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Dwinell Country Ales Celebrates its Two-Year Anniversary

Brewpublic - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 7:54pm
Located along the Columbia River Gorge in downtown Goldendale, Washington, Dwinell Country Ales is set to host its Two-Year Anniversary on Friday, August 16th and Saturday, August 17th. To commemorate the brewery’s second birthday, the brewery will release three new beers in 500mL bottles in addition to several small batches of tasting room-only beers on […]
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Bale Breaker Brewing giving away the Ultimate Hop Country Experience

Washington Beer News - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 2:58pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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For beer lovers, touring a hop farm during harvest is something very special. It is a rare peek behind the curtain, where you’ll witness the hop-harvesting and hop-processing operation with your own two eyes. It’s a chance to see what is inside the hoppy version of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Problem is, the opportunity is rare. It’s a busy time of year for the Oompa Loompas on the hop farm, so unless you work for a brewery or have some other legitimate reason to be there, it’s an invitation you are not likely to receive. Consider this a golden ticket. Bale Breaker Brewing is offering an opportunity for your hoppiest dreams to come true.

Images from Facebook and Instagram.

Bale Breaker is currently running a contest on Instagram and the winner gets an amazing hop country experience. Basically, you need to post a photo, video, or well-composed story that proclaims your love for Bale Breaker’s beer. Obviously, this requires that you follow them on Instagram, but why wouldn’t you? (Follow them on Facebook and on the web too.)

Wonderous Things Await You

The winner of this contest will get a trip to Hop Country USA (Yakima area) for a group of four. You’ll experience the hop harvest up close, including a private tour of Loftus Ranches, a leading hop producer located just outside of Yakima in the town of Moxee, Washington.

Photo by Kendall Jones.

Along with that, a VIP tour and tasting experience at Bale Breaker Brewing, $150 worth of Bale Breaker gear (and/or beer), two rooms for one night at downtown Yakima’s luxurious Hotel Maison, and $150 at one of Yakima’s top restaurants, Crafted.

Photo by Kendall Jones.

The Instagram post below explains the rules, or you can visit this website for more details.  Don’t forget to use the following hashtags: #BaleBreaker #FreshOffTheFarm

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Are you interested in winning the ULTIMATE hop country experience? Join us in a Bale Breaker summer contest, where one lucky winner will win a trip for 4 to Hop Country, USA. ⁠ ⁠ The rules are simple: show us how much you love Bale Breaker! It’s up to you what that looks like – we just need some kind of photo/video as proof of entry. Whether that’s a photo of you and your fave Bale Breaker beer in your perfect summer spot; a video of you screaming your love for us off of a mountain-side; or a perfectly composed love letter about your undying devotion to hops. Post your video or photo on Instagram, with the hashtag #HopCountryGetaway to be considered – make sure your submission is public, so we can see it! You can always slide into our DMs with the submission, or email it to us at Submit your entry to us by Labor Day (September 2nd) and we’ll pick one lucky winner to win the grand prize.⁠ ⁠ What’s at stake: You and 3 of your friends will get to come visit us in Hop Country, USA during hop harvest on a weekend of your choosing in September for the ultimate farm-to-beer experience. Here’s what you’ll win:⁠ -Behind-the-scenes hop farm tour at Loftus Ranches during the annual hop harvest – a one of a kind view into the hops that go into your favorite beers.⁠ -Bale Breaker VIP brewery tour & guided tasting experience⁠ -$150 for access to all the Bale Breaker gear (and beer) you could ever want⁠ -Two rooms for one night at Hotel Maison in downtown Yakima⁠ -$150 to one of Yakima’s best restaurants, Crafted⁠ ⁠ Complete details at the link in our bio – can't wait to see what you come up with! #BaleBreaker #FreshOffTheFarm

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Portland Brewing and Terry Currier of Music Millennium Collaborate on In The Groove Black Vinyl Lager

Brewpublic - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 7:00am
One of Portland’s musical treasures is Terry Currier and his highly lauded record store Music Millennium. Back on August 12, 2017, the City of Portland honored Terry for his contributions to the Rose City with Terry Currier Day. Seattle’s Sub Pop Records made a compilation CD that featured Terry’s favorite recordings from the label. And […]
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Beer Review – Firestone Walker Old Man Hattan

