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Lagunitas Brewing Releases Super Cluster – Citra Hopped Mega Ale

Brewpublic - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:20pm
Going back to the basics is what Lagunitas Brewing has done when brewing its latest release, Super Cluster. Using only Citra Hops, and a heck of a lot of ‘em, this hop forward beer will delight many hop heads! With a word play on a supercluster, this new limited release beer from Lagunitas exploits the […]
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Washington Brewers Festival reports largest crowds in event history

Washington Beer News - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:11am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog


We just received some information from the Washington Beer Commission regarding last weekend’s Washington Brewers Festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond. The big takeaway, this was the best-attended festival in the event’s history. (Recognize that the Washington Beer Commission organizes and operates this event and is responsible for the policies that govern this event.)

In all, 20,375 people paid to attend the festival this year. The previous record was 20,235 in 2016. Last year, the 2017 Washington Brewers Festival saw 18,250 attendees. Total attendance this year, including kids, vendors and guests, was more than 25,000 for the first time in history.

Festival organizers do not deny that the weather had a positive impact on attendance. This was the first time since 2008 that there was absolutely no rain across the weekend.

Participating breweries poured 177,217 beers at the event this year, up from 170,797 last year. The totals show that 177,217 tokens were used by 20,375 people, meaning the average festivalgoer sampled about 8.7 beers.

Paid attendance breakdown by day:

  • Friday – 4,573
  • Saturday – 9,125
  • Sunday – 6,677

Token Limits

This year, for the first time in event history, the Washington Beer Commission implemented a token limit. Each attendee could only get a maximum of 11 tokens on Saturday and Sunday, when the festival is an all-ages affair. The token limit did not apply to the Friday night session (21+). According to the event organizers, the token limit proved to be a non-factor in terms of total amount of beer poured. There were some grumbles but the Commission reports that thus far they’ve issued just nine refunds.

The numbers are indisputable. Facts are facts. No doubt, a lot of people didn’t like the new policy, especially the kind of people who read this blog, but apparently the token limit didn’t destroy the festival.

“The 11 token limit worked nicely,” said Eric Radovich, Executive Director of the Washington Beer Commission, which operates the event. “A few grumbles on Friday night, which was not token-limited but because we would only sell them three tokens at a time. A few more grumbles over the weekend, but most [festivalgoers] had been informed prior to the event. We definitely saw a reduction in over-consumption issues on Saturday night, which is a good thing.”

If you are unclear about why the Washington Beer Commission changed the token policy this year, I suggest that you read our previous story on the subject. No one is asking you to agree with the Commission’s decision, but you should know the real story about why the decision was made.

How will the Washington Beer Commission’s events committee deal with this issue moving forward? Time will tell. Will they make other changes next year? We will see.

Top Ten Breweries at the Festival

Here are the top ten token-collecting breweries.

  1. Skookum Brewery. 4,237 tokens
  2. Heathen Brewing. 3,773 tokens
  3. Paradise Creek Brewery. 3,580  tokens
  4. The Hidden Mother Brewery. 3,570 tokens
  5. Georgetown Brewing. 3,555 tokens
  6. Fremont Brewing. 3,412 tokens
  7. Black Raven Brewing. 3,395 tokens
  8. Crucible Brewing. 3,351 tokens
  9. Ten Pin Brewing. 3,337 tokens
  10. Postdoc Brewing. 3,272 tokens


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GoodLife Brewing Finds A New Partner With G. Love and Special Sauce

Brewpublic - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 8:17am
Last month the news broke that GoodLife Brewing was collaborating on a beer with a surprising partner, Garret Dutton, better known as G. Love from G. Love and Special Sauce fame. The result is G. Love’s Special Sauce IPA. This collaboration is more than just some marketing ploy as Love is a huge fan of […]
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An Evening with Shelton Brothers at The Upper Lip

