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Suzie’s Organic Hard Seltzer Expands Distribution to Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Jersey

Brewpublic - Wed, 11/18/2020 - 9:07pm
After launching in its home state of Oregon this past summer, Suzie’s Organic Hard Seltzers is expanding its distribution into five new markets. Suzie’s, one of the few organic hard seltzers on the market, will be hitting the shelves in Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Jersey. Known for its fabulous lineup of organic mustards, […]
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Breakfast beers, pastry stouts, and end of the world

Washington Beer News - Wed, 11/18/2020 - 5:06pm

Oconee Brewing of Greensboro, Georgia recently announced the release of Bacon & Kegs beer, a 6.5 percent ABV red ale brewed in collaboration with the beloved and bemoaned, but always popular, Waffle House restaurant chain (image above from Facebook). Understandably, predictably, and very likely by design, the story of this beer is getting a lot of media attention across the entire country, even in those parts of the nation where the beer is not, and very likely never will be, available.

Yeah, I’m guilty. I’m sharing the story too. Around here, the only thing we know about the Waffle House restaurant chain is that Waffle House is often part of a headline for a story involving things like late-night inebriation, firearms, and a shirtless guy from a town called Somethingsberg. So yeah, you make a “Waffle House beer” and people are going to pay attention, even way the hell out here in Washington.

That’s all fine. I have no issue with engineering a beer to get attention, assuming the beer is good. Marketing is half the game in the beer biz. At least it is part of the game and should never be ignored.

Oconee Brewing’s Bacon & Kegs beer is described as having a malty character enhanced with “salty, savory, and smoky bacon extract.” According to the brewery, the beer pairs well with breakfast food items or can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. By that description it sounds like bacon itself: great with breakfast but stands on its own, too.

above: An early example, Founders Brewing’s Breakfast Stout — a double-chocolate imperial oatmeal stout infused with coffee. A great beer, but definitely reminiscent of breakfast.

I am a lover of breakfast meat, make no mistake about it. Bacon has a special place in my heart. Just ask my doctor. Still, I am not entirely convinced that bacon should have a place in my beer, or that I really need a beer that pairs well with breakfast.

Regardless of whether or not I am fully ready to embrace the concept, today the world of craft beer is awash in pastry stouts and breakfast beers. I can think of one brewery here in the Northwest that has, basically, earned considerable acclaim among beer lovers because of its culinary-inspired beers.

The style itself is not at all new or even novel, but the sudden, increased popularity and visibility is new. It’s a trend, not unlike many others we’ve seen in craft beer. Some stick, some fade. We’ll see what becomes of these breakfast beers, pastry stouts, and other culinary-inspired creations.

I have some thoughts about how this current trend fits into the overall narrative of American craft beer. In some ways, it’s harmless and novel, but in others, it might be a sign that something is afoot.

And Over The Shark We Go!

For many years now, beer enthusiasts have wondered when the craft beer bubble would burst. We’ve anticipated a thinning of the herd. As much as we’ve enjoyed the skyrocketing growth of the craft brewing industry, we’ve endured an uneasy feeling in our guts, a sense that at some point things would change, that this level of craft beer exuberance was not sustainable..

above: Burial Beer Co. (a fabulous brewery in North Carolina) — Idol for None is an imperial stout with maple syrup, Vietnamese cinnamon, Madagascar vanilla bean and maple-wood-smoked sea salt. Image from Facebook. 

Anyway, while we all waited for things like market saturation, industry in-fighting, and consumer choice-fatigue to quiet the boom, something else may have happened: perhaps craft beer jumped the shark.

I really hope not. Lord, how tragic would it be if the craft beer industry was brought down by a ginger-blackberry, rosemary-chive imperial strudel stout?

Good is Good. Bad is Not

At their best, breakfast beers, pastry stouts and other culinary-inspired creations are well-conceived and expertly executed—delicious beers that push the boundaries of how we think beer should taste. At their worst they are gimmicky and gross—head-shakers, palate wreckers, dumpers.

It’s nothing new, right? Craft beer enthusiasts have always sought to find new, unexpected flavors in their beers. Flavor has long been the allure of the beloved elixir. The long-standing popularity of IPA and the subsequent accent of hazy, juicy IPA is a great example.

