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What Makes Pizza and Beer So Good?

Few things have stood the test of time as well as pizza and beer. Not since maybe peanut butter and jelly have we seen a pairing that’s accomplished so much and received so much acclaim. You can enjoy either one on it’s own and it’ll be great, but when they come together you know your taste buds are about to experience total euphoria. What makes these two so good together? We have some theories.

Two Good Things Make a Right

Two wrongs don’t necessarily make a right, but two delicious things do make something even better than themselves. They key is to not skimp on the quality with either element. Sure, you can buy a 24 pack of a generic lager and get a chain-restaurant pizza delivered to your door without spending too much cash, but you’re missing out on the true potential of what pizza and beer can offer. Upgrade to a local craft beer and some artizan zaw and a whole new world will be opened to you.

A Real Crowd Pleaser

If you’re throwing a party or stopping by the bar to catch up with friends, you need the right setting to get people comfortable. Nothing says “Let’s hang out” better than an ice cold beer straight from the tap and a slice of zesty pizza. It’s become such a universal setup for bonding that you can almost never go wrong. It’s the perfect setting for a laidback atmosphere, making for the least pretentious outing you can have.

Find Your Right Pairing

With the wide spectrum of beers and types of pizza out there, everyone can cater the experience to their own taste as well. Not just that, but you can even enhance your experience by finding complementing beers and pizzas. Every Wednesday, Blasphemy Pizza comes through Easy Monkey and offers up a selection of pies for guests to buy and try. With our extensive local tap list, you have the opportunity to make some really exciting pairings. For their Maximillian (pepperoni, red sauce, mozzarella), we recommend going with Two Beers Brewing’s’ Sodo Brown to highlight the inherent spiciness of the pepperoni. For something meatier like the Vacation Hold (house made sausage, charred walla walla onions), go with something bold like Georgetown Brewing’s Lucille IPA. If you’re a cheese lover, you can go wrong with the Walter (ricotta, parmesan, romano, chive blossom) with Hellbent’s Hops & Oats Pale.

No matter what your pair it with, it’s hard to find a losing combination when it comes to pizza and beer. Feeling a craving coming on? Make sure to stop through Easy Monkey next Wednesday and get your pizza on. Bring some friends and we’ll have the brews ready.

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Yes, There are Benefits to Drinking Wine!

When people are looking to make healthy lifestyle choices, they’ll often take up a hobby like running or start eating more fruits and vegetables. Those are all great and worthwhile pursuits, but have you tried just pouring yourself a glass of wine? Yes, you heard that right. Along with  being delicious and being a great way to unwind at the end of the day, wine actually has benefits for your health. Obviously, this is all within moderation – drinking a whole bottle is just going to give you the worst hangover of your life. Let’s take a look a closer look at the benefits of adding a glass of wine into your routine.

Wine Helps Your Heart

Want to reduce your risk of heart disease or a heart attack? A glass of red wine can help. Researchers have noticed that people who tread lightly with the routine glass of wine have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. The phenols in wine help push out bad cholesterol, clearing up your arteries and preventing them from becoming damaged. Thanks Merlot!  

Wine Helps Your Brain

While the research is still coming in, there’s been evidence pointing to wine helping prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Without getting too technical, the prevailing theory is that the metabolites wine leaves behind in your body can help protect dying brain cells. With just a glass of wine, you can help keep your brain sharp. Why not stimulate your mind even more by drinking a glass while listening to some great blues music or while reading a book?

Wine Helps Your Bones

Wine isn’t like a protein shake that’s gonna buff you up, but it can add more strength to your bones! Studies have continually found that wine helps decrease bone loss. This is especially great for older wine drinkers who are more at risk of brittle bones and is especially great for women baby boomers. Your mom always told you to drink milk to strengthen your bones. Now doctors are saying wine can do the same for you. Growing up isn’t so bad, is it?

Ready to drink up for your health? Easy Monkey Taphouse has a great selection of Sozo wines. Not only will you be doing some good for yourself, but each glass of Sozo wine sends funds toward helping feed and educate people in need. Grab a glass, kick back, and let the benefits of your drink sink in. No doctor’s note required.

 

 

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A Summer Saturday in Seattle

Seattle summers are unlike anything else. After drudging through months of rain and grey skies, we’re treated to some of the most beautiful weather and views. Who doesn’t get tired of seeing the Olympic Mountains off in the distance or the lush, vibrant evergreen trees glimmering in the sun? There’s so much to take advantage of in the city that it can be a little overwhelming deciding what to do with your weekend. Here are some suggestions on how to have the perfect, summer Seattle Saturday.

Iced Coffee in the Morning

Just because the weather changes, doesn’t mean that Seattle does too. Seattle is very much a coffee city, but sometimes a piping cup of joe is a little too much when the weather’s nice and warm. Start your day off with a cold brew or iced coffee from your favorite cafe. You’re gonna need the energy to take advantage of everything the Emerald City has to offer for the rest of the day.

Biking or Walking Around Greenlake

With coffee in hand, why not go out for a nice stroll? Seattle is home to so many wonderful parks and scenic views, but Greenlake is a popular destination whenever the sun comes out. You can move at a leisurely pace and take in the view or you can hop on your bike for a brisk ride.

