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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Two Beers Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale

Press Release

image courtesy Two Beers Brewing Co.

SEATTLE ... – Committed to crafting beers true to the Pacific Northwest, Two Beers Brewing Co. is excited to announce the release of its newest seasonal can: Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale. A chocolaty brown ale infused with locally roasted beans from SoDo-neighbor Fulcrum Coffee, this Seattle-inspired beer makes the perfect brunch companion, subtly sweet with a cold brew kick. Available in 12-ounce cans at select retailers beginning Monday, March 2, Cold Brew will also be available to enjoy at some of Seattle’s favorite local brunch spots – including Brave Horse Tavern, Hattie’s Hat, Lost Lake Café and Skillet Ballard – and on draft at your local ale house. 
“The goal with our seasonal line is to offer beer that really speaks to the season and to the Pacific Northwest,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing Co. “For this time of year, that means a great cup of locally roasted cold brew coffee. At Two Beers Brewing, we’re committed to boldness and exploring new ways to get flavors from ingredients, so we wanted to try out a method that many of our local coffee shops are known for. The result is fantastic.” 
The process for creating the expanding brewery’s Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale is similar to the process used to make cold brew coffee. Starting with a base of chocolaty brown ale, the beer is run through a second fermenter containing 18 pounds of course ground coffee beans per batch. The beer is run through these beans – a single origin Ethiopian Harrar roast – continuously for four hours before sitting on the beans for another 20 hours, making for a balanced and flavorful brew. Low in acidity and subtly sweet due to the cold brew process used, a rich coffee nose and flavor shines through, lingering on the palate. However, while the flavor may be bold, there is no caffeine in this delicious brew, offering an approachable 5.2 percent ABV and 18 IBUs.
Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale becomes the brewery’s third seasonal can, joined by Day Hike Summer Session Ale (summer) and Grey Skies Dark Pale Ale (winter). March also brings the return of the brewery’s popular Forester IPA and Trailhead ISA. 
For more information, be sure to follow Two Beers Brewing on Facebook, Twitter (@twobeersbrewing) and Instagram (@twobeersbrewing), or visit their website at www.twobeersbrewery.com.
About Two Beers Brewing Co. Two Beers Brewing Co. – makers of EVO IPA and a host of Northwest-inspired beers – began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007. Today, Two Beers Brewing produces twelve unique beers including five year-round, seven seasonals, and a host of intricate infusions and limited releases in its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found on tap in bars and restaurants throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room Tuesday - Thursday from 3-9 pmFriday from 3-10pmSaturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1 - 6 pm. Select brews can also be found in 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. With a strong belief in supporting the local economy, Two Beers Brewing takes pride in using Washington ingredients to create all of its handcrafted beers. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA

Press Release

Longmont, CO and Brevard, NC--Oskar Blues' spring seasonal, GUBNA Imperial IPA, rolls out in March with a new hop bill featuring some of the most exciting and aromatic hops, all of which were sniffed out by Oskar Blues staff at concurrent hop selection panels at both breweries.

Each year GUBNA is reinvented, taking the season's highest quality hops and creating a formidable and complex Imperial IPA. Coming in at 100+ international bitterness units and 10 percent ABV, this inimitable beer is an IPA unlike any other. Available on tap and in 12-ounce 4-packs, this hop grenade joins the diabolical Oskar Blues roster from March until July each year.

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.
The 2015 GUBNA is dry-hopped with prodigious amounts of El Dorado, Comet, and Chinook hops. These hops create a dank, dense nose and unique blend of grapefruit, apricot, pineapple and herbs, while finishing clean and bitter, but smooth. The GUB sits on a base of Rye, North American Pale, and Munich malts, which offers a smooth and flavorful backbone to support the gargantuan load of hops.

In honor of the GUBNA, Oskar Blues North Carolina Brewery will host a release party on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Oskar Blues invites all governors, whether of states or television/comic book series, to attend and quaff a GUBNA.

