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Registration now open for the Washington Beer Awards

Washington Beer News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:03am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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There are a lot of beer competitions across America these days but the Washington Beer Awards might be the one that matters most to Washington beer drinkers. Bringing home a medal from one of the big national events like the Great American Beer Festival is impressive. Actually, these days it’s impressive if a brewery can even get its beer in the competition. Understandably, in a nation that has over 7,000 breweries, there is a limit as to how many breweries can enter such competitions.

When you look at the list of winners of the big, national beer judging competitions, you see a string of brewery names from across the nation. Many of these winning breweries do not, and probably never will distribute beer to Washington. That said, there is increasing value in a beer judging competition that includes only beers brewed by Washington’s 400-plus breweries. I place a lot of value in the Washington Beer Awards because I can actually get beer from the winning breweries without flying to Florida, Maine, or Michigan.

You can find a list of winners from previous years at www.wabeerawards.com. Also, breweries can find information about entering beers in this year’s competition using the same link.

Here is the announcement from the competition organizers.

Specialty Competitions LLC is proud to announce the return of the Washington Beer Awards®, the craft beer competition designed specifically to support Washington’s professional brewers.  This is the seventh year for the Washington-only competition that provides an opportunity for all of Washington’s craft brewers to compete in a blind judging format and fosters recognition of brewing excellence in Washington.

Only Washington breweries with beers produced and sold in Washington can enter the competition.  The event is endorsed by the Washington Beer Commission as a way to help promote our excellent Washington brews and raise awareness of our rich brewing culture.

In 2018, 181 breweries submitted 1,297 beers to the competition spanning 131 styles from the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines.  Judging was conducted by dozens of trained judges who assessed the technical and stylistic accuracy of the entries.  More than 200 awards were presented recognizing brewing excellence in the state.

The 2019 competition is expected to grow with additional entries and award categories.  The competition will also recognize “Breweries of the Year” who receive multiple awards in various categories and also feature special awards for a “Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer” and a “Best Washington Malt Beer.”  This competition also includes a “Pro-Am” category recognizing collaborations of homebrewers and professional brewers who have scaled up homebrewer recipes for production on a commercial scale.  The competition will also have a “Collaboration Beer” category to celebrate the camaraderie of the industry.

Breweries can register entries from March 1st through March 31st.  The 2019 judging will be conducted in early June with the winners being announced at the Washington Brewers Festival in mid-June.  Details on the competition (including rules and registration information) as well as lists of the previous winners can be found at www.wabeerawards.com.

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Brewers Association is producing guidelines for keeping consumers safe

Washington Beer News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 9:29am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The Brewers Association recently included a local Seattle area brewer as part of a three-person team of industry professionals that will create guidelines intended to help breweries across the nation protect their customers. Doug Hindman, Brewery Operations Manager for Elliott Bay Brewing, is one of three people the BA contracted to develop a resource which will assist craft brewers of all sizes to establish effective food safety preventive controls in all aspects of their brewery operations.

Food safety preventative controls are exactly what they sound like: standards and best practices for producing consumable goods that are safe for the public to eat and drink.

The team consists of Mary Pellettieri, Gary Nicholas, and Doug Hindman. Together they will work to establish clear and understandable food safety guidance for craft brewers, with a specific emphasis on small producers. The goal is to develop a resource that serves as the accepted “industry standard” addressing the implementation of a comprehensive preventive control program in breweries.

Needed, Not Necessarily Required

According to the Brewers Association, “Comprehensive guidance to implement preventive controls is available for many industries but is not applicable to the unique processes used in brewing and fermenting beer.”

In other words, if you are manufacturing spaghetti sauce or dill pickles there are food safety guidelines available, which may even be specific to your particular kind of product, but if you are brewing beer there is no such information currently available.

In most cases, implementing such preventive controls is not a mandated requirement for breweries and other producers of alcoholic beverages. However, according to the Brewers Association, more and more beer consumers expect breweries to have comprehensive food safety plans in place as a condition of doing business. That is, we craft beer consumers care about this kind of stuff, so if a brewery wants to keep customers happy, they need some food safety guidance whether regulated or not. The goal of this program is to provide guidance on how and why breweries should take steps to protect the consumer.

Pellettieri, Nicholas, and Hindman have extensive knowledge with federal- and state-level food safety compliance and are experienced in best practices for the craft brewing industry. Hindman, for instance, was an instrumental part of the team at Elliott Bay Brewing Company when the brewery earned its USDA-certified organic status, which is no easy feat.

The project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2019.

Here are the bios for the three team members, as provided by the Brewers Association.

Mary Pellettieri is president and founder of La Pavia Beverage LLC, where she oversees regulatory compliance. The author of Quality Management, Essential Planning for Breweries, Pellettieri has also served as the lead instructor for the BA Basics of Beer Quality Workshop. Pellettieri serves as a consultant with a focus on food safety, risk assessment, hazard control plans, and audited sanitation protocols. Previously, Mary has filled roles addressing quality and compliance issues for MillerCoors, Goose Island, and the Siebel Institute.

Gary Nicholas is the owner and founder of Nicholas Brewing Projects LLC, specializing in consulting and audit services addressing safety, quality, food safety, and training programs. Nicholas is an instructor for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas Packaging Technology Course – Quality Management Systems Module. He has a wide range of experience in breweries of different sizes including Surly Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, and Goose Island Beer Company.

Doug Hindman is the brewery operations manager for Elliot Bay Brewing Company in Seattle, Wash., where he is responsible for all aspects of production management in three Seattle-area brewpubs, as well as a barrel-aged and sour beer production facility. Previous experience includes a production management role with Maritime Pacific Brewing Company. Hindman is also active in the Master Brewers Association of the Americas Food Safety Committee and the Washington Brewers Guild.

 

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World Foods Portland Tap Takeover Series Returns With Ruse Brewing + Bhuna

Brewpublic - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 6:15am
As we begin to transition into the longer days of daylight, World Foods Portland will return with its monthly Tap Takeover Series. Located in Portland’s Pearl District, World Foods Portland hosts a tap takeover paired with a local restaurant on the first Thursday of every month from March through November. The 2019 season kicks off […]
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2019 Cider Rite of Spring Returns to Leftbank Annex

Brewpublic - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 5:45am
Over 100 different ciders will be pouring when the 2019 Cider Rite of Spring returns to Portland on Saturday, April 6th. This year’s annual cider festival returns the beautiful Leftbank Annex from 1:00-6:00pm with a special VIP session that opens at Noon. Thirty-three different northwest cider makers will converge upon Portland to serve over 100 […]
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Oregon City Brewing to Release Second Round of Coming To Fruition Beer Series

Brewpublic - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 9:30pm
Oregon City, OR, March 4, 2019 – Oregon City Brewing is set to release the latest iterations of its award-winning barrel-aged sour program, with the “Coming To Fruition” series welcoming four new fruits in 500 mL bottles: Apricot, Blackberry, Plum, and Raspberry. The initial run featured five fruits in 750 mL bottles: Cherry, Marionberry, Blueberry, […]
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An In Depth Look at Crosby Hop Farm and its 18 Craft Brewers Conference Collaboration Beers

Brewpublic - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:00am
In preparation of the 2019 Craft Brewers Conference to be held in Denver, Colorado from April 8-11, 2019, Crosby Hop Farm brought together 36 Breweries from 15 Countries to brew 18 unique, beers for the industry event. All 18 of these beers will be pour exclusively at the Crosby Hop Farm Lounge inside the Denver […]
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Tickets now on sale for Pike Brewing’s annual Women in Beer event

Washington Beer News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 8:31am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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This annual event celebrates craft beverages, local foods, and the women who make them.

Back in 2012, when Pike Brewing Company hosted its first-ever Women in Beer event, the world of craft beer looked a lot different than it does today. To begin with, there were only 2,500 breweries in the nation, whereas today there are over 7,000. Honestly, back in those days, I remember the industry as being a lot more, uh, bearded. The door to the brewery was not locked, but it had not yet been fully kicked open. Pleasantly, things have changed and today there are a lot more women working in every aspect of the beer business, from the brewhouse to the boardroom.

Women in Beer, described as a “celebration of craft beverages, local foods, and the women who make them,” takes place this year on Monday, May 13th at 5:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now for this sure-to-sell-out event. Women in Beer is a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. The event is part of the larger Seattle Beer Week celebration that features dozens and dozens of beer-focused events around the city.

“The principle brewers for centuries, women are credited with introducing hops to malt fermentation, radically transforming the brew to what we now recognize as beer,” say the event organizers. “Today, women continue to lead and innovate within the Washington beer, food, and craft beverage scenes. Pike’s Women in Beer tasting event highlights an impressive selection of women-owned and -run producers who continue to move our industry forward.”

As in years past, Pike Brewing’s Morning After Pale is the official beer of Women in Beer. It is described as having a light and creamy malt base and refreshing, bright hop character from whole leaf Citra hops. Brewed by the women who work at Pike Brewing, this pale ale will be available on draft and, for the first time ever, also available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans. The new can design will feature Pike’s Star P logo in Planned Parenthood blue and pink. A portion of proceeds of Pike Morning After Pale supports Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest & Hawaiian Islands.

Pike is proud to support Planned Parenthood, whose mission is to empower individuals to make independent, informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives through providing information and health care, and promoting public policies that make those services available to all.

Get tickets to Women in Beer here.

 

 

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Sumerian Brewing adds new team member: Brian LeTourneau

Washington Beer News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 7:45am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Sumerian Brewing has added a new member to its team, Brian LeTourneau. Here’s the announcement from the brewery.

“Please join us in welcoming Brian LeTourneau, Sumerian’s new District Manager for the Seattle market. Born and raised in Seattle, Brian will be selling in all-familiar ground. He also brings a wealth of industry experience that we are extremely excited about. Brian’s been in the beer business as s buyer at Safeway, a Distributor Representative for two major Distributors, and a Brand Representative for Laurelwood Brewing.

“He’s married with three kids, and in his own words’ says “please buy Sumerian beer so I can afford them!” He’s a huge Sounders plus Seahawks fan, is known to wear a kilt and loves the great outdoors.”

 

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Double Mountain Brewery Celebrates Its 12th Anniversary

Brewpublic - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 1:00am
One dozen years strong, Double Mountain Brewery will celebrate its 12th Anniversary in Hood River on Saturday, March 16, 2019. This daylong celebration that kicks off at 11:00am will include some great craft beer and live music headlined by the Jeff Austin Band, formerly of Yonder Mountain String Band. To keep the beers flowing, Double […]
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Widmer Brothers Brewing Releases Tang-A-Rang + Juicy Sunrise IPA + Secret Stash IPA

Brewpublic - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 12:30am
Three new beer releases are now available from Widmer Brothers Brewing that includes a tropical sour ale, Tang-A-Rang and two new IPAs with Juicy Sunrise and Secret Stash. First up, Tang-A-Rang is a tropical sour ale that’s brewed with passionfruit and guava that delivers a bright pink ale. This is complemented by citrus-tang notes, smoothed […]
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Sunriver Brewing Co. Limited Release 16oz Can Release Launch

Brewpublic - Sun, 03/03/2019 - 8:33pm
When Sunriver Brewing opens up its new pub, Sunriver Oakway Pub in Eugene, Oregon on April 6, 2019, the brewer will also be launching its first beers in 16-ounce cans. First up out of the gate will be its Vermont Vacation Hazy IPA. “We’re so ready to fill these beautiful 16 ounce cans with awesome, […]
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No Boat Brewing announces expansion plans

Washington Beer News - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 1:24pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Pictured above: the space that will house the expansion at No Boat Brewing (via their Facebook page).

No Boat Brewing just announced it’s much-needed plans for expansion. We share the official announcement below.

The brewery began serving beer to the thirsty community of Snoqualmie Ridge in 2016. The brewery, taproom and oddly comfortable beer garden, which is really just a cleverly disguised parking lot, were immediately embraced by the local residents of the surrounding masterplan community who were, it seems, starving for a retail business with some character. And beer, of course.

Since the beginning, David Skiba, the head honcho at No Boat Brewing, has struggled to keep up with demand for his beer, producing just enough for the crowds at the taproom, but generally unable to distribute beer beyond the brewery’s four walls.

Here’s a quick aside about the name. David told me that before No Boat Brewing came to life, he and his father were discussing the idea of opening a brewery and, of course, they eventually started talking about funding such an endeavor. One of them quipped, “Well if we had a boat, we could sell it.” But, alas, they had no boat.

One of my favorite things about No Boat Brewing is that you can sit in the beer garden and gaze at yonder mountains as you nurse a beer, resting your weary feet after one of the many nearby hikes, like Mount Si, Rattlesnake Ridge, Mailbox Peak or any of the other nearby, personal favorite hikes that I won’t mention because I don’t want them to become as crowded as the hikes that I did mention. The brewery is just a few minutes off Interstate 90 at milepost 25 and you’ll often find a food truck waiting for you.

Anyway, No Boat Brewing just announced its expansion plans. Here’s the statement that appeared today on various social media channels.

“We’re incredibly excited to announce that No Boat is expanding! Over the next several months and years our new space, alongside our current taproom and brewhouse, will grow into a house for barrels, new tanks and brewing equipment, and perhaps a few other surprises. This will allow us to greatly expand our wood-aged and wild ale programs in addition to growing our current styles. We could not be more excited about this next step and are incredibly invigorated to get to work. We’ll keep you all updated as things progress!”

Congratulations to the crew at No Boat Brewing; I know they’ve been working on this for a while now.

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Treefort Music Fest Presents Alefort 2019

Brewpublic - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 8:54am
For fans of live music, craft beer, comedy, and food, Boise once again proves it’s a world class destination with the return of the Treefort Music Fest. This five-day music and arts fest, now in its eighth year takes over Boise from a mainstage of headling bands to its very own three day beer festival, […]
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Emerging Sunshine Golden IPA Debuts Today at Block 15 Brewing

Brewpublic - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 11:14pm
Block 15 Brewing releases its latest seasonal beer, Emerging Sunshine, a golden IPA. This marks the brewer’s inaugural spring seasonal IPA to be released in cans. Emerging Sunshine is a golden IPA that’s inspired by budding hops and spring sunshine chasing away the winter haze. This new beer release will be brewed often and canned […]
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The Beer Here – A Very Portland Beer Week: Taste New Ales and Help Clean Bioswales

Brewpublic - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 1:57pm
A very Portland beer week with many new ales and events as we help clean the bioswales with Ecliptic Brewing. Kick Axe Draft Release Party 4 pm Thursday Feb 28, Lompoc Brewing Oaks Bottom Pub, 1621 SE Bybee St.; The Lompockians kick off the start of soccer season with the draft release of their seasonal […]
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Governor Inslee declares this Saturday Washington Beer Day

Washington Beer News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 12:46pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Whereas this is the kind of thing that governors do, and whereas this Saturday breweries across the state open their doors and welcome the public for Washington Beer Open House, and whereas people around here drink a lot of locally brewed beer, Governor Jay Inslee just signed an official proclamation declaring this Saturday to be Washington Beer Day.

See our previous post about Washington Beer Open House to learn more about what’s going on.

Among the whereases and therefores, the proclamation points out that Washington is the top hop-producing state in the nation, that only one state has more breweries than Washington (a subject of some debate), and that the economic impact of Washington’s breweries on the local economy is measured at $1.4 billion.  Here is the proclamation for your enjoyment.

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N.W.I.P.A. 2019 Triple IPA Fest

Brewpublic - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 10:38am
It’s the time of year for triple IPAs being released by so many breweries. This also means that it’s time for the annual N.W.I.P.A. 2019 Triple IPA Fest. The daylong hop bomb of a fest takes place on Saturday, March 2nd from 2:00-111:00pm. Here’s a preview of what to expect on tap. Just make sure […]
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The Growler Guys – Central Eastside Portland To Close

Brewpublic - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 10:13am
After five years of serving up growler fills and a few pints, Portland’s Central Eastside’s franchise location of The Growler Guys will be calling its final last call on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Prior to doing so, owners Brendan Cocks and Kourtney Nelson will be throwing a Thank You Party. On Saturday, March 2nd The […]
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Join local breweries this Saturday for Washington Beer Open House

Washington Beer News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 8:47am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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It’s a one-day, statewide celebration of the brewing industry. Washington Beer Open House sees scores of breweries across Washington offer something a little special. For some breweries, it’s about opening the brewhouse doors and offering brewery tours, for others its about special beer releases. Anything goes, from beer and food pairing menus to live music. Each brewery plans its own way to celebrate.

This year Washington Beer Open House takes place on Saturday, March 2nd. This marks the 9th consecutive year for the event. Visit the official site for more details.

Here are just a few examples of what Washington breweries have up their sleeves. Farther below, a list of all the participating breweries. Figure out which ones you want to visit and make a plan. You’ll have to do some research on your own to find out about each brewery’s plan. (Breweries, you are welcome to use our comments section to share info.)

  • Urban Family Brewing – Seattle – They’ll release the next two installments in our Reserve Series during the Washington Beer Open House. This program is meant to be single-barrel selections of curated beer, and quantities will be limited. Brewery tours at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00. Nacho Mama’s will serve tasty food from 1:00 – 8:00.
  • Farmstrong Brewing – Mount Vernon –  Brewery Tours 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00. At least two new, special beers on tap. Meets the folks from Skagit Valley Malting and possibly some of the local farmers. Live music from 3:00 – 5:00 featuring Dead Lee.
  • Bale Breaker Brewing – Yakima – At noon, they’ll kick off the day with a Welcome Hour (taster flight of any six beers for $10). Guided brewery tours throughout the day. 2:00 – 3:00 is Social Hour, with a special cask tapping —  hang out with the brewery staff. Happy Hour is 4:00-5:00, with $3 pints.
  • Brother Barrel – Seattle – Brother Barrel is opening at noon, three hours earlier than normal, for WA Beer Open House. They’ll offer $8 flights of Elliott Bay Brewing’s Barrel Aged Beers from 12:00-3:00 when they officially open. Three 4-oz. beers per flight.

Participating Breweries:

20 Corners Brewing 54-40 Brewing 7 Seas Brewery and Taproom 7 Seas Brewing Anacortes Brewery At Large Brewing Bad Jimmys Brewing Badass Backyard Brewing Bainbridge Brewing Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse Bale Breaker Brewing Bastion Brewing Co. Bellwether Brewing Co. Bent Bine Brew Co. Berchmans Brewing Birdsview Brewing Black Fleet Brewing Black Raven Brewing Bosk Brew Works Brothers Cascadia Brewing Cardinal Craft Brewing Chainline Brewing Company Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen Chuckanut Brewery South Nut Taproom Counterbalance Brewing Co Crane’s Castle Brewing Company Crucible Brewing – Woodinville Forge Crucible Brewing Company Dick’s Brewing Dog Days Brewing Dreadnought Brewing Dwinell Country Ales Elliott Bay Brewing – Lake City Everybodys Brewing Farmstrong Brewing Co. Figurehead Brewing Co Fish Brewing Floating Bridge Brewing Flycaster Brewing Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery Flying Lion Brewing Foggy Noggin Brewing Fortside Brewing Company Fremont Brewing Future Primitive Brewing Gallaghers Where-U-Brew Garden Path Fermentation Geaux Brewing Georgetown Brewing Ghost Runner Brewery Ghostfish Brewing Gig Harbor Brewing Company – Tacoma Taproom & Brew Haywire Brewing Co. Headless Mumby Brewing Company Heathen Brewing Hoh River Brewery Hopped Up Brewing Hopworks Urban Brewery Icicle Brewing Jellyfish Brewing Jones Creek Brewing Company Keyhole Valley Brewing (Production Only) Kulshan Brewery Kulshan Brewery – K2 Taproom Lake Stevens Brewing Company Lantern Brewing Lazy Boy Brewing Loowit Brewing Lost Canoe Brewing Lowercase Brewing Lucky Envelope Brewing M.T. Head Brewing Mac and Jacks Brewing Machine House Brewery Maelstrom Brewing Maritime Pacific Brewing Matchless Brewing Millwood Brewing Company Narrows Brewing North Jetty Brewing Obec Brewing Odd Otter Brewing Odin Brewing Optimism Brewing Co. Outer Planet Craft Brewing Populuxe Brewing Postdoc Brewing Pyramid Breweries Redhook Brewlab Reubens Brews River Mile 38 Brewing Co. Scrappy Punk Brewing Silver City Brewery and Taproom Silver City Restaurant and Brewery Single Hill Brewing Slaughter County Brewing Sno Town Brewery Sound to Summit Brewing Spada Farmhouse Brewery Stoup Brewing Sumerian Brewing The Brewtap at Reuben’s Brews Three Bull Brewing (Production Only) Timber Monster Brewing Top Rung Brewing Two Beers Brewing Urban Family Brewing Company Valley House Brewing Varietal Beer Co. Walking Man Brewing Wander Brewing Wandering Hop Brewery Wenatchee Valley Brewing White Bluffs Brewing Whitewall Brewing Wingman Brewers Yakima Craft Brewing Facebook Twitter Reddit Google+

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Thirsty Monk Portland to Tap Crooked Stave Collaboration, Brett Brut Rose IPA

Brewpublic - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 2:00am
One year ago Thirsty Monk opened its first brewery outside of North Carolina when it took over the former Deep Draft Brewing location in Denver, Colorado. In doing so Thirsty Monk hired Brian Grace as its Head Brewer, formerly the Head Brewer at Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. Now Grace has reunited with Crooked Stave […]
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