Chuck’s Hop Shop CD to Host For the Funk of It Sour Beer Fest This Saturday

July 15th, 2015 · Events

Sour beer! Some of us love it, some of you hate it. For those of us that do enjoy the varied flavors of sour and wild ales, Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Central District will be hosting For the Funk of It this Saturday, July 18. The event will feature 30 sour beers on tap starting when they open at 11am. You will be able to get 4oz tasters of the beers, making this a wonderful way to try a bunch of different sours. If you are new to sour beers, come check out what they are all about.

Details from Chuck’s:

Join us for a day of enamel eating, mouth puckering, indigestion inducing sour beer! We are going to tap 30 sour beers from some of our favorite breweries. Fremont Brewing Company, Block 15 Brewing Co., Holy Mountain Brewing, Perennial Artisan Ales, and Firestone Walker Brewing Company are just a few of the breweries that have made the cut!

When you arrive at the door we will have a table set up where you can purchase a taster glass and 9 tasting tickets for $10. Please have your ID ready as well so we can check it and stamp your hand! Beers will be priced on a tiered system, with 4 ounce pours ranging in price from 1 to 3 tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased at the door or at the bar for $1 each. Tickets may also be used as gratuity.

Confirmed Beers for the event include:
The Lost Abbey Red Poppy Flanders Red
The Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa
Holy Mountain Apricot Table Sour
Holy Mountain Blackberry Table Sour
Aslan Brewing Disco Lemonade Berliner Weisse blended with raspberry puree
Aslan Head of Security Sour Brown Ale
Firestone Walker 2014 Bretta Weisse
Block 15 Cardinal Coalesence
Green Flash Le Freak Barrique
Ballast Point Raspberry Sour Wench

In addition to these beers and more on draft, Chuck’s announced they will have bottles of El Cuatro from The Ale Apothecary for sale. They’ll be crazy expensive, though. From Chuck’s:

It’s is our pleasure to reveal the contents of our cryptic white box post, The Ale Apothecary El Cuatro!! Paul hooked us up with 4 cases that will be available at 11:00 am! One per customer, $36.59 per bottle, not available a moment sooner than July 18th. ?#?FirstTimeInSeattle?

I love what I’ve had from The Ale Apothecary in the past, but that’s way above my price range. I’m sure they won’t have a problem selling them out, though.

Chuck’s expects a large crowd for this event, so be prepared:

For those of you that joined us for our 1st Anniversary Party, you know the line was colossal. Our move to a ticket-based format is intended to increase the speed of the lines, reducing transaction times and eliminating the need to search for a tab or make change every time we serve a beer.

And as always, please leave the car at home–take an Uber, cab, Lyft, pair of feet, or bring a designated driver! We all love beer, and we love all of you, and we want to keep this event safe and see you all here for many more years to come!

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Bremerton Summer Brewfest Coming Up on July 18: Beer List Now Available

July 9th, 2015 · Events, Washington Breweries

Summer beer festival season is in full swing, and the Washington Beer Commission is getting ready to host the 5th annual Bremerton Summer Brewfest on Saturday, July 18, from Noon to 6:30pm. This festival is an easy day trip from Seattle, as it takes place at the Bremerton waterfront area, which is walking distance from the ferry terminal.

A press release follows below, including a full beer list with descriptions for the event.

The Washington Beer Commission is proud to announce the delectable beer list for the 5th annual Bremerton Summer BrewFest, Saturday, July 18, from noon – 6:30pm at the Boardwalk on the waterfront in downtown Bremerton. The event will feature 32 Washington Breweries pouring nearly 100 creative, summer style brews, unique local favorites, and featuring a wide variety of fruit-infused concoctions.

Bremerton Summer BrewFest tickets are available now at and are just $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event will take place at the scenic new waterfront location and will also feature live music and great food, all within easy walking distance from the Bremerton/Seattle Ferry.

This unique craft beer festival is presented by the Washington Beer Commission and a terrific opportunity for beer lovers to sample some of the amazing craft beer creations from some of the state’s finest brewers.

Here is an in depth look at the list of Washington Breweries and their offerings for this tasty event:

2015 Bremerton Summer BrewFest – Beer List

192 Brewing


1) Shticky Blonde

Kolsch style ale, with addition of wild honey gathered from the foothills of Mt. Rainier. 6.75% ABV / 22 IBU

2) ‘Nilla Stout

A deep mocha rich stout with a relative light body and a hint of vanilla from the Madagascar vanilla beans used during the brewing process. 5% ABV / 35 IBU


7 Seas Brewing

Gig Harbor

1) Ballz Deep Double IPA

A mash tun packed with Pale Ale Malt, medium crystal malt, and cara-pils malt provide a firm, slightly sweet malt flavor while copious amounts of resiny Yakima Valley hops go berserk on bitterness, flavor and aroma. Truly a Big, Bold, and Balanced double IPA. 8.4% ABV / 84 IBU

2) 253 Pilsner

253 Pilsner This NW Pilsner pays homage to those local brewers who came long before us, a shout-out to our home, the 253. Our NW spin on a classic pilsner-style lager. Brewed woth NW Pale and Pilsner malt, hopped with Sterling and Cascade, this brew is 100% WA. An extremely refreshing, dry, and crisp authentic Pilsner with that classic mineral, cracker like finish. Executed with precision, patience, and care, yielding a truly premium Pilsner. 5.2% ABV / 32 IBU

3) Cutt’s NW Amber

This Northwest style Amber Ale, named in honor of our local Cutt’s Island AKA “Dead Man’s” Island, displays a brilliantly clear burgundy hue, a pleasantly floral/fruity aroma, a medium body, caramel-like malt flavors, and a pleasant lingering hop bitterness. Quite assertive for an Amber Ale, Cutt’s remains well balanced yet truly Northwest in its audacity. 6.2% ABV / 44 IBU


Bainbridge Island Brewing

Bainbridge Island

1) Eagle Harbor IPA

American India Pale Ale

6.0% ABV

2) Kommuter Kolsch

German-Style Kolsch Ale

5.0% ABV

3) Downrigger Double IPA

Double India Pale Ale

8.0% ABV

Rotating Tap of Wonder

Various Special Beers

Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro


1) Steady as She Gose with a Raspberry Infusion

A revived, historic-style from Leipzig, Germany, Gose, (pronounced goes-uh). But wait, salt in beer? Try seawater. Sourced directly from a deep water current in our very own PNW Salish Sea. Don’t stay the course, get “Steady as She Gose” with a glass of this highly refreshing slightly soured-and-salted wheat beer! Plus, it’s infused with local Bellingham raspberries!

2) Summer Session Ale

The IPA-drinker’s go-to ‘summer session’ beer! A classic refreshing NW ale with straightforward, golden-straw color and a bright, tangerine-orange hop aroma. Imminently bitter upfront taste flows immediately into a truly NW hop experience with minor hints of cool melon. And, at just under 5% alcohol it’s perfect for summer enjoyment, leaving you refreshed and hop-satisfied. 5% ABV

3) TBD

Shh. It’s a secret. Boundary Bay will reveal a very special wood-aged brew from a special collection.

