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Beer Release – Group Hug IPA from Airways Brewing and friends

Washington Beer News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 10:49am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Need a group hug? Sure you do. Who doesn’t. Airways Brewing just announced the release of Group Hug IPA, a collaboration beer. Available now at both Airways locations.

Here’s the release notice:

GROUP HUG IPA, AVAILABLE TODAY

Everyone needs a hug sometimes—how about a Group Hug?

A couple weeks back, our friend Barry from Pint Defiance got a few of his favorite brewery pals together—Matt from Georgetown Brewing, Matt from Narrows Brewing, and our own brew guru, Alex—to collaborate on a special beer.

Chinook, Citra, and Apollo hops, along with a simple grain bill, and expressive English yeast, come together in this highly-quaffable 6.5% IPA.

Get it today at The Tap Room & Brewery—both on tap and in 16 ounce cans.

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Turnkey beer bar and bottleshop for sale in Yakima

Washington Beer News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 10:07am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Tired of the rat race here in the big city? Have you ever visited The Beer Shoppe in downtown Yakima? Well, apparently it’s for sale. It is a friendly, cozy place with 21 taps and 3 beer engines. For retail, there is a reach-in cooler and plenty of space for shelving. If you’re familiar with downtown Yakima, The Beer Shoppe is located about four or five blocks west of The Sports Center and Millennium Plaza, where they have the Fresh Hop Festival every year.

Below, see the description from the real estate listing, which is where I got the images above. Learn more about this opportunity: https://www.heritagemoultray.com/homes/302-W-Yakima-Ave/Yakima/WA/98902/89363663/

Take the opportunity to purchase this 12 year old turn-key downtown Yakima business that is for sale. Specializing in serving and selling of quality domestic and imported craft brews/ales by the glass or bottle. The only location in Eastern Washington serving traditional English cask ale. The business is ready for someone to step directly in and start running and Current owners are willing to offer short term mentorship to the new ownership and share contacts and other business knowledge as a part of the sale. More details available on the specifics of what will be included in the sale price and more specific financial details available with a signed confidentiality agreement.

All consumables and items sold retail will be inventoried and paid for at wholesale cost above the list sales price of the business. No commission will be paid on these items. Items included with sales price: All chairs and tables ( 4 that came with the lease will stay but are not owned by the business owner) 3 Computers, 2 printers, Quickbooks Point of Sale and Financial.Card reader that was recently updated to read chip Credit Cards Desk behind cashiers desk Metal racks 19 Front of house & 5 Back of House All artwork, taps and wall souvenirs. Wall reach-in Refrigerator (retail beer) and dishwasher in Front of house. Cask taps x 3, 4 refrigerators with taps (21 taps and 3 hand pumps). Video Game. 2 countertop reach-in refrigerators in back of house.

In kitchen: rack, prep refrigerator, produce sink and pizza oven come with the business (other items in the basement, not currently used such as a panini maker also) Other items in kitchen stay but are owned by building owner and are a part of the lease.

Lower level Freezer and a Perlick Refrigeration unit https://www.perlick.com/commercial/. Authentic Cask Cellar built under the supervision of a British former employee. The only cask cellar in Eastern Washington (cost approx. $10,000). Assorted kegs, firkins and pins casks. All Dishes & Glasses used for serving the beverages and food. Monthly lease will stay level for 2 years after new ownership takes over.

Current owners are willing to offer short term mentorship to the new ownership and share contacts and other business knowledge as a part of the sale. This is a hobby business for the current owners, who love craft beer and wanted a place in Yakima to make it available and to showcase different domestic and international craft ales and share a friendly atmosphere for others that enjoy it too. They are selling so they can enter a new phase in life with more free time to pursue other interests. They are physically involved in the business only on a limited part-time basis and have 4 employees that run the day to day operation. The current payroll would allow for a full time owner to step-in and make a healthy income. There is also opportunity for a new owner with more full time involvement to expand on what they already are doing at the Beer Shoppe.

