Today we learned of some news and upcoming events at Latona Pub. First up, the events. This Wednesday, July 20th the pub will pour some special casks of beer from Cloudburst Brewing, one of Seattle’s newest but already-beloved breweries. They’ll tap ’em at 5:30 and the casks probably won’t last long, so plan accordingly. Steve Luke, the owner/brewmaster at Cloudburst (pictured above), will be there, for swag giveaways, and all that fun stuff.
Friday, July 22nd from 5:00 – 8:00 Latona Pub celebrates New Belgium Brewing’s 25th Anniversary. They’ll tap into five new beers, all of them collaborations with breweries across the country. Also, they’ll tap the Fat Tire 25th Anniversary Amber.
The new chef at Latona, Geoff Kirkby Tatros, will fire up the BBQ on Saturday, July 30th, for a party with Reuben’s Brews, which will take over four of the taps for the day. Keep an eye on Facebook for details.
On August 1st, join Latona Pub and Fort George Brewing, Melvin Brewing, and Barley Brown’s Beer. They’ll “deconstruct” their collaboration beer, 3-Way IPA, with some of the proceeds from the evening benefiting the Roosevelt High School band programs. There will be guest bartenders from the breweries and all the swag you can handle.
Friends of Latona Pub know Patrick Wilson, the manager at the pub. Well, Matt Carter will be taking his place as Patrick has moved on to new challenge. According to Matt, his predecessor left some pretty big shoes to fill.
“Every day he juggled a myriad of chainsaws dipped in lighter fluid and lit on fire with a grin on his face and a joke in his back pocket,” says Matt. “He treated his entire staff as friends and peers, but always acted as a mentor. I’d like to think that I picked up at least some of that from the time I spent working with him.”
“Some of you may already know me, some of you may not,” says Matt. “I moved here from New York City with my wife, a Green Lake native, in 2014 and I’ve been at the Latona for a little over a year now. Nearly every one of my friends has come from the Latona Pub, which is how I ended up getting a job there to begin with. It’s a special place to me, and I’m truly honored to be working with some of the best people I’ve ever known in a place that has such deep seated roots in the community. Also, I love beer and its ability to bring people together, so I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you on both sides of the bar.”