Der Blokken Brewery


1) Brewer’s Choice


Dirty Bucket Brewing


1) Hefen’ Pineapple

German Weisen made with Fresh Pineapple. Randalled through homemade Fruit Cocktail. 5% ABV

2) Sicyne IPA

Citra dry hopped, aromatic IPA. 6.5% ABV / 72 IBU

3) Hot N’ Dirty

Chili Pepper Amber Ale made with Fresh Chili’s.  6% ABV

Downpour Brewing


1) Summer Citrus Shandy

Grapefruit pale mixed with pink lemonade. 4% ABV

2) Hop Llama Double IPA

7.5% ABV/ 110 IBU

3) Golden Pineapple Sour Ale

4.7% ABV

Elysian Brewing


1) Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale

There’s a new beer in town–Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale–and he’s sticking it to the Man. Superfuzz is a beer you can get behind, with Pale, Munich and Dextri-Pils malts and German Northern Brewer and Cascade hops to bitter and flavor. But it’s Citra, Amarillo and blood orange peel and puree that’ll really get you on your feet.  Never dance? We’ll see about that.  5.4% ABV

2) Dayglow IPA

This is a beer with the insistent beat of hops, as driving and inevitable as a Full Moon party in Haad Rin. It drips with tropical, sunshiny Mosaic, and twinkles with touches of Eldorado and Centennial. A touch of wheat hazes the malt bill a bit around the edges, and the IBUs are stuck in the mid-sixties. 6.5% ABV


Fish Brewing


1) Blackbird Island Hopfenweizen

Designed as a celebration of hops, the beer pours a deep, hazy gold, with orange highlights, has intense floral, spice and citrus aromatics, a lingering hop bitterness, and a banana bread sweetness with hints of clove and vanilla. 6.1% ABV / 19 IBU

2) Peach Imperial Pilsner Randalled

Earthy aromatics of German hops and malts with slight alcohol sweetness balanced by Peach acidity and flavor result in a very drinkable summer beer. 10% ABV

3) Spire Mountain Dark & Dry Cider

Assertive tartness balanced by a gentle richness, and a hint of caramel and brown sugar. 5% ABV

4) Full Blast Blonde

Light-bodied and golden, Full Blast Blonde is our ode to the glories of summer. American Blonde Ale. 4% ABV / 20 IBU


Fremont Brewing


1) Gose

Our take on the traditional German style—tart and refreshing with a hint of spice from the coriander and salt. 4% ABV / 10 IBU

2) The Brother

Appropriately big, intimidating, and unbalanced with unrestrained quantities of hops for a head slap of beery ferociousness. Stone fruit, dank, and peppery on the nose with flavors of grapefruit and caramel throughout. 8.5% ABV / 1 Billion IBU

3) Session Pale Ale

Made with Citra and Simcoe hops grown in Washington’s Yakima Valley, our Session Pale will enlighten your mind and make you a smarter and better looking person. Notes of pine, tropical fruit, and honey are complemented by lemon and fresh cut grass. 4.5% ABV / 50 IBU

4) Summer Mojito

A refreshing take on the classic summer cocktail—our Summer Ale infused with lime and mint! 5.2% ABV / 45 IBU

5) Dreamsicle

Our Wandering Wheat infused with orange and vanilla— can you hear the ice cream truck song, the soundtrack of your childhood summers? 4.5% ABV / 20 IBU

6) Interurban IPA randalled with Grapefruit & Rosemary

Our pine and citrus forward Interurban IPA randalled with grapefruit and rosemary to add an extra citrus and herbal kick! 6.2% ABV / 80 IBU


12pm: Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star, 11% ABV / 50 IBU

2pm: Gin Barrel Aged Rye Saison 7.3% ABV / 30 IBU

4pm: Bourbon Abominable 11% ABV / 65 IBU
Georgetown Brewing


1) Johnny Utah

With heavy grapefruit, citrus and resin in the nose, this light colored ale has minimal malt interference giving the beer a clean finish without a cloying bitterness. Pronounced grapefruit and pine flavors with a faint verdant note. 5.6% ABV / 50 IBU

2) Eddie IPL

Originally brewed as a last minute add to the brew schedule when some fresh Mosaic hops fell in our laps, we decided to give it another go, but without the fresh hops this time. Brewing the beer as a lager gives the beer a crisp character, brightening the passionfruit and stone fruit aromas from the Mosaic hops, but still delivering the citrus flavors and upfront bitterness of an IPA. 6.9% ABV / 60 IBU

Hale’s Ales


1) Àndale IPA

An IPA infused with chillis to spice up your summer.

2) Supergoose IPA

Aggressively dry hopped and rich in hop flavor and aroma, Hale’s Supergoose IPA is nonetheless well balanced, smooth, and citrusy. Notes of grapefruit will be found on the back palate. If you love IPAs, you’ve gotta try Supergoose! 6.9% ABV / 67 IBU


Harmon Brewery


1) Orange Creamsicle Pale Ale

We use special German malted barley to round out the grain bill in this clean and crisp pale ale.  Palisade and cascade hops provide a balanced finish. Whole Madagascar vanilla beans and orange blend together creating a wonderful creamsicle treat. 4.4% ABV / 20 IBU

2) T-Town Mt. Takhoma Blonde

Razzbeery shandy – Mt. Takhoma blonde is a light bodied, crisp and refreshing brew.  German pilsner malt and a touch of white wheat are used to produce this ale. Liberty hops provide the balance.  This beer finishes crisp and dry. This special shandy version is perfect for a sunny day in the beer garden or at you favorite beer festival. 4.4% ABV / 18 IBU

3) One Hop Wonder IPA

This version of our one hop wonder series was brewed with cascade hops. 5 malted barleys make up the grain bill creating an exciting medium bodied IPA with a little sweetness. And all cascade all the time for this IPA 4 kettle additions showcase one of the most classic hops of all time. 7.3% ABV / 75 IBU


Hood Canal Brewery

1) Hood’s Head Smoked Amber

Has a deep amber to ruby color. Big nose of maltose, caramel, ripe fresh figs, pears, and over ripe red apples. Honey, nuts and toasted aromas also. Sweet toasty malt flavors up front, then some dry fig notes. The body is very thick and creamy.

2)Mt. Walker Wheat Ale

A lemon-yellow session ale with citrus hop aroma and a wheat flavor that lingers on the tongue. Its effervescence is particularly refreshing in sunny weather. This is our summer seasonal so enjoy while it’s here! 4% ABV

3) Big Beef Oatmeal Stout

It has a wonderful flavor of roasted barley grains that have been blended with rolled oats to give this unique mouth feel with a dry finish. Just enough Northern Brewer hops have been added to give this creamy headed ale a fine balance, 5.0% ABV


In The Shadow Brewing


1) ITS HBL (Honey Basil Lemon)

We start with a blonde ale, include some basil and lemon during the brew, then add some locally sourced honey at the end for a touch of sweetness. The result is a light and tasty Summer Delight! 5.0% ABV / 13 IBU


Our American IPA has a lighter feel than many of the IPAs that you’ll find these days. It’s a nice golden yellow, light to moderate bodied beer, with a well-balanced malt backbone. The American and Australian hops provide a big citrus/grapefruit character and a high bitterness to satisfy many hop lovers out there. 6.3% ABV / 70 IBU


Island Hoppin Brewery


1) K-Pod Kolsch

Named after our favorite local family of orca whales, this light, approachable beer is a regular guest at island weddings and beach outings. The gentle bitterness of East Kent Goldings hops play well with the round, bready character of the Pislner and Pale malt. Like whale watching, it’s a crowd pleaser. Light in body and alcohol, an ale that drinks like a lager. And for this event it will be poured through a Randall packed with strawberries! 4.5% ABV / 18 IBU

