Ben’s Bottle Shop

Halloween Block Party at The Mill

The Mill—the trendy shopping and dining destination in central Vancouver, formerly known as Garrison Square—will host a Halloween Block Party on Sunday, Oct. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. This will be a free event open to the public to enjoy! Family-friendly activities include giveaways, a bounce house for kids, face painting, delicious bites from Rally Pizza and Smokehouse Provisions, and a photo opp with Rojo the Llama. Come dressed up in your Halloween costume and enjoy treats (no tricks!) from the many fine businesses located in The Mill. Try some of Rally’s frozen custard, boozy shakes, and wood-fired pizzas, or some of Smokehouse’s bacon molasses cornbread, beef brisket, pulled pork, and spareribs.

NW Wine Distributors will also be hosting a wine tasting with local Washington wines and Ben’s Bottle Shop will be selling beer and offering free tastings for imbibers. You’ll also want to visit the locally legendary Pines Coffee and sample one (or more) of their many housemade spiced coffee and tea drinks, like the Fort Vancouver (coconut caramel and dark chocolate), Mount St. Helens (smokey Ancho chiles, cayenne pepper, and dark chocolate), or Lodgepole Pine (juniper berry, pine, and orange).

The Mill is located at 7950 E. Mill Plain Boulevard where it intersects with Garrison Road. Ample free parking is available in the large lot.

Halloween Block Party at The Mill

The Mill—the trendy shopping and dining destination in central Vancouver, formerly known as Garrison Square—will host a Halloween Block Party on Sunday, Oct. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. This will be a free event open to the public to enjoy! Family-friendly activities include giveaways, a bounce house for kids, face painting, delicious bites from Rally Pizza and Smokehouse Provisions, and a photo opp with Rojo the Llama. Come dressed up in your Halloween costume and enjoy treats (no tricks!) from the many fine businesses located in The Mill. Try some of Rally’s frozen custard, boozy shakes, and wood-fired pizzas, or some of Smokehouse’s bacon molasses cornbread, beef brisket, pulled pork, and spareribs.

NW Wine Distributors will also be hosting a wine tasting with local Washington wines and Ben’s Bottle Shop will be selling beer and offering free tastings for imbibers. You’ll also want to visit the locally legendary Pines Coffee and sample one (or more) of their many housemade spiced coffee and tea drinks, like the Fort Vancouver (coconut caramel and dark chocolate), Mount St. Helens (smokey Ancho chiles, cayenne pepper, and dark chocolate), or Lodgepole Pine (juniper berry, pine, and orange).

The Mill is located at 7950 E. Mill Plain Boulevard where it intersects with Garrison Road. Ample free parking is available in the large lot.

Great Pumpkin Roadshow at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Calling all pumpkinheads! Seattle’s Elysian Brewing—which hosts the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival in Seattle every year (this year, it was on Sept. 29-30…so sad to have missed it!)—is taking its pumpkin revelry on the road to various locations in Oregon—with a stop at Ben’s Bottle Shop in Vancouver on Thursday, Oct. 19. Elysian Brewing head brewer Josh Waldman will be on-site at Ben’s Bottle Shop to offer several limited-release pumpkin specialty beers that will only be available at select tour locations. Costumes and pumpkin flare are encouraged!

Ben’s Bottle Shop will have eight (EIGHT!) different kinds of Elysian pumpkin beers on tap from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1—including a beer-filled pumpkin firkin. There will be swag giveaways, cornhole contests, and did we mention pumpkin beer? Pour the gourd, people, POUR THE GOURD! All of this with no cover charge, and of course Ben’s Bottle Shop will be serving its full, seriously delicious, beer-friendly food like buffalo bacon Cheddar burgers, sea scallop po’ boys, and mac & cheese with Ben’s special Cheddar stout sauce. Elysian pumpkin brews on tap are:

  • Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
  • Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout
  • Great Pumpkin Imperial
  • Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale
  • Dark Knife Pumpkin Swarzbier
  • Cursed Hearse Pumpkin Saison
  • Gourdfather Pumpkin Barleywine
  • Blight Spiced Pumpkin Brown Ale

After the pumpkin-mania, feel free to stick around until closing time (11 p.m.), enjoy some more food, catch some sports on the big-screen TVs, and take home a growler or a bottle from Ben’s huge selection. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8052 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. Other locations on the Great Pumpkin Roadshow include Bend, Eugene, Salem and Portland; for more details, visit http://www.elysianbrewing.com/calendar/great-pumpkin-beer-festival/.

