Barrel-Aged Beer Gets the Spotlight at Brouwer’s Bigwood Fest – Beer List

December 5th, 2017 · Events

Brouwer’s Cafe puts on some amazing special events and festivals, and one of my favorites of the year is always Bigwood. This celebration of wood-aged beer includes stouts, sours, strong ales and more. They will be pouring more than 50 taps of wood-aged goodness.

The event will start when the doors doors open at 11am on December 7 and will run through December 10. While some high-demand beers will disappear pretty quickly, there will be plenty of fun stuff left if you can’t stop by until later in the weekend.

A preliminary list of beers for the event follows. It’s pretty impressive.

Alesong Cherry Parliament Pinot Noir Bbl-Aged Wild Red Ale (7.4%)
Alvinne/ Naparbier Gentleman Sour Oak-Aged Oud Bruin (11.5%)
Anderson Valley Grand Cru Port Bbl-Aged Sour Blend (9%)
Bear Republic Old Baba Yaga Cognac-Bbl Aged RIS (13%)
Belching Beaver Smoldering Pirate Bbl-Aged Sour w/ Tropical Fruit (6.5%)
B.F.M. Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien (11%)
Black Raven La Mort Rouge Wine Bbl-Aged Strong Dark ‘15 (9.3%)
Boundary Bay Bretta Whiskey Fever ’16 (9%)
Cascade Cranberry Sour (6.4%)
Crux Fermentation Project Tough Love Bbl-Aged Imp Stout (11.5%)
De Garde/ Jackie O’s With Friends Like These Oak-Aged Wild Ale(6.4%)
De Proef Préaris Grand Cru Maker’s Mark Bbl-Aged Quad ’15 (10%)
Birrificio Del Ducato/Drie Fonteinen Beersel Mattina (6.2%)
Dirty Couch Plausibility Whiskey Bbl-Aged Sour Porter (6.3%)
Ecliptic Falling Asteroid Whiskey Bbl-Aged Imp. Porter w/ Cocoa (12%)
Elliot Bay Ambrosia Kriek w/ Raspberries & Cherries (5.3%)
Engine House #9 The Duel Raspberry & Cherry Sour Ale(5.9%)
Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist 53 Bbl-Aged Imp Stout w/ Coffee (12.5%)
Finnriver Sour Plum Cyser ’16 (7%)
Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee Bbl-Aged Central Coast Quad ‘15(13.4%)
Fort George/Finnriver Shady Grove Sour Cider & Saison Blend (6.5%)
Founders Brewing CBS Maple Syrup-Bourbon Bbl-Aged Stout (11.7%)
Fremont Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb Bbl-Aged Winter Ale (14%)
Goose Island Foudre Project Bbl-Aged Flanders Red Ale (6.7%)
Hair of the Dog Jim ’17 BBl-Aged American Strong Ale Blend (11%)
High Water West Meets East Bbl-Aged Golden w/ Kiwi & Kumquat (6%)
Hanssens Oude Lambic (6%)
Holy Mountain Bbl-Aged King’s Head Double Brown ‘16 (9.2%)
Holy Mountain Volume 12 Golden Sour w/ Black Raspberries (5.5%)
Lagunitas Willet Whiskey Bbl-Aged Imperial Stout (11.7%)
Little Beast Dream State Foeder-Aged Ale w/ Strawberries (7%) *
Logsdon Kriek Vier Bbl-Aged Sour Quad w/ Cherries (9.2%)
Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa Wine Bbl-Aged Raspberry Sour (7%)
Matchless Big Wood Bar Variant Imperial Stout
Mazama Barrel-Aged Sour Sunset (8%)
Millstone Ciderberry Cider w/ Raspberries & Cranberries (8%)
Mission Trail Fairyland Port Bbl-Aged Pluot Cider (14.8%)
New Belgium Decennium Dark Sour Ale ‘15 (7.6%)
North Fork Electric Cherryland
Oud Beersel Bersalis Sourblend Sour Blonde Ale (6%)
pFriem Flanders Red Sour Ale ’15 (7%)
Propolis Pi Strawberry Rhubarb Bbl-Aged Golden w/ Brett (7.5%)
Reuben’s Brews something
Rodenbach Alexander Foederbier w/ Sour Cherries (5.6%)
Schneider Aventinus Cuvée Barrique Wine Bbl-Aged Doppelbock (9.5%)
Skookum Barrel-Aged Breakfast Stout
Standard Heschen Whiskey Bbl-Aged Imperial Stout (9%)
Stoup Rum Barrel-Aged Strong Dark
Structures Carcosa Wine Bbl-Aged Raspberry Sour (7.1%)
Telegraph Obscura Fortis ’14 Bbl-Aged Sour Belgian Strong Ale (9%)
The Ale Apothecary JW Lees Bbl-Aged Loganberry La Tache Cask(7.88%)
The Commons Bourbon Little Brother Bbl-Aged Quad ’16 (10%)
Three Magnets B.i.L. Barleywine Aged on Whiskey-Soaked Oak Chips (11.9%)
Trinity Damn, It Feels Good to be a Gangsta’ Dark Sour Ale (8.1%)
Urban Family Again & Again Oak-Fermented Saison w/ Grapes (6.9%)
Wander Foeder Phor Oak-Fermented Strong Dark w/ Cherries (10.8%)

