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Week in Review

News

Water Street needs our help!
     I received a message from Nina Law of Water Street Brewing (Port Townsend, WA) that she is looking for people willing to not only offer items or services but to also assist financially them in this current time while they try and stay financially afloat. On March 9th they will hold a silent auction with items and services on display. Additional details are here ...

Tuesday February 23rd, 2009

Laughing Buddha loses trademark dispute with Australian Brewery.
    Laughing Buddha as previously reported by several local beer sites, has lost its trademark dispute with Australian brewery Smouha Fabrics.

"Smouha Fabrics, owner of Lucky Drink Company of Australia, sent a letter to the Seattle microbrewery in May 2008 objecting the use of Laughing Buddha’s name, citing US trademark registrations for their Buddha-bottle design and the name “Lucky Buddha.”" -source, Laughing Buddha's newsletter.

    Because of this they will be forced to change their name and have settled on Trade Route Brewing in light of the ingredients that go into their beers.

“We’re experimenting with many ingredients from ancient trade routes,” says Castillo. “Trade Route Brewing Company will be a better fitting name for us.” -source, Laughing Buddha's newsletter.

    After April 1st, 2009; expect to find any media, apparel, or glassware featuring the recognizable "Laughing Buddha" logo to be removed from their brewery, so get it while you can.

February 25th, 2009

The Pickled Liver is welcomed into the fold
     I received a message from Kendall (Jones) from 'WA Beer Blog' that he was including my Blog in his links list. Please offer support to his (Beer Church) movement as well as visit the blog. Or if you are coming from his website then welcome and I hope that I can be as informative as you have come to expect from him. Cheers.

Anniversaries

Wednesday February 25th, 2009

Bottleworks Anniversary Ten, a huge success.
     As the doors opened up at the little bottleshop in the Wallingford neighborhood it was clear that the fervor over the list of vintage beers offered was only rivaled by the early eighties Cabbage Patch doll toy rush. In a matter of two and a half hours both the New Belgium tenth Anniversary and the Hair of the Dog Matt were down approximately twelve cases each. To put that in perspective that's roughly 144 bottles of NB 10 (750ml) and 288 bottles of HOTD Matt (12oz). With demand this high, the manager was forced to lower their bottle limits to half of the original 'one day only' terms, or in lamens that was one 750ml bottle of 10th Anniversary and two bottles of Matt. Some of the highlights included a rare Stone Vertical Epic 03.03.03 at only $50, former brewer Arlen Harris’ LaConner and Issaquah Brewhouse Anniversary Ale, as well as last years Russian River Deviation.
     I have included more in my "Bottleworks Anniversary ... The Aftermath" post

Friday February 26th, 2009

Seattle Beer Week the preparations continue
     W
hile visiting Naked City Taphouse and Brewery, I bumped into Matt (Younts) and Mike (Baker) who were meeting with the Dons (Averill & Webb) to discuss Naked City's continued plans for "Seattle Beer Week".

     So far the plans are coming together but sufficed to say expect to see at least a joint release between Silver City and Naked City. Additional details are forthcoming, such as a Victory Brewery night with the owner of Victory himself. So in the meantime why not bookmark the SBW website and keep on top of everything as they are added / updated.

Fire at Hooverville
     As one of my colleagues in beer has pointed out that although this bar is not known for strong support of WA / OR / ID beer, they are a recognizable establishment and will need out help especially as the economy limps along on life support. Please go to Geoff (Kaiser's) blog for more information on this unfortunate tragedy. On a personal note, my first time setting foot in Hooverville was during the ‘Beer, Bike, and Bloodbath’ (sponsored by Uber Tavern). My experience was enjoyable and there are some pictures featured on Uber's website from this and the previous year's event.

Brewery (see Brewer's Night) Night, Dinners, & Festivals

Thursday February 26th, 2009 & Friday February 27th, 2009

Honorable Mentions (sorry I couldn't make them)
     I
was sorry to have missed out on a chance to see the boys from the Rockfish Bar & Grill / Anacortes Brewery. Additionally I inquired on the availability a few days prior to the dinner in Burien, they had a pretty hefty waiting list. I want to thank Washington Beer Blog and Seattle Beer News for mentioning these events. Finally although I was not in attendance for this events I am sure there are plenty of pictures capturing the moment. I will see if I can make it one of these day in the week (week of March 1st, 2009).

*circa Thursday February 19th, 2009

Part One (Collins Pub) of Liver Armageddon continues.
     Currently there are ten (10) beers still on hand from last weeks start of over 20. What is left is only a shadow of the sheer carnage that was the Fifth (5th) Annual REAL Strong Ale Festival. Swing by and say hello to Seth (Howard) or Chef Erik (Wood), take in a glass or two, and consume some wonderful food that has made Collins Pub a recognized destination for good beer and good food.

Saturday February 28th, 2009

Being Bi' in Capital Hill
     E
very year Elysian Brewing puts together a mammoth list of beers on the last weekend in February that includes not only several variations on their Bifrost Winter Ale, but also west coast beers from breweries such as Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Deschutes as well as locals such as Pyramid.

     During the time I was there I was amazed at the multitude of variations on the BiFrost recipe. From the Brett’Frost (BiFrost with Brettanomyces) to the Cask Barrel Aged 2007 there was an option for anyone that enjoyed this annual release.

