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Monday, September 26, 2016

Brewery News: Bellingham: Aslan Brewing and other breweries team-up during the "Survival Drive" to benefit Northwest Youth Services, October 4th

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image courtesy Aslan Brewing
... Bellingham, Washington — During the month of October participating local breweries will be sponsoring a Survival Drive forNorthwest Youth Services. The drive will help young people experiencing homelessness during winter months receive necessary survival items such as tents, sleeping bags, warm clothing, and food.

On Tuesday, October 4, each participating brewery will kick off the month-long drive with a “Drink Out” fundraising event: 10 percent of drink sales for that day will benefit Northwest Youth Services’ Detour Street Outreach Program.

Northwest Youth Services provides housing and wrap-around support services to young people age 13 to 24 in Whatcom and Skagit County. The nonprofit’s mission is to collaborate with at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth to foster self-reliance. Their vision is that all young people have a place to belong: to be safe, heard, and valued.

Outdoor gear is “leisure gear” for some – but for young people sleeping outside, it is essential for survival. Help homeless youth stay warm this winter by donating in-demand items to Northwest Youth Services during October Survival Drive. Make a donation at any of the participating breweries: Aslan Brewing Co.,Boundary Bay BreweryChuckanut BreweryKulshan Brewing Co., andWander Brewing.

Survival Drive Checklist:
  • Tents
  • Tarps
  • Sleeping bags
  • Backpacks
  • Warm & waterproof jackets, pants, gloves, boots
  • Warm socks
  • Instant warm beverages and soups

Learn more about Northwest Youth Services and how you can help end youth homelessness by visiting their website at www.nwys.org.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Brewery Release: British Columbia: Surrey: Get It Now ... Central City Limited Edition Oak Aged Imperial Craft Cider

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image courtesy Central City Brewers + Distillers
Surrey, BC, Canada – The cool, crisp autumn weather is upon us and what better way to toast the new fall harvest season than with Central City’s latest seasonal offering from its brewer’s reserve small batch series: Central City Limited Edition Imperial Cider.
Central City Brewers & Distillers' Limited Edition Imperial Cider is a small batch craft apple cider. Made from 100 per cent Okanangan Valley apples and oak-aged giving it subtle bourbon tones. The resulting flavour is complex with notes of vanilla bringing balance to a rich, crisp apple character. The effervescent finish makes for a refreshing and flavourful cider experience.
“Craft cider is gaining huge popularity amongst craft beer enthusiasts in British Columbia and it’s no surprise given the province’s renowned Okanagan region and its apples,” says Gary Lohin, Brewmaster at Central City Brewers + Distillers. “In this limited edition small batch Imperial Cider, we only used apples from the Okanagan and aged the cider using oak to give it some dark bourbon tones, with hints of vanilla to balance the crisp apples. It’s the perfect drink for this cool, crisp autumn season.”
Central City also has other craft brews made with apples including its Hopping Mad Dry Hopped Apple Cider, as well as its Hopping Mad Cider Radler.
The Central City Limited Edition Imperial Cider (11% alc./vol) is available in 750 ml bottles and is sold at BC Liquor Stores throughout the province this September.
Visit www.centralcitybrewing.com for more information and follow Central City on social media: Instagram @CentralCityBrew, Twitter @CentralCityBrew, Facebook CentralCityBrewing.
About Central City Brewers + Distillers:
Central City is a craft brewery in the business of developing, producing and selling international award-winning premium craft beer and high quality distilled spirits brewed without compromise. Based in Surrey, British Columbia, CCBD was voted Canada’s Best Brewery of the Year in 2010 and 2012. Its Red Racer brand has become a cult icon among craft beer enthusiasts throughout North America. Founded in 2003 as a brewpub and liquor store in downtown Surrey, CCBD celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013 with the grand opening of a brand new, 68,000 sq. ft. brewery and distillery on Bridgeview Drive. It opened a second restaurant in downtown Vancouver, Central City on Beatty in 2015.  www.centralcitybrewing.com

Brewery Release: Bellingham: Get It Now ... Aslan Brewing's 10,000 Battle Axes Belgian Strong Dark & Aslan Azacca Fresh Hop IPA

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image courtesy Aslan Brewing

image courtesy Aslan Brewing

10,000 Battle Axes
9.9% ABV (WINE) 8.7% ABV (WHISKEY)// 40 IBU // 1.080 OG
complex body + chocolate & molasses notes + 100% barrel aged
This dual release was once, and still fundamentally is, the same beer. A Belgian Strong Dark, fermented in stainless, then split into rye whiskey and Cab Sauv barrels. Each version was elegantly altered by the wood in which it slumbered for 10 months. The rye whiskey version, strong handed and American, aged on top of Aji Limo peppers, accentuates the whiskey burn. The Cab Sauv version, delicate and complex, continued its fermentation with a culture of Brettanomyces, has deep layers of dried fruit and earth.
Hops: Nugget
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Black Malt, C-120, Carafa, Chocolate, Munich, Wheat
Adjuncts: Aji Limo peppers (whiskey version)

image courtesy Aslan Brewing

Azacca Fresh Hop IPA
6.0% ABV // 50 IBU // 1.056 OG
medium body + pungent + unfiltered
This single malted IPA is hopped with fresh Azacca hops from Roy Farms in Yakima Valley, delivered from the source to the boil kettle the very same day. Notes of huckleberry, and mint accentuate the pungency of the beer.  While not a display of overusing fresh hops, this IPA showcases an appropriate usage to create an intense flavor/aroma experience.
Hops: Azacca, Chinook, Mosaic
Malt: Floor malted Maris Otter

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Brewery News: Spokane: No-Li Brewhouse announces release of Red, White & No-Li Pale Ale in 6-packs and 12-packs

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image courtesy No-Li Brewhouse
SPOKANE, USA… No-Li will launch Red, White & No-Li Pale Ale in a 12 oz. 6-pack CAN on Tuesday, Nov. 8th.

No-Li Red, White & No-Li Pale 6-pack CAN recipe was born out of the Red, White & No-Li Small Batch Festival.    

The recipe is a collaboration of Head Brewer Ryan Brookhart (aka RAB) and Lead Brewer Brandon Nelson.  RAB and Brandon said, “The Red, White & No-Li Pale recipe is a team effort in the Brewhouse.”

The brewers nicknamed it Fruity Pebbles because of the enormous fruity aromatics and flavors that make you smile and this recipe makes me smile. RAB and Brandon started with a Golden Ale and expanded with a bountiful Citra hopping in the kettle and dry-hopping. 

Red, White & No-Li Pale 12 oz. 6-pack CANS will be available November 8th in select markets.

Red, White & No-Li Pale 6-pack cans are a year-round part of the No-Li 6-pack CAN brand family alongside Born & Raised IPA and Big Juicy IPA 6-pack CANS.

image courtesy No-Li Brewhouseimage courtesy No-Li Brewhouse

About No-Li Brewhouse
Born & Raised in Spokane, Washington, No-Li Brewhouse is locally-owned and community-minded crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally-sourced ingredients. In addition to being named the 2016 Washington Large Brewery of the Year, NBWA 2015 National Brewer Partner of the Year, No-Li has won eighteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.  For more information about the beers, brewery and the pub, visit www.nolibrewhouse.com, or follow them on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @nolibrewhouse.

Brewery Dinner: Oregon: Portland: Altabira City Tavern hosts Commons Brewery, September 28th, from 6:30pm

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PORTLAND, Ore.  ... Altabira City Tavern has released menu details for the upcoming Commons Brewery Dinner at 6:30 p.m.September 28, the first of its three fall beer dinners featuring collaborations with craft brewers from around the state.  Guests will enjoy a 4-course gastropub-style menu prepared by chef de cuisine Luis Escorcia and pastry chef Natalie Harkness, paired with craft beers from the featured brewery.  
Menu for Wednesday, September 28th with Commons Brewery
Salt cod fritters, chile aioli
Avocado toast, lime, cilantro
Pork rillettes, crostini, pickled onions
Pairing: The Commons Myrtle, a tart Farmhouse ale with a pleasant acidity

First Course
Beer and cheese soup with cheddar biscuit
Pairing: The Commons Pils, a Northern German-style pilsner

Second Course
Scotch egg with a Lyonnaise salad of frisee, radish, fine herbs and sherry vinaigrette
Pairing: The Commons Flemish Kiss, a Foudre Aged American brett ale

Third Course
Braised beef short ribs, marble potatoes, rainbow chard and Nardello peppers
Pairing: The Commons Farmhouse Ale, a golden, crisp and floral Belgian ale

Peach and huckleberry semifreddo
Pairing: The Commons’ Fleur de Blanc, a white farmhouse with rose hips, petals and elderflowers

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., and dinner commences at 7:00 p.m.  Twenty seats are available at $75 per person, drinks, food and gratuity included.  Reservations may be made by calling the restaurant at (503) 963-3600.

The beer dinners continue into the fall with two more local brewery collaborations, following the same format as the Commons dinner:

Wednesday, October 19th - Pfriem Brewery
Wednesday, November 9th - Worthy Brewery

Altabira City Tavern offers regional American cuisine focused on updated classic dishes with
16 taps of local craft beers, select Northwest wines, and locally distilled spirits. The restaurant and bar is open for lunch and dinner in a modern setting with large floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of Portland’s downtown skyline and inner eastside. For more information and menu, please visit www.altabira.com.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Brewery Release: Pacific Northwest: Get It Now ... Full Sail 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale

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image courtesy Hood River Brewing
Hood River, Oregon ... Full Sail’s brewers wait with thirsty anticipation for each fall’s hop harvest and their chance to celebrate by brewing fresh hop beers. As soon as the hops are at their peak, the brewers head to the farm and select the best fresh hops, and rush back to the brewery. From the fields to the brewhouse in just a few hours, this year’s hop harvest has culminated in the ridiculously tasty Brewmaster Reserve 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale.

“As brewers we are always reliant on nature’s bounty, from the quality of the barley harvest to how the hops weathered through the Oregon summer, but no moment brings this relationship into sharper focus than our fresh hop beers,” says Full Sail Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson. “When we brew with fresh hops, timing is everything. There’s such a small window to take advantage of these fresh hops. We need to get them to the brewery within hours of picking while their oils and resins are still at their peak as there are distinct flavors and aromas that you can only get brewing with fresh hops.”

Each hop variety reaches peak maturity at a different time during harvest, so each year’s brew is unique. This year’s fresh-hop harvest yielded big, juicy Magnum hops which add a slight anise note and a fresh, green character to 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale. Opening with aromas of lemon and spice, 8 Pound Pale has a golden orange hue with a thick frothy head and a full malty body.

“Every fall we look forward to brewing a fresh hop beer to celebrate the hop harvest,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “It takes five to seven times more hops to brew a fresh hop beer. We use eight pounds of fresh hops per barrel to brew this beer but it’s absolutely worth it.”

Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve series allows the brewmasters to put their creativity, innovation and passion into small, limited-release beers. These craft brews highlight the direct connection with Full Sail’s farmers, celebrate the art of barrel aging, and explore the effects of time. Over the years, Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve series has earned 18 gold medals. Some of our beers, like our fresh hop brews, are meant to be enjoyed just after harvest, intensely fresh from our farmers’ fields. Brewed in small batches, Brewmaster Reserve 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale is only available during harvest, late September through October, in 12 oz bottles in six packs  and draft. 5.6% ABV, 54 IBUs.

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

Brewery Release: Washington: Vancouver: Get It Now ... Ghost Runners Pre-HOPtaine IPA

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image courtesy Ghost Runners Brewery
VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON - American runner Steve Prefontaine once said,  “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”. In response Ghost Runners Brewery presents their Mosaic hopped IPA, Pre-HOPtaine.  

Brewer Jeff Seibel designed the Pre-HOPtaine IPA recipe to showcase the magic of Mosaic hops.  “I started with a light drinkable grain bill and added lots of Centennial and late addition Mosaic hops,” Seibel explained. “Additional dry hopping presents Pre-HOPtaine as a medium to light bodied IPA with the distinct swagger of Mosaic hop aromas and flavor characteristics.”

Pre-HOPtaine IPA is available on draft at Ghost Runners Brewery tap room at 4216 NE Minnehaha Street Thursday through Sunday. Keg distribution is handled by Orcas Distributing in the Seattle Metro area, Alpha Distributing in SW Washington and Point Blank Distributing in Oregon.  

Style: India Pale Ale
OG 10.80
ABV 8.7%
IBU 58
Availability: Draft
Distribution: OR, WA

About Ghost Runners Brewery

Ghost Runners Brewery is an award winning craft brewery in Vancouver, Washington, founded in 2012. The running inspired brewery features handcrafted brews including 5K IPA Hydro Station IPA, Boston Irish Red Ale, Negative Split Stout, Strong Leg Stout, and Phantom Rojo Imperial Red . Every exceptional creation is handcrafted with high-quality grain and premium hops and distributed throughout the state of Washington and Oregon. For more information on Ghost Runners Brewery, please visit www.ghostrunnersbrewery.com or the company’s social media sites Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Brewery Release: Oregon: Get It Now ... Block 15 Autumn Farmhouse

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image courtesy Block 15 Brewing
Corvallis, OR ​— Today ​Block 15 Brewing Company ​released its early fall seasonal, ​Autumn Farmhouse, available bottled and on tap at bottle shops and beer bars around Oregon.
Bottle-­conditioned with honey from Queen Bee Apiaries, using Block 15’s custom­-fabricated mixing tank, Autumn Farmhouse Ale is designed to be enjoyed both freshly bottled and cellared.

About Autumn Farmhouse 

Autumn Farmhouse Ale is a harvest celebration of Pacific Northwest regional farms, brewed with organic Northwest base malts, organic oats from Green Willow Grains, Willamette Valley hops, and honey from Queen Bee Apiaries. This locally­-inspired ale features aromas of fruit and spice and a refining smoothness that balances a rustic hop finish

Grains: ​Organic Pilsen, Organic Pale, Rolled Oats, Monastique, Cara Ruby

Hops: ​Willamette Valley Sterling & Cascade

Adjunct: ​Bottle­-conditioned with local honey

Yeast: ​Belgian Saison

ABV: ​7.4%

FG: ​1.004

Autumn Farmhouse is available in 500mL bottles featuring artwork from artist Patricia Smith.

About Block 15 Brewing Company

Offering unique hop forward ales, crisp lagers, barrel­aged rarities and one of the Northwest’s most extensive wild & sour programs, Block 15 produces a range of artfully crafted beers, brewed with a nod toward fresh ingredients and fresh thinking. Established in 2008, and brewer­owned from day one.

Brewery Release: British Columbia: Vancouver: Get It Now ... Steamworks Commonwealth Ale

image courtesy Steamworks Brewing

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Vancouver B.C. ... 

In commemoration of Will and Kate’s upcoming visit, Steamworks has brewed their very own royal refreshment. The new Steamworks Commonwealth Alewas brewed in the style of a classic Rye Pale Ale and uses ingredients from a variety of monarch honouring Commonwealth members.

This small batch beer uses select British Malts, lively tropical hops from Australia and New Zealand and of course was brewed in Vancouver, BC with local water and the power of steam. The result is a brew fit for the queen herself; a distinct and balanced ale with classic old-world malt flavour finished with a juicy west coast hop bite.

The commonwealth ale is available for a limited time on tap at Steamworks historic Gastown brewpub.

image courtesy Steamworks Brewing
About Steamworks Brewing Company: Named after the steam that flows through and powers its Burnaby brewery & flagship brewpub in Gastown, Steamworks proudly brews distinct, flavourful and award-winning craft beers. 

Brewery Release: British Columbia: Vancouver: Get it Now ... Steamworks' Pumpkin Ale

image courtesy Steamworks Brewing Company
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Vancouver B.C. ... 

The leaves are starting to change colour, the nights are getting colder and pumpkin beers are hitting the shelves, fall must be around the corner. Rather than lament the end of summer, Steamworks is embracing 'soup season' with the return of their fan-favourite Pumpkin Ale.

Steamworks' Pumpkin Ale is brewed with over 100lbs of freshly harvested local pumpkins. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are added directly to the hopback to give this beautifully balanced ale nuances of home-made pumpkin pie. This fall classic brew pours golden orange and offers a comforting balance of spice, malt and sweetness.

This vegetable based brew is available mid-September everywhere you buy craft beer in a 650ml bottle adorned with its classic spooktacular artwork as well as on tap at the Steamworks brewery & taproom in Burnaby, brewpub in Gastown and other bars and restaurants throughout BC.

image courtesy Steamworks Brewing CompanyAbout Steamworks Brewing Company: Named after the steam that flows through and powers its Burnaby brewery & flagship brewpub in Gastown, Steamworks proudly brews distinct, flavourful and award-winning craft beers.

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