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Winter Beer Fest Returns to Magnuson Park on December 1 & 2

November 9th, 2017 · Events, Washington Breweries

The Washington Winter Beer Festival is back for another year of fun at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. This festival is a great way to try a large selection of winter beers from local breweries.

You can buy tickets online here.

More info:

The 13th Annual Winter Beer Festival will take place Friday evening, December 1st, and Saturday afternoon/evening, December 2nd, at Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle. This Washington Brewers Guild holiday tasting event will feature 50 local breweries pouring some of the most creative and delicious beers of the season at three different sessions. Nearly 200 locally made craft brews, fantastic food trucks, holiday gift shop, and even a little indoor snow will make this a can’t miss event.

This year’s lineup will include a variety of dark malty stouts, robust winter warmers, barrel-aged beauties, and many more palate pleasing offerings. The complete beer list will be unveiled soon. Here are the 50 participating breweries:

2017 Winter Beer Festival
Brewery List
Anacortes Brewery, Anacortes
Aslan Brewing, Bellingham
Bale Breaker Brewing, Yakima
Beardslee Public House, Bothell
Black Raven Brewing, Redmond
Chainline Brewing, Kirkland
Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle
Counterbalance Brewing, Seattle
Crucible Brewing, Everett
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, Mukilteo
Dirty Bucket Brewing, Woodinville
Downpour Brewing, Kingston
Dru Bru, Snoqualmie Pass
Elliott Bay Brewing, Seattle/Burien
Fish Brewing, Olympia/Woodinville
Floating Bridge Brewing, Seattle
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, Seattle
Fremont Brewing, Seattle
Geaux Brewing, Auburn
Georgetown Brewing, Seattle
Ghostfish Brewing, Seattle
Hale’s Ales, Seattle
Hellbent Brewing, Seattle
Hop Nation Brewing, Yakima
Icicle Brewing, Leavenworth
Jellyfish Brewing, Seattle
Lake Stevens Brewing, Lake Stevens
Lowercase Brewing, Seattle
Mac & Jack’s Brewing, Redmond
McMenamins, Seattle/Bothell/Olympia
Mollusk Brewing, Seattle
No-Li Brewhouse, Spokane
Old Stove Brewing, Seattle
Optimism Brewing, Seattle
Port Townsend Brewing, Port Townsend
Postdoc Brewing, Redmond
Rainy Daze Brewing, Poulsbo
Ram Restaurant & Brewery, Seattle/Tacoma
Ravenna Brewing, Seattle
Rooftop Brewing, Seattle
Schooner Exact, Seattle
Silver City Brewery, Silverdale
Slaughter County Brewing, Port Orchard
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing, Snoqualmie
Stoup Brewing, Seattle
Triplehorn Brewing, Woodinville
Watts Brewing, Bothell
Wet Coast Brewing, Gig Harbor
7 Seas Brewing, Gig Harbor/Tacoma
20 Corners Brewing, Woodinville
192 Brewing, Kenmore

Friday, December 1st
5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Saturday, December 2nd
1st Session: Noon-4pm
2nd Session: 5:30pm-9:30pm

Hangar 30
Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115                                                                                                    

Advance tickets available now at
$30 advance/$35 at the door. This event has sold out the last four years so buy now!

