The Evergrey: How the heck did this event happen?
Barbara Jamison: They [Reuben’s Brews] reached out to us. We get inundated with requests for things like this — yoga and parties and picnics and corporate events. Reuben’s Brews was willing to work with us, make sure they had a safe area for [the goats]. We really appreciate them for doing that, and that’s why we keep doing it.
What beer pairs best with that delicious goat smell?
I don’t drink beer so I would say a pale ale? I’m guessing. And you might put a disclaimer in there that goats don’t smell. That’s one of the major myths. Only intact male goats in rut smell. Neutered male goats and female goats do not smell. Neither does their poop. It’s just little pellets. 💩
Let’s say a goat wants to taste my beer. What do I do?
They’re very curious, so they’re gonna want to drink it. But you don’t let your goat drink beer.
Goats seem like great pets. What’s the catch?
They’re very sensitive and intelligent and fun and friendly. And they’re social. We run into a lot of situations where people will go and get one — because they’re so popular right now — and put it in their backyard and wonder why it doesn’t work out. A happy Seattle goat has at least 1/8 of an acre to live in with at least one other goat, and things to climb on and a shelter big enough to stand in and move around in.
You’re giving folks 5 minutes with the goats. Is that enough time?
It’s never enough time. It isn’t. And we wish we could let them spend more time, but it gets so crowded that some people won’t get in. We ended up having to turn people away [last year].
So how do you bleat the crowds?
I don’t know! I guess get there early. They were lining up for blocks last year.
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