Zeeks News

Meet the Producers: Dragon’s Head Cider

On a recent Friday afternoon, Zeeks’ crew led by beverage impresario Tommy Brooks, visited Vashon Island, the home of Dragon’s Head Cider. Dragon’s Head features a wide variety of ciders made from different heirloom cider apples, most of which are grown on site on their orchard. In colonial America, cider was the most common beverage consumed and producers like Dragon Head are leading a revolution of this traditional style and approach referred to now as Heritage Cider. Particularly popular in the PNW, Heritage cider is often compared to wine because it is more complex and tends to be on the drier side. 

The Dragon’s Head production facility is located amongst an idyllic 8-acre apple farm not far from Vashon’s ‘town’ and next door to historic, Mukai strawberry farm. Amazingly, almost 70% of Dragon’s Head’s product is sourced from apples grown right on its own farm. That is a huge percentage in the cider production world. And it is a huge reason why Zeeks’ serves its product(s).

They make some of the most interesting and delicious cider around, and they are some of the most passionate and intelligent people in the cider community,” said Brooks afterwards. “It was valuable for me to be able to catch up with Laura and talk shop a bit in addition to hosting the Zeeks team and sharing with them where the magic happens for Dragons Head. For me, tasting their cider in the environment we did with the orchards, the cidery and Laura, added layers of context and personality that totally enhanced the experience.”

Brooks makes it a point to regularly visit the people behind the brands that Zeeks serves to its customers. The people behind Dragon’s Head include Wes and Laura Cherry, who moved to Vashon in 2010 from Seattle, in order to do exactly what they are doing now – live the dream. We like to talk about the stoke factor a lot at Zeeks and Laura and her family are definitely stoked by outdoor living and farming, and to make it even better her and her husband are fueling their family’s stoke by sharing the results of their efforts with us as consumers. 

In addition to finding the company’s cider on tap in various Seattle bars and restaurants, you can also find it in bottles at the better bottle shops and grocery stores, and you can buy it online. Or like Brooks and crew, you can visit Dragon’s Head in person, like we did, and sample their creations to find out which one, or more, you want to purchase on site. Maybe you are the type that needs some time for the flavors to settle before you make a purchase decision? After your sampling experience then, take some time to walk Dragon’s Head’s beautiful grounds and soak in the relaxed vibe brought on by the cider, the farm’s smells and fresh dirt, the boat ride to Vashon…


image credit: Seattle Weekly, Aaron Swaney

After spending some time ‘feeling the farm’ you will know what your palette wants. And by then you too will understand, not only why the Cherry’s followed their dreams and created this wonderful place, but also why paying a visit to a producer on their home turf is such a special experience. Brooks and his team put this type of effort into every local product featured on all Zeeks Pizza menus, from Bellevue to Belltown and all stops in between. This is just the first chapter of many more to come…

This “Seattle Foodie” podcast, featuring an in-depth interview with NW Cider Association Executive Director Emily Ritchie, embodies the stoke the Zeeks crew is feeling about the PNW cider scene. There are plenty of astute food and cider reviews and recommendations, so we encourage the curious to click the link and give it a listen. 

 

#EverythingMatters #FuelYourStoke

Zeeks Pizza Sponsors Pro Freeskier Tyler Ceccanti

Lake Tapps resident represents Zeeks’ 1st sponsored athlete.

Powderhounds! We just officially announced a full sponsorship of professional freeskier, wakeboarder and mountain biker Tyler Ceccanti, a local guy who hails from Lake Tapps!  This partnership with Ceccanti represents Zeeks’ first foray into athlete sponsorship and the first public display (you could call it a roll-out) of Zeeks’ longstanding internal mantra – #FuelYourStoke.