Since the very birth of modern craft beer, the flavors have been the driving force. Good flavor. Beer flavor. Breakfast beer, and the like, can be a bit too much. Perhaps we are trying a little bit too hard to be clever and creative.

above: Gingerbread Cream Stout by Lucky Envelope Brewing. I’ve tasted a few culinary-inspired beers by LE and they’ve all been good.

Consider the way Oconee Brewing describes its Bacon & Kegs red ale bacon beer: “The beloved scent of bacon stands out from the typical medium hop aroma of a red ale. The malty sweetness of the base beer blends perfectly with the salty, savory, and [smokey] bacon extract to create a delicious and unique beer.”

I do not mean to disparage this one beer in particular. For all I know, Bacon & Kegs is an amazing beer.

I do not mean do disparage this type of beer. Truth is, I have enjoyed many breakfast-infused and pastry-themed beers and will likely enjoy many more. Beers that excited my palate and challenged my mind.

above: Rogue teamed up with Portland’s world-famous Voodoo Doughnuts to create Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale—inspired by the Mango Tango, a doughnut filled with mango jelly and topped with vanilla frosting and a tangy orange powder.

At the same time, I have dumped more than my share. Some of them are just plain useless. Not just undrinkable, but uninteresting and predictable. It is not enough to make a beer that tastes like a pineapple upside down cake, the real trick is making a beer that is good and tastes like a pineapple upside down cake. Otherwise, it’s like listening to a long, drawn-out, really bad joke that is so boring you know the punchline long before it comes.

These kinds of culinary-inspired beers are best served as an occasional thing. The fact that they are enjoying a day in the sun is one thing, but god help us if this trend ends up sticking. Many of the consumers that the craft beer industry hopes to attract are standing on the sidelines waiting to get into the game. This kind of absurdity might make them turn their backs, raise a middle finger in the air, and walk back to the cheap beer aisle.

Make. Good. Beer.

To all you breweries out there, I have some advice. Make a beer because it is good. Remember what Dr. Ian Malcolm said in the movie Jurassic Park, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

Make good beer. I know many, many of you do, and you are fully capable of mastering the food-beer thing. Far be it from me to challenge your creativity, that’s not my intention. Just keep your eye on the prize. Make. Good. Beer.

Just because you can make a beer that tastes like a breakfast casserole doesn’t mean you should make a beer that tastes like a breakfast casserole. If you have a concept for a beer that tastes like a cherry-almond Danish, and you think it will actually be a good beer, go for it, but don’t do it just because it’s trendy these days.

Do it because you are inspired. Do it because it’s going to be a great beer. Otherwise don’t bother. Well, unless it’s going to get you a whole ton of free publicity. In that case, have at it.

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La Familia Hard Cider Relaunches Its Brand of Hard Cider

Brewpublic - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 10:54pm
SALEM, Ore.—Nov. 17, 2020—La Familia Hard Cider announced it has relaunched its brand this month, reviving its popular take on traditional Mexican aguas fresca with a hard cider twist following a year-long absence from the retailer market. La Familia Hard Cider is now available at Oregon and Southwest Washington grocery stores, as well as at the recently opened La Familia Taproom at […]
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Montavilla Brew Works Releases Kind Spirit India Pale Ale

Brewpublic - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 9:05pm
Fresh off the canning line, Montavilla Brew Works has released Kind Spirit India Pale Ale in 16oz cans. This new IPA is described as a “Northern Hemisphere meets Southern Hemisphere” IPA. Combing hops from Southern Hemisphere, Kind Spirit IPA features an assortment of hops from New Zealand. Using a whopping 22 pounds of Moutere and […]
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Black Raven releasing beloved, coveted Splinters on Nov. 18

Washington Beer News - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 5:37pm

Black Raven Brewing announces the annual release of Splinters, the dark and delicious barrel-aged scotch ale. A masterpiece. Here’s the release announcement from the brewery.

Bottles and Draft Available Wednesday, November 18th at 2 PM
 
Splinters starts life as our Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale before spending six months in Westland single-malt whiskey barrels, soaking up all that goodness.

Malty caramel and stone fruit flavors provide a steady base from which the warm, woody character of the barrel shines. This rare bird is released each November.

