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More changes brewing at Schooner Brewing Company

Washington Beer News - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 4:46pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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We’ve already reported about the changes that started over a year ago at Schooner Brewing (formerly Schooner Exact Brewing). The changes involved, among other things, a shift in ownership, a complete rebranding (new name), and some major adjustments to the restaurant side of the business. Add to that news of a temporary closure early last year and news that the brewery was now also producing hard seltzer under a licensing agreement with San Juan Seltzer, and it has been an eventful 12 months for Schooner Brewing.

More news today. Effective at the end of business today (January 18), the kitchen is closed at Schooner Brewing. The taproom will now only offer light pub snacks, like pretzels and snack mix. Also, they’ve changed the operating hours and are now open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday). No news yet on when, of if, they intend to reopen the kitchen. Effective immediately, Schooner Exact is a brewery with a beer-only taproom. Kind of. There’s more to the story.

The other news today is that Schooner Exact is now partnered, more officially, with San Juan Seltzer Company. Basically, the two company’s have merged and become one entity. They’ve worked together by way of a licensing relationship since the spring of 2018 when Schooner began brewing and canning San Juan Seltzer’s spiked sparkling waters at its SoDo brewery.

According to a press release from the company, with the merger management has decided to close Schooner’s restaurant, effective end of business on Friday, January 18, 2019, to focus solely on producing craft beer and spiked sparkling water. The Schooner Brewing taproom will continue to stay open and serve its existing and growing portfolio of beers to its loyal customers. New operating hours are Wednesday thru Sunday from 3-9 p.m. Along with beer, they’ll serve spiked sparkling water and light bar snacks. The changes are effective Wednesday, January 23.

“I’m incredibly proud to oversee San Juan Seltzer, the award-winning Schooner Brewing and our taproom” said Ron Lloyd, President and CEO. “Both of these local brands produce world-class products and we have so many exciting plans in store for the future as we continue to grow here in SoDo and with our growing distributor network throughout the Pacific Northwest!”

Lloyd added, “We’ve had so much excitement over the last few months releasing fresh hop beer, participating in local events, and winning awards like ‘best American-style IPA 2018’ in SIP Northwest Magazine. We are thrilled to continue this momentum into 2019 with a renewed focus!”

Schooner’s Head Beer Brewer Joel Stickney, who has been with the brewery for nearly seven years, and the Schooner brewing team are excited to focus on creating and expanding new beer offerings both here and in Japan, a growing market for American craft beer. Schooner Brewing is one of our local breweries that has successfully entered the burgeoning craft beer scene in Japan.

Joel and his team will be releasing Schooner’s first New England style Hazy IPA in the next few weeks, with more new releases to follow. “With this merger of two great local companies I’m looking forward to focusing all of my efforts on creating excellent, new craft beers for current and future Schooner fans, as well as continuing to help brew high-quality San Juan Seltzer spiked sparkling waters,” said Stickney. “We have an incredible team assembled here that understands the ins and outs of the beverage alcohol industry and will work together to create exciting new alcoholic beverages that locals love to drink.”

San Juan Seltzer, which is the first spiked seltzer company based in the Pacific Northwest, competes in one of the hottest and fastest growing adult beverage categories. Why is it so hot? Well, in part, it’s because San Juan Seltzer provides an adult beverage option that is low calorie, with no sugar and no carbohydrates. It clocks in at  4.2 percent ABV and has just 85 calories, with zero sugar and zero carbs, per 12-ounce serving. Also, spiked sparkling water is a gluten-free product.

One thing is for sure, we will keep our eye on Schooner Brewing and San Juan Seltzer as things continue to evolve.

