Dick Cantwell Co-Authors New Book With Peter Bouckaert

April 26th, 2016 · General Beer News

Dick Cantwell hasn’t exactly been sitting around doing nothing with his spare time since leaving Elysian Brewing. His departure from Elysian gave him more time to focus on finishing a new book he co-wrote with Peter Bouckaert, Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide. Bouckaert and Cantwell are two of the most-respected members of the brewing industry, and they had multiple chances to collaborate with each other when Elysian entered into a brewing partnership with New Belgium in 2008 (and, likely before that). The duo has been planning and writing this book for some time, and it is sure to be an essential resource for anyone interested in learning more about wood-aging beer.

Press Release:

Boulder, CO • April 26, 2016 – The use of wooden vessels for storage, transportation, fermentation or aging of beer is deeply rooted in history. The latest release from Brewers Publications, Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide by brewing luminaries Dick Cantwell and Peter Bouckaert, explores the many influences of wood as a vehicle for contributing tremendous complexity to beers fermented and aged within it.

Brewers are innovating, experimenting and enthusiastically embracing the seemingly mystical complexity of flavors and aromas derived from wood. From the souring effects of microbes that take up residence in the wood to the character drawn from barrels or foeders, Wood & Beer covers not only the history, physiology, microbiology and flavor contributions of wood, but also the maintenance of wooden vessels.

“Two of my brewing idols have created an indispensable brewer’s guide to understanding and using wood in the production of beer. Peter Bouckaert and Dick Cantwell have painstakingly collected and skillfully weaved together an impressive wealth of information and experience that brewers of any level will find intriguing,” said Matt Brynildson, brewmaster, Firestone Walker Brewing Company. “This is the book that I’ve been looking for since that life-changing first taste of barrel-aged stout, which altered my brewing path forever.”

Cantwell is among the most well-respected and experienced craft brewers, co-founding Elysian Brewing Company in 1996, where he served as head brewer until its sale to Anheuser-Busch in 2015. During his tenure, Elysian was named Large Brewpub of the Year three times at the Great American Beer Festival® (1999, 2003 and 2004). Cantwell has written two previous titles for Brewers Publications, Barley Wine with Fal Allen and The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery, Second Edition.

Prior to relocating to the U.S. in 1996 to become New Belgium Brewing Company’s brewmaster, Bouckaert brewed for a decade at Brewery Rodenbach. Bouckaert was an early advocate of brewing hoppier beers outside the Belgian tradition, exploring IPAs, Czech-style lagers, fruits, spices, wood-aging and fermentation, and experimenting with yeast and microbe strains from around the world. He earned the equivalent of a Master’s degree in brewing and fermentation technology from the University of Ghent, Belgium, as well as a Quality Engineer degree from CKZ Kortrijk. His mantle includes awards from World Beer CupSM and Great American Beer Festival® and a handful of other beer accolades.

Brewers Publications supports the mission of the Brewers Association by publishing books of enduring value for amateur and professional brewers as well as titles that promote understanding and appreciation of American craft beer. With over 50 titles to choose from, it’s the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers, homebrewers and beer enthusiasts.

Watch and learn more on the Brewers Publications website.

Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide

ISBN: 978-1-938469-21-3

Cover price: $19.95

On-Sale Date: April 26, 2016

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Geaux Brewing Plans Expansion to Second Location

April 19th, 2016 · Washington Breweries

Geaux Brewing, currently located in Bellevue, is set to expand to a second location in Auburn. The new location will allow for a significant expansion of the brewery operations, and food will now be available at both the new location in Auburn as well as the original taproom in Bellevue. Keep reading below for more details.

Here is the announcement from Geaux:

April 19, 2016 – Auburn and Bellevue, WA

Geaux Brewing announced today that they are opening a second location in downtown Auburn on Main Street. The new location will house a new primary brewhouse, an expansive New Orleans-themed taproom, and a kitchen. “As with many of our fellow breweries in the region, we’ve seen incredible growth and demand for our beers.” said Jeremy Hubbell, owner. “When we met with city leaders in Auburn, we knew immediately that this is the perfect place to not only be able to brew more beer, but also serve another community in the Puget Sound area.” Mayor Nancy Backus, City of Auburn said, ”We are excited to welcome Geaux Brewing to Auburn and look forward to another family-friendly restaurant choice. This is adding to the many positive changes happening in our city.”

As part of the brewery expansion, Geaux will upgrade it’s brewhouse to a 20 barrel system to increase capacity to just over 1000 barrels in the first year. The existing 4 barrel brewhouse in Bellevue will be relocated to Auburn as will the barrel aging program. The Bellevue brewery will be converted into additional seating.

