Seattle adventures, life, home, and coffee—in no particular order
Jamie was in town this past weekend, and along with her fabulous friends Molly and Ryan, we spent a hops-filled afternoon at the Redhook** Brewery in Woodinville.
We met up at Beth’s Cafe (home of the 12 egg omelette and the crayon-drawn interior décor) and drove NE to the town of wine and beer.
Because we arrived an hour or so before the tour’s start, we settled in for some hummus and a pre-tour taste test. (I highly recommend the Blonde Golden Ale.) It was a good chance to hydrate and catch up before the tour.
Our tour guide (we’ll call him Largent, if only because he was wearing his Seahawk’s jersey) was hilarious. Booming voice, quick wit, and generous on the beer pours: Jamie gives him six stars (on a five star scale).
He regaled us on the history of Redhook, the characteristics of a craft beer and their top-quality ingredients, the brewery’s distribution agreement with AB (or, for you lay folk: Anheiser Busch), and the brewery’s brewing agreement with Widmer, Kona, and Goose Island (Goose Island, native to Chicago, which earned Ms. Jamie an extra 5 ½ ounces of brew!).
Cons of the tour:
Pros of the tour:
Highlight of the tour:
Largent: “Most important ingredient? Dry hops. Yes, dry hops. Nooo, not like what you used to do with your middle school girlfriend—“
Jamie (shouting): “Used to???”
Largent: “Who said that??”
Jamie: “…I did?”
Largent: “Excellent! Come get another beer!”
It was a great afternoon filled with good company. Thanks for the tour, Largent, and Jamie, thanks for visiting the fair city of Seattle. See you again for a certain shindig next September!!
*Let’s be honest: the standard 15 minutes of fame are reduced to five here due to the low volume in site traffic
**Redhook: the only thing better than a good friend is a good friend that happens to be a tasty, handcrafted ale.