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Bacon, Eggs, and Kegs returns to Seattle – June 22nd and 23rd

Washington Beer News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 8:24am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Brunch is like the new version of church. I heard someone say that on NPR as part of a commentary on the increasing popularity of brunching. It’s what millennials and many other young Americans do these days in lieu of congregating in churches on Sunday mornings. Not sure I’m buying into that correlation, but I get the point; brunch is increasingly popular these days. And that’s the whole idea behind Bacon, Eggs, and Kegs, it’s like the Super Bowl of brunch.

For the eighth year, Bacon, Eggs, and Kegs returns to Seattle next weekend (June 22, 23). Along with all the food, the event includes beer from a number of local breweries. The list is below. Also, many other boozy delights, live music, zany games, and more. Once again, the event takes over the Century Link Field North Plaza.

BACON EGGS & KEGS
CenturyLink Field’s North Plaza
Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Ticket prices vary. See Below.

Here’s some more info from the event organizers:

Bacon Eggs & Kegs will offer all things brunch for one weekend only in 2019. The event will feature delicious bacon and egg brunch dishes for purchase from local restaurants, craft beer and cider tastings, games like bacon bingo and egg roulette, photo opportunities, and live entertainment. There’s even an opportunity for guests to play a 30-foot inflatable Hungry Hippos or fry in a giant inflatable skillet as a fun and free photo opportunity!

Northwest Harvest is returning as Bacon Eggs & Kegs’ nonprofit partner with event proceeds benefiting its statewide hunger relief efforts and advocacy work focusing on growing food justice across our local communities. Event attendees are encouraged to bring cash donations as well as non-perishable food items. Northwest Harvest volunteers will also help staff the event.

Highlights include:

  • 30-foot Bloody Mary bar featuring Absolut vodka & Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning (regular or spicy), seasoned salt rims, and toppings like tater tots, Hill Meat Company bacon, jalapeno poppers, pork rinds, cheeses, mozzarella sticks, pickled & fresh veggies, and more!
  • Local restaurants serving brunch dishes for purchase include: Bok a Bok Fried Chicken & Biscuits, Where Ya At Matt, Addo, Chin Up Donuts, ‘Wich Came First and more.
  • 80+ Northwest craft beers and ciders to taste
    Full Pour beverages from Elysian Brewing, Pear Up Cider, Stella Artois, & Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey tastings with new Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition, Irish whiskey aged in IPA beer barrels, plus tastings of original Jameson Whiskey and Black Barrel Irish coffee bar featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey and Kahlua Boozy milkshakes
  • Mimosa bar with Absolut Juice power-ups
  • Games include: Bacon bingo, egg and spoon races, egg roulette, egg toss, inflatable Hungry Hungry Hippos, giant Jenga, giant Yahtzee and more
  • Live entertainment with dueling pianos from Keys On Main, a DJ and live musical performances
  • Complimentary photos taken in a giant inflatable skillet
  • Chalk artist Gabrielle Abbott creating live chalk art

Tickets:

Tickets are $40 per person for Saturday and $35 per person for Sunday. Day-of tickets are $45 per person if available. Tickets include 12 drink tickets and a 5oz souvenir beer glass. Food is purchased separately at each restaurant stand or food truck, and drink tickets can be redeemed for the following items:

1 ticket = 5oz. pour of 80+ beers and ciders or a Jameson Irish Whiskey tasting.
2 tickets = 12oz. pour of select full pour beers and ciders or a mimosa.
3 tickets = quick serve Bloody Mary, boozy hot chocolate or Irish coffee.
5 tickets = a journey down the 30-foot Bloody Mary bar.
Tickets are available online now at baconeggsandkegs.com.

Bacon Eggs & Kegs Participants:

Restaurants & Food Vendors

  • Addo – Chef Eric Rivera
  • Bok a Bok Fried Chicken & Biscuits – Chef Brian O’Connor
  • Cascadia Pizza Co
  • Chin Up Donuts
  • Just Jacks
  • Musang
  • Sunny Up
  • The Waffler
  • Where Ya At Matt – Chef Matt Lewis
  • ‘Wich Came First

Breweries & Cideries

  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse
  • AVID Cider
  • Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co
  • Bale Breaker Brewing Co
  • Black Raven Brewing
  • Cash Brewing Company
  • Dick’s Brewing Company
  • Farmstrong Brewing
  • Foxtail Cider
  • Fremont Brewing
  • Jellyfish Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Laurelwood Brewing Company
  • Locust Cider
  • Lowercase Brewing
  • Lucky Envelope Brewing
  • Lumber House Brewery, LLC
  • Matchless Brewing
  • No-Li Brewhouse
  • One Tree Hard Cider
  • Outer Planet Craft Brewing
  • Paulaner USA
  • Pear Up Cider
  • Portland Cider Co
  • Redhook Brewery
  • Seapine Brewing
  • Schilling Cider
  • Snoqualmie Falls Brewery
  • Ten Pin Brewing
  • Tieton Cider
  • Triplehorn Brewing Co.
  • Urban Family Brewing
  • Virtue Cider
  • Wild Ride Brewing
  • Yakima Craft Brewing

Sponsors & Partners

  • Absolut Vodka
  • Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Hill Meat Company
  • Jameson Caskmates
  • Kahlua
  • Pear Up Hard Cider
  • Stella Artois

 

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Von Ebert Brewing Monday Night RAW – Raw Seafood Bar

Brewpublic - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 5:34pm
In time for summer Von Ebert Brewing will be bringing Monday Night RAW to its Pearl District location. Yes, vintage wrestling on the big screen and a full Raw Seafood Bar each and every Monday this summer. Chef Jackson Wyatt will be bringing the cream of the crop when serving up Oysters on the Half […]
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Bailey’s Taproom to Host Societe Brewing + Fieldwork Brewing Showcases

Brewpublic - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 9:34am
This week Bailey’s Taproom will feature two days focusing on a couple of highly regarded breweries from California with two Brewery Showcases. Working with Day One Distribution, Bailey’s will host Societe Brewing on Tuesday, June 11th and Fieldwork Brewing on Thursday, June 13th for two brewery showcases from 4:00-8:00pm. Hailing from San Diego, Societe Brewing […]
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Hop Hysteria this weekend at The Beer Junction

Washington Beer News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 5:19pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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This Weekend in West Seattle, The Beer Junction presents Hop Hysteria, a two-day celebration of hoppy brews. The amazing lineup includes no less than 30 of the hoppiest creations. Some from local, beloved breweries. Some from breweries in far-off lands like New York and Ohio.

They turn the taps over to hoppy goodness when they open on Saturday morning at 11:00 and the fun continues through the weekend. Here is just a small sample of what they’ll have in the rotation on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Abomination Brewing (from Pennsylvania), All About The Wordplay
  • Best of Hands, Citra Spruce
  • Boneyard Brewing, Mr. Centaur 4X IPA (a beer to honor Matt Bonney, a local beer legend who passed recently)
  • Decadent Ale (Mamaroneck, NY), Pacific Punch
  • Double Mountain Brewing, Simcoe a Go Go
  • Future Primitive Brewing, Pep Talk IPA (You can do it!)
  • Great Notion Brewing (Portland), Juice Invader
  • Hoof Hearted Brewing (Marengo, OH), Did We Just Become Best Fwends?
  • Matchless Brewing, Funk Juice
  • Port Brewing, Anniversary Double IPA
  • Single Hill Brewing, Yacht Party

and many, many more.

 

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Aslan Brewing announces the release of B Proud IPA

Washington Beer News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 4:20pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Aslan Brewing announces the release of B Proud — IPA, a beer to benefit Bellingham Pride and more.

Release notice below.

B Proud IPA, Aslan Brewing

6.5% ABV // 60 IBU // 13.5 P

light body + lime and pine + crispy

Brewed to benefit Bellingham Pride & celebrate PRIDE month nationally, this IPA takes pilsener and wheat malts, combines them with Centennial, Chinook and Cascade to deliver a light, dry, and refreshing take on IPA. The C hops may no longer be sexy to the IPA crowd, but they’re still hits worth remembering. More bitter than most un-clarified IPAs, but that keeps your pallet refreshed. Lemon/lime, with overtones of pine and background notes of pineapple anyone?! Special thanks to Skagit Valley Malting, and Yakima Chief for their generous contributions to this beer.

Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Strisselspalt

Malt: Pilesner, Wheat

 

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“Radio isn’t Dead” at the 6th Annual Bellingham Beer and Music Fest – June 29th

Washington Beer News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 9:12am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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“Radio Isn’t Dead” will be the theme for the Sixth Annual Bellingham Beer and Music Festival at the North Bellingham Golf Course tent pavilion on June 29, 2019. The event runs from 6:00 to 10:00 P.M. and includes up to 35 different breweries pouring up to 100 different beers. The list of breweries includes local Bellingham-area breweries as well as breweries from across the state. As many as four different bands will perform.

The event is presented by the Whatcom Beer and Wine Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the Northwest’s beer and wine industries by organizing community-based fundraising festivals.

The theme of this year’s festival, Radio isn’t Dead, connects with local radio station KZAX 94.9LP FM’s 3rd birthday celebration. The low-powered community radio station serves the Bellingham community and beyond by focusing on broadcasting content from local producers and independent music from the Pacific Northwest and West Coast.

The Radio Isn’t Dead/Bellingham Beer and Music Festival is a 21-and-over event. The $30 ticket price includes access to all breweries and bands and a souvenir beer tasting glass. On-site food purchases from local restaurants will also be available. Attendees are asked to please leave their pet dogs at home but are encouraged to bring certified service dogs.

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Saturday, June 29th, 2019

6 pm – 10 pm
North Bellingham Golf Course
205 West Smith Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

Free Parking, Venue is accessible to people of all abilities

Ticket Prices:

Your ticket Includes:

  • A Souvenir Beer Glass
  • Access to up to 35 breweries & 100 different beers!
  • Access to all performances

Food:

McKay’s Taphouse and Pizzeria, Acme Ice Cream, Twin Sisters Brewery & Restaurant, and Friday Harbor House of Jerky will provide food available for purchase during the Festival

Sorry, no outside food or beverages permitted.

 

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Introducing Eastside Beer Week, coming up next month

Washington Beer News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 8:14am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Where once there were none, now there are many. What was once a vast, beerless wasteland is now a fertile forest of fermentation. Depending on how you draw the lines, the Eastside is now home to no fewer than 32 breweries. For you outsiders, Eastside is a collective term for the suburbs of Seattle located on the east side of Lake Washington.

Eastside Beer Week kicks off on July 12th with events at breweries, bars, and restaurants. The 10-day celebration features events showcasing beers brewed up and down the I-405 corridor in the communities of Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Kirkland, Redmond, Duvall, Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, and Renton.

A statement from the organizers describes it like this: “The Eastside Beer Week is a grassroots community partnership focused on celebrating craft beer and fostering a culture of giving that strengthens our neighborhoods. The Eastside is not only a home for a growing and diverse group of craft brewers, but it is also a destination for craft beer enthusiasts.”

Like any beer week worth its name, they will release an official beer week beer, an eight-way collaboration beer brewed by Black Raven Brewing, Skagit Valley Malting, Valley House Brewing, 192 Brewing, Foggy Noggin Brewing, Flycaster Brewing, Dubtown Brewing, and Postdoc Brewing.

Eastside Beer Week is organized by Daneka Sarkies and James Wagner, but they are quick to heap the praise on the breweries and beer retailers of the Eastside. “Most of the heavy lifting is done by each brewery, tap house, and other supporting businesses along the I-405 corridor,” says a statement on the official website. “We partner with local chambers of commerce, social influencers, and media outlets to enhance the exposure and awareness of each brewery.”

Eastside Beer Week supports local charities and non-profits dedicated to children and family services. The list includes Hopelink, Birthday Dreams, Momma’s Hands, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue, and Eastside Baby Corner.

For more information, including a schedule of events, visit the official Eastside Beer Week website.

 

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Lagunitas Brewing Enters the Sparkling Hop Water Category with Hop Hoppy Refresher

Brewpublic - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 7:40am
A new trend is making waves when you want the taste of a hoppy beer but without any alcohol. No, not non-alcohol beer but sparking hop water that also offers up zero carbs and zero calories. One of these new sparkling hop waters to recently hit the Portland market is the rebranded Lagunitas Hop Hoppy […]
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Ecliptic Brewing to Release Cosmic Collaboration Nectarine Sour Ale at the Cosmic Beer Dinner

Brewpublic - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 9:28pm
After celebrating its 5th Anniversary this past fall, Ecliptic Brewing keeps the celebration going this year with its 5 Years/5 Beers Cosmic Collaboration Series. After already releasing collaboration beers with both Brooklyn Brewery and Firestone Walker, Ecliptic Brewing is ready to announce the third beer in this adventurous series. For its forthcoming release in this […]
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Bauman’s Cider 2nd Annual Chill Out Beer & Cider Festival

Brewpublic - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 9:15pm
Father’s Day weekend will be a great time to visit Bauman’s Farm and Garden in Gervais, Oregon for its 2nd Annual Chill Out Beer & Cider Festival. Taking place on Saturday, June 15th from Noon-5:00pm, Bauman’s Cider will bring together cideries and breweries from the Mid-Willamette Valley. The Chill Out Beer & Cider Festival is […]
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FEAST PORTLAND 2019 Schedule + Ticket Info

Brewpublic - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 2:59pm
The schedule for Feast Portland has been announced as tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, June 7th at 9:00am local time. Feast Portland 2019 is presented by Bon Appétit as it will host 50 events during the four-day festival in Portland, Oregon, that takes place from September 12-15, 2019. Co-founded by Carrie Welch and Mike […]
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Boxers and Brews this Saturday at Cairn Brewing

Washington Beer News - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 1:23pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Boxers & Brews is an annual fundraising event benefitting MustLuvBoxers Rescue held at the Cairn Brewing taproom in Kenmore. This Saturday’s event runs from noon until 5:00. Along with lots of dogs, the festivities include raffles, face painting, custom t-shirts, and emcee services by Heather from WARM 106.9. The event will also host two food trucks for the humans and the Seattle Barkery for the pups. For each pint sold, Cairn Brewing will donate $1 to MustLuvBoxers, a local volunteer-driven boxer rescue organization.

There will be lots of boxers in attendance, but all breeds are welcome. Bring a donation of dog food and get two free raffle tickets for the drawings throughout the afternoon. Raffle prizes include gift baskets, a large plush dog bed, a variety of restaurant gift cards, and more. The dog food donations will go to Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville, WA.

“We value our community partnerships so much; it’s a privilege to continue our relationship with Cairn for the benefit of Boxer rescue,” says Chris Zanassi, MustLuvBoxers Vice President. “The team at Cairn truly cares about animal welfare. You can feel it in their taproom and from their support of our annual fundraiser Boxers And Brews. It’s a super fun day celebrating dogs and beer!”

“Being part of the community is so important to the Cairn team,” says Jen Boyd, co-owner of Cairn Brewing. “Support for local animal rescue efforts holds a special place in our hearts at Cairn. We adopted our own dog, Rosie, as a rescue from Homeward Pet Adoption Center in 2017. She’s a daily reminder of how important it is for every dog to have a home full of love and laughter. We’re delighted to partner with MustLuvBoxers again for a day of dog fun, fundraising, and beer! A taproom full of pups is the absolute best afternoon.”

MustLuvBoxers Rescue strives to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted and abandoned Boxers in Washington State, including Seattle, WA and surrounding areas throughout Western Washington. MustLuvBoxers Rescue is an all-volunteer boxer dog rescue which allows for every penny brought in through donations and fundraising to directly benefit Boxer dogs in their program.  More information about MustLuvBoxers Rescue can be found at
www.mustluvboxersrescue.com and https://www.facebook.com/Mustluvboxersrescue/.

 

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This Saturday in Seattle – Georgetown Carnival and Lowercase Brewing’s expanded beer garden

Washington Beer News - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:35pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The annual Georgetown Carnival happens this Saturday, June 8th. In case you’ve never been, suffice it to say that this is Seattle’s least genteel street festival. No, there aren’t any naked people in bodypaint parading orderly down the street on bicycles; that’s far too polite for Georgetown. If there are any naked people, and that’s not beyond the realm of possibility, it won’t be so well orchestrated. Who knows, maybe someone will streak through the South End Beer Garden at Lowercase Brewing, exposing both their south end and their lowercase, if you know what I sayin’.

Several blocks of Airport Way, stretching from Lowercase Brewing to Elysian Brewing will be closed to traffic. Along with multiple live music stages, the streets will be taken over by arts and crafts vendors, carnival games, arts-in-action demonstrations and more. Of course, your favorite drinking establishments welcome you: Jellyfish Brewing, Lowercase Brewing, Machine House Brewing, Full Throttle Bottles, Jules Maes Saloon, 9 Pound Hammer, Star Brass, and all the others. Trust me, it won’t be hard to find a beer.

For the festivities, Lowercase Brewing is expanding its outdoor patio area to create a South End Beer Garden (noon – 10:00). Along with beer from Lowercase Brewing, the kid- and dog-friendly beer garden will feature hot dogs from Dante’s Inferno Dogs (12:30 – 3:30),  wine from Mercer Estates Wines, and Sprezza Italian Spritz (a refreshing, wine-based cocktail thingy).

 

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Paley’s Place to Host Benedictine Brewery Beer Dinner

Brewpublic - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 3:00am
In the hills just outside of Mount Angel, Oregon sits the Mount Angel Abbey. On its grounds is the abbey’s Benedictine Brewery led by General Manager and Brewer Father Martin Grassel. For the first few years the brewery contract brewed its beers but in early September 2018, the Benedictine Brewery opened its doors. Later this month […]
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Public Coast Brewing to Host 3rd Annual HAYDAY!

Brewpublic - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 2:00am
The Oregon Coast will bring together 40 Oregon brewed beers and live music for the return of the 3rd Annual HAYDAY!. Hosted by Public Coast Brewing Co., HAYDAY! is an annual event that will take place on Saturday, August 24 at Haystack Gardens in Cannon Beach. HAYDAY! will feature 40 Oregon craft brews – including […]
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Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen 3rd Annual Oktoberfest

Brewpublic - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 9:08pm
One of our favorite breweries with a German emphasis has announced dates for its 2019 Oktoberfest celebration. Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, located in Bellingham, Washington will host its 3rd Annual Oktoberfest on September 14th from 1:00-10:00pm. The annual Oktoberfest celebration will highlight the impressive German-style beers from Chuckanut Brewery. There will be lots of fun […]
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Occidental Brewing 8th Anniversary Crawfish Boil

Brewpublic - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 5:20pm
For the past eight years Occidental Brewing has been serving up German inspired beers in Portland and beyond. The brewery has grown in recent years and last year the brewer opened a second location in Sparks, Nevada to serve a larger footprint. To celebrate its eight years, Occidental Brewing will host its 8th Anniversary Crawfish […]
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Portland Brewing Partners with the Portland Pickles on Dill’s Pils

Brewpublic - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:52pm
Last night the Portland Pickles kicked off its 2019 West Coast League baseball season with a victory at Walker Stadium. Along with the new baseball season, the Portland Pickles has partnered with a new brewery for this summer baseball season. Portland Brewing has partnered with the Pickles’ team mascot, Dillon The Pickle on Dill’s Pils. […]
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Icicle Brewing increases its distribution footprint while decreasing its carbon footprint

Washington Beer News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:15am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Last week I stopped by the brand new Icicle Brewing Company production facility in Leavenworth. You are invited to do the same on Thursday, June 13th. The Grand Opening and Community Open House event runs from noon until 9:00 and will feature beer, live music, and food. On top of that, you can tour the new, larger, state of the art brewery. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for more details.

The new, larger brewery.

The opening of the new facility enables Icicle Brewing to expand its distribution footprint, or at least more fully serve the markets to which it already distributes beer, by providing as much as a four-fold increase is production capability. It is also allowing the company to double down on its commitment to the environment.

So how is Icicle Brewing increasing its distribution footprint at the same time it is decreasing its carbon footprint? They’re doing it with the help of a CO2 recovery system from Earthly Labs. What, you might be asking, is a CO2 recovery system? Allow me to explain. I’ll try to be brief.

Capturing CO2 off the primary fermenter.

First, you need to know that  CO2 is one of the byproducts of fermentation. Second, you need to know that CO2 is used for carbonating the beer that ends up in kegs, bottles, and cans. A brewery creates CO2 and also consumes CO2.

Here’s the disconnect. As the beer ferments, it burps CO2 into the atmosphere. It just “disappears” into the air. If you’ve visited a brewery, you may have noticed hoses coming out of fermenters and into buckets of bubbling water. That’s CO2 escaping into the atmosphere. That’s the creating CO2 part of the story.

New canning line at Icicle Brewing. One of the places where CO2 is used.

Then, for packaging purposes, breweries purchase manufactured CO2. That’s the consuming CO2 part of the story. The CO2 produced during the brewing process goes unused. In its raw state, it really isn’t useable. What’s worse, CO2 emission is not exactly the most eco-friendly aspect of the brewing process. In a perfect world, we would be able to make beer without adding CO2 to our atmosphere.

Where the magic happens.

Earthly Labs of Austin, Texas recently introduced a CO2 recovery system that allows breweries to capture the CO2 created during fermentation. The system processes the CO2 and makes it available for the brewery to use further down the line. This is not necessarily new technology; such CO2 recovery systems have long been used at large breweries, but never before has the technology been scaled down for use in smaller, craft breweries.

Icicle Brewing is the first brewery in Washington to install one of the new CO2 recovery systems from Earthly Lab. (When it was still open, a different kind of CO2 recovery system was used at the large Redhook facility in Woodinville.)

It’s not too surprising that Icicle Brewing was the first local brewery to adopt this new technology. Living and working in Leavenworth, where the beauty of the natural world surrounds you, it isn’t hard to feel a strong appreciation of the environment. Last July Icicle Brewing became the first Washington brewery to join 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of distribution sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment.

Meanwhile, at the Icicle Brewing location in downtown Leavenworth, the brewing equipment has been removed. They are currently working on a much-needed expansion to the taproom. Before long, they will install a new brewing system that will produce smaller-batch beers, largely to feed demand at the taproom itself.

Icicle Brewing’s Grand Opening and Community Open House
Thursday, June 13, 2019
NOON – 9 PM
Icicle Brewing Company (production brewery)
10259 County Shop Road
Leavenworth Washington 98826

 

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Brew Pipeline is bringing Surly, Drake’s, Monkless, other esteemed breweries to Washington this summer

Washington Beer News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:00am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Brew Pipeline is a direct-access platform between craft brewers and new markets. There’s a lot of industry jargon behind the program, but the only thing consumers need to know is that the goal of Brew Pipeline is to connect award-winning beers from esteemed craft breweries to new markets. In short, beers from Surly Brewing Company and others are coming to Seattle this summer.

Recently, Brew Pipeline launched its flagship program, Guest Brewer, bringing exclusive beers to untapped markets for limited time sales. In other words, beers from out-of-state breweries that normally do not distribute to Washington will soon be available to local consumers. Be advised, these beers will only be available for a limited time. Brew Pipeline is doing, basically, the same thing in several beer markets across the country, focusing on the top 100 beer markets in the U.S.

Breweries, distributors, and retailers can learn more about the Guest Brewer program here.

Brew Pipeline says, “Beer lovers can look for these beers under the Guest Brewer tap handle in select bars and restaurants, as well as on shelves at liquor stores where craft beer is sold.”

There are a lot of different breweries from across the nation involved in the Brew Pipeline program. For now, here’s what we know about the plan in Washington this summer.

July
Drake’s Brewing Company (San Leandro, CA) – Denogginizer Double IPA and 1500 Pale Ale.
Two Brothers Artisinal Brewers (Warrenville, IL) –  Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale.
Monkless Belgium Ales (Bend, OR) – Peppercorn Imperial Wit.

August
Surly Brewing Company (Minneapolis, MN) – Axe Man IPA and Furious IPA.
Pryes Brewing Company (Minneapolis, MN) – Royal Raspberry Sour.

Today’s craft beer consumers are constantly striving to try new things from new-to-them breweries. This is especially true if it is a beer from an esteemed brewery that is not typically available close to home.

“Today’s consumers not only support the local craft market, but they are also seeking out the well-known brands we are bringing to market,” said Marty Ochs, president of sales at Brew Pipeline. “It’s our goal to help craft brewers reach beyond their 100-mile radius where they do not currently have distribution and share their beer with new and existing fans across the country in bars, restaurants and retail stores. Working with only the most acclaimed beers, we anticipate the program to be extremely in-demand.”

Nationwide, the craft beer market is getting crowded and selling beer is increasingly challenging. One strategy for a brewery is to explore new markets where its beer may attract more interest from consumers. Brew Pipeline offers breweries a chance to put a toe in the water, so to speak, before diving into new markets.

“Surly Brewing Company is excited to be one of the first breweries participating in Brew Pipeline’s Guest Brewer program,” says Bob Repp, vice president of sales at Surly Brewing Co. “It’s an innovative approach to testing new markets and fits into Surly’s current expansion strategy.”

This is a new program from Brew Pipeline, but it seems in line with what the current market conditions demand from both the consumer’s side and producer’s side.

 

 

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