Join Schooner Exact for a Special Valentines Beer Dinner

January 28th, 2015 · Beer & Food, Washington Breweries

SEdinnerLooking for something special to do on Valentines Day for the beer lover in your life? Chef Warren Peterson & the crew at Schooner Exact have put together a 4-course pairing menu fit for the day.

From Schooner Exact:

Valentine’s Beer Dinner

Chef Warren Peterson has just released the menu for our upcoming Valentine’s Beer Dinner on Sunday, February 15th at 5 PM. Tickets are $65/person + tax/service fee and are available NOW! Call (206-432-9734) or stop by the brewery to reserve your spot!

1st Course
Smokin’ Hot Date
smoked blue cheese, dates, bacon, frisee
paired with Evergreen India Pale Ale

2nd Course
Seared Rare Tuna
fennel soubise, fennel salad
paired with King Street Brown

3rd Course
Slow-Braised Lamb Shank
masa de maiz dumpling
paired with Schwarzbier

4th Course
Chocolate Imperial Stout Pudding
coffee mascarpone, cocoa nibs
paired with Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter

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More on the Anheuser-Busch Purchase of Elysian Brewing – 5 Questions With Dick Cantwell

January 23rd, 2015 · General Beer News

Pretty much anyone on Twitter or Facebook that drinks beer is probably aware that Anheuser-Busch announced this morning that they were buying Seattle’s Elysian Brewing. I was able to speak with Dick Cantwell, Head Brewer and one of the 3 founding co-owners of Elysian, just a bit ago, and he was kind enough to answer a few questions.

1) What is the back story on this acquisition? Did Elysian approach ABI, or the other way around?
Anheuser-Busch approached us. There were some personal connections, but the fact is that we are at a point where we need to figure out what the next step is going to be for expansion and everything else. This took quite a while to develop. To be perfectly honest, I have a lot of ambivalence about it. It wasn’t necessarily the outcome I was looking for, but I think it is going to ultimately be a really positive step for us in terms of the capabilities, the resources, the opportunities for our folks to further their educations and their brewing experiences. That’s the side of it that I’m trying to concentrate on.

2) As far as saying that this wasn’t the outcome you were necessarily hoping for, what was the alternative, and was there something that pushed this to happen now and did it really have to happen?
As you know, we just did a pretty big expansion a couple of years ago and doubled our fermentation capacity over the summer. So, the amount of barrelage that we can turn out of there will probably hit the wall in a year and a half or maybe two years. That’s about how far out you need to plan your next steps. So, that’s one thing that dictating the timing.

3) What about the Elysian team and the pubs here in Seattle? What should people expect when they go into the pubs? Will the same varied selection be a focus?
We’ve made 350 different beers or something like that since we’ve opened. We’ll continue doing new beers all the time, the crew will be the same, the 3 of us (owners Dick Cantwell, Joe Bisacca and David Buhler) are sticking around and continue running the departments we already run. I’ve heard back from a few people that we have existing plans to do collaboration brews with, and they’re still on board with them. So, those people at least aren’t turning away from us.

4) What would you say to the people that take issue with moves like this?
Well, I would ask them to drink the beer and tell us whether it’s worse for the change. It’s not gonna be. It shouldn’t be any different at all. You can imagine we’ve fielded a lot of questions about *Loser. Everyone seems to be assuming that we’ll have to stop making that. We’re not going to stop making that, anymore than we’re going to stop doing anything else that we’ve been doing.

5) With Goose Island, I believe that Anheuser has taken their core brands and produce them at their larger brewing facilities and then distribute them around the country. Should we expect the same from the Elysian core brands, as well as expanded distribution?
Well, there’s not really any reason to do that right now. As I said, we’ve got room to grow to a point at our existing facility. You can never say what you’re going to do once you get to a point beyond that…it used to be that people just assumed that once your brewery gets bigger your beer gets worse, but that’s just not the case. I think once we started brewing at Airport Way (product facility), if anything, our beer got better. We had better equipment, better resources, we were better able to monitor things and keep things consistent. So, if it came to that I see no reason to believe that the beer would be worse. But, that’s not the plan now anyway.

* Loser is a pale ale brewed to celebrate Sub Pop Records’ 20th anniversary. The marketing slogan for the beer is “Corporate Beer Still Sucks”.

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3rd Annual Barrel Junction Kicks Off Tomorrow at Beer Junction

January 23rd, 2015 · Events

BarrelJunction2015In much less controversial news….who wants to drink some barrel-aged beers?! The lineup of beers for this event at Beer Junction looks pretty amazing. It starts tomorrow and runs through February 1. Lots more detail, including the list of beers, below.

Press Release:

The Beer Junction presents the 3rd Annual Barrel Junction from January 24th to February 1st
A nine-day celebration of barrel-aged beers and ciders

(Seattle, WA) The Beer Junction, a West Seattle bottle shop and beer bar, is excited to kick off the start of our 3rd annual barrel-aged beer fest! “Barrel Junction” is a nine-day celebration of barrel-aged beers and ciders, featuring some of the best and rarest aged stouts, barleywines, sours, ciders, and more.

From Saturday, January 24th to Sunday, February 1st, we will dedicate at least 25 of our taps to barrel-aged brews. In addition, each day at 5PM we’ll be tapping a headlining keg, and we also have six different brewery events over the nine-day festival.

The styles of beers being tapped are far ranging, but they all have one thing in common—at some point they have been aged in either an old spirit or wine barrel or on fresh wood. Barrel aging can add a wonderful layer of flavor, complexity, and aroma. Many of the beers to be tapped have been patiently waiting in our cellar for one to three years.

See the opening lineup and event schedule below. Taps will rotate often throughout the fest, so be sure to check out our live tap list at TheBeerJunction.com.

Sampler trays encouraged!
Many of the beers we will have on tap are higher in alcohol (many are 10% ABV or more), so sampler trays of 4oz pours are encouraged to try the great variety available.

