YEA HAW! Seattle Beer Week is officially in full swing!
Last night attendance was high and the sun was brightly shining at Maritime Pacific Brewing as they tapped the official beer for the 2011 SBW, Maritime’s Decompression Ale yesterday at 6 p.m. Definitely more hoppy than anything I typically drink, it was still a lovely, floral hopped ale with a balanced, clean finish. Certainly refreshing on the first nearly-70 degree spring day here in Seattle!
First off, I grabbed a pint of the Maritime Nightwatch, which is easily and quickly becoming my favorite in the “dark ale” category. Nightwatch pours dark brown/black, with a frothy tan head. This dark ale has the flavor of a porter without the thickness of one. For a dark beer (and I mean dark), its surprisingly refreshing and not too rich or heavy for multiple pint consumption. Went great with my Lil’ Jolly sliders and a scrumptious mountain of smokers (onion rings).
Next I grabbed a pint of the Jolly Roger Christmas Ale, on tap special for the event. Having only consumed this beer from a bottle, I was pleased to finally have this fresh from the tap.. So much flavor with the usual Christmas-y spices and rich malty aroma and taste, this is a definite Seattle Christmas classic. And why not be ironic and drink it in one of the first warm, sunny days in May?
Suffice to say, the evening was a success, with tons of happy, drunk Seattlites kicking off the first truly warm and sunny Spring week with the first day of beer week. Kudos to the staff at Maritime, who provided truly excellent, quick service and kept the beer a-comin’. On we go into day two to see what the rest of SBW’s adventures bring. Keep checking back here for more SBW entries and updates on which events I’ll be attending.