Last weekend, my wife and I took a trip out to the Olympic Peninsula to visit some breweries (and also to do a bit of hiking up by Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park). We had a great time, and I wanted to share my experiences and impressions of the breweries we visited with you. We didn’t make it to every brewery on the peninsula (it was just an overnight trip), but we did manage to visit: Silver City Restaurant & Brewery, Hood Canal Brewery, Slippery Pig Brewery, Sound Brewery, Valhöll Brewing, and Port Townsend Brewing.
Pour, Pour, Pour – The Beers
(Sung to the tune of Turn, Turn, Turn by The Byrds)
♫ To everything – pour, pour, pour
There is a season – pour, pour, pour
And a time for every craft beer under heaven ♫
Right now it’s Winter beer season. And I couldn’t be happier with this year’s lineup of great Winter beers. There is just so much wonderfully dark, rich, woody, bourbony, delicious goodness out there with the likes of Hoppy Holidays & Hoppy The Woodsman (Schooner Exact Brewing), Winter Bock (Silver City Brewing), Creepy Monkey Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brown (North Sound Brewing), The Abyss (Deschutes Brewing), Bindlestiff (Naked City Brewing), Jolly Roger Christmas Ale (Maritime Pacific Brewing), Bifrost Ale (Elysian Brewing), Bourbon Barrel Abominable Ale (Fremont Brewing) and many, many more. For anyone who is a fan of these darker, often barrel-aged, complex and delicious Winter delights, this is a great time of year to be a beer drinker.
Even if you’re not a fan of The Food Network, I’m betting you’ve heard of the show Iron Chef (and Iron Chef America). These are cooking shows where the chefs are challenged to come up with dishes, using a special ingredient selected by the show. Well, Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle holds occasional competitions based on this type of format. Brewers are pitted against each other, with Beveridge Place Pub selecting the special ingredient(s) they must use. Then, Beveridge Place patrons get to vote and one brewery is declared champion.
The last major Iron Brewer competition was held at Beveridge Place Pub back in May during Seattle Beer Week 2012. The pair ups for that challenge were:
Black Raven vs Odin – Brewing with Blackberry & Lavender
Seven Seas vs Port Townsend – Brewing with Coconut & Lemongrass
Silver City vs Airways – Brewing with Apricot & Almond
The winners for these pairups were: