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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Industry News: Sunday 4/27 1pm-4pm. Naked City hosts charity to benefit Tom Munoz's medical bills

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vag·a·bond ˈvagəˌbänd/
noun a rascal; a rogue
Despite it's other meaning, a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job, there are few in the (brewing) industry that haven't been inspired by Thomas Munoz. 

Much like the rascal he is, Tom has worked for some of the most memorable breweries, inspiring others to work harder, and think outside the norms of what a brewer should be. Today he needs the support of the community at large.

Sunday, April 27th, Naked City Brewing is hosting a fund raiser for Tom Munoz. Recently Tom Munoz was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, which has resulted in Osteoarthritis impacting his hip. Regrettably a brewery salary cannot cover all the medical bills. Which is why you're invited to stop into Naked City from 1pm to 4pm. 


This coming Sunday, April 27th from 1PM till 4PM Naked City will be hosting a fundraiser to help with the cost of surgery, rehab and living expenses.
We will have beers from The Ram, Black Raven, Triplehorn, Silver City and Naked City. $5 a beer (Please bring cash!) and raffle tickets for some truly amazing prizes! Prizes include wine, beer, gift certificates to local restaurants and finally a Brew Date with our very own Don Webb!!!
We hope to see you all there and remember, there's no great beer without great brewers!

Required reading if you want to know the real Tom.

Back in 1979, at the age of 21, Tom began his brewery career, starting out as a tour guide at Rainier Brewery.

“The beers back then were pretty good,” he says. “I was giving a tour to a group of Japanese tourists when Mount St Helens erupted. We didn’t even know anything was happening.” *

Eventually he would leave Rainier, due to creative differences, and would eventually work for Boeing in 1981, around the time microbrewed beers (like Alaskan, Bert Grant's, Sierra Nevada, and Pike) began lining the shelves.

“I remember trying these beers along with a few imports, and I was hooked,” Tom says. *

Taking inspiration from these breweries, Tom would join the Boeing Beer & Wine Club and began brewing beer at home. Eventually he would leave Boeing and the Boeing Beer & Wine Club, only to join Larry Reifenberick** and the homebrew club "Impaling Alers". 

Then in 1992, at the urging of his wife, Munoz attended the University of California, Davis, where he studied and received certifications in "Fermentation Science, Food Science, Sanitation/Microbiology and Brewery Design". Shortly afterwards he took his first brewery position, working alongside the famous Teri Fahrendorf ***, and Tom Chase at Fish Brewing (Olympia, Washington).

Feeling inspired Tom would depart Fish to with brewers like Matt Munoz (Portland Brewing), Alexander Diem (Banff Brewing in Calgary, Alberta). Of the people that Tom worked for in the early days, after college, it was Alexander who would teach Tom the most about German-style beers.

In 1995 Tom would get his first head brewer position, working for Glacier Peak Brewing (Everett, Washington). As the head brewer of Glacier Peak, Tom would use techniques learned from the University of California - Davis to create recipes, while employing quality assurance in his beer. Unfortunately the brewery would only be open for a year, during which time Tom established relationships with Diamond Knot's Bob Maphet and the late Brian Sollenberger, as well as (then brewer) Pike Brewing's Fal Allen.

Taking leave of the Pacific Northwest, Tom would start his first consulting role, at Habeneros Brewing in Tucson (Arizona). Shortly afterwards Glacier Peak contacted him to return as head brewer. Under new ownership and re-branded (as Flying Pig Brewing Company), Tom returned to Washington where he worked for the brewery for 2 years. 

Starting in 2000, Tom accepted the role of head brewer at Far West Brewing (in Redmond, Washington). For six years (until its closure in 2007), Tom would produce award winning beers - including medals at The Great American Beer Festival and the North American Beer Awards. 

After it's (Far West Brewing) closure in 2007, Tom took on the role of head brewer for Stix Brewing in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. With a strong focus on beer, pizza, and billiards, the place seemed a fit for Tom and his approach to brewing. Unfortunately the brewery and business would shutter, impacted by the SLU Trolley construction of that year. 

Since his work at Stix, Tom has gone on to work at Silver City Brewing (Bremerton/Silverdale, Washington), Salmon Creek (Vancouver, Washington), Naked City Brewery and Taproom (Seattle, Washington), Tapp Brewing (Lake Tapps, Washington), Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company (Snoqualmie, Washington), Alpine (Orting, Washington), Anacortes Brewing (Anacortes, Washington), Triplehorn Brewing (Woodinville, Washington), Lazy Boy (Everett, Washington), and Redhook Ales (Woodinville, Washington).

“In the last 20 years I’ve enjoyed great beer and great people, and I hope to continue to make good beers,” Tom says. “It’s been a great ride so far”!*

Today Tom can be found assisting his friends to produce interesting wines and ciders.

Notes
* source, Northwest Brewing News ** founder of Larry's Brewing Supply in Kent (Washington). *** founder of the Pink Boots Society

Monday, April 21, 2014

Festival Preview: OR: 5/4 Hair of the Dog presents FredFest. Now with two 3+ hour sessions.

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image courtesy Portlandbeer.org's Flickr pageIt's a fact that all enthusiasts of a recreation will tell you their hero.

Just ask the nearest, over-enthusiastic, beer advocate, who their hero is. Most will tell you their hero it’s the  local brewer or the brewery currently supplying beer to their glass. But most living in the Northwest would classify a beer writer in the same breath as Joe Montana or Vince Lombardi, let alone the local brewer. But much like sports, politics, or international affairs, the world of beer has required scribes to record the evolution of beer. With a pen and paper in hand, these men and women seek out individuals, in the industry of making and selling beer, to represent your interests. For those living in or around Portland the city has birthed creative thinkers like Lisa Morrison and Fred Eckhardt who continue reminding people that beer is more than an after-work beverage.

On Sunday May 4th, in "The Rose City", Hair of the Dog Brewing continues recognizing the Pacific Northwest's most famous craft beer writer, Fred Eckhardt for a 9th consecutive year. FredFest, as it has been known, celebrates the life and birth of Fred Eckhardt, the "Dean of American Beer Writers"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Industry News: WA: 2014 World Beer Cup awards 8 independent Washington breweries with medals

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"The mission of the World Beer Cup is to create greater consumer awareness around the world about the quality and diversity displayed by the various beers of the world. The World Beer Cup is dedicated to recognizing both the traditions and innovations shared by the entire brewing industry as well as those customs unique to specific countries and regions. The World Beer Cup also promotes the responsible consumption of beer as an alcohol-containing beverage and urges beer producers and distributors to encourage beer enthusiasts to savor the flavor of beer responsibly."
Denver, CO - Organized by the Brewers Association and held every two years, The World Beer Cup celebrates brewing achievement throughout the world. Unlike the Great American Beer Festival, which awards breweries in the United States, the World Beer Cup awards include breweries from Japan, Sweden, Germany, or even Latvia. To put that into perspective there was four thousand seven hundred and fifty-four beers submitted, from over fourteen-hundred breweries, representing fifty-eight countries.
"Brewers from around the globe participate in the World Beer Cup to win recognition for their creativity and brewing skills," said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association. "For a brewer, a World Beer Cup gold award allows them to say that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world."
At this year's World Beer Cup, Washington's craft breweries* came home with 7 medals including 3 Gold (followed by 3 Silver and 2 Bronze).
I always say during years when we don't win anything, whether at GABF or WBC (and there have been several) that when you don't win you're in excellent company.  It gets more difficult each year, too--this year there were around 4900 beers entered.  All that having been said, we are very pleased to have come away with something, especially for one of our stalwart beers. 
No sentiments could be better shared than by one of the Brewers Association’s older members, Elysian co-founder and head brewer Dick Cantwell. Despite having entered four beers, Elysian came home with a Bronze for their The Wise ESB. Winning this medal was no small feat, since the brewery had to beat 56 other entrants.
Another brewery, with year’s invested in the Puget Sound, Fish Brewing Co. took home Bronze for their Leavenworth brand Bakke Hill Black Lager. Prior to 2014, Fish Brewing had won a Silver (2006) for their Old Woody in the Old Ale category and a Bronze medal (2012) for their Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen in the American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast category.
Much like a professor lecturing an auditorium, William Kemper continues to prove a lager-only brewery can succeed in the United States. No stranger to comparing his German-style lagers to those from Germany, Will Kemper received Silver for his Chuckanut Dunkel, in the European-style Dark/Münchner Dunkel category. Chuckanut has won 2 times prior - in 2012 (for their Chuckanut Kolsch) and 2010 (for their Chuckanut Dunkel).
All beer was once dark, but it was not until modern kilning of malts in the early 1800’s and the discovery of cold fermenting Lager strains in the 1840’s that allowed all the beautiful flavors of a Dunkel to come to life. Dunkels, including Chuckanut’s, are typically a deep reddish-brown color, capped by an impressively sturdy tan head. As in all lagers, the flavors in Dunkel are produced directly by the ingredients; in this case some of the malts have been roasted, giving Dunkel toffee, chocolate, coffee, and even licorice notes.OG: 13.5 ABV: 5.5% IBU'S: 22. –source, Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen
But This year was also filled with younger breweries like Kent’s Airways Brewing** & brewer Alex Dittmar winning a Silver medal for their Belgian-style Strong Ale 3rd Anniversary beer.
“Featuring 9.9 percent ABV and 26 IBUs, this complex, yet smooth beer is filled with rich, dark fruit flavors, paired with notes of fruit and spice on the nose. Brewed with Hallertauer hops …”
This is the first time we’ve entered the World Beer Cup and the first Belgian beer we ever produced. We liked it and we’re thrilled to be honored for it. We may need to brew it again … –source, Alex Dittmar co-owner of Airways Brewing
Not to be left out, Seattle’s Stoup Brewing claimed a Silver medal for their Robust Porter.
Brad considers it a great honor that the judges at the World Beer cup recognized our hard work and passion for brewing  quality beers so early on in our history. source, Stoup Brewing co-owner Lara Zahaba
Lara Zahaba, co-owner of Stoup Brewing, had this to say on why (Lara’s husband) brewer Brad Benson chose to brew and submit a Porter to the World Beer Cup.
When we were planning the brewery we kept noticing that our favorite porters were disappearing from the market so we were compelled to make and showcase this style which makes a win in the Robust Porter category all the more satisfying.
Rich in color and character, our robust porter conjures up memories of decadent chocolate treats dipped in coffee. Hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and light malty sweetness are the result of a complex malt profile including chocolate malt, roasted barley, roasted wheat and roasted rye.
ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 45, Lovibond: 34
Stoup Brewing is located at 1108 NW 52nd Street in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.
Special mention goes to Gordon Biersch’s Kevin Davies Davey of Seattle for winning Gold for his WinterBock recipe.
WinterBock is a strong, dark beer that was used by eleventh century Bavarian monks to help sustain themselves during winter fasts. These creamy bocks ensured that the monks would fast frequently. Gordon Biersch WinterBock is a classic dark double bock featuring 4 different types of malt: Munich malt, pilsner malt, dark roasted caramel malt, and black malt. This is a big beer with a lot of body, and is available seasonally from November through January. Alcohol Volume: 7.5% Bitterness: 26 IBU Residual Sugar: 4.6%Yeast Strain: Weihenstephan 34/70 Lager Yeast Hops: Hallertau aroma. –source, Gordon Biersch
Saving the best for last, congratulations have been given to Everett’s Scuttlebutt Brewing and Oak Harbor’s Flyers Restaurant and Brewery, for their Gold Medals.
Entered in the category Barley Wine-style Ale, Scuttlebutt Old #1 Barley Wine took home gold, despite being 5 years old.
“Scuttlebutt's winning Old #1 Barley Wine is an English Style Barley Wine. Deceptively subtle, strong hints of raisin, cherry, maple, vanilla and black current all working together in pleasant harmony providing a depth of flavor not common in most styles of beer. At 13.3% alcohol by volume it is not something to drink as much as it is something to savor.”
We reached out to head brewer Matt Stromberg who said:
“To win a any medal, not to mention gold, at the World Beer Cup® is humbling. We're not really driven by medals but it's a wonderful validation for what we do. Friday was a good day.”
As of this story there is a limited amount of Scuttlebutt Old $1 Barley Wine at the breweries restaurant, located at 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett, WA 98201, and brewery at 3310 Cedar Street, Everett, WA 98201.
Finally Flyers' Tony Savoy celebrates his second medal at the World Beer Cup, with his previous coming in 2008 for his Barnstormer Brown (entered in the English-style Mild Ale category).
"I am really excited to win at the World Beer Cup. To win anything there is amazing but to win Gold puts it over the top!" There are so many great beers in Washington alone, to have one of the best in the world? I am honored to be in that conversation." -Head Brewer Tony Savoy, Flyers Restaurant and Brewery.
This year Tony revisited an older recipe and entered “Brouwer's 8th Anniversary” in the Other Strong Beer category, while beating 43 other entrants for Gold. When asked to provide further details on this year’s 120 Schilling Strong Scotch Ale, Tony supplied these brewer’s notes.
Brewed for the Brouwer's Cafe as part of their 8th Anniversary. Previously made in 2007, for Bottleworks bottleshop, and was awarded Bronze at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival. Starting gravity 26 degrees Plato. 10.90% Alcohol by Volume. 120 Schilling Strong Scotch ale. Two mashes and over 1200 pounds of barley total to make just 7 bbls.
* based on definition from the Brewer Assocation, applicable to current and former members (source, http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/business-tools/craft-brewing-statistics/craft-brewer-defined)
** not a current member of the Brewers Association as of 2014 http://ba.brewersassociation.org/memberlist/members.aspx. Prior report confirms membership in 2012. http://www.brewersassociation.org/attachments/0001/1802/2012_US_Craft_Breweries.pdf

