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Enjoying the beach life at Pacific Room on Alki

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 9:30am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Northwest cuisine, world-class cocktails, an elevated wine list, tasty beers, and one of Seattle’s best vistas await you at this new Alki Beach destination

Like so many parts of Seattle, the Alki Beach neighborhood is changing. The strip of businesses along Alki Avenue once featured little more than bike rental huts, snack shacks, and dingy sports bars, but lately an air of sophistication has wafted in on the tide, bringing upscale dining and drinking options to the beach. The latest example, Pacific Room recently opened at 2820 Alki Ave. SW. (Pictured above: Assistant GM Derek Delos Santos and General Manager Kurt Niemeyer.)

The space is gorgeous, right across the street from the beach, with roll-up glass doors that open to patio seating. It is easy to imagine long day-drinking sessions here–sipping on cocktails, nursing beers, munching on prawns, people watching and enjoying the amazing view. Inside, sophistication and comfortable elegance drip from the walls, with a huge bar on the left and long, festively lit fireplaces built into the right wall. At the back of the room, a performance area that will regularly host live music.

First up, the food at Pacific Room is top notch Northwestern fare, focusing on responsibly sourced, local ingredients as much as possible. The sockeye salmon served on a bed of to-die-for risotto, is sublime—rich and creamy risotto with deep enough flavor to stand up to the lushness of the salmon. The coconut prawns, which is too often a freezer-to-fryer dish at lesser restaurants, jump off the plate and into your mouth—jumbo prawns battered in house-made tempura coconut batter, lightly fried and served with sweet chili sauce and tangy, citrusy pineapple salsa.

A sample-size portion of the salmon and risotto.

Yes, the food is amazing and you cannot beat the location, but let’s talk about the libations.

For the beer lover, you’ll find some local favorites on tap, like Reuben’s Brews’ Pilsner, Fremont Brewing’s Dark Start Oatmeal Stout, and at least a couple of IPAs. When I was there, Georgetown Brewing and Bale Breaker Brewing were representing the IPA category. Because this is a beach bar, do not begrudge them for having a couple of less-adventurous draft options for the mainstream beer drinkers, like Rainier and Stella.

The wine list is eye-popping. Names like Hightower, Forgeron, Tamarack, and The Walls adorn the menu. Many of these, and others, are available by the glass as well as the bottle. I enjoyed a glass of Cadaretta SBS (a Sauv Blanc/Semillon blend) with my coconut prawns and it was a seamless pairing.

The Port of Seattle.

As for the cocktails, expect no shortage of creativity. Dan Stevens, the bar manager, loves to express himself through booze. His passion is obvious. I fancy myself a whiskey man, so I ordered up a Port of Seattle, which consists of Bourbon, tawny port, Black Walnut bitters, Angostura Bitters, sugar, cherry and orange peel. Sort of a new, Seattle take on an Old Fashioned.

I also sampled a few other cocktails, including the Gooseberry Gimlet, which is made with gin, golden gooseberries, lime, and sugar. The mixologist was nice enough to provide a couple of gooseberries on the side, which was nice because I’d never actually tried a gooseberry.

The rotating margarita, intended to showcase whatever is fresh for the season, was made with fresh raspberries. The aroma of fresh berries was amazing, and the flavor was vibrant and super juicy, cleverly and dangerously disguised the tequila.

Other cocktails on the menu that night included Arm Candy (vodka, ginger rhubarb liquor, Aperol, lemon and agave), Lost Paddle (rum, lime, banana liquor, pineapple, and Tiki bitters), and Mezcal Fizz (Mezcal, rose liquor, hibiscus syrup, lemon, and egg white). And there are more.

Whether you’re seeking an inspired cocktail, some vino, a tasty beer, or some seriously killer Northwest-style grub, Pacific Room has you covered. Like the libations served up at the bar, those patio seats out front will be highly coveted all summer, for sure.

 

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Navigating the Washington Brewers Festival this weekend

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 4:34pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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For the first time in, well, maybe for the first time in forever, I am going to miss the Washington Brewers Festival this year. Yep, unavoidable. It’s gonna be weird to know that y’all are there and I am not. But alas, I’ll hoist a brew in honor of the “big daddy Father’s Day beer fest” wherever I am, though it will very likely be a non-Washington beer. Yep, weird.

The weather is shaping up nicely for the state’s largest beer festival. Daytime highs in the mid-70s, virtually no chance of rain. Extraordinary beer-drinking weather. AND the event organizers want you to know that they’ve added more entry lanes to help get you into the festival faster.

For three days, June 14 thru 16, the Washington Beer Commission takes over Marymoor Park in Redmond to showcase the state’s vibrant brewing industry. Though no single festival could reasonably accommodate all of Washington’s 400+ breweries, over 100 of them will pour at this weekend’s event and serve up in excess of 500 different beers over the course of three days.

See our previous posts for more details. Visit the official event website for tickets and all the particulars.

Here’s my cheat sheet. In other words, here’s what I’m going to miss most about the festival. Yeah, there are a lot of great breweries at the festival worthy of a shout out, and a lot of great beers deserve your attention, but here are few things to consider. Seriously, you will find a lot of great beer with or without my guidance, so take this advice as you will.