Opening Lineup (Saturday January 24th; 11AM)
**parenthesis denote the year the beer or cider was released**
(2014) 2 Towns Bourbon Aged Nice & Naughty Cider
(2014) Airways Final Departure with Whiskey Barrel-Aged Coffee Beans
(2014) Anthem Gin Barrel-Aged Cider
(2015) BeeHaven Oaky-Doaky Oak-Aged Mead
(2012) Black Diamond Peak XV Bourbon-Aged Imperial Porter
(2014) Boulevard Whiskey-Aged Imperial Stout
(2014) Crux Tough Love Imperial Stout
(2014) Destihl Antiquity Rye Wine
(2015) Elysian Knock on Nelson Wood-Aged IPA
(2014) Finnriver Fire Barrel Bourbon-Aged Cider
(2013) Full Sail Bourbon-Aged Imperial Stout
(2012) Full Sail Top Sail Bourbon-Aged Imperial Porter
(2014) High Water Sugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie
(2011) JW Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Barrels)
(2013) Local Option Kentucky Common Wild Ale
(2013) Midnight Sun Arctic Devil
(2015) North Sound Bourbon-Aged 101 Imperial IPA
(2014) Old Schoolhouse Oak-Aged Hooligan Stout
(2012) Oskar Blues Ten Fidy (non-barrel-aged)
(2013) Oskar Blues Ten Fidy (non-barrel-aged)
(2014) Oskar Blues Ten Fidy (non-barrel-aged)
(2014) Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Wild Turkey Barrel-Aged
(2013) Sound Brewery Whiskey Barrel-Aged Old Scoundrel Barleywine
(2013) Speakeasy Bourbon Barrel-Aged Scarface Imperial Stout
(2014) The Bruery Smoking Wood
(2014) The Bruery Tart of Darkness
(2013) The Bruery Sour In The Rye
(2014) Two Beers Bourbon-Aged Jive Espresso Stout
(2012) Widmer BRRRBON
(2013) Widmer BRRRBON
(2011) Widmer BRRRBON (Vanilla Edition)

Headling Beers Tapped at 5PM Each Day
Saturday 1/24 No headliner, but 28 barrel-aged brews tapped at 11AM for opening day
Sunday 1/25 Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee
Monday 1/26 Firestone Walker 17th Anniversary Barrel Aged Blend (originally released in 2013)
Tuesday 1/27 Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper Bourbon Aged Edition 2013
Wednesday 1/28 Pelican Dry Fly Whiskey Aged Tsunami Stout
Thursday 1/29 Ballast Point Barrel Aged Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter
Friday 1/30 Fremont Spice Wars AND Fremont Bourbon Aged Abominable
Saturday 1/31 Reuben’s Brews Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
Sunday 2/1 The Lost Abbey Deliverance 2011 (tapped early at 3:30pm for the start of the Super Bowl!)

Brewery Events!
Saturday 1/24 from 2-4PM
Oskar Blues “Fidy Fest”. Meet Erik Carels and try a three-year vertical of their acclaimed imperial stout plus a special barrel-aged versionOn tap: Ten Fidy (2012, 2013, 2014 Vintages), plus a special Wild Turkey Aged Ten Fidy

Monday 1/26 from 6-8PM
Firestone Walker Night with Tommy Dinneen
On tap: Stickee Monkee, 17th Anniversary, Sucaba Barleywine, Union Jack IPA

Tuesday 1/27 from 6-8PM
The Lost Abbey/ Port Brewing with Co-founder and Director of Brewery Operations Tomme Arthur!
On tap: Santa’s Little Helper Bourbon Edition 2013, Queen Anne’s Revenge Old Ale, Red Poppy Sour, Road To Helles Lager, Wipeout IPA

Wednesday 1/28 from 5-8PM
Pelican Brewing with Scott Swanson On tap: Dry Fly Whiskey Aged Tsunami Stout, Nectar Sectar Chardonnay Aged Saison

Thursday 1/29 from 5-8PM
Ballast Point with Jarred Ekstrom On tap: Barrel Aged Victory At Sea, Three Sheets Rum-Aged Barleywine, Sea Monster Imperial Stout, and three different versions of their acclaimed Sculpin IPA (Grapefruit, Habanero, and regular on Nitro)

Friday 1/30 from 5-8PM
Fremont Brewing with Tony Velasquez
On tap: Bourbon-Aged Abominable, Bourbon-Aged Dark Star Oatmeal Stout, Spice Wars KDS, S’More version of their Bonfire Winter Ale, Coffee version of their Abominable Winter Ale.

Sunday 2/1 from 3:30PM- 7:30PM
Super Bowl Sunday!
Join us for the game as we tap one of our rarest offerings of the festival, a 2011 Vintage of The Lost Abbey’s Deliverance Ale at 3:30PM. In addition, during the game we will be offering $4 pints of Boneyard RPM IPA.

About The Beer Junction:
Founded in 2010, The Beer Junction is a family-owned and operated specialty bottle shop and beer bar located in the historic Junction District of West Seattle. With 1500 different bottles and 40+ rotating taps, we offer one of the largest collections of craft beer and cider in Washington. Follow The Beer Junction on Facebook, Twitter (@thebeerjunction), or visit www.TheBeerJunction.com for more information or to see our live tap list.

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Elysian Brewing Sold to Anheuser-Busch

January 23rd, 2015 · Washington Breweries

When Bend’s 10 Barrel Brewing was recently sold to beer giant Anheuser-Busch, the buzz around the industry was that we should all expect this to happen more often in the coming years. I agreed, but I just didn’t necessarily expect it to happen soon here in Seattle. But, it has. Dick Cantwell confirmed in an email this morning that “Elysian is now part of ABI.”

Since opening their original Capitol Hill brewpub in 1996, Elysian has been a favorite of local beer drinkers. They’ve expanded slowly, but surely, over the years, and they now have 3 brewpubs, a bar and a production facility all located in Seattle. Owners Dick Cantwell, Joe Bisacca and David Buhler have all been involved from the beginning. Cantwell has been the Head Brewer since the start and is the face of the business. He has the respect of many friends and colleagues throughout the industry, and I’m sure this decision will come as a shock to many of them.

I love Elysian now…and I expect that I always will. Don’t expect this to change the great beer we see on tap at the pubs here in Seattle. I understand that a lot of people will hate this deal, but get used to it.

Press Release:

St. LOUIS and SEATTLE (January 23, 2015) – Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington. For nearly 20 years, Elysian has brewed an award-winning portfolio of beers, including Immortal IPA and some of the industry’s most innovative and sophisticated brands.

“For two decades, we’ve welcomed guests into our brewpubs and served them creative and impeccably crafted beers,” said Joe Bisacca, Elysian ?CEO and co-founder, who will continue with Elysian along with his partners, Dick Cantwell and David Buhler. “After a lot of hard work, we’ve grown from one Seattle brewpub to four pub locations and a production brewery. With the support of Anheuser-Busch, we will build on past successes and share our beers with more beer lovers moving forward.”

Dick Cantwell, Elysian co-founder and Head Brewer added, “Throughout our journey we’ve been focused on brewing a portfolio of both classic and groundbreaking beers and supporting innovation and camaraderie in the beer industry through collaboration and experimentation. By joining with Anheuser-Busch we’ll be able to take the next steps to bring that energy and commitment to a larger audience.”

Elysian sold more than 50,000 barrels of beer in 2014, with Immortal IPA accounting for more than a quarter of the company’s total volume.

