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Robert Contri  Filmmaker. Professional cook. Ridiculous human being. -- Going north, bringing beer and @phantomales mead for industry fellows. CA➡️WA by way of AZ.

"The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see." - Gilbert K. Chesterton
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The day following the short beer tour, I made a point to do some tourist stuff. First stop was the @chihulygg glass garden and museum, following it up with the @spaceneedle. While I may not have pictures of those moments, you can find some short videos in my Washington highlights.
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This quote resonated with me to the point that I knew I wanted to remember it. Heights aren't my favorite, but it's because I respect their power... or at least, I respect the power of that sudden stop at the end.

"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present." - Francis Bacon
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Of all the darkness carried along with me, the stuff inside this bottle was some of the most inky. This one has been posted before, and it was there that @mr.berringer mentioned he hadn't had it yet. Knowing I had another bottle from my previous trip, I loaded it up on the cooler before I hit the road.
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If you get a chance to try the Scotch Parabola from @firestonewalker, do so. You'll get the peat, the harsh, dark barrel char up front, and the aged beer on the back end. It mellows out as you drink and is a perfect conversation beer for two people with a single bottle, as small as it might seem.

"No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive." - Mahatma Gandhi
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On my New Years trip through California, my last stop was at @telegraphbrewing. As I've said before, that place is special to me. Becoming some form of friends with the operations manager, and the head brewer meant a lot. What @patchesohoulihan317 told me about this bottle was that it was a Santa Barbara exclusive, and it couldn't be found anywhere else. Specifically, he said, that for my sake he hoped I didn't share it, but for his he hoped I would.
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This little bottle of uniquely California Santa Barbara sour beer made its way up to Washington by the most bizarre route possible, and was shared with my good friend's wife @mrs.berringer, as she enjoys sours where he does not. It was a solid beer, and I can't wait to see how the second bottle I have ages over time.

"Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home." - Matsuo Basho
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To feel at home in a new place is rare, even more rare is for an atmosphere to remind you of it. @obecbrewing was the place I spent the most time, and the least money. The latter of which I am disappointed, as this place gave me the same feeling that @phantomales does, and the staff was as great. I could see myself, if I moved north, becoming a regular here in much the same way.
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While I sat through my first beer, I was given a full tutorial on the Seattle Freeze by @aneeabroad as she was slinging brews, and we discussed Utah and Idaho and our different experiences with the states. At a certain point I began talking with @a_sanchez21 and his lady (fellow Californians), discussing travels, beer, and the prejudice and cognitive dissonance of racially different groups in certain areas and states. It was these conversations, and speaking with another patron named Matt, that kept me longer than I had beer, even though I meant to move on to at least one more brewery before returning to Auburn. The sudden hail also kept me inside after a while, but ultimately I wasn't mad about it, just wish I could have given this place more business, and more than one bottle of mead.

"It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it." - Henry Kissinger
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Each brewery has its own personality, and sometimes, just like people, you'll find a familiar nature in a different container. @reubensbrews very much reminded me of home, and the taproom at which I work. While I may have enjoyed it more with friends, on my own I've taken more to sitting at bars end striking up conversation with both the bartenders and the patrons. Unfortunately, the bar is standing room only.
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This, the aforementioned gose, was a solid brew, which I nearly missed on a board that had what seemed like 20+ available beers on tap. It was by no means a bad suggestion to visit, but it was wildly busy when I walked in. Generally a good sign of quality, though.

"It's a heavy burden to look up at the mountain and want to start the climb." - Abby Wambach --
While the brewers at @reubensbrews were too busy to hand this bottle off in person, I'm hoping they enjoyed the CranPom mead from @phantomales.
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That said, the menu at this place was massive. While I wanted to take home their gose, it wasn't available in bottles. Then I saw the Wee Heavy on the massive board above the bar, and knew exactly what to do.

"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get." - Warren Buffett
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I'll say this about @trailbendtaproom, when I looked at the menu and the prices I was a little apprehensive on spending 12 dollars on some meatballs and flatbread, but it was a giant portion, and more than enough as a snack to soak up what I would drink at the next few locations.
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Everyone here was super friendly, would more than likely drop in for lunch if I were hitting breweries nearby. They've only been open for about a month, so if you haven't checked them out yet, I'd suggest it. The food, the tap list, the design and vibe, all worth it.

"Selling is essentially a transfer of feelings." - Zig Ziglar
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When I headed to the Ballard district in Seattle, under the suggestion of Jerry Holkins of @pamegacorp, I planned on hitting up mostly breweries. In the end, I think starting with @trailbendtaproom, if unintentionally, was the right way to go. Turns out it was their second day open since the grand opening one the day before.
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When I handed off a bottle of mead from @phantomales I realized that I maybe should have been stopping by taprooms more often, instead of just breweries. The bar manager poured a few glasses for several employees to try, and asked me if I had a pricing sheet. Had to inform him it was more a passion thing, and I wasn't a sales rep officially, though I gave him the email address to contact Phantom's owner regarding distribution.

"Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always." - Hippocrates
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Following a long night of drinking, I helped @mr.berringer and his wife @mrs.berringer fill some plastic Easter eggs with treats before the two of us dudes went outside to hide them. The funniest part was seeing Sean drunkenly toss plastic eggs all over the backyard while I tried to be more subtle.
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The following afternoon he made homemade mac and cheese for lunch. Not that we used macaroni, but you know. The Fresno peppers we had from the day before were soaked in the marinade from the artichoke hearts, and used as a garnish. A solid technique that I'll probably employ in the future, as they ended up added a great flavor to the dish.

"Anniversaries are like birthdays: occasions to celebrate and to think ahead, usually among friends with whom one shares not only the past but also the future." - Zbigniew Brzezinski
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Strangely enough, I got this bottle two relationships ago. Being in Santa Barbara, I asked @mr.berringer if there were any beers he would want me to pick up, and he told me to look for The 4th Anniversary of @figmtnbrew. Unfortunately they were out, but they did have the newest one available.
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After aging two years, this bottle sitting in wait to be shared, this beer was finally popped during the 7th Anniversary of the brewery. And I gotta say, the time did this beer some good. While I did enjoy it initially, the aging process intensified some flavors, mellowed others, and overall made a good brew great. It's just too bad we were so many beers in that my stomach began to give up. I still finished it, but slower than the others.

"Only fools argue whether to eat meat or not. They don't understand truth, nor do they meditate on it. Who can define what is meat and what is plant? Who knows where the sin lies, being a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian?" - Guru Nanak
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With all the heavy drinks, it was inevitable that we would begin feasting again. Over the sink. Like freakin animals. As one should. Fight me.
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@mr.berringer works at a Mexican restaurant up in Seattle, so it makes sense he can lean hard into the cuisine, though being from Southern California definitely helps. This deliciously spicy, vegetarian albondigas appetizer was definitely some SoCal brought to WeWash. That's what western Washington is called now, you guys can deal with it.

"Don't keep excessive amounts of anything. Those glass vases that come from florists. Those ketchup packets that come with take-out food. A house with two adults probably doesn't need fifteen mismatched souvenir coffee cups." - Gretchen Rubin --
What was meant to be a souvenir beer to bring home and share became beer five during a long night of drinking, discussion, and catching up with one of my oldest friends. By no means would I call that a waste.
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This crowler of Bayou from @geauxbrew in Auburn was one I was excited to bring back, but the next day they tapped out of it. So, I grabbed Polydras, and Vicki Vallencourt. Unfortunately, Vicki didn't make the trip due to a bad seal. Still have the can, might just make a vinegar out of it.

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