This was originally posted by bb.com back in 2009. Damn time flies. All of these places are worth a second post. So check ’em out, if you haven’t before!
Sunday, November 29, 2009 marked Beer Blotter’s adventure to beer bars unknown and a brewery worth the trip. This trip refers to a 25 minute drive from downtown Seattle to Redmond, Washington. “What is there besides Microsoft in Redmond?” Well, that is why we are here, to stimulate your brain and your taste buds.
Stop #1 Black Raven Brewing Company
Known for their Trickster IPA (which won Beverage Place Pub‘s year round IPA tap spot), Black Raven Brewing Company’s brew pub is part of a commercial park. Inside, the space is warming and welcoming. We immediately walk up to the bar, order the sampler (and an extra Wisdom Seeker Double IPA) and take a seat at a wooden top table. Sunlight, well what Seattleites consider sunlight, streamed through the windows. The bartender and bar regulars were very passionate about beer and Black Raven. Beer blotter would like to thank Lee Killough for the pictures and insider facts about the brewery. Aside from the two IPAs, the Brown Porter and Second Sight Scotch Ale come highly recommended. The porter is surprising light for the style and is nutty with caramel undertones. This brew was an experimental recipe when the brewery first opened and they got it right the first time around!
Black Raven is located at 14687 NE 95th Street, Redmond, WA 98052. Beware: This brewery might have great brewing equipment (which you can sit near in the back room) but they do not serve food. Menus are placed at every table for delivery option to the brewery.
Stop #2 Malt and Vine Bottle Shop
After a great time at Black Raven, we decide to stick around Redmond for a little while longer. This provides us with a great opportunity to visit the local bottle shop, Malt and Vine. Like so many establishments in Redmond, Malt and Vine is located in a strip mall off of Redmond Way and my dear beer lovers, it is worth the stop in every way, shape and form. Not only does this bottle shop have approximately 15 taps flowing at any given time, (Lets take a moment for some name dropping: New Belgium Love, Lost Abbey Angel Share) their bottle selection is amazing and the refrigerators are organized by brewery, not by style. This approach to organizing your beer coolers, in our humble opinion, makes bottle shopping easier and that much more enjoyable. The only negative about this bottle shop is that the area in which one might enjoy one of these profound beers is not very welcoming and is reminiscent of a high school cafeteria. If only high school cafeterias sold rare beer and had an amazing tap list…the world would be a better place….or not… But during our time spent at Malt and Vine, the world did seem a bit better or at least bearable.
Malt and Vine is located at 16851 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052. Less than 5 miles from Black Raven Brewery.
Stop #3 Wedgewood Ale House
We had heard such great things, had such high expectations. Maybe that was our problem. A cold November day, we were looking for a place to walk into, to warm our hearts and fill our souls. The only thing warm about the Wedgewood Ale House was the Boundary Bay Brewing Cabin Fever and Port Townsend Winter Ale on nitro. Although it was too cold and the wings were too small, Wedgewood Ale House has the quintessential bar menu and they support Washington breweries. With only Washington breweries on tap, the BB Cabin Fever is perfect for the winter/holiday season. It tantalizes your taste buds and tickles the back of your throat with hops and vanilla. The Port Townsend Winter Ale was inviting and spiced well with a malt balance.
The Wedgewood Ale House is located at 8515 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Stop #4 Fiddler’s Inn
Fiddler’s Inn has a hidden rustic quality upon first sight with a comfortable, “home for the holidays” atmosphere inside. Stuffed from our previous stops, no food was ordered, but the menu boasted pizzas and what we would call Italian fare. But food isn’t really why were are hear as the tap list and wall mounted taps prove their passion for the punch. A taste of this so-called “punch” included New Belgium Wild Ale, Anchor Steam Christmas Ale and Fremont Brewing Co. Little Woody Pale Ale. A quick side note about New Belgium Wild Ale, it is brewed with schisandra berries. WAIT! Keep reading. This berry is known as the “5 flavored berry” presenting notes of sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter. This beer is all that rolled into one.
