Well, here is the synopsis for Beer Blotter. 1 pregnant lady, 1 sick guy and 1 annoyed guy who wishes the others were not pregnant and sick. Luckily, Timperial is a nice guy.
In any event, our condition has not kept us away from everything. We have had a nice chance to get out and see the showings of many a wonderful brewery. Yes sir, SBW is in full flux.
So far, Back in Black takes the cake. As if you would ever be surprised that a festival showcasing over 60 tarry, chocolaty, delicious stouts would have caught our hearts. Brouwers Cafe’s Back in Black came out firing this year with Green Flash’s Silva Stout. That beer went way too fast, indicating that the beer public agree with my selection of this beer as #1. Luckily for me, I have a bottle down in my cellar from San Diego Beer Week. If you can find it, buy it in bulk. Its incredible.
Other than that, the others of note were Avery Mephistopheles, Hair of the Dog Matt, HUB Brouwers 6th Anniversary Stout and Port Townsend. I find that every festival, Port Townsend shows up with a fury. Nice work.
We also found some time to sneak in to The Dray early enough to avoid the line for Alan Sprints’ magic. Hair of the Dog poured from 3 taps and one cask on that wonderful afternoon. The cask 2009 Cherry Fred was mind-boggling and the talk of the room. Unfortunately, it overshadowed Doggie Claws, which made a rare appearance. Great to see everyone come out to support Alan’s fine craft work.
Did anyone grab a bottle of Firestone Parabola? Hopefully, you made it to one of the many bottle shop appearances of David Walker, brewer/owner of Firestone Walker. Parabola went quickly and I am hoping for a better showing than last year’s release, which left much to be desired. Any immediate response on Parabola 2011? Let us know below.
Last but not least, I hauled my butt over to Elysian on Friday for the release of Elysian Raconteur. This beer was brewed in honor of good friend, Chris Cavanaugh, who passed away recently. The fine gentlemen of the Elysian Brewing Co. decided to honor Chris by replicating his favorite hometown ale, Yuengling Porter. I have to say, quite honestly, I love this beer. Brewed like traditional porters, this beer is lagered and has quite a bit of chocolate flavor. You will find much more taste in this brew, than in the Yuengling version.
The best part about Raconteur (besides the excellent tap handle) is that every glass you buy adds to the Chris Cavanaugh Memorial Fund. Please help out – all you have to do is drink a damn good beer.
Keep the faith, do not falter in your commitments, and stay the course. There is so much left to love about SBW. Don’t forget to study the SBW Bible, published here at BeerBlotter.com.
Tonight truly begins the rush of excellent events. Do not miss out on Burgers n’ Beers Bash at Brouwers Cafe. This is the 3rd year for this event. 5 brewers, 5 beers each, and 5 designed burgers and fries. This year expect to see Skagit River, Fremont Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Port Brewing/Lost Abbey and HUB. Last year, Tomme Arthus (Port) and Christian Ettinger (HUB) stole the show, in my opinion. So its great to see them back at it. Follow this up with a trip to the Fremont Troll around 11 PM to sip some beers donated by New Belgium.
I am most excited about the New Belgium Blending Symposium being held on Wednesday at the Stumbling Monk. Slowly gaining ground to overcome long-time favorite, Uber Tavern, the Monk is the venue for one hell of an event. Read more about it over at Timperial’s previous post.
Before or after the Symposium, make sure to make it over to Elysian for this year’s Firkin Firkin throwdown. California and Oregon have already passed through (2009 and 2010, respectively) and its Colorado’s chance to take on Washington. Read more about this event here. Also, if you are still standing after these two events, be sure to go see Tomme Arthur over at the Dray.
Thursday brings Sour Beer Fest, which needs no introduction on this site. Friday brings Naked City’s Pro Am night, which gets amateur brewers like us, a little giddy.
Hope to see you all out!!! Long live Seattle Beer Week.