“Elysian’s story includes everything we look for in a partner,” said Andy Goeler, CEO, Craft, Anheuser-Busch. “The team has spent their careers brewing distinctive beers in the thriving West Coast beer community and building unique venues that celebrate beer. As the fastest growing brewer in Washington, their recipe is working. Elysian’s brands are an important addition to our high-end beer portfolio, and we look forward to working together.”

In addition to the Seattle Airport Way brewery, the acquisition includes the company’s four Seattle brewpubs, Elysian Capitol Hill, Elysian Tangletown, Elysian Fields and Elysian BAR.

Anheuser-Busch’s purchase of Elysian is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Elysian Brewing Co.

Elysian Brewing is a Seattle, Wash., based brewery founded in 1995 by principals Dick Cantwell, Joe Bisacca and David Buhler. Elysian’s first Seattle location, a 220-seat beer hall and main brewery, opened in 1996 on Capitol Hill, Seattle’s most populous neighborhood. Known for variety, Elysian has brewed more than 350 beers since it opened. The brewer currently distributes its brands in 11 states: Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and New York, as well as internationally in Vancouver BC and Alberta, Canada; Taiwan; Australia and Japan. For more information, check outwww.elysianbrewing.com or be social at fb.com/ElysianBrewingCompany and @ElysianBrewing on Instagram and Twitter.

About Anheuser-Busch

For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most-popular beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s family of growers, every batch is hand-crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company’s beers lead numerous beer segments and combined hold 47.2 percent share of the U.S. beer market. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 15 breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.5 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company’s largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and four other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

 

 

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Belgianfest Coming Up on January 31 – Beer List Now Available

January 22nd, 2015 · Uncategorized

Thanks to holubs on Flickr for the pic.

If you have not bought your tickets for Belgianfest, yet, maybe the beer list below will help you pull the trigger. See my previous post here for more info.

 

Beer List:

American Brewing
Edmonds
1) Saison Rouge
This Saison is light, crisp and spicy with a slight reddish hue from the addition of pink peppercorns. Limited Release. 6% ABV
2) Stupid Sexy Flanders
Deep red in color and more tart than sweet on the tongue, this sour is a playful wink at the traditional Belgian Style Flanders Brown Ale. Aged in red wine barrels with raspberries. 6.5% ABV

Anacortes Brewery
Anacortes
1) Raspberry Roulette
Tart and dry, light bodied red ale with a nutty, toasted finish. Inoculated with lactobacillus and 21lb (per bbl) of local organic raspberries. 4.1% ABV
2) Broken Link Sour
Made with oats, wheat, honey and black pepper. Brewed in collaboration with homebrew brothers, Nathaniel and Benjamin Porter. Soured in barrels for 9 months. 6.2% ABV
3) Imperial Flanders
Imperial Red Ale hopped with Perle, Mt Hood and Cascade varieties aged with black cherries and blended from 4 different barrels. 9.5% ABV
4) Jaune Aigre (shoon ay’-gra)
Sour blonde ale collaboration with North Sound Brewing. 6.2% ABV

Big Al Brewing
Seattle
1) Time Capsule August 2014
A hopped farmhouse ale fermented with 100% Brettanomyces. Generation additions of Apollo hops were added to the secondary. The subdued funk and deep tropical and citrus fruit flavors created through primary fermentation with our house Brettanomyces strain are complemented by the bright and citrusy Apollo hop varietal. 7.3% ABV
2) Time Capsule September 2014
This Saison is styled after the classic thirst quenching farmhouse beers produced in the French-speaking region of Belgium. Our house saison strain packs this beer with spice and citrus, leading to a dry finish with a subtle floral hop character. 6.8% ABV
3) Time Capsule October 2014
Dry-Hopped Sour. This mixed-culture sour ale was open-fermented and thereby inoculated with our breweries indigenous microflora. The funky aroma gives way to tart, complex fruit flavors and has enough residual sweetness to create a balanced sour ale. As a BelgianFest exclusive, Falconer’s Flight 7 C’s hops were added to the secondary introducing grassy, citrus notes to the already complex aroma. 7.8% ABV

Black Raven Brewing
Redmond
1) Raven de Garde
This Northern France inspired strong pale hybrid has gone through a six month secondary fermentation with the “wild” yeast strain brettanomyces lambicus, then dry hopped in order to meld bright fresh hop aroma and accent with aged wild yeast character. Pear and citrus hops play with tropical fruit, smooth earth, and light hay flavors from the wild yeast. 7.4% ABV
2) Bourbon La Petite Mort
This Belgian inspired strong abbey brown ale was brewed with a Belgian Ardennes yeast strain. Additional time and barrel aging has brought out flavors of dark fruit such as plums and raisins, deep caramel notes, bourbon and vanilla. 11% ABV

Boundary Bay Brewery
Bellingham
1) Dubbel
Boundary Bay’s Trappist-Style Dubbel is a gorgeous, golden-amber color with a light tan head. Aromas of Belgian candi sugar, toffee, and pretzel greet the fortunate imbiber. At first sip, there is a light spice and very present earthiness on the palate, with toasted pretzel and dried fig flavors present, filling all the surfaces of the tongue with a number of flavors. The complex, lingering finish is bitter and sweet at once, not quite a singular balance, but something much more dynamic. The yeast, of course, is the star of this beer’s song, but the Belgian and German specialty malts are solid back-up singers! The assertive strength of this beer, will get you through these long NW nights, or any gloomy NW time for that matter, just be sure to let it warm in the glass a bit to experience the fullest flavors. 25 IBU 8% ABV

Der Blokken Brewery
Bremerton
1) Castover Belgian Style Ale
This deep golden yellow Belgian has a sweet honey nose with subtle hints of green apple. It’s combined with more fruitful notes and delicate malt flavor, balanced by light hop bitterness and completed with a floral finish. 8.5% ABV
2) Margaux Belgian Tripel
This Belgian strong ale was special brewed for the Seattle Belgianfest. It has well-balanced notes of malts and hops with a pleasant spiciness and slight sweetness. 9% ABV

Dick’s Brewing
Centralia
1) Dick’s Silk Lady
A light and refreshing Belgian-style ale, the mash includes a small quantity of Munich and caramel malts for a delicate body and pale color. A fair amount of top quality wheat malt gives this beer its crispness and drinkability. It is hopped sparingly for minimal
bitterness and mellow hop flavor and aroma. We ferment with a classic Belgian yeast strain which gives this beer unique fruity esters.
15 IBU 5% ABV
2) Dick’s Grand Cru
Intensely fruity and complex Belgian-style ale. A full mash with a ton of malted barley is required to reach the high gravity required for this style, along with a special classic Belgian-style malt. Noble hops are added sparingly to the kettle. During the long boil kettle sugars are added in the Belgian Tradition which lends to unique flavors in the ferment which is monitored as the flavors develop. The beer is chilled and aged before being kegged & bottled. 25 IBU 9.9% ABV

