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May 01

Memorable moments in beer: A photo album

Welcome to my input for May 2012, The Session: Beer Blogging Friday. Because a photo’s worth 1,000 words, this will be a photo blogpost from me, featuring some of those more memorable beer moments.

The Beer Moment

Beer is my livelihood. It’s my social lubricant of choice. There are things that drive me to drink beer. There are things that I celebrate with beer in hand. Last year we toasted friends’ father lost. Beer is part of the fabric of my life.

Since we opened our beer shop, I’ve had a beer nearly every night. You have to know your product to sell it. All day long we talk beer. I have beer moments every day, all day. There have been so many beer moments that it’s hard to count them all.

Since a photo’s worth 1,000 words, this will be a photo blogpost from me, featuring some of those more memorable beer moments. We’ll begin with photos of us starting our little beer shop

Our new storefront

2006: We just signed a 5-year lease. Here's our beer store!

     
It's all ours...and it's totally empty.

It's all ours...and it's totally empty. Lots to do!

Planning the store's inside look

Planning the store's inside look, with paper, over beer.

     
Planning the store's look

Planning the store's look, with PhotoShop, inspired by colors of beer.

It's beginning to take shape!

It's beginning to take shape! Our first logo-wear; framing is underway.

     
7 days 'til opening...

OMG! 7 days 'til the Grand Opening ...and we're still in construction!

2 days to opening...

2 days to opening. Cooler...check! Shelves & counter...check! Beer...check!

     
1 day to opening...

1 day to opening. The exterior sign just got installed. Looking good!

Grand Opening Day!

1/20/2007: Grand Opening Day! I haven't slept in 2-1/2 days with all the prep work. Though we're not 100% ready, this store's gonna open on schedule.

     
Opening Day!

The artwork isn't done yet, but we have beer! Starting with a selection of 250 different kinds...and lots of room to grow! 80 customers on our first day!!

Cooler artwork ...99 bottles on the wall

The artwork is done! Thanks Sven!! 99 bottles over the cooler wall.

     
Our first box display

2/21/2007: Finally, not so bare! Our first multi-case floor display.

The great sushi flood of 2007

5/26/2007: Destruction hits!

The great sushi flood of 2007
     
Research & Development

It's called the "R&D budget" — and it means you have to remember what you drink, so you can talk to customers about it.

1 Year Anniversary

1/20/2008: 1 Year Anniversary ... yeah!! Craig & I. 5 beers paired with cake. 100 folks came out to celebrate with us!

     
2nd Anniversary

1/20/2009: 2nd Anniversary beer & cake celebration. Peter & I serving. He's our first customer and a great friend.

Homework - Dish 'n Beer

2009: I kick off a "Dish 'n Beer" tasting series at the store. Homework is essential to find the ideal pairings!

Stuffed mushrooms with Kolsch
     
Beer has taken over my fridge

Beer has officially taken over my fridge. It's around the condiments, in the crisper, behind the milk...

Valentines Day 2010

Valentines Day 2010. Customers answered a dozen questions, we made the selections and packaged 'em up for their sweethearts.

     
Fall 2010: Best Beer Store in Western Washington

We have the best customers! They voted our beer store #1 in KING 5's Best of Western Washington. Me, my beer belly, and Meeghan Black.

Good times at 99 Bottles

12/10/2010: Arrgh matey! Good times at 99 Bottles. Things we do to promote beer when Craig's away. Arrr!

     
Jimmy Mac's Wednesday

If you're a friend on facebook or untappd, it's likely you're familiar with "Jimmy Mac's Wednesday." It's all about the lunch special, draft beer, and reading about beer.

Friend me on untappd

BBC10 Boulder, Colo.

I met the BrewDog stoat at the 2010 Beer Bloggers Conference in Boulder, Colo.

     
The Dissident

I wish it were all mine. But when you own a specialty beer store, it means you have to sell nearly all of it. Goodbye, my love. We sold out in three hours.

Cool people

We've met some really cool people through our beer store — and see several every Wednesday as we serve beer samples.

     
KOMO Newsradio beer interview

April 2011: Pimpin' my beers on KOMO Newsradio

Le Terroir

I swear I must've drank a case of this beer by myself. Sad it's gone.

     
2011 Widmer Summer Beer Event at Alki

It's rare that I can get away from the store to attend events, but this one was delicious. Thanks Widmer Brothers! (And thanks to Craig for covering for me at the store.)

Chilling beer

The best way to chill a beer, weather permitting.

     
Washington Beer Festivals

I love Father's Day. It's all about great beer and great people at the Washington Brewers Festival.

Mother of All Storms

Not all amazing beer comes to us. Sometimes travel or trade is necessary. This one's well worth it.

     
Clowning around with Tater Tot

A balloonist, clown, and high school friend made me "beer balloons." LOL! Thanks Tater Tot!

Meet T. Tater Tot

Room Service

Room Service: A top 10 reason for me to attend the annual Beer Bloggers Conference. Starting the day out right before drinking a sh*tload of beer.

     
Dish 'n Beer

Dish 'n Beer: Showing folks it's easy to entertain with beer and easy-to-prepare food.

Mama's Little Yella Pils

Mama's Little Yella Pils: "Take two and call me in the morning."

Brewery tours: another reason for BBC!

     
Beer bloggers

I get to drink beer with people like this. Total awesomeness! #BBC10

@ErikBoles, @TheBeerWench, @AlesFrmTheCrypt

Stink, Tacoma

Visiting a friend's deli in Tacoma. Nothing "STINKs" about this place. Wish it were closer to our store. The food was delicious.

Tacoma aroma? Check out STINK

     
Spiders in the beer cellar

Discovering a big ugly spider in the beer cellar. Creep factor: High! This led to a thorough taping of all boxes.

Dogfish Head line

Our first line outside the store. This, for Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. We got just a case, so it was a strict 1 per household limit and sold out in 6 minutes.

     
Beer Trails

Why I need a coaster.

Bag Puppets

More fun at the store when Craig's away doing will-call pickups of beer.

     
Pliny the Elder

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked, "Do you have Pliny?" I'd be a very rich woman. This limited beer arrives every 5 weeks and we sell out within 2 days, at 1 per person limit.

Parabola

Another delicious beer.

     
Kegerator

The Washington State Legislature legalizes growler fills for bottle shops in 2011. Unwrapping our just-arrived new kegerator!

Pegas CrafTap

We chose the Pegas CrafTap for filling growlers. These Russian-made fillers offer fresher beer, with less waste.

Learn about Pegas beer innovations

     
Captive

9/5/11: First guy to write a bad review online about my customer service. He arrived early, paced in front of the store for 25 minutes, was short with me... *sigh*

Photo observations of running a retail shop

Tagged

WTF?! Trying to keep a clean store and someone tagged us. One of the many woes of being a shopkeeper and things that drive me to drink.

     
Central City Red Racer ESB

Sometimes I've just got to pause and admire the head.

Aooni

Some labels make me smile every time I see them.

     
Stiegl

A day off! Kicking back with a can of beer in the backyard.

My favorite beer?

My favorite beer? The one in my hand. Unless it's empty.

     
Miller Lite

Yes, I drank this. It was given to me. It was cold and refreshing.

What's on tap? Fat Woody

On draft at home: Fat Woody. You are what you drink.

     
Bitter American

If it's got a monkey on it, you know it's gonna be good.

Beer & Duct Tape

Beer & Duct Tape: The solution to life's little problems.

     
Doodles

Sometimes I get to doodle at work. It's a Woodchuck, not a Beaver.

PinkaBella Cupcakes

It's a wonderful thing to have talented friends. Margo's "PinkaBella Cupcakes" for the store's 4th anniversary beer & cake celebration.

Visit PinkaBella Cupcakes

     
Pulling my own beer

Got to pull my own draft at Midnight Sun Brewing, Boulder Colo. #BBC10

Visit Midnight Sun Brewing

beer can arts & crafts

I made this Beer Can Crown, and gave it to The Beer Goddess, Lisa Morrison.

Visit the Beer Goddess

     
Chillin'

A day off! Chillin' in the backyard with a beer and the Dutchie.

Sushi & beer

I'm still the mayor of Blue Island Sushi. Sometimes I have a beer with lunch.

     
IPA & salad

Thursday is IPA & salad for lunch day. This was Craig's beer. I drank it. Justification: IPAs aren't his thing.

Wheat beer & salad

Thursday lunch salad. Sometimes there's no IPAs in the fridge. Then it's time for a wheat beer.

     
Goschie Hop Farms

Tour of Goschie Hop Farms at the 2011 Beer Bloggers Conference, Oregon. The spicy aroma in the air was amazing.

BBC11 with Ninkasi      
House of Sour

The Cascade Barrel House in Portland. Yum!

Visit the Cascade Barrel House

Night of Many Bottles

One of my Top 10 favorite things about the Beer Bloggers Conference: The night of many bottles.

     
Breakside Gin Barrel Double Wit

Another of my Top 10 favorite things about the Beer Bloggers Conference: Speed dating beer.

Meeting the beer of your dreams

Lunch at Belmont Station

Lunch at Belmont Station in Portland. Delicious.

Visit Belmont Station

     
Laced brownies

There's hops in them there brownies! #BBC11

filling growlers

I get to work around beer, with my best friend & husband.

     
Wall of chilled beer at 99 bottles

Growing the beer selection to over 1,200 in stock ...and nearly 4,000 on the books, in just five years!

Thanks for coming with me on this little trip down beer memory lane.

3 comments

  1. Jorge - Brew Beer And Drink It

    That’s amazing!… pretty inspiring to see the business growth over the years…

    I must say the head is a tractor beam that dragged my eyeballs from the top of the page to the bottom of the page as I scrolled down the pictures. I stared for a few seconds before reading the subhead “Sometimes I’ve just got to pause and admire the head.”… and thought you read my mind…

    The Beer Moment

  2. Third Street Brewhouse

    Awesome post! We’re about to open our new Brewhouse this summer in Cold Spring, MN. Probably will be just as stressful in the beginning as yours, but well worth it I can see.

    1. Tiffany

      Congratulations, Dan! Stay true to yourself and your dreams, and hold on for a rollercoaster of a ride. I’ll raise a glass of beer tonight to your new brewhouse.

      -Tif ;-)

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