Admission includes a tasting glass and eight 5oz beer tastes.
Additional tokens are available for $2 each or three tokens for $5.
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only.
This is a 21+ only event.

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Beveridge Place Pub Fresh Hop Fest Features 36+ Beers This Saturday, Plus Preview Event Tonight

October 12th, 2017 · Events

If you haven’t noticed, fresh hop beer season is in full swing here in the NW. Beveridge Place Pub (BPP) is set to host its inaugural Fresh Hop Festival this Saturday, October 14, from 12pm to 6pm, which will be one of the final local fresh hop fests of the season. They will be closing off the parking lot to accommodate serving 36+ beers for the event. The prelim beer list for Saturday’s event is below, and there are some outstanding beers on the list, including several I have not yet seen pouring in Seattle.

In addition, BPP will be hosting a preview event tonight (Thursday, October 12) from 6pm to 9pm featuring a bartop cask of a new IPA from Stoup Brewing with a bunch of fresh Cascade hops picked from BPP’s patio thrown in, as well as 5 other fresh hop beers on tap.

A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Americares and Wings of Rescue to help with the hurricane recovery effort in Puerto Rico.

Cocina Buena will be onsite from 1pm to 6pm for food.

Below is a list of 47 beers tentatively available for the event. Only 36 will be on tap to start, and the others will be available for backup once something else kicks. You’ll just have to show up to find out what is pouring.

7 Seas-Citra & Comet
Airways-Centennial Citra
Bale Breaker/Cloudburst Citra Slicker-Citra
Bale Breaker/Pinthouse Rollin’ Cones-Mosaic
Bale Breaker/Varietal Lucky Sucker-Citra/Mosaic/experimental
Black Raven-Amarillo
Boundary Bay 40 Mile IPA-various
Breakside Wanderlust IPA-Cascade
Breakside What The Fresh Beast Mosaic-Mosaic
Chainline Fuzzy Math Lager-Sterling
Cloudburst Farmers Only Wet Hop Pale-Citra
Ecliptic Altair Pale-Amarillo
Elliott Bay- Citra
Elliott Bay- Mosaic
FinnRiver Fresh Hop Cider
Floating Bridge-Loral
Flying Lion Pale-Mosaic
Fremont Field to Ferment-Citra
Georgetown Bodhi-various
Georgetown Johnny Utah-Citra
Gigantic Sodbusted V-Simcoe
Holy Mountain Cone & Cone-Citra/Simcoe
Kulshan-citra, Simcoe, Mosaic
Lazy Boy-El Dorado
Loowit Hoprissian IPA-Centennial
Machine House Talisman Pale Cask-Equanot
Maritime X.P.A Pale-Amarillo
Matchless C.L.S Farms Pale-Centenial
Mazama Green Magic IPA-Centennial
Ninkasi Green Haze -Centennial
NW Peaks Rye Pale-Simcoe
Pfriem Oregon Amarillo Pale-Amarillo
Pike Wolf in the Woods-Amarillo
Reuben’s Crikey-Amarillo & Citra
Seapine Citra IPA-Citra
Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere-Cascade/Centennial
Silver City Juicy-Denali
Triplehorn Moxee Haze Double IPA-Citra Simcoe Azzaca
Wander-El Dorado

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Breakside Takes Top Spot at 8th Annual Fresh Hop Throwdown

September 25th, 2017 · Events, Oregon Breweries, Washington Breweries

Thanks to +Russ for the images.

The 2017 Fresh Hop Throwdown at The Noble Fir is in the books, and Fresh Hop Wanderlust from Breakside Brewery took top honors from the judges. 18 fresh hop beers from WA and OR were featured at the event. There was a blind  judging of all the beers earlier in the day, and the beers that placed in the Best of Show round are (in order):

1) Breakside Brewery Fresh Hop Wanderlust (Cascade)
2) Reuben’s Brews Amarillo Fresh Hop (Amarillo)
3) Aslan Brewing Stand IPA (Centennial)

There were a lot of great beers pouring (full list included below) and there was stiff competition across the board. A big thumbs up to the entire staff at The Noble Fir for another great year. Also, a big thanks to the judges that participated and the breweries that were a part of the Throwdown. This event is always a lot of fun.

