- The Collins Pub 5th Annual REAL Strong Beer Festival has been moved up a few days and will kick off today and last through the end of the month. Look for beers to be rotated in as kegs kick and space becomes available. It’s defintiely going to be worth going in multiple times. Vintage offerings will include a cask of 2007 Bourbon Barrel 9MM Strong Ale from the now defunct Heads Up Brewing, 2004 Tombstone Barley Wine from Winthrop Brewing, and a 2007/2008 vertical of Deschutes The Abyss. They will also have two exciting new releases from Russian River Brewing Company. Pliny the Younger (Pliny the Elder’s strong nephew) is a triple IPA that weighs in 11% ABV and Consecration is the newest barrel aged beer from the brewery.
- I wandered into Uber Tavern last night at the right time. They were just tapping one of the few kegs of the new batch of Full Sail Black Gold Bourbon Aged Stout. Yum. They also had the wonderful Cascade Mouton Rouge and my favorite light session beer, Schlenkerla Helles Lager, on tap. Oh yeah, and some beer called Blind Pig IPA from Russian River that I kind of like (just a little). A few of us also shared a bottle of Saint Somewhere Lectio Divina. Definitely worth trying this Belgian-style strong ale brewed in Florida ($16/750ml bottle is actually pretty reasonable).
- Ian from Brouwer’s/Bottleworks just sent out some more detailed info on the X Anniversary Release happening next Wed (on the calendar), and it is going to be a special, special night of beer drinking:
Bottleworks 10th Anniversary!
Wednesday February 25th.
At Bottleworks from 5 – 7pm:
Tasting and Celebration of 10 years of serving the Northwest Beer Community.
We will be releasing Both versions of Bottleworks 10 at 11am when the doors open.
New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale – 750ml $20 first day only.
Bottleworks 10 was blended by Matt Vandenbergh, Matt Bonney and a crew from Brouwer’s,
Click Distributing, and the Toronado.
Bottleworks 10 is a blend of three beers from foedres #3 , #13, and #2. New Belgium Sensory Expert, Lauren Salazar explains, “This one actually used both our dark and light base beers – we usually use the dark for La Folie and the light for Eric’s Ale and Le Terroir, but they found a nice blend of both- old, mid and young barrels. After Eric blended and filtered he dosed the bottles and kegs with Brettanomyces Lambicus (not our house strain of brett), this one is known for its barnyard aromas- they really wanted to bring in the funk.”
Hair of the Dog Matt – 12oz. $15 first day only.
The base beer is Hair of the Dog Adam and will have aged in bourbon and 33-year old Apple Eau de Vie barrels for approximately one year by the time it is released.
Along with the 2 versions of the 10th anniversary beer we will be releasing 10 years worth of cellared surprises including Bottleworks 6th anniversary by Far West Brewing.
At Brouwer’s Cafe from 8pm – Close:
Come celebrate 10 years of Bottleworks all night long until the bar closes. As soon as the Matts walk in the door (sometime between 7pm and 8pm), we will tap the following special Bottleworks kegs.
New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale
Hair of the Dog Matt
Russian River Deviation, Bottleworks 9
Flyers 120 Schilling Scotch Ale, Bottleworks 8
Elysian Icarus, Bottleworks 5
We will also be pouring Bottleworks 6 from Far West by the glass from the bottle.
- New beer arrivals to keep your eyes out for: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout (yes, in a 12oz can), Snoqualmie Spring Fever (one of my favorite spring seasonals), Russian River Pliny the Younger and RR Consecration should be around town early next week it sounds like, Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti (awesome) and Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale should be in stores any day now. Not a complete list of new arrivals by any means, but these were just a few that came to mind.
- A couple of people on Ratebeer entered ratings for an oak version of Elysian’s Night Owl pumpkin beer. Not sure if it is still on tap, but I’m hoping to find time to stop by the Capitol Hill location and find out.
- The folks over at the Washington Beer Blog stopped by the new Georgetown Brewing Company location, and here is a link to their informative post and some nice photos. Congrats to Georgetown on their expansion!
- If you haven’t seen it in the news, Oregon is faced with the possibility of a large increase in beer tax. Here is a good editorial on the issue from the Oregonian. The level of this tax increase seems very extreme, and I agree with the editorial that it would make sense for the beer industry to work with lawmakers to come up with a much more modest and reasonable tax. According to this article, the beer tax in Oregon is currently one of the lowest in the country and was last raised in 1977, so it may be about time for a little something. But, at this current level of increase it sounds like the proposition is unlikely to pass through the legislature.