Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Labels: Brewery Release, Two Beers, Two Beers Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale
Labels: Brewery Release, Oskar Blues, Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA
Mash-hopped with whole-leaf Galena hops, our brewers then kettle hop with Columbus and Sorachi Ace, which spikes GUBNA 5.0 with spicy, blackcurrant notes and lemon zest overtones. The brewing is then finished with more Galena hops in the whirlpool to accent these aromas. These colossal hop varieties fuel a serious assault on the senses, balanced by the satisfying warmth of 10 percent ABV.
About Oskar Blues Brewery
Monday, March 2, 2015
Book Release: OR: Portland: Local writer Niki Ganong releases "A Traveler’s Handbook to State Liquor Laws", April 21st
Labels: A Traveler’s Handbook to State Liquor Laws, Book Release, Niki Ganong
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Labels: Brewery Release, Hale's Ales. Hale's Bill'sner Pils
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Brewery News: OR: Eugene: Ninkasi Brewing solidifies support for local artists with "Ninkasi Studios"
Labels: Brewery News, Ninkasi, Ninkasi Studios
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... New Belgium La Folie, New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek, & New Belgium Cocoa Molé
Labels: Brewery Release, New Belgium, New Belgium Cocoa Molé, New Belgium La Folie, New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek
Ft. Collins, Colo. – ... New Belgium Brewing is releasing 2015’s La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek while reissuing a new Cocoa Molé, offering an inventive mixture of sour, sweet, heat and tradition. Two of these Lips of Faith additions (Transatlantique Kriek and La Folie) will remain out through the remainder of 2015 and Cocoa Molé will be out through March, or while supplies last.
La Folie, French for “the folly” and New Belgium’s earliest sour beer release dating back to 1997, returns yet again to offer this year’s sour delight. A wood-conditioned brown ale, La Folie ages one to three years in French oak foeders formerly used in wine production. The result? A smooth oaky nose and delightfully tart finish. This one-of-a-kind sour brown ale is sharp like a lambic, sour in the finish, and full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes. It pours a deep mahogany.
La Folie is 7 percent ABV and available in 22-oz. bombers and on draft.
Transatlantique Kriek offers another dose of sour that’s crisp and effervescent. The 2015 edition of Transatlantique Kriek began life in the oaken vessels of Gert Christiaens’ Oud
Beersel brewery, deep in Belgium’s Senne Valley. After it wood aged, Oud Beersel’s lambic was blended with tart cherries and shipped across the pond to New Belgium Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. In concert with Oud Beersel’s cherry lambic ale, Bouckaert created a full golden brew to blend in and round out this kriek. The result is an intense cherry nose leading to a pleasing sweet-tart flash finish across the palate.
Transatlantique Kriek is 8 percent ABV and is available in 22-oz. bombers and on draft.
For a behind the scenes look at the release party for these sours check out the “epicness” from the Lost in the Woods party here. To learn more about the history of New Belgium’s sour program click here.
The third, Lips of Faith release is Cocoa Molé, a spiced chocolate porter. The beer combines chocolate, cinnamon and chilies for a sweet and spicy burst of fun. Brewed with deep caramel and dark chocolate malts, plus a healthy dash of chocolate rye, it pours midnight dark with a subtle, reddish hue and pillowy, burnished head atop. Starting on the tongue with the sweet chocolate and finishing with a fine-spun heat of peppers, Cocoa Molé is a worldly contrast in a glass – olé.
Cocoa Molé is 9 percent ABV and is available in 22-oz. bombers and on draft.
To find New Belgium beers near you, visit the libation locator at http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator.aspx.
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 ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.
Labels: Brewery Release, Odell, Odell Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry Ale
Monday, February 23, 2015
Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Counterbalance Brewing Company officially opens its doors with self-distribution
Labels: Brewery News, Counterbalance Brewing Company
Seattle, WA (February 2015)--Counterbalance Brewing Company launches wholesale distribution and opens its taproom at 503B South Michigan Street in South Seattle.
Counterbalance Brewing Company, owned and operated by Jeff Howell and Frank Lawrence, officially opened its taproom doors and launched wholesale distribution February 4, 2015. Counterbalance is self-distributing its core lineup of ales to bars and restaurants in Seattle and Western Washington, with packaged beer to follow later in 2015. Counterbalance’s core beers are flavor-forward yet accessible and well balanced, made for a wide range of palates.
