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Fremont Brewing Announces 2020 Beer Release Calendar

Brewpublic - 5 hours 52 min ago
Fremont Brewing has many favorites and a few new beers coming to market this year as the Seattle based brewery has announced its 2020 Beer Release Calendar. This year Fremont Brewing will add a new year-round beer its lineup with Golden Pilsner joining Universale, Interurban IPA, Lush IPA, Sky Kraken Hazy, Dark Star, and Nitro […]
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Ecliptic Brewing Tucana Tangerine Sour Ale Release Party

Brewpublic - 17 hours 27 min ago
The citrus flavors from tangerines will be the focal point of Tucana Tangerine Sour Ale, the new year-round beer from Ecliptic Brewing. Now part of the brewery’s All The Time Series, the North Portland brewer will host the Tucana Tangerine Sour Ale Release Party on Saturday, January 25th. Originally releases last year as a 2019 […]
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2 Towns Ciderhouse Releases Serious Scrump

Brewpublic - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:08pm
Corvallis, Ore. – January 21, 2020 2 Towns Ciderhouse has released the 2019 vintage of its much loved Imperial Seasonal… SERIOUS SCRUMP! In quintessential 2 Towns fashion, Serious Scrump takes the traditional English ‘scrumpy’ style and gives it a Northwest twist. Historically, scrumpy ciders are made with a blend of random apples leftover from the […]
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The Crown Hosts Groundhog Day Eve Pizza and Cocktail Competition

Brewpublic - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 6:53am
Nestled inside the lobby of Hotel Lucia on downtown Portland’s busy Southwest Broadway is The Crown. Opened in 2017, The Crown is James Beard Award-winning Chef Vitaly Paley’s cocktail-centric pizza bar that features New York-style pizza alongside cocktails and beers. To kick off the month of February, The Crown will host will host Punxsutawney Phil’s […]
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Rogue Ales & Spirits Launches Dreamland Lager to Benefit Dreamland Skateparks

Brewpublic - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 6:32am
Newport, Ore. (January 14, 2020) — Dare. Risk. Dream. Rogue Ales & Spirits continues to live their motto with the release of Dreamland American Lager, a new year-round beer brewed in partnership with Dreamland Skateparks to benefit skateparks across the country. “For the last 31 years it has been our privilege to lift up our friends and neighbors by giving back wherever […]
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A preview peek at Fair Isle Brewing, opening soon in Ballard

Washington Beer News - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 2:01pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Ballard’s Newest Brewery is About to Open

Photos by Kim Sharpe Jones.

The long-awaited, much-anticipated opening of Fair Isle Brewing is rapidly approaching. Currently, things are pretty much ready to go and they’re just waiting for some of the final permitting to come through from the city. It could happen any day now. We stopped by yesterday for a media preview. Keep an eye on the company’s Facebook page and Instagram page to find out exactly when they’ll be open for real.

Fair Isle Brewing is located one block south of Lucky Envelope Brewing and one block west of Populuxe Brewing on NW 49th Street (936 NW 49th St, Seattle, WA 98107). The taproom will welcome grownups only (21+). Dogs will be allowed in the beer garden but not the taproom. Because of their liquor license (a tavern license, basically) the state won’t allow children. The desire to serve wine as well as their own beer required this kind of license. Because they have a kitchen, which we’ll talk about below, the county won’t allow dogs inside.

The taproom itself is cozy, with an official capacity of just 48 people. There’s also an overflow seating area, the Orchid Room, which increases the overall capacity to 80 people. The beer garden will eventually help increase the capacity further, but the weather needs to change for that because it is currently uncovered. The plan is to eventually offer some shelter in the beer garden, though there’s no schedule for that yet.

The Orchid Room.

The Orchid Room, with a seating capacity of just over 30, has a small, basic kitchen that Fair Isle intends to use for hosting pop-up dinners and other special food-related events. Glass doors open to the beer garden out front. The Orchid Room is so named because the building’s previous tenants grew and sold orchids.