Industry News: OR: 2014 World Beer Cup Awards 17 medals to Oregon breweries

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Denver, CO – What do the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the Brewers Association have in common? The answer is the World Cup. Granted there is no Soccer / Football involved in the Brewers Association version of the World Beer Cup. But they both still celebrate with a cold one when the winner is announced.

“Every two years, a highly qualified professional panel of beer judges honors the top three beers in 91 categories with gold, silver, and bronze awards. The World Beer Cup, often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competition,” is the most prestigious beer competition in the world."

Celebrated every two years, the World Beer Cup celebrates the world’s best beers and breweries. Composed of over 90 categories, this year’s (2014) World Beer Cup hosted over 4300 entrants with Oregon brewers coming home with 17 medals.

The World Beer Cup recognizes brewing excellence in 90 categories but does not automatically award the top three entries in a particular category. When judges determine that a category contains three excellent examples of the style, they present gold, silver, and bronze awards for the first, second, and third place beers, respectively. In all, during the 2014 World Beer Cup, Oregon brewers took home 19 awards, including best Small Brewing Company of the Year.

Taking the stop spot is Pelican Brewery - which received a Gold Medal for their Kiwanda Cream Ale, Silver for Silverspot India Pale Ale, and the “World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Small Brewing Company” award. For Pelican Pub & Brewery this marks their third “World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Small Brewing Company” award.

In order to qualify for the Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Small Brewing Company award you must meet the following criteria.

Winners for the Champion Brewery Awards are determined based on the results of the competitive beer judging held at the World Beer Cup. Breweries are awarded points based on medals won, and these points are tabulated to arrive at the results. Here are the criteria used for awarding points, and the tie breaking system used to rank breweries.

  1. Most Total Points – breweries are awarded points based on the number of gold (3 points), silver (2 points) and bronze (1 point) medals won in the competition.
  2. Most Gold Medals
  3. Most Medals
  4. Most Total Entries in all Medalled Categories
  5. Number of Entries in Gold Medalled Categories

The second and third criteria have the effect of making a gold and two bronzes worth more than a gold and silver, while two golds would be worth more than a gold, silver and a bronze. The fourth and fifth criteria recognize overall competitiveness by achieving medals in categories with more entries than others.

Additional winners include Hop Valley, with 2 medals (1 Bronze for Double D Blonde Ale and 1 Bronze for Citrus Mistress India Pale Ale). This makes a 2nd consecutive World Beer Cup that Hop Valley received a Bronze medal for their Double D Blonde.Overall this marks the third time Double D Blonde Ale has won, while this is the first win for Citrus Mistress.

As if to remind the people of Oregon, Bend demonstrated some Medal showmanship with 10 Barrel’s Tonya Cornett beating her old brewery Bend  with a Gold medal (to Bend Brewing’s Bronze).

  • This year 10 Barrel Brewing’s Tonya Cornett entered her Beliner Weisse with cucumbers in the Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer category and beat 56 other entrants for Gold.

    Like Shawn Kelso, this is the first time 10 Barrel, in Oregon, has won a medal for their beer. Also this is a first for brewer Tonya Cornett, who had previously won four Gold medals at Bend Brewing (2 in 2008, 1 in 2010, and 1 in 2012).

"Usually, we just chalk CBC up to four days of getting a buzz on, so it's great to come home with some hardware from our first ever wins at World Beer Cup. Super excited and proud of the team." - Chris Cox, partner

  • Bend Brewing saw a repeat performance by their brewers, with the Bronze medal for Ching Ching. For the brewery this marks the fifth Gold medal and sixth overall. Also in 2008 the brewery was recognized the Small Brewpub of the year on top of winning awards in 2008 (Black Diamond Lager & Outback X), 2010 (Outback X), and 2012 (Ching Ching).

Further up north, in Portland it’s been confirmed that Laurelwood, Commons, Old Town, and Gigantic have each received an award. Of the four breweries from Portland, Laurelwood has the most medals (at 11 in the past 12 years), followed a tie between Commons and Old Town at 2 (with Commons’ receiving 1 in 2014 and one in 2012). For Gigantic Brewing this is their first World Beer Cup award since Ben Love and Van Havig opened their brewery in 2012.

