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Washington Beer Open House on March 2nd is a statewide celebration of beer

Washington Beer News - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 9:11am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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On March 2nd, breweries all across Washington open the brewhouse doors for a statewide celebration of beer and brewing. More than a simple visit to the taproom, each of the breweries involved in 9th Annual Washington Beer Open House has something a little special planned. Some will offer brewery tours, others will offer special tastings. Some will release special beers, others will offer food and beer pairings. Some will do all of those things while others will do something completely different. Each brewery does what it wants, as long as it involves you.

Organized and spearheaded by the Washington Beer Commission, the goal of Washington Beer Open House is simple: help you connect with the breweries you love. More breweries will be added to the list, so keep an eye on the official website. For now, start making your plans.

While you’re out there experiencing Washington beer, tweet using the hashtag #WAbeerOH and post photos on the Washington Beer Facebook page.

List of Participating Breweries (as of Feb. 6th): 20 Corners Brewing 54-40 Brewing 7 Seas Brewery and Taproom 7 Seas Brewing Anacortes Brewery Bad Jimmys Brewing Badass Backyard Brewing Bainbridge Brewing Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse Bale Breaker Brewing Bastion Brewing Co. Bent Bine Brew Co. Berchmans Brewing Bosk Brew Works Chainline Brewing Company Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen Chuckanut Brewery South Nut Taproom Counterbalance Brewing Co Elliott Bay Brewing – Lake City Everybodys Brewing Farmstrong Brewing Co. Fish Brewing Floating Bridge Brewing Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery Foggy Noggin Brewing Fortside Brewing Company Garden Path Fermentation Georgetown Brewing Gig Harbor Brewing Company – Harbor Taproom Gig Harbor Brewing Company – Tacoma Taproom & Brew Haywire Brewing Co. Heathen Brewing Hoh River Brewery Jones Creek Brewing Company Keyhole Valley Brewing (Production Only) Kulshan Brewery Kulshan Brewery – K2 Taproom Lazy Boy Brewing Loowit Brewing Lucky Envelope Brewing M.T. Head Brewing Machine House Brewery Maritime Pacific Brewing Millwood Brewing Company North Jetty Brewing Outer Planet Craft Brewing Populuxe Brewing Scrappy Punk Brewing Silver City Brewery and Taproom Silver City Restaurant and Brewery Single Hill Brewing Sumerian Brewing Three Bull Brewing (Production Only) Walking Man Brewing Wandering Hop Brewery White Bluffs Brewing Wingman Brewers Yakima Craft Brewing Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+

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Aslan Brewing & Rainer Beer Collaborate on King of the Mountain Pilsner

Brewpublic - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:01am
During the past few years, Rainier Brewing has partnered a few of Washington’s finest craft breweries. Two years ago, it was with Reuben’s Brews and last year was with Georgetown Brewing. Now the iconic Pacific Northwest associated brewery teams up with Aslan Brewing on King of the Mountain Pilsner that benefits Protect Our Winters. The […]
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Victory Brewing Celebrates its 23rd Anniversary with Refreshed Packaging and New Beer Releases

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 9:09pm
Twenty-three years in and Victory Brewing has refreshed its packaging and adds three new beers to its year-round lineup. The three new beers are Twisted Monkey, No Brainer IPA and Cloud Walker Hazy Juicy IPA. On February 15, 2019, the brewery celebrates its 23rd year as it refreshes the brand’s image on all packaging and […]
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Full Sail Brewing Releases Session Light, a Low Calorie and Low Carb Beer

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 8:19pm
When a full-strength Session Premium Lager is a bit too much, Full Sail Brewing introduces Session Light. This latest variety to join the Session brand that began 14 years ago, is a craft lager that comes in at only 100 calories, 6 carbs and a low 3.6% ABV. Therefore this new offering from Full Sail is […]
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Breakside Brewery to Launch The Oligarch Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout Series 2019

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 6:07pm
One of our region’s most prolific breweries, Breakside Brewery is set to re-release The Oligarch, a bourbon barrel-aged stout first brought to market a few years back as a one-time release. Now this big, bold barrel stout has its own new beer series In addition to The Oligarch there will also be seven variants that […]
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Aslan Brewing, Rainier Beer join forces to create King of the Mountain

Washington Beer News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 2:44pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Rainier Beer and Aslan Brewing teamed up to create a beer to benefit Protect Our Winters, an organization of winter athletes and forward-thinking business leaders working toward systemic political solutions to climate change. In addition to being a benefit beer, it celebrates a legendary event at Mount Baker. Here is the press release with all the information. Rainier and Aslan teamed up to create King of the Mountain, a limited release pilsner.