“Not everyone knows this, because we don’t talk about it all that much, but at heart Zeeks is a lifestyle company. Our brand embodies Northwest values and its way of life including a love of outdoor adventure. In fact our roots are in the Seattle ski and snowboard community,” says our co-founder Tom Vial. “Tyler is like our spirit animal. He is a Northwest native and he is maximizing everything the PNW offers from an outdoor lifestyle perspective, and also working his tail off to make it all happen. That level of stoke and get-after-it-ness defines our brand’s roots and we relate to him in every way”

Zeeks’ relationship with Ceccanti kicks off with an official Warren Miller Entertainment (WME)-sanctioned party on Friday, November 22, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., at the Belltown location (419 Denny Way). The party is a pre-celebration of WME’s showing of its 2019 film Timeless at nearby McCaw Hall at 7:30 p.m. Ceccanti is one of the film’s feature athletes and will be on site, along with a handful of the film’s other stars, to meet and party with moviegoers.

“This party is going to rock Belltown,” said Ceccanti. “Afterwards, I’m looking forward to working with Zeeks on bigger things from a sponsorship perspective. Prior to meeting the founders, Tom and Doug, and learning more about Zeeks’ mission and how the company got started, I had no idea Zeeks and I shared a such a similar stoke, which is basically life in the Northwest.”

In addition to the giving fans access to their skiing and snowboarding heroes, the pre-funk at Zeeks will also feature cool giveaways and a chance to ride the Timeless Shotzski, which will be in constant use at the bar. Entrance is limited to those with tickets to the show, plus any available overflow traffic.

ZEEKS: OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF EASTSIDE BEER WEEK

Eastside Beer Week kicks off this Friday, July 12th and runs through July 22nd. The ten-day series of events celebrates beers brewed along the I-405 corridor, from Renton to Bothell, Bellevue to Duvall, and all points in between. A primary goal is to showcase beers from the 32 breweries located in the Eastside communities of Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Kirkland, Redmond, Duvall, Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, and Renton.

Zeeks  is hosting events to mark the occasion: on July 17th at the Kirkland location and on July 18th at the Bothell location. Details below. For more Eastside Beer Week events, visit the official website.

Zeeks’ Kirkland location is hosting a Postdoc Brewing Brewers Night on Wednesday, July 17, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. The event will feature a four-tap takeover from Postdoc Brewing, $5 pints, plus a chance to meet the brewers and get to know the people behind the beer. In addition, Zeeks’ is offering $10.00 off any large pizza with the purchase of any Postdoc beer.

THE BEER LIST:

  • Alpha Factor IPA: 6.8% ABV / 64 IBU
  • Hydrogen Blonde Ale: 4.6% ABV / 15 IBU
  • JP Trodden Barrel Aged Demon Star: 10.7% ABV / 66.6 IBU
  • Gin Barrel Aged Gose: 8.4% ABV / Zero IBU

Zeeks’ Bothell location is hosting its Black Raven Brewers Night on Thursday, July 18, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and the public is invited. The evening will feature a three-tap takeover from Black Raven, along with discounted pints, plus a chance to meet the people behind the beer. Attendees sporting the official Eastside Beer Week t-shirt get an extra $1.00 off of all pints.

THE BEER LIST:

  • Eastside Story – Official Beer of Eastside Beer Week: 6.0% ABV / 30 IBU
  • Updraft Pale Ale: 5.5% ABV / 45 IBU
  • Coco Jones Coconut Porter: 5.6% ABV / 32 IBU

 

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Seattle Beer Week 2019:

BEER DISCOUNTS, BREWERS NIGHTS + MORE

Beer Delivery Discount Throughout Seattle Beer Week (May 9th-19th)

Zeeks is offering 25% off beer delivery during Seattle Beer Week! We’re also hosting two Brewers Nights AND unveiling a collaboration IIPA with Bale Breaker. Join us for beer, stay for more beer. Here’s a rundown of all our SBW events –

Monday, May 13th:
BEVERIDGE PLACE PUB MICRO MONDAY     

Beveridge Place Pub
6413 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136

Get a Zeeks Pizza for only $15. Any size. Any pizza. The deal is a regular offering on the first Monday of the month if you are having your pie delivered to the Beveridge Place Pub. This particular Monday is not the first Monday, but we’re extending the offer to coincide with a Seattle Beer Week event next door at the Beveridge Place Pub: This is Washington, Damn it! The pub will have 35 Washington-brewed beers on tap for $4 per pint.