I would imagine that several of these fresh hop beers are still on tap at The Noble Fir, so if you missed the event you can stop by when they open back up Tuesday (4pm) to see what is left.

The full beer list:

Brewery Beer Name Style Fresh Hops Used ABV
Cloudburst Brewing Back & Forth. Forever IPA Centennial 6.6%
Holy Mountain Brewing Cone & Cone Pale Citra & Simcoe
Georgetown Brewing FH Johnny Utah Pale Citra
Breakside Brewery FH Wanderulust IPA Cascade 6.2%
Aslan Brewing  Stand IPA IPA Centennial 5.2%
Mazama Brewing Green Magic Pale Centennial 5.5%
Matchless Brewing  Crosby Pils Pils Sterling 5.8%
Black Raven Brewing Amarillo FH IPA Amarillo 5.8%
Fremont Brewing Field to Ferment Pale Amarillo 6.0%
Reuben’s Brews Amarillo FH Pale Amarillo
Stoup Brewing  Centennial IPA  IPA  Centennial 7.0%
Schooner Exact Brewing Amarillo FH IPA Amarillo 6.0%
Bainbridge Brewing WA SMaSH Pale Amarillo
Anderson Valley Mendo Mellow Pale Chinook & Cascade 5.5%
Double Mountain Brewery Killer Red Red Perle & Centennial 7.3%
Ninkasi Brewing Green Haze Pale Centennial 5.3%
Counterbalance Brewing  FH Pale Pale Simcoe & Columbus 5.9%
Dru Bru  FH IPA IPA Centennial 7.0%

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Fresh Hop Throwdown at Noble Fir Features 18 Beers This Saturday – Tap List

September 21st, 2017 · Events, Oregon Breweries, Washington Breweries

Fresh Hop Season has been creeping along, and it is just about to hit full speed.

The Noble Fir will host the 8th Annual Fresh Hop Throwdown this Saturday starting at 4pm. There will be 18 fresh hop beers on tap. The tentative list with info is below.

There will be a judging earlier in the day to determine the top 3 fresh hop ales in the lineup.

Good times will be had. Fresh hop beers will be drank.

Brewery Beer Name Style Fresh Hops Used ABV
Cloudburst Brewing Back & Forth. Forever IPA Centennial 6.6%
Holy Mountain Brewing Cone & Cone Pale Citra & Simcoe
Georgetown Brewing FH Johnny Utah Pale Citra
Breakside Brewery FH Wanderulust IPA Cascade 6.2%
Aslan Brewing IPA Centennial 5.2%
Mazama Brewing Green Magic Pale Centennial 5.5%
Matchless Brewing Pils Sterling 5.8%
Black Raven Brewing Amarillo FH IPA Amarillo 5.8%
Fremont Brewing Field to Ferment Pale Amarillo 6.0%
Reuben’s Brews Amarillo FH Pale Amarillo
Stoup Brewing  Centennial IPA  IPA  Centennial 7.0%
Schooner Exact Brewing Amarillo FH IPA Amarillo 6.0%
Bainbridge Brewing WA SMaSH Pale Amarillo
Anderson Valley Mendo Mellow Pale Chinook & Cascade 5.5%
Double Mountain Brewery Killer Red Red Perle & Centennial 7.3%
Ninkasi Brewing Green Haze Pale Centennial 5.3%
Counterbalance Brewing Pale Simcoe & Columbus 5.9%
Dru Bru IPA Centennial 7.0%

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Beers Made by Walking Features 10 Local Beers Inspired by Nature at Naked City on Oct 7

September 20th, 2017 · Events, Washington Breweries

Hiking and beer often go hand-in-hand. No, I don’t mean drinking during the hike. But, a tasty pint after a strenuous hike can often be the most enjoyable part of the day.

For Beers Made by Walking, hiking and beer come together in a more unique way. Local brewers were invited to head out on hikes and then craft new beers inspired by their experience on the trail.

Rather than recreate the wheel, for more information I’ll point you in the direction of this Beer Advocate interview with Eric Steen, who passionately puts together Beers Made by Walking, as well as the press release below with all the relevant details for the event at Naked City on Oct 7.

