Saturday, February 29th and March 1st, 18th Annual Hardliver Barleywine Fest

What were you doing when you turned 18? Looking forward to graduating high school and getting out of the house? Getting ready to take on the awesome responsibility of jury duty? Preparing to vote in a government election for the first time? Thinking about running for office? All of the above?

Well, we know someone who is turning 18 this year! The Hard Liver Barleywine Festival of course! That’s right! It’s been 18 years since the little start up festival put on by Bottleworks at the Phinney Ridge Community Center began. Now it can do almost anything; well, except drink at its own celebration, but that’s neither here nor there.

Barleywine probably won’t be running for office, but we know it’d have our vote if it decided to. Luckily, it’s great for watch parties. Let’s be honest, we’ll probably need a stiff drink or two to get us through this election cycle. Join us on February 29th and March 1st for the 18th iteration of Hard Liver Barleywine Fest. We’ll have 40+ boozy barley treats for you to choose from, so remember that old timey adage…

Vote early, vote often, and vote Barleywine.

February 6th @ 3pm, 7th Annual Hop Mob

After five years the Washington Hop Mob has more than succeeded in its original goal of showing that we don’t need any fancy hypeboi Triple IPA from California, our local brewers can brew our very own fancy hypeboi Triple IPAs just as well

At one point, the number of participating breweries skyrocketed to over 40 from its humble beginning of just 12 Washington-only shops.

As with most things, the powers that be decided that the event needed change and adapt in order to survive. That’s why we are announcing a huge change to the Triple IPA only format. This year, Hop Mob will be open to all beers, provided they meet the following criteria:

Must be a new beer, specifically created for this event,

Have an IBU of 50+, and

Must be a complete expression of hop character.

That’s it? That’s it.

No style is off limits. A big, boozy, marshmallow macadamia nut imperial stout cram-jammed with Mosaic? Cool. A light-bodied lager double dry-hopped with Saaz, Motueka, and Galaxy? Word. An over-hopped juicy 12% Triple IPA? Tradition.

We’re super excited to let our friends in the brewing industry really let their hop flag fly. Join us on February 6th for a hop showcase a bit unlike anything we’ve done in the past.

Thursday, January 30th @7pm-11, 3rd Annual Beerlesque

Oh Yeah! It is BEERlesque time again! One of our favorite events is going down on January 30th. Weve had such a blast the last two years that we had to keep it going. Well have some of Seattle’s finest burlesque performers on our stage to entertain, titillate, and maybe get a few giggles here and there (Easy Cheese never forget). Lots of great moments have been shared, and everyone is left satisfied by the end of the night.

Doors will open at 7 and the show will begin at 8:30. This will allow attendees to order and enjoy dinner beforehand. Dinner service will end when the show begins to limit interruptions. Tickets will be $30 and include a beer from one of our partner breweries:

Merchant Du Vin:
Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome
Lindemans Young Lambic
Lindemans Peche
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Dupont Avec
Dry Hop

Weihenstephan
Hefe
Pilsner

Tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4476549

As we have done in years past, proceeds from ticket sales will be going to a very important charity. This years recipient will be Old Dog Haven.
www.olddoghaven.com

Here is a list of the performers:

Ruby Mimosa;
website – www.rubymimosa.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/missrubymimosa
Instagram – @RubyMimosa
Bio – Ruby was born and raised in Hawaii. She was brought up on Hula, Ballet, and Gymnastics
this Island Flower has been dancing since she was three. Ruby moved to Seattle in 2006,
where she quickly got recruited as seventh member to the International Supertroope,
The Atomic Bombshells.
Ruby has been one of the primary instructors at Miss Indigo Blues Academy of
Burlesque since 2007; teaching Burlesque Bump & Grind, Tassel Twirling, and The Art
of the Tease, and most recently Burlesque 101 to women and men of all shapes and sizes.
She has taught her classes at BurlyCon, up and down the West Coast, Vancouver B.C.,
London, and Paris.
Rubys unique mix of athleticism, dance, theatrics, and bubbly charm makes her a Seattle
treasure and beloved all over the world. She has been a highlighted performer in France,
England, Portugal, Canada, China, and Australia.
Ruby is the creator of BurlesKaraoke a monthly party that combines the joyfulness and
beauty of burlesque and the improvisational goodness of the audience singing karaoke!
Mimosa also works with cowboy band Brent Amaker & the Rodeo has been shimmying
her way along countless rock and roll stages throughout Seattle, the West Coast, and
festivals including SXSW. She has worked with The Seattle Opera, Grammy award
winning artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, as well as a host of Burlesques crème de la crème.

Faggedy Randy;
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Faggedy-Randy-2399027877001292/
Instagram – @faggedyrandy
Bio – Faggedy Randy has been a dynamic part of the Seattle boylesque and dance scenes for over a decade. Among his contributions are his roles in Homo for the Holidays, Ben Dela Cremes Gaylord Manor, and Scott Shoemakers War On Christmas. Catch Randy at venues where feathers, rhinestones, and pasties can be found!!

