Sorry Im late. Busy weekend with a road trip and lots of football! But now for your week in beer.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Allagash Abduction: Burlington, Vermont
4:30PM-11:30PM @ The Farmhouse Tap & Grill
Allagash Brewery…need we say more? Brewmaster Rob Tod will be in the house with the full gamut of Allagash offerings.
We suggest coming early to this one.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Duck-Rabbit Dinner: Durham, North Carolina
7:00PM-9:00PM @ Guglhupf Bakery And Patisserie
In honor of 1/3 of bb.com living the beer life in NC, I wanted to post about this event which features local NC brewery, Duck Rabbit. This menu along with the beer pairings is an event you dont want to miss:
TOASTED RACLETTE ON PAYSAN TOAST POINTS WITH HOUSE CURED DUCK AND RABBIT SAUSAGE, BRAISED CABBAGE AND CHIVE AIOLI.
HAZELNUT CRUSTED SCOTTISH SALMON WITH WHIPPED POTATOES AND WHOLE GRAIN MUSTARD SAUCE.
SLOW BRAISED OX TAIL RAGU WITH CHESTNUT SPATZLE AND LOCAL ARUGULA.
MOLASSES LACQUERED BREAST OF VEAL WITH GLAZED BABY TURNIPS AND HOUSE SAUERKRAUT.
CHOCOLATE MALT TORTE WITH PRETZEL BARK AND CANDIED KUMQUATS.
We look forward to seeing you there! Contact Guglhupf to make a reservation.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Firestone Walker Pint Night and 14th Anniversary Release: San Diego, California
4:00PM-12:00AM @ Urge Gastropub
One of my favorite beers, Firestone Walker’s 14th Anniversary beer is amazing. One of the many epic beers I had in San Diego, 14th Anniversary is flavorful and complex. Tonight take home a pint, taste 14 and several other beers from Firestone Walker.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Firkin Friday Bell’s Hopslam: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4:00PM-2:00AM @ Stubby’s Pub & Grub
Join us Friday 1/21 @ 4pm as we Tap into yet another Firkin! If you can’t make it right at 4, don’t worry it will be flowing for the duration of the evening, or at least till it’s gone.
Bell’s Hopslam is one of the Midwest’s most sought after beers, and Firkins of such a beer are surely a rarity. We @ Stubby’s are honored to get our hands on this beast of a brew and would like to invite all of our friends to come and enjoy it with us!
For those who aren’t too familiar, a Firkin is a cask conditioned ale in which the final stage of the brewing process and carbonation occurs right in the keg. A sort of old school way of making and drinking beer….the way beer should be and the Horizon Red is going to be phenomenal this way!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Belgium Fest: Seattle, WA
12:00PM-4:00PM OR 5:30PM – 9:30PM @ Warren Magnuson Park
This is a very popular event so don’t be disappointed if the tickets are sold out by the time you get to the door. For a full list of beers, click here!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Winter Beer Fest: Las Vegas, Nevada
10:00AM-10:00PM @ Aces & Ales
$15 entrance fee
Gets you a 7oz satin-etched commemorative sample glass, as well your first taste FREE and ~just $4 per 7oz tastes after~
For those of you who do not want to pay the $15 fee and get the glass, 12oz goblets of any beer on will be available for $8
In addition to all the mind-blowing beers you will be enjoying, we have lined-up a ‘who’s-who’ of the Brewing/Beer World daily for you to talk/learn/heckle/pick the brains of~! This line up is as follows:
Yuseff Cherney, Head Brewer – Ballast Point
Scott Wilke, Deschutes Brewery
Lisa Godbey, Southern Alebassadors
(Dogfish Head, Anchor Steam, Firestone, Sierra Nevada)
Kellan Bartosch, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Ed Gebler, Stone Brewing Co
Greg Green, Bonanza Alebassador (Rogue, Deschutes, Stone)
Commemorative ‘Aces & Ales Winter Beer Fest’ Shirts will also be available for purchase for $15.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Beer U: Strong Ales: Escondido, California
7:00PM-9:00PM @ Stone Brewing Co.
