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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Release: Northwest: Coming Soon ... Payette Serendipity: Imperial IPA Series and Aura: Sour Ale Series


Press Release

Payette Brewing Company i­s approaching their sixth anniversary, is brewing in two facilities, has grown in staff and distribution areas. That said, there is more room for continued innovation. Payette’s canned beer is great to take along on all your adventures; hiking, rafting or skiing, to name a few. What Payette was missing? A larger bottle of beer with a higher ABV that can be cracked open as post-adventure pleasure.

Payette Brewing Company announces their two new twenty-two ounce bottle series, Serendipity: Imperial IPA Series coming this month, and Aura: Sour Ale Series coming this April. The beers in the two series will rotate. For example, Serendipity Series release No. 1 will be first, followed by Aura Series release No. 1, then Serendipity Series No. 2, then Aura Series No. 2, and so on.

Payette’s Marketing and Art Director, Paige Coyle, describes them as this, “Our Imperial India Pale Ale Series is the culmination of bold collaboration. We didn’t just wait for a stroke of serendipity to happen; we made our own luck. Through the integration of cutting-edge techniques and curiously exceptional ingredients, our brewers arrived at these amusing IPAs. Look for remarkable new flavors to be released throughout the year in twenty-two-ounce bottles and draft. Serendipity Imperial India Pale Ale Series—a fortunate happenstance.

Every beer in the Aura Sour Series radiates a unique personality. Some are expected. Some are exotic. And some exude comforting qualities that defy explanation. This series is brewed using live cultures, giving the beers complex characteristics with an aura of flavor about them that retains amusing, tart flavors. Look for enticing new flavors to be released throughout the year in twenty-two-ounce bottles and draft. Aura Kettle Sour Series—curiosity gone right.”

First up – Serendipity Series No. 1: One in the Chamber Imperial IPA. Dubbed "dangerously drinkable" by Payette's Head Brewer, One in the Chamber packs some serious hop flavor. Enjoy the explosion of citrusy-orange aromas courtesy of Amarillo hops. Landing at 9.7% ABV and 90 IBU, it’s a hefty beer; available on draft and in twenty-two ounce bottles this February. Stay tuned for the first Aura release shortly after.

Payette Brewing Company is thrilled to introduce these twenty-two ounce bottles in to their year-round rotation and hopes everyone enjoys them as much as the brew crew enjoys brewing them.


About Payette Brewing Company:
Founded in Boise, ID by Michael Francis in 2010, Payette Brewing Company is proud to be Idaho's largest brewery. The brewery currently runs a 60-barrel brewing system and offers six year-round beers, seasonal releases, various beers in the Ales of No Return series and now a rotating bottle series. Payette opened their second production facility in Downtown Boise in June of 2016. Beer fans are encouraged to follow Payette's social media for the latest updates or visit www.PayetteBrewing.com.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

News: Vancouver: Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference Confirms Will Kemper as keynote speaker

image courtesy Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen
Press Release

Craft Brewing legend Will Kemper has been chosen as the keynote speaker at the WA Homebrewers annual conference in Vancouver, WA at the Vancouver Hilton on March 17, 2017. Mr. Kemper has been brewing commercial craft beer since 1984 and has gone on to direct, engineer, and create recipes for over twenty craft breweries around the US, Mexico and Europe. Known for his elegant, easy drinking European style lagers and ales, Will has not only brewed, engineered and inspired other brewers but taught Brewing Engineering for the American Brewers Guild when it was located in Davis, CA.

A graduate of the Siebel Institute and a member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London, England, Will has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He started one of the first micro breweries in WA State in 1984 called Thomas Kemper Brewery. Will continued to work as a consultant setting up craft breweries across America, two brewpubs in Monterrey, Mexico and a brewpub and craft brewery in Istanbul, Turkey until 2007. In 2008 Will opened Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham and within a year he won the GABF Best Small Brewpub and Brewer 2009 with all lager beers. This was the first and only time a Small Brewpub won with all lager beers. In 2011 he won GABF Best Small Brewery and Brewer with 2 ales and 2 lagers.