 

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Ben’s Bottle Shop 3rd Anniversary with Barley Brown’s Beer

Brewpublic - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:28am
Later today when Ben’s Bottle Shop celebrates its 3rd Anniversary it will do so in big fashion as it will host a Barley Brown’s Beer Tap Takeover. The event will officially kick off at 5:00pm and will feature over 15 beers from the legendary brewery out of Baker City, Oregon and live music from Aaron […]
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Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery Hosts Winterfest January 19-20, 2019

Brewpublic - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 5:49am
Out in Newberg this weekend, Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery will host its inaugural Winterfest celebration. The brewery will toast the colder months with three new barrel-aged beer releases – Gin Barrel-Aged Collaborative Damage, Trolley Pull, and Helder. Taking place on Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th, the W&P Tasting Room opens each day […]
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Rock Bottom Brewery to Host Barrel Aged Beer Festival

Brewpublic - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:28pm
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, Rock Bottom Brewery is set to host its Barrel Aged Beer Festival on Saturday, January 26th. One of Portland’s oldest brewpubs will feature a dozen or so barrel aged beers all brewed and barrel aged at the brewery. The Barrel Aged Beer Festival will take place in the […]
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Bend Brewing Co. Announces Trade War Export Stout Cans and Release Party

Brewpublic - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:17pm
Bend Brewing Co. has announced the release of its first new beer in 2019 with Trade War Export Stout. This newly packaged beer will be available in 16oz tallboy cans. Trade War Export Stout is a 7.5% ABV foreign style stout brewed with a blend of Golden Promise and Canadian 2-row, 6 different specialty malts […]
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Join Brewmaster’s Taproom on January 24th for a very special award and a very special beer

Washington Beer News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 4:03pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The Brewmaster’s Taproom is known for its great selection of local beers, as well as being a dog- and family-friendly environment. Now the taproom in Renton has also earned recognition for its value in diversity, its commitment to hiring people with developmental disabilities, and for providing leadership throughout their community.

Vadis will present The Brewmaster’s Taproom the 2018 Inclusive Employer of the Year award on January 24th, 2019. Vadis is a local organization dedicated to assisting businesses with the recruitment and retention of employees with disabilities.

Brewmaster’s owner, Marley Rall, was a bit dismayed when notified of the impending award. “Why would Brewmaster’s be honored for simply doing what is right; doing what every business
should do?” she wondered.

She didn’t want the award to focus on the taproom, but rather she wants to use the award as an opportunity to share, with her community, what Supported Employment is all about.

To celebrate, Marley wanted to do something for her community, as she is wont to do. From that, an idea was born. She turned to Airway’s Brewing of Kent and asked if they would be willing to create a special beer for the occasion and for a special cause. Of course they obliged.

Airways Brewing’s head brewer, Aaron Gibbs, along with his 4-year old daughter, Hazel, were
excited at the concept of crafting an exclusive brew to benefit individuals with disabilities. Hazel even created the brew’s recipe. Thus, this Hazy IPA bears her name, Hazel’s EFA (Employment for All) India Pale Ale. The beer will be tapped in conjunction with the award presentation on January 24th.

Marley requested that the presentation take place on a night when the taproom would be hosting a brewers night event. On this night, Airways Brewing will be the guest brewery. Speaking of her brewery partners, Marley adds, “They are the reason we can do what we do.”

All proceeds from the sale of Hazel’s EFA IPA will be donated to the cause, raising money to help people with developmental disabilities receive one-on-one job training and on-the-job support.

Paying it forward is nothing new for Marley and her Brewmaster’s family. In 2018 they raised nearly $20,000 for various non-profit organizations.

Join the celebration on January 24th at 5:30. The Brewmaster’s Taproom is located at 2000 Benson Road in Renton.

 

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Latona Pub Winter Beer Series: Future Primitive Brewing and collaboration release

Washington Beer News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 3:14pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The Latona Winter Beer Series continues on Monday, January 21st. This event in particular mingles the new with the old. Latona Pub is one of the Seattle’s original beer bars. They began pouring nothing but craft beer in 1987, back when it was difficult to get your hands on the good stuff — the stuff we used to call “micro brew” back in the day. For over 30 years, publican Bob Brenlin has remained fiercely dedicated to supporting the local beer industry.

On Monday, January 21st, Latona Pub welcomes Future Primitive Brewing, Seattle’s newest brewery. (See our story about their opening in late December.) The crew from Latona Pub collaborated on a beer with Future Primitive and on Monday they’ll tap into the results. Also, some other tasty treats from Future Primitive.

