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Yonder Cider opens Yonder Bar in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood

Washington Beer News - Fri, 08/21/2020 - 3:16pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Yonder Bar, grand opening tomorrow in Seattle

Last month we told you about Yonder Cider, a new cider producer, founded in part by a beer/cider industry veteran Caitlin Braam, a longtime friend of this here beer blog. Well, Yonder Bar opens tomorrow in Seattle.

“What is Yonder Bar you might ask?” Caitlin. “When big plans of a Seattle tasting room were put on hold due to COVID, we got creative and turned my garage into ‘Yonder Bar’, the to-go only retail shop for Yonder Cider.”

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This Saturday, August 22 will mark the official opening of the pop-up Yonder Bar, open Wednesday through Friday 3:00 – 8:00, Saturday and Sunday noon – 8:00 in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood. The location is on 1st Avenue NW between N 78th Street and N 79th Street (one of Seattle’s pedestrian-only, Stay Healthy streets).

Yonder Bar will offer four-packs, pre-filled growlers to go, and merchandise. No tastings at this time. A portion of the proceeds from all sales at Yonder Bar will be donated to the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

For more information about Yonder Cider, see our previous post or find them on social media at

https://www.facebook.com/yondercider/

https://www.instagram.com/yondercider/

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Foggy Noggin Brewing’s founder and brewer pens a children’s book

Washington Beer News - Fri, 08/21/2020 - 11:34am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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It’s not uncommon to hear about brewers and brewery owners dabbling in other things on a professional or semi-professional level. For instance, it’s not uncommon to hear about brewers writing books. Understandably, such books usually involve beer and brewing, but this is the first time I’ve hear about a brewer or a brewery owner penning a children’s book.

Jim Jameson, the founder of Foggy Noggin Brewing in Bothell, recently introduced What Would I Be If I Couldn’t Be Me? He’s responsible for the story while his daughter created the illustrations. We recently bought a copy as a gift for our niece. It is adorable! It’s a book about exploring your imagination, a practice with which Jim is familiar.

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Let’s just say that there was no roadmap for what Jim did when he opened Foggy Noggin Brewing back in 2010. At the time, not many people could have imagined turning their backyard shed into a brewery and their garage into a taproom, but that’s what Jim did at his home in a residential neighborhood in Bothell.

Whereas I’d normally be posting something about a Foggy Noggin beer release, here is the announcement introducing the book’s release.

The COVID-19 situation has made life as we knew it all different. How about brewery owners and brewers writing a Children’s Book? Why not?

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Unleashing the imagination of children is often overlooked. What Would I Be If I Couldn’t Be Me? is an excellent opportunity for parents and children to explore their imaginations with limitless possibilities. The author ( Jim Jamison) was inspired by the birth of his first grandchild to create a book to share with them. This has a great storyline for a child and parent to interact with more questions that enhance the child’s imagination. Use this book and the discoveries made to continue exploring other things the child could be if they couldn’t be themselves.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

About the Author Jim Jamison was born in Portland, Oregon. He was active in sports (baseball, football and golf) and music (piano). He graduated from Wilson High School (Portland) and attended Oregon State University (Corvallis), graduating with a B.A. Business/Finance from Portland State University. After moving to Bothell, WA in 1985, Jim and his wife Kim raised three children who all graduated from Bothell High School. He has been in sales for the last 37 years and opened and operates a small micro-brewery ( Foggy Noggin Brewing) in Bothell. Jim continues to enjoy watching sports, playing golf, playing piano and spending quality time with his three grandchildren.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:

About the Illustrator Stephanie Schisler, daughter of Jim, was born in Seattle, WA and grew up in Bothell. Soccer and golf have always been her sports of choice and has always had an artistic knack. She graduated from Bothell High School and Washington State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Stephanie and her husband, Lee, are currently raising two children. She is an active owner and brewer in the family’s small micro-brewery ( Foggy Noggin Brewing).