With the expansion, Geaux is also bringing food to both locations. They have tapped the creative minds at Bread and Circuses to develop a menu and design the kitchen. Menu items will be based on New Orleans staples such as po-boys, gumbo, and jambalaya but will also feature creative new dishes. Rather than pairing menu items with specific beers, Geaux has chosen to to design the menu around the great flavors of New Orleans—the thought being that patrons will find the perfect pairing on their own. “New Orleans cuisine has a special place in my heart.” said Syd Suntha of Bread and Circuses. “From the first time I tried beans and rice when I was there after Katrina to working for Where Y’at Matt & Restaurant Roux for a couple years, I’ve always loved its unique flavors. There are endless possibilities of Creole and Cajun food and we are excited to put out a menu that will include all the staples, as well as some dishes that have that Bread and Circuses twist that pairs great with Geaux’s amazing craft beers.”

As part of the expansion, Geaux is releasing a new beer called “Geauxin’ South”, a rye IPA that has a deep caramel color, amazing hop aroma, and a dry spiciness reminiscent of the flavors of New Orleans. Geauxin’ South is now on tap at their Bellevue location and will be available soon at the Green River Cyclerly in downtown Auburn.

Geaux will break ground on the new location in Auburn this summer with the taproom slated to open in time for their 3rd anniversary.

Geaux Brewing was founded in 2012 as “The Brewery for Homebrewers”. Since its beginning, the team at Geaux have worked tirelessly to bring fun, creative beer to the Puget Sound Eastside while sharing the knowledge and love for the craft with home brewers and commercial brewers alike. They have produced several award-winning beers including their Wee Y’at Scotch Ale and Vanilla Mint Chai Satchmo stout and continue to play and push boundaries of craft beer. Their Bellevue taproom and brewery is located at 12031 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA.

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Old Stove Brewing Opens in Pike Place Market This Saturday

April 14th, 2016 · Washington Breweries

Seattle’s newest brewery, Old Stove Brewing Company, is set to open this Saturday, April 16. To start, Old Stove’s taproom will be located right in Pike Place Market, on First Avenue between Pike & Pine. Then, in 2017 the taproom will be one of four businesses moving into the new Pike Place MarketFront expansion.

Old Stove brings established industry experience to the brew house, with Scott Barron, formerly of Fish Brewing Company, Ram Brewing, and Pacific Rim Brewery, acting as Head Brewer.

Press Release:

SEATTLE (April 12, 2016) – Old Stove Brewing Company announced today its grand opening in Pike Place Market on Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m. The new taproom on First Avenue between Pike and Pine Street is supported by a brand new production facility one floor below in the Market’s maze of shops, cafes and restaurants. Eight beers will be on tap on Saturday, including an IPA, Northwest Wheat, Pale Ale, Pilsner, Saison, Stout, Double IPA and a Brown Ale. Two more, a Session IPA and a Cascadian Dark Ale, are on deck for the week after the opening, said Old Stove Brewing Co-Founder Brian Stan.

Old Stove will donate two dollars from every beer sold on April 16 to benefit the Pike Up! campaign to build the new Pike Place MarketFront, opening spring 2017. Market fans can learn more about the MarketFront at PikeUp.org.

While the focus will surely be on the brews, the new taproom and brewing facility offer much more than meets the eye—like an “I SPY” game in the taproom’s 25-foot mural featuring 20 items hidden in its circa 1905 barroom scene.  Families with kids, or anyone enjoying passing time over a pint, can look for the baseball, mouse, morel mushroom and toothbrush, among other items.

The taproom will be a place where people can get to know each other at 16-foot-long community tables made from red oak timber from Co-Founder Chris Moore’s family’s woods in Vicksburg, MI. “It’s a great way to foster a way to for people to get to know each other over a beer,” Moore said. “The community seating is a really nice element, as seen in Munich and in beer halls and all over the world.”

Moore has a deep interest in history and has curated a collection of vintage neon beer and brewery signs, some of which will be featured at Old Stove. When not studying the mural or making new friends, beer fans can check out three museum-style display cases exhibiting 40 beer cans each from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, representing long-gone breweries and canning models (flat top vs. cone top) from states across the country.

In another corner of the room, a cast iron, nickel plated Kalamazoo stove (circa 1905) from the Kalamazoo Stove Company (1902-1952) will be a place for folks to gather. Bartenders will pull beers from various antique stove handles from now-defunct stove makers.

In addition to stoves, stove handles and old beer cans, Moore also collects old brewery neon signs. A nine-foot-long window behind the bar will give guests a behind the scenes view into the cold storage area where the blue neon from a vintage Hamm’s Brewing Company sign casts a cold blue hue over the stainless steel kegs. One floor below the taproom, a fully transparent window wall is the only thing that separates onlookers to the actual brewery. Visitors can watch the brewers’ activities and as the sign at the iconic Market entrance says, they can also “Meet the Producer.”

Co-founders Chris Moore and Brian Stan have previously worked in the craft beer industry for Seattle and Portland based breweries, and have also worked together for many years. Their current partnership is built on a shared knowledge and passion for the craft of brewing. The pair have described opening their first brewery in Pike Place Market as a “dream come true.”

