Posts Tagged ‘beer’

Bikes, Beers and Pirate-Themed Hijinks on Bainbridge

Seattle’s drinking club with a biking problem (.83) is hosting its 4th-annual “FUCKING HLLS RACE” Feb. 22  on Bainbridge Island.

This premier cycling event draws cyclists from all over the region to compete for cash and  liquid prizes as well as some decent biking gear donated by top-of-the line companies.

The course is a knee-crushing, 33-mile ride around Bainbridge Island, but there’s an all-you-can eat chili feed (vegan and meat) at the end so it’s totally worth it. The race is $7 and it will also cost you $8 to ride the ferry to the starting line. Meet at Alaskan and Washington under the Viaduct at 8:30 a.m. (look for riders sporting the home-made, Elvis-themed pirate bibs).

“It’s really about the spirit of cycling and promoting unity within the community,” lied an extremely belligerent and noticeably intoxicated Derrick Ito, FHR Organizer.

“The prize lists includes cash, booze and a ton of great bike schwag from our great sponsors,” Ito said, while trying hard to maintain his balance and hide the fact that he was slurring his words.

Ito has a an expanding prize list that includes a lap dance from a local stripper, liquid prizes from Cafe Metropolitan and a complete Hammerhead 7 bicycle from Dahon. The bicycle will be raffled off with proceeds to benefit a locally-owned bike company.

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Fuck the Hills Race Flyer

Fuck the Hills Race Flyer

So, You’ve Withdrawn All Your Money from WaMu. Now What?

Well, instead of stuffing your cash under a mattress, take it over to the Comet, where you will get a solid return on your dollar investments. In a dangerously irresistible move, you can now get a beer for a buck at the Comet. The only debate you need to worry about in 2008 is Rainier vs. PBR vs. Busch. And with an extremely long window of opportunity (11am-7pm everyday and 11pm-close Sunday-Thursday), you have no excuse not to stroll in with anything from 5 bucks, a roll of quarters, your benefactor/friend, to whatever/whoever, and leave happy.*

See you at lunchtime.

The Comet Tavern
922 E Pike St
(206) 322-9272

*But don’t forget to tip your bartenders.

Fremont Oktoberfest This Weekend

carnage by poopoorama [flickr] via our group pool [#]

Only two more days until Fremont’s annual Oktoberfest, once hailed by USA Today as one of the top 10 Oktoberfests in the world. Fremont has added some funky additions to the traditional celebration of beer, beer and more beer. While The Stranger’s Microbrew garden will indeed include 70+ beers, the festival will also include musical acts, a 5k run/walk (with a ‘beer-belly’ division!), and the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest, pictured above.

A list of what’s on tap includes Beck’s Oktoberfest, Late Harvest Autumn Ale from Redhook (formerly located very, very close to Oktoberfest’s current location) and Giddy Up! from New Belgium, a coffee/beer concoction. Their schedule of events includes a brand new comedy show, and the pumpkin carving contest will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are on sale now, online or offline for $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

A Most Efficient Alcohol and Beta-Carotene Delivery System

The problem with most pumpkin beers is that they are so sweet, cloying, and heavily spiced that they taste like someone dumped a can of pumpkin pie filling into your beer. (And a sub-par, filler beer to start with.) Thankfully this is not the case at the Elysian, who deliver a very subtle pumpkin and spice beer, the Night Owl. Courtesy of the Elysian’s website, here is the recipe for this fall classic:

Brewed with 150 lbs. of pumpkin in each batch. Made with Pale, Munich and Crystal malts green and roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin in the mash, boil and fermenter. Bittered with Horizon hops. Spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

And with the recent partnership between New Belgium Brewing and Elysian, I can now segue into a sneak preview of New Belgium’s, uh, newest beer: Giddy Up!

As the label states, this is an ale brewed with lemon peel and infused with espresso. (Is the lemon/espresso combo a café romano?) Beer and coffee together?!? What’s not to love? I could not discern the lemon flavor, but the addition of the espresso to the beer was divine. Again, like the Elysian pumpkin ale, the flavor of the infused ingredient was present, but did not distract from the fact that this is a damn good ale on its own.

Beer, Coffee, Cheese, and Chocolate

A beer tasting at Aster

A beer tasting at Aster

What more could you possibly want?

Tonight, at Aster Coffee Lounge in Ballard, you can participate in their most excellent beer tasting. I was lucky enough to attend their last beer and cheese tasting and let me tell you… for $7, it is an incredible value.

You get 5 tastes of beer, and they are generous tastes. Each is at least 2-3 ounces of beer.

Along with the beer, you get cheese samples and at least one chocolate sample. The beer tonight is all from Unibroue.

They will have a live DJ, and of course, their excellent coffee and snacks. The tasting runs from 4pm to 8pm.

Aster Coffee Lounge
5615 24th Ave NW

Paper or plastic? Wine or beer?

Going to the grocery store is getting interesting. Starting on October 1, 2008, a number of local grocery stores will be piloting a new program to allow wine and beer tastings on-site. A grand total of 30 stores were selected to participate in this program. Full listing of the stores and more details on the program after the jump.

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