Chuckanut Brewery just introduced a new beer and a new word, for me anyway. Grodziskie is a Polish lager, a style of beer I’ve never even heard of.
Here is the announcement from Chuckanut Brewery.
Chuckanut Releases Polish “Grodziskie” Lager
Little known historic Polish Lager “Grodziskie” is a beer Chuckanut brewers fell in love with and decided to brew several years ago. It was a huge hit and has taken until now to have room in the tanks to make another batch. This very light, super effervescent low alcohol lager is sometimes called the champagne of Polish beer.
The interesting part of this lager is the lightly smoky flavor due to oak smoked malt in the recipe. The gentle and flavorful smoke accents adds a depth to the light beer that makes a lasting impression. A moderate bitterness is evident and lingers throughout the dry finish to make this a very interesting brew.
Chuckanut Grodziskie is a great anytime beer with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even at snack time! The ABV opens up the possibility of enjoying Grodziskie all day! Make sure to try this unusual lager when you see it on tap around the Northwest.
It won’t last long and it may be a while before you see it again! Currently the Keller version is on tap at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham but the filtered, finished version will follow. Also available at South Nut in Skagit Valley and very limited accounts in the Seattle and Portland areas.
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Fair Isle Brewing of Seattle recently announced the release of a new beer. Waltrude is available at their taproom in Ballard and can also be ordered online. Here is the release announcement from the brewery.
a saison brewed with spelt and Sterling hops
750mL | 375mL | Draft
PACKAGED: SEPTEMBER 2020
Waltrude is a straw colored saison brewed with malted spelt grown in Eastern Washington and dry-hopped with Sterling hops from Crosby Farms in Oregon. Notes of lime zest and dandelion are followed by subtle acidity and a clean but vanishing finish.
Waltrude is the moment you step out of the tall evergreens and enter a meadow on a spring hike in the Pacific Northwest. Or for urban dwellers, entering your neighborhood nursery on that first warm weekend in Seattle.
Available today in our tasting room and online for pickup and shipping throughout Washington.
A nod to La Brasserie de Blaugies, Waltrude is the patron saint of Mons, Belgium. Every year, brewer and owner Pierre-Alex participates in thedescent of the shrine during the festival Doudou in Mons. In 2017 on our inaugural visit to Belgium, we met up with Pierre-Alex and his family at Blaugies after the festival Doudou, talked about saisons and finished the evening with a memorable meal cooked at their restaurant Le Fourquet.
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File this one under, “Someday the world will be normal again and we will travel freely.”
I don’t too often get to do it, but I recently enjoyed a couple of beers from Alesong Brewing & Blending. Simply put, both beers were amazing. You are probably not surprised if you are familiar with this brewery, located in the rolling hills about 30 minutes south of Eugene, Oregon.
Alesong Brewing & Blending announced today that they are opening a second location, this one in downtown Eugene. The new tasting room will be located in the 5th Street Market commercial district. Here’s a press release with more details.— Alesong Brewing & Blending to Open Second Location in Eugene —
Bringing wine country ambiance and barrel-aged beer to 5th Street Market
After nearly five years of cultivating a brewery dedicated to artisan, barrel-aged beers, Alesong Brewing and Blending is opening a second location in Eugene. They’ve chosen to move into the 5th Street Market commercial district, taking their spot next to the high-end restaurants and hip wine bars already sprinkled throughout the area.
Alesong co-founder and brewmaster Matt Van Wyk says the second location in Eugene will elevate experiences for their Blender’s Circle bottle club as well as offer an in-town getaway like the relaxing wine country ambiance created at the original brewery and tasting room. “Out in the country, with the beautiful view and great company, beer tastes better, jokes are funnier and good days are made great,” chuckles Van Wyk. “We plan on bringing that atmosphere to 5th Street and sharing what we’ve created — just a little closer to home.” The new location will open from 12-8, daily starting November 20th and offer a wide array of barrel-aged beers and small bites like cheese and charcuterie.
