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My favorite beer styles are NW or West Coast IPA, German Pilsner and Mexican beer. Here, in the Grays Harbor area, German beer appears to be unavailable. That adds a certain mystique.

My favorite Mexican beer seems to be hard to find anywhere I shop over the past 10 years or so.

Another one I like is also hard to find:

A good selection of German beers are available at the Silverdale, WA BevMo! store.

Happy hunting.

Possibly of interest:

Green/Clear Beer Bottle Myths?

 

In a recent blog, we shared about German beers being hard to find in Grays Harbor County.

Just back now from a road trip to Kitsap County. Happy to report that a good selection of German beers are available at the Silverdale, WA BevMo! store. Friendly staff too!

Dining out report:

We enjoyed dining out before COVID and have had mixed experiences since restrictions were lifted.

Happy to report that we found a nice Thai restaurant on our trip.

Quiet, uncrowded, nice atmosphere, attentive/good service and really enjoyed the food. We would try to dine out more if this was the sort of experience we could expect.

Chili Thai

10404 Silverdale Way NW.

Ste#E-102

Silverdale, WA 98383

 

Back home.

Westport, Washington

 

I have lived in 4 Washington State counties over the past 20 years: Kitsap, Jefferson, Island, and Grays Harbor.

Grays Harbor has the most limited selection of beers. German beers are always the most difficult to find, but I have not seen them at all in Grays Harbor County. Ditto for Tsingtao beer. All of the above were purchased in Kitsap County this week. Recently, I have not been able to find Heineken in Grays Harbor County.

This update provided as a public service from Oak Bay Starfish.

The best beer is the one you enjoy the most.

Possibly of interest:

Green/Clear Beer Bottle Myths?

 

Grays Harbor County

Looks like a couple of local outlets recently have no Heineken to sell. If you are headed to the coast and this is your brew, maybe pack some along.

This has been a public service announcement from Oak Bay Starfish.

 

Washington Coast

We earned it.

 

It’s been years since I have seen it for sale in WA.

This beer comes from El Salvador.

A bit of looking around on the web indicates that it may be extinct now.

 

This was a popular beer with our group of friends when I was in high school.

I think of this as sort of a bowling alley beer-thinking of a typical Cold War era bowling alley and what they would be serving.

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Reliving 1970s Memories

 

This was a popular beer with our group of friends when I was in high school. 12 ounce bottles seemed to be the way to go.

Still available today, and something I have purchased a couple times in recent months.

I think of this as sort of a bowling alley beer- thinking of a typical Cold War era bowling alley and what they would be serving.

Also a memory from the 70s. Also still available.

The one I can no longer find is Schlitz.

 

Related blog posts:

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Photo- Illegal beer drinking at Kingston

 

We have had a tradition over the years, where we invite people over and cook a turkey a week or more before Thanksgiving. People may be more available this way, because they can visit with us, but still get to their own family gatherings on Thanksgiving Day. Picking an off day/week also allows for less crowded stores, roads, ferry and air terminals, etc.

We were on the road to visit family last week. Today, it’s just the two of us and a decent weather day in our area. A turkey on the weber is a family tradition. We are always happy with the finished product.

 

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

Temporarily moved into the garage to stay out of the rain.

 

John Wayne generation is clearly gone now.

 

Taking care of chores and projects.

 

 

Possibly of interest:

Green/Clear Beer Bottle Myths?

 

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

Kulshan Brewing

Bellingham, WA

Heliotrope IPA

 

Related:

Checking IPA Dates

 

 

 

B.I.L. rolled up after spending the winter in Yuma.

Feels like a sunny & wintry day on Whidbey.

Pork & chicken with apple wood smoke on the grill.

A decent IPA:

Less ABV:

 

Almost purchased a six pack of Ninkasi Total Domination IPA in bottles. Could not find any date on the package indicating when it was bottled.

I prefer the bottled on, rather than the enjoy before, date format.

