Brew Review: A Northwest Brewfest & Benefit on April 19, 2017

Hop Valley (image courtesy of Unemployment Law Project)

Seattle, WA, March 14, 2017. Brew Review is a feel-good taste of intersectionality: pro-worker unions, small businesses, breweries, and local artists are combining their powers to support a local non-profit—the Unemployment Law Project.

10 Northwest craft breweries are competing to be the crowd favorite: Stoup, Elysian, Georgetown, Bluebird, Kulshan, Lazy Boy, Reuben’s Brews, Counterbalance, and Hop Valley. The guests will judge who of this rotating tap of breweries has the most satisfying 4 oz. pour of the 7 tastes included with each ticket. It will also be fun to see who brings home the giant trophy.

New musician aficionados will also want to grab tickets because Whitney Mongé will be singing at the event. Mongé is a homegrown, up-and-coming artist who got her start as a busker in Pike Place and recently sold out the Triple Door.

The auction will feature donations from a curated selection of Northwest businesses, non-profits, and artists featuring themes like date nights, paintings, theater, ice cream, books, adventure sports, and boat rides. A few featured items a tour of Baer Wineries for 6, a tasting at 2Bar Spirits, a birthday party from Full Tilt, a vacation rental in the Methow Valley, and a pontoon boat tour of Lake Union’s house boat community.

Seattle Bouldering Project Auction Item (image courtesy of Unemployment Law Project)

Brew Review also shows off how lawyers, unions, and individuals can make an impact for the greater good. Most of the sponsors are dedicated, pro-employee law firms: Breskin Johnson & Townsend, Teller & Associates, HKM Employment Attorneys, Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, McDonald Hoague & Bayless, and Terrell Marshall Law Group. Also, sponsoring the event are the generous donations of Lu Jiang, a local philanthropist; and UFCW 21, a union that represents grocery store, retail, health care, and other industry jobs.

Brew Review benefits a great cause: 100% of the funds raised will go to the Unemployment Law Project. The Unemployment Law Project is a non-profit law office that helps people who lost their jobs obtain unemployment benefits while they search for new work. This non-profit makes a little bit go a long way. In 2016, the ULP represented 508 clients at benefits hearings and provided advice to 693 clients state-wide with only 3 staff and 1 fellow.

With the Seattle community’s help, the ULP has become the comeback kid of the legal services non-profit community. When the economic downturn happened, the office shrunk to 2.5 employees and continued to serve the entire state of Washington and run 2 offices (in Seattle and Spokane). Through the intrepid leadership of the executive director, a faithful staff, generous volunteers, and Brew Review, the Unemployment Law Project has returned to its stride. The ULP now has 3 full time employees, 1 project director, and 2 fellowships. The first fellowship—the Frances Perkins Fellowship—is funded by donors from Seattle University School of Law and Brew Review.

Drinking a beer at Brew Review is more than just a happy hour with your friends; it is joining a community effort to support the unemployed in Washington State. Be there.

Axis in Pioneer Square (image courtesy of Unemployment Law Project)

Event Information:

Tickets: $30 per ticket online at, $35 at the door

When: April 19th from 5pm to 8pm (happy hour)

Where: Axis in Pioneer Square – 308 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104,

What’s Included:
With every ticket:

  • 7 four oz. beer tastes
  • Live music, Whitney Mongé is playing
  • Free appetizers

Why: All of the proceeds are going to a great cause. Last year, the ULP represented 508 clients state-wide and advised 693 more clients with a staff of 3 and one fellow. It is a non-profit that knows how to make a little bit go a long way.

ULP T-shirts (image courtesy of Unemployment Law Project)

For more information contact, Rachel Lewis the ULP Board Treasurer and fundraising chair for the event at 206.375.9466 or