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Cascade Brewing to Discount Select Bottles at its Raid the Cellar Event

Brewpublic - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 4:31pm
To alleviate its growing cellar of beers, Cascade Brewing will host Raid the Cellar, a week long event that will featured select bottles discounted from July 22nd through July 29th. During this week, Cascade Brewing will sell select vintage sour ales, all featuring labels prior to the brewery’s 2017 rebrand. The bottles will be available for […]
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Bear Republic Brewing Co. Announces New Chief Operating Officer and New Brewmaster

Brewpublic - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 4:23pm
(CLOVERDALE, CA) Bear Republic Brewing Company is pleased to announce the promotion of Peter Kruger to the position of Chief Operating Officer and Roger Herpst to Brewmaster. Kruger held the position of Master Brewer for more than two decades, he now takes over the role of COO from Richard G. “Ricardo” Norgrove, who is assuming […]
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History and innovation – Tumwater Artesian Brewfest on August 17th

Washington Beer News - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 9:32am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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A nod to the past, a look to the future, and a lot of great beer

The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest features 50 Pacific NW craft breweries, wine, cider, and spirits, along with games like giant Jenga, cornhole and a stein holding competitions. The theme, Bring Brewing Back, is a nod to Tumwater’s proud place in Northwest beer history (Tumwater is the original home of Olympia Brewing Company). You can see the list of participating breweries here.

The event takes place on Saturday, August 17th. For complete details and tickets, visit the official website at http://tumwaterartesianbrewfest.com/.

Within the larger event, you’ll have an opportunity to sample beers brewed using local barley at the Bring Brewing Back tent. In doing so, you’ll help with the research project. Top Rung Brewing, Packwood Brewing, Well 80 Brewing, Singing Hops Brewing, and Three Magnets Brewing are all creating beers brewed using barley grown by the Washington State University Extension in the nearby Chehalis Basin.

“This event is part of a WSU research effort to identify barley varieties best suited for craft brewing and distilling – specifically for unique flavors from malted barley,” says Stephen Bramwell of WSU Extension Thurston County. “The barley was grown by Brian Thompson and Bill Reisinger in Adna Washington (8 miles west of Chehalis, WA) on productive, beautiful Chehalis silt-loam soil – some of the best the region has to offer. Funding was provided by the Port of Olympia.”

“This community tasting is the culmination of two years of field trials. The aim over the last two years has been to grow large fields of experimental barley for local brewers to experiment with. Barley grown in 2018 was evaluated by consumer panels in Pullman, WA. Barley grown in 2017 was made into whiskey at Sandstone Distilling and evaluated for flavor compounds at the WSU Wine Science Center in Richland, WA. The Tumwater Brewfest will complement these sensory evaluations by allowing for a large-scale community tasting.”

“The same beer brewed from all four varieties will be served under the Bring Brewing Back tent, where community members can complete a brief sensory analysis as part of this participatory research effort. By all means, join us for a drink in the name of research and community economic development.”

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Brews for New Avenues‎ 2019 Tap Takeover at World Foods – Portland

Brewpublic - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 2:00am
In anticipation for next month’s Brews for New Avenues event, the team behind this annual fundraiser for the New Avenues for Youth will be partnering with World Foods – Portland for a Tap Takeover fundraising event. Please join and support Brews for New Avenues at World Foods – Portland on Thursday, July 11th from 8:00-11:00pm. […]
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5th Annual Portland Craft Beer Festival Continues Through Sunday

Brewpublic - Sat, 07/06/2019 - 10:27am
With temperatures in the 70’s, the Portland Craft Beer Festival kicked off on the 4th of July at The Fields Park in Portland’s Pearl District to a large crowd celebrating America’s Independence Day. Now in its fifth year, the festival added an extra day in 2019 to make the annual brewfest a four-day run that continues through Sunday, […]
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Great Notion Brewing to Offer Brewery Tours

Brewpublic - Sat, 07/06/2019 - 8:04am
After opening its new production brewery and restaurant earlier this year in Portland’s Northwest Industrial area, Great Notion Brewing has now begun offering Sunday afternoon brewery tours. Brewery tours begin at 3:00pm on Sunday and cost $25.00 per person, 21 years of age or older, limited to 12 people. Participants will receive a brewery tour […]
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Bremerton Summer Brewfest July 19 & 20, list of breweries and other info

Washington Beer News - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 9:28am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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With summer now fully underway, it’s time to look forward to Bremerton Summer BrewFest. The 8th annual event takes place on the city’s waterfront and features in excess of 120 beers from 31 Washington breweries. We share the list of participating breweries, along with other info, below.

