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Summer at Trusty Brewing: Beer & Music!

Summer at Trusty Brewing is shaping up to be a thoroughly enjoyable affair, with live music every Thursday night, happy hours, new beers to try, and an enthusiastic welcome to kids and dogs. All ages are welcome to come enjoy the music from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, and there’s absolutely no cover charge. Here’s the line-up for July:

  • July 6: Acoustic singer-songwriter Dawna Stafford
  • July 13: Blues band James Ortega and the Demon Drivers
  • July 20: 90s alternative and country acoustic guitarist Jason Meeks
  • July 27: Tony Smiley and the Loop Ninja (back by popular demand)

While you’re there, you’ll want to try the new Dark Marc, a collaboration brew with the renowned beer guru Marc Martin. This delicious CDA is now on tap. Outdoor seating is open and ready for you and your furry, four-legged friends. Happy Hour is Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. with $3 pints and cheap eats. There are also new menu items just for kids, including the kid-approved grilled cheese and spent grain pita. But wait, there’s more: every Monday is Mug Club Monday, with rotating food specials just for Mug Club members. What’s the Mug Club? Visit Trusty Brewing online at www.trustybrewing.com or better yet, drop by their brewpub at the corner of Evergreen and Broadway in downtown Vancouver at 114 E. Evergreen Blvd.

Science on Tap: Evolution & BEER!

SOT_logo-fullColor_thumb_thumbHave you ever sat down at a bar, ordered a beer, and thought to yourself, “Why do humans even have specific genes for breaking down alcohol?” The answer, as it turns out, takes you a long way back in human history; our relationship with yeast (the organism that makes alcohol) predates human evolution. At the Kiggins Theatre’s next Science on Tap, Dr. Kevin McCabe—Lab Supervisor at Full Sail Brewing and holder of a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics from OHSU—will take you through the history of primate alcohol consumption, the importance of yeast to human history, and how early microbiology turned the tables on yeast and gave humans control over our boozy destiny. The resulting presentation is “Evolution Under the Influence: Alcohol and the Coevolution of Humans and Yeast.” This evening of science, beer, facts and fun will begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8. You can get advance tickets for this show here.

Science on Tap is a monthly lecture series at the Kiggins Theatre, offered in partnership with Via Productions (“Better Learning Through Beer”) and Washington State University Vancouver. The doors open at 6 p.m. so you can find a seat and purchase yummy refreshments: beer, wine, soda, pizza, and theater-style popcorn and candy. Tickets are $8 in advance (click here to purchase online) or $10 suggested donation at the door. Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of a few dollars. Come anyway and donate what you can! Buying a ticket in advance merely confirms that you will have a seat at the event.

Summer Brewfest

Three days, 25 breweries, and 50 taps: that’s Vancouver’s Summer Brewfest, happening in Esther Short Park from Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 15. The Summer Brewfest is scheduled in conjunction with the Vancouver Marathon, and all 21-and-over marathoners and half-marathoners get free access to the Brewfest, as well as a few extra tokens. But the Brewfest isn’t just for runners—it’s open to everyone (that is, everyone who’s at least 21 years old) who loves the golden-hoppy-wheaty-bitter-bubbly buzz of full-flavor craft beer. Brews from local and national brewhouses such as Heathen, Ghost Runners, Beerded Brothers, Loowit, Dirty Hands, Ninkasi, Widmer Brothers, Pelican, 10 Barrels, Doomsday, Seven Brides, Breakside and many, many more will be yours for the sampling.

Prices at the door are $25 for 10 tokens or $35 for 22 tokens. Both prices include tax and a commemorative mug. Pay once, and your entry fee is good for all three days: 3 to 10 p.m. on Friday, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. (No, of course 9 a.m. isn’t too early for beer—plus, it’s Father’s Day, so live a little.) Don’t want to pay the entry fee? How about this: sign up to volunteer, and you’ll get free entry into the Brewfest, plus 12 extra tokens, plus a mug and a t-shirt. (What a deal!) To volunteer, click here.