Moore was born and raised in a village just outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan—a Midwest powerhouse of microbrew production in its own right. He first became interested in craft beer when he visited Larry Bell at the Kalamazoo Brewing Co. in 1986. Moore has called Seattle home since 1995 and has visited the Market on an almost daily basis for the last 20 years. He considers Pike Place Market to be a Seattle version of the tight knit community he hails from. The name “Old Stove” is a tribute to one of the finest products to ever come out of Kalamazoo, the classic parlor stove.

“Kalamazoo stoves aren’t just heaters, they are functional pieces of art that were created by a company that used to deliver a superb product and an unprecedented level of customer service,” Moore explained. “People gathered around their old stoves for warmth, sure, but also to share stories and a drink with family and friends. That is exactly the kind of atmosphere we want to create at Old Stove.”

Stan started out as a homebrewer and later transitioned into commercial brewing while working alongside Old Stove’s Head Brewer, Scott Barron. Barron has previously brewed for Fish Brewing Company, Ram Brewing, and the former Pacific Rim Brewery. Stan and Barron are now reunited under the Old Stove flag and have been perfecting their beer lineup for more than a year. Stan is also a CPA, husband, and father of two who looks forward the family-friendly atmosphere he and Moore have created in the taproom.

Moore and Stan have led an impressive team of industry consultants and experts to meticulously plan and build out their taproom and production facilities in order to optimize space with clever design features and efficiencies. The duo worked closely with architect Greg Bjarko, whose firm BjarkoSerra has designed many other popular restaurant and bar locations throughout the greater Seattle area.

“We’ve gotten a great response from the community so far,” said Stan. “We’ve been warmly welcomed from so many of our friends and neighbors, including Pike Brewing and Cloudburst Brewing. This industry is unique in that it lends itself to collaboration rather than competition. It’s such an honor to be a part of this growing, downtown craft brewing district.”

“Working with the various entities of the Pike Place Market to take this venture from concept to reality has been an amazing experience,” Moore said. “The Market is the soul of the City of Seattle, and we are so happy to be producing beer right here in Pike Place Market for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.”

In 2017, Old Stove Brewing will join Honest Biscuits, Indi Chocolate and JarrBar in the new Pike Place MarketFront expansion. The building is currently under construction on Western Avenue.

As part of an incubation strategy of the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA), the four businesses have the opportunity to become established and develop their products and audiences in a smaller space before moving into the MarketFront.

“All of our MarketFront businesses are slated to move over to the new development and each will be producing their product on site, in an effort to truly extend the ‘Meet the Producer’ spirit of Pike Place Market,” said Ben Franz-Knight, PDA Executive Director. “It’s tremendously exciting for us to have the opportunity to provide space for businesses to expand and bring new and longtime fans to the Market and to the MarketFront.”

Event Details

WHAT: Grand Opening of Old Stove Brewing Co. in Pike Place Market. The opening benefits the Pike Up! campaign for the new Pike Place MarketFront.

WHEN: April 16, 2016; operating hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

WHERE: 1525 First Avenue

Pike Place Market is Seattle’s original farmers market, founded in 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the U.S. The market operates within a nine-acre historic district and is a bustling neighborhood of hundreds of vendors, residents and businesses, including farmers, craftspeople, independent shops, buskers, and residents, many of whom are low-income seniors, and five social service agencies. www.pikeplacemarket.org

The Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA) is a not-for-profit, public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973 to manage the properties in the nine-acre Market Historic District. The PDA is required to preserve, rehabilitate and protect the Market’s buildings, increase opportunities for farm and food retailing in the Market, incubate and support small and marginal businesses, and provide services and affordable housing for low-income people.

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Reuben’s Brews Releases Official 2016 Seattle Beer Week Daily Pale in Cans Today

April 11th, 2016 · Beer Releases

ReubensBrewsDailyPaleSeattle Beer Week will be here before you know it (May 12-22), but this year’s official beer from Reuben’s Brews is already available in cans starting today.

Check out the press release below for more info:

SEATTLE, Wash. (April 11, 2016) Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Get your first taste of the Daily Pale from Reuben’s Brews!

Brewed as the official beer of the 2016 Seattle Beer Week, the Daily Pale will make its debut in 12oz cans on April 11 at the Reuben’s Brews taproom and in stores throughout the Seattle area. It won’t be on tap however until after the official ceremony to kick off Seattle Beer Week on May 12 in Reuben’s taproom.

“It was a great honor to be asked to brew the official beer of Seattle Beer Week,” says Adam Robbings, Co-founder and Head Brewer of Reuben’s Brews. “We think beer lovers will find that popping open a can of the Daily Pale will be a nice precursor to one of the top beer weeks in the country, featuring dozens of Seattle area breweries and hundreds of fun beer events.”

