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The Seattle Bacon and Beer Classic 2016 was quite the delicious event. Dozens of vendors and microbreweries were nestled in Safeco Field, serving their bacon-infused creations and microbrew masterpieces. A ridiculous amount of bacon and too many microbrews to count were there, but we managed to identify a few excellent bacon-charged dishes and some notable brews while we grazed our way through the crowds.
The winning bite from Uli's and Morsel. Photo by Stephanie Forrer
Our Director of Marketing, Stephanie Forrer, was one of the judges on the Beer and Bacon panel, and after sampling all the bacon food items (how did they do it?), the panel selected the most tasty bacon dish of the day: a collaboration between local artisan sausage producer, Uli’s Famous Sausage, and local biscuit and coffee shop, Morsel: buttermilk biscuits (Morsel) and gravy made with Uli's famous sausage, topped with crispy pork belly.
Photo by Stephanie Forrer
All the way from Port Orchard, Carter’s Chocolates presented its carefully crafted Maple Bacon Ice Cream. We were thrilled to see this sweet and salty, creamy combination. In fact, we went back for seconds! In addition to ice cream and chocolates, Carter’s Chocolates creates beautiful cakes. You can find all of these delightful treats at the Port Orchard store or at all the downtown Port Orchard festivals.
We cannot deny the fact that this event had some unique bacon preparations. Throughout our journey of identifying our favorite bacon-inspired goodies, we sampled plenty of the microbrews. Here are a few that caught our attention:
Elysian Brewing is located in Seattle a short walk from Safeco Field. We were thrilled to try the new seasonal blood orange Super Fuzz, a medium-bodied pale ale, perfect for those warm summer days. Our other sample, Dayglow, is a medium bodied IPA packed with tropical fruit aromas and flavors.
Photo by Stephanie Forrer
Hop Valley Brewing, located in Eugene, Oregon, brought its Light Me Up Lager brew. This beer is refreshingly crisp and finishes with a hoppy kiss. Hop Valley has twelve distinguished microbrews, from ales and lagers to a very special Vanilla Infused Porter.
Dick Danger Ale brewed by Dick’s Brewing Company of Centralia, Washington, is an English-Style Dark Ale with a distinct roasted flavor. This finely crafted flagship beer was the first one created by the late founder, Dick Young. Next time you are in Centralia, be sure to stop at the brewery for a cold one, and pair it with one of Dick’s homemade sausages.