Mark Your Calendar: Fresh Hop Throwdown Returns to The Noble Fir on Sept 26

September 1st, 2015 · Events

Fresh Hop Throwdown in 2011. Thanks to +Russ for the pic.

If you are a fan of fresh hop beers and live in Seattle, you won’t want to miss the 5th Annual Fresh Hop Throwdown at The Noble Fir in Ballard on Saturday, September 26. There are always a lot of fresh hop beers floating around during September and October, and some of us do everything we can to try as many different examples as possible. I’ll be working with Rick Weersing and Ellen Kelly of The Noble Fir to put together a lineup of about 16 different fresh hop beers that will all be available when the bar opens at 4pm. There will also be a private blind judging of the lineup earlier in the day and the winning brewery will be announced later at the event. At last year’s event, the Breakside Fresh Hop Simcoe IPA took top honors, with Fort George Fresh IPA, Schooner Exact Amarillo Fresh Hop IPA and Fremont Cowiche Canyon Mosaic Fresh Hop following in the rankings. A writeup of last year’s event, along with the beer list, is available here. I’ll post a list for this year’s event when we get closer.

If you are new to fresh hop beers, this is a great event to introduce you to them. What is a fresh hop beer? Most of the annual crop is processed into dried hops that store well and will last throughout the year. Before hops are dried, they are known as “fresh hops” or “wet hops”. When beer is brewed with these fresh hops straight off the vine (or “bine” if you prefer), it can impart a very unique flavor profile vs. the use of typical dried hops. Fresh hops can impart a fresh, green, earthy hop taste, and they can really enhance the aroma of a beer. Some fresh hop beers are brewed exclusively with wet hops, while others are brewed with a combination of wet and dry hops. In addition to finding fresh hop beers on draft, you’ll be able to find bottled fresh hop beers from Sep to Nov.

If anyone has questions about the event, feel free to send me an email.

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Wildfire Animal Response Fundraiser at Beveridge Place Pub with Engine House #9 on Thursday

August 25th, 2015 · Events, Washington Breweries

Want to drink some of the Northwest’s best farmhouse and sour beers and raise money for a great cause at the same time? Beveridge Place Pub (BPP) is hosting a brewer’s night with Tacoma’s Engine House #9 (E9) this Thursday from 7pm to 10pm, and the wildfires in Eastern Washington have prompted them to raise money for one of their favorite causes. BPP will donate $1 of each E9 beer sold during the event, and they will also be raffling off some cool glassware and t-shirts from numerous breweries. The proceeds will be donated to Washington State Animal Response Team.

E9 will be bringing some special beers to share for the event. Keep reading for more info.

Engine House #9 Brewer’s Night & Fundraiser!

Drink great beers for a great cause! We scheduled this brewer’s night with Engine House #9 several weeks ago with an amazing line-up of Belgian-style brews in mind. The proliferation of wildfires throughout the state prompted us to combine BPP’s two passions – enjoying awesome beer and helping animals!

We’ll have 9 beers on from E9 (see what we did there?), including all four releases of their Ferme Agrume Farmhouse series, plus award winning beers like Golden Berry Wild, Tacoma Wild, and Nefelibata Flanders Red! In addition to donating $1 per glass of E9 brews, we’ll be raffling off some cool glassware and t-shirts from numerous breweries! These funds will be donated to Washington State Animal Response Team.

The Washington State Animal Response Team is a 100% volunteer organization that assists in rescuing domestic animals in emergency situations. The have opened an emergency companion animal shelter in the Okanagan to help people who needed to evacuate their homes take care of themselves by taking care of their animals for them.


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Scuttlebutt Brewing Collaborates with KEXP to Create Transistor IPA

August 24th, 2015 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

KEXP6PackMOCKsutroKEXP has teamed up with Scuttlebutt Brewing to create Transistor IPA, which will benefit KEXP’s New Home capital campaign. Join KEXP Morning Show host John Richards and the Scuttlebutt team on Tuesday, September 1st at Moe Bar in Capital Hill from 5pm to 7pm for a launch party for the beer.