Here at Stone, it’s no secret that we have a special place in our hearts for huge malty brews. Join “Dr.” Bill Sysak for a delicious evening featuring one of our favorite beer styles. Hear the story behind these big beautiful brews while you do some heavy duty hands-on learning!
Tickets are $25 and are available at the Stone Company Store or online at:
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Due to my inability to post events on Sunday, I have decided to post on Mondays and give you events from Tuesday through Monday. Hope that is okay. If not, let me know!
This weekend, I indulged in a Black Raven Trickster, Cantillon’s Framboise, New Belgium‘ s La Folie, New Belgium’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Sah’ti, Deschutes Hop Henge and 21st Amendment’s Brew Free or Die IPA. A pretty good weekend in beer, if I say so myself.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Holiday Beer Dinner: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
6:00PM-9:00PM @ Victory Brewing Co.
Nothing like the holidays to have an excuse to splurge! Check out this menu- its simply irresistible, $50.00 per person and paired with Victory Brewing Co. beers.
Duo of Soups
Red pepper bisque and puree of spinach
Served with Prima Pils
Prosciutto wrapped beer blanched asparagus with gruyere mornay sauce
Served with Rauch Porter
Cranberry and chestnut filled turkey breast cutlets with Pursuit giblet gravy and roasted seasonal squash
Served with Pursuit Pale Ale
Cracked barley encrusted oysters with Anaheim chili risotto and saffron aioli
Served with ESB
Cinnamon nutmeg spice cake with Dark Intrigue frosting
Served with Dark Intrigue
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Bourbon County Bottle Signing: Homer Glen, Illinois
6:00PM-9:00PM @ Kenwood Liquors
Bourbon County is one of the best stouts EVER and in my opinion the best beer made by Goose Island. Tonight, stop by one of the two Kenwood Liquor locations and pick up a bottle specially signed by Goose Island Founder John Hall.
12037 W. 159th Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
10750 South Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453-5402
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Dogfish Head Bash: Montpelier, Vermont
7:00PM-2:00AM @ Three Penny Taproom
This epic tap list includes Dogfish Head‘s best beers:
- Chateau Jiahu
– Bitch’s Brew
– My Antonia
– Red & White
– Black & Blue
– Olde School
– 90 Minute
– 60 Minute
– Indian Brown
Friday, December 17, 2010
Week of Wild Friday Tastival: Eugene, Oregon
5:00PM-10:00PM @ Sixteen Tons Beer & Wine
Hot Damn- Featured breweries will include Block 15, Upright, Hair of the Dog, De Dolle, Cantillon, Rodenbach, Russian River, The Bruery, Orval, Cascade, Deschutes, Victory, Lindemans, Oud Beersel, 3 Fonteinen, De Ranke, Haandbryggeriet, New Belgium, Avery, Mikkeller, Ommegang, and more.
Tasting tickets are $1. Beers are 1-4 tickets for 3oz tasters. No entry fee. GO TO THIS!!!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Maui Brewing Launch Party: Denver, Colorado
1:00PM-5:00PM @ Freshcraft
Finally, Maui Brewing has reached Colorado. A state full of beer lovers, it’s about time! The long-awaited time when CoCoNuT Porter, Big Swell IPA & Bikini Blonde Lager hit Colorado are now over.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Twelve Days of Barleywine: Anchorage, Alaska
11:00AM-11:00PM @ Glacier Brewhouse
Stop by Glacier Brewhouse for some barleywines. It’s impressive that a brewery makes an array of this specific style. Today is the 10th day, so time is of the essence.
