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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Industry News: Oregon, Washington, and Idaho are winners at this year's "Best of Craft Beer Awards"

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Welcome to America’s newest craft beer contest. We are here to celebrate and promote the best of the best in Craft Brewing. We know how much time, effort and money goes into breweries entering into beer awards. We designed this unique event to benefit your brewery with national exposure in major beer magazines, promotional materials, and automatic entry for the following year for medal winners. -source, Best of Craft Beer Awards

Held annually, this year's "Best of Craft Beer Awards" recognized breweries from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Included in the list were Burnside Brewing, Reuben's Brews, Breakside Brewing, Sunriver Brewing, and Ecliptic. Additional winners hailed from McMinnville, Eugene, Seattle, Bend, and even Sisters.

Tallying the results here are the top 10 winning breweries from the Pacific Northwest. Totals were based on the type and quantity of medals received (e.g. Gold = 3pts, Silver = 2pts, Bronze = 1pt).

  1. Bend Brewing Company - Bend, Oregon.
    1. Gold medal for their Wicked Machine Strong Ale and 2 Silver medals for their Baltic Porter and Outback X Old Ale / British Strong Ale
  2. Mazama Brewing - Corvallis, Oregon
    1 Gold medal for their Resplendent, a Silver medal for their Gillian Red, and a Bronze medal for their Wizard Island Wit
  3. Boneyard Beer - Bend, Oregon
    2 Gold medals 1 for their Bon A Fide Pale Ale and another for their Notorius Imperial IPA.
  4. Burnside Brewing Company - Portland, Oregon
    1 Gold medal for their Couch Select Cream Ale and 2 Bronze medals for their Dr. Bock and Sweet Heat.
  5. Eclipic Brewing - Portland, Oregon
    1 Gold medal for their Orange Giant American Barleywine and 1 Silver medal for their Spica German Pils
  6. Reuben's Brews - Seattle, Washington
    1 Gold medal for their Gose and a Silver meda for their Hop Tropic American IPA
  7. Sunriver Brewing - Sunriver, OR
    1 Gold medal for their Fuzztail American Wheat and a Silver medal for their Rippin' Northwest Ale Pale Ale. 
  8. Dru Bru - Snoqualmie Pass, WA
    1 Gold medal for their Dru Bru Kolsch and a Silver medal for their Dru Bru Schwarzbier
  9. Breakside Brewing - Portland, Oregon
    1 Gold medal for their Breakside IPA and a Bronze medal for their Breakside German Pilsner
  10. Deschutes Brewery - Bend, Oregon
    2 Silver medals for their The Dissident Oud Bruin and Mirror Mirror English-style Barleywine.
Overall Oregon took home the lion's share of medals when tallying total number of medals, with Washington following a distant second, then Idaho.

A full breakdown of winners from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington is listed below. For additional winners visit http://www.bestofcraftbeerawards.com/medal-winners-2016/.

American Amber -  40 Entries
Populuxe Brewing's Citra Red - Gold

American Barleywine - 15 Entries
Ecliptic Brewing's Orange Giant - Gold

American IPA - 134 Entries *clean sweep!
Breakside Brewery's Breakside IPA - Gold
Reuben's Brews' Hop Tropic IPA - Silver
Standard Brewing's West Coast IPA - Bronze

American Pale Ale - 61 Entries
Boneyard Beer's Bone A Fide - Gold
Sunriver Brewing's Rippin' Northwest Ale - Silver

American Porter - 38 Entries
Golden Valley's Dundee Porter - Silver
Mt Tabor Brewing's SxNW Porter - Bronze

American Stout - 34 Entries
Barrel Mountain's Starway Stout - Gold
Aslan Brewing's American Stout - Silver

American Strong Ale - 11 Entries
Wild Ride's Brain Bucket - Gold

American Wheat - 13 Entries
Sunriver Brewing's Fuzztail - Gold
Snoqualmie Brewery & Taproom's Haystack Hefe - Silver

Baltic Porter - 4 Entries
Bend Brewing's Baltic Porter - Silver

Belgian Strong Ale - 20 Entries
Bend Brewing's Wicked Machine - Gold

Belgian Dubbel - 7 Entries
Wander Brewing's Together Belgian Dubbel - Silver

Brett Beer - 4 Entries
Oakshire Brewing's Three Chords and the Truth - Gold

British Bitter - 15 Entries
Klamath Basin Brewing's Crater Lake Amber Ale - Silver
Golden Valley Brewing's Red Thistle Ale - Bronze

British Brown Ale - 14 Entries
Sockeye Brewing's Powerhouse Porter - Silver

Cream Ale - 17 Entries
Burnside Brewing's Couch Select - Gold

Czech Lager - 11 Entries
Buoy Beer Co's Czech Pils - Gold
Baerlic Brewing's Eastside Oatmeal Pilsner - Silver

Doppelbock - 10 Entries
Burnside Brewing's Dr. Bock - Bronze

English Barleywine's - 8 Entries
Deschutes Brewing's Mirror Mirror - Silver

European Sour - 6 Entries
pFriem Family Brewers' Flanders Red - Gold
Deschutes Brewing's Dissident - Silver

Fruit Beer - 30 Entries
Mazama Brewing's Rasplendent - Gold
Burnside Brewing's Sweet Heat - Bronze

German Heritage Lager - 6 Entries
Ecliptic Brewing's Spica Pils - Silver

German Pils - 20 Entries
Breakside Brewery's Breakside Pilsner - Bronze

Gose - 5 Entries
Reuben's Brews' Gose - Gold

Imperial IPA - 55 Entries
Boneyard Beer's Notorius - Gold

Irish Red Ale - 20 Entries
Loowit Brewing's Two Sixteen - Silver

Kolsch - 20 Entries
Dru Bru's Kolsch - Gold
Sockeye Brewing's Galena Gold - Bronze

Mixed-Style Beer - 26 Entries
Wander Brewing's Global Mutt - Bronze

Old Ale or British Strong Ale  - 12 Entries *clean sweep!
Three Creeks Brewing's Stampede - Gold
Bend Brewing's Outback X - Silver
Wallace Brewing's Strong Ale - Bronze

Red IPA - 11 Entries
Mazama's Gillian Red - Silver

Schwarzbier - 15 Entries
Dru Bru Schwarzbier - Silver

Scottish Ale - 15 Entries
Fearless' Scottish Ale - Golde

Specialty Wood-Aged Beer - 43 Entries
Fremont Bourbon Abominable - Golde
Caldera's Mogli - Bronze

Wee Heavy - 8 Entries
Pelican's MacPelican's Wee Heavy - Gold

Witbier - 14 Entries
Juniper Milkman Wit - Silver
Mazama Wizard Island Wit - Bronze

Wood-Aged Beer - 11 Entries
Klamath Basin Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stout - Bronze

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Full Sail Brewmaster Series Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale

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Press Release
image courtesy Full Sail Brewing
Hood River, Oregon – ... “Cold turkey” takes on a whole new meaning with Full Sail’s latest beer from its Brewmaster Reserve Series – Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale, available now.

“Originally released in 2014 to celebrate our 27th anniversary, Wheatwine is brewed in the Barleywine style, yet contains no barley malt,” says Full Sail Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson. “We reserved a portion of this special brew, racked it into Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels, and let it rest for a year in our cellar,” adds Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “Barrel aging rounds out this big beer.”

Wheatwine is brewed with wheat and caramelized wheat malts and hopped with a blend of English and Northwest hops. Complex aromas of apricot, spice, and citrus lead to a smooth palate, blended with notes of caramel, marmalade, and green hop overtones. It pours a rich honey hue and opens up with complex aromas of barrel oak, vanilla and apricot. The spicy hop character has mellowed to accentuate flavors of vanilla, marmalade and dates. It finishes with a remarkable smoothness and a creamy mouthfeel.

“Don’t buy it, it’ll leave more for us!” jokes Emmerson. The brewmasters at Full Sail are confident that Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale has been worth the wait.

What’s even better than Wheatwine Ale aged in Bourbon barrels? Wheatwine Ale aged in Bourbon barrels served alongside Moonstruck chocolate. On Saturday, February 13th, in conjunction with the Oregon Brewers Guild’s annual Zwickelmania Brewery Open House, the Full Sail Brewery will be pairing Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine with Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Tumbled Beerberries. Guided brewery tours (at 11am, 12, 1, 2, 3 and 4pm) and tastings on the tour are free, and each tour participant will receive a complimentary glass. For a complete listing of Zwickelmania events throughout the state, visit www.oregoncraftbeer.org/zwickelmania.

Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve series allows the brewmasters to put their creativity, innovation and passion into small, limited-release beers. These craft brews highlight the direct connection with Full Sail’s farmers, celebrate the art of barrel aging, and explore the effects of time. Over the years, Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve series has earned 18 gold medals. Brewmaster Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale is available in limited release in 22 oz. bottles and draft. 12% ABV, 42 IBUs.

About Full Sail Brewing Company
Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peaks of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including 150 gold medals and Beverage World’s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at www.fullsailbrewing.com.

Industry News: American Homebrewers Association Director Gary Glass responds to Budweiser claims in recent Super Bowl ad.

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The following was copied from a statement by American Hombrewers Association director Gary Glass. 

by Gary Glass, American Homebrewers Association Director
On Sunday, some 120 million viewers across the United States tuned in to this year’s Super Bowl pitting the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers. During the game, the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser Busch Inbev (ABI), the Belgian-based makers of Budweiser, ran an ad called Not Backing Down, in which they asserted that making Budweiser is “NOT A HOBBY.” I’m sure the nation’s million-plus homebrewers were shocked!
Well, no, not really. The hobby of making beer is usually done in small batches at home by passionate beer lovers. Budweiser is made in massive automated factories (not what I would consider “brewed the hard way,” as suggested by a Budweiser ad aired during last year’s Super Bowl)—it’s actually about as far from a hobby as you can get. As homebrewers, we brew beer because we love beer with full flavor and by brewing beer ourselves we can hone in on the flavors we like most. And beyond that we can experiment and create new beer flavors that no one has tried before. Budweiser is the antithesis of homebrew: beer that’s made to be as light in flavor as possible and to never change.
So if you are someone who wants to experience the diverse array of flavors and aromas beer has to offer, try homebrewing! If you’re interested but not quite ready to make the leap to homebrewing, try something from one of more than 4,000 small andindependent American craft brewers, many of which started as homebrewers. And, if you are already a homebrewer, keep doing what you’re doing, and cheers!

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Victory Anniversary XX Imperial Pilsner

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image courtesy Victory Brewing
Downingtown, PA, ... – Victory Brewing Company (Victory), is ringing in its 20th year with the launch of Anniversary XX Imperial Pilsner, a deliciously drinkable beer that’s culturally inspired. Victory invites craft beer fans to join in the milestone celebration while enjoying the very best of German hops in one memorable concoction.

Fans love what’s inside and outside of Victory beer bottles. The anniversary label features a striking “XX” as its focal point so consumers know; Victory beer has been bold for 20 years and counting. Rich green and yellow imagery reflect the coming together of old-world Europe and new-era America to produce a brew that’s as full bodied with herbal hop notes, as it is deep malts. Craft-beer collectors will relish this unique packaging that embodies the past, present and future of Victory.

Anniversary XX Imperial Pilsner makes its debut mid-February and is available through April in a 750 ml bottle. Retailing at approximately $9.99, this intense, yet soothing brew demonstrates the full character of the German noble hops which balances this substantial beer of 8.0% ABV. Pilsner malts band together with Tettnang, Spalt and Mittelfrueh hops to create a unique Imperial Pilsner style, which holds true to Victory’s renowned approach to craft brewing. For two decades, the brewery has tapped into its founders' roots in European brewing and this anniversary batch is no different.

Once poured, the pilsner’s color gradates from straw to golden yellow and tops off with thick white foam. Slight herbal tea, hay and floral notes dominate the carefully cultivated aromas while delivering a rich earthiness. As for taste, the subtle spiciness of hops meld with the warm flavors of German barley malts. Light citrus flavors cap off this bold combination for a revolutionary experience that’s perfectly drinkable.

Long before the anniversary celebration began, Victory had perfected their pilsner recipe. Most notably in Prima Pils, a brewery favorite, and strong, established brand with a loyal following of fans enamored by the compositions of malt and hops.

“Since Prima Pils has been one of our longest standing brands, it only makes sense that we debut this Imperial Pilsner in celebration of our 20th Anniversary,” said Victory’s President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “After twenty years of brewing, we’re proud to deliver Anniversary XX to craft beer fans as we look ahead to innovate on tradition for the next 20 years.”

