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Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House to Host 2019 Sour Fest Today

Brewpublic - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 7:15am
Today, Saturday, April 20th, Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House will host its 2019 Sour Fest. On tap will be six sour beers from Deschutes Brewery! Sour Fest takes place today from 11:00am until close so stop in anytime to get your sour beer fix. Deschutes will be serving up a special sour beer flight or […]
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Cascade Brewing 2019 Sour Flower Fest Returns This Weekend

Brewpublic - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 7:18am
Kicking off today at Noon is the 2019 Sour Flower Fest at Cascade Barrel House in Southeast Portland. The three-day sour beer fest will take place today through Sunday, April 21st, opening each day at Noon. This year’s Sour Flower Fest is in its third year and brings together many of Cascade Brewing’s beers that […]
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4th Annual Beer and Gear Sale Kicks Off Two Beers Brewing Co Fundraising for Washington’s National Park Fund

Brewpublic - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:30pm
SEATTLE (April 16, 2019) –Beginning their partnership in 2016, Two Beers Brewing has been raising funds for the Washington National Parks Fund (WNPF) through sales of  of their flagship brew, Wonderland Trail IPA, and a series of fundraising events. In 2018 Two Beers raised $25,000 for WNPF, surpassing their $20,000 goal, and sent a team […]
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Level Beer and de Garde Brewing Collaborate on The Walrus

Brewpublic - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 6:41pm
After aging for the past two years, de Garde Brewing is set to release The Walrus, its collaboration beer that was brewed with Level Beer. On Saturday, April 20th, beginning at 11:00am, Level Beer will sell The Walrus in 750mL bottles and will have a limited amount on draft. The Walrus was brewed back in […]
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Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery Releases 2019 Edition of La Truffe

Brewpublic - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 8:00am
Out at the farm on Saturday, Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery will release its 2019 edition of La Truffe. Brewed each year, La Truffe is an annual collaboration with The Oregon Truffle Festival that supplies the brewery each winter season with ripe white truffles from the local region that are used to brew the beer. […]
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Tonight, The Beer Junction welcomes Garden Path Fermentation

Washington Beer News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 7:56am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The folks from Garden Path Fermentation of Burlington, Washington visits The Beer Junction in West Seattle tonight (Thursday, April 18) and they’re bringing an assortment of beers (and a mead) for your tasting pleasure. In its year of existence, this brewery has quickly gained notoriety for its wild-fermented beers.

Garden Path Fermentation is a bit different. Unlike most breweries, the beers are fermented in a koelschip using their “native yeast culture cultivated from the air, flowers, and fruits of the Skagit Valley.” Everything they do is aged in oak barrels or oak foeders.

See what I mean? Even the words are different.

As much as possible, Garden Path uses ingredients sourced from the Skagit Valley. In addition to beer, they make mead and intend to eventually release some cider and wine. Thus, the word brewing does not appear in their name because the endeavor involves more than beer.

Ron and Amber, the owners of Garden Path Fermentation, previously worked at Jester King Brewery in Austin, Texas. That brewery is familiar to people who enthusiastically enjoy wild-fermented, mixed-culture, and sour beers. Ron and Amber are fonts of knowledge when it comes to this kind of beer, so don’t be afraid to ask questions like, “What’s a foeder (pronounced fooder)?” and “What’s a koelschip (pronounced coolship)?

Garden Path Fermentation Tasting Event
Thursday, April 18th (6-8PM)
(Try all five of the below from 6-8PM for just $5!)

1. THE PATIENT FISH THE SEA: Amber-colored barrel blend, inoculated with some of our funkier house yeast before bottle conditioning. (6.4%)

2. THE PRIME BARREL AGE:  A carefully curated blend of several different renditions of native yeast fermented, mature barrel-aged beer. (7.2%)

3. THE GARDEN PATHS LED TO FLOWERED: Hoppy blonde ale fermented in a foudre, blended with mature, barrel-aged beer, and dry hopped. (7.0%)

4. THE EASYGOING DRINK: Lightly tart and barnyardy, delicately hopped ale, fermented in a foudre, aged in oak and stainless.  (4.4%)

