Fat Tuesday is a little under two weeks away and, though we may not be in New Orleans, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Mardi Gras with the best of ’em. Want to get in on the action, but aren’t sure where to go? Here are a few options for where you can celebrate Mardi Gras in Seattle on Fat Tuesday, which is Tuesday, February 9th.
Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of all Mardi Gras events around Seattle. It’s just a few select events from a few local craft beer spots in and around Seattle.
The first event I’ll tell you about is the Mardi Gras celebration at Geaux Brewing in Bellevue. I first told you about this event last week in my article about events to keep you busy from now until the first day of Spring. The celebration will run from 3 pM to 10 PM and Geaux Brewing promises this will be their best Mardi Gras party yet. They’ll also be releasing Rex, their new Orange Saison.
Here are some more details about this event from Geaux Brewing:
We’ll have Rex, our Orange Saison on tap and available in bottles. Sax, our triple IPA, makes a return to the taproom as does our barleywine collaboration with Naked City, Geaux Naked. Plus, we’ll have Wee Y’at Scotch ale on nitro.
Campfire will be on site serving up some of their amazing BBQ. This year, they’re making a whiskey & Rex whipped butter to go with their ridiculously good bacon cheddar corn bread. (Yeah, it’s pretty awesome.)
If that’s not enough for you, San Juan Cigar company will be here rolling (and selling) their great cigars.
So, let’s see—great beers, great food, and cigars. Yeah, that’s a party. See y’all here!
Geaux Brewing has released the full tap list for their Mardi Gras event:
- Tremé IPA
- Grape/Grapefruit-infused Tremé IPA
- Vieux Carré Vienna Lager
- BTR West Coast Red
- Gris Gris ESB
- Gulf Coast Session IPA
- Passionfruit Gulf Coast Session IPA
- Rex Orange Saison (available in bottles to go)
- Poydras Porter
- Ghost Pepper Poydras Porter
- Rigolets Brown Ale
- Hazelnut Rigolets Brown Ale
- Vanilla Mint Chai Satchmo Imperial Stout (nitro)
- Wee Y’at? Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (nitro)
- Paddy’s Red Bum Irish Red
- Sax Triple IPA
- Geaux Naked Barleywine
Next up is the massive Mardi Gras celebration at The Sixgill, who is also using this event as a great excuse to launch their new Gulf Coast inspired menu and their redesigned house cocktail menu, featuring the classic drinks of the South. Their brand new website will also go live on the 9th.
Here is the full press release from The Sixgill:
Seattle, WA – After establishing itself as a popular Fremont craft beer bar, The Sixgill is plying new waters as it focuses on Gulf Coast cuisine in a complete menu overhaul to put more emphasis on the food.
Husband and wife restaurateurs Rick Weersing and Ellen Kelly are focusing their water-recreation themed bar and restaurant on all of the flavors from south Texas, around the Gulf Coast, to Florida. And Chef Christopher “Fletch” Fletcher is guiding the culinary transition.
For regular Sixgill patrons, the octopus will still be a featured menu item. But it’s getting a makeover into Octopus Etoufée. The signature Ellen’s Fresh Fish Sandwich will still be a mainstay but it is getting a creole treatment. And southern favorite Frito Pie will soon be debuting to round out the Gulf Coast flavor profile.
Kelly says the new menu direction is a tribute to Weersing’s father, who passed away last year. Big Jim Weersing was a photographer and took a picture of his son looking at a map as they were trying to paddle their way out of the Everglades. That photo hangs in The Sixgill now after Big Jim gave it to Ellen while she and Rick were still dating.
Weersing says of his father, “He loved jazz, blues, southern literature and was a hiker and birder.” The Weersings did canoe trips in the Everglades. They played cribbage in dive bars, met interesting people from all over and ate a lot of great food along the way.
The Gulf Coast has special meaning for Kelly and Weersing too. It was on a trip – Ellen’s first kayaking adventure – that the duo decided to quit their jobs and open their first bar, The Noble Fir in Ballard. After spending three months paddling the waterways of the Gulf Coast they returned to Seattle where Ellen retired from her law firm and Rick left REI.
“We had so much good food on that trip,” Kelly recalls. Weersing remembers eating 50 fresh shrimp and drinking beer surrounded by birds and the sounds of nature in Goose Island State Park in Texas. “Rick still talks about sandwiches in Louisiana and gulf shrimp stuffed in snapper and covered in Cajun cream sauce,” Kelly adds.
It was from high atop a bird watching tower at sunset on Long Key, Florida that the two sipped rum and cokes and started talking about opening The Noble Fir.
The fond memories of that trip inspire the new menu direction of The Sixgill and chef Fletcher is the man to bring it to fruition. He grew up along the Gulf Coast and cut his culinary teeth at Brennan’s in Houston where the specialty was Gulf Coast seafood. After cooking around the south, he moved to Seattle where he has showed his skill at Earth and Ocean, Bastille and Marche. He joined The Sixgill family in April 2014.
“Chef Fletch is a fantastic bistro chef, who makes high level comfort food,” Weersing says. Kelly adds, “He lets the flavor of the food stand alone.”
The Sixgill has been testing new menu items for a couple months but the full Gulf Coast-inspired menu will be available Feb. 9 – just in time for Mardi Gras.
The Sixgill has been named as one of Draft magazine’s Top 100 Beer Bars in America (2014, 2015).
The Sixgill also has 36 rotating craft beer and hard cider taps and one of Seattle’s newest breweries, Cloudburst Brewing, will be releasing a Hurricaine inspired Imperial IPA at the Sixgill for this special event.
Last but definitely not least is the big Mardi Gras celebration at McMenamin’s new Anderson School location in Bothell. This event will feature Southern music, drinks and food starting at 4 PM on Fat Tuesday.
Here are a few more details about this event from McMenamin’s:
Celebrate Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday” at the Anderson School with Tubaluba Marching Band, New Orleans food and drink specials and more. Music 4pm-6pm, food, drinks and fun all day long!
Etouffee, Gumbo, Alligator tacos and Beignets and don’t forget the Three Rocks Hurricane’s.
As for the picture above:
In 1937 famed daredevil wing jumper, Tommy Thompson (a.k.a. The Bat Man), was hired to be a main attraction of Bothell’s Mardi Gras FlyingGuyfestivities. The plan was for him to jump from a plane, free-fall for several thousand feet, then make a parachute landing on the roof of the Anderson School.
Prevailing winds, however, damaged his folding metal wings and blew him off course. Fortunately he was able to make a mostly soft landing in a nearby pond.
For more information on this event, be sure to check out McMenamin’s event page on Facebook. I must admit, the sound of Alligator tacos has me intrigued. I love alligator but, of course, don’t get it that often here in Seattle.
However you decide to celebrate Mardi Gras this year, Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.