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Reuben’s Brews teams up with Jack’s BBQ for an online beer dinner

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 6:07pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Beer dinners. Remember those? You go to a restaurant and enjoy a lovely, multi-course meal, with each course thoughtfully paired with a particular beer. In many cases the chef and the brewer are there to tell you about the beer and the food. Anymore, the concept seems foreign, but Reuben’s Brews and Jack’s BBQ are teaming up to create an event that is both virtual and real. Enjoy beers from the brewery alongside food from the restaurant as you enjoy the show online, presented by the brewer and the pitmaster.

This Saturday, May 30th you are invited to a virtual beer dinner via Zoom, with food from Jack’s BBQ and beers from Reuben’s Brews. Tickets are going fast for the event, which is a fundraiser for Frontline Foods Seattle. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Here are some details:



Join us for an exclusive take-home tasting menu and an interactive virtual dinner on Zoom. While enjoying four perfectly paired courses and beers, you’ll get to hear from Jack’s BBQ pitmasters who will walk you through each menu item and provide tips on their BBQ wizardry. Our very own Thor will give you the scoop on the four beers selected specially for your meal and lead you on an exclusive virtual behind-the-scenes tour of the Reuben’s brewery.You can ask questions during the Zoom dinner and enjoy the event from the comfort of your own home while connecting with our community and supporting our frontline heros. All proceeds from this event go directly to Frontline Foods Seattle, who work with local restaurants to feed our frontline medical workers.

~~Tickets are almost sold out so make sure you grab yours now!~~

Each $100 ticket includes:

A delicious 4 course tasting menu from Jack’s BBQ and Snohomish Pie Company
An exclusive Virtual Zoom Dinner event with the BBQ pitmasters, brewers, and your community!
The 4 beer pairing from Reuben’s Brews is available as a $25 add-on item and is highly recommended to enjoy the full tasting experience.

Get more information at the Eventbrite page.


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Chuckanut Brewery Vienna Lager is headed for a store near you

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 5:35pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Chuckanut Brewery’s Vienna-style lager has earned some impressive awards over the years, including two gold medals and two silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival, North America’s most prestigious beer judging competition. Until now, Chuckanut Vienna Lager was a draft-only product but the company recently began bottling the beer and it is now destined for retail markets and specialty beer stores.

Here is the announcement from the brewery.

Now that Chuckanut Brewery has started bottling on a regular basis more styles of its well known, and not so well-known beers have become available. The Vienna Lager is heading into markets and specialty beer stores in the Northwest soon! Chuckanut’s Vienna Lager is an award winning (2 Gold and 2 Silver GABF Medals) copper colored, medium bodied brew with a toasty, malty character, balanced with a subtle hop presence. Lots of toffee with a bright dry finish makes this highly recognized lager a favorite with judges and beer lovers alike.

Chuckanut Vienna Lager is brewed with half Vienna malts creating a delicate aroma and a clean, crisp finish. Great with grilled veggies, wursts and seafood (especially salmon) Vienna Lager is sure to please your palate inspiring you to reach again for another thirst quenching, Chuckanut beer, prost!

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, located at 601 West Holly St, Bellingham, was awarded the National Small Brewpub/Brewer of the Year 2009 and National Small Brewery/Brewer of the Year 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Currently both the South and North Nut offer to-go curbside pick-up for kegs, growlers and bottles of Chuckanut beer. The South Nut Skagit Tap Room & Brewery at 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington is located at the Port of Skagit in Burlington. Watch for updates of the opening for phase 2 of the Covid rules and check out additional information about Chuckanut at www.chuckanutbrewery.com.

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Ziggy For All earns $8,000 for local non-profits, so far

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 9:53am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Back in April, Silver City Brewery started its Ziggy For All program, offering a great deal on its popular Zigg Zoggy Summer Lager and raising funds for local non-profit organizations. Thus far, the ongoing program has generated $8,000. As for consumers, Ziggy For All offers a full case of 16-ounce cans for just $24.99.

Here is the announcement from the brewery.

May 22nd, 2020, Bremerton, WA — #ZiggyForAll Update:

That is what our wonderful supporters have generated for the community so far, in your support of #ZiggyForAll.

The program is still ongoing, and we have a fresh pallet of cases of Ziggy Zoggy Tall Boys at the Taproom for Memorial Day Weekend.

Snag yourself a case of solid, affordable craft beer at $24.99 for 24 cans, and $10 from the sale of that case will be allocated to the donation fund.

Silver City Brewery is proud to serve our community during the COVID crisis with #ZiggyForAll:

– Exclusively at our Taproom in Bremerton, we feature a weekly case sale on 16oz tall-boy cans of Ziggy Zoggy Lager, 24 cans for $24.99.

– For each case of Ziggy Zoggy 16oz cans sold, $10 will be donated to one of two charities, rotating weekly.

– For Kitsap County, we partnered with the Central Kitsap Food Bank (https://ckfoodbank.org/), and per their guidance we expanded to also incorporate Bremerton Foodline (https://www.bremertonfoodline.org/), South Kitsap Helpline (https://skhelpline.org/) , and Poulsbo Fishline (http://fishlinehelps.org/).

– For the Greater Seattle area, we’ve partnered with Big Table. Big Table cares for the restaurant and hospitality industry by building community around shared meals and caring for those in crisis, transition, or falling through the cracks. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Table has shown great leadership in providing resources to our service industry partners who have been furloughed or laid off during this period of social distancing. (https://big-table.com)


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Aslan Brewing introduces a new flagship IPA

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 9:02am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Aslan Brewing Company introduces a new beer to its flagship lineup today, Cosmic Dreams IPA. The beer is available now at Aslan Brewing’s locations in Bellingham and Seattle, as well as retail accounts around Bellingham. Thereafter, Cosmic Dreams IPA finds its way into wider distribution in Seattle and beyond. Here is some more information about the beer and the release straight from the brewery.

