Three Pepper Cider – Seattle Cider Company

Three Pepper Cider is one of the specialty ciders from Seattle Cider Company. It’s a limited edition cider made from dessert apples (Granny Smith, Fuji, Red and Golden Delicious, Gala) and three kinds of peppers – Poblano, Habanero, and Jalapeño.

We were lucky enough to enjoy some on draft at The Woods, the tasting room for Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing.

Seattle Cider Three Pepper Cider

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Firebird Smoked Hefeweizen – Gigantic Brewing Company

Firebird Smoked Hefeweizen is a seasonal brew by Gigantic Brewing Company from Portland, Oregon. It’s #18 of their “endless series of Limited edition artist and artisan beers” with a label designed by Heiko Müller.

Gigantic Brewing Label designed by Heiko MüllerThe description on the bottle reads “A refreshingly complex wheat beer. Aromas of clove and banana intermingle with light smoke imparted from German malt kilned over beechwood fires.” The bottle also has a quote from Douglas Adams “Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” As I love both the art and Douglas Adams, I was already appreciating this beer.

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Seattle Beer Week – 11th Day (Last Day!)

Have you ever heard of an 11-day week before? Yeah, me neither. However, if it was going to happen to any week I am glad it happened to Beer Week! Janette and I were somewhat gassed from our anniversary party the previous day and from the other nine days of Beer Week events, so we decided to take it easy for the day. That doesn’t mean we didn’t get out and enjoy ourselves, but it does mean we did not seek out any Beer Week events.

Lovely day at Machine House in Georgetown.  Can you believe no filters have been applied to this picture?

Lovely day at Machine House in Georgetown. Can you believe no filters have been applied to this picture?

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Seattle Beer Week – 10th Day

We took a day off from Seattle Beer Week to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We had some friends over with lots of food and, of course, beer. As detailed in an earlier post, we brewed a special Anniversary IPA to hand out to our guests.

A bottle of our brew is pictured below. Our friend Kyle awesomely photobombed the pic taken by his wife, Nicole.

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Seattle Beer Week – 9th Day – Midnight Sun at The Noble Fir

On the evening of Day 9 of Seattle Beer Week, we made a last minute decision to trek on up to The Noble Fir in Ballard for the last hour and a half of the Midnight Sun Night event.

Midnight Sun Brewing Company is from Anchorage, and the event had some specialty beers not usually available on tap outside Alaska. We were too late to meet the brewers, but were able to taste all six of the Midnight Sun beers.

Ray’s first words to the server were “There’s nothing under 6.9% ABV, but they must need it to keep warm up there.” The beers were poured in 13 and 6 ounce pours. We shared a small plate of cheese and bread, and commenced with the tasting.

A standout to me was the Arctic Devil Barley Wine. It has a sweet honey taste with a bourbon alcohol finish. This reminds me of a dessert wine that I once tasted at a California winery and bought a case of because I liked it so much.

Arctic Devil Barley Wine Midnight Sun

Arctic Devil Barley Wine

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Seattle Beer Week – 8th Day – Boundary Bay at Dog & Pony Alehouse (Renton)

We decided to take it easy today and are keeping our Seattle Beer Week celebrating local to Renton. This was one of the few SBW events scheduled for Renton this year, so it is awfully convenient that we are fans of both Boundary Bay Brewery and the Dog & Pony Alehouse!

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Seattle Beer Week – 7th Day – Can You Handle My Randall @ The Pine Box

This is one of the events I have been anxiously awaiting for since I first started perusing the Seattle Beer Week website. It was held at The Pine Box, and they had 12 (TWELVE!) Randall units set up. What is a Randall, you ask? Well, a Randall is a cylinder that you put between a keg and a tap and fill it up with flavorful things. When the beer flows through it, the alcohol latches onto said flavorful things and infuses those tastes into the beer. Here is what they look like in action:

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Seattle Beer Week – 6th Day – Barrel-Aged Beer Tasting @ Foggy Noggin

The rush hour traffic out to Bothell from downtown Seattle was unpleasant, and the drive back home to Renton was long, but what happened in the middle there was a bit magical. The kind folks at Foggy Noggin put on a great event. There was room for 20 in the garage converted to a tasting room, and 19 folks managed to make it. The person slated for slot #20 had childcare issues, so they cannot be faulted for not helping fill the place to capacity. Regardless, I was very impressed with the turnout so far from the heart of Seattle.

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