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EARTH DAY RETURNS TO LATONA PUB IN GREEN LAKE

Earth Day is April 22nd, which happens to land on a Tuesday this year – but many of us will be spending this Easter weekend contributing somehow.  For example, I’m headed to Federal Way tomorrow to work with Habitat for Humanity on a neighborhood cleanup project.

Latona Pub, however, is once again continuing their awesome streak of providing a full tap list consisting only of beers that have made it to the pub by means other than motorized transportation.  Many of the kegs going on tap this weekend are from fairly close breweries like Naked City and RAM Northgate and are walked to Latona by way of hand truck.  Some, however, are coming from a little farther away, like Black Raven Brewing (about 19 miles).  That particular keg was attached to the back of brewer Tom Mace’s bike and cycled over.

This is the fourth year in a row that Latona Pub has held this tradition.   It all culminates on Sunday, April 20th, when nonprofit organization Feet First (along with a number of volunteers and participants), walk the final keg from Two Beers Brewing in SODO starting around 9:30 in the morning.  The beer, called Hand Truckin’ Amber Ale, should arrive at the end of it’s 10-mile walking trek at about 2pm where the festivities really kick off at Latona.   An auction is held at the pub and both donations and awareness benefit Feet First, who help make Washington more walkable.

Look for me (and my dad, who’s in town visiting me!) at Latona Pub that afternoon, ready to bid on a some cool prizes!

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Latona & 65th – Businesses close, businesses open

The intersection of Latona and 65th has been a favorite of mine for awhile now – of course, that generally has to do with the fabulous Latona Pub and the fact that it’s walking distance for me.  But besides Latona Pub, I was a regular (and, ahem, Foursquare Mayor) of Irwin’s Bakery & Cafe, which recently closed down their Green Lake location right at the two-year mark.

The Irwin's Green Lake sign being installed two years ago

The Irwin’s Green Lake sign being installed two years ago.

On top of that, Mona’s also closed – a place I didn’t visit too often but understood to be a long-time staple in the neighborhood.

And while I was frustrated to lose my favorite coffee shop, I’m excited to hear that the intersection will soon be lively again.  Frelard’s Dish Cafe is expanding to Green Lake to fill the empty space that Irwin’s left behind.  The Dish serves up breakfast and lunch items and is currently located at 4358 Leary Way NW.  Don’t worry, local fans – the Frelard location will remain as-is while the second spot opens this summer

The spot where Mona’s used to reside, although not officially announced, is said to become another cocktail bar/restaurant similar to what was there.  The owners (who own the Thai food place next door) are in the process of fixing the space up now and we’re hoping for an official announcement soon.

Change – it happens.  And hopefully it’s good.

Seattle Beer Week: Your North Seattle Picks

Seattle Beer Week is soon to be upon us again.  The fifth year running, this year’s Beer Week falls on May 9th through the 19th and as usual, is sure to include something for everyone.  Although I do like to expand my horizons out of the neighborhood a little for this one, here are my North Seattle event picks!

  • On May 10th, head to Brouwers in Fremont for the Underberg Back in Black Stout Fest – 40+ stouts on tap.  Event runs all day
  • On May 11th, it’s time to head to Hale’s Ales for Brewgrass – a collaboration of beer & music with 10 local breweries and 3 bands, benefiting NW Harvest.  Starts at 5pm and you can buy your tickets here.
  • On May 12th, it’s Mother’s Day. So treat your mother to one of her favorite movies – Psycho.  DJ Nicfit plays this film at Naked City’s screening room to a live soundtrack, and I can say from experience it’s amazing.  Starts at 8pm in Greenwood.
  • May 13th, check out the Sierra Nevada dinner at the Burgundian in Tangletown.   5 beers paired with 5 dishes (exact beers & dishes tbd).  This starts at 6pm.
  • On May 14th, check out Beer & Burger Battle back at Brouwer’s in Fremont.  It runs all day long, and pits six brewers against each other to design the best burger.
  • On May 15th, don’t miss the annual Latona Pub Cask Fest in Green Lake.  A huge selection of cask beers, starting at 6pm.
  • On May 16th, try out pFriem Family Brewing at Art of the Table in Wallingford.  Everyone is buzzing about this brewery, and the restaurant is pairing up 7 courses to match.  The reception starts at 6:30, dinner served at 7.  Call the restaurant at (206) 282-0942 for a reservation.  Dinner is $95/person + tax/tip.
  • After taking a few nights off to repair your liver, celebrate the last day of Beer Week with The Dray in Phinney Ridge.  The Dray has a celebration of its own that day – their 5th Birthday!  There will be special brews from Firestone Walker, and tacos from The Yard.

Make sure you don’t miss one or two other events in the rest of the city either, as there’s plenty to do!  You can check out the full schedule here. 

Latona Pub’s IPA Final Four Bracket – fill it out before Tuesday!

After a successful few years, Latona Pub’s IPA Final Four Challege is back – and brackets need to be filled out and submitted by Tuesday afternoon.

If you’re used to losing the NBA March Madness brackets each year, and know your beers better than your sports teams (I admit, I choose my NBA teams based on how cute the mascot is), then this is definitely the event for you.

