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Sunriver Brewing Co. To Open Oakway Pub in Eugene

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 9:33am
Today, Sunriver Brewing has confirmed that it will open its third location in Eugene, Oregon at the former Hot Mama’s Kitchen space. Located in the Oakway Center, this new Sunriver Oakway Pub is slated to open in March 2019. It located at 329 Oakway Road and is adjacent to the Hyatt Place Hotel. Last month […]
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Beer Release – Sky Kraken Hazy Pale Ale, Fremont Brewing

Washington Beer News - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 8:01am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Seattle’s Fremont Brewing Company is introducing a new beer to its year-round lineup, Sky Kraken Hazy Pale Ale. The beer will be available in 12-ounce cans and 22-ounce bottles. Here is the release notice from the brewery.

SEATTLE — – Fremont Brewing of Seattle, Washington will release a new year-round beer called Sky Kraken Hazy Pale Ale on Thursday, January 24th at Fremont’s Urban Beer Garden starting at 4:00 PM. It will be available in 12oz cans, kegs, and 22oz bottles across Fremont’s entire distribution footprint. Sky Kraken is Fremont’s newest year-round release since Lush in 2017 which started as a seasonal in 2016.

A naturally unfiltered beer, Sky Kraken is made with Strata, Mosaic and a touch of Citra hops and 2-Row Pale malt, malted oats, white wheat and flaked wheat. Sky Kraken swims through the sky with ripe melon, juicy citrus, pineapple, and pepper flavors.

“We released the Kraken because Krakens can only be kept a secret for so long,” explained Matt Lincecum, Fremont Brewing CEO. “Nicknamed ‘Sky’, this Kraken likes watercolors, chocolate cookies, tuna snacks and dislikes being alone. So, if you see the Kraken, please take it home and share it with friends.”

Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale malt, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Malted Oats, and Rolled Oats with Citra®, Mosaic®, and Strata® hops.
ABV:  5.5%

IBU: JTRA (just the right amount)
Color: Hazy pale-straw
Aroma: Guava, lemon, pineapple
Flavor: Melon, citrus peel, grass

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Bailey’s Taproom 10th Annual CellarFest

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 7:03am
Prepare yourself for the 10th Annual CellarFest as Bailey’s Taproom digs deep within its cellar basement to collect enough properly aged beers for this annual event. The 2019 CellarFest will take place on Saturday, January 26th from Noon-Midnight. Each and every year for the past decade, Bailey’s Taproom’s owner, Geoff Phillips hand selects each beer […]
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Firestone Walker Brewing Releases Rosalie, a Beer-Wine Hybrid

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:11pm
Paso Robles, CA: Firestone Walker is going back to the future with Rosalie, a one-of-a-kind brew co-fermented with local Paso Robles wine grapes to create a uniquely refreshing beer rosé. “We wanted to create a super-drinkable beer that captures the best qualities of a rosé wine, but at less than half the ABV (5%),” said Brewmaster […]
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Fremont Brewing To Release Sky Kraken Hazy Pale Ale

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:02pm
Seattle’s Fremont Brewing is set to release its new 2019 year-round beer, Sky Kraken Hazy Pale Ale. The release party will take place on Thursday, January 24th at Fremont’s Urban Beer Garden beginning at 4:00pm. Sky Kraken will be available in 12oz cans, kegs, and 22oz bottles across Fremont’s entire distribution footprint. Sky Kraken is […]
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Elysian Brewing Presents 2019 Powder for Pups!

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 10:41pm
Elysian Brewing, KAVU and The Pixie Project presents Powder for Pups! This fundraising event will take place on Saturday, January 26th at The Beer Stube at Mt. Hood Skibowl. Ski and shred during the day at Mt. Hood Skibowl and then join the fun from 6:00-9:00pm at The Beer Stube. Powder for Pups will raise funds for our furry […]
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Pelican Brewing To Release 2019 Father of All Tsunamis

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 10:38pm
Pacific City, Oregon (January 22, 2019)—A Father of All Tsunamis shakes the Oregon Coast this month as Pelican Brewing Company creates the next batch of its award-winning Imperial Stout aged in rye whiskey barrels. The four-time medalist, which was just introduced to the Pelican lineup two years ago, took home three awards in 2018 including Gold at the Australian International […]
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Widmer Brothers Brewing Closes Its Pub

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 1:28pm
Widmer Brothers Brewing’s Pub served its last pint on Sunday, January 20, 2019 as today the longtime Portland brewery announced that it has shuttered its Pub for good effective today. This decision made by Widmer’s parent company Craft Brew Alliance comes days after it extended CEO Andy Thomas’ employment contract through 2021. For the past […]
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A frequent flyers club for beer lovers at Seaplane Kitchen and Bar

Washington Beer News - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 10:27am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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I am a big fan of crowlers. There are several reasons why. I seriously doubt that I need to explain the virtues of the crowler to fellow beer lovers. Simply put, the crowler is an idea whose time has come. For the uninitiated, crowlers are 32-ounce aluminum cans that a brewery or bar can fill with draft beer on request. This ultra-convenient “to go” beer option combines the deliciousness of draft beer with the convenience of an aluminum can. Today I share news of a crowler rewards program, another idea whose time has come.

Seaplane Kitchen and Bar in Kenmore, Washington is the first place I’ve heard of that is offering a crowler rewards program. It’s a simple deal: buy 10 crowlers, get the 11th gratis. Brilliant. No doubt, others are offering similar deals, I just haven’t heard.

Pictured above, a Crowler Machine, also known as a tabletop can seamer. 

Known as the “Frequent Flyer” program, beer lovers can try out a variety of beers at Seaplane and then take home a can (or two or three) of their favorites. When you fill up a crowler, they’ll stamp your punch card.  When the punch card is complete (10 beers), you are rewarded with an 11th crowler.

