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2020 legislative wrap up from the Washington Brewers Guild

Washington Beer News - 5 hours 29 min ago

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Following up on our previous posts regarding legislative actions in Washington this year that impacted the beer and brewing industry. See previous posts.

Here is the wrap up from the Washington Brewers Guild, which represents the interests of the Washington brewing industry in such matters:

There were three bills and two passed. The one that didn’t pass was HB 2319, which would have eliminated keg registrations for all kegs retailers. We were able to salvage some of that bill by adding an amendment to HB2412 (additional retail outlets and dogs). The amendment eliminated keg registrations for breweries. We couldn’t do it for all retailers, because the title of the bill wasn’t broad enough (subject matter in the bill has to fit under the title).

As passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor, HB 2412:

  • Eliminates keg registrations for breweries
  • Increases additional retail licenses available for breweries from two to four
  • Direct the Dept of Health to adopt rules allowing for dogs on brewery premises

SB 5006 also passed the Legislature and was signed into law. SB 5006:

  • Creates a $200 annual endorsement for breweries to sell WA wine by the glass for on-premise consumption
  • Creates a $200 annual endorsement for wineries to sell WA beer for on-premise consumption
    Holding the endorsement doesn’t impact a breweries ability to have minors on premise or require the addition of the kitchen (prior to the bill’s passage, one of those two things would need to occur in order to sell wine)

The new laws will go into effect 90 days from the Governor’s signature (Around June 10th for both). However, we requested early implementation on the keg rules, because filling out those forms is a pinch point for social distancing. The LCB agreed and will not enforce the use of the forms for breweries, effective immediately (so keg registrations are no more for breweries, as of yesterday).

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Olympia Distilling Co. Produces Hand Sanitizer for First Providers

Brewpublic - 9 hours 55 min ago
In the South Puget Sound, a new distillery from a legendary beer has begun to produce much needed hand sanitizer for the first providers during this COVID-19 pandemic. With ties to Olympia Beer, the famous brewery from Tumwater, Olympia Distilling Co. was readying the launch of its new Olympia Vodka right when the Coronavirus hit […]
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Beer delivery options in Washington during the COVID-19 shutdown

Washington Beer News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:48pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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This is a continuation of our efforts to keep you informed about what local (Washington) breweries and beer-focused businesses are doing to survive the COVID-19 shutdowns. This list features only those breweries and other businesses offering some form of beer delivery. Of course, for the most part, each is offering delivery to a very certain geographic area. You can see the bigger, comprehensive list here.

Obviously, this list does not include all the businesses that are delivering beer these days (Instacart, individual restaurants, and so on). Just the breweries and the beer-focused business.

Updated 4/3/20.  We continue to update this list and the other list frequently, as information comes in.

Breweries and Businesses Offering Some Form of Delivery Service:

20 Corners Brewing – Open at 11am daily and offering food and beer delivery along with curbside pick up. Orders can be placed by calling 425-305-6620.

Big Time Brewing – We are going to be filling 22 oz bottles for $5.99 and 64 oz growlers for $12.99. We are filling beers that we have on tap for to go sales. Call or text my cell directly and let me know what you want filled and when you want to pick it up. I will personally deliver for large orders, or for any keg orders. Please support us and everyone else that you can in this time of need. We can survive this together. We love you all! My cell directly is 206-653-5868 or place orders through email at rick@bigtimebrewery.com

Boundary Bay Brewery –  PICKUP and DELIVERY BEER AND FOOD (12-7pm, 7 days a week): Call OR walk in your order and pay & pick up from the Taproom at Boundary Bay. Delivery available Wednesday thru Sunday 2:00 – Close.  Beer to go (cans, bottles, crowlers), full restaurant menu, fresh and ready food, desserts, frozen comfort (take-n-bake, soups, meals, cookies). 12-7pm, 7 days a week): Place your order online at www.bbaybrewery.com/beerdelivery or call.

Brick West Brewing – Update 3/30 Now offering delivery. We will be open from 12-8pm every day. Complimentary glass growler with the purchase of any growler fill. Crowlers available To-Go, buy 3 get a $10 gift card for next time. *With every crowler purchased you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a private tour and tasting party at the brewery (when we can open back up to the public) for you and 10 of your friends! All food available to go. With purchase of any gift card over $50, receive a complimentary gift card worth 20% of your originally purchased gift card.

Brothers Cascadia Brewing – Check out our online ordering system on our website for all your curbside and delivery needs.   https://www.brotherscascadiabrewing.com

Camp Colvos Brewing – Vashon Island. (3/20) we launched CANTEEN! Camp Colvos pick up and delivery service. Our food and beer selections: https://campcolvos.com/order-online/    Drive-thru hours are between 3-5. Or, get a delivery from our seriously sanitized team member from 5-7. The best CSA out there: BEER! We are getting back to our roots by providing you a monthly beer box for pick up or delivery. Head over to the website to sign up today. The first 50 will get a special bottle of our sold out barrel aged beer: The Passage. https://orders.campcolvos.com/subscription

Chuckanut Brewery – 3/27/2020.  Today we are sadly stopping food service for the foreseeable future, but fret not because we still have plenty of great beer available in takeout or delivery! 100% no contact drive-through service, here is how it works: call ahead if you can
(360) 752-3377; All transactions will be done either by phone or with a sanitized curbside card reader; We will not be filling personal growlers, we are offering discounted prefilled growlers; We are still doing doorstep delivery in Bellingham/Fairhaven.