The event is held on the Bremerton waterfront, a very easy walk from the Bremerton ferry terminal, so walk on the ferry in Seattle and land at the festival.

Dates & Times
Friday, July 19, 4:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday, July 20, Noon-6:00pm

Location
Bremerton Boardwalk
100 2nd Street
Bremerton, WA 98337
Festival entrance is located at the top of the boardwalk stairs between Hampton Inn and Anthonys.

Theme
Washington Breweries pouring more than 120 creative, summer style brews, a wide variety of fruit-infused ales, and some always-popular flagship beers.

Tickets
Tickets available via the event website.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Along with all the beer, the event features live music and great food, all within 5-minute walking distance from the Bremerton/Seattle Ferry Terminal.
This a 21-and-over event. ID required.

2019 Bremerton Summer BrewFest – Brewery List

  • 192 Brewing – Kenmore
  • Acorn Brewing – Edgewood
  • Bad Bulldogs Brewery – Bremerton
  • Bainbridge Brewing – Bainbridge Island
  • Boundary Bay Brewery – Bellingham
  • Brothers Cascadia Brewing – Vancouver
  • Cash Brewing Company – Silverdale
  • Crane’s Castle Brewing Company – Bremerton
  • Deep Draft Brewing – Bremerton
  • Dog Days Brewing – Bremerton
  • Downpour Brewing – Kingston
  • Fremont Brewing – Seattle
  • Gallaghers Where-U-Brew – Edmonds
  • Georgetown Brewing – Seattle
  • Hale’s Barrelhouse – Seattle
  • Hellbent Brewing Company – Seattle
  • Hood Canal Brewery – Kingston
  • Jellyfish Brewing – Seattle
  • LoveCraft Brewing Company – Bremerton
  • Matchless Brewing – Tumwater
  • Rainy Daze Brewing – Poulsbo
  • Reubens Brews – Seattle
  • Silver City Brewery – Bremerton
  • Single Hill Brewing – Yakima
  • Slaughter County Brewing – Port Orchard
  • Slippery Pig Brewing – Poulsbo
  • Sound Brewery – Poulsbo
  • Ten Pin Brewing – Moses Lake
  • Two Beers Brewing – Seattle
  • Valholl Brewing – Poulsbo
  • Western Red Brewing – Poulsbo

 

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Level Beer Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Brewpublic - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 1:00am
Get ready to party 80’s style when Level Beer celebrates its 2nd Anniversary on Saturday, July 6th. The brewery co-founded by Geoff Phillips, Shane Watterson, and Jason Barbee has made it past the two-year mark and are ready to celebrate all daylong on Saturday from 11:00am-11:00pm. Yes, that 12 hours to Level Up! To mark […]
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Laurelwood Brewing Backyard BBQ in the Brewery New Can Beer Release

Brewpublic - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 8:29pm
For the past few years Laurelwood Brewing has been offering its Workhorse IPA, Free Range Red and The Wood Lager in 12oz cans. Now the 18 year old Portland based brewer is adding two beers in larger 16oz cans as it adds Kids These Daze Hazy IPA and Portlandia Pilsner to this new package size. […]
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Mt. Hood Brewing Tilikum Station One Year Anniversary

Brewpublic - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 5:43am
Located adjacent to OMSI and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, Mt. Hood Brewing Tilikum Station will celebrate one year in business on Independence Day. To help celebrate this milestone the brewery will be offering $5.00 Margherita Pizzas all day at its Tilikum Station location from 11:00am-9:00pm on the 4th of July! One year ago Mt. […]
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Beer Review – North Coast Brewing Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse

Brewpublic - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:54pm
One of the better Berliner Weisse styles of beers that is readily in the U.S. marketplace is the latest from North Coast Brewing Company. The Northern California brewery has done right with its limited release Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse. As many American brewers through the years have taken the liberty to amp up the tartness […]
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July 3rd is National Independent Beer Run Day

Washington Beer News - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 10:01am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Today, the day before the Fourth of July, is National Independent Beer Run Day, a day stock up on beer from America’s independent breweries. The proclamation comes from the Brewers Associations, the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. They’ve created some fun collateral to support the mission, like the video below.