Great Pumpkin Roadshow at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Calling all pumpkinheads! Seattle’s Elysian Brewing—which hosts the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival in Seattle every year (this year, it was on Sept. 29-30…so sad to have missed it!)—is taking its pumpkin revelry on the road to various locations in Oregon—with a stop at Ben’s Bottle Shop in Vancouver on Thursday, Oct. 19. Elysian Brewing head brewer Josh Waldman will be on-site at Ben’s Bottle Shop to offer several limited-release pumpkin specialty beers that will only be available at select tour locations. Costumes and pumpkin flare are encouraged!

Ben’s Bottle Shop will have eight (EIGHT!) different kinds of Elysian pumpkin beers on tap from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1—including a beer-filled pumpkin firkin. There will be swag giveaways, cornhole contests, and did we mention pumpkin beer? Pour the gourd, people, POUR THE GOURD! All of this with no cover charge, and of course Ben’s Bottle Shop will be serving its full, seriously delicious, beer-friendly food like buffalo bacon Cheddar burgers, sea scallop po’ boys, and mac & cheese with Ben’s special Cheddar stout sauce. Elysian pumpkin brews on tap are:

  • Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
  • Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout
  • Great Pumpkin Imperial
  • Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale
  • Dark Knife Pumpkin Swarzbier
  • Cursed Hearse Pumpkin Saison
  • Gourdfather Pumpkin Barleywine
  • Blight Spiced Pumpkin Brown Ale

After the pumpkin-mania, feel free to stick around until closing time (11 p.m.), enjoy some more food, catch some sports on the big-screen TVs, and take home a growler or a bottle from Ben’s huge selection. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8052 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. Other locations on the Great Pumpkin Roadshow include Bend, Eugene, Salem and Portland; for more details, visit http://www.elysianbrewing.com/calendar/great-pumpkin-beer-festival/.

Ellie Alexander Book Launch Party at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Local mystery author Ellie Alexander, author of the wildly popular Bakeshop Mystery Series, is launching a new collection of stories: the Sloan Krause Mystery Series. Her first book, “Death on Tap,” has just been released, and you’re invited to help her celebrate the publication of this “beery” special book. Ben’s Bottle Shop, a local taproom featuring beers from all over the world as well as some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest craft brews, is hosting a Happy Hour Launch Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Here’s a plot teaser:

When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, and the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington, becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success.

But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in “Beervaria” and suddenly Sloan is on the case.

The launch party will also feature fun prizes and swag—and a chance for you to enjoy one or two of Ben’s hundreds of beers by the bottle or on tap. If you don’t have a book to sign, don’t worry—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore, Vintage Books, will be at Ben’s Bottle Shop selling Ellie’s books so that you can have her sign your copy and then take it home and get cozy by the fire. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8502 E. Mill Plain Blvd., near Smokehouse Provisions, Rally Pizza, and Pines Coffee.

Ellie Alexander Book Launch at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Local mystery author Ellie Alexander, author of the wildly popular Bakeshop Mystery Series, is launching a new collection of stories: the Sloan Krause Mystery Series. Her first book, “Death on Tap,” has just been released, and you’re invited to help her celebrate the publication of this “beery” special book. Ben’s Bottle Shop, a local taproom featuring beers from all over the world as well as some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest craft brews, is hosting a Happy Hour Launch Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Here’s a plot teaser:

When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, and the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington, becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success.

But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in “Beervaria” and suddenly Sloan is on the case.

The launch party will also feature fun prizes and swag—and a chance for you to enjoy one or two of Ben’s hundreds of beers by the bottle or on tap. If you don’t have a book to sign, don’t worry—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore, Vintage Books, will be at Ben’s Bottle Shop selling Ellie’s books so that you can have her sign your copy and then take it home and get cozy by the fire. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8502 E. Mill Plain Blvd., near Smokehouse Provisions, Rally Pizza, and Pines Coffee.