Counterbalance Brewing – Adapting as well as we can: You can now pre-order beer for pickup, curbside pickup, and home delivery (limited area and minimum orders apply- consider teaming up with your neighbors on a bulk order!). Details on our website. Our taproom remains OPEN Mon-Sat noon-6pm for beer to go as well. Stay safe and drink a beer. http://counterbalancebeer.com/

Crucible Brewing –  [March 28] We just launched an Online Store for folks to be able to pay online and have a contact-less option. Here’s the info: Online Store: https://us.orderspoon.com/crucible-brewing-foundry.  Or you can go to https://www.cruciblebrewing.com, click on the menu and select “Online Order” which will take you there as well. Please Note: We will be charging a delivery charge of $7.00, this all goes to keeping the lights on here at the brewery and supporting us….  There are a lot of details that Crucible wants to share. I advise you to visit their Facebook pages to find out more details at 
https://www.facebook.com/pg/cruciblebrewingeverett/
https://www.facebook.com/cruciblebrewingwoodinville/

Dunegan Brewing – Big News!! DUNAGAN BEER DELIVERY!!! That’s right; we’ll bring you craft beer! (Tacoma residents) Help support our brewery by following the link to our NEW online store! Get your orders in and post yourself enjoying a pint! From us to you, Sláinte mhat. https://www.dunaganbrewing.com/store. Deliveries will be done by a MAST licensed Class 12 alcohol server whom also holds an LCB Brewery Agent License and the recipient will be age verified upon delivery.

E9 Brewing – Beer to go and beer delivery too! Order online at https://e9brewingco.com/. For details like open hours visit the website.

Elizabeth Station – While The Station store is indeed closed, we have launched our new online store! You can find tons of beers, ciders, wines, ice cream, coffee, chocolate, and all sorts of things we can deliver to you (to your porch!), or you can pick up here at the store. We can take your order over the phone as well. 360-733-8982.

Elliott Bay Brewing (all locations) – Introducing Elliott Bay Brewing’s to-go program. Tuesday thru Friday 4:00 – 8:00. Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 8:00. Call in orders direct to the pubs. we will be offering our full menu, kids menu and growler fills. West Seattle 206-932-8695, Burien 206-246-4211, Lake City Way 205-365-2337. We continue to onboard third-party delivery services.

Elysian Brewing –  Elysian Brewing launched a take-out and beer-to-go option, including delivery. This also includes food and even boxes of veggies. Customers may head over the Elysian‘s Capitol Hill location where they can order from the below, or order online.  UPDATE 3/20/20 – Elysian Brewing is now offering free beer delivery in Seattle. For details, visit http://www.elysianbrewing.com for all the details.

Farmstrong Brewing – Update 3/20: Starting today we are going to be doing home deliveries on Weds and Friday. Simply call us during our new hours at 360-873-8852.  Update 3/30: Starting tomorrow (Tuesday 3/31/20) we are going to be open for take out and curbside beer from 2PM-6PM, Tuesday-Saturday. During that time, you can come in and order beer-to-go in Crowlers, growlers and Kegs as well as all of our canned beer. If you are bringing in growlers, please make sure they are clean. We will sanitize … More about Farmstrong’s offerings visit them on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/farmstrongbrewinghttp://www.farmstrongbrewing.com

Figurehead Brewing – Open 7 days a week for growlers, bottles to go. Delivery available. Visit them online for detail.   https://www.figureheadbrewingcompany.com/

Ghostfish Brewing –   We have closed the Taproom, except for retail sales and to-go orders. We will begin delivery services ASAP. Details on how to order are coming soon. The taproom is open from 12pm-8pm every day for takeout, including delivery of food and beer with DoorDash and SevenRooms. You can find all the links on our website https://ghostfishbrewing.com/. Don’t forget, we are now shipping beer straight to your home anywhere throughout Washington state!

Good Brewing – Update 3/31. The Hollywood taproom is closed but…  “the Brewpub will remain open for Beer and Food to-go from 1-7. “We are now taking online delivery orders for beer through our website: https://goodbrewingco.com/beer-delivery. Order before midnight and get your beer delivered to your front door by tomorrow!” Updates on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/goodbrewingco

Iron Goat Brewing – As of 3/18/2020 Iron Goat is offering beer and food delivery. See our post here for information. http://www.irongoatbrewing.com/

Kulshan Brewing – Update March 24 – Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are now offering Curbside Pickup at our Roosevelt Taproom and Deliveries to customers within a 3 mile radius of the taproom. If this is an inquiry about curbside pickup or deliveries please follow the instructions on our website https://kulshanbrewing.com/  Hours for Curbside Pickup are TUE-SAT NOON-5:00PM. Hours for Deliveries are TUE-SAT NOON-4:00PM.

Lazy Boy Brewing – All growler fills are $10.00, 20% off all kegs,corneys,bottles and cans. We are taking to go orders over the phone for pickup later. Lazy Boy is happy to drop your order to you at your car if your not wanting to come in. Phone us at 425-423-7700. Delivery options are also available with in Everett, $75.00 or more. Hours and details:  https://www.facebook.com/LazyBoyBrewing/

Machine House Brewing – CASK BAG-IN-BOX NOW AVAILABLE IN THE ONLINE STORE! Would 10.6 pints of cask ale make your weekend look a little better? You can now pour all of our cask beers at home in these awesome 5-liter bag-in-box casks! Order now for delivery or curbside pickup! Also, we just stocked up with prefilled growlers of our delicious Normal People IPA. Our taproom hours are suspended for the time being, as we revise our operation. But you can still order everything online for delivery or schedule a pickup any day of the week. machinehousebrewery.com

Mirage Beer Co – Keep an eye on the news page of their website. https://miragebeer.com/news. They are sharing information there. Including information about delivery service.

Moonshot Brewing – We are planning to be open from 4-7 Wednesday-Friday with weekend hours yet to be determined.  Crowlers can be purchased on our website for pickup.  Orders can also be sent to moonshotbrewing@gmail.com or phoned in during open hours at (509) 491-1058.  e-Gift Cards are also available on the website and merchandise is coming soon. We are working on delivery options for the Greater Tri-Cities area.

Paradise Creek Brewery in Pullman is open for Carryout and Delivery. Details at paradisecreekbrewery.com

Perihelion Brewing – They have adopted an online platform to place orders for curbside pick up or delivery. Place your orders for beer and/or food at perihelionbeer.square.site.

Postdoc Brewing – We will be open every day 10am-6pm. You can purchase packaged beer, gift cards or merchandise online (link in bio) for pick up in our taproom or delivered right to your doorstep. We will fill growlers of anything on tap (excludes nitro). We are filling all growlers, including the ones from your home. There are steep discounts on all hoppy beers (20-50%). We will only be accepting debit/credit cards. Feel free to call the taproom at 425-658-4963 ext 2 from your car and we will bring your order to you and process payment there. Postdoc Shop Link: https://postdocbrewingcompany.salesvu.com/shop.html

Propolis Brewing – Ways to Purchase Propolis Ales & Support our Brewery: 1. Order On-Line & Ship to your Doorstep! https://propolisbrewing.com/shop/beer/ (We are shipping out Sanitized bottle orders Monday-Friday). 2. Purchase a Gift Certificate!  https://propolisbrewing.com/shop/product/propolis-gift-card/  3. Arrange a Local Pick-up or Delivery! For our customers in the Port Townsend/Chimacum area, please use our “local on-line order form” to arrange a “Pre-Paid” Delivery or Curbside Pick-up. (We are only accepting online or over the phone payments)  https://propolisbrewing.com/local-order-form.html

Ravenna Brewing – We will be open from 12-7 every day for crowler and growler sales. We have gift cards available in the taproom, and they’ll be available in an online store (along with merch and other goodies) later  [March 16]. We hope to have a crowler delivery service live soon, we just need to make sure we’re all good and legal before we start bopping around with a trunk full of beer. More details to follow throughout  [March 16]  and the rest of the week, but curbside crowlers and growlers will be a thing for sure. We’re all improvising here but we hope to have everything running smoothly soon!

Single Hill Brewing – We will continue to remain open TUE-SUN (12PM-7PM) and still offer TO-GO BEER and TO-GO FOOD.  Beer: KEGS (party pump available), CROWLERS, GROWLERS* (We cannot fill used growlers without sanitizing glass first). More to come on this. Food: 5 Salsas. Rotating Food Truck. More to come on this. Update 3/25/20 – NEW HOURS: Tue-Sat (3PM-7PM)
Order fresh Single Hill beer for DELIVERY or CURBSIDE PICKUP at SINGLEHILLBREWING.COM

Standard Brewing – We have opened an online store so that you can preorder items and safely pick them up with minimal social interaction. We also have an option for delivery! You can purchase beer, wine, food and merch and have us bring is safely to you. Our hours have been reduced to 11am-8pm daily during this difficult time. Go here, be safe, support your local businesses! standardbrewing.square.site

Stoup Brewing – (Online Store now open. Order today for pick up tomorrow. Order by 10am for next day pick up. Crowlers and Kegs available. Can’t wait until tomorrow? We are stocked for walk up purchases every day noon-7pm.)  The garage door is now open daily from 12pm – 7pm. Guests can purchase cans of crowlers, new growlers, kegs, gift cards, and merchandise to enjoy at home! Stay up to date by following @stoupbrewing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Update: 4/3/20 – starting yesterday, they’re running deliveries to three zip codes (98107, 98103 or 98117) on a trial basis. Stay informed: https://www.facebook.com/StoupBrewing/

Taneum Creek Brewing – We are starting an online store! Right now you can pick up some swag, a Tall Boy Membership, or a gift card for future use! As soon as we get the OK from the state we will also be offering beer for pickup or delivery in Northern Kittitas County! Keep an eye out!  https://taneumcreekbrewing.square.site/

Terramar Brewing – We will have its entire food menu as well as beer and cider packaged in crowlers available for takeout, and curbside delivery Wednesday thru Monday 11:30am to 8:00pm. Orders can be placed online through our website https://www.terramarcraft.com/ , by phone (360)399-6222, or walk-in. We encourage cashless transactions, and ask that as you come into the facility be respectful of others and maintain acceptable social distancing. DELIVERY to the local area starts on 3/27. Visit the website for info.

