Event Planner: NW: 12/20 End of the World Party Mixtape, Prefunk'ing

It's Midnight (in Hawaii) on a Wednesday December 20th. But this isn't Midnight December 20th 2011, or 1999 or even 1986. It's Wednesday December 20th, 2012. Or as the superstitious would call it, the eve of the End of the World.

Mathematicians and scientists will tell you that the whole thing is fraught with errors. They will tell you that we have a stronger likely-hood of getting hit by a bus, than a number on an antiquated calendar dictating the finality of life in the universe. But isn't it more fun to pretend like it will, just to have an excuse to get out of the house? Good.

Now, what to do, what to do? You can head your nearest tavern, cocktail lounge, or bar. Or you can visit one of these places to prepare for the pending planetary-reset.

Redmond, WA

Black Raven releases Grandfather Raven.

You think the world ending is a major crisis? Try stopping into the Taproom and asking for seconds of this rare, bourbon barrel-aged, Imperial Stout. Aged for a year in a spent bourbon barrel, used to create a 20 year old bourbon, this beer is EXTREMELY rare.

Some fun facts ...

In the creator role, and in the Raven's role as the totem and ancestor, the Raven is often addressed as Grandfather Raven. With this stately sense of pomp and tradition we would be bringing you our Imperial Stout, Grandfather Raven. However, this is an older, grander bird that had spent over a year honing itself in a 20 year bourbon barrel. Since then it has been maturing on stainless steel.

This robust black ale is full with rich dark caramel, unsweetened chocolate, with hints of coffee all mellowed with smooth oak and top shelf bourbon notes. Stately indeed, but at 10.5+% ABV, perhaps it is just a vain attempt to encourage the trickster spirit to act respectably.

Doors open at 3:00 PM and seating will more than likely be limited.

Black Raven Brewery
14679 Northeast 95th Street  Redmond, WA 98052

Seattle, WA

Beveridge Place Pub celebrates 11!

Those of you that live in Seattle, do you remember the first time you walked into Beveridge Place Pub? Or if you are from around the area, do you recall the first time you walked in, asked for a pint, and pet a dog? For those that have never been to BPP then you probably wouldn't understand.

We wanted to remind you that while everyone else is going batsh*t crazy, Gary, Rob, and the rest of the staff will pouring beers, from a 6 Liter bottle of Duvel. Oh and on top of that they will be serving up the following ...

  • St Feuillien Cuvee de Noel ‘08
  • Avery The Beast Grand Cru ‘09
  • Fish Tale 10 Squared Barleywine ‘10
  • Liefman’s Fruitesse ‘11
  • Schooner Exact Hoppy Holidays Winter ‘11
  • Alpenfire Spark Semi-Sweet Cider
  • Big Al Sourlicious
  • Full Sail Top Sail Bourbon Imperial Porter
  • Georgetown Ole’Hara Holiday Stout
  • Hales Whiskey Barrel Aged Wee Heavy
  • Vicarus Tripel/Geuze
  • (plus 25 other taps of goodness)!

Be sure to thank Gary, Teri, and everyone else that has made Beveridge Place Pub so fun.

Beveridge Place Pub
6413 California Avenue Southwest  Seattle, WA 98136

Portland, OR

Phat Santa Party with Alameda Brewing Co.

You think the most screwed up thing is the prospect of your humanity being snuffed out at midnight?! Try walking into 4765 N.E. Fremont Street and seeing a butt-load of Santas drinking up the place. Obviously butt-load isn't an official system of measurement. But if you want to stop Armageddon showing up as a notification on your iPhone, then you should stop into Alameda Brewing from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

'Copy-Paste' hackery taken from the brewery's Facebook page.

Join us for an awesome night of Beer & Cheese indulgence! 
We'll be serving beer & cheese flights, with special thanks to the official Cheese Monger, Steve Jones and his Cheese Bar on SE Belmont. You'll be rolling out of here a Phat Santa for sure -
1. Papa Noel's Special Reserve - 8.2% ABV
Papa Noel’s Special Reserve is the bigger brother of Alameda's popular winter seasonal, Papa Noel’s Olde Ale. This batch was brewed in December 2010 and aged in a variety of wood barrels, including fresh white oak, rum and whiskey, then blended. True to the olde ale style, this beer has a wonderful malt character with notes of raisins, chocolate, toffee and caramel. 
with Montgomery's Cheddar
An authentic cheddar of raw cow milk hand-formed into hulking 60 pound cylinders by James Montgomery in Somerset, England. Each cheese is wrapped with linen and rubbed with lard before cellaring. We look for savory flavor developed over more than 12 months of aging; the best wheels of Monty's cheddar have a nutty meatiness described by our British colleagues as ''reminiscent of the caramelized edge of a Sunday roast.'' Montgomery's is proof positive that cheddar and beer make good bedfellows.
2. Double Down Strong Ale - 10% ABV
A light bodied Imperial IPA brewed with new, unnamed experimental hops. Notes of tropical fruit and mint come out in the aroma and flavor complementing the pilsner malt and bittering hops. 
with Central Coast Goat Gouda
A semi-hard cheese made with goat milk and some added goat cream that is aged four months or more. This ivory colored cheese is firm, dense and smooth with the slight graininess of a long-aged cheese. The cheese has a caramel scent with some notes of nuts and coconut.
3. Ol' Alger Barley Wine - 11% ABV
Originally brewed to celebrate the 1,500th brew at Alameda, this batch was brewed in 2011 and has been aging gracefully. A different take on the barley wine style this ale was brewed with honey harvested in northern Washington by the owner's father. Caramel colored and packed with flavor this sipper will not disappoint. 
with Colston Basset Shropshire
A creamy blue veined cow milk cheese with a distinctive orange body and milder flavour than Blue Stilton, the cheese has a deep orange-brown, natural rind. Shropshire Blue matures for a period of six to eight weeks. This cheese is classically paired with Barley Wines.
4. Barn Owl Imperial Brown Ale
A different, stronger version of the Northern English brown ale style the Barn Owl certainly packs a punch at 8.9% ABV. Earthy notes of brown malt are followed by a dry, slightly bitter finish. Multiple layers of hops and malt emerge as this ale warms.
with Comte Extra
After WWII, Marcel Petite bought an unused munitions fort from the French Government because he felt that it would be an ideal environment for aging his 70lb wheels of French Gruyère known as Comté. Raw cow's milk from Jura, France. This cheese has an exceptionally dense flavor with notes of butter and hazelnuts.
5. Siberian Bear Russian Imperial Stout
Russian Imperial Stouts were originally brewed by English breweries for export to the Russian Tzars. Higher in strength and bitterness than ordinary stouts, they were meant to travel and be consumed during the cold winters. This version was brewed with a small amount of peat smoked malt lending a smokey, scotch-like flavor to this ale. Blacker than night, roasty, and smokey this is the perfect beer for the shortest day of the year.
with Acient Heritage- Hannah Bridge
Made on a farmstead in Madras, OR. Hannah Bridge is a blend of cow and sheep milk so it has the best of both milks. It is earthy, grassy, smooth and creamy.

Alameda Brewing
4765 Northeast Fremont Street  Portland, OR 97213

There are some pre-funk suggestions. Stay tuned for the main event beer & youths in asia. Wait, we spelled that wrong. Oh well!

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