Commercial Beer

Reuben’s Brews Releases Nordic Haze – Kviek Hazy IPA

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/13/2020 - 3:00am
Reuben’s Brews in Seattle has just released its latest beer from its limited release Breadth Series with Nordic Haze – Kviek Hazy IPA. As the name of the beer implies, Nordic Haze is a hazy IPA that is brewed with the historic Norwegian Kviek yeast strain. Last year Reuben’s Brews began experimenting with this yeast […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Block 15 Brewing Releases the new Year-Round Block 15 IPA in 16oz Cans

Brewpublic - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 8:56pm
In 2009, Block 15 Brewing unveiled its Alpha IPA and through the past decade this beer has evolved into the newly minted Block 15 IPA. This new release becomes the brewery’s third year-round canned beer offering. “Brewed with a recipe developed over a decade of experimenting with brewing techniques and hop varietals, this beer is […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Old Town Brewing Weekly Drive-Thru Brewers Market

Brewpublic - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 6:34pm
A new weekly brewers market will debut on Saturday, May 16th in the adjacent parking lot of Old Town Brewing in Northeast Portland. Yes, Old Town Brewing will be putting its very own twist on a farmers market but one with local and regional breweries with its Weekly Drive-Thru Brewers Market. To assist in diminishing […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Fair Isle Eleanor – oak-aged ale fermented on elderberries

Washington Beer News - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 5:09pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit


Maybe this is obvious,  maybe it’s not. I am never exactly sure how much my audience knows, or doesn’t know. When we say that a beer is “fermented on” something—in this case, elderberries—it means that the elderberries were present during the fermentation process. The impact that the elderberries (or whatever) have on the fermentation process and the resulting beer is a subject for another day. Suffice it to say that the impact on the resulting beer would be different if the elderberries (or whatever) were added during the post-fermentation, conditioning phase. Thus, “conditioned on” and “fermented on” are two different things.

Maybe that makes you feel smarter, maybe it makes me sound dumber.

This new beer from Fair Isle Brewing in Seattle was fermented on elderberries. It’s available right now. Here is the release announcement from the brewery.


an oak-aged ale refermented on foraged elderberries.

6.6% ABV || 375mL bottles

 “Lady Ellhorn, give me of thy wood
And I will give thee of mine
When I become a tree.”

– Celtic folklore

Eleanor is our second beer to be released in our series of fruited farmhouse ales.  While Tove had a restrained tartness, Eleanor’s firm acidity compliments the prominent fruit notes. The result is a dry farmhouse ale with notes of pomegranate, cherries and raspberries followed by spices of cinnamon and clove and finishes with earthy undertones.

Our friend and ethnobotanist, Alex Harwell, harvested the elderberries from the Cascades last summer and through the help of friends gathering at Fair Isle, we hand processed the berries and added them to a single puncheon. Made from our base farmhouse ale brewed in May of 2019 with Skagit Valley Malts and Yakima Chief Hops, Eleanor was then transferred in August 2019 to oak and refermented with the Elderberries for five months before packaging.

Available now at Fair Isle Brewing. Order it online and pick it up. Order it for delivery. Just stop by and get some.


Facebook Twitter Reddit

For the latest news and information about beer in and around Pacific Northwest, visit Washington Beer Blog.

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Drive-thru brewers market, latest innovation in our new world

Washington Beer News - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 9:13am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit


The world of beer has been adopted some new terms lately because of the pandemic shutdowns. Terms like grab-n-go growlers, hands-free purchasing, curbside pick up, and home delivery are suddenly part of the beer lover’s lexicon. Here’s one more term to add: Brewers Market, which is something akin to a farmers market, but for brewers, not farmers. As reported by The New School, this novel drive-thru concept is taking shape at Old Town Brewing in Portland.

The notion isn’t too different from what Bale Breaker Brewing has offered recently at its brewery near Yakima (pictured above), but that drive-thru only offers Bale Breaker’s own beers. Another similar operation, the Beveridge Place Pub has enabled customers to place orders and pay online, and then they deliver the order to the car as you pass through the parking lot and stop at the back door. There are a number of other similar operations, but this is the first time I’ve heard of a designated brewers market, one involving multiple breweries each offering its own beer directly. A farmers market for breweries.

