Hale’s Fresh Hop & O’Brien’s Harvest Ale Release Party This Wednesday

September 22nd, 2014 · Beer Releases

halesFresh Hop Season has been here for a bit now, but things are going to really start picking up steam this week. This Wednesday, Hale’s Ales will release their 2014 Fresh Hop India Session Ale, as well as O’Brien’s Harvest Ale, their long-time fall seasonal.

The release party will be taking place in the newly-remodeled Double Decker Room overlooking the brewery from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday, September 24. There will be samples of these beers, specially priced bottles of beer to-go, a spread of appetizers and live music.

More information about these two beers:

Hale‘s New Seasonal Fresh Hop Ale

We are excited to announce the upcoming release of Hale‘s new Fresh Hop Ale, due out on October 1st.  Hale‘s Fresh Hop Ale is a limited release India Session Ale, with an aromatic, citrusy hop character and a pleasantly low ABV.  Our fresh Hop Ale will be the first seasonal 22oz beer to feature our new beer labels; look for them at your favorite beer store.  Limited kegs and bottles available until December if they last that long.

O’Brien’s Harvest Ale

Hale‘s much anticipated fall seasonal will be released, in kegs and 6-packs, on September 1st.  Harvest Ale is not a fresh-hop ale.  Rather, it is designed to be ‘hop-centric': a full-flavored, complex and rich autumn ale with plenty of hop character. This year we are excited to be featuring the new Cashmere hop, which will be added raw to the hopback.  For additional aromatics the recipe includes Mosaic, Sorachi and El Dorado hops and we’ll use rye in the malt.  Brewed every fall since 1987, O’Brien’s Harvest Ale is the NW’s original Harvest Ale.  This delicious beer will be available in kegs and bottles, from September until early November. 7% ABV.

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Don’t Forget: Fresh Hop Throwdown Coming Up at The Noble Fir Next Saturday, September 27

September 19th, 2014 · Washington Breweries

Fresh hops! There have been a few early season fresh hop beers appearing around town, but we will see most of the fresh hop beers hitting taps and shelves over the next several weeks.

I’m re-posting the below….just a reminder to come out and drink a bunch of fresh hop beers next Saturday at The Noble Fir in Ballard. The lineup is almost set, but not quite. Look for another post later next week with beer info.

Fresh Hop Throwdown in 2011. Thanks to +Russ for the pic.

If you are a fan of fresh hop beers and live in Seattle, you won’t want to miss the 4th Annual Fresh Hop Throwdown at The Noble Fir in Ballard on Saturday, September 27. There are always a lot of fresh hop beers floating around during September and October, and some of us do everything we can to try as many different examples as possible. I’ll be working with Rick Weersing and Ellen Kelly of The Noble Fir to put together a lineup of about 16 different fresh hop beers that will all be available when the bar opens at 4pm. There will also be a private blind judging of the lineup earlier in the day and the winning brewery will be announced later at the event. At last year’s event, the Laurelwood Fresh Hop Workhorse IPA took top honors, with Fremont Cowiche Canyon, Big Al Amarillo Pale and Bainbridge Island SMaSHaSS following in the rankings. A writeup of last year’s event, along with the beer list, is available here. I’ll post a list for this year’s event when we get closer.

If you are new to fresh hop beers, this is a great event to introduce you to them. What is a fresh hop beer? Most of the annual crop is processed into dried hops that store well and will last throughout the year. Before hops are dried, they are known as “fresh hops” or “wet hops”. When beer is brewed with these fresh hops straight off the vine (or “bine” if you prefer), it can impart a very unique flavor profile vs. the use of typical dried hops. Fresh hops can impart a fresh, green, earthy hop taste, and they can really enhance the aroma of a beer. Some fresh hop beers are brewed exclusively with wet hops, while others are brewed with a combination of wet and dry hops. In addition to finding fresh hop beers on draft, you’ll be able to find bottled fresh hop beers from Sep to Nov.

If anyone has questions about the event, feel free to send me an email.

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2nd Annual Piketoberfest to Feature 40 Vendors Celebrating the Fall Harvest on September 28

September 18th, 2014 · Events, Washington Breweries

We are entering Oktoberfest season here in the NW and around the world. There will be quite a few places to celebrate, but Pike Brewing’s 2nd Annual Piketoberfest promises to be worth your time and money. $40 covers a large selection of food, 10 drink tickets, live music and more. Your money will also benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation, which supports people in need around the neighborhood.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on Brown Paper Tickets.