With the new tasting room’s outdoor roof deck patio open, Alesong plans to keep the country brewery and tasting room open for private guided tasting experiences as well as on weekends for Blender’s Circle club members’ exclusive use. “With an in-town location, we’ll have somewhere for people to come and get introduced to what we’ve created at Alesong, while also giving us the unique opportunity to provide an intimate and more exclusive experience for our members and anyone who wants a closer look,” says co-founder Doug Coombs. Private tastings will be appointment-only and include limited vintage bottle pours, expertly paired small plates, and an in-depth overview of Alesong’s unique production process. www.alesongbrewing.com/visit
What this move really means for Alesong is another step forward, further elevating the beer experience for their community: More intimate interactions, thoughtful pairing dinners, collaborations with local artisans, and sharing the complex and unique beer they win awards for year after year.
ABOUT ALESONG BREWING AND BLENDING: Alesong Brewing and Blending is a small artisan brewery based in the heart of Southern Willamette Valley wine country that crafts unique and small-batch beers with a focus on oak aging and Belgian-inspired techniques, brewing both wild and non-wild beers, using locally grown fruits, herbs and a host of special yeasts and other microbes. Once the beer in the barrels has matured, the team samples and selects each barrel individually to blend. Paying homage to old-world Lambic blenders and artisan winemakers, Alesong believes that the final, balanced blend of a barrel-aged beer is much more satisfying than the sum of its parts or each individual barrel by itself. For more information, visit alesongbrewing.com.
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Full Sail Brewing Strong Current Double IPA Series – Wreck The Halls, Haze of the Gods, and Lazy Summer Haze
The folks at Good Brewing Company recently announced a new beer-related venture. This one involves dogs as well as beer.
The company is opening Good Ales & Tails, an indoor dog park and beer garden in Woodinville. The plan is to open in early 2021. The location is just off 238th Street SE, next to the Good Brewing Co. Brewpub, in Woodinville’s north warehouse district.
In addition to the indoor space for your dog to roam, the taproom will offer 16 rotating taps pouring beers from all over the world along with a selection of bottles and cans for on-premise consumption. They’ll offer a limited food menu, but guests can order food from Good Brewing Company’s brewpub, which is right next door.
Good Ales & Tails recently announced a crowdfunding program. Here is that announcement:
Coming soon in Woodinville, an indoor off-leash dog park and taproom! The Ales and Tails “Founding Dogs” is the most exclusive social club for our furry friends! If you’re reading this right now, you’re one of the lucky few that gets first dibs on a very limited spot in the club.
The “Founding Dogs” membership works like this: for $1500, you get lifetime membership with unlimited dog park play, a custom tap handle with your dog’s name and silhouette on display on our tap system, discounts on swag, a doggy bandana and much more! The “Founding Dogs” members will have access to exclusive info on events, especially the grand opening, special beer tappings and other goings-on before the general public. These members will also have a say for special releases brewed exclusively for Ales and Tails by Good Brewing Co.
Construction at Ales and Tails is already underway, the play equipment is built, and we are on track to open before January 2021. This crowdfunding campaign is designed to:
1) Give our customers and fans a chance to become a part of the Ales and Tails family through the first grab at limited membership.
2) Raise a little extra cash to help make the taproom the best. We have plans for all sorts of great games, artwork and other elements that will help push the Ales and Tails experience over the top, and this campaign will help make those ideas a reality!
3) Ales and Tails is not just going to be in one location. We have already started looking at other locations for our customers. Have some say with purchasing a membership and provide your input!
Annual Membership – $500 per year, per dog(Second dog from same household 50% off)
Monthly Membership – $60 per month, per dog (Second dog from same household 50% off)
Day Play – $12 per day, per dog (Second dog from same household 50% off)
Email email@example.com to lock your spot in today!!
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Last year, the Washington Brewers Guild presented the first-ever Washington Brewers Conference, which was a big success, but a second-annual event was not in the cards this year, for obvious reasons. The WBG Base Camp is presented in lieu of the in-person conference. Note that you register for each session individually.
Base Camp sessions are free to all WBG members—brewery owners and employees. You can Register here for each session individually. (Check out the virtual swag bag, featuring special offers for Base Camp registered attendees.)
Among the many informative, educational opportunities at this year’s virtual conference, I will be presenting a session about effectively use social media and other free opportunities to promote your brewery during these difficult times. Other topics include stuff like navigating a covid-impacted supply chain, managing brewing and operational data, adjusting your marketing strategy for today’s world, and more.
