Wonderland Trail IPA Becomes Newest Year-Round Release for Two Beers Brewing

October 28th, 2015 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

wonderlandCheers to the first person that hikes the full Wonderland Trail with a can of this new IPA from Two Beers Brewing to break out and celebrate with afterward.

Check out the press release below with all the details on the 7.1% ABV Wonderland Trail IPA, as well as info on release events.

Press Release:

SEATTLE (October 27, 2015) – Two Beers Brewing Company, located in the heart of Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood, is thrilled to announce the release of Wonderland Trail IPA, a brand new beer joining the growing brewery’s year round lineup. Inspired by the Wonderland Trail, an exhilarating 93-mile trek around Mount Rainier, this hop-forward beer was developed to honor the treasures of the Pacific Northwest – hikes, hops and all. Featuring five varieties of Yakima-grown hops, and offering up a 7.1 percent ABV and 84 IBUs, Wonderland Trail will be available in 12-ounce cans and on draft beginning the week of November 2. Holding special meaning for the Two Beers Brewing team, combined with the trail’s 100-year anniversary, the release of this beer will also act as a fundraiser for the Washington’s National Park Fund.
“In 2012, I hiked the Wonderland Trail alone and it changed me,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing Company. “The challenges I faced on that trail and the beauty it revealed left me more appreciative than ever for this amazing place we call home. This beer is my dedication to not only that trail and those that have seen it through 100 years of adventure, but it’s also our small way of giving back to the treasures we find all throughout the Pacific Northwest.”
Wonderland Trail IPA is the product of nearly two years of recipe development. Featuring a seamless blend of Washington-grown hops, this flavorful Northwest-style IPA is brewed with Amarillo, Mosaic, Legacy and Cascade hops, then dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops, complemented by 2-Row, Vienna and Munich malts. On the nose, a slightly sweet aroma of tangerine is followed by a wave of citrus and passion fruit on the palate, finishing clean and refreshing.
To help celebrate the release of Wonderland Trail IPA, as well as raise funds for the Washington’s National Park Fund, Two Beers Brewing will be hosting events throughout Seattle the first and second week of November. Top events include:
Fundraising Events
  • November 12, 7-10pm – Beveridge Place Pub: Enjoy a pint and purchase raffle tickets ($5 per ticket or five tickets for $20) for your chance to win prizes from Patagonia and Two Beers Brewing! All raffle proceeds benefit Washington’s National Park Fund.
  • November 19, 5pm – The Woods Tasting Room: Join the team from Two Beers Brewing and Mount Rainier National Park to raise money for the Wonderland Trail. Purchase raffle tickets ($5 per ticket or five tickets for $20) for your chance to win more than 20 prizes from Therm-a-Rest, MiiR, Patagonia, LUNA Sandals and more, with all proceeds benefitting the trail. Plus, $1 of each pint and each six-pack purchased donated to Washington’s National Park Fund.
Additional Events
  • November 2, 5pm – Parkway Tavern (Tacoma): Join the team from Two Beers Brewing for an evening of giveaways and pints of Wonderland Trail IPA!
  • November 3, 6pm – Chucks Central District: Give it a try on tap and pick up a six-pack of Wonderland Trail IPA home! Giveaways galore.
  • November 4, 6pm – Capitol Cider: Wonderland Trail IPA on tap two ways! A special Basil Lemongrass infused Wonderland Trail IPA joined the taps, along with live music & giveaways all night long.
  • November 5, 5pm – Beveridge Place Pub: Love cask beer? Hit up Cask-O-Rama to get a taste of a Double Dry Hopped Cask of Wonderland Trail IPA, featuring Citra and Mosaic hops.
  • November 6, 7pm – Park Pub: Take the pint night! Buy a pint of Wonderland Trail IPA or Citrus-infused Wonderland and the pint glass if yours to keep.
“We’re excited to partner with Two Beers Brewing, and work together to raise awareness and funds to help support the Wonderland Trail – through great craft beer no less!” said Bret Wirta, Washington’s National Park Fund Board President.
All Two Beers Brewing products can be found at retailers, bars, and restaurants throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. They can also be enjoyed at The Woods tasting room in SoDo (4700 Ohio Ave S), shared with Seattle Cider Company, where craft beer lovers can enjoy pints, tasters, packaged products and more. For more information, follow Two Beers Brewing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@twobeersbrewing), or visit www.twobeersbrewery.com. To learn more about how you can help Washington’s National Parks and the Wonderland Trail, visit www.wnpf.org or on Twitter at @WANatlParkFund. 

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Mollusk Set to Open in South Lake Union on Saturday

October 27th, 2015 · Washington Breweries

According to Eater Seattle, Mollusk is set to open this upcoming Saturday, October 31 in South Lake Union. Travis Kukull and Cody Morris are well-known from their success at Gastropod, which was previously located in SoDo. It sounds like the restaurant’s liquor license may not be secured by Saturday, but don’t let that stop you from stopping by to check out the space and grab some food.

I had a chance to talk with co-owner/brewer Cody Morris a while back for pieces that I put together for Seattle Weekly and the Northwest Brewing News. Some good info on the new venture follows, including information on the brewing setup and plans.

From my Seattle column in the current Oct/Nov issue of Northwest Brewing News:

Cody Morris has come a long way since opening his nanobrewery, Epic Ales, in SoDo back in 2009. He has been brewing adventurous beers the entire journey, but things really started to take off when he paired up with chef Travis Kukull to open their brewpub, Gastropod, in 2013. After closing Gastropod last month, the pair is focused on opening up a much larger brewpub in a prime location. Mollusk will boast almost 5,000 square feet of space on Dexter in booming South Lake Union. The new venue will allow for 100 seats in the brewpub, and there will be much more space for brewing equipment.

The name Epic Ales will go away with the move; the new brewing operation will be known as Mollusk Brewing. This will be a welcome change for Morris, as there has been confusion in the marketplace ever since Epic Brewing (from Utah) entered the Seattle market for distribution a few years back. Mollusk Brewing will feature a 7-barrel system, but Morris will also bring over the 3-barrel system he used at Epic Ales, which will serve as a dedicated system for his sour program. While he’ll be working in some more traditional styles to the year-round lineup, including a pilsner and schwarzbier, Morris promises he won’t stop making the unique beers that Epic Ales was known for. He says, “When we announced that we were closing Epic Ales, I got a lot of emails and notes from people asking if we are still going to make unusual beers, because they’d be really sad if we made the same stuff as everyone else. So, we’re still going to be dedicated to doing unusual beers. For me, I’ve had this bug my whole life of doing something just a little bit different from what others around me are doing.”

Fans of Gastropod will find the new brewpub concept similar, but different. Morris says, “The food is still going to be very playful. Travis is not a person who just likes to make straightforward food; he loves to play with unusual ingredients.” The food menu will have a focus on Southeast Asian curries, and fans of Gastropod will be happy to hear that they plan to serve okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake filled with various ingredients that was very popular at the SoDo restaurant. Morris and Kukull hope to have Mollusk open by the end of October.

From my seasonal beer column in the September 16 printing of Seattle Weekly:

Before closing last week, Gastropod was often referred to as one of Seattle’s most creative restaurants. Four years ago Chef Travis Kukull partnered with Epic Ales owner Cody Morris to open Gastropod in SoDo, where they paired Morris’s beers made with unique ingredients with Kukull’s inventive food preparations. Now, they are focusing on their next venture: Mollusk. Located on Dexter in South Lake Union, Mollusk will boast almost 5,000 square feet of space, including a brewpub that will seat up to 100 people. Fans of Gastropod and Epic Ales will find the new brewpub concept similar, but different. Morris says, “The food is still going to be very playful. Travis is not a person who just likes to make straightforward food; he loves to play with unusual ingredients.” The food menu will have a focus on Southeast Asian curries, and fans of Gastropod will be happy to hear that they plan to serve okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake filled with various ingredients that was very popular at the SoDo restaurant. Morris says that the okonomiyaki helps gain a diner’s trust in trying other adventurous offerings on the menu. “The name itself sounds really exotic, but once they actually try it they realize it’s just a really tasty savory pancake. It’s a nice way to ease people into trusting the leaps that Travis sometimes asks a diner to make.”

The larger location will allow Morris to brew a wider variety of beers. In addition to sours and beers with adventurous ingredients, he plans to keep a pilsner and a schwarzbier (a German-style black lager) on draft year-round. For people dining at Mollusk that aren’t as familiar with pairing beer with food, Morris will provide plenty of options that aren’t overly-hoppy. He says, “I love hops…but if your palate is not acclimated to that level of bitterness, hoppy beers can be really, really gross. I think a lot of people tend to forget that. We mostly try to do beers that are more yeast and malt forward. Morris notes that adding unique ingredients to beer can certainly get a diner’s attention. “I think for a lot of people who describe themselves as foodies it’s about the exploration of combination. Is the sum greater than the parts? That sort of general approach is what we look for with some of our more unique beers and pairings.”

The name Epic Ales will go away with the move to South Lake Union, where the new brewing operation will be known as Mollusk Brewing. This will be a welcome change for Morris, as there has been confusion in the marketplace ever since Epic Brewing (from Utah) entered the Seattle market for distribution a few years back.

Morris and Kukull are hoping to open Mollusk by the end of October, and they are looking forward to being an active part of the South Lake Union neighborhood. Morris explains that he is excited to have some opportunities that they didn’t necessarily have in SoDo. “I used to get kind of jealous seeing what other local breweries were able to do working with their community…it’s going to be great to really be able to reach out. If we can help create a sense of community that would be awesome.”

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Olympic Range Brewing “Micro-Session” Beers Take Popular Trend to Another Level

October 23rd, 2015 · Washington Breweries

Trends in the beer industry certainly come and go. While high-alcohol imperial IPAs and imperial stouts were all the rage not too long ago, in recent years the hot trend has turned towards “session beers”. It seems like every brewery around offers a session IPA these days, and why not? People love hops, and people love drinking. If you want to have a few beers in one sitting or just not get buzzed from a couple of pints after work, the lower the alcohol by volume (ABV) the better.

While the definition of a “session beer” is flexible, the standard threshold is that any beer with an ABV of 4.0% or less qualifies. But, that loose standard doesn’t stop breweries from releasing session IPAs at closer to 5.0% ABV (it’s all marketing…).

The challenge to brewers is how to create session beers that stay below the 4.0% threshold and are still flavorful, enjoyable and not out of balance. There are several traditional styles that are meant to be that light in alcohol, such as English-style milds and bitters, some Scottish-style ales, Berliner weisse and light American lagers. But, popular styles that have assertive hop profiles, like IPAs, typically need a more substantial malt base to hold up to all those hops, which in return means a higher ABV (in general, more malt = more alcohol).

Todd Olsen recently founded Olympic Range Brewing in order to focus on what he terms “Micro-Session” beers. His flagship beer, the O/R/B Micro Session IPA, weighs in at just 2.75% ABV. The beer is currently available at Zeeks Pizza’s Upper Queen Anne location, which is near Olsen’s home, and it is or will be on tap soon at both Chuck’s Hop Shop locations and Beveridge Place Pub. You can expect to see it make its way around town to other bars soon.

The reason Olsen is focused on beers with a very low ABV is because those are often the types of beers that he wants to drink when he goes out. He found that too many breweries label beers that weigh in close to 5% ABV as “session beers”, and it was rare that he’d find something with a very low ABV that actually tasted good. He is a longtime homebrewer who has been tweaking the recipe for this session IPA in his garage for a few years now. Earlier this year, he received some help from another local brewer, as many other hopeful future brewery owners do. Olsen says, “I was a fan of Naked City so I started coming in and bugging Don (Webb, brewer and co-owner). He was really, really generous with his time and giving me tasting notes. At some point he said, ‘Let’s make some. I’ll put it on tap and let’s see what happens.’ ” It was a perfect opportunity since Olsen was starting to think about this as a business idea, and the initial batch at Naked City was positively received by customers. After that, Olsen was able to secure the services of another local brewery that is contract brewing the beer for him.

While the IPA is going to be the flagship beer for the brewery, Olsen plans to develop recipes for other styles. He says, “The idea is that there will be a whole line of ‘Micro Session’ beers which will be between 2.5% and 3.5% ABV. I’m working on a coffee porter right now with a local roaster that I know. Really, it’s easier to make a low alcohol porter than it is a hoppy pale. In darker roasted grains, some of the fermentables are roasted out of them.”

As for how Olsen is tweaking his recipes to get the low alcohol results he wants, he is having to be creative. He says, “Basically, I’m trying to break most of the brewing rules around efficient conversion of grain into alcohol.” To start, he uses a higher percentage of a malt called Carapils that has less fermentables than typical base malts, and he uses a clean yeast strain with low attenuation. He’s also being less efficient in terms of mash temperatures.

It doesn’t matter how low the alcohol in a beer is if it doesn’t taste good, and Olsen realizes that there is a fine line he has to walk to balance the hop characteristics and the lighter malt bill. He says about the IPA, “You’ve got to be really careful with this beer, because it can go over the top really easily because there is less malt to stand up to the hops. If you overdue the hops, they can just take over.” In the most recent batch of the IPA, he also lightly dry-hopped the beer with Citra to enhance the aroma.

Early feedback on the IPA from customers at Zeeks is very positive. The staff there says that customers are certainly curious when they see how low the alcohol content is, and the concept is perfect for what is a family-focused establishment.

Olsen hopes to someday have a brewery of his own with a tasting room where customers can sample an entire line of his “Micro-Session” beers. Until then, you can follow the brewery on Facebook and Twitter to see where the beers will be available.



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18th Annual Pyramid Snow Cap Party Featuring The Mowgli’s and Lights

October 21st, 2015 · Events, Washington Breweries

The Pyramid Snow Cap Party is back for the 18th year in a row. On Saturday, December 5, the celebration of Pyramid’s popular winter warmer, Snow Cap, will feature live performances from The Mowgli’s and Lights. There will be pints of Snow Cap and other Pyramid beers.

Tickets are $30 and proceeds benefit the Northwest Avalanche Center.

Below is a video from last year’s party.

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Pike Brewing Expands Ownership Group & Footprint at Existing Location

October 16th, 2015 · Washington Breweries

image003Cheers to the whole crew at Pike Brewing for announcing some great news on the eve of their 26th anniversary. Not only will Rose Ann & Charles Finkel be expanding the ownership group of Pike Brewing to include three key, long-term employees, but Pike will also be expanding the operations and footprint at their current location to include an additional 5,500 square feet of space directly above where the pub is.

Please see the following press release for details, and don’t forget to join Pike tonight from 4pm to 6pm to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the business!

Press Release:

Seattle, WA – October 16, 2015:

A letter from Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, Founders and Owners of The Pike Brewing Company:

Today, on the eve of our 26th anniversary, we’re excited to announce that we’re ensuring that Pike Brewing remains an independent and local company by expanding ownership to three key employees plus expanding our footprint right here in Seattle.

We are proud to announce that we’ve expanded ownership of The Pike Brewing Company to include three key and long term employees. Each individual has helped us build the company. They are Drew Gillespie, Vice President Operations; Patti Baker, Vice President Controller; and Gary Marx, Executive Chef.  Collectively they have been at Pike for 45 years and we have long considered them as family in this family owned brewery. Each one has taken on key projects and responsibilities, showing the same commitment to Pike as we do. By formalizing them as owners alongside us we are ensuring that Pike Brewing remains independent and continues to grow organically.

Speaking of organic growth, we are also happy to announce that we are expanding our footprint and brewing capacity by moving up. We will occupy an additional 5,500 square feet space directly above The Pike Pub on the atrium level with direct access from First Avenue and The Pike Place Market Atrium. The entire space will be remodeled in the Pike style with antique breweriana, an extension of Pike’s Micro Brewery Museum.

If we could update Germany’s Reinheitsgebot, beer purity law, for these times we’d add independence as a fifth ingredient, right alongside malt, water, hops and yeast.  At Pike Brewing, our management team decides what to brew based on quality, taste and sustainability, not dictated from outside sources! When we founded the brewery in 1989 we dared to dream that our creativity and investment would establish a brewing company that would endure in perpetuity. Our role models were the storied European breweries that we represented as sole U.S. agents. Now, 26 years later, that dream has taken another step towards becoming a reality.

When we began our craft beer journey in 1978, the whole of America had only two craft breweries. Currently there are almost 4,000!   No matter the landscape, in almost 40 years in beer, we have never been so excited about our company’s momentum and growth potential. We love our work at Pike Brewing, our new partners: Drew, Patti and Gary; and our team of dedicated brewers, bottlers, warehouse people, sales and marketing professionals, cooks, managers, servers and front-of-the-house staff! We are ecstatic about spending the remainder of our careers as a part of this team.


Charles and Rose Ann Finkel

More about Pike Brewing Company’s ownership and building expansion

The Pike Brewing Company was founded in 1989 by craft beer and wine pioneers, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel. Starting with a four barrel copper gravity flow brew house, demand exceeded supply from the very beginning and the brewery moved to its current home in 1996, adding The Pike Pub. In 1997 their larger beer importing company, including the burgeoning brewery, was sold and the Finkels took a sabbatical. Missing their little baby, Charles and Rose Ann re-acquired Pike Brewing in 2006.

Now, 26 years after its founding, Pike Brewing continues to handcraft its beers under the tutelage of Charles and Rose Ann. As hundreds of new brewers have entered the scene and the largest brewers are either offering their own “crafty beers” or buying up independent brewers, Pike Brewing Company is formalizing its commitment to stay independent and local by expanding ownership to include three key employees.

In addition to the Finkel Family, the new owners are Drew Gillespie, Vice President Operations; Patti Baker, Vice President Controller; and Gary Marx, Executive Chef.  Drew, who has deep roots in Washington’s Okanagan valley, began as a line-cook in The Pike Pub’s kitchen in 1998 and has held more positions than anyone else at Pike. These include bartender, general manager and currently vice president operations.  Patti, born in Oak Park, IL and raised in Stanwood, WA was hired in 2006 as a bookkeeper and office manager. It soon became clear that she had the organizational and financial skills to lead all of Pike Brewing’s finances and human resources. She was promoted to Vice President Controller in January 2015. Chef Gary Marx, from Auburn, WA has been at the helm of The Pike Pub’s kitchen since shortly after it opened in 1996. He has built a culture in Pike’s kitchen that seeks out local and sustainable ingredients for its menu. Under his leadership The Pike Pub has been consistently recognized as a prime dining spot for locals and visitors alike.

Full bios and photos of Pike Brewing Company’s owners can be found here.

Moving up, Pike Brewing will occupy an additional 5,500 square feet space directly above The Pike Pub with a dedicated entrance on First Avenue and direct access from The Pike Place Market. Construction on the expanded space will begin in late 2015 with an estimated completion in the spring of 2016. Current plans for the space include six additional 60 barrel fermenters, a new bright tank and an exciting restaurant concept.This expansion will allow the brewery to meet the primary goal of supplying an ever-increasing demand from customers in the Pacific Northwest at the same time allowing Pike’s talented brewers to introduce more new beers of different styles.

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Pike Brewing Celebrates 26 Years This Friday

October 15th, 2015 · Events, Washington Breweries

Rose Ann & Charles Finkel in the middle, with Tom Douglas and Linda Stratton.

Tourists don’t know how lucky they have it. A brewery located in the iconic Pike Place Market could likely get away with making sub-par beers and still pack the house purely due to foot traffic. Since Charles & Rose Ann Finkel opened Pike Brewing back in 1989, they have been striving to make Seattle a better place by serving up quality ales to locals and tourists alike. In a city where new breweries continually open with mixed results as to the quality of their beers, Pike is one of the solid veterans of the Seattle beer scene.

Pike will be celebrating its 26th Anniversary with a Hoppy Hour this Friday, October 16, from 4pm to 6pm. In addition to $2.60 pints of Pike beers, there will be birthday cakes from Macrina and Gelatimo. Both Charles & Rose Ann will be on hand for the event, so I encourage you to stop by for a pint to say hello and cheers them on their success over the years.


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Elliott Bay Brewery Barrel Aged Invitational Set for November 7

October 12th, 2015 · Events

Elliott Bay Brewery is set to host the 2nd annual Barrel Aged Invitational, which features barrel-aged beers from both Elliott Bay and a selection of guest breweries.

Press Release:

Tickets are on sale now for Elliott Bay Brewery’s Barrel Aged Invitational. The event takes place on Saturday, November 7th from 1pm to 5pm in the Cascade Hall at our Lake City location. For $50, each guest receives 15 tasting tokens, commemorative tasting glass appropriate for the quality of the beer and cider, and a selection of delectable nosh-ables prepared by our talented kitchen crew. Each member of our brewery staff has chosen two guest breweries or cider makers to invite to our event. Each of our brewers has worked with our friends to pick a barrel aged or sour beverage to bring to the Invitational. Many of the guest brewers, cider makers, and blenders will be on hand to answer questions about their creations. In addition, we will have a handful of our own barrel aged beers that we have carefully cellared and selected for this event from our ever growing barrel aging program.

For LCW Head Brewer and Barrel Program Lead, Dan Ashley, this event is the highlight of the year. In his time at Elliott Bay Brewery, he has realized his real passion in brewing lies in the barrel room. This event is our opportunity to not only showcase all the fun stuff we do in our barrel program, but we get to invite our friends who also have invested the time and effort into barrel aging beer and cider, and serve all these unique flavors at one event for our awesome customers. We will have spirit and wine aged strong ales, as well as sour beers with and without fruit.

Guest breweries include:
Big Al’s, Breakside, Black Raven, Cascade Barrel House, Engine House #9, Finnriver Cider, North Fork, Schilling Cider, and Scuttlebutt.

Tickets can be purchased at:


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Beers Made by Walking to Tap Hike-Inspired Beers & Ciders at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse on Oct 15

October 7th, 2015 · Events, Washington Breweries

Beers Made by Walking is back in Seattle again this year. The program teamed up with 9 local breweries (and 1 cidery) to create a beer inspired by plants the brewers found on the trail. The list of participating breweries and the beers they made are below. All of these beers will be pouring on October 15 at Naked City Taphouse from 6pm to 9pm.

Some of the brewers will be on hand for the event, and proceeds from the sale of these beers will be donated to Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

Beer/Cider List:

Fremont Brewing – Licorice-Ginger Bonfire Ale – Winter Ale with brewer’s licorice and ginger inspired by licorice fern and wild ginger. 6.0% ABV, 40 IBU
Ghostfish Brewing – Red Cedar Pale Ale – Pale Ale featuring red cedar boughs. 5.1% ABV, 57.9 IBU

Hi Fi Brewing – Play That Funky Music – Porter with chocolate and cherries inspired by wild cherries found in the Snoqualmie Valley. 5.5% ABV, 40 IBU

Lantern Brewing – Amabalis Wit – Belgian Wit with salal, fennel, elder and yarrow flowers, granite chunks, and silver fir resin inspired by Bandera Mountain. 4.5%

Machine House Brewing – Porter brewed with Devil’s club, inspired by the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River. 5.4% ABV, 18 IBU

Naked City Brewing – English Style Strong Ale with red and black currants inspired by Seattle’s Seward Park. 9% ABV, 22 IBU

Seattle Cider Company – Wild Fermented Berry – Barrel fermented cider with whole fresh raspberries and blackberries. 6.5% AVB

Stoup Brewing – Brambleweizen – Hefeweizen brewed with blackberries. 5.0% ABV, 13 IBU

Tin Dog Brewing – Wild Chamomile Wit – Wit brewed with wild chamomile. 4.2% ABV, 20 IBU

Two Beers Brewing – Woodland Hike Chocolate Stout – Stout brewed with foraged wood for added depth of flavor. 6.5% ABV, 30 IBU

Press Release:

Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) is a program that invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beer inspired by plants that are identified on the trail. Today BMBW and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (Greenway Trust) announce the release of eleven new beers/ciders that are inspired by hikes around the Greenway near Seattle. The beers will be served at a special tapping on October 15th, from 6-9pm, at Naked City Brewery in Seattle.

The featured beers/cider were produced through a collaboration between BMBW and the Greenway Trust after a series of public hikes, led by Greenway experts, with local brewers throughout the summer. Each brewery is donating their specialty beer for this event and a percentage of the the beer sales on October 15 will support the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

Participating local brewers/cideries include: Brickyard Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing, Hi-Fi Brewing, Lantern Brewing, Machine House Brewery, Naked City Brewing, Seattle Cider Co., Stoup Brewing, Tin Dog Brewing, and Two Beers Brewing. Hikes took place along the Mountains to Sound Greenway Corridor.

Each brewery will serve their new beer on October 15th at Naked City Brewery. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of the brewers, learn about the various hikes that inspired the beers, and learn about some of the Greenway Trust and BMBW’s recent work. Beers will be sold by the pint, or in samples, until they run out.

WHAT: Beers Made By Walking Seattle Tapping

WHEN: October 15th • 6-9pm

Naked City Brewery • 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle

COST: Pay per sample set / pint

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Seattle Public Library Celebrates ‘Booktoberfest’ at Pubs & Library Branches Across the City in October

October 5th, 2015 · Events

Seattle residents love good beer, and they love books. The Seattle Public Library is on board with that combination, and starting today the inaugural “Booktoberfest” will celebrate books and beer at venues across the city and last through the month of October.

The fun includes “Librarians’ Revenge” trivia rounds and “Ales from the Crypt” scary story readings at pubs located all over the city. There will also be a book and cider pairing event at Capitol Cider, and several events at various library branches. See the full list of events below or on the Seattle Public Library website.

Cheers to our awesome library for bringing together two of our favorite things!

Full list of events:

Librarians’ Revenge Trivia Rounds – Match wits with librarians on bookish and library themed trivia.


Beer Basics and Home Brewing – Learn all you need to know to begin brewing beer at home from Fremont Brewing Company’s Education Director.


Bookish Happy Hour – Grab a beer and mingle with fellow book lovers as you discuss what you’re currently reading and your favorite books.


The James Franco Review, with Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr – Join LitCrawl, The James Franco Review, and Seattle Public Library for an evening of poetry from diverse voices featuring inaugural Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr.


Flight of Fancy – A Literary Cider Flight – Taste a sampling of hard ciders at Capitol Cider as librarians suggest books to pair with each.


Late Night at the Library: Spooky Stories in the Stacks – Enjoy spooky stories told after hours at the Library. For adults and older kids.


Beer-themed 1930s Movie Matinee – Watch “The Public Enemy,” a Prohibition-era story of two Chicago thugs involved in the illicit trade of black market booze. Also showing The Three Stooges in “Three Little Beers” and Looney Tunes in “Buddy’s Beer Garden.”


‘Ales from the Crypt: Spooky Stories ‘n Suds – Love scary stories? Love beer? What about scary stories under the influence of beer? Come gather round the beer taps to hear chilling tales of the macabre consequences of bragging under the influence, and of the grim and ghastly fate that awaits those who chug spoiled beer! Each reading features the same tales and will last about 45 minutes.


For more information, visit the Booktoberfest page, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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The Hopvine Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Special Events Through Saturday

September 30th, 2015 · Events, Washington Breweries

I’m a little late to get this press release up, but it is not too late to join The Hopvine in celebrating 20 great years on Capitol Hill. Owner Bob Brenlin is an advocate for quality beer, and The Hopvine is one of Seattle’s original “beer bars”. They are celebrating with events this entire week, including the release of some special beers brewed just for the Hopvine’s anniversary. See the press release below for full details and a full list of special release beers.

Cheers to Bob and the rest of the crew at Hopvine!

Press Release:
The Hopvine is celebrating 20 years on 15th Ave East serving the best in craft beer combined with comforting food and a pub setting that welcomes its neighbors. The focus is on the best in craft beer and we take pride in working with many of our brewer friends to showcase their products in the best possible way. We only have 12 taps ensuring quick pour through and constant freshness. A short draw from keg to tap and weekly tap and line cleaning also make for the best beer experience. Over the years we have introduced many new beers to our friends on 15th E and before it was common. Our beer list for 20 years has been hop forward, adventuresome and always fresh. We have encouraged our customers to meet the brewers behind the beers and have introduced amazing beers and the people that make them in our Brewer Night series.

Along with the beer we have become known for our chef-inspired soups and comfort food. Chef Congdon has been creating food to deliciously pair with craft beer in a kitchen that is incredibly small but not creatively limiting. We wouldn’t be the pub we are without the amazing people who bring the beer and food to life at the Hopvine. The Hopvine has an amazing crew. They are beer and world knowledgeable and deliver the ultimate pub experience.

We have a series of events that highlight what we have done over the years. You are invited to enjoy what we think will be a fantastic week. There will be at least 20 unique and wonderful beers released throughout the week from our brewer friends. There will be anniversary beers brewed specially for us and cellared beers that we guarantee will blow your mind.

Monday September 28th 6pm Naked City Cask Night .
The Hopvine is known for their Monday cask night. This anniversary cask night is even more special with casks from Naked City Brewing. A collaboration cask with Flying Bike Cooperative and a special cask from Bigtime. The beer will be fantastic.

Tuesday September 29th 7pm Two Beers Brewing Hopvine Anniversary Beer Release & Beer Bingo
Join us as we release the Hopquinox Two Beers beer made for the Hopvine. Special bingo from the bingo masters and something special from the kitchen.

Wednesday September 30th 8pm Anniversary Open Mic Sponsored by Black Raven
We celebrate one of the Oldest Open Mics in the city. Some of our all-star players will perform and Black Raven will bring something special for the night. We will release our own Zach’s beer as well.

Thursday October 1st 7pm Stoup Brewing Hopvine Beer Release. Foggy Noggin Beer Release.
Two of our favorite brewers release beers for the Hopvine. An amazing IPA from Stoup. Foggy Noggin releases their all Washington ingredient Beer.

Friday October 2nd 9pm. Anacortes Karaoke
We bring our ever popular Halloween Karaoke to our anniversary week. One of our oldest Brewer friends sponsors the event with special beer.

Saturday October 3rd 8pm Anniversary Week Finale with Schooner Exact Brewing and the Lonely Mountain Lovers Band.
We conclude our week with a barbecue and live music. Schooner Exact will provide beer. Ribs on the Barbecue and acoustic music on stage.

Here is the full list of special beer releases for the week:

Monday  September 28th
Cask Beers
Naked City Beyond the Pale Citra Dryhopped 1
Flying Bike Cooperative Naked City Collaboration Brewmance Series 2.
 Note: First in the collaboration brewmance between Naked City and the
    Flying Bike Cooperative
Bigtime Pumpkin cask 3
Noli Refresh Lacto Tart Pale 4
Pacific Brewing and Malting  Grapefruit Citra Pale 5.  Note: Grapefruit essence added to a citra
   based pale
Tuesday  September 29th
 Two Beers Hoparillo Fresh Hop Hopvine Anniversary  6
New Belgium  Felix Blackberry Love 7.
Chainline Black Swan CDA 8.
Holy Mountain Fresh Hop Pale 9
Holy Mountain Ox Brett aged in whiskey barrels 10.
Wednesday September 30th
Black  Raven Great Grandfather Raven Bourbon Imp. Stout 11.
Black Raven Corvus Frambicus Raspberry Sour 12.
Rogue Creamery Imp brown  13.
Greenflash Anniversary Sour 14.
Post Doc Alpha Factor IPA aged in Jack Daniels Barrels 15
Zach Mertens Anniversay Red “we will be releasing a special, one of a kind keg brewed by our
  very own beertender, Zach!”    16
Thursday October 1
Stoup Anniversay IPA Brewed for the Hopvine  17
Foggy Noggin All Washington Malt Anniversary Pale  18
Boundary Bay 20th Anniversary Fresh Hop IPA 19
Reubens Pumpkin Spice 20.  pint 6
Friday  October 2
Anacortes Broken Link Saison Sour 21
Cask Firkin IPA 22
Saturday  October 3
Hopvine Schooner Exact IPA  22
Schooner Exact Boxcar Hopper Barrel Aged Strong Ale 23.
Wander special Bourbon Aged Baltic Poter 24.

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