  • Mexican-Style Lagers – This increasingly popular style of beer is not yet clearly defined. At least not that I can tell. Usually, it’s a light bodied beer brewed with some portion of corn or maize.  Whatever the case, among the breweries bringing Mexican lager to the show are Farmstrong Brewing, Heathen Brewing, No Boat Brewing, Sound Brewery, and others. Open the PDF below and search for “Mexican.”
  • The Hidden Mother – This brewery from the greater Spokane area rarely makes it west of the Cascades, so take advantage of this opportunity to try the beers. Don’t miss the Pine Tree Saison. In a fit of creativity, they run the hot wort through a freshly cut, channeled-out pine tree to extract some unique character. This beer was one of the darlings of last years WA Brewers Festival.
  • Vancouver – Across the river from Portland, the collective breweries of the Vancouver area are making some damn fine beers these days. Trap Door Brewing, Brothers Cascadia Brewing, Heavy Metal Brewing, Fortside Brewing, and Heathen Brewing are among the participants this year. Check ’em out without the long drive.
  • Iron Goat Brewing – Another one from Spokane that rarely makes it to the west side of the state and rarely disappoints me when they do.
  • Pilsner, Helles, and Lagers, oh my! – In addition to the aforementioned Mexican-style lagers, there are a lot of other lagers on the docket this year. Our local brewers have really stepped up their lager game in recent years, perhaps because of Chuckanut Brewery (not at the fest this year) raising the bar so high. Whatever the case, there are a lot of Pilsner, Helles, and other light-bodies lagers to quench your thirst.
  • Bowling for Beer – Ten Pin Brewing of Moses Lake is one of the rising stars on the beer scene, IMHO. (Yes, I said Moses Lake.) In addition to their always popular Pineapple Wheat beer, they’re bringing a large list of rotating specialty beers. If you’re not yet familiar, give Ten Pin a shot.
  • Sour Power – A lot of breweries are bringing sour beers this year. If I had to choose just one brewery, I’d probably go with Urban Family Brewing. They’ve got quite the sour lineup scheduled for the event this year. One-stop shopping, try a few different sours.
  • Seaview? Where’s that? – Seaview, Washington is just south of Long Beach on the SW Washington coast. I’ve been tracking the progress of North Jetty Brewing since they opened a few years ago. I was there recently and can attest to the virtues of the beer. It’s a long drive down to Seaview, so take advantage of this opportunity to try their beer.

Here is the complete beer lineup. Of course, it’s subject to change as breweries switch things up at their own discretion.

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Beer and Pride 2019 – Local breweries show their colors

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 1:10pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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June is Pride Month and several beers, breweries, and events around Seattle are marking the occasion.

Here’s what I know, share what you know in comments below.

  • Tonight (Tues. June 11) at The Riveter in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, join industry professionals for More than Just Beer – Pride in Craft, a panel discussion about inclusivity in the craft beer industry. From the event Facebook page:

“It’s Pride Month in Seattle and we are talking to brewers and bar owners who put inclusivity at the heart of their craft. In an industry synonymous with the hyper-masculine “bro culture,” how do they ensure a safe (and fun!) place at their tables for all sexual orientations and gender identities? What can be done to recruit and support employees who identify as LGBTQIA+? How do they handle discrimination that comes from customers? What proactive measures can be taken to ensure our businesses are truly places where all can relax and enjoy a pint? Join us for this important discussion and, of course, tasty beer!”

  • Two Beers Brewing releases And Justice For Ale on Wednesday, June 12 at Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District. From the Facebook event page:

“And Justice For Ale, our small-batch release coming in June, debuts at Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District before a night of drag queen bingo! All proceeds from this beer will be donated to PFLAG Seattle. Additionally, Pilchuck Pilsner and Seattle Cider Company’s Berry Rosé and Pineapple Agave will be on tap…”

Look for the following beers at local pride-related beer events around town.

Here is a list of breweries/beers commemorating pride this year:

Aslan Brewing – B Proud IPA
Double Mountain Brewing – Basic Rights IPA
Elysian Brewing – Glitteris Pride Ale
Fremont Brewing – Pride Kolsch
Pike Brewing – Tangerine Pale
Rooftop Brewing – I GLITTER-ly Can’t Even Blackberry Wheat
Stoup Brewing – Marching Juice IPA, Rainbow Bubbles IPA, Budget Barbie Camper IPA
Two Beers Brewing – And Justice for Ale

Know of other beers and/or events? Use the comments below to share what you know.

 

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Beer Touring in Astoria, OR

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 4:42pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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A few weeks ago, we packed up the Washington Beer Cruiser and headed down to the mouth of the Columbia River. Our purpose was twofold: volunteering for the annual Washington CoastSavers Beach Clean-up, and spending an afternoon catching up on good eatin’ and drinkin’ in Astoria, Oregon. Handy thing, Astoria is only about 30 minutes south of Cape Disappointment State Park, so it was easy to kill both those birds with one roadtrip.

The long bridge across the Columbia River that connects Astoria, OR and Washington State.

Astoria makes for a great overnight or weekend destination from the Seattle area. On a Thursday morning, we got there in just over three hours. With a working waterfront, blue collar roots and an artsy vibe, Astoria reminds me of Port Townsend as much as anything. You could easily spend a weekend wandering the historic downtown, alternating between shopping, seafood and tastings at breweries, cideries and distilleries. But with just one afternoon, we had to focus on beer touring.

We started with lunch – salad and a beer – at Astoria’s granddaddy brewery, Fort George, which has been brewing beer there since 2007. Their original brewery is cobbled together with a city block full of comfortable and welcoming brewpub spaces that are all ages (until 10 p.m.). Explore the large main level brewpub, an upstairs pizza joint, a taproom nook that looks out to the brewery, plus a dog friendly patio for outdoor seating.

Tasty after a long drive: Crysknife IPA at Fort George

After lunch, we strolled down the block to Reach Break Brewing. Located in a food truck courtyard, Reach Break is adjacent to Reveille Ciderworks making this a nice two-fer stop. Both taprooms have a small indoor seating area, but the sun was shining, so we tried some samples then settled into a beer garden picnic table with an IPA then a cider.

Reach Break Brewing Palate break – cherry cider at Reveille Ciderworks

While we were at the Reach Break Brewing beer garden, we happened to meet the proprietor of the Bridge & Tunnel Bottleshop and Taproom, which is just across the street and a half block down. We stopped by for – ahem – camping supplies, and noted the thoughtful taplist in this cozy establishment.

Afternoon patrons enjoying a beer at the Bridge & Tunnel

A trip to Astoria isn’t complete without a visit to Buoy Brewing. Located in a vintage maritime wharf perched over the Columbia River and most recently used for fish processing, Buoy’s brewpub is famous not only for their great beer, but also their plexiglass floor area where you can get up close and personal with the sea lions below. (Kids can’t get enough of it.)

Like Fort George, the brewery has several areas to enjoy – the main restaurant is all ages, with a wall of windows overlooking the river. In addition to the main restaurant, more seating is available in a taproom plus a dog-friendly patio wraps the outside spaces when the weather cooperates. That’s where we enjoyed a beer with a plate of local Willapa Bay oysters.

