Beers Made by Walking Hike Series Starts on May 25

May 24th, 2017 · Events, Washington Breweries

Like hiking? Hate work? Call out sick tomorrow, May 25, to take advantage of this nice run of weather by joining Beers Made by Walking for the first of three hikes in the Seattle area this spring/summer. The hike will take place at Upper CCC Trail out near Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road and will be led by volunteer naturalist Mark Boyar. This is a free event, but you have to register.

Keep reading for more info on what Beers Made by Walking is all about and details on tomorrow’s hike.

Press Release:

Now in its sixth year, Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) returns to Seattle! BMBW invites brewers to go on nature hikes led by volunteer naturalists and brew beer inspired by plants found on the trail. All the breweries participating are Partners of the Brewshed Alliance, which currently has over 50 Washington breweries on board. This Washington Wild outreach program helps people make a simple connection: healthy watersheds mean clean water, and clean water makes better beer.

Come out and join Washington Wild for a day on the trail, enjoying the outdoors and hanging out with some of the breweries that are behind protecting clean and healthy watersheds in Washington State. Each hike is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. Hikers are accompanied by local brewers who must create a hike-inspired beer in the fall for a special BMBW tapping event where you can try all the nature-inspired brews at once. A list of hikes and sign ups are available below.

These place-based beers serve as drinkable, landscape portraits of the trails that are walked. Tapped during special events at Naked City Brewery, the proceeds are donated to the Washington Wild. The full list of beers will be published after the hikes are completed, but you can see hike dates below if you’d like to add them to your calendar. We can’t wait to get outdoors with our volunteers, Brewshed Partners, and you!


May 25, 10:00 AM – Upper CCC Trail

Breweries: Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Hellbent Brewing Company, Machine House Brewery, Postdoc Brewing Company

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July 8, 10:00 AM – Wallace Falls Trail

Breweries: Hi-Fi Brewing, Flying Lion Brewing, Fremont Brewing Company

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August 16, 12:00 PM – Cherry Creek Falls

Breweries: Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, Lantern Brewing, Naked City Brewery and Taphouse

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October 7, 2017

Naked City Brewery and Tap House

Stay Tuned for More Details!


About Beers Made By Walking

Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) is a program that invites people to step outside and see the place they live in a new light. We invite brewers to take nature walks and make beer inspired by the plants identified on the trail. Since 2011, we have worked with more than 100 breweries throughout the country to create over 200 place-based beers. Hiking and tasting events act as educational and fundraising programs for environmental organizations in the regions they serve. Additional info:

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp on Tour Takes Over Gas Works Park on June 30

May 17th, 2017 · Events

Last year, Sierra Nevada brought its Beer Camp Across America festival to Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Held just outside MOHAI at Lake Union Park, it was a fun event. Lots of great beers, many that we don’t typically see in Seattle, and the picturesque location was easy to get to without driving and was large enough for the crowds. There was even some great music (Deep Sea Diver!) included.

Sierra Nevada is bringing the fun back with Beer Camp on Tour, and this year’s event will be held at Gas Works Park on the evening of Friday, June 30.  The event will feature hundreds of beers, food trucks and live music. They say that “every craft brewer in the nation” is invited to pour at the festival. So far, the lineup includes breweries like Chuckanut Brewery, Bale Breaker Brewing, Wet Coast Brewing, Trap Door Brewing, Gilgamesh Brewing and more. You can keep checking the website for updates as more breweries are added to the lineup.

Tickets are $55 and include “all tastings” (I think we had more tickets than we knew what to do with last year) and a commemorative tasting glass.

This festival is in support of Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across the World collaboration 12-pack. The brewery partnered with 6 overseas and 6 stateside breweries for a one-time release loaded with “dream beers”. The 12-pack will be available at retailers in June. Learn more about the collaboration beers here.

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Seattle Beer Week Continues with 100+ More Events

May 8th, 2017 · Events

I’m not sure if this guy is happy that there is another week left of SBW or not. Click through to check out the SBW Instagram page for more pics.

With 4 days in the record books, there is still a full week left of the 9th annual Seattle Beer Week. Hopefully, you were all able to get out and enjoy some events this past weekend, along with the great weather. If not, there are more than 100 events left to choose from this week….I’m pretty sure you can find something to do.

Following are a few events that stick out from the upcoming slate this week, but make sure to check out the full event listings.

5/8: This is Washington Dammit! at Beveridge Place Pub – 35 beers from different Washington breweries, all priced at $4/pint. This is probably SBW’s best deal.

5/9: Fort George 3-Way Beta Release at Latona Pub – Fort George’s collaboration breweries for the annual 3-Way release are Great Notion and Reuben’s Brews. These breweries all know their hops. Try the beta version of this year’s 3-Way ahead of the actual release in a month.

5/10: Oregon Night at Naked City Taphouse – One of my favorite things about the Seattle beer scene is how much great beer we get from our neighbors down south. Naked City will feature some great beers for this event, and there will be brewers/reps on hand to chat with.

5/11: Sourfest at Brouwer’s Cafe – If you are a fan of sour beer, this should be one of your highlights of the year. The prelim list of beers follows at the end of this post. If you can’t make it on Thursday, stop by over the weekend to see what is left.

5/12: Barrel Roller at Chuck’s 85th Street Market – This two day event is the culmination of over a year of work to gather together only the highest quality barrel aged beers. 35 beers on tap. Check out the list.

5/13: E9 and Holy Mountain Tap Takeover at The Masonry – Two of Washington’s best breweries will take over the taps at one of Seattle’s best bars. Not sure what the beer lineup looks like, but it doesn’t really matter. It will kick ass.

5/14: My Liver Hurts BBQ at Fremont Brewing – For the 7th year in a row, Fremont marks the end of SBW with some free BBQ in the Urban Beer Garden.


Prelim beer list for Brouwer’s Cafe Sourfest (subject to change):

10 Barrel Raspberry Crush Berlinerweisse
Alesong Cherry Parliament Pinot Noir Bbl-Aged Wild Red Ale
Almanac Farmers’ Reserve Nectarine Sour Ale
Alvinne Cuvee Freddy
Alvinne Wild West Sour
Anderson Valley Horse Tongue Thribble Black Currant
Breakside Beaujolais Avec Brett
Block 15 Cardinal Coalescence Flanders-Style Red
Cascade Blueberry Sour Ale ‘16
Crux Fermentation Project Wild Pear Farmhouse
De Garde Pâle Tart Rye Saison
De Troch Lambicx
Destihl Wild Sour Lynnbrook Raspberry Berlinerweisse
Double Mountain Flight of the Devil’s Sour Blend
Ecliptic BA Carina Peach Sour
Elysian Zoot Suit Riot
Engine House #9 Nefelibata Flanders Red Sour Ale
Engine House #9 Tacoma Wild w/ Black Currants
Finnriver Peach Sour
Firestone Walker SLOAmbic Wild Ale
Goose Island Madame Rose Bbl-Aged Belgian Sour w/ Cherries
Great Notion Strawberry Shortcake
Heathen Mojito Sour Ale
Holy Mountain Volume 12 Golden Sour with Black Raspberries
Logsdon Peche n’ Brett ‘17
Lost Abbey Red Poppy ’15
Loowit Dreamsicle Orange Creamsicle Berliner Weiss
Mazama Barrel-Aged Peche
Mikkeller Spontandryhop Mosaic
Modern Times Creature
New Belgium Blackberry Oscar
North Fork Elecktric Berryland Blackberry
North Fork Elecktric Berryland Raspberry
Oud Beersel Lambic
Paradox Beer Blood Rooted Ginger Blood Orange Sour
pFriem Abrikoos Lambic-Style Sour w/ Apricot
Propolis Kriek –Grenache Vat-Aged Golden Sour w/ Brett
Rodenbach Vintage ‘15
Schmaltz Funky Jewbelation ’15 Bbl-Aged Sour
Schooner Exact Blackberry Barrel-Aged Sour
Silly Stupid Silly Sour Ale
Siren/Stillwater When the Light Gose Out
Stoup Moteuka Dry Hopped Strong Sour
Telegraph Reserve Wheat Sour w/Passionfruit & Guava
The Bruery Sour in the Rye
Three Magnets 2nd Anniversary Sour Red Rye Ale
Tilquin Gueze Tilquin
Trois Dames Grand Dames Oud Bruin
Trve Burning Off Impurities Mixed Culture Amber w/ Coffee
Trve Restarter Mixed Culture Ale w/ Peaches, Cherries, Apricots
Uinta Birthday Suit 24 Sour Cherry Blonde Ale
Upright Four Play Oak-Aged Saison w/ Tart Cherries
Urban Family Heart of Stone Sour w/ Apricot & Plums
Urban Family Mangifera Sour w/ Mango & Citra Hops
Wander Pearywinkle Barrel-Aged Pear Sour


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Machine House Brewery Celebrates Four Years This Weekend

April 28th, 2017 · Washington Breweries

Brewery Manager Bill Arnott and Business Manager Alex Brenner

A big cheers to one of my favorite breweries in Seattle. Machine House Brewing is celebrating its fourth anniversary this weekend, starting today. Get yourself down to Georgetown to drink the best English-style cask ales you can find in Seattle.

More info:

We are turning four! We figured we would need a bit of time to celebrate, so this time we have TWO days worth food, music and beer in the works.

Friday, April 28th – 5pm – 11pm
Bread and Circuses will have Shepherd’s Pie, Mac and Cheese, and Sausages (veggie options available) for your enjoyment.
Chris Cheveyo and Drew Fitchette will be our musical guests for the evening, beginning at 9pm

Saturday, April 29th – 12pm – 10pm
Tamale Guy Seattle will be slinging a varaiety of gourmet tamales (veggie options as well) with pickles and slaw.
The Gus Clark Band will return to the brewery with some great country and folk songs for those who feel like dancing (no pressure)

For both events we wil be featuring two of our latest creations-
The Pale Mild is a paler take on our regular favorite for those who enjoy the light and easy drinking qualities cask ale. For those of you who thought it would never happen, we brewed a Double IPA- true to the traditional English standards, of course.

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From Greenwood to Camano Island: Naked City Brewing Set to Open New Location This Weekend

April 18th, 2017 · Washington Breweries

Image borrowed direct from Naked City website.

Cheers to the crew at Naked City Brewing for launching their new venture up on Camano Island! They are ready to open the doors to the public this upcoming Saturday, April 22.

Press Release:

Camano Island, WA – The Grand Opening celebration for Naked City Camano Island kicks off at 11am, on April 22, and continues through the weekend. All ages are welcome at the cozy family-friendly brewpub, which features house-brewed ales, local wines, ciders, and craft sodas alongside gourmet comfort food and great Northwest art.

Head Brewer Don Webb will tap the first in a new Easy Island Brew Series to be released over the coming months and years. Easy Island Blonde Ale is a crisp, refreshing summer brew perfect for sipping in the Camano Island sun. Speaking of sun, the patio at Naked City Camano Island is scheduled to open in a few weeks—just in time for the 19th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour on Mother’s Day Weekend.

Grand Opening weekend will feature highlights from the inaugural summer menu that Executive Chef Tessa Roberts crafted for the pub, including the Naked burger and beet burger, short rib and fried green tomato sandwiches, and a brewer’s salad alongside many other treats. The kitchen sources ingredients from Camano Island’s own Del Fox Meats alongside other quality, local suppliers.  Island Harvest Farms is currently growing the kitchen’s first harvest of Camano Island vegetables.

A playful island-themed mural from Ryan Henry Ward lights up the outside entrance to the pub. Inside, a pair of exhibits from Camano Island artist Christopher Tuohy grace the walls—a permanent installation of brewery photography, and a rotating gallery show of nature photos. Also on display are a set of iconic film-noir themed movie posters designed by Tasha Reidman for Naked City’s classic beers.

Naked City Brewing Company’s flagship brewpub in north Seattle was recently named the Best Brewpub in Washington State by

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Road Trip for Bellingham Beer Week April 21 to 29

April 6th, 2017 · Events, Washington Breweries

Looking for a road trip later this month? I’d suggest heading up north for Bellingham Beer Week, which is set to take place from April 21 to 29. With 10 breweries in a city of around 80,000 people, Bellingham’s beer scene has exploded in recent years and shows little sign of slowing down (Did someone say Melvin?). For an update of what has been going on in the Bellingham beer scene and what is on the horizon, I’ll point you in the direction of this comprehensive post on Tap Trail.

In contrast to Seattle Beer Week (May 4 to 14!), the smaller number of events for the Bellingham version seems appropriate. For us out-of-towners, heading up for a weekend to explore the scene and hit a few events is perfect. The fun starts on April 21 with kickoff events at Elizabeth Station, Kulshan Brewery, Aslan Brewing and McKay’s Taphouse. The week culminates with the 16th Annual April Brews Day, a beer fest at Depot Market Square featuring 120+ beers from 60+ PNW breweries.

Instead of a single official beer for Bellingham Beer Week, this year breweries were asked to get together and create a series of collaborations. There are three offerings currently listed on the website: A Belgian-style pale ale from Kulshan and Menace, a hop-forward imperial red ale from Wander, Melvin, Brouwer’s Cafe and Elizabeth Station, and a dry-hopped sour pale ale with tropical fruit puree from Boundary Bay and Gruff.

If you need a place to stay, check out the lodging deals from the event’s hotel partners.

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Belgian & Sour Beer Week at Beer Junction April 1 to 9

March 31st, 2017 · Events

Saisons, sours, witbier, quads….you’ll find these and other Belgian styles at The Beer Junction’s Belgian & Sour Beer Week. The fun starts tomorrow, Saturday, April 1, and lasts through April 9. In addition to a ridiculous taplist throughout the fest, there will be no corkage fee on Belgian-style/Sour beers throughout the event. That’s pretty awesome. Plus, just look at that poster. Jean-Claude loves beer and Sour Patch Kids.

Here is the beer list for when they open at 11am tomorrow:

1. Almanac White Label Sour
2. Avery Apricot Sour
3. Avery The Beast Grand Cru (2013)
4. Black Diamond The Twelve Quad (2013)
5. Blackberry Farm Classic Saison
6. Block 15 The Prophecies Quad
7. Boon Oude Kriek
8. Cascade Sang Du Chêne
9. De Garde Petit Blanc
10. De Garde Saison Facile
11. Dogfish Head Fort (2015)
12. Firestone Walker Krieky Bones
13. Gulden Draak (on NITRO)
14. Holy Mountain Demonteller
15. Holy Mountain White Lodge
16. Logsdon Cerasus
17. Off Color Apex Predator
18. Oud Beersel Oude Lambik
19. Petrus Quad (on NITRO)
20. Piraat Belgian Strong Ale
21. Rodenbach Alexander
22. Rodenbach Caractère Rouge
23. Schooner Exact Brett Blackberry Sour
24. Three Magnets 2nd Anniversary Sour Red Rye Ale
25. Tilquin Stout Rullquin
26. Triporteur Full Moon 12 Quad
27. TRVE Ancient Bole Saison

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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

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
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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