Homebrewers Across the U.S. Unite for AHA Big Brew on May 2

April 22nd, 2015 · Homebrewing

Regardless of if you are a homebrewer yourself or not, if you are a beer drinker you owe thanks to the majority of professional brewers out there that started out as homebrewers. In honor of National Homebrew Day, which falls on May 7 every year, the American Homebrewers Association celebrates AHA Big Brew on the first Saturday in May.

For the AHA Big Brew, homebrew clubs, breweries, bars and shops across the country will host events that invite the public out to join them for a homebrewing session. It can be an informative experience for those interested in getting into homebrewing, or it can just be fun to see them in action.

Keep reading below for more information, and visit the AHA Big Brew website to find an event to attend. There are currently 14 registered events throughout Washington, with several in the Puget Sound area and on the Eastside.

Press Release:

WHAT:           In honor of National Homebrew Day (which falls every year on May 7), each year the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates AHA Big Brew on the first Saturday in May. This year, throughout the day on May 2, hundreds of bars, breweries, shops and clubs all over the country will host their local communities to brew on-site for a national, same-day homebrewing session. At noon CDT, all homebrewers and beer lovers are encouraged to raise a glass of homebrew in a simultaneous toast that celebrates those who craft outstanding homemade beer, mead and cider for their friends and loved ones. A number of suggested recipes are selected for AHA Big Brew participants to follow. This year’s chosen recipes—Columbus Pale Ale, Old School Barleywine and Killer Kölsch—are all past National Homebrew Competition (NHC) medal winners featured in the forthcoming book Modern Homebrew Recipes by three-time NHC Ninkasi Award winner Gordon Strong.

WHEN:           All day long! Saturday, May 2

                        A simultaneous toast occurs at 12:00 p.m. CDT

WHERE:         Everywhere! From homebrewers’ homes and backyards, to the shops that provide the ingredients and supplies, to local breweries and craft beer bars worldwide. View an interactive map of AHA Big Brew event locations across the country. Register your local AHA Big Brew event and join the conversation on Twitter with #BigBrew15.

WHO:              Everyone! As long as they’re 21 and over, of course.

WHY:                  There are over 1.2 million homebrewers in the United States. With one in every 200 adults in the U.S. now crafting their own beer, homebrewing has become one of the country’s fastest growing hobbies. AHA Big Brew is a toast to the nation’s homebrewers and their shared love and appreciation for homebrewed beer, mead and cider. In 2014, 8,000 people celebrated the AHA National Homebrew Day at 437 registered sites. Additionally, 2,200 batches created 17,550 gallons of homebrew enjoyed around the world. Last year, 49 U.S. states and 14 countries participated.


About the American Homebrewers Association:

The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 44,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including the National Homebrewers Conference andNational Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy magazine. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers and anyone interested in making their own homemade beer are invited to learn more at HomebrewersAssociation.org. Follow the AHA on Twitter, and join us on Facebook.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

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Brew Review Brewfest on April 22 to Raise Money for Unemployment Law Project

April 17th, 2015 · Uncategorized

For happy hour on Wednesday, April 22, you can choose to do something that involves drinking good beer and raising money for a good cause. Brew Review, a Northwest craft brewfest and silent auction, will be pouring beers from eight Seattle breweries and one local cider producer. The event will be held at Axis in Pioneer Square from 5pm to 8pm.

100% of the $30 ticket price will go to benefit the Unemployment Law Project, which is a non-profit law office that helps people who lost their jobs obtain unemployment benefits in times of need. Tickets include 7 four-ounce pours & appetizers. There will also be a silent auction where you can bid on items like a Seahawks helmet signed by Richard Sherman or an Xbox One.

Tickets are available online at Eventbrite.

More info, including participating breweries:

Brew Review: a Northwest Brewfest & Silent Auction on April 22nd
Seattle, WA, March 31, 2015. For happy hour, join the Unemployment Law Project partners, 8 local breweries, and one local cider house for Brew Review, a Northwest craft brewfest and silent auction! Fremont Brewing, Hale’s Ales, Peddler Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Seapine Brewing, Machine House, Pike Brewing, and Cider No. 6 will all be present at the event. Naked City Brewing is also donating beer to the event for one extra flavor.