Get Out on the Water

Whether you’re getting on a boat, paddle boarding, or just going out for a swim, you’ll want to take advantage of the water during the heat. We’re lucky enough to live with Lake Washington, streams, and peninsulas all within our line of sight.

Go to a Mariner’s Game

Being a Mariners fan is a labor of love. Whether they’re doing well or not, there’s nothing quite like spending an afternoon at Safeco Field. The smell of fresh cut grass mingling with garlic fries is intoxicating for locals.

Finish Off the Day with a Pint at Easy Monkey

Assuming you’ve done all of these things, you’ve definitely earned to take a load off. Why not cap off your day with a pint from a local brewery? Stop in at Easy Monkey Taphouse and we’ll set you up with the perfect summer beer to match your perfect summer day – we have some great suggestions, too. Every Saturday night we have local blues musicians come in for live entertainment. A cold beer in your hand, blues in your ears, and Northwestern sunset is hard to beat.

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Best Seattle Beers for Summer

This past winter in Seattle was one of the greyest and dreariest on record with just three sunny days between between October and March. What’s a lousy time for weather is great for breaking out your stouts and porters while you stay cozy indoors.

But now, finally, the sun has returned to the Northwest. Seattle summers are stunning – the whole city seems motivated to get outside, grill, and embrace all the Vitamin D we can get. The only thing missing from these scenarios are the perfect beer to match. Thankfully, local breweries have you covered and we’ve got them on tap at Easy Monkey. Here are a few different beers for summer we suggest to break out as we head into the summer and put some “hops” in your step.

Big E Ales’ Summer Haze

As the name implies, Big E Ales’ Summer Haze is the perfect brew for the season. This light, wheat ale is a brisk and refreshing drink. Throw in a orange slice to bring out the citrus flavor, taking it from smooth and invigorating to fun and exciting.

Dirty Bucket’s Dirty Blonde

=We’ve previously heralded blondes as a great way to get new beer drinkers into beer, with their light and not-so-intimidating flavor. But blondes offer even more than just an introduction to other beers. Dirty Bucket’s Dirty Blonde is a summer favorite. The crisp flavor with the handcrafted oat finish just tastes like a day at the lake or kicking back on the back patio.

Two Beers’ Pilchuck Pilsner

The key to a great summer beer is not picking something too heavy. Some beers, like porters, can help warm you up. But when it’s already hot out, you want something that’s going to quench your thirst and not weigh you down. Pilsners are great for this and Two Beers Brewing Company’s Pilchuck Pilsner is no exception. The Pilchuck has a little bit more hops than your typical pilsner, but that’s also part of it’s appeal. It gives you a little kick without losing that sensation that makes you go “ahh!” after the first sip.

Big E Ales’ Blackberry Ale

When you think summer flavors, you’re likely thinking of something fruity or sweet. It’s such a vibrant time of year that you want something to match the mood. The Blackberry Ale by Big E Ales is a fun and festive treat for your tastebuds. It’s a bit darker than most of the other beers you’d typically reach for in the summer, but the berry flavor brings it down to a happy medium. We suggest pairing this one with one of our hummus and veggie plates and a trademark Northwestern sunset.

Is your mouth watering yet? Come down to the Easy Monkey Taphouse and try a pint for yourself! When the heat gets to be too much, swing by on any given Thursday night at 7 for our pub trivia night with Billy Clinton. We’ll keep the air conditioning going and the cold beers coming. See you here soon.

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Guide: Top Breweries in Seattle

With the vast number of breweries that have sprung up in Seattle, it is a daunting task to remember them all. Last year alone, Seattle had nearly sixty breweries inside their city limits. So with so many to choose from… where do you start ?

Here are a few of our favorites and hopefully after you try some of their crafted brews they will become favorites of yours as well.

Georgetown Brewing Company
Georgetown Brewing Company is a great beer company made up of  hard working down to earth team that takes pride in their craft. The establishment is a pretty no frills place, but let’s be honest: they make good beer and that’s why their Manny’s unfiltered Pale Ale is one of the most popular drinks in the state. Come in and have a taste where the drink is made, and maybe buy a growler or two for home. If you want to sit down and be social, we suggest you  just come on by the Easy Monkey and we will be glad to pour you a pint.

Big E Ales
Big E Ales environment is the complete opposite of Georgetown Brewing company. With a unique and welcoming atmosphere that makes you feel at home, Big E Ales have been in production for just over ten years now and has transformed itself from a small brewery to a cozy cedar planked pub with a reuben that is something not to be missed. Located in Lynnwood, the mindset at Big E Ales is that they make more than just beer. They make lasting bonds of friendship for from all walks of life.

Two Beers Brewing Company
Two Beers Brewing might be a newcomer on the block, but they have a unique outlook on the world and the beer business that is hard pressed to be beat. Their philosophy is “life is more honest after two beers”. Two Beers offers up a very diverse selection of crafted drinks, offering several canned selections a shockingly delicious cold brew coffee brown, a bold creation in a town full of some serious coffee lovers. Two Beers Brewing also offers special tap room only selections. Two Beers Brewing’s Tasting room is known as “The Woods”, where you can take in samples of their brew as well as enjoy watching their next batch being made. Best of all while you take in the show you can bring your favorite furry friend along, because Two Beers Brewing company is Dog Friendly.

We’re proud to have selections from each of these breweries on our menu. If you are curious about other great breweries let us know.