During the Keynote Speech Mr. Kemper will share his influence and contributions to the world of brewing including his scientific/engineering approach to brewing.  Will’s love of learning, willingness to share his ideas and path to success will be part of his talk as well as his passion for brewing, how he came to be a brewer and his continued commitment to quality and the importance of brewing education. He hopes all the topics he discusses will be valuable to the homebrewer audience.

Will Kemper’s Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, located at 601 West Holly St, has a full service “Kitchen” serving from 11:00am every day to guests of all ages with an eclectic fresh local menu and a wide variety of Chuckanut beers. South Nut (Chuckanut Brewery & Tap Room at 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington) in Skagit Valley welcomes all ages and is open Wednesdaythrough Monday serving a wide selection of Chuckanut beers. Learn more about Chuckanut Brewery at http://www.chuckanutbrewery.com/

Event: Washington: Vancouver: Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference announces open registration

Press Release

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

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

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

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

The PNWHC introduces Will Kemper of Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham, WA as the 2017 Keynote Speaker. With decades of experience in the brewing industry, Will’s talk will center on his passion for brewing, how he came to be a brewer, his path to starting over 25 breweries around the globe, and his continued commitment to quality and to his values in creating beer.
The conference’s $199 early registration fee includes two days of educational seminars, three meals, exhibit hall access, two evening tasting events, goodie bag and commemorative glass, and can be purchased online. The registration price will increase to $229 on February 21.

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

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

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

Event: Seattle: Brouwer's Cafe presents "Beers with Burnside" an evening with Whitney Burnside.

image courtesy Whitney Burnside
Ask anyone, in Seattle, who's enjoyed early renditions of Elysian Brewing's Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, The Wise ESB, or Immortal IPA and chances are high you've savored a beer with brewery assistant Whitney Burnside. Then again, if you asked those who lived around or visited a certain brewery in Pacific City (Oregon), they would recall the many she (as Assistant Brewer) helped nurture along.

But that was the past and now many people reminiscence their first 10 Barrel Pearl, poured from the faucets in Portland, brewed by, you guessed it, Whitney. Celebrating her ascension from brewery helper to head brewer,
image sourced from Brouwer's Cafe
Brouwer's Cafe is hosting Ms. Burnside March 2nd, showcasing the beers that inspire smiles up and down the Willamette River.

Starting on the evening (6pm) of March 2nd, Whitney invites you to swing by to enjoy a pint (or pints) as she answers questions about her past, present, and future. Who knows, there might even be one among you who will later say "Whitney Burnside inspired me to brew beer"
  • Grapefruit Tarlette Gose: IBU 10 5.00% ABV "This Gose was inspired by a grapefruit tart that Whitney used to bake, featuring subtle flavors of cardamom, vanilla, honey and a touch of salt."
  • Glen Coco Coconut Stout: IBU 35 6.50% ABV "Imagine a beer that tastes like a Mounds bar... This chocolatey stout was brewed with loads of coconut from Bob's Red Mill, freshly toasted in house. It's like dessert in a glass. Four for you, Glen Coco! (served in a snifter) -"
  • A.W.D. Belgian Dark Strong: IBU 30 ABV 10.00% "We fought the "snowstorm" that hit Portland to brew this beautiful beer. Deep complex notes of sherry, caramel, cherry, fig and with subtle notes of chocolate in the finish. (Served in a snifter)"
  • XS Session IPA: IBU 40 ABV 5.20% ABV "This IPA may be extra small, but it packs a massive citrus punch. Brewed with a blend of Golden Promise and malted red wheat, this session IPA is full bodied and highly quaffable. It was hopped with El Dorado, Galaxy, Amarillo, and Citra hops. The beer of Winners. #drinkportlandbeer."
  • Alton Bruin Belgian Style Dark Dubbel Ale: IBU 20 ABV 10.00% "Alton Bruin is a Belgian Dark Strong that was aged in Merlot barrels for 1.5 years with the Roeselare lambic culture blend and fresh raspberries."
Brouwer's Cafe is located at 400 N 35th Street in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Event: Seattle: Hard Liver Barelwine Festival returns to Brouwer's Cafe, February 25th and 26th

image courtesy Brouwer's Cafe

In less than a week an annual festival returns to the corner of 35th and Phinney Avenue. We're speaking of Hard Liver, hosted and produced by Brouwer's Cafe.  As it has in previous years, the event will feature barleywines from local breweries, as well as regional, national, and international addresses. And now a few tips, for the seasoned idiot or those experiencing a barleywine for the first time.

