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Fremont Brewing Adapts During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Gives Back to its Community

Brewpublic - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 5:03pm
Seattle, WA, April 20, 2020 – Since Washington state enacted Shelter In Place, Fremont Brewing has kept all staff employed, adapted and launched new sales mechanisms and is giving back to the community. CARING FOR EMPLOYEES: We’re grateful and proud to report that to date we’ve kept all our staff employed and have not furloughed any Fremont employees due to COVID-19.  In addition to keeping our entire team employed, we’ve ensured the safest workplaces possible for […]
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Pono Brewing Releases Isolation Hazy IPA in 19.2oz Stovepipe Cans

Brewpublic - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 4:50pm
Pono Brewing is the latest brewery to begin packaging its beer. Today the Portland brewer has announced the release of Isolation Hazy IPA in 4-pack, large format 19.2oz stovepipe cans. Prior to today, Pono Brewing has been a draft only brewery that brews its beers at Zoiglhaus Brewing in Portland’s Lents neighborhood. Since the State […]
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A weak link in the beer supply chain: CO2 supplies dwindle, prices rise

Washington Beer News - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 11:42am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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CO2 production slows in the wake of Pandemic response

One of the things that makes beer such a valuable part of our economy is the length of its supply chain and the way it touches so many different industries on it’s way to retailers and consumers. On the highest level, the chain includes agriculture, manufacturing, sales and distribution, and transportation.

Along the way, beer mingles with countless tangential industries, like stainless steel fabricators who make brewing equipment, aluminum manufacturing companies that produce cans, artists and printers who producing packaging materials, and CO2 suppliers who keep the beer bubbly.

There is currently something of a crisis brewing with the nation’s CO2 supply. Some breweries are better equipped than others to navigate the situation. This is something we’ll discuss during a Facebook live chat with Pamela Brulotte of Icicle Brewing on Tuesday, April 21st at 5:00pm (pacific). Join us here.

A Weak Link

Like any chain, the beer supply chain relies on each link. Given the world’s current predicament with COVID-19, CO2 is suddenly an issue. Supplies are lower than normal, prices are creeping up, and quality is a concern. According to the Brewers Association, the trade organization representing America’s small and independent brewers, CO2 suppliers have increased prices by about 25% due to reduced supply.

Why? What’s the relationship between the pandemic and CO2?

In most circumstances, the CO2 used by breweries is not directly manufactured or mined. So where does it come from? CO2 is a byproduct of other industrial processes, like the production of ethanol, ammonia, and hydrogen. Ethanol production, in particular, is a major source of the world’s CO2 supply.

Here’s where there’s a bit of a leap. Ethanol has many uses, but primarily it is used in fuel mixtures. Most of the gasoline sold in the United States contains some ethanol. When we produce less gasoline, less ethanol is needed. Production of gasoline slows, production of ethanol slows, production of CO2 slows. The world is using a lot let gasoline right now. Hence, a lot less ethanol is being produced.

The CO2 resulting from these kinds of processes is distributed through compressed gas supply companies. Breweries use CO2 from these suppliers for things like carbonating the beer you drink, purging oxygen from vessels before filling them with beer, and so on.

According to the Brewers Association, about 45% of the CO2 used by craft breweries comes from ethanol producers. That is, the compressed gas suppliers that deliver CO2 to breweries get it from ethanol production facilities. The pandemic has caused gasoline consumption and gasoline production to plummet. Along with it, the production of ethanol. Many ethanol producers have idled their facilities leading to a reduction in CO2 production.

Breweries don’t just need CO2, they need good, clean CO2. As production slows, quality is a concern. The suppliers who provide the gas to the breweries will source it wherever they can to meet demand, but not all CO2 is created equal.

The Brewers Association explains it like this: “a supply shortage in one industry may result in new feed gas sources for carbon dioxide; contaminants and quality can vary based on those sources. Because freight costs can be high, CO2 supplies are customarily relatively local to their customers, and diverse sources are constantly being evaluated for sustainable supply reasons. CO2 manufacturers should routinely test feed gas sources for compositional changes, as well as monitor the quality throughout the production process. Storage and trans-fill depots should also have purity monitoring systems to screen incoming lots for quality.”

