Here are a few newsworthy items to get your weekend started:
- Tacoma’s Wingman Brewers recently announced that they will be expanding from their current 1bbl brewing system to a much larger 7bbl. With their current system, Wingman has been able to supply their taproom, festivals/special events, and a small amount of distribution and canning. Once their new system is in place, hopefully by the end of the summer, they should have enough beer to offer their P-51 Porter and Ace IPA in 22oz cans all over Western Washington. They also plan to offer some of their other beers in cans and seasonal 22oz bottles over time.
- Spinnaker Bay Brewing is set to be the first brewery located in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. You might have read more about them here on SBN a couple of months ago, but a story on American Craft Beer from a couple of days ago has some more details. It sounds like they are still on track for their slated March 1 opening, which is just 2 weeks from today.
- You only have until 9am PST tomorrow (Saturday, February 16) to fill out your Brewing News National IPA Championship bracket to compete to win a case of the winning IPA. It’s a fun competition, even if you won’t know anything about some of the IPAs from smaller breweries across the country. Read more about it here.
- The Washington Beer Open House is back this year on Saturday, February 23. There are currently more than 40 breweries set to participate. This has been a lot of fun the past couple of years, and this year promises more of the same. More details in a follow-up post next week.
- Pfriem Family Brewers will soon be sending beer to the Seattle market. This is fantastic news. Josh Pfriem was formerly the head brewer at Chuckanut in Bellingham, and he and his wife Annie are doing great things with Pfriem down in Hood River. I’ve had the pleasure of tasting several of their Belgian-inspired ales down in the Portland area, and they will be a welcome addition to the Seattle market. Kendall over at Washington Beer Blog has some more info he’s rounded up on release events in Seattle starting on March 12.