Last I checked, the draft beer list included offerings from Bale Breaker Brewing, Breakside Brewing, Fort George Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Holy Mountain Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project…. you get the idea. Good stuff.

Behind the scenes at Seaplane Kitchen and Bar you’ll find some heavy hitters from the local food and beer scene. Jason Stoneburner is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner. The restaurant and bar is related to some familiar local eateries and drinkeries, which the refer to as sister restaurants: Rhein Haus, Poquitos, Beer Star, Stoneburner, Macleod’s, and Bastille.

Located in Kenmore, Seaplane Kitchen and Bar is another breath of fresh air for this long-dormant community. For reasons I cannot explain, Kenmore seemed to languish for decades. Nice neighborhoods full of nice people with no place local to go. If there was any kind of city center, it offered little character and no real charm. In recent years, something has changed up there at the north end of Lake Washington and it’s a change for the better, as evidenced by the opening of a place like Seaplane Kitchen and Bar.

Other businesses have popped up in recent years along that stretch of Highway 522 (NE Bothell Way). As beer lovers know, Kenmore is home to Cairn Brewing, Nine Yards Brewing, the Lake Trail Taproom, and Micro Homebrew, all located within a couple blocks of each other and within a couple blocks of Seaplane Kitchen and Bar.

Seaplane Kitchen and Bar
6704 NE 181st St
Kenmore, WA 98028
https://www.seaplanekitchen.com/

 

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Say Goodbye to Charlie Papazian As He Retires From the Brewers Association

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 12:05am
“Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew” has been synonymous with Charlie Papazian for the past four decades. On Wednesday, January 23rd, Charlie will turn 70 years young and will officially retire from the Brewers Association. Charlie’s public life in brewing began when he founded the American Homebrewers Association in 1978. The following year he helped […]
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Three Creeks Brewing Releases Eureka! Single Hop IPA + Beer & Dessert Pairing

Brewpublic - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 9:18pm
Three Creeks Brewing releases its first seasonal can release of 2019 with Eureka! Single Hop IPA. The brewery is also set to host its Beer & Dessert Pairing in time for Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 9, 2019. A few years back when Three Creeks received the experimental Eureka! hop from Hopsteiner in Yakima, Washington, […]
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Chuckanut Brewery and Grains of Wrath Collaborate on Nuts of Wrath

Brewpublic - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 6:39pm
Chuckanut Brewery continues to make waves here in the Portland area as it is set to release its collaboration beer with Grains of Wrath Brewing this week. The two breweries have come together to brew an obscure beer style, Kulmbacher Export Lager with the collaboration beer, Nuts of Wrath. The two award winning Washington breweries […]
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Reuben’s Brews announces opening date for its new taproom

Washington Beer News - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 5:02pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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It’s hardly a secret, but Reuben’s Brews has spent the last several months quietly working on a new brewery and taproom, which is located about a half mile east of the current brewery and taproom in Ballard. The new taproom, dubbed The Brewtap, opens on Saturday, March 2nd. Note that this is the same day as Washington Beer Open House, the statewide celebration of beer.

In addition to offering beer drinkers a second Reuben’s Brews taproom, this new location will serve, in large part, as a production facility intended to help streamline the production of some of the company’s more popular beers.

Nothing is really changing over at the existing brewery and taproom, except that the brewery will now be able to lend more attention and time to creating new beers, one-off beers, wildly creative beers, seasonal beers, and other fun stuff. The current taproom will remain the home for release parties and other special events.

You may have already noticed some changes at the existing taproom on 14th Avenue as equipment is getting shifted around, with some of it already relocated to the new facility.

We will have a lot more details, like an exact address, as the date nears. Also, we will find a way to sneak in prior to the opening to take some pictures and tell you a bit more about what you can expect at The Brewtap. For now, just know that it’s near the corner of 46th and 8th.

 

Note that during Washington Beer Open House, Reuben’s will offer tours at both facilities. At The Taproom tours begin at Noon, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00. At The Brewtap, tours start at 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00.  Each tour is limited to 20 guests, so sign up early.

 

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Chuckanut Brewery and Grains of Wrath collaborate on Export Lager

Washington Beer News - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 4:19pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Within the confines of Western Washington, one brewery could not be further north, while the other could not be further south. Chuckanut Brewery and Grains of Wrath Brewing recently collaborated on a new beer, Kulmbacher Export Lager. From its home in Camas, near the Oregon border, Grains of Wrath made the trip up Interstate 5 to Chuckanut’s facility in Bellingham, located near the Canadian border. There, the two breweries created a beer that is described as a “Schwartzbier on steroids.” That is, it’s a big, strong, dark lager.

Here is more information about the beer and the release events.

Tapping Chuckanut Brewery & Grains of Wrath Collaboration

Chuckanut Brewery & Grains of Wrath are excited to announce the tapping of Nuts of Wrath their collaboration Kulmbacher Export Lager that was brewed at Chuckanut Brewery’s North Nut Bellingham location. The two award-winning WA state breweries will not only be tapping with a brewer’s night in Camus, WA Friday January 25 at Grains of Wrath but on January 24 Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, OR across the river will celebrate also. The two breweries will have a special brewers night at Bailey’s with multiple beers on tap including the collaboration. Chuckanut will be at both Grains of Wrath and Baileys to help with the tapping and special brewers nights.

Nuts of Wrath is a strong, dark Kulmbacher Export lager, an almost forgotten Franconian German style lager popular in the late 1800’s. The collaboration rendition can be described in many different ways including: Big bitter Dunkel or an Imperial Schwarzbier. In other words, this lager is dark, malty and bitter. Generous amounts of Munich and Carafa malts balance with a large helping of German noble Hallertau Tradition and Mittelfruh hops. This is not your typical subtle lager. Some might say this is like a Schwarzbier on steroids!