THE 10th DAY OF BARLEYWINE – DEC. 19, 2010
1. 2011 Big Woody Barleywine aged in Ukrainian Oak barrel for 10 months. (9.00% abv)
2. 2010 Eisbock aged 8 months in Makers Mark barrels. (9.00%abv)
3. Cask conditioned selection. 2008 Russian Imperial Stout aged 2.67 years in virgin Czech oak barrels. (9.00% abv)
Pay as you go
Monday, December 20, 2010
Library Alehouse Holiday Beer Fest Kickoff: Santa Monica, California
6:00PM-11:00PM @ Library Ale House
$10.00, just $10.00 gets you:
Library Logo Tasting Glass and Your First Beer
…$2.50 – $5 Refills on ALL Holiday Ale Fest Beers throughout the Fest
10% off food during the festival
Tonight is the kick-off event and this will continue for two weeks. But tonight’s tap list includes:
- Nøgne Ø / Jolly Pumpkin / Stone Special Holiday Ale
– Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza
– N’ice Chouffe
– Dogfish Head Pangea
– Dogfish Head Chicory Stout
– Sierra Nevada Celebration
– Anchor Brewing’s Merry Christmas Happy New Year Ale
– Anderson Valley’s Winter Solstice
– Delirium Noel
– Gouden Carolus Noel
What is your favorite beer holiday event? Leave a comment or email me at email@example.com!
Last weekend, as you know from my and Timperial’s 52 Weeks articles on Hair of the Dog’s new taproom and Cascade’s Barrel Room, we journeyed to Portland. 1 woman, 2 men and a whole lot of beer stops. Now, we have all made the 2.5 hour drive on several occasions and every time we go, we make it a point to stop at places we have yet to try (at least one of the three of us, anyway). This weekend, we spent approximately 8 hours mapping the city for amazing beer and cool venues. We were successful.
We arrive at 11:30AM and decide to grab something quick, but delicious to eat before consuming gallons of high ABV beers. Portland has this awesome food stand lot (SE Hawthorne Blvd and SE 12th Ave) which will fulfill almost any craving with a Mexican taco truck, a Creperie, a potato/french fry stand and a Southern food vendor. The highlight was a $6.00 crepe with chevre cheese, lemon curd and fresh black berries. This fruit filled, slightly sour and sweet lunch was the perfect opener for the Cascade Barrel Room.
Now, I won’t go into too much detail. Interested? Then read Timperial’s review. All I can add is this is a must stop not only for sour beer fans, but for those beer drinkers who appreciate innovation and variety. Cascade offers up mainly sours consisting of fruit infused sours, barrel aged sours, blended sours and sour stouts. The House of Sour, as locals call it, also has a Dry Hopped Porter, Summer, Winter and Autumn Goses and an amazing Rye IPA and even more. Even on a gloomy day, the sun seemed to shine through the large windows. If you live close, I suggest coming here often, to try all of the beers, of course.
Here you will find an extensive tap list, home brewing, a knowledgeable bar staff and a versatile space. Beers on draft range from local favorites such as Lucky Lab, Cascade (they even had a beer that Cascade didn’t currently have on tap) and their own home brew line. The Oregon Brew Crew has been brewing at the Green Dragon on a one barrel Nano-Brewing system for the last year and a half and have been consistently putting out a new great beer every week. Some of the beers created include: Alpha Dragon IPA, Chocolate Reign Stout, Golden Dragon Ale and most recently, the 5-Point Exploding Palate Technique. I wasn’t going to say it, but this is Rouge owned. With one Rouge beer on tap, this large brewery makes it a point to keep the integrity of the venues and breweries it buys and promote craft brewing!
Again, we already sang our praises of this place. Did you see that amazing picture of the taster glasses? Epic! Check out the article here. This is a place I could hang out all day at due to the amazing beers on draft, the killer, vintage bottle list and the overall edgy yet welcoming feel that Alan Sprints new taproom/bar exudes. So, drop what your doing and spend a productive afternoon with Fred, Adam, Greg, Ruth and other HOTD brews.
Located about 2 miles away from Hair of the Dog, this tiny brewery has caught our attention. Back in January we stopped in for a release party in their modest space in the basement of a shared commercial building. The space, upon entering has the brewery to the right and their tasting room to the left. Today we each got a beer (a farmhouse, a fresh hop which is their farmhouse beer with nugget hops and the SEVEN saison), sat at a tree trunk table top and listened to a duet play folky blues. A great vibe with great beer. Don’t over look this place.
