I'd like to thank my cousin Erin for getting married in Seattle and giving me an excuse to revisit the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is a town that is in the heart of the organic and sustainable food movements. They also pride themselves on fresh, local seafood. Oh, and don't forget about craft beer! Yeah, I knew from the start that this was going to be a good trip. My brother Eric, author of the BR Beer Scene, and I made sure to have a little extra time outside of the wedding festivities in order to check out the local scene. Our Friday will be split into three separate blog posts, all chronicling our culinary and indulgent cultural experiences before we made it to the pre-wedding barbeque. It was a long day, and you'll soon understand why I couldn't stomach a drink at the wedding reception the next day!
Our Friday started in downtown Seattle. After a morning stroll down the hill we made it to the famous Pike Place Market. The clock read 10 am, but the market already buzzed with fresh seafood, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and, of course, tourists. One thing that sucks about tourism is all the tourists. Especially knowing that in the grand scheme of things, I'm one of them. Still, I make a conscious effort to not travel like a stereotypical tourist, but alas, there are some things you just have to see. The Pike Place Market is probably one of them.
|The Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA|
|Fresh Seafood at the Pike Place Market|
|The Pike Brewery and the Beer Sampler|
My favorite beer from the sampler may have been then Pike Kilt Lifter. This Scotch Ale wasn't shy about the peated whisky malt that blended with the other malts and hops to give the beer excellent character. At 6.5% ABV, the brew had plenty of kick to match the peat flavors. The Pike Tandem Double Ale also impressed me. It had a few add-ons like coriander and candy sugar to give it a more complex flavor while still allowing the malt and hops to shine. Finally, the sampler finished with the XXXXX Extra Stout. The dark roasted grains were evident in the chocolaty tones of the stout. I found the beer to be particularly well flavored and balanced; a fantastic stout which I don't get every day in Louisiana.
|The Pike's Ploughman's Plate|
|Pike Monk's Uncle Tripel Ale|
After leaving The Pike, we headed to the stadiums to give the Pyramid Alehouse a try, but you can read about that in Seattle Part II.