Jillian’s Billiards Club of Seattle is your quintessential sports bar: pool tables galore, a wide collection of large, flat screen TVs, sports apparel on the walls, okay food and a slim selection macro-brews on tap.
This past Friday, Jillian’s changed that with a beer fest called Micros and Music. $5.00 bought you 10 2oz pours of local, craft brews and unlimited finger foods, such as min-burgers, hot pretzels and spring rolls. As stated on Washington Beer Blog’s preview post about the event, this new direction and focus on craft brewing is largely due to new management. I think sports and great beer should always go hand in hand.
Aside from the fact that this was a great deal, I was able to taste not just Washington State beers, but several local, Seattle beers.
Georgetown’s Lucille IPA- fruity, smooth and refreshing.
Odin’s Smoky Bacon Beer- robust, perfectly smoked and slightly salty.
Schooner Exact Brewing’s Puget Soundian Dark Ale, Black IPA- a great balance of hops and roasted malt remaining consistent with the body and texture of an IPA- well done!
Other note worthy brews:
Big Al’s 5 Star Chili IPA got the group’s attention. Brewed with jalapenos, chili peppers and habeneros, this IPA will scorch your mouth and leave you wanting more.
Two Beers Brewing’s Fresh Hop was one of the first of its kind to pour this season, this beer uses 5 different hops in the process and is finished with fresh Centenniel. This was my first beer of the night and its balance of bittering hops and sweet, honey flavors kept me thinking about it the entire time (plus they were giving out stickers).
Sad to say, I did not get to taste all of the beers due to time constraints. Breweries I missed: Naked City, Diamond Knot, Red Hook, Widmer Bros., Alaskan Brewing Co. and Emerald City Brewing Co. This event was a great showcase of what Jillian’s plans on rotating on tap in the future. So if you hesitated about going to Jillian’s due to the lack of options, grab some friends, play some pool and enjoy the craft beer we love so much.
This Friday, October 22nd, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse will be celebrating its 2nd Anniversary by tapping a bunch of exciting in-house brewed specialty beers and screening the film that inspired its name.
Naked City has so quickly become a staple in the diets of Seattle’s most eager craft beer junkies, that it’s really hard to believe that they have only been around for 2 years now. They have accomplished so much in such a short period, from acquiring the proper licensing to serve their stellar in-house brewed beers, to hosting great brewers nights, to art openings, to becoming a major part of Seattle Beer Week, and so much more.
There is no doubt that NCB is one of Beer Blotter’s absolute favorite pubs in Seattle, and we are really big fans of the owners and staff as well. We are very excited to share in this occasion.
Just in case you were wondering, Naked City, the film, is a “film noir” that was produced in 1948 about a police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. Part of the movie was filmed documentary style in New York City. It was awarded an Academy Award for best cinematography and best editing and was nominated for best writing. It is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t seen it yet.
And the beers…well, check out the press release below. There is going to be some seriously exciting stuff to behold. We’ll see you there.
Join us for Naked City’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration Friday, October 22nd Open-Close! We will have prize giveaways and some very special one-off beers on tap for the occasion. Here is a sampling: Double Header Anniversary Ale (Oak Aged Imperial IPA) New Riders of the Purple Sage (Blackberry Sage Porter) Tay Yay Inna Win (Barrel Aged Sour Ale) Whiskey Oaked Brimstone & Treacle (Cask Old Ale) The Big Lebrewski (White Russian Imperial Stout) Boo Radley Pumpkin Ale Big Chocolate Wood (2010 Pro-Am by Dan Hansen & Will Fredin) Broken Bicycle (Fresh Hop Saison) You get the picture…Mark your calendars!!!
Yet again, Brouwer’s Cafe rises to the occasion and presented local beer drinkers with the best of local beer. An entire 5 day stint dedicated to Washington state brewers. From Naked City to Silver City, Peaks to Paradise, Snipes Mountain and Iron Horse, it was a tap list to remember.
This post will be more informal then our other event reviews: less time = less beer. One subject that absolutely must be breached is the recent trend in WA to infuse tea with beer. Our first experience was at Naked City, who, in the summer months, released an incredibly refreshing Ginger Peach Hefe where all of the the ginger and peach flavors came from infused herbal tea bags. This night, we must give honorable mention to Port Townsend Brewing Co. for their Green Tea Golden Ale. We are generally not inclined to jump on the golden ale train, but PT gave it a twist and the tea like essence really came through. Several people at our table voted this their favorite of the night. It is flavorful, clean and aromatic. The earthy green tea flavors really pop in the nose and playfully mingle with the light ale malts in the finish.
