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Seattle is Nuts About Nog

By Leslie Kelly
December 19, 2013

Emerald City dwellers are well-known for their warm embrace of coffee and their powerful thirst for local microbrews and Washington state wine, but we may be on track for becoming a true Nog Nation.

Judging by the overwhelming success earlier this week of the inaugural Nog Crawl - an event cooked up and expertly executed by wine blogger Jameson Fink and fellow nog fans, Maggi McConnell and Megan Reardon - there's a whole lot of warm and fuzzy feelings for this traditional holiday drink. This year's Nog Crawl participants - Rob Roy, Barrio and Sun Liquor - set the bar high by coming up with creative updates on the classic recipe and then aging them. And Crawlers couldn't get enough. 

Fortunately, there's still opportunities to enjoy an aged nog during Sun Liquor's annual Christmas Eve and Christmas Day eggnog party, a tradition now in its seventh year. This season marks the first time Sun Liquor has produced a limited edition bottle of the stuff that features its own rum, the mixture aged for 30 days. It sold out within days.  

For those craving a cuppa, it's a good idea to get to one of the two Sun Liquor locations on the 24th or/and 25th. "There's usually a really long line, maybe 200 people," said Michael Klebeck, founder of Sun Liquor along with Erik Chapman. "One year, we ran out in 20 minutes and there were a lot of people screaming."

The good news is Sun Liquor ups its production every year, so this time there should be plenty of good cheer to go around. More exciting news: The organizers of Nog Crawl 2013 say they're going to do it all over again next December. We bet even more bars and restaurants will be on board for Nog Crawl 2014. At least one place volunteered to join up on the #NogCrawl Twitter feed. La Isla, the Puerto Rican place in Ballard, Tweeted they'd love to add Coquito to the mix next time. Sweet!

Finally, Sun Liquor's nog project might soon find a much wider audience as Michael Klebeck's brother Mark - co-founder of Top Pot Doughnuts - recently told Zagat Seattle he was planning on making a documentary about the process and the TLC involved.

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Places Mentioned

Barrio

Mexican • First Hill

Food25 Decor26 Service23 Cost$27
 
 
 
Sun Liquor

Lounge • Capitol Hill

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Rob Roy

Bar • Belltown

Atmo.25 Decor24 Service22 CostI
 
 
 
 
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