Get Creative With the Fremont Brewing CANpaign

July 8th, 2014 · Random Beer Pics, Russell Lo, Washington Breweries

Want to win some cool stuff from Fremont Brewing while having fun and drinking beer? Fremont kicked off their CANpaign last week, where they are asking fans to submit photos of cans of their beers in the wild. Going for a hike or a weekend camping getaway? Bring some Fremont cans and get creative. See the details on how to enter below.

More info from Fremont Brewing:

“It’s time, folks…time for the Fremont Brewing CANpaign! Yep, that’s right. We’re challenging you, you craft-beer-in-a-can-drinker you, to capture our beer cans in scenic, outdoor settings. Next time you go hiking, biking, mountaintop zumba-ing, kayaking, etc., snag some of our cans, snap an awe-inspiring photo, and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #FremontCANpaign.

Each week, from now through September 21st, we’ll select a winning photograph and award the owner of that photo with a $10 gift card. The twelve winning photographs (one selected each week) will then go head-to-head in an online vote. The grand prize will be a four-person VIP Tour of the brewery and a $50 gift card. Did we mention that we’ll be chauffeuring you and your friends in our Beer Patrol car?!?

Three Key Requirements: 1) Follow us on Instagram at @FremontBrewing, 2) Include one of our beer cans in your photo, 3) Use the hashtag #FremontCANpaign “

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5 Washington Beers Available in Cans Perfect for the 4th of July

July 2nd, 2014 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

silverWe all know that the true Seattle summer doesn’t start until the 4th of July comes around, and that alone is reason enough to celebrate this upcoming weekend. On the 4th of July, people will be getting together to grill, visit with family & friends and celebrate our independence from those evil Brits (they really aren’t so bad). For most people reading this website, that likely means enjoying a few beers at whatever party or event you end up attending.

Here are a few simple rules that you should probably stick to when choosing your beers for the 4th:

  1. Serve beer made by a brewery that is actually American-owned. That immediately excludes anything from MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch, both of which are owned by huge international conglomerates based outside of the U.S. That also excludes any of those “cool” retro brands owned by Pabst Brewing Company, which in addition to PBR include the once-local Rainier and Olympia; all of their brands are contract brewed at MillerCoors facilities. Also, local NW brewery Pyramid is 100% owned by a food & beverage company located in Costa Rica.
  2. To take it a step further, choose something local. There is great beer being made in every corner of the country these days, but supporting local businesses is a very American thing to. There are plenty of local options when looking for beers for this weekend.
  3. Choose beers that are not too high in alcohol. Assuming that you’ll be hanging out for a while, you will likely want to have a few beers without getting trashed. If you do just want to get trashed and celebrate America, bourbon is a solid choice.

Again, there are many great local options available for the 4th of July. Stop by your favorite beer retailer this week and I’m sure they can help you find something worthy. Following are 5 beers available in cans that you could stock up on. Why cans? Because they are convenient for picnics/BBQs and with the increasing availability of more brands in cans you have a lot to choose from.

  1. Fremont Summer Ale – This 5.2% ABV pale ale is one of my favorite things about summer. It’s a simple combo of fruity Amarillo hops and base 2-Row malt. The result is full of hop flavor without being very bitter. Refreshing and full of flavor. I want one right now. Available in six-packs of 12oz cans, 22oz bottles and on draft.
  2. Silver City Ziggy Zoggy Lager - This balanced, easy drinking, unfiltered 5% ABV German-style lager (officially called a Zwickelbier) is perfect for summer. Available in six-packs of 12oz cans, 22oz bottles and on draft.
  3. Orlison Lizzy’s Red – Orlison Brewing, located in Airway Heights, WA outside of Spokane, is a small brewery that concentrates on brewing a wide variety of lagers. Lizzy’s Red offers a mix of bready and caramel malts with light hops to balance. Very crisp and clean. 5.5% ABV. Available in 4-packs of 16oz cans in the Seattle area.
  4. Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale - This pale ale is brewed in the middle of a hop field. Seriously. At 4.5% ABV it might be the lightest beer on this list, but it probably packs in the most hop flavor. Lots of citrus and fruit. Available in six-packs of 12oz cans and on draft.
  5. 7 Seas Rude Parrot IPA – I’ve already included two hop-forward pale ales on the list, but I know how many of you are biased towards IPAs. Rude Parrot is just 5.85% ABV and packs in a lot of tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors backed with a solid malty base. Available in 4-packs of 16oz cans and on draft.