Our favorite New Old Lompoc location, SideBar was closed today (Sunday) so we stopped by their original brewery. A great outdoor area and an Irish pub motif, this place houses the equipment that started it all. 1 C-note and 2 Centennial IPAs were ordered. Unlike the SideBar which offers up exotic barrel aged beers, at this location, you will generally only find their regular rotated beers. One of the employees was nice enough to give us a tour of the brewery which is small, but well oiled and efficient. New Old Lompoc is a staple in the Portland craft beer scene, therefore, visit one of their spots!
Like New Old Lompoc, Lucky Lab has a local brand you can’t ignore and several locations to enjoy their beer. We have visited two of the four locations and from what we see, we like. The two spaces are gigantic warehouses, open spaces with large, family style picnic tables eluding to the community essence that is the Portland beer scene. Two beers are ordered, their Porter and the Super Dog, a single IPA. Both are very credible and go down easy. Lucky Lab is a great place to get a sampler tray of beers and a snack (or a pizza if your starved).
Even on a Sunday, all of Portland flocks to this restaurant/brewery. Maybe its their award winning beers or their extensive, delicious menu options. Either way, no matter how many times we visit Portland, we always end up here. This time, we had a goal in mind. First, we had heard Black Butte XXII was on tap. It had kicked the day before, damn. However, we were able to indulge in the Mirror Pond Fresh Hop and had a growler filled to bring back North. Yes, you will wait 20 -30 minutes to get a table here and yes, it doesn’t give you that hole in the wall, charming “mom and pop” feel that I love about microbreweries BUT Deshutes does deliver high quality food and of course beers, every damn time.
There are still so many more places you can visit in Portland. But on this day, with all three Beer Blotter writers on the road to find beer, we chose these places, not randomly but for specific reasons. If you have a favorite spot in Portland, leave a comment- let the world know!
This was a good beer weekend.
A trip to Portland entailed Stone, Dogfish Head, Victory collaboration Saison Du Boef; Avery Maraja; Hair of the Dog Fred; Russian River Consecration; Double Mountain Saison and so much more! A trip to a new beer bar Apex was top notch (see our 52 weeks article later) and bottle shop, Beermongers was still impressive and reasonable priced!
As if that wasnt enough, we partook in an impromptu beer tour of Southern Washington up through Tacoma. With a Dogfish Head Sah’ Tea at Parkplace Tavern in Tacoma and a Lagunitas Lil’ Sumin’ Wild in Olympia, letting go of the weekend was very difficult. But there is a whole week ahead of us and plenty of beer events.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Captain Lawrence Imperial Porter and 2 Casks tonight!: Peekskill, New York
6:00PM-10:00PM @ Birdsall
Tonight a keg of Captain Lawrence’s new Imperial Porter will be tapped along with two exclusive CL gravity casks: Kolsch & Freshchester(dry hopped with Cascade hops). Dont miss out on this full Captain Lawrence line up, including a couple of new draught additions.
Tuesday, July, 20, 2010
Deschutes Night: Seattle, Washington
6:00PM-9:00PM @ Naked City Brewery and Taphouse
Tonight, Naked City features Bend, Oregon brewery, Deschutes. Known for amazing beers such as Abyss, the tap list includes Miss Spelt, Hop in the Dark, Jubel 2010 and Greenlakes Organic Ale. Enjoy!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Hoppin’ Frog Tasting: Shawnee, Kansas
7:00PM-9:00PM @ Barley’s Brewhouse
I am really happy to see Hoppin’ Frog, this Ohio based brewery get some love outside of its home state. Tonight, for $20.00 you can taste the following (they are all o’ so good) with some delicious food pairings: Wild Frog Wheat, B.O.R.R.I.S the Crusher Stout Paired with Teriyiaki glazed Wings, Mean Manalishi, paired with Fish and Chips, Silk Porter paired with our Chocolate Tort and Hoppin’ to Heaven IPA.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
25 Tap Bells Night: Grand Rapids, Michigan
6:00PM-2:00AM @ HopCat
I know we have posted a couple of events similar to this one, but it is so amazing. 25 taps of Bell’s Brewery beers tonight including: Two Hearted Ale (poured from a tap and from a firkin), the Cherry Stout and an ’08 Expedition Stout. SO good….so good.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Meet the Brewer of Brooklyn Brewing Co.: New Orleans, Louisiana
10:00PM- 12:00AM @ The Avenue Pub
We all know how much we love this place. So lets take this place in all of its glory and throw some Brooklyn Brewing beers on tap. Sold! Tonight, for $12.00, meet Garrett Oliver, head brewer and taste a sample of 5 amazing brews.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Barleywine Fest: Largo, Florida
5:00PM-11:00:M @ Willard’s Tap House
Granted its not barleywine season. Its summer after all. However, stop by Willard’s tonight and sample some flavorful beers including: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot, Southern Tier Back Burnner and Avery Hog Heaven (a hoppy barleywine).
