Seattle Beer Community Comes Together to Help Brewer Fight Cancer

March 8th, 2016 · Washington Breweries

SpinnakerOften, when I talk with people new to the Seattle brewing/beer industry, they make note of how supportive and collaborative most people in the industry are. That is especially true when people in the industry are hurting. For Janet Spindler, co-owner and brewer at Spinnaker Bay Brewing, located in Hillman City, she could use everyone’s support right about now.

Janet was recently diagnosed with stage II Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is currently undergoing treatment. “Janet’s prognosis is positive,” but medical bills are stacking up.

This Saturday, March 12, from 5pm to 9pm, Pike Brewing will be hosting a fundraiser for Janet in the brewery area below the Pike Pub. There will  be a silent auction and 100% of the proceeds from sales of beer will be donated to Janet. There will be music throughout the night.

Mark your calendar for this Saturday to come out and support Janet.

Press Release:


$5.00 suggested entry donation.

Live Music. Sid Law 5:00-6:00, The Cool Kids, 6:00-7:00, Stardrums & Lady Keys 7:00-8:00 and The New Rhythmatics 8:00-9:00.

Silent Auction:
Generous contributions from community members including: Stoup Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Tin Dog Brewing, Orlison Brewing Co, Elysian Brewing Company, Two Beers Brewing Co, Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, Central Pizza, Schilling Cider and many more to come.

Tasty malted beverages will be available for purchase throughout the night from The Pike Brewing Company and Spinnaker Bay Brewing.

100% of beer proceeds will be donated to Janet and we encourage guests to “buy a beer for Janet”, by paying double for their beers and donating extra.

We will be providing light snacks and appetizers. You are more than welcome to stop in upstairs at the restaurant area of The Pike Brewing Company for dinner.

The silent auction will close at 8:00 pm so make sure you are there to place your bids!

We will be holding a drawing of a very special donation. Stay tuned for more details.

We are still looking for silent auction items! If you and/or your business would like to donate to the silent auction please contact Colleen Ames at

We are also looking for volunteers to help out the night of the event. If interested please contact Colleen.

So far Janet’s prognosis is positive. The good news is her cancer grows and divides quickly, which is favorable because that is what chemotherapy works best against. As of now the treatment plan is six rounds of chemotherapy three weeks apart. She will have to receive radiation but it is unclear how much at this moment.

She recently had her second treatment on Feb. 12th. This treatment went better than the first for Janetand, while her hair isn’t doing so well, her spirits are high.

She has been blown away by the amount of support that the community has already given her. However this support can’t stop yet! Medical bills are starting to roll in and the overall expenses associated with battling cancer are growing. Janet has taken a significant step back from working at the brewery in order to put all her energy into getting healthy. Therefore operating costs at the brewery have increased. Janet and the Spinnaker Bay Brewing family need your help.

  Please join us March 12th at The Pike Brewing Company from 5:00-9:00.


If you are unable to attend the fundraiser there are still ways you can help. Check out the Gofundme page:

Help spread the word about Spinnaker Bay Brewing. Don’t see us on tap at your favorite bar or restaurant? Ask their staff if they have heard of us and recommend that they serve our beer!

Spinnaker Bay Brewing is Janet’s baby, her passion and her dream. Knowing that the brewery is being taken care of while she deals with cancer will be a tremendous help for Janet. It will keep her stress free, a very important aspect of battling cancer. Don’t forget that you can buy growlers and kegs from us to supply your next event with. Bored on a rainy Sunday afternoon? Come have a pint or two in our taproom. We are also happy to host an event for you in our taproom.

The entire Spinnaker Bay Brewing family sends many thanks to everyone who has already helped us grow since we opened our doors in 2013. We could not have made it this far without you. Now more than ever Janet needs your help. Please consider contributing to this important cause in any way you can no matter how small or how large you are able to. Every little bit will go towards making sure Janetis able to overcome cancer and continue living out her dream as a professional brewer and business owner with her amazing talented partner Elissa Pryor.

If you have any questions please contact Colleen Ames at

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2016 Washington Cask Beer Fest Coming on March 19 – Beer List

March 3rd, 2016 · Events, Washington Breweries

One of the most popular festivals of the year is coming up in just over two weeks. The annual Washington Cask Beer Festival will take place at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall over two sessions on Saturday, March 19.

Tickets are still available online for both sessions; get them while you can.

Keep reading for more info on the event and a preliminary list of beers you can expect to be pouring.

Press Release:

(Seattle, WA) March 2, 2016- Washington Brewers Guild will present its annual Washington Cask Beer Festival at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Saturday, March 19. The event is one of the longest-running and largest beer festivals that focus exclusively on cask-conditioned beer.

Once feared it might become an antiquated art on its way out, cask-conditioned beer is still cherished, and even gaining popularity here in Washington State thanks to continuing efforts by many brewers and pubs committed to keeping cask beer flowing. Cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer that still contains live yeast. It finishes secondary fermentation once the beer is transferred to a “cask” where it is naturally conditioned and carbonated without artificially introducing CO2. Beer is then served straight from the cask by gravity or a hand pump at cellar temperature (50-55F). Result is a smooth mouthfeel and fuller flavors thanks to lower carbonation and warmer temperatures.