2) Dockside Black Lager

Very dark and dry- drinks like a light beer with a full dark roasty flavor and none of the sweetness. 5% ABV / 20 IBU


No-Li Brewhouse


1) Brass Monkey

What do you get when a sweet malt Ale is combined with the zest of an orange peel? You get a craft beer Brass Monkey. Foregoing artificial syrups, flavors, or additives, this refreshing, citrusy Summer Seasonal has a robust aroma from Cascade hops. 8% ABV

2) Poser

Wheat, rye and barley lay a base for this multigrain pale, while dry hopping with Amarillo, citra and comet provides an aromatic nose. With a slightly sweet, mild malt body, this balanced brew has a clean, refreshing finish with lingering notes of citrus and tropical fruit. 4.8% ABV / 25 IBU


Odd Otter Brewing


1) Ottermelon Hefeweizen

This is sunshine in a glass. We use real watermelon chunks to brew the Ottermelon, and then we mix in an extract from real watermelon. It is, in a word, addictive. This is all natural, mind-blowing beer. Get it before it’s gone. 5.1% ABV

2) Strawberry Nom Nom

The strawberries are in your nose, but they don’t kill your mouth. We use our Blonde Ale as a base, and we toss in some fresh strawberries as we brew. We then blend in a real strawberry extract, which allows us to walk that narrow path between just enough and too much. No greens or seeds here: this is simply happiness in your hand. 4.9% ABV

3) Ottcho Borracho

This otter’s name is Ottcho, and he/she likes to party. Imagine being on a beach with an awesome cilantro-lime lager beer; that beer that you’re thinking of is Ottcho Borracho. This easily drinkable beer will leave you wanting mas cerveza. Served on a randall through cilantro, lime, and serrano peppers. 6.0% ABV


Orlison Brewing

Airway Heights

1) Havanüther Pilsner on Randall

This crisp yet creamy pilsner boasts a balanced taste and clean finish that won’t fill you up. This is the perfect beer for a sunny and warm Pacific Northwest day. 4.1% ABV / 26 IBU

2) Toasted Dragon

Orlison’s take on Asian Fusion. Toasted Dragon is the fourth beer in our small batch series for 2015. This light and crisp beer is brewed with basil, ginger, lime and Szechuan pepper for a surprisingly warm tingle. 5% ABV / 29 IBU


Pyramid Breweries


1) Apridunkel

Strong and dark version of our GAB Gold Medal Apricot Ale. The fruit addition was changed to impart a more subtle, dried apricot aroma and flavor to better compliment the dark malt and overall assertiveness. Hops are only enough to balance sweetness.” 6.8% ABV / 25 IBU

2) Pyramid IPA

A moving medley of hops that harmonizes together. The result is an IPA bursting with rich citrus hop aromas and a balanced depth of flavor. Light bodied with a crisp, citrusy bitter finish. Hops used include Magnum, Calypso, Cascade, El Dorado and Willamette. 6.3% ABV / 55 IBU


RAM Brewery

1) Peach Berliner Weiss

A kettle soured Berliner Weiss with loads of fresh peaches added to the fermentation! Lightly tart and refreshing! 5.0% ABV

2) Flame Out IPA

Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy hops were added at the end of the boil, or at “flame out”. No bittering hops were used, giving it a very fruity flavor/aroma of apricots, peaches, and white wine, but without the high levels of bitterness usually associated with IPA’s. 7.2% ABV


Rainy Daze Brewing


1) Sod Slayer ISA

Our session IPA, all the Big Citrus Hop notes and only 4.5%. The perfect warm weather IPA. We will be pouring this through a Randall of Citrus fruit. 4.5% ABV / 60 IBU

2) Mind Funk

This Oatmeal Pale Stout is sure to Funk Up your senses. It looks like a Pale yet has the aroma and taste of a Stout. 6% ABV / 25 IBU

3) Wheat Daze

An American Style Wheat Beer, very light in color and body. Very refreshing and lightly Hopped with El Dorado and Kohatu Hops.

4% ABV / 20 IBU

4) Back Seat Driver IPA

A beautiful golden hue, with a big assertive hop presence. We use four different hops that give this one notes of Pineapple and oranges.

7.5% ABV / 85 IBU


Schooner Exact Brewing


1) 3 Grid IPA

A blend of Yakima hops give this northwest-style IPA a big, juicy, tropical, citrus flavor.  The light caramel and soft bready malts balance but don’t interfere with the big hop character.  It finishes dry leaving you ready for more hoppy goodness. 6.7% ABV / 62 IBU

2) Hopvine IPA

Brewed in a post-modern Northwest IPA fashion, this beer’s lightly-sweet malt base balances the Chinook & Columbus hops and huge late additions of Citra hops for flavor and aroma.  Full of flavor, this beer is like drinking straight off the hopvine. 6.1% ABV / 60 IBU

3) Seamstress Union Raspberry Wheat

Brewed with whole raspberries, this refreshing wheat beer is not your normal fruit beer.  The color of grapefruit juice with a nose of raspberry, your tongue is greeted by tart raspberry giving way to tangy wheat flavor. 5% ABV / 20 IBU

4) Amarillo Saison

6% ABV / 20 IBU


Silver City Brewery and Taproom


1) Ridgetop Red Ale – The Red of All Reds

There’s a beer for everyone. Ridgetop Red is everyone’s beer. Full-bodied and smooth with a sweet caramel flavor balanced with Northwest Liberty hops for a refreshing finish. 6% ABV

2) Ziggy Zoggy Summer Lager – Oy! Oy! Oy!

Bright & vibrant beer for summertime celebrations! This Zwicklerbier, an uncommon style, is an unfiltered lager that balances crisp and elegant honey-like malt flavor with assertive, classic German hop character. 5% ABV

3) Fat Scotch Ale – World Class Scotch Ale

A big bastard of an award winning brew. Exceptionally smooth with rich maltiness & a touch of smoky peat character. 9.2% ABV

4) Saint Florian IPA – Cheers to our local heroes!

Benefiting Washington State Fire Fighters. Saint Florian is a balanced IPA that’s uses Washington grown Cascade & Columbus hops that are boldly citrus, floral and piney. 7.3% ABV


Slaughter County Brewing

Port Orchard

1) Luna Negra, Blackberry Wit

Luna Negra, or “Black Moon,” is a Belgian Style Witbier with a northwest twist. We’ve replaced the traditional orange and coriander flavors with fresh blackberries (whole berries in kettle and fermentor), fresh cracked black pepper, and a hint of star anise. The result is a refreshingly fruity ale with a peppery bite and just a touch of lingering blackberry licorice. 6% ABV

2) Rabbit Imperial IPA

Originally from a homebrew recipe gone horribly awesome! It started as a white IPA, a la Chainbreaker, but add buckets of honey, and a ton of extra hops (citra, of course), along with mandarine orange and corriander, and a high gravity yeast to finish it all off, and we end up with something far from a white IPA. Coming in at about 9% with over 100 IBU, the residual sweetness balances out the extreme citra hop load creating a wonderfully rich and refreshing IPA. Rabbit. Because hoppy. 9% ABV / 100 IBU

3) Bondsman’s ESB

A straight up, traditional, open fermented English Style Strong Bitter. Brewed with floor malted maris otter malt and all english hops — a true version of the style is such a treat. Malty, fruity, and hopped with a mouthwatering bitterness that keeps you coming back for another sip. A great quaffing beer for a night out — wonderful on draft or cask! 5.8% ABV

4) Big Bottom Barrel Aged Sour Stout

Surprisingly refreshing, light bodied sour black ale. Based on our Irish Stout, after aging in a spent bourbon barrel, this beer comes on like a red wine and finishes like an espresso — That might sound weird, but if you dig aged sours, you’ll love this.”


