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Beer & Diversity

It’s Saturday night, and you’re looking for some fun and excitement. Or maybe some nice, relaxing conversation. Picture the scene: You’re sitting at Easy Monkey’s bar, looking at the wide array of interesting beers, ciders, and wines they have to offer, wondering what to order, when you see some potential new friends walk in, each as uniquely different from each other as they are from you. But, as they say, “variety is the spice of life,” so you decide to introduce yourself.

The first person, a guy in his mid-30s, strikes you as someone who may have been the high school quarterback, the most popular guy in school. He seems to be a nice kind of a dude, with hints of sweet, bitter, and a bit of a kick to his personality. He orders a lager – the Pilchuck Pilsner, actually – and you’re hit with a hint of that order being absolutely perfect for him. It’s crisp, refreshing, smooth, and, coincidentally enough, the most popular type of beer in the world.

Next, a bold, dark-headed bombshell walks up to the bar in her four-inch stilettos and bodycon mini dress to order the Sozo Contribute Cabernet. Honestly, she looks a bit familiar, so you ask her if she’s from here, and she says she was born and raised in Yakima, so it’s pretty close, but then she spent some years traveling around Europe, and even lived in France for a couple of years, so she’s been a bit of everywhere. Maybe you went to school together. The bartender then tells you both that the glass of wine she just ordered has a similar history: The grapes were grown in the Yakima and Columbia Valleys and the Wahluke slope; the wine was aged in French and American oak barrels and then blended with Merlot and Malbec before it was bottled.

Shaking off the feeling that this is all an elaborate set up to illustrate that people choose their alcohols like they choose their pets (i.e., they choose something that looks or feels like themselves, to match their own personalities), you meet another guy who reminds you a bit of that English guy who has written and starred in all those dark and dry comedies over the past decade. He’s dark, dry, witty – and maybe that’s why you aren’t the least surprised when he orders the Salish Sea Brewing Company’s Prior Porter, with its multifaceted, deep, rich brown colors and garnet highlights. When he finishes, he says, “I just come in every once in a while to save the world from beer overpopulation. It’s a real concern, a true threat.”

The fourth and final person approaches, and as she does, she confirms what you’ve known all along, that we really are what we eat (and drink): She says, “I’m like this wheat beer – light, easygoing, soft of character, a little mysterious, with sometimes a bit of a kick.” With that, you realize that all of these drinks, and all of these people, represent such a wide array of the things the world has to offer, and when it comes down to it, you don’t need to pick just one – you’re free to sample all of the diverse and interesting things in the world, people and alcohol are just two of those things. Why not come to Easy Monkey to try something new? Expand your horizons, make new friends, experience new things. We look forward to seeing you.

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It’s That Time of Year Again – What Are You Getting Dad for Father’s Day?

Attention: Father’s Day is right around the corner! With everyone graduating this time of year, dads tend to go largely ignored… but maybe there’s a reason for that? Dads are usually easier to please.

Yes, there are always those outliers, but most dads don’t want a big deal made of the occasion; because of this, many people have trouble buying gifts for their husbands and fathers. Here’s the good news: We’re here to help you find the perfect thing, and the icing on the cake is that you’ll probably enjoy it, too.

Idea #1: A night out with friends at Easy Monkey

When you’re trying to figure out what the dads on your list might enjoy the most, you could always do a barbecue at home… Or you could let Dad relax away from any and all responsibilities, like tending the grill and making sure everything is cooked to perfection. But how? Gift Dad a night out at Easy Monkey with friends and/or family! (By the way, this is a perfect idea for Dad’s birthday and Christmas, too! Or, you know… a Thursday.)

What’s better than a night on the town with friends? Well, if your dad likes being around people in a social setting, not much, but if you’re shopping for a dad who isn’t much of a social butterfly, maybe you should consider our next idea.

Idea #2: A night out alone at Easy Monkey

If your dad prefers drinking his adult beverage without the familiar sounds of family conversation, maybe you should take him out for a one-on-one night at Easy Monkey. A night out spending quality time with one or two loved ones can work wonders for relationships and relaxation for everyone involved. Plus, if you come on one of the nights we have live music, you’ll get to enjoy that as well, whether it’s your focus or just in the background while you have deep, meaningful conversations.

(Note: This is also a fantastic idea for when Dad’s celebrating a promotion or his son winning, losing, or simply finishing playing a softball game.)

Idea #3: A night in with a movie and a growler from Easy Monkey

If you really want to treat Dad to a special night of his own choosing, let him pick his favorite on-tap beer and fill a growler to take home so you can take it home to enjoy a movie or a game night with a chosen group of friends. Take it up a notch with more than one growler – that way, Dad will be able to enjoy different kinds of beers, just as you would at the tap house.

(Tip: This is a fun way to mark the weekend or blow off steam after a long, stressful week at work.)

Idea #4: An Easy Monkey Gift Card!

If you can’t convince Dad to go out or decide on a growler, a gift card may be your best choice; with a gift card, Dad can choose when to go, who he wants to join him, and he can try anything he wants – beer, wine, food, or a combination of any and all of the above! Whatever he picks, he will certainly have a good time. Celebrate Dad the right way this year; don’t get him a tie.

 

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Our Favorite Reasons/Excuses to Have a Beer

A nice, cold, refreshing beer… is there anything more satisfying? Aside from being the best treat or way to unwind after a long day, or at your favorite pub, there are more benefits that you may not have even considered. If you think beer and ale are just guilty indulgences, here are some of the finer qualities of beer that will make you feel a lot less guilty next time you stop in for some classic pub fare.

It Can Benefit Your Bones

Most beers contain silicon, which boosts bone health. Women will especially benefit from this, as women are more likely than men to suffer the effects of the loss of bone density. Studies have shown that women who consumed a moderate amount of beer had better bone density than women who didn’t.

A Beer a Day Keeps Kidney Stones Away?

Beer can helps keep your kidneys healthy! According to one 2013 study, beer can helps reduce your risk of developing kidney stones.

Beer Helps Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease is a big problem for many Americans, and a leading killer of women, but did you know that the incidence of heart disease is lower for those who consume some (but not too much) alcohol? For men, that means no more than two drinks, and for women, that means no more than one a day.

Hops Helps With a Diabetes, Cholesterol, and More

If you’re a fan of IPAs, drink up! That crucial ingredient prevalent in IPAs (hops) is key in treating diseases and ailments such as diabetes, arthritis, and insomnia; furthermore, it may help lower cholesterol and boost your immune system! Talk about benefits! Drinking beer (especially those types with more hops) can help reduce your lifetime risk for developing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other degenerative brain conditions. Furthermore, drinking beer can help unlock your creativity, making it easier for you to think, produce, and partake more completely in creative endeavors.

Beer Hydrates Your Body

Did you know that the carbonation in beer allows your body to more quickly and easily soak up the water in it? That means that contrary to what you’ve been told, beer may hydrate you better than plain old water. So if your favorite place to meet after a refreshing walk, run, bike, or hike is Easy Monkey Taphouse, you can rest easy and feel good about cooling off and relaxing with your favorite beer, knowing that it will hydrate you well.

It Increases Blood Flow to Your Brain

Finally, beer allows you to relax. After a long day, drinking a beer opens your blood vessels, which lets more blood flow all over your body, but it has a marked positive impact on your brain. As long as you don’t consume too much too frequently, you’ll be able to experience the benefits of this wonderful beverage.

The next time you have a beer (or get a growler to take home), remember that it’s not just a delicious way to relax and unwind from work, stress, and physical activity – there are many mental and physical health benefits with responsible consumption, so cheers to your overall health.

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Perfect Beers for a Rainy Day

When the temperatures start dropping and the snow and rain start falling, you start looking for ways to get warm and keep cozy. The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but when you realize cold weather is the perfect time to enjoy your favorite full-bodied stout or smooth brown ale, it makes a long, cold winter that much easier to face.

With a sophisticated depth and complexity not offered by many other beers, stout warms you from the inside out. IPAs might be all the rage amongst the in-crowd these days, but for those chilly winter months, there’s nothing to rival the uniquely roasted flavors and warmth that comes with a silky, creamy stout.

Stout: More Than Guinness

Originating in the early 18th century, stouts were defined as very strong porters, and even called “stout porters.” Perhaps the image conjured up most often when you think of a stout beer is a glass of Guinness, the smooth and dark Irish stout. Today, there are a handful of unique varieties of stout, including:

  • Oatmeal Stout
    Brewed with oatmeal (hence the name), this variety of stout tends to be a bit smoother, a bit sweeter, and has a more full-bodied flavor. You might find instances where a brewery allows these beers to ferment in bourbon or whiskey barrels, which gives them an even more unique flair.

  • Milk Stout
    You might guess from its name (and you’d be right) that this is a sweeter beer, thanks to its residual unfermented sugars left over from the milk, but it retains the roasted flavor beautifully.

  • Imperial Stout
    Loaded with hops, and with an incredibly strong with ABV of 8+%, this variety can have bitter or fruity flavors. Originally brewed for the Russian court of Catherine II, it’s sometimes referred to as “Russian Imperial Stout.”

  • Irish Stout
    With a much lower alcohol content than most other types of stouts (usually less than 6%), these are lighter, and easier to drink while still maintaining the classic roasted flavor. Popular varieties of Irish stout include Murphy’s, Beamish, and of course, Guinness.

Relax, and let the Beer Flow!

Whatever your particular flavor preference, you’ll be sure to find a stout or dark ale to suit your palate. There’s a stout out there for everyone: chocolate, coffee, and fruit-infused. With a range of light and darker beers currently on tap at Easy Monkey Taphouse, you’ll find something perfect for this time of the year.