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!
I’ve heard about it before, but I never got to try it. Looks like I’m getting another chance.
Bacon beer is coming. At a time when eating green is all the rage, bacon has somewhat survived. Bacon salt, bacon oil, bacon ice cream, bacon chocolate, bacon cupcakes and even bacon vodka! People have some unexplained passion for the scent of hog.
While you might have thought your Rauchbier was bacon-enough, the people at Odin Brewing are taking it a step further. They have released a new seasonal, called Smoky Bacon Beer. The new grog is 6% and is already being poured at places like Brouwers Cafe and the Pub at Piper’s Creek.
Check out their press release below, to find out more:
Odin Brewing Company Seasonal Release: Smoky Bacon Ale
Odin Brewing Company is proud to introduce its latest seasonal creation, Smoky Bacon Ale! Brewed with real bacon and peat smoked malt, this unfiltered brown ale is a well-balanced, drinkable brew that isn’t any where near to being one-dimensional. At 6.0% ABV, Smoky Bacon Ale will send your palate to a Viking feast, while being gobbled down easy enough you’ll be craving seconds.
Barbeques generate their excitement through the aromas wafting through the air, and our Smoky Bacon Ale is no different. An aroma of deep rich smoke with a hint of sweetness will get the party started. A balanced top note of smoke and sweet maltiness leads well into the caramel and coffee flavors that begin to arise as the beer goes down. A slightly nutty flavor accentuates the smoothness of the mouthfeel as a medium bitterness from the hops round out this beer.
Introduced at the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival, Smoky Bacon Ale received a warm welcome from the crowd and is being distributed around the Seattle area as you read this. So get out there, order a pint of Smoky Bacon Ale, and join the feast! Currently being poured at Brouwer’s Café, Clever Dunnes Irish Pub and Pub at Piper’s Creek, with several more locations like Quinn’s Pub (10/8), The Iron Bull (10/8), and Naked City Brewery &Taphouse (10/14) yet to come.
Odin Brewing Company is a new, local microbrewery whose mission is to continuously elevate the microbrewery experience. Look us up on Facebook and follow along on our voyage throughout beerdom. We are located at 9130 15th Pl. Ste. F Seattle, WA. Thank you for all your support!
**Today’s Special comes from our good friend at Odin Brewing, Mark Leavens. Mark’s great discussion with Joe Meitl, Kitchen Manager at Seattle’s iconic Atlantic Crossing Pub, is the basis for today’s article. You might have seen the AC on ESPN during the World Cup? Yeah, its a pretty big deal.***
What catches your eye in today’s fast-paced, materialistic, and consumer driven society? Is it bright colors or catchy slogans? What about somebody dressed up like a stupid fucking gorilla? Yeah, maybe you look, but most likely you hate obnoxiously fake primates and get the hell out of there.
But once you’ve regained composure and a leisurely stroll down the sidewalk, you’ll then pass numerous sandwich boards featuring that establishment’s latest pitch to get you inside: ‘Happy hour 4-6, trade your gold for cash, buy one foot get the second foot free pedicure.’
Boring! I don’t read those and I can’t imagine many of you do either. I’m American and I’m struggling with ADHD or just too damn busy to be bothered by a sandwich board! But the other day I ran into a board that actually got me to stop, AND read, AND then enter the building!
Brilliant! An astronaut floating in space and sneezing blood all over the galaxy after their mask implodes. Now this is what it takes to get me to stop AND focus AND read the other side AND go inside. I had to meet the creative genius behind the board and have a beer, of course.
Joe Meitl of the Atlantic Crossing Pub works as the Kitchen Manager and has a direct line of sight from the kitchen out to his eye-catching work of art:
“We originally got the board as a way of promoting our daily specials and events, and for a while we were using it for exactly that. I used to get frustrated at how few people actually stopped to read it.
At first I started adding little notes to the bottom, just to see if anyone would catch it. ‘Arm wrestle the bartender for a free glass of water’, or ‘Stripper Pole is getting installed this weekend!’ and still I heard few comments on it.
