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Karl Ockert To Resign From Deschutes Brewery

Brewpublic - 1 hour 35 min ago
  With a career that now spans 35 years, Karl Ockert has announced that he will resign from his position of Director of Brewery Operations at Deschutes Brewery. At the end of March 2018, Ockert will return to his former role of consulting in the craft beer industry at his firm, Karl Ockert Brewing Services, […]
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Open House events around Washington this Saturday

Washington Beer News - 6 hours 33 min ago

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

 

This Saturday, February 24th is Washington Beer Day, a day when the state’s breweries open their doors and invite the public in for special events, brewery tours, seasonal beer releases, barrel tastings, and more. Last week the Governor signed a proclamation declaring February 24th Washington Beer Day, a day to celebrate the states vibrant beer and brewing culture. Until then, it was simply known as Washington Beer Open House. I suppose that’s really what it is. Below I share just a bit of information about what’s happening at some breweries.

Mine is NOT A COMPREHENSIVE  LIST and is only offered as an example of what some breweries are doing. Look at the master list of breweries below to get an idea about what each brewery is doing. Also, check with the brewery itself.

Atwood Ales in Blaine – A rare tour of this real real farm house brewery. Because it is a production-only brewery, on a real family farm, this is a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of their small, unique operation. Tours are available at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, all you have to do is register for your preferred time. Space is limited to 20 people per tour, due to parking and brewery space constraints. As part of the tour, free beer samples available along with bottles and shirts for sale. More info and registration here. 

Black Raven Brewing in Redmond – The brewery will be open for self-guided viewing and self-guided tours, with brewery staff on site to answer questions and discuss beer. Noon until 5:00. The taproom is otherwise open regular hours. 21+. Oh, as an added bonus they will be releasing this year’s version of Wisdom Seeker Double IPA on Saturday.

Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham and Burlington – At both locations, tours start at noon and 1:30 pm. All ages are welcome at both sites. There will be a food truck a the Burlington location and the kitchen at the Bellingham location opens at 11:00.

Crucible Brewing, Lazy Boy Brewing, and Middleton Brewing in Everett – The annual WA Beer Open House South Everett Pub Craw. Join these three breweries for a fun and walkable pub crawl. They’ll have a special triple-collaboration beer on tap. Different open house events at each brewery.

Georgetown Brewing in Seattle – A rare look into the brewery. Guided 20-minute tours available every hour on the hour, starting at noon, with the last tour departing at 4:00. Spaces are limited, so reservations are required. To sign up for a time, contact the tasting room at 206-766-8055. No open-toed shoes allowed. 21+ only.

SnoTown Brewing in Snohomish – “We have something special planned for this years Wa Beer Open House. Last two years we have collaborated with different local breweries on some brews to be served at each brewery. This year will be very different and very unique. We have reached out to 5 different breweries that have all closed down with in the past year or so. These five brewers/owners are bringing a favorite recipe to be brewed with SnoTown head brewer Frank at SnoTown Brewery. We are calling this: ALL-STAR RESURRECTION BREW PROJECT. All (or most) of the 6 brewers will be in house to answer any questions about the beers.” More details at  https://www.facebook.com/events/154738568650398/

North Jetty Brewing in Seaview – Hourly tours of the brewery along with a brief overview of the brewing process and flow of production. They’ll have random trivia questions throughout the day — win some North Jetty swag. Also, a firkin of beer tapped on the bar at noon. They’ll have 16 house-brewed beers on tap, $1.00 off taster flights, and a food truck on site.

Stones Throw Brewing in Bellingham – “Stones Throw Brewery owners, Jack Pflueger & Tony Luciano, will be taking beer lovers on free tours every hour on the hour around their unique brewery which has been built in shipping containers. They will tell the story of the disreputable history of the property, the sustainable building process & of course how they make their beer. Tours will end with tastes straight from the tanks for those who purchased $2 tasters. Family-friendly, dog-friendly.”

That’s just a sample of what’s happening at breweries around Washington this Saturday. See the complete list below, in PDF format. See or download the list here.

