(NW) Coming Soon (Again) … Pike Brewing’s Old Bawdy Barley Wine

image courtesy of Pike BrewingPacific Northwest – Word has arrived that another of Pike’s beers will be released soon. Since we can remember, Pike has been producing the warm, inviting, ale. Named after the ‘bawdy houses’ (more commonly known as brothels) of Seattle, this beer is a welcome treat to feature at the dinner table. This year, the brewery has elected to release the bottle in 22oz ‘dinner’ sized bottles, to further the point that beer is just as reliable as wine, when it comes to a side kick at a meal.

Here is what Charles Finkel has to say regarding Old Bawdy and the influences behind its namesake.

“Old Bawdy Barley Wine is a rich, concentrated elixir that is best served as a digestive, or to accompany lusty cheese, artisan bread, fruit (fresh or dried) and nuts or at the end of the meal.”

Fine Barley Wines when properly cellared can be aged. Old Bawdy develops in complexity as it matures and can be laid down for up to 10 years or more.

The History of Old Bawdy Barley Wine:
Seattle's history of lusty beer dates to Pioneer days when the local population was made up primarily of men. Bawdy houses abounded and by the time naughty Nellie Curtis established the La Salle Hotel, this "city on the sound" reverberated with echoes of fun and frolic. The La Salle, where Pike Brewery was established in 1989, was the last of Seattle's infamous "bawdy houses."  Pike's Old Bawdy Vertical Tasting is an annual toast to commemorate Nellie Curtis and her ladies of pleasure.

On December 1st you are encouraged to visit the brewery to pick up a snifter or bomber (22oz) of this beer to enjoy.

Additionally, next year on January 30th, Pike Brewing will be hosting their Annual Old Bawdy Vertical Tasting, featuring five different years of Old Bawdy poured for your enjoyment. 2011’s event is slated to feature 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Tickets are available for purchase online starting December 1st, 2010. We have attached the details below for those curious.

Sunday, January 30, 2010 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM $20 advance purchase /$25 at the door
The Museum Room at The Pike Pub. Tara Shuttleworth (206) 812-6604

PIKE PUB CLUB and WABL members $15 (passport required). Tickets will be available through Brown Paper Tickets beginning December 1, 2010.

As always if you can’t find this on draft or in bottles, ask your server or grocer to buy some!

About Pike Brewing

Charles and Rose Ann Finkel founded the Pike Brewing Company in 1989 in the La Salle Hotel in the Pike Place Public Market. In 1996 they moved Pike to its current location on First Avenue between Pike and Union and opened the Pike Pub. The Pub features local, sustainable pub fare. Housed within the Pub is the Pike Microbrewery Museum.


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