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Fresh Hop Season Just Over the Horizon – Q&A with Colin Lenfesty

July 1st, 2014 · Washington Breweries

Thanks to +Russ on Flickr for the image.

In 2013, the first fresh hop beer of the season showed up in Seattle when Two Beers Brewing released their 2013 Fresh Hop on August 30. Today is July 1st, which gives us less than two full months till we might expect to see fresh hop beers start to hit the market again this year. Most breweries don’t get their fresh hop beers out until September or October, but early access to fresh hops will help many breweries beat the rush. Either way, many breweries are likely putting in their orders for fresh hops right about now.

I drink a lot of fresh hop beers every year, and I also help put on the annual Fresh Hop Throwdown at the Noble Fir. Two of my favorite fresh hop beers over the past couple of years were the Big Al Amarillo Pale Ale and the Bainbridge Island Locabore. Both of these beers have two things in common. First, they both placed in the top 3 of the blind judging at the Fresh Hop Throwdown; Big Al Amarillo took 3rd in 2013 and Bainbridge Locabore took 3rd in 2012. Second, Colin Lenfesty worked on the recipes and brewed both of these beers. Colin is now working diligently to open Holy Mountain Brewing this summer, but he took the time to answer a few questions about fresh hop beers. See below for that Q&A.

I also reached out to Matt Lincecum of Fremont Brewing, who makes the always awesome Cowiche Canyon fresh hop pale. Matt agrees with Colin’s points below about using 100% fresh wet hops. He says they don’t use any dried/extract hops for bittering and that the fresh hops should be used within 24 hours of harvesting them for best results.

I thought that this would be interesting to general readers but also hopefully to the multitudes of new brewers at small operations with zero to little experience brewing with fresh hops. I’m sure we’ll see more fresh hop beers than ever this season, and I’ll certainly be looking forward to it.

Q&A with Colin Lenfesty:
1) Can you explain your brewing process for the Big Al Amarillo Pale Ale, and how you incorporated the fresh hops? Do you run into any unique problems in the brew due to using lots of whole cone fresh hops?

I used whole cone Amarillo hops in every part of the brewing process. Mash hopping (seems appropriate for fresh hop beers?), kettle additions, and then using the mash tun as a hop back and steeping vessel. Final run off before the heat exchanger went through another, smaller vessel loaded up with hops.

2) What type(s) of hops did you use, and have you found that certain varieties work better than others for fresh hop brews?

The fresh hop beer last year was entirely Amarillo from Virgil Gamache Farms in Toppenish, Washington. I’ve been really happy using Amarillo for the last few fresh hop brews, but am excited to be moving on to try some different varieties at Holy Mountain. I think for Fresh Hop beers, Amarillo is great by itself and yields some awesome results. That holds true for most of these beers though. The unique flavors and aromas that come out of using just a single hop is pretty incredible, and it’s up to the brewer and their technique to coax it out to it’s maximum potential. I still love drinking an entirely Cascade wet hop beer. When done right, they are pretty incredible. I’m all for blending different types and can’t wait to move forward with some ideas we have for future beers.

3) What volume of fresh hops did you use, and did you use any dried/extract hops for bittering?

It was quite the pile, that’s for sure. I don’t believe in using kilned or hop extract for bittering. Only entirely fresh, wet, green hops. You can get pretty close to the desired bitterness with a little bit of math. The brewer just has to be willing to use the extra hops.

4) Any thoughts on what styles work best for fresh hop beers, and which might not be a good choice?

