Firestone Walker Brewing Company makes some truly amazing beers. Their award-winning Double Jack Imperial IPA is probably my favorite beer, and they have received countless awards and accolades for many of their other beers such as: Double Barrel Ale, Union Jack, Pale 31, Parabola, Velvet Merlin and many, many more. Their Abacus 2011 barleywine (now called ‘§ucaba’ as of 2012 due to a name dispute) also took second place at last year’s Hard Liver Barleywine Festival at Brouwer’s Cafe.
I don’t always make it up to this festival, but the few times I have, I’ve had a great time. And talk about strange! Here is a brief description of the festival from the official website:
“The first great event of the Barrel Age is scheduled for January 25-27, 2013, and will be known as Strange Brewfest 9. At this celebration, humans and aliens alike will enjoy the heightened spirituality and the exploratory endeavors of our new age. Harmony will be achieved utilizing other worldly ingredients to create amazing craft brews. A musical odessey will accompany the beginning of the next 5,125 years of enlightenment, and you are all invited!”
The winners from last year’s festival included:
Super Deli Mart, the best little mini-mart around, truly appreciates their customers. This past Sunday, 9/16 they showed that appreciation during their end of Summer customer appreciation BBQ. From noon to 5:00PM this past Sunday, they had free hot dogs, BBQ corn, chips, sodas and bottled water for everyone. Also, of course, great deals on 12oz pours and growler fills of some great beers from Deschutes Brewing. There were also chances to win a $500 BBQ Grill, a $300 Cruiser style bicycle, as well as Deschutes growlers, T-Shirts, Hats and pint glasses.
If you follow Super Deli Mart on Twitter, you know that they go through a ridiculous number of kegs each week. That’s pretty easy to do when you offer regular prices of $3.75 pours (usually pints, but occasionally growlers of the more ‘high octane’ stuff) and $10 growler fills. Add to that a huge cigar selection, a great wine selection, including champagne, and bottle choices that come close to rivaling some of the better bottle shops in the area and it’s easy to see why Super Deli Mart has such a following.
During the BBQ Super Deli’s regular prices got even better. It was a Deschutes tap takeover, with $3, 12oz pours of beers like The Abyss 2011, Black Butte XXIII, Black Butte XIV, Hop In The Dark CDA, Obsidian Stout, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Green Lake Organic Ale and more. Growler fill prices were only $7 for a fill (with some of the more coveted items, such as Black Butte XXIII costing $10 a fill). Super Deli Mart owner, Min Chung, really knows how to keep his customers happy.
The turnout for the BBQ was a bit lower than expected, but that might have had something to do with the fact that the Seahawks’ home opening game was happing around the same time. Nobody seemed to mind, though. It just meant a less crowded beer garden and more great beers for those of us that were there. I had a great time and came home with a growler of Black Butte XXIII as well as a growler of Hop In The Dark CDA. Not a bad haul for only $17.
If you’ve never been to Super Deli Mart, do yourself a favor and get over to West Seattle to check them out. It’s worth the trip. Some fans at the BBQ had come from as far away as Kirkland and North Seattle just to visit the greatest little mini-mart around.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.