Fiddler’s Inn is located at 9219 35th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115.
Stop #5 Pub at Pipers Creek
The space is awkwardly open and if you decide to take a seat that is not at the bar, your very far away from the only light that brightly shines. Taps form a crescent shape in the middle of the bar. At this point, food was the last thing on our minds, so we are sticking to what we know and love, beer. Big Al Brewing Winter Warmer had stout like qualities and was spicy, somewhat creamy and delicious. We were all pleasantly surprised by Elysian’s BiFrost which has an undeniable hop presence as well as Dick’s Brewing’s, Silk Lady.
Pub at Pipers Creek is located at 10527 Greenwood Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98133
We met some friends along the way, tried some great beers, bought some bottles and beat the Sunday blues. Let us know if there are other Seattle or Washington State beer bars for us to try. Hell, we will even leave the state or the country if need be.
Leave a comment or email your bar idea to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
One of several beer fests in Seattle throughout the year, Belgium Fest is the first in 2011. On January 22, 2011 this festival, run by the Washington Beer Commission will begin. Due to the high demand of this event, the venue has been moved to Magnuson Park (it will be heated, do not worry).
Word on the street is that tickets are already being sold at an alarming rate, so go online NOW and secure your spot. This is a festival that requires some advance commitment. Waiting until the day of might not be the best idea. $30.00 advance and $35.00 at the door, if available. As always, the designated driver ticket is $5.00 and only available at the door- includes free water and soda.
You pick one of two sessions on Saturday, January 22, 2011-
Session 1: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Session 2: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The Workshop at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St., Seattle, WA
Now for the important stuff. The beers. For now all I have are the breweries, but hope to have a list of all the beers in the next week or so.
Breweries expected to participate:
Big Al Brewing
Big Time Brewery
Black Raven Brewing
Boundary Bay Brewery
Der Blokken Brewing Co.
Elliott Bay Brewing
Hale’s Ales Brewery
Lazy Boy Brewing
Naked City Brewery
Paradise Creek Brewery
Redhook Ale Brewery
Snipes Mountain Brewery
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing
Silver City Brewery
Two Beers Brewing
Its going to be a doozy!
So, we are officially the worst procrastinator of the bunch (of beer bloggers). Thanks to Geoff Kaiser of Seattle Beer News for reminding me, via his post, to let you all know about Beer Church’s Turkey Bowl!
Beer Church is a Seattle non-profit organization who, along with our amazing Seattle beer community, raises funding for a variety of charities. They do it all through the magic of beer!
Through the annual Turkey Bowl, Beer Church raises a significant funding and food resources for the West Seattle Food Bank. The bowling lanes at West Seattle Bowl are already full, but you can still join them this Saturday to donate food, drink some beer and get to try their newest creation, a collaborative pale ale made with Big Al Brewing, called Beer Church Pale Ale.
Beer Church is a wonderful organization put together by some even better people – Kendall and Kim Jones. Kendall & Kim also run Washington Beer Blog, one of our favorites. Make sure to check them out, if you haven’t yet.
Here is some information on the event:
Join the members of Beer Church Seattle for the annual Turkey Bowl – Saturday, Nov. 20th at 5:30 p.m.
BOWLING PARTY, FUNDRAISER & FOOD DRIVE
for West Seattle Food Bank
Join the members of Beer Church at West Seattle Bowl on Saturday, November 20th (5:30 p.m.) for the 12th Annual Turkey Bowl as they collect food donations and raise money to support the West Seattle Food Bank. Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the annual Turkey Bowl features more than 200 bowlers and dozens of spectators. The event is open to the public but also includes teams representing local restaurants, bars and breweries.
The West Seattle Food Bank works to eliminate hunger in West Seattle so that no one in our community will go to bed hungry. Opened in 1981, the West Seattle Food Bank serves over 500 families each week. The food bank recently experienced the busiest month in its 29 year history. Please help us support this worthy cause as they face unprecedented challenges.
Food donations and other contributions can be dropped off at West Seattle Bowl on the day of the event. For more information visit http://www.beerchurch.com or call (206) 218-7387.
Saturday, Nov. 20th 2010
West Seattle Bowl – 4505 39th Ave. SW – Seattle, WA 98116
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.
So this is now the third time that I have ventured into thoughts on the new Belltown Pub. But when something new opens in Belltown, pouring decent beer, you have to bet I will have an opinion.
Back in June, I did a short article about the return of the Belltown Pub. Back at that time, there was some hope that the Pub would be up and running by July. Well, it didn’t happen – but they did finally open the doors last Friday, August 20, 2010.
I got in to see them on Saturday. That Saturday was quite an adventure for myself, who visited the Fauntleroy area of West Seattle. After finishing a mini-triathlon, I decided to bike around and visit some places that eluded me over the past few years. First, a stop at Super Deli Mart for a hoagie and pint of Elysian Brewing’s BiFrost – all for about $9.00! Later on, I biked on over to Big Al’s Brewing to sit on the patio in the sun and enjoy a few pints of the rare stuff – Alt bier and Trippel. More on these two places, later this week.
After Big Al’s, I decided to head back to the mayhem that was Belltown last weekend. If you didn’t know, Hempfest took over the city last weekend. Pure honesty: I don’t like this event. Every year someone vomits and passes out in front of our door and a gobs of others break windows, piss in our alley and generally litter the grounds. Its something we try and avoid.
But, with the launch of the hood’s new digs, I had to return. The result: I like it.
Belltown Pub is essentially a carbon copy of the old Belltown Bistro, as far as the layout and improvements. The new owners were wise to keep the layout, as it facilitates good food service and dining. But, they made two important changes: (1) changed the decor and paint and (2) pushed the bar area back into the dining area some 2′ feet.
The new Pub has a very nice “woody” or aged feel to it. Tones of green and brown gravitate towards the classic fisherman’s pub look and feel. Moving the bar back a few feet was a move of pure genius. It allows the bar goers more room and some distance from the diners – giving them a feel of their own separate habitat.
The beer is above average. One of the owners is Dave. Dave is a beer man, and he was wise to understand that Belltown does not have much rotation. With the exception of Buckley’s Tavern (which is generally packed to the brim), none of the bars in the area change out what they are pouring. You might see some good taps (Two Bells has Scarlett Fire, Cyclops has Boundary Bay One-Eye PA, and Frontier Room has Union Jack IPA), but they simply do not change.
Dave promises routine rotation of almost all of the taps (exception given to PBR and Guiness, of course) and their initial offerings promised great things ahead. On tap for Saturday was Fremont Brewing’s Interurban IPA, Skagit River’s Washington Wheat, Bridgeport’s Hop Czar, Georgetown’s Chopper Ale, and several other fine micro ales. With only 9 taps, I was very excited to see that two were devoted to a couple impressive IPAs. Dave knows his crowd will feverishly crave the hop goodness.
The menu is excellent. Much more impressive than the beer selection, is the impeccable selection of intriguing food options that you seldom see at other places. While I was there, I dared to say it was the best bar menu I have seen since Avenue Pub in New Orleans (our personal favorite). I might not back off that comment, either. Where else do you see house-smoked salmon tamales, muscovy duck salad sandwiches and duck stew? Also, they have wings – my personal weakness. Even better, the wings are created by a former Wing Dome master and served in large portions.
So, we are raring up for a full visit that will undoubtedly end up in 52 Weeks. But for now, I wanted you all to know the goods. With 7 or 8 plasma TVs and the NFL package, why not stop bye for a game, an IPA and some wings! I still cannot locate a website for the new Pub, but they do sport a fine Facebook page.
If you make it in to the Pub, please let us know about your experience below in the comments.