That’s a 45-barrel foeder. Roughly 1,400 gallons.

All of the beers produced by Fair Isle Brewing are mixed-culture beers, so you won’t find a “regular” IPA or porter, but you will find a lot of variations of saison, most of which will be aged and conditioned in barrels, puncheons, or the foeder pictured above. For you newbies, “mixed-culture” is a term applied to beers that are not simply fermented with normal brewers yeast, but also make use of wild yeast, certain types of bacteria, and other microbes.

When I visited the other day, the taplist included things like the Petra, which is basically the house saison; Madame R. Galle, a dry, lemony version of the Petra;  Bobbi, a hop-forward, very dry saison that is reminiscent of a brut IPA; and Sadie, a tart and creamy pineapple saison. There were others, too, but that’s a pretty good representation of what you’ll find on tap.

15-barrel brewhouse from North Coast Metal Design and Fabrication.

The two masterminds behind Fair Isle Brewing are Geoffrey Barker and Andrew Pogue. Geoffrey is new to the industry but is an accomplished homebrewer who built his own three-vessel brewing system, which will continue to be used as Fair Isle’s pilot system. His partner, Andrew, previously worked at Jester King Brewing in Austin, Texas, one of the nation’s most revered producers of mixed-culture beers.

Keep an eye on Fair Isle Brewing’s social channels to find out when they open to the public.


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Beer Release – History Lesson, from Boundary Bay Brewery

Washington Beer News - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 8:53am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Here is the announcement from Boundary Bay Brewery.

History Lesson
Stats: 5.8% ABV | 13.9°P OG | 7 SRM | 30 IBU

This first collaboration was designed and brewed with Boundary Bay’s Original Brewer Howard Koon, former Brewer Dave Morales, and North Corner Brew Supply owner Robert Arzoo.

History Lesson pays homage to the English Pale Ale, a style that brewers modified in the 80s & 90s to revolutionize America’s thirst for craft. This easy-drinking, classic English Pale balances spot-on bready notes with textbook floral, fruity hop character. To appreciate the past, shelve the encyclopedia and enjoy your History Lesson on tap.

Malts: 2-Row Pale | Munich | Carastan | Vienna
Hops: Fuggles
Yeast: London III
Water: Lake Whatcom Watershed

Appearance: Bright | Golden Orange
Aroma: Floral | Bready | Biscuity | Mild Fruitiness
Taste: Medium Sweetness | Mild Bitterness
Mouthfeel: Light-body | Smooth

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Announces its 2020 Beer Release Calendar

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 12:30am
One of the original and quite possibly most beloved craft breweries celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. As we enter 2020, Sierra Nevada Brewing has a big year planned for its 40th year in business and the brewer has announced its 2020 Beer Release Calendar for its packaged beer that’s brewed in Chico, California and […]
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Block 15 Brewing Bourbon Month Community Table Beer Dinner

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 12:15am
When February arrives late next week, Block 15 Brewing will kick off its annual Bourbon Month. Each year, the month of February features bourbon inspired beers and food at Block 15. This year is no different except that there will be one additional day to celebrate as 2020 is a leap year! On February 1st, […]
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Rainier Beer 2020 Tabs For Good Benefits Pacific Northwest Wilderness Initiatives

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 9:02pm
SEATTLE, Wash. (January 16, 2020) – In the rapidly urbanizing Pacific Northwest of 2020, the native population of Wild Rainiers is being threatened like never before. This year Rainier is partnering with three of the Pacific Northwest’s prominent outdoor-focused non-profits to unite people from around the region to fight this troubling trend and do some […]
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Oakshire Brewing Announces 16oz Cans For Its 2020 Core and Seasonal Beer Lineup

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 8:12pm
January 21, 2020: EUGENE, OR – The Oakshire team is excited to announce changes to their 2020 Core and Seasonal Programs, including moving two favorites from Seasonal into their Core lineup, in brand new packaging – The Perfect Storm Double IPA and Reclaim the Fame West Coast IPA. While Oakshire will continue to use 22oz. […]
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Seattle’s iconic The Red Door announces it is closing after 31+ years