About Victory Brewing Company
Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, PA. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. Victory’s second state of the art brewery opened in February of 2014 in Parkesburg, PA to serve fans of fully flavored beers in 37 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. In addition to the original Downingtown brewpub, Victory’s second brewpub is in Kennett Square, while Parkesburg recently launched self-guided tours and the third brewpub. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company visit www.victorybeer.com.

Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... Stone Americano Stout

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image courtesy Stone Brewing Company
ESCONDIDO, CA ... – This week Stone Brewing is releasing a bold and rich stout brewed with an abundant dose of whole espresso-roast coffee beans from San Diego-based roaster Ryan Bros. Coffee. A limited seasonal release, Stone Americano Stout is a modern-day throwback making its debut this week in 12-ounce six-packs at retailers and on draft to restaurants and bars where Stone beer is sold.

Coffee roasting has risen to become a true art form, and recently, craft brewers have embraced the depth, complexity and nuances created by this unconventional brewing ingredient. A nod to fan-favorite 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout, Stone Americano Stout revisits a style our fans loved with the same Ryan Bros. coffee that left us buzzing for more almost three years ago.

Thanks to the malt bill, roasted and deep cocoa flavors are present to perfectly balance the strong notes of coffee. For each 120-barrel batch, 250 pounds of beans were added to the mash kettle and post-fermentation, creating prevalent coffee character with a lingering bitterness. This beer is made complete with a hop bill composed of classic American varieties, which invigorate the coffee taste with a fruity and citrusy hop presence.

“We decided to brew a beer with carefully selected ingredients, from the malt and hops to the locally roasted espresso beans,” explains Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “In some ways, this recipe is a tribute to classic American stouts that were made by craft brewers in late 80s to early 90s. Because of our obsession with hops, we felt it was necessary to include a traditional Stone twist and up the hop factor to include four hop varietals: Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook and Columbus.”

Fans will be able to find Stone Americano Stout in limited quantities through May. Enjoy fresh or store at proper cellaring temperatures (55°F or lower). Over time, all flavors will meld together and allow for more toasted grain character to shine through. Regardless of when you choose to experience the intense coffee qualities, rest assured…not a single decaf bean was used in the process.

About Stone Brewing

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 9th largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company will be the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate a brewery in Europe, and is also building a production brewery and destination restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. Brewing at both locations is anticipated to begin in spring 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing. For more information on Stone Brewing, please visit StoneBrewing.com or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and The Stone Blog

Brewery Release: WA: Bellingham: Coming Soon ... Chuckanut Mexican Style Lager

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With the popularity of Mexican beers Chuckanut Brewery decided to try their take on a Mexican Style lager with a twist. This Lager is a traditional Mexican style beer the color of sunshine with a light body, slightly bready malt flavor and thirst quenching finish. What makes this Mexican Style beer special is the use of NW grown and malted Alba barley straight from Skagit Valley! The Skagit Valley maltsters have malted the barley a special light color just for Chuckanut to use in order to create this typical Mexican, light colored, low alcohol lager.

The Skagit Valley Malting Company were able to get a low color malt by malting the grain at a lower temperature for a longer amount of time. With this light colored Malt the Chuckanut brewers were able to make a lager that is both light in color and body! Very similar to Mexican beers such as Corona, Pacifico, etc.

Chuckanut Mexican Style Lager was created for the Tom Douglas restaurants in Seattle. There will be a kick-off beer dinner with five Chuckanut Lager beers on February 17 at 6pm. The dinner will take place at Brave Horse but serve a collaboration dinner between the chefs at Cantina Leña and Brave Horse. Chuckanut Mexican Style Lager will start the dinner. For more information and tickets see the Tom Douglas website at http://tomdouglas.com/calendar.php?date=02/17/2016. Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen will also serve Mexican Style lager later in the month. We hope it brings visions of sunshine and warmth on your cold winter day! Try it with a slice of lime to add a bit of fruitiness on the palette.

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, located at 601 West Holly St, was awarded the National Small Brewpub/Brewer of the Year 2009 and National Small Brewery/Brewer of the Year 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. The full service “Kitchen” serves from 11:00am every day to guests of all ages with an eclectic fresh local menu. Bar specials include: HoPPY Hour Sun-Thurs 4-6pm, Monday Night $3 Pints, Kolsch Night Tuesday’s and more. Check out additional information about Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen at http://www.chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com/

Monday, February 8, 2016

Brewery News: OR: Eugene: Oakshire Brewing's Hellshire Day & Barrel-Aged Beer Fest returns March 12th. Tickets on sale now!

