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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 Map2012
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.2014
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. This year, we're getting a party bus.
Big Ass Bus Photos
Where and When
Wednesday, August 26
9:00 AM - 9:00 PMTour MapItinerary
Tickets and Registration
7:30 am Pre-Funk Breakfast at the Athenian for anyone who feels like coming out
9:00 am Van Leaves from the Seattle Sheraton
9:15 – 10:00 am Lantern Brewing
10:30 – 11:15 pm Salish Sea Brewing
11:30 – 12:15 pm Big E Ales Lunch Stop
12:45 – 1:30 pm Aesir Meadery
1:35 - 2:15 pm Justice Brewing
2:15 – 4:15 PM Scenic route from Everett to Mt Vernon, 2 hours (Includes stop for photos at Kayak Point
and local Cascade ice cream at the Snow Goose
4:15 – 5:00 pm North Sound Brewing
5:00 – 6:00 PM Scenic route from Mt Vernon to Bellingham, 1 hour (Includes stops for photos)
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Drinker’s Choice! Choose one or both. Dinner StopBoundary Bay BreweryAslan Brewing
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Direct interstate route back to Seattle. Nappy Time!
9:00 pm Arrive back at Sheraton
Tickets will cost $80 per person to reserve. This price only covers the awesome bus; please budget approximately $60 in additional money for the day to use for tastes, swag and food.
Note: The price could change slightly if the bus rental price fluctuates or we don't fill it completely.Teams
- will compete against each other for fun and the knowledge that you’re a winner.Saaz Blammymatazz
4. @Baka Al
7. @KhadourSterling Archer
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7. @LexiconGrrlQuestions? Answers!
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 8/26 from 9am - 9pm
What's included for the price?
We’ve stripped down the tour this year and the ticket price only includes transportation.
• 6 - 8 Independent Breweries/Brew Pub stops
• Transportation to and from the Sheraton, including a party bus & driver
• A great time with fellow beer-loving PAXers!
What's not included?
We’ve stripped down the tour this year and the ticket price does not include the following
• Pints and Tastes
• Food or bus snacks (we do ask that you budget to get lunch and dinner at the tour stops)
• Brewery Swag, bottles or Growlers
• Pre-Funk Breakfast
Where Are you Going?
North through the Skagit Valley (see the North Sound area on the map linked above). It's a spectacularly beautiful farming area well known for its similarities to the landscape and climate of the Netherlands. We'll stop for lunch at Big E Ales in Everett, and then for dinner/happy hour at both the Boundary Bay Brewery and Aslan Brewing in Bellingham. They’re walking distance from each other so you can choose one or both. Then we'll turn around and head directly back to Seattle. It's about a 90 minute drive to the turnaround point nonstop, so we'd be taking it more slowly on the way up and doing the scenic route with stops for beer. On the way back, we’ll drive straight down the interstate.
How much will it cost?
$80 per person pays for the van, gas and mileage. Everything else this year will be out-of-pocket expense for each attendee.
Any overruns in the ticket price will be either refunded on the tour, or you can donate that money to Child's Play.
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 is 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 Brewery map (linked above) and make up your own tour. Otherwise the Cycle Saloon
is a good way to do a private tour if you can put a group together to split the cost. Also, this past year they added a MOTHERFUCKING PONTOON CYCLE BOAT. Seriously. Pontoon cycle boat.
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