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Events for the week of May 10, 2010

Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle: Where the magic happens.

This Thursday marks the opening day of Seattle Beer Week, so events might be a bit Seattlecentric for the next week or two.   For those of you who live in Seattle- awesome for you and for those of you who do not, its time to visit!

Monday, May 10, 2010

FredFest 2010: Portland, Oregon

6:00PM-10:00PM @ Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.

The date of this event recently changed from May 8th to May 10th. Check out our post for more information on the event.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Belgium Beer Fest: Santa Monica, California

4:00PM- 12:00AM @ the Library Ale House

This is just the beginning of a two-week festival featuring, you guessed it, Belgium style beers.  Guests can purchase a logo Chimay glass for $15 and refill it with one of the 8 rotating Belgian handles for only $5 during the entire two weeks of the festival. Each beer will be on for one keg only, so once its gone.. its gone.  This event stars: Goose Island‘s Matilda, Urthel Hop-it, Russian River‘s Consecration and many more.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Great Beers of the Great Lakes: Bronx, New York

7:00PM-9:00PM @ the Bronx Ale House

You know we have an affinity for beers from the Mid-West and now you lucky New Yorkers can drink up and report back. Beers from Founders Brewing Co. and Erie Brewing Co. will be available for your enjoyment. Cheers!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

OPENING DAY FOR SEATTLE BEER WEEK!!: Seattle, Washington

5:00PM @ Hales Ales Pub

Kick it off with visits to Hale’s Brewery for the featured SBW beer on cask, Shultzy’s Sausage for a special imported cask and end the night at Naked City Taphouse for some special Washington beers on tap!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Back in Black Stout Night: Seattle, Washington

3:00PM-3:00AM @ Brouwer’s Cafe

All I can say, is “Thank God this is on a Friday night.” With a line up of rare and wonderful stouts on tap, surely a beer lover will need a day to recover. Brouwer’s Cafe always gets the finest selections for these events, so if you’re a stout fan, this is not to be missed!

Lazy Boy Brewing Night: Seattle, Washington

5:00PM- close @ Naked City Taphouse

Come join Shawn Loring, owner and brewer for a night of special Lazy Boy Brewing beers! Prizes and giveaways will also be in the mix.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tour de Pints: Seattle, Washington

11:00AM @ Pike Brewing Co.

Grab your helmet, check your brakes and jump on your bike.  Today is full of physical activity rewarded with plenty o’ beer. The Seattle Beer Week website states:

The 2010 Seattle Beer Week Tour de Pints, a bike ride with stops at some great beer bars, is now upon us. If you were there last year, we will be following a very similar route. Only one Feat of Strength this year as we hope to keep the group more together. We plan to spend about 30-45 mins at each location.

Route is as follows:

11am – Pike Brewing; Brouwers Cafe; The Dray; Naked City Taphouse; Fiddlers Inn (FOS) or Latona Pub (FOW); Shultzys Sausage; Whiskey Bar and Elysian Fields.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Brett Brunch: Seattle, Washington

11:00AM- 2:00PM @ Hudson Public House

This is my dream brunch:

Brett Brunch!  Four beer, three course brunch featuring the sour beers of Russian River, Cascade, New Belgium, and Jolly Pumpkin paired with Chef Nicole’s special brunch menu.  $30/pp plus tax and tip.

Seattle Beer Week- if only I could take a vacation from work to enjoy all of the amazing events lined up EVERY DAY. Those of you who get to go to an event, please email me at jess@beerblotter.com or leave a comment. I want to live vicariously through you!

52 Weeks: Shultzy’s Sausage

El Diablo.

Week 15 of 52

Shultzy’s Sausage

4114 University Way Northeast

Seattle, WA 98105

Rating: 2.5 / 5

German-American Bar

BEERS ON TAP (at time of visit) —>

Bitburger Pilsner

Hoegaarden White Bier

Kostritzer Black Lager

Hale’s Supergoose

Spaten Ur-Marzen

Alpine Weizen Bock

Bayern Maibock

Franziskaner Weissbier (blown prior to arrival, not replaced while there)

BOTTLE OPTIONS: 17 total bottle options were on the menu at the time of my visit, most of which were macros. Full Sail Amber and Sam Smith Pale Ale were the only real highlights.

FOOD OPTIONS: There are a lot of options available, most of which seem really tasty.  This place definitely requires multiple visits.  There are several sausages and brats (like you would assume considering the name), cheese steaks (I’m from Philly.  I know cheese steaks.  I will not make a single comment on this topic until I try them), BBQ beef and pork, sausage sandwiches (basically sausage meat in patty form from what I gather), hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, regular beef burgers, soups and stews…   It’s American pub food with a German flair.  In some cases, a Cajun flair.  This is great stuff to pair with beer!

BAR OPINION:  Shultzy’s lives in a world trapped between classic American Pub and classic American pub with German theme.  To further confusion, there might even be a few more themes mashed in there.  It seems someone was afraid to commit.

Where it not for all of the traditional bar room decorations, one might think that they had walked into a diner of some sort immediately upon entering.  Booths completely dominate the large seating area up front.  You have to walk all the way to the back of the place to find the relatively small bar.  I wonder if this would be different in another part of town.  It seems clear that university students dominate the clientele.  Possibly a reason for the hidden bar?  Regardless, in that long trek to the beer promised land, wandering eyes will spot a decent collection of soccer related paraphernalia, some of German descent such as flags and posters, some for the local Sounders fan.  This is not false advertising.  Fussball is on the telly (now it’s my turn to mash cultures).  There is also a healthy sprinkling of macro marketing, especially relating to everyone’s favorite reason to celebrate their inner Latino; Cinco de Mayo.  Mexican flag colored streamers lined the walls and hanging, inflatable Corona bottles dangled from the ceiling.

Considering Shultzy’s Seattle Beer Week participation, I very much had hoped that this would be a home for craft beer.  That doesn’t seem to be the case.  Okay, well it could be much worse.  It does at least seem that the owners know a thing or two about the local(ish) German style brewers.  Alpine Brewing Co. out of Oroville, WA and Bayern Brewing out of Missoula, MT were both represented on this day.  I’d be happy if they axed some of those bigger guys like Hoegaarden (Inbev) and put on some Chuckanut.  Another sign of beer respect comes in the form of proper glassware.  Every beer on tap had its only glass.

I took a seat at the bar and spotted one of the few non-German styles offered: Hale’s Supergoose, a local craft… it was mine.  It had been quite a while since I’d had one, and it tasted fabulous!  It was hoppy sweetness, right up my alley.  I pondered over the lengthy menu while I sipped and enjoyed my day off.

The lack of commitment in decor spills over to the menu as well, but in this case, I have to qualms to speak of.  I love meat in linked form, thus my visit here was a long time in the making.  It does not disappoint on this front.  My El Diablo was a deliciously spicy link of chorizo on a nice long roll topped with cheddar, salsa, sour cream and green onions.  It wasn’t very big but it was big in flavor.  It was served with a very bland coleslaw (and I love coleslaw) and thin, shoestring fries.  The fries are incredible!  The “Heinz” ketchup seemed extra vinegary, but that didn’t bother me at all.  Big props are deserved for having Beaver Brand mustard on hand as well, even though my selection didnt require it.

back porch = good

A definite gem of Shultzy’s could easily be overlooked: the back porch.  Though the weather was not cooperative on the day of my visit (chilly and windy) my future visits will hopefully find much sunshine, friendly company, cheese steak tasting and possibly even studious conversation.

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