Press Release:

2017 Seattle Beers Made By Walking Tapping

Saturday, Oct. 7 /// 6:00 – 9:00pm

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse /// 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

$20 /// Tickets Available August 23, 2017

Calling all Washington craft beer and outdoor enthusiasts – The 2017 Seattle Beers Made by Walking special tapping event is coming to Naked City Brewery & Taphouse this Oct. 7th from 1:00-5:00pm PST. Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beers inspired by plants observed on the trail. Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape. This event showcases 10 place-based beers from 10 Washington State breweries inspired by one of three trails and hikes they attended over the summer organized by Washington Wild. Hikes included the Upper CCC Trail, Wallace Falls, and Cherry Creeks Falls.

All of the breweries participating are Partners of the Washington Wild Brewshed Alliance, an outreach program of Washington Wild of over 50 breweries that helps people make a simple connection: healthy watersheds mean clean water, and clean water makes better beer.

Tickets, available from Washington Wild, are $20 and include entry and eight 4 oz. pours. Early bird tickets are available before September 16th and include two extra 4 oz. pours. All proceeds of this event are donated to Washington Wild to help protect public lands, wild spaces, and clean and healthy watersheds in Washington State.

Participating Breweries:

Bale Breaker Brewing Company

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery

Flying Lion Brewing

Fremont Brewing Company

Hellbent Brewing Company

Hi-Fi Brewing

Lantern Brewing

Machine House Brewery

Naked City Brewery

Postdoc Brewing Company


BMBW Info:

About Beers Made By Walking:

Beers Made By Walking 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 over 100 breweries in Oregon, California, Colorado, North Carolina, and Washington. Our hiking and tasting events act as educational experiences and fundraising programs for environmental organizations in the regions we serve. Please see for more information.

About Washington Wild:

Washington Wild defends, protects, and restores wild lands and waters in Washington State through advocacy, education, and civic engagement. Since 1979, Washington Wild has played an invaluable role in permanently protecting nearly three million acres of Wilderness throughout Washington State. We bring people together in the vigorous defense of our remaining wild forests, waters, and wildlife. By educating, empowering, and mobilizing our communities, Washington Wild builds powerful grassroots networks that help protect wild lands and waters throughout the state. To learn more about Washington Wild visit, or call 206.633.1992. Connect with the us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Washington Wild Info:

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Elysian’s 13th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Fest Supports Fred Hutch Cancer Research

September 8th, 2017 · Uncategorized

Coming up on September 29 & 30, 100% of the proceeds from Elysian Brewing’s 13th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival will go to support the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This is just one of several ways that Elysian has supported Fred Hutch in recent years (more info below). Regardless what you do or don’t think of Elysian’s connection to AB, you have to give the brewery credit for going above and beyond to support a very worthy cause.

The event moves to Seattle Center this year, where you’ll have 80+ pumpkin beers to choose from.

For all of you pumpkin beer haters: whatever. More for my wife and me. There is plenty of room in my life for both fresh hops and pumpkin beer.

More info from Elysian:

2017 marks the 13th year for Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival – and we invite you to join us at a brand new location – the Seattle Center, where 80+ pumpkin beers (plus a couple surprises) from near and far will be poured, including twenty or so from Elysian’s pumpkin-crazed brewers and their collaborators.

In addition to loads of pumpkin brews, local food trucks, Chaotic Noise Marching CorpsKEXP DJs Riz Rollins & Stevie Zoom, pumpkin carving, and fall festivities scattered throughout the event – New to GPBF this year (drumroll please…) we are partnering with FRED HUTCH!

We are so excited to partner with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for GPBF this year. Elysian and Fred Hutch began a partnership five years ago through Obliteride, an annual bike ride where every rider-raised dollar goes toward lifesaving research at Fred Hutch. Building on the relationship, we continued to support Fred Hutch through Base2Space, which allows people an opportunity to climb up the Space Needle and raise funds for cancer research. And, earlier this year, we joined Fred Hutch again for Slayride Banked Slalom, a race on the slopes of Stevens Pass to generate even more dollars for the organization. When we decided, for the first time in the 13 years of GPBF, to look for a partner to join us in this event, we looked no further than Fred Hutch. We are incredibly proud to say that 100% of the proceeds of GPBF will be provided to Fred Hutch in our joint and continued quest to search for the cure.

For those who haven’t been to GPBF – during each session, we have a giant, several-hundred pound pumpkin that is scooped, scorched, filled with Elysian pumpkin beer, sealed, conditioned, and then tapped at the fest for all to enjoy.