Each $30 ticket comes with 7 four-ounce pours. Each brewery is bringing two different brews types to the event. Appetizers are also included and the event is being hosted in a beautiful historic brick building in Pioneer Square. Additional tastes will be sold at the event so guests do not have to miss any flavors $2 for one or $5 for three.

The silent auction will also have fantastic items to bid on including a signed Richard Sherman Helmet! Other exciting items include: seaplane ride tickets, an Xbox One, a weekend vacation in Methow Valley, tickets to the Cinerama, and a $200 gift certificate for Trunk Club for Men! Bidding will begin online and finish up during the event.

100% of the fund raised will go to the Unemployment Law Project. The Unemployment Law Project is a non-profit law office that helps people who lost their jobs obtain unemployment benefits while they search for a new position. This non-profit makes a little bit go a long way; with a staff of 4 or less the Unemployment Law Project served over 566 clients state-wide. The funds raised at this event will go toward creating a fellowship to add a new employee to the Unemployment Law Project’s staff and increase their capacity to help more people.

Event Information:
When: April 22nd from 5pm to 8pm (happy hour)
Where: Axis in Pioneer Square – 308 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104,


Cost: $30 per ticket online at http://pnwbrew-review.eventbrite.com, $35 at the door
What’s Included: With every ticket you get 7 four oz. beer tastes and free appetizers
Why: All of the proceeds are going to a great cause. Last year the ULP served 566 clients state-wide with a staff of four or less. It is a non-profit that knows how to make a little bit go a long way. http://unemploymentlawproject.org/

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Odin Brewing Launches Wildeornes Wild and Barrel-Aged Program

April 16th, 2015 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

WildeornesIt is always welcome to see more local breweries getting in on the barrel-aging bandwagon. Odin Brewing, located down in Tukwila, is the latest to join in on the fun. Join them on Thursday, April 23, at their taproom for the release of Wildeornes No. 1 Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout.

Press Release:

Wildeornes No. 1 Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout Release Event, Thursday April 23rd at the Odin Brewing Taproom in Tukwila.

The Wild?ornes is the place of self-willed beasts – a realm without laws or oversight by the gods. Made in the spirit of the Wild?ornes and with the exploratory nature of the Vikings, these beers are created to be the most interesting and exciting beers we can brew.

Wild?ornes No. 1 is an 11.5% ABV Russian Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels. The intensely black malt and long maturation period is designed to complement the flavors imparted by the oaken casks to create a thoughtfully complex beer.  This beer will be available in 500ml bottles and on draft at the brewery’s taproom and select locations

“We hope you enjoy drinking these beers as much as we enjoyed making them. Skål!” –The Brewers.

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Dick Cantwell Resigns From Anheuser-Busch and Elysian

April 13th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Dick Cantwell confirmed this AM via email that he has now officially resigned from Anheuser-Busch and Elysian. Cantwell says, ” I’m a craft brewer, first of all, for all its muddiness of definition, whatever I end up doing.” He is currently working on a book on wood-aging with Peter Bouckaert (of New Belgium) that he’ll have plenty of time to focus on now. Who knows where things will go after that…

Cantwell was not pleased with the decision to sell Elysian to Anheuser-Busch. See this brief interview for more of his initial reaction to the acquisition.

Cantwell is one of the co-founders of Elysian, and has been the Head Brewer there since the beginning. He’s also one of the friendliest, and most respected, people in the beer industry. Things will certainly be different without him around. Best of luck to Dick, and thank you for making some of my favorite beers over the years.

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Thursday Drinking in West Seattle – Double Your Pleasure With Events at Beveridge Place Pub & The Beer Junction

April 9th, 2015 · Events

Image from Georgetown’s Facebook page.

I find it hard not to visit both Beveridge Place Pub & The Beer Junction when I make it over the bridge to West Seattle. They are easily two of my top beer spots in the city. Tonight would be a great time to visit both of them, as they’ll be hosting a couple of enticing events.

At Beveridge Place Pub, they’ll be celebrating the 7th anniversary of moving into their current space with their annual Georgetown Brewers Night. The crew from Georgetown will be there, and they are bringing a keg of Craigalicious Black Lager (the clear keg isn’t going to make it, though!), along with Kiss Ass Blaster Triple IPA and Barrel-Aged Chopper’s Red. The fun starts at 7pm.

At The Beer Junction, they will be hosting Denali Brewing Company for a brewers night. They’ll have six beers on tap from Denali, including five that rarely make it outside of Alaska.

