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54°40′ Brewing Co. Presents the 3rd Annual Outlaw Fest

Brewpublic - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 3:00am
“We’ve got both kinds of music…Country and Western!” is the line made famous in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers when Jake and Elwood Blues learn about their performance at Bob’s Country Bunker. On Saturday, June 22nd 54°40‘ Brewing will host its 3rd Annual Outlaw Fest that’ll be a day filled with country and western music […]
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Old Town Brewing‎ + Reuben’s Brews Tiki Room Release Party

Brewpublic - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 2:23pm
Seeking out the warm sun and an accompanying beer to be perfectly paired for the summer? Old Town Brewing has a beer perfect for the occasion as the Northeast Portland brewery recently collaborate with Reuben’s Brews on Tiki Room, a Pińa Colada Hazy IPA. The release of Tiki Room will be celebrated on Saturday, June […]
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2019 Washington Beer Awards Winners

Brewpublic - Sun, 06/16/2019 - 9:30pm
This past Saturday, June 15th, the 7th Annual Washington Beer Awards took place during the two-day Washington Brewers Festival in Redmond, Washington. Held at Marymoor Park, the Washington Beer Commission with the assistance of Specialty Competitions LLC announced the winners in 79 beer award categories. Judging for the Washington Beer Awards took place prior to the 2019 Washington Brewers Festival when a […]
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Widmer Brothers Brewing Releases Dreifecta as its 2019 Summer Seasonal

Brewpublic - Sun, 06/16/2019 - 7:30pm
Originally released last summer in a very limited run from its Innovation Brewery, Widmer Brothers Brewing ramps up production on Dreifecta as it becomes the brewery’s 2019 Summer Seasonal. Dreifecta is a 5% ABV German-Style Pilsner brewed with a special blend of three hops and three malts. Widmer Brothers will host the Portland launch party […]
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Firestone Walker Barrelworks Transatlantic Collaboration with The Wild Beer Co. – Violet Underground

Brewpublic - Sun, 06/16/2019 - 7:02pm
Buellton, CA: Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks is turning up the volume with Violet Underground—a cross-Atlantic wild beer made with California golden raspberries and French candied violet petals, all fermented with native yeast shared by England’s Wild Beer Company. “Violet Underground is an intentional head trip,” said Barrelworks’ Master Blender Jim Crooks. “It’s golden in color yet smells […]
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15th Annual Sasquatch BrewAm Returns To McMenamins Edgefield in 2019

Brewpublic - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 5:30am
Now in its 15th year, the 2019 Sasquatch BrewAm will once again return to McMenamins Edgefield during the 2019 Oregon Brewers Festival. This year will also be a special one as this will be that final time that John Maier, Rogue Ales Brewmaster for the past 30 years, will be playing in the tournament as a […]
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Hair of the Dog Brewing and Omnipollo to host Omnipolloscope Portland

Brewpublic - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 6:00am
The expansive Omnipolloscope, a five-beer massive collaboration effort with multiple breweries from around the globe joined Sweden’s Omnipollo in this endeavor. Omnipolloscope will make its Portland debut at Hair of the Dog Brewing on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 11:30am-10:00pm. Founded eight years ago in Sweden by brewer Henok Fentie and artist Karl Grandin, Omnipollo […]
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Driftwood Room Celebrates its 65th Anniversary at Hotel deLuxe

Brewpublic - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 3:00am
One of Portland’s finest cocktail bars with an atmosphere unlike other Portland bars will be celebrating its 65th year in business this year. Driftwood Room, the cozy, low lit bar inside the Hotel deLuxe will celebrate this major milestone with its “Drift Away” campaign featuring a Guest Bartender Series throughout the summer that leads up […]
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Thirsty Monk Portland Flight of the Pig – 4 Course Bacon Menu + Monk Lite

Brewpublic - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 10:44am
Bacon and beer will be on the menu at Thirsty Monk – Portland on Friday, June 14th as it hosts its 4 Course Bacon Menu paired with its Monk Lite. Known for its Pint of Bacon, Thirsty Monk will be elevating this pork treat to the next level by offering a four-course meal that incorporates […]
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Enjoying the beach life at Pacific Room on Alki

Washington Beer News - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 9:30am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Northwest cuisine, world-class cocktails, an elevated wine list, tasty beers, and one of Seattle’s best vistas await you at this new Alki Beach destination

Like so many parts of Seattle, the Alki Beach neighborhood is changing. The strip of businesses along Alki Avenue once featured little more than bike rental huts, snack shacks, and dingy sports bars, but lately an air of sophistication has wafted in on the tide, bringing upscale dining and drinking options to the beach. The latest example, Pacific Room recently opened at 2820 Alki Ave. SW. (Pictured above: Assistant GM Derek Delos Santos and General Manager Kurt Niemeyer.)

