This is an ongoing project. Each illustration and its accompanying caption is posted to Instagram with the hashtag #aprildrinksbeerinseattle.

Georgetown Brewing Bodhizafa IPA

my new favorite beer 😋🍻~ i first had this beer while on a tinder date a couple weeks ago (*pro* tip: tinder is the best when moving to a new city where you know almost no one). we were at a bar trying to decide on our next drink when some rando told us that the bodhizafa won the 🥇 gold medal 🥇 for best IPA at the great american beer awards last year so of course we had to try it. also it's brewed by georgetown brewing which is a local seattle brewery! ALSO bodhizafa is a buddhist term for someone who forgoes reaching nirvana in order to help others and i'm into that. 

Redhook Brewery Long Hammer IPA

this is an okay IPA. i bought a 6-pack of it at trader joe’s for $7.99. it’s by Redhook Brewery, which i used to vaguely think was from Red Hook, Brooklyn, but i was wrong - it was co-founded in Seattle in 1981 by the co-founder of Starbucks (which was founded in Seattle in 1971). it seems like a craft beer but it is technically not because it is 32%-owned by Anheuser-Busch. (i wonder how many other “craft beers” there are). the bottle says “mighty are the purple and gold” which is a nod to Seattle’s University of Washington, whose colors are purple and gold. thanks to the internet for providing all these fun facts! 

Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA

that little 🌳hops🌳 guy on the label is the best part about this beer (Elysian’s Space Dust IPA) but it’s tasty too. it really does taste like 🚀 outer space 🌌 which is how i know i’m extremely susceptible to marketing 😔 ~ this beer is by Elysian Brewing which was founded in Seattle in 1995 but in 2015 it was bought by - guess who - Anheuser-Busch, which sucks 😒 and also makes it no longer technically a “craft” beer. capitalism ruins everything 😑. anyway, the beer is p good. i got this one as part of a make-your-own-six-pack at trader joe’s so more beer varieties (all local) will be imbibed (and illustrated) soon! 🍻🎨 

Schilling Cider Grapefruit and Chill

another day, another beer...but this time it’s a cider 🍎 this one is called Grapefruit and Chill and it’s made by Schilling Cider, and it’s very yummy. ciders were my gateway beverage into loving beer and i will always love ciders for that. Schilling Cider was founded in Seattle not too long ago, they use all local Washington fruit🍎🍐🍏, and they are still very much a craft brewery (thank goodness) 🍻 also it’s nice that i moved from new york (the #2 apple producing state) to washington (the #1 apple growing state) because apples are great and it’s always good to one-up yourself. 🍎🍏🍎🍏🍎🍏🍎 

Reuben's Brews Gose

this is a very local beer by @reubensbrews and i def plan to check out their taproom in Ballard one day. it is a gose, which i like to drink every now and then when i’m sick of IPAs and other beers that taste too much like beer. did you know that gose is pronounced “goes-uh” and not “gooz” or “goes”?!?! i learned this fun fact from the can and i think it will be one of those things like “yhee-ro” vs “gy-ro” where i will continue to pronounce it wrong because i’m convinced everyone else pronounces it wrong and therefore if i pronounce it right no one will understand what i’m trying to say. i also learned from the can and the internet that Reuben’s Brews was founded 5 years ago, is named after the founders’ kid, and is a family business, which is nice. 👶🍻

Deschutes Brewery Pacific Wonderland Lager

yesterday my ultimate seattle dreams were fulfilled by going hiking with a tinder date (don’t worry, it wasn’t a first date)!!! we went to olympic national park and at the top we had victory beers and i drank this pacific wonderland lager by deschutes brewery which is not a seattle beer, or even a washington beer, but a bend, oregon beer, but it counts because #pnw and also, come on it’s called pacific wonderland! it was extremely appropriate because it was snowing on top of the mountain (!!) ❄️❄️❄️ i’m glad i got to do something so very seattle but now i need a new ultimate seattle tinder goal bc i 🏔peaked🏔 too early 🤣😒🙄😏 now accepting suggestions for new, very #pnw tinder goals thx 🙏🏼🔥

Kulshan Brewing Bastard Kat IPA

KCBC Nightmare On Troutman Street Red IPA

this one was tasty but i’m realizing i gotta stop drinking so many IPAs and try something else. 🤷🏻‍♀️ this is the Bastard Kat IPA by Kulshan Brewing, which was founded only 5 years ago in Bellingham, WA, about 90 miles north of Seattle. Kulshan is an indigenous name for Mount Baker, an active volcano in the Cascades, near Bellingham, which i assume is also the mountain that makes up part of their logo. i still have a lot to learn about the geography and history of this city/state/region!! doing it through beer is pretty fun 😃🍻😁

i had a wild and weird time in brooklyn over the weekend, visiting my bffs and celebrating birthdays and getting matching tattoos! 👻 sara (@mifeandmiso ) showed me around the new@dekalbmarkethall at @citypointbklyn and i got this can of beer from @craftandcarry ! 🍻 we picked the beer that would be most fun to draw and was also local. it’s a red IPA from @kcbcbeer which is a v new bushwick brewery, and it was yummy, and i didn’t know what a red ipa was but i liked it. if you’re ever at dekalb market hall, try the fried pizza from @forcellafriedpizza ! 🍕 

Deschutes Brewery Jubelale Winter Ale

another @deschutesbeer from Bend, OR 🍻 tbh i don’t remember how it tastes because i drank it weeks ago (i have a bunch of empty bottles and cans on my shelf waiting to be drawn) but i’m sure it was yummy bc i would have remembered if it wasn’t. every year, Deschutes commissions a different artist to design the bottle for their Jubelale, which is awesome. this year is the 30th anniversary of their ‘festive winter ale’ (also their first bottled beer!), so instead of one design, they did a series, and they are all works of art by Bend artist @maryleaharrisart ❄️❄️❄️ i love that her snowflakes look icy and cold but are also so colorful and bright. guys, beer and art are good 🙃