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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Brewery Release: Northwest: Get It Now ... Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 003

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image courtesy Firestone Walker Brewing
Paso Robles, CA: Firestone Walker’s Luponic Distortion revolving hop series hits its stride this month with the release of Revolution No. 003, marking the beer’s third release since its inaugural entry last spring.

Luponic Distortion is not a single beer, but rather an ongoing series of beers that evolves and revolves approximately every 90 days. It is built around experimental hops, designed to showcase the possibilities of pure hop aromas and flavors. While the base beer always remains the same, each revolution features a different hop blend.

Revolution No. 003 arrives as a blend of nine different hops designed to echo aspects of the previous revolutions while also breaking new stylistic ground. 

Newfound Hops—And One Reborn

The lead hop in Revolution No. 003 is a new German variety that Brewmaster Matt Brynildson first encountered in its experimental infancy while traveling through the Hallertau region during the hop harvest three years ago. “I fell in love with it then, and I’ve been following its development ever since,” he said. “It’s just loaded with this juicy mandarin orange character that is so distinctively German, unlike anything you could grow here in the states.”

The Revolution No. 003 blend also includes another German hop that got Matt’s attention during the same Hallertau trip. “It’s a hop that hasn’t even been named yet, but we were able to procure a small quantity,” he says. “It probably wasn’t supposed to be shared for brewing on a commercial scale, but they knew we were excited about it.”

Another key hop in Revolution No. 003 is Comet—a reborn variety from the Pacific Northwest. “Comet came out of the 1970s hop wave that brought us the popular Cascade and Centennial varieties, but for some reason Comet never took off,” Brynildson said. “It’s sort of this lost, forgotten hop that is now reemerging. It has a really cool profile—the aromas lean more toward fresh fruit than anything overtly earthy.”

Au Naturel

Luponic Distortion Revolution 003 offers a mandarin orange and ripe peach character with ample supporting notes of citrus, stone fruit and pineapple. The overall profile is round and juicy, leaning heavily on ripe fruits with minimal dank or piney edges.

“This beer is a drinker,” Matt says. “I can see a lot of people tasting it and wondering if it includes fruit adjuncts, but the pronounced fruitiness is 100-percent derived from pure hops.”

Brewery Release: Northwest: Coming Soon ... Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale

image courtesy Alaskan Brewing Company
Press Release

JUNEAU, Alaska ... Alaskan Brewing Company this fall is nixing the pumpkin beers in favor of a rich coffee ale created by teaming up with Juneau-based Heritage Coffee Roasting Company. First released on a limited basis last year to rave reviews, Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale uses an unusual technique and the highest quality ingredients to bring out the best coffee flavor and aroma, and will be available as the autumn seasonal in all states where Alaskan Brewing is distributed.

“We were looking to brew a coffee beer that wasn’t overly-dominated by dark malts,” said Alaskan Brewer Tyler Lindquist. “That’s why we went with a Brown Ale for this beer. The subtleness of the Brown Ale then allowed us to accentuate the richness of a great coffee, instead of the bitter acrid flavor that sometimes comes through in coffee beers”

That subtle flavor allowed for a radical technique that required close collaboration between the brewers at Alaskan and the roasters at Heritage.  

“They wanted to have a deep coffee backbone to this beer, so we all came up with the idea of roasting some of the malt in our coffee roaster with some of the beans used in the beer,” said Heritage Coffee Roaster Mike Dunlevy. “That’s pretty tricky, because the flashpoint of malt is much lower than that for coffee beans, so the potential of fire was very real.”

Heritage Roasters worked with Alaskan Brewers to sample coffees in order to find a blend that would bring out chocolate, caramel and honey in the final beer. They decided on a Brazilian variety called Paixao, which they cold-brewed to reduce bitterness. This cold-brewed coffee was added at multiple stages throughout the brewing process of the beer, in order to infuse it with a deep and rich coffee flavor and aroma.

Alaskan has released pumpkin beers for the past few years during the fall season, but this year, among a seeming flood of pumpkin beers available on the market, Alaskan’s brewers wanted to break away from convention and offer an alternative to their loyal fans.

First sampled at last year’s Great American Beer Festival, Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale garnered rave reviews, with at least one reference to it being part of a “next level” of coffee beers. The beer will be out in September and will be available until mid-November.

For more information, check out Alaskan Brewing’s website at www.alaskanbeer.com.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Brewery News: Oregon: Eugene: Ninkasi's Sleigh'r gets a new look.

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image courtesy Ninkasi Brewing Company
EUGENE, Ore.—Aug. 24, 2016Ninkasi Brewing Company, an independent craft brewery based in Eugene, Oregon, unveils a brand-new look for its popular winter seasonal, Sleigh’r. Brewed with Alt yeast and paired with a smooth, rich profile, Sleigh’r returns to the shelf this September. New branding will roll out across the brewery’s distribution territory on all Sleigh’r packaging including 12 and 22-ounce bottles.

First joining Ninkasi’s seasonal lineup in 2009, this Winter Ale quickly garnered a cult-like following. “Sleigh’r has always been one of my favorite beers,” says Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder. “I love the way the Alt yeast interplays with the dark malts, giving way to a smooth, rich taste.” Derived from the German Altbier style, this Winter Ale is fermented at colder temperatures, giving it a crisp, lager-like profile. Complemented by the use of rich, dark malts, this beer is deceptively easy to drink.

“Following suit of our other rebrands announced this year, we’re excited to give Sleigh’r an updated look,” says Floyd. Inspired by a day shredding the mountain, the artwork features a sled scorching through the snow with the shadow of a rider throwing up the heavy metal hand. “As a snowboarder, the story this art tells brings me back to the mountain; it embodies the adventurous and imaginative side of the colder months.”

Sleigh’r Stats
Seize the season with Sleigh'r. Layers of deeply toasted malt are balanced by just enough hop bitterness to make it deceivingly drinkable. Paired with a dry finish, Sleigh’r is anything but your typical winter brew.
        Style: Winter Ale
        Series: Seasonal Release Series
        Available: Sept. – Oct.
        ABV: 7.2%
        IBU: 60
        Malt: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carahell, Roasted Barley, Chocolate
        Hops: Nugget
        Packaging: 12 & 22oz. bottles, On-draft
        Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia
        Tasting Notes: An Alt ferments with Ale yeast at colder lagering temperatures. This effect gives Alts a more refined, crisp lager-like flavor than traditional ales. This beer has been “Ninkasified,” raising the ABV and IBUs. Sleigh'r has a deep, toasted malt flavor that finishes dry and balanced.
        Food Pairings: Beef, Lamb, Duck, Steamed Shellfish, Strong Cheeses, Chocolate Torte

To view the Ninkasi lineup, visit: www.ninkasibrewing.com.

About Ninkasi Brewing CompanyFounded 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 IPA, Easy Way IPA, Helles Belles Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Texas; 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 in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.

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

Alehouse News: Washington: Redmond: Growler USA descends into Redmond, August 25th

Press Release

REDMOND, WA ... Craft beer has a growing presence in Washington, and soon, Growler USA® - America’s Microbrew Pub will be the most comfortable spot in town for a premium craft beverage experience. On Thursday, August 25, local entrepreneurs and husband and wife team Greg and Ann Humes will celebrate the grand opening of Growler USA, located on the corner of a prime intersection in downtown Redmond, in the brand new Milehouse Apartments at 8300 160th Ave. NE.

Dedicated to pouring only 100 percent American-made craft beverages, Growler USA Redmond features selections from Washington and other Northwest brewing companies such as Black Raven, Hales and Georgetown, and small-batch breweries such as Stoup, Postdoc and Snoqualmie Falls. In addition to microbrew beer, Growler USA serves hard cider, draught wine, root beer, cold-pressed coffee and kombucha tea. Growler USA also offers beer flights, and growlers-to-go for those interested in purchasing something to enjoy at home or at tailgate parties.

Newly married, Greg and Ann decided it was time to leave behind their long corporate careers to create something special in Redmond that would allow them to feel closer to their community. For them, Growler USA presented the perfect opportunity to support the craft beer movement and build a place where local residents can come together, socialize and enjoy the unique craft beverages of the Northwest.

“Providing Redmond with 100 taps of the best craft brews in a casual, family-friendly gathering place fit our lives and goals very well,” said Ann. “We appreciate the craftsmanship of our local brewers and take pride in supporting this community.”

As a part of its commitment to provide a better craft beverage drinking experience, the Humes’ pub will offer a menu with a variety of beer bites, salads, sandwiches, and a kids’ menu, all created to ensure flavors and aromas complement each beverage. The Growler USA commitment to the craft beer movement is articulated in its True to the Brew™ philosophy that ensures each craft beverage is conditioned, held and dispensed as fresh and spirited as the brewer intended. That approach includes Cicerone® Certified Beer Server training for all servers and beertenders.

The Redmond pub welcomes guests with rustic reclaimed wood artwork and eco-friendly bamboo tabletops. Digital technology provides customers with instant notifications about newly-tapped brews on social media and smartphone apps.

“We know Washington residents have an immense passion for craft beer and a desire to support local entrepreneurs,” said Dan White, CEO and founder of Growler USA. “Combined with Ann and Greg’s enthusiasm for our mission, Redmond was the perfect fit for Growler USA and we are confident the pub will quickly become the go-to neighborhood gathering place.”

Growler USA is a national franchise dedicated to the craft beverage movement. Headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, Growler USA currently has four locations in Eugene, Oregon; Charlotte, North Carolina, and Austin and Katy, Texas.

Growler USA in Redmond is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until Midnight and on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. To reach the pub call (425) 658-7074 or visit https://growlerusaredmond.com. You can also stay up-to-date through their Facebook page.

About Growler USA
Growler USA® – America’s Microbrew Pub, launched in 2014, is a neighborhood gathering place dedicated to offering only American-made craft beverages and a menu designed to celebrate the unique flavors of each drink. With up to 100 taps of craft beer, hard cider, draught wine, root beer, cold-pressed coffee and kombucha tea, Growler USA invites guests to enjoy craft beverages suiting their unique palate. For more information, visit GrowlerUSA.com. To learn more about franchising opportunities, visitGrowlerUSAFranchise.com

Brewery News: Oregon: Portland: Cascade Brewing's 2014 Kriek recognized by the New York Times as the number one sour in America

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image courtesy Cascade Brewing
PORTLAND, Ore. – The New York Times has ranked Cascade Brewing’s 2014 Kriek project as the number one sour beer in America.

In an article that appeared in the August 18, 2016 edition, the paper announced the results of a recent blind tasting panel of 20 American sour beers. Cascade Kriek was the only beer to receive four stars, an accomplishment the paper noted as “rarely achieved.” The panel described the beer as “Bright, lively, tart and distinctive, with beautifully balanced flavors of sour cherries and citrus.”
The panel gave high praise to Cascade overall, noting it as a brewery that has mastered consistency with its sour beers. This marked the second time the panel has singled out Cascade; its 2010 Kriek also earned four stars in a 2011 tasting.

“We are extremely grateful for this honor and to have lightning strike twice,” stated Cascade brewmaster Ron Gansberg. “This is a testament to our people, our brewing philosophy and our process, in which our staff takes great pride in making the best sour beers possible. To be held in such high regard by this esteemed panel is an honor and exemplifies the hard work and dedication put forth by the brewers and cellar staff at Cascade Brewing.”

Added Tim Larrance, vice president sales and marketing, “To receive this kind of reception and accolade by someone of Mr. Asimov’s stature, as well as his esteemed colleagues, is truly amazing. We have always felt that our beers were something special but to have it confirmed by the New York Times panel is a great endorsement and validation that we are doing something right.”

Noting that sour beers have become “a total sensation and craze,” the panel tasted 20 beers from the United States with the beer names concealed; the beers represented a selection generally available in good retail shops, restaurants and on the internet. The panel consisted of Eric Asimov, New York Times wine critic; Matthew Pene, maître d’hôtel and beer director at Eleven Madison Park restaurant; Chase Rabenn, hospitality manager at a forthcoming restaurant for the residents of 432 Park Avenue; and Florence Fabricant, New York Times food critic.

Cascade Kriek 2014 is a blend of red ales aged in oak wine barrels with cherries for up to 14 months. Intense flavors of both sour pie and Bing cherries are supported by the rich red ale base beer with a touch of oak and hints of wood spices.

Since news broke of the ranking, bottles of 2014 Kriek have been swiftly selling at Cascade Brewing’s two retail locations, the Barrel House and the Raccoon Lodge and Brew Pub. Another four-dozen bottles will be made available for sale in-house this week, retailing for $24 apiece.

Cascade Brewing is distributed in 40 states as well as Canada, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, UK and several countries in Europe. “The brewery already has a great network of wholesaler partners as well as retailers and consumers that continue to spread the good word about our brands,” explained Larrance. “We now look forward to bringing even more people into the world of Cascade Brewing sour beers.”
About Cascade Brewing
Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and is the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. Its award-winning sour ales feature a clean, lactic acid profile produced by a house culture of lactobacillus bacteria. The beers frequently rely on the use of fresh ingredients grown exclusively in the Pacific Northwest, including as cherries, apricots, berries and grapes. Its blending house currently holds more than 1,500 French oak, Kentucky Bourbon and Northwest wine barrels, plus nine foudres.

Brewery News: Seattle: Reuben's Brews announces release of Imperial Pumpkin, Life on Mars, Amarillo Fresh Hop, and Roasted Rye IPA

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image courtesy Reuben's Brews
SEATTLE, Wash. (Aug. 24, 2016 The days are getting shorter and summer is slowly waning. But don’t fret! Over the next few weeks, Reuben’s Brews is releasing four beers to help ease you into fall.

On August 25th, Roasted Rye IPA will hit shelves for the first time ever in 12oz cans.

“This is the beer that started it all for us,” says Adam Robbings, Co-Founder and Head Brewer of Reuben’s Brews. “The first recognition I ever won as a home brewer was for the Roasted Rye IPA back in 2010. It’s still one of my favorites and it reminds me of how far we’ve come in those six years, since the days of brewing in my garage.”

Coming in at 7% ABV and 80 IBUs, Roasted Rye IPA has citrus and tangerine in the nose, supported by chocolate, roast and caramel notes. It’s like an India pale ale and a winter warmer in one tasty brew!  22oz bottles and draft availability will follow as we get into fall.

Also on the beer horizon:
·         Imperial Pumpkin: This fall favorite will be available in 22oz bottles beginning Sept. 1. Soft, rich malt provides a showcase for pumpkin supported by subtle nuttiness. Brewed with pumpkin, brown sugar and spices, it’s like fall in a glass! 8.7% ABV and 22 IBUs

·         Life on Mars: After a successful debut last fall, this award-winning imperial pale ale is back! Earthlings can find it in 22oz bottles beginning Sept. 8. A deep red brew with a bright nose of citrus, tangerine and pine supported by a medium-full body and smooth caramel notes. At 8.2% ABV and 80 IBU, it’s just what the Lunar Lander ordered!

·         Amarillo Fresh Hop: It’s what hop heads wait for! Once a year, we head over to Yakima, Wash. to select fresh hops directly from the farm. We then bring them right back to the brewery and brew with them right away. This beer is driven by the intense notes of fresh-cut grass the can only come from using fresh hops. Amarillo hops provide a deep orange flavor profile with background notes of lemon zest. The exact release date will depend on when the hops are ready for harvest, but we’re estimating late-September.

About Reuben’s Brews
After the birth of their first child Reuben, Adam and Grace embarked on a mission to brew bloody good beer. Originally from the UK, Adam turned a passionate hobby into a family-run brewery crafting nationally and internationally recognized beers in a wide variety of styles. Since opening in 2012, Reuben’s has won awards for its beers around the world including at the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, the US Open and was named Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards. Find Reuben’s Brews in Western Washington and at its taproom located at 5010 14th Ave NW in Ballard, open 7 days a week. For more information, visit www.reubensbrews.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@reubensbrews).

Brewery News: Oregon: Independence: Rogue Ales & Spirits begins the hop harvest

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Independence, Oregon – At the break of dawn last week, tractors rolled into the Rogue Farms hopyard to begin their 8th harvest. Over the next four weeks, our 8 varieties of our proprietary hops will be picked, stripped, sorted, kilned, cooled and baled before being driven 77 miles to the Rogue brewery in Newport, Oregon.

This year, the global production of hops is set to rise 21%, the highest in seven years. Hop acreage in the Northwest alone is up 17%, a record high. At Rogue Farms we planted an additional 10 acres this year, bringing our total hop acreage to 52. This accounts for .039059422% of global hop acreage.

“The hop market has changed a lot since we became farmers in 2008,” said Brett Joyce, President of Rogue Ales. “The ingredients we grow at Rogue Farms are by far the most expensive ingredients we use, but we’re able to guarantee our supply and quality as the demand for hops, especially the aroma varieties like we grow at Rogue Farms, explodes across the country."

To see for yourself how Rogue Farms hops are harvested, check out our Farms blog's latest post.

About Rogue Ales & Spirits
Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988 as one of America’s first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,800 awards for taste, quality and packaging and is available in all 50 states as well as 54 countries. Since 2008, Rogue has remained committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops, barley, rye, wheat, honey, jalapeños, and pumpkins one acre at a time by growing its own

Industry News: Bellingham: Bellingham Beer Week returns, September 9th - September 18th

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Press Release

The fifth annual Bellingham Beer Week will be held Sept. 9-18, 2016. Bellingham Beer Week began in September 2012 with a like-minded group of publicans, craft brewers, and supporters of great beers. In 2016, Bellingham’s many craft breweries (Chuckanut, Boundary Bay, Kulshan, Aslan, Wander, Structures, Menace and Stones Throw) plan to participate, as well as numerous beer pubs, restaurants, and supporting businesses. Participating brewers’ 2016 beer week events are listed below.

Kulshan Brewing (K2)

Location: 1538 Kentucky Street, Bellingham.

Friday, Sept. 9: In honor of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the inaugural Kulshan Beer Olympics will kick off Bellingham Beer Week. There will be 10 teams of four; 5 breweries and 5 teams of patrons competing in a number of events. Enjoy beer specials, prizes (bronze, silver and gold), music and food. This event takes place 5 to 9 p.m. and is free to the public.

Sunday, Sept. 18: Don’t miss the Brewers Boutique and Craft Market from 4 to 9 p.m. Local vendors and craft artists will be showcasing and selling handmade goods out in the brewery. This market will feature live music with Mustafa, a food truck, beer and one-of-a-kind items.

Chuckanut Brewery

Location: 601 W Holly Street, Bellingham

Saturday, Sept. 10: The memorable Chuckanut Brewery Oktoberfest from noon to midnight. Celebrating like the Germans with Chuckanut’s award winning German style beers is the highlight, but so is the costume and yodeling contest. Music all day long, both with local rock bands and German oompapa keeps things moving. A bouncy house for kids makes this event fun for the entire family.

Wander Brewing

Location: 1807 Dean Ave, Bellingham.

Sunday, Sept. 11: Wander Brewery will host their Wander to Wander 1k race, proceeds benefitting the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. The race will begin at Johnny’s Donuts and end at the Wander Brew Hall. Advanced registration is $20 and $25 day of, including race admission, a pint and medal. Check-in will begin at 11 a.m. To register, visit wandertowander.bpt.me.

Elizabeth Station

Location: 1400 W Holly Street, Bellingham.

Friday, Sept. 9: Elizabeth Station is hosting Silver City’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. Since its founding in 1996, Silver City has become one of the highest-volume Washington restaurants west of Seattle and a top-10 Washington brewery by production. Elizabeth Station will be serving up Silver City’s finest beers, including rare sours and barrel-aged selections from 5 to 10 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 12Fremont’s Super Awesome Night of inCANity takes place at Elizabeth Station from 5 to 10 p.m. Adrian from Fremont Brewing will conduct a Build-Your-Own Box Can Derby and will dole out some sweet brewery duds. This event also features a Fremont Heron Coloring Contest, fresh hop beers and more.

Wednesday, Sept. 14: “Crooked Melvin” will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. at Elizabeth Station. Be ready for the Sours & IPA showdown. Folks from each brewery will be present to celebrate and mingle. Crooked Stave is sending their first ever IPA out for the event.

Friday, Sept. 16: Elizabeth Station caps off an epic beer week with the “Best of Firestone Walker,” an annual showcase featuring proprietors beers, core beers and sours from 5 to 10 p.m. Entrance is free.

Boundary Bay Brewery

Location: 1107 Railroad Ave, Bellingham.

Saturday, Sept. 10: The 10th Annual “Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the beer garden. Proceeds will benefit the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. Play in the tournament or just come to watch. There will be mimosas in the morning, Simmering Tava food truck in the afternoon, and the beer garden will be open all day. Boundary Bay Brewery will also have live music and raffles throughout the event. Advanced registration is $25 general and $20 for students and seniors or $30 at the event.

Wednesday, Sept. 14: Celebrate women in the beer industry at the Third Annual FemALES event from 4 to 8 p.m. in the beer garden. This free and all ages event will give guests opportunities to mix, mingle, taste and chat with professional women in Bellingham’s local beer industry. We will be releasing a special collaboration beer designed, brewed and kegged by female brewers and professionals from Boundary Bay, Stones Throw, Chuckanut, Menace, Kulshan, Aslan, Wander, Tap Trail, Homebrewers Association and more.

Friday, Sept. 16: Boundary Bay Brewery will celebrate its free 21st Birthday Block Party from 4 to 10 p.m. This all-ages event includes 21 beers on tap, fish fry, food trucks, live music by Baby Cakes and Polyrhythmics, circus performers, carnival games, face painters, video game theatre, a Railroad Avenue Zipline and more. Boundary Bay has some special surprises for guests born on Sept. 16, 1995.

Aslan Brewing

Location:  1330 N Forest Street, Bellingham

Friday, Sept. 9: During Bellingham Beer Week, Aslan Brewing will be having a Ten for Ten Fundraiser, with 10 percent of beer sales to 10 local, environmentally-oriented nonprofits. Wear a t-shirt from a local brewery at “Wear Local Day” to get $3 pints all day. All Whatcom County breweries are included: Boundary Bay Brewery, North Fork Brewery, Chuckanut Brewery, Kulshan Brewing, Menace Brewing, Wander, Structures Brewing, Stones Throw Brewing, Bellingham Beer Lab, Gruff, Atwood Ales and Subdued. It’s Aslan’s way of saying thank you to the awesome breweries and beer lovers in the Bellingham community.

Wednesday, Sept. 14: Aslan will be screening the film “DamNation” at 8 p.m. for their Brewshed Alliance event. Brewshed Alliance is an organization that believes healthy and clean waterways make for great beer. This 2014 documentary sheds light on the ecological cost of two centuries of dam construction in the U.S. During the event, Aslan will donate 10 percent of beer sales to the Brewshed Alliance.

Friday, Sept. 16: Aslan will be setting sail on the Schooner Zodiac again this year. Join the crew for aSunset Beer-Tasting Cruise and experience this classic 90-year-old sailboat. The Schooner will depart from the Fairhaven dock at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. Guests will work together to raise the largest mainsail on the west coast. Schooner Zodiac’s onboard chef will turn out delicious fare to pair with Aslan’s 100-percent organic beer. Visit this link to register for the cruise. This experience is $65 per person, ages 21 and over.

Saturday, Sept. 17: To close off beer week, Aslan is hosting a free Cornhole Tournament with Schweinhaus Biergarten. Starting at noon, half the teams will compete at Aslan and the other half at Schweinhaus with a final game at 7:30 p.m. at Aslan. Aslan will have live music going all day on the patio stage. Guests are encouraged to bring their best costumes, dance moves, and cornhole skills to compete for Beer Week glory. Two-person teams should register by Sept. 12 on aslanbrewing.com.

More activities

Throughout the week, McKay’s Taphouse will host their Bicycle Scavenger hunt popular game. The Local (Menace Brewery) will feature a Nano Night, Strange Brew Fest and tap takeovers as a fun way to encourage tasting new and different beers. The ever-popular Barleywood Squares will once again take place at the Copper Hog in town. This crazy contest with well-known brewing personalities in the squares involves participants who must decide whether the answer given to their question is true or false. Pretty silly but fun. Stones Throw Brewing Co. has a special beer collaboration in the works with Tony’s coffee. Details for a Stones Throw block party will be announced soon.

Keep up to date on Bellingham Beer Week events on http://bellinghambeerweek.com/ or visit thefacebook page.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Brewery Release: Bremerton: Get It Now ... Silver City Sesh Appeal Classic Lager and Silver City Oktoberfest

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Press Release

As the sunburns subside, the last of the empty Ziggy Zoggy cans find their way into the recycler, and the shadows grow longer, inevitability sets in: autumn approaches. You'd be hard pressed to find a more breathtaking atmosphere than a Pacific Northwest summer, but in reality early fall in Washington State rivals it in almost every way.
Temperatures mellow out just enough to draw us willingly out of our air-conditioned hideaways, the scenery for hiking and kayaking is ever-more beautiful with the changing of leaves and vegetation, the ubiquitous blackberry bushes ripen, and it marks the return of a custom near and dear to the hearts of every true Washingtonian. Football.

For the crew at Silver City Brewery, football holds an additional special significance- the preseason annually coincides with the bottling and kegging of the year's first batches of Oktoberfest Lager. "B...but... October isn't for over a month yet," one may ask. While that may be true, its namesake Bavarian festival actually begins in mid-September. In anticipation of the mass frickin' quantities our thirsty, devoted drinking team will imbibe... well, let's just say we wanted to make sure we were ready for you. And we are.

It's no secret that German-style lagers are favored styles around Silver City Brewery. There's no greater homage to the tradition than Oktoberfest Lager. A light butterscotch-colored liquid that pours with white, frothy suds, Oktoberfest Lager instantly explodes with spiced aromas not unlike cinnamon and nutmeg, entirely symptomatic of the German Hersbrucker hops. A deep breadiness hits the palate, the fresh-baked pretzel character of rich Munich malt. Lingering just long enough to watch Rawls run it in for six, the lager cleans itself up gracefully with the unmistakably brilliant dry finish of authentic Pilsner yeast.

Oktoberfest Lager is practically built to be paired with bratwurst. That's a no-brainer, especially as bratwurst makes for excellent gameday grub. Find yourself a local butcher that makes truly authentic Bavarian-style sausages and minds will be blown. However, the beer also stands up incredibly well to buffalo wings, providing a nice, rich malt profile that doesn't get overshadowed by the peppery vinegar-based sauce and also acts as a solid digestif. It pairs well with chili for many of the same reasons (especially if you can spare a few sips to deglaze the pan).

Oktoberfest Lager is now available on draft and in 22oz bottles... but what about cans?