Brewpublic - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 7:20am
Tonight a special event will take place at The Upper Lip when it hosts An Evening with Shelton Brothers. The event will take place from 5:00-8:00pm with an intriguing tap list and magnum bottle pours. Plus co-founder Dan Shelton will be in attendance. The beer list that Bill Murnighan and Shelton Brothers Oregon assembled is […]
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Pelican Brewing Launches Its First Canned Beer – Hazy Rock Juicy India Pale Ale

Brewpublic - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:22pm
Having been brewing beer for its entirety along the Oregon Coast its surprising that it has taken Pelican Brewing Company this long to finally release a beer in a convenient 12 ounce can. Well this is about to happen when it introduces its new Hazy Rock Juicy IPA in 12 ounce, 6 pack cans. Here […]
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Earn Free Tickets To The Portland Pickles From The BeerMongers

Brewpublic - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 4:26pm
Nothing beats the sound of the crack of the bat at the ballpark. This is always a bit better with a beer in your hand while cheering on our hometown Portland Pickles, members of the West Coast League. Making it to a Pickles game is much easier this year when you grab a few beers […]
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Olympia Brew Fest scheduled for Saturday, August 4th

Washington Beer News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 9:54am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog


This year’s Olympia Brew Fest is scheduled for Saturday, August 4th. The event is an annual tradition that takes place at the Port Plaza in Olympia, WA. It features 30+ hand-picked, northwest breweries (plus a few cider makers) and over 60 different beers. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Thurston County Chamber Foundation Small Business Development (Incubator) Program. Celebrate Olympia’s proud brewing heritage on August 4th.

  • Minors are not allowed at the event, even if they are designated drivers. 21+ only.
  • Pets are not allowed, except documented service animals of course.

More details about the Olympia Brew Fest, including tickets, available at the event website. Also, via the the Olympia Brew Fest page on Facebook.

Here’s the list of breweries thus far:

  1. Buoy Beer Company
  2. Kulshan Brewing
  3. North Jetty Brewing
  4. Top Rung Brewing Company
  5. Fortside Brewing Company
  6. Wild Ride Brewing
  7. Steam Donkey Brewing Co.
  8. Stoup Brewing
  9. Dick’s Brewing Company
  10. Farmstrong Brewing Co
  11. Mazama Brewing
  12. Mill City Brew Werks
  13. Fish Brewing Company
  14. Narrows Brewing Company
  15. Wander Brewing
  16. Geaux Brewing
  17. Chainline Brewing Company
  18. Chuckanut Brewery
  19. Heathen Brewing
  20. Paradise Creek Brewery
  21. Icicle Brewing Company
  22. Cascadia Brewing Co
  23. Dystopian State
  24. Bent Bine Brew Co
  25. Der Blokken Brewery
  26. FOB Brewing Company
  27. Ten Pin Brewing
  28. Well 80
  29. Sumerian Brewing Co.

For the latest news and information about beer in and around Washington, visit Washington Beer Blog.

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Step back in time at Bellingham Beer Prom on June 30

Washington Beer News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 9:09am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog


On June 30th in Bellingham, Kulshan Brewing presents Beer Prom, an 80s-themed collaborative beer festival. Baby blue tuxedos are optional. The short version, seven of Bellingham’s breweries asked other breweries to be their dates. That is, to make an 80s-inspired beer to serve at the event. In all, 15 breweries are involved. (Sounds like someone is taking two dates to the prom. I knew a guy like that in high school.)

Dress in your best 80s attire and enjoy beer, food, music and more. Take a selfie with a real Delorean, though selfies didn’t exist back then.

Beer Prom happens at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom in Downtown Bellingham on Saturday, June 30th. The event is a fundraiser for Lydia Place, a social services organization that battles homelessness. More about the event and Lydia Place in the press release below.

You can learn more and get tickets to Beer Prom here:

Tickets are also available at Kulshan Brewing.