Want to know more about the relationship between CO2 supplies and beer? Check out this resource on the Brewers Association website.

The beer industry is not alone. A coalition of concerned industries, led by the Compressed Gas Association, recently sent a letter of concern to Vice President Pence to express concern that the current pandemic creates a significant risk of a shortage in CO2. This reaches far beyond beer. CO2 is vital in many production processes related to the food supply chain.

But this is a beer blog, so we’ll maintain our focus.

As it is in ethanol production, CO2 is a byproduct of beer production. The fermentation process creates CO2. In most cases, the CO2 is not harvested and simply escapes into the air. If you’ve toured breweries, you may have noticed big hoses coming out of fermenters and into buckets of bubbling water. That’s CO2 escaping into the atmosphere.

There are systems designed to capture and refine the CO2 produced by fermentation and other brewery processes. It’s one of the ways a brewery can reduce its carbon footprint and improve sustainable manufacturing practices. Now, suddenly, it seems a matter of resilience and self-reliance.

Capturing CO2 off the primary fermenter at Icicle Brewing.

It isn’t exactly new technology. Major breweries (the big ones that advertise during the Super Bowl) typically have systems to capture and refine the CO2 produced during fermentation and beer production. Until recently, these were high-capacity, multimillion-dollar systems, beyond the reach of craft breweries. (When it was still open, the large Redhook facility in Woodinville used a CO2 recovery system.) Today a number of manufacturers offer systems suitable for smaller breweries.

One such system from Earthly Labs is currently in use at Icicle Brewing in Leavenworth, Washington. As we reported last June, the system was installed at Icicle Brewing’s newly constructed production brewery.

Where the magic happens.

Installing a CO2 recovery system is kind of like planting a new forest. Trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and produce oxygen. (Remember high school biology?) The system that Icicle Brewing installed is capable of reducing CO2 emissions equivalent to 400-1600 trees planted per year.

As far as taste goes, some might say that all CO2 (a carbon atom bonded to two oxygen atoms) is all the same regardless of its origin. Others suggest that CO2 produced by fermentation actually tastes better.

Join me on Facebook tomorrow for a happy hour chat with Pamela Brulotte of Icicle Brewing as we discuss among many other things, this cool technology. Beer is always relevant, but right now this particular piece of technology seems particularly so.

We’ll go live on Facebook on Tuesday, April 21st at 5:00 pm. Can’t make it live? No worries, the video will be there in perpetuity.

https://www.facebook.com/washingtonbeerblog

 

 

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Crux Fermentation Project Releases Flashcards White IPA + Red and White Wine

Brewpublic - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 9:58am
Situated in Central Oregon, Crux Fermentation Project continues to push the envelope on its beers and more recently its cider. Now the nearly eight-year-old Bend brewery will put its winery license to good use as it has just released its first wines – Red Blend No. 1 and White Blend No. 2. In addition to […]
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Sol Chelada Limón y Sal Arrives in the United States

Brewpublic - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 4:00am
Making its way across United States’ southern border is Sol Chelada Limón y Sal. This fruited, adjunct lager joins the Chelada lineup from Sol that is imported by the Molson Coors Beverage Company. Sol Chelada Limón y Sal has been very popular in its native Mexico and this year the beer will see wide distribution […]
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Brewers Association Releases Annual Growth Report for 2019

Brewpublic - Sun, 04/19/2020 - 4:29pm
The Brewers Association (BA) has released its annual growth report for the U.S. craft brewing industry year ending 2019. This past year, small and independent breweries as defined by the BA produced 26.3 million barrels of beer. This equates to an additional 900 thousand barrels or just under 4% total growth. By volume, theses small […]
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Sumerian Brewing introduces flat-rate shipping option

Washington Beer News - Fri, 04/17/2020 - 10:27am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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I love the idea of getting beer delivered right to my door, but I don’t like the idea of paying crazy prices for it. If I pay $100 for beer delivery, I expect Burt Reynolds to show up in a black and gold 1977 Pontiac Trans Am. That’s what I like about the way Sumerian Brewing is handling their shipping option. No, The Bandit won’t deliver the beer, but still, I like their style.

