By the last day of Seattle Beer Week (Sunday, May 19th) I was exhausted. While the official closing party was happening down at Pyramid, Link and I quietly arrived at The Dray, four bar stools down from where we began 10 days earlier, and had our own little celebration.
In ten days I did six hikes, totaling around 50 miles and passed through almost every area of the city. The final collection of my routes, compiled on one messy map, is here. I don't know if I'll ever be able to do this much walking and drinking in 10 days again. Damn... A hell of a lot of fun, though.
I wanted to get two of my favorite beer drinking holes in on these hikes: The Beer Authority and Cooper's Alehouse. Both are somewhat tucked away up in the Northeast part of town and don't get the consideration they deserve very often. I also needed a reason to finally visit the recently renovated Duck Island Alehouse. From Duck Island, it's a good climb up to the suddenly and enormously popular Chuck's Hop Shop in Greenwood before the final stop at The Dray for their 5th Anniversary Party.
I was really pleased that I was able to bring Link along on this final hike. That morning, I think he was telling me that he was rested and ready to go after a few days off. Either that, or he had to poop:
|"Let's get this shit done."|
Lake City - Maple Leaf - Green Lake - Greenwood - East Ballard
View SBW 2013 UBH #6 (Green) in a larger map
I don't want to go into too much more detail on this hike because it's very similar to another one that I'm working on (I hiked it about a week and half before Seattle Beer Week.) I'll probably call it "Let's Traverse North Seattle", or something dumb like that and I hope to have something for you within the next month or so. It's a great summertime route from Lake City to central Ballard, via Wedgwood and Green Lake and there's a lot of beautiful and strange contrasts along the way. It was one of the best all-around urban beer hikes I've ever done, but I really want to walk the route one more time before dumping it in your lap. Stay tuned.
Until then, I'm going dark for a while. I'm in New Orleans for a spell and I'm going to try and get a couple of UBHs in. I'm probably going to sweat my nuts off, but it should be fun to explore the burgeoning craft beer scene in The Big Easy. I'll let you know how it goes.
Here's some photos: