With so many collaboration beers around, it seems like it would be a great idea to have a festival where you could sample several different collaboration beers all in one place. Well, luckily for us, just such a festival is happening at the end of this week. Coming up this Saturday, August 19th, is the 2017 Washington Beer Collaboration Festival, presented by the Washington Beer Commission.
Seattle is known for a lot of different things including coffee, craft beer and, of course, great seafood, and one of the most iconic and well known seafood names in Seattle is Ivar’s. First opened on the Seattle waterfront’s Pier 3 (now Pier 54) in 1938 , Ivar’s has expanded to 26 different locations around Washington state. Their clam chowder (and salmon chowder) have become the stuff of Seattle legend.
Hawaii is also known for it’s great seafood. Ivar’s knows this and is currently featuring some island themed menu choices including: Grilled Opah, Lomi-Lomi Salmon Salad, Coconut and Pineapple Carrot Cake and they’re even currently featuring Kona Brewing Compnay’s Big Wave Golden Ale and their new Hanalei Island Style IPA. If the sound of these island dishes has you in that tropical island mood and you’re looking to escape the cold this Winter, then you’ll want to enter Ivar’s Island Getaway contest for your chance to win a trip for 4 to Maui.
Last Friday, December 2nd, my wife and I attended a beer tasting dinner cruise courtesy of Waterways Cruises And Events, featuring beers from Pike Brewing Company. This is the cruise I told you about just last month, which took us around Lake Union and Lake Washington as we enjoyed 5 different Pike Brewing Company beers and enjoyed a delicious, 4-course dinner.
Apart from a few somewhat loud and annoying shipmates at the next table and a small technical difficulty involving the last beer of the evening, we had a great meal and a wonderful time. As a special bonus that we weren’t expecting, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, founders of Pike Brewing Company, were in attendance on the cruise (as well Pike’s Jon Gores). Charles took the time to visit each and every table, and spoke to us all at length about his passion for beer, Pike Brewing Company and the beers we would be enjoying during the cruise.
Back in late September, I told you about a beer tasting dinner cruise with Waterways Cruises And Events, featuring beers from Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor). My wife and I were scheduled to go on this cruise, but an unexpected schedule conflict meant that we had to cancel. Hopefully, some of you out there learned about the cruise here and were able to take advantage of it.
For those of us who missed the last cruise, now is our second chance. Coming up on Friday, December 2nd, Waterways Cruises And Events is hosting another dinner cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington. This cruise will feature beers from Pike Brewing Company.
For pretty much my entire life, I’ve lived near the ocean. I was born on the Gulf Coast, grew up part of the way in New Jersey and have spent most of my life on the West Coast (California and Washington). There’s just something about being near the water that appeals to me. It’s a unique feeling – that aroma of sea air – the beautiful sunsets, the easy access to lots of great seafood.
One thing I regret, however, is that even though I’ve lived near the water most of my life, I don’t spend nearly enough time out on the water. I used to do quite a bit of sailing when I was younger, but keeping and maintaining a boat isn’t a cheap prospect and, frankly, I can’t afford waterfront property in Seattle. That’s why I’m really looking forward to October 7th, when my wife Lynn and I will be attending a Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) beer tasting and dinner and cruise, courtesy Waterways Cruises And Events.