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Sunday, June 29, 2008

We're showing our independence by not coming to work on Friday!

Shultzy's will be closed Friday for the July 4th holiday.

What will we be doing?  BBQ-ing on the Weber at home?  Drinking cold beer?  Spending the day on a friend's luxury yacht cruising around?*  Hey, we can dream, can't we?

I can't speak for my colleagues, but I'll be working on our POS menu system.  Since we're closed on Friday, I have time to fix anything I break before we open up on Saturday morning for breakfast.

So, to repeat, Shultzy's will close at Midnight on Thursday, July 3rd and reopen for breakfast at 8am on Saturday, July 5th.  Then our schedule will return to normal.

* Note: if you actually do have a luxury yacht and want to surround yourselves with Shultzy's employees instead of supermodels and bon vivants, let's talk.  

Congratulations to Spain and Carl on their Euro 2008 Victories!

Spain defeated Germany in the Euro 2008 finals 1-0.  We had a full house at Shultzy's enjoying the game on all five TVs, and we even had a few soccer-oblivious fans enjoying a sunny afternoon on the back patio.  It was a fun crowd -- you should have been here if you weren't.  And, we even had Weihenstephan Original Lager and Hale's K├Âlsch Summer Ale to enjoy during the game.

I also want to congratulate Shultzy's Euro 2008 Pick 'Em Contest Winner, Carl.  He finished in first place with 36.5 points and correctly picked 21 of 28 games (3 were ties, so everyone/no one picked them correctly).  Wow!  Very impressive.  For his victory, Carl wins a pair of 1/2 liter German Beer Mugs, a Shultzy's baseball hat, and a Shultzy's T-Shirt.  I hope Carl comes to claim his prizes since I think he lives up in British Columbia -- I'll also personally buy him a beer if/when he comes by.

Miroslav finished second with 34.5 points; he missed more of the round robin games, but he nailed the semifinals and final.  He lives even further away than Carl, but if he makes his way to Shultzy's, there's a T-Shirt and 1/2 liter German beer mug waiting for him.  And finally, in third, from parts unknown, is Denis with 33.5 points.  Denis actually picked more games correctly than Miroslav, but Miroslav got them right when they counted the most.  Denis has a 1/2 liter German beer mug waiting for him if/when he comes into Shultzy's.

Carl, Miroslav, and Denis: e-mail me at if/when you're planning to come in and collect your prizes, so I can alert the staff to be looking out for you.  Congratulations again!  And if you're too far away to come in, at least you have bragging rights over all your friends (and the staff at Shultzy's who didn't come close -- Doug the bartender was our best finisher in a tie for 5th).

Friday, June 27, 2008

Euro 2008 Finals and Pick 'Em Contest Update

Germany or Spain?  We'll find out at lunch on Sunday.

In the Euro 2008 Pick 'Em Contest, things are also closely contested.

If Germany wins, Brockly, Barry, and "R" are in the running (Brockly and Barry will come down to the goals-scored tiebreaker for 1st place).

If Spain wins, Carl, Miroslav, and Denis will finish in first, second, and third respectively.

Come by on Sunday and cheer on your favorites (teams or contestants).

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Shultzy's Euro 2008 Bracket Competition

Tomorrow is the start of the Euro 2008 Semifinals, and we're expecting an enthusiastic lunch time crowd to enjoy Germany vs. Turkey. On Thursday it's Russia vs. Spain. Both days' games start at 11:30-11:45am.

Where are we in the pick 'em competition?
  • Carl's in first and is looking pretty good but he's hoping for Spain to go all the way.
  • Susan's in second, but she's doomed because she had Portugal and Netherlands winning the semis, and the Dutch winning the whole thing. Sadly, both those teams have already gone home.
  • 5 people are tied for 3rd (Barry, Brockly, Doug, Denis, and Paul). Of those, Brockly and Barry look to be in the best position to take it all provided that Germany prevails.
  • Nobody left had Turkey or Russia in the semifinals or finals.
  • I am tied for 11th and sinking like a stone. DOH!
If you want to keep up with the results, click here to see the spreadsheet. Or, you can just come into Shultzy's and drown your picking woes in a refreshing beer as I'm planning to.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sorry for falling behind on the beer updates...

I was in Lincoln, Nebraska this week, and my effort at remotely monitoring beer changes was lacking. My math seminar took too much out of me.

But, as of Sunday afternoon, the beer list is back up to date.

