Commercial Beer

9th Annual Saké Fest PDX Returns to Portland

Brewpublic - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 8:00am
The 9th Annual Saké Fest PDX returns to Portland this summer for one night of sake and food at the Oregon Convention Center. The Portland Ballroom, located inside the Oregon Convention Center will be host to the 2019 Saké Fest PDX on Wednesday, June 26th. “Saké is a very versatile beverage that goes with practically […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Alienator IPA – Brewed for McMenamins 20th Annual UFO Festival

Brewpublic - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 12:55am
The 20th Annual UFO Festival returns to downtown McMinnville, Oregon from May 16-18, 2019. This annual weekend festival that celebrates the lore of a UFO being spotted by a family some 70 years ago on its farm brings out some unique festivalgoers. It also marks the return of Alienator IPA from McMenamins. This year’s UFO […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Baerlic Brewing Trifecta Can Release – Acid Drop, All Seeing IPA, and Rose City Park Pale Ale

Brewpublic - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 8:05pm
  Tuesday is a big day for Baerlic Brewing as it is set to host a Trifecta Can Release for Acid Drop, All Seeing IPA, and Rose City Park Pale Ale. All three cans will be available beginning on May 14th at Baerlic Brewing’s Taproom in Southeast Portland beginning at 4:00pm. Here are the brewery […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Reuben and Friends, a brewers symposium this Friday night

Washington Beer News - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 3:17pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+


This weekend, Reuben’s Brews hosts its 3rd Annual Reuben and Friends Invitational Beer Festival, which features beers from breweries both near and far. BUT FIRST, we are going to talk about beer, and drink a bit too. Friday night, at 7:00, join us at Reuben’s Brews for Reuben and Friends Symposium. The symposium is a ticketed event. Get tickets here.

I will be moderating a panel of brewers as we discuss some moderately geeky beer stuff. Our intention is to keep it approachable for you beer drinkers, while still keeping it interesting for you beer brewers.

The topics: The Art of Hops, The Art of Lagers, and The Art of Barrel-Aged Sours. The panelists include brewers from The Bruery, Chuckanut Brewery, Funkwerks, Urban Family Brewing, Wander Brewing, and others.

Here’s more info from Reuben’s Brews.

GET YOUR TICKETS to our Reuben and Friends Symposium this Friday night. Have you been to one of our Tasting Tuesday events, or The Stranger’s Zymurgy at The Brewtap? Or have you wanted to? Join us for this fun educational event at Reuben’s Brews during Seattle Beer Week.

We’ve invited some of the leading brewmasters and brewery owners from across the nation to our brewery for an evening of panel discussions. We will be discussing The Art of Hops, The Art of Lagers, and The Art of Barrel-Aged Sours, moderated by Kendall Jones of the Washington Beer Blog. Your $20 ticket gets you a free pint and access to brewmasters from The Bruery, pFriem, Chuckanut, Funkwerks, Reuben’s Brews, and more.

Friday, May 17th, 7pm – 10pm, at 1153 NW 51st St. (this is our facility located behind The Taproom).

Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+

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

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Rogue Ales & Spirits Presents the John Maier Coastal Brew Fest

Brewpublic - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:01pm
After brewing 22,562 batches of beer, Rogue Ales & Spirits will celebrate 30 years of brewing by John “More Hops” Maier at the John Maier Coastal Brew Fest that’ll take place along Newport Bay. Earlier this month on May 1st, John Maier celebrated his 30th anniversary brewing at Rogue Ales & Spirits. To honor this […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Eastern Washington Brew Fest – Ellensburg, May 18th

Washington Beer News - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 7:09am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+


This Saturday (May 18) join Iron Horse Brewery for the Eastern Washington Brew Fest. The event takes place in Ellensburg and features beers from a bunch of Eastern Washington breweries, live music, food, and ax throwing.

Eastern Washington Brew Fest
Get Tickets Here

When: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 2-6 p.m.

Where: Downtown Ellensburg, Rotary Pavilion (right behind the Iron Horse Brewery pub)

What: “We’re showcasing the raddest breweries on the Eastside of the mountains, and maybe a few cideries. A portion of the proceeds will go back to Bares and Broncs Rodeo.”

