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The Demise of the Brewing News Publications

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 8:38pm
Published beer newspapers and magazines are cherished items these days. With the recent demise of magazines All About Beer and DRAFT, there are few regularly published beer periodicals. Now the latest publication that will likely hit the chopping block are the seven publications from the Buffalo, New York based  Brewing News. Up until yesterday I […]
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BridgePort Brewing Closes Its Brewery

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 9:36am
The year of 2019 is not starting out being a good one to some of our local breweries. We just received an email announcing the closing of BridgePort Brewing, Oregon’s oldest operating brewery. The BridgePort Brew Pub will close on March 10, 2019 as the brewery will shutter immediately. BridgePort Brewing was founded in 1984 […]
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Ballard Brew Hall coming to Sea-Tac Airport this spring

Washington Beer News - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 8:38am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The Port of Seattle recently announced that several vendors at Sea-Tac Airport were shutting down to make room for a new flock of dining and shopping options. Among the newcomers opening in the near future, Ballard Brew Hall promises to offer a selection of local, artisan beers.

Beer-loving travelers were disappointed to learn that Anthony’s was among the restaurants at the airport closing down. Anthony’s was the only place you could find a decent selection of local craft beer at the airport. Also, the food was good, as you’d expect from the always-reliable, local restaurant chain. Furthermore, the location in the central terminal was convenient.

Hopefully, one of the new businesses will fill the void. Ballard Brew Hall, slated to open this spring, describes itself as “ideal for artisanal-minded travelers looking for local craft beer.” They will also offer Washington wines, handcrafted cocktails, and a full dining menu.

Ballard Beer Hall will be located in the D concourse, near gate D12, so the location isn’t quite as convenient. Also, we’ll have to wait and see what kind of beer selection they’ll offer. Rest assured, we’ll be sure to share more info about Ballard Brew Hall once we know more about the beer program.

 

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Lightning Will Presents Widmer Brothers Brewing + Second Self Beer MLS Cup Charity Night

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 7:23am
The Portland Timbers 2019 MLS season kicks off on Saturday, March 2nd in Colorado and due to our stadium’s renovations, our boys will be playing its first dozen matches on the road. However, prior to the 2019 season, a friendly wager will be settled on Thursday, February 21st at Lightning Will Bar & Grill. Prior […]
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Celebrate the 9th Anniversary of Migration Brewing During 2019 Zwickelmania

Brewpublic - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:36pm
As many Portland metro area breweries prepare for Saturday’s 2019 Zwickelmania, Migration Brewing will also be celebrating its 9th Anniversary all day long. And since it opened its production brewery in Gresham this past June, the brewer will double up its anniversary celebrations! On Saturday, February 16th, Migration Brewing will host its 9th Anniversary Celebration […]
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Chocolate Beer Week continues at The Beer Junction

Washington Beer News - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 5:00pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Snow be damned! The Beer Junction in West Seattle is celebrating Chocolate Beer Week regardless of the weather.

The simple, succinct description of the event says it all.

“9 days, 20+ chocolate beers, free sides of chocolate for taster trays… enough said!”

That’s the way The Beer Junction describes its Chocolate Beer Week, happening now through February 16th. In addition to at least 20 chocolate beers on tap at a time, they’ll give you an assortment of chocolate treats with each taster tray. Check out the event page on Facebook.

Below, a sampling of what they tapped for the kickoff of Chocolate Week.

  • Boneyard – Backbone Chocolate Espresso Stout
  • Block 15 – Love Potion #9, stout with chocolate and black cap raspberries.
  • The Bruery White Chocolate with Cherries, Bourbon-barrel Wheatwine.
  • Cascade – Cocoa Rojo.
  • Cloudburst Brewing – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
  • Epic – Bi Bad Baptist.
  • Georgetown Brewing – Lisa’s Chocolate Stout (cask).
  • Modern Times – Grim Tusk.
  • Reuben’s Brews – White Elephant Imperial White Stout, with coconut, coffee, cocoa nibs.
  • Skookum Brewing – Right in the Peels. Banana split stout.

And many, many more. See the live tap list here.

