Friday, October 29, 2010

The Big Memphis

I had one for lunch today...

I feel kind of like I did something naughty and am sort of ashamed...

I think I might want to do it again...

You should really try one...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Beer Trek 2010

Come see us at Beer Trek 2010 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.  We will be pouring our infamous Rum Soaked Jolly Roger and an Islander Pale that I am told will be hopped " A LOT! "  Come see us if you can...

Click the pic for more info...

It's No Joke... New Lunch Menu Starts Today

You are not going to believe this one, and NO, we aren't kidding. 

Click on the man and scroll down to lunch and read about the "Big Memphis."

Then come on down and order one.

I dare you...

It's That Time Of Year Again!

Oh... Jolly, Jolly Jolly... How we love you and loath you. (Most people love it but those of us trying to make it and make ENOUGH of it sometimes take a different view, but we mostly love it too.)

So the 2010 Jolly Roger Christmas Ale is in the stores now and production is in full swing.  Most of you might remember we got off to a rocky start last year what with the move to the new brewery and all.  Rumors were flying around about why we were so late in getting it out, and there were some real winners.  It's amazing what your local grocery store beer manager tells you he heard "from someone" about why your beer isn't out yet.  The honest truth is we didn't brew it until the day after Thanksgiving.  It was the very FIRST BEER BREWED on the new system (like, as in, no test brews or anything) and you know what?  You drank it and we got good feedback about it.  I kept telling people that the label says "Christmas Ale" on it, so that was our deadline.  If we got it out by Christmas we were good.  And we did.  Besides, it gets a little ridiculous when the "Winter" beers start rolling out in the middle of September.  Summer's hardly gone and we need to hold on to those memories as long as we can. 

We have already bottled 2300 cases of Jolly so far this year.  Last year we only got off 1600, which was WAY below normal.  The goal was 2000 before Halloween and we met that and then some.  The guys are down in the bottling room as I write this knocking out another 200 today, 300 tomorrow, and 900 next week!

Jolly kegs should start rolling out to bars and restaurants around town the week of November 15th (IF everything goes according to plan.  I can never promise anything these days...)

Hope you all like this years offering.

Enough rambling, okay?  On to the good stuff...

The Fred Meyer in Ballard and the Ballard Market both have Jolly for sure.

This Friday, October 29th, we will be selling Jolly at the Taproom.  We will release only 25 cases this weekend, so if you want to get it at the source, you better hurry. (Don't worry, though.  There will be more coming.  It's just that we still need to fill the distributor pipeline.)

What you need to know:

$8.99 / 6-Pack
$34.96 / Case
2 Case Maximum Per Customer (got to spread the love, you know)


Friday, October 22, 2010

Scenes from the Pumpkin Carving

Well, the first (annual???) Jolly Roger Pumpkin Carving contest is past us.  A packed house drank lots of Cask Jolly Roger (I said you didn't want to miss this one!) and carved some wonderful pumpkins.

Fortunately, everyone left with all of their fingers and no band-aids needed to be called into action.  Nice Work!  Three lucky carvers even left with some nice gifts.  Here are the three top pumpkins chosen by the drunken masses last night... (note: the actual top voted pumpkin was carved by one of our wonderful servers and was unfortunately disqualified from receiving a prize.)
Third Place

Second Place

And the Grand Prize went to...
First Place!

Thanks to everyone who came down and made this night a roaring success.  Hopefully we can do it again next year. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rumors are ugly...

Rumors about Jolly can be pretty interesting sometimes.  Last years delay in production led to some real winners....rusty tanks, bad batches, brewing at the old brewery, buying beer back from stores, etc...

We're making up for it this year though.  There are already over 1500 cases bottled and ready to ship and there is also one rumor that may be true, regarding a special firkin of 2010 (i.e. this years) Jolly being tapped at 6pm for our pumpkin carving contest.  Tonight.  Get down there quick cause there's no telling how long this one will last.

You have less than an hour!  GO

New Dinner Menu Starts Today

Octoberfest is leaving us for another year.  Hope you got down to try some of the tasty dishes from that menu.  Starting today, Thursday, we roll out a new Fall menu that features some favorites from the past returning for your enjoyment.  You will find these under the "Dinner List Favorites" heading on the regular menu.  Click HERE to jump to the menu and check it out.

P.S.  Look for a new lunch menu rolling out sometime next week.  Can't wait to see what Dave comes up with next...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Few New Specials...

We have made a small change to our menu recently...

We no longer have a "Special's" menu but we do have a few items which will rotate periodically that are not part of the regular menu.  Currently we have a "Lil' Cincinnati Style Chili Slider" and a dessert special, both of which you can read about HERE.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Are those our ONION RINGS?.....Thank you Seattle Weekly!

Much thanks to the Seattle Weekly food blog Voracious for picking our "Smokers" as the best Onion Rings in Seattle.  Click on the picture of the lovely beauties to see the whole story...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


The Jolly Roger Taproom Presents
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Join Us Thursday October 21st
6 PM - 9 PM
Cheer on your favorite carver!
$1.00 Off Pints For Carvers!!
Judging @ 9:00 PM
by your fellow carvers and Jolly Roger audience.
Carvers should bring their own carving tools.
We'll supply Pumpkins and Band Aids.
All pumpkins will be proudly displayed at The Jolly Roger Taproom through Halloween.

Come down now and sign up for the fun!!!

Oktoberfest Coming To A Close...

If you've been digging the Oktoberfest offerings at The Jolly Roger Taproom, you better get on in and get your fill because it will be going away soon (like in the next two weeks.)  We will be phasing in a new dinner menu next week and a new lunch menu the week after next.  So come get your schnitzel and brats before they are gone for another year...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Reminder about service changes (Monday, October 11th)!!!

Don't forget that there are a few changes going into effect today that will affect some of the times you can order certain foods.  The changes will now be on the menu page or you can read about them in this post:

or this post

Monday, October 4, 2010


Please note that the Happy Hour is slightly shorter.  It will now run from 3 till 6 Monday through Friday.  Sorry for any inconvenience...

On a better note, there is a new happy hour menu.  Click HERE to check it out...


It's really not such a drastic change, but we will be changing our opening hours and the times that some of our menus are run.  Beginning next Monday, October 11, The Jolly Roger Taproom will open for lunch at 11:30 am.  The menus will be availabe as follows (this info will be on the menu page once it goes into effect):

Chef's List
Monday - Wednesday     11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday     11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday     11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday     12 noon - 9:00 pm

Monday - Saturday     11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday     12 noon - 3:00 pm

Sunday - Wednesday     5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday     5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Happy Hour
Monday - Friday     3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sorry for the lack of posts...

We've been shorthanded in the brewery this week so there has been little time for blog updating.  Just a few friendly reminders...

This weekend (Friday and Saturday) is the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival.  Head down Friday night to taste some very special Bosun's Black Cask (aged with Port infused oak chips) and meet Corey the Brewer.   We'll also be pouring Dry-Hopped Islander Pale, Double Dry-Hopped Imperial IPA, and Old Seattle Lager (Seattle's NEW Original Lager.)  Check the post below to get more info... 

Also, you better hurry down to get your Windfest!  There are only a few kegs left, so it will probably be gone by the middle of October, if not sooner.

That's all for now.  Have a wonderful weekend and as always...