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EUGENE, OR ...  –The Oakshire Brewing team is excited to announce details of this year’s Hellshire weekend of events surrounding the release of Hellshire VI - the brewery’s sixth barrel-aged beer under the Hellshire label.  To celebrate this release and the craft of barrel-aging, Oakshire will host a Third Annual Hellshire Day & Barrel-Aged Beer Fest starting at noon on Saturday, March 12th, at its Public House on Madison Street in Eugene.  The beer festival will include offerings from Oakshire’s barrel-aging cellar, as well as 50+barrel-aged beers from breweries around the country.  The first sales of 22 oz. wax-dipped Hellshire VI bottles start at the festival.

Regarding the Hellshire VI release, Head Brewer Tyler West said, "We’r every excited and proud of this year’s  Hellshire  VI  release!   We’ve spent the  last  year brewing, cellaring, and  tending  to  a  number  of barrels of this beer to ensure this year’s Hellshire is more than exceptional.  On top of that,we reviewed our absolute top barrels and selected one that stood out for our first-ever Single Barrel Reserve Hellshire.I’m also personally excited  to try  some  of  the  most  respected, rare  beers  from  around  the  country on Hellshire Day!"

The Hellshire Day &  Barrel-Aged Beer Fest will include  live music by local bands and food served up by local food carts.  Entry fee to the festival will include a commemorative Hellshire VItasting glass and five sampling tokens, with more available for purchase.

For a second straight year, Oakshire will also offer a unique Hellshire Experience to a limited number of early registrants,  which  will  include: Friday  night {3/11/16} behind-the-scenes  barrel-program  tour  and tastings with charcuterie; a bottle of our first-ever and extremely rare Single Barrel Reserve Hellshire; and, early entry to the Hellshire Day festival to be first in line for the most sought after offerings.

... Online tickets here: http://hellshirevi.brownpapertickets.com/.

For  the  latest  festival  updates, stop  by http://oakbrew.com/hellshire, follow Oakshire on  Twitter {https://twitter.com/Oakshire} or visit us on Facebook {https://www.facebook.com/oakbrew}.

About Oakshire  Brewing: Oakshire  Brewing  of  Eugene,  OR, is a  community  inspired  small  batch brewing company founded in 2006. Oakshireis locally owned, employs 25 people,and produces a wide variety of beers through its distinct brewing programs.  These beers are distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest.Oakshire’s Public House and barrel-aging facility are located at 207 Madison Street in Eugene; the Public House is open daily from 11am to 10pm.  The brewery is located nearby at 1055 Madera Street with private tours by reservation on the first and third Saturday of each month-call (541)654-5520.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Brewery News: WA: Seattle: "Bread and Circuses" and "The Woods" pair up at last.

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Since the 1st "microbrewery" fired up their kettle, in 1983, Seattle has maintained its reputation for brewing award-winning craft beer. Unfortunately Seattle has received little recognition for its restaurant kitchens. But this hasn't stopped restaurants and public houses from serving up something mouthwatering, chaperoned by a pint Fremont 77 Select or Pike Kilt Lifter.

Mouthwatering as the thought of deep-fried fish and a bitter ale might be, most breweries in the city do not have a kitchen onsite. Rather, many encourage guests to bring their own food or purchase food from nearby food trucks or restaurants. Chances are if you've visited a brewery in the past year, you've enjoyed everything from a grilled-cheese sandwich to an oven-cooked pizza, all from the confines of a 16-foot long truck.

Seattle Cider Company Cold Brew Coffee CiderTwo Beers Wonderland Trail India Pale Ale

One of those breweries, located in Seattle's SoDo (i.e. South Downtown) neighborhood, Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company are trying something different - hosting a food truck within their taproom. 

Since last year, when The Woods expanded their seat capacity, the brewery and cidery have hosted a vacant area with the words "Bread and Circuses" listed above a counter. It wasn't until mid-November that Bread and Circuses started cooking up a limited menu including Three Pepper Cider Wings, Brussels Sprout Caesar, and Sourdough Doughnuts. 

Started in 2014, by James Barrington and Syd Suntha, Bread and Circuses began during a chance engagement inside the "Where Ya At Matt?" food truck. 

co-owner James Barrington of Bread and CircusesSyd Suntha co-owner of Bread and Circuses

A Seattle-native, James graduated from the University of Washington in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts. Shortly afterwards, James purchased food truck Hallava Falafel from owner Rick Baker, much to the relief of loyal followers. Taking inspiration from Israel, Lebanon, and Spain, James expanded the established menu to include items like shawarma - featuring a choice of meats or vegetables. By 2012 Barrington increased availability of Falafel through the purchase of a 2nd food truck.

By 2014, energized by his loyal supporters, James collaborated with Matt Davis to found Wood Shop BBQ. With a menu inspired by both Kansas City-style and Texas-style barbecue, the duo started with a menu of pulled pork, ribs, and briskets - complemented by classics like coleslaw, cornbread, and mac & cheese. 

Around the same time, St. Louis native and International Culinary School of America grad, Syd Suntha moved to Seattle, to work at Josh Henderson's Skillet. Before long, Syd moved onto managing Matthew Lewis's Where ya at Matt? food truck in 2014. But it was through a discussion with established food truck owner, James Barrington, that Syd was inspired to open his own food truck. Shortly afterwards, James and Syd would start Bread and Circuses with Sous Chef "Lil'" Rob in tow. By early 2015, the food truck's reputation had grown away from anticipated carnival food, to something special in an archipelago of mobile kitchens.

Taking notice of Syd, James, and Rob's culinary energy, Two Beers / Seattle Cider owner Joel Vandenbrink envisioned something unique for customers at his The Woods tasting room. No doubt over a few pints of beer and cider, Joel Vandenbrink, James and Syd devised Bread and Circuses inside the The Woods, in mid-November 2015.

Despite the location, Bread and Circuses is owned and operated by Barrington and Suntha, with Joel as the space's 'landlord' if you will. 

Words alone cannot describe the menu, so Bread and Circuses, in co-operation with The Woods were kind enough to host a small dinner to whet appetites and inspire salivation. 

Starts
Duck Fat Popcorn. "Brewer's yeast, sea salt"  / Hosui Pear. "Brie, rosemary, truffle oil, sea salt"

Hosui Pear

First
Brussels Sprout Caesar. "Crispy prosciutto, parmesan, croutons, pepperoncini pickled egg" paired with Seattle Cider Olympic Honey Cider.

Brussel Sprout Caesar with Seattle Cider Company's Olympic Honey Cider

Second
Beer Battered Unagi. Potato funnel cake, Daikon slaw, yuzu tartar, Thai chili syrup" paired with Two Beers Crooked Belgian Wit.

Beer Battered Unagi with Two Beers Crooked Wit

Third
Kalbi Short Rib. "Cannellini bean cassoulet, Savory cabbage, parsnips" paired with Seattle Cider Cold Brew Coffee Cider

Kalbi Short Rib with Seattle Cider Company Cold Brew Coffee Cider

Fourth
Seared Octopus. "Puffed farro, Fresno chili escabeche, caramelized fennel, red radish arugula salad" paired with Two Beers new Wonderland Trail IPA

Seared Octupus with Two Beers Wonderland India Pale Ale
Fifth
Foie Churros. "Espresso stout chocolate sauce" paired with Two Beers Overhang Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter.
Foie Churros with Two Beers Overhang Imperial Stout

For this writer, I can only ask why another brewery taproom hasn't thought of this sooner? For now I ask that you give Bread and Circuses a shot, if you find yourself resting inside The Woods. 

one last look at Foie Churros

Bread and Circuses "restaurant" is located inside The Woods at 4660 Ohio Avenue South and is open most days from 3pm to 9pm, and opening at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Check out Bread and Circuses website, for menu and updated hours.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Anchor Saison™ Spring Ale

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image courtesy Anchor Brewing Company
San Francisco, CA ...  – Anchor Brewing Company announces the return of Anchor Saison™ Spring Ale, a sharply refreshing Belgian-style ale with a California twist. 

Anchor Saison was first released in California in March 2014 and appeared on the market nationwide in March 2015. Just in time for spring, America’s first craft brewery welcomes in the season with Anchor Saison Spring Ale. 

“To me, nothing says springtime like a tangy, sharply citrusy beer,” said Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter. “We brewed Anchor Saison using two-row barley, red wheat, and Belgian toasted wheat malt with chinook and nelson sauvin hops. Inspired by the saisons enjoyed in rural Belgium, we put a California twist on this centuries-old style and chose to use a locally cultured yeast. By combining these ingredients with lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger, we created a refreshing springtime brew that’s uniquely Anchor.”

