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.

https://www.museumofflight.org/Plan-Your-Visit/Calendar-of-Events/3209/15th-annual-hops-props

 

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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.

Menu:
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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Opportunity to Sample Special Barrel-Aged Beers at Elliott Bay Invitational on Nov 12

November 1st, 2016 · Events

If you are a fan of barrel-aged beers, including sours, the Elliot Bay Invitational on Saturday, November 12 from 1pm to 5pm is a special opportunity to sample beers from local breweries and cideries. Brewers from Elliott Bay Brewing Co. were each asked to pick two of their favorite local breweries to participate in the event. In addition to five distinct beers from Elliot Bay, there will be barrel-aged offerings from eight other breweries and two cideries from around the Northwest.

Attendees will receive 15 four ounce tastes of special barrel-aged beers and ciders, an event-branded glass, four paired bites and a selection of appetizers. Tickets are available online for $55.

See below for the list of attending breweries.

Full press release:

Seattle, WA, 10/17/16 – Limited tickets are on sale now for the third annual Elliott Bay Barrel Aged Invitational at:
http://elliottbayinvitational16.brownpapertickets.com/

Elliott Bay brewers were each asked to pick two of their favorite, local breweries to invite to pour a barrel-aged creation at a ticketed, tasting event in the Cascade Hall at Elliott Bay Public House in Lake City. Alongside these rare and fantastic selections, Elliott Bay will pour five of their own barrel-aged beers. The talented Elliott Bay kitchen staff will also prepare delicious paired bites as well as other delectable nosh-ables.

This year’s invitees are:
2 Towns Cider
Deschutes
Farmstrong
Holy Mountain
Lucky Envelope
Pacific Brewing and Malting
Propolis
Stoup
Wander
Whitewood Cider

The event takes place on Saturday, November 12 from 1-5pm in the Cascade Hall at Elliott Bay Public House in Lake City. Tickets are $55 and include 15 four ounce tastes, four paired bites, nosh-ables, and event branded glassware, worthy of the beers we will be putting in them. The Elliott Bay brewers and representatives from the guest breweries will be on hand to chat about barrel aging beer and cider.

ABOUT Elliott Bay Brewing Company
Elliott Bay Brewing Co. is a family-owned company of high-quality neighborhood brewpubs in communities throughout the Seattle metro area. The original Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub opened for business on July 11, 1997. Since its inception, Elliott Bay Brewing Company has been a leader in sustainability, philanthropic support, and instrumental in creating an amazing sense of community in the neighborhoods which it serves. Each of our three brewpubs are certified Organic– fostering our commitment to our environment and farmers who support our common goals. Owners Todd and Brent are passionate about creating environments where products and service are crafted by professionals who love what they do, and where everyone in our community is welcome.

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Stoup Brewing Celebrates Three Years This Saturday

October 27th, 2016 · Events, Washington Breweries

stoupannyIn just three years, Stoup Brewing has solidified itself as one of the best breweries in Seattle. Regardless of style, Brad Benson and the rest of the brewing crew have been consistently churning out high-quality, tasty beers since opening in 2013.

You can join Stoup this Saturday, October 29 to celebrate at the brewery with special beer releases, a live band and food.

Cheers to three years, and I look forward to whatever the future brings for Stoup!

More info from Stoup:

We are celebrating all day long this Saturday October 29th.  (noon-10pm)
Our big news is a new fire pit which will blaze warmth for the first time that day.  We are very excited that the beer garden can potentially be as appealing through fall and winter as it is in summer!
Beer releases will include a variety of sours, some barrel aged, plus Vic Secret IPA (a hilariously named new experiemental hop … we’ve shortened Victoria’s to Vic) and our Export Stout
Napkin Friends food truck will be out front for the day but from 3-7 pm Traeger grills will also be in the beer garden grilling up complimentary wings two ways: Left wing will be doused in a succulent Stoup glaze, Right wing will be spicy.
Planet Fly, a local funk band that includes Seattle beer legend, Larry Rock (one time brewer at Hales, now beer sales at Click Distributing) will play 2 sets starting at 6pm
We are preparing for all weather and will have a large tent extending the tap room out front. This year we are springing for tent heaters to keep everyone that isn’t gathered around the fire pit warm and cozy!

