brouwer's cafe hardliver festival

Here’s the Lineup for Hardliver Barleywine Fest 2014 – Kickoff is Saturday

UPDATE (Monday, March 17): In addition to being a barleywine festival, Hardliver is a judged competition. A panel of judges scores the beers in a blind tasting format. Here are the results from last Saturday’s judging:

1. Anchorage Deal with the Devil.
2. Lost Abbey Angels Share Grand Cru.
3. Firestone Sucaba.
4. A 3-way tie : Green Flash, Midnight Sun, and Alameda.

ORIGINAL POST: I admit, it’s not the full list, but we just received a partial beer list (53 barleywines) for the 12th Annual Hardliver Barleywine Festival at Brouwer’s Cafe. Even if this were the complete list, it would be staggering. No doubt, Brouwer’s has some surprises in addition to what we’ve listed below.

The event that people usually refer to simply as Hardliver kicks off this Saturday, March 15th when the doors open at 11:00 a.m. Expect a line to form hours before that. Likely, before daylight. Expect a crowd all day and likely all weekend. This is a wildly popular event.


It’s Hardliver time. Stay focused and stay hydrated. Brouwer’s does an amazing job of managing events like this, but you should still pack your patience. It’s worth it.

If you need a ride home, and I suggest you plan on it, consider using Uber. Click here to sign up for Uber and you’ll receive $20 off your first ride. Seriously, a $20 discount on your first ride, no matter how much it costs.

Hardliver Barleywine Festival
Saturday, March 15 & Sunday, March 16
Brouwer’s Cafe
400 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 267-2437

Here is the incomplete beer lineup.

hardliver barleywine festival at brouwer's cafe21st Amendment Lower De Boom ‘13 (11.5%) San Francisco
Alaskan Big Nugget ’09 (10.4%) Anchorage
Alaskan Big Nugget ’10 (10.71%) Anchorage
Alesmith Old Numbskull (11%) San Diego
Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine (12%) San Francisco
Amnesia Frosty Wine (10.5%) Portland
Anacortes Old Sebastes ’07 () Anacortes
Anchor Old Foghorn ’10 (8.8%) San Francisco
Anderson Valley Horn of the Beer (8.7%) Boonville
Avery Hog Heaven ’13(9.2%) Boulder
Bainbridge Island Old Toejam ’12 (9.9%) Bainbridge Island
Ballast Point Rum Barrel Aged Three Sheets (10%) San Diego
Bear Republic Old Scoutter’s (10.4%) Healdsburg
Big Sky Olde Bluehair ’13 (9.5%) Missoula
Big Time Old Wooly ’13 (9.4%) Seattle
Black Raven Old Birdbrain ’13 (12.2%) Redmond
Boulder Killer Penguin ’12 (10%) Boulder
Bridgeport Old Knucklehead ‘12 (9.2%) Portland
Coronado Old Scallywag ’13 (11.4) Coronado
Deschutes Mirror Mirror year ‘09 (11%) Bend
Epic Brewing Barley Wine (10.4%) Salt Lake City
Engine House #9 Thunder Buddies ’13 (9.8%) Tacoma
Evil Twin Freudian Slip (10.3%) Stratford
Firestone Walker Sucaba ’13 (12.5%) Paso Robles
Fort George Balzac Barleywine (8%) Astoria
Fremont SBW Barleywine (9.5%) Seattle
Gigantic Massive (12%) Portland
Great Divide Old Ruffian ’10 (10.2%) Denver
Green Flash Bourbon Barrel Barleywine (10.9%) San Diego
Hales BBl Barleywine (10%) Seattle
Highwater Old and In the Way (11%) San Leandro
HUB Noggin Floggin ’10 (10.5%) Portland
Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine ’10 (10.85%) Peteluma
Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine ’11 (10.6%) Peteluma
Laurelwood Old Reliable Barrel Aged ’13 (10%) Portland
Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Grand Cru ’13 (16.2%) San Marcos
Mad Viking Pillage the Village ’13 (11%) Vejle
Midnight Sun Arctic Devil ’13 (13.2%) Anchorage
Moylan’s Old Blarney Barleywine ’13 (10%) Novato
North Coast Old Stock Ale ‘ 12 (11.7% Fort Bragg
Oakshire Barleywine ’13 (10.1%) Eugene
Napabier The Beast 666 (11%) Noain
Pelican Stormwatcher ’13 (12.7%) Pacific City
Pike Old Bawdy ’10 (10.7%) Seattle
Populuxe Old Oddvars (9%) Seattle
Port Townsend Old Man ’13 (10.5%) Port Townsend
Seven Seas BBL Wheelchair ’13 (11.5%) Gig Harbor
Sierra Nevada Big Foot ’12 (9.2%) Chico
Snipes Mountain Roza Reserve ’13 (9.2%) Sunnyside
Sound Brewing Old Scoundrel (10.4%) Poulsbo
Speakeasy Old Godfather ‘13 (10.5%) San Francisco
Stone Old Guardian ’12 (11%) Escondido
Uinta Cockeyed Cooper (11.1%) Salt Lake City