After helping organize and develop the inaugural Everett Beer Week in 2018, Danielle Lothrop had to take a step back this year.
The owner of Toggle’s Bottle Shop had a good reason: She was busy having a baby.
Despite handing over many of the duties to local booker Nicole Valencia, Lothrop said she was still involved with scheduling and other aspects of organizing the week’s events.
“I consider this my other baby,” Lothrop said, laughing.
This year, Lothrop is most excited about the new venues taking part in this year’s Everett Beer Week. Narrative Coffee is hosting a Beer Week Pairing Dinner and Black Lab Gallery is hosting a beer-themed art opening.
“The first year was really let’s just do something and see what sticks,” Lothrop said. “This year we’re trying to build on that experience. I feel like we’re hitting our stride.”
Geoff Middleton, owner and head brewer of Everett’s Middleton Brewing, said the best part of Everett Beer Week is the showcase of diversity among Everett’s brewing community. From the old guard like Scuttlebutt and Diamond Knot, two breweries that have been around for nearly a quarter century, to young and up-and-coming breweries like At Large and Crucible, Everett’s beer scene has an eclectic mix.
“I think the diversity of Everett’s brewing community is its biggest strength,” Middleton said. “The quality of beer here is catching up to the rest of the region. Our beer scene is a little like Everett: blue collar, smaller but growing.”
At Large Brewing owner and head brewer Jim Weisweaver appreciates the growing relationships among the Everett brewers that last year’s Everett Beer Week helped build. He said he sees it as a sign that good things are to come.
“I love going to other breweries around town,” Weisweaver said. “We have good relationships, and events like this open those doors. I like the other guys’ beer.”
Middleton, Weisweaver and representatives from Diamond Knot and Lazy Boy recently got together at Scuttlebutt’s brewhouse to brew this year’s official Everett Beer Week beer, Everett Pale Lager. The breweries worked with Scuttlebutt assistant brewer Adam Chittick to develop the recipe, which is based on an India pale lager recipe and includes Citra, Chinook and Azacca hops.
The beer, which is refreshing with a slight bitter finish, will be released at 6 p.m. Friday at the Beer Week Kickoff Party at Scuttlebutt’s taproom. Each Everett brewery will then have kegs of their own to tap for the remainder of the week.
Along with the Everett Pale Lager, Friday’s event will also include guest taps from Crucible (Hop Pink, a dry hopped sour with raspberries), At Large (Ol’ Man Jenkins, a Hazy IPA), Diamond Knot (Lower Deck Lager), Lazy Boy (Oktoberfest) and Middleton (Breakfast First, an oatmeal stout brewed with Cookie Crisp).
Everett Beer Week
The second annual Everett Beer Week is Sept. 6-14, and each day there are events to quench your thirst. Here’s a look at some of the events:
Middleton anniversary: Celebrates six years of brewing adventures with Geoff Middleton at 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at Middleton Brewing.
Bike with the Brewers: Grab your two-wheeler and join Everett brewers and the Cycling Cicerone on Sept. 8 for a bike tour of Everett breweries, starting at 4:30 p.m. at At Large.
Beer and Pizza: Everett’s At Large teams with Brooklyn Brothers Pizza for a beer and pizza pairing at Brooklyn Brothers at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9.
Soundbite Cider tasting: Everett’s Toggle’s Bottle Shop is hosting Everett’s Soundbite Cider for a tasting at 6 p.m. Sept. 10.
Lazy Boy Wednesday: Help raise funds for the Everett Animal Shelter as Lazy Boy teams with Black Lab Gallery at 4 p.m. or enjoy a Fruit Beer Extravaganza at Lazy Boy Brewery at 5 p.m. Both events are Sept. 11.
Everett Ultimate IPA Showdown: Enjoy a battle royale of Everett breweries and their IPAs at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at Everett’s Toggle’s Bottle Shop.
Beer Week Pairing Dinner: Narrative Coffee chef Megan Dennis will craft dishes to complement local beers at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the coffee house.
Craft Beer Industry Unites: Everett Beer Week’s Craft Beer Industry Unites event is 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at At Large Brewing. Enjoy beer from breweries like Whitewall, Haywire, Sound to Summit and Middleton.
Everett Pale Lager
Scuttlebutt Brewing, along with other Everett breweries
Style: India Pale Lager
Stats: 6.0 percent ABV, 35 IBU
Available: On tap at Scuttlebutt Brewing taproom and restaurant, At Large Brewing, Middleton Brewing, Lazy Boy Brewing and Diamond Knot Brewing.
From the brewery: Beautiful pale color with thick lacy head. Flavors of melon, lemon, tropical fruit and a hint of grass round out this well-balanced pale lager. The aroma boasts strong melon and citrus components with an herbal hit that makes it extra refreshing. This is a diverse beer that should be able to please any crowd, just like all the breweries that helped brew it.