  • Build a food base. A couple of quick options are: Original Pancake House, Norm's Eatery, Dish, and Roxi's Diner.
  • Use public transportation or a 'buddy'. This writer's going to be honest, you're not Superman, Wolverine, or Deadpool, so you're going to get drunk if you try and drink more than 2 or three barleywines. So why not use a service Uber, Lyft, local cab company, or even a buddy. 
  • Be patient as you wait in line to get in. Due to fire code laws, Brouwer's Cafe (like any business) is only allowed to host a certain number of people at any given time. If you're in line, then you're gonna need to wait before you get in.
  • Be patient as you sit at your table or stand around. Whether it's ordering a number 3 or ordering a large order of frites, it's gonna be slightly chaotic. But then again, show me any restaurant or bar that isn't, on a day like St. Patricks or New Year's Eve. 
  • Order by number and not by name. Despite what the menu says, you're encouraged to request from the server or bartender the number of the beer you wish to have. An example of ordering would be "I'd like a 12 ounce number 3"
  • Finally and we can't believe we have to repeat this, know your limit and don't overdue it!

Now that we've covered the dos and don'ts, here's the (tentative) list of breweries that submitting beers for this year's festival.

(Olympia) Three Magnets Brewing          (San Diego) Green Flash Brewing
(Anacortes) Anacortes Brewing                (Portland) Hair of the Dog Brewing
(Boulder) Avery Brewing                           (Seattle) Holy Mountain Brewing
(Bainbridge Island) Bainbridge Brewing (United Kingdom) J.W. Lees
(San Diego) Ballast Point Brewing            (Petaluma) Lagunitas Brewing
(Long Beach) Beachwood Brewing           (San Marcos) Lost Abbey
(Missoula) Big Sky Brewing                      (Alpine) Melvin's Brewing
(Seattle) Big Time Brewing                       (Anchorage) Midnight Sun Brewing
(Bend) Boneyard Brewing                         (Deming) North Fork Brewing
(Bellingham) Boundary Bay Brewing      (Seattle) Pike Brewing
(Netherlands) De Molen                            (Seattle) Reuben's Brews
(Milton) Dogfish Head Brewing               (Bremerton) Silver City Brewing
(Seattle) Elysian Brewing                          (Arlington) Skookum Brewing
(Paso Robles) Firestone Walker Brewing (Escondido) Stone Brewing
(Olympia) Fish Brewing Company           (Bellingham) Wander
(Seattle) Fremont Brewing                        And many more ...

For updates including a draft list from each participating brewery, visit Brouwer's Cafe's website.

Brouwer's Cafe is located at 400 N 35th Street in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Release: Northwest: Get It Now ... Samuel Adams Hopscape

image courtesy Boston Beer
Press Release

Samuel Adams Hopscape is one of two new seasonal brews released in 2017. This deep gold, medium-bodied wheat ale is the perfect stepping stone from winter’s bitter bite to a warmer spring. Its citrusy, dank resin and grapefruit rind aromas lead into a balanced flavor of bright citrus and piney hop character paired with notes of crisp, lightly sweet malt. Hopscape finishes with a smooth and slightly lingering bitterness.

 Aptly named, Hopscape is brewed with four varieties of West Coast hops: Chinook, Citra, Centennial and Zeus. Each variety adds bold notes of pine and juicy grapefruit to this deep golden wheat ale.

Pairing with Food: The citrusy, piney, and resinous notes that the hops contribute to Samuel Adams Hopscape are a great pairing for spicy foods. The crisp wheat character balances the spice. The peppery, allspice complexity of jerk chicken enhances the hop profile in this beer, while buffalo cucumbers’ mixture of heat and coolness mirror the beer’s balance between malt and hops.