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Stand With Old Town Brewing On February 25th

Brewpublic - 14 hours 57 min ago
After a spending the past couple of years fighting the City of Portland to protect its trademark, Old Town Brewing prevailed and recently settled its legal battle with city hall. To celebrate this legal victory, Old Town Brewing will host Stand With Old Town Brewing on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Stand With Old Town Brewing […]
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5th Annual N.W.I.P.A. Triple IPA Fest

Brewpublic - 17 hours 57 min ago
Hop bombs will reign supreme at N.W.I.P.A. for its 5th Annual Triple IPA Fest on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Taking place from 2:00-10:00pm, its annual Triple IPA Fest will feature the many of the best Triple IPAs available. The day’s tap list will consist of the following Triple IPAs. Aslan Brewing Megathrust Breakside Brewery Safe […]
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Lompoc Brewing To Host 2018 Black Out Beer Fest & Chowder Challenge

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:58pm
Lompoc Brewing will host a weekend of events with the 6th Annual Black Out Beer Fest and 11th Annual Chowder Challenge at its 5th Quadrant location in North Portland. On Friday, March 2nd the Black Out Beer Fest will take place from 4:00-10:00pm and after a one year hiatus, Chowder Challenge will take place on […]
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25th Annual Hillsdale Brewfest – Battle For The Belt Preview

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 3:00am
What is now a yearly tradition and one that gives bragging rights for one year to the winning brewery, McMenamins 25th Annual Hillsdale Brewfest returns to the legendary Hillsdale Brewery & Public House on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Each year for the past quarter century, the Hillsdale Brewery & Public House has been hosting its […]
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Previewing StormBreaker Brewwing’s 4th Annual BrewStillery Festival

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:45am
The BrewStillery Festival returns for its 4th year on February 24th from 12-8 PM. This year’s brewery and distillery event will consist of a total of 21 pairings from 21 breweries and 20 distilleries. Advanced regular admission is $25 and includes the festival beer tasting glass and 10 tickets. Those reading this blog can get […]
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The Abbey Bar 4th Anniversary & Home Brew Contest

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:00am
In anticipation of its forthcoming anniversary in March, The Abbey Bar & Bottle Shop seeks honmebrewers to enter its annual homebrewing contest. On Saturday, March 10, 2018, The Abbey Bar on NW 21st Avenue will celebrate its 4th Anniversary & Home Brew Contest. Join Northwest Portland’s Belgian beer bar from 3:00-Midnight for a day of […]
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Beer Release – Black Raven Brewing, Wisdom Seeker Double IPA

Washington Beer News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 4:47pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

 

This Saturday, February 24th Black Raven Brewing releases this year’s batch of Wisdom Seeker Double IPA. Note that Saturday is also Washington Beer Day and Washington Beer Open House. Here’s the release info from the brewery.

WISDOM SEEKER
Double IPA

Release date: Saturday, February 24th

Folklore and mythology present the raven as an omniscient creature with special powers and abilities. The Wisdom Seeker Double IPA gets its special powers from an enormous amount of hops and malted barley. Brewed in the West coast Double IPA style, this bold brew features massive citrus and herbal hop additions and a full hop aroma. Seek your wisdom cautiously; this hop feast packs a punch.

ABV: 8.9%

Draft and 22oz bottles to go

 

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Top 25 Washington breweries and the State of Beer in the Evergreen State

Washington Beer News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 2:34pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

 

For the first time in seven years, Washington beer production decreased last year, from 630,000 barrels in 2016 to 587,000 barrels in 2017. That’s a net loss of about 7 percent in just one year. I reported this a couple weeks ago (read it), with the assurance that this does not mean that the sky is falling. If you think the sky is falling, you should not use this as proof.

At that time, I promised to share more insight after I’d looked at the complete production numbers for 2017. Also, I promised to share information about which breweries are Washington’s largest producers. Top producers, in terms of production volume. Production, not your favorite brewery or my favorite brewery. Not “best.”

Well, here we go.

For the uninitiated, beer is measured in barrels. A barrel of beer is equal 31 gallons. In general, think of one barrel as two full-size kegs.

The Redhook Shift

In 2016, Washington breweries produced 43,000 fewer barrels of beer. This drop is related almost entirely to Redhook Brewery shutting down its Woodinville brewery. In 2016 Redhook produced 81,000 barrels in Washington. In 2017, only about 20,000 barrels (a 61,000 barrel drop, approximately). This doesn’t include the small amount of beer brewed at the new Redhook Brewlab in Seattle, which opened last August and produced 348 barrels in 2017. The Woodinville facility was capable of producing well over 200,000 barrels per year, and a few years ago it neared capacity. Now it produces zero barrels.

If you remove Redhook Brewery from the Washington beer equation, Washington produced more beer in 2017 than it did the previous year. I know that many of you removed Redhook from the Washington beer equation years ago because of its involvement with Anheuser-Busch, so you are not exactly in mourning. As it had planned to do for years, Redhook moved all of its production to the big CBA facility in Portland; it had nothing to do with a bubble bursting or the industry collapsing. Business, that’s all.

