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Reuben’s Brews celebrates 7th anniversary at its three locations on September 7th

Washington Beer News - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 2:51pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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I remember visiting Reuben’s Brews for the very first time. It was the brewery’s opening weekend, which seems so long ago. The brewery/taproom was tiny, furnished with tables and seating designed to fold up and make room for the brewing equipment. One small space housing both production and retail. I also remember thinking, “A stylized version of the letter R is a good place for a Seattle brewery to start.”

A lot has changed for Reuben’s Brews in the past 7 years, which expanded its footprint to include at least three different locations in the neighborhood. The one constant through the years, great beer. The company celebrates the anniversary at its three locations in Ballard on Saturday, September 7th.

Festivities will feature brand-new beers as well as some classic Reuben’s Brews beers on tap. Add to that tasty food, live music, giveaways, and more. New beer release:  cans of “Then and Now 7th Anniversary IPA” will available at The Taproom (the main taproom on 14th) starting at 11:00 AM, featuring a unique label that will reveal the new Reuben’s Brews’ design refresh.

Here’s what the brewery has planned:

  • A special can release of “Then and Now” IPA.
  • Re-releasing the five original beers. The original five beers they had on tap on that very first day in 2012.
  • A pop-up event at its pilot brewery and original taproom (1406 NW 53rd St.), which has been closed to the public since 2015. Featuring a throwback vibe to when the doors first opened back in 2012, this location will have the five beers it opened with on tap: American Brown, American Rye, Robust Porter, Nitro Dry Stout and Roggenbier. Visitors can also try this year’s anniversary brew on draft.
  • Giving away commemorative glassware to the first 100 people to show up at the Taproom. That’s the main taproom on 14th Ave. NW.
  • At noon, they’ll open the doors to the other two locations: the original Pilot Brewery (near 14th and 53rd), where they’ll have a Take-the-Pint special and the Brewtap (8th Ave NW and NW 46th Street) where they’ll offer a special commemorative prize.
  • At the Taproom, they’ll have custom screen printing, live music in the afternoon, food trucks on-site, and fun all around.

Swag Giveaways:

Taproom: The first 100 visitors will receive a free commemorative glass.
Brewtap: Free limited edition commemorative poster.
Pilot Brewery: “Take your pint” giveaway. Buy a pint and take the glass home for free!

What: Reuben’s Brews 7th Anniversary Party

When: Saturday, September 7th

Locations and Times:
The Taproom; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The BrewTap; noon – 10 p.m.
The Original Location; noon – 6 p.m.

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Gigantic Brewing To Open Second Location in Northeast Portland

Brewpublic - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 11:30am
After opening its doors to its brewery in Southeast Portland over seven years ago, Gigantic Brewing has announced that it will expand with a new tasting room in Northeast Portland. This new outlet for its beers will be part of the new Rocket Empire Machine, a new development from Guerilla Development located at 6935 NE […]
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Foreigner, the iconic rock band, is coming to Pike Brewing

Washington Beer News - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 8:42am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The band Foreigner spent a lot of time at the top of the charts in the late 70s and early 80s. They still tour today, although the lineup is a bit different than it was back then. Two key musicians that have been with the band for, roughly, the last decade, will perform a short set at Pike Brewing Company in Seattle on Monday, September 16th. (The band performs at the Puyallup Fair a couple days later.)

Bruce Watson (guitar/vocals) and Michael Bluestein (keyboard/vocals) are both certified Cicerone Beer Servers, so in addition to playing some music, they’ll share some tasting notes with the crowd. Watson has toured with the band since 2011. Bluestein since 2009. The short set will consist of five songs, then on to the beer.

A limited number of tickets are on sale now. Just 80 lucky guests will get to enjoy the show and the meet-n-greet.

Foreigner at Pike Brewing
Monday, September 16, 5-8pm
Doors open at 5:00, show starts at 6:00
Tickets are $45
21+ event
Cash bar

For the uninitiated, a brief history of the band Foreigner. The band was founded in 1976 and was comprised of a mix of English and American musicians. Most notably, guitarist Mick Jones (English) and vocalist Lou Gramm (American), who shared most of the songwriting duties. No one is exactly sure who were considered foreigners, the Englishmen or the Americans. Mick Jones still tours with the band today.

The release of the band’s first five albums, between 1977  and 1984, unleashed an impressive string of familiar, classic rock hits, including: Feels Like the First Time, Cold as Ice, Long Long Way From Home, Hot Blooded, Double Vision, Blue Morning Blue Day, Dirty White Boy, Head Games, Juke Box Hero, I Wanna Know What Love Is, and I’ve Been Waiting (for a Girl Like You).

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Reuben’s Brews Celebrates its 7th Anniversary in Seattle’s Ballard Neighborhood

Brewpublic - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 1:00am
Seven years ago, Adam and Grace Robbings opened Reuben’s Brews in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Adam took his years at winning numerous homebrewing awards to the next level and opened a brewery that was named after the couple’s first child, Reuben. And their second son has a cider named after him, Warren’s Cider. On Saturday, September 7th, Reuben’s Brews […]
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Cider Review – Double Mountain Wickson Crab Cider

Brewpublic - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:30am
Some of our favorite ciders as of late are coming from one of Hood River’s more popular breweries. Yes, Double Mountain Brewery & Cidery has been crafting some of the best cider that has crossed our lips. The latest release from Double Mountain Brewery & Cidery is the new seasonal cider, Wickson Crab Cider. In […]
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Pike Brewing to Host Very Important Beer with the band Foreigner

Brewpublic - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 4:18pm
As Pike Brewing Company prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary in October, the legendary Seattle brewery will partner with the band Foreigner for the band’s Very Important Beer series. In mid-September, Foreigner will be performing at the Washington State Fair, but two days prior to this headlining concert Foreigner will perform in an intimate setting […]
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It’s official. Anheuser-Busch does not own Redhook anymore, again

Washington Beer News - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 1:18pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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As of last Friday, Anheuser-Busch InBev officially no longer doesn’t not own Redhook, a company it didn’t always never not own in the first place. Yes, that sounds like something out of Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, or Abbott and Costello’s Who’s on First, but bear with me.

I’ve been called a Redhook apologist. That’s okay. I’ve been called worse. Regardless of what the company eventually became, or is now, Redhook’s history will always include this distinction: it was one of a very small handful of breweries that popped into existence out of nowhere in the 1980s and changed the American beer landscape and the public’s perception of beer. For that, I am grateful.

The first keg of Redhook was delivered to FX McRory’s in Seattle (August 1982).

So yeah, when people say things like, “They’re owned by Anheuser-Busch,” or “I don’t drink Budhook,” I am quick to defend Redhook and point out the reality of the situation. Not so much because I feel a need to defend them, but because the truth matters. Dislike them if you want, but accept the reality that Redhook is not owned by Anheuser-Busch.

And reality took another turn last week.

For the past 11 years, Redhook has been part of a Portland-based company called Craft Brew Alliance (CBA), a publicly-traded company comprised of Redhook Ale Brewery, Widmer Brothers Brewery, Kona Brewing, and some other smaller players. As a publicly-traded company (NASDAQ: BREW), CBA is owned by shareholders. AB InBev owns about 32 percent of CBA’s stock. Last I heard, Rob and Kurt Widmer were major shareholders, too.

Much to the surprise of absolutely no one, last week AB InBev chose to not exercise an option to buy the entirety of CBA. That option was part of a deal negotiated about three years ago, with a predetermined price of $24.50 per share, which equals a price tag of about $475 million for the whole company. The deal required that the option be exercised by August 23, 2019.

Before last week’s news that AB InBev would not exercise its option to buy the company, the stock was trading at about $12 per share. That’s why no one was surprised that AB InBev balked. Instead of paying $24.50 per share, or $475 million for the entire company, AB InBev chose to pay $20 million to opt-out of the deal, a price that was also prenegotiated. The news caused CBA stock to drop to its current price of about $10 per share.

“While disappointing, with this decision made [by AB-InBev], management can turn its attention to refining strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value,” said CBA Chief Executive Andy Thomas in a written statement.

Strategic alternatives? That is business-speak for big changes. What kind of alternatives or changes? We’ll have to wait and see. There are a lot of really good people—a lot of really good beer people—working for CBA. Godspeed!

AB InBev says it does not plan to abandon its relationship with CBA. According to Marcelo “Mika” Michaelis, president of Anheuser-Busch’s Brewers Collective, “While we are not making an offer to purchase the remaining shares of CBA, our existing commercial partnership with CBA continues to be a key complement to our industry-leading craft portfolio and we look forward to working together for many years to come.”

I do not mean to sound condescending when I talk about people’s misperceptions regarding Anheuser-Busch, Redhook, and Widmer. It’s confusing, I know. Redhook and Widmer each, independently, entered into distribution agreements with Anheuser-Busch back in the 1990s. Each company, while still independent of each other, turned over some portion of ownership as part of those deals. Neither company was ever actually “bought” by any version of AB InBev.

Eventually, some years later, Redhook and Widmer joined forces. Anheuser-Busch came along for the ride, eventually assuming control of nearly one-third of Craft Brew Alliance. It now seems that is as much of the company as AB InBev will ever own.

All of this goes to prove something I’ve said for a long time. The best part of the beer business is the beer; the worst part of the beer business is the business.


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Bremerton’s LoveCraft Brewing under new ownership

Washington Beer News - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 8:33am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Tasha and Jesse Wilson, the owners of LoveCraft Brewing in Bremerton, started to explore options for selling the brewery about a year ago, during the final year of the business’ lease. The hope was to find someone who wanted to carry on the LoveCraft brand.

“I think we got sort of the ideal outcome out of it, which is cool,” Tasha Wilson told the Kitsap Sun in a story reported last weekend. (Read that story.) LoveCraft Brewing was recently purchased by an investment group that includes at least one Kitsap native, Ed Fassio.

Fassio told the Kitsap Sun that he plans to keep the LoveCraft name, location and roster of flagship beers intact. The hope is to expand the brewery internally by increasing deck seating and potentially adding a second-floor mezzanine. He also hopes to increase distribution throughout Kitsap. The new owners also hope to expand the schedule of events and programming to include live music and open mic nights.

A Kitsap native and graduate of Olympic High School, Fassio told the Kitsap Sun that he and his investment partners began looking at buying a brewery after he’d spend several years living in Seattle and drinking beer in Seattle taprooms.

“Our production schedule will stay on task for now, we’re not going to be putting out thousands of barrels,” Fassio said in the report. “We will grow to demand.”

Read the report in the Kitsap Sun.


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Old Ivy Brewery 7th Anniversary Bash

Brewpublic - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 3:00am
One of downtown Vancouver’s original breweries will celebrate its anniversary over the upcoming Labor Day Weekend. Old Ivy Brewery has been brewing beer for the past seven years after taking over at the shuttered Salmon Creek Brewery. To mark this milestone, Old Ivy Brewery will host its 7th Anniversary Bash on Saturday, August 31st from […]
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Montavilla Brew Works German-Style Beer Tasting

Brewpublic - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 10:46pm
With the warmer weather that lies ahead for us here in Portland over the next few days, the folks at Montavilla Brew Works will host its latest beer seminar with a German-Style Beer Tasting. Taking place on Thursday, August 29th from 3:00-9:00pm, Montavilla Brew Works will serve four different German inspired beers. This tasting of […]
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Fremont Oktoberfest takes over the streets of Seattle – September 20 thru 22

Washington Beer News - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 1:15pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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It’s the largest annual beer festival in Seattle. It is arguably the longest-running, too. Fremont Oktoberfest takes place on the streets of Fremont, offering three days of beer, food, games, music, and more. This year’s event runs from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22. Tickets are on sale now and if you use the promo code WABEER you’ll get two extra beer tokens.

The event features 100 craft beers, German beers, ciders, and seltzers. The lineup includes beer from some beloved Northwest breweries as well as some beloved German breweries. See the list of participants below.

Some Highlights:

  • Your regular tasting glass is a 5-ounce Mini Mug, but you also have the option of buying a big boot or beer stein.
  • Friday: Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving, Stein Hoisting, Axe Throwing, Spin Ping Pong, Sports on the Big Screens
  • Saturday: Stein Hoisting, Axe Throwing, Sping Ping Pong, Sports on the Big Screens
  • Sunday: Dogs welcome for Dogtoberfest presented by MudBay, Seattle FlyDogs, CityDog Cover Dog Model Search, Watch the Hawks on the Indoor Sports Screens, Axe Throwing, Spin Ping Pong
  • Fremont Oktoberfest is strictly 21+ only. No re-entry allowed on Friday or Saturday.


General Admission (1 Day, 5 Tokens) $25.00
Admission valid for one day. Ticket is good for 5 tasting tokens and a 5 oz mini-mug

Grand Admission (1 Day, 10 Tokens) $30.00
Admission valid for one day. Ticket is good for 10 tasting tokens and a 5 oz mini-mug.

Festival Admission Only (1 Day) $20.00
Admission to the festival, includes four vouchers for NON-Alcoholic Drinks. Guests may choose to purchase a tasting mug and/or steins for beer tasting at the event.

GET TICKETS HERE, and don’t forget to use the WABEER promo code.


Fremont Oktoberfest takes over N. 35th Street and N. Canal Street, west of Phinney Avenue. Enter the event on 35th, at the east end of the event (near Phinney Ave).

Fremont Oktoberfest
35th St and Canal St
Seattle, WA 98103

LOTS OF BEER, along with cider and hard seltzer, from the following producers:



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Everybody’s Brewing Announces Lineup for 2019 Local Love Fest

Brewpublic - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 12:05am
What began two years ago to assist a handful of Columbia River Gorge businesses during the Eagle Creek Fire, Local Love Fest has now become an annual event for Everybody’s Brewing. When the Eagle Creek Fire hit the Hood River area of the Columbia River Gorge in the late summer of 2017, Everybody’s Brewing stepped […]
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Occidental Brewing Oktoberfest Returns September 20-21, 2019

Brewpublic - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 11:33pm
With the Fall season approaching, this means its nearly time for Oktoberfest celebrations across the region. Portland’s Occidental Brewing will once again host its 2019 Oktoberfest at its brewery on two days, Friday September 20th from 3:00-9:00pm and Saturday September 21st from Noon-9:00pm This annual Bavarian inspired celebration will be two days filled with Festbier, […]
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Crux Fermentation Project Presents Camp Lager Fest

Brewpublic - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:45am
A new beer festival will take place in Bend, Oregon in early September when Crux Fermentation Project hosts the inaugural Camp Lager, a daylong festival of lagers Crux has invited a dozen of its fellow Pacific Northwest breweries to participate in Camp Lager on Sunday, September 8th from Noon – 6:00pm. The afternoon festival will […]
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Zoiglhaus Brewing 2019 ZoiglFest Oktoberfest Celebration

Brewpublic - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:15am
Portland’s Lents neighborhood will once again have its very own Oktoberfest Celebration when Zoiglhaus Brewing hosts its 2019 ZoiglFest. This year’s tribute to the annual Bavarian festival will take place on Friday, September 13th and Saturday, September 14th at Zoiglhaus Brewing. Friday, September 13th Schedule: 6PM Keg Tapping Ceremony + Beer Sampling 7:30PM—9:30PM  Live Music: […]
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Crux Fermentation Project to Release Four Fresh Hop Beers in 2019

Brewpublic - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 6:51pm
Hop harvest is beginning here in Oregon this week and Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project will release four fresh hop beers from the 2019 hop harvest. Crux will release Pert Near, Dr. Jack, and Way Two Fresh in the coming months in new 16oz cans and on draft. The brewer will also release Off the Fence […]
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Pike Brewing Celebrates 30 Years In October 2019

Brewpublic - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 4:34pm
One of Seattle’s original breweries celebrates three decades of brewing in October. Pike Brewing turns 30 years old and will celebrate with events beginning in October 2019. Back on October 17, 1989, Pike Place Brewing as it was known back then opened its doors for the first in the historic Pike Place Market. Founded by […]
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A visit to the hop fields with Bale Breaker Brewing and Jameson Irish Whiskey

Washington Beer News - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:21am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Bale Breaker Brewing teams up with Jameson Irish Whiskey for Caskmates

Any excursion that leads me to a hop field at harvest time is a good one. This was a very good one.

The original Bale Breaker nano-brewery, where it all began. (Photo by Kim Sharpe Jones.)

Last night at a very special dinner in a hop field just outside of Yakima, hosted by Jameson Irish Whiskey and Bale Breaker Brewing, I learned about the latest chapter in the Caskmates story. It was a very special evening, one filled with information and education, conversation and laughter, not to mention food, beer, and whiskey.

Left to Right: Kevin Smith, Meghann Quinn, and Kevin Quinn lead a tour of their brewery. (Photo by Kim Sharpe Jones.)

Once again, Bale Breaker Brewing participated in the Jameson Irish Whiskey Caskmates program, continuing a relationship that began in 2017. Caskmates is a cross-industry collaboration project that sees the venerable Irish Whiskey producer partner with craft breweries. The result of this year’s endeavor, Jameson Caskmates Bale Breaker Limited Edition, a version of Jameson’s famous whiskey aged in Topcutter IPA barrels. Revolution Brewing of Chicago was also involved in the Caskmates program this year.

Is this heaven? “No, it’s Moxee, Washington.”

But wait, Topcutter IPA isn’t barrel-aged, right? For this project, it was. Brewers from Bale Breaker Brewing traveled to Ireland to brew a special batch of Topcutter IPA. The critical ingredients needed for the beer were shipped ahead. The resulting beer was then loaded into Jameson barrels. Several months later, after the beer had aged a bit, the barrels were emptied and then filled with Jameson Irish Whiskey. The result, Jameson Caskmates Bale Breaker Limited Edition.

Pictured above, we learned a lot about barrels from Jameson’s Head Cooper, Ger Buckley. Not only did he disassemble and then reassemble a barrel using historic handtools, but he also demonstrated how barrels are charred the traditional way.

“Going to Ireland to collaborate with Jameson is a brewer’s dream,” said Kevin Smith, the head brewer at Bale Breaker Brewery. “Our Topcutter IPA embodies where we’re from, and bringing a taste of our neighborhood to the Jameson distillery to create our very own Caskmates Limited Edition was quite incredible.

Meanwhile, Jameson sent some barrels to Bale Breaker Brewing so the brewers could embark on their own barrel-aged adventures. At the brewery, the barrels were filled with Topcutter IPA and aged for a few months. We tasted some of that beer last night. It is still the same Topcutter IPA you know and love, but the whiskey definitely shares the stage with the hops, adding a sweet, slightly smokey caramel richness to the beer. No promises, but you may find it on tap at Bale Breaker’s taproom. No promises, though.

Meghann and Kevin Quinn of Bale Breaker Brewing explaining the magic of hops.

“Jameson’s commitment to local neighborhoods is the cornerstone of our connection with whiskey drinkers and local tastemakers across the country,” said Paul Di Vito, Vice President, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA.  “Jameson Caskmates Hyperlocal Editions allow us to put the spotlight on these local breweries, devising a spirit that embodies the taste of our neighborhoods.”

(Photo by Kim Sharpe Jones.)

Jameson’s Caskmates program has a lot to offer the breweries lucky enough to participate. No doubt, a young and growing brewery can learn a lot from a 240-year-old distillery. Without question, an internationally recognized liquor brand like Jameson brings budgetary capabilities that far exceed anything most craft breweries can imagine. But in the end, what Jameson Caskmates really offers is a sense of meaningful collaboration across two closely related industries. A tasty new whiskey is probably the most meaningful result.

Jameson Caskmates Bale Breaker Limited Edition Tasting Notes and Product Information:

Nose: Rich in hops with delicate floral notes.
Taste: Citrus notes with some spices and vanilla throughout.
Finish: Rich, lasting finish with hints of hops fading to notes of oak and spice.
ABV: 40% Alc./Vol. (80 proof).
Available at select retail locations and neighborhood bars for a limited time with a suggested retail price of $29.99 per 750 mL bottle.


Story by Kendall Jones

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Occidental Brewing Co. Releases 2019 Oktoberfest Festbier

Brewpublic - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 3:00am
Portland’s Occidental Brewing will release its annual Oktoberfest Festbier in 16oz cans for the first time. Paying homage to Bavaria and its legendary Oktoberfest, Occidental Brewing offers its interpretation of a Festbier. Festbier is described as a rich yet drinkable lager in the old tradition of Oktoberfest beers before light colors and flavors began to […]
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Firestone Walker Barrelworks Presents The Terroir Project – 2019

Brewpublic - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 10:35pm
If you’re looking for a beercation this coming fall, one that is of strong interest to us is The Terroir Project hosted by Firestone Walker Barrelworks. It may not be the most convenient festival location to travel to as this beer-wine hybrid event is held in Los Olivos, California, that’s located about 150 miles northwest […]
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