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McMenamins Presents The Cosmic Chance Homebrew Competition

Brewpublic - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 7:58am
Ever wanted to have your homebrew featured at an actual professional beer festival? Well McMenamins has a perfect opportunity for you to have your beer featured at the inaugural Kalama Harbor Lodge Brewfest when it debuts on Saturday, August 10, 2019. This Friday, June 7th, McMenamins is hosting The Cosmic Chance Homebrew Competition drop-off party at […]
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Inaugural Bean to Bar: Chocolate and Beer Festival

Brewpublic - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 7:40am
The latest incarnation of a chocolate and beer event held in Portland will take place on Sunday, June 9th as part of beer week. Held in conjunction with Portland Beer Week, Xocolatl de David and Ruse Brewing, the inaugural Bean to Bar: Chocolate and Beer Festival will take place at Iron Fireman Collective Building. This […]
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Washington’s winners at the 2019 North American Beer Awards

Washington Beer News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 8:53am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Judging for the 2019 North American Brewers Association International Beer Awards (NABA) concluded last week and the winners have now been announced. More than 1,900 beers entered the competition this year. In all, 41 Washington-brewed beers brought home medals for 18 different breweries.

Chuckanut Brewery led the pack with six medals, followed by Reuben’s Brews with five medals. In all, 17 Washington breweries brought home hardware from this year’s competition.

Speaking of Chuckanut Brewing, Bellingham as a whole had an impressive showing. Aslan Brewing, Kulshan Brewing, and Wander Brewing also brought home medals this year.

We share the list of Washington winners below, as well as the complete list of all winners.

(Medal Awarded – Beer Name – Style Category)

20 Corners Brewing, Woodinville

Bronze – Zicatela – Chili Beer

Aslan Brewing Co, Bellingham

Bronze – Frances Farmer – Brett Beer

Bronze – A Study of Dreams – Berliner-Style Weisse

Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co., Naches 

Bronze – Gentlemens Stout – American-Style Stout

Cardinal Craft Brewing, Burlington 

Silver – Smokey the Beer – Smoke-Flavored Beer

Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham and Burlington

Silver – Chuckanut Maibock – Helles BockMaibock

Gold – Chuckanut Asian Lager – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale

Silver – Chuckanut Mexican – – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale

Silver – Chuckanut Rye Lager – Rye Beer

Gold – Chuckanut Altbier 9 – Altbier

Gold – Chuckanut Dortmunder – DortmunderExport

Elysian Brewing, Seattle

Silver – Liminal Space – American-Style Pale Ale

Bronze – Scrum Stout – Dry Stout

Bronze – Cyclops – Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

Flyers Restaurant and Brewery, Oak Harbor

Gold – Spitfire Best Bitter – Ordinary Bitter Best Bitter (ESB)

Fortside Brewing Co., Vancouver

Silver – Couve Alicious – English-Style Brown Ale

Grains of Wrath Brewing, Camas

Bronze – Ticklish Warrior – Session-Style India Pale Ale

Bronze – Hefeweizen – Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen, Kristall Weizen

Icicle Brewing Company, Leavenworth

Bronze – Dark Persuasion – ChocolateCocoa Beers

Gold – Priebe Porter- Robust Porter

Silver – Lifeguard – Biere de Garde

Silver – The Decline – English-Style Barley Wine

Kulshan Brewing Co., Bellingham

Bronze – Helles – Helles Lager

Silver – Cherry Gose – Flavored Gose

Melvin Brewing, Bellingham

Silver – Honey, Wheat Shrunk the Kids – American-Style Wheat Ale

Reuben’s Brews, Seattle

Gold – Gose – Classic Gose

Bronze – Ink – Cascadian Style Dark Ale American Black Ale

Gold – Lilywhite Wit – Belgian-Style Wit (White)

Silver – Brettania, Boysenberry and Blackberry – Other Belgian-Style Ales

Gold – Three Ryes Men – English-Style Barley Wine

Silver City Brewery, Bremerton

Silver – Magnificent Bastard – Scotch Ale (Wee Heavy)

Stoup Brewing, Seattle

Silver – Robust Porter – Robust Porter

Gold – Bavarian Hefeweizen – Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen, Kristall Weizen

