Fish Brewing Targets Summer 2017 for New Location in Tacoma

December 27th, 2016 · Openings, Washington Breweries

Fish Brewing announced today that it will open a new “Pub & Eatery” in Tacoma, with a target of opening sometime in the summer of 2017. This new location will complement the original Fish Tale Brew Pub in Olympia and the Fish Brewing Tap Room, located in Woodinville.

Press Release:

Olympia, WA – December 27, 2016 – Fish Brewing Company has announced today that it will open a new Pub & Eatery on the Grand Plaza at The Shops at Point Ruston in Tacoma, WA. Craft beer fans can expect the same commitment to quality and relentless innovation the company has embodied since 1992.

President Sal Leone notes, “It’s an exciting time here at Fish Brewing Co. With a long-standing history of showcasing our products with quality food at our award winning pub in Olympia, we are excited about bringing this experience to Tacoma.  Point Ruston is becoming one of the area’s premier mixed-use destination showcasing quality restaurants, a variety of retailers, a cinema and a future hotel convention center on the shores of the Puget Sound. This new location is a perfect opportunity for Fish to expand our great tasting craft beverages and food experience to one of Tacoma’s most vibrant neighborhoods.”

The restaurant will be approximately 6,900 square feet with a seating capacity of 360 guests including a second story terrace and outdoor seating. It will feature a similar menu as the Olympia Fish Tale Brewpub including award-winning handcrafted beers from Fish Tale Ale, Leavenworth Biers and Spire Mountain Ciders as well as six wine taps featuring Piccola Cellars and a selection of fine spirits. Construction is in process, and the new Pub & Eatery is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.

“This is a great opportunity for Fish Brewing and we are excited to be in the heart of Tacoma.” said Matt Lisowski, Executive Vice President of Fish Brewing Co. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to connect with the community of Point Ruston and release our newest beer, Ruston Way IPA, debuting in our new Pub & Eatery. We are excited to bring the message of Fish Brewing to Point Ruston, and continue to develop our award winning craft beverages in the Pacific Northwest.

The Fish Brewing Pub & Eatery will be Fish Brewing’s third location. Fish continues to operate their original location in Olympia, WA, Fish Tale BrewPub, which was recently awarded Best Brewpub in Western Washington, and Fish Brewing Taproom in Woodinville, WA, located just north of the Hollywood School house in the heart of Woodinville wine country.

About Fish Brewing Company

Founded in 1993, Fish Brewing Company is owned by over 400 beer drinking consumers, who pooled their resources to build a landmark brewery in Olympia, WA, which is known for its quality water and artesian wells. Fish Brewing uses when possible locally sourced Washington ingredients. Fish Brewing produces hand-crafted beers and ciders under our three core brands: Fish Tale Ales, Leavenworth Biers, and Spire Mountain Cider, which can be found in 20 states and internationally, both in bottles and on draft. Fish Brewing produces award winning spirits under the brand name Vitis, which are available throughout the Pacific Northwest. Fish Brewing operates a full service an award winning pub in Olympia, WA, which was featured on the Food Networks show Diners, Drive-in & Dives, and a new taproom in Woodinville, WA. Fish Brewing believes that fresh beer and cider, fine food, and enduring friendships are what life in the Great Pacific Northwest is all about. For more information visit

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Merry Christmas from Seattle Beer News

December 23rd, 2016 · Uncategorized

Merry Christmas, everyone! Hope your holiday weekend is filled with lots of good beer.

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12 Randalls of Xmas at The Pine Box Tomorrow

December 12th, 2016 · Events

The holidays are officially here, and tomorrow (Dec 13 ) The Pine Box will celebrate with its annual 12 Randalls of Xmas event. Starting at 5pm, there will be 12 separate Randalls filled with holiday-themed infusions for 12 different beers.

Here is what will be pouring:

21st Amendment Brewery Brandied Cherry Fireside Chat
Backwoods Brewing Company Double Spruce Tip Spruce Springsteen
Black Raven Brewery Bourbon Oak Chipped Festivus
Boundary Bay Brewery Vanilla Cabin Fever
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Citrus Hopped Wookey Jack
Floating Bridge Brewing Chili Cacoa Winter Ale
Fremont Brewing Fig & Cacoa Nib Imperial Winter Ale
Hopworks Urban Brewery Ginger Thais Basil Abominable
Lagunitas Brewing Co Cinnamon Brown Shugga
Maritime Pacific Brewery Rum Raison Jolly Roger
Port Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey Toasted Coconut Santas Little Helper Imperial Stout
Reuben’s Brews Gin Cranberry Sage Winter Gose

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Seattle Losing a Great Beer Spot: The Wurst Place is Closing

December 7th, 2016 · General Beer News

The Wurst Place in South Lake Union is one of my favorite beer spots in the city. With a laid-back atmosphere, an impressive tap list, great sausages, tots and frites, this was a perfect after work spot. My wife and I have spent quite a few nights here decompressing after work. Since opening five years ago, the bar has been a bit of an oasis in the South Lake Union neighborhood, but today owner Bob Liptak announced that they will be forced to vacate the bar sometime in February in advance of the building being torn down.

It’s a sad day in South Lake Union. The good news is we still have a couple of months to get in there and support a great small business.

Will The Wurst Place re-open in another location? No word on that, yet. I hope so.

Announcement from The Wurst Place on Facebook:

The Wurst Place is closing.

The rumor is true. Sometime in February, we are being forced to vacate our current address on Westlake Ave. as the building is being torn down. We leave kicking and screaming…we don’t want to go.

Our goal 5 years ago was to serve great sausage and great Belgian style frites paired with delicious local and craft beer. Tater tots joined the sausage party about a year later. We tried to play decent music…except not on Fridays 😉. The support from Seattle and especially SLU businesses and workers has been incredible. I’m amazed at how many patrons and staff have become close friends over the years. There’s no price to be put on that. Thanks to everyone who helped make The Wurst Place the eclectic, energetic, non-corporate place it is.

For now the sausages are still charred and juicy as hell, the frites and tots are still crispy and delicious, and the beer is still flowing like Snoqualmie Falls (just not as foamy). We’ll be having some fun events before we exit the building. Stay tuned.

If you enjoyed The Wurst Place half as much as we enjoyed you, come on down and say goodbye.

Thank you Seattle.
I hope we did ok.


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180+ Beers Pouring for 12th Annual Winter Beer Fest This Weekend at Magnuson Park

November 30th, 2016 · Events, Washington Breweries

winterbeerfestThe Washington Beer Commission’s 12th Annual Winter Beer Festival is set to take place this weekend in Magnuson Park. Tickets are still available online, or you can buy them at the door. Check out the website for more details. The full beer list is below. With more than 180 beers pouring from 50 different breweries, good luck sampling everything you’d like to.