Thursday, May 16: 5pm – 8pm
CASCADE IIPA RELEASE PARTY / BALE BREAKER BREWERS NIGHT

Zeeks Pizza West Seattle
6459 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136

EVENT DETAILS: Come party with Bale Breaker and Zeeks to celebrate the official launch of Bale our collab Cascade Pass IIPA. Bale Breaker will also be bringing 5 special, limited release Imagination Station beers from their pilot system! We will also raffle off bad-ass Bale Breaker and Zeeks swag. Cascade Pass is a big-ass, dry, and clean IIPA perfect for summer, featuring a pilsner malt base with layers of hugely aromatic experimental hops.

FOOD SPECIAL: $10 off any large pizza with purchase of any Bale Breaker beer.

BEER: Cascade IIPA Release + 5 special Imagination Station beers from Bale Breaker’s pilot system. $5 pints, $16 pitchers, $10 growler fills. Available until kegs blow.

Bale Breaker Brewers Night Beer List

  • Bale Breaker + Zeeks Collab Cascade Pass IIPA: ABV 8.5% / IBU Off the Charts
  • Lima Sabrosa Gose: ABV 3.7% / IBU 10 Princess Birthday Cake Brut IPA BeerMosa: ABV 6.4% / IBU 36
  • Irieshun Hazy IPA: ABV 7.5% / IBU 70
  • Palm Springs Pilsner: ABV 5.5% / IBU 34 Hop Country Session IPA:
  • ABV 5.4% / IBU 40

Friday, May 17: 3pm – 7pm
SINGLE HILL BREWERS NIGHT

Zeeks Pizza Capitol Hill
1830 E Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98112

EVENT DETAILS: We met Single Hill shortly after they opened their brewery and taproom in Yakima, and it was love at first sip. We are stoked to be hosting them for their first multi-tap Seattle. Single Hill is not yet distributed regularly on the west side of the mountains, so take advantage of the opportunity to check out Single Hill’s delicious beers while you can in between trips to Yakima.

FOOD SPECIAL: $10 off any large pizza with purchase of any Single Hill beer.

BEER LIST:

  • Eastside IPA: Showcasing all we know about making amazing IPA, we hope this beer does our region proud. Brewed with Yakima and Treasure valley hops, Idaho pilsner and Palouse Munich malt. Layered, fruity, citrus, not bitter. Chinook, Nugget, Ekuanot, Simcoe and Mosaic hops. 7% ABV  // 40 IBU
  • Cerveza (blonde): Hopped to promote balanced, fresh and fruity hop flavors without the bitterness. Great as a break from hoppy beers or to enjoy with a few slices! Chinook, Centennial and Comet hops. 5.5% ABV  // 25 IBU
  • Sightglass Hazy (hazy pale): Fresh, citrusy, orange rind and pineapple. This hazy finishes light and fruity with an inviting sip after sip after sip after sip after sip… Citra, Amarillo and Cashmere hops. 4.9% ABV  // 35 IBU
  • Lemonade Rocketship (berliner weisse): Thirst quenching tart German wheat beer. Lemony and fruity hops and our house sourdough culture combine to bring about the easiest most refreshing beer we’ve got. Comet and Loral Hops // Pilsner and Wheat. 4.3% ABV  // 10 IBU
  • Citizen Grain (dry-hopped Pilsner): Crispy, bright, dry hopped single field Pilsner. This year we worked with Dalkieth Farms in Sunnyside to grow our own field of Explorer barley and had it custom malted by LINC Malt in Spokane. Bright lemon and herbal hop aromas. Its crispy pilsner profile finishes dry and refreshing! Yakima Valley Pilsner Malt. Loral and Centennial hops. 5.4% ABV  // 38 IBU
  • Juicy IPA: Tropical citrus but still a dry refreshing IPA fit for the transition to summer days. Pink Guava and Cashmere Hops. 6.9% ABV  // 37 IBU

#CraftRevolution


Zeeks Pizza announced today
that it has replaced all Coca Cola products with Jones Soda and Boxed Water. As a result Zeeks is the first pizza chain to remove all plastic bottles from its pizza delivery and in-store ops.

