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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Brewery (RE)Release: NW: Coming Soon Fort George Java the Hop. A Single Bean (Gichuna) Single Hop (Simcoe) Coffee IPA

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Single Bean + Single Hop = Java the Hop.
Fort George Co-Owner Chris Nemlowill and brewer Mike Frankowicz
That was the concept when Fort George Brewery and Coava Coffee Roasters collaborated on last winter’s seasonal.  The goal was to create an IPA with huge coffee aromatics, yet without the roastiness and dark color of your typical coffee beer.  And starting this week, Java the Hop is back – with a new coffee bean, a different hop, and the same signature 16-oz can with the burlap backround.

Single Bean – Gichuna
From Kiambu East District, Kenya, the Gichuna coffee beans grow on a family farm that has been passed down for multiple generations.  They wet mill, ferment, and wash on site, then dry the beans on raised beds.  Expect hints of caramel, molasses, and carob mixed with notes of rhubarb, hibiscus, and currant.  The Gichuna beans are imported and roasted exclusively by Coava Coffee.

Single Hop – Simcoe
First bred by Yakima Chief Ranches, Simcoes are a unique American hybrid with a strong Northwest flavor.  Passionfruit, apricot, and intense pine and woodsy aroma add to the fresh, youthful vigor of this complex hop.

Don’t let the radiant orange hue fool you.  As you raise a pint to your nose there is absolutely no doubt what you are getting: a coffee IPA.  Java the Hop is a limited run seasonal, available in 16-oz cans and draft while supplies last.  Grab a pint or a case at Fort George Brewery in Astoria, or check the Fort George beer finder at www.fortgeorgebrewery.com/beerfinder/ for a Northwest location near you.

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Full Sail 27 Wheatwine Ale

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Hood River, Oregon – Full Sail Brewing Company has released a special beer, “27 Wheatwine Ale,” brewed with 100% Wheat Malt to celebrate their 27th anniversary.

“As a brewer that believes deeply in environmental responsibility, Full Sail made the decision several years ago to invest in a mash filter. This investment saves over a million gallons of water a year and as a brewer there is nothing more sustainable than reducing our water use impact. Not only does it save lots of water but it also lets us brew some very tasty and unique beers,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster.

According to Emmerson, Full Sail’s 27th Anniversary Wheatwine is brewed in the Barleywine style, but contains no barley malt, instead, it is mashed and brewed with 100% Wheat Malt. The beer has a rich golden hue and is brewed with Wheat and CaraWheat Malts and hopped with a blend of UK and NW hops. Complex aromas of apricot, spice, and citrus lead to a smooth palate, blended with notes of caramel, marmalade, and green hop overtones. “Doesn’t that sound like a great reward for being good or what? And for turning 27,” added Emmerson. (ABV 9.5% IBU 53.5)

“On September 27, 1987 we opened our doors to living the dream, a dream to open a small brewery that focused on quality, creativity, and authenticity. A brewery that we would run with respect for our employees, the environment, and our community. A brewery that reflected our deep respect for the art and science of brewing. So here we are 27 years later. Very humbled, grateful, and amazed that we got here in one piece. Still a mix of beer geeks and boardheads. Still independent. Still trying to find that perfect balance between art and commerce, work and play, inspiration and perspiration. We are very grateful to our fellow employee owners, our distributors, and our retail partners, all who helped to make our dream real and thriving for 27 years. And mostly, we are deeply grateful to every one of our customers who have toasted, celebrated, quenched their thirst, and enjoyed our beers over the last 27 years. We thank you all for living the dream along with us. “Next time you’re in Hood River, stop by for a beer, sit out on our deck, enjoy the amazing view, and toast to another great year in beer,” added Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s CEO & Founder.

About Full Sail Brewing Company: 
Founded in 1987, the independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. Over the last 27 years, Full Sail has collected more than 300 national and international awards for their beers and sustainable practices, including 140 Gold medals and was recently named Craft Brewer of the Year by Beverage World Magazine for their years of “sustainable stewardship, quality, consistency and operational ingenuity. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Limited Lager Series, Pub Ale Series, Session, Session Black, and Session Fest lagers. At this very moment their specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. The Full Sail Brew Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Two Beers celebrates their 7th Anniversary, November 8th, with a limited edition sou and Imperial Porter

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image courtesy Two Beers Brewing

SEATTLE – On Saturday, November 8, Two Beers Brewing invites craft beer lovers everywhere to join them from 1-7pm at their SoDo tasting room to celebrate seven exhilarating years in business. Entering into its most exciting year yet, Two Beers Brewing Co. is celebrating with not only the release of two limited edition beers, but the signing of the lease on a brand new space, allowing the growing brewery to expand its production and tasting room size. 
“Every year, I’m both amazed and honored by the support we see from craft beer lovers all over the Pacific Northwest, especially our home market,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing Co. “We’re excited to bring them even more in 2015.” 
Two Beers Brewing’s brand new tasting room - being built out in the space right next door - will be double the size of the current tasting room, offering more than 24 taps, seating for nearly 100 people, an outdoor space, and games such as pool, skeeball and more. In turn, the current tasting room will be converted to additional production space. The new tasting room, to remain known as The Woods, is scheduled to open March 2015.  
To mark such an exciting expansion, Two Beers Brewing is releasing a limited release 7th Anniversary American Sour Ale. A golden sour aged in white wine barrels for 15 months, this rare and delicious beer features aromas of apricot, cherry and cranberry, alongside herbal notes of cedar and hay. Tart, funky and clean on the palate, a full-bodied oak expression underlines the whole experience. Offering a 10 percent ABV and 20 IBUs, the Two Beers Brewing Co. 7th Anniversary Sour Ale will be available in 375ml cork-and-caged bottles, with only 400 available for purchase at the tasting room for $10.
November 8 will also mark the release of the final beer in Two Beers Brewing’s coveted Alta Series. Overhang Bourbon Imperial Porter – available in 22-ounce wax-dipped, screen printed bottles ($14 each) – is a uniquely boozy beer perfect for fall, aged in bourbon barrels for six months with cocoa, cinnamon and a touch of cloves. The result is a roasted caramel and molasses nose with a rich brown head. Brewed with Cascade hops, this limited edition beer offers a 12.9 ABV and 60 IBUs. 
Attendees of the expanding brewery’s seventh anniversary party – taking place from 1-7pm on Saturday, November 8 – will enjoy $4-$5 pints of Two Beers Brewing’s year-round offerings, plus seasonal brews including bourbon barrel-aged Jive Espresso Stout, Nitro Jive Espresso Stout, the new Frontier American Strong Ale, IPA X5, Mango Peach Marigold-infused Evo IPA and bottle pours the past year’s Alta Series offerings. Offerings from Seattle Cider Company will also be on tap. Food will be available for purchase from popular food truck How Pickle Got Out of a Jam, accompanied by live music from &Yet and Pete Jordan of Cloud Person. Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket upon entry for a chance to win Two Beers Brewing swag, a mug club membership and more. New glassware, growlers, posters and Two Beers Brewing apparel will also be available for purchase. Please note this is a 21+ event.
For more information about the upcoming anniversary party, be sure to follow Two Beers Brewing on Facebook, Twitter (@twobeersbrewing) and Instagram (@twobeersbrewing). For more information about Two Beers Brewing, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.
About Two Beers Brewing Co. Two Beers Brewing Co. – makers of Evolutionary IPA and a host of Northwest-inspired beers – began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007. Today, Two Beers Brewing produces twelve unique beers including five year-round, seven seasonals, and a host of intricate infusions and limited releases in its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found on tap in bars and restaurants throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room Tuesday - Thursday from 3-9 pmFriday from 3-10pmSaturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1 - 6 pm. Select brews can also be found in 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. With a strong belief in supporting the local economy, Two Beers Brewing takes pride in using Washington ingredients to create all of its handcrafted beers. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com. 

Festival News: OR: Portland: Holiday Ale Festival announces contributing brewers

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Tickets are now on sale for the 19th annual Holiday Ale Festival, taking place Dec. 3 through Dec. 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Portland. The popular event will feature 53 big, bold ales in the main festival, plus another two dozen rare, vintage and specialty beers that will be tapped at various times throughout the event — including a vintage draft J. W. Lees 2009 Harvest Ale barleywine to be tapped at the start of the event.

This year’s participating breweries are 10 Barrel, 13 Virtues, 2 Towns, Alameda, Baerlic, Base Camp, Bear Republic, Burnside, Cascade, Coalition, Deluxe, Deschutes, Dick's, Dogfish Head, Drakes, Eel River, Elysian, Ex Novo, Fearless, Feckin, Finnriver, Fort George, Gigantic, Gilgamesh, Golden Valley, Hopworks, Kells, Lagunitas, Lompoc, Mazama, McMenamins Edgefield, Migration, Natian, Nectar Creek Honeywine, New Belgium, Ninkasi, No-Li, Oakshire, Old Town, Payette, Portland, Rock Bottom, Rogue, Rusty Truck, Santiam, Seven Brides, Sixpoint, Slanted Rock, Stickmen, Stone, Vertigo, Viking Braggot and Widmer. (For a complete list of beers, visit http://holidayale.com/the-beers-standard-release.php; a list is also pasted in below.)

What makes this festival standout from other similar events is the beer selection: the festival works with every brewery involved to make sure they send a beer that has either been made or blended specifically for the event, or is a rare or vintage beer that isn't commonly tapped in the state, underscoring the event's reputation as one of finest gathering of winter beers anywhere in the nation. These top tier breweries are supported by some of the nation’s most passionate beer appreciators who have the good fortune to be able to celebrate all their favorite breweries in one location.