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Rooftop Summer Wheat beer Dinner: Raleigh, North Carolina
7:00PM-9:00PM @ the Busy Bee Cafe
Now, sometime deliciously appropriate for the summer months, a wheat beer celebration. It’ll be a little more laid back than Busy Bee’s usual beer dinner and is only $35 per person. Enjoy Blanche de Bruxelles, Schneider Weiss, Great Divide Dunkel Weiss, and Terrapin Gamma Ray all on draft for this 4 course dinner! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets or more info.
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Week 21 of 52
5316 Ballard Ave
Seattle, WA 98119
Type of Establishment: Beer Bar with an added sophistication
Visit: Wednesday, June 23, 2010. A visit with friends for a few cocktails. Sole purpose was to catch up with friends and have a chat.
BEERS ON TAP —>Served in 20oz Imperial Pints unless otherwise noted
|Double Mountain Molten Lava (17.5 oz)||Double Mountain Brewery|
|Agate Pass Amber||Hood Canal Brewery|
|Evo IPA||Two Beers Brewing Co.|
|Boddington’s Pub Ale (Nitro)||Anheuser-Busch|
|Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale (17.5oz)||Dogfish Head Brewery|
|Diamond Knot Brown Ale||Diamond Knot Brewery|
|Red Barn Saison Ale||The Lost Abbey – Port Brewing Co.|
|Fox Barrel Black Currant Cider (17.5 oz)||Fox Barrel Cider Co.|
|Victory Prima Pilsner||Victory Brewing Co.|
|Guinness Stout (Nitro)||St. James Gate Brewery|
|Double Mountain India Red Ale||Double Mountain Brewery|
|Laurelwood Organic Red||Laurelwood Brewing Co.|
|Magners Irish Cider||Magners|
|Mirror Pond Pale Ale||Deschutes Brewery|
|Eel River Organic IPA||Eel River Brewing Co.|
|Spire Mountain Dark & Dry Cider||Fish Brewing Co.|
|Terminal Gravity IPA||Terminal Gravity Brewing|
There are also plenty of wines by the bottle and the glass.
FOOD OPTIONS: This is the perfect place to grab a drink and snack on some delicious cured meats and cheeses. Pick and choose your delicious plate. Fill it with hot coppa, salami, procuitto and various artisan cheeses. Light and delicious sandwiches are available as well as a few dessert options.
BAR OPINION: Noble Fir is the new kid on the block with so many great restaurants, bars and boutiques on Ballard Ave. I glance up at the sign, a single evergreen tree. The Noble Fir is a western North American fir, native to the Cascade Range and Coast Range mountains of extreme northwest California and western Oregon and Washington in the United States. This bar was opened by Rick and Ellen, after 10 years at REI and 10 years working as an attorney respectivly, they decided to combine their love of the great outdoors with their love of food and drink. Noble Fir was born.
This bar brings the great outdoors in. Large windows welcome the sun light as it streams directly into the bar, coating the patrons. Slick wooden booths with a long wooden bar and a bookcase full of travel books, I am ready for an adventure. I immediately grab the beer list. My eyes light up, Port Brewing/Lost Abbey’s Red Barn and Port Brewing/Lost Abbey’s Wipe Out IPA (not listed above) are both ordered and savored over the course of an hour.
A pre-dinner drink and appetizer plate would be the perfect complement to a night out. This bar has a pretty damn good tap list with a range of styles and a lot of love to West coast brewers. We only had an hour of so that night, but this bar is worth a trip back and several after that.
