Thursday, November 25, 2010

pike press

from pike brewery in seattle:


By craft brewery standards,  we are but a baby in relation to many of the greatest European breweries. However, in America, we are regarded as a pioneer. At 21, our beers give those breweries from across the pond, a real run for their money. Our customers tell us daily that Pike beers are both first and world class. We may be mature, however,  we still feel like a kid with a future as bright as a Pike Pale. Speaking of which, our coming of age was celebrated for a week, with prices rolled back to opening day prices on Pike Pale, XXXXX Stout, and IPA. Guests were delighted with our special prix fixe dinner, described by various guests as "awesome," "sensational," and "delicious."

Our birthday celebration was a movable feast,  with delicious events at which Charles and I presented Pike. At Lamb Jam we were so popular  that we had to do a second beer run an hour into the event, confirming what we already knew:  beer goes perfectly with lamb; especially when it is prepared by restaurants like Ponti, Matt's in the Market, Crush, Ray's Boat House, Andaluca, and TASTE. Kudos to Jamie Peha for a sensuous experience. We then headed to  The Shelburne Inn, where a sold out Wild Mushroom and Pike Dinner  was worth every mile of the four hour drive from Seattle to Seaview. The Shelburne features Pike beers all year long in their handsome and comfortable pub, a revered reprise for tourists and locals alike.  It doesn't get much better than Pike Naughty Nellie Organic Golden Ale with the Shelburne's succulent razor clams and chips. David, in addition to his qualifications as innkeeper and chef, is an accomplished potter and sculptor, outdoors person, local historian and writer. A mushroom expert, he foraged all the mushrooms served at the dinner,  and his article about wild mushrooms appeared in Coastal Life. The Shelburne is warm and friendly with one of the planet's best breakfasts, and a short hop, skip and a jump to the spot where Lewis and Clark ended their quest for the mighty Pacific. David and Laurie also own China Beach Retreat, a compound of luxurious rooms located in "Paradise" overlooking both the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River, a few miles from the Shelburne. 

The Picasso exhibit at SAM, across First Avenue from Pike Brewing, is a bigger hit than anyone anticipated. Our guests are invited to experience the art of dining and drinking at Pike before or after your visit. Don't forget to pick up your SAM CARD when you purchase or pickup your tickets. Can't get enough Picasso at SAM and don't want to cross the street? You can also drink Pike beer at TASTE Restaurant, the "tasteful, organic, sustainable and fabulous" restaurant at SAM.

With Thanksgiving around the corner and "the frost is on the pumpkin" (at higher elevations anyway), it's time to close your eyes and think of "auld" friends. Nothing says hoppy holidays like our recently released Auld Acquaintance,  the perfect beer for turkey, cranberries, and candied yams, not to speak of pumpkin pie. Like pumpkin pie, we add cinnamon and nutmeg -also dried orange peel and coriander - fantastic!

Just as I was about to send out this newsletter, we received some very exciting news! Pike Brewing has been selected as a Beer Finalist in the Good Food Awards. Our buttons are popping! 

Fantastic is also used to describe our Microbrewery Museum, telling the exciting story of 10,000 years of brewing, from Sumer  to Seattle. Did you know that the Museum Room at the Pike Pub is a perfect place for you to host your holiday events and parties?  Book your holiday party before December 15 and take advantage of these specials.

Cheers to you, our loyal customers, friends and fans. 

Cheers and Hoppy Holidays!
Rose Ann & Charles Finkel




2010 Old Bawdy Barley Wine will be available December 1
on Draft and 22 oz. Dinner Sized Bottles
Annual OLD BAWDY VERTICAL Tasting
On January 30, 2011 Pike Brewing will host its Annual Old Bawdy Vertical Tasting of rare archived vintages: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and the 2010 vintage that releases on December 1st. 
We hope you will join us.


Date: Sunday, January 30, 2010 
Time: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
Place: The Museum Room at The Pike Pub 
Cost: $20 in advance /$25 at the door
PIKE PUB CLUB and WABL members $15 (passport required) 
Reservations: Brown Paper Tickets
For information: Tara Shuttleworth 206.812-6604 
(Limited to space available if purchasing your tickets at the door.)

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