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Gigantic Brewing Collaborates with Dark Horse Comics On Hellboy Series of Beers

Brewpublic - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 3:27pm
It’s very fitting that on its forthcoming collaboration beer series, Gigantic Brewing will release 666 cases of each of these beers. Yes, to mark the 25th anniversary of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction from Dark Horse Comics, Gigantic Brewing will release six new Hellboy themed beers in the coming months. Cartoonist, Mike Mignola created Hellboy twenty-five […]
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Paulaner Ain’t No Party Like A Salvator Haus Party Text to Win Sweepstakes

Brewpublic - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 6:22am
Germany’s Paulaner is ready to help you beat the doldrums of winter with a fabulous contest that celebrates its legendary Salvator Double Bock. The Paulaner Ain’t No Party Like A Salvator Haus Party is an easy to enter Text to Win Contest that features the Grand Prize of a weekend getaway plus, other prizes including […]
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Hop Breeding Company Announces New 2019 Hops

Brewpublic - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 5:53am
New hops breeds have arrived from the Hop Breeding Company, a joint venture between John I. Haas and Yakima Chief Ranches. This partnership has spent the past 15+ year developing new hops that push the envelope in brewing. The Hop Breeding Company, (HBC) is the company that created some of the most buzz worthy new […]
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Portland Cider Celebrates its 6th Anniversary – March 9, 2019

Brewpublic - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 8:35pm
CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Feb. 7, 2019 – One of Oregon’s original cidermakers, Portland Cider Co. will celebrate six years in the industry this March, and the cider house is celebrating with an anniversary party featuring cider sampling, live music, tours, a photo booth, a charity raffle, and a special anniversary bottle release. The event will take place […]
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The legendary Jim Parker settles up his tab – Remembering a legend

Washington Beer News - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 5:41pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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To say Jim Parker was a legend on the Northwest beer scene is an understatement. The beer world lost a giant last week when Jim succumbed to the effects of a stroke that he suffered in November. He passed last Tuesday, February 5th, surrounded by family and loved ones. Everyone hoped and assumed that he’d endure the long road to recovery, but that’s not how it worked out. Like so, so many people on the beer scene around here, I called Jim a friend.

His career in beer stretched across time and space, from Colorado in the earlier years of craft beer to his more recent history in Washington and Oregon, where he spent the last two decades of his life. Primarily, he was a publican, a brewer, and a beer sales guru. Among his many other contributions to the region’s beer scene, Jim served as the executive director of the Oregon Brewers Guild for six years.

Above, Jim with Skip Madsen. Skipper and his Little Buddy. Two legends reunited.

In Oregon he worked at, or in some way helped open, places like Concordia Ale House, Horse Brass Pub, The Green Dragon, Oaks Bottom Public House, and others. As far as breweries are concerned, Jim worked in some capacity with Chuckanut Brewery, Kulshan Brewing, Baerlic Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, North Jetty Brewing, Fort George Brewing, Wayfinder Beer, and others.

Most recently, he’d been working on a new project with David Lederfine and Asher David Brewing and Cellarworks. Coincidentally, David Lederfine is an old friend of mine. And by “old friend” I mean that we played little league baseball together. Just another example of how Jim Parker was everywhere and knew everyone.

Last April, I ran into Jim at Salt Pub in Ilwaco, Washington. Unexpected, totally random encounter. As usual. I didn’t know that would be the last time I’d see him. Glad I saw him, sorry it was the last time.

Oh, and one last thing. Apparently Jim is credited with inventing the Totcho. You know, nachos made on a bed of tater tots instead of chips. A man of great vision and many talents!

More than anything else, Jim Parker was one of the nicest people you’d ever hope to meet. There was no way in hell you couldn’t like the guy. He will be missed.

According to those closest to Jim, a celebration of life will take place later this year when the weather turns, so we can drink beer and listen to music outside, as he would have wanted.

 

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Another brewery opens on Vashon Island – Camp Colvos Brewing

Washington Beer News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 9:48am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Introducing Camp Colvos Brewing, a new brewery that recently opened its taproom on Vashon Island. The brewery is located down the road a spell, but the taproom is right in the heart of the village (AKA, “downtown” Vashon) just a couple blocks south of Vashon Brewing‘s taproom. Also, meet Clint Brownlee, a guest contributor here on the Washington Beer Blog.

Camp Colvos: a Brewery of, by, and for the People

by Clint Brownlee

Matt Lawrence didn’t have time to run a brewery. He had a day job, a family, and the minor everyday complications inherent with living on an island. Still, he felt compelled to devote any slice of free time he could find to brewing. For years.