According to the report on, Old Town Brewing will begin hosting a weekly drive-thru brewers markets. Not only will they sell their own beer and pizza to go, but they’ve teamed up with other breweries to provide customers with a more-robust, one-stop beer shopping option. Participating breweries include Buoy Beer Company, Gigantic Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Reuben’s Brews, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, and Stormbreaker Brewing.

The plan is for Old Town Brewing to host the pop-up beer market in its parking lot on Saturdays. Each brewery will have its own tent to showcase its wares, similar to what you’d see at a farmers market. The experience offers customers a drive-thru, hands-free, beer buying experience. They intend to run the market through the summer.

Could such a thing happen in Washington? Right now, the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board seems pretty amenable. Even if current laws forbid it, and I’m not sure they do, it seems anything is possible these days. Recognizing that breweries and other tax-paying alcohol producers are facing unprecedented hardships, the LCB has quickly responded and adopted changes in regulations. Breweries delivering beer, restaurants delivering bottles of booze, even pre-made cocktails to go. Credit where it’s due.

Adam Milne, the owner of Old Town Brewing, told The New School, “We wanted to create a more engaging way to not only buy local beer, but engage with the community directly. The concept of a Farmers Market was really the driving force. Where each week we will open up our parking lot to alongside other breweries, everyone will set up their booths, with the cool beer they want to sell, and create a single stop where people can come say hi and support a multitude of breweries at the same time – all from a safe and structured distance.”

For all the details, see the original post on The New School.


Facebook Twitter Reddit

For the latest news and information about beer in and around Pacific Northwest, visit Washington Beer Blog.

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

American Craft Beer Week Begins Today, May 11 -17, 2020

Brewpublic - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 8:53pm
American Craft Beer Week launched today in a time of uncertainty to many of the nation’s 8,000+ craft breweries. The annual beer week will continue through Sunday, May 17th with virtual events in an effort to support these breweries struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted each year by the Brewers Association and its consumer-focused website, […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Washington taprooms and bars – Reopening Survey

Washington Beer News - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 12:29pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit


This is a time of many transitions for our breweries and for their customers. Washington State introduced a phased reopening plan that could allow breweries and brewpubs to reopen with modifications as soon as June 1st. As Washington State breweries and brewpubs are in the process of planning and reworking their spaces and procedures for a potential reopening, we are curious about consumer attitude.

Will you feel safe going back to breweries and brewpubs for a beer and/or meal? Please take our survey – thanks for your opinions on this. While we are not doing this in conjunction with the local brewing industry, we will share our results with you and with them.


Facebook Twitter Reddit

For the latest news and information about beer in and around Pacific Northwest, visit Washington Beer Blog.

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Mother Earth Brewing Co. Celebrates its 10th Anniversary with Big Mother Triple IPA

Brewpublic - Sun, 05/10/2020 - 9:43pm
The annual release of its Big Mother Triple IPA celebrates a special milestone for Mother Earth Brewing Co. with the brewery’s 10th anniversary. In 2010, Daniel Love opened Mother Earth Brewing Co. in Vista, California. After an expansion in Vista, he then set his sights on a larger expansion that saw the opening of its […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Ferment Brewing Joins the Canned Beer Movement with Top Ferment and Bottom Ferment Series

Brewpublic - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 1:22pm
Today out in Hood River, Ferment Brewing has debuted its new quarterly lineup of 16oz cans. This new lineup will feature two labels – Top Ferment and Bottom Ferment – that will be part of a rotating series of beers. Top Ferment is a series of seasonal, experimental, and one-off ales that explore different hops, malts, and yeasts. […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Beer Release – Biergarten Kellerbier, from Airways Brewing

Washington Beer News - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 11:54am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit


One of their favorites? One of my favorites! Airways Brewing just announced the release of this year’s Biergarten Kellerbier. Here are the details about the beer and its availability, straight from the brewery.

BIERGARTEN KELLERBIER: One of our favorites makes its return today – and, for the first time, it’s also in cans. Our Biergarten Kellerbier is designed after the amazingly drinkable beers we’ve enjoyed in the outdoor beer gardens (Kellers) in the Franconian-region of Bavaria. It’s brewed with all-German ingredients, naturally carbonated and lagered for six weeks to develop its smooth, balanced flavors.

We love serving this in our Bistro Beer Garden to our spring and summer guests and, while we look forward to being able to do that again, for now you can enjoy it for take-away in crowlers, growlers and 4-packs. 5.2%.


Facebook Twitter Reddit

For the latest news and information about beer in and around Pacific Northwest, visit Washington Beer Blog.

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Sumerian Brewing releases Narcissism IPA in cans

Washington Beer News - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 10:11am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit


Sumerian Brewing announces the arrival of its flagship IPA in cans. Introducing Narcissism West Coast IPA in cans. Available NOW for online ordering. Pick it up at the brewery or have it shipped to your home. Here’s the announcement from the brewery.


You asked for it, and now you have it in a RAD looking can!

ORDER it ONLINE or phone (425) 486-5330 for CURBSIDE PICKUP Monday-Friday, 12-5:00 P.M.

Sumerian’s top producing; consistent quality beers keep customers coming back for more. This beer is no exception!

Now SHIPPING everywhere in WASHINGTON STATE at UNBEATABLE PRICES. ORDER a case for $40 plus $5 shipping.

If that wasn’t enough, they are throwing in a $10 Coupon good for the pub, when it reopens.

Sumerian’s giving customers more for less, because times are tough and they CAN.

Sumerian’s flagship IPA has great balance of dense, dank, piney aromatics with hints of pineapple and citrus peel.

ABV: 6.6% IBU: 66

  • 2019 on draft in 3 locations at T-Mobile Park.
  • 2018 1st. against WA and OR Breweries in 100% blind test and 150 + ballet tally IPA War.
  • 2018 on draft in 7 locations at T-Mobile Park.


Facebook Twitter Reddit

For the latest news and information about beer in and around Pacific Northwest, visit Washington Beer Blog.

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Yakima Chief Hops contributes $117K to the Pink Boots Society

Washington Beer News - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 9:01am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit


For the third year, Yakima Chief Hops (YCH) created a special hop blend to benefit the Pink Boots Society. YCH is a leading supplier of hops to the brewing industry. This is the third year they’ve stepped up to support women in the beer industry by creating and selling a special hop blend and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Pink Boots Society. (above: Pink Boots brew day at Reuben’s Brews.)

Proceeds from the sale of the Pink Boots Blend help fund the organization’s scholarship fund.  Working with its distribution partner, Country Malt Group, YCH contributed $117,807 this year. Over the course of three years, the program has raised over $257,000 for the Pink Boots Society.

The Pink Boots Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women in the beer industry advance their careers. The primary way the Pink Boots Society accomplishes its goal is by offering scholarships.

Here’s a press release from YCH:

Yakima Chief Hops Presents 3rd Annual Contribution to Pink Boots Society Scholarship Fund

YAKIMA, Wash., May 5, 2020 – Last week Yakima Chief Hops (YCH), a global hop supplier for craft brewers, announced this year’s contribution to Pink Boots Society (PBS) alongside distributor partner Country Malt Group (CMG). During a virtual celebration on May 1, they presented a check for $117,807 from the sale of the 2020 Pink Boots Blend, providing scholarships for women in beer.


Pink Boots Society is a global nonprofit with a mission to assist, inspire, and encourage women to advance their careers through education. Their donation-based scholarship fund provides educational opportunities in all areas of brewing, from science to technology. Scholarships are awarded on a monthly basis and the application process includes a resume as well as a letter on how it will help their career and how they plan to “Pay it Forward” (PIF). The selection process includes a blind application review with an emphasis on their PIF, encouraging women to spread their knowledge and become leaders in the industry.“The Pink Boots Society scholarship program is one of our main pillars, and part of our foundation that we were built for,” said Laura Ulrich, President of PBS. “When PBS was founded, not only did the women lack the connection of other women, but some lacked the educational side. We feel there is no gender-based glass ceiling in the beer industry, only an education-based glass ceiling. If we at PBS can help women break that ceiling, we are happy to facilitate and help the beer industry thrive.”