Slippery Pig Brewing

1)Brewers’ Choice TBA


Sound Brewery


1) Bombshell Belgian-Style Blonde Ale

Made with Belgian malts, Trappist yeast and a new German Hop, this authentic Belgian style “Blonde” ale bears a family resemblance to our Tripel Entendre, in a lighter, more refreshing ale. The newly developed “Smaragd” (Emerald) hop brings a classic German aroma hop to a new level with hints of lime zest and other citrus, and the classic European malts make for a crisp, yet creamy texture. 7.3% ABV / 26 IBU

2) Humulo Nimbus Double IPA

A towering thunderstorm of Northwest hops against a sky of clean, dry malt. Crisp yet eminently satisfying for the extreme hop lover, Humulo Nimbus has a balance that brings it all together into one seriously quaffable Double IPA. 8.5% ABV

3) Monk’s Indiscretion Belgian Specialty Ale

Dry hopped, and fermented with an aromatic Belgian yeast strain, Monk’s Indiscretion has an intense tropical hoppy aroma and flavor, with balanced bitterness, and is scarily drinkable for such a strong beer. 10.0% ABV

4)Sound Sommerweizen Clear Unfiltered Wheat Ale

Sound’s Sommerweizen is a classic example of the Kristallweizen style of the alpine regions of Germany and Austria. Crystal clear and clean with a delicate aroma of wheat, light fruit, and spice. Sommerweizen has a long lasting creamy head and is refreshing, yet satisfying and full of flavor. 5.0% ABV


Top Rung Brewing


1) Lacey Lager with Raspberries thru the Randall

The Lacey Lager is crisp and clean with a nice finish.  A true blue collar beer, the Lacey Lager was designed for those looking for an easy drinking beer. A great bridge beer.  4.5% ABV / 24 IBU

2) Prying Irons IPA

This IPA is all about balance of malt and hops.  Like the irons used in the fire service( an axe and a Halligan tool) to gain entry to any door, this IPA is welcome to both IPA fans looking to drink more than one or new craft beer drinkers looking to venture into the world and style of IPA’s. An easy bitterness and flavor of grapefruit and citrus.  6.7% ABV / 60 IBU


Twelve Bar Brews


1) Burning Down the House Imperial India Red Ale

In keeping with our dry beers philosophy, our IIRA is a touch sweeter than the Wicked Riff IPA but it is very drinkable and has a more pronounced hop aroma.  Bittered with Galena, the bitterness comes on slowly, allowing time for the malt flavor to present itself.  Aroma hops include Cascade and Centennial for citrus, and Chinook for a pine woodsy aroma. 8.5% ABV / 100 IBU

A floral hop addition rounds out the aroma pleasantly.

2) Bourbon Supertonic India Black Ale

We started with our Supertonic India Black Ale, with its pleasant blend of hops and coffee notes, then added Batch #9 bourbon from Woodinville Whiskey for a surprisingly light yet flavorful brew. 7% ABV / 70 IBU

3) Wicked Riff IPA

Our flagship beer, brewed on the dry side for drinkability and a nice balanced hop aroma. Notes of citrus, spice, and florals on a very slightly toasted malt base. 6.9% ABV / 85 IBU

4) C# Pentatonic Pale Golden Ale

Our five-grain summer seasonal pale ale, named after the five-note blues scale. Brewed with rye, oats, wheat and two kinds of barley for a light yet interesting malt base. We added lemongrass and ginger to augment this golden beer to a very bright flavor. 4.5% ABV / 30 IBU


Two Beers Brewing


1) Pilchuck Pilsner

One of our most traditional beers, Pilchuck is a Czech-style pilsner, hopped with Saaz and Perle hops. With a lightly sweet aroma and mild hop spiciness on the tongue, this is a refreshing take on an old style.

2) Day Hike

Kicking things off with an effervescent aroma of lemon zest, this summer session ale is light and crisp, perfect for a summer day. With hints of grass and lemon on a palate, this well balanced beer is extremely refreshing, leaving flavors of citrus and grass after every sip before finishing clean.

3) Evo through a Randall

Evo is a showcase Northwest IPA, hopped with Yakima Valley Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial, then aggressively dry-hopped with Simcoe and Columbus.  Deep copper in color, it boasts a deep floral aroma with strong notes of grapefruit and tangerine citrus on the palate.


Valholl Brewing


1) Poulsbo Abbey Wit

Traditional Belgian Style Wit brewed with orange peel and coriander. 5% ABV

2) Brew Bitch poured on NITRO

Northwest Style IPA 6% ABV / 68 IBU

3) Rotating Randle


Walking Man Brewing


1) Walking Man IPA

Our flagship IPA has won numerous awards including a gold medal at the 2006 World Beer Cup. Full of pine, citrus, and resiny notes this copper hued ale is a classic example of a well-balanced NW IPA. 7.2% ABV / 64 IBU

2) Ramblin’ Raspberry

A perfectly crisp and refreshing summertime beer to remind you that livin’ is easy; this American Wheat is enhanced with a hint of raspberry to create a bright, golden ale. 4.8% ABV / 28 IBU



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Fremont Brewing Switches to Columbia Distributing in Washington

July 6th, 2015 · Washington Breweries

Fremont Brewing has joined up with Columbia Distributing for distribution throughout Washington. Fremont was previously with Odom Corporation for Washington distribution.

Press Release:

Seattle, Washington (July 6, 2015) – Columbia Distributing will assume the distribution of Fremont Brewing’s beer throughout the majority of the state of Washington. Founded in 2009 by Matt Lincecum, the Seattle based brewery and taproom has quickly become one of the most popular and fastest growing breweries in the state with its small-batch artisan beers.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Fremont. Their success in one of the most competitive craft markets in the country is a testament not only to the quality of their beers but to their exceptional people,” said Chris Steffanci, President of Columbia Distributing Washington. “Their team stood out to Columbia as one of the best in class, the more we learned about their organization; the more we felt this was a very strong match for us”.

Winner of countless awards, including Rate Beer’s 2014 “Top 100 Breweries in the World,” Fremont’s brews include Universal Pale Ale, Interurban IPA, the best selling craft beer in the state, Summer Ale, and Wandering Wheat as well as numerous seasonal, barrel-aged and special release styles.

Fremont has received nearly as much notoriety for its environmental, social and economic sustainability practices as it has for its beer. Among its many charitable efforts, Fremont is the founder of the national Hops for Heroes project to benefit military veterans and their families as well as the Pink Boots Society, a national organization dedicated to empowering women beer professionals.

About Fremont Brewing

Fremont Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find. From the “orange can” Summer Ale to the “yellow can” Interurban IPA and the award-winning barrel aged beers, Bourbon Abominable and Bourbon Barrel Dark Star, Fremont’s brews beers of distinction….Because Beer Matters! Need more?