Bronze – Darker Fields – DunkelweizenWeizen Bock

Ten Pin Brewing, Moses Lake

Bronze – Snake Eye Stout – Oatmeal Stout

Bronze – BeWILDering C – Barrel-Aged Beer

Silver – Black Eyed Katy – Imperial Stout

Trap Door Brewing, Vancouver

Gold – Funkanomics – Sour Ale with Brettanomyces Mixed-Culture Brett Beer

Wander Brewing, Bellingham

Silver – Correspondent – Foreign-Style Stout

Gold – Oud Bruin – Flanders-Style Red or Brown Ale

Gold – Champagne Toast – Berliner-Style Weisse


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Highlights From the 8th Annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

Brewpublic - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 11:54pm
This past weekend we spent it in California’s Central Coast at the 2019 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest. Eight years strong, this year’s annual sold out event once again did not disappoint. Each year on the Saturday following Memorial Day Weekend over 2,500 craft beer fans converge on Paso Robles, a city of 31,000 residents […]
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Wayfinder Beer to Celebrate its 2nd Birthday

Brewpublic - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 9:04pm
Celebrate two years of Wayfinder Beer this coming weekend on Sunday, June 9th. Wayfinder may have opened over two and a half years ago, but the brewery released its first beer nearly eight months later in mid 2017. Wayfinder Beer 2nd Birthday will take place from Noon-9:00pm with a day’s worth of fun. The kitchen […]
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Double Mountain Brewery Releases Basic Rights IPA to Raise Money for Basic Rights Oregon

Brewpublic - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 8:06pm
In time for Pride Month, Double Mountain Brewery has released Basic Rights IPA to raise money for Basic Rights Oregon. According to the brewery, a portion of the beer’s profits will be donated to this group that supports LGBTQ rights. Being marketed as a Pride Beer, Basic Rights IPA is a collaboration between Double Mountain […]
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Craft Pour House Celebrates its 3rd Anniversary

Brewpublic - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 2:00am
Nearly three years ago, Justin and Violet Craft opened Craft Pour House in Beaverton, Oregon. As it approaches its anniversary, the craft beer bar is excited to host its 3rd Anniversary on Saturday, June 8th. Beginning at 11:00am, Craft Pour House will celebrate its three years with a day full of fun giveaways and of […]
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Old Town Brewing Brings Us Old Town Road – Beer Parody

Brewpublic - Sun, 06/02/2019 - 9:55am
Taking its lead from the popular and chart topping song Old Town Road by Lil Nas X, the team at Old Town Brewing has put together its next parody video and it’s a good one! Led by Jordan Wilson, Old Town Brewing’s Creative Director, he has put together another fabulous video promoting the Portland based […]
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Oregon Zoo Presents 2019 Oregon Zoo Brew

Brewpublic - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 6:11am
After a six-year hiatus, the very popular Oregon Zoo Brew returns bigger than ever in 2019. The 2019 edition of the Oregon Brew Zoo will take place at the Oregon Zoo over two evenings; Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th from 6:30-9:30pm. This year’s Oregon Zoo Brew will bring together over 40 of Portland’s […]
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Von Ebert Brewing to Release its First Bottled Beer – Obeisance

Brewpublic - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:16pm
Born at the Von Ebert Brewing Pearl, but raised at the Von Ebert Brewing Glendoveer, the Portland based brewer is set to release Obeisance, its first bottled beer. Obeisance will be released on Saturday, June 8th at the Glendoveer location from 11:00am-3:00pm. For the release, Von Ebert will have about 70 cases of Obeisance available […]
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Three Years In, Public Coast Brewing Continues To Evolve on the Oregon Coast

Brewpublic - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 7:00am
Approaching its third anniversary, Public Coast Brewing has been making waves out along the Oregon Coast in the tourist town of Cannon Beach. During its three short years, led by head brewer Wil Leroux, the brewery has continued to improve on its quality beer output, including winning a Gold Award at the 2018 World Beer […]
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4th Annual Kriekfest Celebrates Barrel-Aged Sour Cherry Beers and Beverages

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 11:32pm
Four years in, Kriekfest returns in 2019 to a new venue and city. The 4th annual Kriekfest will take place at Von Ebert Brewing Glendoveer on Portland’s far eastside on Saturday, June 29th from 11:30am-7:00pm. Plus, this year will also feature a new five-course Kriek Dinner that will place on the eve of Kriekfest. After […]
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Cascade Brewing to Host a Garden Party on June 8th

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 8:25pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (May 29, 2019) –– Cascade Brewing is kicking off the summer season with an outdoor Garden Party. The event will take place on Saturday, June 8, from 1pm to 8pm at the Lodge at Cascade Brewing’s backyard beer garden, located at 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. The rain or shine event will feature beer and cocktails, live music, food specials, games, succulent […]
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Block 15 Brewing to Release Fresh Flow IPA and Cassidy Wild Ale

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 6:30pm
Block 15 Brewing is set to release the 2019 editions of Fresh Flow IPA and Cassidy Wild Ale with Flowers at the Taproom on Saturday, June 1st. The Corvallis brewer will also have bottles of Wellspring Belgian-Style Brett Pale for sale. Returning from last year’s summer debut is Fresh Flow IPA. Described as a refreshing […]
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Hellbent Brewing celebrates 4th anniversary on June 8th

Washington Beer News - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:52am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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On Saturday, June 8th Hellbent Brewing in Seattle celebrates its fourth anniversary. The anniversary celebration runs all day, from noon until 11:00, and features music, food trucks, and special beers.

They’ll clear out the parking lot to create a “beer garden blowout.” Live music runs all day, featuring four bands, culminating with Ayron Jones at 7:00. Food will be available from five different food trucks. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for details and updates. Music and food truck schedule below.

As for the beer, Hellbent will release its Anniversary IPA (described below) at the event, along with several other special beers, including some favorites from the cellar.

This is a 21+ event.


  • 12:00 PM  Sarah O’Dea
  • 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM  Always Naked
  • 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM  Cosmic Serenity
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Ayron Jones

Food Trucks:

  • Kama’ina Grill – 12:00 -8:00 pm
  • Moonshine BBQ – 2:00 -10:00 pm
  • Oskars Pizza – 3:00 – 11:00 pm
  • Bar Dojo – 2:00 -10:00 pm
  • Wicked Good Grinders – 2:00 -10:00 pm

Anniversary IPA (2019)

In honor of Hellbents 4th anniversary, we have produced an ultra-premium IPA to commemorate the event.  Using obscene amounts of Amarillo Hops along with a bunch of Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic hops this beer bursts with citrus followed by a pungent pine punch and finishing with mellow tropical hop aromas. This beer is brewed with Pale and Vienna malts accented with Honey malt, and Carapils malts. It is unfiltered for maximum hop flavor. 7% ABV   63 IBU


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Mirage Beer Company issues a sincere apology for “those” labels

Washington Beer News - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 9:39am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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America has an immense capacity to forgive. Superstar athletes, politicians, movie stars, pop musicians, and other people in the spotlight sometimes do really stupid, offensive, off-color and insensitive things for which the American public frequently grants pardon if not complete absolution. What we want is real contrition.

The beer community is much the same. If you are truly sorry for your gaff, if your apology is not simply lip-service, we are willing to grant you clemency. None of us are above making mistakes, but how we own up to our mistakes, and how we rebound from them, says a lot about our real character.

Recently, Mirage Beer Company of Seattle made a mistake that garnered them some unwanted national attention. They created a pair of beer labels that were, admittedly, conceived in poor taste. Thankfully, it was the company’s apology that got the attention of Fox News and others.

Literally and visually, the labels made obvious reference to the Crips and Bloods in what was presumably, if not obviously, meant to be a joke. Thing is, gang violence in America is no joking matter. If not a joke, it was appropriation, which might be even worse. Michael Dempster makes it clear in his apology that this was a serious ‘oh my god what was I thinking‘ moment and that he is fully aware of the horrid mistake that was avoided. The labels never made it on to the shelf, but a picture did make the rounds via social media. (The Washington Beer Blog made a conscious decision to not show the labels here.)

“First, they were cavalierly created in poor taste, and I feel awful that I hurt or angered anyone,” said Michael Dempster of Mirage Beer Company in his official apology statement. “I also want to thank members of the beer community for forcefully saying, “check your privilege,” as I clearly needed that check. Your responses give me hope for this industry, and kept me from making an even bigger mistake: actually using those stupid labels and letting them hit shelves, where they could then hurt, anger, or disenfranchise anyone who passed them.”

“So far as the labels’ content, I deeply regret the obvious element of appropriation, and further, that they trivialized the impact of gang violence on marginalized communities. I’m embarrassed and ashamed to find myself here. I was blind, and stupid, and I wish I could take it back — not for my benefit, but to prevent anyone from feeling like this industry is any more hostile and/or insensitive than it already is. This was not my intent, and that’s part of the problem: I hadn’t thought this through.”

You can read his complete apology here. I encourage you to do that. The apology is not a flippant non-apology, as you often hear these days. It is thoughtful, heartfelt, and insightful. In the end, he seems to be making a plea for us all to abandon the kind of insensitive thinking that led to the conception of the labels in the first place. Michael sounds hopeful that his lesson will help lead to a more wide-spread sense of inclusivity in the beer world.

“It breaks my heart that I’m the reason for anyone feeling less welcome in the craft beer community, and I’m sorry anyone had to waste any energy at all on me or my ignorant label ideas.”

“I hope to further demonstrate my remorse in a way folks find meaningful, emphasizes the importance of inclusivity in beer, or otherwise helps prevent anyone from making similar mistakes. Deservedly, I’ll now be an example of “how not to be,” and I hope my example is used to educate others.”

For that, Michael Dempster and Mirage Beer deserve our consideration and not our dismissal. We all make mistakes. What we do thereafter is the measure of our character.

The beers are being released, with different labels and names, and proceeds from their sales will benefit at-risk youth.


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Thirsty Monk – Portland Releases Unity Gose to Benefit Basic Rights Oregon

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 5:00am
Thirsty Monk – Portland has recently released Unity Gose, its latest beer in the brewery’s Karma Series. This is the third beer in this series and Unity Gose is brewed in support of LGBTQ equality and inclusion. Unity Gose will be officially launched in Portland on Thursday, May 30th with an event that supports Basic […]
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pFriem Family Brewers Presents Hood River Waterfront Park 2019 Summer Concert Series

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 1:30am
The Hood River Waterfront Park will come alive on Friday evenings this summer when pFriem Family Brewers presents the Hood River Waterfront Park 2019 Summer Concert Series. This year six bands have been booked to perform along Hood River’s waterfront to perform music with the Columbia River Gorge as its scenic backdrop. Bands for the […]
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Boulevard Brewing Launches First Fridays Collection with Hold the Pancakes

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:30am
Earlier this month, Boulevard Brewing released Hold the Pancakes, the brewery’s first beer in its new First Fridays Collection. Nearly 30 years ago, Boulevard founder John McDonald began sharing kegs of beer with the local arts community at Friday gallery openings. These celebrations of creativity sprouted spontaneously throughout the country to become First Fridays, a […]
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Survey suggest that 91 percent of drinkers prefer craft beer

Washington Beer News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 1:49pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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survey recently conducted by C+R Research, a market research company based in Chicago, offers some happy results for the craft beer industry. Happy, surprising, and suspect, but still worth taking a look at.

According to data from the Brewers Association, last year craft beer (beer produced by independent, “small” breweries) accounted for less than 15 percent of all beer produced in the United States (volume sales). That translates into about 24 percent of the total amount of money spent on beer (dollar sales).

The C+R Research survey provides a more optimistic view of things. According to the survey, 91percent said they prefer craft beer over big brand beer and 86 percent said they would pay more for the craft beer of their preference, even if cheaper options were available.

Wait a minute, what? Uh, 91 percent?

From March 11 through March 22, 2019, C+R Research conducted an online poll of 2,000 Americans from across the country utilizing Amazon’s Mechanical Turk online platform. Respondents were a mixture of self-reporting males and females ranging from ages 21 to 70 who identified themselves as people who drink alcohol regularly. C+R acknowledges that the study does not represent a scientific sample. In other words, this was a survey, not a scientific study.

C+R reports, “According to people that took our poll, almost half drink craft beer at least once a week. Perhaps even more surprising is that nearly all of the respondents say they drank craft beer at least once within the last month.”

Here are some key takeaways from the poll:

  • 49 percent of the respondents drink craft beer at least once a week and 91 percent prefer craft beer over big-brand beer.
  • The most-preferred style of craft beer is still IPA and craft beer is most-frequently preferred during the summer months.
  • According to 76 percent of the respondents, price does not influence whether they purchase craft beer.
  • On average, the respondents said they spent $59 monthly on craft beer.
  • 43 percent of Millennials said they visit a brewpub or brewery at least once per month and spend about $63 a month on craft beer.

According to the survey, the top five factors driving craft beer’s growth are:

1. Taste
2. Quality
3. Craft beer culture
4. Growth of breweries
5. Higher alcohol content.

This report from C+R Research suggests that craft beer is more popular than other data reveals. Perhaps the respondents drink craft beer once per week but drink big-brand beer three times per week. Even though they prefer craft beer over big brand beer, and are willing to pay more money for the beer they prefer, maybe they spend a lot more money on big-brand beer. Maybe they think Michelob Ultra, Shock Top, and Blue Moon are craft beers.

This is fun stuff to look at, but I will finish where I began. According to data from the Brewers Association, last year craft beer accounted for less than 15 percent of all beer produced in the United States (volume sales). That translates into about 24 percent of the total amount of money spent on beer (dollar sales).

Read more about the C+R survey here.


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