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The Occasional South End Pubcrawlers

Airways Third Anniversary
Scott, carl, Ulrika, and Hal react variously to the camera


On Saturday I drove down to the south end of Lake Washington to visit friends and drink beer. The occasion was Airways Brewing Company's Third Anniversary, which they celebrated with some fine special brews, including a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and (on the opposite end of the ABV scale) a Berliner Weisse. I picked up Scott and carl in Renton and drove to the brewery in an office park in Kent, where we were joined by Ulrika and Hal. It was fairly crowded, but we hung out long enough to eventually get a table, which we shared with another couple from Kent, one of whom was Swedish. Small damned world, as he and Ulrika proceeded to speak Svensk. It was a beautiful sunny day, and we sat out in it. Good thing, too, because if everyone had had to pack into the building, it would have been a tight fit or worse.

Eventually we migrated to Imperial Garden Seafood, where a lovely Chinese meal was consumed and further gossip and smoffing ensued. (Scott: "I'm not here for the fan politics; I'm here for the party.") We were the only gweilos in the place for a bit, not that there were ever many people in the restaurant at any given point. It seems there's a bit of a Chinatown in Kent. Who knew? I even spotted a branch of Cathay Bank.

After that we parted ways with Hal and Ulrika and headed to the Dog and Pony Alehouse in Renton. Thus we were basically reconstructing the pub crawl we all did with johncoxon and strangedave when they were here on their respective TAFF and DUFF trips in 2010 2011. The Dog and Pony was out of the Creepy Monkey that carl was hoping I'd get to try, so I settled for a Cascade Kriek. Not much of a sacrifice, as far as I was concerned. Conversation got onto 20th century avant garde music and atonality, for some odd reason.

Well, it was a lovely day, all in all. Still haven't made it to the Airways Bistro, which was shut down for the day so that all the staff could work the anniversary bash. Guess I'll just have to go back. At the very least we all agreed that we should reconvene for the Fourth Anniversary next year.

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holyoutlaw
Mar. 11th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
It's been 3 years already since the combo DUFF and TAFF visitors? Yikes!

Maybe the 4th Anniversary will include Jim Mowatt! ;>

randy_byers
Mar. 11th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
No, I got that wrong, John and Dave where here in 2011. 2010 was my trip to the UK/Belgium/Canada. All these things are mixed up in my head!
holyoutlaw
Mar. 11th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
They all involve tasty beer!
randy_byers
Mar. 11th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
And people with funny accents!
holyoutlaw
Mar. 11th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
Given enough tasty beer, EVERYONE has a funny accent.

Okay, I'll stop now.
daveon
Mar. 11th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Apparently there's a new brewery opening up in the Central District at Jackson and 24th... and we're getting a Chucks Hop Shop at 20th and Union here next week too.
randy_byers
Mar. 11th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
Never heard of Chucks Hop Shop. Is that a chain?
daveon
Mar. 11th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
No, seems to be a local outfit similar to Bottleworks.

http://chucks85th.com/

But you can drink there too.

Weirdly as well as bottles, pints and growlers they also sell ice cream...
randy_byers
Mar. 11th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
You can drink at Bottleworks too, but they have nowhere near that many taps. Well, I'd definitely be interested in checking that out. The existing shop too.
daveon
Mar. 11th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Well, we should try the new location - not least because it's only a few blocks from the Elysian...
randy_byers
Mar. 11th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, let's do. Maybe John Berry would be interested too, and he owes me a drink.
strangedave
Mar. 19th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
I'm certainly hoping to recreate that pub crawl some time. You, Scott, Carl, Hal and Ulrika all fine company.

My favourite conversational talking point about atonality in 20th century music is how the CIA decided real loyal American composers were into atonality, and started sabotaging the careers of musicians who were too suspiciously melodic. The only that makes less sense as a Cold War strategy was the corresponding drive to support abstract impressionist painting over realist painting.
randy_byers
Mar. 19th, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Alex Ross talks about that CIA program in The Rest Is Noise. It's so bizarre that I still haven't fully digested the import. It was also unclear to me how long the program lasted or how much effect it really had, although Ross makes it sound as though Germany is still the last redoubt of atonality. Then again, the Germans were at the forefront of atonality to begin with, long before the CIA program. Another part of the German experience with atonality is that the Nazis declared it "degenerate music," and therefore atonality came to be seen as anti-Nazi, which of course was seen as a plus by many people.
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