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IPA Daze – 32 IPAs from 18 Washington breweries

Washington Beer News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 8:48am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Later this month, Redhook Brewlab in Seattle hosts IPA Daze, a two-day event featuring beers from 18 Washington breweries. As the name suggests, IPA Daze is all about IPA. In all, expect 32 IPAs on tap, 15 of which head brewer Nick Crandall and his team at Brewlab created themselves. The list of other participating breweries is included in the info below.

IPA Daze takes place at Redhook Brewlab on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21.

32 IPAs from 18 Washington breweries, and yes, those baby goats are back April 20-21

SEATTLE – April 2, 2019 – Redhook Brewlab is bringing back IPA Daze, its India Pale Ale party, for a two-day extravaganza to celebrate craft beer’s number one style. The two-day event will feature more breweries than 2018’s event. This year, the event will boast 32 IPAs from 18 of Washington state’s top breweries, including host Redhook. As with 2018’s inaugural event, hopheads can expect a variety of takes on the IPA, from traditional and imperial IPAs to fruit IPAs and hazies. A portion of the proceeds will once again benefit the Surfrider Foundation.

“We had so much fun doing this event last year, celebrating creativity among the Washington brewing community and raising money for charity, we thought ‘why not do it again but bigger?’” said Redhook Brewlab Brewmaster Nick Crandall. “Last year was one of the biggest weekends of the year for us,” he added.

IPA Daze will run Saturday and Sunday, April 20 – 21, from noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Guests will find 15 different takes on the style from Crandall and his team at Brewlab. Among the IPAs Crandall will brew for the event: Force Output, a triple IPA, Mana Vault, a hazy IPA, When Life Gives You Limes #2, a lime IPA, Hempocrat, a hemp seed IPA, and a can’t-miss milkshake IPA – Shake that Tangerine – on nitro. Of course, Redhook favorites Peaches for Me IPA and Atomic Robot will also be pouring.

“We didn’t just want to have 15 more-traditional IPAs from Brewlab for the weekend-long event,” said Crandall. “We wanted to push ourselves as the host to come up with a wide variety of IPAs, and to do a Brett IPA and a milkshake IPA on nitro – we’re thrilled with the results.”

But, WAIT, there’s more: Over the two-day IPA Daze party, fest-goers will also have access to some of Washington’s best breweries, as guest IPAs will be made by: Elysian, Georgetown, Stoup, Aslan, Matchless, Holy Mountain, Wander, Hellbent, Silver City, Standard, Brew Hall, Skookum, Rooftop, 20 Corners, Two Beers Brewing, Black Raven, Chainline, and 7 Seas – truly a one-of-a-kind event.

So where do the baby goats come in? Redhook wants to give guests a special treat, so Brewlab will have small petting zoo outside Brewlab from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on each day of the festival. And KEXP DJs will be on hand all weekend to keep the music fresh. An assortment of snacks and pizzas will also be available.

Did we mention that this destination event is free? Yes, entry to the event is free; however, tokens will be required for beer purchases. Token breakdown:

1 Token – $2.00

4 Tokens – $8.00

11 Tokens – $20.00

24 Tokens – $40.00

What does that get you?

1 Token – 4 oz. sample

2 Tokens – One 16-ounce can of El Sonido or Big Ballard IIPA

3 Tokens – One 16-ounce or 10-ounce pint of event IPA

6 Tokens – Taster Tray of 6, 4 ounce tasters

With Earth Day just around the corner, Redhook will donate a portion of its proceeds from the two-day fest to their friends at the Surfrider Foundation, and you can join a beach cleanup with the organization on Friday, April 19 from 2-4 p.m., with an after party happy hour at Brewlab following the cleanup. More information about that effort can be found on their Facebook page.

 

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Reuben’s Brews releasing a beer for Chuck’s birthday

Washington Beer News - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 10:17am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Chuck Shin was one of the first entrepreneurs around Seattle to introduce the idea of the beer-focused convenience store. Basically, converting an old corner market into a beer mecca at the corner of NW 85th Street and 8th Ave NW. That was nine years ago. To commemorate the milestone, Reuben’s Brews is producing a beer for Chuck’s Hop Shop (aka, Chuck’s 85th). It will be released this Saturday.

