This Saturday, February 26, 2011 (TOMORROW) for approximately 4 hours, you should go on a tour of the local craft brewing industry.
The Washington Beer Commission organized an Open House of sorts where local breweries open their doors to beer lovers providing them with the good stuff to make this an epic Saturday afternoon. From 12PM-4PM you can plan your route or pick an area of Washington to tour:
CENTRAL and EASTERN WA
NORTH and EAST of SEATTLE
American Brewing, Edmonds
Anacortes Brewing, Anacortes
Black Raven Brewing, Redmond
Boundary Bay Brewing, Bellingham
Chuckanut Brewing, Bellingham
Diamond Knot Brewing, Mukilteo
Foggy Noggin Brewing, Bothell
Gallagher’s Where U Brew, Edmonds
Lazy Boy Brewing, Everett
Redhook Brewery, Woodinville
Scuttlebutt Brewing, Everett
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing, Snoqualmie
SOUTH and WEST of DOWNTOWN SEATTLE
WEST of PUGET SOUND
This event will showcase a number of special beers, beer pairings and surprises at many locations. You will just have to go and find out what is in store. Don’t forget this Saturday is the Grand Opening of American Brewing Co.
This event is free but beer prices at each location will apply. Drive safely or don’t drive at all and ENJOY!
34 of 52 (hot damn!)
1118 Meade Rd.
Prosser, WA 99350
Type of Establishment: Brewery and tasting room.
Visit: In order to escape the deary weather of Seattle, we head east of the Cascade Mountain range to a dry, flat, desert like area of the state. Of course, a beer map has been established as we find all of the breweries worth checking out during our trip. Say “hello” to Whitstran, Snipes Mountain Brewery, Iron Horse and last but certainly not least, Horse Heaven Hills Brewery.
Beers on Tap-
Live Long Lager- a German Pilsner that smells like bananas
Honey Girl- a light beer with 25lbs of honey
Buck Off IPA
Dark Cherry Stout- on nitro
Ruby Spur- their most popular beer
Apricot Honey Light- for all you light beer drinkers….
Bottles: None. They do not bottle their beers. Growlers? You betcha. Bring your own and its only $10.00 to fill!
Food Options: No menu. Pretzels at the bar and a stash of vanilla ice cream (more on that later).
BAR OPINION: I walk up to Horse Heaven Hills Brewery, which in all honesty, isn’t much to look at from the outside. We walked past an outdoor patio and through a disheveled room with old recliners. Upon stepping into the tasting room, a
glistening brewing system dominates the backdrop, several empty tables and chairs collect in the room with a couple reading the newspaper over beers. Another man watches the University of Washington game, as we take a seat at the bar.
“3 schooners of Honey Girl, Buck Off IPA and of course, your Dark Cherry Stout.” As we sip the Honey Girl, Gary, one of the brewers fills us in on this interesting beer. At the very end of the boil, he dumps 25lbs
of honey in! You can taste the honey as it compliments the bitterness you would find in a pils. Thus creating a smooth finish and a taste that develops as it lingers on your palette. Buck Off IPA has three hop profiles, one for bittering, one for flavor and one for finish. Well balanced and dry hopped with Cascade hops. I love me some hops! Dark Cherry Stout was a must order for us. Served on nitro, this stout had body. It smells like cherry soda and the cherry flavors give this dry stout an extra, much welcomed kick.
The whole time we drank, we chatted with Gary and Dave. Two lifelong friends who brew as a hobby and have dreams of sharing their beer with others. We learned that the system was shipped via railroad from Alabama, that they brew on the weekends, that they are passionate about beer and love what they are doing. This is the best kind of brewer.
Gary and Dave educated us on their beers and beer in general. A sample of two beers straight from the fermentor: a dry hop IPA and a peppery saison give us a taste of what’s to come from Horse Heaven Hills. I mention how I have never experience a beer float. Within moments, a taster glass was filled with the Dark Cherry Stout and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I can go ahead and check that off my beer bucket list.
This was a wonderful experience. Not only were their beers innovative and delicious, it was inspirational to hear about their story as brewers. They are passionate about beer and grateful to have patrons who are interested in beer and appreciate the craft. We hope to see more of Horse Heaven Hills in the future!
As we sit in anticipation of Seattle Beer Week (kick-off is May 13, 2010), we at Beer Blotter continue to bring you weekly events. Drink up!