Trap Door Brewing – Please order online at TrapDoorBrewing.com and be mindful of 6-foot spacing in the taproom when you pick up your beer. We will be CASHLESS starting today in order to protect our staff and our community. Delivery available. https://www.facebook.com/trapdoorbrewing/

Triplehorn Brewing –  We will still be here with bottles, cans, growlers, and gift cards available, your support will help us keep the bills paid, a happy landlord, employees employed, and the beer flowing! our delivery service is up and running for local deliveries! Taking orders from 1:30pm DAILY! LOOK FOR THE “SEE MENU & ORDER” link in the website https://triplehornbrewing.com/

Wingman Brewers – WE WILL be selling all beer to go at 25% off. 16oz 4 packs, $9.75. 12oz 6 packs, $7.50. 64 oz growler fills, $7.50/12.75. 32 oz growler fills, $4.50/7.50. Now offering delivery in Tacoma. Details on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/WingmanBrewers/.

Zeeks Pizza – Open for delivery of both pizza and beer. Beer available at several of their locations.  Online at zeekspizza.com or by phone 206-285-8646 . Also, there’s a Zeeks app.

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Barley Brown’s Beer Cans its Award-Winning Pallet Jack IPA

Brewpublic - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 4:00am
Out in Eastern Oregon, Barley Brown’s Beer has been continuing along, brewing draft only beer for over two decades. For many of these years it sold its beer on premise at its brewpub in downtown Baker City where Tyler Brown, owner/brewmaster, honed his recipes on a manageable 4-barrel brewhouse. Eventually he began to send a […]
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Ground Breaker Brewing Releases Amber Lager in 16oz Cans

Brewpublic - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 2:00am
Ground Breaker Brewing, the 100% dedicated gluten-free brewery has released its first lager in a can when Amber Lager was released earlier this week for pickup at its brewery in Southeast Portland. Amber Lager is a 5% ABV and a modest 21 IBU beer that is fermented with the famous lager yeast strain from Weihenstephan, […]
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Portland’s Cascade Brewing has been sold

Washington Beer News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 4:11pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Long revered as a leader in the sour, barrel-aged beer arena, Cascade Brewing announced today that it has been sold. Nothing against the new owners, but this certainly does mark the end of an era. Art Larrance, one of the guys who co-founded the brewery back in 1996, has decided that it’s time to retire.

His longtime cohort and Cascade’s longtime brewmaster, Ron Gansberg, left the company abruptly a couple years ago. Art continued to carry the torch until now.

Saying that Art Larrance and Ron Gansberg were pioneers is like saying that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were whizkids. Or that Steven Hawking was good at math. Larrance and Gansberg introduced the NW beer scene to sour beers before sour beers were cool. Hell, they introduced us to sour beers before IPAs were cool.

Puckersome sour beers at Cascade Barrel House.

I don’t really know what else to say beyond thank you. Thank you, Art. We are forever in your debt. Over the years you produced so many beers that left me speechless. Beers that soared on feathery wings, suspended effortlessly miles above the inadequate adjectives and meager superlatives that comprise my vocabulary. Simply beautiful beers.

The new owners (pictured below) are not at all carpetbaggers or newbies. These guys have solid backgrounds in the brewery and taproom business. Read more about them in the press release below.

Photo identification from top left clockwise: Mark & Kristi Becker, Ramie Mount, Brian Kovach and Greg Laird.

Cascade Brewing announces sale to local group of brewery and taproom owners

(PORTLAND, Ore. –– April 2, 2020) –– After more than 20 years, one of Oregon’s founding fathers of Oregon beer is passing the torch. It was announced today that Art Larrance has sold Cascade Brewing to new owners. A capable and proven team of brewery and taproom owners––made up of Mark Becker, Ramie Mount, Brian Kovach and Greg Laird––has purchased the operation.

The deal is a phased transition sale of the company known as a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance. Both the existing production team and pub management will remain in place, and the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Blending House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing will continue to operate. Larrance plans on retiring but will remain in an advisory position during the transition period while local, state and federal approvals are being obtained.

Becker, Mount, Kovach and Laird have diverse experience involving brewery ownership, restaurant operation, and taproom management. Becker, who began brewing in his parents’ house while still in high school, founded FlyBoy Brewery with his wife, Kristi, in Lake Oswego, Oregon, in 2014. Three years later, in 2017, they opened FlyBoy Brewery and Pub in Tigard, Oregon. Mount and Kovach, former software engineers, co-own FlyBoy Taproom in Lake Oswego. Laird took his background as a director of product and co-founded Parallel 45 Brewing in Independence, Oregon, in 2019.

“Art is a legend, and we deeply respect what he and his team have built at Cascade,” said Mount. “Our mission is to expand upon their vision, and we are incredibly excited for the opportunity to continue the legacy that Cascade started with its sour beer program in 2006. Art is irreplaceable, and we are thrilled he recognized enough competence in our combined experience to continue Cascade Brewing’s stellar reputation.”

According to Larrance, “It’s time for me to retire and pass the brewery on to a team that’s fresh and full of energy and ideas. I trust this group will do Cascade Brewing proud.”

Financial details of the sale are to remain private. Principals of Arlington Capital Advisors acted as exclusive financial advisors to Cascade Brewing.

Founded in Portland in 1998, Cascade Brewing’s distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit-forward, barrel-aged ales with an emphasis on project year-to-year variation. These beers offer a complex array of flavors derived from the acid, the fruit and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age. The resulting beers offer a complex array of flavors and aromas derived from each project year release, capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Cascade Brewing’s beers are collected by sour fans and connoisseurs around the world.

Larrance, who recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Brewers Guild, has been involved in Oregon’s craft beer industry since its inception and is considered one of the seven founding fathers of the Oregon craft brewing industry. He co-founded one of the state’s first microbreweries, Portland Brewing, as well as the Oregon Brewers Festival, which today is one of the world’s preeminent craft beer festivals; he will retain ownership of and operate the Oregon Brewers Festival. Larrance helped pass Oregon’s Brewpub law, paving the way for scores of pubs since. He founded Cascade Brewing in 1998, and in 2006, worked with his brewmaster, Ron Gansberg, on an aging and blending program that would lead to countless awards and an entirely new style of beer known as the Northwest Sour Ale.

 

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Cascade Brewing Sells To Local Group of Brewery and Taproom Owners

Brewpublic - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 3:15pm
Today it has been announced that Art Larrance has sold Cascade Brewing, the 20+ year old brewery that helped put sour beers on the map here in the Pacific Northwest. Larrance has sold his well-known brewery to a group of brewery and taproom owners from the Portland metro area and Independence, Oregon. This new ownership […]
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Georgetown Brewing moves up the list of top 50 craft beer producers

Washington Beer News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 10:21am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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First up, this is not a best-of list. This has nothing to do with the best breweries. Sorry if you feel cheated.

Every year the Brewers Association (BA) publishes the list of the 50 top-producing craft breweries in America based on the previous year’s production data. In a nutshell, the BA defines a craft brewer as small and independent. They also publish a list of the overall top 50 beer producers, which includes non-craft breweries. Obviously, Anheuser-Busch tops that second list, which we do not share here.

Seattle’s Georgetown Brewing cracked the top 50 last year, coming in at number 41. This year they moved up the list to number 33 and they also showed up as number 43 on the overall list. Georgetown Brewing is the only Washington brewery on either list.

Breweries that were once considered craft but are now owned by the big beer corporations are not on the list below. Because they are no longer considered craft breweries, breweries like Elysian Brewing, Goose Island Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Four Peaks Brewing, Hop Valley Brewing, and others are not on the list.

On the list that includes all of the breweries, both craft and corporate, 40 of the top 50 breweries qualify as craft breweries.

About “Craft”

The word craft is used loosely in the beer biz these days. Back in the 70s and 80s, before craft beer was a thing, breweries were fond of using the word premium. Similarly, craft is a subjective term, but the definition we are talking about here is the one used by the Brewers Association: a craft brewery is small and independent.

It defines “small brewery” as one producing 6 million barrels of beer or less per year. The number was adjusted several years ago to accommodate craft breweries that outgrew the old threshold. The BA’s defines “independent brewery” as one that is less than 25 percent owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.

Of course, the numbers 6 million and 25 percent are subjective. But alas, you need to define your terms somehow, and the BA’s definition is pretty widely accepted. At least it is accepted by the breweries who fit the definition. It’s like pornography: I can’t tell you what it is but I know it when I see it.

Truth is, up here in the Pacific Northwest, the concept of craft vs. corp has meaning. Around these parts, many beer drinkers are aware of the difference and make their buying and drinking decisions accordingly. In my limited experience, beer-drinking folks in less-mature beer markets have little interest in independence and their eyes glass over when you start to talk about the issue.

Not entirely unrelated, I’ve also noticed that beer drinkers in other parts of the country cannot correctly pronounce the word elysian. As in, “Oh, you’re from Seattle? I love that ee-LIE-sheen Space Dust.” Then they go catatonic as I tell the story.

2019’s Top-Producing Craft Breweries in the U.S.

Are there surprises on the list this year? I don’t know. It hasn’t changed too much. You decide if something is surprising. You can see last year’s list here.

  1. D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc
  2. Boston Beer Co
  3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
  4. New Belgium Brewing Co
  5. Duvel Moortgat
  6. Gambrinus
  7. Bell’s Brewery Inc.
  8. CANarchy
  9. Stone Brewing
  10. Artisanal Brewing Ventures
  11. Deschutes Brewery
  12. Brooklyn Brewery
  13. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
  14. SweetWater Brewing Co
  15. New Glarus Brewing Co
  16. Matt Brewing Co
  17. Harpoon Brewery
  18. Minhas Craft Brewery
  19. Odell Brewing Co
  20. Stevens Point Brewery
  21. Summit Brewing Co
  22. Alaskan Brewing Co
  23. Great Lakes Brewing Co
  24. Abita Brewing Co
  25. August Schell Brewing Co
  26. Rhinegeist Brewery
  27. Troegs Brewing Co
  28. Allagash Brewing Co
  29. 21st Amendment Brewery
  30. Narragansett Brewing Co
  31. Three Floyds Brewing Co
  32. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co
  33. Georgetown Brewing Co
  34. Surly Brewing Company
  35. Flying Dog Brewery
  36. Rogue Ales Brewery
  37. Long Trail Brewing Co
  38. Ninkasi Brewing Co
  39. Karl Strauss Brewing Co
  40. Revolution Brewing
  41. Lost Coast Brewery
  42. Shipyard Brewing Co
  43. Wachusett Brewing Co
  44. Modern Times Beer
  45. Saint Arnold Brewing Co
  46. Full Sail Brewing Co
  47. Two Roads Brewing Co
  48. Left Hand Brewing Company
  49. Bear Republic Brewing Co
  50. North Coast Brewing Co Inc

 

 

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New beer from Reuben’s Brews supports food/beverage industry workers

Washington Beer News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 8:40am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Workers in the hospitality industry were hit particularly hard by the pandemic shutdown. Around the Seattle area alone, thousands upon countless thousands of workers suddenly found themselves out of work in an instant. Reuben’s Brews created a new beer that benefits Big Table, an organization providing support to struggling food and beverage industry workers.

You Are Not Alone IPA was brewed last weekend and is scheduled for release on April 16th. It will be available around the Puget Sound region thereafter. The beer is described as a hazy IPA that weighs in at 8.5 percent ABV. More info about the beer and the mission in the announcement below.

You Are Not Alone!

Reuben’s Announces New Brew in Support of Food/Beverage Industry Workers

Seattle, WA (4/1/2020) – In a world where social distancing has become the new normal, it is essential for us to remember that we’re all in this together. That is especially true for the thousands of hospitality industry workers in Seattle and the whole of the Pacific Northwest who have been impacted by this shutdown and are struggling to make ends meet until they can get back to work.

To do their part in this time of need, Reuben’s is brewing a special new beer called You Are Not Alone. This is a beer with a purpose, and 100% of the profits will be donated to Big Table (https://big-table.com) who is providing support to those in our industry who have lost their jobs.

“Like everyone else, Reuben’s has truly felt the effects of this shutdown,” said Reuben’s Co-Founder and Brewmaster Adam Robbings. “We’ve been able to keep our team employed and the lights on by selling beer to-go at our Taproom as well as producing for stores throughout the region, but others in our industry have not been so lucky. We believe we have the responsibility and the opportunity to support people across the industry right now, and this is just one small thing we can do to try to help.”

The new beer was brewed last weekend and will be released around April 16 (or whenever the beer decides it is ready). It will be an 8.5% ABV hazy IPA featuring spelt – one of Reuben’s favorite grains that adds creaminess and mouthfeel to their hop-forward beers. Another interesting note about the beer is the label, which craft beer fans may recognize as an homage to a certain little digestif bottle that warms the hearts of people in breweries and bars around the world.

Additionally, Reuben’s is putting the call out to any other brewery that is able to brew their own You Are Not Alone beer and donate what they can from the proceeds to a charity of their choice. So far, three other breweries have committed to doing their own version of You Are Not Alone – and they are hoping this list grows. Reuben’s is making the template for the beer’s label available to anyone for customization and use on their version of the beer. Brewers are invited to contact Reuben’s directly to discuss recipes and to get the label file.

We’re in this together. We’ll get through this together. You Are Not Alone.

 

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Reuben’s Brews Releases You Are Not Alone Hazy IPA to Benefit Food & Beverage Industry Workers

Brewpublic - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 3:00am
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many breweries are struggling to stay afloat as many have laid off a large portion of its workforce. In Seattle, Reuben’s Brews has brewed You Are Not Alone Hazy IPA to support the food and beverage industry workers. Reuben’s chose to work with Big Table where 100% of […]
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Hood River Distillers Produces Hand Sanitizer During COVID-19 Pandemic

Brewpublic - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 9:56pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​ – H​ood River Distillers​, the Northwest’s largest and oldest importer, distiller, producer, bottler, and marketer of distilled spirits, is ​now using their distillery and bottling equipment to make hand sanitizer on a large scale for distribution to first responders and medical facilities, ​it was announced today.​ The sanitizer began production two weeks […]
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Little Beast Brewing Releases Little Beast Lager and Sylvestris Fruited Gose

Brewpublic - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 9:23pm
Little Beast Brewing has just released its new Little Beast Lager and will release Sylvestris Fruited Gose next week. Both beers will be packaged in 16oz 4-pack cans and will be available through limited distribution throughout Oregon, Washington, and California along with home delivery in Portland. Here are descriptions on each of the two new […]
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Von Ebert Brewing Introduces Home Beer Delivery Service

Brewpublic - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 7:53pm
With on premise sales shutdown for at least the next month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Von Ebert Brewing begins to offer next day home beer delivery. This new service is in addition to its currently offered curbside pickup service at Von Ebert Brewing – Pearl and Von Ebert Brewing – Glendoveer locations. “Given the […]
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TTB postpones filing and payment dates

Washington Beer News - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 3:01pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) made the following announcement today.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recognizes that businesses that we regulate are being severely impacted by COVID-19. To assist these businesses during this period, we are postponing several filing and payment due dates for 90 days where the original due date falls on or after March 1, 2020, through July 1, 2020.

Specifically, we are:

Postponing tax payment due dates for wine, beer, distilled spirits, tobacco products, cigarette papers and tubes, firearms, and ammunition excise taxes.

Postponing filing due dates for excise tax returns.

Postponing filing due dates for submission of operational reports.

Postponing filing due dates for claims for credit or refund by producers.

Postponing filing due dates for claims by manufacturers of nonbeverage products.

Postponing due dates for submission of export documentation.

Considering emergency variations from regulatory requirements for affected businesses on a case-by-case basis.

Reviewing requests for relief from penalties based on reasonable cause.

See TTB Industry Circular 2020-2 for additional details.

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Elysian Brewing releases the first co-branded Rolling Stone beer

Washington Beer News - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 11:44am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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For more than 50 years, Rolling Stone has chronicled the passage of time, the turning of trends, and the evolution of popular music and culture in the Western Hemisphere. To call the venerable publication iconic is something of an understatement. That’s why this story is newsworthy, whether it matters to you or not.

Today, Elysian Brewing announced the release of Rolling Stone Craft Lager. This marks the first time Rolling Stone has lent its renowned brand to a “craft” beer. As far as I can tell, it’s the first beer of any kind bestowed with the famed Rolling Stone brand. Elysian’s Rolling Stone Craft Lager is described as a light-bodied lager with hints of orange and honey, clocking in at 4.8 percent ABV. Here’s the press release.

Elysian Brewing’s Co-Branded Rolling Stone Craft Lager Hits Stores Nationwide

The Elysian Rolling Stone Lager with Hints of Orange and Honey Captures the Joy of Music in a Can

SEATTLE, WA – April 1, 2020 – Today, Rolling Stone and Elysian Brewing’s highly anticipated craft lager hits store shelves nationwide. The Elysian Rolling Stone Lager, inspired by live shows and long nights, marks a milestone in craft brewing, and the first time Rolling Stone has co-created and licensed their iconic brand to a craft beer. In times of great uncertainty and isolation, Rolling Stone and Elysian hope they can bring people together across the nation to experience a moment of joy at the crack of each can.

“The fact that Elysian has supported and been inspired by music and musicians since their beginnings makes this partnership a natural fit for Rolling Stone,” said Gus Wenner, Rolling Stone’s president and COO. “We’re excited and proud to share our first venture into craft beer with our fans — we put a lot of passion into this project and we know they’re going to love it.”

Elysian Rolling Stone Lager is crisp, smooth and sweet, with tantalizing hints of caramel and orange marmalade. The unique, high quality, all-malt lager is full of flavor, yet profoundly balanced. It boasts a beautiful clear gold color and a moderate hop profile from Cascade, Crystal and Mandarina Bavaria hops, giving the beer an orange zest and Manuka honey finish.
“Like a musician creating a timeless masterpiece, we took our time with this brew to perfect a beer that pays homage to the indescribable emotions that only music can evoke,” said Josh Waldman, Elysian Brewmaster. “Essentially, we wanted to create a beer you’d want to drink when you jam out.”

With a modest ABV of just 4.8%, it’s the perfect refreshment for the warm days of spring and summer. Its relatively light body makes it a great accompaniment to pizza, brats and heavier foods. And like everything Elysian brews, Elysian Rolling Stone Lager is technically refined, made steadily and carefully, and always released at the peak of freshness.

“Elysian is honored to be the one and only Rolling Stone craft beer partner. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the power of music and its significance in our everyday lives,” said Joe Bisacca, Elysian Brewing Co-Founder. “We invite beer loving rock fans nationwide to raise a can and toast the music legends that helped set us free.”

Elysian’s approach to making beer is based on fearless experimentation, passionate collaboration and unapologetic boundary-pushing. Elysian Rolling Stone Lager is a ripping drum solo ride fully aligned with Rolling Stone’s editorial savvy. Elysian is fiercely proud of its culture of broad acceptance and has long sponsored, supported, and actively participated in community events that celebrate inclusivity and invite participation from all walks of life.

Elysian Rolling Stone Lager starts a new era. The invitation is out to old legends, rising stars, and everyone who loves light beer loaded with flavor. Join us. Elysian Rolling Stone Lager is available in a six-pack of 12oz cans, as well as 16oz cans. It will be available on tap nationwide.

 

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Chuckanut Brewery Releases Kölsch German Style Ale in 500mL Bottles

Brewpublic - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 5:00am
In these strange days, packaged beers reign supreme and Chuckanut Brewery has released its award winning Kölsch German Style Ale in 500mL bottles for the first time. Due to COVID-19, many breweries are transitioning its draft only beer to packaged beers to offer a more efficient and easier way to deliver its product to its […]
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Bale Breaker Brewing Release First Beer in New Clarity Rarity Hazy IPA Series

Brewpublic - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 6:21pm
Beers that were once born on the Imagination Station brew system at Bale Breaker Brewing Co. will now become part of its new Clarity Rarity Hazy IPA Series. The new Clarity Rarity Hazy IPA Release No. 1 release in this new lineup of staff-favorite small batch hazy IPAs will make its debut on Saturday, April […]
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Bale Breaker Brewing releasing new beer Saturday, locally and across the region

Washington Beer News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 3:14pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Bale Breaker Brewing has earned a place in the hearts of IPA lovers. The brewery is not at all shy about creating hop-forward beers, especially of the West Coast and Northwest IPA varieties. As the world of IPA became hazier and hazier in recent years, Bale Breaker proceeded with caution and focused on doing it right. This Saturday the company releases a staff-favorite, the first hazy IPA in the Clarity Rarity series–a series of staff-favorite brews. Dang me! Those are some pretty can!

The beer will be available this Saturday at the brewery where they’ll operate a drive-thru style beer pick up operation. It will also be more widely available at “select independent grocers and bottleshops” across the region. Here is the info from the brewery, including a link to the Bale Breaker beer finder.

Bale Breaker Promotes Staff-Favorite Hazy IPA Recipes into New Series

Yakima Valley Brewery releases hazy IPA series to 16oz. can lineup

Yakima, Wash. – March 31, 2019 – Bale Breaker Brewing Company, a family-owned brewery located in the beautiful Yakima Valley, today announces its release of the first hazy IPA from the Clarity Rarity series, a line of staff-favorite small batch hazy IPAs that graduated from the Imagination Station.

Originally known as a taproom-exclusive release called “Irieshun,” Release No. 1 is a clarity rarity with complex hoppy aromas: mandarin orange, pineapple, mango, herbal. The announcement serves as the brewery’s answer to continue to prove there’s ‘no one way to IPA’ and to saturate fans’ thirst for more hazy brews on the west coast.

“This release truly is dedicated to our fans – specifically to the locals who come out and support every single taproom release party we throw to test out our latest Imagination Station brews,” said Kevin Smith, BBBC co-owner and brewmaster. “It’s every brewmaster’s dream to have his/her recipe be well-received, so making what was formerly known as ‘Irieshun’ into a Bale Breaker staple is really just a celebration of our community’s support for creativity and uniqueness.”

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Bale Breaker will be releasing the colorful 16oz. cans for the public to enjoy via a no-contact drive-thru style on Saturday, April 4 from 12-6pm along with new, equally colorful tie-dye Bale Breaker t-shirts. Swing through the brewery parking lot to be one of the first to bring home this highly coveted hazy IPA and rep the newest brewery tee. Available in select independent grocers and bottleshops in Washington, Northern Idaho, and Oregon in late-April. Find a store near you by using Bale Breaker’s online beer finder: www.balebreaker.com/beer/search

About Clarity Rarity Hazy IPA Series

Made with recipes born and refined on our Imagination Station brew system, the Clarity Rarity series showcases the cream of this year’s hazy crop, the most perfect protein-polyphenol bonds this side of Vermont. This limited release series wafts intense hop aromas out of each clouded glass, through the twists and turns of your nasal passageways, taking you on a journey toward understanding the perfection of each tiny bracteole contained within each tiny hop cone contained within your heart. Keep cold and drink fresh for the flavors our brewers intended.

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Chuckanut Brewery introduces half-liter bottles across the PNW

Washington Beer News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 2:29pm

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Chuckanut’s beloved, award-winning beers find their way into bottles

News today that Chuckanut Brewery is expanding its bottled beer program, offering its products in half-liter bottles. Look for it at grocery stores and essential beer retailers in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.

Here’s the announcement from Chuckanut Brewery.

CHUCKANUT BEER IN BOTTLES NOW!

There’s always a silver lining to a storm cloud and lucky for Chuckanut beer fans, it’s coming in the form of bottled Chuckanut Beer! The Coronavirus has made us all more creative with how we get our great beer to those who want it, just not at a favorite restaurant or pub. Instead, it’s got to be in the form of beer to go. Chuckanut is now offering its world-famous, award-winning beers in half-liter bottles! Chuckanut bottled beer will be available from NW Beverages in Washington state, Day One Distributors in Oregon, Dickerson Distributing in northwest Puget Sound and West Craft in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Chuckanut beer in half-liter bottles can be found at Metropolitan Markets, PCC, Town & Country and smaller bottle shops in the Puget Sound region. In Portland Chuckanut bottles will be located at Market of Choice, New Seasons Markets and smaller bottle shops and in the northwest Puget Sound it is on the shelves of the Community Food Co-op, Elizabeth Station and other grocers.

The first to be distributed around the Puget Sound, Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC areas is Kolsch, the current Gold Medal World Beer Cup winner that is a light-bodied soft malt-flavored ale that gives way to a crisp finish. Kolsch German Style Ale has undergone cold conditioning resulting in a slightly fruity aroma, effervescent quality and smooth, easy finish. Great with sandwiches, seafood and any spicy foods it is a winner of multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival (4 medals), World Beer Cup (2 medals), North American Beer Awards (5 medals) and WA Beer Awards (4 medals) since 2011. Watch for other bottled Chuckanut beers in the future as these will come on-line as time permits. Whenever you reach for a Chuckanut beer you will be glad you did, they are always elegant, delicious and easy to drink!

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen located at 601 West Holly St, Bellingham was awarded the National Small Brewpub/Brewer of the Year 2009 and National Small Brewery/Brewer of the Year 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The full service “Kitchen” currently offers Beer to Go with curbside pick up 12:30-6:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday (360-752-3377 opt 1). Chuckanut’s South Nut’s Tap Room is in the heart of Skagit Valley, 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington. South Nut currently offers Beer to Go with curbside pick up Wednesday-Friday 3-6 pm and Saturday 1-6 pm (360-752-3377 opt 2). Check out additional information about Chuckanut Brewery at
http://www.chuckanutbrewery.com/

 

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Governor signs new that benefits breweries and dogs

Washington Beer News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 11:55am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The new law allows Washington’s breweries to increase the number of taprooms they operate and welcomes dogs

Today Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 2412, making it law. The bill focused on two aspects of brewery taprooms. First, it increases the number of additional retail licenses available to breweries from two to four. Second, it legalizes dogs in taprooms. Kudos to the Washington Brewers Guild for pushing this one across the finish line.

Because of the new law, a brewery is entitled to four retail locations. Meaning, they can now have more off-site taprooms, which I like to refer to as satellite taprooms—the brewery has a taproom that is not at the actual brewery itself. This provides a brewery with more opportunities to sell its own product at retail, directly to customers.

The second aspect of the new law addresses the oft-confusing issue of dogs in taprooms. The various counties and municipalities across the state have their own rules regarding this issue. Now, because of the new law, things are vastly simplified: dogs are allowed in brewery taprooms. Of course, this does not require that a brewery allow dogs in its taproom, it just legalizes the decision should they choose to allow dogs in the taproom.

HB 2412, which is now law, verbatim states: “Nothing prohibits the owner of a licensed domestic brewery from allowing dogs on the premises of a retail liquor license location held by the domestic brewery under subsection (4) of this section.”

 

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