A small sample of the lineup includes Cascade Brewing’s Gingersnaps, a NW style sour blend of red, spiced red and spiced quad ales aged in Bourbon and rum barrels for up to two years on spices; Eel River’s Gargantua II, an imperial strong ale aged on Bourbon vanilla beans and blended with a strong ale aged in Jack Daniels barrels for six months; Dogfish Head’s Rasion d’Etre, a Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins and Belgian-style yeast that is rarely seen in the Northwest; and Stone Brewing Liberty Station’s New Desecrator, a black barleywine with nearly the same profile as Stone Old Guardian, but surrounded by de-husked darkness.

Beer alternatives include two ciders: 2 Towns Bourbon Barrel Aged Nice & Naughty, a specialty cider fermented with dark meadowfoam honey and aged in Bourbon barrels with spices; and Finnriver Stone & Pome Cider, a Bourbon barrel aged plum and peach cider. There is also a Triple Brett barrel aged sour session mead from Nectar Creek Honeywine, and Aurora Amber Braggot from Viking Braggot Co, with juniper berries, spruce tips and local blackberry honey.

To enter and consume beer, the purchase of an entry package is required. Advance ticket packages are available now through 11:00am PST on Dec. 3 at http://holidayale.com/advance-tickets.php; advance general admission tickets cost $35 and include the tasting mug, 14 taster tickets and express entry all five days. Advance VIP tickets cost $80 and include the tasting mug, 30 taster tickets, bottled water, access to VIP lines (including special tappings), VIP only vintage bottles and/or draft, and express entry all five days. (Express re-entry requires a wristband and the 2014 mug, and is subject to the festival's capacity.) Door prices are the same, but do not allow for expedited entry.

A full mug of beer costs four taster tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Certain limited release and special tappings may not be available in full mug pours, or may cost double tickets. Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece. Previous years’ mugs will not be filled.

Designated drivers in a party of two or more may purchase a designated driver wristband for $10, which includes Crater Lake Root Beer or bottled water for the duration of the stay (DDs are not allowed to consume alcohol).

Holiday Festival hours are 11am to 10pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday. To avoid the lengthy lines that often accompany beer festivals, the recommended days for attendance are WednesdayThursday and Sunday. The Holiday Ale Festival is for ages 21 and over.

Attendees stay warm and dry under clear-topped tents that cover the venue. Gas heaters create a cozy ambiance beneath the boughs of the region's largest decorated Christmas tree. In addition to beer tasting, the festival also features meet the brewer events, a root beer garden, food vendors, beer pairings with cheese, event merchandise and a coat and bag check that raises funds for the Children's Cancer Association. For more information, visit www.holidayale.com.


10 Barrel Brewing Co., TBA, Double Black Ale with Black Licorice
13 Virtues Brewing Co., Barrel-Aged MAX Stout, Imperial Stout
2 Towns Ciderhouse, Bourbon Barrel Nice & Naughty, Cider
Alameda Brewing Co., Admiration IPA, American IPA
Baerlic Brewing Company, The Great Bear, NW Red Ale aged on Beechwood
Base Camp Brewing Company, Dunkelrauch Weizenbock, Imperial Grätzer
Bear Republic Brewing, Do You Want to Build A Snowman?, Golden Barrel Aged Blend
Burnside Brewing, Jingleberry, Imperial Stout aged on Fresh Cranberries
Cascade Brewing, Gingersnaps, NW Style Sour Strong Ale
Coalition Brewing, Big Maple, Imperial Maple Porter
Deluxe Brewing Company, Dunkel the Halls...With Beer & Jolly, Dunkel Bock
Deschutes Brewery, Scarlet Flame IRA, India Red Ale
Dick's Brewing Company, Black Friday Stout, Imperial Stout
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Dogfish Head Raison d'Etre, Belgian-style Brown Ale
Drake's Brewing Co., Jolly Rodger 2014, Imperial Coffee Stout
Eel River Brewing, Gargantua II, Whiskey Barrel Vanilla Imperial Strong Ale Blend
Elysian Brewing Company, Knock on Nelson, IPA with Nelson Sauvin
Ex Novo Brewing Co., TBD, Mexican Chocolate Baltic Porter
Fearless Brewing Company, Ichabod, Pumpkin Ale, Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Feckin Brewery, Top O' The Feckin' Mornin', Imperial Espresso Milk Porter
Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Finnriver Stone & Pome Cider, Barrel Aged Plum and Peach Cider
Fort George Brewery and Public House, Santa's Dinner Jacket, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Red Ale
Gigantic Brewing, Red Rider BB Gun, Saison with Cranberries
Gilgamesh Brewing, Eastside Bandit, Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter
Golden Valley Brewery, Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Tannen Boom, Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Strong Ale
Hopworks Urban Brewery, The Incredible Abominable of the Enchanted Barrel Forest, Barrel Aged Imperial Winter Ale
Kells Brew Pub, MIC Stout AKA Boom Roaster, Milk Imperial Coffee Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Company, Scare City, Wheatwine
Lompoc Brewing, Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Cheval de Trait Belge, Belgian Strong Ale
Mazama Brewing Co., Noel Rouge, Imperial Wit
McMenamins Edgefield Brewery, Lord of Misrule, Rum Barrel Aged Habanero
Migration Brewing, Frankie Claus, Belgian Imperial Stout
Natian Brewery, Irish Water, Imperial Golden Ale
Nectar Creek Mead, Triple Brett, Barrel Aged Sour Session Mead
New Belgium Brewing Company, La Folie, Sour Brown Ale
Ninkasi Brewing Co, Doppelbock, Doppelbock
No-Li Brewhouse, Whiskey Barrel Aged Winter Warmer, Winter Warmer
Oakshire Brewing, Prestidigitation, White Chocolate Milk Stout
Old Town Brewing Company, Bluth's Original Chocolate Banana Hefeweizen, Chocolate Bavarian-style Hefeweizen
Payette Brewing Company, Bandito, IPA with Agave and Tequila Soaked Oak Chips
Portland Brewing, 2014 Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout with Coffee
Rock Bottom, Yul Brynner, Santo Poco style Strong Ale
Rogue Ales, BIG ASS BARREL Maple Doppelbock, German Style Doppelbock
Rusty Truck Brewing Co, Santaweizen, Weizenbock
Santiam Brewing, Golden Sultan, Belgian Golden Strong
Seven Brides Brewing, The 503, Barleywine
Sixpoint Brewery, Lump of Coal Porter, Robust Porter
Slanted Rock Brewing Company, Cordial Tease, Spiced Winter Ale
Stickmen Brewery & Skewery, Big Chocolate Banana, Dunkelweizen
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, New Desecrator, Black Barley Wine
Vertigo Brewery and Taproom, Busted Head Red, Imperial Red Ale
Viking Braggot Company, Aurora, NW Amber Braggot
Widmer Brothers Brewing, Frosty The Munchieman, Porter

Event Reminder: OR: Portland: 10/31 Burnside Brewing's "Night of the Living Ales" & "Day of the Living Ales" are not to miss!

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Portland's premiere Halloween and Craft Beer extravaganza - Night of the Living Ales - comes together over two days this year kicking off with an adults-only fete on Halloween night October 31st and continuing with an all-ages friendly fall and pumpkin fest during the day November 1st

Night of the Living Ales
Friday October 31st 6pm - Midnight 21+
7th & E. Burnside, Portland, Oregon

Night of the Living Ales on Halloween features the amazing acrobatics of the Wanderlust Circus and music from DJ Pippen as well as costume contests and a Jim Beam hosted cocktail bar. Tickets are available now for $20 and include 2 drink tickets and also at the door starting at 6pm.


NOTLA will feature special rare beers and ciders like a special Pumpkin Stout with roasted peppers and smoked malts from Burnside Brewing and an award winning Belgian beer with Pears from Pelican Brewery as well as more approachable "Couch" light lager.

Day of the Living Ales
Saturday November 1st 11am - 6pm ALL-AGES
7th & E. Burnside, Portland, OR

The day of the living ales features more unique beers on tap both for fans of pumpkin ales and those not. We will be pouring extremely rare kegs like 10 Barrel Brewing's Jamaican Me Pumpkin and Neapolitan as well as exclusive like "Bloody Orange" from Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead. Meanwhile for the kids there will be a face painter from Noon to 4pm and a coloring contest. Also look for pumpkin pie and a full food menu in the Burnside Brewing Co. pub.
  1. Burnside: The Dapper Skeleton - pumpkin ale 
  2. Burnside: Dapper Skeleton Stout - a special stout version of our chili infused and smoky pumpkin ale
  3. Burnside Brewing: Couch - lager
  4. Pelican Brewery: Poire Du Pélican - Belgian-style with Pears
  5. Oakshire: Big Black Jack - chocolate pumpkin stout
  6. Hi-Wheel: Bloody Orange - a fizzy wine with flavors of Mandarin.
  7. 2 Towns Cider: Cidre Bouche
  8. Pelican: Bochabock - a doppelbock with 150lbs of roasted bocha squash
  9. 10 Barrel: Jamaican Me Pumpkin - Rum barrel-aged Pumpkin Strong Ale.
  10. 2 Towns Cider: Cidre Bouche
  11. 10 Barrel: Neapolitan - Strawberry, Chocolate, Vanilla.