Here is the Schedule of the WBG Base Camp, virtual conference:Monday, November 9th
11am: State of the Craft Beer Industry
Keynote Presentation by Bart Watson, Chief Economist at Brewers Association. BA Chief Economist, Bart Watson, will cover the current state of the craft brewing industry, focusing on the dramatic changes in consumer behavior, selling channels (on, off, and at-the-brewery), and economic conditions. REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
3:30pm: Pandemic-Forced Business Model Shifts That are Here to Stay
Forced to quickly react to on-premise closures and changes in consumer behaviors, these brewery and winery owners have found new ways of getting their product out in the market and engaging their customers. Gain insight on what changes have proved successful and will have staying power well beyond the pandemic. Speakers: Robyn Schumacher, Co-Owner at Stoup Brewing; Tim Hightower, Co-Owner at Hightower Cellars. REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE.Tuesday, November 10th
11am: Engaging with your Audience in a Covid-19 Impacted World
A brewery’s virtual toolkit is more important than ever now. It’s time to polish and sharpen those tools. The Washington Beer Blog’s Kendall and Kim Jones will show you how to make the most of your website, social media, email list, and the other tools in your toolkit to effectively reach your consumer to build your brand, attract customers, and sell beer in a pandemic-altered marketplace. Speaker: Kendall and Kim Jones, Washington Beer Blog; other guests from the industry. REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
3:30pm: A Small Brewer’s Guide to Data
What is data and how do we use it in a brewery? This talk provides a framework for rethinking how you manage brewing and operational data. We’ll cover principles for determining what to record, how to structure it, how to use it. We’ll also take a look at how you can optimize your POS and tap its full potential to help manage and grow, especially now. We’ll use examples from popular POS to look at pulling useful data, controls to help protect both employees and the business as well as manage taxes more easily. If you are on the fence about switching systems, this session will also help you better understand what to look for and the differences between systems. Speakers: Evan Watts, Owner at Watts Brewing; Stephanie Artino, CPA, Owner at Artino Business Advisors. REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE.Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
11am: Two-Part Legal Panel with Stoel Rives LLP
Panel 1: Craft Brewery Direct to Consumer Sales – Navigating the Regulatory Requirements. Speaker: Stephanie Meier, Stoel Rives LLP.
Panel 2: Workplace Safety in the Age of a Pandemic. Speaker: Karin Jones, Stoel Rives LLP.
3:30pm: Lost in Translation – A Look At Internal Communications
There are so many ways to communicate, but which is the best for your brewery? An examination of how different breweries communicate with their staff, what’s working, and what’s not. Speaker: Haley Keller, Co-Owner, Finance & Retail Ops at Peddler Brewing. REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE.Thursday, November 12th
11am: Brewery Supply Chain and COVID-19
A comprehensive look at the brewery supply chain and how it has been impacted by Covid-19 and related Covid-19 regulatory changes. BSG’s Sabrina Merriman will provide updates on various supply channels and discuss how brewers and suppliers can help each other ensure the smooth continuation of operations and keep costs as low as possible. Speaker: Sabrina Merriman, Director of Logistics at BSG Craft Brewing. REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
3:30pm: Pivoting Your Marketing Strategy with Intention
In a year filled with “well, we never thought that would happen…” the need for marketing and sales decisions with intention could not be more critical. With the pandemic transforming consumer habits and the realization that the White Claw Effect is far from a passing trend, many are left wondering what to do. To cut through the noise, an organized marketing plan is more essential than ever. Through our panel presentation, we will discuss steps that WA brewers can take to adapt their brands to be more resilient, excite dedicated fans, restructure portfolios, and strengthen wholesale relationships in the process. Speakers: Oceania Eagan, Founder & Creative Director, Blindtiger Design; Dane Williams, Sales & Marketing, Iron Horse Brewery. REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE.Friday, November 13th
11am: Creating Ambassadors through Education
Guest experience influences perception of your brand and a quality customer interaction can help convert a passerby to a loyal ambassador. Education resonates through elements ranging from staff training, marketing collateral, and events and can be a differentiating factor in a crowded market. Join us as we discuss the impact of employee and customer education from real-world examples such as training and building education as a pillar stone of brand culture. Speakers: Erik Fowler – Education Manager, White Labs; Grace Robbings – Co-founder, Reuben’s Brews. REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
5pm: Virtual Happy Hour After Party
Join us for a fun and casual BYOB Zoom event with brewer friends from across the state! REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
Visit the official website for more details and to register for each session.
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