Friday, December 11, 2009

Eastside Beverage Events this Weekend to Make Ted Nugent Proud!

If Ted Nugent was an Eastsider (I'm pretty sure he's not!) what would make him happy this chilly December weekend? My guess would be some rock n'roll, beer, wine and some hunting followed by a wild game feast. Channel your inner Ted and you can experience all of this and more at two excited events this weekend.

Everett's Lazy Boy Brewing and Michael "Whip" Wilton (founder and guitarist for Queensryche) will release their collaboratively brewed beer called "Whip Ale" at Valhalla in Kirkland. The beer is advertised as being “Bold, rich, and aromatic – smooth and well flavored," but it seems to be a pretty aggressive yet well balanced Pale Ale.

As reported by the Washington Beer Blog, "Whip Ale is produced by Lazy Boy Brewing on behalf of, and under the direction of, Michael Wilton of Queensryche. Our conversation with Shawn Loring of Lazy Boy Brewing suggested that Michael played a larger part in shaping the beer than many people might imagine. “He came in with good information and a pretty good idea of how he wanted the beer to taste,” Shawn told us. “We threw some ideas around. I told him what was and was not possible and we came up with this. He did his research, that’s for sure.”

The release party will be held this evening beginning at 7pm. 5 bands are on the bill including Kevin Hoffman, Dirty Hollywood, Guns of Nevada, Midnight Idols, Hairmageddon and there is NO COVER.

8544 122nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA

If you prefer the grapes and a quieter, more subdued event, head out to Woodinville on Sunday afternoon for a Wild Game & Wine Tasting at Sheridan Vineyards. Chef John Caudill will have three kinds of game meat to pair with wine on Sunday: elk, venison and lamb. The menu for the day is:
  • Elk medallions with a demiglace of wine and blueberries, which will be paired with Sheridan L’Orage, a 2/3 cabernet sauvignon/1/3 cabernet franc aged in new and old French oak.
  • Venison skewers with the pairing TBD
  • Lamb sausages with Moroccan spicing and a rosemary gremolata will meet Sheridan Mystique, a merlot-based red wine with black fruit notes to compliment the lamb’s richness.

The event is 12-5pm at Sheridan's tasting room in Woodinville, and costs $10 per person

Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP with your last name and the number of people attending to 425-401-0167 before 5pm Friday, December 10; or e-mail

Sheridan Vineyards

18564 142nd Ave NE

Woodinville, WA

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