“Satisfy your tastebuds with stellar brews and food, jam to live music by Happy Heartbreak and Cobra Hawk, and actually enjoy the sunshine. We’ll also have PNW Axe Throwing Company join us for the event.. because what’s more 509 than beer and axe throwing?”

21+ event only’
Each ticket includes a 5 oz. custom tasting glass and 5 tasting tokens.
Limited tickets are available for purchase at the door.

“For more information on breweries, bands, and such, click here. Purchase a combined ticket to attend Brew Fest and Bares and Broncs. After the brew fest we’ll shuttle you down to enjoy the rodeo and keep the 509 party going!”


Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+

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

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Widmer Brothers Brewing Celebrates 4th Annual Hefe Day

Brewpublic - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 6:24am
For the past 33 years Widmer Brothers Brewing has been brewing Hefeweizen (HAY-fuh-vy-tsen), its interpretation of a German Hefeweizen. Three years ago the city of Portland declared May 15, 2016 as Hefe Day. On that day, an afternoon celebration held in Pioneer Courthouse Square honored the beer’s 30th anniversary of the brewer’s most well-known beer. […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

McMenamins Kennedy School to Host 4th Annual Brewshed Brewfest

Brewpublic - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:05am
Raising money for Oregon Wild, the Oregon Brewshed Alliance returns for its fourth year with its Brewshed Brewfest. Taking place once again at McMenamins Kennedy School, the 4th Annual Brewshed Brewfest will be held on Wednesday, May 15th from 5:30-9:30pm. The Brewshed Brewfest will host regional breweries and cideries that want to make a difference […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Washington Gold — Official Seattle Beer Week Beer brewed by Aslan Brewing

Brewpublic - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 8:03am
The 11th Annual Seattle Beer Week is upon us and continues through Sunday, May 19th and this year’s official Seattle Beer Week beer comes from Bellingham, Washington. Aslan Brewing partnered up with the annual beer week to brew Washington Gold – Pilsener Style Lager. This Pilsener style lager is brewed with pure Whatcom County water […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Elysian Brewing at Capitol Hill Celebrates its Grand Re-Opening

Brewpublic - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 5:39pm
After a four-month closure due to a major remodel, the original Elysian Brewing location in Seattle’s Capitol Hill has now reopened. Closed since Christmas time, today Elysian Brewing at Capitol Hill celebrates its Grand Re-Opening with $2.75 pints! With its timeline that dates back to 1996, a year after the iconic Seattle brewery was founded […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Boston Beer Company, Makers of Samuel Adams Acquires Dogfish Head Brewery

Brewpublic - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 9:42am
Yesterday, The Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams beer acquired Dogfish Head Brewery ins a cash and stock transaction valued at nearly $300 Million. This newly expanded Boston Beer will bring Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewey into the fold with Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer. Boston Beer CEO Dave Burwick will […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

No-Li Brewhouse and Spokane Hoopfest Partner in 2019

Brewpublic - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 7:30am
Beer and basketball come together in Spokane as No-Li Brewhouse partners with Spokane Hoopfest for some summer 3 on 3 basketball. Taking place in downtown Spokane from June 29-30, 2019, Spokane Hoopfest is the largest 3 on 3 outdoor basketball tournament in the world. This collaboration is designed to build community, excitement, and awareness throughout […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

The story behind this Saturday’s release of Bob’s Brown Ale

Washington Beer News - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:20am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+


On Saturday, May 13th, Georgetown Brewing releases this year’s batch of Bob’s Beer, aka Bob’s Brown Ale. The release party takes place at the Nickerson Street Saloon (as it always has) at 3:00. Below I share the story behind this uncommonly philanthropic beer. Keep an eye out for other Bob’s events, and for Bob’s Beer in general, following the release.

The release event happens in the midst of the 11th annual Seattle Beer Week celebration, but this beer and this release party actually predate that event. The story behind Bob’s Beer actually predates the founding of the brewery that brews it. We’re talking about the early 2000s. Georgetown Brewing is tight-lipped and not at all self-aggrandizing about it, but this year Bob’s Brown Beer will top the $1 million mark. That’s how much they’ve raised for Ronald McDonald House.