While being a PBS scholarship recipient alone is a testament to a woman’s drive and talent in the brewing community, it also empowers women with more confidence in the workplace. For example, Lexi Russell of Duck Foot Brewing was awarded an opportunity to attend YCH’s 2019 Hop & Brew School and claimed that it allowed her to feel more comfortable in her role as Assistant Brewer. In addition, it can lead to career advancements, providing them with the knowledge and skills to take on new roles.

The funds from the sale of YCH’s Pink Boots Blend greatly enhances the PBS scholarship program, providing more opportunities to more women and expanding its impact. Since the creation of the blend in 2018, the number of scholarships has doubled, from 23 in 2018 to 46 in 2019. One of the largest scholarships provided by the blend was an opportunity for 10 women to attend the Brewing & Distilling in Belgium and the Netherlands course provided by New Mexico State University, postponed to 2021.

“Aside from enhancing the scholarship program, said Cat Wiest, PBS board member, “The blend itself provides many opportunities for women in beer. It allows women to take the reins on one-off beers or get into the brewhouse if they work elsewhere in the industry. It gives women a hand up to get hands on. Some women become really inspired by Pink Boots Collaboration brew days. Erica DeAnda, head brewer at Tumbled Rock Brewery, was inspired to get out from behind the bar, put in the time learning, received a PBS scholarship, and is now in a head brewer position. There are no downsides. Not one.”

Yakima Chief Hops is thrilled to make yet another significant contribution to the PBS scholarship fund, for a total of $257, 807 since 2018. These funds are contributed from the sale of the annual Pink Boots Blend by donating $3 for every pound sold. The blend is produced by YCH and sold through YCH and CMG. The women of PBS are a powerhouse in the industry and will continue to translate these funds into meaningful and valuable educational opportunities for women in beer.

The Pink Boots Blend is still available for purchase at Stay tuned for more information regarding the 2021 Pink Boots Blend coming this fall!

Yakima Chief Hops

Yakima Chief Hops is a 100% grower-owned global hop supplier with a mission to connect brewers with the family farms that grow their hops. Operating for more than 30 years, we have become more than just a hop supplier. We have become leaders of innovation, quality and customer service. We are a resource for brewers, providing solutions and research-based data. We are advocates of sustainability and meaningful social causes, working to support the environment and communities around us. Great beer starts in the field, and we strive to build relationships between growers and brewers that help farms grow better hops and brewers brew better beer.

Pink Boots Society

The Pink Boots Society was created to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education. We are the female movers and shakers in the beer industry. We get the beer brewed and fermented with the highest possible quality. We also own breweries, package the beer, design beers, serve beers, write about beer, and cover just about any aspect of beer, and we are all women. Most importantly, we teach each other what we know through our own seminar programs, and we help each other advance our beer careers by raising money for educational scholarships.  https://www.pinkbootssociety. org/

Country Malt Group

A division of United Malt, Country Malt Group has more than 200 years of combined brewery and brewing experience and 12 distribution centers across North America. The team at CMG understand the importance of excellent ingredients, product knowledge and expertise in making great beer. For those reasons, we are fully committed to providing the craft beverage industry a wide range of high-quality ingredients, excellent service and competitive pricing. By making it easy to get what you need, you can focus on what is important – your craft.


Facebook Twitter Reddit

For the latest news and information about beer in and around Pacific Northwest, visit Washington Beer Blog.

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Crux Fermentation Project Presents Lagers on the Lawn (Quarantine Edition)

Brewpublic - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 5:50am
One thing that this year will be known for is the year of cancellations. It’s a bit sad to see all of the events that disappear from the calendar due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Events all the way out until September, including the famed Oktoberfest that would have celebrated its 210th anniversary, have been […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Modern Times Beer May 2020 Beer Releases – Part One

Brewpublic - Thu, 05/07/2020 - 10:18am
During the month of May, Modern Times Beer will double up on its monthly specialty beer releases. In hopes of gaining additional to-go and delivery sales, Modern Times Beer will offer two special beer releases this month. On the first release, one of the seven beers, Oracolo is a collaboration with Heater Allen and Wayfinder […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Washington’s brewery taprooms set sights on June 1st reopening

Washington Beer News - Thu, 05/07/2020 - 9:15am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit


As breweries in Washington prepare to reopen their taprooms, here’s what it will look like.
Hint – it won’t look like that picture above.

