Brouwer’s Cafe’s 12th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival Starts March 15th – UPDATED 3/12

Logos From Previous Hard Liver Festivals

The holidays are over and we’re deep in the heart of Winter around the Sound.  I’m just glad we haven’t been experiencing the extremely frigid temperatures much of the nation has had to deal with recently.   Ofcourse, the rain has returned and should be sticking around with us for a while (with a possible break this Saturday for the Seahawks vs. Saints division playoff game).  Just do your best to stay warm and dry; perhaps while enjoying a delicious craft beer.  You can even get one if you’ll be at the game.  Century Link Field has been named the #1 best NFL Stadium for craft beer selection in the nation by The Daily Meal.

Though it’s only January, that doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about one of the great joys approaching for Seattle area craft beer enthusiasts.  Namely: Barleywine festivals.  Each year, throughout the Winter and early Spring, craft breweries across the nation and the World start releasing their barleywines and a few different annual events are approaching to celebrate these wonderfully robust creations.

A Few Selections From Hard Liver 2013

A Few Selections From Hard Liver 2013

One of those events, the 12th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival at Brouwer’s Café, has just been announced.  It will kickoff this year on Saturday, March 15, 2014, when Brouwer’s Café opens their doors at 11:00 AM.  So far ahead of the event, the tap list has not yet been announced, but watch for a new post on the festival as the date grows closer.

To give you some idea of what you can expect to see, here is last year’s tap list:

  • 21st Amendment Lower da Boom 2012
  • Alaskan Rough Trade Barleywine 2009
  • Anacortes Old Sebastes 2012
  • Anchor Old Foghorn 2012
  • Anchorage Deal with the Devil
  • Avery Hog Heaven 2012
  • Beachwood Annihilator 2012
  • Beer Valley Highway to Ale 2012
  • Big Al Ol #1 2012
  • Big Sky Old Bluehair 2012
  • Black Diamond Dried up Old Geezer 2012
  • Black Raven Old Birdbrain 2012
  • Boulder Kiler Penquin 2011
  • Boulder Mortimer Barrel 2012
  • Boulavard Harvest Dance Wheatwine 2012
  • Boundary Bay Old Bounder 2012
  • Dick’s Barleywine 2012
  • Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine 2012
  • Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller 2012
  • Elysian Death Star 2013
  • Emilliese Jack Daniels Aged Barleywine 2012
  • Epic Brewing Barleywine 2012
  • Firestone Walker Abacus 2011
  • Firestone Walker Sucaba 2013
  • Fish Tale Leviathon Barleywine 2012
  • Fremont Old Bridge Rider 2012
  • Full Sail Old Boardhead 2012
  • Glacier Old Woody
  • Great Divide Old Ruffian 2010
  • Great Divide Old Ruffian 2012
  • Green Flash/Cigar City Candela Rye 2012
  • HOD Doggie Claws 2012
  • Lagunitas Gnarleywine 2007
  • Lagunitas Gnarleywine 2009
  • Lagunitas Gnarleywine 2010
  • Lagunitas Gnarleywine 2011(x2)
  • Laurelwood Barrel Aged Old Reliable 2012
  • Lompoc Old Tavern Rat 2012
  • Lost Abbey Angel’s Share 2012(Bourbon?)
  • Mad River John Barleycorn 2011
  • Moylan’s Old Blarney Barleywine 2013
  • Naked City Old Proper
  • Ninkasi Critical Hit Barleywine 2012
  • Ninkasi Wheatwine 2012
  • Pelican Stormwatcher
  • Pike Old Bawdy 2011
  • Port Townsend Old Man Barleywine 2011
  • Rogue Old Crustation 2012
  • Sam Adam’s Griffen’s Bow Blonde 2012
  • Scuttlbutt Ol’ #1 2011
  • Seven Seas Old Wheelchair 2012
  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2011
  • Snipes Fifth World Apocalypse 2012
  • Stone Old Gaurdian 2009
  • Uinta Cockeyed Cooper 2012
Brouwer's Café's Nathaniel Pellman Puts In A Lot Of Hard Work To Organize Hard Liver For Us All

Brouwer’s Café’s Nathaniel Pellman Puts In A Lot Of Hard Work To Organize Hard Liver For Us All

Last year’s winners were:

  1. Lost Abbey Brandy Angel’s Share ’11
  2. Firestone Walker Abacus ’11
  3.  Black Raven – Old Birdbrain ’10
    -Honorable Mention – Lost Abbey Bourbon Angel’s Share ’11

2012’s Winners were:

  1. Founders Devil Dancer
  2. HUB Bourbon Ace of Spades
  3. Left Coast Hop Juice

If you’ve been to this event before, you know that Brouwer’s Café also adds a few special items to their food menu, to accompany all that barleywine goodness.  Believe me, you don’t want to be drinking barleywine on an empty stomach, unless you want to wind up flat on your face before too long.

