Sour Beer Blowout at The Pine Box Tonight

February 16th, 2017 · Uncategorized

Do you like sour beer? I like sour beer. You should go to The Pine Box tonight for their Sour Beer Blowout. It’s not going to suck. I have heartburn just thinking about it. The good kind of heartburn, though. You know what I mean.

The prelim beer lineup is below.
BFM Abbaye de st. Bonne Chien
Almanac Beer Co White Label
Black Raven Brewery Corvos Kriekus
Breakside Brewery Portmanteau
Oude Beersel Lambic
Cascade Brewing Sang Noir
De Garde Brewing Petit Blanc
Engine House No. 9 B.A. Funky Farmer Ralph
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Agrestic Ale
Firestone Krieky Bones
Grand Teton Brewing Company Chardonnay Barrel American Sour
Green Flash Brewing Co. Oculous Sauvage
Grimm Brothers Farmers Wild Daughter
Highwater East Meets West Wine barrel golden with kiwi and kumquat
Holy Mountain Brewing Aureuma oak-fermented sour aged peaches
New Belgium Brewing Love Cherry Felix
pFriem Family BrewersFlanders Red
Schooner Exact Brewing Co. Black Berry Sour
Stoup Brewing Motueka Strong Sour
TRVE Brewing Cursed
Urban Family Brewing Company Flat Earth Theory

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Register Now for Second Annual Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference

February 16th, 2017 · Homebrewing

If you are a homebrewer who can’t make it to the National Homebrewers Conference in Minneapolis in June, you should consider signing up for the Second Annual Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference (PNWHC). Taking place in Vancouver, WA on March 17 & 18, the PNWHC gives homebrewers from our corner of the country an opportunity to get together for educational seminars and to connect with fellow brewers from throughout the region. I’m sure there will be a few good beers to share, as well.

Press Release:

Registration is open for the second annual Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference (PNWHC) March 17-18 in Vancouver, WA. The regional conference welcomes homebrewers from British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and beyond to expand their brewing skills through two days of educational seminars, networking opportunities and evening tasting events.

“The PNWHC is a great way to get together with area homebrewers, improve your brewing skills and just have fun,” says Conference Chair Jill Marilley. The PNWHC is endorsed by the American Homebrewers Association and complements the AHA’s annual Homebrew Con by providing access to expert educational opportunities and social connection within the hobby of homebrewing to the Pacific Northwest region.

The conference’s 30+ educational seminars facilitated by brewing experts will cover a range of subjects including brewing kettle soured beers, brewing with hot rocks, moving from homebrewer to professional, and many more. There are seminars for every level of brewing experience, from the novice homebrewer to the veteran zymurgist alike.

Conference registration also includes the opening night toast and dinner, keynote speaker lunch, closing night dinner, exhibit hall access and two incredible evening tasting parties. At Friday’s “Pro-Brewers Night”, registrants will mingle in the exhibit hall and enjoy beers from the region’s top breweries. The conference culminates Saturday night with the highly anticipated “Club Brews” tasting event at which regional homebrew clubs will be serving their best beers from fun themed booths. Costumes are encouraged!

The PNWHC introduces Will Kemper of Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham, WA as the 2017 Keynote Speaker. With decades of experience in the brewing industry, Will’s talk will center on his passion for brewing, how he came to be a brewer, his path to starting over 25 breweries around the globe, and his continued commitment to quality and to his values in creating beer.

The conference’s $199 early registration fee includes two days of educational seminars, three meals, exhibit hall access, two evening tasting events, goodie bag and commemorative glass, and can be purchased online. The registration price will increase to $229 on February 21.

Attendees arriving early can choose to join fellow beer lovers on two bus tours that visit some of Portland and the Colombia River Gorge’s most respected breweries. Bus tour prices range from $58.50-$68.50 per person and include transportation, beer, lunch and goodie bag.

The conference will be held at the Vancouver Hilton. Reserve your room at the conference rate of $132 per night (+ taxes/fees) by calling 360-993-4500.

PNWHC is made possible through the generous support of Brewcraft USA, The American Homebrewers Association, Bader Beer and Wine Supply, Amoretti, Micro Homebrew Supply, and Yakima Valley Hops.

Newsletter signup:

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Modern Times Beer Expanding Distribution to Seattle Later This Month

February 9th, 2017 · California Beer, General Beer News

Modern Times Beer, located in San Diego, CA, will soon begin distributing beer throughout Washington and Oregon. Launch events will take place from February 22 to 26 in WA (more details soon), and afterwards the full lineup of regularly-distributed Modern Times Beer will be available in Seattle.

I have only had the pleasure of sampling Modern Times beers a couple of times, but they certainly have a good reputation and I am looking forward to getting to know their beer better. Check out their beer release calendar for more details on what we’ll see here in Seattle. CEO and Founder Jacob McKean said on BA, “It’ll be full regular distro of everything other than tasting room-only releases. So seasonals, monthly bombers & cans, some funky/sour 750s, etc…We’re extremely excited for this and are consequently lavishing attention on these launches; there will be loads of barrel-aged rarities at the events. We’ve also got several collabs in the works, including with Great Notion & Wandering Aengus.”

McKean was kind enough to answer a few questions for me today. Check out the virtual mini-interview below.

1) Tell us about your beers. From a quick look at your release calendar on the website, I notice a few main themes: hops, coffee and sour/saison. Why is the PNW an attractive market for your beer?
The animating ethos of Modern Times is to make beer geek beer available to everyone. You shouldn’t have to wait in line at 6am in a parking lot to drink world class, cutting edge craft beer. Stylistically, our line-up runs the gamut, with a particular focus on hybrid styles and session-ish ABVs, but the broad themes are aroma and complexity. From our saison to our oatmeal coffee stout to our hoppy wheat or our IPA, our beers always have a bangin’ aroma and a layered, intense, saturated flavor profile. The PNW is a great market for us because we do best in areas with the most educated, advanced beer drinkers. Our beers, our aesthetic, and our deep commitment to business ethics matches the zeitgeist of the PNW extremely well. We also want a plausible business excuse to visit more often. Oh, and we’re a world class specialty coffee roaster, which also seems like a good fit.
2) Modern Times has been open less than 4 years. It sounds like a lot has happened since Day 1. Can you give us a quick summary of the evolution of the brewery and what is driving the expansion of distribution into the NW?
A enormous amount has happened in the 3.5 years since we opened. We’ve grown for a 4 person draft-only operation to a 105 person company cranking out cans, bottles, kegs, loads of barrel-aged monsters and lots of extremely tasty coffee. We’ve also opened a satellite tasting room, and we have 3 more in the works (two with on-site brewing.) Even though we produce way more beer than I ever dreamed we would, the overwhelming majority of that is sold within a few hours of the brewery. We’ve recently brought a bunch of new gear and capacity improvements online, including new canning and bottling lines, several giant new tanks, and a centrifuge. That has given us the opportunity to start sending our beer a bit farther afield (and have it hold-up much better when we do), and the PNW has long been one of our top priorities.
3) Seattle is a very competitive market with lots of outstanding beer. We’ve seen breweries enter the Seattle market before and then disappear, often because a brewery fails to support the brand. What will you be doing to make sure you have continued success in Seattle (and the NW)?
We’ll have a sales rep in the field supporting us from day one, ensuring that our beer is staying fresh and is being sold in the right places. We are indeed lavishing attention on these launches, and many of us have deep roots in the area, whether from previous brewing jobs or working with hops growers or being involved in the music and coffee scenes. But ultimately what’s going to make the difference for us is the beer itself. In a competitive market, if the beer doesn’t kick ass and doesn’t fill a unique niche, it’ll disappear. Obviously we hope and believe that our beer is awesome enough and unique enough to earn a place in the PNW.

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The Masonry Partners with KEXP for Farmhouse Beer Fest

February 3rd, 2017 · Events

When it comes to farmhouse ales, no bar in Seattle has more passion for these styles than The Masonry, located in Lower Queen Anne. They do more to regularly feature excellent saisons and other farmhouse ales with their 14 taps and single bottle fridge than any other bar in town.

Last February, the bar hosted an epic Farmhouse Beer Fest featuring a lineup of these styles of beers unequaled at any previous event in Seattle. It was great, but their space isn’t exactly huge. Cozy would best describe it. So, it was welcome news when they recently announced that for this year’s event they are partnering with KEXP and hosting the festivities in KEXP’s home at Seattle Center on Saturday, February 25. More information and tickets are available on the KEXP website.

The first thing a casual beer drinker might notice is the ticket price. $120? What gives? Well, first off, these are not cheap beers. Many of the beers will be pouring in Seattle for the first time ever, and even the ones you could buy at retail might cost you upwards of $30 for a bottle. Unless you are a serious beer geek, you likely won’t recognize most of the breweries on this list. I’ll assure you that they are pretty much the best of the best when it comes to farmhouse ales. With your ticket, you’ll get unlimited tastings (until bottles run out), food from the Masonry’s kitchen (which is awesome) and a commemorative glass for the event. Proceeds from ticket sales will also go to benefit KEXP.

In addition to this main event, there will also be a few other events set up at some of the best bars around town making it a “farmhouse weekend” of sorts. More info to come on that soon.

Buy tickets here.

Press Release:

Seattle – February 2, 2017 – On Saturday, February 25th, KEXP will host the Masonry’s Third Annual Farmhouse Beer Festival. Beer lovers from throughout the region will come together in the KEXP Gathering Space at Seattle Center for a celebration of beer and music showcasing some of the best farmhouse ales from Washington, across the United States, and abroad.

The Farmhouse Beer Festival is a unique opportunity for beer connoisseurs and newbies alike to sample many rare brews in Seattle in the company of the brewers who make them, all while enjoying live sets by KEXP’s top-notch musical curators including DJ Reeves and DJ Larry Rose. Some of these beers rarely leave the taproom making this a “can’t miss” event for music and beer lovers alike.

La Marzocco, the Café in the KEXP Gathering Space, will be open during the event.

The Light in the Attic Record Store will be open for visitors’ record browsing and buying pleasure.

Event Details:
Saturday, February 25th
Noon – 4 pm
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit KEXP
Tickets are $120 per person: Your ticket includes
· Tastings, all poured straight from the bottle
· Food from the Masonry’s Kitchen
· Commemorative Event glassware

More information and tickets at KEXP.ORG

Participating Breweries Include:
· 2nd Shift Brewing: St. Louis, MO
· Ale Apothecary: Bend, OR
· Anchorage Brewing Company: Anchorage, AK
· De Garde Brewing: Tillamook, OR
· Engine House #9: Tacoma, WA
· Fantome Brewery: Belgium
· Fonta Flora Brewery: Morganton, NC
· Highland Park Brewery: Los Angeles, CA
· Holy Mountain Brewing: Seattle, WA
· Jester King Brewery: Austin, TX
· Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales: Ann Arbor, MI
· Kent Falls Brewing: Kent, CT
· Monkish Brewing Company: Los Angeles, CA
· Off Color Brewing: Chicago, IL
· Sante Adairrius Rustic Ales: Capitola, CA
· Tired Hands Brewing Company: Ardmore, PA
· And more!

What’s a “Farmhouse Ale”?
Farmhouse Ales are traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not long ago this method was close to extinction, but in recent years there has been a massive revival —especially in the US. This is a very complex brewing style; many of the offerings are very fruity in aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness, lots of spice, and medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry and many have only a touch of sweetness. Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 5.0-8.0%

Open since August 2013, The Masonry is a small bar located in the Uptown neighborhood of Seattle. We cook all food, from our Neapolitan-style pizzas to our spicy meatballs, in a wood-burning oven. Come chat with our bartenders about our extensive beer list, watch our chefs at work, and listen to some samples from our record collection. Featuring 14 beer taps, 2 cider taps, 5 wine taps and a seasonal, rotating lunch and dinner menu.

KEXP is a nonprofit arts organization serving music lovers and artists through in-person, broadcast, and online programming. KEXP operates one of the most influential listener-supported music radio stations in the world, 90.3 KEXP-FM Seattle, with online and on-air service reaching over 200,000 global listeners each week. On KEXP’s YouTube channel, videos of exclusive live performances garner more than 2.1 million views per week. From their headquarters at Seattle Center, KEXP hosts community events and produces hundreds of live performances each year, many of which are open to public audiences at no charge. For more information, please visit

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Naked City Brewing Opening Second Location on Camano Island This Spring

January 26th, 2017 · Washington Breweries

Exciting news for Naked City Brewing!

Press Release:

Camano Island, WA – Naked City Brewing is thrilled to announce the launch of its second location, a new brewpub at Terry’s Corner on the north end of Camano Island opening in Spring of 2017.

Naked City Camano Island features the award-winning beers that established Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Seattle as a world-class brewpub, along with gourmet comfort food and the best art and culture in the Northwest. The film noir-themed watering hole offers 12 rotating house-brewed beers, plus local ciders and wines, craft soda, a dedicated Ghostfish gluten-free beer tap, and a scratch kitchen sourcing from Camano Island farms and local vendors.

“We love Camano Island already, and couldn’t be more excited to join the great community there,” said Don Webb, Naked City’s head brewer and co-founder. Webb is concocting a new brew called Easy Island Pale Ale in honor of the grand opening, which, along with Naked City’s other beers, will be available in crowlers to go as well as on draft.

Executive Chef Tessa Roberts designed a rotating seasonal food menu for Camano Island, featuring fresh vegetables grown for the brewpub by Camano Island farmers. Naked City’s beloved favorites, including the award-winning beet burger, Naked Burger, and hand-cut fries, headline a menu that includes vegetarian and gluten-free fare.

The Ko-lut-chen Beer Garden at Naked City Camano Island is adjacent to the grass outdoor amphitheater anchoring Terry’s Corner. In summer, the pub will feature film, theater, music, and art events, and in the winter, a holiday tree with lights and a visit from Brew Santa. The brewpub boasts a library and rotating art gallery, with classic movies playing on the bar TVs.

“The American public house has a long tradition of fostering community, and Naked City looks forward to supporting all the wonderful activities and events already happening in Camano and Stanwood,” said general manager Bryan Miller, who co-owns Naked City along with Webb.

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Seattle was named one of the Top 100 Beer Bars in America by DRAFT magazine three years in a row. The flagship brewpub celebrated eight years of award-winning food, beer, and culture in October of 2016.

Visit for updates and grand opening events to be announced.

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110+ Beers Pouring for 8th Annual Belgianfest at Seattle Center This Weekend

January 23rd, 2017 · Washington Breweries

Belgianfest is one of my favorite local beer festivals of the year. There are plenty of local breweries that regularly offer Belgian-style beer, but this event lets many breweries that don’t typically brew Belgian styles have a little fun. Also, it’s really nice to go to a local beer festival where every brewery is not pouring its version of an American-style IPA.

You can check out the beer list with detailed descriptions on the Washington Beer Commission website.

More information:

Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center!
305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109
Session 1: 12-4pm
Session 2: 5:30-9:30 pm

Tickets are $37 Advance or $45 at the door. Limited tickets at the door.
Admission includes a tasting glass and 10 tasting tokens. Each taste is 4 oz.
Separate tickets required for each session.
$5 designated driver admission is available at the door. Designated driver includes includes soda and/or water.

21+ only. No refunds. No dogs. Registered service dogs ok.

2017 Belgian Fest beer list now posted!

Bread and Circuses
Lumpia World
Hallava Falafel 

The Washington Beer Commission encourages you to designate a driver or take public transportation to Belgian Fest. 

Taxi Service:
Yellow Cab (206) 622-6500
Orange Cab (206) 522-8800

Public Transportation and Directions to Seattle Center

Parking at Seattle Center.

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Sad News – Big Al Brewing Closing in White Center

January 13th, 2017 · Washington Breweries

Alejandro Brown, owner of Big Al Brewing in White Center, announced yesterday via Facebook that the brewery’s last day of business would be this Saturday, January 14. Big Al Brewing took over the Pacific Rim Brewing operations after they went out of business in 2008, and the business has been one of Seattle’s better neighborhood breweries since. It’s sad news for local beer drinkers.

Could this be a sign of things to come for other local breweries? Possibly. Increased competition from new local breweries and pressure from breweries outside the area that distribute to Seattle is the reality of the industry. Competition for tap handles at bars and restaurants across the city is only going to get more intense. I think there is plenty of room in this town for more brewpub-focused businesses, but the landscape for production breweries that rely on distribution is a completely different game.

On a personal note, I’m truly sad to see Big Al Brewing closing. While I rarely made it over to the brewery in White Center, I always enjoyed their beers when I found them around town. Some of my favorite beers of theirs over the years include the Winter Warmer, Smoked Porter and Old #1 Barleywine. And, let’s not forget the Seattle Beer News/Big Al Brewing Passive Aggressive Wheat.

Big Al also did a great job in exploring barrel-aged beers, most recently with their Time Capsule series, and earlier with their Super Kriek, Jupiter’s Blood and probably others I can’t remember. While it was on a small scale, Alejandro was ahead of the curve in Seattle with barrel-aged beers and it was something he always wanted to expand. But, it’s a tough business model to get going in large volume without having a lot of capital up front. In an interview I did with him for the Northwest Brewing News quite a few years ago, Al said, “We don’t have deep pockets to dig into, and I’m trying to make the growth happen organically. I feel like I might miss the opportunity if I don’t get on it soon. When I look at places like Cascade in Oregon I think ‘Wow, those guys are making some amazing beers.’ I’d love to be doing that.”

Alejandro is one of the nicest people that I’ve met in the industry, and his crew over the years has reflected that. He was lucky enough to work with a lot of friends at the brewery.  For those that know him, it was so very obvious how much he enjoyed pursuing his passion. Cheers to him and his wife Noelle for building a local business that was embraced by the neighborhood for 8 years. Best of luck in whatever comes next!

The brewery’s last day of business will be tomorrow, Saturday, January 14. They will be pouring a bunch of special Time Capsule beers, and the Seahawks game will be on upstairs. Stop by and say goodbye.

Alejandro’s announcement on Facebook (reprinted w/ permission):

8 years ago. Damn time flies! Every time I sit down to write this I have to stop because it’s too damn hard. But some things have to be said. Saturday January 14th will be the last day of Big Al Brewing as we know it. We are closing our doors. Phew, hard part over. There are many contributing factors that led to this decision but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter. I’d rather focus on the positive. What an amazing 8 years it has been!! I lived my dream and experienced things I could have never thought of in my wildest dreams! The support we got from the amazing brewing industry. The bars who are so dedicated to not only craft beer, but Washington craft beer, are amazing. The partnerships we formed, the friendships that will last forever. The memories, the many, many, MANY beers shared with you all. The festivals, brewers nights, collaborations, guest brewers, OUR AWESOME EMPLOYEES! And let’s not forget the friends and family who reached in to their savings account and put cold hard cash where their support was and invested in this thing! All of it, more than I ever dreamed. There are way too many to thank here, but rest assured, you’ll be hearing from me for a pint or 3 sometime soon. You know who you are, whether you have been supporting us from day one or you just got on board with this thing last year, I see you. And I’ll see you soon.
Before I sign off, I do have to acknowledge one person by name. Noelle Brown, you are my rock. You are my #1 fan and this last 8 years is because of you. You believed in me when this was just a crazy idea. You said “do it honey, I support you”. You let me quit my solid career, take my Grandparents inheritance, your equity in your condo and most important, your loving support, and you jumped right off a cliff with me. Not bad for a serial toe-dipper!! I love you, Noelle. Thank you. Oh and, there’ll be more cliffs. Sorry

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The Beer Junction Set to Kick Off 5th Annual Barrel Junction Event This Weekend

January 12th, 2017 · Events

The crew at The Beer Junction always does a fantastic job with the beer lineups for their special events, but they may have outdone themselves this time. The 5th annual Barrel Junction kicks off this Saturday, January 14 and will run through Sunday, January 22. The event will start off with 30 barrel aged beers on tap at 11am Saturday morning. Starting on Monday, January 16, they will also tap a special “daily headliner” keg at 11am each day.

Following is the opening lineup and daily headliner releases.

Opening Lineup:
1. AleSong Rhino Suit (Imperial Milk Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels) 2016
2. Anderson Valley Huge Arker (Imperial Stout Aged in Wild Turkey Barrels) 2016
3. Ballast Point Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Marlin Porter 2016
4. Belching Beaver Bourbon Barrel Aged Horchata Imperial Milk Stout 2016
5. Cloudburst Wine Aged Saison (more details to come) 2017
6. Crux [BANISHED] Tough Love (Bourbon Aged Russian Imperial Stout) 2015
7. Deschutes The Abyss 2013
8. Elevation Oil Man (Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout) 2015
9. Firestone Walker 19th Anniversary (Blend of Barrel Aged Ales) 2015
10. Fort George Matryoskha (Four Roses Bourbon Aged Russian Imperial Stout) 2017
11. Fremont Bourbon Aged Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout 2015
12. Fremont BBOMB (Bourbon Aged Winter Ale) 2014
13. Georgetown Bourbon Aged 18 Pound Imperial Porter 2016
14. Great Divide Whiskey Aged Yeti Imperial Stout 2016
15. High Water Sugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie Strong Ale 2015
16. Lagunitas Willet Whiskey Aged Imperial Stout 2016
17. Laughing Dog The Dogfather (Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout) 2014
18. Midnight Berserker (Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout) 2015
19. New Holland Coconut Dragon’s Milk (Aged in Rum Barrels) 2016
20. New Holland Dragon’s Milk (Bourbon Aged Imperial Milk Stout) 2016
21. North Sound Creepy Monkey (Bourbon & Whiskey Aged Imperial Brown Ale) 2015
22. Old Schoolhouse Hooligan Stout (Oak Aged) 2016
23. Schilling Barrel Project #1 (Heaven Hill’s Boubon Aged Apple Brandy)
24. Schooner Exact Bourbon Aged Imperial Porter 2015
25. Silver City Big Magnificent Bastard (Scotch Ale Aged in Scotch Whiskey Barrels) 2016
26. Skookum Barrel Aged Breakfast of Crows Imperial Stout 2016
27. Snipes Mountain Terror in The Wood (Red Wine Aged Imperial Stout) 2013
28. To Ol Fall of Man (Bourbon Aged Imperial Porter) 2015
29. Wander Bourbon Aged Emissary Imperial Stout 2016
30. Widmer BrrrBON (Vanilla Infused Version) 2012

Daily Headliners:
January 16th: Block 15 Figgy Pudding (Brandy Barrel Aged Stong Ale) 2016
January 17th: North Coast Old Stock Reserve (Old Ale aged in Rye Whiskey and Wheat Whiskey Barrels) 2014
January 18th: Lost Abbey Deliverance (Bourbon Aged Serpent’s Stout and Brandy Aged Angels Share) 2013
January 19th: Breakside Oligarch (Imperial Stout Aged in Boubon Barrels) 2016
January 20th: Oskar Blues Barrel Aged Ten Fidy Imperial Stout 2016
January 21st: Epic Brewing Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout 2016
January 22nd: Holy Mountain Deadfall (Stock Ale Aged in Westland Whiskey Barrels) 2016

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Founders Brewing Features Special Brews at Launch Events Around Seattle

January 6th, 2017 · Beer Releases

For those of you that were excited to hear about Michigan’s Founders Brewing coming to the Seattle market, the wait is over. It sounds like bottles started hitting select stores earlier this week, and there are several launch parties happening across Seattle next week.

Following are the launch parties taking place next week in the Seattle area. There will be some great beers pouring at each event, including a few new releases. Click on the links for details on the taplist and times for each event.

TeKu Tavern on Monday, January 9
Chuck’s Hop Shop on Tuesday, January 10
The Pine Box on Tuesday, January 10
Meet our Co-Founder at Brouwer’s Cafe on Wednesday, January 11
Meet our Co-Founder at The Beer Junction on Thursday, January 12
Meet our Head Brewer at Malt & Vine (Redmond) on Thursday, January 12



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Fish Brewing Targets Summer 2017 for New Location in Tacoma

December 27th, 2016 · Openings, Washington Breweries

Fish Brewing announced today that it will open a new “Pub & Eatery” in Tacoma, with a target of opening sometime in the summer of 2017. This new location will complement the original Fish Tale Brew Pub in Olympia and the Fish Brewing Tap Room, located in Woodinville.

Press Release:

Olympia, WA – December 27, 2016 – Fish Brewing Company has announced today that it will open a new Pub & Eatery on the Grand Plaza at The Shops at Point Ruston in Tacoma, WA. Craft beer fans can expect the same commitment to quality and relentless innovation the company has embodied since 1992.

President Sal Leone notes, “It’s an exciting time here at Fish Brewing Co. With a long-standing history of showcasing our products with quality food at our award winning pub in Olympia, we are excited about bringing this experience to Tacoma.  Point Ruston is becoming one of the area’s premier mixed-use destination showcasing quality restaurants, a variety of retailers, a cinema and a future hotel convention center on the shores of the Puget Sound. This new location is a perfect opportunity for Fish to expand our great tasting craft beverages and food experience to one of Tacoma’s most vibrant neighborhoods.”

The restaurant will be approximately 6,900 square feet with a seating capacity of 360 guests including a second story terrace and outdoor seating. It will feature a similar menu as the Olympia Fish Tale Brewpub including award-winning handcrafted beers from Fish Tale Ale, Leavenworth Biers and Spire Mountain Ciders as well as six wine taps featuring Piccola Cellars and a selection of fine spirits. Construction is in process, and the new Pub & Eatery is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.

“This is a great opportunity for Fish Brewing and we are excited to be in the heart of Tacoma.” said Matt Lisowski, Executive Vice President of Fish Brewing Co. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to connect with the community of Point Ruston and release our newest beer, Ruston Way IPA, debuting in our new Pub & Eatery. We are excited to bring the message of Fish Brewing to Point Ruston, and continue to develop our award winning craft beverages in the Pacific Northwest.

The Fish Brewing Pub & Eatery will be Fish Brewing’s third location. Fish continues to operate their original location in Olympia, WA, Fish Tale BrewPub, which was recently awarded Best Brewpub in Western Washington, and Fish Brewing Taproom in Woodinville, WA, located just north of the Hollywood School house in the heart of Woodinville wine country.

About Fish Brewing Company

Founded in 1993, Fish Brewing Company is owned by over 400 beer drinking consumers, who pooled their resources to build a landmark brewery in Olympia, WA, which is known for its quality water and artesian wells. Fish Brewing uses when possible locally sourced Washington ingredients. Fish Brewing produces hand-crafted beers and ciders under our three core brands: Fish Tale Ales, Leavenworth Biers, and Spire Mountain Cider, which can be found in 20 states and internationally, both in bottles and on draft. Fish Brewing produces award winning spirits under the brand name Vitis, which are available throughout the Pacific Northwest. Fish Brewing operates a full service an award winning pub in Olympia, WA, which was featured on the Food Networks show Diners, Drive-in & Dives, and a new taproom in Woodinville, WA. Fish Brewing believes that fresh beer and cider, fine food, and enduring friendships are what life in the Great Pacific Northwest is all about. For more information visit

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