5. THE DRY TABLE MEAD: Dry, light, modest strength mead fermented in oak with our native yeast and Skagit fireweed honey from The Valley’s Buzz. (5.6%)

 

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Top Rung Brewing celebrates 5th Anniversary on April 27th

Washington Beer News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 7:22am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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On Saturday, April 27th Top Rung Brewing celebrates its 5th anniversary at its taproom in Lacey, Washington. Among other things, the celebration includes the release of some special beers. Here’s the announcement from the brewery:

Top Rung Brewing is excited to announce that we will be celebrating our 5-year anniversary on April 27 by holding a 5-year Anniversary celebration at the brewery. Our celebration will feature four new beer
releases, including our Anniversary Ginger Lime Pale, limited release of some special barrel-aged beers,
live music, and Wicked Pies Pizza food truck.

In addition, this year we’ll also have a VIB (Very Important Beer) area with only 40 tickets available for a special experience. Tickets are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4201923.

Come on out and join us at the brewery for a great time and join us in celebrating 5-years of #yourbeer at Top Rung. This event will be from 12:00 to 9:00 at the brewery located at 8343 Hogum Bay Lane NE in Lacey.

Top Rung Brewing is a 10-barrel production brewery with a tasting room in Lacey, Washington. Top Rung is a destination for craft beer drinkers to enjoy award-winning craft beer and experience a working production brewery facility. We bring you a Top Rung experience in our warm and inviting tap room.

Top Rung Brewing
8343 Hogum Bay Ln NE
Lacey, WA 98516
http://www.toprungbrewing.com

Wednesday-Friday 3:00-9:00
Saturday Noon-9:00
Sunday Noon-5:00.

 

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Celebrate Easter with the Block 15 Brewing Beerster Egg Hunt 4 Pack

Brewpublic - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 3:00am
As we head into Easter weekend, Block 15 Brewing has just released its Beerster Egg Hunt 4 Pack. This 4-pack of Easter candy inspired beers is an intriguing collection of fermented confections that are in a limited release. The four beers consist of Chocolate Creme Imperial Stout, The Sour Jelly Bean, Peanut Butter Chocolate Porter, […]
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Help Lucky Envelope Brewing celebrate its fourth anniversary on April 27th

Washington Beer News - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 6:03pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Lucky Envelope Brewing is about to celebrate its fourth anniversary and they need your help. You see, as the name suggests, Lucky Envelope is all about cultural tradition. In particular, the Chinese tradition of the lucky envelope. Problem is, according to Chinese tradition the number four is unlucky. So, they need us all to help them usher in the next year of their existence by enjoying some great beer and wishing them good fortune.

Join them on Saturday, April 27th at the brewery’s taproom in Ballard as they release some special beers for the occasion. And that’s not all. The festivities begin at noon and continue into the night.

“This year’s Anniversary celebration has cultural significance,” says co-founder Raymond Kwan. “The number four in Chinese tradition is unlucky because the Chinese word for the number sounds similar to the word death. Like some Western practices of excluding the 13th floor, you may find the 4th floor missing from some buildings in Asia.”

Lucky Envelope is releasing an Anniversary Hazy IPA brewed with Medusa, Mosaic, and Comet hops. They’re also releasing small batches of past customer-favorites: Tea Smoked Helles Lager, Strawberry Milkshake IPA, and Cuke Nukem Cucumber Sour. Rounding out this year’s anniversary lineup are a Blackberry Sour and Strawberry & Rhubarb Golden Strong Ale.

“We decided to re-release our Cuke Nukem Cucumber Sour which we brewed with friend and homebrewer Blake Doepker as last year’s Pro-Am entry into the Washington Beer Awards, which won a silver medal,” says co-founder and Brewmaster Barry Chan. “As a brewer with homebrewing roots, I wanted to recognize the homebrewing community for being so amazing and supportive of Lucky Envelope.”

Lucky Envelope Brewing takes its name from the Chinese tradition – tied closely with New Year celebrations – of elders bestowing red-and-gold envelopes to loved ones as a gesture of luck and goodwill. They’ll be handing out red envelopes at that anniversary celebration on a first-come-first-served basis, so get there early and see what you get.

Keep an eye on the Facebook event page.