Yet another example came to us via Epic Ales Mathilda. Though we have very little information about the ingredients used, Timperial’s love for both tea and beer seemed most inspired by this concoction. It took some warming up, but this one seemed to grow on us like Ca…stan…za (Seinfeld reference, deal with it). Initially, there was questions about…chamomile…no…mint…possibly both? It was light in color and the epitome of curious in flavor. Respect for ingenuity.
Der Blokken, a brewery out on Bremerton Island which recently opened showcased their Brown Porter. I thought I was ordering an IPA and despite the mix up, was pleasantly surprised. Dark and chocolaty, it had some bittering qualities and a perfect body. Not too thin, not to syrupy, just right!
Next, and is this really a surprise, but Black Raven’s All Washington Fresh Hops was amazing! It tasted like peaches with a perfect pairing of a bittering hop profile.
The Iron Horse Fresh Hop was a no brainer for Timperial, who sampled said beverage at the Yakima Fresh Hop fest 2 years ago and was floored. This years version may or may not be the same in recipe, but surely produced a similar reaction as the ’08 did in him. A near perfect example of a well balanced wet hopped IPA. It’s a cloudy dark amber with amazing lacing. The flavor profile is overwhelmingly syrupy sweet with a slight raw hop skunkiness in the nose and flavor. A sizable pine profile accompanies the cannabus in both fronts as well. Ultimately, very smooth in the mouth and a near perfect finish with little dryness and a lingering malt quality that rears many smiles.
Snipes 2 Fresh was another selection that took little to no effort to choose. If you live in WA and drink fresh hop beers, you have most likely tasted something that Snipes head brewer Chris Miller has had a hand in. He is the local fresh hop guru in these parts and has most recently assisted in the production of Black Raven’s and Naked City’s fresh hop IPAs. This version, like Iron Horse’s had a green hop skunkiness and a respectable pine nose. There was enough residual sweetness to make me happy, but not nearly on the plane of IHB. Here, bitterness takes the reigns above and beyond anything else. This is a great example of balance in a fresh hop and would be a supreme example for the newcommer.
At the recommendation of Brouwer’s manager Ian, a Yakima IPA 1 was ordered. Apparently, this is a different brew than the bottled version bearing the same name. It was clear bronze in color with a stark white head. I felt that this would have been a much more appropriate beer to begin with than to follow all of the above. It seemed a bit thin, but the malt core had some legs. This was a bitter bomb of an IPA with very little floral hop flavor. The malt profile made a gallant attempt at bringing balance, but inevitably it failed to compete against the bitter power that assaulted the back of the tongue well into the aftertaste.
Let us know which ones were your favorites!
Is it Sunday night already? After an eventful weekend in Eastern Washington, I am not ready to let the beer memories fade into my work week. Recap: Whitstran Brewery in Prosser, Horse Heaven Hills Brewery, a stop at a hop farm during the harvesting process, Snipes Brewing Co and a stop at Iron Horse’s new tasting room in downtown Ellensburg.
Also, the GABF 2010 results were released over the weekend. Our Washington winners include a Gold for Hales Ales; a Gold and Bronze for Chuckanut Brewing; a Bronze for Boundary Bay Brewing; and a Silver for Elysian Brewing. Congratulations brewers!
Now for your week in beer.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Victory/3 Floyd’s Night: Chicago, Illinois
6:00PM-11:00PM @ The Fountainhead
Ill let the tap list speak for itself: Victory Scarlet Moon, Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow, Victory Scarlet Fire, Three Floyds Ich Bin Schwarz Genug Fur Dich, Victory Kolsch, Three Floyds Dreadnaught, Victory Hop Wallop, Three Floyds Robert The Bruce, Victory Prusuit Pale Ale AND a firkin of Three Floyds Moloko Stout plus a rare keg of Victory’s Saison Du Buff- the Dogfish head, Stone collab!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Snipes Brewer’s Night: Seattle, Washington
5:00PM- 7:00PM (a guess, the time isnt posted) @ Naked City Brewery and Taphouse
An evening with Snipes Brewing Co.‘s Chris Miller and plenty of samples of his amazing beers. If you see their Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter, Moo Cow (a Belgium), Twangzister Sour Cherry Stout** (Barrel Aged Sour) Diminished Returns Double IPA or their Pumpkin Death ORDER IT. Of course, Snipes’ regular rotations are also worth a taste!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Mikkeller Beer and Food Tasting: Rochester, New York
8:00PM-10:00PM @ The Old Toad
This menu sounds amazing. I mean the beers alone are from Mikkeller and therefore top notch. $50.00 gets you 5 beers from this Danish brewery and 5 creatively flavorful dishes. It’s Alive! paired with Home smoked trout with warm brewer’s bread and accompaniments, Beer Geek Breakfast with Deconstructed English breakfast, Monks Brew complemented by Cheese and homemade chutney sampler, Jackie Brown served with Wild Boar with Port cherry sauce and 2 dessert choices: Divine Rebel
