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Before we did our brewery walking tour in Ballard, Bad Jimmy’s was actually the first brewery we visited during our recent trip to Seattle. It’s not quite in the cluster of breweries in Ballard but it’s close to that area.

Bad Jimmy's Brewing

The Beers

Here they have a list of Year Round beers and a list of Seasonals. It’s $9 for a flight of Year Round or Seasonals, or $10 to mix them up (stout costs extra $2), or simply $2.50 for a 5oz taster. So naturally, wanting to try more, we ordered a flight off each list. (more…)

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Mr. and I had a few days off in April, so we decided to head down to Seattle for a quick getaway. It’s been a couple of years now since we last headed south of the border thanks to the weak Canadian Dollar.

Instead of hanging out in the downtown area, we chose to stay in the Ballard district, which is known for its ever growing share of breweries. Where we stayed was within walking distance to a cluster of craft breweries, so we did a self-guided brewery tour.

And that means we just hit the street and started walking towards the first stop from our temporary home. When I was looking up the breweries, Lucky Envelope caught my eyes because its logo is the red envelope 利是 we hand out during Chinese New Year and to no surprise, looks like it’s Asian owned. LE it is.

Stop #1 – Lucky Envelope

Seattle Ballard Brewery Stop 1 - Lucky Envelope

Lucky Envelope Brewing

Lucky for us, it was the release day of their sours. And we are big sour fans!! There were 6 on the menu, so we opted for the lighter ones (it’s only our first stop!) plus a couple of other brews:

  • Raspberry Sour
  • Mango Sour
  • Lychee Sour
  • Blackberry Shake Sour
  • Beardless Brewer Red Ale
  • Error 404: El Dorado Haze IPA

Lucky Envelope Brewing

Mr.‘s favourite was the Lychee Sour. (more…)

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While we were staying in Courtenay, we learned that there were two breweries in town plus another one in Cumberland. It was a very hot summer day and we needed some refreshing beer to cool us down, so we paid Gladstone Brewing a visit!

Gladstone focuses on Belgian ales, European lagers, and Pacific Northwest style India pale ales. The interior is quite interesting. It reminded me of an auto repair shop. In fact, its flight paddles are license plates mounted on a piece of wood plank.

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And the draw is: Red Racer Jitter Buzz

Today we have Jitter Buzz, an Imperial Coffee Stout, made with Cold-pressed organic espresso, courtesy of Bean Around The World.

I have a secret; I’m not a coffee fan. I’m a tea guy through and through. Really, the only time I drink coffee is when it’s in the form of a latte or something along those lines. (more…)

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And the draw is: Parallel 49 Filthy Dirty Grapefruit IPA

Oh hello, what do we have here? Not just P49’s IPA, Filthy Dirty, but a blend between Filthy Dirty and Tricycle! This seems like it could be pretty cool so let’s dive in. (more…)

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And the draw is: Parallel 49 Bodhisattva Dry-Hopped Sour

Another sour from P49 today! There was a time when I wouldn’t have been particularly excited about this. After the first Lil Red, and a few other meh’s, I wasn’t sure P49 was going to be my sour brewery of choice. But they’ve really stepped it up over the last year, and are now on my sour beer thumbs-up list. Practice makes perfect, right?

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And the draw is: Red Racer Belgian Strong

Another Belgian beer from CC today (woo!), this time a Belgian Strong. How strong is it? 11.2% ABV. Yes, that’ll do. That’ll do. (more…)

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