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Two north Seattle Winter Beer Festivals – get your tickets now

The holiday season quickly approaches, and while the kiddos dream of sugarplums (what the heck is a sugarplum, anyway?) I’m dreaming of something else – the winter beer releases from all our great local breweries.  Thankfully, there are some incredible local events that bring those brews to the masses, coming soon in north Seattle.  There’s two that I just don’t miss, and tickets are on sale now for both.

First up, the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Winter Beer Taste.  When I tell people about this HUGE event, they look at me like I’m crazy.  Phinney Ridge is a pretty small neighborhood, but this Beer Taste packs a big punch.  In fact, it fills up three stories of the Phinney Center with over 25 craft breweries, each serving two or three different tastes each.  This year is extra special, as it’s the 25th year running.  The PNA also holds a terrific silent auction during the evening with some great prizes.

A crowd packs one of the rooms at the PNA Winter Beer Taste 2011

Details: PNA Winter Beer Taste falls this year on Saturday, November 10th from 7pm to 10pm.  Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members, and $10 for designated drivers.  The Phinney Neighborhood Center is located at 6532 Phinney Avenue North. Tickets can be purchased here.

After a few weeks of recovery from that, the Washington Beer Commission presents Winter Beer Fest, held this year on December 7th from 5pm to 9pm, and December 8th from 12pm to 9pm.   Held each year at Hale’s Palladium, the Winter Beer Fest packs the room with almost every local brewery, along with food options from Hale’s Pub next door, chocolate from Theo Chocolate, and oysters from Taylor Shellfish.

“Big Daddy” Don Spencer and Kurt Larson from Silver City Brewery get in the holiday spirit pouring Winter Bock and Old Scrooge Ale at 2011’s Beer Tastes.

Details: Hale’s Palladium is located at 4301 Leary Way NW.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and designated driver admission is $5 (at the door only).  WABL members received an additional two tasting tokens with their entry.  Tickets for this one are available here.

So what the heck is Moisture Festival anyway?

Pay attention to this post, because it’s the only time you’ll ever see me use the word “moisture” in a good way. Well, until next year.  2012 is flying by, and it’s already time for the 2012 Moisture Festival.  When I say this to people who are new to the area they give me a very strange look as though they’re suddenly afraid of me.  But have no fear, because here is the Moisture Festival outlined for the masses.

The Moisture Festival is an artistic event featuring comedy, acrobatics, burlesque, and several other art forms all at once – varietè.  Throughout the about three- to four- week period that it lasts (this year, March 15th through April 7th) there are more than 50 individual shows at multiple Seattle locations, including north Seattle’s Hale’s Palladium at 4301 Leary Avenue NW.

Contrary to popular belief that’s probably caused by the genre of show, Moisture Festival is actually for the most part all-ages and family friendly (there are a few adult-only shows throughout the season, and those are the late-night shows).  Also a little known-fact is that the Moisture Festival is actually a non-profit, and several of the shows this year benefit the Fremont Arts Council and Clowns without Borders.

So, now that you’re excited about Moisture – bet you never thought you would be, huh – here’s how you can actually attend one of these incredible shows.  You can view the lineup on their calendar here and then when you know what night and event you want to go to you can purchase the incredibly affordable tickets here.


Winter Beer Fest at Hale’s Palladium – Oh Yea. It’s time.

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  I was so busy eating turkey I almost forgot to mention that this coming Friday and Saturday is the big Winter Beer Fest presented by the Washington Beer Commission.

The Winter Beer Fest is held at Hale’s Palladium in Frelard, at 4301 Leary Way NW.  Tickets are $23 advance and $25 at the door, which gets you a souvenir tasting glass plus six tastes from the beers on tap.

If you’ve never attended a beer festival before, this one is great for first timers.  There are a lot of helpful faces to advise you (mine is one of them!) and a great fun attitude in the room.

In fact, I’ll help you out now.  Some beers you definitely need to try, just for originality and seasonality:

  • Big Al’s Nut Warmer (peanut butter dark ale)
  • Elysian’s Bye-Bye Frost (a strong pale ale)
  • Iron Horse’s Cozy Sweater (vanilla milk stout)
  • Silver City’s Old Scrooge Christmas Ale (British-style barley wine ale)

Need a full list of participating breweries?  You can find all the breweries that will be pouring here.

If you’re hungry before, during, or after the event, stop into Hale’s restaurant next door for a full selection of pub food.  The festival runs Friday, December 2nd from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, December 3rd from noon to 9 p.m.  Look for me at Friday’s session!

Silver City's Don and Kurt getting into the holiday spirit




2011 Moisture Festival begins next week in north Seattle

The Moisture Festival comes once again to Seattle from March 17th to April 10th, at five different venues.  The “Comedy/Variete” show features different acts and artists performing all kinds of acts – from juggling and comedy shows to acrobats and strong men, and beyond. 

The Festival is in its 8th year and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization hoping to enrich Seattle lives with the arts.  This year, as in previous, many acts are held in north Seattle at our own Hale’s Palladium in Ballard.  Tickets for evening shows, late night shows, and weekend matinees are available here.

Other theatres featuring acts from The Moisture Festival include ACT and SIFF downtown, Georgetown Ballroom, and Open Space in Vashon.  Hale’s Palladium is located at 4301 Leary Way NW.

You can find a full list of performances and more information on the history of the festival at www.moisturefestival.com.

Where you’ll find North Seattle Sarah this weekend

There are a couple very cool events happening this weekend that you can definitely find me at.

First, it’s the 34th Annual Green Lake Pathway of Lights on Saturday from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Thousands are expected to help light up the loop and people are encouraged to bring their own lamps and candles.  There will be live music at four locations around the lake.  Learn more here – http://parkways.seattle.gov/2010/10/29/green-lake-pathway-of-lights-is-december-11/ – and look for me early on as the event starts.

I’ll be there early because I will have to leave early, and head over to Hale’s Palladium in Ballard for the Winter Beer Fest 2010.  If you haven’t bought tickets yet, you get a $2 discount for buying in advance.  Otherwise, tickets are $25 at the door.  Winter beers from over 30 Washington breweries will be featured, and admission gets you six 5-ounce tastes (you can buy more tastes inside). 

Sunday – I’ll be shopping locally for some family Christmas presents.  Stay tuned to hear what kinds of goodies I find:)