  • Located on 1810 S.E. 10th Avenue, Commons Brewery has been producing Flanders and French-inspired ales as way to distinguish themselves from the various breweries in the “Rose City”. So far this business plan has worked since this marks the 2nd award (Bronze for Flemish Kiss) for the brewery since their previous Bronze medal (2012) for their Farmhouse Ale.
  • Clearly no stranger to beer, Old Town Brewery has supplied beer to it’s sister location Old Town Pizza since 2008. So it’s quite the feat to see Old Town Brewery receive 2 medals (1 Silver for their “I’d Like to Buy the World a Kölsch” and 1 Bronze for their Paulie’s Not Irish Red) in this year’s World Beer Cup.
  • Rounding out the list of Rose City winners are Gigantic, with their Pipewrench Old Tom Gin Barrel-aged IPA. "...Pipewrench: Gigantic IPA aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin Barrels. This tasty, refreshing beer is a blend of bright citrus and fruity hops, juniper, spice, and oak. The crew at Victory is also going to be serving a special Gigantic sausage of the day." and Laurelwood with the Mother Lode Golden Ale winning Gold (in the English-style Summer Ale category).

Right next door to Portland, in Sherwood, Two Kilts Brewing won their first World Beer Cup with a Gold medal for their Scottish Ale. Two Kilts Brewing is located at 14841 SW Tualatin Sherwood Rd #500.

Repeating this year with their line of Brett-fermented ales is Logsdon Farmhouse Ales from Hood River. This year the brewery took home another Gold for their Cerasus (pronounced sarah – soos) “… organic kriek beer, a barrel-aged Flanders style red ale with two pounds of fruit added per gallon of beer. We added both sweet and tart Oregon cherries during the aging process with a combination of several yeast strains and lactic bacteria to develop a secondary fermentation. The crystal malts, oak tannins, and fruit develop into a soft well rounded beer of Burgundian character.”

When asked to expand on Cerasus and its WBC medal David Logsdon commented, “… This is the second top award garnered for this organic kriek beer brewed from our base beer, Far West Vlaming by the addition of fresh sweet and sour cherries. A portion of the beer is aged in Oak barrels for up to a year and blended with young beer to balance it's profile. A secondary fermentation with Brettanomyces yeast and Lactic bacteria provide balance and complexity. In it's 2012 debut, Ceresus won the top peoples choice award at Portland Cheers to Belgian Beers.”

Not to be outdone by the newcomers, Barley Brown’s won Gold (and 2nd gold since their Shredders Wheat in 2010) for their Turmoil Cascadian Dark Ale, while Beer Valley won Gold for their Black Flag Imperial Stout, with Brookings Chetco Brewing backing up Beer Valley with Silver for their Block & Tackle Imperial Stout.

Industry News: ID: 2014 World Beer Cup awards Bronze medals to Grand Teton and 10 Barrel Brewing

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"Every two years, a highly qualified professional panel of beer judges honors the top three beers in 91 categories with gold, silver, and bronze awards. The World Beer Cup, often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competition,” is the most prestigious beer competition in the world."

Awards Philosophy

The World Beer Cup recognizes brewing excellence in 90 categories but does not automatically award the top three entries in a particular category. When judges determine that a category contains three excellent examples of the style, they present gold, silver, and bronze awards for the first, second, and third place beers, respectively.

Judges may choose not to designate any awards in a category if all beers entered in that category are significantly out of style or have major defects. The Competition Manager will cancel judging in any one category if fewer than three entries are received. Also, judges may grant an award in any one or more of the three award places without granting awards in all three places. For example, judges may recognize a beer as a silver or bronze award winner; yet not grant a gold award.

Minimum Standard for Awards

Gold    A world class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.

Silver    An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma, and appearance.

Bronze    A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor defects in taste, aroma, or appearance.

Denver, Colorado, USA - Those are the words from the Brewers Association, an organization comprised of over two thousand brewers and over forty-three thousand home brewers. The mission of the Brewers Association is simple - to promote local, privately-owned breweries, and inspire tomorrow's craft brewers. And every two years, since 1996, the Brewers Association (along with a panel of judges) invite breweries -  both privately-owned or publicly traded - to submit beers for judging in 91 distinct categories.

Whether due to steep competition or lack of submissions, only two breweries from Idaho came home winners. This year’s winning entrants were none other than Victor’s Grand Teton Brewing and Boise’s 10 Barrel Brewing.

Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB returns to the podium after a six year hiatus.

Entered in the category of American-style Brown Ale and competing against 47 other beers, Grand Teton’s Bitch Creek ESB took home a Bronze medal. Prior World Beer Cup medals awarded to Grand Teton were for their Bitch Creek in 2008, their 5 O'Clock Shadow Double Black Lager in 2012, and Pursuit of Hoppiness American Red Ale in 2012. This also marks the 2nd consecutive year the brewery has taken home an award with the previous two years ago.

Bitch Creek perfectly balances big malt sweetness and robust hop flavor for a full bodied, satisfying mahogany ale. Like the stream for which it is named, our Bitch Creek ESB is full of character... not for the timid.

Malts: Idaho 2-Row malted barley, German Melanoidin, CaraAmber, CaraAroma & CaraMunich
Hops: Galena, Chinook, and Centennial.
Original Gravity (Plato): 15.0°
International Bitterness Units: 60
Alcohol by Volume: 6.0%
Lovibond: 18°

2 years later, Shawn Kelso ‘s time in Boise’s 10 Barrel Brewing pays off

Two years later after signing on as head brewer at 10 Barrel Brewing’s Boise brewhouse, Shawn Kelso is finally rewarding the owners. with a medal from the World Beer Cup. After what some might call a cold-streak at the World Beer Cup, Shawn took home Bronze for his Power to the People, submitted under Category 93: American-Style Stout.

For the brewery this marks their first medal in the new Boise brewhouse. And for Shawn this marks his first Bronze after winning Gold for Shredder’s Wheat in 2010, while at Barley Brown’s Brewing.

Industry News: BC: 2014 World Beer Cup award Silver medals to Four Winds Brewing & Steamworks Brewing

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"Every two years, a highly qualified professional panel of beer judges honors the top three beers in 91 categories with gold, silver, and bronze awards. The World Beer Cup, often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competition,” is the most prestigious beer competition in the world."

Awards Philosophy

The World Beer Cup recognizes brewing excellence in 90 categories but does not automatically award the top three entries in a particular category. When judges determine that a category contains three excellent examples of the style, they present gold, silver, and bronze awards for the first, second, and third place beers, respectively.

Judges may choose not to designate any awards in a category if all beers entered in that category are significantly out of style or have major defects. The Competition Manager will cancel judging in any one category if fewer than three entries are received. Also, judges may grant an award in any one or more of the three award places without granting awards in all three places. For example, judges may recognize a beer as a silver or bronze award winner; yet not grant a gold award.

Minimum Standard for Awards

Gold    A world class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.

Silver    An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma, and appearance.

Bronze    A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor defects in taste, aroma, or appearance.

Denver, Colorado, USA - Those are the words from the Brewers Association, an organization comprised of over two thousand brewers and over forty-three thousand home brewers. The mission of the Brewers Association is simple - to promote local, privately-owned breweries, and inspire tomorrow's craft brewers. And every two years, since 1996, the Brewers Association (along with a panel of judges) invite breweries -  both privately-owned or publicly traded - to submit beers for judging in 91 distinct categories.

Like previous years, breweries in British Columbia submitted beers in various categories, to be judged by their peers. This year (2014) 7 breweries from Canada took home medals in the categories "American-style Brett Beer", "Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer", "German-style Pale Wheat Ale", "Belgian-style Witbier", "Belgian-style Tripel". "Ordinary or Special Bitter", and "Sweet Stout or Cream Stout". From this list only two breweries from British Columbia won medals - Delta's Four Winds Brewing Co. and Burnaby's Steamworks Brewing Co.

Four Winds Brewing's Silver adds another chapter to a story several generations old.

image sourced from Four Winds' Facebook pageSubmitted to Category 19: American-style Brett Beer, Four Winds sent their Juxtapose Brett IPA to be judged amongst the 35 entries. "At the heart of this distinctive West Coast IPA stands the juxtaposition of ripe tropical fruit esters and mild Brett funk. Moderately bitter and gracefully balanced. Fermented with 100% Brett brux troi and brewed with simcoe, Amarillo, and Columbus. Malt includes pale, pilsner and raw oats."

For their efforts, Four Winds Brewing took home a Silver medal, their first ever.

Plus, this award represents family cooperation in the literal sense. What most don't know is that the brewery is comprised of head brewer Brent Mills, his brothers (and engineers) Adam Mills and Sean Mills, and their father Greg Mills (who acts as the accountant). So when the brewery receives recognition like this, the family shares in the celebration. When pressed for a response head brewer Brent Mills responded, "Just amazed about this award! A style and type of beer we love to drink and brew and to be awarded in this category is an absolute honour."

Located in Delta, just North of Vancouver, Four Winds Brewing features a tasting room and at least eight distinct beers on draught. For more information visit their Facebook page.

Almost 20 years old and still teaching people about beer.

Started in 1995, Steamwork Brewing has remained rooted near Vancouver's Gastown neighborhood. Like their beers their address has polarized residence because of it's close proximity to the Burnaby / Vancouver border.

“In 1995, when we first took hold of our historic Gastown brewpub location, we discovered that the building had a rare steam heat system. A remnant from forward thinkers of a century past.”

“Our brewmaster had only read of steam powered brewing, but had never seen a functional steam brewery. These are very rare indeed. We ventured forth, experimented, and created a one-of-a-kind steam generated brewery. The only one in Canada." –“Our Story" via Steamworks' website

This year, like 2004, the brewery was the benefactor of recognition, this time for their Tripel Blitzen.

"Curl up closer to the steam pipes, and warm up to the festive season. This Winter Ale is an ode to Belgian Tripel. It shows apple, and citrus aromas, along with a toasted malt character." Brewery Description

Submitted to Category 61: Belgian-style Tripel, Steamworks Blitzen received a Silver medal out of 59 participants. Including this year's medal for Blitzen, this marks the second award, since the brewery won in 2004. Prior World Beer Cup awards was a Silver for their Grand Espresso Stout (2004).

The next World Beer Cup awards will be in 2016

For those that didn't win, they will have until 2016, when the next World Beer Cup awards will be held.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Charity Preview: WA: 4/20 9:30am–2pm Feet First teams up with Two Beers Brewing & Latona Pub

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On April 20th, Feet First, a charity centered on motor-less transportation, is holding their fourth annual "The Great Beer Hike".

Since 2001, Feet First has worked to ensure that all communities in Washington are walkable. Walking is a vital transportation mode that connects communities, reduces pollution, improves health and physical fitness, and allows people to explore their natural environment.

image "Waiting for the flood (3/4)" sourced, through Creative Commons, from jazamarripae's Flickr accountIn the past 4 years The Great Beer Hike has demonstrated that beer can be delivered in something other than a minivan or refrigerated truck. Like previous years, each brewery is encouraged to deliver their keg of beer by hand truck, by bicycle, or even by boat. This year the organizers, Feet First, are looking for volunteer to help carry Two Beers' Amber Ale from Seattle's South Downtown to the Latona Pub.

Volunteers from Feet First will deliver the final keg—Hand Truckin' Amber Ale—after a 10 mile walk from Two Beers Brewery in SODO to Latona Pub in Green Lake. A midway stop at Zeeks Pizza in Belltown for lunch will keep participants' energy and spirits high.

Culminating at Latona Pub, The Great Beer Hike will benefit Feet First. If you're interested in volunteering to carry Two Beers' Amber Ale, you are encouraged to contact drew@feetfirst.org or call (206) 652-2310. Please RSVP in advance at www.feetfirst.org or handtruckin.bpt.me.

Industry News: WA: Chef John Howie and Distiller Erik Liedholm announce the pending opening of Beardslee Alehouse (Restaurant & Brewery) and Wildwood Spirits Co.