Briny oysters and hoppy beer at Buoy Brewing

As happens with visits to many of our Northwest towns, we felt like we needed more time for this trip to Astoria. There’s far more to do and taste than we could fit into a single afternoon, including a Rogue Brewing outpost, an ice cream and French fly place called Frite and Scoop that more than one person recommended but we missed this time, plus a downtown distillery, multiple coffee shops, cocktail lounges and at least two other bottleshop taprooms. Be back soon, Astoria.

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BC Hop Fest cancelled this year as hop industry faces challenges

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 9:13am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Citing ongoing challenges with government policy, nominal local brewery support, and regulatory issues with the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission and the City of Abbotsford, BC Hop Company recently announced that they’ve canceled BC Hop Fest this year. The annual event, which takes place in late September or early October each year, is being temporarily suspended but not permanently canceled. At least not yet.

The founder and lead organizer of the sold-out annual event, BC Hop Company, also emphasized the struggling hop farmers’ need for more support from the provincial government and the British Columbia craft beer industry as the catalyst for this years’ suspension.

“We have some great customers and relationships and we know the festival has a big following so we’re sorry it won’t be happening this year,” said Dwayne Stewart, co-owner, BC Hop Company and Co-found

“We’re a small company and invest significant time and resources into this event to support and promote local hops. To move forward with this festival in future years as we hope, we need to ensure local hop farming is viable, and the event truly profiles and showcases brewers who support B.C. hop farmers year-round.”

There are about 20 hop farmers currently remaining in British Columbia., down from over 30 only a year ago. B.C. hop farmers provide local jobs and contribute to the local economy directly and indirectly. Without support, this trend will continue and hop farming will disappear in B.C.

“We are asking industry and government to work with us to make growing hops in B.C. viable given the growth of the B.C. craft brewery sector. BC Hop Company and hop farmers create sustainable local jobs, support our local economy and community and grow hops that help create some exceptional 100% local B.C. craft beers,” said Stewart. “We think B.C. beer lovers expect and deserve to enjoy local hops when they support their local brewery.”

Event organizers say that the “BC Hop Festival” has been held successfully on a working hop farm in Abbotsford every year since 2015. It now faces regulatory hurdles with the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) and the City of Abbotsford. With up to 1,500 attendees annually, the ALC has advised it considers the one-day festival too large for a farm or “agri-tourism” event. The ALC further stated that the event does not specifically sell hops from the farm directly to festival attendees. While BC Hop Company does not make beer, the festival promotes beer and other products made from hops grown on local farms. Showcasing locally crafted beers made from locally grown hops supports B.C.’s economy, tourism and local pride.

BC Hop Company adds: Even if these regulatory permit challenges could be addressed quickly, it’s now too late in the season to stage the volunteer-based event in 2019.

 

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Bacon, Eggs, and Kegs returns to Seattle – June 22nd and 23rd

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 8:24am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Brunch is like the new version of church. I heard someone say that on NPR as part of a commentary on the increasing popularity of brunching. It’s what millennials and many other young Americans do these days in lieu of congregating in churches on Sunday mornings. Not sure I’m buying into that correlation, but I get the point; brunch is increasingly popular these days. And that’s the whole idea behind Bacon, Eggs, and Kegs, it’s like the Super Bowl of brunch.

For the eighth year, Bacon, Eggs, and Kegs returns to Seattle next weekend (June 22, 23). Along with all the food, the event includes beer from a number of local breweries. The list is below. Also, many other boozy delights, live music, zany games, and more. Once again, the event takes over the Century Link Field North Plaza.

BACON EGGS & KEGS
CenturyLink Field’s North Plaza
Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Ticket prices vary. See Below.

Here’s some more info from the event organizers:

Bacon Eggs & Kegs will offer all things brunch for one weekend only in 2019. The event will feature delicious bacon and egg brunch dishes for purchase from local restaurants, craft beer and cider tastings, games like bacon bingo and egg roulette, photo opportunities, and live entertainment. There’s even an opportunity for guests to play a 30-foot inflatable Hungry Hippos or fry in a giant inflatable skillet as a fun and free photo opportunity!

Northwest Harvest is returning as Bacon Eggs & Kegs’ nonprofit partner with event proceeds benefiting its statewide hunger relief efforts and advocacy work focusing on growing food justice across our local communities. Event attendees are encouraged to bring cash donations as well as non-perishable food items. Northwest Harvest volunteers will also help staff the event.

Highlights include:

  • 30-foot Bloody Mary bar featuring Absolut vodka & Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning (regular or spicy), seasoned salt rims, and toppings like tater tots, Hill Meat Company bacon, jalapeno poppers, pork rinds, cheeses, mozzarella sticks, pickled & fresh veggies, and more!
  • Local restaurants serving brunch dishes for purchase include: Bok a Bok Fried Chicken & Biscuits, Where Ya At Matt, Addo, Chin Up Donuts, ‘Wich Came First and more.
  • 80+ Northwest craft beers and ciders to taste
    Full Pour beverages from Elysian Brewing, Pear Up Cider, Stella Artois, & Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey tastings with new Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition, Irish whiskey aged in IPA beer barrels, plus tastings of original Jameson Whiskey and Black Barrel Irish coffee bar featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey and Kahlua Boozy milkshakes
  • Mimosa bar with Absolut Juice power-ups
  • Games include: Bacon bingo, egg and spoon races, egg roulette, egg toss, inflatable Hungry Hungry Hippos, giant Jenga, giant Yahtzee and more
  • Live entertainment with dueling pianos from Keys On Main, a DJ and live musical performances
  • Complimentary photos taken in a giant inflatable skillet
  • Chalk artist Gabrielle Abbott creating live chalk art

Tickets:

Tickets are $40 per person for Saturday and $35 per person for Sunday. Day-of tickets are $45 per person if available. Tickets include 12 drink tickets and a 5oz souvenir beer glass. Food is purchased separately at each restaurant stand or food truck, and drink tickets can be redeemed for the following items:

1 ticket = 5oz. pour of 80+ beers and ciders or a Jameson Irish Whiskey tasting.
2 tickets = 12oz. pour of select full pour beers and ciders or a mimosa.
3 tickets = quick serve Bloody Mary, boozy hot chocolate or Irish coffee.
5 tickets = a journey down the 30-foot Bloody Mary bar.
Tickets are available online now at baconeggsandkegs.com.