Beer List:
Anacortes Brewery – Anacortes
1) Highway to Helles
A tribute to the spur of the North Cascades Highway that runs through Anacortes. “Helles” is German for something light, bright or blonde. Our Helles Lager is brewed in the traditional style, light bodied and delicately hopped with German noble varieties. 4.8% ABV / 18 IBU

2) Klosterbier
Smooth, dark lager originally brewed at the Anacortes Brewery under the guidance of the visiting brew master of The Kalt Loch Brewery in Bavaria. Inspired by a dark lager brewed for the Engelberg Monastery. Delicately hopped with Perle hops, this beer has become a local favorite. 5.3% ABV / 35 IBU
3) Noel Winter Ale
Brewed to celebrate the holiday season, this winter warmer uses various aromatic specialty malts and has a prominent hop character from mild American Noble varieties. 7% ABV / 45 IBU
4) Bourbon Barrel Broadsword
Black Patent, Caramel, Chocolate, Munich & Peat smoked malts produce dark color, malty flavor and subtle smokiness in this robust Scottish Ale. Perle. Aged for several months in a bourbon barrel. 8.3% ABV / 35 IBU

Bainbridge Brewing – Bainbridge Island
1) Wing Point Winter Ale
As the days get darker and the rains move in, it’s time for a beer best drunk with friends in the comfort of a warm pub. Wing Point Winter Ale is our version of a Northwest Winter Warmer, full-bodied with a malt complexity showing caramel, toffee, dried fruit and chocolate, with a hint of hopiness to remind you of the swaying fir trees outside. 7% ABV / 40 IBU
2) Bainbridge Chocolate Baltic Porter
This Northwest version of a big Baltic-style porter is dark, malty, and chocolaty, with hints of raisin and plum. We use our hybrid Kolsch ale strain and ferment it cool to add a clean smoothness. Then we finish it on lots of cacao nibs for a big chocolaty finish. 9% ABV / 30 IBU
3) Barrel-Aged Old Toe Jam Barleywine
Located on the south end of our hilly isle, there are many theories as to how Toe Jam Hill got its name. Unsurprisingly, many of these stories involve a bit of alcohol. Old Toe Jam Barleywine has been barrel-aged for over two years resulting in intense malt, caramel, and chocolate notes and enough hops to back it up, plus warming alcohol in the background and a hint of blackberry honey. 9.9% ABV / 80 IBU
4) Windfall Grapefruit IPA
In the winter of 2015 our little island was struck by a furious windstorm, which knocked out our chiller while a tank of IPA was freshly fermenting. We couldn’t release it as the original beer, but it tasted great. So we hit the beer with Pink Grapefruit and figured we’d save the batch by releasing it as a special one-off in our taproom. But some escaped. Then a lot of people started asking for it. Now it’s our best selling beer. Life’s weird like that. 6% ABV / 60 IBU

Bale Breaker Brewing – Yakima
1) Bottomcutter Imperial IPA
Double dry-hopped with homegrown Yakima hops, Bottomcutter IIPA may be light in color but is packed with citrus and pine hop character. This Imperial IPA is brewed to finish dry, perfect for the combination of Citra®, Simcoe®, and Equinox™ hops. As the bottomcutter is a tractor that leads the topcutter through the fields during harvest, this beer will lead to a new appreciation for our valley’s hops. 8.2% ABV / 100 IBU
2) High Camp Imperial Rye IPA
Named for the ski lodge atop our local White Pass Ski Resort, High Camp takes Bale Breaker’s signature hop-forward style to a darker side with the addition of rye and chocolate malts. Dry-hopped with Centennial and Mosaic™, this Imperial Rye IPA bursts with pine and grapefruit aroma. 7.3% ABV / 80 IBU
3) Dormancy Breakfast Stout
Who says Bale Breaker only does hoppy? Boasting notes of freshly-brewed espresso and rich chocolate, Dormancy Breakfast Stout was conditioned on locally-roasted coffee beans from Yakima’s Lincoln Avenue Coffee Co. As winter settles in to the Pacific Northwest and the hop fields surrounding our brewery lay dormant, this beer was crafted to remind us that good things can still happen in the off-season for hops. 7% ABV / 55 IBU

Beardslee Public House – Bothell
1) Timber Demon Triple IPA
A beast of an Imperial IPA with lingering bitterness and abundant hop aroma that takes your pallet over the edge of hop sensibility. Triple IPA’s are a more recent trend with American craft brewers pushing the envelope to satisfy the “hop heads” with an intense product. Our Triple IPA features Columbus, Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops. 8.9% ABV / 84 IBU
2) Timburrrrr Winter Ale
This year we decided to pursue an imperial brown ale style for our winter warmer. Using several different amber malts, along with Madagascar vanilla beans, we were striving for a creamy, caramely, desert in a glass. Contains lactose milk sugar. 7.9% ABV / 24 IBU
3) Monka Coffee Ale
A pale and creamy easy drinking cup of coffee is what you’ll find with this beer. Featuring organic beans from Victor’s Celtic Coffee in Redmond WA, we cold brewed and infused the coffee into a very pale pilsner malt blonde ale. Contains lactose milk sugar. 5.3% ABV / 20 IBU

Big Al Brewing – Seattle
1) Winter Warmer
A dark Strong Ale with deep toffee and milk chocolate malt flavors, firm bitterness and a kick that will put the Happy in your holidays.
2) Nut Warmer
Peanut Butter Dark Ale.
3) Time Capsule- May 2014
Barrel Aged Sour Ale.

Black Raven Brewing – Redmond
1) Festivus Holiday Ale
The Festivus is our annual holiday beer. Brewed in the holiday spirit with cranberries, various citrus peel fruit and a brewer’s secret blend of spices. 7.3% ABV
2) Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout
This seasonal release is full flavored with rich dark caramel, unsweetened chocolate, and hints of coffee aromas and flavors. 9.5% ABV
3) Bourbon Mixed Nut Pie
Bourbon Barrel aged caramel ale with walnuts, pecans, almonds, mace blades, cinnamon, vanilla and toasted turbinado sugar. Wow! 8.5% ABV
4) Nothing But Flowers SIPA
A bouquet of hop aroma blasting you in the face. Hop influenced flavors of peach, nectarine, and grapefruit backed up with a clean, dry bitterness. 4.8% ABV

Chainline Brewing – Kirkland
1) De-Railer Double IPA (Friday & Saturday Session 2)
Big Citrus is the name of the game, thanks to massive amounts of Simcoe, Mosaic and Amarillo hops. 9% ABV
2) Night Ride Imperial Stout (Friday only)
Silky smooth and full-bodied with a warming alcohol finish. 9% ABV
3) Polaris Pilsner (Saturday, Session 1)
Classic Bohemian Pilsner. Malty sweet body and noble hop aroma. 2016 Great American Beer Festival Silver medal winner. 5.2% ABV
4) Cask Double IPA (Saturday, Session 1)
Cask variant of our De-Railer IPA. Infusions TBD. 9% ABV
5) Coffee Night Ride (Saturday, Session 2)
Night Ride Imperial stout with Herkimer cold-brew coffee. 8.7% ABV

Cloudburst Brewing – Seattle
1) The Body
The Bread of Heaven.
2) The Blood
The Cup of Life.
3) The Machine
Here’s Your Future.

