We just didn't have enough signups to justify the cost of an all-day tour and the bus rental this year. That's how shit happens sometimes, but stick with the thread if you're interested in a smaller beer-group meetup on the Wednesday before PAX.
Washington State has almost 200 craft breweries, many with small-scale artisan brews that you're not going to find anywhere else in the world. Seattle is truly Beer Geek Heaven. The SchlitzKrieg is a beer tour for locals and out-of-towners alike, and focused on tiny up and coming nano-breweries that you probably won't find in the store. 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
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 that year's thread here
and photos courtesy of @courtneyj
from the first year here
was a Cycle Saloon tour around the breweries in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard. It was fun but too much work.
was a little strange, as we didn't get enough people to fill up a full bus so we all crammed into a van and a car. It wasn't terrifically comfortable.
was the year we got a motherfucking party bus, bitches!
was our Fifth Annual Schlitzkrieg, where we headed South and threw in some cideries and distilleries to mix up the beer a bit. Also, party bus.
will be a revisit of the South Sound area, with focus on Tacoma or Olympia, and definitely a revisit to a couple of our favorite 2016 spots (we're looking at you, Sidetrack Distillery).
We're getting the badass party bus again, and a banquet permit so you can drink on the bus again, AND there's a gaming laptop hookup to the video screens on the bus so we can play while we're traveling again. It's seriously an amazing time.
Big Ass Bus Photos
Where and When
Wednesday, August 30
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
2016 Tour Map
(you may gaze upon 2016's magnificence until the 2017 map is ready)
Tickets and Registration
7:30 am Pre-Funk Breakfast at Lowell's
in the Pike Place Market
9:00 am Van Leaves from the Seattle Sheraton
9:10 AM 3 Howls Distilling
10:05 AM Brewery Stop #1 (Either Lower Case
or Machine Hous
11:35 AM Tacoma Loop: 4 hours in the Tacoma brewery district. The bus will make a continuous loop of the following breweries:
Engine House 9
7 Seas Brewery and Tap Room
Harmon Brewery and Eatery
(opens at 2) (no food)
Odd Otter Brewing
(opens at 2) (no food)
There are some additional breweries that open at 4:00pm. I'll see if any'll open early, but without a fixed stop and number it's unlikely.
16:05 PM Cockrell Cidery
17:20 PM Sidetrack Distillery / Happy Hour Snacks
18:20 PM Opegaard Meadery
19:05 PM Odin Brewery (Dinner)
20:35 PM Return to Sheraton
Ticket Link will be posted in July
Tickets will cost $100 per person to reserve, and covers:
- The awesome bus (expensive but awesome)
- Beer Passport
- Driver Gratuity
- Happy Hour Snacks at Sidetrack
The ticket price goes down as we get more people on board to share the fixed cost of the bus.
22 people = $100 per ticket (minimum signups required)
25 people = $88 per ticket
27 people = $82 per ticket
It's recommended that you budget approximately $75 in additional money for the day to use for tastes, swag, snacks, and dinner.
- will compete against each other for fun and the knowledge that you’re a winner.
Team Not Appearing in This Film
Mexican Jumping Llamas
What is it?
A tour of an area around Seattle 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?
This is not 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?
Wednesday 8/30 from 9am - 9pm
What's included for the price?
• Happy Hour snacks
• Beer Passport
• Driver Gratuity
What's not included?
• Pints and Tastes
• Dinner & snacks
• Brewery Swag, bottles or Growlers
• Pre-Funk Breakfast, Lunch
Where Are you Going?
South to Tacoma. See the itinerary section above for specifics.
How much will it cost?
$100 to reserve.
If we reach our quota of 25 people, the price will drop to around $88 or less and I'll refund you the difference or you can donate it to Child's Play. Most of the price is based on splitting the cost of the bus evenly and I'd rather give people money back than ask for more if we don't make our quota.
How is the cost calculated?
Bus - $1850
Happy Hour Snacks - $11 per person
Water and snacks on the bus - $20
Beer Passports - $50
There simply aren't any inexpensive group transportation options in Seattle anymore. In 2015, we discovered that the approximately $25/per person increase in price between a school bus and a party bus made a HUGE difference in the comfort and fun of the ride. Just the bus costs $1800 for the day but it's worth the money, trust me.
Can I change my mind/plans/existence and get a refund?
Yes but it's discouraged after August 15. People change their travel plans to attend this tour, so it's tough to fill in vacancies at the last minute. Also, since the ticket price is largely dependent on dividing the cost of the van between everyone on the tour, cancellations that we can't fill with a warm body makes a huge headache for everybody on the day of the tour, as I try to recalculate the cost and figure out exactly who owes what. Of course, I understand that shit happens but please make every effort to stick to your reservation.
Can I attend just a portion of the tour?
Sure, if you have your own car and designated driver. We'll be in a rural area pretty far out of the city and won't be accessible by bus or taxi.
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 ticket link will be posted at the very beginning of the thread.
Do you need any helpers?
We always need helpers.
Why a Beer Tour?
Seattle loves its beer. There are a ridiculous number of 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.
I can't go/It's out of my budget: Will there be another event later?
If you can't make it to any of the tours, just check out the Washington State Beer Lovers (WABL) Brewery map
and make up your own tour.