UPDATE: June 15 launch party for West Seattle’s own beer: Löwman Bräu

“Made by West Seattle, for West Seattle” brew will help local charities

Update for June 14:
Beer and charity has overcome beer and a hot dog as the ultimate combination.

Here is the list of charities ten West Seattle and White Center establishments will donate a portion of their proceeds to:

THE BRIDGE: Dogs For Dogs
MISSION: Summer Concerts at Hiawatha
SHADOWLAND: West Side Baby
WEST 5: SW Historical Society/Log House Museum
LOCOL: Roxhill Elementary
FEEDBACK: West Seattle Helpline
EASY STREET: West Seattle Food Bank
BIG AL: White center Food Bank
COMPANY: West Side Baby
BEVERIDGE PLACE: Camp Long Environmental Education

Addresses and phone numbers for each business are located at the bottom of this story.

Thanks to Jeff Gilbert, proprietor of the Feedback Lounge, for providing this information.

Original post:
Big Al’s Brewing of White Center teamed up with West Seattle’s Feedback Lounge to create Löwman Bräu, a golden summer Kölsch-style beer that will only be sold at select West Seattle establishments with a portion of each pint sold going to West Seattle-based charities.

Press release:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 – 7 p.m.

A simultaneous community-wide launch party at The Feedback Lounge, West 5, Shadowland, Mission, Easy Street Records, Big Al Brewing, The Bridge, Locöl, Beveridge Place Pub, Company Bar

The name may sound familiar, but LÖWMAN BRÄU – named in tongue-in-cheek tribute to West Seattle’s Lowman Beach (“the other Alki”) – is a community-based beer designed to celebrate the uniqueness of West Seattle, along with a percentage of every pint sold going to West Seattle-only charities. And keeping with neighborhood pride, it’ll only be sold here. If the rest of Seattle wants to taste it, they have to come across the bridge to West Seattle (Don’t gripe – it’s only 10 minutes away.)

On Wednesday, June 15, 7 p.m., nine West Seattle/White Center bars and restaurants – and one famous record store – will introduce LÖWMAN BRÄU to their neighborhood, with each venue pledging a portion of sales to the West Seattle/White Center charity of their choice. The beer, brewed by Big Al Brewing, is a gold summer Kolsch and will only be available at The Feedback Lounge, West 5, Shadowland, Mission, Easy Street Records, Big Al Brewing, The Bridge, Locöl, Beveridge Place and Company Bar. After July 1st, 2011, only liquor-licensed venues in West Seattle, White Center and Georgetown will be able to offer LÖWMAN BRÄU to their customers.

LÖWMAN BRÄU was conceived and named in 2010 by the owners of the two-year-old Feedback Lounge in West Seattle’s Morgan Junction as a way to “support the community the way the community has supported us.”

“We could’ve kept this one for ourselves,” says Feedback Lounge owner, Jeff Gilbert. “But with the combined energies and distinct personalities of our friends who own really amazing bars and restaurants in West Seattle, we can really make an impact for local charities. When we brought the charity aspect of the beer to the table, no one thought twice and everybody jumped on board. Just another reason why West Seattle is so cool.”

For more information:
Jeff Gilbert or Matt Johnson at the Feedback Lounge: (206) 453-3259
Email: feedbacklounge@gmail.com

The Washington Beer Blog, an important resource for suds lovers in the State, has more Löwman Bräu information on their website, found here.

Here is the contact information for participating bars and restaurants, as compiled by the Washington Beer Blog:

FEEDBACK LOUNGE • 6451 California Ave. SW • (206) 453-3259
WEST 5 • 4539 California Ave. SW • (206) 935-1966
MISSION • 2325 California Ave. SW • 206-937-8220
SHADOWLAND • 4458 California Ave. SW • (206) 420-3817
EASY STREET • 4559 California Ave. SW • (206) 938-3279
BIG AL BREWING • 9832 14th Ave. SW • 206-453-4487
LOCÖL • 7902 35th Ave. SW • (206) 708-7725
THE BRIDGE • 4439 35th Ave. SW • (206) 402-4606
BEVERIDGE PLACE PUB • 6413 California Ave. SW • (206) 932-9906
COMPANY • 9608 16th Ave SW • (206) 257-1162

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