Some breweries ( Georgetown Brewing Co and Fremont Brewing ) are very good at showing an easy to find and easy to read date that reveals when the can or bottle was filled with ale. These are the brews I bring home.

 

Pet Peeve:

Beer websites have an honor system these days. You must make up an over 21 birth date in order to study brewery offerings. Underage people who desire to view a brewery web site will be stopped by all this?

We drank underage for years with no help whatsoever from the internet.

Back in the old days-each of the 50 states was free to set its own drinking age. It was legal to drink as a teen in some states.

Went to high school in Kitsap County in the late 70s.

We started drinking when we were about 15.

Fake IDs (completely fake-not made to look like anything real) worked about 50% of the time to buy beer.

We never went without since about age 15.

Making mention of these memories is not to defend operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, legal or illegal drugs or marijuana.

 

Who has the best IPAs? WA, OR or others?

I have enjoyed Melvin IPA, but it is hard to find a date on the packaging.

Related:

Checking IPA Dates

Coors Banquet

 

Saving refrigerator space by leaving beer outside.

 

Outside beer cooler all set in case we can’t get out for a day or two.

 

 

This has become a favorite WA IPA.

Look for a fresh date on the box.

 

A good day to get out and take care of a few chores outside.

Today’s beer glass comes to us from Big Block Brewery & Taproom.

Looking good guys.

 

Today’s beer glass comes to us from Big Block Brewery & Taproom.

Looking good guys.

 

Beer source: Astoria

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

Photo above:

Working to support local recycling efforts.

This was me 15 years ago. Maybe more quantity, less quality.

 

Today, my two favorite styles are NW or West Coast IPA and German Pilsner.

German beer is hard to find at the grocery store where I live.

Two lessons that we at Oak Bay Starfish cling to:

Maybe the best beers require the least advertising.

The best beer is the one you enjoy most.

 

It’s Thanksgiving today.

Over here, we are going with:

The Drunken Chicken

I’d have this guy over any time, to help me get it right:

 

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

On these clear and chilly PNW nights, save holiday refrigerator space by simply stacking product outside.

When you rise tomorrow, no matter what time zone you feel like being on, you’ll have cold beer ready at any time.

 

And don’t be the poor family that fails to purchase the right retail products this holiday season:

 

Party of Two

There is a nice spot in Leavenworth to stop in for a beer and something to eat. I went to visit this location last week. It was the first time during COVID that I entered and sat down in an eating/drinking establishment.

 

Old Way

Walk in and select a seat from the large outdoor seating area. Server takes your beer order on a mobile device. Before server has a chance to leave the table, electronic order is received by bar staff. Your beer is tapped and out to your table like magic. We sit and eat and drink for an hour. During this happy hour, we never get up to leave the table. When it’s time to go, we pay and leave.

Would not change a thing. Really enjoy this place.

 

COVID Way

Everyone wears a mask.

You enter and are offered a table outside or inside. We selected an outside table. We are told that our order for beers and food must be placed with the cashier inside the restaurant by the bar.

Partner goes in to place order while I wait. Establishment now requires a credit card to start order. My turn to pay, so I say I’ll get it all on my card when I go in to order a second round.

Beer and food is still delivered to table, same as old way.

I go in to order a second round. I am unfamiliar with this part of the restaurant. Staff prompts me toward waiting to order/pay holding/staging area. Ordered another round and requested entire tab to be placed on my card. This is an extra step that would not be at all necessary pre-COVID.

If we wanted still another round, one of us would have to get up and return to waiting line to order/pay holding/staging area. We did not want another round after we had two beers and some food. Went back in to waiting to order/pay holding/staging area and used card to pay.

 

Any Medical Advantage?

How does requiring customers to migrate back and forth into a possibly unfamiliar part of the restaurant each time they want to order a beer or cash out serve any medical purpose Re: COVID?

It seems like the plan is to cause meaningless inconvenience.

If you notice the inconvenience, maybe you will think that the establishment is somehow going out of their way because they care about protecting you.

Still will plan to return to this location in the future.

 

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Photo-

Completely unrelated to location described above.