Aloha from “Sunny” Seattle!

by Mel Galarneau on April 6, 2011 | (1) Comment |

Some of you may have heard that I, Lady Lush, have made the questionable decision to leave my comfort zone in Hawaii nei and thrust myself into the dismal grunge and grime we call Seattle. That sounds more negative that it should. I am happy to experience something new and different, albeit a little colder and wetter. But honestly, what isn’t cold and wet when compared to Hawaii?

New Roomies

My new roomies. As you can see, I

While this may have been a strange move weather-wise, it has turned out to be a gloriously strategic move drinking-wise. Leaving an island broadens your drinking options exponentially. The Pacific Northwest is one of the most influential and evolutionary areas for craft beer brewing. Approximately 90% of the nation’s hops are grown in Oregon and Washington. And if you know me, you know that my elixir of choice is the sweet nectar born from the marriage of hops, barley, and yeast—beer. You may also know that I dabble in the fine art of the brew. With that in mind, I’m pretty happy with my current situation. Bragging aside, Seattle is not without its pitfalls. A few that I have discovered so far include:


  • The weather, obviously.
  • Pretentious hipsters. Actually this hasn’t been a problem so far, but I’m anticipating it.
  • No 40-oz bottles of malt liquor, and thus, no Compton Cocktails (cue the depression).

Regardless of these crippling discoveries, Seattle has a formative drinking community and a plethora of strong points.  A few include:

  • My new roommates. A bit messy, but all sweethearts. They have done so much to make me feel welcome, help me learn the lay of the land, and show me where the good bars are.
  • Manny's

    Yes, it is darn tasty.

  • Cheap, good beer. Say bye-bye to Bud Light and Heineken as the “cheap” options at a bar.  Here, there are plenty of good deals.  One of my favorite options is a beer called Manny’s Pale Ale.  Their motto is “Darn Tasty Beer” and you know what?  They don’t lie.
  • Capitol Hill and all of it’s bars within stone-throwing distance.  So many bars, so many themes, so many hipsters.  What’s not to love?

I’ll end on a nostalgic note.  It’s only been two weeks so there is still a lot lacking while I explore Seattle further.  Here are a five things I don’t think will ever compare to Hawaii’s drinking scene.

  • Purchasing liquor in grocery and drug stores. How convenient to be able to acquire all of your shopping needs in one place. Apparently Seattle doesn’t like convenience. They prefer puritanical drinking laws.
  • beer on beach

    PBR to Seattle is like Heineken to Hawaii

  • Drinking a cold refreshing drink on the beach. Quite possibly one of the most wonderful activities in the world. Cold drinks, good friends, warm sand, and blue waters. Sigh…
  • Kona Brewing Company. There are lots of brew pubs in Seattle, but none as pono and cheehoo-tastic as KBC.
  • Chinatown and Hotel Street. I miss this mecca of late-night action. This is truly the place where everyone knows my name and I am nervous and excited to have to start all over again. This is also another example of how much Hawaii values convenience. Almost every business space on the block of hotel street is a bar.

And last but not least,

  • Drinking with the Drink with Aloha crew. My god do I miss these rad people! I have yet to find any group that can compare to this enthusiastic, fun, and dedicated collection of characters (roomies running a close second). I have learned so much from them and enjoyed many a good drink (sometimes too many) in their company.  I am so lucky to call these gentlepeople friends and I hope to continue working with them via Drink with Aloha.

So as always I will drink with aloha, no matter my current living situation; and I will definitely show these Seattleites how we do in the Aloha state.

One response to “Aloha from “Sunny” Seattle!”

  1. You used ‘pono’ and ‘cheehoo-tastic’ in the same sentence. You are my hero.

    We miss you!