The book was just recently released for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in Kindle, Paperback and Hardcover formats.

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On Barnes and Noble, click here.

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Like many other breweries, Chuckanut Brewery is counting calories

Washington Beer News - Fri, 08/21/2020 - 10:03am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Research suggests that craft beer drinkers across the country are increasingly fitness conscious and are beginning to make beverage choices accordingly. Instead of losing those consumers to seltzer or some other non-beer option, it seems craft brewers are trying their hand at creating beers that offer the same kind of flavor experience at lower caloric impact.

Data from Nielsen, the well-known market research firm, showed that the number of craft beers with “light” or “low-calorie” claims on packaging increased 37 percent in 2019. There is nothing wrong with that. Like all businesses, craft breweries follow trends more often than they set trends.

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I’ve sampled a number of these low-cal beers over the past year or two. From what I’ve experienced, the breweries that beer lovers already trust to make good beer regardless of calorie consciousness make the best low-calorie beers. The breweries that emerged out of thin air for the sole purpose of creating these kinds of beers failed to impress me.

Here are some notable examples of what I’m talking about. Deschutes Brewery offers two, Wowza Hazy Pale Ale at 100 calories and Da Shootz American Pilsner at 99 calories. I actually like both of those beers. Other sub-100 craft beers I’ve sampled include Lagunitas DayTime IPA, Oskar Blues Oney IPA, and Dogfish Head Slightly Mighty IPA. No complaints, but no accolades either.

But what if one of the very best breweries in the country, one noted for never cutting corners or taking shortcuts, decided to brew a calorie-conscious beer? I’m talking about a brewery that is, perhaps, the most-award-winning, lager-focused brewery in North America. How would their low-cal beer turn out?

Chuckanut Brewery just introduced Chuck Light, a lager that weighs in at just 103 calories (per 12 oz).

Here’s the release notice from the brewery.

Introducing Chuck Light by Chuckanut Brewery

How much Chuck could a woodchuck chug if a woodchuck could chug Chuck? That’s the question on everyone’s mind now that Chuckanut Brewery has introduced Chuck Light in bottles and on tap. This isn’t your ordinary light beer but a craft beer that’s made with the special attention Chuckanut Brewery is known to take when brewing. Using the best raw ingredients and carefully crafting a beer that when tested is only 103 calories per 12 oz pour, this is a great light lager. Just in case you want more beer though, Chuckanut packages Chuck Light and all its beers in half liter bottles, that’s more like 16.9 ounces of awesome low calorie beer!

Using a combination of light colored malts and gentle hops with a dry finish, this balanced easy drinking beer is for those that want to watch their calorie intake. Always delicious but lighter in style and flavor, this is an all day kind of beer great with salads, fresh veggies, seafood and bbqs. Chuck Light compliments food choices rather than overpowers whatever is on your plate. The Oregon Beer Lab tested Chuck Light and found it has  103 Calories, 0 Fat, 1g Sugar, 6g Carbohydrates and 1g Protein per 12 ounce pour. Even if you aren’t looking for low calories you can enjoy Chuck Light for its fresh flavor and quaffable taste!

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, located at 601 West Holly St, Bellingham, was awarded the National Small Brewpub/Brewer of the Year 2009 and National Small Brewery/Brewer of the Year 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival. Currently both locations offer outdoor seating (covered and waterside) as well as to-go pick-up for kegs, growlers and bottles of Chuckanut beer. A full food menu is available at North Nut. The South Nut Tap Room at 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington is located at the Port of Skagit. Now both locations are open 7 days per week: North Nut (Monday-Sunday 12-8 pm) and South Nut (Monday-Thursday 3-6 pm and Friday-Sunday 1-6 pm) during phase 2 of Covid rules. Check out additional information about Chuckanut at www.chuckanutbrewery.com.

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Last Call for BarthHaas 2020 Hops Academy

Brewpublic - Fri, 08/21/2020 - 6:52am
One of the world’s most recognized hop training program is going virtual in 2020. The BarthHaas Hops Academy, a globally recognized hop training program, will go virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic from September 8-10, 2020. Each year, BarthHass provides an educational and entertaining foray into hops that is offered at various venues around the world. […]
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Two Beers Brewing Co. Gets a Jump on Hop Harvest with Fresh Hop IPA

Brewpublic - Fri, 08/21/2020 - 6:21am
SEATTLE (August 20, 2020) – Amid the ever-changing and unparalleled roller coaster that is 2020, it’s refreshing to know that something worth celebrating is almost upon us. Enter, Fresh Hop beer season! Two Beers Brewing Co’s Fresh Hop IPA is equal parts celebration of harvest and love letter to the mighty hop. First brewed in 2009, […]
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Rogue Ales’ Honey Kolsch Back on Top at Sixth Annual Honey Beer Competition

Brewpublic - Thu, 08/20/2020 - 10:01pm
Longmont, Colorado — It’s rather fitting that a beer “Dedicated to Bees” took the top spot in the 2020 Honey Beer Competition, which garnered 220 entries from professional brewers throughout the United States. Rogue Ales and Spirits’ Honey Kolsch took Best in Show honors, marking the beer’s return to the top spot after claiming it […]
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Chuckanut Brewery Goes Light with Chuck Light Lager

Brewpublic - Thu, 08/20/2020 - 9:54pm
Though the days are not getting any lighter, the beer from the north Puget Sound is. Award winning Chuckanut Brewery releases a light beer with the newly bottled Chuck Light Lager. Said to not be your normal light beer, Chuck Light receives the attention it deserves in the brewhouse known for its German-style beers. Chuckanut […]
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Von Ebert Brewing Brews New Pilsners – Alemanian Pils and Newer American Pils

Brewpublic - Thu, 08/20/2020 - 6:33pm
One beer style that Von Ebert Brewing continues to develop and brew are lagers. This week the Portland brewer will release two brand new pilsners – Alemanian Pils and Newer American Pils. These two new beers expand the brewery’s exploration and innovation of the pilsner style that’s been a focus of their brewing over the […]
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Brewery taprooms – new guidelines create more reopening opportunities and options

Washington Beer News - Thu, 08/20/2020 - 2:12pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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New, clarified guidelines for brewery taprooms and “food menu’ requirements

The Washington Brewers Guild worked with the state to hammer out some new guidelines and straightened a few things out. I share the new guidelines below. This is kind of a big deal for brewery taprooms and those of us who like to visit them.

This was just announced this morning and I’ve already heard of at least one brewery taproom that has found a way to reopen its indoor seating area because of it. Read on.

These modified, clarified guidelines should make it easier for some currently closed taprooms to reopen and for brewery taprooms that are still open to once again utilize their inside seating areas. At least, it creates options. By now I think most consumers, and certainly most brewery owners, understand the impact of the latest round of COVID-19 requirements.

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Short version, the latest changes to the state’s phased Safe Start plan saw brewery taprooms lose their status as “restaurants.” Now, until we move to the next phase, a taproom’s ability to remain open hinges on two components: outdoor seating and food menu requirements. This has created a lot of confusion, consternation, and hardship for some breweries.

The Washington Brewers Guild has been working to help breweries navigate these difficult times, as it has done throughout the entire COVID crisis. Their efforts have been admirable and meaningful. (If you are a brewery owner who is not a member of the Washington Brewers Guild, and therefore are not helping support their efforts on your behalf, that’s between you and your beer god.)

Here’s what Guild shared today.

“We’ve been working with the Governor’s office, Liquor & Cannabis Board, State Department of Health and other impacted industry associations to adopt updated guidelines for breweries, wineries, distilleries, and taverns. As a result of this work, the LCB has issued a new guidance document outlining food menu requirements for indoor seating for breweries, wineries, distilleries, and taverns.

These food menu requirements do not apply to outdoor service. No food menu is required for breweries offering only outdoor service.

In order to resume indoor dining, breweries must meet the following requirements:

  • Offer no less than three menu items meeting the food types as required under the Safe Start guidelines (such as sandwiches, salad, soup, pizza, hamburgers, fry orders, or substantial hors d’oeuvres/appetizers)
  • Obtain any required food service permit/license from their local jurisdiction
  • Foods may be fresh, processed, commercially pre-packaged and ready to eat, or frozen
  • No additional handling or preparation is required beyond what is allowed under a brewery, winery, distillery, tavern, or private club licensee’s local food handling permit
  • Breweries, wineries, distilleries, taverns, and private clubs may purchase items from a caterer, licensed food preparation/packaging operation (restaurant) for resale, as long as local health departments allow for this type of sale. Food must be purchased in advance and may not be sold on consignment, and must be sold and provided on site by the licensee
  • Regardless of the food provided, breweries, wineries, distilleries, taverns, and private clubs may only sell alcohol that they are licensed by LCB to sell
  • If a brewery, winery, distillery, tavern, or private club wants to become a Beer/Wine (BW) Restaurant or a Spirits/Beer/Wine (SBW) Restaurant before, during, or after Phase 4, they must submit an application to LCB to convert their license type and must meet the food requirements set forth at WAC 314-02-010(14) (BW Restaurant) or WAC 314-02-035 (SBW Restaurant)
  • These food service requirements are in addition to the COVID-19 restaurant guidance and restrictions, and are set forth in efforts to allow limited non-restaurant liquor license businesses an opportunity to operate with indoor service during Phase 2 and 3 of the governor’s proclamation. The intent is to allow limited operations mitigating the risk of COVID-19 infection spread, by avoiding social gatherings and primarily social drinking outlets
  • These food service requirement will be in place until phase 4 reopening of businesses, and may be modified in response to governor and public health guideline changes

You can find the full industry guidance here

These guidelines do not require you to put in a kitchen or additional equipment, do not require the preparation of foods on-site, nor do they require that you obtain a beer/wine restaurant license. Additionally, customers are not required to purchase a food item.

We developed these guidelines in partnership with the LCB, State Department of Health and other impacted industries’ associations with the goals of meeting the following criteria:

  • Continue to ensure indoor dining environments are controlled seated experiences and discourage congregating and other non-compliant with social distancing behavior by offering a limited food menu consistent with Safe Start guidelines for indoor restaurant dining
  • Provide a clear and simple path forward for compliance for breweries to resume indoor service that is consistent with requirements of beer/wine restaurant licenses
  • Preserve and promote food safety and proper handling of food items

Members looking to resume indoor service should develop a menu of low risk foods and contact your local county health department to ensure you have the proper food handling permit required for the level of food service you will be providing. We are working with the State Department of Health to develop additional guidelines for local health jurisdictions, in efforts to help expedite the local permitting process, where necessary.

We understand that offering a food menu is an additional operational challenge, when you have already been asked to implement significant new compliance measures in your brewery. However, given the current level of covid-19 transmissions in WA and the stalled status of phased re-openings, these new guidelines will give breweries an immediate option to resume indoor dining. We will continue to work with the Governor’s office to advocate that breweries return to our former “restaurant” status within the Safe Start plan.

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Fresh hop beer release at Two Beers Brewing on Friday, August 21

Washington Beer News - Thu, 08/20/2020 - 9:41am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Fresh Hop Beer Season Has Arrived at Two Beers Brewing in Seattle

The super-short version of the story.

  • On Friday, August 21st Two Beers Brewing will tap the first fresh hop beer of the season at The Woods tasting room in Seattle: a small-batch fresh hop beer brewed with Kviek yeast. Supplies while they last.
  • The following Friday, August 28th, Two Beers Brewing releases Fresh Hop IPA, which will be available in 12-oz cans at The Woods and across the brewery’s distribution network.

Both the Fresh Hop IPA and the Kviek fresh hop beer were brewed using freshly picked Centennial hops from Puterbaugh Farms in the Yakima Valley. The hops were harvest and handpicked on Monday, August 5th.

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Early that morning, two of the brewers hopped in a moving van and road tripped to Yakima to harvest the hops. Upon their return from the hop fields, the brewery’s staff was joined by a group of volunteers for the actual picking. I was there to witness the socially distanced glory. Within 24 hours of harvesting, those hops were utilized in the creation of two different beers: the small-batch Kviek version and the regular Fresh Hop IPA, the latter of which will find its way into cans for distribution.

The Two Beers Brewing brew crew handpicking the hops.

Here is the press release from Two Beers Brewing with all of the information.

Two Beers Brewing Co Continues Fresh Hop IPA Tradition

“Unprecedented Times” Can’t Stop Fresh Hop

SEATTLE (August 20, 2020) – Amid the ever-changing and unparalleled roller coaster that is 2020, it’s refreshing to know that something worth celebrating is almost upon us. Enter, Fresh Hop beer season! Two Beers Brewing Co’s Fresh Hop IPA is equal parts celebration of harvest and love letter to the mighty hop.

First brewed in 2009, hand picking hops that to go from bine to brew in less than 24 hours has become an institution for the Seattle based brewery’s Fresh Hop IPA seasonal release.

As with so many things this year, Two Beers Brewing’s Fresh Hop picking party looked markedly different from years past. The picking party typically draws a crowd of interested onlookers, so hops were picked by staff and a select few long-time volunteers on the brewery’s shipping dock. Participation was preceded by temperature checks, all participants wore masks and gloves, and picking tables were amply spaced and limited to five people.

Yet even with the addition of a new order of strict safety measures, the most important aspects of the Fresh Hop IPA tradition remained: hand-picked Centennial Hops from Puterbaugh Farms, a sense of community, and perhaps most importantly, a captivatingly hop forward, classic Pacific Northwest style IPA.

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At Two Beers, Fresh Hop 2020 season started on August 5 with an early morning road trip to Puterbaugh Farms in Yakima Valley. Head Brewer Jesse Ransavage and Assistant Brewer Andrew Potts harvested over 30 bines by hand, loaded up a moving truck with the fragrant lupulin haul, and returned to Seattle where more than 145 pounds of Centennial hops were picked then added post whirlpool starting with a 6AM brew on August 6.

“Hops don’t care if there’s a pandemic or restricted bar access. When they’re ready, we’re ready,” said Assistant Brewer, Andrew Potts. “We’re grateful to our volunteers, bar staff, to the sales team, marketing, and (sibling company Seattle Cider Co) cidermakers- most of our company has hands in this (hop picking) process. We were going to continue this tradition of supporting Washington agriculture any way we could.”

Fresh Hop IPA (6.2% ABV/70 IBUs) features Centennial hops, which provide a juicy citrus aroma with hints of grapefruit and passion fruit. The recipe is rounded out with locally grown Simcoe and Citra hops resulting in a beautifully balanced IPA that packs a hoppy punch.

Two Beers Brewing is canning Fresh Hop IPA on Friday, August 28 and it will be available in cans and draft in the tasting room starting at 3PM. Look for Fresh Hop IPA throughout Washington, wherever Two Beers Brewing is sold.

For those eager to start celebrating fresh hop season immediately, The Woods tasting room in SoDo (4660 Ohio Ave S) will have a small batch of Kveik Fresh Hop on draft starting Friday, August 21.

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Visit the new Two Beers website (twobeersbrewing.com) to order Fresh Hop IPA 6 packs for pick up, shipping throughout Washington, or free Thursday delivery throughout Seattle.

About Puterbaugh Farms

Puterbaugh Farms is a 5th generation hop farming family, growing hops in the Yakima Valley of Washington State since the early 1930’s. After hearing of the fertility of Washington State’s Yakima Valley, Noel Charvet – a French immigrant – moved his family from Canada in 1932 and planted his roots for a hop farm. Today, Stacy, his brother, sisters, and two sons now work the 1,200+ acre hop farm. They take pride in knowing that four generations have worked to grow and harvest only the highest quality crops, paving a path for their growing 5th generation to carry on the legacy. For more information about Puterbaugh Farms, visit hopsdirect.com

About Two Beers Brewing Co.

Life is just a little more honest after Two Beers.

Founded in 2007, Two Beers Brewing Co. crafts delicious, creative, and award-winning beers with quality Northwest ingredients. Located in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood, Two Beers Brewing shares The Woods tasting room with sibling company Seattle Cider Co (4660 Ohio Ave S. 98134) and features over 30 draft beers and ciders. For more information, visit twobeersbrewing.com and connect on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter @twobeersbrewing

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Oregon Historical Society‎ Presents Beer and Brewing Histories of Women, Community, and Science

Brewpublic - Thu, 08/20/2020 - 1:00am
An educational presentation on Beer and Brewing Histories of Women, Community, and Science will be hosted by the Oregon Historical Society‎ this evening, Thursday, August 20th. This panel discussion will be presented via Zoom from 5:00-6:30pm and will feature Tiah Edmunson-Morton, Peter A. Kopp, Braden Neihart, and Megan Ockerman, with comments by Eliza E. Canty-Jones. […]
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Deschutes Brewery Releases Royal Flush Imperial IPA, Symphonic Chronic and All Time Favorites Pack

Brewpublic - Wed, 08/19/2020 - 8:48pm
As we close out the summer, Deschutes Brewery is set to release two new beers and a brand-new beer variety pack that will put together the Bend brewer’s top selling beers. Be on the lookout for the new Royal Flush Imperial IPA and Symphonic Chronic West Coast-Style IPA along with the new All Time Favorites […]
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Ecliptic Brewing and Cloudburst Brewing Partner on Cosmic Collaboration Witbier

Brewpublic - Wed, 08/19/2020 - 8:24pm
Ecliptic Brewing is set to release its next Cosmic Collaboration beer. On this one the Portland brewery partners with Cloudburst Brewing of Seattle, Washington. The breweries collaborated on a Belgian-style Witbier with Lemon. “I am super stoked to work on a beer with Steve, Cloudburst’s Head Brewer and Founder,” said Ecliptic’s Owner and Brewmaster, John […]
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Beer Release – Experience an Ecliptic Cloudburst this summer

Washington Beer News - Wed, 08/19/2020 - 12:39pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Portland’s Ecliptic Brewing and Seattle’s Cloudburst Brewing collaborated on a beer designed for the summer. Here is the release notice from Ecliptic Brewing.

Ecliptic Brewing and Cloudburst Brewing Collaborate on Refreshing Summer Beer

Portland, Oregon. Earth. (August 19, 2020)- Portland, Oregon’s Ecliptic Brewing is teaming up with Cloudburst Brewing of Seattle, Washington to create a Belgian-style Witbier with Lemon. Shipping in late-August, this will be Ecliptic’s second Cosmic Collaboration of 2020.

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“I am super stoked to work on a beer with Steve, Cloudburst’s Head Brewer and Founder,” says Ecliptic’s Owner and Brewmaster, John Harris. “For the beer style, we started with the idea of a super drinkable summer beer- taking the classic Witbier and adding a refreshing hit of fresh lemon to up the drinkability.” This Cosmic Collaboration is brewed with real lemon, orange peel and coriander, which bring fresh, citrusy notes and create an excellent crushable beer for those hot days of late summer.

Ecliptic + Cloudburst Witbier with Lemon will be released in draft and 16-ounce cans throughout Ecliptic Brewing’s distribution network on August 26th. An official virtual release party will be held on Zoom on September 10th from 6-7PM, with both John Harris and Steve Luke in attendance. Participants will be able to pick up Party Packs of the tasting beers and Cosmic Collaboration at Ecliptic Brewing in Portland or Chuck’s (Central District) Hop Shop in Seattle. Visit Ecliptic’s website or Facebook event page for up to date details on this release. 

About Ecliptic + Cloudburst Witbier with Lemon

Brewed with our friends at Cloudburst Brewing, this Belgian-Style Witbier is enhanced with the use of fresh lemon, perfectly complementing notes of orange peel and coriander.

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 25

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Otherlands Beer arrives on the Bellingham beer scene

Washington Beer News - Wed, 08/19/2020 - 8:08am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Brewing beer flavors from other lands, meet Otherlands Beer

It is a brewery born out of a passion for beer, but also a love for travel and far-off places. Karolina Lobrow and Ben Howe have spent plenty of time in guesthouses and breweries in places like Denmark, France, and Germany. Their experiences visiting other lands were a driving force in the creation of Otherlands Beer, a new brewery that opened earlier this summer in Bellingham, Washington. In addition to beer, Otherlands also serves up European-inspired food.

The brewery is located in Bellingham’s Sunnyland neighborhood, not far from Twin Sisters Brewing, Stemma Brewing, and Kulshan Brewing. It is an easy stroll from one to the next. (Wander Brewing is also within strolling distance but a bit farther to the west.) In addition to their indoor space, Otherlands Beer has a lovely little patio area with a handful of tables. We recently enjoyed some time at one of those tables on a lovely summer afternoon.

Bellingham’s Sunnyland brewery stroll.

Otherlands Beer differentiates itself from the other breweries in town by focusing on rustic, European-style beers, brewed using old-world techniques and traditions. Sure they offer American-style, hop-heavy IPAs and Pale Ales, as you’d expect, but where they really hope to make their mark is by creating the kind of beers they’ve tasted in faraway places like the Franconia region of Germany.

Photo by Kim Sharpe Jones. About the Beer at Otherlands Beer

Across town at Chuckanut Brewery, the focus is largely on European-style lagers, honed to sparkling and precise perfection. At Otherlands, Ben Howe also creates beers that rely on European tradition but his offerings are more rustic and folksy. They are the kind of beers he and Karolina have enjoyed while traveling across Europe but too rarely find at home: the kind of European lagers that don’t make it across the pond, in part, because of their unfiltered, unpasteurized nature.

Photo by Kim Sharpe Jones.

Beyond lagers, the farmhouse beers at Otherlands are fermented with an evolving house yeast and given ample time and ample opportunity to continue fermenting in the keg or the bottle. Even the IPAs, Pale Ales might offer a little old-world surprise.

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Otherlands creates the kind of European beers that are particular to a certain place. Here’s an example. While we were there, Otherlands tapped a very special beer poured from a German gravity keg (pictured below). Unfiltered, unpasteurized lager is allowed to condition in the gravity keg to develop more character and flavor. It is then poured directly from the keg, pushed into your glass by gravity and not CO2. The method is similar to what beer geeks typically think of as cask-conditioning an ale.

This particular beer, a pale lager, was Ben’s attempt to recreate a beer that he and Karolina discovered and adored during one of their adventures in Europe. They remembered the beer so fondly that Ben eventually managed to appropriate a pitch of the brewery’s yeast from halfway around the world. I did not mire my drinking experience with too many questions, and I’m not even sure what the beer is called, but I’d guess it was brewed with a very particular and unique Franconian lager yeast.

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Here’s what I know about the brewing process. Decoction mash, horizontal lagering tanks, then conditioned in a German gravity keg. The taste? The yeast-forward, but not funky flavors, spread out like butter atop a slightly sweet slice of rustic multi-grain bread. Smooth and approachable, but also a bit complex. Rustic and sophisticated. Folksy? Yeah, folksy. I could imagine myself in a faraway land quaffing a few liters in a biergarten or a bierkeller. That’s when the brewery’s name began to make more sense.

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You might ask: what's this Babcia (Polish for "grandmother") doing pouring hops into our kettle? Would you believe she helped brew our Polish-style Pilsner, "Haładuda Specjal," which we're releasing this Thursday? Taking it's name from the matriarchal lineage of Karolina's Babcia, "Haładuda Specjal" is a rustic and unfiltered 11° Pilsner brewed with Czech malt and Polish hops that celebrates the land of her birth and the strong women of the Haładuda family. Join us this Thursday for a special gravity keg of Pilsner on the patio and plates of Grandma's cookies. Yes, really. Grandma's cookies and pilsner.

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That Polish Pilsner mentioned in the Instagram post shown above is pretty fabulous. I wish I’d been there for some of the cookies and the gravity keg of that one! Me, I had to settle for pierogies and pale lager that I assume was Franconia in its basic nature. I did get to enjoy a glass of the regular draft version of the Polish Pilsner. I’m a fan.

I really liked this beer. A lot. About the People at Otherlands Beer

Karolina and Ben met while working as servers at Cambridge Brewing in Massachusetts. Thereafter, they relocated to Portland, Oregon where Ben worked at Wayfinder Brewing. Somewhere along the way, they hatched the idea to create a brewery of their own. Eventually, they decided to open Otherlands Beer in Bellingham, a place where Karolina had lived years before.

Milling some grain out front on a brew day. Ben, Karolina, and her father.

When we visited, Karolina’s father was working at the brewery, putting the finishing touches on some plastic partitions out on the patio. They’re still putting some final touches on the place. We couldn’t help noticing Karolina talking to her father in a foreign tongue. Her whole family emigrated to the U.S. from Poland when she was about five years old. For some years, they bopped back and forth between the two counties.

About the Food at Otherlands Beer

And speaking of European influence, you’ll find plenty of it on the food menu. The latkes were fabulously golden, crisp, and savory. Perhaps the star of the menu, the pierogies were stuffed with pillowy potato and cheese, with beer-brazed onions, all served in a creme-fraiche sauce. Along with our European comfort food, we enjoyed a fabulously fresh salad: the Summer Heat Corn Salad, with sweet corn, arugula, pistachios, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, and spiced feta.

Coordinates

Otherlands Beer
2121 Humboldt St
Bellingham, WA 98225

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By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Three beers being released in cans today at Reuben’s Brews. Two of them are old favorites, and one finds its wat to the can for the first time. Here’s the info straight from the brewery.

THREE CAN RELEASES

AVAILABLE TUESDAY AT NOON

On Tuesday (August 18, 2020) we are releasing three cans: two returning favorites and, for the first time ever, LILYWHITE WIT in 16oz cans!

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Alpenglow: We’ve re-brewed one of the most popular beers of the year! Alpenglow is an evolution of the Crush series at 7% ABV, brewed with the same malts as the Crush series just bulked up for a little extra body. This batch is brewed with Mosaic, Citra, and Sabro.

Lilywhite Wit: Our Brewmaster Adam first came up with this recipe when he was teaching a homebrew course, and it has since became a regular at our taproom, but this is the first time we’ve made this beer available in cans. Light, creamy and refreshing, this witbier is a real thirst quencher. Named after the nickname of Adam’s favorite UK football team.

Supernova: Supernova was first released in the summer of 2019, and quickly became a favorite. Supernova is brewed with oats and hopped with Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic, and comes in at a balanced 9% ABV. It has a big, ripe tropical fruit salad aroma, with rich, dark berry, and a touch of lime on the body.

All three beers will be available at The Taproom and To-Go Store beginning at noon on Tuesday, August 18th, as well as online at ReubensBrews.com/Shop for contactless pickup at our To-Go Store in Ballard.

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