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Beer stuff, Tall Ships Vendor stuff, other stuff…

TS Vendor stuff:
So on my weekly trip to gather supplies, I noticed an overwhelming amount of product, especially produce, at my suppliers. “Tall Ships vendors” was what my produce monger stated. “One guy ordered 18 cases of apples, and only picked up 5. Another ordered 15 cases of cabbage, and didn’t even pick up one of ’em. All festival vendors will have to pay up front from now on.” Crazy. I’m sure this waste won’t offset the boost Tall Ships brings our local economy, but still…kinda lame. A little blemish in the great white light of joy that is Tall Ships.

Beer stuff:
A few days ago, Belgian brew monster InBev bought out Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser, etc.) for a paltry 52 Billion dollars. This is now the hugest brewer in the universe. Anheuser-Busch InBev (crafty new name, eh?) will make Bud their flagship brew, but now holds a tremendous amount of domestic beer product. Hopefullly this will not equal rising prices due to diminished competition.

Speaking of diminished competition, local NW distributors Youngs-Columbia/Columbia Distributing just purchased Alaska Distributors on Monday night. Crazings. Again, boo to loss of competition in the local beer market. Rumor is the new name will be Youngs-Coho, but we’ll have to wait until October when the merger is put into motion.

Speaking of totally awesome fluke stuff happening in the beer world, Thursday will be the third time I’ve had a full Washington State brewer’s line-up on the taps. Here ’tis:

Elysian Immortal IPA (Seattle, WA)
Port Townsend Triple-Hopped Hop Diggity IPA one-off (Port Townsend, WA)
Snoqualmie Wildcat IPA (Snoqualmie, WA)
Diamond Knot Golden Ale (Mukilteo, WA)
Lazy Boy Amber (Everett, WA)
Dick’s Lava Rock Porter (Centralia, WA)
Maritime Pacific Portage Bay Pilsener (Seattle, WA)
Spire Mountain Pear Cider (Olympia, WA)

Today we’ll also recieve a first shipment of Elysian‘s “Loser” strong pale ale 22oz. bombers that they brewed for Sub Pop‘s 20th anniversary, with Mark Arm on the label. Insanely crazy-delicious beer, limited, and possibly on-tap soon.

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