Washington Beer News - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 2:36pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Well, this is hard to report. This one hurts. So many memories. One of Seattle’s first bars to focus on craft beer, The Red Door, just announced that it will close at the end of its current lease. Back then, we called them microbrews and The Red Door in Fremont was one of the only places in the city where you could find more than one or two of them on tap. The original Red Door opened in 1988. Now, they are slated to close on March 8th

I will have more to report in the coming days, but for now, here is the announcement that showed up on Facebook today:

It is with great sadness that we share that we will be closing the Red Door at the end of our current lease, and our last day of business will be Sunday, March 8th.

We take our stewardship of this historic building and business seriously, but we just aren’t able to make it work financially. We notified our team in person today and will be doing anything we can to support them in this transition.

We are grateful for you, and each and every person who has come through our doors – whether customer, supplier or team member – and will miss being a part of our wonderful Fremont community.

Please join us often between now and March 8th to raise a glass and celebrate the 31 years we’ve had together.

With gratitude,
Pete and Emily


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Would you love or hate a Blind Beer Festival?

Washington Beer News - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:09am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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A festival where nobody knows exactly what they’re drinking until the end. Any interest?

I’ve been to a lot of beer festivals over the years and I’ve observed a lot of festivalgoer behavior. For starters, I’ve noticed that a line begets a line and people assume (right or wrong) that the best beer is at the front of the longest line. I’ve also noticed that the fanciest and most festive booths get a  lot of attention and humble, unassuming booths occupied by breweries with unfamiliar names tend to get the least attention, regardless of the quality of the beer.

To a large extent, this is understandable, predictable human behavior. I honestly do not intend for this to be a disparaging commentary about festivalgoers.

So, what if we had a beer blind beer festival? What if the beers you tried at the event came with no preconceived notions about the brewery? You step up to the booth and get a beer described only as “hazy and hoppy” or “dark and rich,” for example. No idea who brewed it. Maybe you don’t even know the exact beer style. No fancy banners, no free stickers, no hula skirts or other costumes, no marketing whatsoever.

Would you appreciate such a beer festival or would it defeat the purpose? Do you go to beer festivals to explore, to learn, and to discover, or do you go to beer festivals to reinforce your existing opinions about what you like? Would it piss you off that you do not know which booth is pouring beer from your favorite brewery, the one you’ve determined to be the best brewery in all the land?

This is not a rhetorical question. I am honestly interested to know how people would feel about a blind beer festival.

Some folks in Boston are about to find out the answer to my questions. In March, Boston Beer Week kicks off with an event dubbed the Blind Beer Fest. The festival-style event will feature over 30 beers from Massachusetts breweries, but nobody will know which breweries brewed which beers, or even which breweries are involved, until the big reveal at the end of the event.

“Let’s remove any preconceived notions about style and branding,” says the event’s Facebook page. “Throughout the event, you won’t know exactly what beer you’re tasting or the brewery it’s from. You’ll have a cheat sheet to take notes as you taste and will then have the opportunity to vote for your favorites in each section — IPAs, dark beers and wild cards.”

“At the end of the event, we’ll reveal all of the beers, breweries, and the fan favorites in each style category.”

Personally, I think this is a great idea. As an occasional beer judge, the blind tasting is something to which I’ve grown accustomed. Yeah, sometimes the big reveal at the end of it all surprises or even disappoints you, but a good beer is a good beer, regardless of preconceived notions. For beer judging, the blind tasting format works and is absolutely necessary. I am just curious if people think it is appropriate or valuable for a beer festival.

Feel free to leave a comment here or head over to Facebook, where I anticipate a lively conversation.