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image sourced from Beardless Alehouse's Facebook pageBothell - The John Howie Restaurant Group, owner of many restaurants including John Howie Steak, has announced the pending opening of their latest location “Beardslee Alehouse” in Bothell.

Currently under construction, the newest John Howie Group restaurant will focus on locally-sourced ingredients, as well as feature a nearby 10-barrel brewery, and distillery (featuring a 450-liter alembic pot still, one 150-liter rectification still, and one 20-plate column still).

image of owner and Chef John Howie sourced from Sea Star Restaurants

“We are thrilled to be coming to Bothell,” commented Proprietor/Chef John Howie. “We see great growth and opportunity in the Bothell area, and look forward to bringing our exceptional products and services to the city.”

Once completed, the restaurant will continue the John Howie tradition of demonstrating their “farm to table” philosophy.

Look for menu items featuring locally-ground meats , kitchen fresh bread, and “locker” where Chef will be aging charcuterie. Additional menu details include a focus on burgers, brats (bratwurst), flatbreads – with in-house charcuterie, cheese and pickled vegetables complimenting the meal.

image of Drew Cluley, courtesy our Flickr account.

The brewery, tentatively located at 19116 112th Ave NE in Bothell, will produce 12 to 13 craft beers for the restaurant, and managed by recent acquisition Drew Cluley. If Drew’s name sounds familiar it’s no coincidence. As of this story, Drew Cluley is slated to depart Big Time, where he has worked since 2011 before working at Pike for almost 10 years.

image sourced from Wildwood Spirits Co.At the helm of Wildwood Spirits, celebrated distiller Erik Liedholm will compliment Chef Howie’s by using “locally-sourced” ingredients from Washington state. Currently Erik plans on releasing a Gin (Kur Gin) and Vodka (Stark Vatten Vodka) once distillery construction has completed. Until then he is fermenting both his Gin and Vodka at the Michigan State University, where Master Distiller Dr. Kris Burglund is assisting with fine-tuning Erik’s award-winning Gin & Vodka.

For those looking for more beverage than food, the restaurant will feature both it’s house-brewed beers and guest beers from around the area – as well as a a tasting room reminiscent of an English apothecary, to showcase Wildwood Spirits.

Mill work, Edison bulbs and medicine bottles will help create the ambience, while settees and comfortable chairs will shape an inviting space for guests. The centerpiece of the tasting room will be a window that allows guests to view the beautiful copper stills. The equipment will be supplied from German still manufacturer, Christian Carl, whose exceptional quality is widely acclaimed.

Beardslee Alehouse & Wildwood Sprits Co. are scheduled to open, to the public, this September 2014.

About the John Howie Restaurant Group

The John Howie Restaurant Group includes John Howie Steak; Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, Bellevue; Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, Seattle;SPORT Restaurant and Bar; Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar; Beardslee Alehouse; and Wildwood Spirits Co.. Chef Howie also recently released the cookbook Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table. Chef Howie has been honored with an invitation to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City on five separate occasions, represents Washington state annually at the Super Bowl in The Taste of the NFL, is a repeat guest at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, and has been a guest chef on Celebrity, Holland America, and Radisson Cruises. Chef Howie's restaurants have received multiple awards for their philanthropic and community involvement, which has provided over $4,500,000 to the national and local charitable organizations they support.

Brewery News: WA: Safeco Field celebrates local breweries with Firkin Friday. Starting April 11th, 2014

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A firkin is a small container used to naturally ferment, or cask-condition ale. It is equivalent to one-quarter of a barrel, and contains 72 pints. The unfiltered, unpasteurized beer is naturally fermented in the small casks without the use of CO2 carbonation. Among beer aficionados, cask ale is often known as “real ale.”
image "Texas Rangers batter hitting baseball from Seattle Mariners pitcher, Safeco Field September 23 2012" sourced, through Creative Commons, via neeravbhatt's Flickr accountStarting April 11th, the Seattle Mariners will be serving beer, from a keg, on top of the bar. It’s called a firkin and it’s an old-world method of delivering beer via gravity. If you’ve ever filled a 2 litter bottle up with water, sealed it up, and then punctured the bottom, you’ve seen the science behind a firkin. Located at Safeco Field’s The ‘Pen bar, this is a rare opportunity to enjoy a beer that’s naturally carbonated.
Safeco Field, already known as a destination for great local beer, just got better. Every Friday home game will be Firkin Friday in The ‘Pen as local brew masters will kick off extended Happy Hour in the popular fan gathering spot by tapping small kegs of cask-conditioned ale. The first Firkin Friday is April 11, when the Mariners meet the Oakland Athletics.
image of a Pin (left) and Firkin (right) sourced, through Creative Commons, from anotherpintplease's Flickr accountEvery Friday home game, during the Seattle Mariners’ 2014 regular season, Safeco Field will be tapping a different firkin of beer, with the brewer on hand. In fact the beer will be priced for happy hour, $5, till the keg is empty or 1 hour before 1st pitch. Don’t forget that each firkin holds around 72 pints of beer. Which means anyone interested in getting their hands on a $5 pint of “real ale” should line-up shortly before Happy Hour is concluding.
What’s on tap for April 11th, 2014
image "Brick & Blue" sourced, through Creative Commons, via sea-turtle's Flickr account
This Friday’s firkin will be from Skagit River Brewery in Mt. Vernon (brew master’s choice). The brew master will tap the small keg in the traditional way. The firkin is laid on its side and a spout is driven in. A vent hole is made in the top of the keg so the naturally carbonated beer can be poured by gravity.
What’s on tap for April 25th, 2014
The next Firkin Friday, on April 25 (vs. Texas Rangers), will feature Silver City Brewery in Bremerton. April 25 is also Beard Hat Night (first 20,000 fans) and College Night with $10 tickets for college students with valid I.D.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Northwest Beer Guide: Washington Beer Guide: 2014: Atlas of Beer at Safeco Field. Seattle Mariners Regular Season.

