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Fremont Oktoberfest 2009

September 20, 2009 8:17 pm

This weekend I paid a visit to Oktoberfest in Fremont. There were a lot of great beers to choose from and they did a good job keeping order in the beer pouring booths. It was clear which line lead to which beer, and the pouring staff were courteous and many were knowledgeable about the beers they were serving.  The weather was perfect for brewfesting and, when the sun went down, mood lighting illuminated the streets of Fremont and enabled the festival to keep rolling along.

My main complaint (which is the same from prior years) is the tiny size of the beer tasting mugs. The small cup size forces you to spend most of your time in lines. This is frustrating since there are other forms of entertainment (contests and bands), but you must sip your 4 ounce beverage slowly if you choose to take in a band and enjoy a beer simultaneously. Brewfests that serve in 14 ounce cups (with a 4 ounce fill line) are much more conducive to entertainment acts because you can enjoy tastes (1 token each) until you wish to enjoy other festivities, then fill your mug and hang out for a while (usually 4 tokens for a full fill).

All in all, it was a great event and I didn’t even catch the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving this year. It has come a very long way since my scathing review of 2007 (even though the price for entry has actually increased since then).  Did you miss Fremont Oktoberfest this year? Check out the video below for a taste.

Thanks to Adhesion for the dance track (Helgas Death Disco) used in this video. Sadly, I’m not sure who performs “Beer”, the other music track in this video.

Snacks! – Ballard’s Very Own Bodega

September 13, 2009 4:46 pm

This weekend I visited Snacks! – Ballard’s Bodega.  It’s got everything you need to prepare for that last minute meal or curb a late night craving (they’re open late).  Owned by Dante Rivera, of Dante’s Inferno Dogs, the Bodega opened its doors in June of this year.  Be sure to follow Snacks! on Facebook, Twitter and, of course, swing by to visit them at 5219 Ballard Avenue.

The CrapMonkey Podcast Episode #137

September 7, 2009 6:53 pm

Galway Arms RestroomHappy Labor Day from the CrapMonkey Podcast!  There are a couple beer related events coming up that may be of interest to those of you in the Seattle area.  This weekend is the Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria (just a few hours away on the Clipper).  Fremont Oktoberfest is September 18, 19 and 20th.  You may wish to kick it off by joining in the Brew Ha Ha 5k Run & Walk.  If you’d rather hang in the great outdoors, you might want to join the Beer Geek Campout at Deception Pass State Park on Sept 19. 

This weekend I caught a brief interview with “Dirty Uncle Mike”, the lead singer of a band called Dicktionhead.  While at the Galway Arms Irish Pub to see them play, Wendy also phoned in a Restroom Review.

Were you ever a fan of the V mini-series in the eighties?  Well ABC is airing a remake in November.  This episode includes an audio preview – but check out the video version at

The song of the day is the difficult child by Dicktionhead and the website of the day is  The show closes on Movie by Katie DavisDicktionhead

Jim Koch on Enjoying Beer

4:08 pm

Fast Company recently sat down with Jim Koch to discuss the proper way to enjoy a beer (specifically a Samual Adams).   Take note of the glass he is using.  A couple of years ago, Samual Adams designed and released the glass after researching the “best” glass design for showcasing the aroma and flavor Samual Adams Boston Lager.  They are available for purchase from Samual Adam’s eStore.