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Pike Brewing Summer Concert Series + Third Story Quad & Blackberry Quad Release

Brewpublic - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 4:00am
Pike Brewing, located in the iconic Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle has a hefty schedule of live music in the coming months. The brewer also has two beers being released; Pike Third Story Quad and Pike Blackberry Quad; and has raised money for a few local charities. Two Quads have joined the seasonal beer […]
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Buoy Beer Releases Brett Saison with Cranberries

Brewpublic - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 3:00am
Back in January 2019, Buoy Beer released the first two of three beers from its new Foeder Series Batch 1. Now the third and final release, Brett Saison with Cranberries joins the previously released Brett Saison, a blend of three saisons and Dry-Hopped Brett Saison with Azacca, El Dorado, and Meridian hops. All three beers in this new […]
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Fieldwork Brewing Signs Oregon Distribution Deal With Day One Distribution

Brewpublic - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 10:10pm
Fieldwork Brewing Co., one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s fastest growing breweries will now enter the Oregon beer market on a full-time basis. Over the past few years Portland based Day One Distribution has distributed Fieldwork Brewing beer on short term contracts, mainly for limited distribution drops centered around beer events. Now their budding […]
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Orenco Taphouse 6th Anniversary Celebration

Brewpublic - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 4:00pm
Celebrate six years of beers in Hillsboro at Orenco Taphouse during its 6th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 25th. For the past six year, Orenco Taphouse has been serving up 20 rotating beers to the beer drinkers in the western suburbs of Portland. Conveniently located a little over a block from the Orenco Station MAX […]
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Hazy Beer Competition this Saturday at Harmon Brewing Taproom

Washington Beer News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 3:14pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Join Harmon Brewing for a Hazy Beer Competition this Saturday, May 25th, featuring beers from a dozen Tacoma area breweries. Twelve hazy beers will enter the ring, but only one will exit victorious. Will anyone manage to unseat the reigning champion, Rainy Daze Brewing? Who will take home the belt? (It’s actually an old-school wrestling belt.)

Find out this Saturday, May 25th at Harmon Brewing Taproom (204 St Helens Ave., Tacoma, Washington). The competition runs from 3:00 – 9:00.

All you have to do is drink the beer and cast your vote.

Participating Breweries:
Wingman Brewers
Rainy Daze Brewing
Pacific Brewing & Malting Co.
The RAM – Tacoma
Narrows Brewing
Odd Otter Brewing Company
Task Force Brewing
Tacoma Brewing Co.
Northish Beer Co
FOB (Forward Operating Base Brewing)

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Dwinell Country Ales Memorial Day Bottle + Can Release

Brewpublic - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 11:00am
Out in the Columbia River Gorge, Dwinell Country Ales will host a Memorial Day Bottle + Can Release at its brewery on Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th from Noon-10:00pm each day. Located in the majestic hills on the Washington side of the Gorge, Dwinell Country Ales is set to release High Spirits – […]
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New report shows the massive impact of beer industry on Washington’s economy

Washington Beer News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 10:08am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Beer contributes 28,000 jobs and over $1 billion in wages to Washington’s economy

Nationwide, the beer industry provides 2 million jobs and contributes $328 billion to the U.S. economy annually. These stats and many others unveil themselves in an economic report recently released by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association. The report, compiled from 2018 industry data, measures the impact of the entire beer industry, not just the craft beer industry, on the nation as well as individual states.

Below, we share a chart showing all of the numbers as they relate to Washington directly. For more information like this, see the story we posted in April about a similar economic report conducted on behalf of the Washington Beer Commission.

Beer Serves America is a biennial report outlining the economic contributions, jobs, and taxes the beer industry provides in every state and congressional district. According to the recently released report,  the beer industry in Washington provides the state with nearly 28,000 jobs and over $1 billion in wages. These numbers include jobs in brewing, beer distribution, and beer retailing. If you expand the measurement to include beer-related activities like agriculture, manufacturing, and construction, beer is responsible for 53,000 jobs, $2.5B in wages, $8.2B in economic contribution, and $1.2B in tax revenue.

According to the report, America’s 7,000-plus breweries and 3,000-plus beer distributors directly employ more than 200,000 people, and every job in a brewery supports another 31 jobs in other industries. Again, the report measures the impact of the entire beer industry, not just the craft beer industry.

“Beer is more than America’s most popular alcohol beverage,” said Jim McGreevy, President and CEO of the Beer Institute. “Beer Serves America demonstrates how brewers, beer importers, and beer industry suppliers are creating jobs, providing wages and benefits to working Americans and supporting the economy in every state and every congressional district.”

Key findings from the Beer Serves America report include:

  • Brewers and beer importers directly employ nearly 70,000 Americans. Large and mid-sized brewers and beer importers provide about 58 percent of brewing jobs.
  • The number of distributor jobs has increased by more than 19 percent in the last decade, to nearly 141,600.
  • Overall, the beer industry contributes about $328.4 billion in economic output which is equal to about 1.6 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.
  • Suppliers to the brewing industry – enterprises that manufacture bottles and cans, cardboard case boxes, brewing equipment or marketing displays – generate nearly $102.0 billion in economic activity and are responsible for almost 436,650 jobs alone.

The Beer Serves America study was compiled by the independent economics firm John Dunham & Associates. It is the most comprehensive analysis of the industry available, using data collected directly from private companies, Infogroup, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau  and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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2019 Festival of Funk Roadshow Visits The Belmont Fermentorium

Brewpublic - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 9:00am
Though the Festival of Funk will take place in San Diego, Modern Times Beer will be featuring a few of its selections that will be part of this festival at its Portland outpost. Modern Times brings the 2019 Festival of Funk Roadshow to The Belmont Fermentorium, that now runs solely on wind driven power, from […]
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PicoBrew UnPak’d invites users to fully apply their creativity

Washington Beer News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 8:00am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The PicoBrew appliances offer a sleek, innovative, simplified way for people to brew their own beer at home. However, using the pre-packaged ingredients and pre-programmed settings made some homebrewers feel a bit hamstrung. The company recently introduced Pico UnPak’d, which allows users to fully flex their creativity and brew their own custom recipes on their Pico devices.

Users will find a “Manual Brew” option on their Pico device the next time it is powered on and connected to Wi-Fi for the update. To facilitate the creation of custom recipes, Pico is now selling reusable hops and grains brewing bags on

Here is the press release announcing the introduction of Pico UnPak’d:


PicoBrew UnPak’d Bundle Now Allows Users to Use Their Own Beer Ingredients

Pico C, Pro and S Users Can Now Experiment with Custom Beer Recipes Using the RecipeCrafter Tool

PicoBrew, the leader in craft beverage brewing technology, today announced new functionality that enables users to use their own grains, hops and other ingredients to brew freshly crafted beer with the Pico C, Pro and S appliances. Users will also have access to the proprietary online PicoBrew RecipeCrafter tool to create their own beer recipes. The new Pico C UnPak’d Bundle includes everything needed to take advantage of this new functionality.

“At the heart of PicoBrew has always been the home crafter: those experimenting with new recipes and adjusting each and every one to perfection, utilizing new and different ingredients every time,” said Dr. Bill Mitchell, CEO, PicoBrew. “The PicoBrew community spoke and we listened – we’re pleased to announce that Pico UnPak’d now makes it possible for users to harness the precision control of our Pico C, Pro and S appliances for their own custom recipes. Our easy-to-use RecipeCrafter tool will help users adapt their existing homebrew recipes or create new ones from scratch.”

Starting today, a Pico C UnPak’d Bundle is available for $329 in the BrewMarketplace. It includes a Pico C appliance with brewing keg, serving keg, reusable grain and hops beer bags, and reusable bags for brewing cold brew coffee.

Existing Pico C owners can also now use their own ingredients by purchasing a Pico C UnPak’d Kit that includes reusable grain and hops beer bags, and reusable bags for cold brew coffee for $19.99.

Existing Pico Pro and S users can purchase a Pro/S UnPak’d Kit that includes a hose adapter, reusable grain and hops beer bags, and reusable bags for cold brew coffee for $39.99.

All existing Pico S, Pro and C appliances will automatically update with the UnPak’d program the next time they are powered up and connected to WiFi.

To begin brewing with locally sourced ingredients, users simply select the “Manual Brew” setting from the main menu, set the desired time and temperature, and start the brewing process. The user has full control of the brewing process by selecting the duration and temperature of each step in order to extract the desired final beer wort profile.

“Whether users choose to create their own recipes from scratch or choose from the 200+ PicoPaks already available in the BrewMarketplace, PicoBrew now gives you the capability to brew it all!” continued Mitchell. “With the ability for consumers to craft their favorite beverages like Beer, Cold Brew Coffee and Kombucha – plus the functionality for sous-vide cooking – we see an increasing number of users including PicoBrew in every part of their day.”

PicoBrew and its line of brewing appliances have been recipients of numerous awards over the years including being named among Fast Company’s The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2017 and CES Innovation Awards Honoree for Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies in 2017 and Home Appliances in 2016, and a TWICE Picks Award in 2018.