Press Release:

Everett, Washington 08/24/15 – Scuttlebutt Brewing Co has collaborated with 90.3 KEXP to create Transistor IPA, a crisp, session friendly IPA with all proceeds to benefit the KEXP New Home in Seattle Center.

Scuttlebutt and KEXP have come together in a collaborative partnership initiated by Scuttlebutt’s keen interest in helping KEXP through an urgent funding dilemma. Scuttlebutt and KEXP are both local businesses, working independently of the ever increasing corporate/conglomerate structure dominating their respective industries. Each valuing quality over shear volume, championing authenticity, local and community, relevant to the business world that both Scuttlebutt and KEXP individually participate in. The end result is a rare, high quality product for the consumer that embodies value and integrity.

A Pleasantly Bitter IPA. Crisp and session friendly, this beer features a floral and woody hop bouquet and beautiful golden hue. Brewed with Columbus, Chinook, Glacier and Nugget hops, Transistor IPA weighs in with 68 IBU’s and is 5.6% abv. The label and packaging for Transistor IPA were designed by Dave Narcizo, co-founder of Lakuna Design and drummer for Throwing Muses. Narcizo joined Throwing Muses in 1983 and has been an active voice on the rock music scene ever since.

Transistor IPA will be available beginning September 1st, 2015 in both 6 packs and on draft.

“We are very excited to work with Scuttlebutt,” said KEXP Morning Show host John Richards. “They are a local, family run, family owned brewery who makes great beer, and we are a Seattle based radio station run by the community, for the community – it couldn’t be a better pair. We are grateful for this partnership and can’t wait to share this delicious beer with the city.”

“KEXP has been enriching lives in our community for a long time,” said Scuttlebutt founder Phil Bannan Sr., “and we are thrilled to be able to support their evolution into an even more public facing arts organization.”

Learn more at!

About the Campaign for KEXP’s New Home:

A shared passion for “music that matters” has inspired the listeners, artists, and curators of the KEXP Community for more than 40 years. Now, in order to increase that impact, we need to grow physically, too. KEXP’s New Home is designed specifically to reach more music lovers, break down barriers between listeners and their favorite artists, and make it even easier to share new music and experiences with KEXP Community members all over the world. More info at NEWHOME.KEXP.ORG

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Holy Mountain Brewing Set to Release Three New Beers in Bottles Today

August 21st, 2015 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

HoMo3It’s bottle release day at Holy Mountain Brewing! The taproom will open early today at noon. They will be offering 3 beers in bottles for the first time today: The Seer, The Ox and Barrel #7. Full descriptions can be found below.

In addition to the bottles, they will have a special batch of King’s Head double oat brown ale on tap. This version was aged in a rye whiskey barrel with cherries.

More info from the brewery:

(Seattle, WA) Holy Mountain Brewing Company, located in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood, is proud to announce the release of three new beers in bottles. The Seer, The Ox, and Barrel #7 will all be released on Friday, August 21st starting at 12pm at the Holy Mountain taproom located at 1421 Elliott Ave W in Seattle.

The Seer is a hoppy brett saison. This batch was aged in an oak foudre with brettanomyces for three months and then dry hopped in the foudre with Galaxy and Goldings. The Seer is brewed with wheat and pilsner malt and hopped with a blend of European and Southern Hemisphere hops. The bottles were refermented with brettanomyces and allowed to condition for over two months. 165 cases of The Seer will be available both at the taproom and in limited distribution to local accounts.

The Ox is a citrus farmhouse ale. This batch was aged in oak barrels for half a year with a house mixed brettanomyces culture. The Ox is brewed with orange zest in the kettle and dry hopped with Cascade. The bottles were refermented with brettanomyces and allowed to condition for over three months. Only 65 cases of The Ox are available for sale.

Barrel #7 was one of the first batches of beer brewed at Holy Mountain last Fall. It was a light blonde wheat beer fermented in a puncheon with lactobacillus and brettanomyces which was then racked onto a mix of stone fruit in a wine barrel and left to age. Barrel #7 is an easy drinking tart wheat beer with strong minerality and a light fruit character. Refermented in the bottle with brettanomyces. Only 18 cases are available for sale, which will be available only at the taproom.