Bacon Eggs & Kegs Participants:

Restaurants & Food Vendors

  • Addo – Chef Eric Rivera
  • Bok a Bok Fried Chicken & Biscuits – Chef Brian O’Connor
  • Cascadia Pizza Co
  • Chin Up Donuts
  • Just Jacks
  • Musang
  • Sunny Up
  • The Waffler
  • Where Ya At Matt – Chef Matt Lewis
  • ‘Wich Came First

Breweries & Cideries

  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse
  • AVID Cider
  • Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co
  • Bale Breaker Brewing Co
  • Black Raven Brewing
  • Cash Brewing Company
  • Dick’s Brewing Company
  • Farmstrong Brewing
  • Foxtail Cider
  • Fremont Brewing
  • Jellyfish Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Laurelwood Brewing Company
  • Locust Cider
  • Lowercase Brewing
  • Lucky Envelope Brewing
  • Lumber House Brewery, LLC
  • Matchless Brewing
  • No-Li Brewhouse
  • One Tree Hard Cider
  • Outer Planet Craft Brewing
  • Paulaner USA
  • Pear Up Cider
  • Portland Cider Co
  • Redhook Brewery
  • Seapine Brewing
  • Schilling Cider
  • Snoqualmie Falls Brewery
  • Ten Pin Brewing
  • Tieton Cider
  • Triplehorn Brewing Co.
  • Urban Family Brewing
  • Virtue Cider
  • Wild Ride Brewing
  • Yakima Craft Brewing

Sponsors & Partners

  • Absolut Vodka
  • Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Hill Meat Company
  • Jameson Caskmates
  • Kahlua
  • Pear Up Hard Cider
  • Stella Artois

 

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Hop Hysteria this weekend at The Beer Junction

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 5:19pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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This Weekend in West Seattle, The Beer Junction presents Hop Hysteria, a two-day celebration of hoppy brews. The amazing lineup includes no less than 30 of the hoppiest creations. Some from local, beloved breweries. Some from breweries in far-off lands like New York and Ohio.

They turn the taps over to hoppy goodness when they open on Saturday morning at 11:00 and the fun continues through the weekend. Here is just a small sample of what they’ll have in the rotation on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Abomination Brewing (from Pennsylvania), All About The Wordplay
  • Best of Hands, Citra Spruce
  • Boneyard Brewing, Mr. Centaur 4X IPA (a beer to honor Matt Bonney, a local beer legend who passed recently)
  • Decadent Ale (Mamaroneck, NY), Pacific Punch
  • Double Mountain Brewing, Simcoe a Go Go
  • Future Primitive Brewing, Pep Talk IPA (You can do it!)
  • Great Notion Brewing (Portland), Juice Invader
  • Hoof Hearted Brewing (Marengo, OH), Did We Just Become Best Fwends?
  • Matchless Brewing, Funk Juice
  • Port Brewing, Anniversary Double IPA
  • Single Hill Brewing, Yacht Party

and many, many more.

 

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Aslan Brewing announces the release of B Proud IPA

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 4:20pm

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Aslan Brewing announces the release of B Proud — IPA, a beer to benefit Bellingham Pride and more.

Release notice below.

B Proud IPA, Aslan Brewing

6.5% ABV // 60 IBU // 13.5 P

light body + lime and pine + crispy

Brewed to benefit Bellingham Pride & celebrate PRIDE month nationally, this IPA takes pilsener and wheat malts, combines them with Centennial, Chinook and Cascade to deliver a light, dry, and refreshing take on IPA. The C hops may no longer be sexy to the IPA crowd, but they’re still hits worth remembering. More bitter than most un-clarified IPAs, but that keeps your pallet refreshed. Lemon/lime, with overtones of pine and background notes of pineapple anyone?! Special thanks to Skagit Valley Malting, and Yakima Chief for their generous contributions to this beer.

Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Strisselspalt

Malt: Pilesner, Wheat

 

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“Radio isn’t Dead” at the 6th Annual Bellingham Beer and Music Fest – June 29th

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 9:12am

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“Radio Isn’t Dead” will be the theme for the Sixth Annual Bellingham Beer and Music Festival at the North Bellingham Golf Course tent pavilion on June 29, 2019. The event runs from 6:00 to 10:00 P.M. and includes up to 35 different breweries pouring up to 100 different beers. The list of breweries includes local Bellingham-area breweries as well as breweries from across the state. As many as four different bands will perform.

The event is presented by the Whatcom Beer and Wine Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the Northwest’s beer and wine industries by organizing community-based fundraising festivals.

The theme of this year’s festival, Radio isn’t Dead, connects with local radio station KZAX 94.9LP FM’s 3rd birthday celebration. The low-powered community radio station serves the Bellingham community and beyond by focusing on broadcasting content from local producers and independent music from the Pacific Northwest and West Coast.

The Radio Isn’t Dead/Bellingham Beer and Music Festival is a 21-and-over event. The $30 ticket price includes access to all breweries and bands and a souvenir beer tasting glass. On-site food purchases from local restaurants will also be available. Attendees are asked to please leave their pet dogs at home but are encouraged to bring certified service dogs.

Get Tickets Here

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

6 pm – 10 pm
North Bellingham Golf Course
205 West Smith Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

Free Parking, Venue is accessible to people of all abilities

Ticket Prices:

Your ticket Includes:

  • A Souvenir Beer Glass
  • Access to up to 35 breweries & 100 different beers!
  • Access to all performances

Food:

McKay’s Taphouse and Pizzeria, Acme Ice Cream, Twin Sisters Brewery & Restaurant, and Friday Harbor House of Jerky will provide food available for purchase during the Festival

Sorry, no outside food or beverages permitted.

 

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Introducing Eastside Beer Week, coming up next month

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 8:14am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Where once there were none, now there are many. What was once a vast, beerless wasteland is now a fertile forest of fermentation. Depending on how you draw the lines, the Eastside is now home to no fewer than 32 breweries. For you outsiders, Eastside is a collective term for the suburbs of Seattle located on the east side of Lake Washington.