That’s what happens when you ditch the Coke. The plastic goes with it (and the high fructose corn syrup).

In fact, according to a study conducted in 2017 by Greenpeace, Coca-Cola brands, which include Dasani Water, produce more than 100 billion throwaway plastic bottles every year – or a ridiculous 3,400 per second. The company is listed in the top 5 of the world’s worst plastic pollution offenders.

Going forward, all of our pizza restaurants will offer Jones’ fountain-based offerings in-store, and delivery customers will be able to choose from a wide selection of Jones Soda flavors, which are packaged in glass and aluminum as opposed to plastic bottles. In addition, Boxed Water, which is packaged in 100% recyclable, cardboard-based boxes, will replace Dasani Water.

Zeeks is Jones Soda’s first multi-store restaurant customer to serve its fountain flavors, which will range from Classic Cane Sugar Cola to Green Apple and Left Coast Lemonade, all of which will rotate on a regular basis.

We officially start selling Jones Soda and Boxed Water on April 29 at our West Seattle location, followed by Zeeks Queen Anne on April 30 and Zeeks Belltown on May 1. In fact, a new location will make the switch daily through May 23, finishing with Zeeks’ Woodinville store.

Our President, Dan Black, put some perspective on the news:

“Switching to Jones Soda and Boxed Water made more sense for us as a brand. Not only does Jones share our commitment to craftsmanship, it is a Seattle-based company and producing much safer and better tasting products than Coke. The bigger story though, at least for those living in the Puget Sound area, is the removal of plastic bottles from our delivery service of both soda and water. I think most Seattleites understand that plastic water bottles have become enemy number one for our waterways and sea life, and so we hope this move to glass and paper makes a real impact.”

Photo courtesy of Jones Soda Co.

WA Beer Blog: ZEEKS COLLABORATION BEER WITH URBAN FAMILY BREWING

“Zeek and Destroy DIPA is brewed with copious amounts of oats, malted and unmalted wheat. This combination provides a soft creamy mouthfeel and full body while staying endlessly drinkable. We add hops in the kettle, during fermentation and after fermentation in order to boost hop aroma to an epic level. Mosaic, Galaxy and Citra hops play off each other to create a juicy tropical fruit aroma with just enough grassy dank flavor to even things out.”

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Zeeks Pizza Bellevue
10201 NE 10th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

Zeeks Pizza Belltown
419 Denny Way, Seattle WA 98109

Zeeks Pizza Bothell
1715 228th St SE, Bothell, WA 98021

Zeeks Pizza Capitol Hill
1830 E Mercer St, Seattle WA 98112

Zeeks Pizza Greenlake
7900 E Greenlake Drive N, Seattle, WA 98103

Zeeks Pizza Issaquah
2525 NE Park Dr, Issaquah, WA 98029

Zeeks Pizza Kirkland
124 Park Lane, Kirkland, WA 98033

Zeeks Pizza Lynnwood
4309 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

Zeeks Pizza North Queen Anne / Fremont
41 Dravus St, Seattle, WA 98109

Zeeks Pizza Phinney Ridge
6000 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103

Zeeks Pizza Queen Anne
1915 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109

Zeeks Pizza Ravenna
2108 NE 65th St., Seattle, WA 98105

Zeeks Pizza Redmond
16015 Cleveland St. Suite 100 Redmond, WA 98052

Zeeks Pizza Sammamish
22610 SE 4th St, Suite 404, Sammamish, WA 98074

Zeeks Pizza Tacoma
1702 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Zeeks Pizza West Seattle
6459 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98136

Zeeks Pizza Woodinville
117255 135th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

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