Sunday, May 30, 2021

Seattle: Babies, Mountains, and Beers

Seattle was looking bright, sunny, and ready to be adventured.

For breakfast we had a special Washington treat: dutch babies. They are large popovers, kind of like Yorkshire pudding. They come in sweet and savory editions so we ordered one of each.

They are kind of messy so eating them in the car was not ideal but... not my car either so let's eat some babies!

This one had powdered sugar and a lemon wedge for flavoring. Light and delicious. Maple syrup was also in attendance.

It turns out that mountains are perfect places to put national parks, so we aimed the now syrupy car in their direction.

It's funny because Mt. Rainier, which has its own national park that we visited yesterday, is also in the cascade mountains. That may be why this is the "North" Cascades National Park. Mountains so nice they parked them twice.

There were a lot of opportunities for what should have pretty much been St. Louis t-shirt company advertisement photos.

We didn't plan on visiting Glacier Peak Winery but it just happened to present itself on the side of the road on the return trip.

We stopped in for a tasting.

We stopped at Tulalip Resort Casino. I like the casinos around here because I feel like they do a really good job of helping you learn about local indigenous people's culture.

The language was fun. It has a lot of new letters.

Space Needle!

I was very excited to visit Elysian Brewery. During my time working at Anheuser-Busch I had access to a heck of a lot of different kinds of beer and Elysian was one of my favorites in the empire. Elysian's Space Dust IPA was a common offering at work events and it packed quite a punch at 8.2% ABV. The guys used to call having a few of these bad boys "getting dusted".

It just so happened to be Elysian's 25th anniversary and so they were offering a magnificent box full of wonders.

"How do you celebrate 25 years of Elysian? Well, if you're one of us, you build an experience. This thing, "the Box", is as weird and specific a tribute as we could hope to make. Part time capsule, with 23 beers (and some non-beer items) from our past, present, and future. Part trippy throwback grab bag, with as many odds and ends for you as we could manage to fit in one box. Stuff for you to drink, build, solve. You name it. So buy "the Box" if you want and enjoy the chaos, because 25 years is really something, and we're glad you're here for the ride. Boxes are only available for purchase in Washington."

"There may be a virtual game or two. New labels, original art, Elysian history. Beers. Many different beers. Yes. There is a zine. We made a mixtape. A secret puzzle! Inside a box! Do you have a record player?"

Ok so yeah I bought a giant $100 box of beer and prizes that I now have to figure out how to transport back to St. Louis. Whatever, it's awesome. I have no regerts.

I am mesmerized by the amount of posters there are on phone poles around here. Is there some sort of law against taking these things down? They bulge inches thick around lots of surfaces in this neighborhood. It's sort of beautiful and disgusting at the same time.

I think Rachel's Ginger Beer was a place that made me stop and say "wouldn't it be cool if I lived here?" Like, there's a place that all it does is make artisanal ginger beer, and it's full of people. I think most people in St. Louis don't even know what ginger beer is, let alone would patronize such a magnificent place.

Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle and seems to be a favorite son. 

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