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APEX to Host Triple Tap Takeover with 3 Floyds, Boneyard and Gigantic

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 3:00am
When the 2020 American Hop Convention arrives in Portland later this week from January 22-24, APEX will host a coveted tap takeover with an amazing lineup of beer from a few locals and one highly sought-after brewery. On Wednesday, January 22nd, APEX will host Triple Tap Takeover with 3 Floyds Brewing, Boneyard Beer, and Gigantic […]
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Brouwer’s Cafe Hosts 10 Year Firestone Walker Anniversary Vertical with David Walker

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 2:00am
Firestone Walker Brewing is highly regarded for its beers from its barrel aging program. Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood will showcase a 10 Year Firestone Walker Anniversary Vertical with the brewery’s co-founder, David Walker in attendance on Thursday, January 23rd beginning at 5pm. Through the years, Brouwer’s Cafe has been putting away kegs of […]
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Beer Review – Melvin Brewing 2019 Boil Rumble New England Breakfast Ale

Brewpublic - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 9:49pm
Last year, Melvin Brewing along with The Brewing Network and MoreBeer!.com Homebrewing Supplies hosted The Boil Rumble, its 2019 National Homebrew Contest. The winning beer was New England Breakfast Ale, the grand prize winner from the East Bay Homebrew Club of Barrington, Rhode Island. To brew and then can New England Breakfast Ale, Melvin Brewing […]
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Take a trip on the hazy highway with Reuben’s Brews

Washington Beer News - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 4:53pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Portland, Bellingham, and Spokane are about to get a taste of something usually reserved for Seattle: Reuben’s Brews Haze Fest. If you are one of the many beer aficionados who are crazy for the hazy, don’t miss this one.

Haze Fest at Reuben’s Brews is a now-annual event held at the brewery’s taproom each May. It is one of the dozens of events that mark Seattle Beer Week, a city-wide, ten-day celebration of beer held each year during May. Reuben’s Haze Fest features upwards of two-dozen of the brewery’s hazy creations, many of which are never served outside of the brewery’s taproom.

Three hazy IPAs from Reuben’s Brews.

The crew at Reuben’s recently decided to take the show on the road, with stops in Bellingham, Portland, and Spokane. The first event is this Thursday, January 21st at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland. See the complete schedule below.

According to Reuben’s Brews, “We’re bringing a whole taplist of hazy beers—many of which have only been available previously and exclusively at our Taproom during Seattle Beer Week—to some of our favorite cities across the Pacific Northwest. Here’s your chance to try beers like Cereal Crush, Zombie Crush, and Hazealicious P.O.G.”

  • Thursday, January 23rd at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, OR
  • Friday, January 31st at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, WA
  • Thursday, February 13th at Flatstick Pub in Spokane, WA


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Lowercase Brewing celebrates 6th anniversary this Saturday

Washington Beer News - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 2:24pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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This Saturday, January 25th the folks at Lowercase Brewing celebrate their sixth anniversary at the brewery’s taproom in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Festivities beginning at noon when they’ll release a couple of new beers. In the evening, the Warren G. Hardings will perform starting at 8:00. Note that tickets are required for the evening concert, which is a 21+ affair.

Facebook event page.

From Lowercase Brewing: “Come celebrate 6 years with Lowercase Brewing! We’re going big this year with two beer releases, a true West Coast IPA as well as an extremely limited release of a bottled Eisbock 1-year in the making! In addition, we will be hosting a special performance by the local Seattle Bluegrass band, The Warren G. Hardings.”

“Festivities and beer releases begin at noon, Tosté is serving sandwiches from 2pm to 5pm and the Warren G. Hardings go on at 8pm. The first part of the day is all ages, while the concert is 21+.”

Get your tickets here


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Beer Release – Rye Lager, Black Raven Brewing

Washington Beer News - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 11:30am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Here is the announcement from Black Raven Brewing:



Bright and copper in color, this new beer blends soft, spicy rye notes with the crisp shortbread characteristics of a lager. Flavors of toasted malt and vanilla are balanced by a dry mouthfeel and light floral aroma. With its full body and bright flavor, our Rye Lager perfectly bridges the coziness of winter and the promise of spring.