When you enjoy this beer, you’ll not only be supporting a small local brewery but also our wonderful city. As a little thank you to the city they love so much, Reuben’s Brews is donating one percent of the proceeds from Daily Pale to the Seattle Parks Foundation and the Green Seattle Partnership for reforestation of urban forests.

Daily Pale is a hop-forward IPA with lower ABV. Using lots of Citra, Galaxy and Centennial hops, its bright aroma and flavor profile is driven by passionfruit, peach and citrus with a juicy malt backbone to support the waves of hops. At 4.9 percent ABV and 55 IBU, it is thirst quenching, balanced and focused on hop flavor and aroma, with a crisp, clean finish.

The name “Daily Pale” provides a connection with the daily newspaper and goes back to the idea that you can enjoy this beer every day given its lower alcohol level. It’s also a pun on pail, which harkens back to the 1800s when people would get their daily beer in open metal pails (or “growlers”) from their local tavern.

 

About Reuben’s Brews
Reuben’s Brews, maker of “Bloody good beer,” is a small, family-owned brewery located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Since opening in 2012, Reuben’s has won Gold and Bronze medals at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, over 30 World Beer Championships medals and was named Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards. Its expanded taproom and production brewery opened in May 2015. For more information, visit www.reubensbrews.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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Brewfest by Train: 20th Annual Olympic Club Brewfest in Centralia on April 23

April 5th, 2016 · Events, Oregon Breweries, Washington Breweries

McMenaminsI’m a big proponent of not driving to beer festivals. I’ll take the bus, walk, hop in an Uber or use whatever other transportation can get me there and back without driving. But, taking Amtrak for a day trip to a beer festival would be a first for me.

Coming up on Saturday, April 23, McMenamins 20th Annual Olympic Club Brewfest will take place in Centralia from 1pm  to 11pm. The event will feature beers and ciders from a variety of McMenamins locations throughout Oregon & Washington, as well as at least 15 other guest breweries/cideries. You can see a prelim list of participating breweries below. There will also be live music and food specials.

If you book at least two weeks in advance (by this Friday, April 8), you can get 25% off your Amtrak fare to Centralia. There are three trains departing Seattle’s King Street Station that will get you to Centralia prior to the 1pm start time. Then, there are three trains back to Seattle that depart between 4:21pm and 8:21pm. It looks like the round-trip ticket will cost $37 per person, which seems pretty reasonable.

Personally, the only time I’ve ever been to Centralia is to stop at Dick’s Brewing while driving through. This seems like a great excuse for a day trip to a place you probably haven’t spent much time.

More info from McMenamins:

20th Annual Olympic Club Brewfest

McMenamins Olympic Club Hotel + Theater

112 N. Tower Ave. Centralia, WA
Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 1-11pm | Free Admission | $13 per 10-sample taster punch card |All ages welcome in the pub; 21 & over only in the brewery and theater

Participating Breweries

McMenamins: Mill Creek, Roy Street, Olympic Club, The Spar, Old St. Francis, Anderson School, Edgefield, McMenamins on the Columbia, East Vancouver

Guests: Fish Brewing, Dick’s Brewing, Heathen Brewing, Loowit Brewing, Elliott Bay Brewing, Diamond Knot Brewing, Scuttlebutt Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Red Ox Brewing, North Jetty Brewing, M.T. Head Brewing , Schooner Exact Brewing, Bale Breaker Brewing  Sun River Vintners, Spire Mountain Cider and more!

Amtrak Cascades Offer

Get 25% off your Amtrak ticket to Olympic Club Brewfest when you book by April 9th! No promo code necessary – just visit amtrakcascades.com to book your tickets. Amtrak is also partnering with McMenamins to offer buy one, get one free tickets on all 18 stops on the Amtrak Cascades line, whether you’re traveling north or south. Pick up your buy one, get one free voucher at any McMenamins location April 1 – 15, then purchase your ticket atamtrakcascades.com or any Amtrak station (some restrictions and blackout dates apply; Offer good through April 15, 2016).

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Last Call for Breweries to Register for Washington Beer Awards

March 30th, 2016 · Washington Breweries

Breweries have just two days left to register for the fourth annual Washington Beer Awards. Online registration is due by March 31, but breweries do not have to submit the actual beers for the competition until May. So, there is plenty of time to make sure your brewery has a chance to claim a medal in this competition that gives all of Washington’s breweries a chance to shine.

More info:

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

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

In 2015 more than 100 breweries submitted over 700 beers to the competition spanning over 100 styles from the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines. Judging was conducted by dozens of trained judges who assessed the technical and stylistic accuracy of the entries. More than 130 awards were presented recognizing brewing excellence in the state.

The 2016 competition is expected to grow with additional entries and award categories. The competition will also recognize “Breweries of the Year” who receive multiple awards in various categories and also feature special awards for a “Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer” and a “Best Washington Malt Beer.” This year’s competition will include a “Pro-Am” category recognizing collaborations of homebrewers and professional brewers who have scaled up homebrewer recipes for production on a commercial scale.