     As I was leaving I bumped into 'Naked City' co-owner and head brewer Don Webb as well as NW Brewing News scribes Jeannie McWilliams and Geoff Kaiser. I also noticed that Kendall made the trip to take in the over a dozen different beers. Migrate over the WA Beer Blog's gonzo reporting on the event.

This Week

March 1st through March 7th, 2009

Festivals

February 19th, 2009 through this week (March 7th, 2009

Seattle, WA
REAL Strong Ale Festival, The Collin's Pub

February 27th, 2009 through March 7th, 2009

Seattle, WA
Barleywine Bacchanal, Beveridge Place Pub

March 2nd, 2009 6:00 PM PST
Barleywine Cask Night, Beveridge Place Pub
”Diamond Knot Ice Breaker ’09 & Fish Leviathan ’05”
– source, Beveridge Place Pub newsletter

March 3rd, 2009
Rare Bottles from the Cellar, Beveridge Place Pub
”We’ll be featuring a limited supply of rare and vintage barleywines like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Lost Abbey Angels Share, Three Floyds Behemoth, Fish Leviathan, JW Lees Harvest, Full Sail Old Boardhead and more!”
source Beveridge Place Pub newsletter

March 5th & 6th, 2009
Barleywine Vertical Night, Beveridge Place Pub
”Multiple vintages of several barleywines, including Alaskan, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, and Pike!” –source Beveridge Place Pub newsletter

Anniversary

March 7th, 2009 6:00 PM PST to 11:00 PM PST

Burien, WA
Elliot Bay’s (Burien) 2nd Annual Anniversary
Music, Food, Burien Birthday Beer #2 on tap (Märzen Lager)" -source, post from Elliot Bay

Releases

March 2nd, 2009 5:00 PM PST

Seattle, WA
Elysian (Elysian Fields) presents Trip I "Are We There Yet".
A collaborative belgian IPA between the brewer's of New Belgium and Elysian. Come by for a tapping of this wonderful beer. They only have a few kegs for the three pubs and when its gone, its gone. Expect to find this beer at Fields and then later Capital Hill.

In the coming weeks

Brewery (see, Brewer’s Night) Night

Seattle, WA
March 12th, 2009 6:00 PM PST
Full Sail Brewing, Beveridge Place Pub
”John Harris joins us from the deep south, bringing with him a cask-conditioned version of Black Gold Imperial Stout, Slipknot IPA, Top Sail Imperial Porter, and a Randall-ized IPA.” –
source Beveridge Place Pub newsletter

Dinner's

Seattle, WA
March 9th, 20091
Widmer Brewing, McCormick & Schmick's on First Avenue

March 17th, 2009
Hale's St. Patrick's Day Brewmaster's Dinner, Hales Ales

March 23rd, 2009
Cask Beer Dinner at Latona Pub, LaTona 'by Greenlake' Pub

Releases
Check with your local Washington brewery for more information.

Festivals

Seattle, WA
March 19th, 2009
Herbert’s 10th Anniversary Cask Release Party, Beveridge Place Pub
”Each year the Washington Brewer’s Guild members brew a special concoction to honor Herbert, aka Bert Grant. For the tenth anniversary of this collaborative undertaking, ten different versions have been brewed, and we’ll have three of them on tap for this special evening!”-source Beveridge Place Pub newsletter

March 21st, 2009
11:00 AM PST 7th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Fest, Brouwer's Cafe

March 28th, 2009
12:00 PM & 6:00 PM PST The Washington Cask Beer Festival Seattle Center's Fish Pavilion

Possible Date the week of April 1st, 2009
Deschutes Masterpiece Week, Uber Tavern

Oregon

This Week

Festivals

Portland, OR
Still going Since last Week (February 23rd, 2009)

Beer Brawl '09 Concordia Ale House Photos  
March 7th, 2009
Barleywine and Big Beer Fest, Lucky Labrador’s “Beer Hall”

Releases
Check with your local Oregon brewery for more information.

In the Week's Ahead

Festivals

Hood River, OR
March 14th, 2009 12:00 PM PST - 10:00 PM PST

Double Mountain Second Anniversary street party
"As is our budding tradition, we'll be packing the taps with as many beers as we can fit (including some secret specialties) and firing up a barbecue grill, too." -source, oregeonbeerlive.com

Portland, OR
March 17th, 2009

St. Patrick's Day at Laurelwood Public House
"Join us on Tuesday, March 17 for the biggest beer holiday in 2009. We'll have some great brews and festive food specials.  Keep an eye out for our full St. Pat's menu soon..." -source, Laurelwood's Newsletter for February

March 21st, 2009
Oregon Brewer's Guild Present Firkin Fest' 09    Green Dragon Pub
"20 Beers from BridgePort Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery-PDX, Double Mountain Brewery, Eugene City Brewery, Full Sail Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Laurelwood Brewing Co., Lompoc Brewing Co., Ninkasi Brewing Co., Pelican Pub & Brewery, Rogue Ales, Roots Organic Brewing Co. and Rock Bottom." -source, Oregon Brewer's Guild

… until the next day / week …

Cheers

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