Participating breweries:
Kulshan + Old Schoolhouse
Chuckanut + Reuben’s
Menace + San Juan Island Brewing
Wander + Icicle Brewing
North Fork + Matchless + Triceratops
Boundary Bay + Atwood Ales
Illuminati + Scrappy Punk

Wear your favorite 80s fashions
80s costume contest
Royal Beer Court
Rad Raffle Prizes
DJ Moonbot
StrEAT Food
Photos with a Delorean
All proceeds benefit Lydia Place

Tickets also available for $20 each in the Kulshan Brewing Taprooms

Here’s the official press release:


Kulshan Brewing Company and Lydia Place present Beer Prom, an 80s Beer Fundraiser

BELLINGHAM, WA – On Saturday, June 30th, Kulshan Brewing Company and Lydia Place invite you to dress in your most outrageous 80s prom attire, and head to Bellingham Beer Prom at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom in Downtown Bellingham. Beer Prom is a collaborative beer-brewing event, engaging six local breweries that have each asked a brewery outside of Whatcom County to the dance. Each prom partnership has already started the brewing process for a one of a kind 80s themed Beer Prom Brew. These six collaborative beers will debut at the dance, along with a mystical DeLorean and more 80s themed delights. Proceeds from Beer Prom benefit Lydia Place, a Bellingham non-profit agency dedicated to disrupting the cycle of homelessness and promoting sustained independence for current and future generations.

Founded in 2012, Kulshan Brewing Company’s mission is to sustainably produce exceptional beer, bring people together, maintain a fun and fulfilling workplace for staff, and give back to the community.

Megan Bailey, Brand Manager of Kulshan Brewing stated, “Our number one priority for this event (Beer Prom) is to support Lydia Place. The work Lydia Place does is important to the Bellingham community and we are happy to be working with them in support of their mission.”

Kulshan’s second priority with this event is the opportunity to further develop the ever growing beer community in Bellingham, and connect with communities outside county lines. Bailey shared, “Bellingham has a special and unique beer community. Kulshan wants to help further develop this by welcoming other breweries with open arms! We are one big brewing family and we are excited to welcome other breweries outside of Bellingham so they can come in and celebrate this awesome culture.”

For Lydia Place, Beer Prom demonstrates how collaborative partnerships can create opportunities to work together to find solutions to challenging community issues like ending homelessness.

Lydia Place Community Engagement Director, Shultzie Willows, shared, “Lydia Place relies on the power of partnerships and collaborative engagement to help bring awareness and funding to support our critical housing programs and services. Beer Prom, and our partnership with Kulshan Brewing, checks both of these boxes, and demonstrates what’s possible when we collaborate rather than compete.”

Proceeds from Beer Prom will be used to support housing, parent education, counseling and subsidies that impact more than 150 households at any given time.

Beer Prom event highlights include collaborative brews from Kulshan and Old Schoolhouse, Chuckanut and Reuben’s Brews, Menace and San Juan Island Brewing, Wander and Icicle Brewing, Boundary Bay and Atwood Ales, and Illuminati and Scrappy Punk. Each collaborative beer will be judged by a popular vote on which brew is the BEST of show. The two breweries with the most votes will then be crowned Beer Prom royalty and presented as the Royal Beer Court. A raffle with participating beer brew swag, fun prizes, StrEAT Food Café, DJ Moonboot, and other 80’s delights round out this fun and thematic event raising awareness and critical funding for Lydia Place.

Get your Beer Prom ticket, put on your poofy-puff sleeves, and on June 30th help crown the Royal Beer Prom Collaborative Couple at the first Beer Prom benefitting Lydia Place.

Find tickets and more at


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54°40’ Brewing Hosts the 2nd Annual Outlaw Beer Festival

Brewpublic - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 5:58am
If you’ve been fortunate enough to ever meet Bolt Minister one thing you’ll quickly learn is that he has a strong appreciation of country music. Not particularly today’s country music but the music of years gone by. On Saturday, June 23rd, his brewery, 54°40’ Brewing will host its 2nd Annual Outlaw Beer Festival. Outlaw Beer […]
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2018 Oregon Cider Week Event Listings

Brewpublic - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 3:00am
The 7th annual Oregon Cider Week, hosted by the Northwest Cider Association returns to Oregon from Thursday, June 21st through Sunday, July 1st. This 11-day week will celebrate a series of cider events designed to educate and celebrate the region’s thriving artisan cider industry. Events will take place throughout the state of Oregon but a majority of the events will […]
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Hale’s Ale Brewery celebrates 35th anniversary

Washington Beer News - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:59am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog


Hale’s Ale Brewery is the oldest independent brewery in Washington*, having sold its first keg of beer on July 4, 1983. In fact, it ranks among the oldest in the entire country. When Hale’s opened, there were fewer than 100 breweries in the U.S. and most of them were not what we could consider “craft breweries.” Hale’s was just the twelfth brewery licensed after Prohibition was lifted in 1933.