Phase 2 of the Safe Start Washington approach to reopening businesses includes brewery taprooms.  We are currently looking at an opening date of June 1, though that date could change depending on how Phase 1 goes. If everyone behaves themselves, and if the ugly numbers continue to improve, June 1 is opening day. Of course, that means breweries can reopen their taprooms. It does not mean they must reopen their taprooms

Breweries are just learning about this stuff and are beginning to formulate their plans. We will report more about this, and about how breweries plan to proceed, in the coming days. For now, we know this much.

There are some restrictions and protocols that breweries will need to follow in order to operate their taprooms during Phase 2.

  • Provide table seating.
  • No seating allowed at the bar and no congregating in the bar area.
  • Comply with social distancing and health requirements of Phase 2 restaurants and taverns

Phase 2 social distancing and health requirements for restaurants and taverns will include:

  • 50% capacity limit
  • Provide and maintain six-foot distancing of patrons and employees
  • Parties no larger than five people

How will that look?

Breweries will have to make sure that they do not exceed 50 percent of the room’s occupancy rating. Will this require a “bouncer” at the door monitoring the crowd size and counting heads as people enter and leave? We will see. To accommodate more people, will they limit how long people can stay at the taproom? We will see. Will they only allow paying customers in the taproom (no kids) since each seat is so precious? We will see.

No loitering around the bar. If breweries are selling beer via bar service, get your beer and move along. If a brewery taproom is offering table service, be patient. Taprooms will be staffed as necessary, but probably not over-staffed. Remember that lot of brewery taprooms are not accustomed to providing table service at all, so this might be a new operation. Be kind. Be patient.

The tables will be six feet apart. Large communal tables will need to be sectioned off so that seating areas are six feet apart.

People will not be allowed to congregate in groups larger than five people. No more than five people per table. The plan calls for these groups to include only people who have been isolating together (same household), though I don’t know anyone can or will enforce that. Whatever the case, no birthday parties, no toddler play dates, and no post-practice, team drink-ups.

Beyond that, we will see.

The Washington Brewers Guild is working closely with the Governor’s office and the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board as this unfolds. Things are still being discussed. There’s a lot of “we will see” involved right now.

It’s going to be different, and it may not be business as usual, but it is better than not being open at all.

Let’s all get through Phase 2 safely before we start to talk about Phase 3, okay?

You can read all about the Safe Start Washington phased reopening plan here


Facebook Twitter Reddit

For the latest news and information about beer in and around Pacific Northwest, visit Washington Beer Blog.

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Bale Breaker is releasing You Are Not Alone IPA this Saturday

Washington Beer News - Thu, 05/07/2020 - 8:37am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit


The folks at Bale Breaker Brewing heard about the program that Reuben’s Brews started and immediately knew they should get involved, as have a number of other local breweries. The result, Bale Breaker will release You Are Not Alone Hazy IPA this Saturday. All proceeds from the beer will benefit COVID-19 relief, helping support food and beverage industry workers impacted by the pandemic-related shutdowns.

Bale Breaker Brewing releases the beer this Saturday and you can get it at the brewery via their appropriately distanced beer drive-thru (noon – 5:00). Thereafter you’ll find the beer at select grocery stores and retail outlets around Yakima. Proceeds will stay in the valley, supporting local workers.

Here is the release announcement with more details from the brewery.

Bale Breaker + I Heart Yakima Team Up to Announce New Hyper-Local COVID-19 Relief Program

Yakima Valley Brewery releases new beer with proceeds benefitting the nonprofit to support local food/beverage industry

Yakima, Wash. – May 6, 2020 – Bale Breaker Brewing Company, a family-owned brewery located in the beautiful Yakima Valley, today announces its partnership with local nonprofit I Heart Yakima by releasing its own version of You Are Not Alone Hazy IPA, a beer inspired by Seattle-based brewery and friend Reuben’s Brews.