Backwoods Brewing at Roots

Two icons of Northwest flavor are brewing up something delicious at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 17: Roots Restaurant and Bar and Backwoods Brewing will host a Beer Dinner at Roots, located at 19215 S.E. 34th St. in Camas, just off 192nd Ave. Backwoods brewer and owner Kevin Waters has carefully selected beer to go with each course, and will be on hand to answer questions about brewing techniques and simply to chat about beer-related topics. The four-course meal with beer is $40 per person, and here's what's on the menu:

  • Roast beet, arugula, and goat cheese salad with blueberry vinaigrette paired with Blueberry Wheat
  • Seared scallops with apple-honey gremolada and parsley oil paired with Bumbler Double IPA
  • Cedar-planked spring run Chinook salmon with asparagus hash paired with Big Cedar IRA
  • Chocolate stout cheesecake with espresso whipped cream paired with Ridge Run Stout
Sounds like foodie Nirvana, doesn't it? Fortunately, you don't have to be reincarnated to enjoy this meal, although your taste buds may be transported to a higher plane. Make reservations online at http://www.opentable.com/roots-restaurant-and-bar or call 360-260-3001.
 
Pictured above: Backwoods Big Cedar Red

Open Mic Night at Latte Da

The first Monday of the month means that you can leave your inhibitions at the door, get behind the microphone at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, and say, sing, or strum your best stuff. If you're not the limelight-seeking type, you can sit back and sip a cold beer, a glass of wine, or delicious coffee concoction while enjoying the evening's line-up of acoustic talent.

If you'd like to perform—and Latte Da welcomes all types of amateur and professional talent, from fiddle-playing to poetry, to guitar duos and stand-up comedy—come at 6 p.m. to put your name to the roster. The entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., and lasts until 9 or 9:30 p.m., depending on the number of performances, usually between 14 to 18. Latte Da's Open Mic Nights have begun to draw quite the enthusiastic crowd, and artists can expect to perform for around 50 people (80 on a warm summer evening). For an up-to-date sampling of what's going on at this local hotspot, see its Facebook page.

Open Mic & Suspended Coffee at Latte Da

We're coming up on the first Monday of the month…do you know what that means? It means you can leave your inhibitions at the door, get behind the microphone at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, and say, sing, or strum your best stuff. If you're not the limelight-seeking type, you can sit back and sip a cold beer, a glass of wine, or delicious coffee concoction while enjoying the evening's line-up of acoustic talent.

If you'd like to perform—and Latte Da welcomes all types of amateur and professional talent, from fiddle-playing to poetry, to guitar duos and stand-up comedy—come at 6 p.m. to put your name to the roster. The entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., and lasts until 9 or 9:30 p.m., depending on the number of performances, usually between 14 to 18. Latte Da's Open Mic Nights have begun to draw quite the enthusiastic crowd, and artists can expect to perform for around 50 people (80 on a warm summer evening).

And here's something you can't get anywhere else in Vancouver: suspended coffee. Nope, it's not a new coffee-brewing technique. It's a pay-it-forward act of kindness wherein, when you're purchasing your drinks, sandwiches, wraps, soup, quiche, cheese plate, cupcakes or other scrumptious baked goods at Latte Da, you can offer to anonymously buy a cup of coffee for whoever might need it, whenever the need might arise. At the moment, Latte Da has over 20 cups of suspended coffee, ready to share. To learn more about the suspended coffee movement, which started in the UK but is quickly catching on in community-minded coffee houses around the world, click here to watch a 30-second video.

Latte Da is located in the Lincoln neighborhood of Vancouver, at 205 E. 39th St. For an up-to-date sampling of what's going on at this local hotspot, see its Facebook page.

Drink This!

There's a lot to drink here on the North Bank—handcrafted beer, award-winning wine, top-notch house-roasted coffee and hand-blended tea, not to mention hard cider and artisinally distilled spirits…Vancouver's artisan beverage makers invite you to try them all at the next Drink This! event.

Stroll around downtown Vancouver and visit our coffeehouses, tasting rooms and brewpubs. In addition to enjoying the yummy drinks, there'll be live music in many venues and the beveragemakers themselves will be on hand to discuss the finer points of distilling, brewing, roasting, fermenting, and blending. Businesses will stay open late to give you exta time to browse, sample, discuss (and perhaps purchase).