Here’s the announcement from Reuben’s Brews:

This Saturday at Chuck’s Hop Shop Greenwood, and Sunday at The Reuben’s Brews Taproom and Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District, is the release of CHUCK’S FIRST CRUSH, a 8.0% hazy IPA brewed to celebrate Chuck’s Hop Shop Greenwood’s ninth anniversary! This beer features gobsmacking amounts of Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic, all hops that both Chuck and we have huge crushes on.

We also have some pretty awesome swag to celebrate the release of this beer and our friends’ anniversary. Glasses and stickers will be available at the Taproom, and Chuck’s will have a limited amount of T-shirts for sale as well.

Stay tuned for what CHUCK’S SECOND CRUSH might be! This will be released not too far in to the future.

We’re honored to brew with the fine folks from Chuck’s, who’re stalwarts of the Seattle beer community. Happy Anniversary!

 

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Craft breweries see modest, continued growth in 2018

Washington Beer News - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 9:35am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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In 2018 America’s small and independent breweries (craft breweries) realized 4 percent total growth, increasing craft’s overall market share to 13.2 percent by volume. Collectively, the country’s craft breweries produced 25.9 million barrels of beer last year. This information comes from the Brewers Association, which just released its annual industry growth report.

The retail dollar value was estimated at $27.6 billion, representing 24.1 percent market share and 7 percent growth over 2017. Craft brewers provided more than 150,000 jobs, an increase of 11 percent over 2017. This growth comes at a time when the overall beer market experienced a  1 percent drop in volume. That is, overall the beer market was down, but craft beer was up.

“Craft maintained a fairly stable growth rate in 2018 and continued to gain share in the beer market,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “Small and independent brewers continue to serve as job creators, strong economic contributors, and community beacons.”

There were 7,346 craft breweries operating in 2018. The Brewers Association classifies craft breweries in three categories: 4,521 microbreweries, 2,594 brewpubs, and 231 regional craft breweries. Last year, 1,049 new breweries opened and 219 closed—a closing rate of 3 percent.

“The beer landscape is facing new realities with category competition, societal shifts, and other variables in play. There are still pockets of opportunity both in terms of geography and business model, but brewers need to be vigilant about quality, differentiation, and customer service,” added Watson.

Read more about this report and the Brewers Association.

 

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Rogue Ales and Brew Dr. Kombucha Collaborate on Kulture Clash Clear Mind

Brewpublic - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 5:53am
Revisiting last year’s collaboration, Rogue Ales has teamed up once again with Brew Dr. Kombucha on the new Kulture Clash Clear Mind. This new kombucha beer hybrid that offers a nice fizzy alcoholic beverage is now available nationwide for a limited time. “We loved last year’s Kulture Clash so much we knew we had to […]
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Ballard-Brewed Spring Beer Festival – Saturday, April 13th

Washington Beer News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 9:19am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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In the wake of the Ballard Brewed Winter Beer Festival, the breweries of the Ballard Brewery District present the first-ever Ballard Brewed Spring Beer Festival on Saturday, April 13th. The event features beers from 11 breweries, all located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Appropriately, the event takes place at one of the breweries: The Palladium at Hale’s Ales Brewery.

Because the Ballard Brewed Winter Beer Festival sold out, the participating breweries decided to add a second session for the Spring Beer Festival. The afternoon session runs from 2:00 –  4:00 and the evening session from 5:00 – 7:00. Musical entertainment during the first session will be provided by Honey Mustard. For the second session, The Tall Boys. Food will be available for purchase at both sessions from Chavoya’s Hot Dogs and Big Mario’s Pizza.

Each of the 11 breweries will bring two beers to the festival. One of the two beers will be a new beer released for the first time that day. Participating breweries: Bad Jimmy’s, Hales Ales Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Lucky Envelope Brewing, Maritime Pacific Brewing Company, NW Peaks Brewery, Obec Brewing, Peddler Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, and Stoup Brewing.

The event is a fundraiser for Bellwether Housing, Seattle’s largest private, nonprofit affordable housing provider. “We are so thankful to the Ballard Brewery District,” says Amy Besunder, Director of Fund Development and Communications, Bellwether Housing. “To date, they have raised $18,000 through events to support affordable housing in the Seattle area. We are happy to have their partnership in this critical effort.”

