I had the awesome opportunity yesterday evening to accompany the lovely Taryn Miller of Sips & the City to Wine Rocks Seattle on Pier 66, and essentially get the experience of a wine festival instead of the beer fests I usually gravitate to. I’m sold! This event had everything you could want on a Seattle summer evening: a waterfront location with a view, fantastic wines (I stuck mostly to white and rose because of the heat), food samples (Beechers Cheese and Bill the Butcher were on hand, among others) and food trucks (like the amazing Grilled Cheese Experience), and live music.
The music was provided by the wine makers themselves, who formed a few bands and played a good variety for lounging and dancing. In particular, an all-track-suit-wearing band from Des Voigne Cellars in Woodinville provided covers from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Weezer and Dixie Chicks that I just loved.
As far as the wine goes, I won’t pick favorites. I’m not nearly enough of a connoisseur to advise on good wines. I’ll just say there was a great representation there from all over the state and enough varieties to suit everyone’s taste. Don’t like wine? They had you covered there too, with several beers and ciders available.
The best part? Proceeds from the event benefited the University District Food Bank.
Here’s a few photos from the event!
Earth Day is April 22nd, which happens to land on a Tuesday this year – but many of us will be spending this Easter weekend contributing somehow. For example, I’m headed to Federal Way tomorrow to work with Habitat for Humanity on a neighborhood cleanup project.
Latona Pub, however, is once again continuing their awesome streak of providing a full tap list consisting only of beers that have made it to the pub by means other than motorized transportation. Many of the kegs going on tap this weekend are from fairly close breweries like Naked City and RAM Northgate and are walked to Latona by way of hand truck. Some, however, are coming from a little farther away, like Black Raven Brewing (about 19 miles). That particular keg was attached to the back of brewer Tom Mace’s bike and cycled over.
This is the fourth year in a row that Latona Pub has held this tradition. It all culminates on Sunday, April 20th, when nonprofit organization Feet First (along with a number of volunteers and participants), walk the final keg from Two Beers Brewing in SODO starting around 9:30 in the morning. The beer, called Hand Truckin’ Amber Ale, should arrive at the end of it’s 10-mile walking trek at about 2pm where the festivities really kick off at Latona. An auction is held at the pub and both donations and awareness benefit Feet First, who help make Washington more walkable.
Look for me (and my dad, who’s in town visiting me!) at Latona Pub that afternoon, ready to bid on a some cool prizes!
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Tagged Black Raven, earth day, Green Lake, Latona Pub, naked city, Ram Northgate, seattle, Seattle Beer, sodo, Two Beers Brewing
Next Wednesday, April 23rd from 6pm to 9pm, the University District Food Bank will be playing guest bartender for 50 North Restaurant,in an effort to raise a little extra cash.
50 North is located at 5001 25th Ave NE #100 (at Northcut Landing), with free garage parking. It’s a family-friendly restaurant and serves dinner until 9pm on weeknights with the bar closing down at 10pm.
Next Wednesday, 10% of all drink sales will be donated to the Food Bank. Receipts will also give an opportunity to donate extra amounts to the Food Bank on your credit/debit card, and there will be tip jars around the bar collecting also. Finally, 50 North is donating $1 to the University Food Back for every “LIKE” they receive on Facebook today through the event night, so click through and give them a like!
Sure it’s only April, but I for one am already gearing up for some of the most fun events this town puts on. Whether you’re new to the Puget Sound, or just finally getting involved, here are four of the “Can’t Miss” occasions I look forward to each year!
Washington Brewers Festival: June 13th-15th. Perhaps the most well attended beer festival in the state, this event runs Friday through Sunday at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Friday night is adults only, but kids are welcome Saturday and Sunday and this serves as a great way to celebrate Father’s Day. This year, there will be 88 participating breweries, each serving up a few options for over 300 beer selections.
Fremont Summer Solstice Parade: June 21st. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve brought to this parade over the years, to celebrating the arrival of summer. Between naked cyclists, environmentally-conscious floats, and the arrival of the flying spaghetti monster it’s a must-do. Just get there early – and I mean EARLY – to get a good view. Also, bring a little cash to put in the change buckets as they come round, as this event and many others like it are funded by public donation.
Green Lake Milk Carton Derby: July 12th. This event is technically part of Seafair, but is a full day of fun in its own right. Different categories of participants create and decorate their own floats out of milk cartons and then race them on Green Lake. It lasts just about all day long, and when the floats aren’t racing they’re on display around the path to see.
Moonlight Cinema at Redhook: July 10th – August 28th. This year’s movie lineup includes Die Hard, Anchorman 2, Top Gun and The Big Lebowski to name a few. You have to head to the eastside, but can you think of a better location for an outdoor movie festival than at a brewery? (Didn’t think so)
There’s plenty of other events coming up this summer too, like Seafair, National Night Out, and Concerts at Marymoor Park – we’ll get to those at a later date!
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Tagged Fremont, Green Lake, marymoor park, milk carton derby, redhook, redmond, seattle, summer solstice parade, washington beer, washington brewers fest
As someone who has always had an easier time making friends with men instead of women, I am thankful for a monthly meetup among girlfriends that we call “NewBar.” The first Friday of every month, one girl picks a bar she’s never been to – and the rest of us meet there for a drink and maybe light meal. The most recent NewBar was my choice – and since I never find an excuse to go to Capitol Hill, I chose a place called Witness – 410 Broadway East. We unanimously decided this has been our most fun NewBar night in quite some time.
Witness has a Southern Baptist theme. It’s hard to find, as the sign out front is similar to what you’d see outside a church – a black box with white letters behind glass. Inside, the church theme continues with pews as seats and inspired cocktails like the Saint Christopher and the Heaven is a Place on Earth.
