WHAT: Washington Brewers Guild's Winter Beer Festival
WHEN: Saturday, noon-10 p.m.
WHERE: Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub, 4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle.
HOW MUCH: $20 at the door for a tasting cup and six 3-ounce tastes, or $20 advance for a tasting cup and 10 3-ounce tastes. Designated driver admission $8 at the door. 21 and over only, with valid ID. Tickets at some guild member pubs or at TicketWeb.
WHAT ELSE: Brewers in Santa costume, music, hot cider, holiday gift shop and Hale's pub grub.
What's in the kegs? Lotsa hops? Spruce tips? Spices? Roasted malts like chestnuts on an open fire? Could be any of those things. Could be all of those things. That's the joy of winter warmers.
(I have no idea what the Seattle Ram's Jacked-up Dawgsled is all about, but if you don't like it, it'll make a great name for a band, as would its brewer, Beaux Bowman).
I've only snuggled up with a few glasses of what's on tap Saturday: Elysian's Bifrost Winter Ale, Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale and Hale's Ales' Wee Heavy Winter Ale. I've actually drunk way more winter warmers than that lately, from Belgian strong ales to West Coast barley wines.
But now's not the time for those details. I'm interested in what you're drinking and thinking.
My winter beer taste test (held at Heads Up Brewing on a snowy night in Silverdale) will publish in the newspaper next Wednesday. That same day, I'll post a questionnaire on this blog. You'll have the opportunity to share your tastes in winter warmers.
It won't cost anything to play, and there's nothing to win. Beer purchase necessary, at your local pub or market. Come back here next week with your tasting notes.