Here’s the announcement from Latona Pub:

Latona Winter Beer Series: Future Primitive

MON, JAN 21 AT 6:30 PM

Our Winter Beer series continues on Monday, January 21 with the release of our collaboration with Future Primitive Brewing. This yet-to-be-named hoppy red rye brew was hopped up with Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Hallertauer hops, and will be the perfect beer to get us through January.

The Future Primitive folks have a long history at the Latona, so we’re extremely excited to release this one with them and celebrate the opening of their taproom in White Center!

Dinner in the loft starts at 6:30pm (ask your server/bartender for details or send a message), followed by the release party at 8:30pm

Feature Tap List:

  • Latona/Future Primitive Brewing Collaboration Red Rye IPA
  • Future Primitive Brewing Moment Belgian Blonde
  • Future Primitive Brewing Penny Marshall Noble Pale
  • Future Primitive Brewing Black River Oatmeal Stout

 

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Trap Door Brewing opening a second location in Ridgefield, WA

Washington Beer News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 2:43pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Trap Door Brewing of Vancouver, Washington is opening a second location, a taproom, in nearby Ridgefield. The new taproom will be located just off Interstate 5 at exit 14, about 15 minutes north of the brewery’s current location in downtown Vancouver. We learned this today via a report in The Columbian. The brewery’s new taproom will be located in Ridgefield Pioneer Village, a new mixed-use development with roughly 300 apartments. The community covers a total of 40 acres, which includes 20 acres of residential housing, 10 acres or commercial businesses, and 10 acres park land.

In a statement released by Trap Door Brewing, company owner Bryan Schull said, “Our Vancouver location will remain the primary location for brewing. We will continue to ferment, keg, bottle and can at the Vancouver location, which will supply the taps at both locations.”

Schull says that the second location will see some fermentation and barrel work. “We will also be transporting batches of wort to the new facility where we will be fermenting and barrel-aging wild fermentations for our sour beers program.”

“We are thrilled to offer our products in this amazing community and exciting development,” added Schull. “We are happy to serve this community not only our crowd-pleasing beers but also provide quality food in a family-friendly atmosphere.”

The Pioneer Village commercial space spans a total of 80,000 square feet, which will be split between retail, office and medical. Reportedly, the new Trap Door Brewing taproom will occupy 2,250 square feet.

 

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Ecliptic Brewing Returns With 2019 Oort Imperial Stout

Brewpublic - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:41am
The release of the 2019 Oort Imperial Stout will take place on Saturday, January 19th at Ecliptic Brewing. This daylong event from 11:00am-10:00pm will see this year’s release of Oort Imperial Stout available on draft in the pub and to go in 500mL bottles. Ecliptic will also have 2016 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oort Imperial Stout and […]
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The Beer Junction presents Barrel Junction 7, starts this Saturday

Washington Beer News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 9:03am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Starting this Saturday at 11:00 AM (Jan. 19th), The Beer Junction presents Barrel Junction 7, an event featuring a selection of barrel-aged beers that stretches for more than a week. They’ll dedicate at least 25 taps to barrel-aged beers.

Highlights from this year’s lineup include beers from distant breweries like Firestone Walker Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Midnight Sun Brewing, New Holland Brewing, and others. Also, some local favorites like Fremont Brewing, Cloudburst Brewing, Holy Mountain Brewing and so on. The beer list is below (click on the image for higher res).

Here’s the announcement from The Beer Junction.

Barrel Junction #7 is almost here! 

My favorite event we do starts this Saturday, January 19th at 11AM! Check out the full lineup further below (it’s hard to read so click the image to get a larger and higher resolution image). We’ll be starting with at least 25 barrel aged beers and we’ll also have daily headliners starting on Monday January 21st. A few highlights to look forward to: Cloudburst Barrel Aged Darkenfloxx, Skookum Barren Wood, Fremont Spice Wars, The Lost Abby Barrel Aged Serpents Stout, Firestone Parabola, and many many more!

