dry January, but I'm already thinking ahead to two of my favorite annual events coming up in February and March, respectively: The Barleywine Bacchanal at Beveridge Place Pub and the Hard Liver Fest at Brouwer's Cafe. These are two of the most popular annual barleywine events in Seattle and I usually try to attend both events each year.
You can read about the details of last year's Barleywine Bacchanal HERE, and about last year's Hard Liver Fest HERE. This year will be the 10th year for both events, and I'm eager to see this year's lineups. This year's Barleywine Bacchanal will start on Saturday, February 25th, and the Hard Liver Fest will kick off on Saturday, March 3rd.
Thankfully and for obvious reasons, these events offer smaller pour sizes. This allows you to try a greater number of selections from the menu than would otherwise be possible (without needing a wheelchair to get home, 'cuase you can't walk straight).
In fact, I believe the best way to experience each of these events is to attend with a few friends. For example, if you attend either event with two other friends, plan carefully so that you don't double-order and share your selections, you can sample up to three times as many barleywines as you would be able to on your own, without drinking a greater volume.
No matter how many selections you have or friends you attend with, however, drink responsibly and stay safe out there.