It’s a flat rate. No extra charge for shipping. Buy a case, they deliver. What’s more, the price is pretty damned good too. They’ll ship the beer to any location in Washington state. You’ll get a $10 Coupon with your shipment as a Thank You for your support!

Place your order at https://sumerianbrewingco.com/wordpress/shop/

Pricing for online case orders – 24pk – includes shipping.

Holy Water Citra IPA Case 24pk
Lucidity Czech Style Pilsner Case 24pk
Hysteria Hazy IPA Case 24pk
Hopruption Double IPA 4pk ($45)

Of course, you can still pick up beer at the Sumerian Brewing taproom in Woodinville.

All six-packs just $7
Growler fills $10
$65 for most 1/6 barrels w/fully refundable keg deposit.
$150 for most 1/2 barrels + deposit. Hopruption Double IPA will be a little more: $85 for a 1/6 bbl. $180 for a 1/2 bbl.

 

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Boundary Bay Brewery & Chuckanut Brewery collaborate: Nutward Bound

Washington Beer News - Fri, 04/17/2020 - 9:40am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Two Bellingham breweries team up to create a new collaboration beer. Nutward Bound is a common-style ale brewed by Boundary Bay Brewery and Chuckanut Brewery. (Pictured above, Janet Lightner and Mari Kemper representing their breweries on the brew deck. from Facebook.)

The brewery scene in Bellingham has grown into something quite spectacular in recent years, but Boundary Bay Brewery and Chuckanut Brewery led the way. Boundary Bay opened more than 25 years ago! Hard to believe. In 2008, Chuckanut Brewery opened as the city’s second brewery of the modern age. While there are now a lot of great breweries in “the other city by the bay,” Boundary Bay and Chuckanut are the giants upon whose shoulders the others stand.

Anyway, here’s the release information about Nutward Bound, as it appeared on Boundary Bay Brewing’s Facebook page.

From collaborations to camaraderie we’re truly blessed to have such a wonderful brewing community in Bellingham!

It’s been in the works for a long time, but we finally brewed a collaboration with our friends Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen! What did we brew…? A Common-Style beer and it is bound to be nuts!!!

NUTWARD BOUND is now available in 22oz bottles for a limited time for pickup and delivery!

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2020 Portland Craft Beer Festival Cancelled Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

Brewpublic - Fri, 04/17/2020 - 9:32am
What is looking to be a bleak summer ahead for any large gatherings, including beer festivals, organizers from the Portland Craft Beer Festival have pulled the plug on the 2020 event. Originally to take place from July 2-4, 2020, the sixth installment of this annual festival featuring beers brewed in Portland will unfortunately go on […]
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Fair Isle Brewing introduces its first oak-aged, fruited farmhouse ale

Washington Beer News - Fri, 04/17/2020 - 9:02am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Fair Isle Brewing of Seattle just introduced the first beer in a series of oak-aged, fruited farmhouse ales. This one is called Tove and it was fermented on blackberries. It is available to go at the brewery’s taproom in Ballard. Order it in advance online here for pick up at the taproom (walk-ins welcome too).

Here is the release announcement from Fair Isle Brewing:

Tove
an oak-aged ale refermented on blackberries

6.7% ABV || 375mL bottles
BATCH: ONE || PACKAGED: DECEMBER 2019

Tove is the first beer to be released in our series of fruited farmhouse ales.  Our approach is one of simplicity and restraint. Tove is a beer that both expresses what we love about the fruit, but with a transparency that allows the nuance character of the base beer to shine through, all while balancing acidity and bacterial funk.

Made from our base farmhouse ale brewed in May of 2019 with Skagit Valley Malts and Yakima Chief Hops, Tove was then transferred in August 2019 to a single oak puncheon (the large barrels you see stacked in our tasting room) and refermented the ale with blackberries from Hima Nursery and Farms in Snohomish, Washington. Tove made a brief appearance on draft for our soft opening, but has since spent five months conditioning.

Dry with a hint of fruit sweetness, Tove has unmistakable blackberry notes evocative of the hard candy your grandmother would have eaten.

