It’s Almost Barleywine Season At Beveridge Place Pub And Brouwer’s Cafe – UPDATED 2/26

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Last month, I told you about the 12th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival coming to Brouwer’s Café on Saturday, March 15th.  Now, Beveridge Place Pub has announced the kickoff date for their 12th Annual Barleywine Bacchanal.  Starting on Saturday, March 1st and continuing until Friday, March 7th, or until they run out, this bodacious bastion of barleywine bacchanalia will have well over 50 different barleywines on tap for you to enjoy.  At least 30 of Beveridge Place Pub’s taps will be taken over during the Bacchanal, but you’ll have to visit more than once if you want to try them all.

Here is the anticipated tap list for the 12th Annual Barleywine Bacchanal:

  • 21st Amendment Lower DeBoom
  • 7 Seas Old Wheelchair
  • Alaskan
  • Almanac Pumpkin
  • Anacortes Old Sebastes
  • Anchor Foghorn
  • Anderson Valley Horn of the Beer
  • Avery Hog Heaven
  • Bainbridge Old Toe Jam
  • Bear Republic Old Scouter
  • Beer Valley Highway to Ale
  • Big Sky Old Bluehair
  • Black Diamond Old Geezer
  • Black Raven Old Birdbrain
  • Boulder Killer Penguin
  • Boulevard Harvest Dance
  • Boundary Bay Old Bounder
  • Bridgeport Oaked Old Knucklehead
  • Diamond Knot Icebreaker
  • Dicks
  • Elliot Bay Portside
  • Elysian Cyclops
  • Emilisse Jack Daniels
  • Engine House #9 Thunder Buddies
  • Epic #13
  • Firestone Walker Sucaba
  • Fish 10 Squared
  • Fremont Cuddle Bunny
  • Full Sail Boardhead
  • Great Divide Old Ruffian
  • Green Jack Rippa
  • Hair of the Dog Doggy Claws
  • Hale’s Rudyards Rare
  • Hood Canal Ablik
  • Hub Noggin Floggin
  • JW Lees Harvest Ale
  • Laurelwood Old Reliable
  • Lazy Boy
  • Left Hand Oaked Widdershins
  • Moylans Old Blarney
  • Naked City Old Proper
  • North Coast Old Stock
  • North Sound Vertigo
  • Oakshire
  • Pike Old Bawdy
  • Port Townsend
  • Scuttlebutt Old #1
  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
  • Sierra Nevada Black Barleywine
  • Silver City Old Scrooge
  • Snipes Mtn Ye Olde Roza
  • Southern Tier Backburner
  • Speakeasy Old Godfather
  • Spinnaker Bay Yeast Mode
  • Stone Old Guardian
  • The Bruery White Oak
  • Triplehorn Bygg Vin

Beveridge Place has also advised us to be on the lookout for special announcements of rare, vertical tastings of some of these selections.  For those who don’t know, a vertical tasting means you’ll be tasting different vintages (years) of the same barleywine.  This is a great way to explore a particular brewery’s barleywine in-depth, to see how it changes and matures as it ages.

One Of My Taster Trays From The 2013 Barleywine Bacchanal

One Of My Taster Trays From The 2013 Barleywine Bacchanal

How you chose to enjoy all the barleywines on this list is up to you.  You can visit Beveridge Place multiple times during the week and have just a few each time, but this carries the risk of missing out on some of the more popular choices if the kegs are depleted.  Alternatively, you can try to taste as many as possible by ordering a taster tray (or two or three – did you bring a designated driver?), which allows you to try smaller pours of six different selections per tray.  For optimum olfactory and gustatory enjoyment, or unless you have some specific, known favorites that you want to stick with, I recommend the diversity offered by the taster tray route.

Logos From Previous Hard Liver Festivals

Logos From Previous Hard Liver Festivals

Then, just one week after the close of Beveridge Place Pub’s Barleywine Bacchanal on March 8th is the kickoff of the 12th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival at Brouwer’s Café on Saturday, March 15th.  The tap list for this year’s festival has not yet been announced by Brouwer’s, but check back as I will update this article as soon as the information becomes available.

UPDATE 2/26 – Here is the preliminary tap list from Brouwer’s for the Hard Liver Fest (Subject to change):

All Pours: 3oz, 6oz and 12oz

  •  21st Amendment Lower da Boom ‘13
  • Alaskan Big Nugget ’09
  • Alaskan Big Nugget ’10
  • Alesmith Old Numbskull
  • Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine
  • Anchor Old Foghorn ’10
  • Anderson Valley Horn of the Beer
  • Avery Hog Heaven ’13
  • Bainbridge Island Old Toejam
  • Ballast Point Three Sheets
  • Bear Republic Old Scoutners
  • Big Al Ol’ #1 ‘12
  • Big Sky Old Bluehair ’12
  • Big Sky BBl Old Bluehair’13
  • Big Time Old Wooly ’13
  • Boulder Killer Penquin ’13
  • Bridegport  Old Boardhead ‘12
  • Coronado Old Scallywagg ’13
  • Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller ’11
  • Epic Brewing Barleywine
  • Evil Twin Freudian Slip ’13
  • Firestone Walker Abacus ’10
  • Firestone Walker Abacus ’11
  • Fort George Packey’s Barleywine
  • Gigantic Massive (12%)
  • Great Divide Old Ruffian
  • Green Flash Barrel Aged Barleywine
  • Hales BBl Barleywine
  • Highwater Old and In the Way
  • Hood Canal Hood Canal Barleywine year
  • HUB Bbl Noggin Floggin
  • Lagunitas  Gnarlewine ’10
  • Lagunitas  Gnarlewine ’11
  • Laurelwood Old Reliable Barrel Aged ’13
  • Lost Abbey Angel’s Share ’12
  • Midnight Sun Arctic Devil ’13
  • Ninkasi Wheatwine ’12
  • North Coast Old Stock Ale ‘ 12 or 13
  • Oakshire Barleywine  (10.1%) ’13
  • Mad Viking Pillage the Village ’13
  • Moylan’s Old Barney Barleywine ’13
  • Pelican Stormwatcher ’13
  • Pike Old Bawdy ’10
  • Pike Old Bawdy ‘ 11
  • Populuxe Old Oddvars (9.5%)
  • Rogue Old Crustacean
  • Sierra Nevada Big Foot
  • Snipes Rosa ’13
  • Sound Brewing Old Scoundrel
  • Southern Tier Back Burner (9.6%)
  • Speakeasy Old Godfather ‘13
  • Stone Old Guardian ’12

Last year’s Hard Liver 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

All 57 taps at Brouwer’s Café will be taken over for the festival, and they’ll keep on pouring until all the kegs are drained.  The Hard Liver Barleywine Festival is a very popular annual event in Seattle, drawing quite a crowd.  You can expect a line to form at least a hour (likely more) before Brouwer’s opens their doors at 11 AM on Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday as well.  As usual, you’ll be able to order 3oz, 6oz or 12oz pours of each selection.  Order smaller pours to try more choices or larger pours for any known or newfound favorites.  You can also expect to see a few menu specials to accompany these delicious, high-octane brews.

Hard Liver 2013

Hard Liver 2013

I plan on attending both the Barleywine Bacchanal at Beveridge Place Pub and the Hard Liver Barleywine Festival at Brouwer’s Café.  For the past few years, I have been fortunate to be selected as a judge for the Hard Liver festival at Brouwer’s.  I hope to enjoy that same privilege again this year as I really do enjoy judging such a diverse style as Barleywines.  I’ll see you there.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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