In 1996, the SuperSonics reached the NBA Finals, Nirvana released “From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah,” and Elysian Brewing Company poured its first beer in Seattle’s Capitol Hill. A lot has changed since, but the beer is still flowing from Elysian, 20 years later. To celebrate, Elysian is throwing a rager on Saturday, June 11, complete with plenty of beer from Elysian and friends, food trucks, art, live entertainment, special appearances and much more. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

With the boom of craft cocktail culture having moved beyond the simple Old Fashioned at the bar, the need for a portable cocktail tool kit has grown greater than ever. In comes Mavenhal, formerly Barkeeper & Co., who introduced the the Bartender Bag last year with enough success to launch the brand. The Bar Back is the perfect carrying case for your favorite bottles and bar tools. With six adjustable slots in a main pouch for shakers and bottles, you can safely transport your spirits and

The folks at Entercom who brought you last year’s Bourbon & Bacon event and Tequila & Taco Fest have felt the love and are opening up both an afternoon and an evening session to accommodate the hankerings of all those who desire fine whiskey with succulent treats! Don’t worry if you don’t imbibe, get the Designated Driver ticket for a discounted price and still get to stuff your face and enjoy a selection of non-alcoholic beverages!

New to Victoria’s brew scene? West Coast Brewery Tours will happily haul you and your friends in their lively van to three different breweries in the area so you can merrily get sloshed! Near the beginning of the tour, you will learn bits and pieces of Victoria’s early beer scene history from when it started in the 19th century and a bit about the current climate of craft beer in British Columbia (BC). Much like craft beer in the states and Washington in particular, craft breweries in BC are exploding. There are currently102 breweries and 36 are scheduled to open this year!

Rum has earned a bad rap as the drink of pirates and the base of fruity cocktail drinks. While that is totally true, there is so much more to this versatile spirit than Mai Tais and Grog! The chicas y hombres at La Isla are more than happy to introduce you to some of the finest rums, rum cocktails, and food pairings. Each month, the staff excitedly dedicate a themed night to do just that, with small plates designed around rums and cocktails.

Awesome winter beers to try before they vanish like our daylight hours!

Having holiday withdrawals? Have no fear, you can still get fantastic holiday and winter seasonal beers all over the Sound at your local tap house, bottle shop, or brew pub. If you happened to miss this year’s Winter Beer Festival and the plethora of sensational winter beers that were on tap, take a look at the list of selections we sampled below.