Without Redhook, Washington produced 566,935 barrels in 2016 .

Without Redhook, Washington produced 570,454 barrels in 2017.

I should note that between 2016 and 2017 Elysian Brewing (the state’s top producer in 2017) also realized a significant drop in production, from 91,000 barrels to 66,000 barrels (25,000 barrel drop, approximately). Again, I know that many of you removed Elysian Brewing from the Washington beer equation when Anheuser-Busch acquired the long-beloved hometown brewery in 2015.

So, in 2017 Washington produced 43,000 fewer barrels of beer overall, but Redhook and Elysian combined to account for an 86,000 barrel reduction on their own.

The only other notable brewery in the state that realized a significant reduction was Mac and Jack’s Brewery, which was down from 43,000 barrels in 2016 to 38,000 barrels in 2017.  I don’t have an explanation for the reduction, except that maybe it had something to do with the fact that the brewery recently changed the style of keg in which it provides the beer. I won’t presume to know how it played out when the brewery switched from a less-common type of keg to a very standard kind of keg.

Only 10 above 10

Only 10 breweries in Washington produced more than 10,000 barrels in 2017. That’s only true if you remove Redhook from the equation, which kind of makes sense since we know for a fact that their production will drop so completely with the closure of the brewery in Woodinville. It’s unlikely that the Redhook Brewlab will produce (by design) enough beer to make the top 10 — it is intended to be a test, pilot brewery producing smaller quantities of beer.

Based on 2017 production numbers, Washington’s top ten producers:

  1. ELYSIAN BREWING COMPANY (66k)
  2. GEORGETOWN BREWING CO. (64k)
  3. FREMONT BREWING COMPANY (44k)
  4. MAC & JACKS BREWERY INC. (38k)
  5. IRON HORSE BREWERY (25k)
  6. BALE BREAKER BREWING COMPANY (24k)
  7. SILVER CITY BREWERY (17k)
  8. NO-LI BREWHOUSE (11k)
  9. PIKE BREWING COMPANY (11k)
  10. BLACK RAVEN BREWING COMPANY (10k)

Here are the top 25 Washington breweries, by production volume:

  1. ELYSIAN BREWING
  2. GEORGETOWN BREWING CO.
  3. FREMONT BREWING
  4. MAC & JACKS BREWERY INC.
  5. IRON HORSE BREWERY
  6. BALE BREAKER BREWING
  7. SILVER CITY BREWERY
  8. NO-LI BREWHOUSE
  9. PIKE BREWING
  10. BLACK RAVEN BREWING
  11. HALES ALES
  12. FISH BREWING CO.
  13. REUBENS BREWS
  14. KULSHAN BREWING
  15. 7 SEAS BREWING
  16. TWO BEERS BREWING
  17. ASLAN BREWING
  18. SCUTTLEBUTT BREWING CO.
  19. BOUNDARY BAY BREWERY
  20. EVERYBODYS BREWING
  21. BACKWOODS BREWING
  22. ICICLE BREWING
  23. MARITIME PACIFIC BREWING
  24. RAM BREWERY
  25. CHUCKANUT BREWERY

I want to reiterate that Redhook is not included in the above lists by design.

Don’t Call Me Small!

There are a few things to note about those lists.

In 2017 Georgetown Brewing increased production from about 55,000 barrels to about 65,000 barrels. Fremont Brewing was another big mover in 2017, with an increase of nearly 13,000 barrels over the previous year.

While it currently reigns as the state’s largest independent brewery, Georgetown Brewing is still quite small in terms of the national picture. They are not even in the top 50 in terms of barrel production.

In Washington, we have a lot of breweries but no really big breweries. For comparison sake, In 2016 Sierra Nevada Brewing produced 1.1 million barrels. Same year, Bell’s Brewery produced over 424,000 barrels, Deschutes Brewery over 350,000 barrels, and Alaskan Brewing over 150,000 barrels.

Oregon has five breweries, including the Craft Brew Alliance (Redhook, Widmer, etc), that are larger than our biggest brewery. Those include Deschutes (350k), Full Sail (115k), Rogue (105k), and Ninkasi (99k). Again, that’s all based on 2016 data.

Although big by our standards, even our largest breweries are still small enough to be nimble and rake in medals at the nation’s most prestigious beer judging events.