Eastside Beer Week kicks off on July 12th with events at breweries, bars, and restaurants. The 10-day celebration features events showcasing beers brewed up and down the I-405 corridor in the communities of Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Kirkland, Redmond, Duvall, Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, and Renton.

A statement from the organizers describes it like this: “The Eastside Beer Week is a grassroots community partnership focused on celebrating craft beer and fostering a culture of giving that strengthens our neighborhoods. The Eastside is not only a home for a growing and diverse group of craft brewers, but it is also a destination for craft beer enthusiasts.”

Like any beer week worth its name, they will release an official beer week beer, an eight-way collaboration beer brewed by Black Raven Brewing, Skagit Valley Malting, Valley House Brewing, 192 Brewing, Foggy Noggin Brewing, Flycaster Brewing, Dubtown Brewing, and Postdoc Brewing.

Eastside Beer Week is organized by Daneka Sarkies and James Wagner, but they are quick to heap the praise on the breweries and beer retailers of the Eastside. “Most of the heavy lifting is done by each brewery, tap house, and other supporting businesses along the I-405 corridor,” says a statement on the official website. “We partner with local chambers of commerce, social influencers, and media outlets to enhance the exposure and awareness of each brewery.”

Eastside Beer Week supports local charities and non-profits dedicated to children and family services. The list includes Hopelink, Birthday Dreams, Momma’s Hands, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue, and Eastside Baby Corner.

For more information, including a schedule of events, visit the official Eastside Beer Week website.

 

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Boxers and Brews this Saturday at Cairn Brewing

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 1:23pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Boxers & Brews is an annual fundraising event benefitting MustLuvBoxers Rescue held at the Cairn Brewing taproom in Kenmore. This Saturday’s event runs from noon until 5:00. Along with lots of dogs, the festivities include raffles, face painting, custom t-shirts, and emcee services by Heather from WARM 106.9. The event will also host two food trucks for the humans and the Seattle Barkery for the pups. For each pint sold, Cairn Brewing will donate $1 to MustLuvBoxers, a local volunteer-driven boxer rescue organization.

There will be lots of boxers in attendance, but all breeds are welcome. Bring a donation of dog food and get two free raffle tickets for the drawings throughout the afternoon. Raffle prizes include gift baskets, a large plush dog bed, a variety of restaurant gift cards, and more. The dog food donations will go to Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville, WA.

“We value our community partnerships so much; it’s a privilege to continue our relationship with Cairn for the benefit of Boxer rescue,” says Chris Zanassi, MustLuvBoxers Vice President. “The team at Cairn truly cares about animal welfare. You can feel it in their taproom and from their support of our annual fundraiser Boxers And Brews. It’s a super fun day celebrating dogs and beer!”

“Being part of the community is so important to the Cairn team,” says Jen Boyd, co-owner of Cairn Brewing. “Support for local animal rescue efforts holds a special place in our hearts at Cairn. We adopted our own dog, Rosie, as a rescue from Homeward Pet Adoption Center in 2017. She’s a daily reminder of how important it is for every dog to have a home full of love and laughter. We’re delighted to partner with MustLuvBoxers again for a day of dog fun, fundraising, and beer! A taproom full of pups is the absolute best afternoon.”

MustLuvBoxers Rescue strives to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted and abandoned Boxers in Washington State, including Seattle, WA and surrounding areas throughout Western Washington. MustLuvBoxers Rescue is an all-volunteer boxer dog rescue which allows for every penny brought in through donations and fundraising to directly benefit Boxer dogs in their program.  More information about MustLuvBoxers Rescue can be found at
www.mustluvboxersrescue.com and https://www.facebook.com/Mustluvboxersrescue/.

 

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This Saturday in Seattle – Georgetown Carnival and Lowercase Brewing’s expanded beer garden

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:35pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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The annual Georgetown Carnival happens this Saturday, June 8th. In case you’ve never been, suffice it to say that this is Seattle’s least genteel street festival. No, there aren’t any naked people in bodypaint parading orderly down the street on bicycles; that’s far too polite for Georgetown. If there are any naked people, and that’s not beyond the realm of possibility, it won’t be so well orchestrated. Who knows, maybe someone will streak through the South End Beer Garden at Lowercase Brewing, exposing both their south end and their lowercase, if you know what I sayin’.

Several blocks of Airport Way, stretching from Lowercase Brewing to Elysian Brewing will be closed to traffic. Along with multiple live music stages, the streets will be taken over by arts and crafts vendors, carnival games, arts-in-action demonstrations and more. Of course, your favorite drinking establishments welcome you: Jellyfish Brewing, Lowercase Brewing, Machine House Brewing, Full Throttle Bottles, Jules Maes Saloon, 9 Pound Hammer, Star Brass, and all the others. Trust me, it won’t be hard to find a beer.

For the festivities, Lowercase Brewing is expanding its outdoor patio area to create a South End Beer Garden (noon – 10:00). Along with beer from Lowercase Brewing, the kid- and dog-friendly beer garden will feature hot dogs from Dante’s Inferno Dogs (12:30 – 3:30),  wine from Mercer Estates Wines, and Sprezza Italian Spritz (a refreshing, wine-based cocktail thingy).

 

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Icicle Brewing increases its distribution footprint while decreasing its carbon footprint

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:15am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Last week I stopped by the brand new Icicle Brewing Company production facility in Leavenworth. You are invited to do the same on Thursday, June 13th. The Grand Opening and Community Open House event runs from noon until 9:00 and will feature beer, live music, and food. On top of that, you can tour the new, larger, state of the art brewery. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for more details.

The new, larger brewery.

The opening of the new facility enables Icicle Brewing to expand its distribution footprint, or at least more fully serve the markets to which it already distributes beer, by providing as much as a four-fold increase is production capability. It is also allowing the company to double down on its commitment to the environment.

So how is Icicle Brewing increasing its distribution footprint at the same time it is decreasing its carbon footprint? They’re doing it with the help of a CO2 recovery system from Earthly Labs. What, you might be asking, is a CO2 recovery system? Allow me to explain. I’ll try to be brief.