Today we take it for granted. We live in an America that is home to over 6,000 breweries, the vast majority of which are independent, craft breweries. These days the idea of opening a brewery is a pretty common thing. People do that. Back in 1983, it was unheard of. You had to be a visionary of some sort to even consider such a thing. For Mike Hale, the vision came in 1982 while visiting England and enjoying the beer and pub culture.

Mike Hale in London, 1982.

Mike Hale’s original brewery was located in Colville, Washington, in case you were unaware, and was quite diminutive by today’s standards. It was fashioned out of repurposed dairy equipment. Growth was inevitable.

Hale’s original brewing system.

The brewery’s flagship beer, Hale’s Pale Ale, was the Northwest’s original pale ale. With the help of the late Don Younger of Portland’s celebrated Horse Brass Pub, Hale’s was the first Northwest brewery to offer traditional, hand-pumped, cask-conditioned ales, the kind that Mike Hale had enjoyed in England. Later, working in collaboration with the retired head brewer of Guinness Brewery, Hale’s became the first brewery to bring nitrogen-conditioned beers to the American market.

Slowly over the coming decades, Hale’s Ale Brewery would move west from Colville to Spokane to Kirkland and eventually to the current home in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.

Hale’s current brewing system.

“We continue to make innovation a priority,” says Hale, speaking about the brewery’s Leary Way Limited IPA Series, its robust barrel-aging program, the introduction of pilsners and lagers to the brewery’s lineup, and the continued exploration of seasonal beer styles. Hale’s recently launched an extensive rebrand, rolling out a new website, new packaging, and new label designs.

To honor the brewing community that has supported Hale’s for the past 35 years, the brewery is hosting a blow-out party on Saturday, July 28 from 1:00 – 6:00. The beer-loving public is welcome at the event.

The festivities include:

– Vintage and rare beer samplings

– Live music

– Raffles, good eats and shout-outs to our many long standing industry friends

– $1 per pint sold to benefit CityFruit , whose mission is to promote the cultivation of
urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community, and protect the climate . To
learn more about CityFruit, visit


*Redhook Ale Brewery opened before Hale’s, but Redhook does not qualify as independent and is part of a larger company. Also, there was a short period of time when Redhook was not brewing beer in Washington.

For the latest news and information about beer in and around Washington, visit Washington Beer Blog.

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Black Raven Brewing releasing BeakTweaker this Friday

Washington Beer News - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 8:20am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog


This Friday at the Black Raven Brewing taproom, the company releases this year’s BeakTweaker IPA. Here are the details from the brewery.

The BeakTweaker is Black Raven’s popular seasonal IPA creation. Built on a firm base of barley and rye malts, the BeakTweaker features bold citrus flavors and aromatics. A bright bitterness combines with citrus hop characteristics accented by the addition of earthy black lemon, orange peel and lemon peel.

ABV: 6.5%


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Oregon BottleDrop Debuts Refillable Bottles at Widmer Brothers Le Petit Brasseur Release Party

Brewpublic - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:00am
After many months of planning, the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) will finally launch its first beer packaged in a new 16.9 oz/500mL BottleDrop Refill Bottle made in Portland, Oregon at Owens-Illinois Glass. The first beer to be released in these new bottles that are designed to be re-washed and re-used up to 25 times is from […]
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Purchase The New Dogfish Head Off-Center Your Summer Pack To Enter To Win a Trip To Delaware