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The Upper Lip Presents a Weekly Comedy Show – Over It

Brewpublic - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 8:58am
If you’re a fan of comedy, The Upper Lip will be able to fill all of your laughter needs as it premieres its new comedy series, Over It on Saturday, January 12th. Now each Saturday evening at 8:00pm, The Upper Lip will transform into the latest comedy club in Portland. Hosted by Seth Johnston, Over […]
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Today Cascade Brewing Releases Valley Flora 2017 in Bottles and Draft

Brewpublic - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 8:36am
The latest beer release from Cascade Brewing will take place today, Friday, January 11th as it releases Valley Flora 2017. The brewery states that this beer celebrates the Northwest’s regional offerings of craft beer and wine. Valley Flora 2017 will be available beginning today in 500ml bottles and on draft at both Cascade’s Portland-area pubs and through Cascade’s […]
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7 Seas Brewing introduces two new additions to the year-round lineup

Washington Beer News - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 8:59am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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7 Seas Brewing just announced the addition of two new beers to the year-round lineup: Willie Maes Haze IPA and Axis Brut IPA. Both beers available in 12-ounce cans at better beer retailer across the state.

It’s worth noting that these two beers represent opposite ends of the IPA spectrum, but are both styles of IPA enjoying a lot of popularity these days. First up, a hazy IPA: murky, fruity, and juicy. Next, a bone-dry IPA with nary a hint of residual sugar, an utlra-light body, sparkling light appearance, and plenty of hop flavor.

Both beers available in 12-ounce cans at retailers across Washington. Here’s the official announcement from the brewery:

7 SEAS BREWING RELEASES BRUT IPA AND HAZY IPA IN NEW YEAR-ROUND 12 OZ CANS

Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Wa. — 7 Seas Brewing is kicking off 2019 with the introduction of Axis Brut IPA and Willie Maize Haze IPA now offered as part of their year-round canned beer line-up.

With the ever evolving, style blurring, and expanse realm of beer styles being crafted these days, 7 Seas is thrilled to introduce these two innovative IPA interpretations they are particularly enthusiastic about sharing. Both beers showcase an amazing aromatic bouquet of latest new hop varietals, but that’s where the commonality ends.

The two beers are as unique as their packaging; Willie Maize Haze has all the qualities of a New England Style Hazy IPA, brewed with flaked oats and maize for a soft, silky mouthfeel and loads of newfangled hops lead way to a strong, juicy punch of flavor and aroma. Axis Brut IPA, a relatively new style of IPA, is light in color and effervescent with an intense hop aroma and finishes with minimal bitterness. Axis Brut
IPA is truly an expression of how beautifully refined and delicate the IPA category can be.

7 Seas’ Director of Brewing Operations and Co-Founder, Travis Guterson shares, “I’m simply beyond enthusiastic about the release of these two new delicious and innovative IPA styles.” Guterson says, “the beers have been a total team effort, from the development of the recipes to designing the packaging, we are thrilled to expand the broad spectrum of tasty IPA’s we produce.”

Look for Axis Brut IPA and Willie Maize Haze IPA, along with other 7 Seas beers at fine retailers throughout Washington State. Cheers!

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Alesong Brewing & Blending Presents 2019 Alesong & Friends

Brewpublic - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:30am
Last spring during Eugene Beer Week, Alesong Brewing & Blending hosted some of their brewing friends from both near and afar for the first Alesong & Friends. This event proved to be successful so the event will make its return this year, but in mid-March. The 2019 edition of Alesong & Friends will take place […]
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Oskar Blues & Cigar City Collaborate on Bamburana Double Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 9:45pm
Two breweries that are part of the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective are set to release a new collaboration beer. Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery has joined forces with Florida’s Cigar City Brewing on Bamburana Double Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. Bamburana is an imperial stout, brewed with figs and dates, and is then double barrel-aged in both whiskey […]
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Ecliptic Brewing Celebrates 5th Anniversary with 5 Beers for 5 Years Series of Beers

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 8:46pm
Leading up to its 5th anniversary in October, Ecliptic Brewing will be celebrating as it is set to release five very special collaboration beers. These beers will be the focal point of the 2019 Cosmic Collaboration Series, aptly named 5 Beers for 5 Years. Using his lifelong connections in the brewing universe, John Harris, Ecliptic […]
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5th Annual Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer & Doughnut Festival

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 5:06pm
Beervana, OR, Jan. 9, 2019 – The Fifth Annual Baker’s Dozen is Portland’s—and somehow still the world’s—only coffee beer and doughnut festival. It features three things Portland does best: beer, coffee, and doughnuts. Portland is home to dozens of craft breweries and independent roasters so the union of the two makes for hoppy, roasty bliss. Those results then […]
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Aslan Brewing announces plans to open Seattle location this summer

Washington Beer News - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 1:52pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Aslan Brewing Company of Bellingham, WA just announced plans to open its third location. The new Aslan taproom is slated to open in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood in the summer of this year, giving Seattle beer lovers easier access to a wider array of the company’s beers.

The original brewery and pub opened in 2013. The second location, a block away in downtown Bellingham, opened just about one year ago in January of 2018. Dubbed, the Aslan Depot, the second location serves as a taproom and barrel house, where the brewery works on some of its more adventurous creations (see our recent story about that).

“We’ve been looking for a spot in Seattle for a couple years now, and couldn’t be happier finding a home in Fremont,” says Jack Lamb, CEO of Aslan Brewing Company. “Expansion can be a scary thing, but we are confident this is more a step toward quality than anything else. The more we can be in control of how our beer is being presented and showcase our passions first-hand, the better represented Aslan will be. This will ultimately improve the average beer drinker’s experience and ensure the quality beer we make is still quality when it is consumed.”

As more and more breweries open locally and nationwide, a satellite taproom, even if it is not directly attached to the brewery, provides an increasingly valuable and important retail opportunity for a brewery. There is a cost advantage to selling beer directly to customers at retail prices. Also, the increasingly competitive battle for tap handles at pubs, and for shelf space at area grocery stores, is a growing burden for many breweries. Furthermore, when a brewery serves its own beer, it has complete control over the quality, which is of paramount importance when trying the hearts of beer fans.

“We do not need to make more beer in order to accommodate this new location,” says Lamb. “In fact, we have been pulling in the reigns on distribution in order to prepare for more direct beer sales, again, for the preservation of quality. We are happy with our current production volumes and intend to keep our reach within the Pacific Northwest.”

“Bellingham will always be where Aslan calls home, but the genuine support that we have received from the Seattle community over the years has made Fremont a clear stepping stone for us to be able to better share our beer. As a Seattle native, I know there is still a rich culture underneath all this crazy growth the city has seen, and we intend to help preserve the weird that still remains.”

Lamb also notes that a presence in Seattle will help the company better connect with, and get involved with, the local community. “What this does is expand our opportunity for more community-based involvement. Having an outpost in Seattle will bolster our ability to directly connect with a more diverse group of nonprofits and local organizations in need, further solidifying our triple bottom line business structure. With every extra dollar we make from this expansion, more money will go back into the community, into the preservation of our environment, and into our workforce.”

Aslan Brewing will not be alone in the new building at the corner of 36th and Phinney, just around the corner from Brouwer’s Cafe, one of Seattle’s most-esteemed beer destinations. Their neighbors will be a beloved local restaurant, Revel, and an outdoor gear and apparel shop, Evo.

 

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Aslan Brewing to Open Seattle Taproom in Fremont Neighborhood

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:44am
With an anticipated summer 2019 opening, Aslan Brewing will be setting up shop in Seattle, Washington with a new Aslan Seattle Taproom. Located on the westside of Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, directly to the north of Brouwer’s Café, Aslan Brewing will bring its Bellingham brewed organic beers to the Emerald City. This will be Aslan’s second […]
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No-Li Brewhouse launches its own wildfire relief fundraising campaign

Washington Beer News - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 9:30am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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What Sierra Nevada Brewing did back in November to rally the beer industry was remarkable. They were able to get about 1,500 breweries involved in their efforts to support Camp Fire relief, an effort expected to raise something like $15 million. It is totally amazing, but that effort should not exist in a bubble. It should be an inspiration.

No-Li Brewhouse of Spokane recently announced its own efforts to support wildfire relief. Yes, the wildfires this year in California were the most destructive in history, and the loss of life and property was enormous, but the rest of the west endured its own fires. No western state was immune. No-Li Brewhouse is fighting fire with beer.

Compared to the Resilience IPA program that Sierra Nevada spearheaded, this is pretty small potatoes, but like I said, the Resilience IPA program should be considered a call to action, not the end of the story. Cheers to No-Li Brewhouse for recognizing that!

No-Li Fight Fire With Beer Fundraiser

2018 saw catastrophic fires all over our country, the Camp Fire in California was especially destructive, and wildfires in Washington rage every year with larger and larger effect. We’re going to fight fire with beer.

We’ve crafted the Fight Fire Pale Ale, an easy drinking pale ale with pineapple and melon notes, dry hopped for a fresh aromatic nose.

For every pint purchased this month, No-Li Brewhouse will give $3 to the Northern California Camp Fire Fund and Washington State Fire Fighters. We’re trying to raise $5,000 total with $2,500 going to each fund.

And to help raise awareness, when you buy a Fight Fire Pale Ale, you’ll get this specialty pint glass to take home with you!

 

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Lowercase Brewing celebrating 5 years on January 19th with a hot stone beer

Washington Beer News - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 8:46am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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To commemorate its five-year anniversary, Lowercase Brewing wanted to do something out of the ordinary, something challenging, something kind of intense. They decided to brew a Gerrman-style steinbier (stone beer), a beer made using a process that involves dropping super-heated rocks into the wort. Get it at the anniversary celebration on January 19.

“We knew that celebrating our five-year anniversary was a huge deal and we knew that we needed to make a really interesting beer to encapsulate the moment,” says Chris Smith, Co-Founder of Lowercase Brewing. “So not only did we dream up something that was super challenging, it was also pretty rad.”

Kegs were modified (cut up) to house the stones — pillow basalt stones from east of the cascades. The kegs and stones were heated over fire until they were smokin’ hot, then those kegs full of stones were lowered into the wort. Using these super-heated stones created a lot of steam and hence a lot of evaporation, which brought out some interesting, uncommon flavors. They describe it as “faint caramel notes and an interesting minerality derived from the pillow basalt stones.”

Here’s a video from Hopstories.

The beer will only be available at the Lowercase taproom in Georgetown at the fifth anniversary party on Saturday, January 19th (noon – 10:00). Joining them for the celebration, “Tôste” will serve up some delicious sweet and savory French toast sandwiches from 4:00 – 7:00 (www.tostesandwiches.com).

 

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Reuben’s Brews Releases Gobsmacked! Triple IPA

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 1:00am
In time for next month’s Pliny the Younger hunt, Reuben’s Brews has just released its Gobsmacked! Triple IPA in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. As part of the Seattle brewery’s Small Batch Series, this big, bold IIIPA will be available in distribution across the Pacific Northwest. Gobsmacked! Triple IPA was originally brewed for Brouwer’s Cafe’s […]
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Cider Riot! Begins To Use Oregon’s New Refillable Bottles

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 10:19pm
The first cidery in the state of Oregon to use the new refillable 500mL bottle from the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) is Portland’s Cider Riot!. The first of its ciders to get packaged in this bottle is its popular Burncider Dry Draught Cider. Cider Riot! founder and cidermaker Abram Goldman-Armstrong has been an advocate […]
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Firestone Walker Brewing Releases Its First Canned Hazy IPA with Mind Haze

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 4:21pm
Another long-established brewery enters the haze craze with its first canned Hazy IPA. Today, Firestone Walker Brewing has launched its new Mind Haze, a New England inspired IPA that’s available in 12-ounce cans and on draft. “We’re finally ready do a hazy IPA the Firestone way,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson in a statement. It may […]
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Get ready for Washington’s Triple IPA season and Hop Mob

Washington Beer News - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 9:21am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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It’s not an easy style of beer to brew if you want to brew it well. Triple IPA presents certain challenges for brewers. The things that make a beer strong often mask the kind of hop-forward character that consumers expect in anything labelled IPA. That is, high gravity and big hops are usually mutually exclusive. By definition, Triple IPA should be at least 10 percent ABV and also very hoppy.

In part, this underlying challenge is at the core of Washington’s annual celebration of Triple IPA, the series of events known as Washington Hop Mob. This year Hop Mob celebrates its fifth anniversary. It all started out when Adam Robbings of Reuben’s Brews challenged his fellow Washington brewers to create beers that rivaled Pliny the Younger, the most ballyhooed Triple IPA in all the land. That beer is brewed by Russian River Brewing in California and is released to much fanfare each year in early February.

After that first year, Adam enlisted the help of the Washington Beer Blog and Brouwer’s Cafe to help organize and operate Washington Hop Mob, the Triple IPA Roadshow. We call it a roadshow because following the official kickoff event at Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle, there are other events spread out across the region.

Last year, the kickoff event featured over 30 Triple IPAs on tap in one place at one time. We are pretty sure that’s some kind of world record, but admit that it was a bit excessive. Also, last year over 50 breweries produced Triple IPAs and released them at about the same time. Again, must be a record, but a bit excessive. This year finds the whole shebang scaled-back a bit and we’re operating within reason.

Reuben’s Brews released Gobsmacked Triple IPA at its taproom in Ballard last Friday; more Triple IPAs from other breweries will find their way to market over the next month. On Thursday, February 7th Brouwer’s Cafe hosts the official Hop Mob kickoff party. Other events will follow over the next 10 days. Beyond the events planned in Seattle, other events are currently scheduled in Snohomish, Gig Harbor, and Renton. We hope to add more events in the coming days.

At each event, consumers can try multiple beers in reasonably size tasters. The object here is to showcase the prowess of the brewers, not to get people drunk. No doubt, another challenge is to responsibly offer a large selection of beers of this strength, which is why each roadshow event will offer some reasonable way for you to try multiple beers without losing your senses.

You can learn more about Washington Hop Mob on the official website: http://www.wahopmob.com. As i said, we expect to add more events as the date nears. Also, we expect to add more breweries to the list of participants.

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Sexual Harassment Misconduct Hits West Coast Grocery Co.

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 1:00am
On the morning of Sunday, January 6, 2019, West Coast Grocery Co. publicly commented after its week long internal investigation of a sexual harassment misconduct allegation that a now former employee made against the brewpub’s head brewer. The image above is the comment as it’s posted on the brewpub’s Facebook page. This comment comes one […]
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Laurelwood Brewing 2019 Beer Release Calendar

Brewpublic - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 11:34pm
Laurelwood Brewing will see some expansion in its packaged beer lineup during the coming year as it has announced its 2019 Beer Release Calendar. Many of its popular beers will return along with a few new beers to keep its lineup contemporary. The longtime Northeast Portland brewery has recently begun contract brewing a few of […]
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6th Annual NW Coffee Beer Invitational

Brewpublic - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 11:21pm
Returning for its sixth year on January 26th is the 2019 NW Coffee Beer Invitational. Held once again at the famous Goose Hollow Inn owned by Portland’s favorite mayor Bud Clark, this annual event that features coffee beers will take place from Noon-7:00pm. This mid-winter beer festival brings in the crowds each year and this […]
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