– On Thursday, December 1, from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., author Christian DeBenedetti will join Head Brewer Dean Mochizuki at Pike Brewing Company (1415 First Avenue, 206-622-6044) for a beer tasting and book signing of DeBenedetti’s first book, The Great American Ale Trail: The Craft Beer Lover’s Guide to the Best Watering Holes in the Nation (Running Press; September 2011; Paperback; $20.00 US).

The well-traveled beer enthusiast will be signing copies and talking all things ale alongside Pike’s head brewer, Dean Mochizuki and Pike Brewing owners, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel.   For the event, Mochizuki will be offering his Pike Double IPA, which has been dry hopped with summit hops, for $3.50 a glass.  In his book, DeBenedetti lists Pike Brewery as one of the “Best Watering Holes.”  Books will be available for purchase, and guests are also invited to bring their own copy if they have already bought one to have it autographed.  Following the meet-and-greet and signing, the event will feature live music from Atlas Stringband, and of course, plenty of great draught beer.

From crab shacks and copper-lined brewpubs to farmhouse startups and elegant New York restaurants, DeBenedetti leads readers on the ultimate coast-to-coast road trip of craft beer.  This is the first definitive guide to the worthiest places to discover and drink craft beer across the entire United States.  With over 400 destinations and suggestions for what to order in each one, it also maps out how those beers relate to the local, national, and international beer cultures and profiles the interesting characters behind all the great beers.

Raised on a working hazelnut farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, DeBenedetti is a travel, food and drink writer whose writing has appeared in National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, The New York Times, Esquire, Departures, and moreCurrently he is Beer Correspondent for Food & Wine, Contributing Editor to National Geographic Adventure, and Correspondent for Outside Magazine.  He has appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight, and ABC Nightline. A graduate of Whitman College, he was the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which he used to study traditional methods of making beer in 14 European and West African nations.

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WHO:        Pike Brewing Company and author Christian DeBenedetti
WHAT:      The Great American Ale Trail Book Signing Event
WHEN:     Thursday, December 1 from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:   1415 First Avenue, Seattle, WA

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