Don't know where to start? Check in with the Drink This Facebook page and look for a map to help plan your evening. There's to registration or admission fee to participate, although some businesses may charge for samples. Visit individual websites for more information, including (but definitely not limited to) Brewed 360, Torque Coffee Roasters, Loowit Brewing, Niche Wine & Art Bar, Burnt Bridge Cellars, Cellar 55, Mint Tea, Mt. Tabor Brewery, and Compass Coffee.

Drink This! Saturday

There's a lot to drink here on the North Bank: handcrafted beer, award-winning wine, top-notch house-roasted coffee and hand-blended tea, not to mention hard cider and artisinally distilled spirits. Vancouver's artisan beverage makers invite you to try them all at the next Drink This! event on Saturday, March 22, from 4 to 9 p.m.

Stroll around downtown Vancouver and visit our coffeehouses, tasting rooms and brewpubs. In addition to enjoying the yummy drinks, there'll be live music in many venues and the beveragemakers themselves will be on hand to discuss the finer points of distilling, brewing, roasting, fermenting, and blending. Businesses will stay open late to give you exta time to browse, sample, discuss (and perhaps purchase).

Don't know where to start? Check in with the Drink This Facebook page and look for a map to help plan your evening. There's no registration or admission fee to participate, although some businesses may charge for samples. Visit individual websites for more information, including (but definitely not limited to) Brewed 360, Torque Coffee Roasters, Loowit Brewing, Niche Wine & Art Bar, Burnt Bridge Cellars, Cellar 55, Mint Tea, Mt. Tabor Brewery, and Compass Coffee.

St. Patrick’s Day at Brickhouse

St. Patrick's Day isn't entirely about beer. Ok, maybe it's 70% about beer. But the other 30% is really fun, too, and it's happening this weekend at downtown Vancouver's Brickhouse Bar & Grill. There will be Irish music, dancing, pipes and drums…AND beer, from any of 20 rotating taps. If you're hungry—and we know you will be—Brickhouse offers an incredibly large menu of appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, burgers, flatbread pizza, and other entrées. Plus, you don't necessarily need to leave the kids at home; Brickhouse is family-friendly, welcoming all ages until 9 p.m. every day.

Happy hour—3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day, and all day Friday—features drink specials and 15 small plates under $4. While you're there (and perhaps before you've had your second Happy Hour pint) you'll want to appreciate Brickhouse's local Artist of the Month, whose work will be displayed throughout the establishment.

But back to the entertainment: St. Patrick's Day revelers can stop by on Friday, Saturday, and Monday to hear the Vancouver Fire and Police Department Pipes and Drums, live music from bands "Student Loan" and "Pass the Whiskey," as well as Irish dancing from the Yeats Academy Molly Malone Dancers. For the complete schedule, visit Brickhouse's Facebook page.
 

Beercouver Social

In the mood for a pint of frothy, hoppy goodness? Why not satisfy your thirst and contribute to a good cause at the same time? (…and did we mention the additional feel-good buzz you'll get from supporting a local business?)

Loowit Brewing will host a “Beercouver Social" on from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, at its downtown Vancouver location, 507 Columbia St. This event is a fundraiser for two Deaf Sports & Fitness (DSF) teams who will be running and walking in the Spokane to Sand Point Relay, to be held on Aug. 15 and 16. Deaf Sports & Fitness is a nonprofit organization created to give deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes support and access to training opportunities and sporting events.

Ten percent of the evening's profits will be given directly to DSF. In addition to award-winning craft brews on tap in the beautifully designed taproom, there will be a raffle with prizes, and the company of good-hearted brew-lovers like yourself. For more information about this event, e-mail info@loowitbrewing.com, call 360-566-2323, or visit the brewpub's Facebook page.

Beercouver Social at Loowit

In the mood for a pint of frothy, hoppy goodness? Why not satisfy your thirst and contribute to a good cause at the same time? (…and did we mention the additional feel-good buzz you'll get from supporting a local business?)