Rainier & Aslan Brewing Companies Introduce: King of the Mountain Pilsner a collaboration brew celebrating the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom and benefiting Protect Our Winters

SEATTLE – Whether you grew up in the shadows of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker, or you’re new to the Pacific Northwest, the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom (LBS) is one of the iconic events in our region. Now in its 33rd year, the world-renowned LBS is the oldest single-venue snowboard competition in the world, bringing together hundreds of the world’s top riders each year from all generations to compete head to head and reunite with the rest of the snowboard community. It’s a throwback to the roots of the sport, when fun and friends were all that mattered.

This year, to celebrate the legendary race and have a bit of fun together, Rainier Brewing Co. and Aslan Brewing Co. have joined forces to create King of the Mountain, a limited release pilsner benefiting Protect Our Winters (POW) and available in 6-pack cans and draft starting February 8.

The name of the beer is a playful nod to the event itself as well as to the two partnering breweries. The Aslan logo is a lion (the king of the jungle), and Rainier Beer is named after the mountain.

“We are excited to partner with an up-and-coming brewery like Aslan,” said Michael Scott, Brand
Manager at Rainier Brewing Co. “We really appreciate that Aslan is not only making innovative beers but creating great pubs that bring people together and foster community, while having a lot of fun doing it.”

The collaboration brew will be available throughout the weekend on Mt. Baker, at participating area bars, and at both Aslan locations in Bellingham (until supplies last). Five percent of the beer’s total sales will go to support Protect Our Winters (POW), an organization of winter athletes and forward-thinking business leaders working toward systemic political solutions to climate change.

“We’re extremely honored to be collaborating with Rainier and partnering with POW on this project. This is a great opportunity for us to raise funds and awareness for POW while bringing friends together to celebrate,” said Boe Trosset, Co-Owner of Aslan. “Like many folks from the Pacific Northwest we grew up drinking Rainier, still do, and have fond memories of the commercials and brewing culture they helped develop. The truth is, we’ve had a Rainier neon bar sign in our brewery ever since it was a 5-gallon homebrew set up in my parents’ basement.”

The weekend-long celebration will culminate in a co-sponsored Wrap Party at Graham’s Restaurant in Glacier, WA on Sunday February 10th from 6p until late. The party is open to the public with live music and lots of Rainier and Aslan beer, including a chance to try King Of The Mountain.

 

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Urban Family Brewing announces plans to move to Ballard

Washington Beer News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 11:38am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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According to the City of Seattle’s boundaries, there are currently 13 breweries in the Ballard neighborhood, plus one brewery’s satellite tasting room (see our map). On top of that, another brewery and tasting room (the new Reuben’s Brews Brewtap) opens in March.

Above, the boundaries of Ballard according to the city.

From Hale’s Ale Brewery and Bad Jimmy’s Brewing on the eastern border, to Peddler Brewing and Lagunitas Brewing near the heart of downtown Ballard, the neighborhood that is so lousy with breweries is about to get at least one more. Urban Family Brewing just announced its plan to move it’s brewery from Magnolia across the Ballard Bridge to the cozy confines of Ballard’s booming brewery district.

Above, the Ballard Brewery District. Blue markers are current breweries.

The plan will see Urban Family Brewing’s beer production begin in Ballard this summer, with the new taproom’s opening slated for later in the year. Among other things, the move allows the brewery to expand production with the installation of a new 20-barrel brewhouse. It will also provide guests with a more spacious taproom featuring a large outdoor seating area. The brewery will continue to focus on the production of the sour beers and IPAs for which it is renowned, but the new space also allows for the expansion of Urban Family Brewing’s barrel program.