Monday, April 19, 2010
IPA Fests in Seattle: Seattle, WA
All day @ Cooper’s Ale House
All day @ Beveridge Place Pub
IPApril continues for just 11 more days, so stop by Cooper’s (wing specials on Monday) or Beveridge Place Pub (beer specials on Monday) for some delicious, mouth-watering IPAs!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Ballast Point Takes the Taps: New York, New York
Begins at 3:00PM @ Rattle-N-Hum
Just as it sounds, Ballast Point Brewery is taking over Rattle-N-Hum through May 5, 2010 with many many beers including: Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Marlin; Dorado; Tongue Buckler; Victory at Sea and Three Sheets Barleywine.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Brooklyn Brewery Tasting: Garland, Texas
Begins at 6:00PM @ Flying Saucer on the Lake
The event will be hosted by Mike Vitale and Nadine Jones from The Brooklyn Brewery and will pair four of Brooklyn’s core brands, seasonal beers and big bottles with three food courses, including prosciutto-wrapped melon, Flying Saucer Surf & Turf and pretzel Samoa. Featured beers include the Summer Ale, Lager, Local 1 and Local 2. Tickets for the event can be purchased at Flying Saucer and are $25 for U.F.O. Club members and $30 for non-members. Reservations are recommended as space is limited.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Earth Day Lights Out Party: Grand Rapids, Michigan
8:00PM @Hop Cat
In an effort to conserve energy and to celebrate Earth Day, Hop Cat will feature beers from featuring beers from Anderson Valley, Brooklyn Brewing Co., and a few others. Enjoy these brews by candlelight.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Dogfish Head Dinner: Raleigh, North Carolina
7:00PM @ Busy Bee Cafe
Dogfish Head beers, due to their quality and undeniable flavors pair very well with a variety of foods. Sam from Dogfish is coming to dinner! Tickets are $75 per person for a 5 beer, 3 food course dinner. Email email@example.com to reserve a seat.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
AprilBrews Day: Bellingham, Washington
6:30PM-10:00PM @ Depot Market Square
Join local brewers as they share their microbrews in a fundrasier for the MAX HIGBEE CENTER, a non-profit agency that provides recreational opportunities for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. And the featured breweries include…Iron Horse, Lazy Boy, Waterstreet Brewing, Silver City and Port Townsend Brewing Co., among many others. Click Here for the full list.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Barleywine Festival: Tacoma, Washington
All day @ The Parkway Tavern
Here is the day of the event schedule: Sunday April 25th 2pm-2am More barleywine. with a Barley Brunch from 11am until 1pm that will include great food, and an exclusive opportunity to taste some rare barleywines, such as Firestone Walker Abacus, Dogfish Head Olde School, Mad River Rorschach, Stone Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Guardian, and much more. Tickets on sale now $35.
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Beer Blotter is on the road again….
On our way to Leavenworth, WA, a small Bavarian themed village in the middle of the Cascade Mountain range, we are surrounded by picturesque views of tree covered mountains and flowing streams. With a nickname of Heavensworth, it truly is paradise.
Leavenworth is popular for wine tasting. Beer lovers would never hike their noses in the air at ANY type of alcohol. Thus we proceeded to walk down Front Street into these quaint stores that double as tasting rooms and got our fill of fermented grapes. This is all leading up to the ultimate Bavarian experience aside from things experienced in Germany.
Stop #1 The Ultimate Bavarian Experience: The Munchen Haus
A beer garden, several types of sausages and brats, a plethora of mustards, soft pretzels, a roof top view of the snow tipped mountains, hop vines! Oh…man…Lets back up.
We enter the Munchen Haus, an all outdoor restaurant/beer garden. It truly is a beer garden that so happens to serve food which is the beauty behind it all. On tap? You guessed it! German brews. A Bittburger was had by all. As we sat on the roof, sipping the refreshingly cold Pilsner, gazing out at the epic mountains, we sighed and enjoyed a brat.
Munchen Haus is located at 709 Front Street in Leavenworth, WA 98826. Join the delightful staff and fellow beer drinkers for Oktoberfest 2010!
Our accommodations for the night, the great outdoors. However, before we settle into nature’s playground we needed the bare essentials: sausages, cheese and beer. Much to our dismay, Willi’s Sausage House had been closed. It will be okay. We looked down the street to the right….nothing….to the left, a sign in the distance.