More about Denali Brewing and the six beers that you’ll be able to sample:

Denali Brewing Tasting Night
Thursday, April 9th; 5-8PM
Denali Brewing Company is a locally owned microbrewery located in Talkeetna, Alaska, in the heart of the upper Susitna Valley. Ever since coming to Alaska from the fertile craft beer grounds of Oregon in 1996, general manager Sassan Mossanen just knew that Talkeetna was thirsty for a brewery of its own. During the ensuing years, he made several attempts at filling the obvious gap. Along the way he also built his own cabin up the tracks from town, established a successful construction company, and found time to homebrew on the side. All the while, brewer Boe Barnett was living 250 miles north of Talkeetna, in the Goldstream Valley outside Fairbanks, Alaska. He was teaching English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The current incarnation of Denali Brewing Company was created in December of 2007, when the two partners met over a keg of Boe’s homebrewed pilsner. Sassan spoke of his passion for the community of Talkeetna and how its proud, independent minded citizens had, for years, been yearning for a brewery of their own. Boe spoke of his desire to bridge the gap between beer geeks and regular folks who just like to drink beer. Fast forward to late winter 2009. Boe and his family now call Talkeetna home and Denali Brewing Company has found its own home on Main Street in downtown Talkeetna.

The tasting event will feature the following beers:

1. Saison le Coq
2. Surly Bird German Dark Lager
3. Louisville Sour
4. Hibernale Abbey Tripel
5. Flag Stop #3 Belgian Dark
6. Twister Creek IPA
Try the below 6 beers for just $5 on Thursday, April 9th, from 5-8PM!

1. Saison le Coq 
Traditional Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with rye, caraway and trace of onion. Four months of barrel aging imparted wild yeasts, adding complexities to the solid dry finish. We cellared this beauty for seven months, allowing it to naturally carbonate. 8.9% ABV

2. Surly Bird German Dark Lager
We use traditional Pilsner and Munich malts and light noble hops.  This lager has subtle chocolate and coffee flavors with a crisp, clean lager finish. 5.1% ABV

3. Louisville Sour 
Primary fermentation in American oak barrels gives this medium bodied golden ale refreshingly tart flavors of lemon zest and wood.  A Talkeetna favorite. 5.1% ABV

4. Hibernale Abbey Tripel
In celebration of Earth’s annual tilt back toward the sun, we bring you Hibernale. A Belgian style tripel centered smack dab between the peppery spring of a spicy blend of Belgian yeasts and the nocturnal kiss of dark crystal, Munich and honey malts, Hibernale helps fight the midwinter urge to stay curled up in bed. For a taste of hope, optimism and promise this solstice season, get up and grab a glass. After all, you’re halfway there already. 9.3% ABV

5. Flag Stop #3 Belgian Dark
Brewed with Belgian Pilsner, Munich malt, and a touch of roasted barley.  Extensive aging in Cabernet barrels and re-blending yields dark chocolate, dark fruits, oak, and tobacco notes.6.9% ABV

6. Twister Creek IPA
When it was discovered that hops not only added bitterness and aroma to beer, but made it last longer too, British brewers created the IPA style to survive the long voyage to India, where her majesty’s thirsty troops awaited unspoiled ale. Twister Creek IPA combines the finest Pacific Northwest and British hops atop a foundation malty enough to balance its 71 IBUs. High octane, full-flavored, well-balanced. This is the beer you’ve been thirsty for. 6.7% ABV.

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Latona Pub to Celebrate Earth Day by Pouring Beers Delivered by Non-Motorized Means

April 6th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Image from Latona’s Facebook page.

This is one of those things that makes you realize just how different Seattle is than most of the country. For the last 5 years, Latona Pub has been raising awareness for Earth Day by having kegs delivered via non-motorized means. Kegs have been walked (with a hand truck or wheel barrel), biked (with a cart) and sailed (from Anacortes & Bellingham, then walked) to get them to Latona Pub to pour for their Earthweek events. They’ll be doing it all again this year, from April 13 to 25.

More details in the below press release:

We here at the Latona Pub have been celebrating Earth Day with a variety of kegwalking and sponsorship events for the last 5 years. The guiding force in our celebration is to raise our awareness of Mother Earth. Remembering how our actions can affect the planet, our goal is to help those organizations that work on these environmental issues, and to remind ourselves that we can individually do more to protect our cherished resources.

The core of our celebration is delivering beer to the Latona with non-motorized means. We live in a unique place where world class beer is merely a walk, a sail, or a cycle trip away from a plethora of diverse and innovative breweries. For about a week, our entire tap list comes from these non-motorized delivery. Last year we had kegs biked from Gig Harbor, Ballard, and Redmond. We walked kegs (pushed on a hand truck) from south Seattle, Fremont, Ballard, Northgate, the U District, and the Elliot Bay Marina. The kegs from the Marina were sailed from Anacortes and Bellingham. The purpose of these keg runs is to raise awareness about our environment and to show alternatives to the usual fossil fuel delivery. This year our walks begin on the 13th with a walk from Capitol Hill to the Latona. On the 18th will be a long walk from Odin Brewing in South Seattle to the Latona. On the 20th will be the walk from Hales to the Latona. And Finally, on Earthday the 22nd will be the walk from the Northgate Ram to Naked City to the Latona.

These events, easily the most fun, are merely the decor on our commitment to raising planet awareness. As a restaurant we are committed to using the most sustainable farms for meat and produce we can. It means composting our food waste and recycling every bottle, box, and bucket. It means hosting and raising money for a variety of non-profit organizations dedicated to raising awareness and enacting legislation to preserve our natural resources.

This year we are supporting three dedicated and worthy organizations. On Monday April 20th at 7pm Hales will be sponsoring Washington Bikes an organization that is dedicated to increasing the awareness of bicycling and promoting legislation that will help bicycling in our community. On Wednesday April 22nd at 7pm we will be celebrating Earthday itself with Washington Wild and the Brewshed Alliance. Proceeds from the keg brewed specifically for the event will be donated to the organization that works to protect the environment so essential to craft beer. There will be a live auction, and bluegrass music. Finally, on Saturday the 25th at 3pm will be our finale with Feet First an organization dedicated to making the city safe and accessible for walking. We will have a special barbecue and celebrate the weeklong event.

The neighborhood pub has long been a gathering place for neighbors to discuss an array of topics from politics, the weather, and sports. At the Latona we strive to be a place not only to discuss the future of the planet, but also foster a discussion about the steps we can all take to affect change.

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Reuben’s Brews Expansion Update & New Additions

April 2nd, 2015 · Washington Breweries

Earlier this year, Adam Robbings and team announced that Reuben’s Brews will expand into a new space just down the street from the current brewery in Ballard. Since opening in 2012, Reuben’s has established a reputation for making some of the best beers in the city, and more capacity will help them try and keep up with the demand for their product. The new space will feature a 15-barrel brewing system and a larger, dedicated taproom. They plan to keep the current location and brewing system, which they will use to brew small-batches and experimental beers. They will also use the old brewery to expand  their barrel storage, allowing for more barrel-aged beers, including sours.

They also recently announced that Dean Mochizuki will be joining them as Head Experimental Brewer. Dean comes to Reuben’s from his position as Head Brewer at Pike Brewing.

It sounds like they are on target to open their new taproom and brewery in late April or May.

Here is the full update from their recent newsletter:

It’s been extra busy around here as we juggle permits and plans for the new space, but we’re happy to say we’re making some great progress.

Perhaps the biggest news is the addition of Dean Mochizuki as our new Head Experimental Brewer! Before joining us, Dean was the Head Brewer at Seattle’s venerable Pike Brewing Company. He’ll take the reins of our new barrel house and small-batch brewery, which will be located at our current Ballard space. Dean will help design new recipes, expand the barrel program, drive the new sour program, and help expand and build upon our current award-winning lineup of beers.

Mike Pfeiffer has done most of the brewing for us since we opened and he’ll take on the role of Head Production Brewer at the new facility. Also this month, long-time Reuben’s fan and customer Conrad Hermosillo will also join the team as a Brewery Representative to help spread the word of our tasty brews and manage sales.

Meanwhile, remodeling work continues at the new space and is on target for a late-April or May opening. We’ll let everyone know the exact date as we get closer. Two foeders, large oak barrels which will be used in the new sour program, and some of the tanks have already arrived. The new brew house was built in San Diego and is expected to be installed in the next week or two. Watch our Facebook and Twitter for more details!