ABV: 10.8%
IBU: 24

Due to increased precautions in Washington state, no indoor seating is currently available. Patios remain open in both taprooms if you’d like bundle up and enjoy a pour here. Please visit our Tap Rooms page for the most up to date information on business hours or to place an order for pickup.

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Seasonal beer releases from Lucky Envelope Brewing

Washington Beer News - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 5:04pm

Seattle’s Lucky Envelope Brewing just introduced its current lineup of seasonal beers. One is available right now and the others go live tomorrow, Wednesday, November 18. The lineup includes a pastry stout, a juicy hop bomb, a dark mild, and even a sour.

“Following the popularity of the Pumpkin Emoji Cream Stout, we decided to keep the festive seasonal releases coming with the newest addition, the Gingerbread Cream Stout,” said an announcement from Lucky Envelope Brewing. That’s the Gingerbread Cream Stout pictured above.

As we move headlong into the darkest time of the year, you might expect the beers to follow suit — big, robust stouts and other dark beers. Not necessarily.

“Not a dark beer drinker? No problem! Our ENIAC Series welcomes a new Juicy IPA with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand while our Small Batch Series sees a new tea-infused beer, the Mango Black Tea Sour. Finally, a draft-only release of the toasty dark mild, the Parti Kyle Pub Ale, is our first beer on nitro in the past two years.”

SEASONAL BEER OFFERINGS

Beer: Parti Kyle Pub Ale on Nitro (3% ABV)

Availability: Currently Available on Draft

Description: “You’ll find so much chocolate, caramel, and toasted bread flavors packed into this crushable dark mild—it’s hard to believe the low ABV! This Pub Ale was brewed from the parti gyle runnings of our Imperial Stout and hopped ever so gently with a touch of East Kent Goldings hops to lend a touch of woody black tea character. When served on nitro, Parti Kyle comes to life and is enhanced with a rich creamy mouthfeel. We named this beer after our BFF and party guy, ex-Brewer Kyle.”

Beer: Gingerbread Cream Stout (6% ABV)

Availability: 11/18 Release on Draft, 4-Pack Cans (4x16oz – $16)

Description: “Forget cookies, Santa will want a pint of this sweet, spice-filled Gingerbread Cream Stout on Christmas Eve. Our rich, roasty cream stout base was brewed with gingerbread spices, vanilla, lactose, and real blackstrap molasses to create this quintessential holiday treat.”

Beer: Nelson Juicy IPA (6.3% ABV)

Availability: 11/18 Release Date on Draft, 4-Pack Cans (4x16oz – $17)

Description: “The latest version of our ENIAC IPA series, the Nelson Juicy IPA showcases heavy whirlpool and dry hops of Nelson Sauvin balanced out with a touch of Mosaic. Nelson Sauvin hops are grown in the Nelson region of New Zealand and are coveted for their intensely juicy notes of crushed grape, gooseberry, and tropical fruit.”

Beer: Mango Black Tea Sour (5.7% ABV)

Availability: 11/18 Release Date on Draft, 4-Pack Cans (4x16oz – $17)

Description: “Our popular fruited tea kettle sour is brewed with Seattle’s own Marketspice aromatic Mango Black Tea. The earthy flavors of black tea and sweet juicy mango meld together wonderfully in our lightly acidic base golden sour.”

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Zeeks Pizza, Reuben’s Brews introduce Hop Tropic IPA in cans

Washington Beer News - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 12:57pm

The beer that Reuben’s Brews created as the house beer for Zeeks Pizza is hardly a token effort. Zeeks Pizza, the local beer chain with a pizza problem, teamed up with Reuben’s Brews back in 2015 to create Hop Tropic, an IPA that would make both companies proud. Learn more about this five-year affair here.

Thus, Hop Tropic IPA was born and almost immediately began impressing beer fans around the greater Seattle area. It also started winning awards and accolades. It won a silver medal at the North American Beer Awards. It won back to back titles as the Grand National Champion at the US Beer Tasting Championship. Hop Tropic was named 2015’s Best IPA in the Northwest by Sip Magazine. The list goes on.

