Brouwer’s Cafe presents, the 18th Annual Hard Liver Festival, Feb. 29th and March 1st


By now, that liver is hard. After 18 years of barleywine, that liver is hard as a frickin’ rock. Every year Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle celebrates the brawniest of all beer styles, Barleywine, with a big ol’ celebration of the burly stuff. On Saturday, February 29th and Sunday, March 1st they’ll do it again. Join them for the 18th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival.

More details below, from Brouwer’s, including the list of potential beers that will pour.


Hard Liver 2020

What were you doing when you turned 18? Looking forward to graduating from high school and getting out of the house? Getting ready to take on the awesome responsibility of jury duty? Preparing to vote in a government election for the first time? Thinking about running for office? All of the above?

Well, we know someone who is turning 18 this year! The Hard Liver Barleywine Festival of course! That’s right! It’s been 18 years since the little start up festival put on by Bottleworks at the Phinney Ridge Community Center began. Now it can do almost anything; well, except drink at its own celebration, but that’s neither here nor there.

Barleywine probably won’t be running for office, but we know it’d have our vote if it decided to. Luckily, it’s great for watch parties. Let’s be honest, we’ll probably need a stiff drink or two to get us through this election cycle. Join us on February 29th and March 1stfor the 18th iteration of Hard Liver Barleywine Fest. We’ll have 40+ boozy barley treats for you to choose from, so remember that old-timey adage…

Vote early, vote often, and vote Barleywine.

Potential Draftlist:
Alesmith Bourbon Bbl-Aged Old Numbskull ’16 Barleywine (11%)
Anacortes Old Sebastes ‘15 Barleywine (9.9%)
Big Time Old Wooly ’17 Barleywine (9.9%)
Block 15 Hypnosis ’20 Cognac Bbl-Aged Barleywine (12%)
Boneyard Femur ’20 Barleywine (11%)
Breakside French Quarter Brandy Bbl-Aged Ryewine (9.9%)
Cloudburst Old Tubthumper Westland Bbl-Aged Barleywine (11.9%)
De Dochter van de Korenaar L’ensemble BA Barleywine (12.5%)
Ecliptic Barrel-Aged Orange Giant Barleywine ’16 (13.8%)Portland
Elysian Bbl-Aged Cyclops ’19 Barleywine (15%)
Ex Novo Nevermore ’19 BA Barleywine w/ Figs & Cocoa Beans(11.5%)
Firestone Walker Helldorado ’16 Blonde Barleywine (11.8%)
Firestone-Walker §ucaba Bbl-Aged Barleywine ’18 (12.5%)
Fremont Brew 3000 Bourbon BA English-Style Barleywine(13.2%)
Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws ’18 Barleywine (11.5%)
J.W. Lees Willoughby’s Port Bbl-Aged Harvest Ale (11.5%)
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale 2015 (11.5%)
Lost Abbey Bourbon Bbl-Aged Angels Share Barleywine ’15 (12.5%)
Machine House Barleywine 2019 Cask (10.5%)
Matchless Ol’ Lifewine ’19 Barleywine (10.9%)
Matchless/North Fork Where Is My Barleywine BA Barleywine(12.7%)
Matchless/North Fork Peated Where Is My Barleywine BA Barleywine(12.7%)
Midnight Sun Arctic Devil ’19 Oak-Aged Barleywine (13.2%)
Midnight Sun Termination Dust BA Belgian-Style Barleywine (13%)
Mikkeller Big Worse Barleywine (12%)
North Fork Spotted Owl
Oakshire Barleywine 2014 (10.4%)
Oakshire Twelve 12th Anniversary Bbl-Aged Barleywine (13.3%)
Old Schoolhouse Brewer’s Reserve ’18 Barleywine (12 %)
Old Schoolhouse Brewer’s Reserve Barleywine ’19 (12 %)
Old Stove Castaway ’19 Bourbon Bbl-Aged Barleywine (11%)
Page 24 Cognac Bbl-Aged Barleywine (10.9%)
pFriem Sherry Bbl-Aged Blonde Barleywine (13.5%)
Pike Old Bawdy Barleywine ’16 (9.9%)
Seven Seas Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine 2019 (10.8%)
Sierra Nevada Aged Bigfoot ’17 Barleywine (11.6%)
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot ’14 Barleywine (9.6%)
Skookum Barren Wood ’19 Rye Whiskey Bbl-Aged Barleywine (11%)..
Skookum Heavy Is the Head That Wears the Crown BA Barleywine(13%)
Skookum In Ruins Bbl-Aged English Barleywine (12%)
Standard Flight of the Centaur Bourbon BA Barleywine (11.5%)
Reuben’s Brews Three Ryes Men ’19 Bbl-Aged Barleywine (13.7%)*
The Bruery White Oak Bourbon Bbl-Aged Wheatwine (12.5%)
Three Magnets Old Skook ’18 Barleywine (12.1%)