The space is gorgeous, right across the street from the beach, with roll-up glass doors that open to patio seating. It is easy to imagine long day-drinking sessions here–sipping on cocktails, nursing beers, munching on prawns, people watching and enjoying the amazing view. Inside, sophistication and comfortable elegance drip from the walls, with a huge bar on the left and long, festively lit fireplaces built into the right wall. At the back of the room, a performance area that will regularly host live music.

First up, the food at Pacific Room is top notch Northwestern fare, focusing on responsibly sourced, local ingredients as much as possible. The sockeye salmon served on a bed of to-die-for risotto, is sublime—rich and creamy risotto with deep enough flavor to stand up to the lushness of the salmon. The coconut prawns, which is too often a freezer-to-fryer dish at lesser restaurants, jump off the plate and into your mouth—jumbo prawns battered in house-made tempura coconut batter, lightly fried and served with sweet chili sauce and tangy, citrusy pineapple salsa.

A sample-size portion of the salmon and risotto.

Yes, the food is amazing and you cannot beat the location, but let’s talk about the libations.

For the beer lover, you’ll find some local favorites on tap, like Reuben’s Brews’ Pilsner, Fremont Brewing’s Dark Start Oatmeal Stout, and at least a couple of IPAs. When I was there, Georgetown Brewing and Bale Breaker Brewing were representing the IPA category. Because this is a beach bar, do not begrudge them for having a couple of less-adventurous draft options for the mainstream beer drinkers, like Rainier and Stella.

The wine list is eye-popping. Names like Hightower, Forgeron, Tamarack, and The Walls adorn the menu. Many of these, and others, are available by the glass as well as the bottle. I enjoyed a glass of Cadaretta SBS (a Sauv Blanc/Semillon blend) with my coconut prawns and it was a seamless pairing.

The Port of Seattle.

As for the cocktails, expect no shortage of creativity. Dan Stevens, the bar manager, loves to express himself through booze. His passion is obvious. I fancy myself a whiskey man, so I ordered up a Port of Seattle, which consists of Bourbon, tawny port, Black Walnut bitters, Angostura Bitters, sugar, cherry and orange peel. Sort of a new, Seattle take on an Old Fashioned.

I also sampled a few other cocktails, including the Gooseberry Gimlet, which is made with gin, golden gooseberries, lime, and sugar. The mixologist was nice enough to provide a couple of gooseberries on the side, which was nice because I’d never actually tried a gooseberry.

The rotating margarita, intended to showcase whatever is fresh for the season, was made with fresh raspberries. The aroma of fresh berries was amazing, and the flavor was vibrant and super juicy, cleverly and dangerously disguised the tequila.

Other cocktails on the menu that night included Arm Candy (vodka, ginger rhubarb liquor, Aperol, lemon and agave), Lost Paddle (rum, lime, banana liquor, pineapple, and Tiki bitters), and Mezcal Fizz (Mezcal, rose liquor, hibiscus syrup, lemon, and egg white). And there are more.

Whether you’re seeking an inspired cocktail, some vino, a tasty beer, or some seriously killer Northwest-style grub, Pacific Room has you covered. Like the libations served up at the bar, those patio seats out front will be highly coveted all summer, for sure.

 

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Mt. Hood Meadows 2019 Summer Brew Fest & Brewers Dinner

Brewpublic - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 6:10am
The upcoming 4th of July Weekend will be hopping up on Mt. Hood as Mt. Hood Meadows presents its 2019 Summer Brew Fest and Brewers Dinner. Taking place on Saturday, July 6th, the 2019 Summer Brew Fest will take place on the Mt. Hood from 2:00-6:00pm and will be followed up with its 2019 Summer […]
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Firestone Walker Brewing Uses Custom Grown Hops in Luponic Distortion IPA No. 13

Brewpublic - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 10:10pm
Its Lucky 13 as Firestone Walker Brewing releases Luponic Distortion IPA No. 13, the latest release in the Rotating IPA Series. On the 13th installment of the this three year old beer series, Firestone Walker uses some experimental hops grown by the Hop Breeding Company just for the Paso Robles based brewer. Luponic Distortion IPA […]
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Migration Brewing Celebrates Pride Month with Colors of Love Party

