of. The best brewery in Wyoming. Melvin. That’s all. They’re bringing a hearse-full of beer.