Capturing CO2 off the primary fermenter.

First, you need to know that  CO2 is one of the byproducts of fermentation. Second, you need to know that CO2 is used for carbonating the beer that ends up in kegs, bottles, and cans. A brewery creates CO2 and also consumes CO2.

Here’s the disconnect. As the beer ferments, it burps CO2 into the atmosphere. It just “disappears” into the air. If you’ve visited a brewery, you may have noticed hoses coming out of fermenters and into buckets of bubbling water. That’s CO2 escaping into the atmosphere. That’s the creating CO2 part of the story.

New canning line at Icicle Brewing. One of the places where CO2 is used.

Then, for packaging purposes, breweries purchase manufactured CO2. That’s the consuming CO2 part of the story. The CO2 produced during the brewing process goes unused. In its raw state, it really isn’t useable. What’s worse, CO2 emission is not exactly the most eco-friendly aspect of the brewing process. In a perfect world, we would be able to make beer without adding CO2 to our atmosphere.

Where the magic happens.

Earthly Labs of Austin, Texas recently introduced a CO2 recovery system that allows breweries to capture the CO2 created during fermentation. The system processes the CO2 and makes it available for the brewery to use further down the line. This is not necessarily new technology; such CO2 recovery systems have long been used at large breweries, but never before has the technology been scaled down for use in smaller, craft breweries.

Icicle Brewing is the first brewery in Washington to install one of the new CO2 recovery systems from Earthly Lab. (When it was still open, a different kind of CO2 recovery system was used at the large Redhook facility in Woodinville.)

It’s not too surprising that Icicle Brewing was the first local brewery to adopt this new technology. Living and working in Leavenworth, where the beauty of the natural world surrounds you, it isn’t hard to feel a strong appreciation of the environment. Last July Icicle Brewing became the first Washington brewery to join 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of distribution sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment.

Meanwhile, at the Icicle Brewing location in downtown Leavenworth, the brewing equipment has been removed. They are currently working on a much-needed expansion to the taproom. Before long, they will install a new brewing system that will produce smaller-batch beers, largely to feed demand at the taproom itself.

Icicle Brewing’s Grand Opening and Community Open House
Thursday, June 13, 2019
NOON – 9 PM
Icicle Brewing Company (production brewery)
10259 County Shop Road
Leavenworth Washington 98826

 

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Brew Pipeline is bringing Surly, Drake’s, Monkless, other esteemed breweries to Washington this summer

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:00am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Brew Pipeline is a direct-access platform between craft brewers and new markets. There’s a lot of industry jargon behind the program, but the only thing consumers need to know is that the goal of Brew Pipeline is to connect award-winning beers from esteemed craft breweries to new markets. In short, beers from Surly Brewing Company and others are coming to Seattle this summer.

Recently, Brew Pipeline launched its flagship program, Guest Brewer, bringing exclusive beers to untapped markets for limited time sales. In other words, beers from out-of-state breweries that normally do not distribute to Washington will soon be available to local consumers. Be advised, these beers will only be available for a limited time. Brew Pipeline is doing, basically, the same thing in several beer markets across the country, focusing on the top 100 beer markets in the U.S.

Breweries, distributors, and retailers can learn more about the Guest Brewer program here.

Brew Pipeline says, “Beer lovers can look for these beers under the Guest Brewer tap handle in select bars and restaurants, as well as on shelves at liquor stores where craft beer is sold.”

There are a lot of different breweries from across the nation involved in the Brew Pipeline program. For now, here’s what we know about the plan in Washington this summer.

July
Drake’s Brewing Company (San Leandro, CA) – Denogginizer Double IPA and 1500 Pale Ale.
Two Brothers Artisinal Brewers (Warrenville, IL) –  Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale.
Monkless Belgium Ales (Bend, OR) – Peppercorn Imperial Wit.

August
Surly Brewing Company (Minneapolis, MN) – Axe Man IPA and Furious IPA.
Pryes Brewing Company (Minneapolis, MN) – Royal Raspberry Sour.

Today’s craft beer consumers are constantly striving to try new things from new-to-them breweries. This is especially true if it is a beer from an esteemed brewery that is not typically available close to home.

“Today’s consumers not only support the local craft market, but they are also seeking out the well-known brands we are bringing to market,” said Marty Ochs, president of sales at Brew Pipeline. “It’s our goal to help craft brewers reach beyond their 100-mile radius where they do not currently have distribution and share their beer with new and existing fans across the country in bars, restaurants and retail stores. Working with only the most acclaimed beers, we anticipate the program to be extremely in-demand.”

Nationwide, the craft beer market is getting crowded and selling beer is increasingly challenging. One strategy for a brewery is to explore new markets where its beer may attract more interest from consumers. Brew Pipeline offers breweries a chance to put a toe in the water, so to speak, before diving into new markets.

“Surly Brewing Company is excited to be one of the first breweries participating in Brew Pipeline’s Guest Brewer program,” says Bob Repp, vice president of sales at Surly Brewing Co. “It’s an innovative approach to testing new markets and fits into Surly’s current expansion strategy.”

This is a new program from Brew Pipeline, but it seems in line with what the current market conditions demand from both the consumer’s side and producer’s side.

 

 

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Washington’s winners at the 2019 North American Beer Awards

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 8:53am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Judging for the 2019 North American Brewers Association International Beer Awards (NABA) concluded last week and the winners have now been announced. More than 1,900 beers entered the competition this year. In all, 41 Washington-brewed beers brought home medals for 18 different breweries.

Chuckanut Brewery led the pack with six medals, followed by Reuben’s Brews with five medals. In all, 17 Washington breweries brought home hardware from this year’s competition.

Speaking of Chuckanut Brewing, Bellingham as a whole had an impressive showing. Aslan Brewing, Kulshan Brewing, and Wander Brewing also brought home medals this year.

We share the list of Washington winners below, as well as the complete list of all winners.