Artisan Beer & Cheese Pairing at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Two things that were inarguably created to go together are beer and cheese. Ben’s Bottle Shop—a beautifully contemporary tap room, restaurant, and bottle shop featuring hundreds of unusual and hard-to-find alcoholic goodies—is putting those two things together in a way that will make both things taste even better (if that’s even possible). The Artisan Beer and Cheese Pairing is happening at Ben’s Bottle Shop at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, and will feature five thoughtful courses of artisan pairings, such as the world-class Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo paired with a wonderful aged Gouda, and a Brasserie Lebbe l’Amalthée Saison paired with Garrotxa a Catalonia goat cheese.

Tickets are $40 per person and seating is limited but we understand there are a few spots left. You can purchase tickets in person at Ben’s Bottle Shop by talking to your “beertender,” or you can call the bottle shop at 360-314-6209. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8052 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in the Heights area of Vancouver, just next door to the excellent Smokehouse Provisions and Rally Pizza.

Beer & Cheese Pairing at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Two things that were inarguably created to go together are beer and cheese. Ben’s Bottle Shop—a beautifully contemporary tap room, restaurant, and bottle shop featuring hundreds of unusual and hard-to-find alcoholic goodies—is putting those two things together in a way that will make both things taste even better (if that’s even possible). The Artisan Beer and Cheese Pairing is happening at Ben’s Bottle Shop at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, and will feature five thoughtful courses of artisan pairings, such as the world-class Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo paired with a wonderful aged Gouda, and a Brasserie Lebbe l’Amalthée Saison paired with Garrotxa a Catalonia goat cheese.

Tickets are $40 per person and seating is limited but we understand there are a few spots left. You can purchase tickets in person at Ben’s Bottle Shop by talking to your “beertender,” or you can call the bottle shop at 360-314-6209. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8052 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in the Heights area of Vancouver, just next door to the excellent Smokehouse Provisions and Rally Pizza.

Above image: photograph courtesy of www.foodcouverusa.com.

Pumpkinfest at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Calling all pumpkinheads! Seattle’s Elysian Brewing, which hosts the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival in Seattle every year (this year on Oct. 8), is taking its pumpkin revelry on the road to various locations in Oregon—and the Great Pumpkin Road Show is making a stop at Ben’s Bottle Shop in Vancouver. An Elysian Brewing rep will be on-site at Ben’s Bottle Shop to offer several limited-release pumpkin specialty beers that will only be available at select tour locations. Costumes and pumpkin flare are encouraged.

Ben’s Bottle Shop will have eight (EIGHT!) different kinds of Elysian pumpkin beers on tap from 4 to 7 p.m., with a beer-filled pumpkin firkin ready to be tapped at 6 p.m. There will be swag giveaways, cornhole contests, and did we mention pumpkin beer? Pour the gourd, people, POUR THE GOURD! All of this with no cover charge, and of course Ben’s Bottle Shop will be serving its full, seriously delicious, beer-friendly food like pulled pork sliders with Black Forest ham, the buffalo bacon burger, and mac & cheese with Ben’s special Cheddar stout sauce.

After the pumpkin-mania, feel free to stick around for Ben’s usual late-night Saturday happy hour, from 11 p.m. to close (which usually happens around 2 a.m.). Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8052 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

Pumpkinfest at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Calling all pumpkinheads! Seattle’s Elysian Brewing, which hosts the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival in Seattle every year (this year on Oct. 8), is taking its pumpkin revelry on the road to various locations in Oregon—with a stop at Ben’s Bottle Shop in Vancouver. An Elysian Brewing rep will be on-site at Ben’s Bottle Shop to offer several limited-release pumpkin specialty beers that will only be available at select tour locations. Costumes and pumpkin flare are encouraged.

Ben’s Bottle Shop will have eight (EIGHT!) different kinds of Elysian pumpkin beers on tap from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, with a beer-filled pumpkin firkin ready to be tapped at 6 p.m. There will be swag giveaways, cornhole contests, and did we mention pumpkin beer? Pour the gourd, people, POUR THE GOURD! All of this with no cover charge, and of course Ben’s Bottle Shop will be serving its full, seriously delicious, beer-friendly food like pulled pork sliders with Black Forest ham, the buffalo bacon burger, and mac & cheese with Ben’s special Cheddar stout sauce.