When:
Saturday April 13, 2019
Session One –  2 – 4:00 PM
Session Two – 5 – 7:00 PM

Location:
Hale’s Ales Palladium
4301 Leary Way NW

ADMISSION
Advance tickets now available at Eventbrite.
$30 advance or $40 in advance with a commemorative t-shirt
$35 at the door
Admission includes a tasting glass and eleven 4 ounce pours

About Bellwether Housing:

Bellwether Housing builds and manages affordable housing that makes opportunity accessible to people of diverse backgrounds. We envision communities where people of all incomes and backgrounds share in the opportunity and prosperity of our region. Bellwether has developed, owned and operated housing for low-income individuals, families, seniors and households transitioning out of homelessness since 1980 –in total, 2,100 units in 32 buildings throughout Seattle serving 3200 people.

About the Ballard Brewery District:

The Ballard Brewery District in Seattle is home to eleven craft brewing establishments all within walking distance to one another. Each brewery has a unique and eclectic vibe. From IPA’s to saisons, cask brews to pale ales, blondes to browns, the District has a beer bounty sure to appeal to every beer lover.

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#ballardbrewed

#drinkballard

 

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North 45 Presents 11th Annual Brew Hog Blowout

Brewpublic - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 3:00am
With the 2018-2019 season of Brew Hog now behind them, North 45 will host its 11th Annual Brew Hog Blowout on its back covered patio on Thursday, April 4th. From 5:00-10:00pm, 20 of the breweries that were featured this past winter will return to North 45. This past fall and winter, from October through March, […]
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Hopworks BikeBar to Rebrand as Hopworks North Williams Pub & Beergarden

Brewpublic - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 2:30am
After eight years of being known as Hopworks BikeBar, the Hopworks Urban Brewery location on North Williams will be rebranded as Hopworks North Williams Pub & Beergarden. This updated location for HUB will host a public unveiling on Tuesday, April 2nd from 11:00am-11:00pm. In addition to the new updated HUB location, the brewer will also […]
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McMenamins Releases 33rd State IPA in 16oz Cans

Brewpublic - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 2:00am
One year ago, McMenamins released a new spring seasonal, 33rd State IPA on draft throughout its empire in Oregon and Washington. This Northwest IPA originated at the Concordia Brewery located inside the Kennedy School in Northeast Portland. Now one year later, 33rd State IPA was brewed and canned at the Edgefield Brewery and is now […]
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Watershed Pub and Kitchen celebrates five years this weekend

Washington Beer News - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 9:08am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Congratulations to Watershed Pub and Kitchen in Seattle. This weekend they celebrate their 5th anniversary.

They seem a bit hesitant to pat themselves on the back, so I’ll do it for them. Watershed Pub and Kitchen opened in a growing Seattle neighborhood (Northgate, near the mall) in need of a community hub. That’s what Watershed is. Not only do they serve great beer and great food, but they serve the community. No shortage of special events to support worthy causes. Quickly embraced and beloved by their neighbors, they deserve all the accolades anyone bestows upon them.

Facebook event page.

“While the nature of these celebrations is always a little self-congratulatory we really wanna make sure you know how much we appreciate the support of our city. So we’re gonna have a FREE show with some of Seattle’s absolute BEST musicians Andy Coe, Joe Doria and Scott Goodwin Saturday at 8pm! We also teamed up with Cloudburst Brewing to bring you WHAT A SHED-SHOW IPA and Chainline Brewing Company to make (LIFE OF THE) PARTY PILSNER just for you!”

“These beers, along with some special treats we’ve been saving, will be on tap when we open at 11am on Friday morning (March 29) and there’ll also be zany specials, funfetti cake, lots of hugs, laughs, dancing, cavorting, and a pub-wide toast Saturday night (March 30) at 7:30pm before the music starts (8:00am). Come and celebrate with us!”

Happy birthday, Watershed. Cheers to many more!

 

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Chainline Brewing and Urban Family Brewing team up on an uncommon beer

Washington Beer News - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 8:41am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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I just learned about an uncommon collaborative beer from Chainline Brewing and Urban Family Brewing. They release it today. This one is not your run-of-the-mill beer. Uncommon, but not unheard of: we reported on a similar beer brewed earlier this year by Lowercase Brewing.

