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Kulshan Brewing

Bellingham, WA

Heliotrope IPA

 

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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.

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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.

 

(Monica says last annual.)

 

Checking IPA Dates

 

The gray, damp, cool, marine layerish part of the summer seems to be over now.

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.

I notice that 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.

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.

There was a special mystique about Coors beer at the time. For some reason, it was not shipped to WA.

“For decades, Coors Banquet was only available in 11 states, none of which were in the East. Despite its limited distribution, presidents, celebrities, and everyday folk alike wanted a taste of the West. In 1991, Coors Banquet finally showed up in all 50 states.”

People would make beer runs and bring back Coors from Idaho.

Back in those days, each state could set their own minimum drinking age. Idaho had a lower drinking age.

We have been enjoying the Yellowstone series. I noticed they are drinking Coors while at the rodeo, out camping with the Governor, etc.

Went looking for some Coors today. The old school beers now have only a small part of the cooler shelf space. It took a little looking to find the right spot. Selection of cans/bottles/16/12 OZ/6 pack/12 pack is extremely limited.

Only original Coors offering was an 18 pack in 12 OZ cans. Brought it home.

The freedom talk is just for federal holidays and overseas military operations.

Maybe of interest:

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

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I’m with Greg on this one.

Checking IPA Dates

 

About time to get back out there.

Rainy and cooler here today.

Went out in the rain earlier and collected some beach wood for a 4th of July fire.

A better day for a darker beer with more flavor and alcohol content.

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Checking IPA Dates

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

About time to get back out there.

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

Looking good guys.

 

Some controversy related to this one, because the brewery was bought out by the big guys.

This one is pretty common to find on tap at bars and restaurants.

I order it, because I know I like it, & these days, I’d like to do less experimenting.

8.2% ABV

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Checking IPA Dates

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

 

Just in time for warmer weather, an old favorite is back. We have enjoyed this one sveral times in the past.

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

Looking good guys.

 

Along for the afternoon:

Viva El Mariachi

 

La Gran D Wenatchee along to ensure spirits remain high.

Tequila for today: Espolòn

Unable to visit the cantina for now.

Bringing the mood home today:

Viva El Mariachi

 

A more aggressive pour & larger head:

 

Having a little fun.

 

Georgetown Brewing Co

These guys are making the effort with what is inside the can and offering an easy to read and understand date too.

Sold.

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Checking IPA Dates

 

A little more time working outside. Reaching more often for a cold brew.

Advantages:

Much lower priced than premium beers.

Lower alcohol content too.

Maybe start off with sharp taste buds and a couple of good craft beers. Wanting to have a couple more? Coors Light could be the answer.

Here’s a review that won’t be featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, etc.

The best beers require the least advertising:

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Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts