Washington Cask Beer Fest Features 120 Brews This Saturday

March 22nd, 2017 · Events, Washington Breweries

Pic from 2010 Cask Fest

One of the first beer festivals I remember going to in Seattle is the Washington Cask Beer Fest. This longtime local brewfest features 100% cask beers poured by gravity or beer engine, all from Washington breweries. It’s always a great time. More than 40 breweries will be pouring around 120 different beers at the event. The list of breweries is below, and you can find the full beer list with descriptions here.

Tickets are still available for both sessions online.

More info from the Brewer’s Guild:

Join us on March 25th and experience the artistry of craft brewing in the form of traditional cask-conditioned beer. To remain true to the spirit of “real ale” all beers are conditioned naturally without artificially introducing CO2 into the cask and will be poured by gravity or via a beer engine.
Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and 15 beer samples. The event will host two sessions on Saturday, March 25 at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Noon-4pm & 5:30-9:30pm. Tickets are now available.

More info at washingtonbrewersguild.org

We’re excited to welcome the following Washington breweries:
7 Seas Brewing
Anacortes Brewery
Bainbridge Brewing
Bale Breaker Brewing
Black Raven Brewing
Boundary Bay Brewery
Cash Brewing
Cloudburst Brewing
Crucible Brewing
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
Elliott Bay Brewing
Elysian Brewing
Figurehead Brewing
Fish Brewing
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery
Flying Lion Brewing
Fremont Brewing
Georgetown Brewing
Hellbent Brewing
Hi-Fi Brewing
Hop Nation Brewing
Jellyfish Brewing
Mac and Jack’s Brewery
Machine House Brewery
Maritime Pacific Brewing
McMenamins Breweries
Mollusk
North Sound Brewing
NW Peaks Brewery
Odin Brewing
Old Stove Brewing
Pike Brewing
Postdoc Brewing
Rainy Daze Brewing
RAM Brewery
Rooftop Brewing
Schooner Exact Brewing
Silver City Brewery
Slaughter County Brewing
Sound To Summit Brewing
Stoup Brewing
Triplehorn Brewing
Two Beers Brewing

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Brewers Association Announces Top 50 Craft Breweries by Volume

March 15th, 2017 · General Beer News

I love this list. With no Washington breweries represented in the top 50 craft breweries by volume for 2016, it reinforces the notion that for the most part you have to come to the source to get our beer. There just are not that many Washington breweries that have wide distribution footprints. In addition to the Top 50 craft brewer list, you can see the top 50 list of breweries regardless of if they fit the definition of craft here.

Press Release:

Boulder, CO • March 15, 2017—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 40 were craft brewing companies.1

“With such a broad range of brewers in today’s beer landscape, the leading small and independent producers have helped build the craft brewing industry to what it is today,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “Embracing their experience and ability to thrive and overcome challenges, the top producing craft brewers will continue to inspire, innovate and influence the future of beer.”

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies

Rank Brewing Company City State
1 D. G. Yuengling & Son, Inc Pottsville PA
2 Boston Beer Co Boston MA
3 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Chico CA
4 New Belgium Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
5 Gambrinus San Antonio TX
6 Duvel Moortgat USA Paso Robles/Kansas City/Cooperstown CA/MO/NY
7 Bell’s Brewery, Inc Comstock MI
8 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
9 Stone Brewing Co Escondido CA
10 Oskar Blues Brewing Holding Co Longmont CO
11 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
12 Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe WI
13 Artisanal Brewing Ventures Downington/Lakewood PA/NY
14 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
15 SweetWater Brewing Co Atlanta GA
16 New Glarus Brewing Co New Glarus WI
17 Matt Brewing Co Utica NY
18 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
19 Alaskan Brewing Juneau AK
20 Abita Brewing Co Abita Springs LA
21 Great Lakes Brewing Co Cleveland OH
22 Anchor Brewing Co San Francisco CA
23 Stevens Point Brewery Stevens Point WI
24 August Schell Brewing Co New Ulm MN
24 Long Trail Brewing Co Bridgewater Corners VT
26 Summit Brewing Co Saint Paul MN
27 Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
28 Shipyard Brewing Co Portland ME
29 Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
30 Rogue Ales Newport OR
31 21st Amendment Brewery Bay Area CA
32 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
33 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR
34 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co San Jose CA
35 Allagash Brewing Co Portland ME
36 Narragansett Brewing Co Providence RI
37 Green Flash Brewing Co San Diego CA
38 Tröegs Brewing Co Hershey PA
39 Uinta Brewing Co Salt Lake City UT
40 Bear Republic Brewing Co Cloverdale CA
41 Karl Strauss Brewing Co San Diego CA
42 Surly Brewing Co Minneapolis MN
43 Sixpoint Brewery Brooklyn NY
44 Left Hand Brewing Co Longmont CO
45 Lost Coast Brewery Eureka CA
46 Revolution Brewing Chicago IL
47 North Coast Brewing Co Fort Bragg CA
48 Avery Brewing Co Boulder CO
49 Real Ale Brewing Co Blanco TX
50 BJ’s Brewery Huntington Beach CA

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15th Annual Barleywine Bacchanal at Beveridge Place Pub This Week

March 15th, 2017 · Events

Taster trays are the way to go.

With the ridiculous rain we’ve continued to see here in Seattle lately, it is definitely still barleywine season. Lucky for you, Beveridge Place Pub is ready to kick of its 15th Annual Barleywine Bacchanal tomorrow. The event will run through Sunday, and there will surely be some barleywine pouring next week, as well.

They will have 30 of their taps dedicated to barleywines, both fresh and older vintages. Owner Gary Sink has been hard at work tasting older batches to see what offerings are ready to go. Selections will change daily, and over 70 barleywines are expected to be poured in total.

There are also daily features throughout the fest:
Thu, Mar 16 – New & Old: First-time releases & Rare Vintages
Fri, Mar 17 – Barrel-aged Barleywines
(Bourbon, Brandy, Cognac, Cabernet, Oak, & more)
Sat, Mar 18 – 3-Year Verticals of Pike Old Bawdy, Stone Old Guardian, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, & Avery Hog Heaven!
Sun, Mar 19 – Kill the keg, win a prize!

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Special IPA from Cloudburst First Release in New Bottle Shop Collaboration Project

March 9th, 2017 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

The beer industry has had plenty of collaboration in the past, but the new Bottle Shop Collaboration Project (BCP) is a bit of a new twist. Eleven of Western Washington’s best bottle shops are joining forces to team up with local breweries to craft some special releases. First up is a collaboration with Cloudburst Brewing, which will be tapped simultaneously at all of the bottle shops (and at Cloudburst) on Friday, March 24.

Keep reading for more info.


BCP Release 01: Cloudburst Brewing Soul Proprietor IPA
Friday March 24th at 5PM (simultaneous tapping at 11 bottle shops & Cloudburst Brewing)

What happens when you combine your favorite bottle shops and your favorite breweries? Well—we’re about to find out! Eleven Washington bottle shops (see list below) are teaming up with some of our favorite breweries to release special small batch beers. Some will be draft only, some will be bottled or canned, the styles will vary, but they will all show our love for craft beer.

Jordan White, General Manager of Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District: “My goal with this project is to create a spirit of friendship and comradery between our local beer stores. We’ve committed to partnering in order to create unique collaborations that highlight the need for independent beer retailers. As chain stores become more savvy in their buying practices–it makes perfect sense to pool our industry connections, buying power, and experiences.”

For the first release, we teamed up with Seattle’s Cloudburst Brewing— and did what Cloudburst does best—an IPA.

Soul Proprietor IPA was brewed with Chinook, Citra and Galaxy hops and a ton of Mosaic hop dust. It will be simultaneously tapped at 5PM on Friday March 24th at the below locations. Only 17 kegs of this were produced so don’t miss out!

Bottleworks (Seattle)
Chuck’s Hop Shop- Central District (Seattle)
Chuck’s Hop Shop- Greenwood  (Seattle)
Edison City Alehouse (Tacoma)
Elizabeth Station (Bellingham)
Malt And Vine (Redmond)
Pint Defiance (Tacoma)
Special Brews (Lynnwood)
TeKu Tavern (Seattle)
The Beer Authority (Seattle)
The Beer Junction (Seattle)
Cloudburst Brewing (Seattle)

Additional releases with other breweries are being planned. We can’t say much else about those at this time, but rest assured we think you’ll like what you see.

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Registration Opens March 1 for 5th Annual Washington Beer Awards

February 28th, 2017 · Washington Breweries

The Washington Beer Awards (WBA) is a great way for our local breweries to partake in a little friendly competition against each other. There is so much good beer brewed in Washington that winning a medal at the WBA is something that any brewer can be proud of.

Last year, 138 breweries competed for top honors at the event. Ten Pin Brewing took home the Small Brewery of the Year with four total medals, including two golds. E9 Brewery LLC won the Mid-Size Brewery of the Year with five medals, including two golds.  The Large Brewery of the Year was won by No-Li Brewhouse with five medals, which included one gold.

You can check out my post about the winners from last year’s competition here.

If you are a brewer looking for more information on how to enter your beer, go here.

Press Release:

Seattle, WA, March 1, 2017: 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 fifth year for the Washington-only competition that provides an opportunity for all of Washington’s craft brewers to compete in a blind judging format and fosters recognition of brewing excellence in Washington.

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

In 2016, 138 breweries submitted 950 beers to the competition spanning 110 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 170 awards were presented recognizing brewing excellence in the state.

The 2017 competition is expected to grow with additional entries and award categories. The competition will also recognize “Breweries of the Year” who receive multiple awards in various categories and also feature special awards for a “Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer” and a “Best Washington Malt Beer.” This competition also includes a “Pro-Am” category recognizing collaborations of homebrewers and professional brewers who have scaled up homebrewer recipes for production on a commercial scale.

Breweries can register entries from March 1st through March 31st. The 2017 judging will be conducted in early June with the winners being announced at the Washington Brewers Festival in mid-June. Details on the competition (including rules and registration information) as well as lists of the previous winners can be found at www.wabeerawards.com.

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

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Reuben’s Brews Expands Distribution to Portland, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho

February 28th, 2017 · Washington Breweries

Exciting news for Portland/Vancouver, Eastern Washington, and Northern Idaho. Reuben’s Brews has become one of Seattle’s most consistently awesome breweries, and the rest of the NW should be happy they are spreading the wealth.

Press Release:

SEATTLE, Wash. (Feb. 28, 2017) Starting this summer, Beer lovers in Portland, Vancouver WA, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho will be in for a real treat as the award-winningest brewery in Washington state, Reuben’s Brews, expands distribution.

“For the last couple of years, people have been asking us when our beers will be available outside of Western Washington, particularly in Eastern Washington and Portland,” says Robbings. “We believe we have to earn the right to be called a Pacific Northwest brewery, and we hope that the quality of our beers – underlined by our beers’ recognition both nationally and internationally – will encourage beer lovers throughout the region to try and enjoy our brews.”

The brewery signed on with two new distributors: Maletis Beverage in Portland, Oregon will distribute Reuben’s Brews to the greater Portland area, including Vancouver, Washington; and Spokane-based Click Distributing East will cover Eastern Washington. Beers are expected to hit taps and store shelves in May and June with a detailed release schedule to follow.

Reuben’s Brews has garnered more than 100 medals in beer competitions since opening in 2012, including Gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup and has already added eight more medals for its beers since the start of the year. The brewery was second place overall at the Best of Craft Beer Awards after winning four medals, the brewery won three Best of the Northwest awards at the US Beer Tasting Championships, and Crikey IPA was named as a winner at the Good Food Awards.

In 2016, the brewery more than doubled its production, making expansion outside of its hometown of Seattle possible. The brewery recently signed a lease on another small warehouse in the brewery’s Ballard neighborhood. This one will have a very specific use – building on their award-winning sour program.

“We decided to wait until we had a separate facility before commencing barrel aged sours,” says Robbings. “We’re excited to build on our GABF Gold Medal winning Gose with new brett and barrel-aged sours in the coming months and years.”

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Big Beer Weekend Ahead – WA Beer Open House, Barleywine, Farmhouse Fest & More

February 23rd, 2017 · Uncategorized

Seattle beer drinkers are spoiled with options on any given weekend, but every once in a while there is so much going on that it can be tough to make up your mind on what to do. This upcoming weekend is one of those times.

Washington Beer Open House – From Noon to 5pm on Saturday, 134 breweries around the state will be taking place in the 7th Annual Washington Beer Open House. Breweries will be opening their doors to the public to give tours, pour special beers and do all other sorts of fun stuff. Check out the full list of events here.

Brouwer’s Hardliver Barleywine Fest – 40+ barleywines pouring all at once starting at 11am on Saturday, March 25. Brouwer’s knows how to throw a special event, and this is one of its most popular festivals. It will be busy, but there are always plenty of great beers pouring the day after if you want to avoid the crowds.

The Masonry/KEXP Farmhouse Fest – The beer lineup at this event is going to be fantastic. The ticket price is steep, but these are not cheap beers (if you could even get your hands on them) and all proceeds benefit KEXP. Check out my previous post about the event here and the full beer list here.

Hops & Props at The Museum of Flight – This is one of Seattle’s most unique beer events. Tickets sell out quickly every year, but there are a few listings on Craigslist for tickets at face value, or close to it. Over 100 breweries will be pouring at the festival, which takes place throughout the exhibition halls at The Museum of Flight.

And, if that isn’t enough, you can kick things off tonight by heading to Bottleworks to celebrate their 18th (!!) anniversary or Beveridge Place Pub for a rare brewers night with Foggy Noggin from Bothell.

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Sour Beer Blowout at The Pine Box Tonight

February 16th, 2017 · Uncategorized

Do you like sour beer? I like sour beer. You should go to The Pine Box tonight for their Sour Beer Blowout. It’s not going to suck. I have heartburn just thinking about it. The good kind of heartburn, though. You know what I mean.

The prelim beer lineup is below.
BFM Abbaye de st. Bonne Chien
Almanac Beer Co White Label
Black Raven Brewery Corvos Kriekus
Breakside Brewery Portmanteau
Oude Beersel Lambic
Cascade Brewing Sang Noir
De Garde Brewing Petit Blanc
Engine House No. 9 B.A. Funky Farmer Ralph
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Agrestic Ale
Firestone Krieky Bones
Grand Teton Brewing Company Chardonnay Barrel American Sour
Green Flash Brewing Co. Oculous Sauvage
Grimm Brothers Farmers Wild Daughter
Highwater East Meets West Wine barrel golden with kiwi and kumquat
Holy Mountain Brewing Aureuma oak-fermented sour aged peaches
New Belgium Brewing Love Cherry Felix
pFriem Family BrewersFlanders Red
Schooner Exact Brewing Co. Black Berry Sour
Stoup Brewing Motueka Strong Sour
TRVE Brewing Cursed
Urban Family Brewing Company Flat Earth Theory

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Register Now for Second Annual Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference

February 16th, 2017 · Homebrewing

If you are a homebrewer who can’t make it to the National Homebrewers Conference in Minneapolis in June, you should consider signing up for the Second Annual Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference (PNWHC). Taking place in Vancouver, WA on March 17 & 18, the PNWHC gives homebrewers from our corner of the country an opportunity to get together for educational seminars and to connect with fellow brewers from throughout the region. I’m sure there will be a few good beers to share, as well.

Press Release:

Registration is open for the second annual Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference (PNWHC) March 17-18 in Vancouver, WA. The regional conference welcomes homebrewers from British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and beyond to expand their brewing skills through two days of educational seminars, networking opportunities and evening tasting events.

“The PNWHC is a great way to get together with area homebrewers, improve your brewing skills and just have fun,” says Conference Chair Jill Marilley. The PNWHC is endorsed by the American Homebrewers Association and complements the AHA’s annual Homebrew Con by providing access to expert educational opportunities and social connection within the hobby of homebrewing to the Pacific Northwest region.

The conference’s 30+ educational seminars facilitated by brewing experts will cover a range of subjects including brewing kettle soured beers, brewing with hot rocks, moving from homebrewer to professional, and many more. There are seminars for every level of brewing experience, from the novice homebrewer to the veteran zymurgist alike.

Conference registration also includes the opening night toast and dinner, keynote speaker lunch, closing night dinner, exhibit hall access and two incredible evening tasting parties. At Friday’s “Pro-Brewers Night”, registrants will mingle in the exhibit hall and enjoy beers from the region’s top breweries. The conference culminates Saturday night with the highly anticipated “Club Brews” tasting event at which regional homebrew clubs will be serving their best beers from fun themed booths. Costumes are encouraged!

The PNWHC introduces Will Kemper of Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham, WA as the 2017 Keynote Speaker. With decades of experience in the brewing industry, Will’s talk will center on his passion for brewing, how he came to be a brewer, his path to starting over 25 breweries around the globe, and his continued commitment to quality and to his values in creating beer.

The conference’s $199 early registration fee includes two days of educational seminars, three meals, exhibit hall access, two evening tasting events, goodie bag and commemorative glass, and can be purchased online. The registration price will increase to $229 on February 21.

Attendees arriving early can choose to join fellow beer lovers on two bus tours that visit some of Portland and the Colombia River Gorge’s most respected breweries. Bus tour prices range from $58.50-$68.50 per person and include transportation, beer, lunch and goodie bag.

The conference will be held at the Vancouver Hilton. Reserve your room at the conference rate of $132 per night (+ taxes/fees) by calling 360-993-4500.

PNWHC is made possible through the generous support of Brewcraft USA, The American Homebrewers Association, Bader Beer and Wine Supply, Amoretti, Micro Homebrew Supply, and Yakima Valley Hops.

Website: www.pnwhc.com
Newsletter signup: https://www.pnwhc.com/2017/mailing-list-signup
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pnwhc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pnwhc
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pnwhc/

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Modern Times Beer Expanding Distribution to Seattle Later This Month

February 9th, 2017 · California Beer, General Beer News

Modern Times Beer, located in San Diego, CA, will soon begin distributing beer throughout Washington and Oregon. Launch events will take place from February 22 to 26 in WA (more details soon), and afterwards the full lineup of regularly-distributed Modern Times Beer will be available in Seattle.

I have only had the pleasure of sampling Modern Times beers a couple of times, but they certainly have a good reputation and I am looking forward to getting to know their beer better. Check out their beer release calendar for more details on what we’ll see here in Seattle. CEO and Founder Jacob McKean said on BA, “It’ll be full regular distro of everything other than tasting room-only releases. So seasonals, monthly bombers & cans, some funky/sour 750s, etc…We’re extremely excited for this and are consequently lavishing attention on these launches; there will be loads of barrel-aged rarities at the events. We’ve also got several collabs in the works, including with Great Notion & Wandering Aengus.”

McKean was kind enough to answer a few questions for me today. Check out the virtual mini-interview below.

1) Tell us about your beers. From a quick look at your release calendar on the website, I notice a few main themes: hops, coffee and sour/saison. Why is the PNW an attractive market for your beer?
The animating ethos of Modern Times is to make beer geek beer available to everyone. You shouldn’t have to wait in line at 6am in a parking lot to drink world class, cutting edge craft beer. Stylistically, our line-up runs the gamut, with a particular focus on hybrid styles and session-ish ABVs, but the broad themes are aroma and complexity. From our saison to our oatmeal coffee stout to our hoppy wheat or our IPA, our beers always have a bangin’ aroma and a layered, intense, saturated flavor profile. The PNW is a great market for us because we do best in areas with the most educated, advanced beer drinkers. Our beers, our aesthetic, and our deep commitment to business ethics matches the zeitgeist of the PNW extremely well. We also want a plausible business excuse to visit more often. Oh, and we’re a world class specialty coffee roaster, which also seems like a good fit.
2) Modern Times has been open less than 4 years. It sounds like a lot has happened since Day 1. Can you give us a quick summary of the evolution of the brewery and what is driving the expansion of distribution into the NW?
A enormous amount has happened in the 3.5 years since we opened. We’ve grown for a 4 person draft-only operation to a 105 person company cranking out cans, bottles, kegs, loads of barrel-aged monsters and lots of extremely tasty coffee. We’ve also opened a satellite tasting room, and we have 3 more in the works (two with on-site brewing.) Even though we produce way more beer than I ever dreamed we would, the overwhelming majority of that is sold within a few hours of the brewery. We’ve recently brought a bunch of new gear and capacity improvements online, including new canning and bottling lines, several giant new tanks, and a centrifuge. That has given us the opportunity to start sending our beer a bit farther afield (and have it hold-up much better when we do), and the PNW has long been one of our top priorities.
3) Seattle is a very competitive market with lots of outstanding beer. We’ve seen breweries enter the Seattle market before and then disappear, often because a brewery fails to support the brand. What will you be doing to make sure you have continued success in Seattle (and the NW)?
We’ll have a sales rep in the field supporting us from day one, ensuring that our beer is staying fresh and is being sold in the right places. We are indeed lavishing attention on these launches, and many of us have deep roots in the area, whether from previous brewing jobs or working with hops growers or being involved in the music and coffee scenes. But ultimately what’s going to make the difference for us is the beer itself. In a competitive market, if the beer doesn’t kick ass and doesn’t fill a unique niche, it’ll disappear. Obviously we hope and believe that our beer is awesome enough and unique enough to earn a place in the PNW.

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