Infused Panna Cotta with bitter chocolate and Black Hole with Fleur de Sel chocolate truffle. Hot damn!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Abita Save Our Shore and Fallfest: Horsham, Pennsylvania
7:00PM-2:00AM @ Iron Abbey Gastro Pub
You know I love drinking for a cause, so tonight, get out and consume some Abita beers to help the Gulf Coast. In bottles, they are cracking open Abita’s “Save Our Shore” special brew and tapping Turbodog and Fall Fest beginning at 7 p.m. Spend $5.00 and keep your pint with $4 refills. For every bottle sold Abita will donate $0.75 to the rescue and restoration of the environment, industry and individuals fighting to survive the disastrous oil spill.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Dogfish Head Brewery Weekend: Miami Beach, Florida
8:00PM-5:00AM @ Abraxas Lounge
This event marks the release of Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew. As always, DFH made a beer to tantilize the senses and push the boundaries of innovation. Bitches Brew is described as “a bold dark beer that is a fusion three threads of Imperial Stout and one thread of honey beer with gesho root”… at 9% abv. Cannot wait to try this…if I ever get my hands on it!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Pumpkin Ale Showdown: Boardman, Ohio
4:00PM-7:00PM @ Vintage Estate Wine and Beer
Its that time of the year- time for beers that are spiced and beers with pumpkin flavors. Today put your palette to the test and decide which brewery has the best pumpkin ale. They will have several pumpkin ales for you to taste and food pairing with the beers.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Fremont Oktoberfest: Seattle, Washington
11AM-6:00PM (beer garden hours) @ Phinney Ave N and N 36th St, outside
This is one of three days (Friday and Saturday) which include races, runs, hunts, beers, food and fun! Check out the event page for more details!
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Highlights of beer for this weekend: 1/3 of Beer Blotter visited Walking Man Brewery (look for a 52 places article later this week) while I stayed in Seattle soaking in the 90 degree plus weather. I stopped at Fremont Brewing Co. on Saturday and enjoyed their Interurban IPA on cask dry hopped with Cascade hops and Mango. Damn good. But now for the week ahead.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Give a Pint, Get a Pint: Escondido, California
9:00AM-2:00PM@ Stone Brewing Co.
Stone held this charitable event last December. The premise, donate blood and get a free Stone Brewing Co. pint glass. No beer today, you need your strength for this good cause. Come support the San Diego Blood Bank and Stone Brewing Co’s efforts to give back to the community.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Beer Class Subject- Wild Ale: Atlanta, Georgia
7:30PM-9:30PM @ The Porter Beer Bar
One of my favorite styles of beers, the Sour Ale or Wild Ale is not for everyone. However, its origin, history and chemical make up are down right fascinating. Call 404-223-0393 to save your spot!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Ballast Point Brewing Co. Tasting: Brooklyn, New York
7:00PM-11:00PM @ The Double Windsor
Come taste some amazing brews from San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing Co.
$5 beers from 7-11 (list below only).
* Yellowtail Pale Ale
* Calico Amber Ale
* Big Eye IPA
* Sculpin IPA
* Wahoo Wheat
* Super secret special surprise!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Blind IPA Tasting: Mt. Pleasent, South Carolina
5:30PM-7:30PM @ Wine a While
Want to see if you have the palate of a beer judge? Come find out during a blind tasting of some of the popular IPA’s on the market. See if your favorite is really your favorite. Prize if you can correctly identify all the beers. Good luck!
The Iron Brewer Night: Seattle, Washington
7:00PM- whenever @ Beveridge Place
Two Local breweries- Naked City v. Black Raven are pit against each other in a competition that includes beer brewed with tea and ginger. Sounds like innovation in a glass.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Southern Tier Takeover: Atlanta, Georgia
6:00PM-10:00PM @ The Porter Beer Bar
I know, I know, this place again. Im beginning to think that when we take a trip to ATL, this beer bar is a must stop! Tonight, 11 Southern Tier taps will be pouring. Fingers crossed for Oak Aged Unearthly IPA, Choklat, Jah*va and more!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Goose Island Beer Event: Peekskill, New York
5:00PM-2:00AM @ Birdsall House
20 Goose Island Taps tonight paired with an available pre-fix menu. Damn.
Sunday, August 22, 2o10
Doti Liquor’s 2nd Annual Big Beer Event: Elmhurst, Illinois
2:00PM-5:00PM @ Doti Liquors
Come and sample many great beers of different styles and origins! Doti’s biggest beer event of the year takes place under a large tent in the parking lot, come mingle with the locals and expand your beer knowledge!!
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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 email@example.com for tickets or more info.
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