Brewery News: WA: Bothell: Foggy Noggin hosts "Shut Up About Barclay Perkins!" historian Ron Pattinson, November 15th

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A once in a lifetime event to sample 8 historical British beers, hosted by renowned British beer writer and historian Ron Pattinson. Ron will provide insight on the significance of each beer style and open dialogue about why these beers changed over-time. Was it new available ingredients? Was it the effects of wars? Was it taxation? Was it changes in beer drinkers preferences?

When – Saturday – November 15th 6-8pm

Cost - $30/person (21+ only) – must pre-pay in advance at The Foggy Noggin tasting room

Capacity – 20 (first come – first serve)

Foggy Noggin Brewing brewed up 8 beers, from recipes supplied from the British beer writer and historian Ron Pattinson. We chose to brew 2 beers from 4 distinct beer styles: Scotch Ale, Russian Stout, Porter and Mild Ale. Each style is represented with beers from different periods of time.

The Beers:

Scotch Ale

1) 1933 Younger No.3 Pale - 5.29% ABV and 32 IBU

2) 1879 Younger No.3 - 5.16% ABV and 115 IBU

Mild Ale

3) December 22nd 1950 Whitbread Best Ale - 2.91% ABV and 28 IBU

4) 1868 Tetley XX - 7.0% ABV and 74 IBU


5) 1886 Barclay Perkins Hhd - 5.29% ABV and 56 IBU

6) 1821 Barclay Perkins TT - 5.82%ABV and 72 IBU

Russian Stout

7) 1941 Barclay Perkins IBS - 4.76% ABV and 42 IBU

8) 1924 Barclay Perkins IBS Ex - 8.33% ABV and 159 IBU

Who is Ron Pattinson?

Ron Pattinson is a British beer writer and historian who lives in Amsterdam. He has spent the last 15 years researching and obsessing over many beer-related topics. His European Beer Guide has pointed countless beer lovers in the direction of good beer across Europe. While over on his Shut up About Barclay Perkins blog, he writes about beer history, mostly the history of British beer styles, but with excursions into German Austrian, Dutch and Scandinavian beer history. He is the author of many books about beer history, mostly significant for their single-word titles, such as "Porter!", "Mild!" and "Bitter!" Each month he writes a for BeerAdvocate magazine about beer history. He recently published on book on brewing historic beers called "The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer". He is married and the father of two teenage sons.

Industry News: Canada: British Columbia: Vancouver celebrates craft beer perfection, at this year's BC Beer Awards

The overall mandate of the BC Beer Awards is to celebrate excellent beer, judging each hand-produced, artisanal beverage on its own merits. Craft Brewers across the province are well-known for their innovation and creativity, something that the BCBA organizers are keen to help honour. -BC Beer Awards

image sourced from BC Beer Awards's website

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - This past weekend the coastal city of Vancouver hosted the annual BC Beer Awards. A unique award ceremony, the BC Beer Awards recognize craft-brewing achievement throughout the province of British Columbia. This year, like the previous years, applauded numerous styles while reminding those in the 'States that great beer can be had in Canada.

We are thrilled to come back from the BC Beer Awards with an award for our Schwarzbock. We have invested heavily in our specialty beer program at PWB and will continue to innovate and play our role in the craft beer movement. Bringing home hardware as recognition from the craft community is great motivation. -Paul Mulgrew (Product Development Manager), Pacific Western Brewing

Preceding this year's ceremony, the BC Beer Awards & Festival offers visitors a rare opportunity to enjoy many of the beers which will later medal in the closing ceremony. Located on Commercial Drive inside the Croatian Cultural Centre, the event showcases

image sourced from last year's 2013 BC Beer Awards

For those to lazy to read the complete results it can be reported that Yellow Dog Brewing Company, located in Port Moody, took home Best of Show for their Shake A Paw Smoked Brown Porter. Additional mult-medal winners include: 

We were very excited and surprised to bring home so many medals from this year's BC Beer Awards. We've just celebrated our 2nd anniversary last month and there have been so many new breweries open in the past year that we knew the competition would be stiff.

I was really, really stoked to win the Gold and Silver in the German Wheat category as that's our specialty at the brewery with the open fermentor and decoction brewhouse (Plus they're my favourite styles). Last year we won for our Weizenbock- which we didn't have any left to enter this year- so we'll be going for the clean sweep next year! -Owner & Brewmaster Clay Potter Moon Under Brewing
  • 4 Moon Under Water Brewing, Victoria
  • 4 Parallel 49 Brewing Company, Vancouver
  • 3 Brassneck Brewery, Vancouver
  • 3 Steamworks Brewing Company, Vancouver
  • 3 Four Winds Brewing Company, Delta
  • 3 Central City Brewing Co. Ltd., Surrey
  • 2 Persephone Brewing Company, Gibsons
  • 2 Phillips Brewing Company, Victoria
  • 2 Driftwood Brewing, Victoria
  • 2 Howe Sound Brewing Co, Squamish
For complete results and reactions (from various breweries) from the 2014's BC Beer Awards, please read below.

Best of Show

Yellow Dog Brewing Company - Shake A Paw Smoked Brown Porter

Light Lager - 22 Beers entered
  • Turning Point Brewing Company - Stanley Park Noble Pilsner
  • Okanagan Spring - 1516 Bavarian Lager
  • Hoyne Brewing Company - Helios-Dortmunder Golden Lager
Pilsner - 22 Beers

  • Steamworks Pilsner - Steamworks Brewing Company
 "...our winning beers have their origins in three of the world's great beer countries: Pilsner from the Czech Republic, Kölsch from Germany and our Blitzen Tripel from Belgium. That our team could come first three times with three completely different beers is a testament to the depth of talent and skill of everyone who works in the brewery". -Head Brewer Caolan Vaughan, Steamworks Brewing Company
  • Barley Station Brew Pub - Canoe Creek Pilsner
We are pleased to have our Canoe Creek Pilsner recognized as a truly great beer. -Stu Bradford and Damon Robson, Barley Station Brewpub
  • Russell Brewing Company - Lager
Special Lager - 17 Beers

  • Tree Brewing Company - Captivator Doppelbock
  • Pacific Western Brewing - Pacific Schwarzbock
  • Persephone Brewing Company - Black Lager
Hybrids - 37 Beers

  • Steamworks Brewing Company - Steamworks Brewpub Kolsch
  • Phillips Brewing Company - Slipstream Ale
  • R&B Brewing Company - Sun God Wheat Ale
German Wheat/Rye - 10 Beers

  • Moon Under Water Brewery - This Is Hefeweizen
  • Moon Under Water Brewery - Moon Berliner Style - Weisse
  • Big Ridge Brewing Company - Big Ridge Dunkleweizen
UK Ales - 40 Beers

  • Tin Whistle Brewing Company - Stag Apple Scotch Ale
Pleased and proud. The Stag is very personal to me, it's very much me from the powerful abv right down to my family tartan on the label, and I'm so proud to be able to do my clan, and my brewery, proud with this beer. The Tin Whistle is a tiny Okanagan Brrewery, and it just seems fitting that it's an 8% "fruit beer" that is making everyone take notice.- Jeff Todd, The Tin Whistle Brewery
  • Bowen Island Brewing - Snug Cove ESB
The formation of Bowen Island Brewing dates back to the mid 1980's, when craft beer was first being introduced to BC and much of the Pacific Northwest. We were recently blowing the dust off the old Bowen Island recipe book and came across the original ESB recipe from back in the mid-80's. We re-launched the brew as Snug Cove ESB and are really excited to think that a recipe as old as this one still has relevance and popular appeal in 2014! -President Bill Hsu, Bowen Island Brewing
  • Moon Under Water Brewery - Wee Woody
North American Ales - 48 Beers

  • Main Sreet Brewing Company - Main Street Sessional IPA
  • Phillips Brewing Company - Coulrophobia IRA
  • Rossland Beer Company - Paydirt Pale Ale
We would like to thank the BC beer awards for this great award and more importantly running this event that promotes and supports craft beer.
We only had a chance to submit one beer this year so for it to place we were obviously ecstatic. There are so many great beers and breweries at this event that we feel very privileged to be a part of such a excellent event.

Porter/Brown - 30 Beers

  • Yellow Dog Brewing Company - Shake A Paw Smoked Brown Porter
  • Powell Street Brewing Company - Dive Bomb Porter
  • Lighthouse Brewing Company - Road Trip Fresh Hopped Dark Ale
Belgian/French - 45 Beers

  • Driftwood Brewing Company - White Bark Witbier
  • Dageraad Brewing - De Witte
  • Four Winds Brewing Company - Juxtapose Brett IPA
Vegetable/Spice Beer - 27 Beers

  • Parallel 49 Brewing Company - Lost Souls
  • Howe Sound Brewing - Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale
  • Fuggles & Warlock Craftwerks - Bean Me Up Espresso Milk Stout
Being our first year it was a pleasant surprise to place 3rd at the BCBA, we haven't been this surprised since we found out Samus was a girl in the Metroid game series. -Fuggles & Warlock

Stout - 24 Beers

  • Persephone Brewing Company - Dry Irish Stout
  • Dead Frog Brewing Company - Commander Imperial Stout (2013)
  • Dead Frog Brewing Company - Commander Imperial Stout (2014)
It's an honour to have our beer ranked amongst the best in BC. As examples of strong ales improving with age, we're delighted to have both of our Commander Imperial Stouts win these prestigious awards. -Marketing Coordinator Dylan Redekop Dead Frog Brewery

North American IPA - 44 Beers

  • High Mountian Brewing Company - 5 Rings IPA
  • Four Winds Brewing Company - Four Winds IPA
  • Central City Brewers and Distillers - Red Racer IPA
Imperial IPA - 14 Beers