Now with his Camp Colvos Brewing leasing three spaces on Vashon Island and residents flocking to its just-opened Campsite taproom (in a former pizza restaurant), he continues to maintain a career in commercial janitorial services, shuttle his family to school and extracurricular functions, and keep a handle on everyday logistical challenges. But thanks to a little bit (or a whole lot) of help from friends, he now contemplates a day when his brewery becomes his day job.

The seeds for CCB, as Lawrence and his crew call it, were sowed several years ago, when he started a club for beer-thirsty Vashonites. He delivered brews to his members on a schedule, and used the fees he collected to fund a 1 bbl (40 gallon) brewing system. The effort, which Lawrence dubbed CSB (for Community Supported Beer), was a success. “I was making beer every month for almost two years, [which] helped get me the experience I needed to get the idea [of a brewery] off the ground.”

That happened fairly quickly, thanks to the complementary skill set of long-time friend Lara Feltin (labeled “The Architect” on the brewery’s website).

“I called her with the idea, and a few calculations on a spreadsheet,” says Lawrence. “I asked her to talk me out of it. We spent the summer of 2016 calculating every possible scenario, every hop, every speck of grain.”

Instead of deciding a brewery was prohibitive, the duo found a way to convert Lawrence’s home-based, community-beer concept into a brick-and-mortar operation—as partners.

“I realized there was no way I could do this alone, nor would I want to,” Lawrence says.

Thus began a fortuitous alignment with other friends and contacts who added integral pieces to the fledgling enterprise. There were Tami and Paco Joyce, owners of Vashon-based Seattle Distilling Company, who’d been members of Lawrence’s beer club. When they vacated their island headquarters, Lawrence moved in—and the brewery had a home. An added bonus, according to Lawrence, “Part of that transition allowed us to start barrel-aging beer right out of the gate.”

Lawrence sought out another CSB member and friend, the voluminously bearded Scott MacLaughlin. He instantly became a constant presence at the new space, which they casually called the “Log Cabin.” He would do anything and everything: build and repair equipment; brew; clean; cook. And with the addition of the Campsite taproom, MacLaughlin now pours beer, delivers kegs, and handles the brewery’s social media accounts. Though he’s known by all as Scotty, his title on the Camp Colvos site, “The Fixer,” seems more apt. And it’s not his day job, either. (He’s a professional videographer.)

Brewmaster Nathan (“The Maker”) Schafer is an entrepreneur himself. He and his wife Melissa own a landscape design company, which is why he and Lawrence crossed paths. During a stint at Vashon’s Sea Breeze Farm years ago, Lawrence became aware of the mild-mannered Schafer’s business—and, eventually, his shared interest in brewing. Now the two brew at all hours of the day and night to keep up to eight taps flowing at Campsite (and more at locations both on and off the island). “Beer brought our families together,” Lawrence says.

Beer and ambition. The two ingredients have accounted for much success in a relatively short time. Camp Colvos currently produces beer in the Log Cabin, hosts guests at Campsite (on a one-year lease), and is plotting the future home of the taproom, in a former general contractor’s headquarters several doors south.

Lawrence is tight-lipped on specific plans for the eventual space, perhaps more because of the vast possibilities than a desire for secrecy. He’s also maintaining tandem focus on the day-to-day, by necessity. “It’s sort of like going to taproom school,” he says. “I am learning so much about the needs of a seven-days-per-week retail venue, and managing all the aspects that go along with it.”

And there’s the year that Campsite will be open to think about. Food service will factor into that, thanks to another relationship Lawrence has struck up. “I didn’t know Jen or Matt [Harvey] when they took over Island Queen,” he says, referring to a burger joint across the street. “But I had the oddest feeling I would be working with them. As it turns out, Jen is a pastry chef, and loves making meat pies, which is exactly what I wanted for our food menu. We are super stoked to be working with her.”

And though it may seem distant now, warm days will introduce possibilities, too. “I’m really excited for the summer months with the awesome patio out front,” Lawrence says. Asked what to expect from Campsite into that season and beyond, he flips the question around. “Really, what does Campsite have planned for me?”

It’s an apt and somewhat sly thought from the man labeled “The Visionary” of the brewery. No doubt the future will be shaped by contributions from friends aligned with his vision. Like MacLaughlin and Schafer. Like Feltin. Like the Harveys. Like Marcus Daly, who carved the brewery’s sign that hangs behind the Campsite bar. Like the folks behind Westland Distillery, which has partnered with Camp Colvos to release barrel-conditioned libations. And the list goes on.