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Fremont Barrel-Aged Beer Night at Flatstick Pub Tonight

October 20th, 2016 · Washington Breweries

The new Flatstick Pub in Pioneer Square has been hosting some great beer events since opening up. With an enormous footprint, plenty of taps and a well-staffed bar, it can accommodate some big crowds.

Tonight, starting at 5pm, they’ll be pouring some very special barrel-aged beers from Fremont Brewing, along with some other limited releases (more fresh hops!). There will also be a raffle to win bottles of Fremont’s Ancient One B-Bomb, a premium version of their “standard” Bourbon Barrel Aged Abominable. See the description of this beer down below.

Both locations of Flatstick Pub will host these events tonight. The raffle will take place at 8pm, and four bottles will be raffled off at each location. You will receive one raffle ticket for each Fremont beer purchased. Tap lists for each location are below. They will also be giving away a pair of tickets to the Flatstick Halloween Cruise at each location.

On tap in Pioneer Square:
Rusty Nail (2016)
Coffee Cinnamon Bbomb (2015)
Bbl-aged Dark Star (2016)
Field to Ferment Citra
Plus more to be determined

On tap in Kirkland:
Coffee Bbl-aged Dark Star (2015)
Bbl-aged Dark Star (2016)
B-Bomb (2015)
Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop
Field to Ferment Citra & Mosaic
Bonfire Winter Ale
Gose

 

ANCIENT ONE B-BOMB

This year’s Ancient One B-bomb is a blend of 18 and 30-month B-bomb aged in 12 and 35-year old bourbon barrels. When we happened upon these rare, 35-year old bourbon barrels, we knew they would add an extra layer of intensity and complexity to B-bomb’s bourbon, oak, cacao, leather, and dark coffee notes. Each barrel contributes a different note and combining each barrel to create a coherent tone is a distinct art and true pleasure. Please do enjoy this unique barrel-aged ale today but know that Ancient B-bomb will age gracefully for at least another 5 years. Don’t Be Afraid To Be Abominable.

Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale, Chocolate, Roast, Carafa, Munich, and Dark Crystal malts with Columbus, Willamette, and Golding hops.
ABV: 14%          IBU: 65
Availability: Extremely limited

 

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Washington Breweries Bring Home 14 Medals from Great American Beer Festival

October 8th, 2016 · Washington Breweries

Image from Georgetown Brewing's Facebook page.

Image from Georgetown Brewing’s Facebook page.

The 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is in the books, and Washington was well-represented on the winner’s stage. Washington breweries took home a total of 14 medals, including 7 gold medals. Georgetown Brewing made the biggest splash, taking home a gold medal in the category with the most entrants, American-Style IPA with 312 entries, as well as a gold medal in another very competitive category, Coffee Beer with 168 entries.

Also impressive, Washington breweries took both gold and silver medals in the German-style Sour Ale category, which had 141 entries. Reuben’s Brews took the gold, while Kulshan Brewing took the silver.

Competition is fierce for medals at GABF. Brewers work hard on their craft, and taking home one of these medals is a rewarding result of their long hours and dedication.

Cheers to all of the Washington breweries that took home hardware from this year’s competition, and I hope to see even more breweries submit beers and find success at the 2017 competition.

