Are you up for a challenge?! Consider registering for the ISHI Pub Quiz to be held at The Pike Brewing Company and compete against fellow attendees to see who is the ultimate trivia champion!


Written by: Tara Luther, Promega


The Pike Brewing Company was founded in 1989 by Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, who shared a passion for European beers – England’s ales, Belgium’s fruit beers and pils, and Bavaria’s dunkels and doppelbocks. Their dream was to bring the tastes of these European beers home to Seattle where light, mass-produced lagers reigned supreme.

The Finkels were charmed by the local Pike Place Market and purchased Liberty Malt Supply, which was located under the market in the LaSalle Hotel. The then expanded this into a microbrewery – Pike Place Brewery – and became the third microbrewery in Seattle. The brewery was state of the art, and included four copper barrel copper kettles that were custom made by Seattle’s Alaska Copper and Brass Company.

Pike Place Brewery officially opened on October 17, 1989 with the World’s Shortest Non-Motorized Uphill Parade. After marching two blocks to Cutter’s Bay House, the inaugural pint of Pike Pale Ale was tapped and poured and there was a sense that history was being made.

The first beers to be introduced were the Pike Pale Ale and the Pike XXXXX Stout. In 1990, Fal Allen became Pike Brewing’s head brewer and introduced Seattle to hops with the Pike IPA. At the time, IPA’s were not as common as they are currently, and many were turned off by the abundance of hop flavor. The IPA was followed up with what has become Pike Brewing’s flagship beer – Pike Kilt Lifter, a ruby-red Scotch ale.

Beer critics soon took notice of the brewery and praised their collection of ales, and the brewery’s walls started to fill with medals from prestigious competitions such as the Great American Beer Festival and the California Beer Festival.

Pike Place Brewing moved to its current location on First Avenue between Pike and Union in 1996, and changed their name to Pike Brewing Company at the same time. The move afforded them more space, and they added more space to the brewery where they now house 30 barrels. The new brewery was designed to be gravity fed, so that all three levels of the brewery are utilized. The larger space also allowed Pike Brewing company to expand and add a microbrewery museum and Pike Pub, a welcoming public house that serves local and sustainable pub fare to perfectly pair with the beers.


Last Year’s Pub Quiz Networking Event


See all that Pike Brewing Company and network with your colleagues by joining in the ISHI Pub Quiz, from 7:30 – 10:30pm after the Welcome Reception on Monday, October 2nd. An expert quiz master from “Geeks who Drink” will pose challenging questions for your team to answer. Highest scoring teams will take home fabulous prizes. The buffet will open at 7:30, and quiz will start at 8:00. The cost is $25, and includes a light buffet, non-alcoholic drinks and the six round quiz. There are a limited number of places, so sign up early. Register with a team, or sign up individually and be matched with a team at the event.


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