Friday, June 13, 2008

New Bottled Beers available: Red Bridge and Coors Light

Today, we added two new beers to the cooler: Red Bridge and Coors Light.

Red Bridge is an important beer for us to have because it's a gluten-free beer. In addition to those who adhere to gluten-free or wheat-free diets, Red Bridge is a beer for the estimated three million Americans who suffer from Celiac disease. The beer is made from sorghum, with imported hallertau and domestic cascade hops. I haven't tasted one yet, but it's something we wanted to have available on the menu for our customers. We'll be working to put together a list of gluten-free items on our menu, but in the meantime, we know that our Red Beans and Rice is gluten free.

The second beer is Coors Light. Why Coors Light? It's my fault. I'm a sucker for cold beer and I like the fact that the mountains on the Coors Light label turn blue when the beer is cold. Yes, it's a marketing gimmick, but it worked on me. Oh yes, and it's my wife's favorite beer. Domestic bliss is important, you know. Sadly, Miller Lite had to go to make room for Coors Light. If you're a big Miller Lite fan bothered by this change, drop us an e-mail to and let us know; maybe there's room for both of them if we do some creative cooler shuffling.

No shrunken pints at Shultzy's

It's become one of our favorite games to play when shopping: Spot the Shrunken Packaging. As companies try to find a way to deal with rising costs or expand profitability, it appears that the magic shrinking ray has hit a vast array of products. The "gallon" of orange juice may now be only 58 oz when you look carefully at the label. The 25 lb. bag of charcoal may now be only a little over 21 lbs. The differences are enough to fool you if you don't notice the change on the label.

Apparently, some taverns are doing the same thing with their beers. For quite a while, taverns have been able to buy 14 oz. "Pint" glasses. They look a lot like an actual pint (16 oz.) glass, but they have thicker bottoms. Net result, less beer for you, more profit for the tavern owner.

At Shultzy's a pint is 16 oz. We try to treat our customers the way we like to be treated and we're serious about our beers, so no fake 14 oz. pints. As much as possible, we try to serve our beer in logoed glassware from the brewer, so you'll even see some of our beers served in 20 oz. "Imperial" pints when that's what the brewer recommends.

And please don't complain about your beer having a "head". Most German beers, properly poured , have a 1"-1.5" head. The head keeps oxygen away from the beer and also adds a textural component that would otherwise be lacking. And if you still don't believe me, then order a Hoegaarden 1/2 liter. Our Hoegaarden glassware is oversized, so we can pour a full 1/2 liter of beer (up to the 500 ml line on the glass) and still have room for the head on top. Consider the head as a special bonus for drinking Hoegaarden.

Shultzy's: Where a Pint Is At Least 16 Ounces!

Wall Street Journal - "A Pint-Size Problem"

The link should be good for non-subscribers for a week

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes?

The FDA has issued a health warning for raw tomatoes.

As a precautionary measure, Shultzy's has stopped serving raw tomatoes and fresh salsa until the current tomato health concerns are resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thanks to Kelsey for her clever headline.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Euro 2008 is underway!

Euro 2008 got off to a flying start this weekend, and our contest has, too!

If you're entered in the Euro 2008 Bracket contest, click here to see how you're doing. The spreadsheet will be updated each day to reflect that day's results, so you can keep track of your progress and taunt your friends/competitors.

And whether you're in the contest or not, we've decided that our Happy Hour specials are in effect whenever Euro 2008 is on TV at Shultzy's. So, you'll be able to enjoy $3.50 half-liters of our German Lager of the day and $3.00 16 oz. pints of our Micro of the Day, as well as wine, shots, and food specials. For more info, check out our online Happy Hour menu.

We look forward to seeing our soccer-loving Shultzy's customers in these next couple of weeks, and we hope you're enjoying the action as much as we are.

UDSPA Charity Trivia Night #2

Last night was the second in our series of UDSPA (University District Service Provider Alliance) Trivia Nights. I can say, as a participant in the contest, that it was a lot of fun. About 6-8 teams of varying size and composition fought through questions ranging from Geography and Social Issues (What annual income is currently defined by the Federal Government as the Poverty Line?) to Alanis Morrissette and Boyz II Men lyrics. Everyone had a good time, there were many clever team names, and the eventual winner was the Mazel Tov Cocktails.