Maybe someday the Brewers Association will be able to run videos like that as commercials during the Super Bowl. Probably not. The cost of independence, I suppose.

While most of the people who follow a forum like the Washington Beer Blog do not need much convincing, the Brewers Association wants to take this opportunity to remind beer drinkers across America to support independent breweries. If you are reading this, you probably already pledge much of your beer money to breweries that qualify as independent. If you don’t care about independence in the brewing industry, you probably don’t care about beer enough to read this blog.

They aren’t exactly unicorns. It’s not uncommon to find people perusing the beer aisle at the grocery store who actually want to support craft breweries (independent breweries) but are not aware that Blah-Blah IPA is only a dollar cheaper per sixpack because the brewery that produces it is owned by the largest beer corporation on the planet. So, part of National Independent Beer Run Day’s mission is to raise awareness of the Independent Craft seal, which more and more breweries are using to differentiate themselves from non-independent breweries.

When you see that seal, you can rest assured that the beer comes from a brewery that is not owned by some massive, multi-national conglomerate that is engaged in predatory price hacking or otherwise focused on damaging the craft beer industry. At the same time, recognize that not every independent brewery has adopted the seal into its packaging. So the seal tells you that the beer comes from an independent brewery, but the absence of the seal doesn’t tell you that it does not. Confused? Yeah, I thought so.

The Brewers Association defines a craft brewery as being small and independent. They actually do have definitions for those two subjective terms. You can read more about it here.

Personally, I like to use the age-old definition of pornography to describe craft beer: I don’t know what it is but know it when I see it. Or, in this case, drink it. Easy for me to say because I know which breweries are, and are not, independent.

I don’t want to drop names, but I think you all know what breweries do not qualify as independent. The Brewers Association suggests that for the Fourth of July this year you fill your cooler with beers that are not from them.

 

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Mothers of the Sun Raspberry Saison is the Latest Beer from Redhook Brewery

Brewpublic - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:30am
Rock ‘N Roll, art, and beer all come together for Mothers of the Sun, the latest beer release from Redhook Brewery. This raspberry saison is part of Redhook’s Brewlabe Limited Release series and is available in 12oz bottles throughout Washington state for a limited time. Mothers of the Sun was inspired by a song from […]
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Belmont Station to Host 13th Annual Puckerfest Sour Beer Festival

Brewpublic - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:39pm
It’s that time of year again to get ready to pucker up as Belmont Station is set to host its 13th Annual Puckerfest from Thursday, July 18th through Monday, July 22nd. This annual celebration of sour and wild ales is always a hit as Belmont Station assembles an impressive of list of beers from both […]
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Beer at the Ballpark – A Mariners fan in Twins Territory

Washington Beer News - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 2:47pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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A few years ago I proudly proclaimed that Seattle’s ballpark had the best beer selection of any ballpark in Major League Baseball. It was easy to make such a claim given everything I’d read and heard about other ballparks across the country. Seattle’s ballpark, at the time called Safeco Field, offered the largest selection, the most local options, and unexpected offerings like sour beers, barrel-aged beers, and even cask-conditioned beer. Admittedly, the beer program was at a zenith and things have normalized a bit at the ballpark, which is now known as T-Mobile Park.

A Mariners fan in a strange land, Minnesota.

As craft beer has proliferated across the nation in the past few years, it didn’t take long for things to change at other ballparks across America. In April of 2018, I did a story about ballparks with impressive beer lineups (see it), and Target Field in Minneapolis was on that list. Sadly, I haven’t been able to experience every ballpark in Major League Baseball (bucket list), so I cannot comment on all of them, but I recently had the opportunity to visit Target Field and explore the ballpark’s beer scene firsthand.