Inspired by the saison style that originated from the rustic farmhouse ales of Wallonia, Belgium, Anchor Saison Spring Ale (7.2% ABV) is a traditional Belgian-style saison with a California twist. The distinctiveness of roasted Belgian wheat malt is enhanced by the peppery, clove-like flavors of locally cultured saison-style yeast. Flavors of fresh lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger add a tangy crispness and herbal spiciness to this sharply refreshing, uniquely Californian saison. 

The Saison Spring Ale label was inspired by the imaginative and colorful beer and fruit-crate labels from the late 1800’s depicting California scenery framed by mouth-watering images of fresh citrus. Inspired by this timeless design, Anchor’s label features an original, hand-colored 1873 lithograph of the Golden Gate as seen from Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. Masterfully illustrated by longtime 
Anchor label artist James Stitt, hand-drawn images of lemon and lemongrass adorn the beer’s label.

Anchor Saison Spring Ale will be available nationwide in 6-packs and on draught at select restaurants and bars, at the Anchor Brewing Taproom and the Anchor Brewing Beer Garden at The Yard in San Francisco starting in February. Find a brew near you using the Anchor Beer Finder.  

Learn more about this seasonal brew by watching the new Anchor Saison™ Video.


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 About Anchor Brewing Company
Anchor Brewing Company’s roots date back to the California Gold Rush making it one of America’s oldest breweries. Its Anchor Steam® Beer is San Francisco’s original since 1896. In 1965, Fritz Maytag acquired and revived the struggling brewery at a time when mass production of beer dominated and seemed unstoppable. Maytag started a revolution in beer that originated today’s craft beer movement. An undisputed icon, Anchor is America’s first craft brewery where beers are handmade in our traditional copper brewhouse from an all-malt mash. At Anchor, we practice the time-honored art of classical brewing, employing state-of-the-art methods to ensure that our beers are always pure and fresh. We know of no brewery in the world that matches our efforts to combine traditional, natural brewing with such carefully applied, modern methods of sanitation, finishing, packaging and transporting.  See what we are brewing today at www.anchorbrewing.com.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Brewery Release: WA: Coming Soon ... Reuben's Blimey That's Bitter! Triple IPA

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Press Release
SEATTLE, Wash. – (February 2, 2016) – Blimey, it’s back! Reuben’s Brews’ popular Blimey That’s Bitter! Triple IPA is returning for its annual release, February 6, 2016 at noon at a release party at the Reuben’s Brews Taproom in Ballard. This much-anticipated beer won Best Imperial IPA in the Pacific Northwest at the 2014 US Beer Tasting Championships.

Originally created for the inaugural Washington Hop Mob event back in 2014, Blimey is packed with Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra hops. It promises an intense citrus, pine and tropical aroma followed by a smooth, medium-full mouth feel. This brew has become a favorite for IPA drinkers – and it’s a big one. Blimey comes in at 10.5 percent ABV and 80 IBUs. Being the hop heads Reuben’s are, they wanted to increase the nose over prior years so they doubled the third, and last, dry hop over prior years.  This brew now comes in at almost 7lbs of hops per barrel!

Blimey will be available on tap and in bottles. There will be a limited number of Blimey t-shirts also available, unique randals and other versions of the brewery’s hoppiest brew.

During the Blimey release, Reuben’s Brews will also have a small amount of Gobsmacked bottles available. The brewery first brewed Gobsmacked in March 2015 for Brouwer's Cafe's 10th anniversary. This hefty brew exudes peach notes in the nose, with cane sugar sweetness in support. Tangerine comes through in the mid-palette, with grapefruit in the finish.  A smooth, soft and juicy body provides balance in the finish. Gobsmacked clocks in at 10.0% ABV and 80 IBUs.  And finally, on February 6 there should be some Imperial IPA and Hat-trick Triple IPA on tap to complete the hoppy line-up!

About Reuben’s Brews
Reuben’s Brews is a small, family-owned brewery located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Since opening in 2012, Reuben’s has won Gold and Bronze medals at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, 30 World Beer Championships medals and was named Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards. Its expanded taproom and production brewery opened in May 2015. For more information, visit www.reubensbrews.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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