Here’s the press release about the pending relocation.

Urban Family to Join Ballard Beer Community: Brewery to Relocate in 2019

SEATTLE, 2/5/19 – After four years of running their brewery and tasting room in Magnolia, Urban Family Brewing Co. is moving to a new location in the heart of Ballard’s “brewery district.” Andy Gundel, owner of Urban Family, says the move will occur in phases: production will relocate this summer, with the tasting room to follow by the end of 2019.

“We think we’re going to be the first brewery in Ballard,” jokes Gundel. The new building will serve as the brewery’s home for the foreseeable future, he adds, since “the 23-foot ceilings and the ability to spread out to neighboring spaces mean we can grow as fast or as slowly as we need to.”

The team at Urban Family is grateful to the Magnolia community for their support, says Gundel, and will miss being in the neighborhood — but the new facility provides unparalleled opportunities. While they weren’t actively looking to move, it was inevitable in order to expand on the barrel program, as well as to keep the taproom feeling less crowded and more comfortable.

The new location will provide room for a bigger, 20-barrel brewhouse that some will recognize from another iconic Seattle brewery; a large walk-in space; an expanded taproom; and a larger outdoor area. While current space limitations prevent Urban Family from fulfilling many requests for private parties and events, the new facility will be able to accommodate these in addition to regular traffic. It will also allow for designated family-friendly, 21-plus and dog-friendly areas, along with greater access and exposure for new customers.

After the move, Urban Family will continue to focus primarily on fruited sours and IPAs; however, the expanded production facility will allow them to add more variety to their lineup, including more wood-aged offerings, as well as room for storage.

This will allow them to build up their barrel program and “focus on making more complex, wood-aged beer,” Gundel says. “We want to bring something special into the Ballard area. We know we’re not the first game in town, by any means, but we hope that we are viewed as a positive addition.”

Gundel and the rest of the team welcome questions and feedback, and encourage those who want to learn more about the move to come in, have a beer and chat with their staff.

Follow Urban Family Brewing at http://www.urbanfamilybrewing.com or find them on social media.

 

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Growler Guys taps into some special bottles this Wednesday

Washington Beer News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 8:31am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Growler Guys (Seattle NE), located on Lake City Way in Seattle, is hosting a special event this Wednesday, February 6th. The coolers are bursting with good beers, so it’s time to open some bottles and share some fine, fancy, rare and delicious beers for Open That Bottle Night. In the mix, some lovingly aged barrel-aged beers. The event runs from 7:00 until 10:00. Details below. Keep an eye on their company’s Facebook page.

Are you a fan of the fancier things in life, especially fine beer? Then join our OPEN THAT BOTTLE NIGHT on Wednesday, Feb 6th, from 7-10pm. Our cooler is over-LOADED with great bottles of beer, including a lot of BARREL-AGED baddies that have been aging nicely, and we want to share and have your help in drinking it!

Anyone in attendance and sitting in our reserved tasting area near the bottle cooler, can take 10% OFF and NO CORKAGE for drinking it here with friends, sharing, and learning more about the beer from other beer geeks in attendance. Low lights + candles will make your Untappd check in photo even better!

We will be opening some very fancy bottles to pour tasters for a small fee – try some awesome new things without investing in a full bottle! Watch for full list of special bottles, in the comments here, and yes you can come in early and pre-purchase bottles at discount for this tasting event, and we’ll hold them safely in the cooler for you.

Red, white, and sparkling WINE bottles included, as well as ciders, we have some awesome French ciders in the cooler too.

Bella M’Briana Food Truck here for dinner, their pasta and meatball sandwiches should pair nicely with some barrel-aged bottle pours!

We will be opening some very fancy bottles to pour tasters for a small fee – try some awesome new things without investing in a full bottle! Watch for full list of special bottles, in the comments here, and yes you can come in early and pre-purchase bottles at discount for this tasting event, and we’ll hold them safely in the cooler for you.

Red, white, and sparkling WINE bottles included, as well as ciders, we have some awesome French ciders in the cooler too.

Bella M’Briana Food Truck here for dinner, their pasta and meatball sandwiches should pair nicely with some barrel-aged bottle pours!