Here are some of the beers that will be available at this year’s Cask Festival:

Dry-hopped to the max             It’s no secret that we love hoppy beers at the Cask Festival. Many brewers decided to add even more hoppiness to their beers by dry-hopping them to the max. Anacortes Brewery dry-hopped both of their IPA’s while Hale’s Ales Brewery (extra) dry-hopped their Supergoose Double IPA and Maritime Pacific Brewing dry-hopped their Hop Surge Triple IPA.

UK Classics             Cask-conditioned beer originated in England centuries ago. Some brewers chose to pay homage to the roots by brewing classic English style beers including Knuckle Boom ESB by Beardslee Public HouseEnglish Brown Ale by Paradise Creek Brewery, and 2-Bit Bitter by NW Peaks Brewery.

Beer + Fruits              Brewing beer with fruits is quite common but the choices of fruits for this year’s Cask Festival are decidedly sunny and tropical while we anxiously wait for the arrival of spring. Try Peach Sour by Silver City Brewery and Peach Berliner Weisse by Schooner Exact BrewingTreasure Island Pale Ale with passionfruit by McMenamins, and Grapefruit IPA by Mac & Jack’s Brewing and Grapefruit Keller-Kolsch Radler by Bainbridge Island Brewing.

Oatmeal Stouts                There are many beer styles that are suitable for cask-conditioning and Oatmeal Stout is definitely one of them. Its smooth mouthfeel is accentuated and roasty chocolate, coffee notes come through nicely. Try Yardam by Island Hoppin’ BrewingBuilt for Comfort Stout by Rainy Daze Brewing and Over and Out Oatmeal Stout by Fish Brewing, and Rooftop Brewing’s version.

People’s Choice Winners              Apple-Cinnamon ESB, a Cask Festival People’s Choice Award reigning champion by Diamond Knot Brewing will once make an appearance at the event. This beer won the first place for the second session in 2015 and has won more People’s Choice Awards than any other beer in the festival history. North Sound Brewing’s Cheeky Monkey Brown Ale which won the second place for both sessions last year will also return.

This year’s Herbert’s Legendary Cask Festival Ale was brewed at newly re-branded Mollusk Brewery. Herbert’s is a collaborative beer that is brewed every year at a different host brewery in honor of Bert Grant, a Northwest craft beer icon. It is a tradition that truly exemplifies the spirit of the Washington brewing community and has been treasured by many Cask Fest enthusiasts. This year’s Herbert’s was brewed with Washington grown and processed malt, and each participating brewery was asked to bring a pound of their favorite hop. The result is a medium bodied Pale Ale with an intense bouquet of hops from around the world.  The beer will make its debut prior to the Cask Festival at the release party hosted by The Latona Pub (6423 Latona Ave NE, Seattle, on Wednesday, March 16.

The Cask Festival will host two sessions; from noon to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm onSaturday, March 19 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Admission is $40 in advance or $45 at the door, if tickets are still available. This event may sell out so advance purchase is recommended. Separate tickets are required for each session. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and up to 25 sample tastes. Tickets are available online at This is a 21-and-over-only event.

2016 Washington Cask Beer Festival

Participating Breweries


7 Seas Brewing– Gig Harbor


American Brewing– Edmonds

Gin Botanical Saison (Saison)

Blood Orange Blonde (Blonde)

Mosaic Monkey (Pale Ale)

Anacortes Brewery– Anacortes

Anacortes IPA (IPA)

Scarlet Letter IPA (IPA)

Bainbridge Island Brewing– Bainbridge Island

Grapefruit Keller-Kolsch Radler (Radler)

Battle Point Stout (Stout)

Eagle Harbor IPA (IPA)

Beardslee Public House– Bothell

Four Ginger IPA (IPA)

Knuckle Boom ESB (ESB)

Bellevue Brewing– Bellevue

Scotch Ale with Chocolate Almonds & Rye Whiskey Soaked Oak Chips—First session only

Pineapple IPA (IPA)—First session only

Scotch Ale with Almonds & Wasabi—Second session only

Cascadian Dark Ale (Black IPA)—Second session only

Big Time Brewery– Seattle

Whiny the Complainer (Imperial IPA)

Citra S.M.A.S.H. IPA (IPA)

Buck Mulligan Dry Irish Stout (Stout)

Black Raven Brewing– Redmond

White Wine Barrel & Brett Aged Belgian Golden

Grandfather Raven (Imperial Stout)

Wisdom Seeker (Double IPA)

Boundary Bay Brewery– Bellingham

Cedar Dust (IPA)

Cabin Fever (Winter Warmer)

Ramblin’ Rose ESB (ESB)

Cloudburst Brewing– Seattle

An IPA, duh

Probably not an IPA

Quite possibly another IPA

Diamond Knot Brewing– Mukilteo

Apple Cinnamon ESB (ESB)

Belgian Blonde Ale (Belgian Blonde)—First session only

Tangerine Rose Knot Red (Red Ale) —Second session only

Dirty Bucket Brewery– Woodinville

Naughty Autie (ESB)

Sicyne (IPA)

Dirty Confessions (Belgian Quadruple)