  • Brassneck Brewery - One Trick Pony
  • Central City Brewers and Distillers - Red Racer Imperial IPA
  • Bomber Brewing Company - SuperPest
We were extremely proud to show so well against all the amazing beers in this province. We are especially excited that Superpest, one of our personal favourites, was able to medal in such a strong category.-Operations Manager Rachaal Steele, Bomber Brewing Company

Fruit/Sour - 24 Beers

  • Driftwood Brewing Company - Bird Of Prey- Flanders Red
  • Parallel 49 Brewing Company - Schwarzwald
  • Brassneck Brewery - Peach Changeling
Strong - 16 Beers

  • Steamworks Brewery - Steamworks Blitzen
  • Townsite Brewing Company - Biere D'Hiver

Townsite is particularly pleased with this win as Brewmaster, Cedric Dauchot considers this his best recipe to date and you know what they say; happy Brewmaster, happy Brewery. -Brewery Manager Chloe Smith, Townsite Brewing Company

  • Howe Sound Brewing - Wooly Bugger Barley Wine
Specialty - 29 Beers

  • Granville Island Brewing - Lost In The Barrels
It's always a thrill to bring home a medal, but it’s particularly exciting when it's for first place", said Vern Lambourne. "Lost In The Barrels was a particularly fun Small Batch Series for Granville Island Brewing, as it was our first attempt at brewing a beer with Brettanomyces. A special thanks to Chuck Hallett for the idea, and for lifting those heavy malt sacks. -Head Brewer Vern Lambourne
  • Moon Under Water Brewery - Year 2
  • Parallel 49 Brewing Company - Salty Scot
Smoke/Wood - 16 Beers

  • Central City Brewers and Distillers - Thor's Hammer Barrel Aged
  • Parallel 49 Brewing Company - Braggot
  • Brassneck Brewery - Inertia II
image of Four Winds Brewing, sourced from BC Beer Awards (2013)

CBC People's Choice Award

  1. Four Winds - Sovereign Super Saison
The Brewer's Challenge
Bridge Brewing - Purl

Dan Small Homebrew Award

  1. Matt Anderson - Anderson Estate IPA - Fresh Hopped
  2. Grayson Barke - Harvest Rye IPA
  3. Brad Johnson - Squashmonster

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Brewery Release: WA: Coming Soon ... Hale's Ales Whiskey barrel-aged Wee Heavy Winter Ale, Halestorm Double IPA, & Rye Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout

Hale's Ales, located in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, is happy to announce three beers to warm the heart and body.

Starting November 1st, Hale's will release a Whiskey barrel-aged edition of their Wee Heavy Winter Ale. 

Mahogany colored and rich in flavor with an extra complexity from the addition of 2 year old whiskey barrel aged Wee Heavy.  Hale's Wee Heavy was a Gold Medal Winner at the 2000 & 2003 United States Beer Tasting Championships.

Early November, the brewery is happy to release their newest beer. Halestorm is a re-imagining of their (2010) Seattle Beer Week beer  Double India Pale Ale. 

Brewed with Munich and aromatic malts to stand up to aggressive hopping, along with oats for a silky body. Called "Pineapple Express" by our brewers due to the aroma and flavor which are loaded with pine, citrus and tropical flare. 7 different hops were used in this beer. Strong and drinkable at 8.7% ABV.  IBUs: Above Threshold.

Finally the brewery will re-release (mid-November) their perennial favorite, Brewer's Choice Barrel-aged Series Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

We didn't set out to reinvent the wheel, just to perfect and personalize it.  Brewed in 2013 and laid to rest in rye whiskey barrels for 16 months.  Made with Crystal, Carafa, roasted, chocolate and aromatic malts with a touch of wheat, rye, and oats for additional body.  Hops include Caliente, Willamette, and Exp 6300.  All the components are present: a rich, roasted taste with hints of chocolate from the malt; coconut, vanilla, and whiskey from the barrel.  Our version is unique in our use of oats and rye in the grist and rye whiskey barrels for aging.   9.9% ABV.  40 IBUs.

Look for all three beers, to be available in bottles and (limited release) kegs, starting the 1st week in November.

A favorite phrase around Hale’s is “the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing”. And of course THE “Main Thing” here is making great beer in the Brewery, and serving great food and drink in the Pub. The original vision, in 1983, for Hale’s Ales was to produce world-class ales, by the use of traditional English methods, using locally sourced natural ingredients, and to deliver the finished ales to local beer lovers as absolutely fresh as possible. That vision and mission remains unchanged today.