By now you should be aware that all of the Zeeks Pizza locations serve up a great selection of beer. AND they’ll deliver it to your door with your pizza! Not just cans, but draft beer in crowlers and growlers.

Now, Hop Tropic IPA is available in cans. You can order cans of Hop Tropic IPA from Zeeks Pizza for delivery or you can pick it up at Reuben’s Brews’ to-go store in Ballard. A very limited amount of it will see distribution to other retailers.

“This is a new year-round beer for Reuben’s and we’re obviously stoked to feature it on our Bottle Shop On Wheels menu,” says Tommy Brooks, the resident beer impresario at Zeeks.”

“We are selling 4-packs for $12 for delivery, pick-up, and takeout. Still doing growlers and crowlers of Hop Tropic draft for delivery, pick-up and takeout and pints in-house where we have outdoor seating. Of course, endless pints will be consumed post-pandemic.”

Zeeks Pizza is no stranger to collaborative relationships like this. Though this one might be the longest-standing, the company has regularly teamed up with local breweries to produce exceptional beers.

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New guidance for outdoor seating at brewery taprooms, etc

Washington Beer News - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 11:34am

The Washington Brewers Guild continues to work on behalf of the state’s breweries during the pandemic. Not only is the Guild processing and disseminating important information, but it is also working with Governor Inslee’s office to assure that the needs of the state’s breweries receive consideration as policies change.

Below, a message from the Washington Brewers Guild regarding outdoor dining/seating requirements at restaurants, which also applies to brewery taprooms, as well as taverns and other establishments.

Updated Guidance for Outdoor Service, Tenting and Structures 

November 16, 2020

We know it’s a really tough day for many in our industry. We’re working hard right now on your behalf to get breweries relief and ensure your voices are heard. We will be sending an update later this week, detailing the advocacy efforts currently taking place and letting you know how you can help. 

We’ll also be setting up a virtual meeting for members, later this week, to go over the new guidelines (including new outdoor structure guidelines issued this morning), answer any questions you might have, further detail our advocacy work, and take your input.

This morning, the Governor’s office issued new guidelines for outdoor dining and tenting/structures that provides more clarity on tenting/structures requirements and a little more flexibility than the previous guidance requiring tents and structures have no more than two sides. 

Outdoor Dining/Tent/Structure Update Guidelines Overview

Outdoor structures should have no more than two walls to provide appropriate ventilation unless they meet ventilation requirements:

  • Structures can have three walls if another opening exists that is large enough to create cross-ventilation

Smaller outdoor dining structures, such as pods/igloos must:

  • Be limited to one dining party (max 5 people) at a time
  • Keep doors and windows open when the structure is inhabited
  • Ensure the structure is aired out between dining parties. Wait ten minutes to air the structure out before cleaning and sanitizing. A new party may not be seated until after sanitizing
  • Keep structure as open as possible during cleaning and sanitizing and, at a minimum, employees shall wear disposable masks (for medium risk) 
  • Ensure orders and food/drink delivery occur outside the structure, if possible,

Additionally, the guidelines require that:

  • Lighting, electrical, ventilation and heating must not create a hazard for employees. Use caution with electrical cords; heaters must not produce carbon monoxide (such as propane heaters). 
  • Plans need to comply with state and local requirements/permits
  • Adequate lighting for tasks such as cleaning and sanitizing must be provided

You can view the full, upgraded guidance here.

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Reuben’s Brews releases rye beer variety packs this Friday

Washington Beer News - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 8:27am

My drive to utilize every pun available is strong. I’m like a walking, talking dad joke waiting to happen. Therefore, in composing the above headline it was nearly impossible for me to resist saying, “vaRYEity packs and FRYEday.” Since its inception, Reuben’s Brews has created beers using malted rye. A lot of breweries brew rye beer, but Reuben’s has always done it more frequently and prolifically.

In fact, back in the day, I would have told you that the brewery’s prowess with this particular grain set it apart from the fray. For the brewer, brewing with rye can be a bit tricky. Should I say, a bit sticky? There I go with the puns again. (Historically, rye has been known to increase the risk of something known as a stuck mash. Read about stuck mash here.)