Cosmic Dreams joins Aslan’s other year-round offerings: Batch 15 IPA, Classic Light Lager, and Dawn Patrol Pacific Ale.

Cosmic Dreams is a Hazy IPA with notes of freshly pressed tangerine, mandarin, and navel orange juices. Following in the footsteps of Batch 15, this IPA will be dry, with a quenching bitterness and a pointed hop character featuring Pacific Gem, Amarillo, El Dorado, & Simcoe. Designed with slightly lower alcohol content (6.0% ABV) for longevity and reduced calories, we are stoked to add this new offering to the flagship family.

Cosmic Dreams has taken many forms at Aslan throughout the years. Initially, this beer was a one-off draft-only IPA we released in March 2017. In 2018, we decided to upgrade Cosmic Dreams as Special Release No. 1, our first non-flagship canned beer. Over four years later, Cosmic Dreams has cemented itself as one of our core offerings.

Similar to Batch 15, Dawn Patrol, and Classic, Cosmic Dreams will be available year-round throughout our distribution network, including Washington, Oregon, California, and British Columbia. Starting tomorrow, folks can find Cosmic Dreams at our Bellingham Brewpub, Aslan Seattle, and at accounts in Bellingham just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Next week we will expand our distribution to Seattle retailers, and other markets will be a fast follow.


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Roll up to the brewery on a Rad Power Bike

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 12:29pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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If you’ve frequented the Ballard brewery scene, then you are at least vaguely familiar with Rad Power Bikes. The company’s showroom is situated right between Obec Brewing and Stoup Brewing on 52nd Street NW. As you’ve enjoyed a tasty pint, perhaps you’ve notice people taking bikes for test rides and wondered, “What’s that all about?”

Seattle-based Rad Power Bikes is North America’s largest ebike brand, offering a wide range of electric bikes for personal and commercial use. The Washington Beer Blog is happy to have them aboard as a sponsor.

Yes, electric bikes are very appealing for personal use, especially in a town like Seattle that offers so many hills to navigate. As far as managing Seattle’s epic traffic, ebikes make a great alternative for commuters, too. Rad Power Bikes has helped usher in a new term that we should all get used to: car-replacing bike.

The RadCity 4 commuter bike.

On top of practicality and utility, a Rad bike is also just fun to ride, so it probably doesn’t take a lot of convincing. Who doesn’t imagine themselves trekking around our urban and not-so-urban environments on one of these babies?

Cargo and Kids

Today (May 21, 2020), Rad Power Bikes unveiled a new model of its popular cargo bike: the Radwagon 4. Perhaps you’ll haul a couple cases of beer home from a local brewery. The Powerwagon 4 sports a 350-pound payload capacity and can travel up to an estimated 45+ mile on a charge.

The kind of cargo you choose to haul on your Radwagon might include a child, a spouse, or a friend as you peddle yourself to a local brewery. Modify your ride with a deck pad and running boards and you’ve got a great people hauler.

The fourth generation of the Radwagon was redesigned from the ground up to offer enhanced strength, stability, and versatility. It comes with a geared hub motor that provides twice the torque compared to the direct-drive motor used in previous models. It’s the same motor used on some of the company’s off-road and utility-oriented models, offering more uphill hauling capabilities and more git-up-n-go.

“We went back to the drawing board and looked at all the ways we could improve our beloved electric cargo bike, keeping our customers’ feedback and requests at the forefront of our minds the entire time,” said Mike Radenbaugh, Rad Power Bikes’ Founder and CEO. “The result is a next-level people and cargo hauler that’s essentially a brand new cargo bike. With a patent-pending frame design, custom tires, and more adjustability than ever before, the RadWagon 4 is the raddest car replacing bike we’ve ever created.”

Not a Toy

As with any bike, the fun factor cannot be ignored; however, there’s something else to consider. Namely, electric bikes for commercial use. Imagine a brewery delivering kegs around town on a Rad electric cargo trike. No problem.

A RadBurro electric cargo trike offers a whopping 700-pound payload capacity. It will travel an estimated 40-80+ miles on a single charge. Pictured above with a cargo box, these trikes are highly customizable to meet your needs. Flatbed and truckbed are also available. A cargo box on the back, branded with your brewery’s logo, would certainly get a lot of attention.


Rad Power Bikes offer a number of different models, most in the $1,200 to 1,500 range. Commercial bikes, like the RadBurro, are highly customizable and therefore the prices vary. The showroom in Ballard is temporarily closed due to the pandemic and they’ll reopen as soon as it is safe and wise to do so. In the meantime, you can still shop online at http://radpowerbikes.com.


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Great American Beer Festival announces plans, or lack thereof, for 2020

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 9:57am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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I am getting tired of hearing the word canceled. Not just tired of the fact that everything is getting canceled, but tired of hearing the word. Until further notice, can we all just agree that everything is canceled? It would be much more encouraging to hear about the ultra-rare things that are not canceled. Tell us how your event is rescheduled or reformatted, but I am weary of hearing the word canceled, and of the sad attempts to say it without actually saying it.

When this whole thing is behind us, I never want to hear the word pivot again. I know it makes sense to say that a business or organization is pivoting, and it sounds less frantic and more hopeful that words like pirouetting, spinning or flailing, but the word pivot has suddenly gone viral. Nope. Don’t want to hear viral, either.

I understand the reality of the situation, and I understand the need to make official announcements like this, but couldn’t the press release have just said: “This year’s Great American Beer Festival, yeah, you know.”

Anyway, here is the official press release announcing that the 2020 GABF has been canceled, though I don’t think they ever actually use that dreaded word. Rather, the 39th annual event will pivot for 2020. Ugh.

Great American Beer Festival Pivots for 2020

America’s largest annual beer competition moves forward, festival will take place online

Boulder, Colo. •  May 21, 2020 — The Great American Beer Festival® (GABF), the country’s preeminent beer festival and competition, will pivot its 2020 event, originally scheduled for September 24-26 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, to an immersive online experience October 16-17. This decision was further confirmed with the announcement on May 20, when Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain statutes to allow the operation of alternate care sites in Colorado because of the presence of COVID-19, rendering GABF at the Colorado Convention Center infeasible.