“We just finished racking this super cool collaboration beer we did with Urban Family,” says Eric Wallace of Chainline Brewing. “Not a lot of Steinbeers being made – even fewer as a proper lager.”

Say what? Who makes Steinbeer (Steinbier)? It’s an old-world beer style brewed using very hot rocks. That is, instead of using a regular heat source like natural gas or electricity, you super-heat some stones and throw them in the mash, and later into the wort. That’s how you heat the mash and how you boil the wort. With hot rocks. It’s explained in a bit more detail in the release notes below and in the story about Lowercase Brewing linked above.

New Beer release – Steinbeer

Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards and it’s always better to go forward with your friends. Chainline Brewery and Urban Family Brewing take you back in time to experience a forgotten style of beer. Steinbeer is the coolest beer that you’ve never heard about. It was cool before Mathew McConaughey was cool. It was cool before lagers were cool. It was cool before collaborations were cool. This beer is so cool, we cold-fermented and cold-conditioned, but didn’t cold-filter. We took ancient volcanic stones, heated to like a million degrees and quenched in freshly lautered wort creating a steam infusion of molten caramelization (thank you Professor Maillard). Why? Because fire is fun, beer is fun, and the combination tastes great. ABV: 8%

Steinbeer will be available at limited locations around greater Puget Sound as well as Chainline’s Kirkland taproom and Urban Family’s Magnolia taproom beginning Friday the 29th of March.

And for a bit of historical explanation of Steinbeer:

Steinbier was originally produced in wooden brewing vessels. Stones heated over fire were dropped into the mash tun to heat the mash; later, after the run-off, the same or a similar vessel would be used to boil the wort. The effect of adding hot rock to the mash, and even more effectively to the wort, would result in spontaneous boiling of the liquid that came in contact with the surface of the stone. Sugars from the wort would also instantly caramelize, whereas the stone itself released some of the smokiness of the fire in which it had been heated. Not surprisingly, this procedure was highly dangerous and could easily end up with the brewer burned by wort or the brewery consumed by fire. Source: Craft Beer & Brewing

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Belgian and Sour Beer Fest starts today at The Beer Junction

Washington Beer News - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 8:05am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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This weekend, The Beer Junction taps into a lovely selection of Belgian and/or sour beers. The Belgian and Sour Beer Fest opening lineup is below. They’ll tap the kegs when the doors open today (Friday, March 29) at 11:00 and the beer will flow until it’s gone. Officially, the event ends on Sunday. Facebook event page.

The opening lineup includes beers from some classic breweries recognized for their sour beer prowess, like Cantillon and Cascade, as well as up-and-coming local breweries quickly earning their own reputations, like Dirty Couch Brewing and Urban Family Brewing.

Belgian and Sour Fest Opening Lineup

1. Anchorage Brewing – An Eternity
2. Anchorage Brewing – Anadromous
3. Avery Brewing – Twenty Five Oak Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale
4. Best of Hands Brewing – Sad Guru Returns Saison
5. Blackberry Farm – Classic Saison
6. Brasserie de Silly – Burgundy Barrel Aged Scotch Silly
7. Cantillon – Fou’Foune
8. Cascade – Brunch Line
9. Chimay – White (Tripel)
10. Crooked Stave – Nightmare on Brett
11. Culmination Brewing – Sour Romance
12. Dirty Couch Brewing – Station 2 Station
13. Engine House #9 Brewery – Wild Raspberry Ale
14. Firestone Walker Brewing – Bretta Rose
15. Floodlands Brewing – Cherry Field Blend
16. Garden Path – The Fruitful Barrel Tayberries & Cherries
17. Garden Path – The Little Horse Around
18. Georgetown Brewing – Bob’s Sour Brown
19. Holy Mountain Brewing – Crystal Ship
20. Holy Mountain Brewing – The White Lodge
21. Monkless – The Trinity
22. pFriem Family Brewers – Flanders Red
23. Rodenbach – Alexander
24. The Lost Abbey – Red Poppy
25. The Lost Abbey – Track #8: The Number of the Beast
26. Urban Family Brewing – Cardinal Horizon

