Week 43 of 52– catching up. We will get there before the end of the year. PROMISE!
330 10th St # C
Port Townsend, WA 98368-1815
Type of Establishment: Brewpub, Friday night summer music venue
Visit: A quick trip across the Puget Sound for a camping trip in Port Townsend.
Beers on Tap (at time of visit):
Hop Diggity IPA
Peeping Peater Scottish Ale
Glass Kisser Double IPA
Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter
Chet’s Gold Golden Ale
Find something you loved on tap? Ask the bartender if they have any in stock. My suggestion: grab several bottles of the barleywine.
Peanuts. Peanuts you can throw on the floor. Depending on the time of day there is a taco stand/hut right outside. Tonight, we got there too late.
Visit this brewery in the summer on a Friday night and you can hear the music playing from the parking lot. Located about a mile outside of downtown Port Townsend, Port Townsend Brewing Co. attracts the whole town which creates an amazing vibe. However, when we went, it was a bit colder, the band had retired for the season and the party had moved inside.
Despite the cool weather, we had plans to camp nearby at Old Fort Townsend. The second we arrived in Port Townsend, we stopped at the brewery. We emerged from the car and as we approached the brewery, a large fermentation tank towered over us with the brewery’s logo stamped on the side- a fisherman leaning over a “lookout bucket” holding a telescope. I own a long sleeve shirt with that very same logo now except my shirt declares “Thar she brews!”
We entered the first door that we see and decided to take a seat and order a brew in this taproom with windows on two of the four walls, plenty of bar style seating (around the bar, in the middle and along the windows) and the likings of a modest ship.
With a Barleywine, a Glass Kisser Double IPA and their limited release Bourbon Barrel Porter in hand (well my hand and two other peoples’ hands) we set out to experience the craft brews, the top notch brews that come out of this brewery located on the other side of the Puget Sound (and then some). All three of those beers were amazing. A bottle of Barleywine was purchased and the owner so kindly poured us a growler of the limited edition porter to bring back to the campsite.
Aside from the space we nestled up in, there is an outdoor area where a band plays on the weekend during the warmer months and people get together to dance. There is also another tap room which is older than the one we spent our time in. The other area is also wooden but darker and smaller with less space to sit. Mixed nuts and peanuts are available at both bar areas.
Its a great brewery with a space that keeps the party flowing from area to area. You can bring your beer outside, inside, wherever suits your fancy (as long as it is on thier property).
This is the perfect place for a Friday night in Port Townsend- great beer, people and a live band in the summer to top it off!
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!
Written by Jess R.
Seriously? Its October? Thus truly begins the season of Halloween, corn mazes, Thanksgiving and seasonal beers- specifically harvest, fresh hop and pumpkin beers. This weekend we camped in Port Townsend (RIP Waterstreet Brewing– for now), stopped at Port Townsend Brewing Co. for some amazing Glass Kisser Imperial IPA, Barleywine and Bourbon Barrel Imperial Porter and ended up in Portland for a day trip full of amazing breweries! And now for your week in beer.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Oskar Blues Night: Providence, Rhode Island
9:00PM-1:00AM @ Julians
Oskar Blues– quality microbrew in a can and on tap if your lucky. Tonight, you are. Julians will feature: Mama’s Lil Yella Pils, Gordon, a double red ale, Gubna IPA and their Wild Sour Cherry Old Chub.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Dogfish Head Night: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7:00PM-11:00PM @ Eulogy Belgium Tavern
Having several Dogfish Head beers on tap is my dream come true. Tonight, I must live vicariously through our readers. So please, those of you who live in Philadelphia, go and try ALL THESE BEERS. On tap tonight: Festina Peche, Palo Santo Marron (2008), Midas Touch, Pangaea, Sahtea, Punkin’ and Theobroma.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Lagunitas Tasting Event: New York, New York
4:00PM-4:00AM @ The Blind Tiger
First of all, The Blind Tiger is one of my favorite beers bars and my favorite in NYC. Couple that with an epic tasting night, you wouldn’t be able to keep me away. Tonight, California’s Lagunitas brings the heat with several taps including: their Habenero IPA, Lil Sumpin Wild, Hop Stoopid, Wilco Tango Foxtrot and so much more!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Founder’s Tapping Party: Mariemont, Ohio