Those wishing to take part in the tapping and brewers night at Grains of Wrath, 230 NE 5th Ave, Camas, WA 98607 and want to spend the night nearby are invited to contact the boutique Camas Hotel about lodging. As part of the celebration the Camas Hotel is offering discounts on rooms, only a block or two from Grains of Wrath. No matter which tapping you take part in representatives from both breweries, including the brewers, will be on hand to answer your questions. It just so happens the Chuckanut brewers will be collaborating and brewing on Friday January 25 at Grains of Wrath for another new beer, stay tuned!

 

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pFriem Family Brewers introduces two of its beloved beers in cans

Washington Beer News - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 1:41pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Hood River is just barely in Oregon, right? I know that this blog usually focuses on Washington breweries and Washington beers, but I’ve had a beer crush on pFriem Family Brewers since it first opened. Oh, and the beer is widely available and much-enjoyed in Washington, so there you go. Received news recently that two of pFriem’s most popular beers are now conveniently available in aluminum cans.

Here’s the press release.

pFriem Family Brewers IPA and Pilsner
Now Available in Cans

January 14, 2019 – Hood River, Oregon – pFriem Family Brewers, one of the most award-winning breweries in Oregon, announced today that the brewery’s beloved IPA and Pilsner will be available in cans beginning in early March throughout Oregon and Washington. Both beers will continue to be made available on draft and in bottles.

Josh Pfriem, Brewmaster/Co-Founder, said, “With great anticipation and excitement, we are proud to announce that pFriem beer will now be available in cans, which is the realization of a long-term dream of ours. In our uncompromising approach, driven by the desire to make the best beer possible, we welcome this next step on our exciting journey! We are looking forward to being part of many outdoor adventures, backyard barbecues, or any occasion that calls for sharing a can of pFriem with our friends and fans in the Pacific Northwest.”

Pfriem continued, “The cans will feature the pFriem bear, which has been the brewery’s mascot and a reminder to take what we do seriously, but never take ourselves too seriously. He’s also a reflection of the love we have of the outdoors and how lucky everyone at pFriem Family Brewers feels to call Hood River, Oregon home.”

“What better place for us to start our canning program, than with IPA and Pilsner, which are among our most popular styles.” continued Josh Pfriem. “These two beers also pair best with the wintertime and summertime activities that we at the brewery love to do with a beer in hand, so it was a pretty easy choice.”

Six packs of IPA will retail for $11.99 while Pilsner will retail for $10.99.

The brewery has upgraded its facility and enhanced its infrastructure to make way for canning. The team expects annual barrelage for cans to be around 5,000 barrels in 2019. To meet that production level as well as to continue to grow its draft and 500ml bottle production, the brewery will be expanding its Hood River facility in 2019.

While IPA and Pilsner are definitely the first two styles pFriem will can, the company has indicated that in the current dynamic craft beer market it’s difficult to predict which future styles it will introduce and when. Producing over 100 unique beers every year, it’s easy for the company to imagine some of those coming to cans after it launches IPA and Pilsner. pFriem noted that the brewery will continue to express its wide variety and brand depth through its 500ml and 375ml bottles. Full press kit for the cans is available here.

About pFriem Family Brewers
pFriem Family Brewers (pronounced “”reem”) is a Northwest, German, and Belgian inspired 15-barrel brewery and tasting room in Hood River, OR. Founded in 2012 by Josh Pfriem, Ken Whiteman and Rudy Kellner, pFriem has experienced incredible growth in its short six years and has earned prestigious awards, including being named GABF® 2018 Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year and numerous medals in national and international brewing competitions. Best known for artisanal beers influenced by the great brewers of Europe while staying true to homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest, pFriem craft beers are unmistakably unique in both flavor and balance. Visit pFriem online at www.pfriembeer.com, or onsite daily at 707 Portway Ave., Suite 101, Hood River, OR 97031.

 

 

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Beer list for Belgianfest 2019 – an impressive array of creative concoctions

Washington Beer News - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 1:17pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Below we share the complete list of beers expected to pour at the 10th Annual Belgianfest in Seattle on Saturday, February 2nd. The event is presented by the Washington Beer Commission and features Belgian-style beers created by Washington breweries. In all, 32 breweries will pour in excess of 90 beers. Once again, our local breweries are flexing their creative mussels for this one. (See what I did there? Don’t worry, nobody is putting bivalve molluscs in their beers. Right?)

This event always sells out, with just a handful of tickets available at the door, so get your tickets in advance before it’s too late.

Belgianfest
Saturday, February 2nd
Fisher Pavilion (Seattle Center)

Two Sessions:
Afternoon (noon – 4:00)
Evening (5:30 – 9:30)

Tickets:
$37 Advance or $45 at the door. Limited tickets at the door.
Admission includes a tasting glass and 10 tasting tokens. Each taste is 4 oz.
Separate tickets required for each session.

LIST OF BREWERIES AND BEERS

Anacortes Brewery-Anacortes

1) Saison de la Sorciere (ABV 5.4%)

Our Saison is hopped with a specialty blend of Palisade, Simcoe, Lorel and Mosaic and was brewed by members of the Pink Boots Society to celebrate International Women’s Day.

2) Dubbel Vision (ABV 7.8% / IBU 25)

Our traditional Belgian-style Dubbel is malt forward and brewed with European Black Prinz malt, brown sugar and honey. Starting with aroma and flavor notes of ripe banana, this dark beer then finishes with a pleasant spicy sweetness and just a touch of alcohol warmth that hints at its 7.8% ABV.

3) Tripel Vision (ABV 9.99% / IBU 6)

Our Belgian Tripel adheres to traditional guidelines with its pale straw color from mostly pilsner malt and it’s high alcohol content. The aromas and flavors of peach nectar blend with characteristic Belgian yeast spiciness to make your lips sing!

4) Wild (ABV 7.8% / IBU 25)

This highly drinkable Brett spiked Belgian Dubbel was aged for 7 months in oak for a dry, warming alcohol finish with a nutty mellow funk.