About Columbia Distributing

Columbia Distributing is one of the nation’s finest beer, cider and non-alcoholic beverage distributors. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company has distributed some of the best known brands in the beverage business since 1935. Today Columbia Distributing and its 2,500+ employees service over 20,000 retail customers covering more than 135,000 square miles in Oregon and Washington. The company’s success is based on the deep-rooted tradition of delivering quality products, timely service and a genuine concern for customers’ needs. This is achieved by providing ongoing, sustainable opportunities and growth for its employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders and communities. For more information, visit

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Can Craft Beer Survive AB InBev? (The Answer is “Yes”)

June 25th, 2015 · General Beer News

There is a very interesting and informative article posted today over at Bloomberg Business. Titled “Can Craft Beer Survive AB AnBev”, the piece mostly focuses on Andy Goeler, CEO of craft beer for AB InBev’s Anheuser-Busch division. There is some good commentary on the Elysian deal in there, including quotes from Elysian founders Joe Bisacca and Dick Cantwell.

The article certainly gives some good insight into the CEO driving their strategy, and Goeler’s answer to Tony Magee’s allegations regarding pricing beer well-below market value is the type of response you’d expect from someone in his position:

Others say the company wants to do more than just befuddle beer fans—it wants to drive its craft rivals out of business. Tony Magee, founder of Lagunitas Brewing in Petaluma, Calif., says AB InBev is selling barrels of Goose Island for half what its free-spirited competitors charge for their products. “What they really want to do is disrupt this whole craft thing so they can go back to the business that they’d like to be in, which is making lighter beer with inexpensive ingredients,” he says.

Goeler finds such talk exasperating. “People say, ‘You guys are trying to put craft out of business,’?” he says. “Well, we’ve done more to get craft beer to more people than anyone in the industry.”

I really wish the author (Devin Leonard) had pressed harder on Goeler to elaborate on their position/strategy for that point in the story. I think that it is possibly the most important piece for consumers to understand in how it relates to driving AB InBev’s strategy. Like market leaders in many industries, I’m assuming that AB InBev would be happy to eliminate competition. Cutting prices to AB-owned craft beers in key markets is a good way to work towards that.

As for Cantwell’s departure from Elysian, there is some good commentary included in the piece. Here is a section discussing Cantwell’s reaction to the “peach pumpkin ale” debacle:

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of it. Elysian co-founder Cantwell went to a Super Bowl party and found the ad harder to shrug off. “We were watching the game over in my little living room,” says Steve Luke, a brewer at Elysian. “That commercial came on, and you could hear a pin drop afterwards. It was not good.” Soon after, Cantwell tendered his resignation. “I had already decided I would not be able to work with my former partners,” he says. “Seeing the ad solidified my unwillingness to ever work with Anheuser-Busch again. There’s a big difference between an independent craft brewery that makes its own decisions and an enormous company that has one arm devoted to what they consider to be craft beer. In the case of Anheuser-Busch, they are perfectly content to have the different arms of their company at war with each other.”

Goeler laments Cantwell’s departure, but he’s proud the former brewmaster is the only one of 217 Elysian employees who’s left because AB InBev bought the company. “Dick Cantwell wanted to be involved and just changed his mind,” Goeler says. “That’s fine. We have Joe and Dave, the other two partners that still want to be actively involved.” He says his mission is to preserve the successful, offbeat cultures of these breweries, which means keeping the leadership intact, if possible: “If they wanted to sell and run away, what am I going to do? Go run it myself?”

Check out the full article on Bloomberg:

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E9 Brewery Releasing Bottles of Saisons and a Sour Beer This Weekend

June 24th, 2015 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

Image from E9 Facebook page.

After book-ending the Sour Beer category at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards by taking gold and bronze medals for Raspberry Wild and Nefelibata, respectively, Tacoma’s E9 Brewery is planning to release some special beers in bottles this upcoming Saturday, June 27.

More info from E9:

The next round of bottles are finally ready to be released! They will beavailable this coming Saturday at the E9 restaurant/bar (next to the brewery) when doors open at 8AM. We will be releasing four new saisons and a barrel aged fruited sour. All five will be available on draft on the day of release for you to try.

About the beer:
Ferme Agrume (pronounced fair-may ah-groom) Numbers 1,2 and 3.
These are from a series of farmhouse saisons that pair unique citrus fruits and single varieties of dry-hops.

Ferme Agrume No.1: Tangelos and Citra Hops. (120 bottles available)

Ferme Agrume No.2: Homegrown Lemons and Limes and Sorachi Ace Hops. (120 bottles available)

Ferme Agrume No.3: Jamaican Ugli fruit and Mosaic Hops. (120 bottles available)

Le Pelerin (the Pilgrim): A farmhouse ale brewed with UK Pilgrim hops and fermented with our house blend of brett and sacc yeast. (96 bottles available)

Nectarberry (sour): A multi-year blended barrel aged ale that sat on Nectarberries for several months prior to bottling. (360 bottles available)

All of these are bottled-conditioned in 375mL cork/cage bottles. Hope to see you there!!

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Holy Mountain Brewing to Release The Goat & Choir of the Sun in Bottles on Saturday

June 23rd, 2015 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

goat2Holy Mountain Brewing will be releasing two more beers in bottles this Saturday. Both saisons, The Goat and Choir of the Sun will be available when the doors open at noon on Saturday, June 27. Bottles went quickly at the last release the brewery did a couple of weekend ago, so be prepared.

Two new special beers will also be available on draught on Saturday to celebrate the occasion. Blackberry Table will be released as next in the line of Table Sours from the brewery, and a barrel-aged version of River of Ash , a dark farmhouse ale, will be pouring.

In addition to being available on Saturday at the brewery, a limited number of bottles of The Goat will go out to local retailers.

Check out the full press release for more info:

(Seattle, WA) Holy Mountain Brewing Company, located in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood, is proud to announce the release of two new beers in bottles, including its first bottle available for distribution to retailers. The Goat and Choir of the Sun will both be released on Saturday, June 27th starting at 12pm at the Holy Mountain taproom located at 1421 Elliott Ave W in Seattle.

The Goat is a rustic brett saison. This batch was fermented in an oak foudre with several saison strains and brettanomyces, and allowed to age in the tank for three months. The Goat is brewed with barley, rye, oats, and wheat, and hopped heavily with European hops. The bottles were refermented with brettanomyces and allowed to condition for four months. 80 cases of The Goat were bottled, and it will be available both at the taproom and in limited distribution to local accounts.

Choir of the Sun is a saison which was fermented in an oak puncheon with several saisons strains and allowed to age with brettanomyces for six months. 39 cases of Choir of the Sun were bottled, and it will only be available at the Holy Mountain taproom.

Bottle limits of 1 case per person of The Goat and 6 bottles per person of Choir of the Sun. $15 each.

Two special new beers will be tapped to celebrate the occasion. Blackberry Table, a Table Sour which was aged in oak barrels with a wild culture, then racked into an oak wine puncheon on top of blackberries and allowed to age with additional brettanomyces. Holy Mountain’s Table Sours are intended to be easy­drinking, moderate alcohol sours drawing inspiration from the German berliner­weisse tradition of lacto and brett fermentations. In addition to Blackberry Table, Barrel Aged River of Ash will make its debut, a dark farmhouse ale fermented in a mix of third use bourbon and wine barrels with cherries. A single bourbon barrel of the beer was transferred into a wine barrel and allowed to age 5 months with brett.

The Holy Mountain Brewing Company taproom is located at 1421 Elliott Ave W in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood. Featuring 12 taps of Holy Mountain’s ales and lagers, the taproom is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3­9, Friday 3­10, Saturday 12­10, and Sunday 12­9. The taproom is closed Tuesdays. Food trucks every Saturday. 21+ except to pick up growlers, no pets.

The taproom has parking on the west side of the building, which can be accessed from the alley off of W Galer St under the Magnolia overpass, or W Lee St, next to the Dog Lounge. There is also access from Elliott Ave, including ADA access. Outside food is welcome.

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Seattle International Beer Fest is Approaching – Get Free Beer

June 22nd, 2015 · Events

beerfest_mh60Now that the WA Brewers Festival is a wrap after the fun this past weekend, the next big festival of the year is quickly approaching. The Seattle International Beer Festival (SIB) will take place at the Seattle Center Fisher Lawn & Pavilion from Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12. While most Seattle-area beer festivals focus on local beers, SIB brings in some great beers from all over the world, in addition to some of the best the NW has to offer. This year’s festival will feature at least 220 beers, both on draft and poured from bottles.

The best way to experience SIB might be to volunteer for a shift pouring beers. It’s easy and fun, and you’ll earn yourself free entry to the fest for your help. Check out the volunteer page on the website for more info and how to sign up.

There are always quite a few gems at this fest, and this year is no exception. You can check out the full list of beers here, and I’ll put up a target list in the week leading up to the fest. Be careful; many of these beers are high alcohol and will catch up to you. I highly suggest taking public transportation, which shouldn’t be an issue due to its central location.

Tickets are $25 online, or $30 at the gate (cash only) and include 10 beer tickets and a SIB glass. Or, you can get the “Big Deal” online, which for $45 includes 40 beer tickets total. You can revisit all weekend without an additional entry cost. Beers will “cost” you between 1 and 7 tickets, depending on how expensive the particular beer was for the organizers to procure. There will be many bottled beers available that cost upwards of $20 or even $30 per bottle, and SIB is a great chance to try those without throwing down $ for a whole bottle. There are always plenty of interesting beers available for 1 ticket, so you can stick to those if you prefer.

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Puyallup River Brewing, Reuben’s Brews & Fish Brewing Come Out on Top at 3rd Annual Washington Beer Awards

June 22nd, 2015 · Washington Breweries

The winners of this year’s Washington Beer Awards were announced at the Washington Brewers Festival this past weekend in Redmond, Washington. Cheers to all of the winners, and thanks to the organizers and judges for running another great competition this year.

The big winners were Puyallup River Brewing (Small Brewery of the Year), Reuben’s Brews (Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year) and Fish Brewing Company (Large Brewery of the Year).

A press release follows, along with the list of winning beers by category.

Press Release:

Seattle, WA, June 20, 2015: Specialty Competitions LLC is proud to release the results of the third annual Washington Beer Awards®. Seventy Washington breweries received recognition of gold, silver, and bronze medals in 45 award category groupings.

The results for this Washington-only professional beer competition were announced on June 20th at the Washington Brewers Festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond where some of Washington’s best brewers received medals for their award winning beers.

The judging for the Washington Beer Awards was held on May 30th at Elliott Bay Public House & Brewery in Lake City. The panels of trained judges had to evaluate 716 beers from 107 breweries spanning over 100 unique styles from the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines for technical and stylistic excellence.

The competition was held with the endorsement of the Washington Beer Commission as a way to celebrate Washington’s growing brewing culture and recognize excellence in the craft. All of Washington’s craft breweries were invited to submit entries to the competition held in a similar format to other craft beer competitions like the Great American Beer Festival® and World Beer Cup®.

Three special awards, the Small, Mid-Sized and Large Breweries of the Year, were presented to breweries who won numerous medals in many categories. Puyallup River Brewing took home the Small Brewery of the Year by placing well in three categories. Reuben’s Brews won the Mid-Size Brewery of the Year with a fist-full of medals, including three golds. The Large Brewery of the Year was won by Fish Brewing Company with four medals including three golds.

A few special awards were also providing recognizing some unique Washington brewing excellence. Big Block Brewing’s “Raspberry Blonde” was selected as the Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer for showcasing locally harvested raspberries. Airways Brewing won a special award in the “Pro-Am” category for their Berliner Weisse that was developed by a Washington homebrewer and scaled up for commercial production.

More information on the competition and the complete list of results can be found at Watch for Washington’s award winning beers marked at your local craft beer bars and beer stores and get ready for the Washington Beer Awards to return in 2016 where new winners will be decided!

Full List of Winning Beers:
European Pale Lagers:
Gold: Gordon Biersch Seattle – Golden Export
Silver: Icicle Brewing Company – Crosscut Pilsner
Bronze: Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Helles

European Amber & Dark Lagers:
Gold: Gordon Biersch Seattle – Rauchbier
Silver: Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Dunkel
Bronze: Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Marzen

Strong Lagers:
Gold: Naked City Brewery & Taphouse – Rauch City
Silver: River City Brewing – Congratulator Doppelbock
Bronze: Ram Restaurant & Brewery – Maibock

American Lagers:
Gold: Fish Brewing Company – Premium Lager
Silver: Airways Brewing – Pre Flight Pilsner
Bronze: Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. – 1897 Pale Lager

German Hybrid Beers:
Gold: Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Kolsch
Silver: Standard Brewing – Kolsch
Bronze: Heathen Brewing – Absolution

German Wheat & Rye Beers:
Gold: Fish Brewing Company – Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen
Silver: Stoup Brewing – Stoup Hefeweizen
Bronze: Loowit Brewing Company – Der Couvensteiner Dunkelweizen

Other Wheat & Rye Beers:
Gold: Fremont Brewing – Wandering Wheat
Silver: Fish Brewing Company – Whistling Pig Hefeweizen
Bronze: Rainy Daze Brewing Co. – Rainy Rye IPA

American Light Ales:
Gold: Redhook Brewery – No Equal
Silver: Reuben’s Brews – Cream Ale
Bronze: Ram Restaurant & Brewery – Blonde

Session Beers:
Gold: Aslan Brewing Company – Blueprint
Silver: Black Raven Brewing Co. – Redfeather Session IPA
Bronze: Airways Brewing – PSA – Summer Ale

Gold: No-Li Brewhouse – Spin Cycle Red Ale
Silver: Loowit Brewing Company – Extrabeerestrial ESB
Bronze: Elliot Bay Brewing Company – Organic Alembic Pale

English Ales:
Gold: Fish Brewing Company – Organic IPA
Silver: Flyers Restaurant & Brewery – Barnstormer Brown Ale
Bronze: Rainy Daze Brewing Co. – English Pale

British Strong Ales:
Gold: Populuxe Brewing – Old Oddvars
Silver: Silver City Brewery – Old Scrooge
Bronze: Strong Arm Brewing – Cincinnatus Strong Ale

Scottish Ales:
Gold: Paradise Creek Brewery – Scottish Stovepipe
Silver: Old Rock Brewery – Misery Whip Scotch Ale
Bronze: Geaux Brewing – Wee Y’at?

Irish Red Ales:
Gold: Menace Brewing – Self-Titled
Silver: Whitewall Brewing Company – Sassy Lassie
Bronze: Kulshan Brewing Company – Red Cap

Robust Porters:
Gold: Reuben’s Brews – Robust Porter
Silver: Skookum Brewery – Skookum Porter
Bronze: Flyers Restaurant & Brewery – Pacemaker Porter

Other Porters:
Gold: Harmon Brewing Co. – Puget Sound Porter
Silver: Big Al Brewing – Big Al Smoked Porter
Bronze: Schooner Exact Brewing Co. – King Street Brown

British Stouts:
Gold: Seapine Brewing Company – Sea Witch Milk Stout
Silver: Elliot Bay Brewing Company – Organic No Doubt Stout
Bronze: Dick’s Brewing Co. – Dick’s Cream Stout

Irish Stouts:
Gold: Reuben’s Brews – Foreign Export Stout
Silver: Paradise Creek Brewery – Invective Stout
Bronze: Outlander Brewing – Jamaican Stout

American-Style Stouts:
Gold: Top Rung Brewing Company – My Dog Scout Stout
Silver: Harmon Brewing Co. – Stryker Stout
Bronze: Old Schoolhouse Brewery – Hooligan Stout

Imperial Stouts:
Gold: Old Schoolhouse Brewery – Imperial Stout
Silver: Fremont Brewing – Dark Star
Bronze: Silver City Brewery – Imperial Stout

American-Style Pale Ales:
Gold: Rainy Daze Brewing Co. – Stash Box III
Silver: Fremont Brewing – Universale Pale Ale
Bronze: Northwest Brewing Company – Road Trip Pale Ale

American-Style Strong Pale Ales:
Gold: Icicle Brewing Company – Bootjack IPA
Silver: Stoup Brewing – Stoup Citra IPA
Bronze: Old Schoolhouse Brewery – Epiphany Pale

Belgo-American & International Ales:
Gold: Sound Brewery – Ursus Spelaeus
Silver: Aslan Brewing Company – FIFA
Bronze: Fremont Brewing – Summer Ale

American Amber Ales:
Gold: Twelve String Brewing Co. – Crescendo Series Valley Red
Silver: Skookum Brewery – Ambers Hot Friend
Bronze: Populuxe Brewing – Citra Red

American Brown and Black Ales:
Gold: Reuben’s Brews – Black Imperial IPA
Silver: English Setter Brewing – Field Point Brown
Bronze: Standard Brewing – Cascadian Dark Ale

American-Style India Pale Ales:
Gold: Kulshan Brewing Company – Bastard Kat
Silver: Big House Brewing/Mill Creek Brewpub – Inmate I.P.A.
Bronze: Big Time Brewing Co.  – Citra Smash

Imperial or Double India Pale Ales:
Gold: Bale Breaker Brewing – Bottomcutter IIPA
Silver: Backwoods Brewing Company – Double Cutt
Bronze: Standard Brewing – Imperial IPA

Imperial or Double Red Ales:
Gold: Ice Harbor Brewing – Ice Harbor Imperial Red
Silver: Elysian Brewing Company – Men’s Room Black
Bronze: Dick’s Brewing Co. – Dick’s Imperial Red

Gold: Icicle Brewing Company – The Decline
Silver: TripleHorn Brewing Co. – BYGG VIN 2014
Bronze: Three Magnets Brewing – Barley Wine

Belgian-Style Wits:
Gold: Aslan Brewing Company – Witbier
Silver: Issaquah Brewhouse – White Frog
Bronze: Northwest Brewing Company – Blood Orange Wit

Belgian Ales:
Gold: Sound Brewery – Bombshell
Silver: Bainbridge Island Brewing – Bainbridge Blonde
Bronze: Wander Brewing – Wanderale Belgian Blond

Abbey-Inspired Ales:
Gold: Sound Brewery – Dubbel Entendre
Silver: TripleHorn Brewing Co. – Stupid Monk-Ee
Bronze: Silver City Brewery – Liquid Sunshine

Belgian Strong Ales:
Gold: Kulshan Brewing Company – Hop Howdy
Silver: Odin Brewing Co. – Equinox
Bronze: Silver City Brewery – Giant Made Of Shadows

Farmhouse Ales:
Gold: Holy Mountain Brewing Company – The Ox
Silver: Puyallup River Brewing – Paradise Blonde Saison
Bronze: Big Al Brewing – Time Capsule September ’14

American-Style Brett Beers:
Gold: Propolis Brewing – Beltane
Silver: Propolis Brewing – Gardin
Bronze: Urban Family Brewing Co. – Fancy Sauce: Brennan

Sour Beers:
Gold: E9 Brewery – Raspberry Wild
Silver: Elysian Brewing Company – Zoot Suit Riot Cherry Sour
Bronze: E9 Brewery – Nefelibata

Fruit Beers:
Gold: Puyallup River Brewing – Pineapple Paradise Saison
Silver: Big Block Brewing – Raspberry Blonde
Bronze: Ten Pin Brewing Co. – Sunny Day

Vegetable Beers:
Gold: Wingman Brewers – Cucumber Brett
Silver: Hi-Fi Brewing – Pump Up The Volume
Bronze: Elysian Brewing Company – The Great Pumpkin

Coffee & Chocolate Beers:
Gold: Two Beers Brewing – Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale
Silver: Puyallup River Brewing – Mud Mt Milk Stout
Bronze: Icicle Brewing Company – Dark Persuasion

Herb & Spice Beers:
Gold: Epic Ales – Hope
Silver: Brickyard Brewing – Southwestern Hatch Green Chili Blonde
Bronze: Propolis Brewing – Fennel

Specialty Beers:
Gold: Naked City Brewery & Taphouse – Smoking Gun
Silver: Rainy Daze Brewing Co. – Only The Tip
Bronze: Issaquah Brewhouse – Little Frog

Wood & Barrel Aged Beers:
Gold: Strong Arm Brewing – Magnus Whiskey Barrel Aged Oatmeal Milk Chocolate Espresso Stout
Silver: Boundary Bay Brewery – Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Bronze: Old Rock Brewery – El Charro Oaked Agave Amber

Wood & Barrel Aged Strong Beers:
Gold: Schooner Exact Brewing Co. – 2015 Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter
Silver: Heathen Brewing – Bourbon Barrel Aged Epitaph
Bronze: Fremont Brewing – Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star

Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beers:
Gold: Anacortes Brewery – Broken Link Sour
Silver: Holy Mountain Brewing Company – The Third Nail
Bronze: Bainbridge Island Brewing – Viognier Barrel Blonde

Washington Pro-Am Awards:
Gold: Airways Brewing and Mark Emiley – Berliner Weisse
Silver: Reuben’s Brews and Louis Strouger – Marzen

Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer: Big Block Brewing – Raspberry Blonde
Small Brewery of the Year: Puyallup River Brewing
Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Washington Hop Growers): Reuben’s Brews
Large Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Briess Malt and Ingredients): Fish Brewing Company

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Perihelion Brewery Looks to Become First-Ever Brewery on Beacon Hill

June 15th, 2015 · Washington Breweries

Owner Les McAuliffe.