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Starting Monday, March 18th, Latona Pub will put sets of IPA’s on tap – three at a time.  Your job is to predict which keg will blow first.  They’ll do this four times (timing depends on when the kegs blow), and then the four winners will be put on tap against each other.

Don’t think this is easy though – The first round features Green Flash, Boneyard, and Boundary Bay.  Boneyard won the entire event last year, and Boundary Bay won the year before – so it’ll be a tight race.

Other IPA’s coming up in the tournament include Black Raven’s Trickster, 7 Seas Rude Parrot, Elysian’s Space Dust, and of course, Georgetown’s Lucille.

Brackets are available now to be filled out at Latona Pub in Green Lake and turned in before the first keg blows – likely on Tuesday afternoon.

Celebrate 25 Years with Latona Pub all this week

This year, Latona Pub in Green Lake has been celebrating their 25th Anniversary in style with a custom brew made for them each month by a local brewery.  If you have attended one of the anniversary brewer’s nights, you’ve been treated to raffles, prizes and a crowd of supporters.

August marks the actual month of Latona Pub’s 25th Anniversary, and this week is a full extravaganza.  From August 13th (TODAY) through the 18th, the pub has special events every night.  Here’s the full list of what’s happening at Latona:

Monday, August 13th – Elysian Brewer Appreciation Night.  This marks the release of Latona’s 25th Anniversary beer from Elysian Brewing.

Tuesday, August 14th – Big Time & the All-Star Brewers.  This is a celebration of  our local Big Time Brewing, and Latona will be tapping their Pilsner and toasting their brewers.

Wednesday, August 15th –  A Salute to the First Pour.  A night with Georgetown Brewing, who shared their first pour with Latona.

Thursday, August 16th – the Latona Cask Festival.  Casks to be revealed on the day, pouring starts at 6pm.

Friday, August 17th – A Tribute to the Musical Artists of the Latona.  Happy hour jazz beginning at 5:30.

Saturday, August 18th – the big 25th Anniversary party.  A full line-up of all the 25th Anniversary beers we’ve seen this year, plus live music and barbecue.

Congratulations on 25 years, Latona!

Seattle Beer Week: Mid-Week picks in North Seattle

Last night as part of Seattle Beer Week, I went to the special Brewer’s Dinner at Naked City Taphouse in Greenwood.  Eight fabulous courses paired with beer included fried chicken, buffalo carpaccio, smoked trout, rabbit rillet and lamb shank.  The great news is that Naked City is going to put on dinners just like last night’s once every quarter, so if you missed it you can come again next time.

In the meantime, Seattle Beer Week is in full swing, and doesn’t take a break just because we have weekday jobs.  So here’s my picks for this week’s north Seattle Beer Week:

  • On Tuesday (5/15), head to Brouwer’s Cafe in Fremont for the Beer and Burger Battle. It runs from 5pm to 11pm and features beer and burgers from reigning champs Fremont Brewing, along with New Belgium, 21st Amendment, Black Raven, and Hair of the Dog.
  • On Wednesday (5/16) make your way to Ballard for Snipes Mountain Sour Night at The Noble Fir.  Event runs from 4pm to 8pm.  Not a sour fan?  If IPA’s are more your thing, go to Big Time Brewery in the U-District for their IPA Cask Fest – pouring all day.
  • On Thursday, please please PLEASE don’t miss Latona Pub’s annual “Wall of Casks.”  They physically build up a wall/pyramid of great cask beers for a fun night, starting at 6pm in east Green Lake.

Stay safe out there everyone, don’t drink and drive, and enjoy the mid-week festivities!

Non-Motorized Beer Delivery returns to Latona Pub for Earth Week

Of all the events Latona Pub in Green Lake puts on for us throughout the year, the Earth Week festivities have to be my favorite.   For one week every year, all the beer that comes to Latona Pub will come by some means other than motorized transportation.  This means kegs can be walked (with a hand truck), delivered by bicycle, or even come by rowboat (any other ideas? Let them know!).

Everything kicks off tomorrow – Sunday, April 15th – with the beginning of the keg deliveries.  Kegs come from as close as our local north Seattle breweries like Big Time, Naked City, and Northgate Ram, to as far away as Black Raven Brewing (Redmond -16.6 miles away).

A handful of last year's "keg walkers", courtesy Latona Pub

In addition to saving the planet by saving fuel and decreasing their carbon footprint, Latona Pub also hosts a few events during the week.  For Earth Week 2012, there is a “Local Food Awareness” night on Thursday, April 19th beginning at 7pm.  A portion of proceeds that night will go towards Chef’s Collaborative.

On Saturday, April 21st, bring your hazardous garbage – computers, electronics, batteries and fluorescent light bulbs – to Latona for a day of free disposal, from noon until 4pm.

Finally, on Sunday April 22nd finish the week with the Feet First benefit starting at 2 pm, with a special keg from Two Beers Brewing – the “Limited Edition Hand Truckin’ Wheat Ale.”  This event requires a pre-sale ticket which you can buy online for $20 at Feetfirst.org.

As a sign at one of my local faves Naked City says, “Save the earth – it’s the only planet with BEER!”