Release: Northwest: Get It Now ... Stone Brewing's Jindia Pale Ale and Pataskala Red X IPA

image courtesy Stone Brewing Company
Press Release

ESCONDIDO, CA ... Today, Stone Brewing announces two seasonal additions to its 2017 lineup of offerings with the brand new Stone Jindia Pale Ale, and the return of the much loved Stone Pataskala Red X IPA.
Making its debut as a Stone Imperial Seasonal, Stone Jindia Pale Ale is a double IPA, instilled with ginger, juniper berries, lemon peel and lime peel. The botanicals mix miraculously well with a double dose of the most delectable hops.
Steve Gonzalez, Stone’s Senior Manager of Small Batch Brewing & Innovation, jumped at the chance to create this beer as he had experience in his former job making gin blends. And he absolutely nailed it. The beer has the hop-forward component of a great IPA and also the complexity of aroma and flavors derived from gin botanicals.

 “Our co-founder, Greg Koch, came up with the idea of an IPA with gin botanicals after we had done the Stone & Sierra Nevada NxS IPA, which had a portion of the beer aged in gin barrels,” said Jeremy Moynier, Senior Innovation Brewing Manager. “Along with hops, we added ginger, juniper berries, lemon peel and lime peel to create a truly unique beer.”

Returning for a second year, Stone Pataskala Red X IPA, is a red IPA brewed with a unique malt called Red X from Germany-based BESTMALZ. The beer features a backstory as vibrant as its hop bill. This specialty seasonal red IPA was first brewed in September 2015 as a fundraising beer to support music and arts education programs in Pataskala, Ohio, where co-founder Greg Koch grew up.  People loved it, so it was added to the 2016 beer lineup and the name stuck. Rarely used in hoppy beers, the special German malt variety is typically reserved for German amber lagers, Irish red ales and other mildly-hopped beers. But that’s not the Stone way.

“We loved this beer and knew we had to bring it back this year,” said Moynier. “It’s a challenging beer to brew on the big scale with the amount of hops and Red X malt that we use. But I think when you taste it you will know it’s worth the effort! It has a beautiful balance of hops and malt and definitely makes you want to have more than one pint!”
Mosaic, Amarillo and Cascade hops provide this red IPA with an upfront fruity and piney aroma, transcending into stone fruit flavor and pleasingly lingering bitterness. Brewed with late hop additions and generously dry-hopped, the 7.3 % ABV beer is incredibly hop-forward, yet balanced by very unique cereal notes and biscuit undertones from the Red X malt. When all the ingredients are combined, this IPA showcases the signature qualities of classic hoppy Stone beers: citrusy, herbal, balanced just right.
Beginning today, both will be will be available in 12-ounce six-packs to retailers and on draft at restaurants and bars where Stone beer is sold.


Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, the groundbreaking San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States. Recognized as an industry leader, Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times, has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice, and was named the “Top Rated Brewer in California” by RateBeer Best in January 2017. The multifaceted company is the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate their own brewery in Europe (Berlin, Germany), and also opened a production brewery in Richmond, Virginia in 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…and pledging never, ever, to sell out to the man.  For more information on Stone Brewing,  please visit stonebrewing.com or the company’s social media sites: FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter and The Stone Blog.
image courtesy Stone Brewing Companyimage courtesy Stone Brewing Company

Release: Longmont: Coming Soon ... Left Hand's Hard Wired Nitro, Well Played, Saison au Miel, & Travelin’ Light

image courtesy Left Hand Brewingimage courtesy Left Hand Brewingimage courtesy Left Hand Brewingimage courtesy Left Hand Brewing
Press Release

LONGMONT, CO ... The start of the new beer year is here! Left Hand Brewing Co.is releasing a variety of seasonal and limited releases for the late winter / spring season, including cans, bottles, and 22oz offerings. From coffee to wildflower honey, the spring mix of beers will bring something for everyone. 

