The Pacific Northwest Beer Walkabout

Big Block Brewing

Big Block Brewing

You may have noticed there haven’t been any new articles posted on Tasty Mug for quite some time. About 2 years to be exact. Blog-writing truly is a full-time job (or in my case it was a second full-time job). After relocating to Seattle 3 years ago, I realized I didn’t know a darn thing about the beer scene on the “right” side of the country, and I definitely didn’t know enough to write about the beers. In the past few years I’ve been busy getting very well-acquainted with amazing plethora of breweries, events, places and people involved in the PNW beer industry. It’s been an amazing journey – one that I’ve only just begun.

It may be a while before Tasty Mug posts new articles, but I plan to keep my Events section up-to-date with all of the awesome festivals and events that come my way, including anything that involves beer, cider and good old-fashioned liquor. In the meantime, you can always follow Tasty Mug’s drinking shenanigans on Untappd, Instagram or Twitter. Cheers and stay frothy out there my drinking friends!


Never Fear… Tasty Mug (is still) Here!

Greetings fellow beer drinkers! You may have noticed that Tasty Mug recently went on hiatus, and you may have even worried if it would ever return. I’m happy to announce the hiatus is over and Tasty Mug is back in full force.

Downtown SeattleThis brief interlude was the result of receiving the exciting news that your author (me) received a brand-spanking-new job in a new city – Seattle! The past month involved driving 2400 miles across the country (with some pit spots at breweries along the way of course). While the journey from the flat, Midwestern landscape of Ohio to the mountainous realm of the Pacific Northwest has been very exciting (especially when I got lost in the middle of Wyoming) I’m nonetheless happy to now be settled so I can get back to the very important business of enjoying and writing about craft beer!

There is definitely a bustling beer business here in the Pacific Northwest. You can “talk shop” with just about any random Joe wandering about. And the selection of local brews alone is enough to put a dent in your wallet and keep you busy tasting for a long time.

Total Wine & MoreI recently wandered into a wonderful wine and beer superstore called Total Wine & More. They boast over 8,000 wines available in their stores, along with 3,000 spirits and 2,500 beers (I’d believe it too!). It’s basically like walking into a magical Candy Land for adults aged 21 and older. In other words, knowing I was tasked with buying beers to host a local tasting (more on that in a later post) and walking in with a cart was a bad idea for my wallet. And in addition to that, there is a huge aisle devoted purely to Washington beers. It’s a beautiful site to behold. I’ll give props to Ohio for its recent growth spurt of local breweries, but in the category of most local brews, the West Coast gets the gold.

If you’re in Seattle and looking for some upcoming beer events to get your brew on, check out Fremont Oktoberfest coming up this weekend (September 20, 21, 22). If that’s not enough beer for you, make sure to buy your tickets for Elysian Brewing’s 9th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival –  this is a popular local event and has previously sold out. As of today, Saturday tickets are no longer available, but you can still score some tickets for Friday or Sunday. So what are you waiting for?? There’s more than enough beer drinking to go around here in the Emerald City, so tip back a pint and let’s get started!



Welcome to Tasty Mug!


I’m Kelly – Your Official Beer Advocate

What is Tasty Mug?
Tasty Mug is soon-to-be your new favorite beer blog of the year! At least among my loyal drinking companions and everyone out there who thoroughly enjoys a well-poured brew. Beer is my inspiration and with the growing evolution of craft brewing it should be yours too! Beer-drinking folks are one of the most passionate groups of people I know when discussing their favorite topic and the best beverage in existence – beer!

About the Author
I’m Kelly, and drinking good beer is my business. I’ll be your primary hostess throughout our journey. My growing interest and passion for craft brews, and my desire to share beer knowledge with others is the driving inspiration behind this blog. So bookmark it, add it to your RSS feeds, or follow me on Facebook for updates. I’m planning some fun and exciting things for the future and want my fellow beer drinkers to be right there with me, beer by beer. I may even learn a few things along the way from all you super experts out there!

What’s in the Cellar?
Things exciting things to look forward to include:

  • Education on any and all topics relating to beer
  • Upcoming interesting events (local and global)
  • Things you just didn’t know about beer (and maybe never would)
  • Contests and social gatherings
  • Brewer stories, inspiration and their personal favorite brews

Tis the season for Fall beers, so what better time to start a beer blog than now? Welcome to Tasty Mug. Now let’s pour a beer and say “Cheers!”

Your Official Beer Advocate