“While we are disappointed to not be gathering in Denver this fall for the craft beer community’s annual big tent event, the health and safety of our attendees, brewers, volunteers, judges, and employees is and always has been our top priority,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to be affected for the foreseeable future, we must stay true to our priorities and pursue other ways to host GABF.”

The 39th Great American Beer Festival may look different, but beer lovers from around the country will have the opportunity to come together in new ways to celebrate the nation’s craft beer community. The spirit of the festival will live on through live and virtual experiences with beer lovers and breweries nationwide on October 16-17, 2020. The event is still in planning, but experiences will likely include beer tastings, conversations with brewers, local brewery activations, and at-home beer and food pairing deliveries.

The festival’s renowned professional beer competition will take place in 2020. A panel of more than 100 professional judges will assess the more than 7,000 expected entries to identify the three beers that best represent each style category. The GABF gold, silver, and bronze medals are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. Brewery registration opens on June 9. More information on the competition, style guidelines, and awards ceremony here.

“We are thankful to be able to move forward with this year’s competition and have the opportunity to award brewers’ achievements and generate consumer awareness for beer styles and trends,” added Pease. “We look forward to celebrating the annual accomplishments in brewing excellence and unveiling this year’s winners.”

Over the past few months, the Brewers Association has worked tirelessly on behalf of its members and the larger brewing community to provide critical resources, as well as lobbying Congress both independently and with other hospitality and food industry groups, for relief. Following the cancellation of the Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America® and World Beer Cup™ in April, the Brewers Association offered five weeks of complimentary virtual, online seminars to interested participants. Furthermore, the Brewers Association’s COVID-19 Resource Center includes information on draught system shutdown, how to forecast cashflow, a checklist for safely reopening, and more.

More information about the 2020 GABF logistics, schedule, and ticket options will be released in the coming months. For the latest news, follow @BrewersAssoc on Twitter.


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PCC Markets – Tavern To Go program supports local breweries

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:23pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The pandemic and the shutting down of taprooms, bars, and restaurants pushed a lot of breweries to a place they’d never been before. Namely, a quick and abrupt entry into the world of packaged beer. Many of our most-loved, local, draft-only breweries pivoted and quickly found a way to package their beer in bottles and cans. Other breweries increased the amount of beer they packaged for grocery stores, bottleshops, and other retailers.

If you’ve been paying attention, this isn’t news. Step one: package your beer. Step two: find a place to sell it.

In response to the topsyturvy beer world, PCC Markets introduced a program that focuses on providing a dedicated outlet for new-to-the-shelf breweries and beers. The company’s Tavern To Go program showcases beers from local breweries that were previously not available in bottles and cans. Also, it features beers that are seasonal or one-off releases. You know, the kind of stuff you typically can only get at a brewery’s taproom or a beer-focused bar. PCC plans to run the program through the end of May and will evaluate things thereafter.

“Hello, my name is PCC’s top-selling beer this week.”

So how is it working out?

Earlier this month PCC experienced its biggest selling week for beer and wine. Ever! The company saw a 60 percent increase in beer sales year-over-year. Basically, a 60 percent increase over the same time period last year. That’s a remarkable increase.

Was this new Tavern To Go program a factor in that increase?

The number one selling beer at PCC that week was Stoup Brewing Citra IPA, a beer that was just introduced in cans for the first time ever. So, yeah, the Tavern To Go thing seems to be working.

Jeff Cox, the Wine, Beer and Spirits Guy for PCC Community Markets, explains: “This was one of those ideas that began with a single opportunity, gained energy from subsequent opportunities, morphed into a solid “what if?”, from there it rolled right on into V lift off as the dominos of serendipity continued to fall. Or something like that.”

It started with Chuckanut Brewery’s Pilsner back during the first couple weeks of the shutdowns. PCC Markets was offered the chance to put dibs on some cases of Chuckanut Pilsner. “Holy smoke… Well, duh,” says Cox. “Days later, Jason Bass of Stoup Brewing emailed to inform me that due to the plague, they had advanced their plans to can Stoup beers. Another no-brainer.”

From there the idea began to hatch: focus on beers not already in the PCC beer program and, quite frankly, new to the retail marketplace. They began to recognize other opportunities with breweries like Future Primitive, Tin Dog Brewing, Garden Path, and others.

“The only issue with such an embarrassment of riches was where to carve out cold box space on short notice,” explains Cox, noting that shelf space at PCC’s 13 locations is limited, after all. “Fortunately, as a result of last winter’s threats of new wine tariffs, we were facing delayed arrivals of some wine shipments, which meant we had some floor space available. From there, the idea to take a half dozen breweries, offer a beer or two from each, rotating items depending on availability… A “tavern” of über fresh packaged beers.”

As the floor space is taken over by the arrival of the delayed shipments, PCC is revamping its cold cases, and including one or two selections from this promotion in its regular offering.

“It’s pretty danged gratifying not only to be able to offer our customers some incredible local beers, but to help a few breweries make ends meet,” says Cox, adding that it is inevitable that local beer lovers miss the tavern experience.

“Taverns and taprooms may be shuttered, but the thirst for fresh, great, honest beer remains—along with the need for a friendly place to drink it with your favorite peeps. Those thirsts are part of who we are here. Your local tavern is part of the fabric of your neighborhood.”



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Lateral A IPA, an experimental, collaboration beer with a great backstory

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 10:53am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Not far from Yakima, just past Union Gap, Lateral A Road heads due south from Highway 97, bisecting some of the world’s most prolific hop fields. Now there’s a beer named after this infamous hop trail, which seems only fitting. Lateral A IPA by Single Hill Brewing was brewed in collaboration with Zeeks Pizza and Sip Magazine. (Above, the collaboration team.)