Those of you that live in Ballard might not believe it, but there are actually still a few Seattle neighborhoods that do not have a single brewery, yet. My home of Beacon Hill is one of those neighborhoods. Relief is in site, though, as Perihelion Brewery is coming to Beacon Hill later this year.

Located at 2800 16th Ave S, the brewery will boast a prime location across the street from the Hilltop Red Apple grocery store and the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station. Owner Les McAuliffe will be the Head Brewer, and Hunter Jaworski will be his hard-working Assistant Brewer. They took possession of the key to the space a little less than a month ago, and they are currently hard at work ripping out the old infrastructure from what was most recently a dentist office.

McAuliffe is a long-time Beacon Hill resident and a former contractor, and he’s excited for Perihelion to become a part of the neighborhood. McAuliffe says, “I’m excited to finally be doing what I’ve been dreaming about for a long time. But, to do it here, it just couldn’t be better. It’s really exciting. Having lived here for so many years and seeing the changes, it’s just huge to be a part of what’s going on.”

The name “Perihelion” refers to the point in a planet’s orbit when it is closest to the sun. McAuliffe, who is a long-time homebrewer of 20+ years, has made a homebrew by the same name for many years. The brewery & pub space will be compact, with about 1,100 to 1,200 sq ft of usable area. They will be brewing on a 7bbl system with 3 fermenters, to start, which will help keep multiple styles flowing for patrons to choose from. McAuliffe explains, “One of the things that I think is exciting when you go into a brewery is to have a big selection. So, my thought is that even in this small space, I’d like to have 10 taps. 5 of those might be our standards, while the others might be more experimental type stuff. I think that variety is important.”

Les McAuliffe & Hunter Jaworski.

Les McAuliffe & Hunter Jaworski.

They understand that they’ll need to have some standard beers like an IPA to satisfy everyone’s hop cravings, but McAuliffe is really a fan of Belgian-style beers. He loves saisons, and according to Jaworski, McAuliffe also makes a great Belgian-style golden ale. They have both done a good deal of “research” at local breweries, and they know they need to make quality beers right out of the gate. McAuliffe says, “Hopefully, we can shake the bugs out pretty quickly. I’m keenly aware that for myself, as a drinker and a brewer, it only takes one bad beer to turn me off from a place.”

The brewery will be kid-friendly, and there will be a small kitchen serving “elevated pub food”. With limited space, they’ll have to be creative to make the food prep side of the house work efficiently. McAuliffe has experience smoking salmon and pork shoulders, and he hopes to incorporate those into the menu.

In addition to pouring pints, Perihelion will become the first business on Beacon Hill where you can get a growler filled. They will also consider limited self-distribution of beer, especially to local businesses up on the hill.

While the indoor space may be a bit tight, the space they’ll have for a patio is pretty expansive. They have a big stretch of on the east side of the building where they’ll add patio seating. On that side of the building, they are also considering adding a glass garage door to their construction plans. McAuliffe says, “It would incorporate that space into the brewery and make it feel more open and together. That’s really important to us.”

The building itself is perfect for the feel of a neighborhood brewery. With so much new construction going on around the core of North Beacon Hill, no one would have been surprised to see the building get torn down. They lucked out that the owner of the building has no such intentions. McAuliffe explains, “There is a lot of money to be made in building 4 or 5 floors up. A lot of developers would just tear it down. But, this is a beautiful building and his (the owner’s) goal is to restore it.”

The location really is about as perfect as it gets for Beacon Hill. McAuliffe says, “Honestly, I could not think of a better place. I just couldn’t. Over the course of the past year, I’ve gotten cold feet…since we’ve been here demoing this place for just three weeks, I now have no doubt. My cold feet are gone. People are so supportive and excited about having this here. The interest spans all demographics in this neighborhood.”

McAuliffe and Jaworski hope to have beer pouring and the doors open by the end of October. You can keep track of their progress through their Twitter page at @Perihelionbeer.

Cheers to McAuliffe for bringing a brewery to a neighborhood that could really use one.


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Holy Mountain Brewing Limited Bottle Release Coming This Saturday

June 9th, 2015 · Press Release, Washington Breweries

Until now, the only beer that Holy Mountain Brewing Company has released in bottles is The Third Nail, which was a special release for the Pine Box’s 3rd anniversary. This weekend, the brewery will release two beers that have frequently been pouring at the taproom: Ceremony and Silent Sun.

The bottles will be available when the brewery opens on Saturday, June 13 at 12pm. Both beers will be released in 750ml bottles, with the price being $15 for Silent Sun and $12 for Ceremony. The limit is 6 bottles per person, and there will be about 300 bottles total of each beer available.

To celebrate the occasion, the taproom will also be pouring Apricot Table, the first in a series of American Table Sours. This batch of Apricot Table was aged in oak barrels with a wild culture, then racked into an oak wine puncheon on top of apricots and allowed to age with additional brettanomyces. Holy Mountain’s Table Sours are intended to be easy­ drinking, moderate alcohol sours drawing inspiration from the German Berliner Weisse tradition of lacto and brett fermentations.

Personally, I’m quite excited to see Ceremony in bottles. It has become my go-to beer when visiting the Holy Mountain taproom. This assertively-hopped farmhouse pale ale is fermented 100% with brettanomyces and weighs in at 6% ABV. It’s fruity, a bit funky and nice and dry. Perfect for a sunny afternoon.

More details on the release:

(Seattle, WA) Holy Mountain Brewing Company, located in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood, is proud to announce the first release in bottles of two beers. Ceremony and Silent Sun will both be released as taproom -only limited bottlings available Saturday, June 13th starting at 12pm at the Holy Mountain taproom located at 1421 Elliott Ave W in Seattle.

Silent Sun is a barrel fermented and aged Gose dry hopped with Hallertau Blanc. Brewed with wheat and pilsner malts, as well as coriander and salt, this Gose was fermented entirely with lactobacillus and brettanomyces in oak puncheons. It’s was also refermented in the bottle with two strains of brett. Ceremony is a farmhouse pale ale brewed with oats, 100% brettanomyces fermented, and hopped with Goldings and Citra. It is also refermented in the bottle with brett.

The total bottle count for both releases is approximately 300 bottles each, and both will only be available at the Holy Mountain taproom. Bottle limits of 6 bottles per beer per person. A special new beer will be tapped to celebrate the occasion. Apricot Table, the first in a series of American Table Sours that will be released starting this summer. This batch of Apricot Table was aged in oak barrels with a wild culture, then racked into an oak wine puncheon on top of apricots and allowed to age with additional brettanomyces. Holy Mountain’s Table Sours are intended to be easy­drinking, moderate alcohol sours drawing inspiration from the German berliner-­weisse tradition of lacto and brett fermentations.

Das Brat Wagen will be on hand Saturday the 13th serving up Bratwurst sausages.

The Holy Mountain Brewing Company taproom is located at 1421 Elliott Ave W in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood. Featuring 12 taps of Holy Mountain’s ales and lagers, the taproom is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3­-9, Friday 3­-10, Saturday 12­-10, and Sunday 12-­9. The taproom is closed Tuesdays. Food trucks every Saturday. 21+ except to pick up growlers, no pets.

The taproom has parking on the west side of the building, which can be accessed from the alley off of W Galer St under the Magnolia overpass, or W Lee St, next to the Dog Lounge. There is also access from Elliott Ave, including ADA access. Outside food is welcome.

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