Bale Breaker Brewing Company-Yakima

1) Nouvelle Abbeye Tripel IPA (ABV 8.5% / IBU 39)

Nouvelle Abbaye (French for New Abbey) is an interpretation of a classic Belgian Trappist ale. However, we dry hopped this beer with a generous amount of Citra—hence the term Tripel IPA.

2) Cocoa Butter Kisses Belgian Stout (ABV 7.2% / IBU 32)

Cocoa Butter Kisses is blend of American and Belgian styles. Roasted American malt fermented on Belgian Trappist yeast make this creation smooth as cocoa butter.

Black Raven Brewing-Redmond

1) Pour Les Oiseaux (ABV 6.8%)

White Wine Barrel Aged Saison. Pour Les Oiseaux is a blend of complex earthy, fruity, and light tannic flavors with a crisp and refreshing finish.  This ale is aged in French oak white wine barrels with the addition of brettanomyces.

2) La Mort Rouge (ABV 9.3%)

Red Wine Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Ale

La Mort Rouge is born from a marriage between La Petite Mort, our dark Belgian style strong ale, and red wine barrels from local vintners.  This ale is a limited vintage release.

3) sQuad of Ravens (ABV 10.6%)

This Belgian Quadrupel greets your nose with caramel and toast while brulee torched sugar and back molasses meet figs and dates.  Malt and dark stone fruit sweetness pervade the aftertaste.

Boundary Bay Brewery–Bellingham

1) Boundary Bay x North Fork Brewery = Collaboration Belgian Strong Amber Brut (ABV 8.7% / IBU 20)
When North Fork and Boundary Bay brew together it’s likely to get a bit crazy! With the final gravity falling below the density of water (0°P OG), this experimental Belgian-style ale is no exception. Meld in aromas of stonefruit and light cherry, flavors of biscuity and light chocolate maltiness and an extraordinarily dry, brandy-like finish, and you’ve got yourself a taste of madness!

2) Wonderland Belgian Strong Golden (ABV 8.2% / IBU 25)
Wonderland is approachable, powerful and an intricate Belgian strong golden ale with herbal, earthy and spicy notes. Hidden behind billowy lingering head awaits a wondrous and deceptively strong treasure with an artfully balanced body and complex yeast character

Cairn Brewing-Kenmore

1) Midnight Hike (ABV 10% / IBU 30)

Inspired by a trek in Yosemite under a full moon, this Belgian Dark Strong is inky black and strong as the granite that defines the National Park! The Trappist style dark strong presents dark cherries and raisin notes in the nose with rich and spicy ester notes on the tongue with a subtle rose taste. Enjoy your own Midnight Hike!

2) Winter Sunshine Saison (ABV 6.5% / IBU 25)

Bronze medal-winner in 2018 Washington Beer Awards. PNW winters make us dream of our lovely summers–and our Sunshine Saison will take you there, with a wintry twist! We infused our fan-fav Sunshine Saison with sour cherry for a tartness that perfectly matches the floral aroma and classic farmhouse taste on the back end. This clean, crisp and refreshing beer is the perfect way to bring sunshine to any day.

Elliott Bay Brewing-Burien

1) DE RODE DUIVELS (The Red Devils) (ABV 4.5%)

Sour Red Ale made up of a blend of beers aged in wine and bourbon barrels for 8 and 11 months. Hints of red wine with some vanilla sweetness from the bourbon barrels for balance.

2) ELEGAST’S STEED (ABV 5.7%)

A Belgian-style stout boasting aromas of chocolate, toffee, toast, stone fruit, plum, faint peppercorn and clove and named for a legendary elven king that rides a black steed.

3) DRY-HOPPED von BOORIAN (ABV 5.8%)

Out certified organic Belgian-stye IPA packed with some special dry hops added just for the Fest.

Elysian Brewing-Seattle

1) Belg-Frost (ABV 7.5% / IBU 25)

Constructed with the same grain bill as Bifröst, utilizing 2-row barley and Munich malt. The same varieties of hops–Magnum, Styrian Goldings, and Amarillo—were used as well, except the bitterness has been tamed, and late additions were bumped up to balance the very yeast forward character. This is Bifröst gone rustic. Free rise fermentation with Saison yeast yields an earthy spiciness, with notes of peppercorn and citrus zest.

2) Bête Blanche (ABV 8.4% ABV / IBU 36)

A twist on the French expression “Bête Noire”. Bête Blanche is extremely drinkable, blonde and somewhat treacherous. Brewed entirely from Pale malt and augmented in the boil with clear Belgian candy sugar. Bittered with German Northern Brewer and  finished with Styrian Goldings hops. Fermented with Belgian ale yeast.

Figurehead Brewing Company-Seattle

1) Patersbier (Trappist Single) (ABV 4.7%)
This beer is simple yet complex, easy drinking yet flavorful, straightforward yet endlessly interesting. This is truly a beer that appeals to every type of beer drinker. The monk’s lawnmower beer

2) C’est la Saison (w/ Jamaican Peppercorns) (ABV 7.0%)
A light malt bill and light hopping lets the spice notes in this winter saison take center stage.  We fermented this beer warmer to enhance the spiciness from the yeast and then added additional spice in the form of Jamaican peppercorns.

3) Whatever Floats Your Oats (Belgian Oatmeal Stout) (ABV 5.3%)
Created by our 2nd Beer Education Night class, this beer starts with a classic oatmeal stout profile but was then fermented with our Belgian strain to add additional complexity with notes of banana and spice.
4) Midwhat?!? (dark ale w/ Muscat grape must) (ABV 10%) – First Session Only

Belgian Fest experiment #1. We took the wort from our GABF gold medal winning Midwatch Belgian-style dark strong, fermented it with champagne yeast, and then added Muscat grape must. Only 5 gallons of this beer so stop by early.