To begin with, compared to my team’s ballpark, T-Mobile Park in Seattle, the home of the Minnesota Twins occupies a smaller footprint and is shoehorned into the heart of the city. That’s nice because it makes it feel very intimate and easy to navigate, yet it still feels like a Major League ballpark. Dare I say, it’s cozy? Target Field might be a bit smaller than some other ballparks, but it is still big on beer.

The bar at the Gate 34 plaza (the right field entrance) has a nice selection of draft beers. You will not be disappointed by the choices here, and since it’s just inside the main entrance to the ballpark, it’s a great place to start. They call it the Gate 34 Experience and it’s pretty darn cool, but it is a bit removed from the real action at the ballpark, the ballgame.

I was suitably impressed by the Minnesota beer stands, Twins Brews–Beers of Twins Territory, serving canned and draft beer. There are two of them on the main concourse and another up in the 300 section. On the main level, one is near home plate and the other is out the third base line towards the foul pole. As advertised, the theme here is locally brewed beers from some of Minnesota’s many breweries, like Insight Brewing, Fair State Brewing, Castle Danger Brewing, and several others. They also had a couple mega-brewery options, but you gotta please the people, even if they are yellow beer bumpkins.

There was also a Minnesota-only beer option out in left field (pictured below). Hands down, this was my favorite beer stop of the day. It was just too easy. Basically, there are a couple of big reach-in coolers filled with cans of beer, which is my preferred beer delivery system for this environment. As the line moves past the coolers, you grab what you want, then the cashier takes your payment and opens the can as your credit card gets approved. Before the game, there was no line, but when we returned during the 4th inning, there were at least a dozen people in line ahead of us. Because of the way this thing works, the line was very fast-moving, which was nice because we wanted to get back to our seats and back to the game.

Grab-n-go! Quick and efficient, good local beer options.

Why do I like drinking canned beer at the ballpark? It’s not that I don’t trust large concessionaires to keep their draft lines clean, it’s just that I don’t trust large concessionaires to keep their draft lines clean. Also, I recognize that it’s probably a lot easier to inventory and manage a large selection of cans compared to kegs. That said, I admit that I did not limit myself to just canned beers at Target Field, and the draft beer tasted plenty fine to me.

Choices!

As I wandered my way around the ballpark, I noticed a lot of other concession stands that offered at least some craft beer choices, both local and not-so-local. Most importantly, I noticed a lot of local beer options that you very likely cannot get unless you are in Minnesota. That’s how I spent my ballpark beer dollars. Drink local, wherever you are!

Story by Kendall Jones

 

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Tin Bucket To Close as AleFire Takes Over

Brewpublic - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 11:55am
After six years along the North Williams bike route, Tin Bucket will close its doors tomorrow, Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 6:00pm. After Tin Bucket closes, AleFire led by beer industry veteran Drew Salmi will take over the location serving up hot sauce and craft beer. Tin Bucket’s owner, Jason Monge posted this note today […]
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No-Li Brewhouse Pint Glass Promotion with the Spokane Indians Baseball Club

Brewpublic - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 10:07pm
Up in Washington’s Inland Empire, Spokane’s No-Li Brewhouse is partnering up with its hometown baseball team Spokane Indians. Every Monday night in July, No-Li is teaming up with the Spokane Indians Baseball Club, an affiliate of the Texas Rangers, to promote their Redband Trout awareness program. Visit No-Li Brewhouse and order a pint of Born & […]
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Von Ebert Brewing Releases Haze, Hop and Ya Don’t Stop! Pale Ale and Lucia Italian Pilsner

Brewpublic - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 9:38pm
Two new beers are hitting the taps at Von Ebert Brewing this week. Already on tap at its location in the Pearl District is Haze, Hop and Ya Don’t Stop! Pale Ale. Then on Wednesday, July 3rd Von Ebert will tap Lucia Italian Pilsner, its collaboration beer brewed with Breakside Brewery. Haze, Hop and Ya […]
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Major League All Stouts at Masonry Fremont – July 9th

Washington Beer News - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 2:50pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The Masonry in Fremont (killer beer bar and restaurant in Seattle) is celebrating the Major League All-Star Game with a beer fest — Major League All Stouts. I’m not sure how much they really care about the game, but it will be on the TVs, and they definitely care about beer. Just take a look at the brewery lineup below. That’s quite a beer roster.

