A Visit to Everett and Seattle

Well, it’s been a while. The site has gone through a re-design, and the blog posts will be as frequently as I can make them. However, that won’t stop me from talking about our visits to Scuttlebutt Brewing in Everett and Pike Brewing in Seattle this past weekend.

Our youngest has been a big fan of Funko Pop merchandise for quite a while now. So, because she was such a fan, we figured we should go up and check out the headquarters in Everett this weekend. It was a great time, and we found ourselves grabbing quite a few of their collectibles. In fact, I had to get two from the Batman series (Batman and Harley Quinn for those that want to know), while my wife grabbed some Disney keychains and the daughter grabbed one from Gravity Falls.

All in all, it was a great time getting up there and checking out what they had to offer. The store is well laid out, and I recommend giving it a visit if you want to work your way to Scuttlebutt Brewing out on the waterfront.

As for the visit to Scuttlebutt, I’d like to say it was great, but I can’t. Don’t get me wrong, the beers were great for their styles, and I highly recommend their Raspberry Moeite that they have on tap. The service, however, was a little lacking. I don’t know if our waitress was just having an off day or what, but she seemed rather dis-interested in anything that was going on. She wasn’t too happy when my wife pointed out that their soda water tap needed to be cleaned because it tasted rather skunky, and once it was mentioned things seemed to go downhill.

While I was there, though, I did check out their Gale Force IPA. This IPA, with it’s copper tone look, is a delicious beer that I recommend you get. It’s one of their flagship brews, and is available year round. It has a nice floral aroma that masks the hoppy flavors you get from the Cascade and Columbus hops that are used to craft it. The Goldings that are used lend some of the bitterness to the IPA, but are rather muted after that. All in all, I like this beer (and I even brought some home to drink while playing games) and would recommend it to any IPA lover out there.

The second beer I had while at the brewery was the Raspberry Moeite that they had on tap. This belgian ale was created with raspberries, and they are definitely the star of the show. It’s a 9.0% abv that is very sneaky. Seriously, if you hadn’t seen the ABV before drinking this beer, you’d be well into your second or third one before you realized how hard it was hitting you. My only problem is that if I had a keg of it at home, I’d sit there and keep pouring it all day long and not realize how potent it is. If I had to give it a rating, I’d definitely be on the 12 side out of 10.

After hitting Scuttlebutt, we found ourselves visiting Another Castle – Edmonds. This retro arcade has it all, beer, pinball, arcade games, and a used game store all in one location. While it seemed some of those that were there on a Saturday afternoon had been imbibing on the greenery, it was still a lot of fun. We had the three of us there and got to play some classic pinball machines, as well as some new arcade games that we don’t see very often. This was the first place I had ever heard of Anderson Valley Brewing and their delicious Framboise Rose Gose beer.

The sweet and tangy raspberry addition to the end of the fermentation, as well as the rose hips during the boil, brings out a tasty light brew that is perfect for gaming. You can easily toss these back while playing some Star Wars, Sopranos, or other pinball games at the same time. It’s an easy drink that is both tasty and refreshing, but doesn’t weigh you down like a stronger brew would. Coming in at 4.2% ABV, this lighter fare is perfect if you want to enjoy the things you’re doing, but need that tart bite you get from a good Gose.

After leaving the arcade, we went to a Seattle classic, the Pike Place Market. Here’s where you’ll find Pike Place Brewing, probably my favorite brewery in Seattle. Sure, there’s places like Pyramid Brewing, Ghostfish, Two Beers, Georgetown, and many others, but Pike Brewing has been my go to beer for a while. From the Kilt Lifter Ruby Red Ale to the Space Needle Golden Ale and the Pike IPA, there isn’t a beer here that I wouldn’t drink more than once. Even better is the fact that they have great food. I especially like their beer cheese that goes with the Pretzels, as well as their Poutine and Nachos. Yeah, they’re on the appetizer menu, but still they are damn tasty.

While at Pike Brewing, I had their Third Story IPA. This experimental beer is brewed for their new Tankard and Tun pub that is located on the 3rd floor of the market. It was quite the tasty IPA with notes of peach, but not something that overpowered the entire experience. I followed that up with the ever favorite Monk’s Uncle Belgian Tripel. Served in a 10oz Tulip glass, this all time favorite is one of my go-to beers because of it’s complexity. If you’re ever in Seattle, you have to go to Pike. If you don’t, you’ve missed out on one of Seattle’s landmark breweries, and one that will leave you both satisfied and refreshed. Besides, if you walk down the stairs to Post Alley, you’ll get to see the famous Gum Wall, which is a treat in and of itself.

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