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!



Upcoming Event: Brew Review

2nd Annual Brew Review

2nd Annual Brew Review

Calling All Beer Lovers
Come one come all! If you live in Columbus, like beer, and want to support a good cause check out the Brew Review event happening THIS Friday – November 16th at 6pm!

Brew Review is a casual evening tasting craft beers, enjoying hors d’oeuvres and listening to music. The tickets you buy for the event provide fundraising for Creative Living. Creative Living is a non-profit organization encouraging independent living for adults with severe physical disabilities by providing wheelchair accessible housing and assistance and by creating a supportive environment for people to learn, work, live and contribute to the community.

Brews for a Good Cause

Want to know the brews on the menu? An almost-complete list of the tasty beers available for sampling are listed below:

  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Samuel Adams Winter Lager
  • Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
  • Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager
  • Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
  • Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA
  • Xingu Black Beer
  • St. Peter’s Organic English Ale
  • St. Peter’s Winter Ale
  • St. Peter’s Old Style Porter
  • 3 Monts Golden Ale
  • 3 Monts Amber Ale
  • Marston’s Oyster Stout
  • Scrumpy Cider
  • Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale
  • Mount Carmel Nut Brown Ale
  • Finch Brewing Threadless IPA
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
  • Lagerheads Bed Head Red
  • Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale
  • Hofbrau Original Helles Lager
  • Full Sail Amber Ale
  • Penn Brewing Kaiser Pils
  • Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat
  • Smuttynose Old Brown Dog
  • Brewery Ommegang Ommegang Witte
  • Murphy’s Irish Stout
  • Paulaner Hefe-Weizen

Event Information:

Brew Review
A night of craft beers with Creative Living

Date and Time:
Friday, November 16, 2012
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center
505 W. Whittier
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Grange Insurance Audubon Center is located on the Scioto River just south of downtown Columbus.

$35 per person
Purchase your tickets

Want to invite a friend or follow the event on Facebook? Check out the Brew Review Facebook event page.