Stop #2 The Cheesemonger
The Cheesemonger is full of cheese to sample, mustards to buy, sausages to grill , landjagers, Pfefferjagers and bottled beer to drink. The beer selection is going to be the best you can find in this small town, and it is not to be looked down upon. Beers of all styles are available in bottles. Although you wont find new releases or rare brews, the Cheesemonger will fulfill your beer needs during your stay.
Stop #3 Cashmere Brewing Co. Because if you can drink beer on draft when you camp, then why wouldn’t you?
The second we stepped into the tasting room, roasted malts infiltrated our senses. License plates are welded together on the floor as a stuffed cougar hung from the rafters. This brewery was located about 10 miles outside of Leavenworth in Cashmere, WA in a large mobile space. As the only people there, we were fortunate to receive an introduction to the brewing process, the mash tub, the ingredients and a quick glance at their recipes.
While we were there, we filled two growlers of the Bulldog Amber and the Pioneer Porter.
Bulldog Amber: (5.5%) is sweet with obvious malt flavor and hop finish.
Pioneer Porter: (5.5%) has overtones of chocolate and coffee. A lasting finish leaves you wanting more.
Rumor has it that since our trip in July 2009, Cashmere Brewing Co. has closed. Tales of a lost liquor license and lack of funds surround the closing of this brewery. Hopefully there is more to come from Cashmere Brewing Co. in the future. Keep the faith!!
After a night of camping next to a flowing stream, we packed up our empty growlers, cooler and gear to head home.
Stop #4 Iron Horse Brewery
Located in Ellensburg, WA, Iron Horse Brewery upon first glance looks somewhat like an active space, but open the doors and all the wonder and amazement shine through. A small, modest space with approximately 5 high tables and 10 bar seats, Iron Horse Brewery is home to the Iron Horse IPA, Quilter’s Irish Death and Brass Ass Brown Ale (among others).
These regulars share the spotlight with beers like, my personal favorite……
Mocha Death Stout: Rich in Coffee and Chocolate flavors. This stout is airy and lasting. It stimulates the pallet and will thrust you into a good mood.
A side note: Iron Horse is a growing brewery in WA and attends most, if not all of the local beer festivals. The Iron Horse Super Dry Hopped IPA is balanced, aromatic, sweet and hoppy. A beer full of undeniable flavor.
Iron Horse Brewery is located at 1000 Prospect Street, Suite 4, Ellensburg, WA 98926 right off of Interstate 90.
Follow Beer Blotter on your next trip to Leavenworth, WA. We can’t do it all, so if you have some input on where to go and what to drink in this mountain town, leave a comment!!!
I was very pleased to see the entries from some of our favorites. The beer list can be found here. Here are some snapshots:
Iron Horse (a group favorite) – The Ellensberg shop is putting out their IPA and their Mocha Death (YES). I am very happy to see that they aren’t simply pouring their normal releases. They simply always show up for beer events with something good.
Black Raven Brewing - Second Sight Scotch Ale, score. Citrus & Spice Trickster IPA, yep. Seriously pumped to try both of these. I was excited to see that they will be the house IPA over at Beveridge Place Pub.
Schooner Exact Brewing Co. Xman beer is my friend. Nothing sums up the Holidays more like a damn good xmas ale. (Great Lakes = best). SE has two xmas beers (Hoppy Holidays Winter Ale and Hoppy the Woodsman) and a Mystery beer. I like it.
Snipes Mountain – To keep a steady mix, snipes is bringing their fall beer, which I might add were both very much admired this season by the public. Pumpkin Death 08 (Cask Bourbon) & 09 Fresh Hop IPA (this is awesome).
Water Street Brewing Co – Heck yeah. I don’t care that Skip Madsen left. He is doing well over there with his Breakaway IPA. But, this place is still my #1 place to get a beer in the area. The life of that place is amazing on a Friday in the summer. Anyways, Burr’s Frosty Winter and a Chocolate Oatmeal Stout ought to do the trick. Nice to see them out and about in Seattle (rare)
Hope to see you all there. Seattle Weekly ran a story that tickets are moving fast, and there is an up charge at the door. Tickets are 23.00 right now and can be obtained through this site.
Hope to see you all out and about.