Cheap Beer? My Journey From Cheap American Lagers To Homebrew & Microbrews

How we percieve things can have a big impact on our definitions of certain things. Prime example: how do you define “cheap”? It can mean different things to different people. To Bill Gates, for example, a $50K Lexus is a pretty ‘cheap’ car – compared to what he could spend on one if he wanted ($300K Bentley anyone? $500K Mercedes?) 

Then, of course, there are those for which the Lexus is far too expensive and their idea of cheap is a $15K Volkswagen or even a $10K Kia ($2K 1972 VW Bug, anyone? lol). For those who are financially-minded (that is – preoccupied with their finances), the beer world can sometimes be viewed in somewhat the same way. 

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Big Time Brewing’s Old Wooly Arrives December 1st

The holiday beer season is upon us.  After the pleasing glut of pumpkin beers leading up to Halloween, I still need to catch up with some of my favorite winter time beers.  I’ve already really been enjoying Hoppy Holidays from Schooner Exact Brewing and am looking forward to the release of their popular, Hoppy The Woodsman, sometime in early December.  I’ve also been fortunate to have some of this year’s Sleigh’r from Ninkasi Brewing and a touch of Sierra Nevada Brewing‘s Bigfoot (the keg blew as they were pouring my glass, so I only got a bit).  However, I have yet this year to have a Jolly Roger from Maritime Pacific Brewing, a Bifrost from Elysian Brewing or just about any other beers that only show up around the holiday season.  I’d better get busy! 

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Firestone Walker Ugly Sweater Party At Brouwer’s Cafe

Do you enjoy Winter get-togethers and Firestone Walker Brewing Company beers?  Then don’t miss the Firestone Walker Ugly Sweater Party, happing on Friday, November 23rd at Brouwer’s Cafe.  This will be one of, if not the first place in Washington you’ll be able to find Firestone Walker’s XVIth Anniversary Ale, which was just released, on tap. 

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Schooner Exact Expands Hours And Adds A Full Menu

From their humble beginnings back in 2006, brewing only a half barrel at a time in a small space under the West Seattle bridge, partners Marcus Connery and Matt & Heather McClung have slowly grown Schooner Exact Brewing Company into a well  known and well repsected name in the Seattle beer scene.  Now it’s time for the next step. 

The Entrance To The Expanded Seating Area With Windows To The Barrel Aging Room

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Two Beers Brewing 5th Anniversary Party Was A Blast

This past Saturday, 11/3, I attended the 5th Anniversary party for Two Beers Brewing Company in their tasting room, The Woods, in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood.  Despite a bit or rainy weather on and off, everyone seemed to have a great time enjoying some great beers. 

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