Seattle’s is actually 10 days in May. Bellingham’s is in April. Even Tacoma has one.
Now Everett can claim a full week devoted to all things beer.
Organized by Danielle Lothrop, of Everett’s Toggle’s Bottleshop, Everett Beer Week is officially a thing. Happening between Sept. 7-15, Everett Beer Week will be an entire week of events around the city focusing on Everett brewers, bottleshops and craft beer enthusiasts.
“There’s a momentum happening here in Everett, and we felt it was a good time to have something like this,” Lothrop said. “Also, it’s a good excuse to have people celebrate craft beer in Everett and explore local businesses.”
Everett Beer Week will kick off with the second annual Upper Left Beerfest, which is Sept. 7 and 8 in downtown Everett. There will be events at Everett breweries, bottleshops and bars throughout the rest of the following week.
Lothrop said the second week in September was an ideal time for Everett Beer Week.
“Kids are back in school, so we figured parents could use a drink by then,” Lothrop said, laughing.
Lothrop worked with Everett’s five breweries and other local craft beer businesses to schedule the week’s events. As a former event coordinator, she was a natural fit for organizing the inaugural event.
“I was thrilled to take this on and run with it,” she said.
In creating Everett Beer Week, Lothrop consulted with Jared Loranger, who put on the first Upper Left Beerfest in downtown Everett last year. Loranger approached Everett brewers after September’s festival to see how they could all build upon it.
One of those brewers, Jim Weisweaver, said he’s excited to see Everett get a week dedicated to craft beer.
“It’s a great way to reach out to craft beer fans in other communities and bring them to Everett,” Weisweaver said. “It’ll help put Everett and its breweries on the map. I’m glad Danielle stepped up to do it.”
Here’s a look at some of the events scheduled for Everett Beer Week:
Upper Left Beerfest After Party: Enjoy a special “Ode to Everett” taplist at Toggle’s Bottleshop following both days of the Upper Left Beerfest on Sept. 7 and 8.
Free Beets Day: Try a beer made with 10 pounds of beets and receive a free beet harvested from Snohomish’s Bailey U-Pick Farm. Sept. 8, at The Independent Beer Bar.
Bike with the Brewers: Join Everett brewers on a bike mob through the mean streets of Everett led by the Cycling Cicerone. Sept. 9, starting at At Large Brewing.
Fruit Beer Extravaganza: Enjoy beers made with fruit from a number of local breweries, including Lazy Boy (mango porter), Sound to Summit (raspberry blonde) and Big E Ales (Orangesicle Blonde). Sept. 11, at Lazy Boy Brewing.
Everett Brewers Unite: It’s a gathering of all five brewers so they can show off their wares and chat about how they made them. Sept. 13, at At Large Brewing.
Visit www.everettbeerweek.com or follow @everettbeerweek on social media for more information.
This week’s taster tray:
Bump N’rind, Lake Stevens Brewing: Made with 10 ripe watermelons, this watermelon cream ale is the perfect summer ale. Available on tap at the brewery.
Bohemian Pilsner, Double Bluff Brewing: With subtle spice from European noble hops, this Czech-style pilsner has some bready malt flavors and little bitterness. Available on tap at the brewery.
You Never Can Tell, At Large Brewing: A milk stout made with loads of oats and lactose to give it a silky smooth feel and tons of flavor. Available on tap at the brewery.
Parasail Pale Ale, Sound to Summit Brewing: An approachable and easy-drinking pale ale hopped with Mosaic to give it notes of melon, mango, passionfruit and berry. Available on tap at the brewery.
Viet Blue Summer Wheat, 5 Rights Brewing: The brewery’s blueberry blonde ale brewed with herbs and spices of Vietnamese origin. Available on tap at The Hop and Hound, Elliott Bay Pizza and Pub and The Independent Beer Bar.
Don’t Stop Believing
At Large Brewing, Everett
Style: Hazy IPA
Stats: 6.7 ABV
Available: On tap at the brewery and at Saturday’s Tumwater Artesian Brewfest.
From the brewery: Super soft and tropical hazy IPA loaded with Galaxy, Citrus, Mosaic and Azacca hops.