About PicoBrew

PicoBrew was founded in Seattle in 2010 by brothers Bill and Jim Mitchell, a former Microsoft executive and food scientist, along with engineer Avi Geiger.  Combining their food science and technology expertise with their passion for homebrewing, they set out to improve the craft beer brewing process for small producers and homebrewers. PicoBrew introduced its flagship product, the award-winning Zymatic® automatic beer-brewing appliance for beer brewing professionals and homebrewers, in 2013. The Pico™, designed for consumer craft beer enthusiasts, followed in 2016. Both product lines are designed to improve the precision, repeatability and overall quality of the brewing process to create consistently delicious craft beer. For more information, visit or follow PicoBrew on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.


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Double Mountain Brewery and Yakuza Lounge Brew Introduce the Yakuza Lager and Double Mountain Sushi Roll

Brewpublic - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 12:45am
Out in Hood River, the brewers Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom have brewed a beer for Portland restaurant, Yakuza Lounge. The two businesses have collaborated on a Japanese-style lager for the Japanese themed restaurant. The result is Yakuza Lager that’s brewed with Japanese rice alongside Brewer’s Gold and Sterling hops. Yakuza Lager will be officially […]
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Sunriver Resort to host the 2019 Sunriver Brewfest

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:27pm
The scenic Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon will be host to the 2019 Sunriver Brewfest from May 31st through June 1st. Each day the fest will take place from 4:00-9:00pm and is a benefit for the supporting La Pine Sunriver Habitat for Humanity. The Sunriver Brewfest will take place at The Backyard at Sunriver Resort, […]
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Firestone Walker and Cigar City Collaborate on Los Leñadores

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 1:26pm
With the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest only 10 days away, the Paso Robles, California brewery has officially announced this year’s festival collaboration beer. For the 2019 FWIBF, Firestone Walker Brewing has collaborated with Cigar City Brewing on Los Leñadores, an imperial brown ale aged in high rye bourbon barrels and infused with African and […]
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Chizu To Close in Downtown Portland

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:12pm
After a four-year run, Chizu in downtown Portland will be closing its doors on Sunday, June 2nd. Owned and operated by Steve Jones, also the owner of Cheese Bar in Southeast Portland has decided to cease operations at his sushi style cheese shop format. Cheese Bar is not affected by this closure and will continue […]
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The 11-oz stubby makes its return thanks to Seattle Lite Brewing

Washington Beer News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:12am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Seattle Lite Brewing, working in conjunction with Lowercase Brewing, is introducing Seattle Lite beer. The new light lager is set to debut on May 25th and will be sold in 11-ounce “stubby” bottles, paying homage to Rainier Beer’s storied past. Seattle Lite Lager will be available around the Seattle area.

For you young ‘uns, Rainer Beer was brewed in Seattle from 1878 until Prohibition. Following Prohibition, it was brewed in Seattle until the brewery on Airport Way closed in the late 90s. For many of those years, Rainier Beer was available in stubby bottles. Don’t be confused: this is a craft beer and is not a mass-produced megabrew. A lot of thought when into the formulation of this light, refreshing lager. Among other things, Seattle Lite is brewed using locally grown barley from Skagit Valley Malting. The beer is brewed by Lowercase Brewing for Seattle Lite Brewing, which is a separate company.

Here’s the press release with the full story:


Local brewery owners launch new Seattle Lite bottled lager with limited first-batch release

SEATTLE–May 16, 2019– Seattle Lite Brewing is launching a Pacific Northwest-brewed light beer to bring the next generation of beer-drinkers a new hometown lager. Seattle Lite will be sold in 11-ounce “stubby” bottles and available for purchase beginning May 25, 2019 in select bars throughout the Seattle-area.

Lowercase Brewing founder Chris Smith and Seattle Lite Brewing co-owners Dan Martinez and Seiky Huerta are the Seattleites behind this new venture. Together they set out to create an unfiltered, light lager that pays homage to the Rainier legacy but is brewed here in Seattle—making it a true hometown beer. Seattle Lite is brewed at Lowercase Brewing in South Park.

“We’re offering Seattle a crisp, easy-drinking lager that’s truly a reflection of the people making it and the place it’s made. We kept it low-alcohol to make this an accessible beer for all Seattleites and all Pacific Northwest occasions like camping and floating, happy hours and gamedays.

Great attention and detail went into selecting the ingredients for Seattle Lite, including local barley from the Skagit Valley, offering beer-drinkers a chance to partake in a beverage that’s thoughtful, honest and unique to Seattle,” says Smith.

The idea for Seattle Lite beer came when Martinez, Huerta and Smith were discussing the long history of beer in Seattle and what the future might bring for the industry, particularly for lighter beers. Martinez and Huerta, longtime light-beer fans, opened Seattle Lite Brewing in May 2018 in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood with a taproom that specializes in low-alcohol “session” beers including lagers, IPAs and pale ales.