I was eventually convinced that no one was reading it, not even the bartenders. That’s when I decided to start having fun with it.
My sous chef (Jonus Brown) and I started drawing comics, writing song lyrics, and insults. One of my favorite boards was a response to the sandwich board that the pet store just a few doors up from us, puts out everyday. They rarely change their board and I was tired of seeing, ‘Lots of Baby Budgies and Cockatiels for Sale,’ and so my next board’s response was, ‘Beer Battered Baby Budgies and Cockatiels for Sale.’ No one said anything about that one either. At that point we had essentially stopped posting specials and were just having fun with it.
Since then, I have noticed more people stopping to read it, which feels good. We get a lot of foot traffic on this street and if I can make a few people smile on their way to work then it is worth the time.
It does take time though, and a hell of a lot of creative energy. I sometimes feel like I am simply building sand castles, because everything I create is either eaten instantly or erased within a week. I’m lucky the owner, Gareth, has an open mind and a busy schedule, that the bartenders here have a good sense of humor, and of course my favorite amendment is the first one. I’d like to think I’ve offended at least a few people, and of course I’ll keep trying.”
Please do Joe, because if being people are being offended, they probably deserve it. Plus, we all need to slow the hell down and laugh a little bit more. So thank you for slowing me to a stop, and drawing me into the Atlantic Crossing Pub.
If you’ve never been to this Roosevelt neighborhood pub, you may have already seen a clip from the latest World Cup that was shown on ESPN and won an ESPY for best reaction shot.
I recommend checking this bar out and grabbing a bite to eat. They serve the full menu until ONE A.M.! And as Joe would say, “we have smoking hot bartenders!”
And at the very least, avoid the gorilla and check out Joe and Jonus’ sandwich board! Who knows what they’ll come up with next?
This Friday, October 1st and Saturday, October 2nd will mark the second annual Tacoma Craft Beer Fest. There’s a few really great reasons to take a short venture south on I-5 to check it out. The first three are location, location, and location. Though I have never actually been to the Foss Waterway Seaport, from what I have heard from friends and from the pictures I have seen online, it seems like a pretty fantastic locale for beer drinking. We’re talking real deal waterfront here. You can get a beer, served by a sea-lion, poured into a hallowed-out buoy, all while romping with rock stars and CEOs on million dollar yachts! Now that’s a party!
Ok, that probably won’t happen, but only because there is no possible way that a sea-lion could properly pour a beer with those weird flipper things they call hands. The TCBF will not stand for allowing any of that precious liquid to go to waste. Speaking of precious liquid, that brings me to my fourth and final “great reason” to check out TCBF this year, the beer (and really, that’s the only reason you should ever need)!
Though the website is in severe lack of detail when it comes to what will be offered, we can look at the breweries that will be in attendance and make certain assumptions about the overall quality of the event. Below you will find the complete list of breweries that will be pouring. Overall, it looks pretty impressive to me. One gripe that a die-hard beer fest goer like myself may have, about beer fest in general, is that there is a lot of brewery participant crossover from one fest to the next. In a state with such an impressive and diverse brewing pedigree, you’d think that festival curators would make more of an effort to attract some of the Northwest breweries that you don’t see at every beer fest. Because of this, I have chosen to highlight some of the new and some of the uncommon festival participants.
192 Brewing – These Kenmore, WA guys are still relatively new. If you haven’t found their product on tap at the bars and you missed them at the Fremont Oktoberfest, here is another chance. I’ll be hoping to see the Bier de Garde.
21st Amendment Brewing
7 Seas Brewing
Airways Brewing – Haven’t had a chance to try this newish Kent, WA brewery yet? Here is your chance. Check out the ESB if it’s available. I think you will find it to be a supreme example of the style.
