Post by badchoices on Aug 28, 2014 16:26:47 GMT -5
Made a trek out to Yakima/Sunnyside yesterday. Visited Snipes Mountain Brewery and Bale Breaker Brewery. Snipes Mountain was interesting. They were telling us that they have been open for 17 years. The current head brewer has been doing it for the last 4 years. He said that it is owned by some fruit distribution company and their son was a homebrewer way back and wanted to open a brewery. So they made the brewery and restaurant. It has never been profitable largely due to the ever changing head brewer position. This guy seems legit and wants to turn it into a profitable venture. His beer was really good, too. My favorites were their session IPA and dark English mild. He seems to have it going in the right direction. The food was bleh but whatevs.
Bale Breaker is a relatively new brewery. It is situated in a hop field that used to be called field 41. Their flagship is Field 41 Pale (even carried at Safeco). They clearly have a lot of money put into this place. If you are a hophead this is the place for you. Even their blonde was hoppy. All of their beers were good though. Successful trip over there until we were surprised by rock blasting over the pass. Fuck that, 1 hour delay just sitting there.
Post by badchoices on Jul 15, 2014 15:21:30 GMT -5
Sandrider - Godhead Ben Harper - Diamonds On The Inside John Talabot - fin Beach House - Teen Dream Modeselektor - Monkeytown Grenades - Heaven Is Empty Fight Amp - Birth Control Rabbits - Untoward clipping. - CLPPNG Yes - Fragile
Post by badchoices on Jul 15, 2014 15:17:54 GMT -5
I picked up the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12 pack the other day. If you see this in the store I highly recommend it. Sierra Nevada has two brewing facilities now. They teamed up with 12 breweries for collaboration beers and half were brewed in Chico and the other half over at their east coast facility. Some interesting/creative brews in this beast:
3 Floyds - Chico King Pale Ale Cigar City Brewing - Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock Asheville Brewers Alliance - Tater Ridge Scottish Ale Russian River Brewing - Yvan The Great Belgian Style Blonde New Glarus Brewing - There And Back English Style Bitter Allagash Brewing - Myron's Walk Belgian Style Pale Ninkasi Brewing - Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout Victory Brewing - Alt Route Altbier Firestone Walker - Torpedo Pilsner Hoppy Pilsner Oskar Blues - CANfusion Rye Bock Ballast Point Brewing - Electric Ray India Pale Lager Bell's Brewery - Maillard's Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale
Post by badchoices on Jun 23, 2014 17:14:29 GMT -5
Went out to Orcas Island for some camping this weekend and visited Island Hoppin Brewing. They are in Eastsound and have a cool little tasting room. The beers weren't necessarily my favorite but the atmosphere made it well worth the visit. I would say my favorite was their porter. They only do the porter on nitro though so I couldn't fill my growler with that one. Ended up going with the pale.
Post by badchoices on Jun 17, 2014 20:33:58 GMT -5
I got to meet Mr. Walker from Firestone Walker Brewery today at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham. Cool dude. They had a mini tap takeover. The beers they were highlighting were too high of ABV for me today but I was lucky enough to try the DBA (double barrel ale) unfiltered. I love the regular DBA so it was quite a treat. I guess the unfiltered version is 100% barrel fermented while the normal version is 20% barrel fermented and then blended. Pretty rad.
Sex Pistols - Nevermind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols Ramones - Ramones MC5 - Kick Out The Jams Richard Hell - Black Generation The Clash - London Calling The Germs - GI Gorilla Biscuits - Gorilla Biscuits Descendents - Milo Goes To College Bad Religion - Stranger Than Fiction Operation Ivy - Operation Ivy NOFX - Heavy Petting Zoo The Vandals - Hitler Bad, Vandals Good Fugazi - Repeater Rancid - And Out Come The Wolves Screaching Weasel - Screaching Weasel Choking Victim - No Gods/No Managers Misfits - Walk Among Us Subhumans - The Day the Country Died Iggy Pop - Raw Power Leftover Crack - Mediocre Generica Streetlight Manifesto - Everything Goes Numb
I am not a punk historian so I don't know a lot of those bands. However, I would be curious what you think of Deadkill. If you get a chance you should check them out. They have been getting better and better in the live setting. My favorite Seattle punk band that I have seen. deadkill.bandcamp.com/
EDIT: I should say I don't know a lot of those bands' music. I know the names.
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Post by badchoices on Jun 10, 2014 17:39:44 GMT -5
Total bummer. Drunk Dad had to cancel their appearance today in Bellingham due to a broken leg. I guess it happened while, you guessed it, he was drunk. Super disappointing but still get to see Helms Alee and Big Business do their thing. That is two Helms Alee shows in 7 days. Feeling a little spoiled right now.
RIP Monogamy Party. They went out with a sold out show and the crowd gave a great round of applause after they were done. Kennedy was clearly on corn chips but was able to pull it together whenever they were performing a song. Between tracks, he was a mumbling mess and could really only utter "Fuck you guys...". The rest of the band were clearly tired of dealing with him and just wanted to play music. Good on 'em for playing the rest of the shows they committed to and doing them with passion. I will miss that band.
Before them, Sandrider blew the socks off of a full Black Lodge. It was pretty special seeing them play in that venue. Deadkill played the best set that I have seen them play. Haunted Horses were kick ass (kind of a dark Joy Division vibe with a lot more upbeat rocking out). Hadn't seen them before but loved their set. They are another Seattle band that I will be keeping my eyes on.
The shows at the Victory Lounge (next door) were too packed to watch inside (felt a little to claustrophobic. I caught the sets from outside though. Blood corn chips and Kinski both seemed to put on killer shows that night.