 

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Beer Release – Captain Planet IPA, Aslan Brewing

Washington Beer News - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 2:02pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Here’s the release notice from Aslan Brewing:

Captain Planet IPA

7.0% ABV // 65 IBU // 15 P
big body + pineapple/coconut notes + smooth

An Earth Day celebration beer made in collaboration with our fellow B Corp friends at Crosby Hop Farm, along with our pals Skagit Valley Malting. Mashed with only Skagit Valley Malt, which consisted of mostly Vienna, and equal portions of pale and wheat malts. Hot side hop additions consisted of Idaho 7 and El Dorado hash. The beer was then finished with a judicious dry hop of Idaho 7 and El Dorado. The best way to describe this beer is piña colada. Notes of coconut and pineapple fill the aroma and flavor.

Hops: El Dorado, Idaho 7
Malt: Pale Ale, Vienna, Wheat

10% of its sales on Earth Day, 4/22 will be donated to The Hub Community Bike Shop. Join us at the Hub at 4PM as we gather to do an alley way cleanup in downtown Bellingham. Biking encouraged! More details at aslanbrewing.com/bhambeerweek

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E9 Brewing Co. Announces the Opening of New Brewery and Taproom in Tacoma

Brewpublic - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:00pm
The Tacoma, Washington beer scene continues to grow and expand with the announcement of E9 Brewing Company opening its brand-new brewery and taproom in the city’s Historic Brewing District on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Tacoma’s first craft brewery that traces its history back to 1995 will take over a renovated space near downtown Tacoma. This […]
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Chainline Brewing celebrates fourth anniversary this Saturday

Washington Beer News - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 8:35am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Hard to believe that Chainline Brewing has only been around for four years. They accomplished a lot in that time, for sure. This Saturday, April 20, the brewery celebrates its fourth anniversary with a party at the brewery and taproom in Kirkland. The festivities include the release of four barrel-aged beers along with swag giveaways, brewery tours, and victuals from Pecos Pit food truck.

Here is the announcement from the brewery, including information about the four beers:

We’re excited to celebrate our fourth birthday with you this coming Saturday, April 20. This past year we have been preparing a new and fun beer venture that will debut on Saturday called the Old Growth Barrel Series. We have barrel aged a traditional Saison in four different styles and will release these on draft and in bottles at our party. Additionally, we have a ton of beers that will make short visits to the taps including an extremely limited Barleywine, Double Cerne, our recent Steinbier, and the return of Flowtron IPA.

Old Growth Saison 1-4 is the first iteration of this new rotating barrel series from Chainline. These bright and delicate beers feature two different kinds of yeast and two different kinds of wine barrels. Saison One is our base Saison aged for a year in a clean red wine barrel. Saison Two is the base Saison aged
in a Grenache barrel. Saison Three is the base Saison aged in a red wine barrel and underwent secondary fermentation on Brettanoymyces Bruxellensis. Lastly, Saison Four is the base beer aged in a Grenache barrel with Brett Brux.

7.2-7.4% ABV
Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Wheat
Hops: Magnum, Herbsbrucker, Saaz
Yeast: Napoleon, Brettanomyces Bruxellensis

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Pink Boots Society Receives $100K From Sales of the Yakima Chief Hops Pink Boots Blend

Brewpublic - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 5:24am
Yakima, WA, USA – April 16, 2019 – Last week at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, Yakima Chief Hops joined Country Malt Group and Pink Boots Society to announce their combined contribution of $100,000 for scholarships and educational opportunities for women in the brewing industry. Following the success of last year’s Pink Boots Blend, Yakima Chief Hops was able to double […]
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Coalition Brewing 2nd Annual Two Flowers CBD Beer Fest and Dinner

Brewpublic - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 2:00am
Coalition Brewing is set to present its 2nd annual Two Flowers CBD Beer Fest and Beer Pairing Dinner events. The two day event will be highlighted by a special collaboration beer that Coalition Brewing brewed with Lanikai Brewing from Hawaii. This beer, Mahalo Dry-Hopped CBD Pineapple Sour was brewed with Lanikai Brewing’s very own cultivated […]
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Double Mountain Releases Red Fleshed Rosé Cider