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Brewers Association Announces Top 50 Craft Breweries by Volume for 2014

March 31st, 2015 · General Beer News

Here is continued evidence that you have to come to Washington to drink the best of what our breweries have to offer. The Brewers Association just released their list of the Top 50 Craft Breweries by Volume for 2014, and not surprisingly, there are no Washington breweries on the list.

They also list the Top 50 Overall Breweries, which includes North American Breweries (Pyramid), Craft Brew Alliance (Redhook) and Anheuser-Busch (Elysian). You can see their definition of what qualifies as a craft brewery at the bottom of this post.

Here is the press release and full list from the Brewers Association:

Boulder, CO •March 31, 2015—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 42 were craft brewing companies¹.

“The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category. As they continue to grow, so will the availability of innovative and high-quality beers produced for all to enjoy.”

1 An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

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Random Beer Picture: Pour Responsibly

March 30th, 2015 · + Russ, Random Beer Pics

That one time a bottle of Evil Twin’s Lil’ B got away from me…
10.5% Imperial Porters have a way of doing that though.
But what a delicious beer!

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Brouwer’s Cafe Celebrates 10th Anniversary This Weekend With 20 Special Beers

March 25th, 2015 · Events

What’s your favorite Brouwer’s memory? As we are coming up on Brouwer’s Cafe’s 10th anniversary this weekend, it’s fun to think back about the role that Brouwer’s has played in the Seattle beer scene. It is safe to say that many of us have enjoyed some amazing beer and had some great times there.

This weekend, Brouwer’s will again be pouring some amazing beers in celebration of their anniversary. They’ll have a special sour beer that they blended with New Belgium, and they’ll also pour an Imperial IPA that they brewed with Reuben’s Brews. In addition, they’ll be pulling some kegs out of the cellar for the event. They are planning to have a total of 20 very special beers pouring for your enjoyment. Keep reading below for more detail.

As for my favorite Brouwer’s memory, that is an easy one. The first date I had with my now wife, Jeanne, was going out to a Mariners game. When we were discussing where to go for a drink after the game, she nonchalantly suggested that we go to Brouwer’s. That’s about all I needed to hear….

Press Release:

Next up is our 10th Anniversary, on Saturday March 28th, a major milestone for us! It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years already, or just how much Seattle and the Craft Beer Industry has changed! What were you doing in 2005? What’s your first (or favorite!) Brouwers memory? We’d love to know!

In honor of this 10-year milestone we have two very special beers to share with you. New Belgium was kind enough to open up their “wood forest” and allow us to blend a sour beer.  We had a great time hanging out with Eric Salazar, on a sunny December day in Fort Collins, where we tasted close to 20 different fouders. We came up with a 50/50 fouder blend we think everyone will enjoy, but this is a draft only offering.

The second beer was brewed at one of our favorite Seattle Breweries, Reuben’s Brews. Adam, Mike and Thor were great hosts and allowed us to sit in on the brew, on a sunny Monday in early March. This IIPA, appropriately named Gobsmacked (a British slang term for astonished) is a blend of Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy Hops, and it will have your lips smacking.

We are also known for hiding beers in our cellar for a future, special day, and that day is upon us! So, we’ve been digging around looking for beers worthy of our 10th Anniversary, including as many past anniversary beers (from both Brouwers and Bottleworks) as we can find. Attached is the list of the 17 beers we’ve come up with thus far, but we are shooting to put a total of 20 on draft for this event. 10 for the 10thand 10 for the next 10 years!

Anchorage/Grass Roots Artic Soiree Saison

Allagash PNC Broken Elevator

Black Raven King Dandy

Hair of the Dog Matt ’10

HUB Copperworks Gin Barrel Aged A-bomb

HUB Oola Barrel Aged A-bomb

HUB Westland Barrel Aged A-bomb

Firestone Walker Hat Trick Sour

Firestone Walker PNC Buckwheat Stout

Fremont Old Bridgerider Brouwer’s 7th Anniversary 

Lost Abbey Bottlework’s XV

New Belgium Decenium Brouwer’s 10th  Anniversary Sour Ale

Reuben’s Brews Brouwer’s 10th Anniversary Gobsmacked IIPA

Russian River Bottleworks IX Deviation

Stone Bottleworks 13

The Bruery Bottleworks XII

Flyer’s Brouwer’s 8th Anniversary

Please come and raise a glass with us!

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