 

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Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider‎ 2nd Quinquennial Cheese Pairing Challenge Beer vs. Cider

Brewpublic - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 7:42am
It has been nearly five years since Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider last hosted its cheese pairing challenge that pitted the house made cider versus beer from Upright Brewing. Well low a behold, Reverend Nat is proud to present his 2nd Quinquennial Cheese Pairing Challenge Beer vs. Cider. Taking place on Saturday, April 6th from 3:00-5:00pm, […]
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The Premiere of PINTS: stories behind the beer

Brewpublic - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 12:42am
A new film series the dives into the regional craft beer scene premieres on Sunday, March 31st in Portland. PINTS: stories behind the beer is a new beers series that tells engaging stories about the people who brew beer and why they do it. Clinton Herrick and Ryan Claypool are the two behind the forthcoming […]
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Pike Brewing introduces 16-ounce cans of Kilt Lifter just in time for Opening Day

Washington Beer News - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 10:28am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Pike Brewing introduces 16-ounce cans of its iconic Kilt Lifter just in time for the Mariner’s home opener. In fact, on opening day, they’ll celebrate the release at Henry’s Tavern, located right next to the ballpark, where they’ll tap into a selection of beers from Pike Brewing. Throughout the season the big cans of Kilt Lifter will be available at several locations within the ballpark. Here’s the story straight from Pike Brewing:

Pike Launches 16oz Kilt Lifter Cans for Mariners Opening Day

Plus, the best new concessions to pair with Pike beer & plans for pre-gaming with the #PikeBrewCrew

Kick-off Opening Day with Pike at Henry’s Tavern

Kick-off opening day on Thursday, March 28 at Henry’s Tavern! First pitch is at 4:08pm, so join the #PikeBrewCrew for pints of Pike Pils and Pike IPA starting at 1pm. Come support the home team and drink local with us!

Then, head over to T-Mobile Park to enjoy Pike Place Ale on draft and our brand new 16oz cans of best-selling Pike Kilt Lifter!

Pike Launches 16oz Kilt Lifter Cans for Mariners Opening Day

Layers of sweet malt, reminiscent of caramel and toffee, are accented by a wee whisper of peat smoke, making this versatile beer the best-selling in Pike Brewing’s history. Pike Kilt Lifter switched from 12oz bottles to cans last fall, and Kilt Lifter will now also be available in a 16oz can format! The perfect size for game time, Kilt Lifter 16oz cans will be available at all Ivar’s and High Cheese Pizza concession stands:

Main Level: 109 117, 132, 141

Club Level: 212

View Level: 312, 329, 335

 

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Ninkasi Brewing Launches Pacific Sparkling Craft Seltzer

Brewpublic - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 4:00am
Ninkasi Brewing, one of Oregon’s largest craft brewers and the 35th largest within the United States is launching a new product extension of hard seltzer. Pacific Sparkling Craft Seltzer is a craft-brewed seltzer available in two flagship flavors—Cucumber Mint and Cherry Blossom. The hard seltzer category is a large one and continues to grow. In […]
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Roscoe’s 11th Annual IPA Summit

Brewpublic - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 3:00am
Hopheads rejoice this weekend when Roscoe’s hosts its 11th Annual IPA Summit beginning on Friday, March 29th. Roscoe’s as once again put together a great list of IPAs that are sure to please any fan of hop forward beers. The tap list of IPAs will begin pouring at 2:00pm on Friday and will continue all […]
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The 50 Fastest Growing U.S. Craft Breweries in 2018

Brewpublic - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 8:45pm
Today the Brewers Association (BA) released its list of the 50 fastest growing craft breweries of 2018 within the United States. This is the second consecutive year that the BA has released this list that is based on breweries that reported 2018 production to the Brewers Association’s annual Beer Industry Production Survey. The 50 fastest […]
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Beer at the Ballpark – Finding good beer at T-Mobile Park, home of the Mariners

Washington Beer News - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 2:34pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Here is our annual Beer at the Ballpark Report, our guide for finding good beer at T-Mobile Park and Seattle Mariners home games. We will update this list as more details become available and as we visit the ballpark to confirm and gather more information.

