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Brewers Association introduces code of conduct complaint process

Washington Beer News - Wed, 10/14/2020 - 2:29pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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A couple months ago the Brewers Association introduced a code of conduct for its members. This was in response to recent concerns that the BA had not adequately addressed issues at two of its member breweries. The previous lack of a code of conduct was, admittedly, an oversight on the BA’s part. You can read more about that here.

As promised, the Brewers Association introduced a complaint process to accompany the code of conduct. The process was in place by early September, but the BA recently hosted a town hall meeting to discuss its implementation. You can learn more here.

Here are some highlights of the process.

To begin with, the Brewers Association will not accept complaints regarding matters that occurred before it introduced the code of conduct (August 6, 2020).

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Members of the Brewers Association professional brewing division can file complaints. Complaints may also come from a group of members.

The Brewers Association is appointing a panel to investigate complaints. The panel will consist of three independent experts who are not brewery employees.

Once a complaint is filed, the panel has 60 days to investigate the complaint and decide if it should be advanced to the BA’s board of directors. Advancing a complaint requires a two-thirds majority.

The person filing the complaint, as well as the subject of the complaint, may submit evidence to the panel.

The panel will not share information with the board of directors during the investigation. Information will be divulged to the public on a case-by-case basis. The panel has the option to dismiss the case based on certain circumstances.

Depending on the circumstances, the complainant will remain anonymous. In other circumstances, the complainant will be identified.

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If the complaint is advanced to the board of directors, they will have 30 days to determine a course of action. The goal is to achieve outcomes that are not necessarily punitive but that provide opportunities for education and self-remediation.  Possible courses of action include:

  • Censure
  • Conditional membership in the BA based on the member taking remedial actions
  • Indefinite removal of membership or removal of membership for a specified period of time

According to the Brewers Association, “The code of conduct codifies its commitment and responsibility as an industry to respect the law, promote and consume beer responsibly, and eliminate discrimination, harassment, and bias of all types.”

The code of conduct was adopted by the board as an official policy on August 6, 2020.

The code of conduct complaint process was developed by the Brewers Association Board of Directors in collaboration with the Governance and Diversity committees and staff. It was adopted by the board as an official policy on September 10, 2020.

Learn more about the code of conduct and the complaint process here.

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Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival – 2020 winners announced

Washington Beer News - Wed, 10/14/2020 - 10:50am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Although the festival itself could not happen this year, we now know who won the judging at the Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival. As most beer aficionados are aware, the Yakima Valley is where the vast majority of the nation’s annual hop crop is grown. About 75 percent of the USA’s hop crop and about 25% of the world’s hop crop comes from this one micro-region. In Yakima, hops are a way of life. Serious business. So this event, this competition is unlike any other.

I have personally sat on dozens of beer judging panels, including this one, and can tell you that the Yakima Fresh Hop Festival judges take things very seriously. They know what’s at stake and how much this particular award means to the breweries that submit beer. The panel is usually composed of beer industry insiders, BJCP-accredited beer judges, as well as representatives from the hop industry. Like most beer competitions, it’s a blind tasting and the judges have no idea which breweries created the beers they’re tasting or even which breweries submitted beer.

This year, like the festival itself, the panel and the judging looked a little different. Both were scaled back a bit because… 2020. This year the competition was limited to just 50 breweries. I was not part of this year’s panel but I am certain the competition was stiff and the judging was intense.

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I am not sure exactly which beers won. Given the likelihood that they are already gone, does it matter? You can always check with each brewery. Here are the winning breweries:

Congratulation to them all!

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John I. Haas Presents The HAAS HopCast Podcast

Brewpublic - Wed, 10/14/2020 - 10:30am
A new podcast has hit the “airwaves” as John I. Haas has unveiled the first few episodes of The HAAS HopCast on SoundCloud. Led by Micah Cawley in Yakima, Washington, this new podcast will discuss the current activities in the craft beer industry, with a special focus on hops. So far the first few episodes […]
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Beer Release – Mud Dauber brown stout, Watts Brewing

Washington Beer News - Wed, 10/14/2020 - 9:32am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Here’s the release announcement straight from Watts Brewing.

We have another new beer to share with you!  The shutdown this spring gave us some space on the brewing schedule for dialing in new beers, and this is another of those projects getting promoted to the big leagues!  Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Mud Dauber.

The Mud Dauber is a brown stout.  If you haven’t heard of a brown stout, that’s probably because it isn’t an officially recognized style for any sort of competition.  This beer has the color of a brown ale or London porter, with the full, creamy mouthfeel of an Irish stout.  The lighter color comes from a more judicious use of roasted malts; instead of an assault of char and smoke, look for layers of walnut, cocoa, and just a hint of coffee in the background.  The beer is named after the mud dauber wasps, which make cool organ pipe-shaped nests out of mud.

Mud Dauber will be released on draft this week.  Keep an eye out for it on tap around the Seattle area, or follow us on social media to find out who is tapping it first.

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Baerlic Brewing Releases Keep Oregon Green IPA to Fund Wildfire Relief and Prevention

Brewpublic - Tue, 10/13/2020 - 8:45pm
On its latest IPA release, Baerlic Brewing gets very charitable as it partners with Keep Oregon Green, a 75-year-old Oregon association that is committed to preventing human-caused wildfires. The appropriately named Keep Oregon Green IPA will arrive on Thursday, October 15th as 100% of sales going to wildfire relief and prevention. 80% of the proceeds […]
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Ecliptic Brewing Celebrates 7 Years with Seventh Orbit Raspberry Golden Ale with Chocolate

Brewpublic - Tue, 10/13/2020 - 6:32pm
To celebrate brewing in North Portland for the past seven years, Ecliptic Brewing will celebrate its seventh anniversary with the release of Seventh Orbit: Raspberry Golden Ale with Chocolate. Ecliptic Brewing will release the new anniversary beer on Friday, October 16th at its pub as the beer will also be packaged in 16oz cans for […]
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Fresh Hop Pick Up Party, October 20th – 23rd at Yakima Valley Hops

Washington Beer News - Tue, 10/13/2020 - 10:35am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Those who have attended the annual Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival know that it’s more than a world-class beer event featuring some of the very freshest, very best fresh hop beers on the planet. The air is thick with a sense of community and a sense of celebration that few beer festivals enjoy. Remember that the Yakima Valley produces 75 percent of the nation’s hop crop every year and is the world’s top hop-producing region.

While beer lovers rejoice at the thought of the annual hop harvest because of what it means for the beers we love to drink, in Yakima hop harvest carries an even greater significance. Around Yakima, hops are a serious business, a major part of the local economy. Producing hops is a way of life and is something that many families have carried across many generations, from the farm owners to the field workers, from the bankers who finance the industry to the hop brokers who sell and distribute hops to breweries around the world. That’s why the Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival is such a grand celebration.

So, as sad as it makes some of us non-local festivalgoers, the cancellation of the 2020 Fresh Hop Ale Festival was felt tenfold by the locals. The Fresh Hop Party Can Pick Up is little consolation and doesn’t really make up for the loss, but it’s something. Actually, it’s something pretty cool, especially for those who live in the Yakima area and can easily partake.

Here’s how it works. You order a box of fresh hop beer online at freshhopparty.com. Each box contains eight different locally brewed fresh hop beers ($30 per box, $50 for two). You pick up your order n Yakima, at Yakima Valley Hops, on October 20th thru 23rd. Then, enjoy the selection of beer and imagine you’re at the festival.

The breweries involved are all from the Yakima Valley and surrounding areas. In the box, you’ll find fresh hop beers from

  • Bale Breaker Brewing
  • Bron Yr Aur Brewing
  • Cowiche Creek Brewing
  • Hop Capital Brewing
  • Single Hill Brewing
  • Valley Brewing
  • Varietal Beer Co.
  • Wandering Hop Brewing

 

 

 

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Heater Allen Supports Yamhill Community Action Partnership with McMinnville Harvest Lager