 

 

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Beer release – Resolution Breaker IPA, Airways Brewing

Washington Beer News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 8:45am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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We are now more than halfway through January, which means most people have cast aside their New Year’s resolutions already. If you need help saying goodbye to “Dry January,” Airways Brewing introduces a brew to help you get back off the wagon: Resolution Breaker IPA. Here’s the release announcement from the brewery.

RESOLUTION BREAKER IPA, AVAILABLE TODAY

You made your New Year’s Resolutions. Now, we’re going to try to break one of them.

Hard to believe it’s that time of year already – that time where we tempt you with Resolution Breaker. What’s that, you ask? It’s like our Jumbo Juice, but cranked up a notch. An amazingly fragrant, juicy, balanced beer – filled with some of the hops you know & love (Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo), combined with our super-expressive English yeast strain. We took this beer to a new level this year and we think you’re going to love the result.

Get it on tap at both of our locations starting today – before it’s gone for another year.

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Beer release – 3 new brews from Kulshan Brewing

Washington Beer News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 8:33am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Kulshan Brewing of Bellingham just announced the release of three beers for the new year. Here’s are the release notes from the brewery.

Three Fingers Imperial IPA

Named after Three Fingers mountain, located near Darrington in the North Cascades, this Imperial IPA is indulgent and excessive in all the best ways. Aroma notes of mango, peach, and orange dominate, while on the tongue grapefruit pith and pine lead the way. Warming and well rounded, Three Fingers is truly a regal example of this style. On tap at Roosevelt (K2) and in bottles to take home at both locations.

Hoppy Lager

Brewed using experimental lager hops from Indie Hops in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, this Small Batch lager is subtle, nuanced, and very sessionable. Wholesome bready malt flavors lay the foundation for this beer, while on the hop side there are pleasing floral and earthy notes, as well as light citrus and lemongrass. Clean, crisp, and dry, this hoppy lager is a darned tasty beer. On tap at Sunnyland as part of our Small Batch Program.

Go East IPA

Have you tried this season’s batch? This winter IPA was brewed to be the perfect hoppy companion as the weather changes. Medium amber in color, Go East is pine forward, followed by hints of orchard fruits and berries that are balanced by a spiced bready finish. On tap at Roosevelt (K2) and in cans to take home at both locations.

 

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Portland Brewing and The Unipiper Collaborate on Unipiper Hazy IPA

Brewpublic - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 7:05am
Back in 2003, Terry Currier, owner of Music Millennium brought the Keep Portland Weird slogan to the people of Portland. Now one of Keep Portland Weird’s ambassadors, The Unipiper is launching his latest initiative, Weird Portland United (WPU). To help raise awareness and funds for WPU, The Unipiper has collaborated with Portland Brewing on Unipiper […]
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The 17th Annual Barleywine Bacchanal starts January 24th

Washington Beer News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 5:29pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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You know what they say, “Time flies when your having barleywine.” Okay, nobody says that, but where have the last 17 years gone? They slipped away down a timeless river of reddish-gold, amber-brown barleywine. Washed out to sea on a rhapsodical tide of the burliest beers known to man. But here we are, time to prepare for the 17th Annual Barleywine Bacchanal at Beveridge Place Pub.

Starting on Thursday, January 24th, the pub dedicates 30 taps to a rotating selection of 70+ barleywines. The event runs through the weekend with the selection changing daily. To help you taste as many as possible, without succumbing to complete inebriation, taster trays of 4-oz pours will be available.

Expect to enjoy barelywine from as near as Ballard, as far as Belgium, and all points in between. Also expect a lively and large crowd, especially on Thursday when the whole thing kicks off.

The list of beers will be posted on the Facebook event page when available. I will update this post when that happens.

In the meantime, below I share the list from the 2016 Barleywine Bacchanal, just to give you an idea of what to expect.

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Reuben’s Brews branches out, now making cider: Warren’s Cider

Washington Beer News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 1:14pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Reuben’s Brews of Seattle recently announced that they’ve branched out and are now producing cider. The result of this new project is Warren’s Cider. Not long ago, this would have been a lot more complicated, but a change to one of Washington’s liquor law that forbade a brewery from making cider, and vice versa, have simplified things.