 

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Acquires Sufferfest Beer Company

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 8:31am
One of the most recognized brewers in craft brewing has made its first acquisition. Sierra Nevada Brewing has acquired the 2-1/2 year old Sufferfest Beer Company based out of San Francisco, California. Sufferfest is a gluten reduced beer company that has contract brewed its beers during its short independent venture. Sufferfest Beer Co. was started […]
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Review of the Beers of the World Custom Beer Fridge by NewAir

Brewpublic - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 3:00am
If you are like us, you may have one too many beers to keep in your standard refrigerator. Therefore, the desire to have a fridge to chill your beers becomes more of a need than just a want. We were recently offered to try out the new Beers of the World Custom Beer Fridge from […]
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RateBeer Is Fully Acquired by ZX Ventures, a division of AB InBev

Brewpublic - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 9:44pm
Yesterday Joe Tucker, founder of RateBeer, announced that his beer rating website has been fully acquired by ZX Ventures, a division of Anheuser-Busch InBev. The relationship that RateBeer has had with ZX Ventures began over two years ago when it was working together without any public disclosure since late 2016. The business deal that RateBeer […]
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Baerlic Brewing Trifecta Can Release – Bling Blang Hazy IPA, Fruit Fight Mango & Passion Fruit Sour and Pancake House Cocoa Maple Coffee Imperial Stout

Brewpublic - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 9:21pm
It’s going to be a big Tuesday at Baerlic Brewing as the Portland based brewer will drop three new can releases on February 5th. Look for cans of Bling Blang Hazy IPA, Fruit Fight Mango & Passion Fruit Sour and Pancake House Cocoa Maple Coffee Imperial Stout beginning at 4:00pm at its Southeast Portland tap […]
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Opening a new brewery in Shelton, Cody Morris’ next plan

Washington Beer News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 4:04pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Cody Morris took the local beer world by storm nearly a decade ago when he opened Epic Ales in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood and started serving his wildly creative beers. Seriously, his beers challenged people to rethink the nature of beer, sometimes including ingredients like beets, mushrooms, szechuan peppercorns, and I don’t remember what else. [Pictured above Cody Morris (right) with Carey Dixon, brewmaster at Magnuson Cafe and Brewery.]

Creative beers, yes, but mostly they were just tasty. His beers paired exceptionally well with food, like the food created by chef Travis Kukull at the Epic Ales Gastropod on First Avenue South.

Fast-forward to 2015 and Cody moved up to a bigger brewing system, shutting down Epic Ales and the Gastropod when Dexter Brewhouse and Mollusk Brewing became a reality. Many local foodies and beer geeks shed a tear over the closing of the cozy confines of Gastropod. As we recently reported, Dexter Brewhouse and Mollusk Brewing shut the doors for good on February 1st. The company will continue to brew at its other location, Magnuson Cafe and Brewery.

So how did this impact Cody Morris and what’s does he have planned next?

“I had the choice to stay on board but the direction the new ownership wants to take the brewing program isn’t what I want to spend my time doing,” explains Cody, expressing no ill-will at the parting. “Also the cost of living in Seattle made it increasingly difficult to live a full life on a brewer’s salary.”

As Cody pondered his future, the town of Shelton, Washington suffered as one of the very few dark spots on the map of Washington breweries. A town of that size in the Puget Sound area that does not have a brewery or brewpub is a rarity to say the least. Grove Street Brewing gave it a shot a few years back, opening its doors in Shelton back in 2009, but for whatever reason that brewery failed to gain momentum and closed several years ago, leaving Shelton without a brewery to call its own.

(I should mention Keyhole Valley Brewing, located near Shelton. That brewery, located on a farm, does not have a taproom, though it will be open on March 2nd for Washington Beer Open House.)

“I have a long connection to the peninsula –Mason county specifically–and wanted a fresh start in an under-served community,” says Cody. “I am in the process of buying an old funeral home in downtown Shelton and am getting all the financing set up. My hope is to open the doors in September.”