Brewpublic - Tue, 10/13/2020 - 2:00am
Lagers have seen a bit of a resurgence as of late, but one of our region’s breweries that has been brewing up these bottom fermented beers since its inception has been Heater Allen Brewing. On its latest release, the McMinnville brewer partnered with Visit McMinnville on McMinnville Harvest Lager that benefits the Yamhill Community Action […]
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Reuben’s Brews Releases Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout

Brewpublic - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 9:40pm
Years in the making, Reuben’s Brews is ready to release its 2020 version of its coveted Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (BBIS). The eighth vintage of BBIS will be available at The Taproom beginning at Noon on Friday, October 16th. In producing BBIS, Reuben’s Brews took a blend of barrels that have been maturing for about […]
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Is Inspired by S’Mores on Campfire Amplifier

Brewpublic - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 8:45pm
Though camping season is winding down out here in the Pacific Northwest, it doesn’t mean that we can’t take the setting indoors with the latest release from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. The Delaware brewer has released Campfire Amplifier, a 6.5% ABV milk stout brewed with real marshmallows, graham crackers, coca nibs, cinnamon, Madagascar vanilla beans […]
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Oregon Fruit Products Releases Meyer Lemon Puree

Brewpublic - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 5:06pm
A new puree has been released from Oregon Fruit Products. Today, the Salem based fruit company released Meyer Lemon Puree that’s described as an intensely citrusy and brightly-colored Fruit for Fermentation offerings. Therefore as consumers, be prepared for seeing Meyer Lemon flavored beer, wine, cider, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages in the near future. The seasonal […]
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This Friday, annual release of Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout at Reuben’s Brews

Washington Beer News - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 4:14pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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This year’s version of Reuben’s Brews BBIS hits the streets this Friday, October 16th at noon. Because of the pandemic, this year’s release is happening online. You can buy the beer starting at noon on Friday via the company’s online store, ReubensBrews.com/Shop. Your order will be available for pickup throughout the weekend at the Reuben’s Brews To-Go Store, located behind the taproom.

This will be a popular release. You are not the only person who wants the beer. Reuben’s Brews wants you to have the beer. That said, realize that supplies are not infinite.

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Here’s the release announcement from the brewery:

BBIS 2020 RELEASE, THIS FRIDAY AT NOON!

BBIS – our Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout – returns this Friday with our 2020 release! This eighth vintage of BBIS has been years in the making, and will be available while supplies last when we open The Taproom at noon.

Due to Covid restrictions and guidelines in place, our release this year will be online only at ReubensBrews.com/Shop in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all. Bottles go on sale online at noon on Friday, October 16th on our online store, and will be available for pickup throughout the weekend. Please maintain safe distancing when arriving at our To-Go Store for pickup.

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The majority of the barrels in this year’s blend have been aging for about one year, and the addition of some two year-aged BBIS into the blend adds layers of complexity. We barrel age this stout in a blend of 10- to 12-year bourbon barrels. Using the same oat-forward and British specialty malt recipe that hails back from the original version brewed in 2013, we introduced some new techniques to make the beer bigger, richer and silkier.

Tasting notes: Warming aromas of cocoa, milk chocolate and bourbon. The sip offers a silky mouthfeel, with vanilla and rich milk chocolate mid palate. Background notes of smoke, licorice and coffee are wrapped up with some cherry liquor at the finish.

The annual release of BBIS each autumn marks the start of our Barrel Aged Beer release season, keep your eye out for more releases through the end of the year. BBIS has been Grand National Champion at the United States Beer Tasting Championship, two-time Gold winner at the World Beer Championships, and winner of the Gold at the Best of Craft Beer Awards.

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Brewing Savage – a new brewery, sort of, in Kirkland

Washington Beer News - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 10:47am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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New owners, new vision, existing brewery

Not long ago, we reported that Flycaster Brewing in Kirkland had been sold (read it). We now know a bit more about the new company and its owners, Will and Layken Savage (pictured above, from Facebook). The new company, Brewing Savage, is now ready to start serving beer. They’ll open softly later this week and have a grand opening scheduled for the end of the month. Keep an eye on Facebook for details.

Founded by husband and wife team, Will and Layken Savage, Brewing Savage Co. is the culmination of their shared dream. The couple has over 10 years of homebrewing experience. Will Savage furthered his brewing education and will serve as the head brewer.

