Beer of the Week: Populuxe Solstice Pale Ale

By Iron Chef Leftovers

Today’s beer takes us in the way back machine 6 months to a warmer and sunnier time in Seattle – June, specifically the summer solstice*. I had forgotten about these notes as they are buried in the middle of my notebook, but Populuxe brewed a pale ale to celebrate the Fremont […]

Blaidd Drwg’s Annual HOF Rant

By Blaidd Drwg

Hall of Fame ballots were sent out the other day and this may be the most stacked ballot in the history of the HOF voting, with no less than 8 legitimate HOFers (steroid argument aside) on the ballot and I would argue of the 36 guys who are on the ballot, at […]

Bye Bye Chuck Armstrong

by A.J. Coltrane

Chuck Armstrong has retired from his position as President of the Mariners. I think there are more than a few fans who feel that the M’s leadership has been … lacking … for many, many years. They feel that the M’s have been more interested in profits than in putting a strongly […]

Beer of the Week: Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale

By Iron Chef Leftovers

I am a sucker for blood orange anything – I just really love the flavor. Back during the Beers of the Apocalypse series, Elysian brewed a blood orange IPA that was outstanding, so I couldn’t wait to try their blood orange pale ale – Superfuzz. The beer was available on tap […]

Beers of the Week: Epic Ales/Odin Sage and Chervil

By Iron Chef Leftovers

Sage and chervil, two wonderful culinary herbs, but not something that you would associate with beer. Sage really tends to pare itself well with fats, and is most tasty when sautéed with butter and pumpkin ravioli. Chervil is a relative to parsley and is wonderful on salads, lending notes of anise […]

NY vs. Chicago

By Iron Chef Leftovers


Jon Stewart had a piece on the argument over which is the taller building – the new WTC or the Willis Tower. About half way through the piece, it degrades into one of the greatest rants against Chicago style pizza ever recorded.

The summary – he is right, but […]

Beer of the Week: Reuben’s Blood Red Orange Rye

By Iron Chef Leftovers

There are very few flavors that I love more than blood orange, but the track record in having beers that included it are spotty. Some have been good (Elysian) and some not so good (also Elysian).  I was excited when Reuben’s decided to do one as part of a Seattle Beer […]

Baby It’s Cold Outside

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

It’s been getting down into the 20’s at night. The brussels sprouts are decidedly unhappy about it:

I decided to hedge my bets and harvest them before they started to look even worse:

The cool-weather herbs and vegetables in the plant house seem no worse for the […]

Beer of the Week: NW Peaks Silver Pale Ale

By Iron Chef Leftovers

A few months back, the NW Peaks Mountainbeers were both pale ales, brewed with different hop varieties. I was excited for both of them, but especially for the Silver Pale Ale, which included spruce tips in the beer.

From the NW Peaks Website:

The name. The mountain. Like one of the […]

Beer of the Week: Alaskan Brewing Pilot Series Raspberry Wheat

By Iron Chef Leftovers

Alaskan Brewing makes some pretty solid beers, but where they really excel is with their Pilot Series beers. These beers are small production, big beers which usually rate as outstanding brews and in a bunch of cases, age really well. One of their spring Pilot Series beers over the last few […]