Shelton Brewing Company will create a collection of core beers, available on draft for the immediate area: beers like IPAs, wheat beers, red ales, and lagers. Those beer will pour at the brewery’s tasting room alongside seasonal one-off beers. They’ll also produce sours beers and farmhouse-style beers, along with barrel-aged and mixed-fermentation beers. The taproom will have a crowler machine as well as a selection of bottled beers, which they’ll wholesale to local shops, including shops in the Seattle area.

The plan is to forego a kitchen, but the tasting room will offer a selection of locally produced packaged foods, which customers can enjoy on site or to go. Also, food trucks are part of the plan and guests will be allowed to bring in food from home or other local businesses.

Shelton Brewing Company will also offer a bottle club, like a wine club. Recent changes to Washington’s liquor laws now allow breweries to ship beer directly to customers.

Cody adds, “I plan to do a ton of collaborations with brewers from all over. Collabs have always been my favorite development in the brewing scene and I want to embrace it. Though Shelton is far away [from other breweries], our building includes a four-bedroom apartment, so we’ll have plenty of room for a brew team to spend the night.”

We will keep you posted as the Shelton Brewing Company plan comes to fruition.

 

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Dexter Brewhouse closes and other changes at Mollusk Brewing

Washington Beer News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:20am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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As of February 1st, Dexter Brewhouse in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood is closed. In a statement on Facebook, the company says it was a voluntary decision. Dexter Brewhouse was the home of Mollusk Brewing – the pub was located immediately next to the brewery. The closure does not impact the company’s other location, Magnuson Cafe and Brewery.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed serving you, your family and friends over the last three years,” the statement said. “We are forever thankful for the continuous support the South Lake Union community has shown us and we hope to see you all one last time.”

Over in the Sand Point neighborhood, near Magnuson Park, it’s business as usual at the Magnuson Cafe and Brewery. Well, not quite. Cody Morris, the brewmaster at Mollusk, is moving on to pursue a new project. Magnuson Cafe and Brewery has been serving Mollusk’s beers, but will soon start serving its own beers.

Cody Morris explains the situation: “Dexter closed its doors on Friday the 1st. Magnuson’s brewhouse went live a few weeks ago. Carey Dixon will be the brewmaster for Magnuson and I’m moving out of town to start a new brewery in Shelton, Washington.”

We’ll talk to Cody about his plans in a separate post.

According to Cody Morris, “From what I understand of Mollusk, we have a decent inventory of bottles that will continue to be sold via our distributor, and we will continue to bottle Cerveza Chukis for Taco Chukis. As I said, Carey Dixon is staying on so the quality of the beer will continue to be executed at the highest level.”

According to state records, the brewery in South Lake Union is licensed as Mollusk, while the brewery at Magnuson Park is licensed as Magnuson Brewery. In other words, the closing of one does not impact the other.

Photo from Facebook.

Magnuson Cafe and Brewery is located near the shores of Lake Washington at Magnuson Park, in a historic building from the Naval Air Station. The large deck out front is dog-friendly, which is a bonus for those visiting after a trip to the nearby off-leash area. The cafe serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner along with their own beers.

 

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Strange Brewfest an other zany success this year

Washington Beer News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 9:52am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Strange Brewfest, the annual beer festival in Port Townsend that challenges the creative boundaries of beer, took place this year on January 25th and 26th. It was the 15th annual event. As usual, it was more than a beer festival; it was a party. Something about all those crazy beers makes people get a little bit crazy. The theme this year focused around super heroes. Costumes encouraged. Below I share some photos provided by the event organizers. Sorry I missed it this year.

The event is always a rip-roaring good time, with lots of zaniness, but in the end it’s about the beer. This year’s people’s choice first place winner was Rainy Daze Brewing of Poulsbo, the top token-getting brewery. The brewery’s beer lineup included Coconut Cream Pie lager, She’s Bazaar Belgian-style golden strong ale, and Only the Tip Double IPA.

Kenny and Mike from Rainy Daze Brewing celebrate the win.

Over at the Jelly Fish Brewing booth, festivalgoers were challenged to take a Shotski. I’ll let the picture explain the process. Each time a group downed a shot, the crowd yelled “Shotski!” The more perceptive among you might recognize Dick Cantwell in the photo(s) below — formerly a co-owner at Elysian Brewing and now an owner and brew guru at Magnolia Brewing, an independent brewery and pub in San Francisco.