The 2015 release party will offer specialty barrel-aged and firkin varieties of GUBNA 5.0, along with CHUBurgers from the CHUBwagon, free brewery tours, a giant Nintendo 64 to play, and live music from indie rock Darby Wilcox and the Peep Show.


To find GUBNA, visit our online beer locator.

About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale's Pale Ale, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth-from packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 to 149,000 barrels in 2014. In December 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an expansion brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Recently, Oskar Blues secured an additional 60,000 square feet at its Colorado location to expand its production footprint. Oskar Blues now distributes trail-blazing craft brews to 41 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Release: OR: Portland: Local writer Niki Ganong releases "A Traveler’s Handbook to State Liquor Laws", April 21st

Press Release

image courtesy Niki Ganong, Cole Gerst, & Overcup Press
A Traveler’s Handbook to State Liquor Laws
By Niki Ganong

This book is the puzzle piece that has long been missing from drinking in America. A joy to read and an impressive mountain of knowledge to unearth.” – Jeffrey Morgenthaler, author of The Beer Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

How anyone could take such a dry subject as state-to-state liquor laws, and write a book on the subject that’s not just informative, but also really fun to read, is completely beyond me. Niki Ganong has pulled it off in grand style, though. This is a fabulous, and very useful, book for boozers in the USA.”
 Gary “gaz” Regan, author of The Joy of Mixology

Inspired by a relentless pursuit to understand America’s confusing liquor laws, Niki Ganong spent the last three years researching each state’s history with alcohol along with the current laws of the land. The result is a different type of guidebook -- one that keeps thirsty travelers informed about how to buy alcohol on the road. With colorful illustrations and arranged in a state-by-state regional format from east to west, THE FIELD GUIDE TO DRINKING IN AMERICA (Overcup Press, April 21, 2105, $19.99) tells the story of America through alcohol in a narrative filled with interesting people, places, conflicts, and values all connected by the thread of alcohol.

“I had a nagging curiosity about America’s history with alcohol,” said Ganong. “After Prohibition was repealed, each state and county was on its own to regulate how liquor was bought and sold and this lead to confusion once outside the state’s borders. Alcohol is an intricate part of human culture, so I kept asking what have the people in this place historically done to make, sell or consume alcohol. Then we followed that line of thinking to modern times.”

THE FIELD GUIDE keeps thirsty travelers informed when they cross state lines and armchair travelers entertained as they consider the complexity and variety of state laws enacted since the repeal of Prohibition:
Find out when bars make last call.
Know how packaged liquor, beer and wine are sold in all 50 states and Washington, DC. 
Plan ahead for the Sunday "blue laws" that can throw off your tailgate party.
Use easy to follow icons to identify control states, growler refill laws, corkage/re-corkage rules and more.
Get tips from local bartenders, brewers, and distillers about drinking in each state.

About the author:
Niki Ganong is a food and drink writer from Portland, Oregon. She is a frequent contributor to epicurean publications and is a frequent beer judge. The Field Guide to Drinking is her first book.

By Niki Ganong; Art Direction & Design by Cole Gerst/option-g
978-0983491729; April 21, 2015; Paperback; $19.99; 224 pgs; 220 color illustrations, 52 maps, 52 color photos

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Brewery Release: WA: Coming Soon ... Hale's Bill'sner Pils

Press Release

Seattle, WA ... - Pilsners are back!  The beer style your dad, and probably his dad, so enjoyed is receiving new attention from craft brewers and craft beer lovers all over the region.

And, with the release of Bill'sner Pils, Hale's Ales Brewery is excited to be part of the Northwest resurgence of this old world beer style, this time locally made and fresh!

Bill (left) sampling his new pilsner with lead Hale's brewer, "Guapo."
Hale's Bill'sner Pils is named after a long time Hale's employee, Bill Preib, who, along with other Hale's crew members, developed a growing appreciation for the crisp, cool taste of a pilsner, especially as an alternative to the ubiquitous strong and assertively hopped India Pale Ales so prevalent in the NW craft beer scene.  "Strike that from the bucket list," said Preib, "...a beer with my name on it. If only mom could see me now!"

