On Saturday, February 23rd Brouwer’s Cafe hosts the 17th Annual HardLiver Barleywine Festival. The event continues through the weekend. In March, the esteemed beer destination celebrates its 14th Anniversary, but this is the event’s 17th year. So, what gives? HardLiver started 17 years ago at Bottleworks, one of Seattle’s first (many the very first) serious, beer-dedicated bottleshops, located in Wallingford. The two businesses are related. When Brouwer’s opened, the move seemed natural.
Since moving to Brouwer’s Cafe, HardLiver has become one of the most anticipated annual beer events in the city. Doors open at 11:00 and some people will probably line up in advance, wanting to score a prime seat at the bar.
Below, more details about the event straight from Brouwer’s Cafe.
17th Annual HardLiver Barleywine Festival
Feb 23 at 11 AM – Feb 24 at 11 PM
It’s hard to believe that’s it’s been 17 years since Bottleworks decided to host the first HardLiver. So much has changed since then. Seattle has been an exponentially growing community bringing with it new ideas, people, breweries, beers, and bars. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is its taste for pain – both emotionally and physical. As far as emotional pain, get a grow light, we guess; what do we know, we aren’t doctors. The physical, though? Now we might have something for that.
Of course, we are taking about Barleywine! That hop and malt treat disguising itself as beer. After sustaining yourself on egg nog, mulled wine, and whiskey through the winter it’s time to come back to barley. As is tradition, we’ll have more barleywines on draft than is doctor recommended.
We’ll be hosting this time-honored tradition again the last Saturday and Sunday of February. We’ll have at least 40 beers on draft celebrating the old and welcoming the new. Join us that weekend for some light drinking and friendly fellowship.
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