On a monday night, the Latona Pub was standing room only by 6:30 pm with about a 25-minute wait for a table.
Granted, there were people there that just came out for dinner – but most of us knew why we were there: for the 3rd installment of the Latona’s Winter-into-Spring Beer Series featuring Rogue Ales.
Rogue delivered a total of 5 beers last night: Brutal Bitter, Dry Hopped Red, Barrel Aged Old Ale, Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, and my personal favorite for the night, a cask of Strong Charlie (very crisp and hoppy).
But Rogue also delivered something the crowd seemed to be more interested in: John Maier, the “brewmaster” behind it all. John has been brewing since about the time I was in diapers and his beers have won over 500 awards. Since Rogue is headquartered in Newport, OR, it’s a rare treat to get him in Seattle.
The night was in full swing by 8 pm, and the traditional raffle brought lots of cheers and applause. The most coveted prize of the evening was anticipated to be a Rogue Dead Guy Ale sweatshirt, but instead everyone was after a prize a little more rare: misspelled license plates that were a mistake upon ordering and now said “ROUGE.”
If you didn’t make it in don’t feel too bad – you still have two more opportunities to participate in the Winter-into-Spring series, with Black Raven Brewing up next on March 21st followed by Pike Brewing on April 18th.