More from Pike:


A benefit for the Pike Place Market Foundation

Cost: $40.00
Admission includes: all food, authentic Piketoberfest beer mug, 10 drink tickets, music, and up to $4 of validated parking at Russell Investment Garage

PIKETOBERFEST is a harvest festival featuring local and imported German-style food and drink. It is an opportunity to compare local craft beers spirits, liqueurs, wines and spirits with their German counterparts. Forty vendors, along with local musicians, will add oomph to the annual celebration. Keep an eye on the Piketoberfest Facebook page where confirmed vendors and entertainment details will become available.

There will be an abundance of extraordinary foods to sample, but it is important to remember that not all people are so fortunate as to be able to enjoy this bounty of the season! For this reason, we are teaming up with The Pike Market Foundation to once again make Piketoberfest a benefit to support their efforts in providing medical services, low-income housing, child care, and other social services to people in need. The Pike Place Market neighborhood is rated as one of the country’s most livable and diverse, in large part due to the work of The Market Foundation.

Munich’s famed Oktoberfest is the ‘mother of all festivals.’ It is an annual event that just last year brought in more than six million guests from all over the world. Originally a royal wedding party, Oktoberfest has become a grand county fair with rides, exhibits, and, of course, beer pavilions (tents) at its heart. Tourists too often have the idea that the Oktoberfest experience is all about over consuming beer while dancing on the table to the beat of an ‘oompah’ band, but there is another, gentler Oktoberfest that most people, even if they live in Munich, don’t know about. Each year the mayor, public officials, media stars, brewers, pavilion owners, and a few lucky guests from out of town, are invited to private rooms in one of the 14 giant tents where they dine like the royalty for which the festival was originally created. Many dress in medieval costumes and compete in a crossbow shoot. Everyone celebrates with the best quality local beer, wine, schnapps and food reflective of the harvest season. It is this, the lesser known Oktoberfest, which Pike has in mind as the model for PIKETOBERFEST.

Get a FREE, safe ride home! Piketoberfest guests are all eligible for one free ride from Uber (up to $30 value). Simply download the Uber app and enter the promo code “Piketoberfest” to redeem. First-time Uber users only.

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Naked City Brewery Announces Upcoming Lineup for The Naked Sessions Concert Series

September 11th, 2014 · Events, Washington Breweries

Image by Alex Crick (CrickOnTour.com)

This press release caught my eye with the announcement that the lead singer of local band Pickwick, Galen Disston, would be doing a show as part of Naked City Brewery’s “The Naked Sessions” concert series. If you haven’t seen Pickwick, I’d highly suggest it. This stripped down acoustic set promises to be a treat. I’m not familiar with the other two performers announced as part of this series, but a quick listen online impresses.

Good beer and good music is something I can certainly get behind.

Press Release:


Galen from Pickwick – 8pm, Saturday, September 27, 2014. $10

Tomo Nakayama – 8pmSaturday, October 25, 2014$10

Anna Tivel – 8pmSaturday, November 22, 2014$10



The Screening Room at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse
8564 Greenwood Avenue, Seattle, WA 98103

Seattle, WA – Naked City Brewery and “Band in Seattle” are thrilled to announce a stellar line-up of shows for the fall season of The Naked Sessions, an intimate concert series where great Northwest bands braid songs together with stories about the music. The first show will feature Galen from Pickwick on September 27, followed by Tomo Nakayama on October 25, and Portland’s Anna Tivel on November 22.

Join us in medias res when the astonishingly talented Galen Disston from Pickwick takes the stage to perform a stripped down set of his soulful blues, garage, and indie rock. Doors at 7pm. Seated general admission; full table service. $10 at Brown Paper Tickets.

Naked City Brewery is a passionate supporter of arts and culture. Oftentimes its handcrafted beers are inspired by a song, film, or person. Every beer tells a story, and each one ferments in its own time. The Screening Room is Naked City’s seventy-person dining movie theater, featuring a New American comfort food menu with organic meat, vegetarian, and gluten-free options alongside award-winning craft beers, wines, and ciders.

