Building the Gig Harbor – Roslyn – Ballard – Capitol Hill food+drink continuum, Heritage Distilling plans spring opening on 10th Ave

Anybody afraid of Capitol Hill becoming part of one big Seattle monoculture should know — it’s too late. There is already a food+drink continuum between Ballard and Capitol Hill. Add another. Heritage Distilling, lined up to open a new “tasting room, retail store and Cask Club” on the backside of Pike/Pine in the Central Agency building, is mirroring the effort with a NW Market St. doppelganger also planned to open later this year.

CHS included the Hill Heritage project on our roster of 20+ Capitol Hill bars and restaurants to look forward to in 2018 though its space has been partially overhauled and used as an events space since the Gig Harbor-based company took over the former sandwich shop space in the restored auto row-era building also home to Lark. Continue reading

Aged five years, Sun Liquor and OOLA are still pioneers of Capitol Hill spirits

Kirby Kallas-Lewis (Image: Alex Garland)

Kirby Kallas-Lewis (Image: Alex Garland)

In 2011, OOLA and Sun Liquor both fired up Capitol Hill’s first legal stills, launching the post-Prohibition era of neighborhood-made spirits. Five years later, the two businesses are growing, but while new coffee and beer production operations continue to open around Capitol Hill, new distilleries have not.

Huge startup expenses, navigating a restrictive legal framework, and high state taxes can be daunting barriers to entry despite the seemingly insatiable demand for craft cocktails and spirits.

“We keep trying to get parity with beer and wine,” said OOLA owner Kirby Kallas-Lewis. “A lot of people do their due diligence and they find out it’s not worth it.”

In 2008, the state legislature relented slightly by passing a craft distillery law, which made small batch distilling a viable business by lowering minimum production requirements. The state went from one distiller to over 100 by 2015. With few mentors in the local industry, Sun Liquor head distiller Erik Chapman said trial by fire was the primary learning tool.

“In five years we have learned so much, and most of it the old fashioned way. Everything from packaging issues, equipment failures, shipping disasters, flooding, you name it.” he said. “There’s no handbook for this business.” Continue reading

Kessler’s Sports Bar Trivia Night

Join us for our monthly Trivia Night at Kessler’s Sports Bar. Third Wednesday of every month at 8:00pm.

  • $3 per person
  • Teams 1-5 People
  • Winning team gets the CA$H pot.
  • Special prizes for Best Team Name and Last Place Team
  • Great drink specials as well. Killa B will be your host for the festivities.

Come early to get a good seat and an adult beverage. Bring cash for the entry fee and don’t forget that clever team name.

Come think & drink with us!

Hillside Bar Trivia Night

Join us for our monthly Trivia Night at The Hillside Bar. First Wednesday of every month at 8:00pm. For just the measly cost of $3 per person you can show off that big brain of yours. Teams of 1-4 people.

  • Winning team gets the CA$H pot.
  • Last place team wins a FREE pitcher of Olympia Beer.
  • Special prizes for Best Team Name and Funniest Wrong Answer
  • Great drink specials as well. Killa B will be your host for the festivities.

Come early to get a good seat. Bring cash for the entry fee and don’t forget that clever team name. Come think & drink with us!

 

 

Hillside Bar Trivia Night

Our monthly Trivia Night is back! Wednesday, July 1st at 8:00pm. $3 per person. Teams of 1-4 people. 1st place team wins the ca$h pot. Last place team wins a free pitcher of Olympia Beer. Special prizes for Best Team Name too.

Come early to get a good seat and a tasty adult beverage. Bring cash for the entry fee. Come Think & Drink with us.

Hillside Bar Trivia Night – 2nd Anniversary Celebration!

Please join us for our monthly Trivia Night at The Hillside Bar. Wednesday, June 3rd at 8:00pm. For just the measly cost of $3.00 per person you can show off that big brain of yours and put your smarts to good use. Teams from 1-4 people.

This month marks the 2nd Anniversary of Trivia Night at Hillside! We appreciate all the support our players have given us the past 2 years. In honor of the occasion, we will have extra prizes and surprises all night long.

• Winning team gets the CA$H pot.
• Last place team wins a FREE pitcher of Olympia Beer.
• Special prizes for Best Team Name.
• All trivia players will receive a raffle ticket good for a chance at winning a Gift
Certificate from either The Showbox or The Hillside Bar.
• Great drink specials and other surprises as well.

Come early to get a good seat. Bring cash for the entry fee and don’t forget that clever team name. Come think & drink with us and help us celebrate 2 great years of Hillside Bar Trivia Night.

Campfire BBQ Art and Music Series at Vermillion

Campfire BBQ will be starting a little early on Sunday to support three local Capitol Hill artists selling their paintings and jewelry in the front gallery. BBQ by Campfire will be served as well as delicious cocktails in the back bar. Our regular live music series begins at 6 pm so stick around for the live music featuring Ethan Anderson of Massy Ferguson, featuring Andrea Peterman and Justin Davis!

Hillside Bar Trivia Night

Join us for our monthly Trivia Night at The Hillside Bar. Wednesday, March 4th at 8:00pm. For just the measly cost of $3 per person you can show off that big brain of yours. Teams of 1-4 people. Winning team gets the ca$h pot. Last place team wins a free pitcher of Olympia Beer. Special prizes for Best team Name too. Great drink specials as well. Killa B will be your host for the festivities.

Come early to get a good seat. Bring cash for the entry fee and don’t forget that clever team name. Come think & drink with us!

Campfire Sunday BBQ & Live Music Series at Vermillion

Join Campfire as we celebrate making Eater Seattle’s list of Best BBQ in Seattle!

This week’s music will be provided by duo Ryan Purcell from The Last Round on guitar/vocals and his brother on slide guitar doing a blues/country set.

We will begin serving our delicious, slow and low BBQ at 4 pm and go until we sell out.

Music usually starts around 6:30/7 pm and the venue will be open until 10 pm.
There is no cover for this event and it is All Ages.