After the pumpkin-mania, feel free to stick around for Ben’s usual late-night Saturday happy hour, from 11 p.m. to close (which usually happens around 2 a.m.). Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8052 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

Ecliptic Brewers Dinner at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Ben’s Bottle Shop, the amazing new taproom and bottle shop in the Heights area of Vancouver, is hosting Portland’s Ecliptic Brewing for a special four-course beer-and-food-pairing Brewer’s Dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. There are still some tickets left (at $40 per person, it’s a relative bargain) and you can buy them online now at EventBrite.

The event features legendary Ecliptic brewmaster John Harris (pictured above), who will be at Ben’s Bottle Shop to talk anything and everything beer. Included with each ticket are four 10-ounce Ecliptic beers paired with four thoughtfully prepared food courses designed to partner specifically with Eclipted beers. Ben’s Bottle Shop chef Geoff Sainsbury—who, journalistic impartiality aside, is one of the best food-and-beer-minded chefs in the Northwest—has outdone himself with the menu, which you can see below. Prepare to drool.

  • First course: spring mix with English cucumber, Roma tomatoes, raspberries, pumpernickel croutons and raspberry vinaigrette, paired with the Electra Framboos Raspberry Ale
  • Second course: maple-orange-glazed steelhead with sauteed broccolini, paired with Orange Giant Barley Wine
  • Third course: seared ribeye with shallots and baby portabellas and a savory chocolate sauce, paired with the Phobos Red Ale
  • Dessert: coffee cream macarons with salted caramel sauce, paired with the Oort Imperial Stout

All participants will be entered into a raffle for beer swag and the grand prize winner will win a VIP tour and tasting with John Harris himself at Ecliptic Brewery. It may go without saying, but guests should be 21 years and older. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8052 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

Ecliptic Brewing Dinner at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Ben’s Bottle Shop, the amazing new taproom and bottle shop in the Heights area of Vancouver, is hosting Portland’s Ecliptic Brewing for a special four-course beer-and-food-pairing Brewer’s Dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. There are still some tickets left (at $40 per person, it’s a relative bargain) and you can buy them online now at EventBrite.

The event features legendary Ecliptic brewmaster John Harris (pictured above), who will be at Ben’s Bottle Shop to talk anything and everything beer. Included with each ticket are four 10-ounce Ecliptic beers paired with four thoughtfully prepared food courses designed to partner specifically with Eclipted beers. Ben’s Bottle Shop chef Geoff Sainsbury—who, journalistic impartiality aside, is one of the best food-and-beer-minded chefs in the Northwest—has outdone himself with the menu, which you can see below. Prepare to drool.

  • First course: spring mix with English cucumber, Roma tomatoes, raspberries, pumpernickel croutons and raspberry vinaigrette, paired with the Electra Framboos Raspberry Ale
  • Second course: maple-orange-glazed steelhead with sauteed broccolini, paired with Orange Giant Barley Wine
  • Third course: seared ribeye with shallots and baby portabellas and a savory chocolate sauce, paired with the Phobos Red Ale
  • Dessert: coffee cream macarons with salted caramel sauce, paired with the Oort Imperial Stout

All participants will be entered into a raffle for beer swag and the grand prize winner will win a VIP tour and tasting with John Harris himself at Ecliptic Brewery. It may go without saying, but guests should be 21 years and older. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8052 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

Ben’s Bottle Shop Beer Week

Ben’s Bottle Shop is hosting Beer Week, a week-long celebration of beer from Monday, Feb 22, through Sunday, Feb. 28, featuring tastings, tap takeovers, a bottle release, and opportunities to talk about BEER! MORE BEER! with local brewmasters. Here’s the schedule:

  • Mazama Brewing tasting from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22.
  • Ghost Runners Brewery Night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, featuring brewmaster Jeff Seibel. Tickets are $27 (available on eventbrite.com) and include four 10-oz. Ghost Runners beers, paired with small plates created by Ben’s Bottle Shop chef Geoff Sainsbury.
  • Locust Cider and Backwoods Brewing sampling on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
  •  Widmer Brothers tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, with Mike Fox from Widmer Brothers.

The festivities continue Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—Feb. 26-28—with Vancouver’s own Heathen Brewing Company, a blind IPA tasting event, and a bottle release of 54-40 Brewing’s 54-40. To get all the necessary details about this wonderful week of beer, swag, and tasty bites, visit Ben’s Bottle Shop’s Facebook page. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8052 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.