Today we want to introduce another guest writer. North Seattle Sarah will provide a different voice to the blog. Different? Well, she’s younger than me, she’s single, and she’s from Britain. About all she has in common with an old beer hack like me is her love for fine artisanal beer. (Sarah also has her own blog, North Seattle Sarah.)
Single White Female Seeks Craft Beer
by North Seattle Sarah
I have a joke for you.
A girl walks into a bar alone…
That’s all I’ve got.
Funny, right? But that’s exactly what I did last night at the Latona Pub in Green Lake for the first of their Winter-Into-Spring Beer Series events—a brewers night event featuring Big Time Brewery. It’s just about impossible to be a single female and a craft beer lover in this town, but I’m out to break the mold. Girls are expected to show up at a bar with six of their closest friends and sit giggling in a corner while sipping something fruity. Well my friends, no longer is it only considered normal for men to show up alone at the bar. I’m out to prove that women can do it too!
There is, of course, a knack to it. You have to be social. You absolutely must put your cell phone down. And I don’t just mean texting with it in your lap: put it down. Head up, confidence on, sit at the bar and say hello to those sitting around you. Engage the bartender, as he or she will probably be your best friend for the night. And always remember why you’re there: not to drown your sorrows, not to hunt for a man, but to enjoy the brew and soak in the atmosphere.
Order a good beer. I like to order something strong and hoppy then drink it slowly. If you’re lucky enough to be there for a brewers night event like I was last night, ask the brewer questions about the beer (always order their beer when the brewer is in the house) and take a legitimate interest in the answers. It’s amazing what you’ll learn.
Let’s face it, the world of brewing is a man’s world; however, they’re slowly letting us in. One brewer even told me that he would be more inclined to talk to a woman that shows up alone for a brewers night because it’s bold and impressive. You might show up alone, but you’ll leave with a few new friends!
Winter-Into-Spring Beer Series at Latona Pub
The Latona Pub launched their 2010/2011 Winter-Into-Spring Beer Series on December 27th when Big Time Brewery was featured in the first of a series of brewers night events. The series will run through mid-April, with brewers night events on the third Monday of each month to introduce the next month’s special brew—a beer designed specifically for the Latona that will pour for one month.
The Winter-Into-Spring Beer Series kicked off with a special cask of Big Time Winter Blast. Slightly hoppy, with a nice crisp finish. Head Brewer Bill Jenkins was on hand to help raffle off some Big Time swag and talk about the beer. Big Time Winter Blast will be available at the Latona for the next month.
If you haven’t been to a brewers night before, it is a great way to learn more about craft beer and the process behind what you are drinking, not to mention a great way to win free stuff from the featured brewery.
Here’s the Latona Pub’s Winter-Into-Spring Beer Series schedule:
Naked City Brewing – January, 17th
Rogue Brewing (John Maier will be there) – February 21st
Black Raven Brewing – March 21st
Pike Brewing – April 18th