Accidental Brewery Tour

Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
Trip End Aug 15, 2011

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Erin's Condo

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

I got up shortly after 6:00 because I couldn't sleep anymore. I wrote my blog and posted it.  Erin got up and then Derek and finally Larry.  We decided we would go to Snowqualmie Falls and Rattlesnake Ledge.  When we looked at Mt. Ranier we found out that all the trails were covered with snow 80%-100%.  Some of the trails recommended ice axes and crampons for your shoes.  So we ruled out Mt. Ranier as a place to hike.  When Derek looked up Snowqualmie Falls he found out the trail was closed because they are completely redoing the generators that produce power from the falls.  In addition they are redoing the trail as well.  We decided to go to the Falls and only hike at Rattlesnake Ledge.  We stopped at a roadside stand and bought some cherries.  The Falls are only about 15 minutes from Erin’s condo.  We stayed at the Falls for a little while and then drove another 15 minutes to Rattlesnake Ledge.  When we got our stuff out of the car we realized that we didn’t have our sandwiches for lunch.  We decided to hike anyway and have a snack of our cherries and carrots at the top.  We were only and short way up the trail when my calves started to cramp up.  I stretched three times and then gave up and went back down.  Larry, Derek and Erin went on up the trail.  I sat by the lake at the bottom for awhile and then stretched some more and tried the trail again.  I got further up the trail this time with only a little cramping.  Then I met them coming down.  They didn’t go all the way to the top because they were hungry.  So we went back down to the lake and had a snack of our carrots and cherries, which were really good by the way.

We drove to the Snowqualmie Brewery for beer and lunch.  Derek and I had Rueben sandwiches and Erin and Larry had bratwurst.  While we were eating we decided to make it a brewery tour.  So after lunch we headed to the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville.  When we got there we signed up for the 3:00 tour which only cost a dollar and you got a free sampler glass. We went to the bar to wait and  Larry, Derek and Erin got a sampler, six kinds of beer about 4-5oz each.  As the designated driver, I had a glass of water which was fine with me since I don’t really like beer.  The tour was one of the best tours we have ever done.  The young man who took us on the tour was hilarious.  He took us to a big room where he gave each of us our glass and then filled it with beer.  He told us the history of the brewery and then gave us another beer.  He told us more and then gave us another beer.  We could see most of the operation from that room.  We did move into the fermentation room which was next to the room where we had been.  Before we finished he had given us five different sample beers.  I had a sip of each and then gave them to whoever wanted them.  The bottling operation was not running on a Sunday, so he gave us another free sample.  We all agreed that it was silly to get the sampler and then get it again for only a dollar on the tour.  Derek bought a t-shirt at the gift shop and Larry and Derek shared a Dunkelweizen. 

Since we were north of Redmond we stopped at the REI in Redmond to do some shopping.  Derek and I each got a pair of zip off hiking pants and Erin got a new pair of walking shoes.  We drove down East Lake Sammamish Drive and there were a couple of surprising changes.  At Inglewood Hill there was an enlarged interchange with a boulevard down the middle so that if you are going straight through you don’t have to stop.  This is where we used to turn to go up to Mike and Erin’s house when they were married and it was always a big back up.  At another interchange they made it into a traffic circle and it was much better too.  We proceeded south on East Lake Sammamish into Issaquah which is where Erin lived before she bought her condo.  Our destination was the Issaquah Brew House where they make Rogue.  We had eaten here before when Erin lived there, so we thought it a good place to end our Brewery Tours.  They ordered drinks and I got water.  Larry got pulled-pork sliders, Derek and Erin got fish and chips and I got a chicken Caesar salad.  Erin drove home as she didn’t like her Shakespeare stout and didn’t have much to drink. 

When we got back we watched two more episodes of "Breaking Bad."  Erin and I discussed a little about our trip to France next summer and I showed her where my cousin David lives in Altkirch in the Alsace region of France.  We went to bed about 10:00.
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