Loowit Brewing will host a “Beercouver Social" on from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, at its downtown Vancouver location, 507 Columbia St. This event is a fundraiser for two Deaf Sports & Fitness (DSF) teams who will be running and walking in the Spokane to Sand Point Relay, to be held on Aug. 15 and 16. Deaf Sports & Fitness is a nonprofit organization created to give deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes support and access to training opportunities and sporting events.

Ten percent of the evening's profits will be given directly to DSF. In addition to award-winning craft brews on tap in the beautifully designed taproom, there will be a raffle with prizes, and the company of good-hearted brew-lovers like yourself. For more information about this event, e-mail info@loowitbrewing.com, call 360-566-2323, or visit the brewpub's Facebook page.

Backwoods Brewing at Caps N’ Taps

Once or twice a month, Caps N'Taps hosts a "Taproom Takeover" wherein a guest brewer from a local brewery comes in to talk about beer. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, Jordan Tanasse from Backwoods Brewing Company will be in the Caps N' Taps taproom to share pints of Backwoods brew and to discuss the brewing process.

Backwoods—located in Carson, Washington, off the Wind River Highway—is a relative newcomer to the craft beer scene, but they've been making quite a stir with experimental brews like the Bourbon Barrel Ridge Run Stout, which spends part of its fermentation time in Kentucky bourbon barrels and comes out with notes of vanilla, carmel, and (not surprisingly) bourbon. Backwoods has further enhanced its flavor reputation by brewing beer with pure creekwater, and locally sourcing its barley, yeast, and hops. And now don't have to drive all the way to Carson to taste it (although it's worth visitng the Backwoods taproom, too).

Caps N’ Taps features 20 rotating taps, over 100 specialty bottled brews, and local wine. (If you're a stout lover, you'll want to try Loowit's Shimmergloom Stout and Elysian's Splitshot Espresso Milk Stout, two brews currently on tap now.) If you get peckish, Caps N' Taps offers smalls plates crafted by K’Syrah Catering to compliment its beer-and-wine selection, including an Italian meat and cheese platter, buffalo chicken dip, a zesty pub snack mix, and a rich chocolate brownie, in case you need some baked carbs to go with your liquid carbs.

 

Drink This!

There's a lot to drink here on the North Bank—handcrafted beer, award-winning wine, top-notch house-roasted coffee and hand-blended tea, not to mention hard cider and artisinally distilled spirits…Vancouver's artisan beverage makers invite you to try them all at the next Drink This! event on Saturday, March 22, from 4 to 9 p.m.

Stroll around downtown Vancouver and visit our coffeehouses, tasting rooms and brewpubs. In addition to enjoying the yummy drinks, there'll be live music in many venues and the beveragemakers themselves will be on hand to discuss the finer points of distilling, brewing, roasting, fermenting, and blending. Businesses will stay open late to give you exta time to browse, sample, discuss (and perhaps purchase).

Don't know where to start? Check in with the Drink This Facebook page and look for a map to help plan your evening. There's to registration or admission fee to participate, although some businesses may charge for samples. Visit individual websites for more information, including (but definitely not limited to) Brewed 360, Torque Coffee Roasters, Loowit Brewing, Niche Wine & Art Bar, Burnt Bridge Cellars, Cellar 55, Mint Tea, Mt. Tabor Brewery, and Compass Coffee.

Backwoods Brewing at Caps N’ Taps

If you haven't yet visited Caps N' Taps in downtown Camas, Tuesday, March 11, might be a good time. Once or twice a month, Caps'n'Taps hosts a "Taproom Takeover" wherein a guest brewer from a local brewery comes in to talk about beer. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 11, Jordan Tanasse from Backwoods Brewing Company will be in the Caps N' Taps taproom to share pints of Backwoods brew and to discuss the brewing process.

Backwoods—located in Carson, Washington, off the Wind River Highway—is a relative newcomer to the craft beer scene, but they've been making quite a stir with experimental brews like the Bourbon Barrel Ridge Run Stout, which spends part of its fermentation time in Kentucky bourbon barrels and comes out with notes of vanilla, carmel, and (not surprisingly) bourbon. Backwoods has further enhanced its flavor reputation by brewing beer with pure creekwater, and locally sourcing its barley, yeast, and hops. And now don't have to drive all the way to Carson to taste it (although it's worth visitng the Backwoods taproom, too).

