When the invite to the release party for this beer arrived, I was intrigued. We love the seasonal beers at Machine House. This one was described as “featuring a nice citrusy blend of First Gold and Cascade hops and cold-infused smoked oranges from Jack’s BBQ”. Sounds delicious.
We recently had dinner at Jack’s BBQ, which is also off of Airport Way, not too far from the Machine House Brewery. YUM. Coupled with Machine House, this beer sounded like a win!
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.
Perfection in pint glasses and on liner paper…
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.
We made a quick stop in South Park to check in at a couple of breweries.
Lowercase had a pair of really great Shandys – lemon and orange. Very refreshing on one of our recent sunny days.
Jen pouring a lemon shandy.
We first visited Blue Lightning Brew back in February during Washington Beer Open House. We were impressed with the beers (and their clever names), the knowledgeable staff, and the passion of the brewer that gave us the tour.
I was stoked when I saw that they were participating in Seattle Beer Week. A great reason to check in again. Blue Lightning was offering Happy Hour prices all day, as well as a chance to win prizes (including a Mug Club membership!)
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!
Drake’s Brewing at Toronado Seattle
I really like the bottle. In fact, I think I LOVE the bottle. I cleaned it out and have it in my home office on a shelf (right next to my Ommegang GOT bottle).
I love when home brewers open a brewery/tasting room, and more importantly, when they have good beer! I admire the dedication it takes to work full-time at other jobs and still have the energy to share your love of beer. One such example of this is Whitewall Brewing.
We stopped by Whitewall Brewing on our way up to LaConner recently. We weren’t expecting much…maybe a stamp in our WABL passport, but we found much more.
Whitewall is a new brewery in Marysville, having opened in March, 2014. The brewers were in a home brewing club, The Stilly Mashers, before opening up their own brewery. The Whitewall name came from putting together their names – Aaron Wight and Sean Wallner.
The outside looks industrial, but inside was very welcoming.
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:
Sometimes we’re in the mood for a good, hoppy, IPA, and Stone Brewing Company always delivers. We picked up the Ruinten at our local bottle shop on a weekend, and tried it out the next day.
According to Stone’s website, the Ruinten is the same recipe as the 2012 Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the famous IPA. It has five pounds of hops in each barrel, and the ABV has been cranked up accordingly. The Stone website boasts “The results are glorious, and we know you’ll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again.”
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.