Brewpublic - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 8:16pm
Migration Brewing is the latest brewery to join in on celebrating Pride Month as it will host Colors of Love on Thursday, June 13th at its original location on Northeast Portland. Colors of Love will kick off at 5:00pm and will feature ten chefs from other local restaurants that will be part of a special […]
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Navigating the Washington Brewers Festival this weekend

Washington Beer News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 4:34pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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For the first time in, well, maybe for the first time in forever, I am going to miss the Washington Brewers Festival this year. Yep, unavoidable. It’s gonna be weird to know that y’all are there and I am not. But alas, I’ll hoist a brew in honor of the “big daddy Father’s Day beer fest” wherever I am, though it will very likely be a non-Washington beer. Yep, weird.

The weather is shaping up nicely for the state’s largest beer festival. Daytime highs in the mid-70s, virtually no chance of rain. Extraordinary beer-drinking weather. AND the event organizers want you to know that they’ve added more entry lanes to help get you into the festival faster.

For three days, June 14 thru 16, the Washington Beer Commission takes over Marymoor Park in Redmond to showcase the state’s vibrant brewing industry. Though no single festival could reasonably accommodate all of Washington’s 400+ breweries, over 100 of them will pour at this weekend’s event and serve up in excess of 500 different beers over the course of three days.

See our previous posts for more details. Visit the official event website for tickets and all the particulars.

Here’s my cheat sheet. In other words, here’s what I’m going to miss most about the festival. Yeah, there are a lot of great breweries at the festival worthy of a shout out, and a lot of great beers deserve your attention, but here are few things to consider. Seriously, you will find a lot of great beer with or without my guidance, so take this advice as you will.

  • Mexican-Style Lagers – This increasingly popular style of beer is not yet clearly defined. At least not that I can tell. Usually, it’s a light bodied beer brewed with some portion of corn or maize.  Whatever the case, among the breweries bringing Mexican lager to the show are Farmstrong Brewing, Heathen Brewing, No Boat Brewing, Sound Brewery, and others. Open the PDF below and search for “Mexican.”
  • The Hidden Mother – This brewery from the greater Spokane area rarely makes it west of the Cascades, so take advantage of this opportunity to try the beers. Don’t miss the Pine Tree Saison. In a fit of creativity, they run the hot wort through a freshly cut, channeled-out pine tree to extract some unique character. This beer was one of the darlings of last years WA Brewers Festival.
  • Vancouver – Across the river from Portland, the collective breweries of the Vancouver area are making some damn fine beers these days. Trap Door Brewing, Brothers Cascadia Brewing, Heavy Metal Brewing, Fortside Brewing, and Heathen Brewing are among the participants this year. Check ’em out without the long drive.
  • Iron Goat Brewing – Another one from Spokane that rarely makes it to the west side of the state and rarely disappoints me when they do.
  • Pilsner, Helles, and Lagers, oh my! – In addition to the aforementioned Mexican-style lagers, there are a lot of other lagers on the docket this year. Our local brewers have really stepped up their lager game in recent years, perhaps because of Chuckanut Brewery (not at the fest this year) raising the bar so high. Whatever the case, there are a lot of Pilsner, Helles, and other light-bodies lagers to quench your thirst.
  • Bowling for Beer – Ten Pin Brewing of Moses Lake is one of the rising stars on the beer scene, IMHO. (Yes, I said Moses Lake.) In addition to their always popular Pineapple Wheat beer, they’re bringing a large list of rotating specialty beers. If you’re not yet familiar, give Ten Pin a shot.
  • Sour Power – A lot of breweries are bringing sour beers this year. If I had to choose just one brewery, I’d probably go with Urban Family Brewing. They’ve got quite the sour lineup scheduled for the event this year. One-stop shopping, try a few different sours.
  • Seaview? Where’s that? – Seaview, Washington is just south of Long Beach on the SW Washington coast. I’ve been tracking the progress of North Jetty Brewing since they opened a few years ago. I was there recently and can attest to the virtues of the beer. It’s a long drive down to Seaview, so take advantage of this opportunity to try their beer.

Here is the complete beer lineup. Of course, it’s subject to change as breweries switch things up at their own discretion.

