Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Maritime Pacific Brewer’s Night at Puyallup River Alehouse

Ron Swarner

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Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. opened in 1990, making it the oldest brewery in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. The brewery sold 400 barrels that year. In 2010, they packed up the goods and sailed down the street to a location just west of 15th Avenue. Today, their Jolly Roger Taproom — a brewpub meets pirates’ lair, complete with a treasure map painted on the floor — is a beloved fixture in the neighborhood, and the 40-barrel brewhouse produces around 8,000 barrels per year for its taproom and distribution throughout the Puget Sound and Eastern Washington.

Last night, the Maritime Pacific crew dropped by the Puyallup River Alehouse with a bunch of Imperial IPA, Flagship Red and Clipper Gold Hefeweizen. Maritime Pacific T-shirts, glassware and growlers were given away, too.

Puyallup River Brewing Co. and Alehouse owner/brewer Eric Akeson was in the house giving bear hugs and directing fun.

Kim and Jeff Hamel of local Southern rock band SweetKiss Momma were also in the house. The Hamels are fans of the downtown Puyallup brewery, especially their dark beers such as the St. Paddy’s Dry Irish Stout and seasonal pumpkin beers. The band will rock the Tk Irish Pub & Eatery’s Anniversary Party at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20, as well as the Puyallup Meeker Days Festival the same night at 10:45 p.m.

Here are a few blurry photos from last night’s Maritime Pacific Brewer’s Night party at the Puyallup River Alehouse. I did mention the Maritime Pacific Imperial IPA was on tap, right?