More than 1,800 craft brewers from around the world are in Seattle this week for the 23rd annual Craft Brewers Conference, BrewExpo America and the 2006 World Beer Cup.
I'll attend this week's events and report here on issues of interest to drinkers and diners.
Beginning Wednesday, look for updates on judging, tastings, pairings and something called Thanksgiving in April – the craft brewing industry's campaign to get people to drink beer, not wine, with holiday meals.
More than 500 breweries are competing in the bi-annual Beer Cup, including 20 from Washington. Harmon of Tacoma, Fish of Olympia, Ram of Puyallup and Silver City of Silverdale represent the South Sound. Winners will be feted on Friday in a dinner at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center.