Situated along Aurora Avenue, Uber Tavern is a small but unassuming looking stop; unless you count the large, neon, ‘stubbie’ featured prominently facing out to the street. Rick Carpenter a former distributor rep, has been the brains and the occasional face behind the bar for over three years. On top of acquiring some world class beers, he is also host to local drafts like Silver City, Big Time, Ninkasi, Pike, and Martime Pacific just to name a few. And when you don’t find him at the bar he is running around during the months running up to the weekend during the 4th of July to orchestrate the Seattle and Portland International Beer festivals.
Last year while I was thick into the Red Sox playoff’s and already shrugging off another Mariner’s losing season I waited for Allagash night to begin. As I was seated at the bar transfixed by the Ray’s and Sox on the television, I saw entering through the door; Mike Baker (Seattle Beer Week), Matt Younts (Seattle Beer Week), and Rob Todd owner and head brewer of Portland, Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company.
Rob under initial observation with his loosened dress shirt and glasses looks like he is a doctorate away from performing a lecture in the halls of a University. During the evening Rob and I have small conversations either about New England weather, the Red Sox’s (Dustin) Pedroia and (Jacoby) Ellsbury’s slumps, or the inspiration behind the beers he had brought with him to the event. By the end of evening we were high fiving as the Sox went from “no chance” to “what just happend?”, extending the series to game seven.
Come this May Rob will be back in Seattle hosting a tasting at Bottleworks. I look forward to popping over to Bottleworks shaking his hand again, and maybe in between answering questions from his audience discuss the Sox how many games he plans on going to at Fenway.
Allagash Brewing Co.
100 Industrial Way Portland, ME 04103
7517 Aurora Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103