Seattle Lite’s limited first-batch release will be available in 11-ounce bottles in select bars throughout Seattle including Seattle Lite Brewing, Flying Squirrel in Georgetown, and Lowercase Brewing, with more to come. Bottles will also be available for purchase to-go in 12-packs at Lowercase Brewing and Seattle Lite Brewing.

Learn more about Seattle Lite beer on Facebook and Instagram.

About Seattle Lite Brewing

Seattle Lite Brewing was founded by Dan Martinez and Seiky Huerta in May 2018. The brewery and taproom offer a variety of light beers ranging from pilsners, lagers, pale ales and more. The brewery hosts a variety of events including concerts, live art, trivia and more. Seattle Lite Brewing is located at 8520 14 Ave S in South Park.

About Lowercase Brewing

Lowercase Brewing was founded by Chris Smith, Lawrence Martin, and Eric Pokorny in January 2014. The dog- and kid-friendly taproom offers a variety of house-brewed, approachable beers including lagers, IPAs, pale ales, seasonal beers, beer to-go and more. The brewery also hosts a range of events such as comedy shows, concerts, special food pairing events and more. Lowercase Brewing is located at 6235 Airport Way S in

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Join Brother Barrel for an anniversary beer dinner – June 2nd

Washington Beer News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 8:56am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Brother Barrel is about to celebrate its second anniversary. Elliott Bay Brewing Company’s barrel-focused restaurant and bar cordially invite you to join them for a special beer and food pairing dinner. June 2nd, from 5:00 – 8:00. The cost is $75 per person, with tickets available online at













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Cairn Brewing celebrates 3rd anniversary this weekend – all weekend

Washington Beer News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 8:37am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Cairn Brewing is about to celebrate its third anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, they will host four days of beer release events at the brewery and taproom in Kenmore, Washington. The events span across Memorial Day Weekend starting on Friday, May 24th.

“We can’t believe its been 3 years!” says Cairn Brewing’s Facebook event page. “Thank you for all of your continued support! We’ll be celebrating Memorial Day weekend with 2 new beer releases each day!”

Here’s the plan:

Friday, May 24 – Kick-off to the weekend! Open 3-10pm
Beer Release #1: Becker’s Kolsch
Beer Release #2: Guava Becker- Small Batch Infused Kolsch
Food Truck: Road Chef Truck from 4-8pm

Saturday, May 25 – Open 12-10pm
Beer Release #1: Skyline, Hoppy Trails Series- Experimental Hazy IPA
Beer Release #2: Lychee Becker- Small Batch Infused Kolsch
Double Truck Saturdays
Seattle Taco Stand here from 12-4pm
Food Truck: Oskar’s pizza from 5-9pm

Sunday, May 26 – Open 12-8pm
Beer Release #1: Tally the Timid, British Mild, a Micro Homebrew Collab!
Beer Release #2: Grapefruit Becker- Small Batch Infused Kolsch
Food Truck: HP’s Smokehouse BBQ from 3-7pm

Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day w/ Special Holiday Hours, Open 12-8pm
Beer Release #1: Tailwagger, India Pale Lager
Beer Release #2: Watermelon Becker- Small Batch Infused Kolsch
Food Truck: Macho Burgers 3-7pm


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Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery ‎2019 Felicitation Beer Fest

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 8:30am
Three years in and Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery will host Felicitation 2019. This is the brewery’s anniversary party and this year will be the largest yet with a handful of rare to Oregon guest breweries joining in on the fun at this annual farmhouse beer festival. The 3rd annual Felicitation is the annual anniversary […]
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Belmont Station to Host Reuben’s Brews and The Ale Apothecary

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 7:39am
This week Belmont Station welcomes in two highly respected brewers on back to back nights. First up is Adam Robbings, co-founder of Reuben’s Brews tonight has he will be on hand to discuss his four beers on tap. Then tomorrow night Paul Arney, founder of The Ale Apothecary will be at The Station to celebrate […]
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Oakshire Brewing Presents the 2019 Hellshire Day & Barrel-Aged Beer Festival

Brewpublic - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:51pm
Nine years running, Hellshire IX, the ninth release in the Hellshire series of barrel-aged beers from Oakshire Brewing will be released on Saturday, June 15th. This beer release will be part of the 6th annual Hellshire Day and Barrel-Aged Beer Festival that brings together barrel-aged beer from breweries from around the country. Once again on […]
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Ecliptic Brewing Summer Seasonal – Tucana Tangerine Sour Ale

Brewpublic - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 7:52pm
Though summer is still a month away, Ecliptic Brewing, is set to release its new summer seasonal, Tucana Tangerine Sour Ale. This new kettle sour beer from Ecliptic will debut at its brewery on Friday, May 24th. Debuting over Memorial Day Weekend is the new beer from Ecliptic that is said to be a thirst […]
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