Beer Blast

The former travel editor finally does some travelling

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By Peter R. Clark   Entertainment Editor

I rarely, if ever, leave the Los Angeles area. Sometimes, I may go to San Diego or Las Vegas, but the extent of my travelling usually never exceeds an hour in driving time. But, when my friend said she wanted to go Seattle for her birthday, I was more than just a little intrigued.

Seattle is a place that has been in the back in my mind for quite some time. I always wanted to see how it stacked up against Los Angeles. 

I love the gloomy and rainy weather I’ve been told it harbors, and it just sounded like a pretty cool place. My number one complaint about travelling is the cost, but when my friend said that housing would be taken care of, I started to look into the ticket price. The price was right, so I booked a flight.

So I made it Seattle. Big deal, right? I mean, it’s just a city like any other, right? Right. It’s just a city. I spent four days in another city that, while different in appearance, still felt like Los Angeles. But that’s not a bad thing. I still have tons of fun.

I did some touristy things, like I went to the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, but the highlight of my trip was visiting the local breweries and bars. We spent one day only going to breweries and drinking the local grog. 

The two best breweries that come to mind as the best of the entire trip were Holy Mountain and Urban Family. Urban Family reminds me a lot of Good Beer Company in Santa Ana. 

Holy Mountain had an ominous interior, with a small sign and a lonely door. The interior of Holy Mountain is all concrete, and the people were friendly. In fact, a common trend in almost all drinking establishments we visited was that the staff was extremely friendly. More friendly than some places here. It was odd, and a little off putting at first.

Outside of breweries, we did a lot of walking. We walked all around the downtown area, hitting up various spots to try out the local fare. I had oysters from Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar. There were good, and exactly what I expected. I ate Thai food at a restaurant that felt like someone’s house. 

I visited multiple bars, some with cool themes. Such as an underground bar that had a lot of taps and a lot of board games. One bar was in an old post office (I think), and the environment was just as good as the drinks. I also visited the local museum, but that is another article entirely.

We ended the trip by visiting this gigantic German bar and played a game called Bocce Ball, which prior to playing it there I have never heard of. It was a great experience, and the bartenders were awesome to boot.

Overall my trip was great, and it only rained the day I was leaving. I’d love to go back, but it’s not high on my list of things to do. While I didn’t have to spend money on a room, the trip was still pretty expensive. Maybe next time I’ll try and spend less, but also next time I want to go to more breweries. 

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