Anyway, Reuben’s Brews just announced that this Friday, November 20th it releases a mixed four-pack of rye beers: Rye Crush, Roggenbier, Dark Munich Lager, and Cinnamon Raisin Rye. Available at the brewery’s to-go store and online store. Here are the details from the brewery:

VARYEITY PACKS THIS FRIDAYMIXED FOUR-PACK OF RYE BEERS

This Friday at our Taproom, To-Go Store, and Shipping Store we are debuting a VARYEITY PACK of four beers featuring one of our favorite malts: rye. We’ve brewed with rye malts from day one at Reuben’s Brews, with two of the four beers available the day we opened prominently featuring rye.

One of those – Roggenbier – is now available in cans for the first time, joining a lineup of other Taproom favorites:

RYE CRUSH: Hazy IPA brewed with a dash of rye for a hint of spice. Alongside the juicy, tropical hops you’ll find a smooth and full body. 6.0% ABV.

ROGGENBIER: A historic German-style rye beer, ours is analogous to a Rye Hefeweizen. One of the five beers we had on draft the day we opened! 5.3% ABV.

DARK MUNICH LAGER: Dunkel-style German lager. One of the most talked-about beers by our staff when it was first brewed last year, and a favorite if many while it was on tap. This beer was also named a Best of the Pacific Northwest by the US Beer Tasting Championship. 5.3% ABV.

CINNAMON RAISIN RYE: due to popular demand we’ve brewed one of our one-off beers from 2019 again. This cinnamon raisin rye brown ale is brewed with two kinds of rye and pureed raisins in the boil, and finished with vanilla bean and cinnamon. The best of cinnamon raisin toast. 7.2% ABV.

These mixed VaRYEity four-packs will be available online at ReubensBrews.com/Shop and in person at our Taproom and To-Go Store beginning this Friday at noon. All four beers are available exclusively in this four-pack, and are joined on the shelf by another rye favorite: ROASTED RYE IPA which is also available for a limited time!

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Occidental Brewing LagerFest To-Go 2020 Packages Now On Sale

Brewpublic - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 4:00am
One event that normally takes place each December will continue on but in a new format. Occidental Brewing will host LagerFest To-Go 2020 as it continues to conduct business during the ongoing pandemic. LagerFest To-Go 2020 packages are now on-sale for early December pick up at Occidental Brewing. The new package includes a special curated […]
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Artisanal Imports Partners with Galipette Cidre for US Launch

Brewpublic - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 1:00am
North America (November 16, 2020) – Artisanal Imports is excited to announce that it has partnered with Cider Supply Company, the owner of Galipette Cidre of France to be its exclusive sales and distribution partner for the United States. The multi-year strategic distribution agreement went into effect earlier this year on June 1. The agreement covers exclusive nationwide distribution […]
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Stone Brewing Releases Twelve Days of IPAs Mixed Pack

Brewpublic - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:09pm
ESCONDIDO, CA (November 16, 2020) – Stone Brewing introduces its first-ever Stone Twelve Days of IPAs Mixed Pack. The festive bottle pack holds 12 distinct IPAs including new releases, year-round staples, and archived fan favorites from Stone’s storied past. You read it correctly, this is not your average mixed pack. This box of holiday cheers holds 12 bottles. Twelve different beers. […]
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American Brewing Co. announces it is closing for good

Washington Beer News - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 2:20pm

Yesterday, American Brewing Company announced via social media that it was closing down. Not just a temporary COVID-related shutdown, but shutting down with “if we’re lucky… a chance to come back at some time in the future.” (Photo from Facebook.)

American Brewing opened in Edmonds, WA back in 2011. Over the years there have been all sorts of changes and the company’s life-course has not been typical. For instance, American Brewing went public in 2014. Public, as in, common shares were available on the Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB).

Shortly thereafter, American Brewing acquired a company that produced organic sparkling kombucha drinks. I always suspected that there was way more to that part of the story, but details were never disclosed to me on the record. I am not sure what happened next between the beer-making company and the kombucha-making company.

In 2015 American Brewing (the beer-making company) was acquired by Pacific Brewing and Malting Company of Tacoma, a smaller company that, I think, was backed by the same investors as the original investors in American Brewing. You can read about that development here. Then, in 2019, Pacific Brewing and Malting closed its Tacoma location but remained in business, moving to its “other facility” in Edmonds. Now American Brewing is closing.

