The Pike Brewing Company

The Pike Brewing Company

Seattle, Washington

On October 17, 1989 the Pike Place Brewery, as it was then known, officially opened with The World’s Shortest Non-Motorized Uphill Parade. Leading the parade was Liberty Malt Supply’s John Farias, pushing a keg of Pike Pale Ale in a silver, two wheeled hand truck. Following were the Finkels, Franz and Angela Inselkammer from Bavaria’s Ayinger Brewery, Pike Brewing brewer, Jason Parker. Alongside them were a host of TV and newspaper photographers and writers and almost 100 beer lovers. Joining the festivities was also a llama from The Herb Farm, a walking geoduck from the Seattle Sheraton Hotel, dogs, a cat and an oyster. Everyone (perhaps not the oyster, which was later eaten) sensed that they were making history. When the happy procession arrived two blocks uphill, at Cutter’s Bay House, the inaugural pint  of Pike Pale Ale was tapped and poured by Franz Inselkammer, the Braü von Aying.

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