Brewpublic - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:24pm
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is ready to usher in the summer of 2018 with a brand new variety pack with its new Off-Center Your Summer Pack. This new variety 12-pack includes cans of 60 Minute IPA, SeaQuench Ale, Lupu-Luau IPA and Namaste White. Here are additional details on the beer and the contest that could take you on […]
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McMenamins Edgefield Brewery To Release Arata Kriek In 500mL Bottles

Brewpublic - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:09pm
Later this week McMenamins Breweries will release its latest barrel-aged beer project with the release of Arata Kriek. The release will take place at McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop on Friday, June 22nd from 6:00-8:00pm. Brewed, barrel-aged and bottles at McMenamins Edgefield Brewery, Arata Kriek is deep red, pleasantly sour and packed with cherry flavor […]
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Deschutes Brewery 30th anniversary bash at Beveridge Place Pub

Washington Beer News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 9:46am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog


Trivia question for you. What was the first beer Deschutes Brewery introduced to the beer market back in 1988? Black Butte Porter, Cascade Golden Ale, and Bachelor Bitter were the first three beers the brewery released, but Black Butte Porter holds the distinction of being not only the very first beer, but the one that became known as the brewery’s first flagship beer.

Fast-forward to 2018 and Deschutes Brewing has grown to be one of the largest independent breweries in the nation (eighth largest in 2015), recognized for its ubiquitous beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Inversion IPA, but also for it’s less-common, more adventurous beers like The Abyss and The Dissident.

On Saturday, June 23rd, from 2:00 – 8:00, Beveridge Place Pub host a 30th Anniversary Bash to commemorate Deschutes Brewery’s big milestone. The party will spill out into the parking lot, featuring music, food, games and prizes. It’s an 80s-themed event so wear you best 80s gear to win prizes. Also, get ready to hear some great 80s music provided by DJ ABV (inside the pub).

Of course, Beveridge Place Pub will offer a special selection of Deschutes’ beers, both the classics and some new releases. Beer will be flowing everywhere, inside and out.  Expect to see Oh Be Joyful Pale (Collaboration with Ecliptic Brewing), Raspberry Sour, Twilight Summer Nitro, Fresh Squeezed IPA, Pacific Wonderland Lager, Cultivatour BA Brett Saison, Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale, Hop Henge IPA, Passionfruit IPA, and more. AND they’ll offer a four-year vertical of Black Butte Anniversary Imperial Porter.


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2018 Washington Beer Awards Winners Announced

Brewpublic - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 7:27am
On Saturday, June 16th the 6th Annual Washington Beer Awards took place during the two-day Washington Brewers Festival in Redmond, Washington. Held at Marymoor Park, the Washington Beer Commission with the assistance of Specialty Competitions LLC announced the winners in 74 award categories. Judging for the Washington Beer Awards was held from June 2-3, 2018 […]
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North 45 To Host Silver Moon Brewing F*Cancer IPA Bottle Release Party

Brewpublic - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:00am
Silver Moon Brewing will continue it’s fundraising for the American Cancer Society when North 45 hosts the F*Cancer IPA Bottle Release Party. This night of fundraising will benefit the local Portland chapter of the American Cancer Society on Friday, June 29th from 5:00-8:00pm. During the fundraising event, Silver Moons F*Cancer IPA will be available both on […]
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Thirsty Monk Portland Celebrates Its Grand Opening Today

Brewpublic - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:00am
After taking that past six months to feel at home at its new Portland location, Thirsty Monk – Portland will celebrate its grand opening today, Friday, June 15th. In doing so, Thirsty Monk will tap its first Portland brewed beer, the flagship Abby Blonde, alongside nine other Thirsty Monk brewed beers. The journey in opening […]
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F.H. Steinbart 100th Anniversary Party & Steinbock Release at Widmer Brothers Brewing

Brewpublic - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 2:00am
One of the country’s oldest homebrew shops that have been an integral part of Oregon’s craft beer scene is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary. F.H. Steinbart opened its doors back in 1918 and has inspired and educated homebrewers and brewmasters here in the Rose City and beyond. Join in the celebration when Widmer Brothers […]
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