I say "eventual" because the contest ended in a tie after four rounds and had to be resolved according to international competitive trivia rules, namely an audience-judged dance-off. Yes, it was just as scary as it sounds. Fortunately, we had an amateur beat boxer in the crowd to provide musical accompaniment (Bowden's roommate). The rest was... well I think you just have to watch it.

The runners up...

...and the winners, the Mazel Tov Cocktails!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Last chance for the Euro 2000 Pool!

The deadline's tomorrow morning at 7am, so don't delay.
We won't nag you again, but don't blame us if you miss out.

Click here to enter the pool or click here for more information.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The perfect order

We had to get a picture of this. A table at lunch yesterday ordered five different beers. Bowden poured each of them in their own logo glassware, and Kelsey was ready to take them to the table. It's like our own little beer commercial (sunshine, cheerful staff, perfectly poured beers).

Trivia Night again this Saturday Night at 7pm!

Last time, Shultzy's was packed with trivia folks who had a great time matching wits with the Trivia Masters. Last time, we had a sell-out crowd, so you may want to get there a little early to make sure you can participate in the trivia festivities.

Good luck!

P.S. The real name of Astro (the Jetsons' dog) is Tralfaz (Elroy found him -- the dog belonged to the wealthy J.P. Gottrockets).

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Euro 2008 Contest entry deadline is Friday at midnight PT

Euro 2008 Soccer starts this Saturday morning (Seattle time), so you're running out of time to enter our contest. All entries must be submitted by 7:00 am PT, Saturday June 7th.

Enter Shultzy's Euro 2008 Contest HERE!

We're still working on prizes -- they'll likely be t-shirts and other swag from our beer distributors. Strangely, we've been getting quite a few entries from Canadians (maybe some of our far-flung Shultzy's fans?). If you win, you'll have to pick up your prizes here at our restaurant in Seattle... sorry! But, it would make a great roadtrip for our Canadian friends...

And I think we've got the scoring rules figured out.
Each round robin game picked correctly = 1 point. Ties are worth 1/2 point.
Each quarterfinal game picked correctly = 3 points
Each semifinal game picked correctly = 5 points
Final winner picked correctly = 7 points
So, if you're a real wizard and there are no ties, you could earn a maximum possible 53 points.

The quarterfinal round might prove a little confusing to you, but I've simplified it. Don't worry about who's a group winner and runner-up. Just pick the four teams you think will advance from the quarterfinals (2 from groups A & B and 2 from groups B & C). As I used to tell my students, "if you still don't understand, just try and do your best".

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Vote for your favorite server contest (pictures)

The "Vote for your favorite server" contest continues, and now we've got some pictures to help you. More will be coming in the days ahead, so check back regularly!

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...

I was watching a Cubs game last week at Shultzy's when something in the background caught my eye.

In the background, there was an advertisement that said Bubba Burger, Official Burger of the Chicago Cubs.

That struck me as pretty funny since Shultzy's has been making Bubba Burgers for years. Long ago, we started taking our Ragin' Cajun sausage and serving it as a patty instead of a link. Since I'd lived in Memphis, I thought it would be good to serve it on a roll with cole slaw, somewhat akin to a Memphis-style BBQ pork sandwich. And for some reason, we decided to name it after one of my father's nicknames "Dr. Bubba", and the Bubba Burger was born.

The Bubba Burger turned out to be popular and had a long run on the Shultzy's menu, but ultimately, people preferred their Cajun sausage burger in what is now known as the Chatalas Burger (with grilled onions and melted cheddar cheese). The Chatalas burger is a top-seller, but even now the Cajun patties themselves are known to our prep and grill staff as "Bubbas".

I'm pretty confident that we've got the Cubs version of the Bubba Burger beat hands down; after all, theirs isn't even a sausage burger. And, since the Ragin' Cajun is itself an homage, I guess one tribute deserves another.

Logo of the University of Lousiana-Lafayette

Monday, June 2, 2008

Man's Best Friend? His dog. Dog's best friend? Jimmy the Bread Delivery Man.

The end of an era came this last weekend when Jimmy, our bread guy for nearly 20 years, made his last bread delivery at Shultzy's. The staff (except Don) always looked forward to seeing Jimmy in the mornings as he always had a nice word for everyone (except Don). But no one looked forward to seeing Jimmy more than Chloe (Shultzy's K9 mascot and family pet) who would always receive treats from Jimmy.

Jimmy, we'll all miss you. And that might even include Don.