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[livejournal.com profile] ragnorokt, who's here visiting, and I went on a few brewery tours today. We started with Redhook in Woodinville. They told us about Mac & Jack's in Redmond and then we also visited Black Raven in Redmond.

I learned some good things about Redhook. For example, they aren't in AB/InBev's pocket like I thought they were. Plus they make some really tasty beer. Right now a case of Late Harvest is $15 so they can make room for their winter beer that is being released next week. They also have a rye, called Roggenhammer, and a barley wine I want to try. Sadly they didn't have any in the shop so I'll have to try it later.

The tour guide at Redhook told us about the tour at Mac & Jack's which only happens on Sundays. So we made our way over there for the tour. At Mac & Jack's I met a lot of twitter folks as there was a tweetup for the tour. The tour was free and we had some nice samples. I have come to the conclusion that I just don't care for IPA's. Not that I wouldn't try a free sample when it was offered to me.

The next stop on our beer tour was Black Raven Brewing Co.. A new (only six months old) brewing company in Redmond. They didn't have a tour like the other two places so [livejournal.com profile] ragnorokt and I sat in their bar and tried the tasting flight. My favorite was the Morrighan Stout. If you're on the Eastside I recommend you give Black Raven a try. Small brewers like this need to exist.

After Black Raven we decided that we had had enough beer and it was time for dinner. So we off to the Crab Pot in Bellevue. He can't get good seafood in the midwest so we decided to go all the way. So full it wasn't even funny. But how often does your brother turn forty? (I'm sure he'll be sure to remind us all on Friday that 40 < 43.)

Finally, we went to the McMenamin's Queen Anne for the last beer tasting of the day. We had originally planned on visiting two more breweries today. However, four was enough and so we called it a night. We will pick up the last two breweries later this week. All in all I had a good day and I hope my brother had a good birthday.

Date: 2009-10-19 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dakotaluna.livejournal.com
I've been curious about Black Raven.

Date: 2009-10-19 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyking.livejournal.com
It was good. We got to chat with the owner/brewmaster while we were tasting the beer.

Date: 2009-10-19 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dakotaluna.livejournal.com
I'll have to check it out sometime. Too bad they don't have food on-site. Then I could maybe get Robert to be my designated driver. ;-)

Date: 2009-10-19 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyking.livejournal.com
They have pizza delivery. :)

Date: 2009-10-19 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dakotaluna.livejournal.com
I don't know if that is enough to entice him. ;-) Though Danielle does not drink beer, and her husband does, so maybe I can drag them out of Redmond Ridge to check it out.

Date: 2009-10-19 07:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaberwockynmt.livejournal.com
This year's WinterHook is already out. I bought a sixer a few days ago. I won't be buying it again this year because I really don't like it. It's vaguely IPA flavored and I don't like IPAs. Last year it was awesome; sortof a brown ale but at the same time crisp/clean finishing. I'd say last year's WinterHook was the best beer I've ever had from RedHook.

I've not been to any of the other breweries. I should go do that.

Date: 2009-10-19 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyking.livejournal.com
It might be available, but the release festivities are this coming Wednesday. ;)

Date: 2009-10-19 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torainfor.livejournal.com
I didn't realize there was a McM's up north.

Date: 2009-10-19 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyking.livejournal.com
It seems we have three of them here in the Seattle area. The things you learn from Google. ;)

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