Strange Brewfest takes place (usually) the last weekend of January in Port Townsend. Be warned, lodging sells out early, usually a month in advance or more. Make your plans early. Keep an eye on the website for details.

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Portland Passport on Tap – A New Way to Visit Portland Breweries

Brewpublic - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 6:00am
Pub crawling through some of Portland’s breweries just got a bit more affordable with a new app that has recently hit both Apple App Store and Google Play. Passport on Tap is the new app that encourages you to venture out to visit many of the Portland area’s breweries and cideries for discounted pints or […]
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Zoiglhaus Brewing 2019 Beer Release Calendar

Brewpublic - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 1:00am
Out in the Lents neighborhood, Zoiglhaus Brewing has announced its 2019 Beer Release Calendar. This new beer release calendar encompasses its lineup of 500mL bottles, 12-ounce cans, core lineup, and rotating beers. In addition to these established series of beers, Zoiglhaus will release its new Sour Series and Heritage Series of beers. Here’s a rundown […]
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2019 Bend Brewfest Returns From August 15-17, 2019

Brewpublic - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 8:53pm
Bend, Oregon – 30 January 2019 – The Les Schwab Amphitheater is getting ready to host the much-anticipated annual Bend Brewfest, slated for August 15-17, 2019. The popular outdoor venue in Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District will be filled with a resounding number of “cheers!” as 70+ breweries share their unique creations with upwards of […]
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Beer O’Clock to Host Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Cerebral Brewing, and Weldwerks Brewing Tap Takeover

Brewpublic - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 9:46am
In time for President’s Day Weekend, Beer O’Clock will be hosting a special Colorado Brewery Tap Takeover at its location in downtown Portland. Three highly coveted breweries from Colorado will be making a very rare appearance here in Portland as Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Cerebral Brewing, and Weldwerks Brewing will be sending some beer to […]
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Celebrating the beers that made beer great – Flagship February

Washington Beer News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:07am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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I’m as guilty of it as anyone. When I walk into a place like The Beer Junction, Beer Star, Chuck’s Hop Shop, or any other place with a long and rotating draft list, my attention gravitates towards new beers, or at least new-to-me beers. In that way, I am very much the model of a modern craft beer enthusiast.

I’ve heard it referred to as Beer Attention Deficit Disorder (BADD), a concept recently penned by  Stephen Beaumont, a nationally recognized beer writer, but also used by other people such as me. Like a baby getting distracted by a jingly, shiny set of keys, many of today’s beer drinker are drawn compulsively towards anything new. We have replaced relaxing at the local pub with the thrill of the chase and the never ending quest to earn new badges and raise our scores on Untappd.

That’s cool, but there’s something to be said for the familiar. Sometimes beer is not part of an adventure. Sometimes it is like hanging out with your oldest friend. The one you’ve know for a long time. The one you trust the most. The one you do not judge. You just hang out and enjoy each other’s company.

With that, I would like  to introduce the concept of Flagship February. The whole thing was conceived by the aforementioned Stephen Beaumont. #FlagshipFebruary is a way to celebrate and appreciate the beers that made beer great again. It’s a hashtag that everyone can use to show their appreciation for, and their consumption of, beloved beers. Not the newest or shiniest beer, but the beers that made beer great.

So far, I know of two local, Washington pubs that plan to celebrate Flagship February. Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle and The Red Hot in Tacoma. I don’t doubt there are others.

Starting today, Beveridge Place Pub will begin rotating flagship beers into the draft list. They’ll start with perhaps the most-flagship of all flagship beers, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. As tap space becomes available, expect other beers like Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Hale’s American Pale Ale, Pike Kilt Lifter, and Maritime Pacific Flagship Red Ale to find their way into the mix, along with many others.

The Red Hot will have a series of events celebrating  flagship beers from across the region. The Flagships of Bend, The Flagships of the Gorge, The Flagships of Fre-Lard, and so on. Follow along on Facebook to see what they’re up to.

If there are other bars celebrating #FlagshipFebruary, use the comments below to share what you know.

 

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