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 Ratebeer.com.

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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 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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