Elliott Bay Brewing– Burien/Seattle

Dry-Hopped Saison (Saison)

Lake City Anniversary Ale #4 (Saison)

In Like a Lion Spring Pale Ale (Pale Ale)

Elysian Brewing– Seattle

Dayglow (IPA)

The Wise ESB (ESB)

Ambrosia Maibock (Maibock)

Saison Poivre (Belgian Farmhouse Ale)

Fish Brewing– Olympia

Double Hodgson’s Imperial IPA (Imperial IPA)

Over and out oatmeal stout (Oatmeal Stout)

Beyond the Pale (Pale Ale)

Maple Bacon Porter (Porter)

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery– Seattle

Pale Hoppy Thing (American Pale Ale)

Bike Rye’d Saison (Rye Saison)

Fremont Brewing– Seattle

Interurban IPA with Turmeric, Rosemary and Orange (IPA)

Interurban IPA with Pak and Spruce Needles

Fernet Inspired 1st Nail

Kentucky to Scotland

Georgetown Brewing– Seattle

Gusto Crema

Bodhizafa (IPA)

Lily Double IPA (Double IPA)

Hale’s Ales Brewery– Seattle

Cask Extra Dry-hopped Supergoose IPA (Double IPA)

Cask Andele Supergoose IPA (Double IPA)

Cask Sidekick ASA (American Session Ale)

Cask Whiskey Barrel Aged Shed Stout (Stout)

Harmon Brewing– Tacoma

Don’t Fear the Ghost-Scorpion-Reaper (IPA)

Cask Fest 2016 Chocolate Johnnie Stryker Stout (Stout)

Duck Face Sour Raspberry Blonde (Blonde Ale)

Lukes Cask-O-Nuts Hazelnut Mocha Bitter Brown

Hellbent Brewing– Seattle

Citra IPA (IPA)

Lavender Saison (Saison)


Hi-Fi Brewing– Redmond

Sex Bob-omb (Sour Ale)

Sitar IPA (IPA)

Dobro (Amber)

Matcha Green Tea Citrus Pale Ale (Pale Ale)

Island Hoppin’ Brewery– Eastsound

Rosario Hopscotch (Amber)

Yardarm (Oatmeal Stout)

Mac & Jack’s Brewing– Redmond

Bourbon CDA (CDA)

Grapefruit IPA (IPA)

Toffee Porter (Porter)

Machine House Brewery– Seattle

Porter (Porter)

Barleywine (Barleywine)

Bramling Cross IPA (IPA)

Maritime Pacific Brewing– Seattle

Barrel Aged Salmon Bay Bitter (ESB)

Hop Surge Triple IPA (Triple IPA)

McMenamin’s Breweries– Seattle

Treasure Island (Pale Ale)

Thunder Ryed (Red Ale)

Campfire Smoked Session Ale

Mollusk Brewery– Seattle

Herbert’s Legendary Cask Fest Ale (Pale Ale)

Naked City Brewery– Seattle

Dry Hopped Crossfire IPA (IPA)

Mint Chocolate Porter (Porter)

Barrel Aged Dark Cherry

North Sound Brewing– Mount Vernon

Mango Infused 101 IPA (Imperial IPA)

Double Nut Cheeky Monkey (Imperial Brown Ale)

NW Peaks Brewery– Seattle

Ingall’s Ginger with Jalapeno Lime (Pale Ale)

Callenger IPA (IPA)

2-Bit Bitter (ESB)

Old Stove Brewing– Seattle

Dry-hopped Inaugural IPA (IPA)

Grapefruit Citra NW Wheat

Paradise Creek Brewery– Pullman

Blood Orange IPA (IPA)

Oaked Scottish (Scottish Export)

Dry-hopped Berliner Weisse (Berliner Weisse)

English Brown Ale (Northern English Brown)

Pike Brewing– Seattle

Pike Octopus Ink Black IPA (Black IPA)

Pike Space Needle Golden IPA (IPA)

Postdoc Brewing– Redmond

Barrel-aged Alpha Factor IPA with Brett (IPA)

Wee Heavy (Wee Heavy)

Postdoc Porter (Porter)

Rainy Daze Brewing– Silverdale

Rainy Rye IPA (IPA)

Built For Comfort Stout (Oatmeal Stout)

Sunrise Coffee Porter (Porter)

Ram Restaurant & Brewery– Seattle

Paradisi Pale (Pale Ale)

Sir Mash-a-lot Stout (Stout)

Rabbit Punch (Red Ale)

Redhook Ale Brewery– Woodinville

Bourbon Barrel Blackhook (Porter)

Double Dry Hopped Longhammer (IPA)

Rooftop Brewing– Seattle

Ladro Sul Tetto (Pale Ale)—First session only

Oatmeal Stout (Oatmeal Stout)—First session only

Bourbon Oak Belgian Quad (Quad)—Second session only

Mosaic Single Hop IPA (IPA)—Second session only

Schooner Exact Brewing– Seattle

Cask Peach Berliner Weisse (Berliner Weisse)

Double Dry Hopped Hopvine IPA (IPA)

Silver City Brewery– Bremerton/Silverdale

Nice Day IPA (IPA)

Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout)

Bourbon Barrel Fat Scotch (Scotch Ale)

Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge—Limited quantity. Arrive early!

Peach Sour (Sour) —Limited quantity. Arrive early!

Two Beers Brewing– Seattle

Wonderland Trail IPA (IPA)

Basil Mint Cider (Hard Cider)

Walking Man Brewing– Stevenson

Big Black Homo Erectus (CDA)

WABL Beer*

*Available to WABL members only.


2016 Washington Cask Beer Festival

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Session 1: Noon-4pm
Session 2: 6-10pm
Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins. Taps close 30 minutes before each session ends.

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
299 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA  98109

$40 advance tickets or $45 at the door, if still available
Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and up to 25 sample tastes.
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only.
Separate ticket required for each session.
21 and over only. Non-refundable. No Dogs allowed.

Tickets are on sale online at This event may sell out so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

Washington Cask Beer Festival is a major highlight of the Pacific Northwest beer festival scene. It’s a rare opportunity to sample over 100 mostly exclusive or limited release cask-conditioned beers from 40+ Washington breweries. To stay true to the tradition of cask-conditioned beer the Festival requires brewers to naturally condition the beer in a firkin or other vessels without artificially introducing CO2. All beers will be poured by gravity or via a beer engine and the result is smooth ale with a thick creamy head that brings out subtle, nuanced flavors.

Also featured at the event is the Herbert’s Legendary Cask Festival Ale, a special cask beer brewed collectively by the Washington brewers in honor of Bert Grant, a legendary Washington beer icon. This year’s Herbert’s was brewed at Mollusk Brewery in Seattle.

Athena’s Food Truck—Greek gyros & falafels
Brave Horse Tavern— House-made pretzels and mustards
Brewmaster’s Bakery—Granola and other baked goods made with spent grain from WA breweries.
Dante’s Inferno Dogs—Assortment of hot dogs
Mt. Townsend Creamery—Artisan cheese and salami skewers
Sockeye Catering—Fresh local oysters

Washington Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community of Washington State brewers, advance their common interests through the legislative process and promote the quality and value of their beers.

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14th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Fest Set for Saturday at Brouwer’s Cafe – Draft List

February 25th, 2016 · Events

Is your liver ready? This Saturday marks the 14th annual Hard Liver Barleywine Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe. Starting at 11am, they will have more than 50 barleywines pouring all at once. Taster sizes will be available, and sharing is encouraged.

There are a lot of gems on the list, so don’t be afraid to order something you have never heard of. For what it is worth, the beers from 3 Magnets and Wander Brewing ranked at the top of our blind tasting of barleywines in the most recent issues of the Northwest Brewing News.

Have fun.

Tap List:

1. 21st Amendment Lower De Boom ’15 (11.5%) San Francisco
2. 3 Magnets Old Skook in the Woods Barleywine ’15 (12.1%) Olympia
3. Alaskan Barleywine ’11 (10.7 %) Anchorage
4. Alesmith Decadence ’14 Wheatwine (10%) San Diego
5. Anacortes Old Sebastes ’15 (9.9%) Anacortes
6. Avery Hog Heaven ’16 (9.2%) Boulder
7. Bainbridge Island Bbl-Aged Old Toe Jam ’14 (9%) Bainbridge
8. Ballast Point 3 Sheets Barleywine (10%) San Diego
9. Beachwood Annihilator ’12 (12%) Long Beach
10. Big Sky Old Bluehair ’12 (12%) Missoula
11. Big Time Old Wooly ’15 (9%) Seattle
12. Black Raven Old Birdbrain ’13 (12.2%) Redmond
13. De Molen Bommen & Granaten Barley Wine-ish (15.2%) Bodegraven
14. Deschutes Mirror Mirror ’14 (11%) Bend
15. Destihl Antiquity Rye Wine (12.1%) Bloomington
16. Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d’Hiver Barleywine (10.5%) Montreal
17. Double Mountain Off the Wagon Belgian Barleywine ’14 (11.8%)
18. Ecliptic Orange Giant Bbl-Aged Barleywine ’15 (13.8%) Portland
19. Elevation Arête Barleywine (12.5%) Poncha Springs
20. Engine House #9 Claret Bbl-Aged Barleywine (10.4%) Tacoma
21. Evil Twin Freudian Slip Barleywine (10.3%) Stratford
22. Firestone-Walker Abacus ’10 (12.5%) Paso Robles
23. Firestone-Walker §ucaba ’13 (12.5%) Paso Robles
24. Fremont Brewing Batch 1000 Barleywine 2015 (11.6%) Seattle
25. Full Sail Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wheatwine (9.5%) Hood River
26. Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine ‘15 (12.1%) Chicago
27. Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine ’12 (12.7%) Denver
28. Green Flash Barleywine (10.9%) San Diego
29. Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws ’14 (11.5%) Portland
30. HUB Noggin Floggin Barleywine ’15 (11%) Portland
31. Lagunitas Olde GnarleyWine ’11 (10.6%) Petaluma
32. Laurelwood Santa’s Woody Barleywine (9.5%) Portland
33. Lost Abbey Angel’s Share ’12 (12.5%) San Diego
34. Machine House English Barleywine Cask (10.5%) Seattle
35. Midnight Sun Artic Devil ’13 (13.7%) Anchorage
36. Midnight Sun Bore Tide Bbl-Aged Wheatwine (10%) Anchorage
37. Mikkeller Big Worster Barleywine (17.3%) Copenhagen
38. New Belgium LoF Blackberry Barleywine ’15 (10%) Fort Collins
39. Ninkasi Sasquatch Legacy Wheatwine (9%) Eugene
40. Nøgne-Ø Batch #100 Barleywine (10%) Grimstad
41. Oakshire Vintage Barleywine ’13 (10.1%) Eugene
42. Old Schoolhouse Brewer’s Reserve Barleywine ’13 (10.5%) Winthrop
43. Perennial Vermillion Barleywine (10.5%) St. Louis
44. Pike Old Bawdy Barleywine ’12 (9.9%) Seattle
45. Sierra Nevada Bbl-Aged Big Foot Barleywine ’14 (9.6%) Chico
46. Seven Seas Barrel-Aged Old Wheelchair ’13 (11.5%) Gig Harbor
47. Snipes Mountain Roza Reserve Barleywine (9.2%) Sunnyside
48. Stone Pekko Dry-Hopped Old Guardian Barleywine (11%)Escondido
49. Wander 3 Ton Barleywine (11.6%) Bellingham

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110 Breweries Across the State Opening Their Doors for Washington Beer Open House Tomorrow

February 19th, 2016 · Events, Washington Breweries

Breweries all over Washington will be participating in the 6th Annual Washington Beer Open House, which takes place tomorrow, Saturday, February 20, from Noon to 5pm. At least 110 breweries are planning activities, which can range from guided tours of the brewhouse to tastings of special release beers, and much more.

A list of participating breweries is included below, and you can check out this document on the event website, which lists specifics of what each brewery is planning for the day.

Seems like a great day for a brewery crawl.

Press Release:

The 6th Annual Washington Beer Open House takes place this Saturday, February 20, from noon to 5:00pm at craft breweries all around the great state of Washington.

This opportunity will allow you to take a look behind the scenes of some of Washington’s most exceptional breweries, talk to the brewers themselves, discover new breweries, try delicious craft beer creations, and meet some new craft beer loving friends.

Participating breweries will have a wide range of things going on during the five houropen house including rare barrel tastings, new seasonal beers, finger food, full tours, brewer discussion, unique beer samples, growler sales, music and other activities. Happenings will vary at each brewery.

Visit for a map, directions and additional information. Plan your trip to visit a few neighboring breweries throughout the day, or spend the afternoon at one or two of your local favorites.

Come out and celebrate Washington Beer responsibly at the 6th Annual OpenHouse!




192 Brewing                            Kenmore
5 Rights Brewing                     Marysville
54-40 Brewing                        Washougal
7 Seas Brewing                       Gig Harbor
Airways Brewing                     Kent
American Brewing                  Edmonds
Amnesia Brewing                    Washougal
Anacortes Brewery                 Anacortes
Ashtown Brewing                    Longview
Aslan Brewing                         Bellingham
At Large Brewing                    Marysville
Badass Backyard Brewing      Millwood (Spokane)
Bainbridge Island Brewing     Bainbridge Island
Beardslee Public House          Bothell
Big Barn Brewing                    Mead
Birdsview Brewing                  Concrete
Black Raven Brewing              Redmond
Bluebird Brewery                    Seattle
Boundary Bay Brewery           Bellingham
Chainline Brewing                  Kirkland
Chuckanut Brewery                Bellingham
Counterbalance Brewing        Seattle
Crucible Brewing                    Everett
Diamond Knot Brewpub          Mountlake Terrace
Dicks Brewing                         Centralia
Dirty Bucket Brewing              Woodinville
Doomsday Brewing                 Washougal
Downpour Brewing                 Kingston
Dreadnought Brewing            Monroe
Dru Bru Brewery                     Snoqualmie Pass
Elliott Bay Brewing                 Seattle
English Setter Brewing           Spokane Valley
Everybodys Brewing               White Salmon
Farmstrong Brewing               Mount Vernon
Fish Brewing                           Olympia
Flycaster Brewing                   Kirkland
Flying Bike Co-op Brewery     Seattle
Foggy Noggin Brewing            Bothell
Fremont Brewing                    Seattle
Geaux Brewing                       Bellevue
Georgetown Brewing              Seattle
Ghost Runner Brewery           Vancouver
Ghostfish Brewing                   Seattle
Harmon Brewery                    Tacoma
Hellbent Brewing                    Seattle
Herbert B. Friendly Brewing   Renton
Hilliards Beer                          Seattle
Horse Heaven Hills Brewery   Prosser
Island Hoppin Brewery           Eastsound
Justice Brewing                       Everett
Kulshan Brewery                     Bellingham
Kulshan Brewery – K2              Bellingham
Lantern Brewing                     Seattle
Lazy Boy Brewing                    Everett
Loowit Brewing                       Vancouver
LoveCraft Brewing                  Bremerton
Lowercase Brewing                Seattle
Lucky Envelope Brewing         Seattle
Lumberjack Brewing               Maple Valley
M.T. Head Brewing                 Graham
Maritime Pacific Brewing      Seattle
McMenamins – Columbia       Vancouver
McMenamins – Mill Creek     Mill Creek
McMenamins – Six Arms        Seattle
McMenamins – Anderson       Bothell
Middleton Brewing                 Everett
Mollusk Brewery                     Seattle
Naked City Brewery                Seattle
Narrows Brewing                    Tacoma
Northwest Brewing                 Pacific
Odd Otter Brewing                 Tacoma
Optimism Brewing                  Seattle
Pacific Brewing and Malting  Tacoma
Perry Street Brewing              Spokane
Pike Brewing                           Seattle
Populuxe Brewing                   Seattle
Postdoc Brewing                     Redmond
Propolis Brewing                     Port Townsend
Ravenna Brewing                    Seattle
Redhook Ale Brewery             Woodinville
Reubens Brews                       Seattle
River Mile 38 Brewing            Cathlamet
River Time Brewing                Darrington
Rooftop Brewing                     Seattle
Salish Sea Brewing                  Edmonds
Schooner Exact Brewing         Seattle
Scuttlebutt Brewing                Everett
Seapine Brewing                     Seattle
Silver City Brewery                 Bremerton
Slaughter County Brewing      Port Orchard
Slippery Pig Brewing               Poulsbo
Snipes Mountain Brewing       Sunnyside
Sno Town Brewery                  Snohomish
Sound Brewery                        Poulsbo
Sound to Summit Brewing      Snohomish
Spinnaker Bay Brewery          Seattle
Stoup Brewing                         Seattle
Sumerian Brewing                  Woodinville
Tacoma Brewing                     Tacoma
Tin Dog Brewing                     Seattle
Top Rung Brewing                  Lacey
Triplehorn Brewing                 Woodinville
Twelve Bar Brews                   Woodinville
Twelve Strings Brewing          Spokane Valley
Valholl Brewing                      Poulsbo
Walking Man Brewing            Stevenson
Wander Brewing                     Bellingham
Wet Coast Brewery                 Gig Harbor
Whiskey Ridge Brewing          Arlington
Whitewall Brewing                 Marysville

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Monthly Comedy Nights a Popular Draw at Hi-Fi Brewing – Next Show on February 20

February 10th, 2016 · Events, Washington Breweries

Who doesn’t like a good laugh while drinking great beer? Hi-Fi Brewing has you covered. The brewery’s monthly comedy night, Hi-Fidelity Funny, showcases talented regional and national comedians at a show hosted by Seattle comedian Chris Rodriguez. The monthly event started in December, and both shows that have taken place so far have sold out. Don’t wait on getting your tickets if you are interested in going.

Press Release:

Hi-Fi Brewing is now offering the perfect pairing for their Hi-Fidelity beers: comedy. Hi-Fidelity Funny, the brewery’s monthly show, is quickly becoming one of the hottest tickets on the Eastside. Hosted by Seattle comedian Cris Rodriguez, who is featured on Sirius/XM radio and at comedy shows across Washington, the show brings some of the nation’s funniest comedians to a fun and refreshingly cool venue in a convenient location. The show has sold out every month so far, so it’s a good idea to buy tickets early.

Tony Daniel will headline the February edition of Hi-Fidelity Funny. Growing up in rural North Carolina, Tony Daniel learned that the line between tragedy and comedy is blurred at best. As a barefoot youth, he found that the best remedy for a stubbed toe was a quick wit and a hearty laugh. A US Navy veteran, Daniel takes pride in performing for the armed forces. He has opened for The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dave Attell, Patrice O’Neal, and Alonzo Bodden. His material can regularly be heard on Sirius Radio’s The Jamie Foxx show.

February’s show also features Manny Martin. Known for his high energy, silliness and likeability, Manny Martin has opened for some of the top comedians in the country. Manny hosts the weekly Comic Search open mic at The Parlor Live comedy club in Bellevue and performs weekly all over the Seattle area.

The show is hosted by Seattle Comedian and Hi-Fi regular Cris Rodriguez. A native of Florida, Cris has been making waves since he began comedy in Seattle in 2010. Cris’ comedy can be heard on Sirius/XM and he regularly performs in clubs and at colleges all over the country. Cris is also the host and creator of The Hoppy Hour Podcast, Seattle’s best beer & comedy podcast.

Since opening in 2013, Hi-Fi Brewing has become a staple of the Redmond craft beer scene, with its Woofer Porter and Sitar IPA finding their way onto tap lists throughout the Seattle-Tacoma area. The on-site taproom is open seven days a week offers beer lovers—and now comedy fans—a cozy mid-century modern vibe.

Date: Saturday, February 20th. The show is usually the 3rd Saturday of each month, but call or check Facebook to confirm.
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Hi-Fi Brewing, 14950 NE 95th St, Redmond, WA 98052; (425) 307-1932
Tickets: $10, available online ( and in the taproom.
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The Sixgill Celebrates Mardi Gras Tonight by Debuting New Gulf Coast Menu & Special Imperial IPA From Cloudburst

February 9th, 2016 · Events, Washington Breweries

The Sixgill will debut their new Gulf Coast-inspired menu for Mardi Gras this evening, and a special beer from Steve Luke at Cloudburst Brewing will be pouring to mark the occasion. He’s created an imperial IPA featuring fruit-forward flavors inspired by the famous “Hurricane” cocktail.

After establishing itself as a popular Fremont craft beer bar, The Sixgill is plying new waters as it focuses on Gulf Coast cuisine in a complete menu overhaul to put more emphasis on the food.

Husband and wife restaurateurs Rick Weersing and Ellen Kelly are focusing their water-recreation themed bar and restaurant on all of the flavors from south Texas, around the Gulf Coast, to Florida. And Chef Christopher “Fletch” Fletcher is guiding the culinary transition.

For regular Sixgill patrons, the octopus will still be a featured menu item. But it’s getting a makeover into Octopus Etoufée. The signature Ellen’s Fresh Fish Sandwich will still be a mainstay but it is getting a creole treatment. And southern favorite Frito Pie will soon be debuting to round out the Gulf Coast flavor profile.

Kelly says the new menu direction is a tribute to Weersing’s father, who passed away last year. Big Jim Weersing was a photographer and took a picture of his son looking at a map as they were trying to paddle their way out of the Everglades. That photo hangs in The Sixgill now after Big Jim gave it to Ellen while she and Rick were still dating.

Weersing says of his father, “He loved jazz, blues, southern literature and was a hiker and birder.” The Weersings did canoe trips in the Everglades. They played cribbage in dive bars, met interesting people from all over and ate a lot of great food along the way.

The Gulf Coast has special meaning for Kelly and Weersing too. It was on a trip – Ellen’s first kayaking adventure – that the duo decided to quit their jobs and open their first bar, The Noble Fir in Ballard. After spending three months paddling the waterways of the Gulf Coast they returned to Seattle where Ellen retired from her law firm and Rick left REI.

“We had so much good food on that trip,” Kelly recalls. Weersing remembers eating 50 fresh shrimp and drinking beer surrounded by birds and the sounds of nature in Goose Island State Park in Texas. “Rick still talks about sandwiches in Louisiana and gulf shrimp stuffed in snapper and covered in Cajun cream sauce,” Kelly adds.

It was from high atop a bird watching tower at sunset on Long Key, Florida that the two sipped rum and cokes and started talking about opening The Noble Fir.

The fond memories of that trip inspire the new menu direction of The Sixgill and chef Fletcher is the man to bring it to fruition. He grew up along the Gulf Coast and cut his culinary teeth at Brennan’s in Houston where the specialty was Gulf Coast seafood. After cooking around the south, he moved to Seattle where he has showed his skill at Earth and Ocean, Bastille and Marche. He joined The Sixgill family in April 2014.

“Chef Fletch is a fantastic bistro chef, who makes high level comfort food,” Weersing says. Kelly adds, “He lets the flavor of the food stand alone.”

The Sixgill has been testing new menu items for a couple months but the full Gulf Coast-inspired menu will be available Feb. 9 – just in time for Mardi Gras.

The Sixgill has been named as one of Draft magazine’s Top 100 Beer Bars in America (2014, 2015).

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Washington Hop Mob Kickoff and Melvin Brewing 2×4 Day Offer Up Chance to Taste Rare Imperial IPAs

February 4th, 2016 · Events, Washington Breweries

If you are a fan of imperial IPAs, it’s a good time to be in Seattle. Today (Feb 4) marks the kickoff of the 3rd Annual Washington Hop Mob Roadshow at Brouwer’s Cafe, as well as the Melvin Brewing National 2×4 Day taking place at several bars around town. Keep reading for more info on both.

Melvin Brewing National 2×4 Day – Melvin Brewing, located in Jackson, WY, took home Small Brewpub of the Year honors at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. The brewery says their 2×4 Double IPA is “the best damn DIPA in the world”, and that might not be a stretch. It is the only IPA to ever win top honors at the Great American Beer Festival, The World Beer Cup and the Alpha King Challenge. Several bars around town will be a part of the National 2×4 Day today (on Feb 4), pouring 2×4 Double IPA and multiple other beers from Melvin. Participating bars in Seattle include Brouwer’s Cafe, Toronado, Pine Box and Beveridge Place Pub. Check the links for more info about events at each individual location.

hop_mob_logo_lrg-250x300Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow Kickoff – Now in its third year, the Washington Hop Mob Roadshow is a chance for local breweries to showcase super-hoppy beers that are typically above 10% ABV. The kickoff takes place today at Brouwer’s Cafe starting at 3pm. Brouwer’s will have over 4o Washington-brewed triple IPAs on tap for the event. Then, there will be at least eight additional Hop Mob Roadshow events where you can sample at least 8 of the participating IPAs at each one. Check out the website for details on participating breweries, beers and events.

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Beer Picture: Hop Henge

January 27th, 2016 · + Russ, Beer & Food, Beer Releases, Beer Reviews, Random Beer Pics

True to name, Deschute’s Hop Henge is a mysterious beer. Sometimes this seasonally released double IPA is good, while other years it’s fantastic! Sometimes a season’s offering will taste fantastic and I’ll go out and buy more only to find that the additional bottles don’t quite taste the same. Hmmm, quite the mystery… Or maybe it’s just me. Anyway, this year’s release is tasting great.