Band in Seattle is produced by the team at Victory Studios, Seattle’s only full-service media production company. It showcases up-and-coming local bands in episodes featured Saturday nights at 11pm on channel CW11, and on Qello.

The Naked Sessions acoustic concert series started in May of 2014. Past performers include Eric Anderson from Cataldo, Star Anna, Spoonshine, and Big Sur.

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Sample Foggy Noggin Brewing’s Cease & Desist IPA at Beveridge Place Pub This Sunday

September 8th, 2014 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

skittlesYou may recall that Bothell’s Foggy Noggin Brewing created a bit of a buzz with their “12th Man Skittles IPA’ last year, which they were quickly forced (by Texas A&M) to rename, hence the “Cease & Desist IPA”. The beer is the same, which uses Skittles in the brew to create a concoction that Beast Mode would surely approve of.

They will be brewing the beer throughout the season this year, having a limited amount available each week. For the Seahawk’s Week 2 matchup against San Diego, the beer will be available at Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle, The Copper Hog in Bellingham and The Red Hot in Tacoma.

Press Release:

This beer travels to West Seattle, Tacoma and Bellingham for the Seahawks second game of the season.
Cease & Desist IPA (formerly known as 12th Man Skittles IPA) was so popular last year we will be brewing this all season long.  Each game, we will have a limited # of 1/6BBL kegs on tap.

We are releasing this beer into the market at 3 locations game #2 (Beveridge Place Pub, The Red Hot, The Copper Hogthis Sunday – 9/14/2014 in time for kick-off of the Seahawks game #2 in San Diego.  We will be getting a limited amount to our tap accounts each week for gameday. We ask you to wait to tap this keg at kick-off each week.

Next game we will be selecting is Sunday 9/21 when the Seahawks host the Broncos @1:00PM


Malts: Maris Otter
Sugar: Skittles
Hops: Columbus (Bittering) Centennial (Finish)

ABV: 6.3%
IBU: 70

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5 Places to Grab Beers Before the Seahawks Beat the Packers

September 4th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Football is back. In case you haven’t heard, the Seahawks kind of kicked ass last year. The Packers are in town tonight for the NFL Kickoff for 2014, and the whole country will be watching. Whether you are going to the game, or you are just coming down to enjoy the free concerts and be a part of the festivities, you are going to need some good beer. It’s going to be crazy busy everywhere, so good luck.

Options for good beer around the stadiums seem to be continually expanding. Here are just a few places I’d suggest hitting before the big game (or during).

Collins Pub – This has been my pregame go-to for a long time. You are guaranteed to find a hop-heavy tap list, with plenty of other quality beers mixed in. Boneyard Hop Venom, Chuckanut Pils, Black Raven Trickster and a few offerings from Green Flash are gracing their tap list right now. Solid food as well.

Hooverville – This is a no bullshit kind of place. Good beer and plenty of booze. Peanuts on the floor. They almost always have Chuckanut Pils on tap as well (obviously the sign of a good bar in my eyes). I suggest not sitting in the small stools at the end of the bar that make you feel really small.

Elysian Fields – If you can get in, you are guaranteed to find some great beer here. They are typically pouring several special release beers, ranging from light and hoppy to dark and sour. This is the closest bar from the stadium…it’s right across the street.

Quality Athletics – This new sports bar from Josh Henderson (Skillet, Westward, Hollywood Tavern, Cone & Steiner) is set to open today in the new North Lot construction. I’m not sure it’s a great idea to go today….it is probably going to be a clusterfuck. That said, it can’t hurt to walk by and see how it looks. I strolled by last night and the crew was still hard at work getting things set up for their debut.

Altstadt – Lots of quality German beer and really good sausages, frites and more.

Honorable Mention: Pyramid, Henry’s Tavern

Place to Avoid: The Lodge Sports Grille – I’ve had several “bad beer” quality experiences here. A visit about a month ago will be my last. I had ordered a popular IPA from around these parts that I’ve never had quality issues with elsewhere, and it was very badly infected (sour, funky). I kindly asked the bartender for something else, and suggested that he should taste that beer himself and pull the keg from the lineup. Literally 30 seconds later, I saw the bartender pouring a pint of that beer for another customer. He caught me staring at him in disbelief and he just shrugged. Again, this is just the worst example from my few visits there.