The beer will be released on Thursday, May 21, available for delivery from Zeeks Pizza’s locations around the greater Seattle-Tacoma area. By the end of May, Lateral A IPA will see wider distribution. Proceeds from the beer benefit Casa Hogar, a non-profit organization that provides a variety of assistance programs for the many Latina families that work the farms in the Yakima Valley.

The term single hill refers to a single, experimental hop plant. In the world of hop breeding and farming, a single hill may propagate into an entirely new variety. In creating Lateral A IPA, Single Hill Brewing’s founder and brewer, Zach Turner, used two experimental varieties of hops that were bred and grown in the Yakima Valley:  HBC 692 from Yakima Chief Hops and HBC 586 from John I. Haas. Both companies operate hop breeding and research facilities near Lateral A Road. Turner also relied on malt from Vancouver, Washington’s Great Western Malting, and Spokane’s LINC Malt.

“The road of Lateral A takes you into the densest hop-growing region in the country and it’s the first place I went when I came to Yakima,” Turner says. “We came up with our name while driving back along Lateral A from the single-hill, experimental hop fields at Yakima Chief Ranches. For us, Lateral A is the genesis for a lot of what we do at Single Hill Brewing — it captures much of the spirit.”

As we discussed in a previous post, Seattle-based Zeeks Pizza is no stranger to collaboration beer projects like this or to the act of delivering beer to your doorstep. Long before the pandemic, and the resulting rise in popularity of beer delivery, Zeeks Pizza was already delivering draft and canned beers, most of which are brewed by beloved Washington and Northwest breweries, like Single Hill Brewing.

Zeeks Pizza was one of the first restaurants to offer beers from Single Hill Brewing after the company’s R&D Director and resident beer guru, Tommy Brooks, discovered the fledgling brewery in 2018.

“Zeeks takes pride in being among the first to discover talented new brewers in the Northwest,” says Brooks. “We love beer and it is one of the main reasons we consistently have one of the best beer lineups in the region. Single Hill has something special, both in terms of the beer and the people. With Sip, it’s a common passion in the local beverage culture. We both love being a place people can come to discover the best beverages in the Pacific Northwest.”

The third partner in the collaboration, Sip Magazine, is a Seattle-based, award-winning, women-owned, drinks-focused publication. The magazine’s passion for its subject matter is evident on every page of each issue: it’s a beautiful, entertaining and informative magazine, one for which I am proud to say I write.

Next time it’s pizza night, order up a pizza from Zeeks and get some Lateral A IPA along with it. Lateral A IPA will be available from Zeeks in 32-ounce growlers ($8), 64-growlers ($12), and in 16-ounce 4-packs ($14).

Available from Zeeks starting on May 21st. Thereafter, look for Lateral A IPA at your favorite beer retailers.


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Brewery taprooms now reopening across Washington

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 1:21pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Slowly and cautiously, brewery taprooms across the state are starting to reopen. Phase 2 of Washington’s reopening strategy began on May 12th clearing the way for taprooms and restaurants to reopen in the state’s eight least-populated counties. Some brewery taprooms in those counties are now open. Today, it was announced that ten more of Washington’s 39 counties have been cleared to move forward to Phase 2: Spokane, Adams, Clark, Lewis, Thurston, Mason, Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam, Jefferson, and Grays Harbor. (Pictured here: Riverport Brewing in Clarkston, Washington is set up for phase 2 reopening.)

That means breweries in Spokane, Port Townsend, Olympia, and some other cities and towns can now reopen if and when they so choose. The plan is for the remaining counties to follow suit in the coming weeks, assuming the curve continues to move in the right direction. (The state is monitoring things on a county-by-county basis.)

At this point, it is hard to imagine business owners and consumers not knowing the guidelines and regulations surrounding Phase 2, but I share those below as well. The Washington Brewers Guild has put together a Phase 2 Reopening Guide for Breweries. (don’t say they never gave you nuthin’.)

Here’s what we’ve heard, via social media, from brewery taprooms that have either reopened or announced their plans. Likely we will hear more in the coming days. If there is info you want to share with us, contact us via email (newstips@washingtonbeerblog.com).

Riverport Brewing Company (Clarkston, WA) – PHASE 2!!! I kinda feel like we made it to the next level in Jumanji. Whatever, we get to open up for table service again. We have to reconfigure the tasting room a bit and rally the troops so we can get things going again but the plan is to open for the new normal tomorrow at noon. As was before our hours will be from noon to around nine M-Th and noon to about ten on Friday and Saturdays. Tasting room will only be 50% capacity and no seating at the bar. The patio is open and we can overflow into the back room.

Republic Brewing Company (Republic, WA) – RBC will open for dine-in seating, by reservation only, on Friday, May 22nd. We are currently moving tables, bringing back a few employees, sewing more masks and getting our reservation system up and running in order to serve you a beer in the pub. No utensils, condiments or peanuts will be provided. Food service will be very limited. You are always welcome to bring your own food, and we encourage supporting our great neighbor restaurants while we work with limited staffing.  Reservations can only be made after our online system is up and running, which we anticipate happening May 20 or 21st. To-go sales will remain open to all customers. Contact information will be required for all dine-in customers.

Quartzite Brewing Company (Chewelah, WA) – We know everyone is very excited about Stevens County moving in to Phase 2, and boy are we excited to have you back enjoying our space! Our current plan is to open for pints on Friday. We are taking our time to make sure that we are set up for success, and have the ability to keep everyone healthy. Thursday we will be open for ToGo beers, and our patio seating will be open for enjoying Lola’s Good Eats! Cheers to gathering in small numbers, catching up, and staying healthy.

Chief Spring’s Fire and Irons Brew Pub (Dayton, WA) – We are excited to be open at the pub 3-7:30 each day. For our customer and staff safety, we will be practicing social distancing. Seating is limited, no groups larger than 5. We encourage our customers to wear a face mask of their choice when entering, exiting or moving around in the building. The patio is also open. Take advantage of the nice weather. Hope to see you soon.