Washington is home to approximately 375 breweries. Only about 70 of those breweries produce more than 1,000 barrels per year. That is, about 80 percent of the breweries in Washington produce less than 1,000 barrels per year. By darn-near anybody’s standards, 80 percent of the breweries in Washington are very small.

Only a couple states have more breweries than we do: California and Colorado. I think those numbers are still true, but it’s a moving target. With over 6,000 breweries in America these days and, literally, at least one new brewery opening every day, it’s hard to keep track.

What Does All of This Mean?

A lot of people are speculating about the future of the beer business. There are some things that are blatantly obvious, like the fact that there is more competition these days. Space on grocery store shelves is limited and today more breweries than ever before are packaging their beer for store shelves. Nudging your way into the local bar’s tap rotation is also more difficult.

There are other forces at work that are a bit more nebulous, like the consolidation of beer distributors. Here in the Pacific Northwest, Odom Corporation and Click Distributing, each a major player in the craft beer distributing business, are now one company, and the mighty Columbia Distributing now owns several other, smaller regional distributors. What exactly that will mean, I do not know.

There’s a lot of speculation out there and a lot of concern. What the future holds, I will not presume to know. One thing is for sure, Washington’s seven percent decrease in production can be explained logically, without histrionics and fatalist predictions, and it should not be taken as a sign that the end is near.

 

 

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

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Widmer Brothers Brewing & Portland Gear Partner On New PDX Pils Packaging

Brewpublic - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 7:30am
One year ago Widmer Brothers Brewing launched PDX Pils in six-pack bottles after the beer had become a popular hit as a pub only beer. Now 12 months later Widmer Brothers Brewing decided to refresh its packaging of its PDX Pils. In doing so it reached out to Marcus Harvey at Portland Gear. Widmer and […]
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Pints For Parkinson’s To Support Brian Grant Foundation

Brewpublic - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 4:00am
Former Portland Trail Blazer Brian Grant was diagnosed in 2008 with Parkinson’s disease after retiring from the NBA a few years earlier. In 2010 Grant continued his charity work when he established the Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) in Portland that provides proven tools to improve the well being of people with Parkinson’s. As part of […]
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New Belgium Brewing Releases Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale

Brewpublic - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 1:00am
After launching its Tartastic Series in 2016, New Belgium Brewing will now offer this series in a rotating line up of sessionable fruit beers. The brewer originally launched this series as a year-round offering with Lemon Ginger Sour. Now New Belgium will make this kettle sour beer series a rotating one with the release of […]
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Bauman’s Cider Releases Clyde’s Dry and Loganberry Cider In Bottles

Brewpublic - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 6:27pm
Named after her great grandfather’s farm, Christine Walter began Bauman’s Cider in 2016. Now a few year’s later the cidery from Gervais, Oregon has begun bottling two of its offerings – Clyde’s Dry and Loganberry Cider. These new 500mL bottles are now available at Bauman’s Farm and Garden as well as stores, bars and bottle […]
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It’s official, Saturday, February 24th is Washington Beer Day

Washington Beer News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 4:22pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

 

Governor Jay Inslee just signed an official proclamation declaring next Saturday, February 24th Washington Beer Day. This was a joint effort coordinated by the Washington Beer Commission and the Washington Brewers Guild. The date coincides with Washington Beer Open House, a statewide celebration of Washington’s vibrant brewing culture.

On Saturday, February 24, breweries across the state will open the doors to the brewhouse and invite the public to visit as part of Washington Beer Open House. Exactly what each brewery has planned varies. Possibilities include behind the scenes tours, special beer tastings, barrel-aged beer releases, seasonal releases, food, and so on. You’ll need to check with each participating brewery for details or check out the list of breweries and events below. This year 137 breweries are participating this year.

If you’re a WABL member, don’t forget to check in using the WABL app while you’re out there visiting breweries. If you’re not a WABL member, you should consider joining WA Beer Lovers. Between the T-shirt and the special deals you get at festivals, your membership basically pays for itself. You can join WABL here, or you can visit WABL during Washington Beer Open House at the Crucible Brewing taproom in Woodinville. They’ll be there to answer questions and sign you up.