WASHINGTON WINNERS
(Medal Awarded – Beer Name – Style Category)

20 Corners Brewing, Woodinville

Bronze – Zicatela – Chili Beer

Aslan Brewing Co, Bellingham

Bronze – Frances Farmer – Brett Beer

Bronze – A Study of Dreams – Berliner-Style Weisse

Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co., Naches 

Bronze – Gentlemens Stout – American-Style Stout

Cardinal Craft Brewing, Burlington 

Silver – Smokey the Beer – Smoke-Flavored Beer

Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham and Burlington

Silver – Chuckanut Maibock – Helles BockMaibock

Gold – Chuckanut Asian Lager – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale

Silver – Chuckanut Mexican – – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale

Silver – Chuckanut Rye Lager – Rye Beer

Gold – Chuckanut Altbier 9 – Altbier

Gold – Chuckanut Dortmunder – DortmunderExport

Elysian Brewing, Seattle

Silver – Liminal Space – American-Style Pale Ale

Bronze – Scrum Stout – Dry Stout

Bronze – Cyclops – Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

Flyers Restaurant and Brewery, Oak Harbor

Gold – Spitfire Best Bitter – Ordinary Bitter Best Bitter (ESB)

Fortside Brewing Co., Vancouver

Silver – Couve Alicious – English-Style Brown Ale

Grains of Wrath Brewing, Camas

Bronze – Ticklish Warrior – Session-Style India Pale Ale

Bronze – Hefeweizen – Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen, Kristall Weizen

Icicle Brewing Company, Leavenworth

Bronze – Dark Persuasion – ChocolateCocoa Beers

Gold – Priebe Porter- Robust Porter

Silver – Lifeguard – Biere de Garde

Silver – The Decline – English-Style Barley Wine

Kulshan Brewing Co., Bellingham

Bronze – Helles – Helles Lager

Silver – Cherry Gose – Flavored Gose

Melvin Brewing, Bellingham

Silver – Honey, Wheat Shrunk the Kids – American-Style Wheat Ale

Reuben’s Brews, Seattle

Gold – Gose – Classic Gose

Bronze – Ink – Cascadian Style Dark Ale American Black Ale

Gold – Lilywhite Wit – Belgian-Style Wit (White)

Silver – Brettania, Boysenberry and Blackberry – Other Belgian-Style Ales

Gold – Three Ryes Men – English-Style Barley Wine

Silver City Brewery, Bremerton

Silver – Magnificent Bastard – Scotch Ale (Wee Heavy)

Stoup Brewing, Seattle

Silver – Robust Porter – Robust Porter

Gold – Bavarian Hefeweizen – Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen, Kristall Weizen

Bronze – Darker Fields – DunkelweizenWeizen Bock

Ten Pin Brewing, Moses Lake

Bronze – Snake Eye Stout – Oatmeal Stout

Bronze – BeWILDering C – Barrel-Aged Beer

Silver – Black Eyed Katy – Imperial Stout

Trap Door Brewing, Vancouver

Gold – Funkanomics – Sour Ale with Brettanomyces Mixed-Culture Brett Beer

Wander Brewing, Bellingham

Silver – Correspondent – Foreign-Style Stout

Gold – Oud Bruin – Flanders-Style Red or Brown Ale

Gold – Champagne Toast – Berliner-Style Weisse

COMPLETE LIST OF ALL WINNERS, BY BREWERY

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Hellbent Brewing celebrates 4th anniversary on June 8th

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:52am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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On Saturday, June 8th Hellbent Brewing in Seattle celebrates its fourth anniversary. The anniversary celebration runs all day, from noon until 11:00, and features music, food trucks, and special beers.

They’ll clear out the parking lot to create a “beer garden blowout.” Live music runs all day, featuring four bands, culminating with Ayron Jones at 7:00. Food will be available from five different food trucks. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for details and updates. Music and food truck schedule below.

As for the beer, Hellbent will release its Anniversary IPA (described below) at the event, along with several other special beers, including some favorites from the cellar.

This is a 21+ event.

Music:

  • 12:00 PM  Sarah O’Dea
  • 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM  Always Naked
  • 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM  Cosmic Serenity
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Ayron Jones

Food Trucks:

  • Kama’ina Grill – 12:00 -8:00 pm
  • Moonshine BBQ – 2:00 -10:00 pm
  • Oskars Pizza – 3:00 – 11:00 pm
  • Bar Dojo – 2:00 -10:00 pm
  • Wicked Good Grinders – 2:00 -10:00 pm

Anniversary IPA (2019)

In honor of Hellbents 4th anniversary, we have produced an ultra-premium IPA to commemorate the event.  Using obscene amounts of Amarillo Hops along with a bunch of Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic hops this beer bursts with citrus followed by a pungent pine punch and finishing with mellow tropical hop aromas. This beer is brewed with Pale and Vienna malts accented with Honey malt, and Carapils malts. It is unfiltered for maximum hop flavor. 7% ABV   63 IBU

 

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Mirage Beer Company issues a sincere apology for “those” labels

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 9:39am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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America has an immense capacity to forgive. Superstar athletes, politicians, movie stars, pop musicians, and other people in the spotlight sometimes do really stupid, offensive, off-color and insensitive things for which the American public frequently grants pardon if not complete absolution. What we want is real contrition.

The beer community is much the same. If you are truly sorry for your gaff, if your apology is not simply lip-service, we are willing to grant you clemency. None of us are above making mistakes, but how we own up to our mistakes, and how we rebound from them, says a lot about our real character.

Recently, Mirage Beer Company of Seattle made a mistake that garnered them some unwanted national attention. They created a pair of beer labels that were, admittedly, conceived in poor taste. Thankfully, it was the company’s apology that got the attention of Fox News and others.

Literally and visually, the labels made obvious reference to the Crips and Bloods in what was presumably, if not obviously, meant to be a joke. Thing is, gang violence in America is no joking matter. If not a joke, it was appropriation, which might be even worse. Michael Dempster makes it clear in his apology that this was a serious ‘oh my god what was I thinking‘ moment and that he is fully aware of the horrid mistake that was avoided. The labels never made it on to the shelf, but a picture did make the rounds via social media. (The Washington Beer Blog made a conscious decision to not show the labels here.)