5) Midwho?!? (barrel aged saison w/ cherries) (ABV 9%) – Second Session Only
Belgian Fest experiment #2. We took the wort from our GABF gold medal winning Midwatch Belgian-style dark strong, fermented it with a saison yeast, then aged it in a whiskey barrel with a crap ton of cherries. Only 5 gallons of this beer so stop by early.

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery-Seattle

1) Chateau Vélo Volant Saison Blanc (ABV 8.7% / IBU 22)

Belgian-style Saison with Sauvignon Blanc grape must from Cave B Estate Winery

2) Cherry Tart (ABV 6% / IBU 16)

Kettle Sour Cherry Saison

Flying Lion Brewing-Seattle

1) Belgian Quaddamnit (ABV 13.5 %)

This once-per-year brew is strong and complex.  The malt-heavy body is laced with intense notes of clove, banana, and dried fruit.  In other words, superextrafruitytastesokindsof spicydoses!

2) Belgian Stout (ABV 7.0%)

Heavily roasted with flavors of dried fruit and licorice, this dark and complex Belgian-style Stout pairs well with long winter nights! The carefully chosen grain bill plays out well with a Belgian yeast strain normally reserved for Pales and Wits.

3) Belgian Strong (ABV 9.0%)

The Belgian Strong has a slightly hazy appearance and is light in color. The Strong’s flavor is a complex blend of the fruity esters provided by the yeast with subtle additions of Coriander, Ginger, and Grains of Paradise. The high ABV is perfectly masked in this extraordinarily smooth beer!

Fremont Brewing-Seattle

1) Heritage Wheat (ABV 5.6% / IBU 35)

Brewed with French Saison yeast, Mecca Grade barley and a lot of Skagit Valley wheats. Note of honey, lemon, clove and banana.

2) Foeder Golden Strong (ABV 8% / IBU 39)

Golden Strong Ale Fermented and aged in a foeder with Abbey Ale yeast. Notes of plum, pepper and pear.

3) House Saison (ABV 6.0% / IBU 30)

Fermented and aged in an oak foeder with French Saison Yeast. Notes of white pepper corn, citrus and flowers.

4) Waves Of Light (ABV 5.8% / IBU 45)

Foeder fermented and aged saison, lightly dry hopped with Loral and Wakatu hops. Notes of clove, bubble gum and straw.

Ghostfish Brewing Company-Seattle

1) Shrouded Summit Belgian White Ale (ABV 4.5% / IBU 20)

Refreshing and approachable, Shrouded Summit is a great session beer for any time of the year. Buckwheat malt adds extra creaminess to the rice and millet malts. Spiced with sweet orange peel, coriander, and juniper berries with aromas of clove and banana from a Belgian yeast strain.

2) 4th Anniversary Belgian Quadrupel (ABV 9.0% / IBU 26)

Inspired by the Trappist brewers of Belgium, our version is full bodied with a rich and malty palate and aged on PNW sweet cherries. This beer commemorates the four magnificent years of Ghostfish existence!

3) St. Marina’s Belgian Tripel (ABV 8.0% / IBU 25)

A clean malt profile shows off Continental hops and a spicy phenolic flavor from Belgian yeast. Some fruity esters and residual sweetness keep the high alcohol level from overwhelming this beer.

Illuminati Brewing Company–Bellingham

1) RICKSHANK REDEMPTION BELGIAN PALE ALE (ABV 5.1%)

Light and crisp, brewed with Szechuan Peppercorns for a curious floral and spicy kick.
2) MONKS OF DOOM BELGIAN DUBBEL (ABV 8.2%)

Deep amber in color, malt forward brew well balanced with fruity and spicy esters.

3) SPINAL TAP BELGIAN TRIPEL (ABV 11%)

Golden to orange high gravity brew that balances malt and some residual sweetness.

Jellyfish Brewing Company-Seattle

1) Sea Wasp Belgian Quad (ABV 10.2% / IBU 20)

This big ole Quad offers notes of dried fruit and caramel.

2) Saison Memoir (ABV 5.3% / IBU 35)

This light and dry ale is blended with a barrel-aged, wild yeast fermented Saison. It brings lemon, pepper corn and funk to the party.

Kulshan Brewing Co.-Bellingham

1) GIN BARREL AGED BELGIAN GOLDEN STRONG (ABV 9.5%)

Aroma notes of juniper, vanilla and ripe berries, followed by flavor notes of apple, pear, light caramel, and slight warming alcohol.
2) BELGIAN BLONDE (ABV 7% / IBU 40 IBU)

Crisp, light and hoppy. Spicy and fruity hop notes, with a mild bready malt presence.

3) BOURBON EXPORT SAISON–2017 (ABV 9.9%)

Light whisky and oak accents, with notes of pear, vanilla, and bready malt.

4) BELGIAN GOLDEN STRONG (ABV 9% / IBU 31)

Continental Pilsner malt and European hops, along with fruity, spicy aromas work their playful mischief to bring you this dangerously smooth and spirited brew.

5) BRETT SAISON (ABV 7.8% / IBU 36)

Dry and clean, with a smooth bready malt character, this beer possesses mild brett funk, and aromas of ripe peach, apricot, and orchard fruit.

Lantern Brewing-Seattle

1) Orondo Furioso, Apricot Tripel (ABV 10.9%)

We stuffed whole, fresh apricots from Orondo, WA into oak barrels, then doused them with our Abbey-style Tripel, enabling a second fermentation and long conditioning on oak. You’ll find the aroma and flavor of whole apricots against a background of wood and spice, with a tart finish.

2) Cabaret Sauvage, Ale with Wine Grapes (ABV 7.8%)

A hybrid wine-ale, we re-fermented a dark ale base in oak puncheons for 14 months with whole, fresh Cabernet Sauvignon wine grapes from the Yakima Valley. Enticingly burgundy-hued, with a complex, vinous aroma, it expresses raisin, fruit-skin-spice, port-like, oaky, and floral flavors, culminating in a delightfully dry and clean finish.