Bottle limits of 1 case per person of The Seer, 6 bottles per person of The Ox, 3 per person of Barrel #7. $15 each.

The Holy Mountain Brewing Company taproom is located at 1421 Elliott Ave W in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood. Featuring 12 taps of Holy Mountain’s ales and lagers. The taproom is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3­9, Friday 3­10, Saturday 12­10, and Sunday 12­9. The taproom is closed Tuesdays. 21+ except to pick up growlers, no pets, outside food is welcome.

The taproom has parking on the west side of the building, which can be accessed from the alley off of W Galer St under the Magnolia overpass, or W Lee St, next to the Dog Lounge. There is also access from Elliott Ave, including ADA access.

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Ten Pin Brewing Breaks Ground on New Brewery in Moses Lake

August 18th, 2015 · Washington Breweries

Ten PinTen Pin Brewing, located just off I-90 in Moses Lake, WA, is a lot like many other small breweries in Washington. With the current 3-barrel brewing system that Brewmaster Jim Madden began with back in 2013, they’ve been able to serve local beer drinkers where they operate out of Papa’s Sports Lounge & Casino. But, it is tough to keep up with strong demand with a system that small, let alone even think about regular distribution.

That is all about to change as they break ground this week on a new facility where they will install a custom-built 30-barrel brewing system that will give the brewery an initial capacity of 7,500 barrels per year, with room to grow. They hope to be at full production by March 2016, and they are planning distribution via draft, bottles and cans to Seattle and other regional markets. Read the full press release below for more info.

Press Release:

Family Turns History In Bowling Into New Craft Brewery

Moses Lake, Washington – The Russell Family, owners of the iconic Lake Bowl since 1957, are breaking ground on property adjacent to the bowling alley to build a new 7,500 barrel brewery capable of expanding quickly to 21,000 barrels. The new facility will be the home of Ten Pin Brewing.

Ten Pin Brewing Company is a family operation built on a legacy that spans nearly sixty years of business rooted their success in innovation, quality and community. The history and depth provides the foundation as the Russell family’s third generation looks to the future with a state-of-the-art brewery and a mission to throw a strike with every batch.

“Bowling provides our roots but the future is clear and craft beer takes the lead. Ten Pin Brewing will be focused on brewing quality, interesting, desirable styles, growing our community and setting a standard for modern craft beer.” – stated Lake Bowl Inc. CEO, B.J. Garbe

Ten Pin Brewing breaks ground this week and anticipates it will start brewing test batches in late November. Full production is slated to begin in early March with the first kegs, cans and bottles going out the door by month’s end.

Sales and marketing efforts already show positive demand for Ten Pin Brewing’s beers in markets form Spokane to Portland. Talks with distributors have begun and packaging is ready for market.

“Scaling up our production from the current 3 barrel system to 7,500 barrels will take a bit of trial and error but we’ll be up and running once the custom brew house is in place.” added Head Brewer Jim Madden a former chemical engineer who is no stranger to the formulas and projections needed to ramp up production.

Ten Pin Brewing is garnering a growing collection of medals and recognitions for their brewing and this past summer provided clear confirmation on which brews they will launch with. “We know which of our most popular beers will be out to a broader market first but I can’t say just yet as all the product details are under wraps until we launch next winter,” noted BJ. “I can say that people can look forward to sunny days and IPAs ahead.”

1165 N Stratford Road, Moses Lake, WA 98837
(503) 765-1248

The family has aligned a strong team to get the brewery up and running including architect firm Meier, Inc. and Chervenell Construction both of Kennewick, Ferment Marketing from Portland, Oregon and Washington Trust Bank. The new can and bottle label is designed by Now Design located in Salem, Oregon and sales support is being provided by Alluvial Beverage Company from Portland. The Ten Pin Brewing support team is lead by B.J. Garbe and is focused on having all elements in place for the March launch.