Elliott Bay Brewing
Burien/Seattle
1) Organic Dry-hopped Hop Von Belgian-style IPA
Inspired by some of the early renditions of IPAs coming out of Belgium, like Urthel Hop-It and Houblon Chouffe. Flavored with generous quantities of organic Chinook, Simcoe, and Cascade hops.
2) Saison Folle (aka Mad Season)
Dry, light-bodied Belgian ale, showcasing the flavors of our Belgian yeast strain. Hints of tropical and citrus fruit meld with mild spice notes from the use of flaked rye.
3) Blended Sour Red Von
A sturdy Belgian-style Red Ale blended with a measured amount of some sour beer from our Burien barrel program.
4) Mink the Mischief Maker
The Belgian yeast and American hops make pleasant mischief on the tongue, a sleek and pretty animal. Grapefruit, faint grass and spice, medium-round body and dry finish.

Elysian Brewing
Seattle
1) Bête Blanche
Bête Blanche is extremely drinkable, blonde and somewhat treacherous. Brewed entirely from Pale malt and augmented in the boil with clear Belgian candy sugar. Bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Styrian Goldings hops. Fermented with Belgian ale yeast. 36 IBU 7.4% ABV
2) Bitch In a Barrel
Our Bête Blanche aged in oak for 10 weeks
3) Saison Gris
180 pounds of crushed Pinot Gris grapes were added to a light to medium-weight Saison built on pale and white wheat malts and Polaris and Equinox hops. The result is a really nice hybrid of saison yeastiness and grape, with perhaps a soupçon of pinkish color. 25 IBU 6.3% ABV
4) Sour Grapes
Sour Grapes is a kettle-soured Berliner Weisse-style beer to which was added a hefty bucket of tart and tiny verjus grapes. 3% ABV
5) The Perfessser
We suspect the Brewers, with plums and brettanomyces, pale, Cara Hell and wheat, and German Northern Brewer and Styrian Goldings to bitter and finish, at the Capitol Hill brewery. 6% ABV
6) Mr. Yuck
Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin is a little mellower than usual. It was brewed with pale, Weyermann Munich, unmalted wheat and flaked barley, incidentally bittered with Fuggles, with pumpkin in the mash, kettle and fermenter. 5.9% ABV
7) Andre The Giant Double IPA
This Imperial Belgian-style IPA is solidly built (not to say toned) on pale, caravienne and dextri-pils malts, bittered with Chinook and finished with Mosaic and experimental 366 hops. 74 IBU 8.3% ABV
8)Marché le Public
Pro-Am Saison designed by homebrewer Collin of Vancouver BC and selected by us at a competition organized by Beer Thirst, our distro in those parts. Pale, Wheat, Honey Malt, Oats, Citra Hops. 6.3% ABV

Fish Brewing
Olympia
1) Reel Ales Monkfish
Nectar color with a sweet malty flavor and subtle hop aroma. Fruity and spicy esters impart a heavenly complexity to this light bodied delight. 9% ABV

Fremont Brewing
Seattle
1) Rye Saison
Our twist on the traditional saison incorporates rye malt providing an earthy balance to our fruity Belgian yeast. The Rye Saison takes your senses on a journey though clove, pear, pepper, banana, and so much more. 30 IBU 7.3% ABV
2) Fremonks Tripel
A deceptively dangerous brew, Fremonks Tripel is a dry and enticing golden ale with flavors of lemon, spice, honey, and apple. It goes down smooth, but packs a serious punch. 40 IBU 9.8% ABV
3) Sour Weisse
Sour Weisse is touched by lactobacillus through a traditional souring process where we let this naturally occurring bacteria – found on all barley – have free reign of the wort in the kettle overnight before we boil it and ferment with our house yeast. It’s like a lactobacillus playground (until we kill them during the boiling process). This all-natural process lowers the pH of the wort giving it a pleasant tartness. We then ferment out any residual sugars with our house yeast so the beer finishes dry and delicious. 9 IBU 4% ABV

Gallaghers’ Where U Brew
Edmonds
1)Monk Tripel
Heavy, fruity, and goes down smooth. Need a little pick me up from this Winter weather? At a 9% ABV this tripel will warm you up in no time flat.
2)Belgian White
Light and easy, this sessionable Belgian is reminiscent of long Summer days. A hint of citrus and sweetness, the Belgian White is a crowd-pleaser. 5% ABV
3) Belgian Black
Mixing it up for these dark-season nights, this mysterious Belgian is bold, rich, and well worth a try; a well-rounded, toasty back-drop to that classic Belgian taste. 6% ABV

Georgetown Brewing
Seattle
1) Le Coq Rouge:
Fruity and effervescent with a soft malt character, Le Coq Rouge is crisp and clean with a dry finish. This farmhouse style ale is moderately spiced with grains of paradise and bitter orange, and uses Acidulated malt to give the beer a pleasant tartness. Also brewed with Pilsner, White Wheat, and Vienna malts, Tettnang and Hersbrucker hops. 35 IBU 8.9% ABV
2) Donkey Deux
A Belgian Dubbel style ale brewed with 110lbs of Candi Sugar, fermented with traditional Belgian yeast and cask conditioned, DD is big on classic Belgian flavor. 15 IBU 8.4% ABV

Hale’s Ales
Seattle
1) Guapo’s Saison
The second edition from the original, brewed specifically for Belgianfest last year, this year’s beer has some improvements: a lower alcohol content and a dry finish. This should make for the perfect palate-cleansing beer to counter some of the ‘hop bombs’ you’ll find at this festival. We fermented this golden ale with traditional saison yeast, under slightly lower temperatures, to reduce the various esters sometimes contributed by these strains while keeping the mojo just right for the yeast flavors to stand out. We’ve also dosed in brettanomyces into the secondary fermentation tank to funk some things up a bit. This beer will taste slightly tart, and will also have some yeast haziness, but is sure to be full-flavored. 5.2% ABV
2) Gold Rush
Our palate bomb! 11 percent and aged to perfection, this employs the same saison yeast strain as Guapo’s saison but under different melodies. A strong golden ale, perfectly bright and full of nuanced layers of flavor, malty sweet, ester rich, spicy (as in spice rack, not picante), light bodied, alcohol presence for support, and a vibrant aroma. 11% ABV

Hilliard’s Beer
Seattle
1) Oak Aged Saison
Oak Chardonnay barrel aged version of our saison. 7.5%abv
2) Sweet little rye
Light and refreshing farmhouse ale with rye malt that adds a slightly spiced finish. 4.5% ABV

