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What’s Brewing in Seattle

For this insightful post, we’re bringing in our expert on the ground in Seattle, Carolyn Peters! She’s done her research, sipping, swirling, sniffing, but hopefully not spilling, these fine beverages – all to bring YOU the truth..

Sure, there’s coffee brewing in Seattle, but there’s also some great craft beer brewing. Let’s take a look at a relatively new brewery that’s off to a great start.

Just off the beaten path in Seattle’s hip neighborhood of Ballard, you’ll find Hilliard’s Beer serving some of the area’s best craft brews. Walking into Hilliard’s is a bit like coming home. You’re first welcomed by the sweet aroma of beer-making (a light yeasty smell). You then notice the tall windows and updated white interior bringing a much needed brightness in Seattle’s winter. These sensations are quickly followed by friendly greetings from the knowledgeable staff who are happy to provide tastings and let you know all about their beers. Hilliard’s delicious selection includes amber, IPA, stout, pilsner, Belgian ales and more. Hilliard’s beers are featured on the shelves at Trader Joe’s in Ballard, and served at the highly-acclaimed restaurant, The Walrus & TheCarpenter.

Hilliard’s also boasts a bright and airy taproom set inside their warehouse – once a car dealership! – where you and your friends can enjoy your beers while taking in the action of forklifts moving pallets and pondering the mysteries of large stainless steel tanks (hint: they contain beer in its early stages). The taproom is a great place to lounge, mingle, listen to live music on Thursday nights, or just kick off your evening at their happy hour. Still, I think my favorite component is the wall of Hilliard’s beer cans (filled with beer, of course) ready to be discovered, just past the taproom. Quite an impressive and stylish retro design!

Outside food is welcome, so bring your favorite bite, arrange to have a food cart pull up right outside, or join Parties That Cook chefs for a Brews & Bites cooking party! We’ll be hosting fun interactive cooking classes in Seattle where gourmet food is paired with a few of Hilliard’s beers. There will even be a tasting session during the class! Come learn how Hilliard’s brews their beers, brush up on some new cooking techniques, and fill your belly with delicious food and drink. Interested? Details to come!

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Parties That Cook!

It may still say September on your calendar (at least we hope it does!), but Oktoberfest is definitely underway! Traditionally, Oktoberfest festivities begin late September, though some folks have taken the liberty of starting a couple weeks early (*cough* Chicago *cough*). Nonetheless, you’re right on time to start celebrating with the masses! With festivals, beer events, and special menus featuring Oktoberfest fare, it may be difficult to plan your Oktober and maximize your festing (yes, that’s a word!).  Luckily, we’ve got the solution right here: Go To Seattle.

While this may seem like too simple of a solution… well, maybe it is. Anyway, we still think Seattle holds the key to your Best Oktoberfest Yet! Why, you ask? Because we’re hosting our very own Oktoberfest Cooking Class!

That’s right, Parties That Cook is hosting it’s very own Brews & Bites class in honor of Oktoberfest! We’ve even brought in the pros at Pyramid Brewing to help pull off a seamlessly sudsy even. Head over to Pyramid Alehouse on Sunday, October 28, to get in on the fun — and booze, but mostly fun. Of course, we’d appreciate a heads up that you’re coming. RSVP here.

Like all Parties That Cook Brews & Bites classes, this event will begin with some light bites to prep you for beer consumption. Then, you’ll get a quick tour of the Alehouse, a run-down of the evening’s menu and beer selection, and sample each beer for yourself — lucky you! Great tunes will be blasting as we roll into the cooking portion of the class. And finally, the EATING. Yum. Our mouths are watering just at the thought of this delicious (dare we say, mouthwatering?) menu.

More information and tickets can be found here.
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