Last year’s special menu selections included choices such as:

  • 24oz Oregon Lamb Shank braised in Barleywine with mire poix, rosemary-parmesan polenta, arugula with pine nut gremolata
  • Barleywine Cheesecake with blueberries

I’m eager to see what this year’s special selections will be.  Whatever choice you make though, the food at Brouwer’s doesn’t disappoint.  From their true Belgian frittes to their lamb burger, mussels and frittes, Stoofvleez or any number of other selections, I’ve never had a bad meal at Brouwer’s Café.

From Last Year's Barleywine Bacchanal At Beveridge Place Pub

From Last Year’s Barleywine Bacchanal At Beveridge Place Pub

UPDATE 3/12/2014 – The full, anticipated tap list for this year’s Hard Liver Festival:

  • 21st Amendment Lower De Boom ‘13 (11.5%) San Francisco    Alaskan Big Nugget ’09 (10.4%) Anchorage    Alaskan Big Nugget ’10 (10.71%) Anchorage
  •  Alesmith Old Numbskull (11%) San Diego
  •  Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine (12%) San Francisco    Amnesia Frosty Wine (10.5%) Portland
  •  Anacortes Old Sebastes ’07 () Anacortes
  •  Anchor Old Foghorn ’10 (8.8%) San Francisco
  •  Anderson Valley Horn of the Beer (8.7%) Boonville
  •  Avery Hog Heaven ’13(9.2%) Boulder
  •  Bainbridge Island Old Toejam ’12 (9.9%) Bainbridge Island
  •  Ballast Point Rum Barrel Aged Three Sheets (10%) San Diego
  •  Bear Republic Old Scoutter’s (10.4%) Healdsburg
  •  Big Sky Olde Bluehair ’13 (9.5%) Missoula
  •  Big Time Old Wooly ’13 (9.4%) Seattle
  •  Black Raven Old Birdbrain ’13 (12.2%) Redmond
  •  Boulder Killer Penguin ’12 (10%) Boulder
  •  Bridgeport Old Knucklehead ‘12 (9.2%) Portland
  •  Coronado Old Scallywag ’13 (11.4) Coronado
  •  Deschutes Mirror Mirror year ‘09 (11%) Bend
  •  Epic Brewing Barley Wine (10.4%) Salt Lake City
  •  Engine House #9 Thunder Buddies ’13 (9.8%) Tacoma
  •  Evil Twin Freudian Slip (10.3%) Stratford
  •  Firestone Walker Sucaba ’13 (12.5%) Paso Robles
  •  Fort George Balzac Barleywine (8%) Astoria
  •  Fremont SBW Barleywine (9.5%) Seattle
  •  Gigantic Massive (12%) Portland
  •  Great Divide Old Ruffian ’10 (10.2%) Denver
  •  Green Flash Bourbon Barrel Barleywine (10.9%) San Diego
  •  Hales BBl Barleywine (10%) Seattle
  •  Highwater Old and In the Way (11%) San Leandro
  •  HUB Noggin Floggin ’10 (10.5%) Portland
  •  Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine ’10 (10.85%) Peteluma
  •  Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine ’11 (10.6%) Peteluma
  •  Laurelwood Old Reliable Barrel Aged ’13 (10%) Portland
  •  Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Grand Cru ’13 (16.2%) San Marcos
  •  Mad Viking Pillage the Village ’13 (11%) Vejle
  •  Midnight Sun Arctic Devil ’13 (13.2%) Anchorage
  •  Moylan’s Old Blarney Barleywine ’13 (10%) Novato
  •  North Coast Old Stock Ale ‘ 12 (11.7% Fort Bragg
  •  Oakshire Barleywine ’13 (10.1%) Eugene
  •  Napabier The Beast 666 (11%) Noain
  •  Pelican Stormwatcher ’13 (12.7%) Pacific City
  •  Pike Old Bawdy ’10 (10.7%) Seattle
  •  Populuxe Old Oddvars (9%) Seattle
  •  Port Townsend Old Man ’13 (10.5%) Port Townsend
  •  Seven Seas BBL Wheelchair ’13 (11.5%) Gig Harbor
  •  Sierra Nevada Big Foot ’12 (9.2%) Chico
  •  Snipes Mountain Roza Reserve ’13 (9.2%) Sunnyside
  •  Sound Brewing Old Scoundrel (10.4%) Poulsbo
  •  Speakeasy Old Godfather ‘13 (10.5%) San Francisco
  •  Stone Old Guardian ’12 (11%) Escondido
  •  Uinta Cockeyed Cooper (11.1%) Salt Lake City

So mark your calendars now and also keep in mind that one of the other big barleywine events of the year, the Barleywine Bacchanal at Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle, usually takes place about a month before the Hard Liver fest at Brouwer’s.  Beveridge Place hasn’t announced the dates for this year’s Bacchanal yet, but I would expect it to kick off the weekend of February 22 or possibly March 1st.  Watch for more information on this year’s festival once its been officially announced by Beveridge Place.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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