If you’re looking for good beer around the ballpark, check out our map of Seattle’s Breweries and Beer Spots. If you are looking or a comprehensive guide to visiting T-Mobile Park (food, transit, etc.), see the ballpark story from Curbed Seattle.

Our information is arranged in three sections:

As in years past, there is good beer pretty much everywhere at T-Mobile Park (still getting used to the name), but for the most-seriously afflicted beer nerds, the Specialty Beers station at Section 129 should not be missed: get there early in the game because, as they say, the best things come in small packages (smaller kegs drain fast).

Canned Beer

This year, the ballpark has upped their game when it comes to canned beer. In other words you’ll find a lot of canned craft beers at the T-Mobile Park this year.

  • Kilt Lifter -16-ounce cans Pike Brewing’s legendary Kilt Lifter are available at all High Cheese Pizza and Ivar’s concession stands. (Also, 16-ounce cans of Alaskan Amber.)
  • Value Beers – 12-ounce cans Bale Breaker Brewing’s Topcutter IPA and Reuben’s Brews Crikey IPA are available at sections 105, 111, 136, 137, 221, 243, 319, 328, and 330.
  • 12-ounce cans of Reuben’s Hazalicious IPA and 21st Amendment’s Blood Orange Brew Free or Die IPA, (as well as Rambling Route hard cider and San Juan Seltzer) are available at the two batch cocktail carts near Section 116 and Section 141.
Draft Beer Recommendations (alphabetical order)
  • Alaskan Brewing, Amber – Sections 105, 134, 146, 319, and 330
  • Aslan Brewing, Dawn Patrol Pale Ale– Section 132 (The Natural)
  • Bale Breaker, Leota Mae IPA – Section 126 (Rolling Roof Hot Dogs) and Section 333 (All-Star Club)
  • Big Sky Brewing, Moose Drool – Sections 319 and 330
  • Black Raven Brewing, Trickster IPA – Diamond Club, Hit it Here Café, Sections 134 and 185
  • Breakside Brewing, Pilsner – Jack Daniel’s bar (in the ‘Pen), Sections 136, 185 and 330
  • Chuckanut Brewery, Kolsch – Sections 121 and 185
  • Diamond Knot Brewing, IPA – Section 134, 136 and 349
  • Double Mountain Brewing, Vaporizer – Jack Daniel’s bar (in the ‘Pen), Section 185 and 319
  • Ecliptic Brewing, Carina Peach Sour ale – Section 185 (nowhere else)
  • Maritime Pacific Brewing, Old Seattle Lager – All-Star Club, Hit it Here café, and Section 319
  • Ninkasi Brewing, Prismatic juicy IPA – Section 121, 146, 243 and 319
  • No-Li Brewhouse, Big Juicy IPA – Sections115, 136, 319 and Edgar’s Cantina concessions
  • pFriem Family Brewers, IPA – Sections 185, 319, 330
  • Pike Brewing, Pike Place Pale Ale – Sections 121, 243, 319 and Edgar’s Cantina concessions
  • Reuben’s Brews, Crikey IPA – Sections 185, 223, 330 and the Jack Daniel’s bar (in the ‘Pen)
  • Reuben’s Brews, Pilsner – Diamond Club and All-Star Club
  • Stone Brewing, Delicious IPA – Sections 105, 121 and 136
  • Sumerian Brewing, Narcissism IPA – Sections 133, 134, and the Jack Daniel’s bar (in the ‘Pen)
Cask, Barrel-Aged, and Specialty Beer Station

Located at Section 129 (behind home plate). From the stadium’s home plate entrance, go up the stairs and look to your right. Expect a frequently rotating selection of specialty beers from breweries both near and far.

Cask-Conditioned Beer – The lineup includes fresh cask-conditioned ales pouring from two beer engines. Breweries involved in this year’s cask program include: Double Mountain Brewing, Maritime Pacific Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Machine House Brewery, Diamond Knot Brewing, Sumerian Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, and others.

Specialty beer station is at Section 129. New this year, more specialty beers on tap.

The cask-conditioned beer selection typically changes for each homestand. Cask kegs are small and will run dry early in the game by design, to keep it as fresh as possible.  A fresh cask keg is tapped for EVERY game, and once it’s gone, it’s gone, usually by the third inning.