Brewpublic - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 6:51am
One of the trends in beer of late has been the cocktail inspired beer. Local, regional and national breweries have been releasing these beers that emulate a cocktail but can be poured on tap at establishments that don’t have a full liquor license. Firestone Walker Brewing, a brewery that’s well known and highly regarded for […]
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Lompoc Brewing Hot August Nights – Six-Pack Saturday, Zin Sin and Oktoberfest Release

Brewpublic - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 7:00am
Lompoc Brewing will host three events in August at its 5th Quadrant location in North Portland. Being billed as Hot August Nights, Lompoc Brewing will host Six-Pack Saturday on August 10th, Zin Sin Release Party on August 22nd, and Oktoberfest Release Celebration on August 31st. Lompoc Brewing – 5th Quadrant is located at 3901 N. […]
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New breweries continue to spring eternal in Washington – 10 new brewery openings

Washington Beer News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 12:08pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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A lot of folks are worried about brewery closures and market saturation. I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know which brewery will be the next one to close, but I do know which brewery will not be the next one to close: the one that makes really good beer and continually captures the admiration and imagination of the beer-drinking public.

While the “sky is falling” crowd sits around shaking their fists at the heavens, waiting for the next bit of bad news, here are some of the breweries that opened recently in Washington. Will they all survive? Do they all make amazing beer? I do not know. No doubt, I’ve missed some. No doubt, we might have a different interpretation of the word “recently.” Some of these are really new, others are just new to me. What did I miss? Share what you know.

509 Bierwerks in Wenatchee – The latest addition to Wenatchee’s “Brewers Row.” Beer and food from the same folks who operate Fresh Burger Café in Leavenworth.

Photo from Facebook.

Bardic Brewing in Spokane Valley – Currently operating out of a residential location in Spokane Valley with very limited hours. Like, they’re open to the public for two hours a week on Thursdays. Working on opening a retail location. Sounds like they may already have a lease.

Photo from Facebook.

Brewgenix Brewing in Tacoma – A small-batch, production-only brewery. Residential location, back yard, shed, that’s about all I know.

Dubtown Brewing in Renton – Located in a new building in downtown Renton, Dubtown Brewing opened its brewery and family-friendly taproom last month.

Dubtown Brewing, from Facebook.

Explorer Brewing in Kelso – Totally new to me. Got a random tip: “You guys should check out Explorer Brewing in Kelso.” Facebook and the internet didn’t reveal any information except that it does exist.

Precious Things Fermentation Project in Spokane – Well, “In Spokane” is probably inaccurate, exactly. It’s in a rural location outside of Spokane. Don’t know much beyond what I see on Instagram. I want to go there!

Precious Things Fermentation Project. Photo from Instagram.

Snapshot Brewing in Seattle – It’s a nano-brewery with a tasting room located near the corner of 80th and Greenwood. That’s about all I know.

Snapshot Brewing. Photo from Instagram.

Squirrel Fight Artisan Brewing in Moses Lake – We reported about them recently.

Stemma Brewing in Bellingham – The latest addition to the Bellingham brewing scene opened its taproom at the end of June. Conveniently located right between Kulshan Brewing’s two locations.

Stemma Brewing. Photo from Instagram.

Taneum Creek Brewing in Cle Ellum – Fantastic location just east of downtown on Hwy 970. Haven’t been there yet.


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Alesong Brewing & Blending 2019 Summer Beer Release

Brewpublic - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 12:30pm
Alesong Brewing & Blending is back at it for its quarterly beer release. On Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th, Alesong will host its 2019 Summer Beer Release Party. Held at its Tasting Room next door to King Estate Winery, Alesong will release these new beers to its customers who pre-order six beers and […]
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pFriem Family Brewers 7th Anniversary Party – August 3rd

Brewpublic - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 12:15pm
Seven years strong, pFriem Family Brewers will host its 7th Anniversary Party on Saturday, August 3rd. Held outdoors, across the street from pFriem at the Hood River Waterfront Park, the Anniversary Party will feature live music, food, family entertainment and of course beers from pFriem! Festivities will take place from 4:00-9:00pm and entry is free […]
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West Coast Grocery Company One Year Anniversary – August 3rd

