With our taxes already filed (weeks ago) we look to today as nothing more than the 15th of April and a Wednesday. Wednesday for us is heading up to the nearby bar for some cheap beers and a brief of conversation with the bartender or some of the regulars and then heading home. So if you are a procrastinator and haven’t filed yet keep in the mind the following facts.

1. With cutbacks in spending, many of the Post Offices will not be open till Midnight as they exercised in years past. So if you have been putting off putting the envelope in the mail I would advise getting it done before 5:00 PM.

2. The origins of Tax Day otherwise known as the 15th of April (sometimes a later date if it falls during the weekend) go something like this.

"The origin of the income tax on individuals is generally cited as the passage of the 16th Amendment, passed by Congress on July 2, 1909, and ratified February 3, 1913; however, its history actually goes back even further. During the Civil War Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1861 which included a tax on personal incomes to help pay war expenses. The tax was repealed ten years later. However, in 1894 Congress enacted a flat rate Federal income tax, which was ruled unconstitutional the following year by the U.S. Supreme Court because it was a direct tax not apportioned according to the population of each state. The 16th amendment, ratified in 1913, removed this objection by allowing the Federal government to tax the income of individuals without regard to the population of each State. For additional information on the history of taxation in the United States, see the Fact Sheet: Taxes prepared by the U. S. Treassury on the history of the U.S. tax system." -source, Library of Congress's Business Reference Services section of their website.

3. There are several known options that you might consider outside of hitting your local pub. I have listed then below as well as given information on how to get there. I am not sure the status for seating at the Art of the Table Dinner, but I will update this post should it have sold out.

Hope your 15th of April is less hectic than most people's but if it isn't at least you have some refuge in the form of a cold pint, some warm conversation, and the occasional stretch of laughter.

Cheers

Washington

Brewery Night (see also Brewer's)

Everett, WA

Chuckanut Brewery, Balefire
1801 Hewitt Avenue 98201 (425) 374-7248
http://www.balefirebar.com
"Enjoy 7 delicious Chuckanut beers on draft including some usually available only at the brewery and meet the brewer. If you haven’t checked out Balefire yet, this is an excellent opportunity to visit this unique bar." -source, Jeannie McWilliams

Tastings

Seattle, WA

4:00 PM PST
Special Comp Beer Celebrating Taxes are filed, Fiddler's Inn
9219 35th Avenue NE 98115 (206) 525-0752

Dinners

Seattle, WA

6:30 PM PST to 9:00 PM PST
Belgian inspired Dinner, The Art of the Table
1054 North 39th Street 98103 (206) 282-0942

"Matt Younts will be back with more abbey lore and beer stories.  Don't miss it." -source Art of the Table

"Hey, all you beer-heads!  We are small, so space is limited. Call us now to make your reservation." -source Art of the Table

Cost, $70.00 plus tax & tip

Menu

Reception
featuring Duvel Golden Ale

Course One
Spring Greens Salad with Herb-Marinated Goat Cheese, Oranges, Toasted Marcona Almonds & Citrus Vinaigrette
paired with Abbaye de Maredsous Belgian Blonde

Course Two
Curried Spicy Mussels with Coconut & Basil
paired with Brewery Ommegang Biere de Mars Amber Ale

Course Three
House Made Lemon~Pepper Pasta with Herb Pesto, Grilled Asparagus & Preserved Lemon
paired with Brasserie d'Achouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Course Four
Barley Wine~Braised Wild Boar Cheeks with Polenta, Nettles & Pickled Red Onions
paired with Brasserie d'Achouffe McChouffe Brown Ale

Course Conclusion
Coffee Ice Cream in a Chocolate Cookie Bowl with Hazelnut Brittle & Strawberry Jam
paird with Brewery Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence

Releases

Western Washington

6:00 PM PST
Maibock Release Party, The Ram Brewery & Restaurant

Puyallup Ram Restaurant and Brewery - 103 35th Avenue Puyallup, WA
Lakewood Ram Restaurant and Brewery - 10019 59th Avenue S.W. Lakewood, WA
Lacey Ram Restaurant and Brewery - 8100 C. Freedom Lane Lacey, WA
Puyallup Ram Restaurant and Brewery - 10403 156th St. E., #101 Puyallup, WA
Tacoma Ram Restaurant and Brewery - 3001 North Ruston Way Tacoma, WA
Northgate Ram Restaurant and Brewery - 401 NE Northgate Way Seattle, WA
Kent Ram Restaurant and Brewery - 512 Ramsay Way Kent, WA

Oregon

Brewery Night

Portland, OR

4:00 PM PST to 10:00 PM PST
Laurelwood's The Beer Gardening Project, The Eastburn
Eastburn - 1800 East Burnside
"Join Laurelwood at the East Burn on Tax Day (April 15th) to celebrate the Green Mammoth Double IPA.  100% of your pint purchase will benefit ACS and the planting of our local gardens.  Event will run from 4 to close.  For more information check out www.sustainableshift.org"

Eugene, OR

7:00 PM PST to 9:00 PM PST
Oakshire Bingo Night, Wetlands Pub
Wetlands Pub - 922 Garfield Street (541) 345-3606
"Oakshire Bingo Night on Tax Day, aka April 15th. Oakshire Brewing is teaming up with Wetlands Pub to throw down at the game called Bingo. Awesome prizes include brewery gear and gifts that are sure to make great future white elephant gifts! On tap Watershed IPA, Overcast Espresso Stout, and the release of spring seasonal, Hindsight ESB. It’s quite delicious!” -source, Oregonbeer.org

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