Last year at the Log Cabin, a small crowd of islanders denuded hop bines they’d harvested from their home plants while they sipped draft beer. Why? Because Lawrence and his partners were brewing a beer using only local, crowdsourced hops: Saison Du Vashon. Lawrence stood outside the cabin and surveyed the scene with a smile. “It takes a village,” he said.

The village of Vashon rewarded Lawrence’s vision when Campsite opened on January 4, doubling the island’s number of craft taprooms. (Vashon Brewing’s aptly named Community Pub was the first.) Though it was cold and wet, the place was overrun by beer enthusiasts, curious residents, and scores of kids (many hanging with the crew’s own contingent of offspring). People crowded the small interior and the larger, tent-covered outside patio. There were party planners and school principals. Writers and painters. Coaches and commuters. A hearty cross-section of the island was in attendance.

Lawrence, his wife Mary, MacLaughlin, and Schafer vacillated between tasks—taking orders, pouring beer, grilling sandwiches, shaking hands—and mixing with the crowd. Exchanging a few words with them that evening, two things were obvious: they were thrilled to be open, and were overwhelmed by the response. “It’s been humbling,” Lawrence says.

Since opening night, Campsite has been open 1–8PM every day, enhancements have been made to their taps and signage and space, they’ve added bar staff—and business has been booming. Seeing Lawrence and his stalled truck on the side of the road one recent evening, this writer pulled over and talked with him. (The Fixer—who else?—was en route to help.) Lawrence said that sales had been well beyond the conservative figure he and his team had ballparked ahead of their opening. The neighborly village, it seems, works up quite a thirst.

Camp Colvos is poised to satisfy. Available in January were Rye IPA, Winter Warmer, Munich Lager, Saison Du Vashon, Dark Lager, Pale Ale, a Session IPA, and a limited bottling of Sheepdog, a woody, barrel-aged Pale Ale named after the island’s annual Sheepdog Classic event. They also released a batch of Resilience IPA, the philanthropic juggernaut launched by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. which raises funds for Paradise, CA residents impacted by the devastating Camp Fire. (CCB’s January 24 “Resilience Night on Vashon” supported the beer’s release.) Lawrence says contributing to that effort “Didn’t even require any consideration.”

He does consider the beer lineup carefully, of course. He intends to keep things varied for the time being, having only a few permanent handles. A Belgian Pale Ale is in the works, among other brews. And Lawrence daydreams about lagering. “I lean toward traditional German beers,” he says. “I would love to devote more time to lagering. But lager requires space, and time to perform its magic in the tank.”

Given the fast pace of developments for Camp Colvos Brewing to date, that magic may yet come to pass. No doubt there are some in the village of Vashon who will step forward to assist in some way. “In a time like this, if we pause to think about how we can help, rather than just helping, then nothing gets done,” Lawrence reflects, referring to their Resilience IPA contribution. The sentiment, though, could be applied to his island community—or the culture at large. And it’s spoken like a true visionary.

 

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Lompoc Brewing Presents 2019 Black Out Beer Fest and Chowder Challenge

Brewpublic - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 7:49am
When the first weekend of March arrives, Lompoc Brewing will host two of its most popular events, 2019 Black Out Beer Fest and 2019 Chowder Challenge. On Friday, March 1st, Black Out Beer Fest will take place from 4:00-10:00pm and the following day, Saturday, March 2nd will be the return of Lompoc’s Chowder Challenge from […]
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Buoy Beer Company to Release Love, Lost at Sea 2019 on Valentine’s Day

Brewpublic - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 7:19am
Love is in the air in Astoria as Buoy Beer is set to release Love, Lost at Sea 2019, a barrel-aged Barleywine in 500mlL bottles on Valentine’s Day. This release marks the second edition of the brewery’s Small Batch Series in February 2019. Love, Lost at Sea 2019 is an American Barleywine aged in former Bull Run whiskey barrels for a period of 12 months. This […]
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2019 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest Ticket On Sale February 8th

Brewpublic - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 5:16pm
Beer bucket lists float in the minds of many craft beer drinkers and the one beer festival that should be on such a list the is the annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest. The 8th edition of this highly coveted beer festival will take place on Saturday, June 1st at the Paso Robles Event Center […]
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Raising a Pint In Honor of Jim Parker

