How to reach perma-smile… get off work, drive to Redhook Brewery, attend special invite release party for great tasting beer with friends, neighbors, and strangers. Pretty simple equation, I figure…
A great night with great people… potentially the best beer night of my beer career! I love the folks that were there as well as the philosophy and culture… Sums it up when I tried to ask Kim (Brewing Manager) whose idea the beers were and he *would not* tell me one person. It was a team effort, he says. We all contribute. Both he and Tom were just so nice and accommodating… oh… and they know their shit.
Thanks to Ted, Dan, and Ciea for hosting! We got some good stuff out of it:
Tonight was one of those nights that just puts a smile on your face… in a big way. After getting off work, I rushed myself to the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville, WA to attend a new beer release party for Big Ballard Imperial IPA. First to arrive, I met with Dan, who poured me a quick glass of not-yet-released Rope Swing Summer Pilsner, much to my delight. This tasty, tasty pilsner got me started off on the right foot for sure (can’t wait till released) and I started chatting with Ted, Dan, and Ciea as we waited for others to arrive. Much to my happiness, all three were down to earth and had a beer in hand as we talked… tonight was going to be good, I could tell.
As folks started to arrive, ‘The Belly’ a JustBeer taster, Paul from Northwest Beer Guide, Mr. Dave a JustBeer taster, Justin from The Brew Dude, Julie from Woodinville Weekly, and someone (sorry… can’t remember your name) from Ballard News Tribune, the conversations got lively and everyone started to mingle with the guests and folks at Redhook (Tom, Kim, Dan, Ted, and Ciea. Good conversation was lubricated by some great beer and networking, bonding, and discussion ensued. The Belly and Mr. Dave may have taken their ‘sac love a little to far, but who am I to judge?
At some point in, I recall the announcement for food and we started in on some Caesar salad, some bacon wrapped scallops (which were AWESOME), and some pork sandwiches with chips. All very tasty and all very unexpected. Thanks Redhook!
The team finally let us taste the new brew as we all sat down and let me tell you… it was worth the wait. Check out the official tasting for more info (Redhook Big Ballard Imperial IPA), but needless to say it was a great brew, worthy of an official release event.
Dinner was an amazing conversation about beer, brewing, and food. It felt like one of those TV shows where some famous chef helps make dinner and they sits around the table with some super famous people and they talk about the food, life, and other stuff. Very similar minus the super famous people.
For a JustBeer first, I am trying a short video of our experience… enjoy!