Core Team Bios

B.J. Garbe, CEO
B.J. is a man with focus and tenacity, something rooted in his years playing professional baseball for the Minnesota Twins, Seattle Mariners and Florida Marlins. A Moses Lake native, B.J. returned to his hometown after completing studies at Oregon State University and soon took the helm of Lake Bowl Inc. as CEO. Intent on carrying forward a legacy of innovation and growth, he soon saw parallels between his home brewing and love of craft beer and the future of his family’s business. B.J. took a calculated step with a three-barrel system built into Lake Bowl, the family’s bowling alley built in 1957, and Ten Pin Brewing was born. Now, with Jim Madden in place as head brewer, B.J. is ready to go fire up a new seven thousand, five-hundred barrel facility slated to start filling cans and kegs in March of 2016.

Jim Madden, Head Brewer
Jim can guide you along the Appalachian Trail, tell you the best skinny-dipping spots from Pennsylvania to Mexico and on North to Alaska, and provide hours of entertainment lecturing about polymerization. The man holds multiple patents from his work at Union Carbide and DOW Chemical. Needless to say, a chemical engineer by trade and adventurer by nature, Jim brings a technically creative approach to his twenty plus years as a home brewer. Before joining Ten Pin, Jim was brewing the largest legal batches at home and typically had six to eight taps flowing in his house. Jim has already won multiple home brewer medals and awards and has begun picking up even more with his Ten Pin beers.

Lake Bowl has been in operation since 1957 and has been at the center of the family’s extended business interests including the nearby AmeriStay Inn and Suites, Papa’s Sports Lounge and the Porterhouse Steakhouse. A Moses Lake icon, Lake Bowl provides the both the physical and historical foundation to Ten Pin Brewing.

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Engine House #9 Sour Party at The Masonry Tonight

August 17th, 2015 · Events


E9 sour mastermind Shane Johns. Thanks to E9 Twitter feed for pic. 

If you missed out on Sourfest 2015 down at Engine House #9 Brewery in Tacoma this past Saturday, you’re in luck. The Masonry, located in lower Queen Anne, has procured kegs of six sour beers from E9, and they plan to tap them all at 5pm this evening (Monday, August 17).

The lineup includes:

Golden Berry
Wild Tacoma
Table Sour
Blackberry Table Sour
Apricot Table Sour

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The Sixgill to Host 3rd Annual Fruit Beer Fest Starting August 21

August 12th, 2015 · Uncategorized

The Sixgill in Fremont is gearing up to host the 3rd Annual Fruit Beer Fest, which will kick off on Friday, August 21. The preliminary list of beers for the event is below, with 16 fruit beers lined up for your enjoyment. From sours, to IPAs, to saisons, there should be a little something for everyone.

Preliminary beer list:

Brandy Barrel Peche Wild Ale – Almanac Beer Co.
Black Berry Sour – Black Market Brewing Co.
Triple Plum Strong Golden Belgian – Black Market Brewing Co.
Beaktweaker Citrus IPA – Black Raven Brewing Co.
Fortunela Wit w/ Kumquats – Breakside Brewery
Tropicalia Saison with Lychee & Chili – Breakside Brewery
Blueberry Sour – Cascade Brewing
Little Runaway Belgian w/ Cherry – Double Mountain Brewery
Raspberry Saison – Elevation Beer Co.
Femme Fatal Belgian IPA w/ Kabuso Fruit – Evil Twin Brewing Co.
Lolita Wine Barrel Belgian w/Raspberry – Goose Island Beer Co.
Still Life Farmhouse Ale w/ Apple – Grimm Artisanal Ales
Grapefruit Saison – Holy Mountain Brewing Co.
Cassie Summer Saison w/ Black Currant – Lantern Brewing Co.
Pamplemousse IPA w/ Grapefruit – Lompoc Brewing Co.
Apricot Sour – Urban Family Brewing Co.

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Reuben’s Brews Celebrates 3rd Anniversary Saturday With Special Beer & Party

August 10th, 2015 · Washington Breweries

Reuben’s Brews has had an exciting first three years in business, and co-founder Adam Robbings and crew are ready to celebrate their success this upcoming Saturday, August 15.

Keep reading the press release below for more details:

SEATTLE, Wash. (Aug. 4, 2015) Reuben’s Brews is turning three and we’re getting ready to celebrate. Join us in our new taproom (5010 14th Ave NW) on Saturday, Aug. 15 at noon for our birthday party!

“These last three years have been an amazing ride,” says co-founder and head brewer Adam Robbings. “Even in just the last few months we’ve opened a new brewery and taproom, started working with a distributor, won Brewery of the Year for our size category at the Washington Beer Awards and expanded our taproom hours to be open seven days a week. We feel very lucky and are thankful for the support we’ve gotten from the community and the beer industry, and we’re excited to see what the next three years bring!”

Our anniversary beer, “Three Years Gose Fast!” will be available on tap and in a limited release of 300 bottles at the party (limit of two per person). The second brew in our sour series, our Gose is a tart, refreshing, lemony brew with just a little salinity to balance. It’s brewed with lactobacillus, coriander, and Fleur de Sel.

The first 200 people to have a pint will receive it in a commemorative British pub glass to keep (limit one glass per person). We’ll also feature some beers from the cellar, all 24 of our taps pouring Reuben’s for the first time, and a raffle to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. Prizes include bottles of 2014 Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, brewery swag, and more! The Burgerphenia food truck will also be onsite, serving up some great burgers and fries.

Additional information will be posted on the brewery’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.  We hope to see you there!

About Reuben’s Brews

Reuben’s Brews is a small, family-owned brewery located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Since we opened in 2012, our beer has been awarded several local, regional, national and international awards. We were a top 10 brewery at the 2014 and 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championships, have won 21 medals at the World Beer Championships, and were named Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards. In May, we opened our new taproom and production brewery. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery Set to Open Doors on August 15 in Greenwood

August 3rd, 2015 · Washington Breweries


Flying Bike Board President, Kevin Badger, addresses volunteers for a special event honoring their efforts.

It has been a long road, but Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery is set to open the doors of the first cooperative brewery in Washington State on Saturday, August 15. Cheers to the whole crew, especially those members that drove Flying Bike’s vision from the beginning.

Press Release:

Seattle, August 3, 2015 ­ Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery (FBCB) is proud to announce the official Grand Opening date of Saturday, August 15, 2015 of their brewery and tasting room in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. This is Washington’s first cooperative brewery, built by member­-volunteers.

Since 2011, Flying Bike has built a community of over 1,500 beer and co­op enthusiasts with the goal of building Washington’s first cooperatively owned brewery. The Co­op’s Member Driven Beer program allows member­owners to submit and vote for the beers that are brewed and served in the tasting room. One of the beers created from this program, Dan Schmidt’s Bike Rye’d Saison, was selected to appear at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) later this year.

In May, Flying Bike signed on Kevin Forhan as Head Brewer. Kevin was most recently Regional Brewer for RAM Restaurant & Breweries and has also held positions at Elysian Fields, Big Time and Pike. “Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery is clearly something special. Many people have worked long and hard, essentially as volunteers, to make it happen” says Forhan. “I’m honored, excited, a little nervous, and very hopeful that Flying Bike has a future as unique and promising as its beginnings.”

Come celebrate this historic occasion with Flying Bike and all their member­owners during their Grand Opening on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at their brand new brewery and tasting room at 8570 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98104.

About Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery: Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery is a member owned cooperative opening a brewery and tasting room in August 2015 at 8750 Greenwood Ave N, featuring member beer recipes and taking input from members on various aspects of the business. Currently the co­op has 1,504 (and counting) members.


Twitter: @flyingbikecoop



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Enjoy 5 Years of Firestone Walker Anniversary Beers at Brouwer’s Cafe on Saturday

July 30th, 2015 · California Beer, Events

The anniversary beer releases from Firestone Walker Brewing are always phenomenal. They are certainly made to age well, and Brouwer’s Cafe will give local beer geeks the chance to see just how well the past five releases are tasting this Saturday, August 1.

Details from Brouwer’s:

We’ve been known to let beers age for years in our cellar, but at a certain point they need to be consumed! That said, we think August 1st is the perfect time to pull some Firestone Walker Anniversary beers, specifically Firestone 14 through 18, which are known for the rich, deep flavors. Doors open at 11am, and $35 gets you a 5oz taste of all 5 Anniversary beers, plus a 12oz pour of Firestone Pivo at the beginning of the event.

There is more detail for each beer than you could ever hope for on Firestone Walker’s webiste:

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