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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Beer School 101 Update

We have 25 people signed up for next Wednesday's Beer School 101, which is our maximum for the class. If you're still interested, let us know and we'll put you on the waitlist. If you've already signed up and haven't paid, now's the time; on Monday, we'll open up unpaid spots to those on the waitlist.

Also, get your beer tastebuds ready, we're looking at 18 different beers so far for the class. Don't worry, you just have to taste them, not drink a full pint/half liter of each. :)

New Happy Hour Items: Currywurst and Scotch Eggs

Shultzy's Currywurst. The traditional German presentation of this dish
is a masterwork in chaos, and we've tried to capture that here. ☺


Shultzy's R&D Lab has been hard at work creating new dishes to enjoy with your beer and cocktails.

Currywurst is Germany's favorite snack, and now it's part of our Happy Hour menu ($5 with beverage purchase). We take our best-selling bratwurst, slice it into bite-size pieces and serve it over kraut with fries and our own curry ketchup. Wunderbar!

Also, for a limited time, we have Scotch Eggs on our Happy Hour menu, too! We make these annually for Robbie Burns' birthday, but this year we've decided to keep them on the menu for a limited time. What's a Scotch Egg? It's a silky smooth hard-boiled egg wrapped in Shultzy's savory sausage, dredged in panko bread crumbs, and deep-fried to a golden brown crunchy perfection. As if that weren't enough, we serve it with a side of whole-grain mustard aioli. And you get two for $5 at Happy Hour!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Beer School 101 - Beer Basics. Sign up now!

February 2nd, Shultzy's will be hosting its first Beer School course of 2011, repeating the popular Beer School 101. In about two hours, you will learn all the basics of beer and taste over 12 major varieties of beer in the process.

We're lucky to have Mike Baker of Pacific Beverages teaching the class; Mike's a beer maven, co-founder of Seattle Beer Week and Baron Brewing, and a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker. If you know anyone who attended of his Beer School course at Shultzy's in 2010, I think they'll endorse him wholeheartedly.

You'll learn the basics of beer (ale vs. lager, what's a pilsner, what's an IPA and how to English IPAs differ from the American Pacific Northwest counterparts, what's the Reinheitsgebot and is it still relevant, and much more). Even better, you'll get to experience beer -- both tasting many varieties and getting to smell/taste different malts and hops that go into making your favorite beers. Whether you're a novice or a beer lover, you'll have a good time and new insights.

The details:
  • Wednesday, February 2nd
  • 6pm to 8pm (please try to be on time, end-time is approximate)
  • Cost: $20 includes course materials, beer, a snack diploma, and more
  • Course size is LIMITED TO 25 -- you need a reservation to attend.
    The class is filling up fast, even before this blog post.
  • You can make your reservation by giving your name, phone number, e-mail address and how many people you're bringing:
    -- at Shultzy's (talk to your server)
    -- by e-mail to beer101@shultzys.com
    -- by phone at 206.548.9461
  • We're pretty sure it doesn't qualify for UW credit or Legal Continuing Education credit, but you never know...
Mike Baker, your Beer Professor, is the happy guy
in the middle of this photo.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Shhhh! Come in Tuesday for a "secret" beer.

One of the fun German beer traditions is the Sticke Alt (pronounced "Shtick-uh ullt"). Alt means "old" in German, and Altbiers are the traditional copper colored German ales that predated the invention of Lagers (think of them as the "Ambers" of their day), and they're still popular today.

So what's a Sticke Alt? "Sticke" means "secret" in German. According to local lore, in olden times brewing was much less scientific and ingredients weren't measured nearly as precisely as they are today. So, every once in a while, the brewmaster (maybe he was drinking while he was brewing) would make a mistake and put too much malt into the beer; to balance it out, more hops would be added with the resulting beer being fuller flavored with higher alcohol than the typical version. Well, regular patrons would pass along the "secret" that their favorite beer was brewed with a little something extra and that was the birth of the "Sticke" Alt.

Uerige brewpub of Dusseldorf has been brewing Altbier since 1862, and they celebrated these "Sticke" alts by intentionally brewing them twice annually and releasing them to the public on the third Tuesday in January and the third Tuesday in October. Customers, regular and new, flock to the bar to enjoy this still delicious but not-so-secret treat.

At Shultzy's, we'd like to bring the Sticke Alt tradition to Seattle, and we're fortunate to have a keg of Chuckanut Brewery's Sticke Alt to share with our regular customers and their friends who know the secret. Chuckanut brews fantastic German-style beers in Bellingham, WA USA, and their Sticke Alt is no exception. Chuckanut intentionally uses larger portions of German malts (Munich, Vienna, & caramel) and German Spalt hops to create this hoppier, richer German ale with a little extra kick!

So, now you're in on the secret. All you have to do is whisper the secret to a few close friends and come in Tuesday for a 1/2 liter or liter of Sticke Alt.