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“After countless brewery-focused vacations and many hours of debating on who loves craft beer more, Brewing Savage Co. was born,” said a press release introducing the business. “Brewing Savage Co. is 5-plus years in the making and in early 2020, we decided we were set on relocating back out west and pursuing our dreams. 2020 had different plans initially, as it has for most of us. Ultimately, the stars aligned and allowed us to take the leap this summer. Yes, even during a pandemic. We all need beer!”

“With an intimate taproom, our new space in the Totem Lake, Kirkland neighborhood offers a great space to stop in for a pint or two and take some beer home. Also, spend time watching sports, play games, enjoy snacks, food trucks, and neighboring restaurants for delicious eats!”

“We will start with eight taps. Draft, bottle, and crowler options will be available, along with local wine and cider. Additionally, Brewing Savage Co. will offer small-batch seasonal options on 2 rotating taps.”

To mark the occasion, Brewing Savage is hosting a four-day Grand Opening Weekend, starting on Thursday, October 29th. Prior to that, they will be softly open starting on Thursday, October 15th.

Brewing Savage Co.
12815 NE 124th St STE I
Kirkland, WA 98034
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Premium Northwest Beer Co. announces partnership with Odin Brewing

Washington Beer News - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 9:43am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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When shopping for beer, how much of a concern is the price? When looking for something special, like a barrel-aged stout or a mixed-culture wild ale, price is not usually what drives a shopper’s decision, but what about daily drinkers? Does the price of one six-pack versus another enter the equation?

What about independence? Does that matter? If a brewery is owned by a small, local company are you more likely to buy the beer regardless of price? Regardless of quality? Are concepts like price, independence, and quality mutually exclusive? I think we all have our own equation for how those three attributes fit into our beer-buying decision.

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Premium Northwest Beer Co. aims to fit into that equation. Back in 2015 Warren Hellman and Toshi Kojima, the company’s founders, saw an empty space on the shelves at local beer retailers. There were plenty of spendy craft beers on one end of the shelf and there were plenty of budget-friendly macro lagers on the other. Between the two, there was no cost-conscious, locally brewed beer option. A modern-day version of Rainier beer or Olympia beer did not exist.

Hellman and Kojima created Premium Northwest Beer Co. to give beer drinkers an affordable, locally brewed beer option. “It sounded simple. We’d seen the sizes of those original breweries (Rainier and Olympia) and after consulting our collective wallets we knew that we just didn’t have the capital to open a gigantic. lager facility.”

“We started inquiring locally to see if there was a brewery that we could partner with to create a six-pack of (insert your favorite pet name) pounders, tallboys, tall cans,” says Hellman. “We wanted a crisp, uncomplicated lager for all seasons and occasions. There were some local breweries interested, but when we mentioned that we wanted to sell a six-pack for less than $8 we were laughed out of the room.”

One of the reasons the mega-sized breweries can offer cheaper beer options is because they brew beer on such a massive scale. Premium Northwest Beer Co. eventually found a facility that could produce the beer for its target price, but it was not in the Northwest. Not ideal, but they moved forward and introduced Premium Northwest in 2016.

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The company currently distributes its beer in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Heller and Kojima never stopped dreaming about producing Premium Northwest as a truly local, Northwest-brewed beer. Now, that part of the plan is coming to fruition.

“Starting this October, we are overjoyed to start brewing in the Seattle area in collaboration with our friends at Odin Brewing,” says Hellman. “Founded in 2009, Odin has been a fixture of the area. Their familiarity with lagers is respectable and they proudly took home a silver medal at last year’s Great American Beer Festival for their own house lager.”

“So here we are. We are honored to be the only independently owned, locally craft-brewed 16oz beer at the friendliest of prices. We planted our flag 4 years ago and it’s still flapping in whatever mixture of sun, wind, drizzle and occasional snow the area throws at it. If you see one on the shelves, give it a try. It’s a beer for any scenario. However things unfold, we hope to be a lasting part of the northwest’s storied tapestry.”

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Lagunitas Brewing Releases 2020 Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Brewpublic - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 6:12am
The 2020 hop harvest is now complete and now one of the final fresh hop beers to be released each year, Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale, is now available. This annual fresh hop beer from Lagunitas Brewing 2020 One Hitter Series uses freshly harvested hops from the largest growing hop region in the world, the Yakima Valley. […]
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Firestone Walker Partners with Drew Smith on Crafted for Adventure Series

Brewpublic - Sun, 10/11/2020 - 9:46pm
Recently, Firestone Walker Brewing has been working with film makers, mainly to promote its 805 brand. Now the Paso Robles, California brewer has released a short film to promote its Flyjack Hazy IPA. As part of the brewery’s new short film series, Crafted for Adventure, Firestone Walker has released Drew Smith: A Young Man’s Road, […]
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Hammer & Stitch Brewing Is Now Open in Northwest Portland

Brewpublic - Sat, 10/10/2020 - 10:59am
After a few setbacks and delays, Hammer & Stitch Brewing is now open in Northwest Portland. Co-founded by Ben Dobler, he will bring his vast years of brewing to his new brewery that hosts its Grand Opening today beginning at 11:00am. Located on the final street of the Alphabet District, just off trendy NW 23rd […]
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Celebrate 7 Years and the Grand Opening of the new Thunder Island Brewing Location

Brewpublic - Sat, 10/10/2020 - 7:00am
Thunder Island Brewing Co. celebrates seven years of brewing and the grand opening of its newly built brewery and restaurant in the heart of Cascade Locks, Oregon. To mark the opening of its new location during this ongoing pandemic, Thunder Island will be celebrating 7 Days of Deals running from Monday, October 12th to Sunday, […]
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Migration Brewing Brings Together Its Suppliers on All Together to Benefit the Oregon Brewers Guild

Brewpublic - Sat, 10/10/2020 - 12:02am
On its latest collaboration project, Migration Brewing has brought together six of its suppliers to brew All Together, a beer that will benefit the Oregon Brewers Guild. All Together is a single malt, single hop (SMaSH) beer that came together with the assistance of Indie Hops, Goschie Farms, Imperial Yeast, Skagit Valley Malting, Craft Canning, […]
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Latest updates to “Safe Start” for Washington breweries

Washington Beer News - Fri, 10/09/2020 - 1:23pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Washington’s phased, Safe Start plan is confusing. No doubt about that. The Governor recently announced another round of changes, some of which benefit breweries, both those who meet the food menu requirements and those that do not.

Side Note: I have talked to some brewery owners/operators recently and there is a lot of confusion around what is required in order to qualify for the food menu requirements. Unless you are absolutely certain you understand the latest adjustments to those requirements, it might behoove you to reach out to the Washington Brewers Guild for further clarification. It might be easier than you think and it might be easier than your local jurisdiction has yet to learn/understand. Watch the video linked below.

From the Washington Brewers Guild:

Updates to Safe Start for Breweries Recap

Earlier this week, Governor Inslee announced changes to Safe Start that include some welcome updates for breweries. To recap, effective immediately:

Updates for breweries that DO NOT meet the food menu requirements for indoor service:

  • Max outdoor table party size increased to six in Phase 2 and eight in Phase 3
  • Cut-off for alcohol service, delivery, and consumption moved to 11pm

Updates for breweries that DO meet the food menu requirements for indoor service:

  • Same household requirement for indoor service no longer applies
  • Max outdoor table party size increased to six in Phase 2 and eight in Phase 3
  • Cut-off for alcohol service, delivery, and consumption moved to 11pm

There is also a minor modification to table spacing rules for both indoor and outdoor seating. Tables must be spaced 6 feet away from adjacent tables, or there must be a physical barrier or wall separating booths or tables. Prior guidance required tables to be spaced 6 feet apart from an occupied chair to occupied chair.

You can find the full updated guidance here.

For those of you looking for a refresher on the temporary minimum food menu requirements for indoor service, here’s the link.

We recently co-hosted a webinar featuring the Liquor & Cannabis Board, Department of Health, and Sysco, covering everything you need to know about meeting the food menu requirements for indoor service. You can view the recording, here.

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