Seattle International Beer Festival Weekend

Oh, and 4th of July, too. If you don't have enough drinking plans for the extended weekend, make an afternoon or evening of the Seattle International Beer Festival, Friday through Sunday at Seattle Center (click link for details). $20 gets you 10 tickets, and the show promises at least half the beers only cost one ticket -- for a 4 oz. pour. Many of the show-stoppers will set you back at least 3 or 4 tickets, but then it only takes three or four of them to wipe you out (in more ways than one).

Here's a 10 beer crib sheet. No rhyme, no reason, just what looks damn good right now, and it's something to keep you from making the too easy/familiar choices, when you're standing dumbstruck and thirsty, holding a wad of beer tickets.

Samuel Smith Organic Cider, Reissdorf Kolsch, Boon Oude Geuze, Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, Allagash Black, Petrus Aged Pale, Flyer's "Plan B" Belgian Brown, Port Brewing Hop-15, Utenos Porterus, and Dinkelacker Dunkel.

The last beer is a test. If you cannot pronounce it or say it without cracking up, you have had enough and it's time to go home.

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