A quote from Rick and Ellen:
Together, we hope to bring a festive approach to your enjoyment of some of the best things the Pacific Northwest has to offer – hops, barley, fermented grapes and miles of trails…
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Is it really Monday again? Sure enough we had a weekend excursion..where to? Wenatchee, WA along with Cashmere, Leavenworth and Ellensburg. Along the way we drank Deschutes Hop Henge and Jubel at the Applewood Grille, enjoyed a German brew at Munchen Haus in Leavenworth and stopped at Iron Horse Brewing Co. for some IPA, Hefe (6%!!) and Biere De Garde. Always a good time. Now, for times to come….
Monday, June 7, 2010
Bell’s World Record Draft Event: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7:00PM-11:00PM @ City Tap House
31 different and rare beers on tap tonight, all from Bell’s Brewing Co. Oh man….this event is amazing. Fresh Hop Slam and Golden Funk, Kal Haven Brett Rye Ale, Black Note and Sparkling Ale, Oracle, Wheat Love, Deb’s Red, Q Falls Lager, or Bourbon Barrel Hell Hath.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
3rd Annual Belgium Beer Festival: Queens, New York
6:00 PM- 4:00AM @ Sunswick 35/35
Can’t get to Belgium? Then just go to this event: 5 rotating Belgian beers on tap. Six specialty bottled beers will also be available. The menu will feature Belgian-inspired dishes, such as Belgian cheese plates, waffles, fries, and salads. Check out Brugze Zot, Saison Dupont, Westmalle Trappiste Tripel and more!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Meet and Greet with Great Lakes Brewing Co.: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6:00PM- 8:00PM @ the Devil’s Den
Owner of Great Lakes Brewing Co., Pat Conway will be here to discuss and enjoy his beers with you. GLBC, out of Cleveland OH, makes amazing brews, ranging from Blackout Stout to an unbelievable Christmas Ale. Their American style IPA, Commodore Perry and their Burning River Pale Ale are also not to be missed.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Victory Beer Dinner: Purcellville, Virginia
7:00PM-9:00PM @ Magnolias at the Mill
This $80.00 dinner will be worth every penny….6 courses (including a greeting beer) will be paired with Victory Brewing Co. beers. 8 beers will be tasted including Old Horizontal Barleywine and Wild Devil!!! Enjoy!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Allagash Night: San Diego, California
5:00PM-8:00PM @ Downtown Johnny Browns
The beer line up for the Allagash Night will include: Curieux, Victor, Victoria, Confluence, Wit, Interlude, Odyssey, Fluxus 09′, Four and Dubbel. Also, enjoy some smoked brisket with a Curieux BBQ sauce! Check out Johnny Browns for brewer nights in the future.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Monthly Brew Day: Anthem, Arizona
9:00AM-5:00PM @ Hops and Tannins
If you don’t have room at home or want to get out to meet other home brewers, this is the event for you! Equipment is available for purchase at the store. But feel free to bring your own equipment to this event. You will have access to electricity, running water, a workbench area and use of two propane burners on a first come, first served basis. As a part of “buy here, brew here”, an area to store fermenters will be provided in shop if needed and access on Saturdays to transfer/rack, and bottle. For more information, call 623-551-9857.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sunday Funday with New Belgium Brewing: Fort Worth, Texas
2:00PM – 5:00PM @ Ginger Man
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Week 14 of 52- we are behind, most sincere apologies. by the end of the week, we will be caught up.
309 N. 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Rank: 3.5/5 (Yea that’s right we changed our ranking style. As the weeks pile up, it’s very difficult to fairly rank one venue against another. Plus we also need to think about genre, if we can’t compare apples to apples, then we shouldn’t compare at all. we will however do a top 10 at the end of the 52 Weeks.)
Type of Establishment: Sports Bar
BEERS ON TAP (at time of visit) —>
Rainier- oh yea
and others not worth mentioning.
BOTTLE OPTIONS: As far as I know, there aren’t any bottle options aside from your Miller Light, Bud Light, Corona….