6:00PM-8:00PM @ Dilly Deli Wines and Gourmet
This event makes me want to move to Mariemont, Ohio– well almost. Dilly will be tapping Devil Dancer, 2010 Nemesis, and Canadian Breakfast Stout along with some of your Year round favorites from Founders Brewing Company. Damn.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Ommegang Cheese Pairing: Chicago, Illinois
6:00PM-9:00PM @ Binny’s Beverage Depot
Tonight among the aisle full of amazing beers, a series of pairings featuring beers from Brewery Ommegang will be matched with cheeses available in the Gourmet Market. Look for Zuur, Three Philosophers and Rare Vos.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Anacortes Oktoberfest: Anacortes, Washington
12:00PM-6:00PM @ Port of Anacortes Warehouse
You can be part of the first annual Oktoberfest in Anacortes, Washington. Expect to 30 Northwest breweries, each serving one or two styles of beer. A $20.00 ticket gets you entrance to the pier and historic warehouse, a tasting cup and six tokens for 4 oz pours. Additional tokens are available for $1.50/each. If you plan on having a little too much fun, then stay the night and enjoy live music in many venues throughout downtown.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Ballast Point, Hook, Line and Sinker: Los Angeles, California
5:00PM-11:00PM @ Blue Palms Brewhouse
Tonight, the crew from Ballast Point Brewery will be there to present many many beers to you! I give you:
Sculpin IPA, Sculpin IPA on NITRO, Dorado DIPA, 2009 Sea Monster Imperial Stout, Sour Wench, Oktoberfest, Longfin Lager, Even Keel, Ginger Big Eye, Yellowtail, Calico, Big Eye and a cask of Black Marlin Porter with Organic Cocoa nibs from Madagascar.
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Seattle Beer Week continues with everything a beer lover could dream of: Cascade Brewing Night, Dogfish Head dinners, vertical tastings and bottle releases. BB.com heads to DC on Thursday and we are so excited to stop by the beer bars of our nation’s capital.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Cascade Night: Seattle, Washington
6:00PM @ Uber Tavern
Come to Uber and enjoy some of Cascade Brewing Co.’s incredible sour beers: Cascade Apricot Ale; Cascade Kriek 2009; Cascade Noyeaux and Cascade The Vine 2009. These beers are top-notch. Cheese and meats will be served and are complimentary!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
East Meets West: Seattle, Washington
6:00PM-12:00AM @ Brouwer’s Cafe
I see beers and burgers in your Tuesday night plans. Brouwers is hosting Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Dick Cantwell of Elysian Brewing, Christian Ettinger of Hopworks Brewing Co. and Rob Todd of Allagash, each bringing along a list of beers and a signature burger. Check out the burger options and beer lists here!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Weyerbacher Release of Verboten: Warren, New Jersey
5:00PM-7:00PM @ Tap Room at Somerset Hills Hotel
If you have yet to visit Warren NJ, now is as good a time as any for the release of Weyerbacher’s Verboten, a Belgium style pale ale. Cheers!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
SOUR BEER FEST: Seattle, Washington
3:00PM-11:00PM @ Brouwer’s Cafe
This is my favorite of all the festivals…thats really all I have to say, except check back later this week for Timperial Stout’s review of the sour beer line up.
Friday, May 21, 2010
AHA Rally: Portland, Maine
5:00PM-8:00PM @ Allagash Brewing Co.
In the name of homebrewing and how awesome it is, you should 1. homebrew and 2. become a member of the AHA and 3. attend this event.
American Homebrewers Association Rally open to members of the AHA and those interested in joining. Non-members attending will pay $33, receive entry and will become an AHA member, the event is free to members. We will be hosting brewery tours throughout the evening. Light appetizers will be provided along with a raffle and door prizes!- http://www.beeradvocate.com
Saturday, May 21, 2010
Iron Horse Night: Seattle, Washington
5:00PM-7:00PM @ Bottleworks
Join the brewers from Iron Horse Brewing Co., located in Ellensburg, Washington and a local fav. Iron Horse brews beers across the board ranging from Black IPAs, Coffee Stouts, Red Ales and Dry Irish Stouts.
Sunday, May 22, 2010
Closing Ceremony for Seattle Beer Week: Seattle, Washington
12:00PM-6:00PM @ Hales Brewing Co.
Finish Seattle Beer Week with 21 of Washington’s finest Breweries at Hale’s Palladium. Admission is $25 and includes 6 beer tastings. Ok, this beer sounds amazing: Port Townsend Brewing Co. (Seattle, WA), Luciferous Belgian Whiskey Sour. Try that.
So long Seattle Beer Week, until next year…
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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