Pilsner is a new direction for Hale's, the longest running independently owned brewery in the Northwest with a 32 year history of brewing primarily English style ales.

Master brewer Lincoln showing off
some pilsner malt imported from Heidelberg, Germany.

Hale's Bill'sner Pils is brewed using an imported pilsner malt produced by Best Malts in Heidelberg, Germany.  Hale's is the only brewery in the region using this particular malt.  "We experimented with many different malts," said Hale's head brewer Lincoln Zmolek, "but this one gave us the clean, flavorful pils we were looking for."

Bill'sner Pils will be released in March in both kegs and 22 oz. bottles.  Hale's will brew this new beer throughout most of the summer.  Look for Bill'sner Pils at your favorite pub or bottle shop!
Hale's Bill'sner Pils to be released March 1st 2015.
Hale's Bill'sner Pils Description:

 Straw in color and true to the pilsner style-- clean, light, crisp, finishing dry.  Made with Czech pilsner yeast and 100% Heidelberg pilsner malt.  Hale's is the only brewery in the region using Heidelberg pilsner malt for a production beer!  Hopped with Czech Saaz and American Tahoma.  

5.1% ABV, 15 IBUs. 

Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub is located at 4301 Leary Way NW Seattle, WA 98107. 

For more information on Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub, please visit us online at halesbrewery.com or check out our FacebookGoogle +Pinterest, or Twitter pages.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Brewery News: OR: Eugene: Ninkasi Brewing solidifies support for local artists with "Ninkasi Studios"

Press Release

EUGENE, Ore.—Feb. 24, 2015— Ninkasi Brewing Company believes crafted, independent beer and music is a winning combination. Since the beginning Ninkasi has supported local artists in a variety of ways, all organized by James Book, Ninkasi brand and experiential marketing director. With the opening of its new Ninkasi Studios this past June, the brewery announces its first original musical offering— the “Dawn of the Red Compilation EP,” available on Ninkasi’s website this March.
Since 2009, Ninkasi has supported artists including music production, engineering and recording from iterations of the brewery’s in-house recordings studio, album pressing sponsorships, assistance in tours and bookings, and opportunities to showcase their music at Ninkasi signature events. Book has been at the helm of the studio operation, bringing a wealth of experience in the music industry to the brewery’s marketing mix.