Brewpublic - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 1:00am
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom jumps on the rosé cider trend as it releases Red Fleshed Rosé Cider. In creating this new hard cider, Double Mountain used both Red-Fleshed Mountain Rose and Pink Pearl apples to add subtle color to this lightly tart cider, with delicate aromas of citrus and raspberry. This cider is described […]
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CityWildPDX 2019 Earth Day Celebration at Migration Brewing

Brewpublic - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:30am
Celebrate 2019 Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd at Migration Brewing with CityWildPDX. The fundraising event will take place from 4:00-8:00pm and is open for all ages to attend. This year marks the first time that CityWildPDX will host Earth Day Oregon. The fundraising event will feature food, beer, a donut pop-up by Blue Star, […]
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Belmont Station Celebrates 22 Years on April 22nd

Brewpublic - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 9:23pm
With its humble beginnings back in 1997, Belmont Station opened its doors across the breezeway from the world famous Horse Brass Pub. In 2006 Belmont Station relocated to a much more spacious location a few blocks north on SE Stark Street. This year marks the 22nd Anniversary for Belmont Station and the popular beer bar […]
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Measuring the economic impact of beer on Washington’s economy

Washington Beer News - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 1:08pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The result of a recent report shows that the brewing industry contributed $1.4 billion to the state’s economy in 2017. The industry provided jobs for 6,300 people, directly. The report was conducted by Community Attributes Inc. and distributed by the Washington Beer Commission.

These are among the top-level highlights from the report. You can see, or download, the complete report below.

Size Matters

Depending on who you ask, California is the only state with more breweries than Washington. However, the vast majority of them are very small. Simply put, Washington is chock full of small breweries. Nearly 90 percent of the state’s breweries produced 2,000 barrels or less in 2017.

  • The majority of breweries are small, with two-thirds of active breweries producing fewer than 500 barrels (or 1,000 kegs) in 2017.
  • Slightly more than half of all net production came from the eight largest breweries in the state.
  • More than one-third of net production came from the four largest breweries in 2017 (Elysian Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Fremont Brewing, and Mac’s Brewing).
  • Statewide, only 30 breweries produced at least 2,000 barrels in 2017.
  • Roughly one-fifth of Washington’s breweries produced between 500 and 2,000 barrels.
  • More than one-third of Washington’s breweries produced less than 500 barrels.

Growth Continues

Like the nation overall, the number of breweries in Washington has grown substantially in recent years. Much of this growth occurred over the past 10 years. In the autumn of 2018, there were 391 breweries operating in Washington. Today there are over 400.

The growth numbers in terms of production volume have also trended upwards, as you would expect.

As you can see in the chart above, the overall trend was upward, with a dip in 2017 because Redhook moved its production from Woodinville to Portland, Oregon. Otherwise, as Redhook’s number dropped, overall production increased. Likely, in 2019 the trend will continue.

Industry growth can also be measured in jobs. As the chart below shows, the industry added almost 5,000 jobs since 2005, even during the economic downturn ten years ago.

Type of Sales

The report also showed an interesting trend in how breweries are selling beer. Apparently, in the last few years, pint and growler sales are on the rise as keg sales and packaged product sales decline. I presume this is related to the increasing popularity of brewery taprooms.

The Whole Enchilada

Here is the complete report. You can view, or download, the 24-page report in PDF format.

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Beer and Gear Sale this Saturday kicks off fundraising efforts for National Parks Fund

Washington Beer News - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 9:29am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Two Beers Brewing has long supported worthwhile causes, especially those related to the great outdoors. The commitment continues this weekend with the annual Beer and Gear Sale, kicking off the company’s efforts to support the National Parks Fund. Those efforts include a plan to raise funds by summiting Mount Rainier.

Here’s the press release with all the info you need.

Fourth Annual Beer and Gear Sale Kicks Off Two Beers Brewing Co Fundraising for Washington’s National Park Fund!

Staff from Two Beers Brewing Co, Seattle Cider Company, and Sound Craft Seltzer aim to raise $20,000 for WNPF Climb for a Cause, and summit Mount Rainier.