When the Brewery and Pub on Leary Way was opened in 1995, that same commitment to quality was applied to our food service: use fresh local ingredients to create tasty pub food, offered at good value in a relaxed, family-friendly environment.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Brewery News: OR: Portland: Laurelwood Brewing Co. announces the promotion of Shane Watterson to head brewer

Press Release

Portland, OR – Laurelwood Brewing Co. is happy to announce the hiring of new brewmaster, Shane Watterson. Watterson has worked for Laurelwood over 4 years in the capacity of brewer and recently the lead brewer. He brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the position, plus is a home grown Portland resident. “I look forward to the opportunity to learn new things and come up with fun beers,” stated Watterson.

Watterson’s experience in the brewing world isn’t just here at Laurelwood. He has worked as an assistant brewer at Deschutes Brewing in Portland, went through the Beer Judge Certification Program, was the education chair for the Oregon Brew Crew, attended the American Brewer’s Guild Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering Program and started as a avid home brewer. When asked what his main goals and objectives are as the new brewmaster of Laurelwood Watterson said, “This first year is to continue what Vasili has planned out. I want to establish a little more of our sour beer and barrel aging programs, and build more comradery amongst the guys in the brewery.”

The transition from former brewmaster Vasili Gletsos to Watterson will take place over the next few months, until Gletsos’ departure for Hill Farmstead Brewery in Vermont mid December.

Cheers to Shane Watterson, the new brewmaster of Laurelwood Brewing Company!

About Laurelwood Brewing Company

Laurelwood is a family owned brewery that creates one of the most recognized regional craft beers. Owners Mike De Kalb & Cathy Woo-De Kalb are dedicated to sustainable and organic practices, and first began producing certified organic beer in 2001. Laurelwood’s product line is known for its creativity and quality therefore winning many national and international beer awards. Laurelwood’s handcrafted beers can be found on draft and in bottles throughout Oregon and Washington. To find out more about Laurelwood Brewing Company go online atwww.laurelwoodbrewpub.com.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon … He’brew Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®, Jewbelation 18®, and the 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack® 2014


Press Release

image courtesy Shmaltz Brewery

Now brewing exclusively in Clifton Park, NY -- Break out the latkes, gelt, Chanukah candles, and He'brew Beer®, it's time to start prepping for the holidays! This November, Shmaltz Brewing Company rolls out three limited-edition releases straight from their newly expanded brewery in Clifton Park, NY. First up is the debut of Shmaltz's long awaited homage to the 8 crazy nights: Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®, a Dark Ale brewed with 8 malts, 8 hops, and 8% ABV. Next in line is the Anniversary beer, Jewbelation 18® (18 malts, 18 hops, and a highly sessionable 12.4% ABV), which marks the birth of an entirely new take on the Award-Winning Jewbelation® series. Last, but certainly not least, the 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack® hitting stores this Thanksgiving. Candles Won't Be The Only Thing Getting Lit this holiday season!

Please see the information below for specific details on each of this year's He'brew® holiday releases:

Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®
After only 18 years in business, America's largest, most award-winning and still only Jewish themed Craft Brewery, Shmaltz Brewing Company is proud to debut Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®. Destined to become the official chosen beer of the holiday season, Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® is a luscious Dark Ale brewed with 8 malts, 8 hops, and heats up at 8% ABV. 8 is a miraculous number in Jewish life. Its cultural/religious significance runs the gamut with several holidays spanning 8 days (Chanukah, Passover, Sukkot), a bris (circumcision) taking place on the newborn's 8th day, and Seinfeld running for 8 years (for more deep shtick, see the 4-pack label). As latkes are frying and the battle royale of dreidels are spinning, Shmaltz lends some much needed light to the impending winter darkness with Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® launching nationally in 12 oz bottles in 4-packs starting on November 1, 2014, as well as in the He'brew Gift Pack® 2014.

Jewbelation 18®
Over the last decade, Shmaltz Brewing has boldly elevated each year's Jewbelation® with increased amounts of malts, hops, and ABV -- in 2004, they debuted Miraculous Jewbelation® with 8 malts, 8 hops, 8% ABV and continued through last year's Jewbelation Reborn® (17 malts, 17 hops, 17% ABV). Jewbelation 18® features a brand spankin' new craft beer category, Black Session Barleywine.
When asked about this year's Jewbelation®, Shmaltz founder Jeremy Cowan says, "So many friends have inquired about when will we stop upping the ante with the level of malts, hops, ABV, and my response has been 'Never... well, um, I mean now!' Witness our newborn Black Session Barleywine. 18 malts, 18 hops, and now available in a sessionable 12.4% ABV so we can ship to allll our states again. Jewbelation is now in session. L'Chaim!"

Jewbelation 18® will hit the national market just before Thanksgiving in 22 oz bottles, on draft at select bars, and included in the soon to be released 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack®.

5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack® 2014
Shmaltz's 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack®, a showcase of 8 of He'brew's most sought after beers, is sure to add cheer this holiday season and will light up any cold winter night. The eight pack of 12 oz. bottles includes the 18th Anniversary Jewbelation 18® