4th Annual Real Strong Beer Festival at Collins Pub

As I try to recover from last weekend’s Beerapalooza festivities, it’s time to look forward to Seattle’s busiest beer season. Over the next six weeks, the events are nonstop. First out of the gate is the 4th Annual Real Strong Beer Festival at Collins Pub. Several strong beer styles will be represented, including barleywines, imperial stouts and double IPAs. As with their American Belgian Fest, Collins will offer glasses of each beer for $5 or sets of 3 for $14. There will also be special menu items available to pair with the beers.

Collins owner Seth Howard was kind enough to take a few minutes to write out the list of beers for me. One that really caught my eye was the Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, a beer from Colorado that people have been raving about lately. This is the first time I’ve seen it in Seattle. Other highlights include the Deschutes The Abyss (also an imperial stout) and various vintages of barleywines dating back to 2004 from breweries like Anchor, Moylans, Full Sail, Rogue and Hale’s. Here’s the entire list:

Anchor Old Foghorn ’06 & ’07 (barleywine)
Avery Hog Heaven (barleywine)
Avery The Reverend (Belgian-style quadrupel)
Boundary Bay Old Bounder (barleywine)
Deschutes The Abyss (imperial stout)
Full Sail Old Boardhead ’05 (barleywine)
Great Divide Old Ruffian (barleywine)
Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws (barleywine)
Hair of the Dog Fred (strong ale)
Hale’s Rudyards Rare ’05 (barleywine)
Heads Up Brewing 9MM IPA (cask-conditioned in a firkin)
Left Hand Widdershins (oak-aged barleywine)
Moylans Old Blarney ’06 (barleywine)
North Coast Old Stock (barleywine)
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy (imperial stout)
Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner
Rogue Old Crustacean ’04 (barleywine)
Speakeasy Double Daddy IPA
Stone Double Bastard (strong ale)
Stone Old Guardian (barleywine)
Winthrop Barleywine ’04

The festival starts this Friday, February 22nd and will run until the beers are gone, which should be about a week or so. I plan on being there early and as often as my liver function will allow. Yes, these are big beers with a lot of alcohol–even one or two can put a serious dent in your sobriety level. So take a bus or bring a designated driver whom you can tempt and taunt mercilessly as you sample these delicious beers.

5 Comments so far

  1. Steve M (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 10:11 am

    I had the Abyss last Saturday (at the Nickerson St. Saloon), and even though I’m not a huge stout fan, it was quite nice. I’m sure you’d like it. I even had a second one!


  2. Chris D (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 10:14 am

    Steve…I was lucky enough to have the Abyss a few weeks back. It’s one hyped-up beer that’s actually worthy of the fuss. Can’t believe you had two, though. Pretty ballsy, my friend. That’s some strong, rich stuff. A one and done beer for me.


  3. Brad (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 10:50 am

    Wow, I wish I could make it over for the strong beers this weekend. What are the other events coming up over the next six weeks?


  4. Chris D (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 11:12 am

    Brad…patience, sir. I can’t tell you about all the events now. If I did, what would I post about over the next few weeks?


  5. Tony B. (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 11:52 am

    Much appreciative of the beerlove you show on this blog! Didn’t know of your main blog, but will now be adding that to my reader as well.



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