Happening this weekend on the WA beer scene

There is a lot going on this weekend on the Washington Beer Scene. If I’m missing something, and I probably am, share what you know by leaving a comment.

Brouwer’s 9th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival

This is perhaps the most aptly named beer festivals of them all. Hard Liver is no place for children. Pansy-assed wussies need not apply.

On Saturday, March 12th at 11:00 a.m. when the doors open, there will be a line outside of Brouwer’s Cafe. There will be a lot of people in that line. I guarantee it. Rain or shine. These people are not waiting for brunch; they’re waiting for barleywine. Don’t misunderstand me, I understand the attraction and I sport a keen appreciation of high gravity libations, but don’t these people have any self-respect? I bet their mothers don’t know what they’re doing. Barleywine for breakfast?

Gird thy liver, indeed. The beer roster is impressive. We have included the complete lineup at the end of this post. The event runs through the 16th. http://www.hardliver.com/

Bellingham’s 2nd Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade (and the after-party at Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro). Saturday, March 12th. The after-party starts at 12:30. So we’re assuming the parade starts at noonish. More info at http://www.bbaybrewery.com/news.php.

Bellingham is either a really big small town or a really small big city. I’m not sure which description better describes the “city by the bay.” Last year when we attended Bellingham’s 1st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade we witnessed Bellingham at it’s smallest. The parade was incurably cute. The video below should give you an idea. The party in the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewing, where the parade route just happens to end, was awesome. We’ll be there again this year.

Likely, we’ll pull ourselves away from Boundary Bay to visit Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen, where Irish dancers and corned beef will be the order of the day. They’ll also be serving green Kolsch. Loves me some Bellingham!

ExBEERience Beer Festival
The ExBEERience Beer Festival takes place in Woodinville at the Redhook Ale Brewery on Saturday, March 12th. It sure sounds like fun for those of you lucky enough to have tickets. The Cascade Brewers Guild organizes and hosts this pro-am beer fest. Along with homebrew, the event feaures beer from more than a dozen local, pro breweries. I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the event is sold out. The good news is that the event is sold out. ExBEERience is a charity fundraiser for Childhaven, so we are happy to report that the event sold out in advance. Those of you lucky enough to score tickets should have a good time.

Pint of Gold at Jillian’s
This Saturday, March 12th, Jillian’s Billiards in Seattle is hosting this St. Patrick’s Day prefunction. Sample delicious, newly released beers from Big Al Brewing, Odin Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Emerald City Beer Company, and Two Beers Brewing. For $5 a ticket, you will receive six samples of beer, entry into the raffle, and one dollar of each ticket will be donated to the Deion Branch/Colin Cole Foundations. The Sean Radford Trio will be performing from 7:00-10:00 p.m. and all beers will be available on tap for $5 a pint. The event gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

Congrats to Airways Brewing Company
Happy Birthday, Airways Brewing! Saturday, March 12th marks the first anniversary for the Kent-based brewery. We asked Alex Dittmar, owner/brewer at Airways, if he planned a big party to mark the occasion. “A small celebration,” he said. “We’ll have the big party when we open the expanded tap room next month.”

The taproom will be open from 1:00 – 8:00. There’ll be music, cake and some giveaways, but don’t expect a raging bash. If you’re in the neighborhood consider swinging by to raise a pint in celebration. Maybe you’ll even get a piece of cake out of the deal.

As promised, here is the latest Hard Liver list from Brouwer’s.

7 Seas Wheel Chair 10
Alaskan Big Nugget 10
Anacortes Old Sea Bass 10
Anchor Old Foghorn 10
Anderson Valley Horn of the Bear 09
Avery Hog Heaven 10
Big Time Bill’s Bearded Wonderfulness 09
Big Time Bill’s Bearded Wonderfulness 10
Bigsky Old Blue Hair 10
Bigsky Old Blue Hair 10 Cask
Black Raven Old Birdbrain 09
Boulder Killer Penguin 10
Boundary Bay Old Bounder 10
Deschutes Mirror Mirror 08
Dick’s 05
Dogfish Olde School 10
Eel River Triple Exultation 10
Elysian Cyclops
Firestone Abacus 11
Fishtail 10 Squared
Flying Dog Horn Dog 09
Fullsail Old Board Head ??
Glacier Brew House Old Woody 10
Great Divide Old Ruffian 10
Hair of Dog Doggie Claws 10
Hales Rudyard’s Rare 07
Hood Canal Breidablik 10
Hub Noggin Floggin 10
Lagunitas Gnarleywine 10
Laurelwood Old Reliable
Lost Abbey Angel Share 10 Bourbon
Lost Abbey Angel Share 10 Brandy
Lost Coast Fog Cutter 10
Mad River John Barley Corn 09
Mad River Wheatwine 08
Marin Old Dipsey 10
Moylan’s Old Blarney 10
Naked City Cluster Cuss 10
Ninkasi Critical Hit 10
North Coast Old Stock ale 10
Old Lampoc Tavern Rat 09
Old Lampoc Unsettler Belgo Barleywine 10
Pike Old Bawdy 07
Port Towsend 10
Ram Mall Walker 10
Red Hook Treble Hook 10
Scuttlebutt Old No. 1 09
Sierra Nevada Big Foot 08
Sierra Nevada Black Barleywine 10
Smaltz  Jubilation 14 Blend
Snipes Roza 10
Southern Tier Back Burner 09
Speakeasy Old Godfather 09
Stone Belgo Barleywine 10
Stone Old Guardian 09
Victory Old Horizontal 10


  1. Larry’s Brewing Supply in Kent will be celebrating St. Patrick’s on Sat with a potluck starting at 5pm. Larry recently retired from day-to-day operations but I hear he’ll be down at the shop for this event.

  2. It’s not Washington…but we are headed down to Hood River for Double Mountain’s Anniversary party!

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