Holy Mountain Brewing
Seattle
1) Bonne Nuit
Belgian-style Strong Ale. Brewed in collaboration with our friend and beer-itual advisor, Jerome Seipp, Bonne Nuit is brewed in the tradition of the great Belgian strong ales, and magnificently hopped in the American tradition with Centennial, Cascade, and Columbus. 10% ABV
2) The Ox
Farmhouse ale with citrus zest. 7% ABV

Lantern Brewing
Seattle
1) Wallonia
A lightly tart and barely funky Saison aged in oak. 4.9% ABV
2) Des Moines
Belgian style Dark Strong Ale, rich and sweet with hints of caramel, toffee, and raisin. 8.9% ABV
3) Bonneville
Belgian style Pale Strong Ale, hoppy, complex, delicious, and enjoyable. 7.2% ABV

McMenamins
Seattle
1) Ambrosia Berry Belgian
This unique ale is brewed with raspberries and boysenberries using a
favorite Belgian yeast strain. The result is a complex layering of fruit
flavors and spicy phenolics. 6.97% ABV
2) Two Block Walk
A big, full bodied Imperial Amber loaded with Chinook hops. The use of a Belgian Abbey II yeast strain adds wonderful fruity and spicy flavors and aromas. 88 IBU 7.75% ABV

Menace Brewing
Bellingham
1) The Belgian Pickle
A Belgian style wheat single hopped with Sorachi Ace and fermented with Bella Saison yeast. The Sorachi Ace hop brings out a nice dill and lemon character that blends nicely with the Belgian yeast character. 22 IBU 5% ABV
2) Saison
The Menace Saison brewed with Vienna and pale malt along with Willamette and EKG has a great balance of malt, hop and Belgian character. Pineapple and peppercorn to taste and finishes dry.
20 IBU 5.5% ABV
3) Farmhouse Pale
Fermented at a high temp to extract the most out of the Bella Saison yeast, this Belgian style farmhouse pale is flavorful and bold. 20 IBU 5.3% ABV

Odin Brewing
Tukwila
1) Belgian Table Beer
Light refreshing Belgian session beer. 5% ABV
2) Fauxboise-Sour Raspberry Ale
A tart Belgian style ale fermented with raspberries. 5.6% ABV

Paradise Creek Brewery
Pullman
1) Culture Shock
A Belgian-style wit bier we aged in a red wine barrel, along with a touch of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus to give it something special. A little bit of funk and tartness accentuate the citrus, spice, and wheat. Incredibly complex yet still refreshing! 18 IBU 5.4% ABV
2) Daily Dubbel
A Belgian-style Dubbel ale, on the strong end for the style. Very complex, with malty aromas of biscuit and toast. Heavy on the dark fruit and caramel flavors derived from the Belgian yeast as well as our house-made candi sugar. 18.6 IBU 8.6% ABV
3) Stocking Stuffer
A Belgian-style Quadrupel that we aged in 45 year old tequila barrels. House-made candi sugar and Belgian yeast define this beer with assertive dark fruit, spice, and caramel flavors, with a little extra kick and oak that pairs together beautifully! 21 IBU 11.4% ABV

Peddler Brewing
Seattle
1) Night Rider Dark Saison
Brewed with dark roasted wheat malts and fermented using a French saison yeast, this deceptively dark beer bursts with flavors of pepper, spice and citrus. Ending with smooth roasted finish. 20 IBU 8.3% ABV
2) Night Rider Dark Saison, Oak Aged with Brett (First Session only)
This complex aged beer starts with spicy, tart, and roasted flavors and finishes dry with hints of oak and bourbon. 20 IBU 9.2% ABV
3) Belgian Dubbel
A medium bodied ale featuring classic Belgian flavors and a sweet malt base. 16 IBU 8.3% ABV
4) Belgian Style Dubbel, Aged with Brett & Green Apples (Second Session Only)
A Belgian style ale aged with tart green apples and a secondary Brett fermentation. The result is a dry malt background that gives way to flavors of apple and pear before ending with a moderately sour finish. 16 IBU 9.1% ABV

Pike Brewing
Seattle
1)Pike Monk’s Uncle Tripel Whiskey Barrel Aged
38 IBU 9% ABV
2) Pike Tinkertown Tart
Cranberry infused Pike Monk’s Uncle Tripel. 38 IBU 9% ABV

Propolis Brewing
Port Townsend
1) Spruce
Golden Saison brewed with Spelt and Spruce- 7.5%
SIP Magazine’s “Best Belgian Ale” 2014- Best of the Northwest
2) Achillea
Farmhouse Dubbel brewed with Yarrow- 7.5% ABV
2) Zephyros
Golden Saison-Brett, brewed with Elderflowers & Spelt – dry-hopped with Rakau Hops

Pyramid Breweries
Seattle
1) Pyramid Dubbel
Belgian Brown Ale

Rainy Daze Brewing
Silverdale
1) Klaas Vaak
A Dark Strong that has additions of roasted Rye and Crystal Rye.
Thus adding to the already complex beer it is. 30 IBU8.1% ABV
2) Bewildered Stout
A Belgian inspired Stout, starting with Belgian Pale Malt, Flaked Barley, chocolate and roasted malts and some Dark Candi Syrup. 27 IBU 9% ABV

Ram Brewery
Seattle
1) Ram Barrel Sour
A blend of oak-aged sour beers. 5% ABV
2) Ramification
A dark strong abbey-style ale. 8% ABV

Ramblin’ Road Brewery
Spokane
1) Barrel-Aged Midnight Rambler Sour Dark
Sour Dark ale aged for 1 year in Dry Fly Whiskey barrels with figs, Brett, and Lacto. 9% ABV
2) Barrel-Aged Mosey-On Golden Strong
Golden Strong ale aged for 7 months in Barrister Winery Cab & Merlot barrels with local apricots, Brett, and Lacto. 7% ABV
3) Barrel-Aged Vagabond Sour Farmhouse
Funky sour farmhouse ale aged for 8 months in Barrister Winery Cab-Franc barrels with local Rainier Cherries, Brett, and Lacto. 6.5% ABV
4) Barrel-Aged Kerouac Imperial Farmhouse
Imperial farmhouse ale aged 6 months in Barrister Winery Merlot & Sangiovese barrels with yellow plums, Brett, and Lacto. 8.5% ABV
5) Wild Card IPA
100% Brett fermented IPA brewed with loads of Simcoe, Cascade, and Centennial hops! Big citrus, pine, and tropical fruit hop flavors and aromas. 85 IBU 6.5% ABV
6) Red Rover Sour Red
Bold sour red ale bursting with ripe berry flavors and aromas that gently fade into a dry toasted almond finish. 7% ABV
7) Plowed Farmhouse Ale
Funky tart light farmhouse ale brewed with our house blend of Saison & Brett yeast strains. 6% ABV

