A sad day for Trekkies, as Spock actor Leonard Nimoy passes. What beer would be fitting to toast his memory and wish him well on his next great adventure?
The Pike 2015 Chocofest was held on Sunday, February 8, on three levels at the Pike Pub & Brewery. The event included more than 100 different beer, cider, wine, spirit and food vendors.
KING5 and Evening Magazine run a Best of Western Washington popularity poll every year with massive amounts of categories that are still not precise enough, especially for beer-related “Bests.”
Best Beer Blog is not its own category, but instead it is tucked into a social media, Food Bloggers category. Why? Beer bloggers usually don’t blog about food.Anyway, it is time to give Kendall Jones a big shout out as having the Best Beer Blog in Western Washington, the Washington Beer Blog. I read it all the time. Note that his blog did not finish first in the category (#9 of 96), so he didn’t get the cool plaque. Some crummy recipe blogger gets that. Which makes no sense to me. That’s like putting brewpubs in with all the restaurants.
That said, guess who got the second most votes in the Food Blog category that is primarily a beer blogger – yep – you got it – Hoppy Trails Beer News! Right here.
“Hoppy Trails Beer News – Ranked #29 of 96 for Best Food Blog“
There are several other beer bloggers around here that I follow; Seattle Beer News, being another great source of local beer information.
The beer-related Top 5’s for this year are:
If you haven’t tried some of these places – please do. And keep reading the beer blogs!
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The peninsula’s January festival of beer mayhem (called Strange Brewfest) has ended. Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about making or tasting beer, dozens of WA craft brewers (and one that officially stopped being a craft brewer) put on their homebrewer caps and said, in essence, “Oh, ya? Try this!!”
The trip to Port Townsend, WA is always a scenic overkill, making you want to get out the tent, backpacks, and sleeping bags and live the wilderness life for a few days. Still relatively rural or deeply forested, the peninsula is a collection of farms, waterways and very cute, very small towns.
Poulsbo has long been the Nordic capital of the West Sound and boasts three great breweries that are radically different and uniquely supportive of one another. There are many other exceptional breweries not too far away in Port Orchard, Shelton, Bremerton, Silverdale, Gig Harbor, Port Angeles, Hood Canal, Kingston, Bainbridge Island and the destination of last weekend’s road trip, Port Townsend. No trip to Port Townsend is complete without a stop at the Port Townsend Brewery.
First up was the new brewery in downtown Poulsbo, Slippery Pig Brewing. Not that the brewery itself is new, since it has been around since 2011 originally located on, yes, a pig farm. Owner Dave Lambert creates specialty beers based on traditional styles, with a local ingredients thrown in; thistles, rhubarb and nettles. It also has some spot on evening entertainment featuring local bands of a variety of musical styles.
Then it was on to the Strange Brewfest. Forty brewers created concoctions for your enjoyment like:
Oh yes, the list goes on and on.
(Click on the collages above for larger images)
After two days of tasting some pretty remarkable beers and some great food from the Shanghai Restaurant and Khu Larb Thai there needed to be one more adventure before heading to the ferry dock for the ride home – Valholl Brewing.
Sorry to see this one end – but next weekend is Belgianfest!!!!