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Payette Brewing to Release Aura Guava and Hibiscus Sour Ale in Cans

Brewpublic - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 3:00am
The latest beer from Payette Brewing Company to join its year-round lineup of beers is Aura Guava and Hibiscus Sour Ale in twelve-ounce canned six-packs. Back in 2017 Aura Guava and Hibiscus Sour Ale was part of Payette Brewing’s rotating 22 ounce Sour Ale Series. The beer was so popular that it is now part of the […]
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Ninkasi Brewing Launches New Whiteaker Series with No. 1 Dry Irish Stout

Brewpublic - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:16am
EUGENE, Ore.—Feb. 14, 2018—Reflecting the artistic community where Ninkasi Brewing Company operates in Eugene, Ore., the brewery announces the Whiteaker Series: a rotating lineup of small batch beers available exclusively on-draft. Launching first to Oregon with plans to expand, the Whiteaker Series debuts with the release ofWhiteaker Series No. 1, Dry Irish Stout, available on taps statewide […]
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Lucky Lab Presents Its 21st Annual Barleywine Festival

Brewpublic - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:34pm
PORTLAND, OREGON – Lucky Lab’s 21st Annual Barleywine Festival will be held on March 2-3rd, 2018, at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall in Northwest Portland. Both days will run from Noon to 10 p.m. This is one of the longest running barleywine festivals in the world. The impressive festival line-up includes over 70 barleywines. Twenty taps will rotate […]
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Skagit Beer Week and the Farm to Pint Fest

Washington Beer News - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 2:53pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

 

It’s one of the most prolific agricultural regions west of the Cascade Mountains. The Skagit Valley is home to all sorts of great farms, but also a lot of great breweries. A few years ago, someone got the brilliant idea to start malting barley in the Skagit Valley, much of it locally grown. Today Skagit Valley Malting produces some of the best malted barley around. The stuff is coveted by brewers. It all sounds kind of magical.

Skagit Beer Week is a celebration of all of it: fresh beer, fresh food, and locally malted grain. The week kicks off with a big festival, the Farm to Pint Fest, and concludes with another festival, the Skagit Valley Malting Showcase. All sorts of events in between.

Skagit Farm to Pint Fest on Saturday, March 31st serves as the official kick-off party for Skagit Beer Week. The festival is the first-ever gathering of all 11 Skagit breweries for an event like this. Each brewery will be paired with a Skagit Valley restaurant and/or farmer with the goal of highlighting local Skagit Valley ingredients. Entertainment will be provided by three Skagit-grown bands. Advanced tickets ONLY.

The event takes place on Saturday, March 31st, from 2:00-6:00 at Skagit Valley Malting’s location at the Port of Skagit. (map.) Attendees will receive a commemorative glass and enjoy all 11 pairings– each beer expertly paired with a bite. Also, a sample of each brewery’s second beer offerings. Music supplied by The Hoe & the Harrow, Sky Colony, and Whiskey Fever.

Tickets and more details about the Farm to Pint Fest at the official website:
http://skagitfarmtopint.com/fest/.

The event is the official kickoff of Skagit Beer Week, a seven-day marathon of beer dinners, tasting events, tap takeovers, and educational events all across the Skagit Valley. Learn more about what’s happening for Skagit Beer Week at http://www.skagitbeerweek.com/.

Skagit Beer Week ends with Skagit Valley Malting Showcase (APRIL 7) at Farmstrong Brewing! The event is free and features 10 breweries serving beers brewed with Skagit Valley Malting grains. Also, a Chili and Chowder Cook-off, a Wort Challenge, and more. For details about the event, visit the official website at http://skagitbeerweek.com/skagit-valley-malting-showcase/.

 

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

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Deschutes Brewery now offering beer in cans

Washington Beer News - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:58pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

 

Can you imagine a world without cans? In 2010, when the most common style of packaging for good beer was the 22-ounce bottle, 7 Seas Brewing became the first of Washington’s independent breweries to offer its beers in aluminum cans. Everyone wondered if craft beer aficionados would ever learn to accept the idea of good beer in cans. Duh. I think that question answered itself. Hard to believe it has only been eight years.

And now this.

For the most part, I focus on news from Washington breweries, but this is significant enough that it warrants our attention. Deschutes Brewery is about to start offering its beer in 12-ounce aluminum cans. Expect to see cans of Fresh Squeezed IPA, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Pacific Wonderland Lager wherever Deschutes beers are sold. In other words, everywhere.

In particular, cans of Fresh Squeezed IPA are going to fly off the shelves like, well, whatever flies off of shelves.

Next up, Deschutes Brewery intends to offer Fresh Squeezed IPA in what they’re calling “19.2-ounce single-serve cans.” No word as to when, exactly, when we can expect to see those hummers start flying off of shelves.

 

 

 

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