Breweries can register entries from March 1st through March 31st. The 2016 judging will be conducted in early June with the winners being announced at the Washington Brewers Festival in mid-June. Details on the competition (including rules and registration information) as well as a list of the previous winners can be found at www.wabeerawards.com.

We look forward to recognizing another great year of Washington beers! Cheers!

 

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Brouwer’s Cafe Celebrates 11 Years on Thursday With Special Beers from Cloudburst, Others

March 23rd, 2016 · Events

With everything going on, it turns out that this is a good week to prep your liver for Seattle Beer Week. Next up, Brouwer’s Café is set to celebrate their 11th anniversary tomorrow (Thursday, 3/24) with a pretty awesome tap list. The highlight will be the special Hu11abalo DIPA anniversary beer from Cloudburst Brewing, but check out the full tap list below for what else will be pouring.

More from Brouwer’s Cafe:

Can you believe that we are already 11?  What a wild ride it has been.  We couldn’t do it without your continued support.  We contacted our friend Steve Luke at Cloudburst Brewing (who brewed our 9th anniversary while at Elysian) and is known for his hoppy creations.  He agreed to brew our 11th Anniversary,  Hu11abalo DIPA, expect this to be one hoppy ding dong!

Steve is known for his love of the tropical patterns, we will have some special shirts here, and you should wear your best Hawaiian Patterned shirt.  Look for there to be other beers from Cloudburst on draft as well.

Brouwer’s Café is proud to announce the starting line-up for our 11thAnniversary featuring Hu11abaloo 11PA brewed by Seattle’s own, Cloudburst Brewing.

Also available from Cloudburst will be:

Cloudburst Hu11abaloo 11th Anniversary IIPA Cask

Cloudburst Darkenfloxx™ Nitro

Cloudburst Happy Little Clouds Pilsner

Cloudburst House Guest IPA

Cloudburst Phenomena IPA

In addition to those, we’ve pulled a *few* things from our cellar to round out our offerings:

HUB Brouwer’s VI Army of Darkness Imp. Stout

Fremont Brouwer’s VII Old Bridgerider Barleywine Bottlepours

Flyer’s Brouwer’s VIII 140 Shilling Scotch Ale

Reuben’s Brouwers’s X Gobsmacked IIPA (Batch #2)

Boneyard Notorious IPA3

Black Raven King Dandy ’14 Barreled Pit Fruit Sour

Breakside Safeword Triple IPA

Eggenberg Samichlaus Classic

Engine House #9 Wild Tacoma Fruited Sour: Black Currant

Finnriver Cider in the Rye Barrel-Aged Cider ’14

Fremont Bourbon Barrel Aged Darkstar  ’14

Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imp Stout

Hair of the Dog Adam ‘13

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Summer Arrives Early at Fremont Brewing

March 22nd, 2016 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

So, this happened today! Summer Ale returns to the Urban Beer Garden on Thursday, 3/31! Join us at the Release Party that night from 5-9pm! #summerale

Posted by Fremont Brewing Company on Friday, March 18, 2016

 

While we may have just reached the first day of spring on the calendar this past Sunday, Fremont Brewing is declaring it Summer Ale season next week.

This is one of the local beer releases that many of us look forward to each year. The beer makes its return to their Urban Beer Garden on Thursday, March 31, and you can join them for a release party from 5pm to 9pm. I certainly plan to have a fresh six-pack in my fridge as soon as possible.

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The Pine Box Celebrates 4th Anniversary on Tuesday With Special Beers

March 21st, 2016 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

The Pine Box has cemented itself as one of the best beer bars in the city, and you can always expect to find a stellar tap list when you stop by. But, the tap list will look extra special this Tuesday to commemorate the bar’s 4th anniversary.

The crew at The Pine Box teamed up with Stoup Brewing to brew The 4th Nail, a Beligan-style imperial stout, in honor of the event. In addition to being available on draft at the anniversary party, this beer is the first bottle release for Stoup and will be available to purchase to take home.

The fun certainly doesn’t stop there. They are pulling a whole bunch of great beers out of the cellar for the event.

Keep reading below for more info on The 4th Nail and a preliminary tap list for the event.

The anniversary celebration starts when The Pine Box opens at 3pm on Tuesday.