Redhook Brewery
Woodinville
1) Ella Ardennes
A spicy Belgian blonde ale brewed with a touch of rye malt and Ella hops from Australia. Pale Malt, Rye Malt
2) Ella Hops
Belgian Ardennes yeast. 30 IBU 6.9% ABV

Schooner EXACT Brewing
Seattle
1) Mosaic Saison
Brewed as a limited release, this saison greets you with passion fruit aroma on the nose with a hint of spice. A very dry saison, with lots of fruit and spice flavor and pronounced lingering bitterness on the end.
40 IBU 5.6% ABV
2) Sour Ale
After a thorough search of our barrels, we are racking off a special keg for this event. What ever sour ale is particularly showing well that week will be the winner. 4.5-6% ABV

Scuttlebutt Brewing
Everett
1) Scuttlebutt’s Dill and Peppercorn Saison
Made for Gary, a guy who likes Dill in his beer so much we decided to share it with the Washington Beer faithful. Are you afraid? Don’t be afraid, well maybe a little. 17 IBU 4.7 ABV
2) Scuttlebutt’s Ember, a Smoked Belgian Red Ale
Is it a NW Red Ale, Scotch Ale or Belgian Ale? It claims heritage from many places but retains a new world perspective. 47 IBU 6.52 ABV
3) Scuttlebutt’s Tripel 7
Delicate white pear and clove flavors tempt the soul while the 9% ABV crushes it. 10 IBU 9% ABV

Silver City Brewery
Bremerton
1) The Giant Made Of Shadows
The Giant Made Of Shadows is a malty Dark Strong Ale in the Belgian Style. Spicy Belgian yeast marries with biscuity malt and warming alcohol in this distinctive, mysterious nightcap. 9.9% ABV
2) B-town Sour Brown
Aged in red wine barrels for six months, this old world bier marries a complex malt character, toasted oak and stone fruit to a tart finish which lingers with the drinker like a well-rounded Cabernet. 6% ABV
3) French Kiss
This traditional Saison takes an interesting turn for Valentine’s Day with the blend of three very subtle but distinctive ingredients: Cherries, Passion Fruit and Rose Petals. 5.3% ABV
4) Off The Wall Belgian-Style Black Ale
Cascade Hops at 36 IBU’s balance out the flavor of chocolate malt, the mouth feel of rolled oats, and the aromas of spice and fruit created by the yeast. 7.4% ABV
5) Le Fat
A Scotch Ale no more. Hints of fig, plum and tart cherries occur naturally as a result of its unique secondary fermentation with wild yeast and bacteria in Cabernet barrels. 9.2% ABV

Snipes Mountain Brewing
Sunnyside
1) Longrifle Rye Saison
Complex rye earthiness and spice mingles with high fruity esters for a very drinkable, medium bodied saison. 29 IBU 8% ABV
2) Sour Golden
Deep golden in hue, Brett is plays well with fruity esters, light bodied, very dry.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing
Snoqualmie
1) Belgisch Trepkaard
We took our Trappist Belgian yeast strain and created a unique Belgian-style Dubbel. It has a huge grain bill of 2-row Pale, Dark Munich, and Belgian Special B malts. We added a little dark Belgian Candi sugar just for kicks, and used just one hop addition of UK Fuggles for bittering. The resultant brew has a richly fruity malty aroma, and the flavor contains dark cherry character with hints of molasses and finishes short and dryish. 36 IBU 8% ABV

Sound Brewery
Poulsbo
1) Entendez Noel Belgian Quadrupel
Noel is bursting with subtly complex flavors and fits no particular beer style. Its explosion of sensations comes from just Belgian Pilsner malt, cane sugar, Motueka hops, Trappist yeast, water, and fermentation. 50 IBU 11% ABV
2) Ursus Spelaeus
Named for a long extinct Russian Cave Bear, Ursus Spelaeus is as deep and dark as the caves its namesake inhabited. Spelaeus has thick, rich maltiness with notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and subtle licorice in the nose and on the tongue with just enough hops to keep it balanced. The Belgian yeast strain adds touches of fruit, herbs, and spices. 10% ABV

Strong Arm Brewing
Renton
1) Berserker
Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Low bitterness with a moderate malt and sweetness that finishes medium dry. A dark, extremely rich, complex and very strong Belgian ale. 10% ABV
2) Goldilocks
Belgian Golden Strong Ale. Strong, crisp, dry and pale. Bold tart fruit and soft malt profiles. Fresh mashed cranberries are added during fermentation for added depth and flavor. 9.1% ABV

Three Magnets Brewing
Olympia
1) Karakterbier
A Brett finished hoppy farmhouse ale at 6.2% ABV; made with German Pilsner and Vienna malts, dry hopped in oak with Styrian and Aramis hops, will make for a peppery, floral, fruity, spicy nose that carries over onto the tongue with flavors of crackers, bread, pineapple, and a light farmhouse funk finishing with a drying and refreshing bitterness.
2) Helsing Farmhouse Ale
A traditional Saison fermented with Brett Drei as well as the Dupont and Fantom Sacro yeast strains. Domestic pilsner and wheat malt along with a touch of French Vienna supply a clean soft malt background while Sazz and Halertauer hops deliver a spicy nose. The diverse yeast cultures will present a mild tartness, barnyard character, peaches, pineapple, and spices with a high degree of dryness. 6.8% ABV

Tin Dog Brewing
Seattle
1) Hoppe the Belgian
A rich, multifaceted Amber with a complex grain profile and notes of fig, raisin and wine.
2) Saison
Peppery finish slightly sour
Triplehorn Brewing
Woodinville
Table #21 1) Mystic Belgian Strong Dark,
Barrel Aged in JD Oak. Rich malty sweetness with esters of whisky and charred oak. Caramel, plum, and mild spice notes. 12% ABV.
2) Shakti Farmhouse Belgian Saison
Fruity esters of orange, with light Belgian spice notes. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. The combination of fruity and spice esters combine with soft malt character of this classic Farmhouse Ale. 5.5% ABV
3) Belgian White Pale Ale
Light, spicy wheat aromatics, slight coriander and citrus zest. Pleasantly sweet with honey and slight vanilla characters. Crisp and dry with a slightly tart finish. 6.5% ABV
4) Angry Monkey Belgian IPA
Complex malt, ester, alcohol and phenols. Creamy off white head with citrus hop aromas. Light clove spice, and light sweetness. Subtle and multifaceted. 6% ABV
5) Stupid Monk-e Belgian Tripel
Esters of citrus fruits, mild banana, soft spice, and moderate phenols. 9% ABV