100% of the profits from beer sales will be donated to the “We Are Yakima” fund, a referral-based program managed by I Heart Yakima in which grocery store gift cards will be gifted to nominees from the food and beverage industry to help alleviate financial burdens caused by the current pandemic. Anyone in the community can refer a coworker, employee, or friend who has lost their job or significant hours within the food and beverage industry. Donations will come from individuals, local businesses, and sales of Bale Breaker’s “You Are Not Alone” beer.

The beer is described to be fruit-forward hazy IPA with a 7.5% ABV and 30 IBU bitterness rating. Yakima-based fans and good Samaritans alike will be able to enjoy the new recipe in 16oz. 4-packs as soon as early May. Join Bale Breaker on May 9 for their Drive-Thru release party from 12-5pm, and Washington customers can purchase a case of this hazy IPA online via Bale Breaker’s new online beer shipping program.

“When our friends over at Reuben’s Brews approached us about brewing a beer to help our fellow industry comrades, we didn’t have to think twice. It was a no-brainer,” said BBBC Co-Owner Meghann Quinn. “Community is one of our core values at Bale Breaker, and now more than ever, we are committed to supporting local and giving back to the community that has given so much to us in return.”

“Our mission is to uplift and promote our Yakima community,” said Lauren Lizardo, co-director of I Heart Yakima. “We are proud to collaborate with Bale Breaker on the ‘We Are Yakima’ fund, and we hope others will join us during this challenging time.”

In response to Reuben’s Brews call to action for fellow breweries to help in this time of need, Bale Breaker asks all local businesses and patrons to continue to pay it forward by donating money, purchasing You Are Not Alone IPA, and/or nominating food/beverage workers affected by COVID-19. Donations and nominations will be accepted online at You Are Not Alone Hazy IPA will be available in select grocers and participating restaurants in Yakima beginning mid-May.

About We Are Yakima

Founded as a collaboration between I Heart Yakima and Bale Breaker Brewing Company, We Are Yakima’s mission is to alleviate the financial burden of those in the food and beverage industry in the Yakima Valley who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  We Are Yakima is a referral-based fundraiser: we invite anyone in the community to refer a coworker, employee, or friend who has lost their job or significant hours within the restaurant and hospital industry. Donations will come from individuals, local businesses, and sales of Bale Breaker’s “You Are Not Alone” beer – the funds will be distributed as grocery store gift cards to those in need in the area. No one should have to struggle as we all do our part in flattening the curve and keeping our community safe.

About I Heart Yakima

I Heart Yakima began in 2012 as a love letter to our beautiful, unique, growing, yet often under-appreciated valley. That love fueled promotions, projects, events, a social media platform, newsletter, and Yakima-centric apparel celebrating all that is great about our community.

As a 501c4 non-profit, our focus is building a network for local businesses and brands who are just as dedicated to loving our town – and all the people in it – as we are. We are careful to promote businesses, events, and people which center around our values: positivity, generosity, excellence, innovation, inclusivity, and partnership. We seek to always nurture a strong relationship with our community, in-person and online. Visit for more information.


Facebook Twitter Reddit

For the latest news and information about beer in and around Pacific Northwest, visit Washington Beer Blog.

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Fremont Brewing Updates its Popular Summer American Pale Ale

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/06/2020 - 9:36pm
With the anticipation of the summer ahead, Fremont Brewing gets the ball rolling as it releases an updated version of its popular Summer American Pale Ale. For the 2020 release of Summer APA, Fremont has updated the recipe on this refreshing beer with the addition of Citra Cryo Hops alongside brewer-selected Amarillo Hops. Summer APA is brewed with 2-Row […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Fremont Brewing Company introduces a slightly different version of Summer

Washington Beer News - Wed, 05/06/2020 - 10:43am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit


In these disjointed and overturned times, anything that reminds us of normal life is welcome. This year’s release of Summer American Pale Ale from Fremont Brewing is a sure sign that there actually will be a summer this year and at least one thing remains normal. But wait, even the beer is a bit different this year, though not in a bad way.

The new, slightly tweaked recipe includes Citra cryo hops, a scientific marvel of the modern world that has done nothing but improve the beers we drink. (Can you tell I’m a big fan of Citra cryo?) Reportedly the beer is even more refreshing and bright because of it.