Here is an outline of the basic requirements for restaurants (and taprooms) to open during Phase 2 of Washington’s reopening plan. There is nothing preventing brewery taprooms from creating their own policies that add to the following. Some counties may also have additional guidelines and requirements; these are the basics from the state.

1. Hand sanitizer should be available at the entry for all staff and patrons.

2. No bar seating is permitted during Phase 2. If an establishment has bar seating it must be closed off to prohibit use.

3. If the establishment does not offer table service, they must have protocols in place to ensure adequate social distancing at food and drink pick-up stations and at seating areas within their dining /taproom area.

4. All parties and tables limited to five guests or less.

5. Guest occupancy must be 50 percent of maximum building occupancy,  or lower as determined by the fire code. Outdoor seating is permitted but must also be at 50 percent capacity. Outdoor seating does not count toward the building occupancy limit. Outdoor seating must follow all other requirements in this document.

6. Tables must be placed far enough apart when measured from occupied chair to occupied chair,
to ensure dine-in guests seated at a table are a minimum of 6 feet away from guests at adjacent table, or there must be a physical barrier or wall separating booths or tables.

7. It is strongly suggested customers wear a cloth face covering anytime they are not seated at the table (while being seated or leaving, or while going to the restroom).

8. Buffets and salad bars are not permitted at this time but may be addressed through subsequent interpretive guidance.

10. Single-use menus are required for in-person dining.

11. Any condiments typically left on the table (ketchup, soy sauce, etc.) must be single-use or
sanitized after each use.

12. Restaurants must have implemented a plan to ensure proper physical distancing in
lobby/waiting areas/payment counters.

13. Minimize the number of staff serving any given table. It is strongly recommended that one staff
person take a table’s order, bring all of their beverages/food/utensils, take their payment, etc.


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Pennsyltucky Vienna-style lager from Triceratops Brewing, now in cans

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 11:26am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Tumwater, Washington’s Triceratops Brewing introduces Pennsyltucky Vienna-style lager in 16-ounce cans. This is a limited release of this award-winning beer. Here is the release notice from the brewery.

Triceratops Brewing Releases Its Award-Winning Vienna-Style Lager in Cans

(Tumwater, Wash.) May 18, 2020 — Triceratops Brewing, a small, family-owned beer company
in Washington’s south sound region, is excited to announce the return of its Vienna-style lager,
Pennsyltucky. Since its draft debut several years ago, Pennsyltucky has become the brewery’s
single most popular release, and has twice earned a bronze medal at the Washington Beer
Awards. Founders Rob and Kelly Horn are transplants from New Jersey, and wanted to give this
beer a fun, memorable name that harkened back to their East Coast roots. After some debate,
they decided on Pennsyltucky, a portmanteau of the state names Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Co-owner and head brewer Rob Horn says he started brewing the beer because he couldn’t get his favorite amber lager on the West Coast. “It was something I always wanted to do, and now I have to make this beer for the rest of my career,” he says with a laugh. “But I’m at my happiest when I’m brewing this one,” he adds. “I like how well its earthy hoppiness goes with the malt complexity—I’ll be drinking it all summer.”

Pennsyltucky (4.8% ABV), a two-time bronze medal winner, is inspired by the brewing traditions of central Pennsylvania. Caramunich and Vienna malt give this classic beer style its amber color and a pleasant, roasty flavor, while Cluster hops, the oldest variety grown in the US, provide a little bite along with a touch of earthy bitterness. The result is a smooth, crisp lager that’s perfectly suited for any drinking occasion.

Supplies are limited, but Pennsyltucky is now available at select retailers throughout western
Washington in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. It’s also available to-go in four-packs, 32-ounce
Crowlers, and 64-ounce growlers at the Triceratops tasting room. Yinz’ll love it!

About Triceratops Brewing Company

Founded by Rob and Kelly Horn in 2014, Triceratops Brewing Company evolved from a tiny one-barrel garage system to a 10 barrel brewhouse and tasting room in the Tumwater Warehouse
District near the Olympia Regional Airport. The company’s range of offerings include Stengel’s
Gold Zwickelbier, Mrs. Voorhees Peanut Butter Stout, the award-winning Pennsyltucky Lager,
Strawberry Golden Ale, and the popular Liquid Swords series of IPAs. Triceratops currently self
distributes to King, Kitsap, Lewis, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties. Its tasting room is
now open seven days a week. For more information, visit https://www.triceratopsbrewing.com/

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Hellbent Brewing releasing GateCity IPA on May 19th

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 9:10am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Here is a press release announcing the upcoming release of GateCity IPA from Hellbent Brewing. The beer represents a collaboration between Hellbent Brewing, Watershed Pub and Kitchen, and North Helpline.


GateCity IPA Release

May 19th, 2020

Beer will be available for pickup or delivery (limited delivery area, see website for information) starting at noon on release day!

As our partners at Watershed Pub & Kitchen would say, “Gate City IPA must go on!” This is the third time we’ve made this beer to raise money for the charity North Helpline, a poverty assistance and food bank service right across the street from our brewery. Their essential work is summed up by their motto:

“We believe that all deserve adequate food, housing, and respect. We assist our neighbors in obtaining basic needs that affirm their human dignity and worth.”

Watershed Pub & Kitchen, North Helpline, and Hellbent Brewing all came together again to create a beer that supports our neighborhood–the Northgate and Lake City communities (hence “GateCity IPA”).  We believe even more strongly than ever that community, neighbors helping neighbors, is essential. Because of this, we will be releasing GateCity IPA in cans this year and, as always, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to North Helpline.

Gate City IPA Beer Description:

Are you a fan of the hop Citra? If so, we’ve got the beer for you.  Brewed with northwest pale two row malt and a touch of cara 20L malt, but that’s really all you need to know because this beer is not about the malt – it’s all about the hops.  Lots of them. Especially Citra. Simcoe and Mosaic are added to round out the hop profile, but make no mistake, it’s all about the powerhouse that is Citra hops.

ABV: 7.0
IBU: 55

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Never say never – Georgetown Brewing introducing Manny’s Pale Ale in cans

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:59am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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On February 27, 2003, Manny Chao and Roger Bialous, the founders of Georgetown Brewing,  delivered the first kegs of Manny’s Pale Ale to Seattle’s venerable Latona Pub. They couldn’t have known that over the coming decades their new brewery’s first beer would become Seattle’s most ubiquitous draft beer. In King County, wherever you sidle up for a pint, you are more likely to see Manny’s on tap than any other beer.

I won’t get into the reasons why, but one thing that set Manny’s Pale Ale apart from all others, the kegs were delivered and stored upside down. That’s something a lot of Manny’s Pale Ale fans probably don’t know. For quite some time, people working on the other side of the bar have known Manny’s Pale Ale as “the upside down beer.”

Suddenly, our pandemic-effected world is upside down, so it’s only fitting that Manny’s Pale Ale is going some place it has never been, some place it was never supposed to go: into 12-ounce aluminum cans. While the brewery packages some of its other beers in cans, the mantra has always been “never Manny’s.” Never say never.

Georgetown Brewing just announced that Manny’s Pale Ale is destined for cans. Sixpacks of 12-oz cans should be available at the brewery starting on Saturday, May 23rd. A few days later, look for it wherever you buy beer. This is a limited release, expected to last six weeks.

All of the proceeds from the sales of “Manny’s Cannies” will benefit a number of local non-profit organizations, all geared towards supporting pandemic-impacted workers in the food and beverage industry.

A statement from Manny and Roger says, “When we started canning beer at Georgetown Brewing, we figured leaving Manny’s Pale Ale as a draft-only beer would help us stay connected to the foundation of our business: the bars and restaurants that first served our beer. If you want a pint of Manny’s, you have to go out, be social and support your local bar or restaurant. That’s why, for our first 14 years in business, we only sold kegs. It was also our excuse to drink beer at bars and call it work.”

“Now, more than ever, your local bar and restaurant needs your help. They have always been there for you. They have fed you, they have provided shelter, they have kept you hydrated… and your favorite bartender has listened to every one of your stupid stories. It’s time to return the favor. 100% of our profits from the sale of Manny’s cans will go to support bar and restaurant workers throughout the state of Washington.”

“These cans are a limited release, and when this pandemic ends, we’ll see you at the bar for a pint and a cheers.”

In a press release, Georgetown Brewing explains the philanthropic nature of the Manny’s canning project:

As our state starts to talk about a phased approach to recovery, it might seem like the need for fundraising is over. But the fact is, while there is talk of reopenings and a return to “normal”, it’s going to take time, and bar and restaurant employees will be the new wave of workers on the “front lines”. Keeping safe while moving forward will keep that recovery within our grasp, and while immediate needs may be changing, support is still needed.

Our hope is to aid in that recovery. Donations will be made to Big Table in Seattle and Spokane, The Plate Fund, We Are Yakima fund and other non profit organizations helping to support employees in the food and beverage industry in Washington State.”

An undertaking like this doesn’t happen without partners, and we have a lot to thank:

The generosity of Great Western Malting, Hollingbery & Son Hops, Hopsteiner and Roy Farms was vital to this project, whether through the sourcing and donation of ingredients, or cash contributions.

Getting cans and packaging made is not a fast process – it takes time, and the speed with which this project was turned around cannot be overstated. We’d like to give Crown Beverage and Packaging and WestRock a huge shoutout for their ability to fast track this project in their facilities, especially during a time when they are already slammed due to increased demand.

And our distributors – the folks that are the reason you can get our beer somewhere besides the brewery: Columbia Distributing, Columbia Wenatchee, Crown Distributing, Midway Beverage, Pioneer Distribution and Tripp Distributing. They all stepped up to not only get the beer in stores quickly, but are donating all or a portion of profits.

This limited six week run of 6 packs of Manny’s Pale Ale should be available at the brewery beginning Saturday May 23rd and available in Washington stores after Wednesday May 27th.


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Taprooms Reopening Survey – results are in

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:35am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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i recently ran a survey to see what the beer-loving public was thinking about the upcoming reopening of businesses. Specifically, I was interested to see what people think about the “phase 2” reopening of brewery taprooms and brewpubs, which has now begun in less-populated counties and could go statewide on June 1st. Basically, I wanted to know how you feel about your favorite taprooms reopening. This is a Washington-specific report.

  • This report is based on the first 1,100 responses.
  • The survey ran here on the Washington Beer Blog. We drove people to the survey using our social media channels: Facebook (Washington Beer Blog page), Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Over 98 percent of the respondents said they live in Washington.
  • The basic requirements of Phase 2 were spelled out in advance for those taking the survey (50% capacity, the 6-foot rule, no bar seating, no groups larger than five people, etc).

Here are the results based on the first 1,100 respondents:

QUESTION: Considering the restrictions and requirements, how likely are you to visit brewery taprooms or bars during Phase 2? (To sit down/stay for a drink and/or meal.)

  • 38 percent of respondents said it is very likely they will visit a brewery taproom once they’re allowed to reopen.
  • 17 percent of respondents said they are likely to visit.
  • 24 percent of respondents said they are unsure.
  • 21 percent said they are very unlikely to visit.

QUESTION: During phase two of the reopening, I intend to visit taprooms and bars…

  • 27 percent of respondents said they intend to visit brewery taprooms at least as often as they did before the shutdowns took effect.
  • 24 percent said that they will visit, but not as often as they did before.
  • 37 percent said they are undecided and will wait to see how it feels.
  • 12 percent said they will not visit at all.

QUESTION: Would any of the following make you more comfortable when visiting a brewery taproom or bar during Phase 2? (select all/any that apply.)

Some of the things we offered in our survey ended up being on the official list of requirements issued by the state. Things like masks and access to hand sanitizer, ended up being requirements.

83% – Outdoor seating options.
73% – Sanitization procedures for tables, seats.
67% – Hand santizer stations for customers.
57% – Touch-free check-out process.
54% – Controlled traffic flow.
46% – Employees required to wear masks.
36% – No children.
35% – Customers required to wear masks when not seated at tables.
20 % – Bar service only (step to bar, buy beer, return to seat)
19% – Table service (no need to order from, pay at, the bar)
14% – No dogs.
13.5% – None of this matters. I just want things back the way they were.

FINAL QUESTION – Not a question but an option to share other thoughts.

Finally, our survey gave people the opportunity to make any other suggestions about what would make them feel more comfortable. Only about 200 of the 1,100 respondents left comments. Most of them involved practices and precautions already addressed by the state. Things like monitoring employees for wellness, making sure customers wear masks when not seated at their tables, enforcing the rules, and so on.

A recurring theme among the respondents, many people commented about how they wanted the brewery to ensure that people did not come to work if they are showing any signs of illness. More directly, several people mentioned that employees should not feel like they need to work, regardless of illness, in order to get paid.

Another recurring theme involved a reservation system. It seems people are worried that they will show up at the taproom and not be able to get a seat. These concerns were best summed up by this response: “it will be difficult for many of us to get in if there isn’t regular turnover and groups or couples are there half of the day. That will make it frustrating for many.”

Many people expressed a desire for breweries to continue offering to-go orders and curbside pickup, noting that they’d like to see a separate line or some other way to accommodate those who just want to grab-n-go.

Several people also mentioned the need to keep restrooms especially clean and sanitized.

Finally, looking at the string of comments, it is clear that people want visibility into what is being done. They want breweries to clearly post on social media what they’re doing. They want signage at the taproom instructing people how to behave and explaining what precautions are being taken.

Beyond that, there were all sorts of different ideas mentioned by the respondents. Also, some politically inspired commentary, as you’d expect.


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Beer Release – Nordic Haze from Reuben’s Brews

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 10:28am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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A brewery in Ballard. A beer called Nordic Haze. Make sense. Uff da, ya sure! Reuben’s Brews released this year’s version of Nordic Haze yesterday. Here’s the release announcement from the brewery.

Today (Tues. May 12) at 10a we are releasing a fresh batch of NORDIC HAZE. This 6.4% hazy was brewed with an interesting kviek strain, a historic Norwegian yeast that we began experimenting with last year. This yeast adds depth and complexity to the profile of this beer, with layered stone fruits and green mango flavors coming from the yeast alone. Comet and Citra hops accentuate the orange citrus flavors of the yeast as well.

Cans of Nordic Haze are available for purchase online at reubensbrews.com/shop for pickup at our Taproom, or you can visit our to-go window (with social distancing measures in place) for realtime ordering. Nordic Haze is also available in distribution around the Pacific Northwest.


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Pretty Fair Beer Company now open in Ellensburg

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 9:45am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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A new beer bar recently opened in Ellensburg. Well, kind of. Only offering to-go and delivery orders right now. The Pretty Fair Beer Company is a new bar offering beer, wine, and more at its location in the city’s historic downtown core. Some patrons will find joy in knowing that the business is located in a historic bank building known as the 420 Building, at the corner of N. Pearl Street and W. 5th Avenue, just a block from familiar destinations like the Iron Horse Brewing pub and the legendary Tav. (Map)

Exterior picture from Google.

Not to get sidetracked, but the building itself is very cool. The original bank was designed and constructed in 1930 by a renowned architect and serves as a great example of the art deco style that ruled the day. A few years after opening, the bank went out of business and the building became City Hall, which it remained until 2005. The most-recent remodel happened about eight or nine years ago.

Karissa and Tyler. Owners of Pretty Fair Beer Company.

Back to the beer. For the time being, owners Karissa and Tyler Witthuhn are offering a selection of beers to-go and for delivery, with online ordering available. When the world gets back on its axis, Pretty Fair Beer will offer a self-sourced, carefully curated selection of beers from across the state. This is a 21-plus establishment.

Tyler and Karissa work directly with breweries around the state to provide customers with unique, interesting beers and beer styles that are otherwise unavailable in Central Washington. To source products, Tyler and Karissa traveled statewide to visit breweries and find beers that will excite customers in Ellensburg. Among others, they’ve visited breweries like Stoup Brewing in Ballard, Matchless Brewing in Tumwater, and Structures Brewing in Bellingham.

Tyler and Karissa are looking forward to opening PFB’s newly remodeled taproom so customers can actually come in, sit down and enjoy a beer. They’ll offer a snack bar, too, and outside food is always welcome. They also plan to bring in up-and-coming, local and regional artists for live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

More information about Pretty Fair Beer is available at www.prettyfairbeer.com and on Facebook and Instagram @PrettyFairBeer.

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Fair Isle Eleanor – oak-aged ale fermented on elderberries

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 5:09pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Maybe this is obvious,  maybe it’s not. I am never exactly sure how much my audience knows, or doesn’t know. When we say that a beer is “fermented on” something—in this case, elderberries—it means that the elderberries were present during the fermentation process. The impact that the elderberries (or whatever) have on the fermentation process and the resulting beer is a subject for another day. Suffice it to say that the impact on the resulting beer would be different if the elderberries (or whatever) were added during the post-fermentation, conditioning phase. Thus, “conditioned on” and “fermented on” are two different things.

Maybe that makes you feel smarter, maybe it makes me sound dumber.

This new beer from Fair Isle Brewing in Seattle was fermented on elderberries. It’s available right now. Here is the release announcement from the brewery.


an oak-aged ale refermented on foraged elderberries.

6.6% ABV || 375mL bottles

 “Lady Ellhorn, give me of thy wood
And I will give thee of mine
When I become a tree.”

– Celtic folklore

Eleanor is our second beer to be released in our series of fruited farmhouse ales.  While Tove had a restrained tartness, Eleanor’s firm acidity compliments the prominent fruit notes. The result is a dry farmhouse ale with notes of pomegranate, cherries and raspberries followed by spices of cinnamon and clove and finishes with earthy undertones.

Our friend and ethnobotanist, Alex Harwell, harvested the elderberries from the Cascades last summer and through the help of friends gathering at Fair Isle, we hand processed the berries and added them to a single puncheon. Made from our base farmhouse ale brewed in May of 2019 with Skagit Valley Malts and Yakima Chief Hops, Eleanor was then transferred in August 2019 to oak and refermented with the Elderberries for five months before packaging.

Available now at Fair Isle Brewing. Order it online and pick it up. Order it for delivery. Just stop by and get some. http://www.fairislebrewing.com


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Drive-thru brewers market, latest innovation in our new world

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 9:13am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The world of beer has been adopted some new terms lately because of the pandemic shutdowns. Terms like grab-n-go growlers, hands-free purchasing, curbside pick up, and home delivery are suddenly part of the beer lover’s lexicon. Here’s one more term to add: Brewers Market, which is something akin to a farmers market, but for brewers, not farmers. As reported by The New School, this novel drive-thru concept is taking shape at Old Town Brewing in Portland.

The notion isn’t too different from what Bale Breaker Brewing has offered recently at its brewery near Yakima (pictured above), but that drive-thru only offers Bale Breaker’s own beers. Another similar operation, the Beveridge Place Pub has enabled customers to place orders and pay online, and then they deliver the order to the car as you pass through the parking lot and stop at the back door. There are a number of other similar operations, but this is the first time I’ve heard of a designated brewers market, one involving multiple breweries each offering its own beer directly. A farmers market for breweries.

According to the report on newschoolbeer.com, Old Town Brewing will begin hosting a weekly drive-thru brewers markets. Not only will they sell their own beer and pizza to go, but they’ve teamed up with other breweries to provide customers with a more-robust, one-stop beer shopping option. Participating breweries include Buoy Beer Company, Gigantic Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Reuben’s Brews, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, and Stormbreaker Brewing.

The plan is for Old Town Brewing to host the pop-up beer market in its parking lot on Saturdays. Each brewery will have its own tent to showcase its wares, similar to what you’d see at a farmers market. The experience offers customers a drive-thru, hands-free, beer buying experience. They intend to run the market through the summer.

Could such a thing happen in Washington? Right now, the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board seems pretty amenable. Even if current laws forbid it, and I’m not sure they do, it seems anything is possible these days. Recognizing that breweries and other tax-paying alcohol producers are facing unprecedented hardships, the LCB has quickly responded and adopted changes in regulations. Breweries delivering beer, restaurants delivering bottles of booze, even pre-made cocktails to go. Credit where it’s due.

Adam Milne, the owner of Old Town Brewing, told The New School, “We wanted to create a more engaging way to not only buy local beer, but engage with the community directly. The concept of a Farmers Market was really the driving force. Where each week we will open up our parking lot to alongside other breweries, everyone will set up their booths, with the cool beer they want to sell, and create a single stop where people can come say hi and support a multitude of breweries at the same time – all from a safe and structured distance.”

For all the details, see the original post on The New School.


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Washington taprooms and bars – Reopening Survey

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 12:29pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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This is a time of many transitions for our breweries and for their customers. Washington State introduced a phased reopening plan that could allow breweries and brewpubs to reopen with modifications as soon as June 1st. As Washington State breweries and brewpubs are in the process of planning and reworking their spaces and procedures for a potential reopening, we are curious about consumer attitude.

Will you feel safe going back to breweries and brewpubs for a beer and/or meal? Please take our survey – thanks for your opinions on this. While we are not doing this in conjunction with the local brewing industry, we will share our results with you and with them.


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Beer Release – Biergarten Kellerbier, from Airways Brewing

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 11:54am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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One of their favorites? One of my favorites! Airways Brewing just announced the release of this year’s Biergarten Kellerbier. Here are the details about the beer and its availability, straight from the brewery.

BIERGARTEN KELLERBIER: One of our favorites makes its return today – and, for the first time, it’s also in cans. Our Biergarten Kellerbier is designed after the amazingly drinkable beers we’ve enjoyed in the outdoor beer gardens (Kellers) in the Franconian-region of Bavaria. It’s brewed with all-German ingredients, naturally carbonated and lagered for six weeks to develop its smooth, balanced flavors.

We love serving this in our Bistro Beer Garden to our spring and summer guests and, while we look forward to being able to do that again, for now you can enjoy it for take-away in crowlers, growlers and 4-packs. 5.2%.


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Sumerian Brewing releases Narcissism IPA in cans

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 10:11am

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Sumerian Brewing announces the arrival of its flagship IPA in cans. Introducing Narcissism West Coast IPA in cans. Available NOW for online ordering. Pick it up at the brewery or have it shipped to your home. Here’s the announcement from the brewery.


You asked for it, and now you have it in a RAD looking can!

ORDER it ONLINE https://sumerianbrewingco.com or phone (425) 486-5330 for CURBSIDE PICKUP Monday-Friday, 12-5:00 P.M.

Sumerian’s top producing; consistent quality beers keep customers coming back for more. This beer is no exception!

Now SHIPPING everywhere in WASHINGTON STATE at UNBEATABLE PRICES. ORDER a case for $40 plus $5 shipping.

If that wasn’t enough, they are throwing in a $10 Coupon good for the pub, when it reopens.

Sumerian’s giving customers more for less, because times are tough and they CAN.

Sumerian’s flagship IPA has great balance of dense, dank, piney aromatics with hints of pineapple and citrus peel.

ABV: 6.6% IBU: 66

  • 2019 on draft in 3 locations at T-Mobile Park.
  • 2018 1st. against WA and OR Breweries in 100% blind test and 150 + ballet tally IPA War.
  • 2018 on draft in 7 locations at T-Mobile Park.


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