Wander Brewing
Bellingham
1) Petite Monk Table Beer
Brewed with imported malts, Belgian abbey yeast, and spiced with orange peel, lemon peel, and a hint of coriander.
3.5% ABV
2) Wander Tripel
European specialty malts team up with clear Belgian candi sugar to provide the backbone of this golden straw colored ale. British, Slovenian, and German hops add balance and Belgian abbey yeast lends a floral spiciness with hints of banana, orange, and bubble gum.
9.0% ABV

Wingman Brewers
Tacoma
1) Chocofortress
This the chocolate brownie version of our Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Stratofortress). Contains copious amounts of chocolate. 11.4% ABV
2) Brett Berliner Weisse
Only quasi Belgian this sour wheat beer is fermented with brettanomyces & lactobacillus. Refreshing and tart with a bit of that brett funk. 3.8% ABV
3) Cherry Bruin
Belgian Style winter beer brewed with cherries. 9% ABV

Yakima Craft Brewing
Yakima
1) Bad Monk
A spicy, Belgian-style dark ale good for keeping you warm on cold nights. 26 IBU 9.56% ABV
2) Good Monk
A Belgian-style golden ale that tastes of pepper, banana and a pleasant warmth. 20 IBU 8.46% ABV

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IPL Release Party at Gordon Biersch Tonight

January 21st, 2015 · Beer Releases

Kevin Davey at the downtown Seattle Gordon Biersch.

Kevin Davey at the downtown Seattle Gordon Biersch.

It’s no secret that I think Gordon Biersch’s downtown Seattle brewpub is serving up some of the best lagers in the city. Brewmaster Kevin Davey proudly produces consistently good quality lagers, including several that won medals at prestigious competitions last year. His Golden Export won a gold medal at Great American Beer Festival in the Munich-style Helles category, and his Winter Bock won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup in the Traditional German-style Bock category.

Today, Kevin is releasing a new India Pale Lager (IPL) with a tapping party at the pub. The beer weighs in at 7.5% ABV and 50 IBUs and heavily features the hop flavors. Kevin says, “It’s got a classic aroma and bitterness from Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo, and Citra.  Massively dryhopped too, but not overwhelming.  It is a lager after all.” According to Kevin, this is easily the hoppiest lager he has ever made, and he’s pretty excited about it. All you Seattle hop-heads should be excited, too.

The tapping party will last from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Samples of the beer will be passed around, as well as some appetizers.

 

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Holy Mountain Brewing Taproom Opening January 23

January 15th, 2015 · Washington Breweries

holy_mountain_grand_openingHoly Mountain Brewing has been distributing beer to various bars in the Seattle market since October. Those of you lucky enough to find them on tap know how good their initial releases have been. Now, their beers will be even easier to find as they are ready to open up their new taproom at the brewery, located at 1421 Elliott Ave W.

The Grand Opening Weekend will kick off on Friday, January 23 at 3pm.

Keep reading the press release below for more info. Cheers to the guys at Holy Mountain for making some great beers right off the bat, and I can’t wait to check out the taproom.

If you aren’t familiar with Holy Mountain, please check out my post from last year here.

In addition to the Grand Opening Weekend, Holy Mountain has a few other events coming up. They’ll be at Beer Junction on 1/22, Toronado on 2/2 and Brouwer’s Cafe on 2/18. They also have a sold-out beer dinner at Delancey on 2/9.

Press Release:

(Seattle, WA) Holy Mountain Brewing Company, located in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood, is proud to announce the long awaited opening of its taproom at 1421 Elliott Ave W. Focusing on hop forward, barrel aged, and yeast driven ales and lagers, Holy Mountain launched its first beers into the Seattle market in early October.

The grand opening weekend will begin on Friday January 23rd at 3pm, with Saturday and Sunday hours starting at noon. All 12 taps will be stocked with Holy Mountain beers, including two nitro taps. There will be two tappings of a special brett­fermented version of Astral Projection Double IPA on Saturday, and a cask to be tapped on Sunday. Skillet Street Food will be on site serving up food from their truck on Friday the 23rd.

The taproom’s draught system was designed to utilize a high pressure, direct draw system. Each tap is regulated separately to insure the carbonation level of the beer stays exactly as it was intended.

Regular taproom hours will be Monday and Thursday 3­9, Friday 3­10, Saturday 12­10, and Sunday 12­9. The taproom will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

32oz growlers of Kiln & Cone, the house pale ale, will be available in prefilled growlers. Select beers will be available for on­demand growler fills after the grand opening weekend.

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. Outside food is welcome. Holy Mountain’s taproom is 21+ and pet free.

Beers available on draught will include:
-Kiln & Cone, an aromatic american pale ale
-King’s Head, a double brown ale brewed with oats
-King’s Head with coffee on nitro
-The Gray Tower, batch 1, the first in a series of blended brettanomyces aged saisons, batch 1 was partially fermented and aged in an oak foudre (only two kegs left in existence)
-Gose, a tart german­style wheat beer fermented in barrels with coriander
-Bonne Nuit, a belgian style strong ale brewed with american hops
-Astral Projection, a massively hoppy Double IPA
-Watchman’s House, a common lager fermented in rye whiskey barrels
-The Seer, a hoppy saison
-The Ox, a farmhouse ale brewed with orange zest
-Wayward Black Beer, brewed in the spirit of the great english porters and dark milds
-Lager Beer, a well hopped golden lager

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7th Annual Pike Chocofest to Feature 100+ Vendors on February 8

January 13th, 2015 · Events, Washington Breweries

The Pike 2015 Chocofest is set for Sunday, February 8 from 6pm to 9pm and will take place on three levels at the Pike Pub & Brewery. The event will feature over 100 different beer, cider, wine, spirit and food vendors, including many local businesses. The cost is $50 and includes all food, a commemorative tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. You can buy tickets online here.

More info from Pike:

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, January 12, 2015 – It’s been called “the best event of the year!” Now in its seventh year, what started as a gathering of beer and chocolate lovers in Pike’s Museum Room, has turned into a nationally recognized and anticipated feast of the senses. This romantic event takes place on Sunday, February 8, 2015, on three levels and includes local and imported beer and chocolate, wine, cider, mead, and spirits, along with desserts, oysters, and savory foods from many of Seattle’s top restaurants and hotels.