SEATTLE (April 16, 2019) – Beginning their partnership in 2016, Two Beers Brewing has been raising funds for the Washington National Parks Fund (WNPF) through sales of their flagship brew, Wonderland Trail IPA, and a series of fundraising events.

In 2018 Two Beers raised $25,000 for WNPF, surpassing their $20,000 goal, and sent a team of eight to summit Mount Rainier with the help of International Mountain Guides (IMG). The fourth annual Beer and Gear Sale, benefiting the WNPF Climb for a Cause team, takes place at The Woods Tasting Room in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle (4660 Ohio Ave S) on Saturday, April 20 from 10AM- 1PM.

With generous donations from Patagonia, Stanley, Columbia, Brooks, Arc’teryx, Coal Headwear, Exped, Kavu, nuun, Feathered Friends, Mountaineers Books, Outdoor Research, Poler, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Loge Camps, Back40, evo, Grayl, Ascent Outdoors, Coalition Snow, Therm-a-Rest, SheJumps, Washington Trails Association, and more, the 2019 Beer & Gear Sale has something for most outdoor enthusiasts.

“We’re overwhelmed by the continued generosity of donations to this event,” said Caity Rock, Digital Marketing Coordinator and event organizer.

On summit day in 2018, due to dangerous avalanche conditions, the Two Beers Climb for a Cause team watched the sunrise from Disappointment Cleaver, 12,300 ft elevation and only 2,000 ft shy of the summit.

Hungry for a summit this year, Two Beers’ Climb Team Captain, Kristen Oliphant calls her journey “the greatest physical and mental challenge I could endure. I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful cause as my team and I raise awareness to keep our beautiful National Parks protected.”

With four veteran climbers from 2018 and four new climbers, the team comprised of staff from Two Beers, Seattle Cider, and Sound Craft Seltzer are eager to prove both their fundraising and climbing prowess.

“Two Beers Brewing gets us.” says Laurie Ward, Executive Director for Washington’s National Park Fund. “They share our passion and concern for Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks and now more than ever have a special affinity for Mount Rainier National Park. They work as hard as we
do raising funds for these parks. They attend our events as we do theirs. We love partnering with Two Beers and Seattle Cider.”

Please join the Two Beers on Saturday, April 20 from 10AM-1PM for the Beer & Gear Sale. To donate to Two Beers Brewing Climb for a Cause Team visit:
https://2019-climb-for-a-cause.everydayhero.com/us/two-beers-brewing-co

 

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Bellingham Beer Week – April 19th thru 27th

Washington Beer News - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 9:05am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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As plans for Seattle Beer Week (May 9th thru 19th) are being finalized, Bellingham is on brink of its annual celebration of beer. This year Bellingham Beer Week runs from April 19th thru 27th, with more than 30 breweries and tap houses participating in the festivities.

It all kicks off on Friday, April 19th with a series of parties, brewery events, speakers, special beer releases, and more. The whole thing wraps up on Saturday, April 27th with April Brews Day Festival, the annual beer fest in downtown Bellingham featuring dozens of regional breweries.

Here are just a few highlights to give you an idea of what kind of events are planned. For find out about everything that’s happening, visit the official website at https://www.taptrail.com/bbw/.

Friday, April 19th – Kulshan Brewing – 4th Annual Beer Olympic Games. Twenty-two teams will compete in 8 Beer Olympic games for Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals (and bragging rights). Amazing prize packages for the winners, beer specials. All are welcome to spectate or participate.

Saturday, April 20th – Stone’s Throw Brewing – Block Party! Live bands, food trucks, games, and free entry for all ages.

Saturday, April 20th – Boundary Bay Brewery – Cedar Dust Alley, downtown Bellingham’s Mountain Bike Festival. A beer-fueled fundraiser for the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition.

Friday, April 27th – Aslan Depot – The Funk Forum. A celebration of wild, sour, and mixed culture beer from select breweries from around the world.

Saturday, April 28th – April Brews Day – At the Market Depot, downtown across the street from Boundary Bay Brewery. 65 breweries, 12 food trucks, three bands.

There’s a lot more going on. Be sure to check out the website and make your plans. https://www.taptrail.com/bbw/

 

 

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