Diamond Knot and the Porterhouse – an anniversary and a christening

The Porterhouse in West Seattle opened in August, as we reported here. Since that time, they have been settling in and working out all the bugs (though we haven’t seen any bugs at all). This coming Tuesday (Oct. 20th, 7:00 pm) the Porterhouse will host its first brewers night celebration. And what better way to do it than to invite Mukilteo’s Diamond Knot Brewery, which just so happens to be celebrating its 15th anniversary this month?

Congratulations to the Porterhouse on hosting its first brewers night.  Congratulations to Diamond Knot for 15 years of outstanding beers.

diamond-knot-ho-ho-handleIn addition to being a typical brewers night, this event will also feature the introduction of Diamond Knot Ho! Ho!, their winter seasonal. The Porterhouse is located at 2329 California Ave SW, Seattle (map).

The wife and I were wondering aloud recently about exactly when good old fashioned IPA started to turn the corner and become the hop monsters that we now so fondly appreciate. One must remember, there was a time when 75 IBUs was unusual. Practically unheard of. If you were around the beer scene back in the 80’s and 90’s, then you now what I’m talking about. At some point, for each of us, a locally-brewed beer came along that made you say, “Hot damn! Now that’s a hoppy beer!”

Diamond Knot is the one I remember. There was a time when the Diamond Knot booth was the first one I’d hunt down at every brew festival. Sure, there may have been other brewers making beers that, at the time, seemed to be ridiculously over-hopped, but DK is the first one I remember.

As an undergrad, I recall a philosophy professor saying that anybody can come up with radical ideas, but great philosophers introduce the world to radical ideas that are eventually considered normal.

As Diamond Knot winds up their 15th Anniversary celebration week, we’d just like to say thank you. Not only for the IPA, the Industrial XIPA, and the Shipwreck XXXIPA, but also for all of their other great beers. Personally, I’m a big fan of the Possession Porter. Among other tasty DK treats, I’m looking forward to drinking a Diamond Knot Ho Ho next week at the Porterhouse.

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