Here’s the story behind the beer, as I wrote it for Sip Northwest magazine back in 2013.

Bob’s Brown Ale helps children and families heal

There is nothing inherently remarkable about brown ale. Even at its very best, brown ale is not considered a sexy or adventurous style of beer. Still, beer lovers flock to the Nickerson Street Saloon every year on a Saturday in May for the official release of Bob’s Brown Ale, a philanthropic brew from Seattle’s Georgetown Brewing Company. Manny Chao will be there, hoisting a pint of the beer he designed to honor the memory of his friend Bob Hirsch.

Most craft beer fans around Seattle only know one thing about Manny: the beverage bearing his name, Manny’s Pale Ale, is Seattle’s most ubiquitous craft beer. You’ll find Manny’s name on tap handles and coasters at hundreds of pubs, bars and restaurants around Seattle. His name is iconic on the local beer scene. His Pale Ale is the Space Needle of Seattle craft beer.

What most people don’t know is that before the cofounder of Georgetown Brewing began brewing what would become Seattle’s beer, Manny worked as a counselor at a camp for kids with cancer. That’s where he met a young camper who would have an indelible impression on him. The two became friends and Manny drew inspiration from the courage with which Bob Hirsch fought for his young life.

For years, Bob travelled with his family from their home in Alaska for treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Like many families with children treated at the hospital, Bob’s family stayed at Ronald McDonald House, a home away from home for families facing the direst of circumstances. The philosophy is simple—children heal best and most wholly when their parents are nearby.

Bob lost his brave battle with cancer shortly after his 21st birthday. Soon thereafter, Bob’s brother suggested that Georgetown Brewing name its next beer after Bob. Although Manny thought that was a fine idea, he had something better in mind: a philanthropic brew honoring his friend, with the brewery donating all proceeds to Ronald McDonald House.

Each year on Bob’s birthday, May 14, Georgetown Brewing releases Bob’s Brown Ale (draft only). The brewery organizes a few events in addition to the release party, but for the most part the beer does all the work, benefiting the cause with every pint and pitcher poured. This year Georgetown will brew at least 100 barrels (200 kegs) of Bob’s Brown Ale and serve it at 160 locations, mostly pubs and bars in the Puget Sound area.

This marks the ninth year of the Bob’s Brown Ale project. To date, the beer has raised over $330,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska. By the time the 2014 batch runs dry, which usually only takes a few weeks, that number will exceed $400,000.

“Bob would be proud,” says Manny. “Wherever he is, he’s grinning big knowing that the beer he inspired is helping so many people and bringing so much pleasure to our beer bellies. Everyone that is involved—from making Bob’s, to selling it, to drinking it—is giving back to our community. It’s pretty dang cool.”


Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+

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

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

8th Annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival – Saturday, May 18th

Washington Beer News - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 9:19am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+


Along with a great lineup of live music, the Gig Harbor Beer Festival will offer beers from 25 breweries, along with a cider booth and booze from Heritage Distillery. The event takes place on Saturday, May 18th at the Uptown Gig Harbor Pavillion from noon until 5:00. Tickets are available online for $30 and will also be available at the door. The event is a fundraiser for Gig Harbor Kiwanis.

Ticket price includes:
5 oz. Pilsner cup — courtesy of WA Lottery • Department of Imagination
8 taster tokens — courtesy of Gig Harbor Brewing Co.
Festival Program — courtesy of DPI Print

Music Lineup:

  • Surf Wax Americans (Weezer tribute band)
  • Gig Harbor home-grown favorites the Beatniks — one of the Puget Sounds most popular bands for decades.

Brewery Lineup:

7 Seas Brewing Co.
Acorn Brewing
Bent Bine Brewing Co.
Bad Bulldogs Brewing
Boundary Bay Brewing
Cash Brewing Co.
Deep Draft Brewing
Discovery Bay Brewing
EW2 Brewing
Fox Island Brewing
Ghostfish Brewing Co.
Gig Harbor Brewing Co.
Harmon Brewing Co.
Hood Canal Brewing
Pacific Brewing & Malting Co.
Pelican Brewing
Rainy Daze Brewing Co.
RAM Big Horn Brewery
Silver City Brewery
Slaughter County Brewing Co.
Slippery Pig Brewing Co.
Sound Brewing Co.
Top Rung Brewing Co.
Wet Coast Brewing Co.
Wingman Brewing Co.


Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+

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

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

The Beer Junction celebrates Seattle Beer Week

Washington Beer News - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 8:21am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+


Seattle Beer Week kicks off on May 9th and runs for 11 days with dozens of beer events schedules around the area. The Beer Junction in West Seattle has some cool events planned for this year’s celebration of beer. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more info.

Thursday, May 9th
Opening Day of Seattle Beer Week with Dwinell Country Ales

  • Tapping official SBW beer (brewed by Aslan this year) at 5PM
  • Dwinell Country Ales Brewers Night and Tasting Event (6-8PM)

Saturday, May 11th (kegs live when we open at 11AM)
“SOUR POWER” featuring The Rare Barrel

We’ll be tapping 20 sours including 5 from The Rare Barrel (first time we’ve had them on tap). Below are the sours that will be on tap this Saturday!

1. Anchorage – Anadromous
2. Baerlic – Nice & Easy Gose
3. Block 15 – 7th Anniversary Wild Blonde Ale (from 2014)
4. Burial – Ascent of the Blessed
5. Cantillon – Cuvee de Monk’s Gueuze
6. Cascade – The Rainbow Project
7. Elliott Bay – Sour Golden Ale
8. Engine House Number 9 – Genus Rubus
9. Great Notion – Blueberry Muffin
10. Great Notion – Luminous IV
11. Grimm – Blueberry Pop!
12. Logsdon – Peche ‘n Brett
13. Lost Abbey – Cuvee de Tomme
14. Mirage – Regolith Tart Saison
15. The Rare Barrel – Across the Sea Gose
16. The Rare Barrel – Entanglement
17. The Rare Barrel – Forces Unseen
18. The Rare Barrel – Sourtooth Tiger
19. The Rare Barrel – Wise Guise
20. Urban Family – Sacred Arrow

Thursday, May 16th
Bellingham Tap Takeover & Tasting Event

Bellingham breweries will be taking over a bunch of our taps! Below is a list of breweries we will be showcasing for the tap takeover. We’ll have the full list of beers in next week’s email.
– Structures
– Chuckanut
– Kulshan
– Aslan
– Boundary Bay
– Atwood
– Wander

We’ll also be having a tasting event from 6-8PM with 5 featured Bellingham beers!

Saturday, May 18th (kegs live when we open at 11AM)
“Oregon Rarities”

We will be tapping a lots of rare & hard to find beers that we have procured from our friends down south in Oregon. Below are a few of the kegs we’ll have on tap. Stay tuned for the full list next week!
*Great Notion – Juice Jr.
*Great Notion – Ripe IPA
*Block 15 – Imagine Imperial Stout
*Fort George – Matryoshka Coconut
*Deschutes – Black Butte XXVI
*Occidental – Barrel Aged Dunkel
*Monkless – Pour Pour Pitiful Me Quadrupel
*Buoy – Decapitator Doppelbock
*Hair of the Dog – Adam
*Baerlic – Fuzz Box IPA
And many more!


Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+

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

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Beer Review – Sixpoint Brewery Jammer, Citrus Jammer, Berry Jammer, Tropical Jammer, and Ruby Jammer

Brewpublic - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 2:30am
The biggest trend that we see taking place in beer in 2019 are beers that have a bit more of a health-conscious approach. We are seeing many low calorie and low ABV beers placements on store shelves and pouring on tap. Years of big, bold beers have taken its toll on many in the craft […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Firestone Walker Brewing Inaugural Release of Napa Parabola

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 8:00pm
Paso Robles, CA: Fine wine meets a Firestone Walker legend with the inaugural release of Napa Parabola, a Russian imperial stout matured in French oak wine barrels from one of Napa Valley’s most prestigious cult wineries. “Being an avid wine drinker, I always thought that Parabola would lend itself well to red wine barrels,” said […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