From The Pine Box:

The 4th Nail
ABV:9.55% IBU: 40 SRM: 62

“The 4th Nail is a dark, smooth, dare we say, sexy beer created to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of The Pine Box, purveyor of great beer on Capitol Hill. Dark Belgian candi sugar, roasted malts and dark crystal malts add moderate sweetness, molasses and licorice notes followed by a roasty finish. We used a mixed fermentation of American Ale yeast and Belgian Saison yeast for even more depth and complexity.” – Brad Benson, Stoup Brewing

Also on Tap(so far):
Fremont Brewing Company 1st Nail Batch 3
Fremont Brewing Rust Nail 2016 (Early Release)
10 Barrel Brewing Company 2nd Nail Ciderweiss Aged in Pinot Barrels with Brett
Holy Mountain Brewing 3rd Nail
Three Magnets Brewing Co. 1st Anniversary Strong Ale
Abbaye de st. Bon Chien
Against The Grain Brewery Bo & Luke Imperial Smoked Stout
Avery Brewing Company The Beast Grand Cru Strong Ale
Boneyard Beer Suge Night Imperial Stout
Deschutes Brewery Jubel 2015 Imperial Winter Ale
Elevation Beer Company False Summit Quadrupel
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Bretta-Weiss
New Belgium Brewing Felix Love
Port Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey Track 10 Barrel-Aged Strong Ale
Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxxas Imperial Stout
Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb Imperial Stout
Trinity Brewing Apricot Swingline American Wild Ale

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Tickets Still Available for Evening Session of Tomorrow’s Washington Cask Beer Festival

March 18th, 2016 · Events, Washington Breweries

If you have procrastinated on getting tickets, you aren’t too late to attend tomorrow’s Washington Cask Beer Festival. The early session is already sold out, but there are still tickets available online for the evening session (6pm to 10pm).

Original post, press release and beer list:

Tickets are still available online for both sessions; get them while you can.

Keep reading for more info on the event and a preliminary list of beers you can expect to be pouring.

Press Release:

(Seattle, WA) March 2, 2016- Washington Brewers Guild will present its annual Washington Cask Beer Festival at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Saturday, March 19. The event is one of the longest-running and largest beer festivals that focus exclusively on cask-conditioned beer.

Once feared it might become an antiquated art on its way out, cask-conditioned beer is still cherished, and even gaining popularity here in Washington State thanks to continuing efforts by many brewers and pubs committed to keeping cask beer flowing. Cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer that still contains live yeast. It finishes secondary fermentation once the beer is transferred to a “cask” where it is naturally conditioned and carbonated without artificially introducing CO2. Beer is then served straight from the cask by gravity or a hand pump at cellar temperature (50-55F). Result is a smooth mouthfeel and fuller flavors thanks to lower carbonation and warmer temperatures.

Here are some of the beers that will be available at this year’s Cask Festival:

Dry-hopped to the max             It’s no secret that we love hoppy beers at the Cask Festival. Many brewers decided to add even more hoppiness to their beers by dry-hopping them to the max. Anacortes Brewery dry-hopped both of their IPA’s while Hale’s Ales Brewery (extra) dry-hopped their Supergoose Double IPA and Maritime Pacific Brewing dry-hopped their Hop Surge Triple IPA.

UK Classics             Cask-conditioned beer originated in England centuries ago. Some brewers chose to pay homage to the roots by brewing classic English style beers including Knuckle Boom ESB by Beardslee Public HouseEnglish Brown Ale by Paradise Creek Brewery, and 2-Bit Bitter by NW Peaks Brewery.

Beer + Fruits              Brewing beer with fruits is quite common but the choices of fruits for this year’s Cask Festival are decidedly sunny and tropical while we anxiously wait for the arrival of spring. Try Peach Sour by Silver City Brewery and Peach Berliner Weisse by Schooner Exact BrewingTreasure Island Pale Ale with passionfruit by McMenamins, and Grapefruit IPA by Mac & Jack’s Brewing and Grapefruit Keller-Kolsch Radler by Bainbridge Island Brewing.

Oatmeal Stouts                There are many beer styles that are suitable for cask-conditioning and Oatmeal Stout is definitely one of them. Its smooth mouthfeel is accentuated and roasty chocolate, coffee notes come through nicely. Try Yardam by Island Hoppin’ BrewingBuilt for Comfort Stout by Rainy Daze Brewing and Over and Out Oatmeal Stout by Fish Brewing, and Rooftop Brewing’s version.

People’s Choice Winners              Apple-Cinnamon ESB, a Cask Festival People’s Choice Award reigning champion by Diamond Knot Brewing will once make an appearance at the event. This beer won the first place for the second session in 2015 and has won more People’s Choice Awards than any other beer in the festival history. North Sound Brewing’s Cheeky Monkey Brown Ale which won the second place for both sessions last year will also return.

This year’s Herbert’s Legendary Cask Festival Ale was brewed at newly re-branded Mollusk Brewery. Herbert’s is a collaborative beer that is brewed every year at a different host brewery in honor of Bert Grant, a Northwest craft beer icon. It is a tradition that truly exemplifies the spirit of the Washington brewing community and has been treasured by many Cask Fest enthusiasts. This year’s Herbert’s was brewed with Washington grown and processed malt, and each participating brewery was asked to bring a pound of their favorite hop. The result is a medium bodied Pale Ale with an intense bouquet of hops from around the world.  The beer will make its debut prior to the Cask Festival at the release party hosted by The Latona Pub (6423 Latona Ave NE, Seattle, www.3pubs.com) on Wednesday, March 16.