See the event page for more details
https://www.facebook.com/events/413207189276247/

“We are tapping a bunch of barrel-aged beers, imperial stouts, and wild ales all while raising some money for Seattle Children’s Hospital. The MLB Allstar game will be on, Dome and Bedlam w/ special guests will be live podcasting, we’ll have a silent auction featuring a bunch of awesome baseball (and other sporting) related items. (Including the voice of Aaron Goldsmith on your voice mail, Wait Wait style) In an homage to the legendary Buhner Buzzcut Night we’ll have some hair stylists on hand to cut hair for charity as well.”

Breweries participating:
Anchorage
Cervesera Del Montseny
De Molen
Het Nest
Hill Farmstead
Holy Mountain
No Boat
Side Project
The Veil
To Ol
Trois Mousquetaires
and more to be announced soon…

 

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Black Raven Brewing’s new taproom and brewery in Woodinville is now open

Washington Beer News - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 1:29pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Suddenly, Black Raven Brewing has elbow room. About 45,000 square feet of it!

Test batches are currently in the tanks at the new brewery. The new taproom celebrated its soft opening on Friday, June 28th (address and map below). Currently, the taproom is open Friday through Sunday, but that will eventually change.

Beaux Bowman, the brewmaster/co-owner/impresario behind Black Raven says it’s been a long time coming. For the past decade, he and the crew have built the brand, earned a reputation, and lived in a constant state of expansion, eventually overtaking and occupying every inch of space at the building in Redmond that they called home. To say they were operating at capacity is an understatement. Now it’s time for the raven to spreads its wings.

The New Taproom

Unlike the current taproom in Redmond, which occupies a rather labyrinthine area with several smaller rooms, the new Woodinville location offers a large, single room with high ceilings and big windows filling the space with natural light. Also, another highly anticipated new feature, kids are welcome at the Woodinville taproom, something that will make a lot of mommies and daddies happy. The new taproom does not have a kitchen and will rely on local food trucks to feed the crowds.

In addition to the great room, there is a smaller club room that will offer soft seating and will be available for private parties. Above that, eventually, there will be a mezzanine seating area overlooking the beer hall. (In the picture above, you can see the space that will become the mezzanine.)

The walls are bare, there is more furniture on order, and there is still some work to do, but the new taproom is now open Friday thru Sunday. Keep an eye on the company’s Facebook page for exact times and more details.

The New Brewery

At the core of the new brewery is a four-vessel, 40-barrel brewhouse from Newlands Systems. It is beautiful and loaded with bells and whistles, but it did not come without a lot of stress and uncertainty. According to Beaux, this is the last of the Newlands systems. For the unaware, large brewing systems like this are usually built to a brewery’s specifications. The manufacturer and the brewery design the system and negotiate the price. The system is paid for and then it is built. At least it is usually some variation of that scenario. But it wasn’t’ so easy for Black Raven.

Newlands Systems went into bankruptcy while Black Raven was still waiting for final delivery. Their brewhouse became the property of the receivership, for lack of a simpler way to put it. Black Raven was out a lot of money and had to actually buy the system (their system) again. According to Beaux, that situation just about snapped the camel’s back, so to speak, but they persevered and now the system has been installed and is up an brewing.

With a 40-barrel brewhouse and 120-barrel tanks, Black Raven could realize as much as a four-fold increase in production capability. The tank farm is set to grow and the pad is ready to welcome up to 17 more tanks (as pictured above).

Beaux Bowman enjoying some elbow room, at long last!

The plan is to better supply beer across its distribution footprint and also expand into some new markets. Beaux says that they will soon see beer shipped to Haiwai, for instance.

Black Raven Brewery and Taproom
15902 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE
Woodinville, WA 98072

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