To row single-handedly from Poulsbo on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State to Seattle in a small rowboat requires propelling some 16 nautical miles through a major transportation waterway teeming with ferries, Alaskan- bound cruise ships, container vessels and recreational boaters. It also demands navigation of the Ballard Locks, two gates that connect fresh and salt water and even out the 20- foot difference in elevation between them.
It had long been the goal of Dave Lambert, Poulsbo’s kilt-wearing brewmaster and owner of the Slippery Pig Brewery, to deliver a keg of beer “the old-fashioned way.” His Norwegian ancestors had settled in the Poulsbo area in 1882, five generations before when the family’s human-powered boats plied the waterway between the frontier of the forested peninsula and growing city of Seattle to sell eggs. Inspired by their perseverance, it took Lambert seven hours to make the solo trip in a fiberglass rowboat named the Watery Tart and, of course, he rowed clad in his kilt. To read more click here.
I’m jet lagged from my recent trip to Belarus but still, I was certain my foggy brain was not hallucinating on my AM stroll today to the Farmers Market. There seemed to be a lot of German kleidung on the streets of Norwegian Poulsbo this morning. Women (and a few men) in dirndl dresses. Men (and a few women) in lederhosen. Some Vikings in fur tunics. Lots of blue and green Seahawks gear. And everyone was running…..or at least loping…..at the very least walking with purpose. It turns out it was all for beer and the local food bank.
Poulsbo’s growing brewpub scene has been sponsoring The Poulsbo Beer Run since 2013. It began as a March St Patrick’s Day celebration – a 4.87 miles run in your best St. Paddys green attire through the streets of Poulsbo stopping at four brewpubs/bars downing a beer at each. In 2014 the sponsors held a run for breast cancer with runners and brewpub staff dressed in pink.
This year the run is kicking off Oktoberfest. There are five stops including the new Rainy Daze Brewpub which took over the old facility of Sound Brewery who moved into a nearby former school building. See my blog post about the move here. Envy Bar and Grill is pouring Silverdale’s Silver City beers. Stops from the previous runs also include Slippery Pig Brewery and Valholl Brewing.
The run includes a food drive for Poulsbo’s Fishline foodbank. It began at 8:55 am. Five stops. Five 10 ounce beer pours. Lots of suspenders and knee socks, a few participants who apparently didn’t read the rules about Oktoberfest beer gear, a lot of surprised Farmers Market shoppers and a beautiful autumn day. Let Oktoberfest begin! Probst everyone!