It’s one of my favorite stories to tell every year. It’s become an April beer tradition. There’s really nothing else quite like it. To honor Earth Day, Latona Pub invites local breweries and not-so-local breweries to deliver beer by unconventional, non-motorized means. For about one week, the entire draft beer lineup at Latona Pub features nothing but beers delivered by hand truck, bicycle, sailboat, rowboat, and any other non-motorized means. For seven years, breweries from as far away as Gig Harbor and Anacortes have delivered kegs to the pub in Seattle without the use of internal combustion engines.
This year, a keg will be delivered from Astoria, Oregon. Yes, you heard that right. Delivering a keg, by bicycle, from Astoria to Seattle is going to take four days. Also, a keg is being sailed from Anacortes to Seattle, and will be hand-trucked from the Elliott Bay Marina to Latona Pub.
On four separate days, the pub will conduct keg walks that will see representatives from the pub and the breweries hand-trucking kegs through the streets of Seattle. Among those walking kegs this year, two guest brewers from Japan: Narihiro Suzuki and Zenichi Deguchi of Ise Kadoya Brewery in Ise, Japan. The two brewers will be in town to collaborate on a beer with Schooner Exact Brewing and will also participate in the April 15th keg walk, which will provide a unique way for them to experience Seattle from street level.
The keg walk on April 15th starts at Georgetown Brewing in South Seattle and finishes at the pub near Green Lake, with stops along the way at Two Beers Brewing, Pike Brewing, and Mollusk Brewing.
The second keg walk, on the 16th, starts at Northgate (The Ram) then heads to Greenwood (Naked City Brewing and Flying Bike Brewing) before the trek continues to the pub.
On the 19th the keg walk starts in Ballard with stops at Maritime Pacific Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Stoup Brewing, and Hales Ale Brewery.
Finally, on the 21st, they’ll walk from downtown Seattle to the pub, with stop at Cloudburst Brewing, Holy Mountain Brewing, Fremont Brewing, and Mollusk Brewing.
It’s not all about beer and fun, though. Latona Pub does this each year to shed light on environmental concerns and also to support worthwhile causes. On Wednesday April 19th at 8:00, the pub hosts an event to benefit Feet First, an organization dedicating to improving the walking environment in Seattle. On Saturday April 22nd at 8:00, the pub hosts an event to benefit Brewshed Alliance, an organization that works to protect the water sources and wild lands that are so essential to craft beer.
You will find more information about all of this in the press release below:
(Seattle, WA – April 10, 2017) – We here at the Latona Pub have been celebrating Earth Day with a variety of keg walking and sponsorship events for the last 6 years. The goal in our celebration is to raise awareness of our environment, both urban and natural. Remembering how our actions can affect the planet, we set out to help some fantastic organizations that work on these environmental issues, and to remind ourselves that we can individually do more to protect our cherished resources.
The core of our celebration is delivering beer to the Latona with non-motorized means. We live in a unique place where world class beer is merely a walk, a sail, or a cycle trip away from a plethora of diverse and innovative breweries. For about a week, our entire tap list comes from these non-motorized delivery.
The longest bike ride this year will be all the way from Astoria. It will take our bike enthusiasts four days to make that ride. We will walk kegs (pushed on a hand truck) from south Seattle, Fremont, Ballard, Northgate, the U District, and the Elliot Bay Marina. The kegs from the Marina were sailed from Anacortes. The purpose of these keg runs is to raise awareness about our environment and to show alternatives to the usual fossil fuel delivery.
This year our walks begin on the 15th with a long walk from Georgetown Brewing in South Seattle to the Latona with stops at Two Beers, Pike, and Mollusk. On the16th the walk will be from Northgate Ram, Naked City/Flying Bike, to the Latona. On the 19th the walks start in Ballard with familiar breweries Reubens, Stoup, Hales and Maritime. And finally, on the 21st will be the walk from Cloudburst, Holy Mountain, Fremont and Mollusk to the Latona.
The Latona has a proud food tradition and we are committed to using the most sustainable farms we can. We compost our food waste and recycle every bottle, box, and bucket. We host and raise money for a variety of non-profit organizations dedicated to our natural resources.
This year we are supporting two dedicated and worthy organizations. On Wednesday April 19th at 8 pm will be our annual benefit for Feet First. Feet first is dedicating to improving the walking urban environment in Seattle. Donations and live music will take place that night.
On Saturday April 22nd at 8 pm we will be celebrating Earth week with our friends at Brewshed Alliance. Proceeds from a portion of keg sales will be donated to the organization that works to protect the environment that is so essential to craft beer. There will be a live auction and of course special beer from the brewers.
At the Latona we strive to be a place not only to discuss the future of the planet, but also foster a discussion about the steps we can all take to affect change. The keg walks are a means to raise awareness about environmental issues. Join us during the week to learn more about these important issues.
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