Witness claims to focus on hospitality and boy do they. While waiting on a crowded Friday night for a table, we were served our drinks, approached several times to make sure we were okay, and then finally seated. Once seated, we had two visits to the table from the owner, who talked to us a little about the food and atmosphere. I couldn’t resist ordering chicken and waffles (O.M.G. – best in Seattle). Other classic southern dishes on the menu include shrimp and grits, and Carolina pulled pork sliders. But make no mistake – this is still Capitol Hill and not actually a church, so there was vibrant music and plenty of fun to be had.
Well worth the ~40 minute wait for a seat, this place was fantastic!
This Saturday is my favorite beer festival of the year: the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Winter Beer Taste. As a sort of “kick-off” to winter beer season, the event features 30 local breweries pouring both the classics, and their newest winter concoctions.
The event starts at 7pm on Saturday, November 9th, and costs $35 for non-PNA members ($25 for members). It’s held at the Phinney Center, at 6532 Phinney Ave N. For $60, you can head in early for a sneak preview tasting and beat the crowds.
Some recommendations to look out for? Big Al’s Nutwarmer (which is usually gone halfway through the night), Naked City’s Wild Cherry Barrel Aged Sour, and a cider this year from the new Seattle Cider Company.
More info and tickets here: http://www.phinneycenter.org/beer/
Who’s a big kid now? Naked City, that’s who. They’ll be celebrating their 5th year all day on Saturday, October 19th, and its sure to be yet another packed party.
26 taps will be devoted to Naked City beers that have been brewed over the years – a lot of classics and a few new ones. And to top off the beer presentation, they’ll have a special bottle release of their famous Big Lebrewski, a white Russian imperial stout.
They’ll also have food specials, oyster shooters, live music and t-shirts available to purchase to commemorate the special day. For those that don’t frequent the brewery & taphouse too often, this was a big year for Naked City – they finally opened The Walrus beer garden in the vacant lot next door. Come out and celebrate with them at 8564 Greenwood Ave North.
Being lucky enough to have lived here several years now, I have spent a time or two on patios with a glass in my hand. You’ll forgive me this afternoon for staying indoors with a Popsicle in hand, but my fair skin doesn’t allow much room for sunburn. Still, when temps are moderately hot and the day is getting done, there’s nothing I love more than a local patio. So, for those of you new to the area or just getting out for the first time, I present to you my list of favorite outdoor spaces in north Seattle:
- Naked City’s Walrus Beer Garden. This only just opened a little over a week ago, but is filled with picnic tables & umbrellas, a Washers game in the corner, and occasional live music. You can see it from Greenwood Ave over a pony wall but gain access through the restaurant. Kid friendly, but not dog friendly.
- Fremont Brewing’s Urban Beer Garden: This half indoor/half outdoor space has a variety of seating options, old wooden barrels as drink stands, and is both kid and dog friendly. If it gets too hot outdoors, you can step inside for some shade and grab a handful of complimentary pretzels.
- Forza Coffee in Green Lake: With a roll-up door, Forza’s patio again spills into the inside of the facility. Why am I including a coffee joint in my list? Because this place also carries local beer, wine on tap, and light food options. Kid and dog friendly. As a special treat, go on a Friday or Saturday evening for live music.
- The Yard Cafe: Also located on Greenwood Avenue, you could technically consider the entire building to be an outdoor spot. With picnic tables in the sunshine right out front and shaded indoor seating that converts to the outdoors by lifting a plastic barrier, you’ll also love the delicious Mexican food options.
- Ray’s Cafe: I don’t think I need to say a lot here. You can sit on the deck of Ray’s in Ballard and watch boats and paddle boarders while eating amazing seafood. If it gets chilly, just ask for a blanket and they’ll provide.
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Tagged Ballard, Forza Coffee, Fremont, Fremont Brewing, Green Lake, Greenlake, Greenwood, naked city, ray's cafe, the yard cafe
You’ll want to mark your calendar for this one – May 19th, from 3-7 pm, the Phinney Neighborhood Center will become home to a wealth of local food trucks along with local beverage providers and live music.
It’s all to benefit the University District Food Bank, which provides groceries to over 1100 families each week. But unlike the U-District Food Bank fundraisers we usually see throughout the year, this one isn’t going directly to the food – it’s going towards the building. Currently, the food bank operates out of an 800-sq ft facility. This event, called “Fight Hunger, Build Hope” is the kick-off to raise $2.75M for a new, larger facility that can accommodate all the customers it serves.
The event itself will cost $25 for entry, and that gets you eight tastes from food trucks plus four drink sips from local distillers and brewers (this is a 21 & over event). There will also be live entertainment throughout the afternoon.
You can purchase tickets here for either $25, or make a $125 donation to also receive a community cookbook with recipes from many of our favorite food trucks.
After a successful few years, Latona Pub’s IPA Final Four Challege is back – and brackets need to be filled out and submitted by Tuesday afternoon.
If you’re used to losing the NBA March Madness brackets each year, and know your beers better than your sports teams (I admit, I choose my NBA teams based on how cute the mascot is), then this is definitely the event for you.
Starting Monday, March 18th, Latona Pub will put sets of IPA’s on tap – three at a time. Your job is to predict which keg will blow first. They’ll do this four times (timing depends on when the kegs blow), and then the four winners will be put on tap against each other.
Don’t think this is easy though – The first round features Green Flash, Boneyard, and Boundary Bay. Boneyard won the entire event last year, and Boundary Bay won the year before – so it’ll be a tight race.
Other IPA’s coming up in the tournament include Black Raven’s Trickster, 7 Seas Rude Parrot, Elysian’s Space Dust, and of course, Georgetown’s Lucille.
Brackets are available now to be filled out at Latona Pub in Green Lake and turned in before the first keg blows – likely on Tuesday afternoon.