Compared to many other breweries around here, it’s been an uncommon course, one that was a bit difficult to track. I wish everyone well and am sorry to see one of our breweries close down, Most importantly, I sympathize with any employees losing their jobs.

Here’s is the announcement I found on Facebook:

“It is with a very heavy heart that we are making this post. We are very sorry to say we have to close American Brewing Company’s doors! Saturday, November 21, 2020 will be our last day of business (barring a shut down from the government)!”

“COVID has [really] affected our business & it is no longer sustainable. We want to thank all of our customers for the great experiences that we had together over the past 10 years. We built a great brand and maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll get the chance to come back at some time in the future. For now, a cheers to everyone and a very heartfelt thank you for being a part of our journey! “

“All our love – The American Brewing Company Staff Brent, Brooke & Karl*Brent will be on site Thursday, Friday and Saturday to see everyone as well as being available to answer questions anyone may have.”

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Deschutes Brewery Releases The Abyss 2020

Brewpublic - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:54pm
Deschutes Brewery announces the release of The Abyss 2020, the brewery’s most formally recognized and award winning barrel-aged brand for the brewery. The Abyss is an exclusive barrel-aged Imperial Stout that is released every November and will be available in 4 pack, 12-ounce bottles for the first time. A perfect way to enjoy it now […]
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The latest COVID restrictions and what they mean for breweries and their fans

Washington Beer News - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:38pm
It’s Time to Focus on Drink Local

Yesterday, shortly after the Governor announced another round of COVID restrictions, Burwood Brewing used Facebook to very clearly state its plan for navigating the weeks ahead. The brewery in Walla Walla posted the above picture on Facebook along with a statement about how it will adjust its business to comply. As the rainbow suggests, it was a hopeful message. We don’t have to be happy, but at least we can be hopeful.

My fellow beer lovers, in a nutshell, it’s time to drink local. Very local. Yesterday Governor Inslee announced a one-month plan to help curb the rising tide of COVID cases in Washington. Below, I share information from the Washington Brewers Guild regarding the new restrictions and requirements and how they impact breweries, but first…

For consumers, I think the most important thing to consider is that your local breweries need your support now more than ever. This is especially true of breweries that are not established in distribution chains and rely heavily on your direct patronage at their taprooms.

Familiarize yourself with your favorite brewery’s plan. Does it have outdoor seating? (See our list, we are doing our best to keep it accurate). Will it offer to-go sales? Curbside pickup? Is it delivering or shipping beer? Seek them out on social media and keep watching as they announce and adjust their plans in the weeks to come. If they do not communicate clearly via those channels, reach out to them. Remind them that they should.

Get it From the Source

It is great that so many breweries have scrambled and started packaging beer in cans, crowlers, and bottles during the COVID pandemic, and it’s cool to see so many new beers on the grocery store shelves, but buying a brewery’s beer at the store is different than buying it directly from the brewery itself. If nothing else, the profit margin is higher when they sell direct to consumers. Many breweries rely on direct sales, whether by the pint or in cans and crowlers to go.

Below, the message from the Washington Brewers Guild regarding the Governor’s announcement and his latest COVID plan:

What it Means for Breweries

Here’s what it means for breweries. The same restrictions will apply to restaurants, wineries, distilleries, taverns, and other liquor licensees.

Effective November 18th – December 14th: 

  • Indoor on-premise service is prohibited
  • Outdoor on-premise service is allowed at 50% occupancy
  • Table party size for outdoor service no larger than 5
  • Any tenting or temporary or permanent outdoor structures must meet Safe Start guidance, which currently requires structures/tents to have no more than two walls
  • To-go, curbside, and delivery sales are allowed

Other measures in today’s order go into effect Monday, November 15th and include a ban on indoor social gatherings, a reduction in occupancy for grocery store and retail (25%), closing of gyms, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and more. 

Governor Inslee also announced a plan to distribute $50 million in grants and loans to Washington businesses that have been economically harmed by the pandemic and pandemic related restrictions. He indicated that the funding is in-hand and details on the mechanism for distributing the funds are still in the works. We will be working with his office and the Department of Commerce to ensure breweries have access to this funding. More to come.