“Coming from a 20-year career in both recording and touring in music before craft beer, it’s rewarding to be able to help new artists reach their aspirations and help them navigate some of the chasms we had to cross without the support of sponsors,” explains Book. “The opening of Ninkasi Studios will enable us to support up-and-coming artists at no cost to them.”
The release of the “Dawn of the Red Compilation EP” celebrates the addition of the brewery’s Dawn of the Red India Red Ale to its year-round Flagship Series. Working with five artists, ranging in sound and style, each band was directed to use “Dawn of the Red” as a focal lyric and to interpret the phrase however they choose. The outcome: a diverse offering of five different genres, some literal in meaning, some metaphoric, all inspired by craft beer.
“Just like craft beer, the opportunities for creative collaboration and shared successes are nearly unlimited in terms of craft beer helping to drive new music awareness and vice-versa,” says Book. “Completing our first album was a blast, and we can’t wait to share the creations of these artists with craft beer and music lovers alike.” 
The compilation will be available for download from Ninkasi’s website (www.ninkasibrewing.com) in March.  Artists include:
  • Track 01: Vokab Kompany + Kraddy – San Diego, CASelf-described as two MC/singers backed by a four-piece “band of awesome,” Vokab Kompany has been friends of Ninkasi since 2013, providing live music for festivals like the annual Whiteaker Block Party in Eugene.  Produced by Kraddy of famed The Glitch Mob, “Dawn of the Red” by Vokab Kompany + Kraddy offers a hip-hop recap of a zombie apocalypse set within a pulsating EDM esthetic.
  • Track 02: Gayle Skidmore – San Diego, CASince 2011, Ninkasi has proudly sponsored artist Gayle Skidmore including the release of her album “Zombie Heart” in 2012. Named the Best Singer Songwriter by the 2013 San Diego Music awards, Gayle’s early love for music is evident – a songwriter since the age of eight. Gayle’s interpretation of “Dawn of the Red” offers a soulful look at a relationship.
  • Track 03: Sapient – Eugene, ORFor 15 years Sapient has been perfecting his trade as a hip-hop artist in the Northwest. Beyond a family man, Sapient is also an accomplished videographer, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and graphic designer. “Dawn of the Red,” produced and recorded by Sapient, is an exploration of the word “red” tied together by heavy heating beats and captive melodies.
  • Track 04: Black Beast Revival – Bellingham, WAA highly-energized rock and roll band hailing from Bellingham, Black Beast Revival was deemed “a grungy Black Keys” by the Eugene Weekly. In 2013, the band played at Ninkasi’s SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas, “scaring” the locals.  As one of the first bands to record in the new Ninkasi Studios, the band laid down its “Dawn of the Red” track while between cities on it West Coast Tour.
  • Track 05: Tyler Fortier – Eugene, ORWinner of Eugene Weekly’s “Next Big Thing” in 2010, singer-songwriter and most recently, producer, Tyler Fortier joined Ninkasi’s first SXSW showcase in 2011 and has been a powerful force in local Americana. Bringing a melodic, acoustic track to the compilation, “Dawn of the Red” by Tyler Fortier enters “a city on fire.”
Look for a free download the “Dawn of the Red Compilation EP” online this March at www.ninkasibrewing.com. Consumers can also look forward to opportunities to win limited edition 12-inch vinyl copies on Ninkasi’s social media channels.

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IRA, Lux Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.

For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... New Belgium La Folie, New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek, & New Belgium Cocoa Molé

Press Release

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.

image courtesy New Belgium BrewingLa 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.

Brewery Release: ID: Coming Soon ... Odell Brewing's Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry Ale

Press Release

Fort Collins, CO. – In early March, Odell Brewing will release Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry Ale. Part of the brewery’s Cellar Series, Brazzle is an oak aged golden ale brewed with golden raspberries.

image sourced from Odell Brewing's website“We used golden raspberries to brew with, which gives this sour a touch of sweetness. There is also a bright, tart fruit and citrus flavor that comes through,” said Barrel Aging/Pilot System Manager, Brent Cordle. “The sour acidity plays well with the raspberry flavor. This is a very unique sour, and WELL worth the wait!”

The base beer in Brazzle is a crisp golden ale that was aged and soured in former Woodcut barrels for a little over two years. 300 pounds of raspberries were added before and after the barrel aging process, giving the beer both a puckering tartness and a hint of raspberry sweetness.

Brazzle is offered in 750 ml, cork and cage finished bottles, and will be available within the brewery’s eleven state distribution area this spring. Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Brazzle in the Tap Room February 27th – March 1st. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer, and live music on Sunday afternoon. A special Welsh Rabbit cheese pairing plate will also be available for purchase (while supplies last). For more details on the beer and the Tap Room release party, please visit the brewery’s blog.

About Odell Brewing - Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by minimizing its environmental impact, sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was named a “Best Company to Work For” in 2013 by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2014 World Beer Cup® - gold for Runoff, 2013 Great American Beer Festival® - gold medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale, 2012 Brewers Association Recognition Award, 2011 Great American Beer Festival® - gold medal for Friek, 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Counterbalance Brewing Company officially opens its doors with self-distribution

Press Release

image sourced from Counterbalance Brewing Company's website

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.


IMG_20150219_162016-3This past weekend, the Captiol Hill neighborhood made room for another brewery.

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.

IMG_20150219_162648Hailing 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.

IMG_20150219_163523In 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

Press Release

image of Washington Beer Awards® logo, sourced from organizer website

     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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