FOOD OPTIONS: Your typical sports bar. The wings were above average, the fries were fresh-cut fair style and we promptly doused them in vinegar. The chicken nachos were stacked with goodness. Other than that, expect to see burgers, tater tots and other unhealthy food options.
A word about the wings: they are delicious. I believe that they are deep fried briefly and then finished on the grill. They have grill markings and a nice smoky finish. The wings themselves are massive – some of the biggest ever seen. You get 10 in an order at 9.00 (at happy hour they are 5.00 – but you only get 8).
There are a few sauces to choose from: BBQ, Teriyaki and Spicy. Of course, we always defer to Spicy Buffalo style. The sauce is good and full of flavor – not straight from the bottle (i hope.)
This is a great sports bar with at least 10 flat screen LCD TVs strategically placed around the area. We were able to watch an NBA Cavs playoff game and the Dodgers v. the Giants simultaneously. The best thing about the place is that they situate their televisions at eye level behind the bar. This means no leaning back to stair upwards – i hate that.
The bartenders were decent. I would not rave about their attitude, but there were a few Midwestern transplants that knew how to treat a paying customer. They will do what they can to get your game on the tube and ensure that you have all the fixings needed for your food.
One great option is the shuffleboard. Brand spanking new and almost always available. They also pack a pool table, a massive patio and open and shut garage doors to give you that open air feeling.
With an IPA in one hand and a nice, plump wing in the other, you can go ahead and call this a sports haven. It’s nice to see a few regional micro brews on tap at a sports bar. Beer enthusiasts like sports and vice versa. All in all, if you want to catch a game, indulge in food while watching others exercise and NEED a decent beer to do so, then this is your place.
Last night we ventured over to Collins Pub in Pioneer Square to enjoy the opening day of the bar’s Real Strong Ale Fest. Nice start guys!
The pub opened with a bevy of Deschutes Reserve Series and Bond Street Ales. In fact, Collins Pub had the entire Reserve lineup, absent my personal favorite – the Dissident – which had earlier been expected, but according to our favorite bartender Amy, didn’t make the shipment (damn).
On tap yesterday were some amazing beers:
from Deschutes – The Abyss, Hop Henge, Jubel 2010, Black Butte XXI and what we believe was a keg of Mirror Mirror 2008? – apparently aged in Collins Pub’s basement over the past year.
from others – Naked City The Big Lebrewski (stepped up at 8-9%), Port Brewing Mongo Double IPA, and Mad River Wheat Wine.
We had a Mirror Mirror, Black Butte XXI and Big Lebrewski. The Mirror Mirror was impeccable. After trying this beer every year, in many different formats and glasses – this was by far the best pour we have ever had. The aging did it right, as the residual bitter sweetness had resided and the maltiness carried a prune and nectarine flavor. Get this one.
Black Butte XXI was as always – very good. This is one of the most ultimate in heavy beers that can be drank in volume. No surprises here, just very enjoyable out of the whiskey barrel with the added coffee notes.
The Big Lebrewski left us a little disappointed – and we hate saying that. We are huge fans of the people over at Naked City and we love that they are finally pumping out some great ales! But the new version pumps up the alcohol while killing some of the great flavor prevalent in the former version. We would stick with the older creamy and coffee version. (*Note: our palates may have been tainted by the Black Butte XXI we had just drank)
We also want to throw a thank you out to Mr. Seth Howard, the Collins Pub owner, who threw some great shwag our way! Thanks for the pint glass and shirt. We will cherish.
Today is no slouch of a day. Collins Pub is reporting on Twitter that they will showcase what we believe to be the 3 best barleywines of the season:
Real strong beer goodness! Firestone abacus, angels share (carbonated!), 05 full sail old boardhead, older viscosity, fish old woody, etc – @CollinsPub
Do not leave this place without doing a side by side between Firestone’s whiskey monster – Abacus – and Lost Abbey’s brandy barreled gemini – Angels Share. Port Brewing’s Older Viscosity has the body of motor oil and the hint of fresh baked pretzels! yum.
Stop in and grab a beer this week while the festival continues. It goes on through March 7. You can read the lineup over at Seattle Beer News. Have fun.