Details on the winning WA beers:

Gold Medal: Black Raven Brewing Co.
Red Feather
Extra Special Bitter – 71 Entries

Gold Medal: Chuckanut Brewery
Chuckanut Helles
Munich-Style Helles – 84 Entries

Gold Medal: Georgetown Brewing Co.
Bodhizafa IPA
American-Style India Pale Ale – 312 Entries

Gold Medal: Georgetown Brewing Co.
Gusto Crema
Coffee Beer – 168 Entries

 

Gold Medal: Perry Street Brewing Co.
PSB Session IPL
Session Beer – 52 Entries

Gold Medal: RAM/Big Horn Brewery – Lakewood
Hometown Blonde
English-Style Summer Ale – 68 Entries

Gold Medal: Reuben’s Brews
Gose
German-Style Sour Ale – 141 Entries

Silver Medal: Chainline Brewing
Polaris Pilsner
Bohemian-Style Pilsener – 62 Entries

Silver Medal: Dick’s Brewing Co.
Barley Wine Ale
Barley Wine-Style Ale – 60 Entries

Silver Medal: Kulshan Brewing Co.
Gose
German-Style Sour Ale – 141 Entries

Bronze Medal: Barrel Mountain Brewing
Starway Stout
Export Stout – 43 Entries

Bronze Medal: Fish Brewing
Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen
American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast – 31 Entries

Bronze Medal: Ghostfish Brewing Co.
Grapefruit IPA
Gluten-Free Beer – 37 Entries

Bronze Medal: Propolis Brewing 
Pi
Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 82 Entries

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New High-Tech Tavern & Bottle Shop Set to Open This Month in South Lake Union

October 4th, 2016 · Uncategorized

More beer is on its way for the South Lake Union neighborhood. Teku Tavern will celebrate its grand opening on October 18. Check out the press release for more info.

Press Release

SEATTLE – October 4, 2016 – Teku Tavern, a new high-tech tavern and bottle shop in Seattle, offers 50 taps and three cask stations serving draft beer, plus 29 refrigerators containing bottles of beer, cider, wine, and mead available for retail sale. The dog-friendly space will feature a custom 40-foot bar alongside 9-foot beer hall tables, providing seating for up to 140 people, with patio seating to be added next spring. Hours will accommodate Seahawks, Sounders, Mariners and NCAA football games. Snacks will be available onsite and patrons will be encouraged to bring in food from the many neighboring eateries.

 

Looking to elevate the beer scene in Seattle, owners, Rich Powell and Karrie Stewart, are demanding a higher caliber drinking experience at Teku Tavern.

 

“There is a lot of great beer being made and served in Seattle, and we wanted to continue that trend but with a more focused effort on holding every stage accountable, from brewer to glass,” Stewart said. “From hand-selecting each beer that goes on tap, to ensuring lines are thoroughly cleaned between kegs, as well as hiring Cicerone certified beer servers, we’re hoping that we can help educate our customers and encourage them to expect more while enjoying a beer.”

 

Each draft beer will be served through a custom built four-gas-blend system ensuring each beer is poured at the right flow rate and carbonation level for its temperature. The Digital Pour inventory system will be used to track real-time availability of beers on tap, as well as the retail selection and fridge location in-store. This information will be accessible in the tavern via tablet kiosks as well as online at the tavern’s website.

 

“Being in Seattle, a tech and craft beer hub, it was important for us to integrate technologies like Digital Pour which do a great job enabling accessibility and understanding,” said Powell. “With a digital menu and inventory system, we’re able to organize offerings by flavor profile, then add more detailed descriptions for each beer, displaying all the information in real time. The same technology that helps make beer accessible to the novice beer drinker also helps the seasoned veteran find something new.”

 

The 3,700-square-foot tavern will have plenty of space to host large parties and private events. Regularly scheduled brewer’s nights will allow breweries to come in and not only showcase their beers but also host classes covering topics such as food pairings, storing and aging, as well as tasting panels highlighting the impact serving temperature and glassware can have on the flavors of a beer.

 

“We’re not only passionate about quality but almost more important to us is educating others, because that’s how we fell in love with craft beer,” said Powell. “Our appreciation for beer is more than just an enjoyment of what we’re drinking. We study it. We take time to break it down, learn the history, understand why we enjoy it, and we want others to feel that excitement too.”

