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Sip & Slurp: Beer & Oyster Pairing Competition

Saturday May 12, 2012 was the first annual Sip & Slurp: Beer & Oyster Pairing Competition. Wine World (blog sponsor) and Taylor Shellfish teamed with breweries to offer this tasty and fun event for Seattle Beer Week. The classic beer pairing with oysters is a stout or porter. On our advice, Wine World sought out a diverse assortment of beers with an emphasis on Washington beers. 17 beers were... read more

Lake City IPA: Hoppy Session IPA

The Lake City IPA from Elliott Bay Brewing is an opaque deep amber color brew with pleasing hop bite upfront. This brew is balanced by the malty smoothness before settling in for a lingering and bitter ride on the finish. Crafted with the classic “3 C’s”: Cascade hops Centennial hops Chinook hops This Washington IPA pays tribute to piney resins on the finish but unlike many Northwest... read more

Pairing Chocolate with Beer

Last April we asked the question, “Is pairing wine with chocolate like having sex on the beach?” Well, what about pairing beer and chocolate? The Finkels of Pike Brewing celebrate the pairing of beer and chocolate each year right before Valentine’s Day with their Chocofest that they like to bill as “foreplay before the big day.” So maybe this is the pairing we should be romanticizing. The... read more

2011 Fremont Oktoberfest Tips

With our unseasonably warm weather and the great planning of Bold Hat Productions Fremont Oktoberfest has been my favorite event of the season.  The beer tasting garden tents were increased and spread out more so the few lines that formed moved quickly. Multiple tasting lounges, sponsored by various breweries, provided a retreat for revelers. Friday evening at Fremont Oktoberfest was fun, festive and... read more

Washington Beer Commission Oktoberfest: Its About the Beer

Oktoberfest returns to Spokane, September 23-24, 2011. The Washington Beer Commission is charged with promoting Washington craft beers throughout the state, so they have worked towards creating fun festivals featuring Washington craft beer in various parts of the state. Last year the Washington Beer Commission Oktoberfest settled in Spokane after years of wandering the Puget Sound area. The move to Spokane... read more
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