SBW, Thursday the 7th a retrospective

     I am admittedly late in regards to getting back to the news, but between doing two events per day and having the normal 7 to 5 thing I haven’t had time to sit down and get back to basics. So without further ado let’s get started with day one.

May 7th, 2009

Seattle, WA – With around fifteen minutes till the official kick off of Seattle Beer Week I drove around the streets near the market searching and praying I could find some parking. I ended up lucking out at a spot by the the infamous totem near the four way stop on Western Avenue. Rushing through the rain and scaling some stairs I made it to the brewery with only a few minutes to spare before the firkin tapping of the Double India Pale Ale from Pike and Drew Cluley.

Dressed in their fine duds were Matt Younts, Nat Pellman, Mike Baker, and Ian Roberts ready to get the party started. After a reading the proclamation from Mayor Greg Nickels’ office the party was official started. After about an hour or so I shook the guys hands and  congratulated them before making my way to the first stop The Park Pub.

Seattle, WA – As previously discussed in the “Behind the Bar” post on the Seattle Beer Week blog The Park Pub is always an interesting visit. Under my feet as I entered and headed straight for the bar was the same checkerboard tile that remember from the last time I hit the place. Boulder Beer from Boulder Colorado was well represented by Doug Christie the Marketing Coordinator. On draft was some common treats from the brewery and some great rare treats with an India Brown Ale. One of the high points of the visit was that publican Clinton Wilson was donating funds generated from the sale of each Boulder pint to charity.

On hand to answer any questions when Doug or Park Pub owner Clinton was walking around were the guys of Odom Distributing. I had a blast chatting it up with Kenny over some of the bars spicy tater tots and buffalo wings. After about two hours or so I was out of there and heading out to The Dray.

Seattle, WA – Another previously mentioned “Behind the Bar” post the Dray felt pretty comfortable when I walked in with the familiar “european football” blaring on the television. Former Uber bar manager Colin Potter was behind the bar pouring Dogfish Head’s Black & Blue, Red & White, and Burton Baton. Also available in bottles were the Festina Peche and fresh Palo Santo all courtesy of Devin Arloski from Delaware’s Dogfish Head.

I discussed with Devin many brewery related topics including vintage beers, the barrel used to make Palo Santo, and even his connection to the Seattle area. I managed to find a spot at the bar later on and in between sips of some Burton I talked up with some fellow enthusiasts. Around nine or so Matt Younts and the gang from Seattle Beer Week showed up at the bar with bottles of Pike Double IPA delivered by Drew himself. Another hour spent and I made my way home ready for day two.

My thanks to Clinton from The Park Pub, Odom, Matt, Ian, Nat, Mike, Drew, Charles, Doug, and Devin.


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