3) Voyageur, Two-Year Double Pale Ale (ABV 7.7%)

In 2016 we barreled a freshly brewed double pale ale, and sent it on a (figurative) voyage in oak vessels. After a 2 ½ year trip, the body gained tartness and acidity that complements the citrusy hop, becoming even more aromatic and flavorful with notes of oak, vanilla, sugarcane, dried stone fruit, and whiskey-like caramel.

4) Sombre 2018, Abbey-style Quadrupel (ABV 11.4%)

Aged in oak wine and brandy barrels for over a year and emerging dark and robust, this “double Dubbel,” opens with a lightly spirituous aromatic note, proceeds to dark caramel, bittersweet chocolate, wood, and spice flavors, and finishes each sip with gentle alcoholic warmth.

5) Gyrophare [1st Session], Tart Cherry Saison (ABV 6.2%)

We loaded whole, fresh Washington Montmorency tart cherries into oak wine barrels and extracted all the sweet and sour goodness through a second fermentation on our rustic wheat and barley ale base.  It is aromatic, colored rosé red, and spins through 360° of flavor from the cherries (fruit, skin, and pit), finishing with a balanced and lightly sour touch.

6) Prunette [2nd Session], Plum Saison (ABV 6.0%)

Whole, fresh Washington plums (Italian prunes) aged with our saison base in oak barrels for 1 full year creates a uniquely flavorful ale with plum fruit and skin in the aroma, and a sweet-tart flavor which fades to a gently oaky, funky, tart-fruity aftertaste.

McMenamins Breweries-Bothell

1) Ernest Blofeld Witbier (ABV 6.45% / IBU 8)

With a cloudy appearance from Wheat Malt, and sweeter finish, this Witbier was brewed with a generous amount of both orange peel and coriander, thrown right in the boil.

2) Ennui Belgian Pale Ale (ABV 6.19% / IBU 43)

n. [än’we]: a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement. Brewing can be slow moving sometimes. So we make sure to make our beers as interesting as possible. A light and citrusy Belgo-American Pale in the middle of winter, featuring a hearty dose of Sterling and Citra Hops. More importantly, it comes with a difficult name! Welcome to the Ennui.

3) Method Acting Belgian Tripel (ABV 9% / IBU 15)
n. [ˈmeTHəd · aktiNG]: A technique of acting in which an actor aspires to complete emotional identification with a part. We went to the extreme to make this effervescent, light Belgian style with flavors of bubble gum, banana, vanilla and clove. We only spoke in dutch during the brew, ate a lot of waffles and chocolate, and celebrated Sinterklaas. Can you taste the passion?

Mollusk Brewing–Seattle

1) Plum Dubbel (ABV 8.1% / IBU 15)

Dark Belgian ale with plums. Dark fruit meets Belgian spice with hints of chocolate and toffee. Lush and fruity with a big lusty finish. This rum-like brew will warm the soul on the darkest of cold nights. Pale Malt, Special Aromatic Malt, Brumalt, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Can Sugar, Sorachi Ace Hops, Plums and Belgian Yeast

2) Weekend at St. Bernie’s (ABV 9% / IBU 20)

Tropical tripel. Brewed in the Belgian tradition of a big boozy pale but with a fun citrus-y twist. Various citrus peels were added during the whirlpool giving the beer a bright sparkle and tropical vibe reminiscent of a beach vacation.

Pilsner Malt, Cane Sugar, Target Hops, Lemon Peel, Lime Peel, Orange Peel, Tangerine Peel, Grapefruit Peel, Belgian Yeast

Optimism Brewing Company-Seattle

1) Bier Bier (ABV 7.0%)

Belgian Dubbel. A cozy beer that’s a tad sweet with dried dark fruit flavors, like drinking a beer version of an Old-Fashioned. A Belgian-style beer that is double the fun.

2) Try (ABV 8.2%)

Belgian Trippel. If beer and champagne had a baby… this Belgian Trippel is a bit sweet and strong. Perfect for celebrations.

3) Forward (ABV 10.8%)

Belgian Quad. Contemplate the road ahead as you sip this ruby Belgian, our strongest winter beer, quadrupled in intensity.

4) Belgian Sour (ABV 5.5%)

Propolis Brewing-Port Townsend

1) Cuvee (ABV 6.5%)

Saison Brettanomyces aged 11 months in our Cognac Foeder.

2) Borage(ABV 5.0%)

Sasion brewed with borage flowers and unmalted Turkish Red Wheat.

3) Chaga (ABV 8.0%)

Farmhouse Stout brewed with oats, black walnut hull and chaga mushroom.  Cognac vat washed.

Pyramid Brewing Co.-Seattle

1) Belgo-Drupaceous (ABV 7.6%)

A slightly dark cherry saison. Well round winter warmer with a twist.

2) Tunnel Vision (ABV 5%)

A session IPA fermented with an Abbey yeast strain to commemorate the opening of the long awaited tunnel.

Reuben’s Brews-Seattle

1) Lily White Wit (ABV 5.0% / IBU 10)

A refreshing crisp beer with light coriander and citrus in the aroma, and a clean finish.

2) Pillars of Gold (ABV 6.9%)

Belgian Brett Pale.  Our Belgian Brett Pale has noted of citrus, leather and other earthy notes with an effervescent finish.

Rooftop Brewing Company-Seattle

1) Belgian Tripel (ABV 9.2% / IBU 24)

A classic, if a bit boozy, Belgian Tripel. This beer has everything you want in a Tripel, aroma and flavor runs along complex, spicy phenolic Belgian yeast, fruity and estery with a slightly sweet finish.