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"Since the Inaugural Game on July 15, 1999, Safeco Field has gained a reputation locally, regionally and nationally as a terrific setting for baseball and a great place for baseball fans. Sweeping views of Seattle's downtown skyline, breathtaking sunsets over Puget Sound, combined with excellent views of game action from all angles give fans at Safeco Field an experience unequalled in Major League Baseball." -Safeco Field history, Seattle Mariners http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/ballpark/

image of "Giants v Mariners" sourced, through Creative Commons, from jaycoxfilm's Flickr accountAbsorbing the quote for a moment it's hard to believe that Safeco Field will be 15 years old this July. During those 15 years 'The Safe' has seen the induction of radio legend Dave Niehaus, the Mariners becoming one of only 2 teams (since 1969) to have over 110 wins in a single season, Ichiro Suzuki breaking George Sister's 84 year-old hit record, and Felix "The King" Hernandez throwing the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history. There are obvious omissions in the interest of summary. The fact is Safeco Field, much like the team have provided the Pacific Northwest with some wonderful memories.

During those same 15 years, the city of Seattle has enriched and inspired craft breweries to call the "Emerald City" their home. Today one only has to visit neighborhoods with names like Fremont, Ballard, So'Do (South Downtown), Pioneer Square, West Seattle, White Center, or Southpark. With names like Elysian, Fremont, Populxe, Big Al, or Odin; the city has benefited from so many locally-produced breweries.

But would you believe that for many years the only way to enjoy an Elysian Immortal India Pale Ale, Big Al Local Hero, or Schooner Exact Three Grid, was outside of Safeco Field? How could this happen? How could a ballpark, only a few blocks from Elysian Fields, not have a single drop of Elysian Immortal, Elysian The Wise ESB, or Elysian Fields Pale Ale?

image titled "Go Mariners!" sourced, through Creative Commons, from erinkohlenbergphoto's Flickr account.Lamentable as it might be, the beer selection at Safeco Field hasn’t been the most rewarding for the demanding imbiber. In fact the local beer selection, prior to 2003, was mostly comprised of heavyweights like Redhook Ales and Pyramid - while out-of-state breweries included New Belgium and Alaskan*.

Fast forward to 2010 and something of a renaissance has started, with the inclusion of more local breweries, as part of the regular draft / bottled lineup. In fact this year the Mariners will host over 70 locations where one can get a pint of India Pale Ale, Wit, Brown, or Pale Ale. With this in mind here's a non-static list of beers that can be found at Safeco Field. As with anything the list is subject to change in both availability and formt (bottled versus draft).

  • 7 Seas Cutt's NW Amber
  • Alaskan Amber Alt Bier
  • Alaskan APA American Pale Ale
  • Alaskan White Wit
  • American Brewing Breakaway IPA
  • Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale
  • Bellevue Brewing ESB
  • Brewdog Punk IPA
  • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
  • Diamond Knot Industrial India Pale Ale
  • Hale's El Jefe Weizen
  • Elysian Hombre Mexican Lager
  • Elysian Immortal India Pale Ale
  • Elysian Men’s Room Red Ale
  • Fremont Summer Ale
  • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
  • Full Sail Cascade Pilsner
  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale
  • Georgetown Porter
  • Harmon Expedition Amber Ale
  • Laurelwood Workhorse India Pale Ale
  • Mac & Jack’s Amber Ale
  • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA
  • Ninkasi Total Domination IPA
  • No-Li Brewhouse Crystal Bitter
  • No-Li Spin Cycle Red Ale
  • Northwest Brewing Company Mangoweizen
  • Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
  • Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
  • Schooner Exact Profanity Hill Porter
  • Scuttlebutt Homeport Blonde
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  • Silver City Ridgetop Red
  • Silver City Saint Florian India Pale Ale
  • Skagit River Sculler India Pale Ale
  • Two Beers Jive Espresso Stout

To assist you, prior to purchasing that ticket, we have this guide on where each brewery’s beers are. Included are also the type of service (draft versus bottled) and also some subtle food pairing suggestions.

Section 105 – Beer Cart **22 ounce bottles

  • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
  • Elysian Men’s Room Red
  • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
  • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Section 108 – Rolling Roof Refreshments

  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

Section 109 – High Cheese Pizza

  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

Section 115 – Beer Cart

  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

Section 119 – Holy Smoke BBQ

  • Mac & Jack’s Amber Ale

Section 121 – Beer Cart

  • Silver City Ridgetop Red Ale
  • Schooner Exact West Point Pale Ale

Want something to pair with that Ridgetop Red? How about some Holy Smoke Barbecue Brisket or Pulled Pork. Or pair that West Point Pale Ale with some Ivar’s Fish and Chips.

image of "Last Pitch. Pefect Game" sourced, through Creative Commons, from jaycoxfilm's Flickr account

Section 129 – Beer Cart

  • Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale
  • Goodlife Sweet As Pacific Ale

Section 131– Beer Cart

  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

Section 134 – Beer Cart

  • Laurelwood Workhorse IPA
  • 7 Seas Cutt's NW Amber Ale

Section 136 – Good Hops

  • 7 Seas Cutt's NW Amber Ale

  • Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale

  • Fremont Summer Ale

  • Goodlife Sweet As Pacific Ale

  • Laurelwood Workhorse IPA

  • No-Li Empire 8 India Session Ale

  • Schooner Exact West Point Pale Ale

  • Skagit River Scullers IPA

Section 136 – Good Hops **22 ounce bottles

  • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
  • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
  • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber
  • New Belgium Ranger India Pale Ale
  • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
  • Elysian Men’s Room Red

Section 140 – Beer Cart

  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

Section 147 – Beer Cart

  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

Section 150 – Beer Cart **22 ounce bottles

    • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
    • Elysian Men’s Room Red
    • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
    • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale

    Section 152 - Edgar’s Home Run Porch

    • Elysian Hombre Mexican Lager
    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale
    • Laurelwood Workhorse IPA

    Section 152 - Edgar’s Tacos

    • Elysian Hombre Mexican Lager
    • Skagit River Scullers IPA

    Try either the Field 41 Pale Ale, Goodlife Sweet As Pacific Ale, or Fremont Summer Ale with something from “The Natural - Vegetarian & Gluten Free” or with Phad Thai from “Thai Ginger”. If you still have that Silver City Ridgetop Red Ale you might head over “Uncle Charlies Cheesesteaks”.

