My Edmonds Restaurant News: Nourish your brain and exercise it too with local game nights

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Hamburger Harry's offers
Hamburger Harry’s offers trivia night along with their burgers.

Consider this. Many local eateries nourish our brains and exercise them, at the same time. Trivia Games and Quiz Nights are held on just about every night of the week. Here are fun-filled spots in our town and at nearby locations.

A My Edmonds News reader reported her family had tons of fun at Hamburger Harry’s. Folks offer sage advice: “Get there early and save your team a seat.” Trivia night starts at 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant, located at 610 5th Ave. S., and the game spots are first-come, first-served.

MVP’s, located at 22921 Highway 99 in Edmonds, hosts a Geeks Who Drink quiz on Monday and Saturday evenings. Eight rounds of eight questions each, including a music round, an audio round and a picture round. Free to play, with gift certificates for the winning team and five bonus questions per night for free pints of beer. Five of the eight themes for the night are teased on the venue-specific Geeks Who Drink mailing list, and the results for each quiz are posted the next day on their blog.

Church Key Pub, 109 4th Ave. N. in Edmonds, has games that make it lucrative to gather your brainiest buds together. Team of 6 players or fewer compete for prizes on Tuesdays at 8:00 PM. Winners can receive discounts of up to 25 percent off their bill. See their website to get the skinny on games.

American Brewing Company at 180 W Dayton St, Edmonds will tax your brain every Wednesday evening starting at 7 p.m.

Jersey’s Great Food and Spirits, just up the highway at 1306 N 175th St in Shoreline, schedules Quiz Night on Thursdays. Costs $5 for a team of four; $1 for each extra player up to 6 in total. Featuring bonus questions, chug-offs, and prizes for each round.

Meet friends for a bite and a brew at Shoreline’s Easy Monkey Taphouse, 17537 15th Ave. N.E. Thursday’s the night, be there by 7 p.m. so you won’t miss out.

Crazy Moose Casino, 22003 66th Ave. W., in Mountlake Terrace, makes Mondays your place to test your memory; 7 p.m. is the time.

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Scratch Distillery vodka
Scratch Distillery vodka

Scratch Distillery, 190 Sunset Ave. S., Suite A, Edmonds, WA 98020. Tasting room hours: Friday: 3-6 p.m., Saturday: 1-6 p.m., Sunday: 1-6 p.m.

I met with Kim Karrick, who manned the spacious counter at Scratch Distillery. Surrounded by lush green accented décor, Kim shared her passion for blending of botanicals that go into vodka, gin and other spirits. She and her husband, Bryan, attended a workshop in London on craft distilling.“Yes, I want to do this!” The couple’s enthusiasm for production of distilled spirits, in Edmonds, WA, has taken physical form. “Two-and-a-half years later, the doors are open.” says Kim.

I write about restaurants and food. I was intrigued by the “recipe aspects” that Kim mentioned as part of the process of blending botanicals to get the final product in the bottles.

Fresh products are a must, and all ingredients are seasonal, local and organic whenever possible. Citrus- flavored by Citrus maxima, a.k.a. pomelos, Berry- berries harvested in season for the best flavor, and Five Pepper, which sounds like an awesome Blood Mary component to me. See their website, which is loaded with information about ingredients, and much more.

Vodka is the first product available right now, in three styles; Potato, Wheat and Grape. Stylish logo bags, which happen to have three panels, will make a great birthday gift for my lucky hubby this week.

Gin is Kim’s passion and she shared that next up Scratch will be producing two styles; a “Martini” which will be warmer, spicier and great either shaken or stirred. A more citrus and floral style, will be a “Gin & Tonic” type. Kim hopes to have these in bottles by the end of August. Fingers crossed! If you visit Scratch Distillery Facebook page, Kim’s posts tell the story of the process with great photos too.

Collaboration with American Brewing Company is another project that has Kim excited. The partnership will produce “Breakaway Spirit,” a clear spirit that has malty, sweet tastes. An aged version called “Barrel Finished” is also, ahem, aging, in Woodinville whiskey barrels.

Good things come to those who wait. Scratch Distillery is proof.

Mark your calendars — more good things happening in our area!

Scott's new drinksScott’s Bar and Grill, 8115 Lake Ballinger Way, Edmonds, WA 98026 has a new Private Dining menu, served up in their enclosed and heated private dining area, a perfect venue for your next large gathering. Thirsty? They’ve mixed up fresh new seasonal cocktails! The first batch is ready on July 24, the flavor is Maika’I loa — come on by for a taste!

taste_headerA Taste of Edmonds starts on Aug. 14. Check www.facebook.com/atasteofedmonds for updates on bands, food and more!

— By Kathy Passage
restaurantnews@myedmondsnews.com

Kathy Passage

A specialty gourmet food broker for over 30 years, Kathy Passage has in-depth knowledge on food and the special qualities of ingredients used in the exquisite products she helped bring to market. Kathy brings this unique perspective from the “other side of the plate” to writing about the food and restaurant scene in Edmonds

5 COMMENTS

  1. Frankly, I can imagine nothing more horrible than have a good dinner with friends interrupted by a quiz. It happened to me once, and we fled, unable to enjoy the conversation we had come to share over dinner.

    Part and parcel, I suppose, of the ever-increasing noise level at some of our best restaurants. We have had to shout to be heard at some, fled from quizes, had ears almost bleeding at other places where the food might have been very good.

    Please! Can we preserve a few places where we can enjoy a good dinner (that part is easy in Edmonds) without loud music, cell phones, shouting or, God forbid, quiz shows?

  2. Well said , most places are so loud we are often opting to eat at home , so we can relax and visit With our friends .

  3. Kathy, Thank You for mentioning Scratch Distillery! I’ve done the tasting and followed their ‘Journey’ on Facebook. Two of the nicest people I’ve met. I think it’s wonderful to have our very own ‘craft distillery’ in Edmonds. I bought a bottle of the Wheat Vodka and it’s Superb!

  4. Love trivia nights! Channel Marker Pub in Tuesdays at 6 pm was not mentioned here, but 25 questions, free, with a halftime free drink drawing. Teams of up to 8 and the winning team draws from a bag to win $25, $50, or $100 gift certificate for the Channel Market. Thank you for this article, Kathy.

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