Good times, good times.
Friday night found me heading out to the WA Brewers Festival for the opening 21+ session, and many good beers were to be had. While the night started out with no rain, several downpours were not far behind after the doors opened. I don’t think it drove too many people away, though, and everyone still seemed to be enjoying themselves huddled under tents and just standing out in the rain. My favorite of the fest was hands-down the Big Al Belgian IPA. I had this a couple of weeks ago up at Naked City and really enjoyed it, and I was happy to have a couple more samples here. I highly suggest heading down to their brewery to fill a growler before they run out (it is a seasonal release). Other highlights included the Georgetown Lisa’s Chocolate Stout (I love when Georgetown does beers outside their usual lineup), Black Raven Malt & Vine 2nd Anniversary Ale, and the RAM Coffee & Chocolate Porter (LOTS of clean, coffee flavor).
After a couple of hours at the fest, we decided to hit up the Hudson Public House (new restaurant from Collins Pub owner Seth Howard) while up in that area. It turns out that Friday was the day a good review of the Hudson printed in the Seattle Times, and the place was hopping to be sure; we were lucky to snag two spots at the bar. This was my third visit to the Hudson, and I have yet to be disappointed. I feasted on possibly the best under-$20 steak ($19 Ribeye) that I’ve ever had in my life, and I sipped on a glass of New Belgium La Folie while watching Ken Griffey Jr. actually come through for the Mariners. It’s hard to top off a night much better than that.
I managed to make it by Naked City for their Lagerfest on Saturday afternoon. I enjoyed a sampler consisting of Schlenkerla Helles, Chuckanut Rauchbier (hey, I like smoked beers…ok?), Snipes Mountain Los Borrachos, and the Hale’s Logger (which would win for best tap handle award). It sounded like the fest was well received for the most part,
but that some customers still longed for their beloved IPAs, which resulted in quite a few bottled IPA sales at the bar. Those crazy northwesterners and their IPAs…
Rather than going back to the brewers fest on Sunday, as I had thought about, we ended up heading out for a hike (Little Mt. Si) followed up by a pint of Diamond Knot IPA with dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Dahlia Lounge. Nothing like a good hike to make me feel like I’ve earned a piece of Tom Douglas’ Triple Coconut Cream Pie…which, seriously, if you are at all a fan of coconut and pie, you need to try this dessert. It is the most amazing dessert on earth (yes, that is fact). I’ve already proposed to Jeanne that we substitute our wedding cake with a huge Coconut Cream Pie from Tom Douglas instead. It’s under consideration.
I’m curious to hear how the rest of the weekend went at the WA Brewers Fest. Good times? Any logistical struggles? Rain? Favorites?
The thought of going out last night never entered my mind, so I didn’t make it over to Big Time for the release of Old Sol like I’d hoped to. I’ll definitely find time to hit that up this week to grab a snifter and a bottle of that wonderful concoction.