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Big Al’s Brewing
Burris Brewing – Rhett Burris makes his beer up in Everett, but he is a Tacoma guy through and through. It is very rare to see his Jackrabbit Pale Ale on tap anywhere other than in Tacoma, but it’s growing rapidly and expansion could be right around the corner. If I’m not mistaken, he will be pouring his brand new Oktoberfest at the festival as well. Swing by his booth and be one of the first in the world to try it.
Diamond Knot Brewing
Double Mountain Brewing – This is one of my favorite newish OR breweries. I absolutely swoon over their saisons, and their IPAs are killer as well. Pretty much everything of theirs that I’ve tried has been solid. I know I’ll be stopping by their booth, no matter what is pouring.
Emerald City Beer – Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few months, you know all about Dottie, the brand new dark lager coming out of The Old Rainier Brewery space. But, just because you’ve heard all about it doesn’t mean that you’ve tried it. I know I haven’t.
Engine House #9 – If you’re not a Tacoma resident, chances are good that you are completely unaware of this brewpub. Why not check it out and see if it’s worth adding to your next Tacoma bar crawl?
Everybody’s Brewing – I always get a little chuckle out of reading this White Salmon, WA brewery’s beers off of local bar’s taplists. “Everyboby’s Brewing Daily Bread Common Ale” it would read, and I would say to myself, “…really? Why is everyone brewing a common ale? What exactly is a common ale and how is it that I seem to be the only one not brewing it? Oh, Everybody’s Brewing is the name of a brewery. Dumbass.” I see these brews on at Naked City pretty often, but in general, they are still a bit rare in these parts. Check them out if you haven’t already.
Firestone Walker Brewing – Yeah, I know, I kiss the feet of Firestone on the daily. I only highlight these guys because, for me, the willpower does not exist within to allow me to walk past their booth and not fill up my glass.
Fish Tale Ales
Full Sail Brewing
Green Flash Brewing – I’d imagine that you know about Green Flash and their near unparalleled mastery of the hop. It’s not everyday that you see these guys pouring at a Washington beer fest. One might as well take advantage, right?
Great Divide Brewing
Iron Horse Brewing
Lazy Boy Brewing
Lost Coast Brewing
Mac and Jacks
Merchant Du Vin
MT Head Brewing – These guys are from Graham, WA and have been doing the brewing thing for a little over a year now according to the website. I have never actually seen their product before, so I would be excited to get a taste. It looks like they make a brown, a pale and a red. Let’s hope the flavors aren’t as MT as their heads.
New Belgium Brewing
North Coast Brewing
Odin Brewing – A good friend and periodic columnist of Beer Blotter, Mark Leavens, recently took a job with Odin as a sales rep. He is so damn smooth that our group of friends call him “Legend”. He could be peddling the worst beer on the face of the Earth and I would still mention it here, but luckily, Odin is decidedly not making the worst beer on Earth. In fact, it’s pretty great. If they have the sour stout, don’t pussyfoot.
Ommegang Brewing – Any time this Coopertown, NY brewery with Belgian ties has a new release, I freak out. You should have seen me a few months back, asking everyone I know to keep a look out for Zuur (Flemish brown sour) bottles. “Call me if you see them,” I would say. Now the search is on for Cup o Kyndnes (Scotch ale). If they happen to be pouring either, I’ll be getting more than one.
Oskar Blues Brewing
Port Angeles Brewing – I’m not sure if this is a mistake or what, but to my knowledge PAB is no longer. If I’m wrong, I can’t wait to see how good their resurrected beers are.
RAM Tacoma (Bighorn)
Schooner Exact Brewing
Silver City Brewing
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing
Trade Route Brewing
Two Beers Brewing
Walking Man Brewing – The Columbia River Gorge breweries are really coming out in numbers for this one. We love to see it! WMB is just one of those WA breweries that we can’t get enough of. Their Black Cherry Stout and Homo Erectus IPA can be found in the Seattle market with a reasonable regularity, but that’s about it. I’ll be hoping to see some of their other fantastic brews. Give me that Jaywalker!
If anyone has any information about specific beers that will be available at the fest, please let us know. Also, if you feel like me glossed over something special, drop us a line.