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Barleywine: It’s what’s for breakfast (and on tap in 40 varieties for sampling at the Parkway Saturday)

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on April 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm | No Comments »
April 25, 2011 3:14 pm

Beer for breakfast? At the Parkway Tavern, a brew breakfast is standard protocol for the annual Barleywine Festival, happening this weekend, April 30-May 1. The festival, celebrating the strongly flavored beer called barleywine, is in its sixth year and this year’s barleywine list includes more than 40 barleywines for Saturday’s event, and a breakfast Sunday with more locally brewed barleywine and a beer-friendly menu. Here’s what I wrote last year, and the year before, which includes tap lists from the 2009 and 2010 events.

If you’ve never tasted barleywine, think of it is a libation similar in character to wine, but made from grains, so it’s actually just a beer. And a really strong, full-bodied beer at that. Beer geeks covet barleywine for its complex and earthy flavor profiles. It’s not for the weak, it’s a high octane brew.

Here’s a tap list for this year’s festival, along with the menu for Sunday’s breakfast.

Heads up: The IPA Fest at the Parkway is every August.

Parkway Tavern Barleywine Festival
When: April 30-May 1
Hours: The fest starts at 2 p.m. Saturday April 30, brunch starts at 11 a.m. Sunday May 1
Brunch details: Brunch will set you back $40, buy your ticket in advance. Call for details.
Where: 313 N. I St., Tacoma
Phone: 253-383-8748

Anchor Old Foghorn ‘07
Boundary Bay Old Bounder ‘07
Full Sail Old Boardhead ‘07
Pike Old Bawdy ‘07
Stone Old Guardian ‘07
Alaskan ‘08
Avery Hog Heaven ‘08
Elysian Cyclops ‘08
Flying Dog Horn Dog ‘08
Great Divide Old Ruffian ‘08
Lagunitas Gnarlywine ‘08
North Coast Old Stock ‘08
Port Townsend French Oak Aged ‘08
Rogue Old Crustacean ‘08
Scuttlebutt Old #1 ‘08
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot ‘08
Deschutes Mirror Mirror ‘09
Dick’s ‘09
Dogfish Head Olde School ‘09
Mad River John Barleycorn ‘09
Moylan’s Old Blarney ‘09
Oskar Blues Old Double Bagger ‘09
Victory Old Horizontal ‘09
7 Seas Wheelchair ‘10
Anacortes Brewing Old Sebastes ‘10
Anderson Valley Horn of the Beer ‘10
Beer Valley Highway to Ale ‘10
Diamond Knot Ice Breaker ‘10
Fishtale Bourbon Barrel Aged Ten Squared ?
Fishtale Leviathan ‘10
Fishtale Ten Squared ‘10
Hale’s Rudyard’s Rare ’10
Hood Canal Breidablik ‘10
Hopworks Foggin’ Noggin’ ‘10
Lost Coast Fogcutter ‘10
Mac ‘n’ Jack’s C U Lator ‘10
Naked City Earl of Snohomish ‘10
Port Townsend Cask ‘10
Sierra Nevada Jack and Ken’s Black ‘10
Southern Tier Backburner ‘10
Stone Old Guardian BELGO ‘10
Firestone Walker Abacus
Widmer Galaxy Hop
Redhook Treblehook

The Parkway Tavern Barleywine Brunch 2011
Sunday May 1st 11am

The menu:
Seasonal fruit, nut and assorted strong cheese platter
Rustic breads accompanied with assorted spreads, jam,
and butter
Chai tea French toast with cherry almond barleywine
reduction syrup
Strong cheese scrambled eggs
House made lamb sausage patties with fig and Mediterranean spices
Rosemary roasted red potatoes
Gourmet cheesecake lollipops

And for the first time at at Barleywine fest, a selection of locally brewed barleywines:

7 Seas Wheelchair
Anacortes Old Sebastes
Mac ‘n’ Jack’s C U Lator
Naked City Earl of Snohomish
Old Schoolhouse Brewer’s Reserve
Port Townsend French Oak Aged ‘08
And a bunch more.

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