Seattle, WA – It’s Thursday.  And like most of you reading this introduction you’re probably asking what is so important about it? Truthfully there isn’t much to be concerned with for a Thursday, unless you count Big Time Brewing’s Annual Release of their Old Wooly Barleywine. Or that Hale’s Ales is releasing a limited edition, barrel-aged; batch of their Wee Heavy Winter Warmer. And we didn’t forget about the most drawn out pub crawl, the 12 Beers of Christmas. Let’s break it down shall we.

image of Big Time Old Wooly Barleywine 2010 courtesy of +Russ's Flickr page Thursday December 1st, 2011 11:30 AM – ? (206) 545-4509
Big Time Old Wooly Barleywine Vintage 2011 Release Party
4133 University Way NE  Seattle, WA 98105-6213

Stop into the brewery to pick up a 22 ounce bottle (or two) or grab a snifter of ‘the mammoth’ while congratulating Drew, Bradley, on providing beer lovers a reason to look forward to December 1st.

For those not hip to this 10%, warmth in a glass, the brewery will be serving up other limited edition beers like Breakfast Cereal Killer Stout (8.00%), Yulefest (7.00%), Cask-conditioned Perspective (6.10%), or Dark Days Cascadian Dark Ale (6.50%). Plus you’re guaranteed that the rest of the Big Time lineup (including Scarlet Fire & Bhagwan’s Best) will available.

  • Feeling like turning this into a pub crawl, try the 44 to Hale’s Ales from Big Time via 15th Ave NE & NE 42ND Street. Only one caveat, the bus drops you off at N. 46th St & Phinney Ave North, where you have to walk .7 miles. Check with Metro for timetables and routes.


  • If Quinn’s in Capitol Hill is more your thing then take the 49 from the corner of NE Campus Pkwy & University Way NE and get off at E Pine St & Broadway Ave in Captiol Hill. Check with Metro for timetables and routes.

image of Double Mountain's India Red Ale courtesy of +Russ's Flickr page Thursday December 1st, 2011 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM (206) 325-7711
12 Beers of Christmas Kickoff Party at Quinn’s on Capitol Hill
1001 East Pike Street  Seattle, WA 98122-3818

Whether this is your second stop or your first it’s clear love a good party. Starting at 4pm and running at least  till 7 you are invited to stop into Quinn’s for Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock night, featuring Merchant du Vin’s Jhon Gilroy. No that is not a typo that’s how he spells it. Say hey and share a drink.

But don’t fret if you miss out on this event. The pub is planning three additional events (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). On Friday Quinn’s hosts Diamond Knot Night with Brewer Pat Ringe. Look for a special firkin of Ho-Ho to be featured on the bar top. More events will be listed in a separate post.

  • Keeping the theme going, assuming you wish to head to a second (or third location). 49 is your best best off E. Pine Street & Broadway Avenue. Check with Metro for timetables and routes.


  • Take 10 to Hale’s off E. Pine & 11th Avenue. From there you will get off at Pine Street & 4th Avenue and take the 28 the rest of the way to Leary Way NW & 6th Ave NW. Use Metro’s trip planner tool to get an accurate schedule.

image Thursday December 1st, 2011 5:00 PM – ? (206) 706-1544
Hale’s Ales Barrel-aged Wee Heavy Limited Edition Bottle Release
4301 Leary Way Northwest  Seattle, WA 98107

Short sweet and to the point, Limited Edition, Bottled, Barrel-aged Wee Heavy. Besides bottles to purchase, there will be samples of ‘the stuff’ on draft and snacks to eat.

If you have made it this far you have probably become pretty adept at getting to the other two locations if this was your first stop.


That’s it ladies and gentleman. Be safe out there and keep warm.


About the Big Time & Quinn’s photos’ author

+Russ is a photo blogger and an avid beer fan who got immersed in beer and the Seattle beer culture through homebrewing and the thirsty pursuit of new craft ales to sample.

About the Hale’s Ales photo’s author

Paul Gibson originally hails from Carlsbad, New Mexico, so it’s no wonder he prefers the Northwest’s cooler temperatures and its vast selection of hoppy delicious beers. As a kid, he first started taking photos with an Instamatic of his friends on their BMX bikes. Now he takes photos of beer, breweries and on occasion street photography, events and concerts—minus the Instamatic. You can see more of his photos on Flickr ( ).

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