Brewpublic - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 11:51am
The first year at West Coast Grocery Company has been a turbulent one. But the brewpub owned by Charlie Hyde IV has managed to get through it and are ready to celebrate its One Year Anniversary all day long on Saturday, August 3rd. One year ago West Coast Grocery Co. (WCGC) opened its doors to […]
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Level Beer Follows Up Stable Genius Hazy IPA with Extremely Stable Genius Hazy Double IPA

Brewpublic - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 6:20am
Being huge fans of President Donald Trump, Level Beer is back and is excited to bring us the follow up to last year’s Stable Genius Hazy IPA. On Tuesday, August 6th Level Beer will release Extremely Stable Genius Hazy Double IPA in 16oz cans. This version comes in at a bigly ABV and has even […]
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Deschutes Selected as Presenting Partner and Official Beer of 2020 American Ultimate Disc League

Brewpublic - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 5:54am
(Bend, Oregon) August 1, 2019 – Deschutes, the tenth largest craft brewery in the U.S. and family and employee owned since 1998, is proud to announce its marquee partnership deal with the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) as the 2020 presenting partner and official beer of the AUDL. Deschutes will kick off the agreement in 2019 […]
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Ecliptic Brewing & Bell’s Brewery to Release Cosmic Collaboration Juicy IPA + Cosmic Beer Dinner

Brewpublic - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 4:27pm
Last October, Ecliptic Brewing celebrated its fifth anniversary and since that time it has launched its 5 Years/5 Beers Series. John Harris, Ecliptic Brewing’s owner and Brewmaster reached out to five of his well-known friends in the brewing world to brew up five different Cosmic Collaborations. Harris has already brewed beers in this series with […]
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Occidental Brewing Co. Releases Cerveza Clara – Mexican-Style Lager

Brewpublic - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 2:59pm
For its latest release, Occidental Brewing Co. has gone south of the border to Mexico for inspiration. Perfect for the summer days, Occidental Brewing has released Cerveza Clara, a Mexican-Style Lager. Known for its German-Style beers, Occidental Brewing threw their hat in the ring and brewed a trendy Mexican-Style Lager. Cerveza Clara uses German Pilsner […]
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Workers reach $450,000 settlement with Pyramid Alehouse in Seattle

Washington Beer News - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 8:39am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Last Tuesday, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that Independent Brewers United must pay $450,000 to current and former employees at the Pyramid Alehouse in Seattle. The settlement will see Independent Brewers United, the parent company of Pyramid Brewing, pay some individuals as much as $9,800. According to a report in the Seattle Times, the ruling affects about 300 people who were owed unpaid wages.

According to the lawsuit, the company did not pay overtime or accurately record work hours for employees, shaving hours off of timesheets to keep employees under the threshold for overtime pay.

The Seattle Times says that the lawsuit also purported that Independent Brewers United didn’t provide meal or rest breaks. Because of its location near T-Mobile Park and Century Link Field, the alehouse sees heavy traffic during game days and concerts. Employees alleged that it was impossible to take breaks on such event days.

The settlement also requires Pyramid Alehouse to educate employees about basic employee rights, like knowing when they are on and off the clock. See the Seattle Times report for more details.



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Beer Review – Pabst Blue Ribbon Hard Coffee

Brewpublic - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 7:08am
A few weeks ago Pabst Blue Ribbon announced the release of its new beverage, Pabst Blue Ribbon Hard Coffee. In recent years Pabst has been rolling out a few Flavored Malt Beverages (FMB), such as Not Your Father’s Root Beer and is set to release its own Pabst Blue Ribbon Whiskey via its partner New […]
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Cider Riot! Pub Celebrates its 3rd Pubiversary

Brewpublic - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 11:10pm
Three years ago Abram Goldman-Armstrong opened his Cider Riot! Pub in Northeast Portland just after moving his Cider Riot! cidery from his home’s garage to this new industrial space. On Saturday, August 3rd, the pub will celebrate its 3rd Pubiversary with a special taplist, live music and soul and reggae DJs. Festivities will begin at […]
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Rogue Ales Harvests Pacific Ocean Salt to Brew Just A Pinch – Sour Session Ale

Brewpublic - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:21pm
Rogue Ales didn’t have to look very far from its brewery in Newport, Oregon for its latest seasonal beer release. In brewing its new Just a Pinch, a sour session ale it decided to learn the art of harvesting sea salt. Back in March a few members of the team at Rogue hopped on the […]
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Block Party at Rooftop Brewing on Saturday, August 10th

Washington Beer News - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 8:35am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Join Rooftop Brewing on Saturday, August 10th for its annual Block Party. The party spills out into an expanded beer garden, taking over the parking lot next door, with live music, food, games and more. Party runs from noon until midnight.