Counterbalance Brewing – Seattle
1) Kushetka Russian Imperial Stout
Grains: Pale, Munich, Flaked Barley, Black Patent, Roasted Barley, Chocolate; Hops: Columbus, Willamette. A big, bold beer with lots of roasted malts and just the right hop balance. A pleasure for your tongue. It’s been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. This beer is the music. 8.9% ABV / 65 IBU
2) Belgian Golden Strong Ale
Grains: Pilsner malt; Hops: Hallertauer, Saaz. Complex, fruity, and earthy with a mild hop character and perceptible alcohol kick. 8% ABV / 32 IBU
3) Samsparilla Stout
Grains: 2-Row Pale, Roasted Barley, Black Patent, Caramel; Hops: Willamette. Export Stout brewed with Indian sarsaparilla and fresh vanilla beans for a rich root-beer stout profile. 7.4% ABV / 42 IBU
4) Tabletop Supernova IPA
Grains: 2-Row Pale, Caramel; Hops: Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe. A golden, honey malt profile blasted by a ton of hops. Flavors of stone fruit, Meyer lemon, and spruce punch through the classic northwest c-hop character. 7.7% ABV / 90 IBU

Crucible Brewing – Everett
1) Putin Out Russian Imperial Stout
Dark Chocolaty, strong toasty malt, Light hops. 8.5% ABV / 90 IBU
2) Bourbon Barrel Hammer Forged Stout
Aged in Woodinville Whiskey barrels. Coffee character and chocolate. Oak and bourbon note. 7.5% ABV / 50 IBU
3) Wootz IPA
Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Strong citrusy character with a note of pine. Amber colored and cloudy. 6.9% ABV / 72 IBU
4) Rainbow in the Dark CDA
Dark but light bodied. Has a light spicy character from Rye. Dank grapefruity character from the hops. 4.7% ABV / 50 IBU
5) Blood Orange Smith and Weizen
A Bavarian Style Hef, with banana and clove character, but we added blood orange. 4.8% ABV / 14 IBU

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing – Mukilteo
1) Nitro Honey Cream Ale
This light and sessionable ale is given a silkier body in this nitro version. Brewed with honey to impart a hint of sweetness and domestic noble hops for minimal bittering. 4.6% ABV / 7 IBU
2) Nitro Industrial HO!HO!
Winter warmer on a creamer faucet. Malty and sweet, balanced lasting hop finish and smooth body. 8.5% ABV / 60 IBU
3) India Pale Ale
Columbus hops impart grapefruit, pine and a hint of cedar with a balanced malt back. 6.2% ABV / 69 IBU
4) Icebreaker Barleywine
A traditional English-style barleywine brewed with 100% Maris Otter. Sweet, rich and warming with notes of toffee. 9.6% ABV

Dicks Brewing – Centralia
1) Chocolate Cherry Stout
British style stout heavy dark malts and dose of dark chocolate. After fermentation more chocolate and two separate additions of cherries are added. Tart cherry finish. 6.5% ABV / 18 IBU
2) Reckon IRA (India Red Ale)
Focusing heavily on Caramel malts. Malty and slightly sweet finish to give way to a citrus hoppy finish. Hopped exclusively with Cascade hops. 6% ABV / 65 IBU
3) Dick Danger Ale: English Style Dark Ale
A large percentage of black malt gives this distinctive ale its dark brown/black color and slightly roasted flavor. The Magnum hops provide bitterness and late additions of Mt. Hood hops lend good flavor and aroma in the finish. 5.2% ABV / 45 IBU

Elliott Bay Brewing – Burien
1) Chai-Hopped Noäle
Our annual garnet-colored Winter Ale infused with enticing flavors and aromas evocative of the season. 8.0% ABV
2) Holiday Bourbon Barrel Blend
A blend of Barley Wine and Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. Big cocoa and roasted coffee notes.
3) Little Red Xmas Devils
A delightful sour Red Ale from the oak cellars of our brewery in Burien.

Elysian Brewing – Seattle
1) Downtown Boozy Brown
5 Gallons of Molasses & 50lbs of Brown Sugar, 2 row, c-77, victory, chocolate malt and white wheat. Cascade, Citra, Simcoe and Centennial. 8.8% ABV / 40 IBU
2) Wide-Eye Coffee Barleywine
Brewed with 10 Gallons of Cold Brew coffee concentrate from Olympia Coffee. 10.2% ABV / 82 IBU
3) Yuzu Belgian-Style Golden Ale
Yuzu is made with 100% pale malt, Turbinado sugar and Belgian Golden ale yeast. Bittered with Magnum and finished with Styrian Goldings hops. Lemon peel is added at the end of the boil, and yuzu juice is added both pre- and post-fermentation. 4.5% ABV
4) The Fix
Stumptown coffee and aged on cocoa nibs sourced by Theo Chocolate, this stout is complex. 8.9% ABV
5) Bifröst Winter Ale
Brewed with pale malt and small amounts of Munich and Crystal malts. Bittered with Magnum and finished with Chinook and Styrian Goldings hops. 7.6% ABV
6) Bourbon Barrel-Aged Bifröst
Bifröst Winter Ale aged in Heaven Hills barrels.
7) Elk Frost
Maris Otter pale, Crystal 77, Crystal 45, Black, and Cara Red malts. Magnum, Amarillo and Styrian Goldings. 8.1% ABV
8) Secret Brewers Tap

Fish Brewing – Olympia
1) Winterfish Imperial IPA
Winter seasonal, 100% Chinook hops.
2) Bakke Hill Black Lager
Chocolatey, coffee flavor with a hint of vanilla.
3) Old Woody Old Stock Ale
Old Woody presents a strong warming alcoholic mouth feel, with subtle dates, raisin and Pete smoke. Aged in new American Oak has imparted a wonderful vanillin flavor.

Floating Bridge Brewing – Seattle
1) Hat Head Winter Warmer
A hoppy, malty porter brewed with 8 different malts and infused with chili peppers, spices and cocoa nibs. 7.1% ABV / 44 IBU
2) Tweed Cap Scottish Ale
Scottish style ale brewed traditionally and simply with Golden Promise and Roast Barley. Scotch-brown in color with characteristic residual sweetness. 7.7% ABV / 30 IBU

3) Imperial Red Ale
Brewed with cherrywood smoked malt and flaked oats. Dry-hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Chinook. 8% ABV / 59 IBU

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery – Seattle
1) Patch Kit
Nitro Session Pumpkin Ale brewed with real pumpkin and the classic spices and poured on nitrogen. 3.5% ABV / 20 IBU
2) Snow Shield Winter Ale
Dark crystal malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. 6.4% ABV / 45 IBU
3) White Christmas
White IPA Brewed with lots of wheat and weird and wonderful Hallertau Blanc hops- spicy, grapey, earthy, tropical, etc. 6.6% ABV / 70 IBU

Fremont Brewing – Seattle
1)”Mexican Hot Chocolate” Bonfire Ale:
Dark barley and gentle hops. Infusion incorporates cinnamon, Theo cocao nibs, and vanilla. 6.0% ABV / IBU 40
2) Winter Ale
Roast chocolate and warm malt flavors balanced by Noble hop aroma and subtle hoppy spice. Warm up to it. 8.0% ABV / 50 IBU
3) Beta IPA: A new IPA recipe. This version features Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic hops as well as dash of Mosaic lupulin powder! 7.0% ABV / 80 IBU
4) Porter: 5.3% ABV
5) Golden Ale: 7.6% ABV
6) Brett IPA: 7.0% ABV
7) B-Bomb: Aged in 12 and 15 year-old American Oak whiskey barrels and is a blend of 24 and 12-month old barrel strength Abominable Ale. BBomb achieves distinct bourbon, oak, cacao, leather, and dark coffee notes from its extended barrel aging and barrel blending. 14.0% ABV / 65 IBU
8) Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb
Adds cold brew coffee and cinnamon bark to complement the bourbon, oak, cacao, and leather notes. 14.0% ABV / 65 IBU
9) Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Blend of 18, 12, and 8-month bourbon barrel-aged Dark Star in 12-year old barrels. Roasted and chocolate malts complement the oats. 14.5% ABV / 50 IBU

Geaux Brewing – Bellevue
1) Bayou
Belgian strong dark ale aged with toasted pecans.
2) Vanilla Mint Chai Satchmo
Oatmeal stout infused with vanilla mint chai tea.
3) Tremé
Flagship IPA brewed with 6 different hops.
4) Campfire
Mesquite-smoked porter with Carolina reaper chili peppers. 7% ABV

Georgetown Brewing – Seattle
1) Heaven Hills Bourbon Barrel Aged Elderfrost
Dark ruby in color, this is a medium-bodied, malty ale that pairs well with the cold weather. Floral and slightly spicy aromas are complemented by caramel, burnt sugar, toffee, and dark fruit flavors. Extended barrel aging deepens the dark fruit notes, and adds vanilla and bourbon flavors to the mix. 9.9% ABV
2) Gusto Crema
Building on Gusto Crema blend, a medium roasted bean from our friends at Caffé Umbria, we made a smooth, rich cream ale. This beer has roasted flavor, aroma, and color from cold brew coffee. Smooth, rich mouthfeel comes from oats and Munich malt. 4.9% ABV

Ghostfish Brewing – Seattle
1) Peak Buster Double IPA
Unmistakably ambitious, this bold and challenging beer is bursting with intriguing tropical fruit and evergreen aromas from the Centennial, Equinox and Azacca hops. It’s deceptively drinkable for its high IBU’s and ABV. 9.5% ABV / 130 IBU
2) Chocolate Mint Stout
Brewed with a large portion of roasted buckwheat and chocolate millet malt, this beer has a sweet and decadent flavor. An addition of peppermint gives it a wintry kick that’s perfect for the holiday season. 6.5% ABV / 30 IBU
3) Winter Coat Coffee Porter
A sweet chocolatey porter “dry-beaned” with Tony’s Coffee Ganesha Espresso. 5.3% ABV / 22 IBU

Hales Ales – Seattle
1) Barrel Aged Imperial Nut Brown
Hale’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Nut Brown Ale
2) Barrel Aged Imperial Nut Brown Spiced with Chocolate
The same Barrel Aged Imperial Nut Brown but spiced with chocolate
3) Barrel Aged Imperial Nut Brown Spiced with Vanilla & Coconut
The very same Barrel Aged Imperial Nut Brown Ale but spiced with vanilla and coconut.

Hellbent Brewing – Seattle
1) Winter Ale
2) Mossback Monk Belgian Style Tripel
This effervescent brew has notes of stone fruits and spice, with a sweet, candy-like finish. Its golden hue is even more lustrous because it’s unfiltered. Brewed with traditional Belgian yeast, pale malt and some sugar. 9.5% ABV / 19 IBU
3) DANG! Citra IPA
Packed with hop aroma, this IPA will smack your face with hoppiness. A mellow malt flavor sits quietly in the background and provides 6.6% ABV, yet the hops shine through. Citrus with a slightly peppery pine hop aroma. Unfiltered and unfined, cloudy and full-flavored. 6.6% ABV / 60 IBU

Hi-Fi Brewing – Redmond
1) Woofer Porter
Hints of caramel and a roasty character accent a smooth, approachable flavor that proves dark beers can be enjoyed by all. 6% ABV
2) Peppermint Woofer Porter
Our Woofer Porter, infused with peppermint for a true holiday treat. 6% ABV
3) Gingerbread Boy
Winter ale inspired by one of our favorite holiday foods: gingerbread! It features a little bit of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon in the aroma and initial flavor–followed by a nice dry, roasty, chocolaty finish. 5.9% ABV

Icicle Brewing – Leavenworth
1) Dark Persuasion German Chocolate Cake Ale
Delicate dark chocolate with a whisper of coconut. You can finally have German Chocolate Cake and drink it too. Full of flavor and desire. 6.5% ABV / 22 IBU
2) Crosscut Pilsner
Pilsner-Style Lager. This beer is complex in its subtleties. From a clean malty profile to a moderate Noble-hop flavor and aroma, Combines local ingredients and inspiration. 5% ABV / 28 IBU

Lantern Brewing – Seattle
1) Sombre Quad 2016 (All sessions)
Abbey style Quadrupel: within its dark, complex bouquet you may find hints of wood, spice, dried fruit, and fine leather. 11.2% ABV
2) Cranberry Witbier (All sessions)
Belgian style Wheat ale with Cranberries. It is crisp, lightly fruity, and barely tart. 4.5% ABV
3) Montfort Tart Cherry Stout (Friday only)
Anglo-Belgian hybrid stout with Washington Tart Cherries: full of flavor, it might bring to mind cherry pie with chocolate crust, without being too heavy. 5.4% abv.
4) BA Bonneville Wet Hop Cascade (Friday only)
Belgian style Double Pale Ale, Barrel Aged on Fresh Cascade Hops: our flavorful and hoppy Bonneville, cast into a barrel piled high with fresh, wet Cascade hops. 7.6% abv, 75+ IBU
5) Pumpkin Dubbel (Saturday only)
Abbey style Dubbel with Pumpkin: brewed honestly, with Washington-grown field-ripened pumpkins and winter squashes and NO SPICE! 6.0% abv
6) Sombre 2015 (Saturday, Session 1)
Abbey style Quadrupel: we tucked away a bit of Sombre from last year, allowing it to develop flavor and aroma. 10.4% ABV
7) BA Bonneville Simcoe (Saturday, Session 2)
Belgian style Double Pale Ale, Barrel Aged on Simcoe Hops. Sent to barrel with Simcoe hops for 1 month. 7.6% abv, 75+ IBU.

Lucky Envelope Brewing – Seattle
1) ENIAC Mosaic IPA
Our flagship award-winning IPA. ENIAC screams Mosaic hops with a restrained malt profile and notes of juicy tropical fruit and resinous pine. 7.1% ABV / 68 IBU
2) Peanut Butter Porter
Our robust porter infused with real peanut butter for a rich, peanutty, chocolatey treat. 8.3% ABV / 62 IBU

Mac & Jacks Brewing – Redmond
1) Cascadian Dark Ale
Hop forward dark ale.
2) Grapefruit IPA
Citrusy and aromatic IPA infused with Organic grapefruit zest.

McMenamins Breweries – Bothell
1) Kris Kringle Traditional Yuletide Ale (Anderson School)
A hearty and robust ale with a big and bold malt complexity, as well as an intense and flavorful hop profile. Hints of ginger and cinnamon. 6.84% ABV / 79 IBU
2) Holiday Hearth Double IPA (Queen Anne Brewery)
Hopped with Simcoe, Meridian and Horizon Hops. Dry hopped with Meridian and Falconer’s Flight. Tastes of berries with subtle hints of citrus and tropical fruits. 8.64% ABV / 90 IBU
3) Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins (Anderson School Brewery)
With a Brown Ale base, this brew is loaded full of Toasted, Dark and Caramel Malts to provide a very rich mahogany color and big, bold toffee and caramel flavors with just a hint of hazelnut. Full-bodied taste. 7.8% ABV / 40 IBU

Naked City Brewing – Seattle
1) Big Lebrewski
White Russian Imperial Stout. 9% ABV
2) Bing
Spiced Cherry Winter ale.
3) Orange Blossom Special IPA
Northwest IPA with Citra and Falconer’s Flight.

No-Li Brewhouse – Spokane
1) Mint Choco Chip Rise & Grind
Cool minty-freshness melds with rich chocolaty-goodness to assemble this drinkable dessert beer. 6.1% ABV / 22 IBU
2) Ginger Slacker
Slacker Brass Ale with a Ginger addition 6.1% ABV
3) Chocolate Coconut Wrecking Ball
Wrecking Ball infused with Coconut. 9.5% ABV

Old Stove Brewing – Seattle
1) Max Capacity
Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 8.4% ABV / 25 IBU
2) The Two-Pronged Crown – IPA
A big NW IPA exudes bright tangerine, grassy pine, and complex earthy notes from our abundant additions of dank Mosaic hops. 7.1% ABV / 74 IBU

Optimism Brewing – Seattle
1) Ale X
A strong, sipping beer with heavy notes of dark caramel and toffee. Balanced, with a long-lasting finish. 9.3% ABV
2) Cheer
Our holiday ale is red and tastes of winter spices. It is deserving of all the “cheers” you will make with friends and family this season. 5.5% ABV
3) …Before the Dawn
Made without coffee or chocolate, this big, rich and complex beer that you can still have several of. The kind to be enjoyed in the wee hours, when it’s always darkest, but gets you thinking about what’s ahead. 7.7% ABV

Orlison Brewing – Seattle
1) Snowplough Imperial Chocolate Stout
Fermented with Dominican cocoa nibs, and brewed with a healthy dose of chocolate malt. 8.5% ABV
2) Clementine Belgian Lite
A lighter-style Belgian beer brewed with pale malts and noble hops–lagered at lower temperatures than is typical for Belgian ales. Marzipan, and subtle clove and banana flavors. 4.4% ABV

Pike Brewing – Seattle
1) Pike Entire
2015 vintage imperial stout aged in Woodinville Whiskey barrels. 9.9% ABV / 85 IBU
2) Pike Auld Acquaintance
Three different Yakima Valley hops, curacao, orange peel, coriander, cassia bark, nutmeg. 8.3% ABV / 28 IBU
3) Pike Space Needle
Assertive hop character and floral notes. 6.5% ABV / 58 IBU
4) Pike Place Ale
Citrus Yakima Valley hops and Skagit Valley malt. 5% ABV / 32 IBU
5) Pike Gingerbread 5X Stout
5X Stout infused with gingerbread cookies. 7% ABV / 65 IBU

Postdoc Brewing – Redmond
1) Cram Session Eggnog Latte
Is there anything more festive than Eggnog? Brown sugar, nutmeg and vanilla combine with Cram Session Coffee Porter to create a heartwarming winter treat. 5.2% ABV / 28 IBU
2) Brett Barrel Saison with Candied Oranges
Our Saison de Postdoc aged in neutral oak barrels, inoculated with our house Brettanomyces culture, and conditioned atop house-made candied oranges. 5.9% ABV / 14 IBU
3) Dissertation Double IPA
Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, and Simcoe. Vibrant gold with generous aromas of juicy passionfruit, ripe mango, earthy pine, and bright citrus. 9.0% ABV / 88 IBU
4) Wheat Wine 101
This strong ale, brewed with a generous proportion of wheat, boasts sweet, bready, honey-like flavors, a satisfyingly rich mouthfeel, and respectable alcohol content. 9.0% ABV / 40 IBU

Rainy Daze Brewing – Poulsbo
1) Wrapper’s Delight
Based on an English Winter Warmer. Maris Otter, Munich and Crystal Malts. Northern Brewer and EKG Hops balance out this beer. 8.1% ABV / 40 IBU
2) Winter Daze
Our Winter version of a German Alt beer. Caramel and toffee notes with a pleasant Nobel Hop finish.
7% ABV / 35 IBU
3) Stu’s Oatmeal Stout
2 versions will be rotated both days. Lots of Dark Cocoa, and coffee notes from this Stout.
We will be loading to 1/4bbl’s with different winter delights just for this event. 6.7% ABV / 30 IBU
4) Hypocrite Double IPA
Lots of Tropical Fruit notes in this Double IPA. Citra, Centennial, Cascade and Galaxy Hops. 9.5% ABV / 100+ IBU

RAM Brewery – Seattle
1) Mallwalker
Awesome strong winter beer
2) Winter Rye
Another awesome winter beer
3) How the Grinch Stole Christmas
All the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot.

Redhook Brewery – Woodinville
1) Winterhook – Dark Ale
This year’s recipe includes the addition of flaked oats a healthy dose of Munich malt providing a great mouthfeel and backbone that also support the addition of lots of Simcoe, Centennial and Chinook hops. 6% ABV / 50 BU
2) Dark Spiral – Oaked Spiral Aged Stout
Chocolate and caramel notes are balanced with oak and vanilla that finishes with a touch of roast malt. 8.4% ABV / 50 BU
3) Hop and Joe IPA– Coffee IPA
This single hop IPA is hopped with Idaho#7 hops and conditioned with whole single origin coffee .The stonefruit character of the Idaho#7 melds perfectly with black cherry notes of a unique single origin coffee. 6.1% ABV / 45 BU

Rooftop Brewing – Seattle
1) Rooftop 2016 Holiday Ale
Brewed with Ginger, Honey and Cinnamon, our spiced Holiday Ale is full of flavors of the season – but at 6% ABV, you don’t have to drink just 1! 6% ABV
2) Russian Imperial Stout
Rich, complex and velvety smooth. Boozy without being overpowering, chocolate and roasted malts. 8.6% ABV / 40 IBU

Schooner Exact Brewing – Seattle
1) Schwarzbier
The dark lager greets with fruity notes on the nose, followed by lightly roasted malt flavors in the mouth. 5% ABV / 23 IBU
2) Evergreen IPA
Created using Washington grown barley and hops. Multiple additions of Simcoe and Amarillo hops. 6% ABV / 60 IBU
3) Mountain Boomer Winter Ale
A rich, malty beer with an assertive but balanced hop character. Hints of chocolate and dark fruits greet you on the nose. Roasted malt undertone. Finish with earthy hop finish. 7.5% ABV / 52 IBU
4) Woodsman
A rich, oak-aged beer with a light hop note and strong malt character. Aroma results from the seamless blend of vanilla, caramel, brandied cherry and Yakima Valley hops. Flavors of caramel and oak offset by the finish of barrel-aged alcohol. 8% ABV / 52 IBU
5) Whiskey Dick Cantwell Pumpkin Beer
In honor of the great pumpkin beer master, Mr. Cantwell. Barrel aged soaking up whiskey flavor and aroma. 10% ABV / 30 IBU
6) Twig & Berries Mistletoe Sour
Our kettle sour with a holiday twist. 3.2% ABV / 10 IBU
7) Schoon Lyte
Pilsner malt with just enough Hallertau hops to balance with bitterness. Bohemian lager yeast gives this beer the crisp, clean finish indicative of the style. 5.3% ABV / 25 IBU

Silver City Brewery – Bremerton
1) Old Scrooge Christmas Ale
Intriguing notes of apple, cherry and apricot abound from the long boil time, cool fermentation and extended aging of this dark, malty ale. Celebrate this year’s release & save some for next, as this beer matures wonderfully when cellared. 8.5% ABV
2) Wonderland Winter Lager
Frightful weather is no match for Wonderland. A blend of five different malts lend a deep rich color & mild roast character refined by five weeks of lagering at near freezing temperature. 7% ABV
3) Nutcracker Belgian Spiced Brown Ale
A festive beer, Nutcracker rings in the Holiday Season with a medley of dark roasted malt, fruit and spice. Some hints of fruit (plum, cherry, peach) come from a wonderful and distinctive Belgian yeast strain. Additionally, ginger, orange and tangerine peel was added to spice things up. We hope you will toast the Holidays with this seasonal creation from those “nutty” brewers at Silver City. 9% ABV
4) Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge Christmas Ale
5) Super Special Nutcracker Supreme
Aged on dates, figs, and cherries!

Slaughter County Brewing – Port Orchard
1) Jul Fruktsoppa
Old stock ale with apples, apricots, peaches, orange juice and ginger. Beer in the theme of Norwegian fruit soup. 7% ABV
2) Brewers Choice

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing – Snoqualmie
1) Plant 1 Powerhouse Strong IPA
Powerhouse’s Munich, Carapils, Aromatic, two-row and Crystal malts build a wonderful complexity, while over a pound per keg of the Columbus and Cascade hops provide a wonderful bitterness. 7.5% ABV / 85 IBU
2) Avalanche Winter Ale
Avalanche is designed to take the chill off our stormy Northwest winters. Complex dark malt flavors and moderate hopping create a warming ale. 6.8% ABV / 48 IBU

Sound Brewery – Poulsbo
1) Bourbon Noel
Our award winning Pale Quadrupel aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels. 11.8% ABV
2) Cave Bear
Washington Beer Award winning Belgian Imperial Stout aged with Vanilla beans and 3 kinds of chilies.
3) Maccallan Barrel Scoundrel
Old Scoundrel Barleywine aged in Macallan Scotch Whiskey Barrels.

Standard Brewing – Seattle
1) West Coast IPA
Tropical and fruity, soft bitterness, juicy and medium light bodied. A celebration of our regional agriculture. 7.2% ABV
2) Black Days Imperial Stout
Rich, caramel, toffee and roast. A warm blanket by a fire under hunting trophies. 12.5% ABV
3) Cranberry Sour
Our Menomena Red Sour refermented on cranberry puree. Bright and fruity sour with firm tannins to balance. 5% ABV

Stoup Brewing – Seattle
1) Galaxy Hop Burst IPA
We wanted this beer to literally burst with aroma, so we added a LOT of Galaxy, Mosaic, and Equinox hops late in the whirlpool for ultimate hop burst results. Dry hopping with Galaxy pushes this beer to its aromatic limits … passion fruit, citrus & a bit of pine in the aroma followed by a clean bitterness in the finish.
7.1% ABV / 70 IBU
2) Cashed Out Black IPA
Like the Man in Black himself, this IPA is cloaked in darkness, but full of hidden creative surprises. Citrus, pine and tropical fruit aromas are supported by a bitterness that’s bracing, but well balanced by the malt profile. We “Cash”ed this IPA out for your full sensory pleasure. 7.3% ABV / 58 IBU
Rotating Tap
3) Rye Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
A big, bold, roasty stout brewed with generous amounts of English crystal malt and roasted barley. Aggressively hopped yet balanced with malt sweetness and a full-bodied mouthfeel. Extended aging in rye whiskey barrels smooths out the rough edges and contributes notes of wood, whiskey and vanilla. 9.5% ABV / 95 IBU
4) Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.2% IBU: 90 SRM Dark as the darkest night
We journey back to 18th Century Russia with this big, bold, roasty stout. Brewed with copious amounts of English crystal malt and roasted barley, hopped to a scorching 90 IBUs and then conditioned long enough to round out the edges. 9.2% ABV / 90 IBU

Two Beers Brewing – Seattle
1) Tipsy Toboggan
Dark and toasty, this warming winter ale offers notes of chocolate, date, plum, and orange with a dash of hops. The deep dark color and full flavored finish pair perfectly with winter nights, outdoor adventures, and holiday celebrations. 6.8% ABV
2) Overhang Imperial Porter
Ushering in the cooler days of autumn, Overhang is aged in bourbon barrels for six months with cocoa, cinnamon and a touch of cloves. The result is a roasted caramel and molasses nose with a rich brown head. 12% ABV
3) Oaked Maple Cider
Fermented with toasted oak chips, this semi-sweet cider is back-sweetened with pure Vermont maple syrup. Offering notes of vanilla and oak with a hint of maple, this unique cider is the perfect accompaniment to chilly winter weather. 6.9% ABV

Wet Coast Brewing – Gig Harbor
1) Holiday Jeer! Winter Specialty Ale
Gingerbread in a pint glass; Holiday Jeer! throws caution to the wind. This ale is loaded with molasses and fresh grated ginger to create a beer brimming with notes of dark sugar and spice! 7% ABV / 15 IBU
2) Scofflaw CDA
As it’s name implies, Scofflaw CDA takes pleasure in defying styles. Columbus, Cascade and Chinook hops provide a hit of citrus and smooth bitterness. While dark wheat malt gives the beer it’s black color and just a hint of roast character. The beer leaves your palate slightly dry, accentuating it’s hop character. IPA? Black Ale? Black IPA? This is the Wet Coast, it’s Cascadian Dark Ale! 7% ABV / 73 IBU
3) Chinook Common
California Common; A style that is far less common than it’s name implies, our version of this classic pre-prohibition lager calls on Chinook hops to impart a pleasant bitterness and spicy/slightly-fruity punch of aroma and flavor. A Caramel Malt driven grain bill adds to the experience, making this one harmonious beer! 5.7% ABV / 40 IBU
4) Two Flights Up Imperial IPA
Imperial India Pale Ale; Don’t let it’s light color fool you, this Imperial IPA is full of character. Citrus flavors and aromas shine bright as an assertive bitterness grabs hold of your palate. The beer finishes slightly dry with a mild alcohol warmth. 8.2% ABV / 92 IBU

Wingman Brewers – Tacoma
1) Stratofortress
Belgian Style Quad Aged on Rum Soaked Cedar Planks. 11.2% ABV
2) Noel
Belgian Style Holiday Beer. 10% ABV
3) Dark Waters Imperial Stout
Stout brewed with cocoa nibs, chili peppers, cinnamon and coffee.

192 Brewing – Kenmore
1) Rum Barrel Aged Shticky Shtrong Blonde
A VERY strong version of our flagship Shticky Blonde, with extra wild honey, and extra time to relax in an old Jamaican Rum barrel. 10.5% ABV
2) Fireside Defroster, Drunken Cherry Stout
Rum soaked cherries, dunked in our ‘Nilla Extra Stout, rested in a Jamaican Oak Rum Barrel. 7% ABV

7 Seas Brewing – Gig Harbor
1) Brewers Choice
2) Brewers Choice

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

November 22nd, 2016 · 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 changing all of their taps over for the festival, which means 64 different taps of wood-aged goodness.

The event will start when Brouwer’s doors open at 11am on December 1 and will run through December 4. 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 Rhino Suit Bourbon Bbl-Aged Milk Stout 
Alvinne Wild West Sour 
Belching Beaver Barrel Aged Horchata 
Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien’14 
Birrificio Del Ducato My Blueberry Nightmare  
Black Raven Splinters ’14 Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 
Block 15 Figgy Pudding Brandy Bbl-Aged Strong Ale w/ Spices 
Boundary Bay Imp. Oatmeal Stout Aged in Jack Daniel’s Bbl
Breakside Cart Blanche Gin Barrel Aged Saison 
Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus
Cascade Blackcap Raspberry Sour 2015 
Crux Fermentation Project [BANSIHED] Freakcake ‘14
Double Mountain Devil’s Kriek ’14 
De Garde Pâle Tart Rye Saison 
De Proef / Left Hand Brewing Wekken Sour Blend 
Deschutes Jubel 2015 
Dogfish Head Oak-Aged Noble Rot Ale with Grape Must
Ecliptic Barrel Aged Rastaban 
Elevation Signal De Botrange Chardonnay Bbl Imp. Farmhouse
Engine House #9 Blackberry Farmhouse 
Finnriver Pear Wood Oak-Aged Pear Cider
Firestone Walker Tequila Bbl-Aged Velvet Merkin 
Fort George “The Wieght” Barrel Aged Scotch 
Fremont Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Imp. Stout ’14 
Georgetown BA Porter
Goose Island Lolita Belgian Style Wild Aged w/ Raspberries 
Green Flash Sepia Fermento Barleywine 
High Water Stella Blue Sour 
Holy Mountain Deadfall 
HUB Copperworks Bourbon-Aged Abominable 
Kulshan Shuksan Barrel Aged 2014 RIS 
Logsdon Cerasus ’14 Flanders Red 
Loowit Bbl-Aged War Tortoise Imperial Stout 
Lost Abbey Red Poppy Flanders Red Ale ’15 
Lucky Envelope Westland Sherrywood Imp Porter 
Mazama El Duque de Porto Spiced Strong Ale Aged in Port Bbl 
Midnight Sun Berserker ’15
Millstone Ciderberry Bbl-Aged Raspberry Cider 
Monkish Haiku de Saison 2 
New Belgium Love Felix 
North Fork Spontaneous Sour Ale Aged in Whiskey Barrels 
Pfriem Cognac Barrel Aged Strong Dark
Propolis Syrah & Sangiovese Blue Huckleberry Saison w/ Brett
Reuben’s Brews 2016 Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout 
Rodenbach Foederbier 
Scuttlebutt 20th Anniv Oola Barrel-Aged RIS  
Skookum BA Breakfast Stout (11%) 
Snipes Mountain Terror in the Pews 
Sound Big Gin Bbl-Aged Tripel
Stillwater Oude Bae Oak-Aged Sour Ale
Stoup Dublin Down Bbl-Aged Imperial Red Ale 
Tahoe Mountain Evolution of the Barrel 
Three Magnets 1st Anniversary Ale 
Trinity Menacing Strawberry Saison 
Wander Boysenberry Fruit Puncheon

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Hops & Props Tickets on Sale Now – Get Them While You Can

November 15th, 2016 · Events

Tickets for this event sell out quickly every year. If you have any desire to go to Hops & Props on February 25, 2017, I’d buy your tickets tomorrow when they go on sale to the public. Seriously. Don’t wait. It will likely be sold out by the end of this week. If you are a Museum of Flight member, you can purchase tickets right now.