The modern industrial-styled Counterbalance taproom is an inviting addition to the Georgetown neighborhood with 14-foot ceilings, handmade tables and bar, and a full view of the 10-barrel brewery. It offers beers by the glass, growler fills and kegs-to-go of Counterbalance beers including Abigale Blonde Ale, Counterbalance IPA, Bad Wolf Dark Ale, and Kushetka Imperial Stout, along with plenty of experiments, prototypes, and specialties on the way. Outside food is encouraged and food trucks will be hosted some days. Service animals (no pets, sorry) and kids are allowed in the taproom.
Head Brewer Frank Lawrence has been brewing a variety of ales and lagers for nearly a decade and started thinking about going pro when friends’ demand for his beers outgrew his homebrewing capacity. A coworker, fellow beer nerd, and bad influence, Jeff Howell, encouraged him to do it and signed on as co-owner and Operations Manager.
The Counterbalance name has many referents. It nods to the balanced formulation of the beers, the complementary professional skill sets of the two owner-operators, as well as the Queen Anne neighborhood in which they worked together previously. The one-legged duck just showed up one day and wouldn’t leave, as these things are wont to do.
503 South Michigan Street, Suite B
Seattle, WA 98108 Phone: 206-453-3615
Brewery News: WA: Seattle: The Capitol Hill neighborhood makes room for one more. Introducing Outer Planet Brewing Co.
Outer Planet Brewing, as it’s come to be named, is a concept from Renato Martins and Jim Stoccardo. With a shared interest in craft beer, the duo have opened their 1st nano brewery, on 1812 12th Avenue.
Founded in December, the brewery hosts a 3 barrel (gas-heated) brewery, which deposits into one of 2 (6 barrel) fermenters. Admittedly, both Jim and Renato have learned much (the hard way) , by scaling up a 1/6 barrel recipe for use in a 3 barrel brewery. As it stands the two have brewed 11 times, before they can “… serve something we’re proud of”. Currently the brewery showcases their 7 Outer Planet beers, including a; India Pale Ale, ESB, Oatmeal Brown, Bohemian-inspired ‘Lager’, English-style Barleywine, Belgian-style Saison, & Imperial Stout.
Hailing from Brazil, before immigrating to the United States, Renato’s beer-drinking experience was restricted to mostly lagers. He would later move to the United States, while maintaining his employment with a well known technology firm. Since the 1st day he arrived in the US, Renato has acclimated himself with the likes of Alaskan Ambers, Fat Tires and Henry Weinhardt’s of the area.
During that same time, Jim Soccardo maintained his dream of artistry, while working in various bars and restaurants; including as a manager at “Volterra Restaurant”. In between putting down the brush and picking up a pint glass, Jim found time to brew some interpretive home brew. As it turned out his beer was well received by many, including his brother, who would later introduce Jim to Renato.
Foodies should resist the urge to qualify Outer Planet as a brew pub, as the brewery only features beers for takeway or on-site consumption. Instead Renato and Jim encourage visitors to arrive with food, to pair against their unique beers.
In the interim, Outer Planet Brewing will be open from 4:30pm, Friday – Sunday. Additionally there are (tentative) plans to host Science Fiction themed events, given the brewery’s extraterrestrial name.
Industry News: WA: Washington Beer Awards® now accepting submission from Washington breweries, from March 1st thru March 30th
Labels: Industry News, Washington Beer Awards®
Seattle, WA, February 17, 2015: Specialty Competitions LLC is proud to announce the return of the Washington Beer Awards®, the craft beer competition designed specifically to support Washington’s professional brewers. This is the third year for the Washington-only competition that provides an opportunity for all of Washington’s craft brewers to compete in a blind judging format and fosters recognition of brewing excellence in Washington.
Only Washington breweries with beers produced and sold in Washington can enter the competition. The event is endorsed by the Washington Beer Commission as a way to help promote our excellent Washington brews and raise awareness of our rich brewing culture.
In 2014 more than 70 breweries submitted over 460 beers to the competition spanning nearly 100 styles from the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines. Judging was conducted by dozens of trained judges who assessed the technical and stylistic accuracy of the entries. More than 100 gold, silver, and bronze medals were presented recognizing brewing excellence in the state.
The 2015 competition is expected to grow with additional entries and award categories. The competition will also recognize “Breweries of the Year” who receive multiple awards in various categories and also feature a “Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer” special award. This year’s competition will include a “Pro-Am” category recognizing collaborations of homebrewers and professional brewers who have scaled up homebrewer recipes for production on a commercial scale.
Breweries can register entries from March 1 through March 30th. The 2015 judging will be conducted in May with the winners being announced at the Washington Brewers Festival in mid-June. Details on the competition (including rules and registration information) as well as a list of the previous winners can be found at www.wabeerawards.com.
We look forward to recognizing another great year of Washington beers! Cheers!
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