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Beer and Pride 2019 – Local breweries show their colors

Washington Beer News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 1:10pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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June is Pride Month and several beers, breweries, and events around Seattle are marking the occasion.

Here’s what I know, share what you know in comments below.

  • Tonight (Tues. June 11) at The Riveter in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, join industry professionals for More than Just Beer – Pride in Craft, a panel discussion about inclusivity in the craft beer industry. From the event Facebook page:

“It’s Pride Month in Seattle and we are talking to brewers and bar owners who put inclusivity at the heart of their craft. In an industry synonymous with the hyper-masculine “bro culture,” how do they ensure a safe (and fun!) place at their tables for all sexual orientations and gender identities? What can be done to recruit and support employees who identify as LGBTQIA+? How do they handle discrimination that comes from customers? What proactive measures can be taken to ensure our businesses are truly places where all can relax and enjoy a pint? Join us for this important discussion and, of course, tasty beer!”

  • Two Beers Brewing releases And Justice For Ale on Wednesday, June 12 at Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District. From the Facebook event page:

“And Justice For Ale, our small-batch release coming in June, debuts at Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District before a night of drag queen bingo! All proceeds from this beer will be donated to PFLAG Seattle. Additionally, Pilchuck Pilsner and Seattle Cider Company’s Berry Rosé and Pineapple Agave will be on tap…”

Look for the following beers at local pride-related beer events around town.

Here is a list of breweries/beers commemorating pride this year:

Aslan Brewing – B Proud IPA
Double Mountain Brewing – Basic Rights IPA
Elysian Brewing – Glitteris Pride Ale
Fremont Brewing – Pride Kolsch
Pike Brewing – Tangerine Pale
Rooftop Brewing – I GLITTER-ly Can’t Even Blackberry Wheat
Stoup Brewing – Marching Juice IPA, Rainbow Bubbles IPA, Budget Barbie Camper IPA
Two Beers Brewing – And Justice for Ale

Know of other beers and/or events? Use the comments below to share what you know.

 

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McMenamins to Host the 2nd Annual Edgefield Brewfest

Brewpublic - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 7:30am
Over 60 craft breweries and cideries from the Pacific Northwest will converge on the large lawn at McMenamins Edgefield for the 2nd Annual Edgefield Brewfest. After a very successful first year, McMenamins has wisely chosen to bring back this new beer festival that is a great addition to Portland’s eastern suburbs. Taking place on Saturday, […]
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Robinsons Brewery Releases Iron Maiden TROOPER Light Brigade

Brewpublic - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 6:28am
As Iron Maiden makes its way around the United States on its Legacy Of The Beast Tour in 2019, the band has once again partnered with Robinsons Brewery on a new TROOPER beer. Imported by Artisanal Imports, the new TROOPER Light Brigade made its debut in the U.S. earlier this year. Bruce Dickinson, lead singer […]
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Beer Touring in Astoria, OR

Washington Beer News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 4:42pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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A few weeks ago, we packed up the Washington Beer Cruiser and headed down to the mouth of the Columbia River. Our purpose was twofold: volunteering for the annual Washington CoastSavers Beach Clean-up, and spending an afternoon catching up on good eatin’ and drinkin’ in Astoria, Oregon. Handy thing, Astoria is only about 30 minutes south of Cape Disappointment State Park, so it was easy to kill both those birds with one roadtrip.

The long bridge across the Columbia River that connects Astoria, OR and Washington State.

Astoria makes for a great overnight or weekend destination from the Seattle area. On a Thursday morning, we got there in just over three hours. With a working waterfront, blue collar roots and an artsy vibe, Astoria reminds me of Port Townsend as much as anything. You could easily spend a weekend wandering the historic downtown, alternating between shopping, seafood and tastings at breweries, cideries and distilleries. But with just one afternoon, we had to focus on beer touring.

We started with lunch – salad and a beer – at Astoria’s granddaddy brewery, Fort George, which has been brewing beer there since 2007. Their original brewery is cobbled together with a city block full of comfortable and welcoming brewpub spaces that are all ages (until 10 p.m.). Explore the large main level brewpub, an upstairs pizza joint, a taproom nook that looks out to the brewery, plus a dog friendly patio for outdoor seating.

Tasty after a long drive: Crysknife IPA at Fort George

After lunch, we strolled down the block to Reach Break Brewing. Located in a food truck courtyard, Reach Break is adjacent to Reveille Ciderworks making this a nice two-fer stop. Both taprooms have a small indoor seating area, but the sun was shining, so we tried some samples then settled into a beer garden picnic table with an IPA then a cider.

Reach Break Brewing Palate break – cherry cider at Reveille Ciderworks

While we were at the Reach Break Brewing beer garden, we happened to meet the proprietor of the Bridge & Tunnel Bottleshop and Taproom, which is just across the street and a half block down. We stopped by for – ahem – camping supplies, and noted the thoughtful taplist in this cozy establishment.

Afternoon patrons enjoying a beer at the Bridge & Tunnel

A trip to Astoria isn’t complete without a visit to Buoy Brewing. Located in a vintage maritime wharf perched over the Columbia River and most recently used for fish processing, Buoy’s brewpub is famous not only for their great beer, but also their plexiglass floor area where you can get up close and personal with the sea lions below. (Kids can’t get enough of it.)

Like Fort George, the brewery has several areas to enjoy – the main restaurant is all ages, with a wall of windows overlooking the river. In addition to the main restaurant, more seating is available in a taproom plus a dog-friendly patio wraps the outside spaces when the weather cooperates. That’s where we enjoyed a beer with a plate of local Willapa Bay oysters.

Briny oysters and hoppy beer at Buoy Brewing

As happens with visits to many of our Northwest towns, we felt like we needed more time for this trip to Astoria. There’s far more to do and taste than we could fit into a single afternoon, including a Rogue Brewing outpost, an ice cream and French fly place called Frite and Scoop that more than one person recommended but we missed this time, plus a downtown distillery, multiple coffee shops, cocktail lounges and at least two other bottleshop taprooms. Be back soon, Astoria.

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An Interview with Kurt Huffman on the Opening of Mikkeller Pop-Up Bar

Brewpublic - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 11:24am
Today is the official opening of the new Mikkeller Pop-Up here in Portland when the Danish brewer opens the doors at 5:00pm. It’s a new concept for Mikkeller Beer that will run for the next six to seven months in the former home of the shuttered Burnside Brewing location in Portland’s Central Eastside. Inside you […]
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BC Hop Fest cancelled this year as hop industry faces challenges

Washington Beer News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 9:13am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Citing ongoing challenges with government policy, nominal local brewery support, and regulatory issues with the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission and the City of Abbotsford, BC Hop Company recently announced that they’ve canceled BC Hop Fest this year. The annual event, which takes place in late September or early October each year, is being temporarily suspended but not permanently canceled. At least not yet.

The founder and lead organizer of the sold-out annual event, BC Hop Company, also emphasized the struggling hop farmers’ need for more support from the provincial government and the British Columbia craft beer industry as the catalyst for this years’ suspension.

“We have some great customers and relationships and we know the festival has a big following so we’re sorry it won’t be happening this year,” said Dwayne Stewart, co-owner, BC Hop Company and Co-found

“We’re a small company and invest significant time and resources into this event to support and promote local hops. To move forward with this festival in future years as we hope, we need to ensure local hop farming is viable, and the event truly profiles and showcases brewers who support B.C. hop farmers year-round.”

There are about 20 hop farmers currently remaining in British Columbia., down from over 30 only a year ago. B.C. hop farmers provide local jobs and contribute to the local economy directly and indirectly. Without support, this trend will continue and hop farming will disappear in B.C.

“We are asking industry and government to work with us to make growing hops in B.C. viable given the growth of the B.C. craft brewery sector. BC Hop Company and hop farmers create sustainable local jobs, support our local economy and community and grow hops that help create some exceptional 100% local B.C. craft beers,” said Stewart. “We think B.C. beer lovers expect and deserve to enjoy local hops when they support their local brewery.”

Event organizers say that the “BC Hop Festival” has been held successfully on a working hop farm in Abbotsford every year since 2015. It now faces regulatory hurdles with the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) and the City of Abbotsford. With up to 1,500 attendees annually, the ALC has advised it considers the one-day festival too large for a farm or “agri-tourism” event. The ALC further stated that the event does not specifically sell hops from the farm directly to festival attendees. While BC Hop Company does not make beer, the festival promotes beer and other products made from hops grown on local farms. Showcasing locally crafted beers made from locally grown hops supports B.C.’s economy, tourism and local pride.

BC Hop Company adds: Even if these regulatory permit challenges could be addressed quickly, it’s now too late in the season to stage the volunteer-based event in 2019.

 

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