2 Towns Ciderhouse Releases Afton Field 2017 Vintage

Brewpublic - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 6:35pm
Corvallis, Ore. – May 7, 2019 – A barrel aged beauty, the 2017 vintage of Afton Field debuted on April 27, 2019 .  Inspired by farmhouse ciders of long ago, Afton Field is crafted using fresh-pressed, hand-picked Wickson Crab, Newtown Pippin and other pioneer apple varieties. The juice is then barrel aged to create a classic cider that sits at 6.4% ABV. […]
Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

Brewmaster’s Taproom in Renton hosts a BBQ party for the dogs on Sunday, May 19th

Washington Beer News - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 2:52pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+


Attention dog lovers! On Sunday, May 19th Brewmaster’s Taproom in Renton is hosting the 3rd annual BBQ for a Cause, a fundraiser for All Mutts Great and Small, a dog rescue organization out of Yakima. The event takes place on from 1:00 – 3:00. Your $20 ticket gets you a plate of delicious BBQ food with all the fixin’s and a pint of beer from a Yakima-area brewery.

All Mutts Great and Small is bringing some adoptable dogs. Just sayin’.

Brewmaster’s Taproom will pour beer from Yakima-area breweries: Valley Brewing, Varietal Beer Company, Wandering Hop Brewing, and Single Hill Brewing. Each brewery is bringing a keg to the event—a keg of beer you will not find anywhere else on this side of the mountains.

Tickets can be purchased at the taproom or online: Brewmaster’s Taproom will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to All Mutts Great and Small.

“I can’t say enough about the beer community being willing to partner with us, and for the community at-large coming in and donating their time and money to make sure others—2- and 4-legged others—are taken care of,” says Marely Rall, owner of Brewmaster’s Taproom. “It’s something I always wanted to make a part of my taproom, but never imagined how big of a piece it would become. I’m beyond humbled and so grateful for it.”


Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+

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

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs

South Sound by Southwest – SSXSW – three breweries, three bars

Washington Beer News - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 10:39am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+


South Sound by Southwest kicks off in Pierce County on Friday, May 10. Cheekily named after the famous event in Austin, Texas (South by Southwest – SXSW), South Sound by Southwest involves three great beer bars in the South Sound area and three great breweries in Southwest Washington. Get it?

“On behalf of the Pierce County craft beer scene, myself included, I’d like to apologize for just how obnoxious Friday, May 10 will be during SSXSW,” says Ben Chase, manager at Rainier Growlers on South Hill, in Puyallup. “Extra apologies for any and all usage of the term ‘killing it,’ gratuitous name-dropping (‘Oh, hey, [insert celebrity here]’), photos of long lines waiting for the official roving SSXSW Van, and whining about how tired we are. That said, our collaboration double IPA will rock, and it deserves the extra attention.”

Ben Chase, along with Parkway Tavern manager Sean Jackson and Peaks and Pints co-owner Ron Swarner, headed south last month to Vancouver, Washington to brew a beer with Brothers Cascadia Brewing, Grains of Wrath Brewing, and Trap Door Brewing. And thus, South Sound by Southwest Double IPA was born.

Continuing the theme of three, South Sound by Southwest IIPA was brewed using three hop varieties: Amarillo, Strata and El Dorado, including some Amarillo Cryo hops. It is hazy thanks to the use of some flaked oats and wheat.

Beginning at 5:00 on Friday, May 10, Rainier Growlers, Parkway Tavern and Peaks and Pints will tap South Sound by Southwest IIPA, as well as different beers from the three collaborating breweries. The SSXSW van will circulate between the three craft beer bars from 6:00-10:00.

“South Sound by Southwest isn’t a beer festival, a music festival or a fashion festival — it’s a big bundle of everything rolled into one spring, Pierce County night,” adds Chase. “You’ll drink delicious beer that you’re unlikely to see in your own backyard, find something thrilling, meet some cool people, listen to some rocking recorded music, and perhaps even plan a day touring Southwest Washington breweries. SSXSW has an array of options available that are sure to knock your glasses off.”

The South Sound by Southwest folks suggest beginning at 5 p.m. inside Rainier Growlers, but you are welcome to find your own way.

5:00 – 10:00, Friday, May 10th
Rainier Growlers
Peaks and Pints
Parkway Tavern


Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+

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

Categories: Commercial Beer Blogs