Cheers! Downtown Issaquah wine celebration returns

January 29, 2013

Revelers can sip, snack and shop as the Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk series returns.

The popular winter and springtime event launched last February to attract people to downtown merchants even as the weather turns gray and soggy. Organized by the Downtown Issaquah Association, merchants host musicians, and offer sips from Washington vintners and hors d’oeuvres, during the monthly event that launches Feb. 1.

Though the event is designed to appeal to oenophiles — the 1-ounce wine pours remain limited to the 21-and-older crowd — creativity is showcased in arts-focused downtown, too. Highlights at the opening event include demonstrations by master glass blower Lenoard Whitfield at artbyfire and artEAST’s latest exhibit, “Stitch,” at UP Front Gallery.

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Rogue Ales unveils Roe Ale for Salmon Days

October 2, 2012

Cheers to Salmon Days.

Sample a taste of Salmon Days at the Issaquah Brewhouse, as Rogue Ales rolls out Roe Ale for the fall festival.

Roe Ale is the downtown Issaquah brewery’s sixth custom bottle produced for the Salmon Days Festival. The brew includes ingredients from throughout the Pacific Northwest and is available in 22-ounce bottles during the festival at the brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

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Volunteers needed to report spawning kokanee salmon

August 28, 2012

The Kokanee Work Group needs volunteers to report spawning kokanee salmon this fall in creeks feeding Lake Sammamish.

Volunteers will be asked to survey creek sections once a week during the 2012-13 spawning season from October through January. Trout Unlimited of Bellevue-Issaquah is registering volunteers wishing to participate.

Fish biologist Hans Berge will make a presentation at a public meeting of Trout Unlimited at the Issaquah Brewhouse at 7 p.m. Sept. 12. He will discuss plans and actions to restore the threatened kokanee population in Lake Sammamish.

He will also be available to answer questions about counting spawners and the training to be offered in late September.

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Monthly open-mic night invites performers to Issaquah Brewhouse

April 10, 2012

Join the city Arts Commission for Poetry & Prose on Tap, a monthly open-mic series.

The program is open to all ages and abilities. Organizers encourage participants to share poetry, stories and more.

The next Poetry & Prose on Tap is April 17. Participants can start signing in for the free event at 6:30 p.m. at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. The open-mic portion starts at 7 p.m.

The brewhouse is open to patrons younger than 21, and organizers hope to attract a crowd diverse in age.

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Event benefits Space Needle Space Race semifinalist

March 13, 2012

Issaquah Brewhouse customers can help a local man blast off on a suborbital flight — and fulfill a childhood dream.

The downtown pub is hosting a public event at 5 p.m. March 15 to support Issaquah resident Saurabh Saxena, a semifinalist in the Space Needle Space Race 2012 — a contest to launch a civilian on a suborbital flight. The software programmer is among 20 contenders in the contest.

The brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way, plans to set up computers for patrons to cast Facebook votes for Saxena, who plans to make a short speech at the event.

Watch Saxena’s Space Needle Space Race 2012 entry video and vote at the Space Needle’s Facebook page, The voting is open until March 18.

Executives from the Space Needle and Space Adventures, a Virginia-based space tourism outfit, partnered to offer the contest to celebrate the structure’s anniversary.

Saxena dreamed of space travel as a boy growing up in India.

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Issaquah Arts Commission’s open mic night celebrates written word

February 28, 2012

Nancy Talley, a Providence Point resident, reads one of her poems at the Issaquah Brewhouse. By Greg Farrar

A flier for the evening promised “poetry, prose and other ponderings.”

Open mic nights of the Issaquah Arts Commission are the third Tuesday of each month at the Issaquah Brewhouse on Sunset Way.

The evenings are now dubbed “Poetry and Prose on Tap.”

“We had a lot of fun and a lot of people,” Joan Probala, commission chairwoman, said of the open mic events that were formerly held at Vino Bella.

She noted the open mic events are for writers of every stripe and skill level.

For this night, the second event at the Brewhouse, there were about a dozen people and some competition for attention. The same night as the open mic event, the Brewhouse hosted a meet and greet with a Rogue Ale brewmaster. Still, those involved with the open mic night didn’t seem overly bothered by the loud atmosphere or the AC/DC music pouring out of the bar’s speakers.

“I’m happy to see people stroll in,” Probala said.

While she is not a writer herself, she appreciates the craft and likes the open forum.

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Arts Commission, Issaquah Brewhouse host all-ages open-mic event

February 14, 2012

Join the municipal Arts Commission for Poetry & Prose on Tap, a monthly open-mic series.

The program is open to all ages and abilities. Organizers encourage participants to share poetry, stories and more.

Sign-in for the free event starts at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. The open-mic portion runs from 7-8 p.m.

Commissioners used to hold open-mic nights at Vino Bella, but officials discontinued the series. The brewhouse is open to patrons younger than 21, and organizers hope to attract a crowd more diverse in age.

Poetry & Prose on Tap debuted in January.

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Rogue the reindeer is ready to take the reins

December 20, 2011

Rogue, Cougar Mountain Zoo’s 5-month-old reindeer, looks through a window checking out visitors to Santa’s house during the Reindeer Festival this month. By Greg Farrar

He may be only 5 months old, but he already weighs 84 pounds and is about three and half feet tall at his shoulders.

Especially as this is the holiday time of year, he has made numerous personal appearances at Christmas tree lightings and similar events, said Robyn Barfoot, general curator of the Cougar Mountain Zoological Park.

The toddler in question, however, probably is not going to be caught sitting on Santa’s lap.

Instead, Rogue the reindeer already is harness trained and ready to help pull Santa’s sleigh, Barfoot said.

“Santa likes to refer to him as ‘Blitzen,’” Barfoot added.

Rogue even already has his own Christmas song. The private Cougar Mountain Academy is near the zoo. Teachers and children there have come up with a version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” using Rogue’s name, Barfoot said.

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Arts Commission serves Poetry & Prose on Tap at brewhouse

December 20, 2011

The menu at the Issaquah Brewhouse is going to include something different on tap in January.

The municipal Arts Commission is poised to unveil Poetry & Prose on Tap, a regular open-mic series for local poets and writers.

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Issaquah voters re-elect Councilman Joshua Schaer

November 15, 2011

Joshua Schaer (right), calls his mother Nancy Schaer, of Redmond, to tell her about his lead in the Issaquah City Council race, as former Councilman David Kappler chats with other election night partygoers at the Issaquah Brewhouse. By Greg Farrar 

Joshua Schaer, the only City Council member to face a challenger in a little-noticed campaign season, trounced opponent TJ Filley as the off-year election came to a close.

Incumbents scored leads in the initial election results released just after 8 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 8, eliminating the prospect of a long pause before a frontrunner emerged. Schaer, alongside incumbents on the Issaquah School Board and Port of Seattle Commission, pulled ahead early.

Though voters decided on the majority of council seats, only Schaer attracted a challenger. Incumbent Councilman Fred Butler, appointed Councilwoman Stacy Goodman and candidate Paul Winterstein cruised into office in the other council races. Terms for the triumphant candidates start in January.

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