I think any style that can really showcase the unique character of the hop that the brewer has chosen is appropriate. Personally, I don’t like things to get muddled with any dark specialty grains, crystal malts or a really estery yeast strain. I’m kind of a straight up Pale guy when it comes to these beers. I would rather keep it around 5 % ABV and use more hops, instead of going for something more alcoholic or sweet. That being said, the Piled High from Bale Breaker last year was insane. We had it fresh in Yakima, and didn’t realize it was 8 percent until ordering our third one. That beer was incredible. If you have access to that many hops, why not?

5) Any other suggestions or thoughts for brewers who are new to brewing fresh hop beers?

Keep it simple and show off the hops. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel and come up with a crazy new style. Don’t be afraid to go for it with using a ton of hops in every part of the brewing process, and keep those suckers out of your heat exchanger.

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Deschutes Releases Black Butte XXVI Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter With Theo Cocoa Nibs

June 27th, 2014 · Beer Releases, Oregon Breweries

XXVIHappy 26th anniversary to Deschutes Brewery! Starting with their 20th anniversary, Deschutes has been releasing an imperial barrel-aged version of their popular Black Butte Porter each year for their anniversary. As a rule, these special release beers pretty much kick ass. This year’s Black Butte XXVI celebrates their 26th anniversary, and the beer is 50% aged in bourbon barrels and has cocoa nibs from Theo Chocolate, cranberries and pomegranate molasses added. The beer is available on draft and in bottles today at their breweries in Bend and Portland, and it should hit shelves soon in the Seattle area.

Description from Deschutes:

Black Butte XXVI
~11% ABV
Each year we celebrate our anniversary with a double version of our flagship Black Butte Porter. Our brewers love to experiment with this beer and in the past we’ve used chocolate nibs, dates, figs, and tart goodness. This year, we’ve added cranberries, pomegranate molasses and Theo Chocolate cocoa nibs to this 50 percent bourbon barrel-aged awesomeness! Like all of our Reserve beers, we encourage you to drink one upon its release and then cellar some for later. Some things just get better with age! Head on over to our Bend or Portland Pubs on June 27th to celebrate our 26th Anniversary with a snifter or a bottle of this dark, rich, and tasty brew! 
Reserve Series 
Availability: June 27th in 22oz. wax-dipped bottles and on draft in limited quantity

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Session Fest Kicks Off Tonight at Naked City Taphouse Featuring 25 Breweries

June 26th, 2014 · Events

I’m of the opinion that we can’t have enough options for flavorful beers that weigh in at 5% ABV or less. Lucky for me, I’m not the only one. The Northwest Beer Guide has teamed up with Naked City Brewery and Taphouse for Session Fest, which kicks off tonight at 6pm. The event will feature beers from 25 breweries, all of which will be 5% ABV or less. There will of course be many hoppy session IPAs and pale ales, but also look for English-style bitter, Berliner Weisse, German-style lagers and more.

The fun kicks off tonight at Naked City at 6pm with a Brewers Night. Feel free to have a couple pints.

More info from NW Beer Guide:

Ses-sion, Pronunciation: \?se-sh?n\ Function: noun, a meeting devoted to a particular activity; “a filming session“; “a gossip session” Function: adjective, the name of a perceived style of beer usually associated with an ale or lager that is equal to or less than 5.00% Alcohol by Volume.
Returning after a one year hiatus, Seattle’s only ‘light beer’ festival, features over 25 breweries from the Northwestern region and California. This year stands to be our best yet, featuring numerous Session India Pale Ales, India Session Ales, Stouts, and even Berliner Weisse in the Walrus beer garden at Naked City (8564 Greenwood Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103). Breaking it down by state, we’ll have 18 participating breweries from Washington, 6 from Oregon, plus 1 each from Montana and California.
New to this year’s Session Fest is the introduction of the “Best in Show” and “ISA: Interesting Session Ale” awards, for people’s favorite and the best India Session Ale.
Kicking off on June 26th, at 6pm, with a Brewers Night and an outdoor bar, you’re invited to stop by and grab a pint (or two) while enjoyingSession Fest!
Participating Brewery Beers
Washington State
7 Seas Life Jack Session India Pale Ale
4.90% Airways Sunjet Hybrid Ale
4.80% Amnesia Summer Breeze Golden Ale
4.60% Big Time Millenium Falconer Session-style Pale Ale
4.90% Black Raven Nothing But Flowers Session-style India Pale Ale
5.00% Dirty Bucket Hefen’ Pineapple
3.70% Engine House Berliner Weisse
Elliott Bay Brewing *To Be Determined
Epic Ales Brewing *To Be Determined
4.50% Fremont Wandering Wheat *with a secret addition
4.30% Foggy Noggin’ Little Lucy English-style Special Bitter
4.20% Kulshan Full 90 Session Ale
4.70% Port Townsend Yoda’s Green Tea Golden Ale
4.50% Rainy Daze Session India Rye Ale
4.90% Reuben’s Dry Stout (on Nitro)
4.60% Schooner Exact India Session Ale
4.50% Scuttlebutt Earthy Blonde with Rooibos Tea
5.00% Seapine La Fantasma Blonde Ale
5.00% Silver City Ziggy Zoggy German-style Lager
Two Beers Day Hike Summer Session Ale
4.90% Basecamp Hop in the Pool Helles
4.40% Breakside Passion Fruit Sour Ale
3.90% Caldera Lawnmower Lager
4.50% Crux Fermentation Northwest Pale Ale
4.70% Oakshire Smokin Helles Rauch-style Helles
4.50% pFriem Family Little Saison
4.50% Upright Four Saison
4.50% Stone To Go India Session India Pale Ale
4.20% Big Sky Pygmy Owl Session India Pale Ale
In addition, a special selection of Session Fest beers will be on tap during the Greenwood Car Show and 5th Annual Beer Can Derby in the Walrus beer garden at Naked City on Saturday, June 28th. High Noon.

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Pike Releases No. 4 Session IPA in Honor of Lou Gehrig and to Support Ales for ALS

June 24th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Cheers to Pike Brewing for supporting the “Ales for ALS” campaign, which supports ALS research. Loftus Ranches and Hopunion created Ales for ALS and each year provide a special hop blend to participating brewers to brew a beer with. There are 69 total breweries participating this year, including 6 from Washington. Pike releases their No. 4 Session IPA today, and you can also look for Ales for ALS beers from Bale Breaker, Fremont, Mt. Tabor, Triplehorn and Two Beers.

The hop blend features Citra, Mosaic and 4 other experimental hops, one of which is now named Equinox. You can read more about the blend here.

More info on the release from Pike:

Lou Gehrig died prematurely of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), a progressive neuro-degenerative disease that leads to paralysis due to the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain.

Pike’s No. 4 Session IPA was brewed for the Nationwide “Ales for ALS”™ promotion. Inspiration for the name came from the fact that Lou Gehrig’s New York Yankees jersey, bearing the No. 4, was permanently retired when he died. A very limited quantity of this beer was brewed and, with this tap label Pike honors Lou’s memory and hopes to raise awareness and encourage donations to research so that a cure for ALS might be found.

Pike is donating $1 for every pint sold at The Pike Pub, and we are encouraging our restaurant and bar partners to do the same. There will be select Pint Nights and Pike Beer Dinners around town where No. 4 Session IPA will be poured. Make it a hit by donating $1 donating to the cause. Individual donations are welcome too.

Pike No. 4  Session IPA is full-flavored with a lot of hop flavor and aroma, along with notes of citrus and stone fruit. At only 5.0% ABV  IBU 40  OG 1.048, It’s a perfect beer for summer!



“Ales for ALS”™ was the brainchild of Loftus Ranches and Hop Union to support ALS research. They have offered participating brewers access to a proprietary hop blend, free of charge, in exchange for participation in Ales for ALS™. The ALS Blend is a combination of Mosaic, Citra, and four different experimental varieties, one of which is now named Equinox.

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Plough Monday Organic Brewing Debuts at Uber Tavern on Wednesday

June 23rd, 2014 · Beer Releases, Oregon Breweries

*Edit* This event is on Wednesday, not Monday as previously stated.

If you are looking for something to do this Wednesday, head on up Aurora Ave and don’t stop until you hit that little bar with the big selection, Uber Tavern. They will be debuting three beers from Plough Monday Organic Brewing of Veneta, OR, which is co-owned by Charlie Whedbee, who is also the manager at Uber Tavern.

A quick google search tells me that “Plough Monday” is the term used for the traditional start of the English agricultural year. The name is fitting here, as their brewery is actually set up on a small organic hop farm in Veneta where they have been growing their own hops since 2008.

I’ll send you over to this informative piece at The New School, where you can read about the struggles of their organic hop farming and plans for the future.

If you’ve been to Uber Tavern a few times, chances are that Charlie has poured you a beer or 10. Stop by tonight to try the beers and congratulate him on getting the brewery up and running!



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New Belgium Teams Up With 3 Floyds for Lips of Faith Grätzer Release

June 18th, 2014 · Beer Releases

gratzerHere is a new release in the New Belgium Lips of Faith Series that I am quite excited to try. Grätzer is an old Polish style of beer that traditionally features smoked wheat malt, a high bitterness and a light sourness. For more on the style, I’ll send you here and here. New Belgium and 3 Floyds are two outstanding breweries, and this collaboration might be the only way that most people in the NW have any hope of getting their hands on a beer made by 3 Floyds, which barely distributes outside of the Chicago area. 

The Grätzer style has seen a modest revival here in the US, but it has not yet been embraced like the also-almost-forgotten style of gose. The only version I’ve tried from a NW brewery was from Burnside in Portland in 2011, and that was quite enjoyable. Here in Washington, Wingman Brewers just took home a bronze medal in the Specialty Beer category at the 2014 Washington Beer Awards with their 3.7% Gratzilla, which incorporates smoked bacon. A quick search tells me that Outlander and Deschutes have also made the style at some point. There may have been others, but you get the point. 

Up until 2012, there was no commercially available smoked wheat malt, which meant breweries had to smoke their own. But, Weyermann now makes an Oak-Smoked Pale Wheat Malt, which makes brewing a Grätzer quite a bit less labor-intensive. Hopefully, that means we’ll see more breweries experimenting with the style.

Press Release:

Ft. Collins, Colo., – June 17, 2014 – 3 Floyds, a small brewery in Munster, Ind. with a big reputation, and New Belgium Brewing, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., have partnered to create Grätzer. This bold-flavored ale brings back to life the long-buried Grätzer style from Poland, which primarily uses oak-smoked wheat. This collaboration beer also incorporates Midnight Wheat malt, which provides a mild sweetness. It pours pure black and has a subtle, spicy note from Polish Lublin Hops. At 4.5% ABV and 30 IBUs, Grätzer is sessionable and has a nice, light body, despite its dark appearance.
“The beer turned out really refreshing and the tartness complements the smoke and makes the whole drinking experience harmonious,” said Chris Boggess, Head Brewer at 3 Floyds. “We’re also excited about the label art. We tried our best to push for some gruesome artwork and the label is pretty brutal – gooey brains and zombies!”
“We definitely had a fun time partnering with them to create Grätzer,” said Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s wood cellar manager and sensory specialist. “3 Floyds is in the heart of the Midwest and although they have limited distribution they are known far and wide for some amazing beers, so it was an honor to partner alongside them.”
Grätzer is available now through September, while supplies last, in 22-ounce bombers and on draft.
To find New Belgium beers near you, visit the libation locator at
About New Belgium Brewing Company 
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more

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Record 8,172 Beers Judged in 2014 National Homebrew Competition

June 17th, 2014 · Homebrewing

As competitive as the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and The World Beer Cup (WBC) are for professional breweries, the number of entrants in those competitions pales in comparison to the 8,172 beers that were judged as part of the 2014 National Homebrew Competition (NHC). That number is almost twice as many as were entered at last year’s GABF (4,809) and this year’s WBC (4,754). The high number of entrants for NHC is made possible due to the fact that there is a first round of regional judging at 12 locations across the country (including Seattle), and then the top entries from those sites move on to the final round of competition, which is held at the National Homebrewers Conference each year. The 2014 conference was held last week in Grand Rapids, MI, and 1,020 entries were judged in the final round by 212 of the country’s top beer judges.

You can keep reading the below press release for more information on overall winners and the conference itself, but I want to congratulate a few local Washington homebrewers who took home awards:

Kyle Schmitt of Clarkston, WA – 1st place in Bock category (232 entries)
Brian Searfass of Everett, WA – 2nd place in English Brown Ale category (235 entries)
Derek Immekus of Seattle, WA – 2nd place in Sour Ale category (286 entries)
Mark Griffin of Sammamish, WA – 3rd place in Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer category (483 entries)
Jovilin Grunewald of Oak Harbor, WA with Mark Tanner – 3rd place in Melomel (Fruit Mead) (127 entries)


Grand Rapids, MI ? June 14, 2014 — The National Homebrew Competition boasted one of the most competitive fields of entries ever, with 8,172 homebrews judged in 2014. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) awarded the best homebrewers for their efforts at the conclusion of the National Homebrewers Conference, held at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich.

With a 45 percent increase in the number of competitors, this year’s National Homebrew Competition is the world’s largest beer competition. The top three entries from 28 style categories at each of 12 first round judge centers advanced to the final round of competition at the National Homebrewers Conference. There, 1,020 entries were evaluated by 212 of the country’s top beer judges.

Robert Hilferding of Zephyrhills, Fla. won the Homebrewer of the Year award with his best-in-show entry in the Scottish and Irish ale category. The Meadmaker of the Year award was presented to Matthew Weide of Minneapolis, Minn. for his melomel, and Edward Walkowski from N. Abington Twp., Pa. won the Cidermaker of the Year award.

Jeremy Voeltz was recognized as the winningest homebrewer in the final round with the Ninkasi Award. He hails from Lakeside, Ariz. and brews with the Arizona Society of Homebrewers.

Homebrew clubs were also recognized at the award ceremony in Grand Rapids. The Brewing Network narrowly won their fourth Homebrew Club of the Year award—a mere six points separated them from the runner-up, QUAFF. The Gambrinus Club award was given to the Minnesota Home Brewers Association.

“This year’s National Homebrew Competition fielded the largest group of entrants in the competition’s 36 year history,” said AHA director Gary Glass. “The level of competition has never been higher, meaning the National Homebrew Competition winners are truly among the most talented brewers in the world.”

New for 2014, the Radegast Club of the Year award was presented to the AHA-registered club that made the most exceptional and positive impact on its local community. The Carolina BrewMasters of Charlotte, N.C. earned that honor by developing close connections with their local community through tremendously successful charitable donations, which amounted to $77,500 in 2013.

A total of 25 homebrew clubs were nominated for the Radegast award, and then reviewed and voted on by an impartial panel of judges from the AHA Governing Committee and select members of the brewing community. The Carolina BrewMasters will receive a stipend of $500 for the club as well as a $500 donation to the charity of the club’s choice.

complete list of 2014 National Homebrew Competition winners can be found on

Homebrewers didn’t need a competitive streak to enjoy the National Homebrewers Conference. The event offered 75 expert speakers, including authors, professional brewers and homebrewing savants. Over the course of three days, the more than 2,700 attendees picked from a diverse slate of 55 educational seminars, ranging from “Obscure and Ancient Beers” to “Water Chemistry and Beer pH.”

Plus, conference attendees were treated to some of Michigan’s best beer. The Michigan Brewers Guild played an instrumental role in curating an impressive list of more than 50 breweries from around the state to serve the homebrewers at the event’s Welcome Reception.

About the American Homebrewers Association:

The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 43,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including the National Homebrewers Conference and National Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy magazine. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers and anyone interested in making their own homemade beer are invited to learn more at Follow the AHA on Twitter, and join us on Facebook.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

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2014 Washington Beer Awards Winners Announced – Kulshan Brewing & Gordon Biersch Get Top Honors

June 14th, 2014 · Washington Breweries

The winners of the 2014 Washington Beer Awards were announced at today’s Washington Brewers Festival. A huge congrats goes out to Kulshan Brewing of Bellingham for taking home the Large Brewery of the Year and to Gordon Biersch’s Seattle brewery for taking home Small Brewery of the Year (I told you they rock).

Here are the full results:

Pale Lagers:

Gold: Gordon Biersch Seattle – Golden Export

Silver: Icicle Brewing Company – Crosscut Lager

Bronze: Ten Pin Brewing – Ten Light


Amber and Dark Lagers:

Gold: Hi-Fi Brewing – Blue Danube

Silver: Gordon Biersch Seattle – Schwarzbier

Bronze: Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Vienna Lager


Strong Lagers:

Gold: Gordon Biersch Seattle – Maibock

Silver: Riverport Brewing Co. – Bedrock Bock

Bronze: Anacortes Brewery – Mai-Oh-Maibock


German Hybrid Beers:

Gold: Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Kolsch

Silver: White Bluffs Brewing – Red Alt

Bronze: American Brewing Co – American Blonde


Wheat and Rye Beers:

Gold: Stoup Brewing – Stoup Hefeweizen

Silver: Rainy Daze Brewing Co. – Rainy Rye IPA

Bronze: Gordon Biersch Seattle – Hefeweizen


American Light Ales:

Gold: Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Yellow Card

Silver: Puyallup River Brewing – Cream Ale

Bronze: Valholl Brewing Co. LLC – Golden Warrior


Session Ales:

Gold: TripleHorn Brewing Co. – Enabler

Silver: Stoup Brewing – Stoup ISA

Bronze: Fremont Brewing Company – Session Pale Ale


English Ales:

Gold: Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – Humbles Blonde

Silver: Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – Barnstormer Brown

Bronze: Rainy Daze Brewing Co. – English Pale


British Strong Ales:

Gold: Silver City Brewery – Old Scrooge

Silver: Ten Pin Brewing – Snake Eyes Stout

Bronze: Sound Brewery – Old Scoundrel


Scottish Ales:

Gold: Silver City Brewery – Fat Scotch Ale

Silver: Paradise Creek Brewery – Scottish Stovepipe

Bronze: Old Rock Brewery – Misery Whip Scotch Ale


Irish Red Ales:

Gold: Loowit Brewing Company – Two-Sixteen Red Ale

Silver: Republic Brewing Company – Falligan’s Irish Red

Bronze: Menace Brewing – Menace Self-Titled Red


Robust Porters:

Gold: Reuben’s Brews- Robust Porter

Silver: Stoup Brewing – Stoup Porter

Bronze: Republic Brewing Company – Big Mischief Porter


Other Porters:

Gold: Kulshan Brewing Co – Trans-Porter

Silver: Skookum Brewery – Brown & Hairy

Bronze: American Brewing Co – Baltic Porter


Irish and British Stouts:

Gold: Fish Brewing Co. – Over & Out Oatmeal Stout

Silver: Wander Brewing – Correspondent Foreign Extra Stout

Bronze: Loowit Brewing Company – Shimmergloom Stout


American Stouts:

Gold: Elysian Brewing Company – Dragonstooth Stout

Silver: Odin Brewing Co. – Saga Stout

Bronze: Pike Brewing Company – Pike 5X Stout


Imperial Stouts:

Gold: Der Blokken – Double Black

Silver: Silver City Brewery – Imperial Stout

Bronze: Kulshan Brewing Co – Russian Imperial Stout


American Pale Ales:

Gold: Fremont Brewing Company – Summer Ale

Silver: BaleBreaker Brewing Company – Field 41 Pale Ale

Bronze: Elliott Bay Brewing Co. – Virgil Sunshine Session Ale


Other Pale Ales:

Gold: Ten Pin Brewing – Deadwood Pale Ale

Silver: Icicle Brewing Company – Bootjack IPA

Bronze: Rainy Daze Brewing Co. – Belgian Bastard


American Amber Ales:

Gold: River City Brewing Company – River City Red

Silver: Wander Brewing – Washington Uncommon California Common

Bronze: Standard Brewing – Wheated Red Ale


American Brown and Black Ales:

Gold: Populuxe Brewing – Cinderblock CDA

Silver: Harmon Brewing Co. – Black Tartan IPA

Bronze: Standard Brewing – Cascadian Dark Ale


American-Style India Pale Ales:

Gold: Old Schoolhouse Brewery – Renegade IPA

Silver: Bainbridge Island Brewing – Eagle Harbor IPA

Bronze: Old Schoolhouse Brewery – Ruud Awakening IPA


Imperial or Double India Pale Ales:

Gold: Rainy Daze Brewing Co. – Hypocrite Double IPA

Silver: Skookum Brewery- Mammoth Jack IPA

Bronze: Fremont Brewing Company – The Brother


American Barley Wines:

Gold: Fish Brewing Co. – 10-Squared Barley Wine

Silver: Elliott Bay Brewing Co. – Portside Barleywine

Bronze: TripleHorn Brewing Co. – BYGG VIN


Belgian Ales:

Gold: Bainbridge Island Brewing – Bainbridge Blonde

Silver: Valholl Brewing Co. LLC – Poulsbo Abbey Wit

Bronze: Propolis Brewing LLC – Litha


Abbey-Inspired Ales:

Gold: Sound Brewery – Tripel Entendre

Silver: Sound Brewery – Dubbel Entendre

Bronze: Sound Brewery – Entendez Noel


Belgian Strong Ales:

Gold: Kulshan Brewing Co – Hop Howdy

Silver: Airways Brewing Company – 3rd Anniversary

Bronze: Wingman Brewers – Stratofortress


Farmhouse Ales:

Gold: Hilliard’s Beer – Saison

Silver: E9 Brewery – Farmhouse Quatre

Bronze: Kulshan Brewing Co – Saison Du Kulshan


Sour Beers:

Gold: E9 Brewery – Golden Berry Wild

Silver: E9 Brewery – Verre Violet

Bronze: Paradise Creek Brewery – Huckleberry Pucker


Fruit Beers:

Gold: Icicle Brewing Company – Colchuck Raspberry Wheat

Silver: Hopped Up Brewing Company – Lemon Quality Cream Ale

Bronze: Big Block Brewing – Raspberry Blonde


Spice, Herb, and Vegetable Beers:

Gold: Menace Brewing – Menace Chile Bravo

Silver: Puyallup River Brewing – Black Pumpkin Saison

Bronze: Northwest Brewing Company – Bad Panda Ginger Pale Ale


Specialty Beers:

Gold: Laht Neppur Brewing Co. – Spiced Peaches ‘N’ Cream Ale

Silver: Kulshan Brewing Co – Black Forest

Bronze: Wingman Brewers – Gratzer


Wood and Barrel Aged Beers:

Gold: Iron Goat Brewing – Gin BA Head Butt IPA

Silver: Strong Arm Brewing – Cincinnatus Rum Barrel Aged

Bronze: Puyallup River Brewing – Oak Aged Point Success Porter


Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beers:

Gold: Skookum Brewery – Barren Wood

Silver: Iron Goat Brewing – BA Goatnik Russian Imperial Stout

Bronze: Elysian Brewing Company – The Dread


Washington Pro-Am Award:

        Gold: Reuben’s Brews and Dan Hansen – Cream Ale


Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer
(Selected by Washington Agricultural Commission)
Big Block Brewing – The Boss


Small Brewery of the Year

(Sponsored by Washington Hop Commission)

Gordon Biersch – Seattle


Large Brewery of the Year

(Sponsored by Briess Malt and Ingredients)

Kulshan Brewing Company

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