Lady Drew;
Facebook – www.facebook.com/ladydrewburlesque
Instagram – @LadyDrewBQ
Bio – Lady Drew Blood is “Seattle’s Burlesque ASSet”. A performer since 2005, she came to burlesque from roller derby and thrives on kicking ass. She is a true lover of all things nerdy and dirty, with the resume to back it up. She’s performed in productions such as Disney After Dark, Pretty Haute Machine Burlesque Behind the Pink Door, and Tuesday Tease, to name a few. She guest performed in Metalesque, Freezing Tassel, Oregon Burlesque and New York Nerdlesque Festivals! Add to all that, her love of music and the hardcore, and you get one talented, bad ass performer!!

Sailor St. Claire;
Website – www.sailorstclaire.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/sailorstclaire
Instagram – @LadyDrewBQ

Hyacinth Lee;
Facebook – www.facebook.com/misshyacinthlee
Instagram – @misshyacinthlee
Bio – Hyacinth Lee has been entertaining burlesque audiences in the Pacific Northwest and beyond with her signature musicality-driven high-energy style since 2011. She has won multiple burlesque festival awards for her performances, including “Most Innovative” and “Best Group” at the Oregon Burlesque Festival for her duets with Baby Le’Strange. She once even got a shout out from Alison Bechdel and well-known radio personality Daria Eliuk once said she should be on money.

Amara Strutt;
Website – www.amarastrutt.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/amarastrutt
Instagram – @amarastrutt
Bio – Amara Strutt is a flavor that lingers on the tip of the tongue, a dangerously addictive blend of bitter and sweet that bespeaks her refined palette. Clothed in feathers, fur, satins, and silks, Amara recalls the elegance of classic Hollywood and pairs it with the shameless sass of bygone burlesque queens. Parading across stages throughout the Pacific Northwest, Amara combines her background in dance and theatrical costuming to create vintage burlesque fantasies that are oh-so-refined and oh-so-elegantly filthy. Armed with cunning, confidence, and cool charm, this Feathered Fox commands the stage with her sultry sophistication. You’ll certainly want to keep your eyes peeled while she peels, or she just might outfox you.

She has strutted her stuff at the Vancouver Burlesque Festival, The Moisture Festival, and the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender and has also become a mainstay in the Seattle burlesque scene appearing at Tuesday Tease, Burlesque Behind the Pink Door, The Emerald City Burlesque Revue, and numerous other Northwest stages. In addition to performing and costuming up a storm, Amara shares her passion for burlesque with others as an instructor at Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque, where she teaches the FANtastic fan dance primer, ChairOgraphy and BOAdacious classes.

Wednesday, January 29th @ Noon. SBBC/Georgetown Boop & Beep IPA Release

We are pleased to be a part of this group of awesome beer bar owners and operators. Boop and Beep is the result of one massive collaboration. Look for this beer on draft here and at the participating bars on January 29th. What follows is more info on the group:

January 6th was a good day for the beer community—The Seattle Beer Bar Coalition officially kicked off what will become a long and productive journey with a collaboration brew at Georgetown Brewing. The SBBC is made up of some of the city’s most well-known craft beer bars including Brouwer’s Cafe, Latona Pub, Bottleworks, Fiddler’s Inn, The Yard Cafe, Watershed Pub & Kitchen, Trailbend Taproom, Olaf’s, The Pine Box, Toronado Seattle, The Shambles, Beveridge Place Pub, Hopvine Pub, and The Dray.

The organization was created with several ideas in mind: to collaborate with our brewer friends; to create special beers for various charities; to meet and discuss the issues that affect our businesses; and to hopefully become a voice for the local beer industry from the unique perspective of craft focused bars.

Joining the many organizations that impact the beer industry including the WA Brewers Guild, the Seattle Restaurant Alliance, the Downtown Seattle Association and others, the SBBC plans to provide a different perspective and speak to issues related directly to the bars within the craft industry.

Collaborations are commonplace in the beer industry. The idea behind a collaboration beer is to meet, communicate on the elements of a recipe, be part of the brewing process, and help promote the strong sense of community that is unique to craft beer. Often these beers have a charitable nature to them, and in this case sales from Boop & Beep IPA will benefit the YWCA—a charity dear to Georgetown brewer Chris Bower and his family, as is reflected in the beer’s name, which is also of personal significance. The YWCA “is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” The beer is a modern Northwest IPA with Columbus bittering hops in the boil and later additions of Strata, Citra and Mosaic. It will be released on January 29th at each of the SBBC bars and Georgetown Brewing’s taproom.

The members of the SBBC are excited to move forward, starting with the Georgetown collaboration and expanding their presence within the community. The guiding principle is to have a group of influential “beer bar folks” that will help navigate each other through some of the challenges facing small businesses. In the end, the organization is about celebrating craft beer and the community surrounding it, especially the amazing beer bars, neighborhood pubs and breweries that comprise and nurture it.