2) Belgian IPA (ABV 7.0% / IBU 75)

A Northwest style IPA is confluxed with Belgian Trappist yeast to make a happy marriage between piney, resiny, and citrusy hops, and sugary sweet esters of baking spices and clove.

3) Firkin Belgian Tripel (First Session until it’s gone) (ABV 9.2% / IBU 24)

A classic, if a bit boozy, Belgian Tripel. This beer has everything you want in a Tripel, aroma and flavor runs along complex, spicy phenolic Belgian yeast, fruity and estery with a slightly sweet finish then aged with a pound of Organic blueberries for 4 weeks!

Silver City Brewery-Bremerton

1) 2018 Foxy Lady (ABV 6.2%)

Flanders Red on Cherries 2018 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner Belgian-Style Fruit Beer

2) 2018 Plump Bastard (ABV 9.9%)

Wine Barrel Aged Sour Hybrid Ale on Plums

3) 2018 Cognac & Bourbon Barrel Aged Blend Giant Made of Shadows (ABV 9.9%)

Belgian Dark Strong Ale

4) 2015 Vintage – Giant Made of Shadows (ABV 9.9%)

Belgian Dark Strong Ale

5) 2016 Vintage Chardonnay Barrel Aged Luminous Libation (ABV 9%)

Belgian Tripel

6) 2018 Funky XO (ABV 6.7%)

Belgian Black Ale barrel aged w/ Brett

7) WA Belgianfest Session 1 Pale Ale (ABV 5.4%)

w/Nugget and Santium Hops

8) WA Belgianfest Session 2 Pale Ale (ABV 5.4%)

w/Centennial, Azaca, & Eukanot Hops

* Tap times & availability will vary.

Single Hill Brewing–Yakima

1) Belgian Strong Golden (ABV 8% / IBU 40)

Simple, elegant… seductive. This Belgian Strong Golden delivers clean spiced pear alongside a bouquet of fruits. Semi dry and effervescent.

2) Saison Blanc (ABV 7.2% / IBU 7)

Fresh baked pie meets beer. Saison aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels developing creamy pear, spice and vanilla.

Slaughter County Brewing Company–Port Orchard

1) Mon Petit Belgian Style Tripel (ABV 8.5%)

Belgian Tripel – 2016 Bronze Medal Winner at the Washington Beer Awards.  Full bodied, and blonde in color.  Spicy, aromatic, and softly sweet, with a beautiful warm finish.

2) Dubble Team Belgian Style Dubble (ABV 7.4%)

Belgian Dubble – Dark, malty Abbey style Ale.  A comfortably sweet, quaffable ale with a crisp, clean finish.

3) Luna Negra (ABV 5.8%)

Belgian Style White Ale Brewed with Fresh Blackberries & Spice. In Spanish, Luna Negra, means, Black Moon. Luna Negra is a traditional Witbier brewed with blackberries, black pepper, and star anise rather than orange peel and coriander.

Sound Brewery–Poulsbo

1) Entendez Noel (ABV 11.5%)

This Mother of all Tripels (MOAT) is smooth and clean, with motueka hops and the finiest Belgian pilsner malt.

2) Coffee Cave Bear (ABV 10%)

Our 10% Belgian Imperial Stout aged on Viking Brew Coffee Beans

3) Dubbel Entendre (ABV 8%)

Our award winning Abbey Style Ale. Dark Candi Sugar, Belgian malts and Styrian Goldings hops.

4) Monk’s Indiscretion (ABV 10%)

Dry hopped, and fermented with an aromatic Belgian yeast strain, Monk’s Indiscretion has an intense tropical hoppy aroma and flavor, with balanced bitterness, and is scarily drinkable for such a strong beer.  2 times NABA Award winner and 2011 US Beer Open Gold Medal Winner

Sumerian Brewing Co.–Woodinville

1) Saison

2) Belgian Strong IPA

Triplehorn Brewing Co–Woodinville

1) Stupid Monk-E (ABV 9%)

Belgian Tripel. Brewed with local Woodinville honey lends to the warm flavors.  Soft peppery notes with a light head and great lacing. This beer is savored not swilled!

2) Mystic (ABV 9.5%)

Belgian Strong Dark. Notes of plum and tobacco with a touch of dark cherry.  Low esters and full, rich flavors. Best savored near 43*F to develop the deep and robust malt characteristics.

3) Belgian Strong Dark (ABV 9.5%)

Notes of plum and tobacco with a touch of dark cherry.  Low esters and full, rich flavors. Best savored near 43*F to develop the deep and robust malt characteristics.

4) Aged Saison in Chateau St Michelle Chardonnay Oak (ABV 12%)

Copious peach additions and aged for months on heavy toast oak.  Medium esters. Very dynamic and tasty Saison. Definitive peach flavor to contrast the Belgian yeast and light esters of white wine.

Wander Brewing-Bellingham

1) Act I – Spontaneous Lambic Kriek (ABV 8.2%)

A project over two years in the making. “Act One” is a 100% coolship-captured spontaneously fermented Kriek-style lambic beer aged on Balaton Cherries. Dry with smooth cherry character and deep brettanomyces funk.

2) Wild Warehouse Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale (ABV 6.8%)

Farmhouse ale aged 12 months in Chardonnay barrels

3) Loganita Table Beer (ABV 4.2%)

A collaboration with Willows Inn on Lummi Island.. Brewed with unmalted wheat from Loganita Farm on Lummi Island, fermented with our favorite Belgian yeast, and spiced with coriander and toasted birch branches. Delicate AF.

4) Oud Bruin Flanders Brown Ale  (ABV 6.7%)

A classic Belgian-styled offering aged for one year in one of our American oak Foeders. Dark amber color. Oaky and lightly tart with notes of rum raisin, fig, dried fruit.

