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This Week in Drinking

All the Seattle news that’s fit to drink for the week of August 10th.

August 14, 2009

This week was a big one for Seattle bartenders. One of their heroes, Bill Samuels Jr, president and 7th generation distiller at Maker’s Mark, was in town. On Tuesday, the Washington State Bartenders Guild threw him a luncheon at ZigZag to which at least 90 tenders showed up. Total zoo.
“It was the first and only time they were up before noon,” Samuels drawled in his Kentucky getleman’s accent (like butter!). The next day Samuels and I talked whiskey and the local bar scene—I’ll post about my interview with him shortly.

Here’s some other stuff that happened.

The Capitol Hill Blog reported that Olivar has intro’d a happy hour, and that underrated cutey The Bottleneck Lounge is expanding [CHB].

I also love that Bottleneck will be hosting “Top Chef” viewing parties beginning Wednesday, August 19th at 9pm. There are two Seattle chefs competing this season so if ever there was a time to get over your I-don’t-watch-TV-holier-than-thouness, it’s upon us.

In the idiotic taxation department, Maggie Savarino detailed an excellent plan for sticking it to the WSLCB. [SW]

Meanwhile Dave McIntyre wrote about terroir in Oregon pinots for the Washington Post, [WP] while Tan Vinh went to The Hunt Club for happy hour but—what’s this?—doesn’t seem to have ordered mini burgers. [ST]

Finally, in this week’s Stranger Bethany Jean Clement identified the best bar in Bellevue [S]. Naga’s website links to the article thusly: “The Stranger positively reviews Naga, complete with typical condescending Bellevue commentary.”

If you go, stop back here and tell us what you think. Happy weekend.

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