Here’s the release info from the brewery.

SEASONAL RELEASE: Summer American Pale Ale

Refreshed recipe and design & virtual release party

Seattle, WA May 6, 2020: Summer is back! Bursting with citrus and melon flavors, Summer American Pale Ale is imminently drinkable and the perfect accompaniment for any summer day. New for 2020, Summer Ale is more refreshing and brighter than ever, with the addition of Citra cryo hops alongside brewer-selected  Amarillo hops.

Look for Summer in its new, freshened up packaging in 12 oz. cans (6 packs and 12 packs), 22 oz bottles and on tap starting in early May.

To celebrate the return of Summer, Fremont Brewing is throwing a virtual release party.  Chong the Nomad will DJ a live set on Saturday, May 9 from 4-6 PM Seattle time live on Fremont’s Instagram (@fremontbrewing). While nothing can replace a sunny release party in the Urban Beer Garden, we’re still bringing the party to you while social distancing. Let’s Summer!


Name: Summer

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2 %

IBU: 51

Ingredients: 2-Row Pale malt with Amarillo® and Citra® cryo hops

Aroma: Orange with other citrus undertones, grassy notes with pine, cereals, floral, and light black tea

Flavor: Lightly sweet and bitter, with a light refreshing body and moderate carbonation

Availability: May thru August

Fresh Range: 90 days from packaged-on date


Facebook Twitter Reddit

For the latest news and information about beer in and around Pacific Northwest, visit Washington Beer Blog.

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Foggy Noggin Brewing wonders, could beer be the answer?

Washington Beer News - Wed, 05/06/2020 - 9:46am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit


According to some herbalists, thuja plicata (western red cedar) possesses medicinal powers, especially with regards to the human immune system. Foggy Noggin Brewing is not making any claims, but it did brew a beer using freshly cut cedar boughs. The essential oils in cedar are known to protect the tree from insects, mold, bacteria, and even viruses. So what the hell? Who knows, right? Can’t hurt.

Without making any claims about its medicinal powers, Foggy Noggin Brewing releases Cedar Bough IPA this Friday and Saturday at its taproom in Bothell, Washington. A limited supply of the beer is available for growler fills only.

How will this one go down? In my mind, away from the woo-woo medicine man properties, I imagine it having a dry-ish quality because of the cedar. Just a guess. Tune in to the brewery’s Facebook page this evening at 6:00 (Wed, May 6) for a live, virtual tasting and find out more.

Here is the release announcement from the brewery.

Could There Be A Beer To Help Fight The Coronavirus?

Western Red Cedar has a long history of providing our regions with medicinal powers (see attached link). By adding freshly harvested cedar boughs into the boil of our beer, we are creating a tea of the cedar and could be potentially providing similar immune benefits.

This week’s featured Fn beer – Cedar Bough IPA (Experimental IPA) 7.8% ABV – 79 IBU

This stay at home order got our creative juices flowing and we decided to harvest 3 pounds of freshly cut new growth western red cedar boughs and boil them into this IPA. The result is outstanding! Delicious delicate cedar tones mingle well with the hoppy character of this wonderfully balanced IPA. This is a very limited beer and available in growler fills only ($22). Available in growler fills Fri, Sat & Sun (May 8th – 10th) for curbside pickup (4-5pm) while the limited supply lasts.

You won’t want to miss out on the Virtual Tasting of This Week’s Featured Fn Beer – Wednesday – May 6th Live on Facebook at 6pm. We will walk you through the recipe, brewing notes and taste the beer virtually with you.


Facebook Twitter Reddit

For the latest news and information about beer in and around Pacific Northwest, visit Washington Beer Blog.

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Fort George Brewery Releases Fields of Green: Perseverance and Hammock District

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/06/2020 - 4:24am
Two new beers are hitting the marketplace from Fort George Brewery. The Astoria based brewery has just released Field of Green: Perseverance in 16oz cans and Hammock District in 500mL bottles. Fields of Green: Perseverance is part of the brewery’s rotating IPA series and this new variant was canned on April 27th and sits at […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs