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Washington state has around 150 craft breweries, and in my neighborhood alone there are 10 breweries within a 10 block walking radius. Seattle is truly Beer Geek Heaven. The SchlitzKrieg is a beer tour for locals and out-of-towners alike, and is heavily disposed toward tiny breweries that you're unlikely to try anywhere else. Throw in a little local history, an interesting scenic ride, and you've got a great way to spend a day outside of the Convention Center, where you can see more of the city than just the downtown.Washington State Brewery Map
2012 was the first ever SchlitzKrieg at PAX Prime, where 30 Beer Geeks were loaded onto a big yellow bus and we toured 12 local craft breweries in the greater Seattle Area in 12 hours. You can check out last year's thread here
.Photos from SchlitzKrieg 2012
courtesy of @courtneyj
Since PAX is going to 4 days and I've got a new project
that takes a lot of my time, ticket sales opened up a bit late.Last year's tour was a shakedown, and here's what we learned from it:
1. 12 Breweries was just too much. By the end, people couldn't even look
at their beer.
2. If you like to party, going on the tour the day after PAX is brutal. I can't stress this enough.
3. The achievement mini-game was great.
4. PAXers take good care of each other.This year's tour will:
1. Be grouped by region, listed in the next post. Note that some locations may be contingent upon the date of the tour.
2. Possibly be 2 tours on different days to give more folks a chance to go, and be a little less expensive.
3. Max out at no more than 6 breweries per day and keep a more relaxed, civilized schedule.
4. Possibly happen on a day during PAX.
5. Have better contingencies planned for folks who miss the bus or get left at a stop.Polling / Voting for Dates and Tours
After a month of polling, clear preferences emerged. There are two tours planned that reflect the Will of the People. A third tour of Lexi's favorites might
be added for a small group on the Wednesday before or the Tuesday after PAX.Available Tours
(See the very next post for details. The ticket link is up top)
Ballard Neighborhood Walking Tour on Thursday, 8/29Kitsap Peninsula Bus Tour on Sunday, 9/1
What is it?
A tour of Seattle and the area around it for beer lovers, whether you're local or coming in from out of town. Some more unusual, hidden gems will be included for any locals who might want to tag along and find new spots. It will also include some awesome area history, scenic rides wherever possible, restaurant stops, and the opportunity to see more than just the city.
What isn't it?
The budget depends on the specific tour, but it may not not be a low-budget event. Also, much like the Pub Crawl, this is not a frat boy event. We're trying to pace the liquor so that everyone has a good time, including the guy that you didn't puke on.
When is it?
Ballard Neighborhood Tour: Thursday before PAX 8/29
Kitsap Peninsula Tour: Sunday during PAX 9/1 - CANCLLED
What's included for the price?
This depends muchly on the individual tour. The list below tries to make it as clear as possible.
• Approx. 6 Independent Breweries/Brew Pubs
• Samples at each location
• A keepsake Beer Passport and tour guide booklet with area history, brewery profiles and your own tasting notes
• Achievement & Team Prizes
• Custom PAX Forum Beer Pint Glass for you to keep and take home (optional for-purchase add-on)
• SchlitzKrieg Tshirt (optional for-purchase add-on)
• A great time with fellow beer-loving PAXers!
What's not included?
• Transportation to/from Ballard, but there will probably be a meetup to go as a group on the public bus. (Ballard tour only)
• Cost of Meals (lunch is catered on the bus tour only)
• Additional Pints or Tastes after the prepaid ones
• Brewery Swag, bottles or Growlers
What's the itinerary?
See the next post down
How much will it cost?
Add-ons can be purchased separately so the cost will depend on how much you personally want to spend. For example, Pint glasses won't be included automatically but you can buy one if you want and get it on the tour.
Ballard Walking Tour: $40-$70
No profit is made from this tour and every effort is made to keep costs as low as possible.
Any overruns in the ticket price will be either refunded on the tour, or you can donate that money to Child's Play.
Why is the discussion starting so early? It's like 4 months away!
This tour is a complex animal that takes some time to set up. Maybe by next year it'll be dialed in enough to post the information in July, have people buy tickets and boom. Done. But this year it's still something that takes a good deal of pre-planning and participant polling to get right.
Can I attend just a portion of the tour?
Maybe. It depends on the specific tour. For a tour like Ballard, yes. For a tour like Ellensburg, no.
I have a better/different stop/place/brewery to suggest:
Suggest away! All suggestions are welcome but keep in mind that stops will be decided on the following criteria:
- Proximity to the tour route
- Hours (they need to be open, or willing to open for us)
- Size (macro breweries are discouraged)
- Willingness to accommodate the tour
How do I sign up and/or pay?
The link is posted above.
Do you need any helpers?
We always need helpers. Especially since Lexi will probably have to be working during both tours and will need others onsite to run the tours. Non-drinkers who want to accompany their drinking buddies/spouses/significant others are encouraged to apply.
Why a Beer Tour?
Seattle loves its beer. There are around 50 macro, micro and nanobreweries in and around the Seattle area, from small garage operations that sell growlers on the weekends, to large factories pumping out nationally distributed brews. Most Seattleites either home brew or know someone who does and the options here are amazing.
What happened to the idea of a Booze Cruise to visit local distilleries?
It's a possibility. Right now we're just focused on figuring out when any tour day would work.
After looking into it, it's not really feasible. There aren't enough distilleries (or breweries for that matter) near the water to make it a worth the time and money. Renting a boat just to cruise around and drink with each other is a future possibility if I run across anyone who'll give us a great deal on a rental.
I can't go/It's out of my budget: Will there be another event later?
It's possible that we'll be doing more than one tour this year. If you can't make it to any of the tours, the Cycle Saloon (linked under the Ballard tour below) is a good way to do a private tour if you can put a group together to split the cost. Or just check out the Brewery map (linked above) and make up your own tour.
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