You can read more about the order, here

Below, you’ll find info on deliveries, direct to consumer sales and shipping, tenting, unemployment resources for employers and employees, mental health resources, and hospitality employee relief.

We’ll be working to get you relief and make sure breweries voices are heard. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us- we are here to support you.

Deliveries:

Breweries can deliver packaged beer, growlers, crowlers, and kegs. Deliveries must be made in compliance with the rules found here

Complete the “Added Activity” form and email it to nonretailliquorlicensing@lcb.wa.gov. The Added Activity form can be found here, under Non-Retail.

If you plan to use a third-party processing or delivery service, make sure it’s one of the LCB’s approved vendors, found here

Direct to Consumer Sales and Shipping:

Breweries take orders via the internet, phone, or at the brewery and ship beer direct to consumers residing in WA. 

Complete the “added activities” form (same form for deliveries found above) and email the completed form to nonretailliquorlicensing@lcb.wa.gov to get set up with the LCB.

Important note: state shipping laws vary from state to state. If you’re shipping out of state, you’ll need to check with that state’s liquor regulator to learn about their direct to consumer laws. 

Last week, we hosted a Base Camp session on direct to consumer sales and shipping. You can watch the replay here.

Adding or Extending Outdoor Service/ Tenting Webinar:

You can find info on adding or extending outdoor service areas, here.

Last week, the WA Hospitality Association hosted a webinar on outdoor seating guidance and tenting. You can view the replay, here.

Unemployment FAQs for Employers and Employees:

WA unemployment resources for employers can be found here.

WA unemployment resources for employees can be found here.

Mental Health Resources:

This is a lot. Resources for crisis support and advice on self-care can be found here

Hospitality Employee Relief Resources:

Information on grants and relief efforts for hospitality workers impacted by COVID-19, here.

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Alesong Brewing & Blending Fall 2020 Beer Releases

Brewpublic - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 2:00am
Fresh of medal winning at two prestigious beer competitions and the forthcoming opening of its second taproom, Alesong Brewing & Blending have released – French 75, Mocha Rhino Suit, Rackhouse Reserve, Manhattan, and Terroir Project: Antiquum Farm – all part of the brewery’s 2020 Fall Beer Release. Three of the beers will see full distribution, […]
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Welcome in the Holidays with 2020 Santa’s Private Reserve from Rogue Ales & Spirits

Brewpublic - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 7:29pm
For the past few years it’s been nice to Rogue Ales & Spirits changing up the recipe for its annual Santa’s Private Reserve beer release. The 2020 vintage of Santa’s Private Reserve is an adjunct milk stout with peppermint bark and it sure does replicate this holiday treat! “Santa’s vision for this year’s Private Reserve […]
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StormBreaker Brewing Releases Haze du Jour, What We Brew in the Shadows, Mississippi Red, and Barrel Aged Winter Coat 2020

Brewpublic - Sat, 11/14/2020 - 12:25pm
North Portland’s StormBreaker Brewing has four new late fall beer releases, three in cans and one in bottles. Look for Haze du Jour, What We Brew in the Shadows, Mississippi Red, and Barrel Aged Winter Coat 2020 at each of the brewery’s locations in Portland and select retailers in the area. Here are descriptions on […]
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Block 15 Distribution Adds the Forthcoming ForeLand Beer to its Portfolio

Brewpublic - Fri, 11/13/2020 - 5:43pm
ForeLand Beer, the forthcoming brewery from McMinnville, Oregon, has signed with Block 15 Distribution, the distribution arm of Block 15 Brewing. Beers from ForeLand Beer will begin hitting the marketplace throughout Oregon later this month, with Washington following shortly thereafter. ForeLand Beer is the new brewery that is led by Sean Burke, formerly of Von […]
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Isolated and avoided, West Seattle continues to serve up great beer

Washington Beer News - Fri, 11/13/2020 - 11:42am

West Seattle, home of the Washington Beer Blog and one-fifth of Seattle’s total population, lost its mainline connection to the city last March when engineers unexpectedly deemed the West Seattle Bridge unsafe for traffic. These days, it sometimes feels more akin to an independent island-nation, but the rumors are exaggerated; you can still get to West Seattle. And you should! Good beer, maybe the Best beer, is the reward.

