Janette and I took an extended weekend back in August so we could head to Central and Southeastern WA to check out breweries well off of our established beaten path. This is a review of one of those breweries, Atomic Ale Brewpub & Eatery.
Janette and I recently took an extended weekend so we could head to Central and Southeastern WA to check out some breweries well off of our established beaten path. This is a review of one of those breweries.
Our first brewery of the weekend, Whitstran Brewing, is nestled in a quiet neighborhood off of the main highway (but still on a main thoroughfare) in Prosser. We got there early in the day, but spent some time at an amazing quilt store beforehand as we waited for them to open at 11:30am.
We couldn’t find a WABL booth in our travels during Seattle Beer Week, so we hit their website to see if they would have one set up anywhere nearby so we could claim our rewards for both 20 and 50 brewery stamps. Well, “nearby” is relative. We ended up driving up to their WaBeer Celebration at Boundary Bay Brewing in Bellingham.
Lucky for us, there was indeed a table set up where we could redeem our existing passport and get a new one.
We were looking for something new tonight, so we decided to give Giddy Up Burgers & Greens a try. They teamed up with Reuben’s Brews, one of their Ballard neighbors, to host a dinner featuring their burgers and Reuben’s, well…brews.
The special allowed you to get any burger on their menu, but we both opted for the Guacamole Burger. It may sound tame from the name, but between the jalapeños in the “Awesome Sauce” and the jalapeños on top of burger itself, this burger is not to be trifled with.
Day two of Seattle Beer Week began with a long day at work. Once again, gainful employment did its best to interfere with the enjoyment of beer. Mercifully this only lasted until about 5pm at which time we were free to make the short trip north of downtown to Toronado, in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood. We had been here a couple times before, and each previous visit was a bit magical in its own way.
The draw tonight was “Drake’s Pint Night”, a partial tap takeover where San Leandro, CA based Drake’s Brewing showcased eight of their beers. Our decision to hit this event was based mostly on this list of beers, as it included a couple IPAs, a couple sours, and a couple barrel-aged offerings. This sounded right up our alleys. So, without any further delay, let’s talk about some of the beers we tried!
The answer to this question may seem obvious to those who have been involved with this event for several years, but it really is not that clear to the casual observer or would-be participant. Last year was our first year with Seattle Beer Week, and we struggled working out what it all meant and really wished someone had put together a guide or FAQ to help us navigate through the confusion that we encountered. Our goal with this brief article is to get some questions answered up front for the ever-growing group of people who are curious about participating in this event.
What is Seattle Beer Week? In the simplest of terms, Seattle Beer Week is a celebration of fermentation that takes place each year early in May consisting of a loose confederation of events held at bars, restaurants, breweries and taprooms across the greater Seattle area. These events include beer and food pairing dinners, opportunities to meet some of the people behind your favorite brews, brewery-based or themed tap takeovers, various specials on pints and growlers, and much more. Continue reading
The first time I tasted Grey Skies was as a mug club exclusive at Two Beers’ tasting room. Unfortunately, my taste buds were out of whack from a persistent late-Summer cold that made anything with a modicum of hops taste extremely metallic and nasty. There was no way for me to give this beer a fair shake at that point. It was a shame, because I had such high hopes for this beautiful, murky brew:
Dark. This beer is dark. It looks dark, and it tastes dark. Mind you, Guinness may look dark, but actually tastes quite light. Maillard’s Odyssey, which is named in part for the chemical reaction that occurs when sugars are heated, is dark across the board.
Sometimes the best laid plans made with good intentions just don’t pan out. This is not always a bad thing, as instead of being responsible adults following through on the idea of heading to Costco in SoDo, we ended up in Fremont at Outlander Brewing Company. Yeah, slight detour there. Anyway, we were drawn in by a tweet about Biggus Dickus II. Based on name alone we knew we would regret it if we did not get to sample that brew. Bulk groceries and cleaning products be damned…we needed beer!
I have to start my thoughts on this brew with a disclaimer: Belgians and Blondes are two styles of beer that I do not appreciate fully. I have had good Belgians and drinkable Blondes, but I have never encountered an example of either that thrilled me. That said, let’s do this.