Beer for breakfast? At the Parkway Tavern, a brew breakfast is standard protocol for the annual Barleywine Festival, happening this weekend, April 30-May 1. The festival, celebrating the strongly flavored beer called barleywine, is in its sixth year and this year's barleywine list includes more than 40 barleywines for Saturday's event, and a breakfast Sunday with more locally brewed barleywine and a beer-friendly menu. Here's what I wrote last year, and the year before, which includes tap lists from the 2009 and 2010 events.
If you've never tasted barleywine, think of it is a libation similar in character to wine, but made from grains, so it's actually just a beer. And a really strong, full-bodied beer at that. Beer geeks covet barleywine for its complex and earthy flavor profiles. It's not for the weak, it's a high octane brew.
Here's a tap list for this year's festival, along with the menu for Sunday's breakfast.
Heads up: The IPA Fest at the Parkway is every August.
Parkway Tavern Barleywine FestivalWhen: April 30-May 1Hours: The fest starts at 2 p.m. Saturday April 30, brunch starts at 11 a.m. Sunday May 1Brunch details: Brunch will set you back $40, buy your ticket in advance. Call for details. Where: 313 N. I St., TacomaPhone: 253-383-8748
THE TAPS: Anchor Old Foghorn ‘07Boundary Bay Old Bounder ‘07Full Sail Old Boardhead ‘07Pike Old Bawdy ‘07Stone Old Guardian ‘07Alaskan ‘08Avery Hog Heaven ‘08Elysian Cyclops ‘08Flying Dog Horn Dog ‘08Great Divide Old Ruffian ‘08Lagunitas Gnarlywine ‘08North Coast Old Stock ‘08Port Townsend French Oak Aged ‘08Rogue Old Crustacean ‘08Scuttlebutt Old #1 ‘08Sierra Nevada Bigfoot ‘08Deschutes Mirror Mirror ‘09Dick’s ‘09Dogfish Head Olde School ‘09Mad River John Barleycorn ‘09Moylan’s Old Blarney ‘09Oskar Blues Old Double Bagger ‘09Victory Old Horizontal ‘097 Seas Wheelchair ‘10Anacortes Brewing Old Sebastes ‘10Anderson Valley Horn of the Beer ‘10Beer Valley Highway to Ale ‘10Diamond Knot Ice Breaker ‘10Fishtale Bourbon Barrel Aged Ten Squared ?Fishtale Leviathan ‘10Fishtale Ten Squared ‘10Hale’s Rudyard’s Rare ’10 Hood Canal Breidablik ‘10Hopworks Foggin’ Noggin’ ‘10Lost Coast Fogcutter ‘10Mac ‘n’ Jack’s C U Lator ‘10Naked City Earl of Snohomish ‘10Port Townsend Cask ‘10Sierra Nevada Jack and Ken’s Black ‘10Southern Tier Backburner ‘10Stone Old Guardian BELGO ‘10Firestone Walker AbacusWidmer Galaxy HopRedhook Treblehook
THE BREAKFAST MENU: The Parkway Tavern Barleywine Brunch 2011Sunday May 1st 11am
The menu:Seasonal fruit, nut and assorted strong cheese platterRustic breads accompanied with assorted spreads, jam,and butterChai tea French toast with cherry almond barleywinereduction syrupStrong cheese scrambled eggsHouse made lamb sausage patties with fig and Mediterranean spicesRosemary roasted red potatoesGourmet cheesecake lollipops
And for the first time at at Barleywine fest, a selection of locally brewed barleywines:
7 Seas WheelchairAnacortes Old SebastesMac ‘n’ Jack’s C U LatorNaked City Earl of SnohomishOld Schoolhouse Brewer’s ReservePort Townsend French Oak Aged ‘08And a bunch more.