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BridgePort Brewing Releases Final Beer in Trilogy Series in Collaboration with Oregon State University

September 2nd, 2014 · Beer Releases, Oregon Breweries

In honor of BridgePort Brewing’s 30th anniversary this year, the Portland brewery is releasing a trio of limited edition beers called the Trilogy Series. “Brewers’ Class” is the third release in the series, and the sessionable brown ale is a collaboration with the students of the Fermentation Sciences Program at Oregon State University (OSU).

You can listen to BridgePort brewmaster Jeff Edgerton and OSU program director Thoman Shellhammer discuss the collaboration in the embedded video, and a press release follows.

PORTLAND, Ore.August 28, 2014 — The third and final beer in BridgePort’s anniversary series, Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class, starts shipping this week in all markets where BridgePort is sold.

Designed as a collaboration with students enrolled in the Fermentation Science Program at Oregon State University, Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class looks to the future of craft brewing in Oregon and nationwide. Conceptualizing the liquid started over three months ago when the students, alongside program director Thomas Shellhammer, joined brewmaster Jeff Edgerton at the brewpub for a beer and some great conversation.

“We weren’t given many parameters, aside from that it needed to be a beer that the students would want to drink,” commented Shellhammer. “Knowing that BridgePort’s end goal was to sell this beer in all of their markets, we also tried to avoid anything too ‘out there’ that wouldn’t scale well.”

After a productive brainstorming session and review of Bridgeport’s current lineup, the Oregon State students dreamt up an easy-to-drink brown ale with a blend of dry hops that lend a unique aroma. Over the following months, there were multiple rounds of test brews at the OSU lab before landing on the final product: a sessionable dry-hopped Brown ale with an ABV below 5-percent.

“We used several classic Willamette and Yakima Valley hop varieties for this one” commented Edgerton. “Centennial, Sterling, Cascade. The unique hop flavors present themselves on the finish of this smooth, mellow beer and blend very well with the delicious flavors from the dark Caramel and Chocolate malt.”

It is now up to BridgePort fans to determine which Trilogy release will return as a year-round beer in 2015. Fans can compare each of the Trilogy beers, all available in the upcoming Voter’s Box Variety Pack, and then cast their vote on BridgePortTrilogy.com, on Instagram, or on Twitter.  The BridgePort Voter’s Box will start to hit shelves in early September.


About Trilogy 3 Dry-Hopped Session Brown Ale or Brewers’ Class

IBUs:      30            ABV:        5.0%       OG:          13.0        Color:  Brown

Ingredients: Centennial, Sterling, and Cascade hops, dark caramel malt

Description: Easy-to-drink brown ale with a blend of dry hops give this beer a unique aroma character. Dark caramel malt is used to give this beer a decidedly brown color. Low alcohol but still retains a malty backbone.

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Toronado Grand Opening This Saturday to Feature Some Ridiculous Beers

August 28th, 2014 · Events

This is what the beer geeks in town were hoping for. When word got around that Matt Bonney was opening up a Seattle branch of the famous Toronado, beer geeks realized the potential for greatness. In his time at Brouwer’s/Bottleworks/Burgundian, Bonney helped put together some amazing special events, and that trend is certainly going to continue at the new Toronado, starting this weekend.

The bar has been open for several weeks already (and has featured some pretty great beer already), but they’ll be throwing the official Grand Opening party this Saturday, August 30. The beer list is, uh, pretty awesome. If you don’t recognize a lot of the beers on the list below, it’s because several of these have never poured in WA. Others are just fantastic beers that we rarely see.

The fun will kick off at 11am. There will be special guests, including the owner of the original SF Toronado, David Keene (aka “Big Daddy”), and the founder of Maui Brewing, Garrrett Marrero. There will be fun…and lots of great beer.

Here is the list:

Stone – ArbalestAgainst the grain – Haman Hamarth
Elysian – Wu Tang
Hair of the Dog – Adam
Double Mountain – Devils kriek
Cascade – PDX Punch
Cascade – Pomegranite
Pfriem – 2012 Belgian Stout
Surly – Furious IPA
Surly – Cocoa Bender
Surly – Hell Lager
BFM – Abbey de Saint Bon-Chien
Boneyard/Alpine – Chingadira
Oakshire – Flanders Framboise
Maui – Barrel aged Father Damien
Maui – Haleakala Sunrise
Maui – Pau Hana Pils
Maui – Imperial Coconut Porter
Alesmith – Speedway Stout
Firestone Walker – Brettaweisse
Lost Abbey -Duck Duck
Lost Abbey – Angel Share
Veltins – Pilsner
And many more!!!!!

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Seafood Beer Dinner with Breakside Brewery at The Sixgill September 22

August 26th, 2014 · Beer & Food, Oregon Breweries

Heads up on an upcoming beer dinner at The Sixgill. They’ll be featuring beers from Portland’s Breakside Brewery paired with seafood from Emerald City Seafood and Taylor Shellfish.

Breakside is one of my favorite Portland breweries, and I’m not sure that we have seen any of these offerings up here, yet.

Tickets are $80 per person including tax (but NOT gratuity; please tip your servers appropriately). The menu includes six-courses paired with beers.

The event will take place at 6:30pm on September 22. Call The Sixgill at 206-466-2846 for reservations.


Welcome Bite

Bloody Mary Style Oyster Shooter

Saison in Hell ~ Light Rye with 3 Varieties of Brett


Baked Oyster

Pacific Oyster, Local Foraged Mushroom, Grana Padano & Bread Crumbs

New World Bruin ~ Blended Flanders Style Red Sour


Poisson Cru

Tahitian Style Ceviche, Coconut, Cucumber & Taro

Apollo & Dionysus ~ Gin Barrel Aged Saison w/ Sichuan Peppercorn & Chrysanthemum



Harissa Paste, Red Onion, Fennel & Sumac

Beach Saison ~ Classic Belgian Style Summer Ale


Jerk Salmon

Summer Vegetable Succotash, Green Goddess & Ikura

Ansatz ~ Bourbon Barrel Aged Smoked Bock


Lemon Icebox Pie

Lemon Custard, Liquid Graham Cracker, Burnt Meringue & Lemon Peel

Brett the Hitman Tart ~ West Coast Lambic with 100% Wild Yeast


Monday, September 22nd

6:30 pm ~ $80 pp/ tax inclusive

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Schilling Cider House to Open September 6 in Fremont with 32 Taps

August 25th, 2014 · Cider

Cider drinkers in Seattle are about to have another place to explore the ever-expanding number of options available in the market. Schilling Cider House is brought to you by Colin Schilling, who is the owner & founder of Seattle’s Schilling Cider. In addition to their own ciders, they will feature quality cider from producers all over the country and world.

Schilling Cider opening Cider House near famed Fremont Bridge
SEATTLE, WA – Friday, August 22, 2014 – Schilling Cider is pleased to announce the grand opening of Schilling Cider House in Seattle neighborhood Fremont on Saturday, September 6th.

Located at 708 N. 34th St., Schilling Cider House will offer 32 draft ciders — available as tasting flights, pints, or growlers — and 250 packaged ciders, to drink on site (no corkage fee) or take (unopened) to go.

“We will only be carrying ciders made without artificial flavors or other non-craft ingredients,” cofounder Colin Schilling said. “In addition to a great selection of craft ciders, all draft ciders will be tested to provide information drinkers won’t find elsewhere.”

This information, to include residual sugar, titratable acid, and pH, will be displayed on a menu board much like breweries display IBU information currently.

In conjunction with WA Cider Week, Schilling Cider House will host tastings and offer giveaways, including free growlers for the first 1000 purchasers of growler fills.

Tasting schedule for the week:
Sunday, September 7
11am-1pm Half Pint Spanish Cider Portfolio
2-4pm Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
5-7pm Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Monday, September 8
5-7pm Eden Cider Tasting
Tuesday, September 9
5-7pm Dragon’s Head Tasting

About Schilling Cider
Seattle-based Schilling Cider, whose tagline “your apple a day just got interesting” drives them to create ever-evolving cider flavors, is committed to sustainability through the use of highly-recyclable materials and local ingredients. Their ciders are distributed in British Columbia, CA, ID, MN, OR, VA, WA, Washington, DC, WV. For more, follow at FB.com/schillingcider or check out SchillingCider.com.

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