 

Stewart, a former Flight Test Engineer for Boeing, and husband Powell, a Product Manager for Amazon, developed their own passion and high standard for quality through years of attending lectures and beer education events from coast to coast. Both are Cicerone certified beer servers and Powell has received his Associates from The Siebel Institute in Brewing Technology.

 

“We’re committed to providing a large bottle selection where anyone can walk in and find something new or an old favorite,” said Stewart. “As well as serving each beer on tap through clean lines in the appropriate glassware to ensure the aromas and flavors are featured exactly how the brewer intended.”

 

Don’t miss the grand opening celebration on #TekuTuesday, Oct. 18 and visit www.tekutavern.beer for more information on events, the history of the Teku Glass and beer education resources.

 

Taproom Address: Teku Tavern, 552 Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98109

 

 

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Fresh Hop Beer Season in Full Swing – Updated Events & Random Thoughts on Yakima

October 4th, 2016 · Uncategorized

It was just over a month ago that I posted about the arrival of fresh hop season. While offerings were a bit limited and sporadic at that point, right now there is great fresh hop beer pouring all over town. Check out the updated list of events and tappings below.

At Yakima Fresh Hop Fest

At Yakima Fresh Hop Fest

My wife & I made it back to the Yakima Fresh Hop Fest this past Saturday for the first time since 2008 (pics here). Back then, the fest was less of a feature for fresh hop beers and more just a big old party for locals, at least that’s what it seemed like to us. Several breweries pouring at the fest at that point didn’t even have fresh hop beer and were just offering their regular lineup. But, the festival has certainly evolved and now rightfully has its focus squarely on the special fresh hop beers of the season that make Yakima and the NW such a special place to be this type of year. There were lots of great beers. Too many to list, but a few that I had not tried around Seattle that stuck out to me were: Bale Breaker/Cloudburst Citra Slicker, Fat Heads Kinda Is, Barley Brown’s FH Pallet Jack (yes!), Black Raven FH Pale Ale (1st time I’ve really liked a FH beer from Black Raven) & Ninkasi Total Crystalation (better than I remember from previous years). I was bummed to miss out on the pFriem Citra Pale, which blew just as I walked up to it. I was looking forward to trying the Holy Mountain/Cloudburst Wet Wired collaboration, but the line was insane. They also had a bike going around the fest pouring special beers (fresh hop and not), and I enjoyed the hell out of my mostly-full pint of Founder’s Breakfast Stout for a single ticket. Overall, the atmosphere and selection at the Yakima Fresh Hop Fest are something that every fan of fresh hop beer should experience at least once. With so much great beer around Seattle, there is no need to go every year, but it makes for a great road trip. You can also combine the fest with a visit to Bale Breaker, Snipes Mountain and other breweries in the area.

Fresh Hop Events:

Fresh Hop Week at The Beer Junction
Saturday, October 1 to Sunday, October 9
Continues through October 9 with 25+ taps devoted to fresh hop beers. Check out their live tap list to see what is pouring.

Mini Fresh Hop Fest at Slow Boat Tavern
Tuesday, October 4
Slow Boat will be rotating fresh hop beers for the next couple of weeks, and they are starting things off today by pouring Reuben’s Amarillo Pale, Flying Lion Simcoe Pale, Cloudburst Water Weight, Double Mountain Killer Red, Ecliptic Amarillo/Simcoe Pale, Alpine DIPA and Breakside FH Wanderlust.

Fresh Hop Fest at The Pine Box
Thursday, October 6
More than 40 fresh hop beers will be pouring all at once. Confirmed breweries so far include: Backwoods Brewing Company, Boundary Bay Brewery, Breakside Brewery, Cloudburst Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom, Ecliptic Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Fort George Brewery, Georgetown Brewing, Hale’s Ales, Holy Mountain Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, Lucky Envelope Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Reuben’s Brews, Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery, Silver City Brewery & Taproom, Stoup Brewing, & more…

Citra Slicker Release at Flatstick Pub in Pioneer Square
Thursday, October 6
This collaboration fresh hop from Bale Breaker and Cloudburst was one of my favorite in Yakima. Also on tap: Cloudburst POM POM IPA, Cloudburst Boom Roasted!, Bale Breaker Triple IPA X (infused with peaches) and Bale Breaker Piled High Fresh Hop IPA.

Odin Brewing Fresh Hop Release
Thursday, October 6 (in Tukwila)
Cost is $5 and includes a taster glass of all 3 of our new Fresh Hop releases. Join the brewers for a tour of the brewery and tasting right off of the tank! This just in! Andrew has made a super secret special Fresh Hop beer that will be included in the tasting as well!

Fresh Hops Festival at Hale’s Palladium
Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8
A new festival for 2016 that will feature fresh hop beers from 20+ breweries. Featuring: 20 Corners Brewing, Bad Jimmy’s Brewing, Counterbalance Brewing, Diamond Knot Brewing, Double Mountain Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Flycaster Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing, Hales Ales, Kulshan Brewing, Lowercase Brewing, Locust Cider, Lucky Envelope Brewing, Microhops, Northsound Brewing, Outlander Brewing, Postdoc Brewing, Schooner Exact Brewing, Scuttlebutt Brewing, Seattle Cider Co., SnoTown Brewing, Two Beers Brewing, Triplehorn Brewing, Widmer Brewing, Woodinville Ciderworks and more breweries TBA Soon!

Populuxe Fresh Hops & Pop
Saturday, October 8
Populuxe will release three fresh hop beers starting at noon: Fresh Hop Citra Pale Ale, Fresh Hop Mosaic IPA and Fresh Hop Sim City Simcoe DIPA. Then at 6 PM, local legends Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks, The Young Fresh Fellows, Thee Sgt Major 3, etc etc) and Jim Sangster (The Young Fresh Fellows, TRIPWIRES,Picketts, etc etc) will be spinning 45’s both Classic and Not So Much! R&B Raunch, Solid Soul Senders, Saucy Surf, Crunchy Garage, Loud Sounds both Rock AND Roll, and perhaps a dose of Classic Punkers! Music that pairs well with beer presented with panache and verve from well patina’d seven inch platters that matter! Chavoya’s Hot Dogs will be serving up franks and Balleywood Creamery will have specialty ice creams including Fresh Hop ice cream.

“Hopfest” at Brouwer’s Cafe
The whole month of October
Hopfest is a long running event at Brouwer’s that they have been tweaking over the past few years to focus on fresh hop beers. Things are still in development for this year, but they are leaning towards celebrating hops the entire month of October, instead of the typical one day or weekend event. One can expect at least 10 fresh hop beers on draft at any given time throughout the month, and they will host a different special event each week of the month. Following are the loose details they have at the moment (subject to change):

Fremont Fresh Hop Showcase
Saturday, October 8th at 3pm
Fremont is putting out a rotating series of Fresh hop beers, dubbed the Field to Ferment, throughout the month of September. One each week for the month of September. We are going to hold on to one of each and tap them on this day— we are hoping to have some surprises as well.

Skookum Brewer’s Night – Or lets celebrate Washington Fresh Hops—the details on this are still being figured out.
Thursday, October 13th
Details to come but expect an event on this day.

Hoppy Sour Night
Thursday October 20th at 6pm
4 hoppy sours from Almanac, in addition to New Belgium Le Terrior and some Mikkeller hoppy sours.

Heavy and Hoppy
Thursday, October 27th
Heavy Metal and Big Heavy Ipas—
We will be tapping:
Dogfish Head 120 min
Evil Twin Molotov Heavy

Also, I sporadically like to search on Twitter for “fresh hop” to see what people are saying. You should give it a try. All the non-beer tweets that combine “fresh” and “hop” are pretty entertaining.

 

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