Ale Yeah!

My dad’s favorite beer was Schmidt – during football games or working in the garage, that was his go-to drink of choice. Occasionally he might add some tomato juice, but more often than not it was just that simple can with a fish on the label. Camping in my twenties I often grabbed a pack of Rolling Rock or Corona, but I don’t think I started to appreciate beer until I met my husband. Born in Michigan, he was exposed to more floral notes of the hop rather than bitter. I didn’t like IPAs at all until he had me try Bell’s Two Hearted…a smile came to my face when I saw it too had a fish on the label. Not sure dad would have cared for it, but it taught me to discover I had a palate. Now drinking beer is all about trying and discovering. My local favorites are Dystopian’s Coconut Cream Ale and Georgetown’s Gusto Crema. Outside of state lines I’ve fallen for Founder’s Green Zebra as my go to gose; for a stout, Perennial nails it with their Abraxas; for a shandy, Short’s does it for me with their Soft Parade, and Riverbend kills it with their Milkshake IPAs…Hawaiian Crunch is calling my name right now! And now I know no matter where I go, I’ll find something I enjoy.

For those that can’t hit the road right now for a beer tour here are a few books to get some studying in before your beer imbibing adventure begins!

Tasting Cider: The Cidercraft Guide to Distinctive Flavors of North American Hard Cider by Erin James

Ciders were always sweet delights – hot ciders during high school football games or apple cider donuts at the pumpkin patch. Most hard ciders I had were filled with so much sugar I was guaranteed an instant headache in the morning. As more and more hard ciders started being produced, it was more the dry or English style that I enjoyed most. Finn River out of Chimicum is now my go-to with that bit of funk and twang that keeps me wanting more without my gut taking a punch. Cider has a long history and is incredibly diverse – this guide will walk you along the many flavors and ways of imbibing.

Complete IPA: The Guide to your Favorite Craft Beer by Joshua M. Bernstein

In the Pacific Northwest we love our hops…like really, really, really love our hops. We love them so much that our IPAs will often taste like someone is hitting me with a pillow filled with them. My face distorts and I forget where I am. But I think that is starting to change with more and more experimentation. I love hops, I do, but it’s their floral notes that really pull me in. Sweet and smooth is the kind of IPA I can cuddle up with. This guide will show you some of the places making some interesting changes in the IPA realm.

Craft Beer Country: In Search of the Best Breweries From the South Pacific to the Pacific Coast by Kirk Richardson

Some great breweries in the craft beer game have found their way into this guide of the Pacific Coast – I see you Georgetown! While there are tons more to discover and explore, this guide will get you started and have you trying beers you might not have tried before, although I will always encourage folks to find those back roads! Some of the best breweries I’ve found have been road trips with friends like Fort George Brewing in Astoria and Bron Yr Aur in Naches.

My Beer Year: Adventures With Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers, & Fanatical Drinkers as A Beer Master in Training by Lucy Burningham

Follow Lucy’s path as she gets her beer education on! Like the sommeliers of the wine world, Lucy dived into that beer knowledge so deep in order to become a certified cicerone (sis-uh-rohn). I’m also a sucker for a good memoir, so beer plus story has me taking some pretty big sips. Hello, beer goddess, tell me all the things!

Want the beer to come to you? Just check out the many beer festivals Washington has to offer! And take a look at our Booktoberfest events!

~posted by Kara P.

Three Views of Seattle

Seeing your city through different eyes can be revelatory, bringing to the fore details you may not have noticed. Whether you’ve lived here your whole life, just moved in, or are somewhere in between, pick up one of these books for a new lens on Seattle.

Seattle Walk Report
Exploring 23 Seattle neighborhoods, Seattle Walk Report uses charming comic book-style illustrations to highlight landmarks, history, and the quirky people, places and things she’s seen on her walks since 2017. How many people did she see jaywalking in Ballard? What did she observe in the span of five minutes on the corner of 8th Ave S. and S. King St.? Who is Ernestine Anderson? What are the top three poses you can strike in front of the Gum Wall? Read this book and you’ll know.
— The artist behind Seattle Walk Report will be in conversation with Paul Constant (co-founder of Seattle Review of Books) at the Central Library Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7pm. Continue reading “Three Views of Seattle”

A Region of Makers

We are a region of makers, artists, renegades, foodies, and punks. When you throw all that together we have some of the best markets to explore all that can be imagined! From the bigger markets like Renegade Craft, Urban Craft Uprising, and The Great Junk Hunt to more localized markets like Georgetown Night Market, Chinatown ID Night Market, and Black Arts Love.

Tacoma Night Market at Alma Mater

Some of my favorite markets have been the night markets in Tacoma and Gig Harbor. Summer is also the best time to check out artisans at the summer festivals like Magnolia Summerfest and Lake City Summer Festival. Feeling really adventurous head down (or up) to Portland Night Market in Portland, Oregon or Richmond Night Market in Richmond, BC! Continue reading “A Region of Makers”

“From the Archives of ZAPP” on Display Now at Central Library

From the Archives of ZAPPAn exhibition showcasing highlights for the ZAPP (Zine Archive and Publishing Project) zine collections is now on view in the Level 8 Gallery at Central Library. “From the Archives of ZAPP” runs through August 31, 2019 and showcases a small fraction of the cultural treasures found in the ZAPP zine collection, focusing on locally made zines and self-published comics, riot grrrl zines, zines representing voices from traditionally marginalized communities, and zines featuring unique and creative design elements. Continue reading ““From the Archives of ZAPP” on Display Now at Central Library”

Seattle Rep’s TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Nia Vardalos, adapted from the book by Cheryl Strayed from May 17 to June 23, 2019. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books and films to enhance your experience of the show.

Before she wrote a runaway bestselling memoir of solo hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, before she was portrayed on the big screen by Reese Witherspoon, Cheryl Strayed gave advice to strangers. From 2010 to 2012, she wrote an anonymous advice column, Dear Sugar, for the online magazine The Rumpus, which was collected in Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar in 2012.

Strayed’s book inspired actor and playwright Nia Vardalos’ adaption of the same name which opens at the Rep next week. You may be familiar with Vardalos from her sleeper hit 2002 film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. But you may not know that she’s also written a funny and poignant memoir about her experiences as an adoptive parent, Instant Mom.

 For more suggested reading and viewing before the play, check out this resource list.

~posted by Abby B.