Caps N’ Taps features 20 rotating taps, over 100 specialty bottled brews, and local wine. (If you're a stout lover, you'll want to try Loowit's Shimmergloom Stout and Elysian's Splitshot Espresso Milk Stout, two brews currently on tap now.) If you get peckish, Caps N' Taps offers smalls plates crafted by K’Syrah Catering to compliment its beer-and-wine selection, including an Italian meat and cheese platter, buffalo chicken dip, a zesty pub snack mix, and a rich chocolate brownie, in case you need some baked carbs to go with your liquid carbs.

Caps N' Taps is located at 337 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Mashfest Homebrew Competition

Vancouver's eighth Mashfest features samples of beer made by 15 local hombrewers. Attendees can taste the brews, discuss the finer points of homebrewing with each brewer, and vote for the best. The most-lauded brewers will take home brew-related prizes.

There are only 120 tickets available for this event. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the following Vancouver locations: Bader Beer & Wine Supply (711 Grand Blvd.), Loowit Brewing Company (507 Columbia St.), and Mint Tea (2014 Main St.). Tickets can also be bought online at Brown Paper Tickets. According to Washington law, tickets can't be purchased at the door.

Beer-friendly food will be available to buy during the event. Ticketholders must be at least 21, and children and pets may not attend. Proceeds benefit the Hough Foundation.

Beer Open House

The Washington Beer Commission extends a hearty invitation to attend the 2014 Washington Beer Open House at McMenamin's on the Columbia.

The Beer Open House features some of Washington's many innovative, esteemed, and downright friendly craft brewers offering attendees a panoply of brewed delights, ranging from rare barrel tastings and new seasonal releases to savory food pairings and other tongue-tingling surprises.

Talk to the brewers about their noble craft, sample to your heart's delight (in moderation, of course), puchase bottled brews to take home, and post pics of your favorite beers on the event's Facebook page. The Washington Beer Commission reminds you to drink responsibly and to bring along a designated driver.

Washington Beer Open House at McMenamins

There are many people who believe that, aside from our state's astounding natural beauty, friendly citizens, excellent schools, relatively mild weather (you know, compared to some subarctic zones), and great coffee, the only real reason to live here is: beer. To these people, the Washington Beer Commission says, "Welcome home!" What's more, they have extended a hearty invitation to attend the 2014 Washington Beer Open House, to be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at McMenamin's on the Columbia, 1801 S.E. Columbia River Dr. in Vancouver. Admission is free.

The Beer Open House features some of Washington's many innovative, esteemed, and downright friendly craft brewers offering attendees a panoply of brewed delights, ranging from rare barrel tastings and new seasonal releases to savory food pairings and other tongue-tingling surprises.

Talk to the brewers about their noble craft, sample to your heart's delight (in moderation, of course), puchase bottled brews to take home, and post pics of your favorite beers on the event's Facebook page. The Washington Beer Commission reminds you to drink responsibly and to bring along a designated driver.

Warm Up Your Brew-Lovin’ Tastebuds at Mashfest

Loowit Brewing Company will host Vancouver's eighth Mashfest from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Mashfest features the amber elixir of 15 local hombrewers, who'll pour free samples of beer they've made at home. Attendees can taste the brews and discuss the finer points of homebrewing with each brewer. Although it might be hard to pick a favorite after quaffing fifteen samples, attendees can also vote for the best of the bunch, and the most-lauded brewers will take home brew-related prizes.

Tickets are $15, and must be purchased in advance at the following Vancouver locations: Bader Beer & Wine Supply (711 Grand Blvd.), Loowit Brewing Company (507 Columbia St.), and Mint Tea (2014 Main St.). Tickets can also be bought online at Brown Paper Tickets. According to Washington law, tickets can't be purchased at the door, and there's only room for 120 lucky tasters—so time is of the essence, beer-lovers!

Beer-friendly food will be available to buy during the event. Ticketholders must be at least 21, and children and pets may not attend (for reasons both legal and logistical). The best part is that the proceeds go to the Hough Foundation to help local kids. What could be more heartwarming than that?

For more details, call Loowit Brewing at 360-566-2323.