“First, they were cavalierly created in poor taste, and I feel awful that I hurt or angered anyone,” said Michael Dempster of Mirage Beer Company in his official apology statement. “I also want to thank members of the beer community for forcefully saying, “check your privilege,” as I clearly needed that check. Your responses give me hope for this industry, and kept me from making an even bigger mistake: actually using those stupid labels and letting them hit shelves, where they could then hurt, anger, or disenfranchise anyone who passed them.”

“So far as the labels’ content, I deeply regret the obvious element of appropriation, and further, that they trivialized the impact of gang violence on marginalized communities. I’m embarrassed and ashamed to find myself here. I was blind, and stupid, and I wish I could take it back — not for my benefit, but to prevent anyone from feeling like this industry is any more hostile and/or insensitive than it already is. This was not my intent, and that’s part of the problem: I hadn’t thought this through.”

You can read his complete apology here. I encourage you to do that. The apology is not a flippant non-apology, as you often hear these days. It is thoughtful, heartfelt, and insightful. In the end, he seems to be making a plea for us all to abandon the kind of insensitive thinking that led to the conception of the labels in the first place. Michael sounds hopeful that his lesson will help lead to a more wide-spread sense of inclusivity in the beer world.

“It breaks my heart that I’m the reason for anyone feeling less welcome in the craft beer community, and I’m sorry anyone had to waste any energy at all on me or my ignorant label ideas.”

“I hope to further demonstrate my remorse in a way folks find meaningful, emphasizes the importance of inclusivity in beer, or otherwise helps prevent anyone from making similar mistakes. Deservedly, I’ll now be an example of “how not to be,” and I hope my example is used to educate others.”

For that, Michael Dempster and Mirage Beer deserve our consideration and not our dismissal. We all make mistakes. What we do thereafter is the measure of our character.

The beers are being released, with different labels and names, and proceeds from their sales will benefit at-risk youth.

 

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Survey suggest that 91 percent of drinkers prefer craft beer

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 1:49pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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survey recently conducted by C+R Research, a market research company based in Chicago, offers some happy results for the craft beer industry. Happy, surprising, and suspect, but still worth taking a look at.

According to data from the Brewers Association, last year craft beer (beer produced by independent, “small” breweries) accounted for less than 15 percent of all beer produced in the United States (volume sales). That translates into about 24 percent of the total amount of money spent on beer (dollar sales).

The C+R Research survey provides a more optimistic view of things. According to the survey, 91percent said they prefer craft beer over big brand beer and 86 percent said they would pay more for the craft beer of their preference, even if cheaper options were available.

Wait a minute, what? Uh, 91 percent?

From March 11 through March 22, 2019, C+R Research conducted an online poll of 2,000 Americans from across the country utilizing Amazon’s Mechanical Turk online platform. Respondents were a mixture of self-reporting males and females ranging from ages 21 to 70 who identified themselves as people who drink alcohol regularly. C+R acknowledges that the study does not represent a scientific sample. In other words, this was a survey, not a scientific study.

C+R reports, “According to people that took our poll, almost half drink craft beer at least once a week. Perhaps even more surprising is that nearly all of the respondents say they drank craft beer at least once within the last month.”

Here are some key takeaways from the poll:

  • 49 percent of the respondents drink craft beer at least once a week and 91 percent prefer craft beer over big-brand beer.
  • The most-preferred style of craft beer is still IPA and craft beer is most-frequently preferred during the summer months.
  • According to 76 percent of the respondents, price does not influence whether they purchase craft beer.
  • On average, the respondents said they spent $59 monthly on craft beer.
  • 43 percent of Millennials said they visit a brewpub or brewery at least once per month and spend about $63 a month on craft beer.

According to the survey, the top five factors driving craft beer’s growth are:

1. Taste
2. Quality
3. Craft beer culture
4. Growth of breweries
5. Higher alcohol content.

This report from C+R Research suggests that craft beer is more popular than other data reveals. Perhaps the respondents drink craft beer once per week but drink big-brand beer three times per week. Even though they prefer craft beer over big brand beer, and are willing to pay more money for the beer they prefer, maybe they spend a lot more money on big-brand beer. Maybe they think Michelob Ultra, Shock Top, and Blue Moon are craft beers.

This is fun stuff to look at, but I will finish where I began. According to data from the Brewers Association, last year craft beer accounted for less than 15 percent of all beer produced in the United States (volume sales). That translates into about 24 percent of the total amount of money spent on beer (dollar sales).

Read more about the C+R survey here.

 

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The beer lineup for the Washington Brewers Festival and last call for ticket discount

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 9:29am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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We are now just a few short weeks away from the Washington Brewers Festival, so it’s time to look at the beer lineup and start plotting a strategy for navigating the massive sea of beer. This year, the largest annual beer festival in the state takes place June 14th through 16th at Marymoor Park in Redmond. If you purchase your tickets by May 31st, you’ll save $10 per ticket.

For complete event details, see our previous post or visit the official event website. This year, more than 100 breweries will offer in excess of 500 different beers over the course of the weekend. Friday night’s session is for grownups only (21+) and the rest of the weekend is family-friendly.

Below, we share the beer list (as of May 28th) provided to us by the festival organizers. Note that a few changes are very likely as the participating breweries finalize their plans.

You can download the list in PDF format here.

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Hazy Beer Competition this Saturday at Harmon Brewing Taproom

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 3:14pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Join Harmon Brewing for a Hazy Beer Competition this Saturday, May 25th, featuring beers from a dozen Tacoma area breweries. Twelve hazy beers will enter the ring, but only one will exit victorious. Will anyone manage to unseat the reigning champion, Rainy Daze Brewing? Who will take home the belt? (It’s actually an old-school wrestling belt.)

Find out this Saturday, May 25th at Harmon Brewing Taproom (204 St Helens Ave., Tacoma, Washington). The competition runs from 3:00 – 9:00.

All you have to do is drink the beer and cast your vote.

Participating Breweries:
Wingman Brewers
Rainy Daze Brewing
Pacific Brewing & Malting Co.
The RAM – Tacoma
McMennamins
Narrows Brewing
Odd Otter Brewing Company
Task Force Brewing
Tacoma Brewing Co.
Northish Beer Co
FOB (Forward Operating Base Brewing)

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