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Boise’s Payette Brewing to Begin Distribution in Seattle

January 27th, 2016 · Beer Releases

payette-rustler-largePayette Brewing, located in Boise, ID, will soon have its beer available in the Seattle market. The brewery was started in Boise back in 2010, but founder Mike Francis began homebrewing while living in Seattle almost 10 years ago. The UW alum and former Boeing engineer is excited to bring Payette Brewing beers to Seattle.

Distribution will begin on February 15, and the brewery is planning several events for that week (Feb 15 to 19) at establishments around the city.

Full Press Release:

Boise, ID – Payette Brewing is adding Seattle to its distribution footprint beginning mid-February with Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, and Rodeo Rye Pale (Spring Seasonal). Payette was the first Idaho brewery to can beer and is excited to bring their products in draft and canned form to more consumers in the Northwest with The Odom Corporation.
Founder Mike Francis’s brewery dreams first started in Seattle. The UW alum and former Boeing engineer has grown his post-it note brewery into Idaho’s largest brewery after moving back to Idaho and launching distribution into Seattle is a huge milestone for Payette.
“I brewed my first batch of homebrew in my Ravenna apartment almost 10 years ago. My time living in Seattle and experiencing the amazing craft beer scene inspired me to attend brewing school and want to open a brewery. Being able to share Payette beer throughout Seattle is something I’ve been looking forward to since the day I moved back to Boise.” says Francis.
A couple months shy of their fifth anniversary, Payette Brewing is available in five northwest states and looking to expand to additional markets upon completion of its second production facility in Boise, ID. Payette’s River Street brewery is expected to be up and running early April with an initial production capacity of 40,000 barrels annually.
Founded in Boise, ID by Mike Francis in 2010, Payette Brewing Company produces four year round beers; Rustler IPA, Payette Pale, Mutton Buster Brown and North Fork Lager as well as seasonal releases and single batch specials in the “Ales of No Return” series.  Payette Brewing Co. wanted to be able to take beer wherever adventure took them so in June 2012, Payette Pale and Mutton Buster Brown were the first Idaho beers to be available in cans. Visit for more information.

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Ghostfish Brewing Celebrates 1st Anniversary on February 6

January 26th, 2016 · Washington Breweries

Cheers to Ghostfish Brewing for an amazing first year of business! The highlight of the past year for Washington’s first and only dedicated gluten-free brewery was surely taking both Gold and Bronze in the Gluten Free category at the Great American Beer Festival. It’s an amazing feat for a new brewery to bookend a category like that.

Join them on Saturday, February 6 to celebrate their 1st anniversary and taste a special Russian Imperial Stout.

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Seattle, WA – Ghostfish Brewing announced today the details for their 1st anniversary celebration event scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016 in their taproom at 2942 1st Ave. S in Seattle’s Sodo district. This special event will take place from 2-10pm and is open to the public 21 years of age and older. In addition to an amazing lineup of beers, Wood Shop BBQ and Hallava Falafel food trucks will be on site.

Leading up to this event, the brewery has been sharing memories and milestones from the past year through their social media channels, reminiscing about the hectic but exciting days prior to opening the brewery. Ghostfish Brewing is also orchestrating an interactive scavenger hunt that involves eleven retailers of Ghostfish beers and rewards the most active players with Ghostfish swag.

“Getting to this point involved a lot of blood, sweat & tears, and our dedicated fans have been with us since day one. This is a chance to celebrate with them and say thank you in a big way!” said Randy Schroeder, co-owner.

In honor of this momentous event, Ghostfish Brewing will be releasing a limited quantity of their 1st Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout in 22 oz. bottles. This beer will be available for sale in the brewery taproom and a limited number of bottle shops throughout Western Washington.

The 1st Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout is brewed with malted and roasted millet, roasted buckwheat, purple corn, cane sugar, and hopped with Chinook and Willamette hops. It has a heavy body and immense depth of flavor, with real chocolate and mocha flavors and some dark fruit notes reminiscent of red wine. “This is a real sipping beer. A big beer with big flavors and is not to be taken lightly”, said Brewmaster Jason Yerger.

To find all Ghostfish beers near you:

To participate in the scavenger hunt:

Ghostfish Brewing Company
2942 1st Ave South
Seattle, WA 98134

For more information about Ghostfish Brewing, visit You can also follow Ghostfish on Facebook at and Twitter @ghostfishbrewco.

About Ghostfish Brewing Company

Ghostfish Brewing is the first and only dedicated gluten-free craft brewery located in Washington state. Since opening in February 2015, Ghostfish Brewing has been exploring the uncharted waters of never before-used brewing techniques and testing the limits of what can be created without wheat, barley, rye or oats. Ghostfish brews five year-round beers; Watchstander Stout (2015 GABF® Gold Gluten Free Beer), Vanishing Point Pale Ale (2015 Gold U.S. Open Beer Championship Gluten Free Beer), Shrouded Summit Witbier, Grapefruit IPA (2015 GABF® Bronze Gluten Free Beer), and Peak Buster Double IPA. The production brewery and taproom are located at 2942 1st Ave. S., Seattle, WA.

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