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March 31, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Lifting one @ Pike Place Market

By the way: that $2 beer I was sipping at Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar (see last post)? It was the very local stuff, fresh from Pike Brewing Company — one of 10 tap beers (if you include the “root” variety) served at the oyster bar.

Coincidentally (or maybe not), Pike Brewing’s owner Charles Finkel just shot me a press-release touting the Market brewery and pub’s upcoming celebration: a “Repeal Party” to be held a week from today. Here’s their news:

“To celebrate the 75th anniversary of legal beer in Seattle, on Monday, April 7, 2008, The Pike Brewing Company is having a repeal party. For guests ordering a pint at regular price, a four-ounce sample of any Pike beer will be available for the post-prohibition price of 10 cents. Tours of The Pike Brewery will be conducted every hour, from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cask conditioned Naughty Nellie golden artisan ale will be paired with a complimentary house baked spent-grain beer bread made with Naughty Nellie Ale, and local River Valley Naughty Nellie cheese. The rind of this delicious, old fashioned cheese is washed in Naughty Nellie Ale and made from the milk of cows that have been fed a nutritious diet of Pike’s spent grain.”

Repeal Day Celebration Schedule:

11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Hourly Tours of The Pike Brewery

6:30 p.m. – 10:00 pm: Museum Lounge-Theater seating: Pike’s Repeal Party celebration continues with a Repealathon on our 80 inch high definition screen.

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm The American Brew 2007, Filmmakers Roger Sherman and Jesse Sweet

“The American Brew” is an hour-long documentary film celebrating the rich history of America’s favorite beverage of moderation. Many modern craft breweries and brewers are featured, set against a background of antique photos and films, the work is visually exciting. It vividly brings the viewer in touch and taste with America’s beer brewing heritage. Sherman’s documentaries have received numerous honors the past three decades including a Peabody Award, an Emmy Award and two Academy Award nominations, and Sweet has garnered attention and praise for his work in the history, crime, biography and documentary genres.”This film is a tribute to all of the innovators, brewers, dreamers and hard workers in the beer industry past and present,” Roger Sherman, American Brew filmmaker.

7:30 – 8:00 pm Prohibition’s effect on Beer: A discussion presented by Charles Finkel who grew up in Oklahoma during prohibition where it wasn’t repealed until 1959.

8:00pm – 9.30 pm: The Lady Eve 1941

Directed by Preston Sturges

Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, and Charles Coburn.

A hilarious comedy about the love life of Charlie Pike, scion to The Pike Brewing Company fortune. Charlie couldn’t remember whether pale ale, brown ale, porter and stout were bottom or top fermented – he was more interested in rare snakes and beautiful women. The movie features Pike Pale, “the Ale that won for Yale.”

The Lady Eve was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Story in 1944. In 1994, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

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