Keep an eye on the Facebook event page.

For your belly: SoSo Good and Theo’s Gyros food trucks, dessert from Sweet Treats.

For the kids: Face painting from 2:00 – 6:00, sidewalk chalk all day.

For the bigger kids: Games like cornhole, life-sized Jenga, and a dunk tank to raise money for Seattle Humane Society.

For the Dogs: Throughout the day Rooftop will be raising money for the Seattle Humane Society. There will be a Doggy Photo Booth, giveaways from Mud Bay Ballard as well as as a Humane Society Dog Adoption event. Swag raffle tickets and tickets to dunk local (small “c”) celebrities in the dunk tank will all benefit the Seattle Humane Society.

Beer Release: As part of the celebration, we are delighted to release our Gateway Hazy Pale Ale in 12oz cans. Easy to drink and full of citrus flavor and aroma, this is Rooftop’s “hoppy” beer for people who “don’t like hoppy beers,” designed to help you appreciate the hops without all of the bitterness. We are commemorating the release with Gateway T-shirts and koozies!

Music from:
School of Rock House Bands
DJ Bobby
Stranger in the Alps
Winks and Nods
Reclamation Project

Rooftop’s Annual Block Party
Saturday, August 10, 2019
12pm – 12am

Rooftop Brewing Co.
1220 W. Nickerson St.
Seattle, WA 98119



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Hard Seltzer Review – pH Experiment Pacer Low Proof Seltzer

Brewpublic - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 12:20am
This summer the buzz in the adult beverage world has to be hard seltzers with White Claw leading the pack. Locally there’s SeekOut from 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Pacific Sparkling from Ninkasi Brewing and now Pacer Low Proof Seltzer from pH Experiment, part of the Craft Brew Alliance portfolio that’s based in Portland. Targeting the health-conscious drinker, […]
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Beer release party this Friday at Airways Brewing benefits a fallen officer

Washington Beer News - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 3:39pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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A very special beer, brewed to benefit a very special cause

Just over one year ago, Officer Diego Moreno was killed during a high-speed pursuit in Kent. It was a horribly sad, unfortunate set of circumstances that led to the accident that ended Moreno’s life. A special beer release party at Airways Brewing in Kent will help fund the scholarship set up in his memory.

Friends of Officer Moreno wanted to create a beer in his honor, so they reached out to Kent’s own Airways Brewing. This Friday, August 2nd the brewery releases 2K56 IPA, a beer to honor the fallen officer. A party that day at the brewery and taproom (4:00 until 8:00) will raise funds for the Diego Moreno Memorial Scholarship at Washington State University. This is a 21+ event (state liquor laws).

The beer gets its name from a call sign frequently used by Officer Moreno. It was brewed in collaboration with, among others, Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla and Sargent Jason Bishop (pictured above). 2K56 IPA is described as a Northwest-style IPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops.

Friday’s release party will raise money to help complete funding for the scholarship set up by Officer Moreno’s family. The scholarship will be available annually for a senior that is a certified major in criminal justice.

A portion of the sales from the entire batch of beer will benefit the scholarship. Also, the brewery will hold a target raffle for a number of items, including things like a four-hour police ride-along experience; cupcakes from Sweet Themes Bakery; restaurant gift cards; and beer-, wine-, and charcuterie-themed gift baskets. Guests do not need to be present during the drawing to win, and 100 percent of the raffle proceeds will go directly to the scholarship. They are still seeking gift cards, baskets, or one-of-a-kind handmade items for the raffle. Interested parties can email

Furthermore, they will set up a taco bar (smoked carne asada tacos). For $10 guests can fill up a plate knowing that 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the scholarship.

Donations can also be made directly to the Diego Moreno Memorial Scholarship via Use the search feature to look up the Diego Moreno Memorial Scholarship. Tax ID information can also be found on that page.

Airways Brewing Company Tap Room & Brewery
8611 S 212th St.
Kent WA, 98031


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