It’s that time again. Are you ready for barleywine season? Ready or not, here it comes. Starting this Friday the 25th, West Seattle’s finest beer emporium, Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California Avenue Southwest) hosts it’s 9th (I think) annual festival of all things barleywine.
From BPP’s website:
FEB 25 – MAR 5, 2011: Barleywine Bacchanal!
A Decadent Celebration of the Biggest, Boldest brews! 50 rotating barleywines on draught from the West Coast’s best breweries including many new releases as well as vintages from the cellar! 24 dedicated Barleywine Taps throughout the Fest! Look for upcoming information regarding special tasting events during the Bacchanal.
In case you’ve never been to this festival before, this is how it works, or at least how it has worked in the past… BPP will post a schedule of what beers they plan to tap on each day of the fest. This is very unlike the way Brouwer’s does their Hard Liver Fest (March 12 – 16). As it says above, BPP doesn’t tap all of the b-wines at once. Each day they will have 24 on tap and shuffle through the entire collection as kegs blow/days go by.
This has the potential to remove some of the weight off of your shoulders when it comes to attempting to get all of the rare offerings at once, but it could also mean that you will need to go to the pub on several occasions to get everything that you want. We will try to keep you abreast of the schedule as it becomes available so that you can work out your game plan.
Obviously, we have yet to see the list for this year but one could reasonably assume that some, if not all, of the following standards will be available.
Avery Hog Heaven
Deschutes Mirror Mirror
Dogfish Head Olde School
***Firestone Walker Abacus*** – If we are really lucky.
Hale’s Rudyard’s Rare
Pike Old Bawdy
Port Angel’s Share
Rogue Old Crustacean
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Walking Man Old Stumblefoot
Flying Dog Horndog
Left hand Widdershins
Mad River John Barleycorn
North Coast Old Stock
Victory Old Horizontal
New Old Lompoc Old Tavern Rat ‘08
Anchor Old Foghorn
Stone Old Guardian
Lagunitas Old Gnarleywine
Big Sky Old Blue Hair
Glacier Old Woody
Great Divide Old Ruffian
Green Flash Barleywine
Hair of The Dog Doggie Claws
Moylan’s Old Blarney
Ninkasi Critical Hit
October is nearly over, and you know what that means right? It is pretty depressing, so I’m not surprised if you are having a hard time answering. Yeah, it means that we will soon be saying goodbye to the fall seasonals until next year. Oktoberfests are pretty much already gone. Fresh Hops, you still might be able to find some, if your really search, but they are nearly gone. Pumpkin Ales…oh good god, please don’t say it…sorry but, almost gone.
Sure, if pumpkin ales were all of a sudden available year round, they would probably lose their luster after a while. I kind of like it the way it is, though I wouldn’t mind if I could hoard some bottles and crack them open at some other time in the year, where the mood to strike. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s really hard to find bottles of the good stuff. It seems like the moment they hit the shelves, you blink and they’re gone. This element seems to add to the excitement around finding pumpkin ales on tap. You really have to keep your eyes and ears open and pounce when the opportunity presents itself to sip on that nectar of the great gourd.
Lucky for us here in the Seattle area, we have Elysian Brewing, kings of pumpkin mashing, right in our backyard. We get to attend The Great Pumpkin Beer Fest at their Capitol Hill location (read our review here), which is indeed great. But, it still doesn’t fulfill my unrelenting hunger for pumpkin and spice. I even made a batch at home this year…still want more.
In steps Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle, to provide that one last dance of the season. Tonight they will be tapping five pumpkin beers for their Plethora of Pumpkin celebration: Elysian Night Owl and Dark o the Moon, Southern Tier Pumpking, Schooner Exact Gutter Punkin, and Snipes Mountain Pumpkin Death. These gems will be available all day and night, and they’re happy to pour taster trays of all 5.
If you are like me, and your hunger for pumpkin is not unlike a zombie’s hunger for brains, lurch and groan, with arms outstretched in front of you, over to West Seattle’s finest beer bar and feed on the flesh (of a pumpkin please).
Aptly named “Lucille IPA” after the cross street upon which Georgetown Brewery sits, the beer will be the first (we think) true IPA that Georgetown has brewed in its short past. Other limited release hoppy ales such as SuperChopp have showcased what these guys can do with hops. There is reason for excitement.
Now, we are unsure whether the IPA will become a regular thing – but we can dream eh? In the past, Georgetown has brewed special beers for special events, not keeping them around for the regular rotation (see Lisa’s Chocolate Stout – mmm good).
Our hope is that the beer tests out well and Georgetown decides to carry it at least seasonally. Georgetown has one of the best local followings with an abundance of local accounts at your favorite watering hole. We would love to see their IPA on tap all the time!
Of course, Georgetown is famously known for its Manny’s Pale Ale, but also showcases an amazing Roger’s Pilsner and 9 Lb Porter. The brewery does not yet bottle beer (and who knows – maybe they wont), but you can always find their beer at the brewery in growlers and kegs, or at a multitude of grog spots across Washington state.
The event tomorrow (April 15, 2010) is slated to begin at 6:00 PM.
Bob’s Brown Ale Coming Soon…..
Also! Please remember that Georgetown will release Bob’s Brown Ale on May 14, 2010. All the proceeds of Bob’s Brown Ale go to the Ronald McDonald House. Last year the brewery raised close to $50,000! From their website:
Bob’s is a special beer brewed in honor of our friend, Bob Hirsch, who fought cancer valiantly for many years. He lived his final days to the fullest and he is an inspiration to all of us. Bob’s Brown Ale will be released every May 14th (Bob’s birthday). 100% of our proceeds from Bob’s will be donated in honor of Charles “Bob” Hirsch to the Seattle Ronald McDonald House to provide a “home-away-from-home” for Children’s Hospital patients and families.
Make sure to get out for both of the events if your calendar and wallet agree. We hope to see you there.