New for 2019 – Four taps of barrel-aged and specialty brews from local favorite breweries as well as nationally recognized breweries. The schedule is not announced in advance, but this year’s lineup includes rare releases from Samuel Smiths Brewery in England (beers rarely seen on tap in the U.S.A.) Also, big and burly beers from breweries like Stone Brewing, Crooked Stave, Modern Times, Funkwerks, Boneyard Brewing, Melvin Brewing, Alesmith Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Fort George Brewing, Breakside Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing, Founders Brewing, Stoup Stoup Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Port Brewing, Ecliptic Brewing, Unibroue, Kulshan Brewing, GoodLife Brewing, 21st Amendment Brewing, Barley Browns Brewing, and many others.

 

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Behold the power of Pliny the Younger – this year’s economic impact numbers

Washington Beer News - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 10:07am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Is Pliny the Younger the most valuable beer in the world? It’s certainly the most valuable beer in Sonoma County, California.

Not long ago I posted an op-ed piece about the Pokemonification of craft beer and how it would behoove craft breweries to accept a certain kind of non-threatening, newfangled, app-based beer-drinking behavior as the new norm for a growing number of their customers. (Potential customers, I should say.) Case in point, Russian River Brewing’s Pliny the Younger, the most coveted of all beer whales. Many of today’s younger beer enthusiast may see PTY as their grandfather’s beer, so I’m not exactly sure how this all fits together. Whatever the case, “The Younger” still reigns as the Moby Dick of craft beer, as evidenced by the $4.1 million economic impact this year’s release event had on Sonoma County’s economy. Maybe the fact that Grandfather can afford to hunt whales is what drives these remarkable numbers.

A report by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board shows the economic impact of the annual Pliny the Younger release event, which takes place over the course of two weeks at Russian River Brewing’s two locations in Sonoma County, California. One thing is certain, Pliny the Younger is so coveted that people are willing to travel great distances and spend thousands of dollars just to get their three daily glasses of the stuff.

 

Highlights:

  • The economic impact was measured at nearly $4.2 million over the course of two weeks.
  • This year’s number of $4.16 million is up from last year’s number of $3.36 million.
  • Visitors came from 42 states and 14 countries.
  • On average, each person spent $59.38 when visiting Russian River Brewing’s two brewpubs.
  • There was an average of 3.02 people in each party.
  • On average, each visitor stayed 1.8 nights.
  • Average nightly hotel cost was $290.
  • An estimated 24,700 people visited Russian River’s two brewpubs during the two-week period.

The economic impact study was based on nearly 2,400 surveys collected from visitors during the release event, a sampling of the estimated 24,700 people that visited Russian River’s pubs during the two-week release period (February 1 thru 14).

Around here, in Washington, we are largely over the Pliny hysteria. At least, I’m over it. Russian River Brewing stopped distributing beer here a few years ago and somehow we all survived. While there’s no denying that Pliny the Younger, or Pliny the Elder for that matter, is a damn good beer, it is hard to imagine dipping into my retirement fund just to get three glasses of the stuff. However, if checking into Pliny the Younger on UnTappd is worth it to you, who am I to judge? I am a man with no shortage of unreasonable passions.

I hope people who visited Russian River Brewing because of Pliny the Younger took the time to sample some of the brewery’s other amazing beers. For my money, they do a lot of things as well, or better, than PTY.

The infographic below reveals some startling numbers. Behold the power of Pliny!

 

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Beer Release – Nordic Haze from Reuben’s Brews

Washington Beer News - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 7:36am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Reuben’s Brews announces the release of a new beer: Nordic Haze, a  hazy IPA brewed with a historic Norwegian yeast.

Here are the release notes.

This Saturday (March 30) at 11am we are releasing Nordic Haze, a new hazy IPA fermented with kveik yeast, at the Taproom on 14th Avenue. This 6.4% hazy was brewed with an interesting strain of kveik, a historic Norwegian yeast that we are experimenting with for the first time, which adds depth and complexity to the profile of this beer. Layered with notes of stone fruits and green mango coming from the yeast are the orange citrus flavors accentuated by Comet and Citra hops.

This beer will be available to-go in our latest crowler design as well!

 

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