IBU: 26
ABV: 5.32%

Available on draft and in growlers to go
exclusively in our Redmond and Woodinville taprooms!


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Figurehead Brewing hosting a SAD Outdoor Winter Beer Fest on Feb. 1st

Washington Beer News - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 10:24am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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If you’ve lived around Seattle for as long as I have, you understand the concept of not letting the rain stop you. If you do, you’ll never do anything. With that in mind, Figurehead Brewing presents its first-ever SAD Outdoor Winter Beer Festival, a showcase of strong and dark (SAD) beers. In addition to Figurehead Brewing’s own beers, the event also features beers from some nearby, neighborhood breweries: Urban Family Brewing, Rooftop  Brewing, and Dirty Couch Brewing.

Here’s the info straight from the brewery:

Figurehead Brewing hosts SAD Outdoor Winter Beer Festival

On February 1st, committed craft beer connoisseurs will be standing out in the rain drinking some of Seattle’s finest strong and dark beers. Come join for Figurehead’s 1st annual Strong and Dark (SAD) Outdoor Winter Beer Fest. “The inspiration for this event came from the Michigan Brewer’s Guild Winter Beer Festival, which takes place outdoors in the middle of the winter. I wanted to prove that Seattle would also brave the winter elements for good craft beer,” says head brewer/owner Bob Monroe.

If you’re not that hard core, or new to the PNW, there will also be limited covered space with a fire pit, free hot cider and tea. According to bartender Jenny, “My dad always says ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.'” So layer up, rain or shine.

Live bands will play throughout the event and the strong and dark beers on offer will help keep you warm, including brews from Figurehead, Urban Family, Rooftop and Dirty Couch. For event details, a full list of beers, and to purchase tickets, please visit:

Figurehead’s SAD Outdoor Winter Beer Festival
Saturday, Feb 1 from noon – 7pm
4001 21st Ave. W, Unit B
Seattle, WA 98199

Join us for our first annual outdoor SAD (Strong And Dark) Winter Beer Fest! Rain doesn’t slow us down in Seattle, so we figured why not have an outdoor beer festival in February! We’ll be pouring a couple of our strong and/or dark beers, alongside a few from some of our fellow Seattle brewery friends.

Swine and Steel will be in front from 3pm to 8pm serving up some amazing bbq! We’ll also have live music in the beergarden; stay tuned for additional details!

Here’s the beer lineup so far:

Figurehead Brewing
– First Leg Barleywine – 2018 WA Beer Awards Gold Medal. This classic English Barleywine was brewed for our first anniversary in 2017 and continues to evolve with extended cellaring.
– Tripel Digits – For our 100th batch we brewed a classic Abbey-style tripel. Light in color with a bready maltiness, medium bitterness, and classic Belgian esters and phenolics. This is the first public release of this beer!
– St. Charlie – Dark amber imperial doppelbock, lagered for almost a year. Tons of complex malt notes of fig, raisen, and caramel.

Urban Family Brewing
– Sacred Arrow – Our SIP NW Magazine Double Gold medal winning raspberry imperial sour ale. Loaded with 35lbs. per barrel of raspberry, on a 8% golden sour ale base, because we can.

Rooftop Brewing
– 2019 Barrel Aged Hoppin’ Honey Braggot – Braggot is an ancient style of beer, where up to one-third of the fermentable sugars come from honey. We aged the beer in Rye Whiskey barrels from Stein Distilling in Joseph, OR. The spicy notes from the Rye and the caramel-vanilla notes from the barrel blend perfectly with the honey-sweetened finish of the braggot.

Dirty Couch Brewing
– Strong Ale – More details coming soon!

A $12 advance ticket ($15 at the door) gets you five 5oz pours.

This event is rain or shine so bring your rain gear (limited covered outdoor space available for those new to the PNW)!

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