    Section 185 - Northwest Beer Bar

    • 7 Seas Cutt's NW Amber Ale
    • Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale
    • Diamond Knot Industrial IPA
    • Fremont Summer Ale
    • Goodlife Sweet As Pacific Ale
    • No-Li Empire 8 India Session Ale

    Section 187 – Beer Cart

    • Fremont Summer Ale
    • Skagit River Scullers IPA

    Section 195– Beer Cart

    • Elysian Immortal India Pale Ale

    Swinging Wings, White Pizza (from APizza), or 3 Pork Carnitas Tacos from Edgar’s Cantina; should work beautifully with any of the Pale Ales. While the India Session Ales or Amber Ales should pair with the wings.

    Section 218 – Hot Stove Broiler

    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

    Section 212 – High Cheese Pizza

    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

    Section 223 – 1st Base Club Level Lounge

    • Mac & Jack’s Amber Ale

    Section 225 – Beer Cart **22 ounce bottles

    • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
    • Elysian Men’s Room Red
    • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
    • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale

    Section 241 – High Cheese Pizza

    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

    Section 242 - 3rd Base Club Level Lounge

    • Mac & Jack’s Amber Ale

    Section 245 – Beer Cart **22 ounce bottles

    • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
    • Elysian Men’s Room Red
    • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
    • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale

    Section 247 – Terace Bar

    • Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale
    • Fremont Summer Ale
    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale
    • Silver City Ridgetop Red Ale
    • Skagit River Sculler’s India Pale Ale

    Section 249 – Sound Seafood

    If you’ve managed to get into the Terrace Club, then we invite you pair your Manny’s or Bale Breaker with some Fish & Chips, Oyster Po Boy, or Oyster Sandwich. Or if you prefer we advise the Silver City Ridgetop Red or Fremont Summer Ale - with some Salmon Chowder or Salmon Sandwich. All you have to do is walk over to Sound Seafood and take a chance.

    Section 319 – Good Hops Beer

    • Diamond Knot IPA
    • Fremont Summer Ale
    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale
    • Mac & Jack’s Amber Ale
    • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber
    • New Belgium Ranger India Pale Ale
    • Schooner Exact West Point Pale Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Torpedo India Pale Ale
    • Silver City Ridgetop Red

    Section 319 – Good Hops Beer **22 ounce bottles

    • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
    • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
    • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
    • Elysian Mens Room Red

    Section 327– Beer Cart

    • Elysian Immortal India Pale Ale

    Section 330 Good Hops Beer

    • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber
    • New Belgium Ranger India Pale Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Torpedo India Pale Ale
    • Silver City Ridgetop Red

    Section 330 Good Hops Beer **22 ounce bottles

    • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
    • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
    • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
    • Elysian Mens Room Red

    Same rules apply as they did with Section 121. Pair that Summer Ale or Ridgetop Red with some Holy Smoke (313) Pulled Pork or Brisket, while pairing those beers with a nearby Kidd Valley (325) burger isn’t a bad idea either. Otherwise I advice you take that West Point Pale over to Safeco Field Sausage (327) or High Point Pizza (329)

    Section 341– Beer Cart

    • Elysian Immortal India Pale Ale

    Section 349 - Lookout Landing Bar

    • Mac & Jack’s Amber Ale

    Section 349 - Lookout Landing Bar

    • Elysian Immortal India Pale Ale
    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

    Caught Looking Lounge at The ‘Pen

    • Diamond Knot IPA
    • Fremont Summer Ale
    • Laurelwood Workhorse IPA

    Edgar’s Cantina at The ‘Pen

    • Diamond Knot IPA
    • Elysian Hombre Mexican Lager
    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

    Edgar’s Torta’s at the ‘Pen

    • Elysian Hombre Mexican Lager
    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

    Long Bar at The ‘Pen

    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale
    • Mac & Jack’s Amber

    Hit it Here Café **22oz Bottled Beer

    • American Brewing Breakaway India Pale Ale
    • Bellevue Brewing ESB
    • Brewdong Punk IPA
    • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
    • Green’s Discovery Gluten Free
    • Elysian Men's Room
    • Full Sail 26 Anniversary Cascade Pilsner
    • Fremont Universal Pale Ale
    • Hale’s Ales El Jefe Weizen Ale
    • Harmon Expedition Amber Ale
    • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
    • Northwest Brewing Mangoweizen
    • No-Li Spin Cycle Red Ale
    • Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
    • Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider
    • Schooner Exact Profanity Hill Porter
    • Scuttlebutt Homeport Blonde
    • Two Beers Jive Espresso Stout

    "Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure."

    Cask Beers

    New to Safeco is the addition of cask-conditioned ales and beer from the bar top (aka firkin). Look for the following breweries to supply cask-conditioned beer, in both sections 128 (Main Concourse) and 132 Power Alley Beer Bar.

    Seattle

    • Georgetown Brewing
    • Fremont Brewing
    • Elysian Brewing
    • Schooner Exact Brewing

    Redmond

    • Black Raven Brewing

    Gig Harbor / Bremerton

    • 7 Seas Brewery
    • Silver City Brewing

    Mount Vernon / Mukilteo

    • Skagit River Brewery
    • Diamond Knot Brewery

    Spokane

    • No-Li Brewhouse

    Oregon (including Bend, Eugene, and Portland)

    • Goodlife Brewing
    • Oakshire Brewing
    • Laurelwood Brewing

    Beers in the Stands

    Finally be on the look out for vendors throughout the seats who will be selling New Belgium Fat Tire, New Belgium Ranger India Pale Ale, Hilliard’s, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and Sierra Nevada Torpedo India Pale.

    *source, 2003 review by Jim Caple "Plenty of jewels in the Safe" **22 ounce beers are equal to 1 pint + 6 ounce of beer.

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