Brewpublic - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 6:57am
One of the truly great ones has left us. Back on November 15, 2018, Jim Parker suffered a debilitating stroke and began the long journey of rehabilitation. Unfortunately, this recovery ended way too soon. On Tuesday night, surrounded by family and close friends Jim Parker passed away peacefully in his sleep. Through the years Jim […]
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Ecliptic Brewing to Release Flamingo Planet Guava Blonde Ale

Brewpublic - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 6:17am
The forthcoming release from Ecliptic Brewing will take you back to the beer it poured at the 2018 Oregon Brewer’s Festival. Being released in mid-March, Flamingo Planet Guava Blonde Ale will be packaged in 12-ounce cans and will be available on draft. Flamingo Planet Guava Blonde Ale is an easy drinking blonde ale at 5.5% […]
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Washington Beer Open House on March 2nd is a statewide celebration of beer

Washington Beer News - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 9:11am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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On March 2nd, breweries all across Washington open the brewhouse doors for a statewide celebration of beer and brewing. More than a simple visit to the taproom, each of the breweries involved in 9th Annual Washington Beer Open House has something a little special planned. Some will offer brewery tours, others will offer special tastings. Some will release special beers, others will offer food and beer pairings. Some will do all of those things while others will do something completely different. Each brewery does what it wants, as long as it involves you.

Organized and spearheaded by the Washington Beer Commission, the goal of Washington Beer Open House is simple: help you connect with the breweries you love. More breweries will be added to the list, so keep an eye on the official website. For now, start making your plans.

While you’re out there experiencing Washington beer, tweet using the hashtag #WAbeerOH and post photos on the Washington Beer Facebook page.

List of Participating Breweries (as of Feb. 6th): 20 Corners Brewing 54-40 Brewing 7 Seas Brewery and Taproom 7 Seas Brewing Anacortes Brewery Bad Jimmys Brewing Badass Backyard Brewing Bainbridge Brewing Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse Bale Breaker Brewing Bastion Brewing Co. Bent Bine Brew Co. Berchmans Brewing Bosk Brew Works Chainline Brewing Company Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen Chuckanut Brewery South Nut Taproom Counterbalance Brewing Co Elliott Bay Brewing – Lake City Everybodys Brewing Farmstrong Brewing Co. Fish Brewing Floating Bridge Brewing Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery Foggy Noggin Brewing Fortside Brewing Company Garden Path Fermentation Georgetown Brewing Gig Harbor Brewing Company – Harbor Taproom Gig Harbor Brewing Company – Tacoma Taproom & Brew Haywire Brewing Co. Heathen Brewing Hoh River Brewery Jones Creek Brewing Company Keyhole Valley Brewing (Production Only) Kulshan Brewery Kulshan Brewery – K2 Taproom Lazy Boy Brewing Loowit Brewing Lucky Envelope Brewing M.T. Head Brewing Machine House Brewery Maritime Pacific Brewing Millwood Brewing Company North Jetty Brewing Outer Planet Craft Brewing Populuxe Brewing Scrappy Punk Brewing Silver City Brewery and Taproom Silver City Restaurant and Brewery Single Hill Brewing Sumerian Brewing Three Bull Brewing (Production Only) Walking Man Brewing Wandering Hop Brewery White Bluffs Brewing Wingman Brewers Yakima Craft Brewing Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+

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Aslan Brewing & Rainer Beer Collaborate on King of the Mountain Pilsner

Brewpublic - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:01am
During the past few years, Rainier Brewing has partnered a few of Washington’s finest craft breweries. Two years ago, it was with Reuben’s Brews and last year was with Georgetown Brewing. Now the iconic Pacific Northwest associated brewery teams up with Aslan Brewing on King of the Mountain Pilsner that benefits Protect Our Winters. The […]
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Victory Brewing Celebrates its 23rd Anniversary with Refreshed Packaging and New Beer Releases

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 9:09pm
Twenty-three years in and Victory Brewing has refreshed its packaging and adds three new beers to its year-round lineup. The three new beers are Twisted Monkey, No Brainer IPA and Cloud Walker Hazy Juicy IPA. On February 15, 2019, the brewery celebrates its 23rd year as it refreshes the brand’s image on all packaging and […]
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