Written by Jess R.
“The Pond” refers to the Puget Sound, a complex estuarine system of interconnected marine waterways and basins, with one major and one minor connection to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean. Yea…that’s right.
The day after Thanksgiving, we woke feeling better than expected and ready to hop on a Washington State Ferry and head across “The Pond” first to Silver City Brewing Co. on the Kitsap Peninsula, then to Bremerton Island for a drink at Der Blokken and then South to Gig Harbor were we indulged in some 7 Seas.
We had expectations of Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, but due to the weather, the release was pushed back. Instead we were greeted with Old Scrooge and their non- BBN Imperial Stout. But first, before I excite your senses, a word about the atmosphere. Silver City is located near the Silverdale Mall and shares a parking lot with all those eager shoppers. There is something for everyone inside this large space–a plethora of seating areas and styles bar seats.
As a family friendly establishment, our preference is the bar area. Since it was a rainy holiday, this area was packed. However after just a few minutes and some lively conversation with a few local beer lovers we grabbed a few seats, an Old Scrooge, a Woo Pass Double IPA and the Imperial Stout. All of these beers are well crafted to the style. The Old Scrooge really caught our attention as a Belgium style ale with hints of Christmas cheer- i.e. nutmeg and cinnamon. After a bowl of delicious clam chowder (highly recommended) we bought a few bottles and headed back into the rain.
The days become nights so quickly these days and by the time we arrived at Der Blokken, beer bar and new brewery on Bremerton Island, it is pitch black out. The rain glistens on the streets, reflected by the street lights.
This is my second time to Der Blokken. The last visit was on a beautiful spring day in the middle of a bike ride around the island. Tonight, we pulled into the driveway and had this weird feeling that Der Blokken was closed. My heart sinks.
Lucky for us, the owner of Der Blokken pulls in next to us and confirms the news. Due to the “snow storm” that hit Seattle and the greater Seattle area that week, many homes and businesses on Bremerton Island lost power. Just as we are about to sulk back into the car, the owner turns to us and invites us in to try his new beers. Der Blokken recently opened and even more recently started brewing beers.
A taster of the stout, IPA and Christmas wheat are presented to us in the empty bar along with these amazing sweet potato chips- house made. We are offered frites but do not accept as they would have to open the kitchen to do so. Is this hospitality or what?
Der Blokken is a wide open space with an exposed fermentation tank, a slick looking bar and large windows. Approximately 16 taps are always available with some staple beers such as Bittburger and rotating craft beer options. Tonight, due to the circumstances we stuck to the three tasters and I was impressed by all. The IPA is well-balance, the stout has an amazing body and the Christmas wheat had a welcomed hoppiness.
Thanks to the people at Der Blokken for being so welcoming. Der Blokken is worth the trip to Bremerton and is a place where I could sit and spend a day.
Home of the ultimate proper pint.
We had some trouble find this place thanks to Google Maps, a dark, rainy night and the sheer location of this tasting room. Once we pulled into the parking lot, a gigantic fermentation tank towered over us. This tank verged on being comedic due to the size. As we past the beast, we noticed a quaint outdoor area, wet and abandoned. We open a wooden door to the excitement contained within this small space.
We walk in and it is packed to the brim. A tiny space that has windows which over look the brewing area- a nice touch. The small bar area is instantly approached. A Ballz Deep IPA and two Saisons are ordered in their sweet glassware. I have had Ballz Deep before and it did not disappoint tonight, but my taste buds were all consumed with the Saison in my hand. This delicious, refreshing, well-spiced farmhouse ale was one of the best I have had in the USA.
As you can assume 7 Seas Brewing Co. does not sell food, but they do offer free mini-snickers and these amazingly seasoned nuts. At this point, I was head over heels in love. So much in love I purchased a zip-up hoodie and this is now my most prized beer apparel. Check this place out, it won’t disappoint.
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Saturday was a good beer day- Big Al Brewing Co. for a sampler: Tripple, Alt Bier, Abbey Wheat, Smoked Porter and the IPA were all very tasty. The Alt Bier and Abbey Wheat stood out among the crowd. We stopped at Cask in West Seattle, a new wine/beer bar that opened just 5 weeks ago. The owner offers a “to-go” section that focuses on imports. We stayed for just one, Fremont Brewing Co.’s Interurban IPA dry hopped with Cascade hops, Lime, Orange and Grapefruit zest. Damn good. Porter House– just across the street has about 12-15 beers on tap- Pliny the Elder was up for grabs but I went with this new brewery- North Sound Brewing. Both their Stout (classic dry Irish stout served on Nitro) and their IPA were stellar. A night in was filled with IPAs- 7 Seas Ballz Deep Double IPA (in a tall boy can) and an IPA from Yakima Craft Brewing Co. But now for your week in beer:
Monday, August 30, 2010
Southern Tier Tasting: Jacksonville, Florida
4:00PM-7:00PM @ Grassroots Natural Market
Although I do not know what beers will be poured- Southern Tier will not disappoint!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Founders Nemesis Tapping: South Bend, Indiana
8:00PM-10:00PM @ Fiddler’s Hearth Public House
Nemsis, Founders’ Barley Wine is out and available tonight! Stop by and if you get your hands on this, please report back to bb.com. Look for this beer at your local beer bar – you lucky people that live in the mid-west or north east!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Back to (Beer) School, Mikkeller: New York, New York
11:30AM-11:30PM @ The Ginger Man
Get schooled on hops and yeast! The Ginger Man will be featuring Mikkeller’s Single Hop Series and their Yeast Series. The beers in the Single Hop Series use a control recipe with a different hop in each brew, showcasing the flavors and aromas of one variety of hop. Same rules for the Yeast Series, this time with varying yeast strands. The Single Hop Series will be on draught and the Yeast Series will be in bottle format.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Best of the Belgians: Beverly, Massachusetts
6:00PM-9:00PM @ Bogie’s Beer and Wine
Tonight- 15 beers…15 different styles….including Rochfort 8 & 10, Orval, Duvel, and many more. There will also be a special something from De Struise. This event is free, but Bogie’s is asking for a $5.00 donation. All proceeds will be donated to MCPCA Walk for the Animals.
Friday, September 3, 2010
The Little Woody Barrel- Aged Brew Festival 2010: Bend, Oregon
5:00PM-10:00PM @ Des Chutes Historical Museum
The Little Woody celebrates this ancient brewing technique as adapted by American craft brewers, featuring beers aged in wine barrels, whisky barrels and oak barrels, which uniquely flavors and intensifies the beer. The Little Woody 2010 will encompass two days-September 3 from 5 -10pm and September 4 from 12pm -10pm on the lawn of the Des Chutes Historical Museum in Downtown Bend. Admission to the event includes a commemorative glass. A tasting package is available and includes a commemorative glass and tasting tickets. For more information click here.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Tour de Fat: Fort Collins, Colorado
10:00AM-4:00PM @ New Belgium Brewing Co.
Annual national moving bike festival put on by hometown heroes New Belgium. Featuring bands, good people, good brews and a damn good reason to get silly! Bring a bike and a funky costume for maximum enjoyment. For more info, click here.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
6th Annual Festival of Iowa Beers: Amana, Iowa
1:00PM-5:00PM @ Millstream Brewing Co.
Iowa microbrews are getting some love today- Come down to the brewery and taste the best beers that Iowa has to offer and meet the brewers who make these great brews as they serve you. Live music, local food will also be part of the event! Proceeds go the the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation and Iowa Brewers Guild.
So thats your week in beer. If you go to an event, want us to post about an event, please leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Cheers!