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Beer news: Elysian's new juniper brew, and a bittersweet beer event

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Occupational hazard: I love beer. Didn't used to, but that was in the dark days before Seattle mag's epic 24-page beer extravaganza, which could make a beerdo out of anyone. Neophyte that I am, I enjoy sidling up to Washington Beer Blog's Kendall Jones at beer events and asking him stupid questions, like I did last night at the Triple Door's big Elysian Brewing Company's brewlaunch of their new Triple Door Backstage Ale. Read more »

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Viaduct for Dummies: Japanese firm gets the contract to build the bore

*Updated 10/14 with new information (below)

Japanese firm Hitatchi Zosen signed a contract today to build the behemouth boring machine that will blaze the trail for the waterfront tunnel. Read cool details about this sci-fi creation here; then picture what $80 million gets you. My fave highlights from the always-fascinating DOT press release: Read more »

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Why we're psyched about the Seattle Center

Pleased as punch to be sprung from SoDo on this rare sunny day, Seattle mag staffers were treated to a tour of what's next for the 50-year-old Seattle Center. Read more »

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Viaduct for Dummies: Occupy the Viaduct

Say a tearful goodbye to the south end of this behemouth next Saturday

I was driving into Seattle mag's SoDo world HQ this morning, gazing up at the Viaduct in all its splendor, when it hit me with a jolt: A huge chunk of that hulking concrete leviathan that has framed my view of Elliot Bay since birth will cease to exist in less than two weeks.

Like many of my co-workers who work in the shadow of the thing, I've been in an agony of logistical contortions of late, getting ready for ViaPocolypse 2011. But it never occurred to me until today that the whole thing could be a big party.

To wit, this item from the DOT website: Read more »

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Craft Beer + Food Pairing: Miss the Event? Here's Your DIY Guide!

Yet another excellent use for Seattle magazine: beer coaster

It's not every job that requires an appreciation of beer—only the best jobs, like mine. For the past few months, while our team was whipping up the October "Best Beers" issue, there has been beer a-plenty 'round here: Beer tastings, beer research, beer history and plenty of beer-related strategy meetings, for which we were joined in our suffering by beer blogger extraordinaire Kendall Jones of the Washington Beer Blog. Read more »

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Sneak Peek: One of Seattle mag's Most Influential Wins a Genius Award

Shwetak Patel as shot for a feature in Seattle Biz

Hard at work on our November issue, we were putting the polishing touches on our annual "Most Influential People" list yesterday when we got the news that one of our picks, UW computer science professor Shwetak Patel, had just been named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow and awarded a $500,000 "Genius Award."

Influential, indeed. Read more »

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Is Seattle Safe for Bikes? Mayor Calls for 'Safety Summit'

Bike at the Pike Place Market

Last week's heartbreaking news of the accidental death of beloved Seattle barista Brian Fairbrother touched a lot of people, including many who work here at Seattle magazine. Within minutes of word of Fairbrother's terrible bike accident last week, two conversations happened here. Read more »

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Viaduct for Dummies: What's Fun About Shutting Down the Viaduct?

The old, not-fun way of looking at the Viaduct

There's been a lot of uneasy muttering here at SeaMag World Headquarters lately, ever since SDOT made it real and announced the dates of the first Viaduct-wrecking party (Oct. 21-31). Though we know it might one day try to kill us, several of us still insist upon using the thing to get to and from work every day, and the prospect of our impending commute-doom is just too horrible to ponder. But ponder it, we must. Read more »

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Beer Me! It's Just Work, Work, Work at Seattle Mag Headquarters

Beer! Cheese!
It's been hard to concentrate around here lately.

The serene gorgeousness of this photo (thanks, Hayley!) belies the lunacy of the scene the past few weeks here at Seattle mag World Headquarters. In the name of research, your hard-working editors have sampled dozens of local craft beers of late, and then actually eaten the cheese that goes with them. Brings a tear to my eye just to think of it. Imagine: A nibble of nutty Gouda, followed by a sip of brown ale. A blob of goat cheese chased by a swill of porter. A giant wedge of Beecher's cheddar washed down with a citrussy IPA.  Read more »

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The Weekend Must List: No Depression Night, Brave Horse Tavern's Pretzels and Letterpress Wayzgoose

School of Visual Concept's annual steamroller wayzgoose
A smashing good time will be had by all this Saturday at SVC's steamroller wwayzgoose

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Letterpress Wayzgoose
Saturday (8/27)
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