Restaurants: RN74, Cafe Lago, Bravehorse, Dahlia Lounge, Copperleaf, Art, Lark And Bitter/Raw, Salish Lodge, TASTE at SAM, U of W Club, Beardslee Ale House, Luc / Loulay Kitchen & Bar, Vespolina, Pomegranate Bistro/Lisa Dupar Catering, Kaspar’s Catering, Georgian/Shucker’s, The Shelburne Inn, TRACE  Oysters: Taylor Shellfish

Chocolatiers and Confectioners:

Tease, Trevani Truffles, Evolve, Theo, Hot Chocolate, Chukar Cherries, Fran’s, Gelatiamo, Carter’s Chocolates, KuKuRuZa, Rocky Mountain Chocolate.  
Other Specialty Foods:
Karam’s, The Shrubbery, Simple & Crisp.

Wineries: Lopez Island Winery, Efeste, Kestrel Vineyards, Proletariat Wines, JM Cellars, Mount Baker Vineyards,  Clos de Nouys, Sanson, Quinta de Vallado, Ficklin, Alexandria Nicole, Toro Albala, and more.       

Champagne: Champagne Fontaine

Ports: Dow’s, Graham’s, Cockburn’s, Blandy’s, Smith & Woodhouse, Martinez, Vesuvio.  

Cider: Finn River, Anthem, Tieton, Wandering Aengus, Eden Ice  

Mead: Sky River Brewing

Spirits: Skip Rock Distillery, 2 Bars Spririts, Wildwood Spirits, Clear Creek Distillery, Dry Fly Distilling, BroVo Spirits, Sidetrack, Pacific Distillery, Copperworks Distillery, Westland Distillery, Sound Spirits, 5 O’clock Spirits, Bainbridge Organic Distillers, Woodinville Whiskey, 3 Howls Distillery, Danzig, Verpooten, Helbing, Alberti, Monet, Sempe, Coquerel, Kammel, Schladerer, Bistra. 

Breweries and Chocolate Cask Beer Festival Participants: Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, American Brewing, Lazy Boy Brewing, Chuckanut Brewery, Airways Brewing, Triple Horn Brewing, Samuel Smith, Lindemans, Elysian, Spinnaker Bay Brewing, Scuttlebutt Brewing, Odin Brewing, Diamond Knot, Salish Sea Brewing, The RAM, Stoup Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Fremont Brewing, No-Li Brewhouse, Pike Brewery  

Bakeries: Macrina, Honest Biscuits, The Art of Confections,  Grand Central Bakery 

Coffee: Caffe Vita 

Musical accompaniment by:

  • Lorrie Ruiz featuring Joe Doria, Farko Dosumov, Colin Higgins & Scott Goodwin
  • Merman featuring Bridgid Roney on Harp
  • Cracker Factory
New this year:
  • CHOCOLATE CASK BEER FESTIVAL
  • SAVE THE SOUND VALENTINE STORE where guests will be able to support Puget Soundkeeper Alliance by buying something for their Valentine!

PIKE CHOCOFEST is both a delicious, fun event, and an educational adult playtime that benefits Puget SoundKeeper Alliance.

We hope you will join us for PIKE CHOCOFEST 2015! 

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6th Annual Belgianfest to Feature Unique Beers from 40 Local Breweries

January 12th, 2015 · Events, Washington Breweries

Thanks to holubs on Flickr for the pic.

Belgianfest is a chance for Washington breweries to experiment a bit and show off their skills with Belgian-style beers. That general heading might include saisons, wood-aged sour beers, dubbels, tripels, strong ales, and more. This festival is quite unique, as some of these breweries don’t typically make Belgian-style beers for their regular lineup. It’s a great opportunity to try some beers you might not see anywhere else.

The festival will return to the Bell Harbor International Convention Center for the 6th annual event on Saturday, January 31. There are 2 separate sessions: Noon to 4pm and 5:30 to 9:30pm. The cost is $35 if you buy tickets in advance, or $40 at the door. Entry includes a commemorative tasting glass and ten 4oz samples.

The beer list should be available soon, but until then here is a list of breweries that will be participating:

American Brewing-Edmonds
Anacortes Brewery-Anacortes
Big Al Brewing-Seattle
Der Blokken Brewery-Bremerton
Dick’s Brewing-Centralia
Elliott Bay Brewing-Burien
Elysian Brewing-Seattle
Fish Brewing-Seattle
Fremont Brewing-Seattle
Gallaghers’ Where U Brew-Edmonds
Georgetown Brewing-Seattle
Hale’s Ales-Seattle
Hilliard’s Beer-Seattle
Holy Mountain Brewing-Seattle
Lantern Brewing-Seattle
McMenamins-Seattle
Menace Brewing-Bellingham
Odin Brewing-Tukwila
Paradise Creek Brewery-Pullman
Peddler Brewing-Seattle
Pike Brewing-Seattle
Propolis Brewing-Port Townsend
Pyramid Breweries-Seattle
Rainy Daze Brewing-Silverdale
Ram Restaurant and Brewery-Seattle
Ramblin’ Road Brewery-Spokane
Redhook Brewery-Woodinville
Schooner EXACT Brewing-Seattle
Scuttlebutt Brewing-Everett
Silver City Brewery-Bremerton
Snipes Mountain Brewing-Sunnyside
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing-Snoqualmie
Sound Brewery-Poulsbo
Strong Arm Brewing-Renton
Three Magnets Brewing-Olympia
Tin Dog Brewing-Seattle
Triplehorn Brewing-Woodinville
Wander Brewing-Bellingham
Wingman Brewers-Tacoma
Yakima Craft Brewing-Yakima

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Toronado to Feature 30+ Drool-Worthy Beers for First Annual Rise of the Centaur Fest

January 7th, 2015 · Events

When Toronado opened last year up in Roosevelt, if there was one thing we knew for certain it was that owner Matt Bonney would plan some pretty stellar festival lineups. The first annual Rise of the Centaur Fest, which will take place on Thursday, January 29, definitely fits that bill. The lineup will feature 30+ beers, including barrel-aged beers, sours, barleywines and more.

Here is the initial list of beers that will be pouring (more to come):

– Midnight Sun – Berzerker
– Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Stout
– Fremont – Bourbon Abominable
– Nectar – Black Zantus
– Dogfish Head – Old School Barleywine
– Perennial – Abraxxas
– Laughing Dog – Dogfather
– Coalition – Big Maple Porter
– Engine House #9 – Barrel Aged Triple
– Mad Viking – Barleywine
– Maritime – Bourbon Bosons
– Hales – Bourbon Barrel Stout
– Deschutes – XXVI
– BFM – Abbey de St. Bon-Chien
– Black Raven – Splinters
– Firestone Walker – Double DBA
– Elysian – De Peche Mode
– Green Flash – 12th Anniversary Sour
– Boulevard – Saison #4
– Perennial – Stefon
– Firestone Walker – Velvet Merkin
– Firestone Walker – Agrestic
– Bear Republic – Tartare Rouge
– De Prouf – Sour #1
– Stone – Bang Bang
– Pelican – Poire

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