Of all the events Latona Pub in Green Lake puts on for us throughout the year, the Earth Week festivities have to be my favorite. For one week every year, all the beer that comes to Latona Pub will come by some means other than motorized transportation. This means kegs can be walked (with a hand truck), delivered by bicycle, or even come by rowboat (any other ideas? Let them know!).
Everything kicks off tomorrow – Sunday, April 15th – with the beginning of the keg deliveries. Kegs come from as close as our local north Seattle breweries like Big Time, Naked City, and Northgate Ram, to as far away as Black Raven Brewing (Redmond -16.6 miles away).
A handful of last year's "keg walkers", courtesy Latona Pub
In addition to saving the planet by saving fuel and decreasing their carbon footprint, Latona Pub also hosts a few events during the week. For Earth Week 2012, there is a “Local Food Awareness” night on Thursday, April 19th beginning at 7pm. A portion of proceeds that night will go towards Chef’s Collaborative.
On Saturday, April 21st, bring your hazardous garbage – computers, electronics, batteries and fluorescent light bulbs – to Latona for a day of free disposal, from noon until 4pm.
Finally, on Sunday April 22nd finish the week with the Feet First benefit starting at 2 pm, with a special keg from Two Beers Brewing – the “Limited Edition Hand Truckin’ Wheat Ale.” This event requires a pre-sale ticket which you can buy online for $20 at Feetfirst.org.
As a sign at one of my local faves Naked City says, “Save the earth – it’s the only planet with BEER!”
This weekend is the annual Washington Beer Open House, and six north Seattle breweries are taking part. On Saturday February 25th between 12pm and 5pm, the breweries open their doors for special events throughout the state. In north Seattle, guests can visit Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, Big Time Brewery, Fremont Brewing, Maritime Pacific, Hilliard’s Beer, and the new Elliott Bay Public House in Lake City.
Here’s a few ways some of the breweries are making Saturday special:
- Maritime Pacific in Ballard will be offering brewery tours every hour beginning at 12:15 (last tour starts at 4:15). They’ll have some special beers on tap for the day.
- Big Time Brewery in the U-District will have brewery tours and special cask-conditioned Icculus IPA.
- Naked City Brewing in Greenwood is going to be pulling samples of their famous Big Lebrewski off the brite tank and showing off the backroom brewery.
- Hilliard’s Beer in Ballard is doing tours of the brewery every hour, and with have the Snout and Co mobile food truck serving up amber boiled Brats outside.
- Elliott Bay Brewing is giving people a sneak peak of their newest location in Lake City - not yet open!
As of this time, Fremont has not announced what they might have on tap – all the more reason to go and be surprised! As people make their way through tomorrow’s Open House, they’re encouraged to tweet their trip and what they find. You can use the hashtag #WaBeerOH to tweet and follow along.
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Tagged Ballard, Big Time Brewing, Elliott Bay Lake City, Fremont Brewing, Hilliard's Beer, Maritime Pacific, Naked City Brewery, naked city taphouse, Washington Beer Open House
Russian River Brewing has done it again – turned the beer-loving community of Seattle into crazed zombies looking for one thing: Pliny the Younger. This heavy triple IPA weighs in at 10.5% ABV, and comes out in only limited quantities every February. And when I say limited, I mean it’s gone within ten minutes of being put on tap.
Personally, I have never tasted the elusive Younger. This is because I refuse to wait in an excited line unless Adam Levine is at the other end of it with his shirt off. A few local establishments have already put their small keg of Pliny the Younger on tap for the year (like The Publican in Tangletown did last Saturday night). But if you’re looking for a taste, you still have a few options that have been announced:
Naked City Brewery and Taphouse is tapping Pliny the Younger at 2pm on Wednesday February 15th (that’s tomorrow people!). It’s first come, first served. Along with Pliny, they’ll also be serving two “tribute” beers – Big Time’s Whiny the Complainer, and Naked City’s own Cry me a River. Both beers are named in response to all the upset people who don’t get their taste of Younger.
Last Drop Bottle Shop WAS selling tickets for tastes of their Pliny…but they’re sold out. They’re tapping it at 4pm on Saturday 2/18 to the ticket holders – and if they still have some left at 4:30, it will be first come/first served (chances are slim, people). If you’re a ticket holder and you’re not there when your number is called, your taste will be forfeited and they’ll move on to the next person.
Some announcements won’t be made until just a few minutes before the pour, but other local establishments known to carry Younger in the past include The Dray, Brouwer’s Cafe (who have already tapped the Elder this week), Uber Tavern, and Bottleworks. For those of you that really want a taste, keep an eye on your local establishment’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest information.
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Tagged Big Time Brewing, bottleworks, brouwer's cafe, naked city taphouse, Pliny Seattle, Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger, Russian River, The Dray, The Publican, Uber Tavern
This afternoon was Naked City’s First Annual Daylight Savings Chaos Cook Off, featuring nine breweries, nine chilis, and nine beers to pair. The event was sold out, and attendees got to have tastes of all the beers and chili dishes before voting 0n a winner.
No one wanted to miss a second of this event, and the place was packed within minutes of the start time. Attendees got to try 3 chili dishes at a time, and the line went from the back of the brewery to the front door each time.
There were trophies to be handed out at the end:
People were asked to vote on best beer, best chili, and best pairing of the two. Hands down, the best pairing award (“most chaotic combo”) went to Big Time Brewing.
7 Seas Brewing won best chili, and Black Raven won for best beer:
But besides having the best beer, Black Raven also brought something else: a raven that gave a secret sauce to their chili. I was lucky enough to get my photo taken with the bird.
The event was a huge success and plans to repeat next year. But, according to servers Aurora and April who organized this year’s event, next year won’t be chili – the food will be announced at a later date. Congrats on a huge success, Naked City!
Turns out I’m not the only one holding an open house this weekend (if you’re interested, mine is Sunday from 11-2 at the new Willowdale Townhomes in Edmonds).
Saturday, February 26th is the Washington Beer Open House from noon to 4pm, with four north Seattle breweries participating and opening their doors to let you peek behind the curtain.
Here are the participating breweries:
Big Time Brewery, located in the U-District at 4133 University Way NE
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company, located at 1111 NW Ballard Way in Ballard
Fremont Brewing, located in (duh) Fremont at 3409 Woodland Park Avenue N
Naked City Brewing, in Greenwood at 8564 Greenwood Ave N
Chances are you won’t make it to all four, but it’s a great opportunity to get out in your neighborhood and meet the craft beer makers that are putting Seattle on the map in the brewing world.
For a full list of all the breweries throughout Washington participating this Saturday, visit the Washington Beer Commission here.