Wingman Brewers–Tacoma

1) Stratofortress (ABV 11.2%)

Belgian Dark Strong Ale

2) Noel (ABV 10%)

Belgian Style Winter Ale

Yakima Craft Brewing Co.–Yakima

1) Good Monk (ABV 5.5% / IBU 30)

The Yin of our Monk Series this delicate Belgian Golden Ale is brewed with European hops and grain, bolstered by Belgian Candi Syrup for extra gravity, with a Belgian Ale Yeast Blend taking center stage of the flavor profile. With unobtrusive malts and spicy hops playing a supporting role the aroma and flavor of banana, clove and honey are carried forward on carbonated wings.

2) Bad Monk (ABV 9% / IBU 28)

The Yang of the Monk Series, this Belgian Strong Dark goes everywhere the Good Monk held back. This ale is big on gravity and dark holiday dessert flavors. Amber Belgian Candi Sugar and Extra Special Malt bring forward notes of graham cracker, molasses and candied fruit. Coupled with additions of Cardamom and Grains of Paradise the Belgian Yeast strain explodes with spices and rum soaked fruits.

3) Wild-N-Fruity (ABV 8% / IBU 25)

Our Sour Ale brewed with 18lbs of berries per barrel. This fruit bomb is clean, tart, and exploding with berry flavor. Fruited with sweet cherries and black currant this beer is perfect for any time of year.

WABL Beer

Flying Lion Brewing-Seattle

Pomegranate Saison (ABV 4.6% / IBU 10)

Saison’s take on a seasonal, Winter Warmer.  A pleasantly tart, low alcohol Saison blended with Pomegranates and just enough cinnamon and ginger to make your heart grow three sizes.

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Learn to brew at Cairn Brewing – enrollment now open

Washington Beer News - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:39pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Cairn Brewing is partnering with Abrosis School of Brewing to offer a series of home brewing classes: The Complete Hombrewer Series. Along with the classes, attendees are eligible for discounts on brewing supplies at Micro Homebrew, which is located just a couple blocks away from the brewery in Kenmore. Classes take place at Cairn Brewing on various dates throughout February, March, April and May.

“As far as I know, it’s the only opportunity to learn how to brew by a locally based, professional brewer in a production brewery/taproom, and with a week-long discount on brewing supplies following the class.” say Jen Boyd, co-owner at Cairn Brewing.

The Complete Homebrewer Series is taught by Jesse Young of the Abrosis School of Brewing. Jesse is an avid homebrewer and also the Assistant Brewer at Flying Bike Brewing, a cooperative brewery in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. Each class features a brewing technique, such as  brewing with extract or all-grain brewing, as well as a specific style of beer.

Each class in the series shows the beer making process from start to finish by brewing a five-gallon batch of beer with plenty of opportunities to ask questions throughout the live demonstration. The focus is on the basics of brewing, along with tips to help the first-time brewer make an outstanding home-brewed beer from the start. In addition, Jesse talks about humanity’s history and the intertwined anthropology of brewing, explaining how beer became a cultural cornerstone of our past.

“Bringing more people into the homebrewing community is incredibly important to me,” says Jesse Young, Abrosis owner and instructor. “These classes build technical brewing knowledge that offer the reward of potentially years of homebrewing adventures. And it’s awesome to share your beer with the world around you.”

Jen Boyd of Cairn Brewing says, “We love working collaboratively with other small, local businesses. That makes our partnership with Abrosis School of Brewing and Micro Homebrew so natural for us. Jesse is a terrific teacher of technical brewing but also the cultural background. The homebrew advisors at Micro Homebrew coach beginning and advanced homebrewers alike on ingredients, technique and recipes.  We often brew recipes from Micro Homebrew on Cairn’s brewhouse so homebrewers can come taste what the finished product is like when they prepare to brew their own.  That’s a unique opportunity in the Seattle area.”

The Homebrewer Series includes three classes on general brewing: brewing with malt extract, brewing-in-a-bag, and brewing with a three-tier, all grain system. The specialty classes include India Pale Ales and Porters/Stouts. Full class details with registration information and dates are available via Eventbrite and also from Cairn Brewing’s Facebook events page.

All classes are held in the Cairn Brewing taproom in Kenmore. Micro Homebrew also offers class attendees an exclusive discount on brewing supplies and ingredients for the seven days following each class.

Currently scheduled classes:

  • Malt Extract Brewing: February 10th
  • Porters/Stouts, March 3rd
  • Brew-In-A-Bag, March 31st
  • The Three-Tier System, April 28th
  • India Pale Ales, May 19th

Keep an eye on Cairn Brewing’s Facebook events page for details and updates.

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Crux Fermentation Project Releases Gated Community Brut IPA

Brewpublic - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 7:23am
Earlier this month Crux Fermentation Project released its first packaged Brut IPA with Gated Commünity Brut India Pale Ale in 12-ounce six-pack cans throughout Oregon and Washington. This new Brut IPA is the first seasonal beer in 2019 from Crux. Gated Commünity Brut IPA joins many other breweries as they add this somewhat newer beer […]
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Boulevard Brewing Releases Space Camper Cosmic IPA

Brewpublic - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 6:45am
A new beer as joined the 2019 year-round lineup from Boulevard Brewing Company. The Kansas City based brewery that’s part of Duvel Mootgat has recently released Space Camper Cosmic IPA. Described as a powerfully juicy IPA with minimal bitterness, Space Camper Cosmic IPA uses Ekuanot, El Dorado and Galaxy hops to create its flavors of […]
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A Look Inside the New Hopworks Urban Brewery at Portland International Airport

Brewpublic - Sun, 01/20/2019 - 11:08pm
For travelers making their way through the Portland International Airport, there are now three Oregon breweries that operate pubs inside the highly rated airport. Last week Hopworks Urban Brewery hosted its Grand Opening at PDX and is excited for its ten-year lease to keep its beers and ciders flowing to thirsty travelers. The new Hopworks […]
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