Beyond beer, it’s West Seattle and there’s other stuff to do. Take a walk at Alki Beach or Lincoln Park, visit Marination Ma Kai for a killer lunch, and enjoy a million-dollar waterfront view of the city, but let’s talk about the beer. (Map of our West Seattle beer stops at the bottom of the post.)

The Good Society. Photo from social media. The New Kids on the Block

On the south end of the West Seattle peninsula, Best of Hands Brewing and Barrelhouse opened about a year prior to the onset of the pandemic. From the very beginning, BOH offered a breadth of beers that defied its tender age, producing well-conceived and well-executed beers. Not just the predictable IPAs and Hazy IPAs, but stuff like a mind-melting Baltic Porter and a show-stopping Gose. Currently, the brewery’s Windowless Cabin Hazelnut Stout (available on nitro) is hitting the spot.

photo from social media.

The taproom is open indoors and out, with limited seating inside and a parking lot converted to a tentless beer garden. We’ll see how things progress as the seasons unfold. 21-plus, no food, but frequently on the weekends there are food trucks or, quite regularly, a pop-up barbeque purveyor. To-go beer is available in growlers, crowler, and some in cans.

On the north end of The Rock (aka West Seattle), The Good Society Brewery and Public House opened weeks before the word COVID became part of everyday conversation. Can you imagine? You finally get your brewery open, finally start selling beer in your taproom, and BAM!

Quite an honor for any brewery, much less a brand new one. photo from social media.

The Good Society managed to struggle their way through the complete lockdown, endured the reduced-capacity regulations, and navigated all the other pandemic requirements. As a reward for their perseverance, just a few months after opening, The Good Society won a gold medal at the GABF and was awarded Best Small Brewpub of the Year. They should have also gotten a Rookie of the Year award.

photo from social media.

Currently, The Good Society is open indoor and out, with a tented seating area out front. Serving a limited food menu consisting primarily of pizza. All-ages.

At the time of publishing, The Good Society Brewery and Public House is pouring its GABF gold medal beer—First To Fall, Grisette, a Belgian-Style/French-Style Ale. To-go beer is available in growlers and crowlers.

Familiar Favorites

While you are in West Seattle, consider visiting one of the other renowned beer stops. The most obvious route between Best of Hands and The Good Society, traveling along California Avenue, conveniently takes you right past three other neighborhood favorites: Beveridge Place Pub, Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub, and The Beer Junction.

Beveridge Place Pub beer garden. Photo by Kim Sharpe Jones.

The Beveridge Place Pub transformed its parking lot into a spacious beer garden that offers covered and uncovered seating. The Beveranda, the pub’s regular outdoor seating area, has also been tented. They’ve implemented an online contactless ordering and payment system. 21+, bring your own food or order it in.

Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub has also made some changes to offer outdoor seating. There’s a tent, but seating is pretty limited so plan to stop in and have one of Seattle’s best hamburgers during non-peak dining hours. All-ages pub. Order the “crack sauce” with your seasoned fries.

Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub. Photo by Kim Sharpe Jones.

The Beer Junction is currently closed for on-premise consumption but they are still open for to-go sales. In addition to massive coolers full of bottles and cans, they also offer crowler and growler sales. Recently, they started offering refillable, to-go pints as well.

Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden – Great selection of draft beers. Lots of outdoor seating. Kids welcome, food trucks, all the cool stuff. Heck, they even have TVs outside for watching the game on their big, covered, semi-enclosed patio area.

photo from social media. Other Opportunities

West Seattle Brewing – When the seasons allow, they have a second location down on Alki Beach. The original, main brewery and taproom is up the hill.

Future Primitive Brewing – Yeah, it’s White Center and not West Seattle, but I had to give it a mention. Kids welcome, great outdoor seating, covered, heaters, all that.

Beer Star – Doing what they can to stay open as restrictions shift and the weather changes. They’ve always got a great selection of beer on tap and in the coolers. Kids welcome. Again, in White Center, but…

Super Deli Mart – I think it was the very first establishment of its kind. A convenience store morphed into a beer joint. A very well-curated draft list. Good beer at affordable prices in the coolers. Kids welcome, great sandwiches.

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