The short version, Reuben’s Brews was named after Adam and Grace Robbing’s first son, Reuben, but now Reuben has a little brother, Warren. It wouldn’t be fair if Warren didn’t have something named after him too.

“We’re very excited to announce that we’ve made our very first cider,” the company said in an email. “This is the first release from Warren’s Cider, a new project from Reuben’s Brews. This cider company is named for Reuben’s little brother, Warren. Adam and Grace (owners at Reuben’s Brews) have long thought that if his big brother has his own brewery, Warren needed his own cidery. And this is how Warren’s Cider was born.”

According to Adam, “We wanted a drinkable, balanced cider, that you could enjoy a couple of pints of – just like those ciders available back in English pubs, but with a “new world” flair. It was the Pub Cider I wanted to drink. One that tasted of apple, had an element of tannin, and wasn’t bone dry or overpoweringly sweet. A drinkable Pub Cider.”

“Our Pub Cider is medium-dry, 6% ABV, and uses only Pacific Northwest apples. A light tannin structure gives it balance to each sip. It is a nice, refreshing cider that’s drinkable, and not too sweet.”

If you want to know more about how Warren’s Cider actually came to be, click here.

 

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Beer release – Brightside Pale Ale, Bosk Brew Works

Washington Beer News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:45pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Bosk Brew Works of Woodinville just announced the release of Brightside Pale Ale. Here’s the info from the brewery:

Bosk Brightside Pale Ale

4.8%ABV 33 IBU

“Give a whistle and this’ll turn out for the best. Brewed with a simple malt bill to allow the generous amount of Citra, Simcoe, Loral and Ekuanot hops show off their awesomeness. Tropical fruits, citrus, and a touch of that dank will have you always looking on the Brightside of life.”

Available in the taproom now!

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Cascadia Grains Conference this weekend in Olympia

Washington Beer News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 9:30am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The Cascadia Grains Conference is THIS SATURDAY, Jan. 19th in Olympia (field trips on Friday, also). REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN: https://www.cascadiagrains.com.

This annual conference, like the Bread Lab, is a project of WSU whose mission is to revitalize the regional grains economy by bringing together brewers, distillers, maltsters, bakers, investors, farmers, and researchers to share science and make connections. It’s an all day event at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia and ends with a beer and spirits tasting after dinner.

You can see Saturday’s schedule of presentations and workshops here:
https://www.cascadiagrains.com/saturday-conference/ 

There are also field trips on Friday:
https://www.cascadiagrains.com/friday-field-trips/

This year Fremont Brewing made a special beer, Grains of Cascadia Single Farm Pale Ale, to support the conference which will be served there and released at Fremont on Friday. Anyway, I highly recommend this event to geek out on all things grain and meet some cool people in craft beverages and related industries.

 

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Belmont Station Presents Master Cicerone Rich Higgins Beer School

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 3:00am
Master Cicerone Rich Higgins will be visiting Belmont Station on Saturday, January 26th as he brings forth his deep knowledge of beer for a day of Beer School. Higgins will teach two coursed during the afternoon, Session 1: Beer Off-Flavors Tasting Seminar and Session 2: Deductive Beer Tasting Method. One of only 18 Master Cicerones […]
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Alesong Brewing & Blending First Quarter 2019 Beer Release

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 9:13pm
For its first releases of 2019, Alesong Brewing & Blending is set to host a four beer First Quarter 2019 Beer Release. Alesong will release Mocha Rhino Suit, Maestro, Kriek, and Friend in Commons on Sunday, February 17th at its tasting room. Alesong will reintroduce a few classics that they’ve brewed before in addition to […]
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Bridgetown Beerhouse 10th Anniversary

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 8:32pm
Bridgetown Beerhouse, our favorite beer bar in Portland’s Mississippi Neighborhood will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this weekend. On Saturday, January 19th from Noon-11:00pm, Bridgetown Beerhouse will be celebrating its first decade in business with a great tap list and more! Here’s a preview of what will be pourig on Saturday. Bridgetown Beerhouse 10th Anniversary […]
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