Hard Wired Nitro - Following a hard pour and rippling cascade, Hard Wired Nitro is your favorite cup of coffee with a pillowy, toffee-sweet head. Coffee and flavors of caramelized sugar, cacao and hints of blueberry lead to a light, smoky finish. Seasonal release: FEB – APR

Well Played – Left Hand’s new Red IPA plays up experimental hops and specialty malts to compose a beer that is sweet up front with robust hop character and a dry finish. The ever changing hop blend will be selected by the Left Hand team each year following the hop harvest. First sips of this year’s release brewed with 2017 Experiment Hop #09326 will leave the drinker thinking well played, indeed. Seasonal release: FEB – APR

Saison au Miel – Les Quatres Saisons, Left Hand’s quarterly Saison series debuts this March with Saison au Miel. Brewed with native Colorado ingredients, each beer in the collection will highlight a unique addition. Saison au Miel features wildflower honey to bring a touch of sweetness to soften the dry and crisp farmhouse-style ale.  Available in 16oz four packs for two perfect servings at a time. Seasonal Release: MAR - MAY

Travelin’ Light – Golden, crisp & refreshing... and just in time for the warm months ahead! Travelin’ Light is a Kölsch style ale to be available year round as a new perennial. At 4.8% abv, Travelin’ Light is perfect for mellow days and a thirst-quencher for the sunshine. Year Round, starting March.

Release: Northwest: Get It Now ... Samuel Adams Irish Red

image courtesy Boston Beer
Press Release

Red ales became known as the symbol of Ireland’s rebellion and fight for independence from England. Inspired by the similarities to Samuel Adams, a hero of the American Revolution, the brewers at Sam Adams crafted an Irish Red characterized by a smooth malt backbone balanced by earthy English hops.

This hearty beer boasts a deep red color with aromatic notes of roasty caramel followed by malty, toasty and slightly sweet flavors. To achieve the comforting and satisfying profile the brewers were looking for, they used East Kent Golding and Fuggles hops to balance between earthy and citrusy notes. A sip of this robust brew is then finished with a smooth and rounded malt sweetness.

 Pairing with Food: Irish Red’s roasted caramel sweetness helps tame the heat of spicy sausage while complementing the meat’s savory richness.  Corned beef or ham are natural fits because the malt sweetness of the beer balances the meat’s saltiness and deepens the caramelized flavors.  This brew pairs well with classic desserts like Apple and Pecan pie.

Release: Northwest: Get It Now ... Samuel Adams Noble Pils

image courtesy Boston Beer
Press Release

Brewed using all five Noble hop varieties from the oldest hop growing regions in the world, Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a crisp golden Bohemian Pilsner full of bright hop character. Jim Koch, Samuel Adams Brewer and Founder, first brewed Noble Pils as a gift to his daughter for her wedding. Since its initial 2009 release, the beer has developed a cult following.

Noble Pils is a traditional Bohemian Pilsner with a deep golden color and citrusy hop aroma. The honeyed malt character from a special Bohemian spring barley is balanced by delicate yet pronounced citrus, floral, and piney notes from the Noble hops.

Of the more than 100 hop varieties in the world, only five are considered “Noble.” Noble hops are aroma hops as opposed to bittering hops and contribute greater hop aroma than hop bitterness to beer. They are the original lager-brewing hops grown only in Bavaria and the Czech Republic, where the environment (much like terroir for wine grapes) contributes to their prized aroma and flavor. Many hops used in brewing today are descendants of these original hops.

Each Noble hop variety in Noble Pils adds specific flavors and aromas to the brew:
  • Hallertau Mittelfrueh: lemony citrus 
  • and resinous pine notes 
  • Tettnang Tettnanger: citrus and spice notes
  • Spalt Spalter: floral and fruity notes
  • Saaz: fresh cut grass notes
  • Hersbrucker: slight herbal notes
Food Pairings: The bright hop character and crispness of Noble Pils is a perfect complement to the delicate flavors of smoked salmon, tuna, or sushi, but doesn’t overpower their flavors. The citrusy and floral hops also brighten the spice of an Indian curry.

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