When Seattle was trending dry in the early 20th century, sports thronged Georgetown to drink and gamble. While the Museum of History & Industry doesn't have any betting games planned for this Saturday, the institution is inviting locals back to the neighborhood for a pint.
There are two spots remaining on MOHAI's "Georgetown Brews" walking tour, a program devoted to Georgetown's sudsy past and current brewing scene. The popular two-hour tour, first offered last summer, includes a tour of Georgetown Brewing Company, where beer will be served.
"We're pretty excited about it," programs coordinator Julia Swan says. "Tickets are going fast."
According to Kimberley Jacobsen, who compiled the research for the tour, Georgetown was the city's leading drinking destination when Seattle Brewing and Malt Company - which later became Rainier Brewing Company - and the Meadows Racetrack were in business. In 1905, she says, "people from Seattle would hop on the trolley or take their horse and carriage to Georgetown to drink."
Georgetown's bars and brothels drew first-generation Italian and German brewers who worked at Seattle Brewing and Malt; Native growers involved in the hops trade and Seattle residents who chafed at the city's restrictive drinking laws.
"People would come from all over to wet Georgetown," Jacobsen says.
Tickets for the 3 p.m. tour are $20 apiece ("while they last!," Swan stresses.)