As you know Orange is the theme – interpret that as you will but the more orange, the better! …and if you want to bust out a full costume, that’s always encouraged! Each day of the festival, some of our finest will be roaming through the crowds to select the most festive bunch to compete for a prize.

More event details to follow, and please stay tuned to Elysian’s GPBF page as we fill in specifics like participating breweries, food vendors, and activities. For now, get your tickets, plan your costume – and we’ll see you there!

Quick note for all you Pumpkinfest fans – The weekend prior to GPBF, on Saturday, September 23rd, we will be hosting the 5th Annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off at our Production Brewery in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.

21+ only
Rain or Shine

Seattle Center :: 305 Harrison Street Seattle, WA 98109

Friday, September 29th:: 4pm-10pm
Saturday, September 30th:: 2pm – 8pm

Ticket price includes a Great Pumpkin Beer Festival snifter glass and 6 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets will be sold at the festival for $2 each.

Presale Tickets
$28/day :: Elysian Locations
$28/day + fees :: Online
$50 Two Day Pass :: PRESALE ONLINE ONLY (*It’s back with limited availability)

Designated Driver
$5/day :: Online Only (no drink tickets or glassware included) Non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

Elysian Capitol Hill :: 1221 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Elysian Tangletown :: 2106 N 55th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Elysian Fields :: 542 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Elysian Bar:: 1516 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

More GPBF information

GPBF Website ::


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American Homebrewers Association Rally at Georgetown Brewing on Sept 9

September 1st, 2017 · Homebrewing

Calling local homebrewers who also love Georgetown Brewing….come on out for an AHA Rally next weekend.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

More info:

WHAT:           The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) hosts a series of AHA Rallies nationwide to give homebrewers the chance to check out some of their local breweries and connect with other beer enthusiasts and homebrewers in their area. This upcoming AHA Rally will take place at Georgetown Brewing Company on September 9th. This event offers the opportunity to take a VIP brewery tour, enjoy beer samples, meet Georgetown brewers and staff, and bring home great prizes. Plus, all attendees will take home a Rally-exclusive gift from the AHA!

Full Rally details can be found here.
WHEN:           Saturday, September 9th

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WHERE:         Georgetown Brewing Company

5200 Denver Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

COST:            Rallies are free for current AHA members. Non-members can join online, or sign up at the Rally and save up to 15%. Please RSVP for the event.

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Mark Your Calendar: Fresh Hop Throwdown Returns to The Noble Fir on September 23

August 25th, 2017 · 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 7th Annual Fresh Hop Throwdown at The Noble Fir in Ballard on Saturday, September 23.

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. Holy Mountain Brewing has taken top honors at the event for two years in a row. Will they make it a third, or will someone else take their spot?

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”, to really be correct), 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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Stoup Brewing & Wander Brewing Team Up for Barrel Blending Workshop on September 19

August 22nd, 2017 · Events, Washington Breweries

A limited number of tickets are available for an upcoming barrel blending workshop on Tuesday, September 19 at 6pm at Stoup Brewing, located in Ballard.

Stoup teamed up with Wander Brewing, located in Bellingham, WA, for the Washington Beer Collaboration Festival, which was held this past weekend. Together, they made two different beers for the event: a hazy IPA named Mabel’s Brew, in honor of their first child born as the beer was finishing in tank, and Stave some for Me, a blend of barrels from both of our cellars.

They had so much fun with the blending that they decided to follow the festival with a fun barrel blending exercise led by Brad and Robyn from Stoup & Chad from Wander.

All attendees will learn the story behind both beers and have a chance to play with components in small groups, experimenting with various combinations. Each participant will also leave with 500ml each of 2 collaboration beers that were bottled exclusively for this event.
There is only room for 40 people to attend this blending workshop.
Tickets are $65 and include:
-An intimate educational experience with the brewers from Stoup & Wander
-Blending exercise
-4 tasters (2 collaboration beers + 1 additional beer from each brewery)
-Pint of your choice from the 4 beers above
-1 500ml btl of each of the 2 collaboration beers bottled exclusively for this event
To purchase tickets please email with a phone number and best time to call for over the phone ticket purchase. Emails will be addressed in the order received.

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