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Reverend Nat’s to Host a Virtual Cidery Tour

Brewpublic - Fri, 04/17/2020 - 6:36am
With his cidery still closed down to the public, Reverend Nat will be bringing his cidery to you today beginning at 4:00pm. More specifically, the good Reverend will be taking over the Portland Made Instagram account for a virtual tour of his cidery via Instagram Live. This will be an excellent way to connect with […]
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Heart of the Valley Homebrewers Club Presents BYOBeeFest – Relief For Mid-Valley Breweries

Brewpublic - Fri, 04/17/2020 - 6:00am
With us all hunkered down at home keeping a safe social distance, the near future looks quite bleak for any beer events. Well that is until the Corvallis based Heart of the Valley Homebrewers Club decided to host the BYOBeeFest, its first ever virtual beer festival. Taking place on Saturday, April 18th from Noon – […]
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You Are Not Alone – Postdoc Brewing releases its version today

Washington Beer News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:59pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Postdoc Brewing releases its version of this philanthropic brew today, other breweries to follow

Today, Postdoc Brewing in Redmond, Washington releases its version of You Are Not Alone, a beer brewed to support struggling workers in the food and beverage industries. The plan was hatched by Reuben’s Brews, as we reported back on April 2nd. At that time, Reuben’s put out the call, challenging other breweries to follow suit and brew their own version You Are Not Alone.

At that time, a couple of other breweries had already committed to brewing the beer. There are now a total of nine Washington breweries creating their own version of the beer (listed below). Proceeds from the beers benefit Big Table, an organization providing support for workers impacted by the pandemic shutdowns.

“In these new and uncertain times, we wanted to join the movement started by Reuben’s Brews and reach out to our community to remind everyone that You Are Not Alone,” said Postdoc Brewing on Instagram. “We at Postdoc are still working to bring you a taste of normal life and spread some happiness and joy.”

Like so many other breweries in the state, and across the country, Postdoc Brewing is operating in a strangely discombobulated world because of the pandemic shutdowns. The brewery remains open, offering online ordering and to-go sales, but has suddenly lost its other sources of revenue. It is impressive that Postdoc, and the other breweries involved, are stepping up at this time of need when they themselves are scrambling during these challenging times.

Postdoc Brewing describes its You Are Not Alone Pale Ale as smooth drinking, a hazy pale ale with bright berry, green mango, stone fruit, and complex herbal notes.

Look for other versions of You Are Not Alone from the following breweries: Reuben’s Brews, 5 Rights Brewing Company, Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Bickersons Brewhouse, The Good Society Brewery & Public House, Hale’s Ale Brewery, Steam Donkey Brewing Company, Postdoc Brewing, and Urban Family Brewing Company.

 

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Bend Brewing Company Releases Devil’s Cabbage Dank IPA and Razztafari Sour Ale to 16oz Cans

Brewpublic - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:23pm
Bend Brewing Company announces the return of Devil’s Cabbage Dank IPA and Razztafari Sour Ale to 16 oz cans. Look for both beers beginning today available for curbside pickup at the brewepub. Part of the brewery’s High Desert Hop Series, Devil’s Cabbage Dank IPA joins the brewery’s current lineup of 16 oz cans. This fan […]
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Reuben’s Brews Offers Washington State Beer Shipping

Brewpublic - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 5:04am
Adapting to the challenging times is something that any business must do to come out on the other side of this COVID-19 pandemic. These struggles include the regions craft breweries. As there is no real end in sight to the stay home orders facing society today, many breweries have been adding home beer delivery and/or […]
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Firestone Walker Brewing Introduces Citra Hazy IPA in Crafted Thru Hops Mixed Pack

Brewpublic - Wed, 04/15/2020 - 6:53pm
Located about six miles north of Los Angeles International Airport in Venice sits Firestone Walker Brewing – The Propagator. This is the home to Firestone Walker’s R&D brewhouse where the brewery is able to brew small batch beers on the 10hL brewhouse. The latest beer from Firestone Walker Brewing to be released for a full […]
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More updates about getting you the beer you love

Washington Beer News - Wed, 04/15/2020 - 2:46pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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We’ve continued to update our listings of breweries and other beer-focused retailers currently working to get you the beer you love during these crazy times. Entirely new additions, new hours of operation for existing listings, new options like delivery, and so on. And hey, if you don’t yet fully understand what strange times these are, Mack and Jack’s African Amber in cans. Cans? Cans. (photo from Facebook.)