The Cask Festival will host two sessions; from noon to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm onSaturday, March 19 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Admission is $40 in advance or $45 at the door, if tickets are still available. This event may sell out so advance purchase is recommended. Separate tickets are required for each session. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and up to 25 sample tastes. Tickets are available online at www.washingtonbrewersguild.org. This is a 21-and-over-only event.

2016 Washington Cask Beer Festival

Participating Breweries

 

7 Seas Brewing– Gig Harbor

TBA

American Brewing– Edmonds

Gin Botanical Saison (Saison)

Blood Orange Blonde (Blonde)

Mosaic Monkey (Pale Ale)

Anacortes Brewery– Anacortes

Anacortes IPA (IPA)

Scarlet Letter IPA (IPA)

Bainbridge Island Brewing– Bainbridge Island

Grapefruit Keller-Kolsch Radler (Radler)

Battle Point Stout (Stout)

Eagle Harbor IPA (IPA)

Beardslee Public House– Bothell

Four Ginger IPA (IPA)

Knuckle Boom ESB (ESB)

Bellevue Brewing– Bellevue

Scotch Ale with Chocolate Almonds & Rye Whiskey Soaked Oak Chips—First session only

Pineapple IPA (IPA)—First session only

Scotch Ale with Almonds & Wasabi—Second session only

Cascadian Dark Ale (Black IPA)—Second session only

Big Time Brewery– Seattle

Whiny the Complainer (Imperial IPA)

Citra S.M.A.S.H. IPA (IPA)

Buck Mulligan Dry Irish Stout (Stout)

Black Raven Brewing– Redmond

White Wine Barrel & Brett Aged Belgian Golden

Grandfather Raven (Imperial Stout)

Wisdom Seeker (Double IPA)

Boundary Bay Brewery– Bellingham

Cedar Dust (IPA)

Cabin Fever (Winter Warmer)

Ramblin’ Rose ESB (ESB)

Cloudburst Brewing– Seattle

An IPA, duh

Probably not an IPA

Quite possibly another IPA

Diamond Knot Brewing– Mukilteo

Apple Cinnamon ESB (ESB)

Belgian Blonde Ale (Belgian Blonde)—First session only

Tangerine Rose Knot Red (Red Ale) —Second session only

Dirty Bucket Brewery– Woodinville

Naughty Autie (ESB)

Sicyne (IPA)

Dirty Confessions (Belgian Quadruple)

Elliott Bay Brewing– Burien/Seattle

Dry-Hopped Saison (Saison)

Lake City Anniversary Ale #4 (Saison)

In Like a Lion Spring Pale Ale (Pale Ale)

Elysian Brewing– Seattle

Dayglow (IPA)

The Wise ESB (ESB)

Ambrosia Maibock (Maibock)

Saison Poivre (Belgian Farmhouse Ale)

Fish Brewing– Olympia

Double Hodgson’s Imperial IPA (Imperial IPA)

Over and out oatmeal stout (Oatmeal Stout)

Beyond the Pale (Pale Ale)

Maple Bacon Porter (Porter)

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery– Seattle

Pale Hoppy Thing (American Pale Ale)

Bike Rye’d Saison (Rye Saison)

Fremont Brewing– Seattle

Interurban IPA with Turmeric, Rosemary and Orange (IPA)

Interurban IPA with Pak and Spruce Needles

Fernet Inspired 1st Nail

Kentucky to Scotland

Georgetown Brewing– Seattle

Gusto Crema

Bodhizafa (IPA)

Lily Double IPA (Double IPA)

Hale’s Ales Brewery– Seattle

Cask Extra Dry-hopped Supergoose IPA (Double IPA)

Cask Andele Supergoose IPA (Double IPA)

Cask Sidekick ASA (American Session Ale)

Cask Whiskey Barrel Aged Shed Stout (Stout)

Harmon Brewing– Tacoma

Don’t Fear the Ghost-Scorpion-Reaper (IPA)

Cask Fest 2016 Chocolate Johnnie Stryker Stout (Stout)

Duck Face Sour Raspberry Blonde (Blonde Ale)

Lukes Cask-O-Nuts Hazelnut Mocha Bitter Brown

Hellbent Brewing– Seattle

Citra IPA (IPA)

Lavender Saison (Saison)

IPA (IPA)

Hi-Fi Brewing– Redmond

Sex Bob-omb (Sour Ale)

Sitar IPA (IPA)

Dobro (Amber)

Matcha Green Tea Citrus Pale Ale (Pale Ale)

Island Hoppin’ Brewery– Eastsound

Rosario Hopscotch (Amber)

Yardarm (Oatmeal Stout)

Mac & Jack’s Brewing– Redmond

Bourbon CDA (CDA)

Grapefruit IPA (IPA)

Toffee Porter (Porter)

Machine House Brewery– Seattle

Porter (Porter)

Barleywine (Barleywine)

Bramling Cross IPA (IPA)