It has been a few years since I attended the event, but it is a great time. It is not necessarily a “beer geek’s” festival, but there are more than enough great beers pouring (140 from 70 brewers), and the atmosphere can’t be beat.

Hops & Props 2017

Saturday, February 257:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Hops & Props is a celebration of the best craft brews from across the Northwest and around the world – all in support of The Museum of Flight. Your commitment to our mission is greatly appreciated. Enjoy 3oz pours from over 70 brewers (140 beers and ciders to be exact), an epic spread of tastes from McCormick & Schmick’s and live tunes. Note *Gluten-free brews and non-alcoholic beverages are available. Casual attire recommended.

The VIP Experience

Take your Hops & Props to the next level with an exclusive tasting featuring some of the hottest new brewers in the Northwest! VIP guests receive early admission to the event, and signature pint glasses. Special VIP event runs from 6-7 PM.

Ticket Prices

$80 – Members — on sale Monday, Nov. 14
$95 – General Admission — on sale Wednesday, Nov. 16
$130 – VIP
$40 – Designated Driver

All purchases limited to 4 (four) tickets.


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Founders Brewing to Begin Distributing to Pacific Northwest

November 14th, 2016 · General Beer News

This announcement is going to make a lot of Midwest transplants happy, including myself. Founders Brewing, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, made an official announcement today that they will begin distribution to the PNW in early 2017. “Washingtonians can expect launch events in the Seattle area January 10-12.”

The brewery’s year-round lineup includes All Day IPA, Dirty Bastard (Scotch Ale), Centennial IPA, Rubaeus (Raspberry Ale), Porter and Red Rye IPA. Like many breweries, they are possibly best-known for some of their special/seasonal releases.

Personally, I’m looking forward to some All Day IPA and Breakfast Stout in my fridge. Those are two phenomenal beers.

The full announcement:

We are humbled and honored to announce that we will be bringing our beer to a long-admired craft beer mecca, the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho! It was westward that our Co-Founders traveled in their discovery of craft beer some 25 years ago and we’ve long anticipated the day that our beers would be available in this region.

With the help of the Great Artisan Beverage (GAB) network of wholesalers, residents of these fine states can expect to see our year-round, seasonal and specialty beers in bottles, cans (as applicable) and kegs beginning in January with our Washington launch. Select limited release beers may also be available at craft retailers following the launch. Idaho and Oregon will be right behind Washington with beer hitting shelves in February.

With a launch this epic you can be sure that we will be hosting some awesome events. Washingtonians can expect launch events in the Seattle area January 10-12. Stay tuned to our events page for more information regarding launch events in Oregon and Idaho.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more information.

To see all the states where we are available and to find beer in your area, check out our beer finder. Note that new markets may take up to 60 days to show up on the beer finder.

PacWest, we will see you soon!

Note to Founders: no one here says “PacWest”….that’s just, um, weird. But, hey, welcome! I love your beer.

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The Masonry Hosts Firestone Walker for Beer Dinner Tomorrow Night

November 14th, 2016 · Beer & Food

The Masonry is one of the best beer bars/restaurants in the city, and the kitchen crew really gets a chance to shine when they host paired beer dinners. Tomorrow night is the perfect opportunity to see for yourself when they’ll be hosting a 5-course beer dinner with the esteemed Firestone Walker Brewing. This is the 3rd beer dinner they’ve done with Firestone Walker; I had the pleasure of being at one of the previous dinners and I can vouch for its awesomeness.

$100 gets you five paired courses, including tax and tip. There will also be a welcome beer (Pivo Pils!) and according to Masonry, “We’ll also be cracking some special bottles from the cellar.” If you take into account the 9.6% tax rate and assume a 20% tip (because service at The Masonry is good and you aren’t an asshole), that really comes down to around $76 for 5-courses of awesome food and 6+ pours of really good beer.

Firestone Walker is one of my favorite breweries, and the beers at this event should shine with the pairings. The full menu follows. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Welcome – Pivo Pils

1st Course – Bretta Weisse
Sweet Corn Pancake with Autumn Salad & Buttermilk Dressing

2nd Course – Anniversary XVIII
Mushrooms in Mole, Mashed Yams & Cabbage

3rd Course – Lil’ Opal
Seared Scallop with Sunchoke Puree & Micro Greens

4th Course – Luponic III
Pineapple, Avacado & Watercress Salad with Lime Dressing & Spiled Cashews

5th Course – 2014 Sucaba
Bourbon Pecan Pie

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NW Peaks Brewery to Take Over Spinnaker Bay Brewing Location in Hillman City

November 8th, 2016 · Washington Breweries

Below is some good news for NW Peaks Brewery, which will be taking over over the brewery and operations of Spinnaker Bay Brewing in Hillman City. All the details in the below press release.

Press Release:

NW Peaks Brewery and Spinnaker Bay Brewing have come to an agreement to see NW Peaks Brewery purchase Spinnaker Bay Brewing’s assets, which includes its brewery and tap room. NW Peaks Brewery will also retain the current brewers and will be able to produce and distribute Spinnaker Bay Brewing’s beer for a limited time. The deal will be effective on December 1, 2016.

NW Peaks Brewery was founded in 2010 in Ballard • Seattle and operated as a modest nano-brewery until 2014, when their lease was not renewed. Multiple attempts to move brewery operations have fallen just short and currently NW Peaks Brewery solely operates a taproom in Ballard: the Bergschrund by NW Peaks.

Spinnaker Bay Brewing was founded in 2012 by Janet Spindler and Elissa Pryor in the Hillman City neighborhood of Seattle as a microbrewery and taproom. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances have not allowed co-founders Janet Spindler and Elissa Pryor to achieve the growth, vision, and ongoing operations for SBB.

Both parties are excited about the current acquisition as it gives NW Peaks a new facility – a facility that SBB founders have nicely cultivated. NW Peaks will also continue – and grow – operations in the location as was the intention of SBB.

NW Peaks founder Kevin Klein says, “We are very excited about what this means for NW Peaks Brewery, for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it allows us to brew again. … to produce small batches of unique and interesting beer that our original patrons have come to expect and have since missed. Second, it fits with our longer terms goals as the facility is already set up for expanded production, including being able to install a larger brewhouse. As we have hit a roadblock with the city of Edmonds to build out a replacement “nanobrewery,” this is a perfect intermediary solution. Lastly, we will absolutely keep our presence in Ballard, but this will add to our exposure and attract more patrons from a different area of Seattle.”

As of December 1, operations at SBB will remain temporarily unchanged until NW Peaks has begun brewing their own beers at the new location. Any changes will be announced as they occur.

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