We have thus far updated our big list (Beer Options From Breweries & Businesses) more than 250 times since we first published it. That list now includes over 200 breweries and other businesses. Our smaller list, which includes those breweries and businesses that are offering delivery service, has also grown and seen a lot of updates.

Man, I have to tell you, it’s been some kind of task keeping up with all of this madness as the local brewing industry hustles and scrambles like Russell Wilson behind a semi-pro offensive line, but it’s a labor of love. Please forgive me if I missed something of note. You can always email and let me know where I’ve screwed up.

See our big list here. See our delivery list here. Lots of changes and updates not mentioned here.

Some recent, notable additions from the last couple days:

Fremont Brewing is now delivering beer. The delivery zone stretches from Mercer Way up north to Northgate Way, from Lake Washington west to Magnolia. Of course, you can still pick up beer at the Urban Beer Garden in Fremont, if that works better for you. For more details about the delivery zone, and to place an order, visit  http://FremontBeerToGo.com/delivery

Reuben’s Brews is now shipping beer to the entire state. Not exactly delivery service, but shipping service. You can find out more and place your order here:  https://delivery.reubensbrews.com/

In West Seattle, The Beer Junction has re-opened after shutting down for a bit to assess the situation. They’re open Tuesday-Friday 4pm – 7pm, Saturday 2pm – 7pm (Closed on Sunday and Monday). Enter the store from the front (California Ave) and exit through the back (to the alley/parking lot). We will be limiting shopping to six customers at a time. Keep an eye on Facebook for further info https://www.facebook.com/TheBeerJunction/

Cloudburst Brewing is now selling canned beer. SInce its inception, the plan at this brewery was to focus on draft beer only. Alas, we now live in a “never say never” kind of world.  Current canned beer inventory should last a couple weeks at least. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for updates. They’re open at the brewery for take-away orders daily.

Mac and Jack’s Brewery is now canning it’s most recognizable beer, the long-ubiquitous African Amber. Again, this is a never-say-never world. Apparently, it is selling very well. Not just at the brewery but at retailers across the state.

 

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Public Coast Brewing Brings its Beers to Green Zebra Grocery

Brewpublic - Wed, 04/15/2020 - 1:54pm
A bit of the Oregon Coast is now part of Green Zebra Grocery at its four Portland area locations. Public Coast Brewing from Cannon Beach will now feature its lineup of beers at the Portland grocery retailer. All four Green Zebra Grocery locations will carry the largest selection of Public Coast beers available in the […]
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Foggy Noggin House Ale Batch #28 – release this weekend

Washington Beer News - Wed, 04/15/2020 - 9:08am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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On the heels of its 10th anniversary, Foggy Noggin Brewing releases its House Ale Batch #28 this weekend. Pre-order online for curbside pick up this weekend at Foggy Noggin in Bothell. You can order the anniversary ale, too. Here are the details from the brewery.

Foggy Noggin House Ale Batch #28 – 6.3% ABV – 57 IBU

This weekend we release the latest batch of our House Ale (Barrel Fermented English Ale) in our tasting room. House Ale Batch #28 has been freshly bottled and might be the most interesting batch yet. Perhaps the most unique ale on the market. Each 1/2 BBL batch is fermented in Hungarian Oak barrels with a perpetual yeast, making each batch unlike any other. Only 6 cases of this beer, so don’t miss out.

Order online for weekend (Fri, Sat & Sun) curbside pickup (4-5pm) –

https://foggy-noggin-brewing.square.site/

Watch a virtual tasting of this incredible ale 4/15/20 at 6pm on Facebook Live – https://www.facebook.com/events/2823828464379780

Sláinte!

Foggy Noggin Brewing LLC
22329 53rd Ave SE
Bothell, WA 98021

 

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Block 15 Brewing to Release Fluff’s Travels and Fresca Pils

Brewpublic - Wed, 04/15/2020 - 7:58am
This weekend, Block 15 Brewing returns with another Driver Thru Beer Release at its Tap Room on the southside of Corvallis. On Saturday, April 18th, Block 15 will release both Fluff’s Travels and Fresca Pils in 16oz cans. After the brewery’s release, both beers will be distributed around the Pacific Northwest. Fluff’s Travels – India […]
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