Maritime Pacific Brewing– Seattle

Barrel Aged Salmon Bay Bitter (ESB)

Hop Surge Triple IPA (Triple IPA)

McMenamin’s Breweries– Seattle

Treasure Island (Pale Ale)

Thunder Ryed (Red Ale)

Campfire Smoked Session Ale

Mollusk Brewery– Seattle

Herbert’s Legendary Cask Fest Ale (Pale Ale)

Naked City Brewery– Seattle

Dry Hopped Crossfire IPA (IPA)

Mint Chocolate Porter (Porter)

Barrel Aged Dark Cherry

North Sound Brewing– Mount Vernon

Mango Infused 101 IPA (Imperial IPA)

Double Nut Cheeky Monkey (Imperial Brown Ale)

NW Peaks Brewery– Seattle

Ingall’s Ginger with Jalapeno Lime (Pale Ale)

Callenger IPA (IPA)

2-Bit Bitter (ESB)

Old Stove Brewing– Seattle

Dry-hopped Inaugural IPA (IPA)

Grapefruit Citra NW Wheat

Paradise Creek Brewery– Pullman

Blood Orange IPA (IPA)

Oaked Scottish (Scottish Export)

Dry-hopped Berliner Weisse (Berliner Weisse)

English Brown Ale (Northern English Brown)

Pike Brewing– Seattle

Pike Octopus Ink Black IPA (Black IPA)

Pike Space Needle Golden IPA (IPA)

Postdoc Brewing– Redmond

Barrel-aged Alpha Factor IPA with Brett (IPA)

Wee Heavy (Wee Heavy)

Postdoc Porter (Porter)

Rainy Daze Brewing– Silverdale

Rainy Rye IPA (IPA)

Built For Comfort Stout (Oatmeal Stout)

Sunrise Coffee Porter (Porter)

Ram Restaurant & Brewery– Seattle

Paradisi Pale (Pale Ale)

Sir Mash-a-lot Stout (Stout)

Rabbit Punch (Red Ale)

Redhook Ale Brewery– Woodinville

Bourbon Barrel Blackhook (Porter)

Double Dry Hopped Longhammer (IPA)

Rooftop Brewing– Seattle

Ladro Sul Tetto (Pale Ale)—First session only

Oatmeal Stout (Oatmeal Stout)—First session only

Bourbon Oak Belgian Quad (Quad)—Second session only

Mosaic Single Hop IPA (IPA)—Second session only

Schooner Exact Brewing– Seattle

Cask Peach Berliner Weisse (Berliner Weisse)

Double Dry Hopped Hopvine IPA (IPA)

Silver City Brewery– Bremerton/Silverdale

Nice Day IPA (IPA)

Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout)

Bourbon Barrel Fat Scotch (Scotch Ale)

Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge—Limited quantity. Arrive early!

Peach Sour (Sour) —Limited quantity. Arrive early!

Two Beers Brewing– Seattle

Wonderland Trail IPA (IPA)

Basil Mint Cider (Hard Cider)

Walking Man Brewing– Stevenson

Big Black Homo Erectus (CDA)

WABL Beer*

*Available to WABL members only.

 

2016 Washington Cask Beer Festival

DATE
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Session 1: Noon-4pm
Session 2: 6-10pm
Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins. Taps close 30 minutes before each session ends.

LOCATION 
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
299 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA  98109

ADMISSION   
$40 advance tickets or $45 at the door, if still available
Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and up to 25 sample tastes.
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only.
Separate ticket required for each session.
21 and over only. Non-refundable. No Dogs allowed.

Tickets are on sale online at www.washingtonbrewersguild.org. This event may sell out so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

BEER     
Washington Cask Beer Festival is a major highlight of the Pacific Northwest beer festival scene. It’s a rare opportunity to sample over 100 mostly exclusive or limited release cask-conditioned beers from 40+ Washington breweries. To stay true to the tradition of cask-conditioned beer the Festival requires brewers to naturally condition the beer in a firkin or other vessels without artificially introducing CO2. All beers will be poured by gravity or via a beer engine and the result is smooth ale with a thick creamy head that brings out subtle, nuanced flavors.

Also featured at the event is the Herbert’s Legendary Cask Festival Ale, a special cask beer brewed collectively by the Washington brewers in honor of Bert Grant, a legendary Washington beer icon. This year’s Herbert’s was brewed at Mollusk Brewery in Seattle.

FOOD 
Athena’s Food Truck—Greek gyros & falafels
Brave Horse Tavern— House-made pretzels and mustards
Brewmaster’s Bakery—Granola and other baked goods made with spent grain from WA breweries.
Dante’s Inferno Dogs—Assortment of hot dogs
Mt. Townsend Creamery—Artisan cheese and salami skewers
Sockeye Catering—Fresh local oysters

BENEFICIARY 
Washington Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community of Washington State brewers, advance their common interests through the legislative process and promote the quality and value of their beers.

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