Sesh Appeal Classic Lager

We've gotten pretty used to having a crushable lager around with Ziggy Zoggy Summer Lager and Cold One Pilsner Beer immediately preceding it. It was almost too great a tragedy to consider that Ziggy is done for the year and Cold One doesn't get its start until late December. Enough of a tragedy that we decided to do something about it.
Sesh Appeal Classic Lager is literally everything you could possibly want out of a smashable lager beer. Excellent flavor? Check. Light body? Check. German-influenced? Check. Comes in a can? Sextuple-check.

Taking inspiration from last year's Sieben Braü Seattle Beer Week Lager, Sesh Appeal Classic Lager is a refined take on the classic Helles-style. Pouring bright gold with the perfect amount of carbonation, aromas of fresh baked bread hit the nose instantly. Like its big brother, Oktoberfest Lager, Sesh Appeal makes great use of the Hersbrucker hop, but sets itself apart with the addition of Mt. Hood hops for a touch of sweetness. Vienna malt joins Pilsner malt to provide a light toasted note and a complexity that finishes crisp & clean. When sipped, it's subtly can be deeply appreciated, but the beer is deliberately light enough that it can be smashed on throughout an entire game while staying easy on the belly.

Like Oktoberfest, Sesh Appeal is amazing with gameday food. It's light profile enables pairing with richer foods like burritos or nachos. It's a great companion while grillin' up some dogs, especially when prepared Seattle-style with cream cheese and tomatoes on the bun. But honestly, this beer holds up well with just about any food you throw at it. Its complexity can be enjoyed out of a snifter, but its attitude and immediacy makes it perfect for crushing cans on a Sunday afternoon.

Sesh Appeal Classic Lager is now available in 6-packs of 12oz. cans.

Brewery Release: Northwest: Coming soon ... 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA

image courtesy Stone Brewing
image courtesy Stone Brewing

Press Release

ESCONDIDO, CA ... Stone Brewing has spent the past 20 years building a reputation with bold, big-character beers…including many groundbreaking IPAs. So it’s no surprise the San Diego-based craft beer company is revisiting one of its hoppiest Stone Collaboration beers for the latest installment of the Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series. Brewed with two fellow hop-obsessed brewers from California’s Beachwood Brewing and Heretic Brewing Company, the Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA is making its way to select markets nationwide in 22-ounce bottles and on draft.
Given the phenomenal result the trio created in 2014, Heretic owner and Brewmaster Jamil Zainasheff and Beachwood Brewmaster and co-owner Julian Shrago were invited to rebrew a new version of the memorable collaboration beer with the Stone Brewing team. Since they share an affection for over-the-top, hoppy beers, the collaborators couldn’t resist the opportunity to explore familiar territory and revisit this double IPA…and the dynamic trio is still not apologizing for making another IPA.

“Our brewing team had a great time collaborating with Jamil and Julian to create this recipe,” said Jeremy Moynier, senior innovation program manager. “It instantly became a fan favorite, so we were thrilled for the opportunity to bring this back under our Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series. Given how tasty this beer was the first time around, we decided to keep most of it the same save for incorporating some different hop varietals to up the hop intensity.”

Early in the brewing process, classic American hops Chinook and Magnum are added to contribute earthy, piney and resiny overtones. With Azacca and Motueka as late kettle additions and in the dry hop, this double IPA carries prevalent citrusy and berry aromatics that transcend into the overall flavor. Beachwood / Heretic / Stone StillUnapologetic IPA highlights a new hop varietal, Idaho 7, that creates tropical fruit and herbal qualities. In all, five different hops were combined and added at various stages during the brewing process, producing myriad aromas and flavors that flourish against the mild body provided by the malt bill. 
To experience the hop intensity in its prime, fans should enjoy Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA as soon as possible.
Who says the world needs another IPA? We still do.


Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. 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. For more information on Stone Brewing, please visit stonebrewing.com or the company’s social media sites: FacebookGoogle+InstagramPinterestTwitter and The Stone Blog.

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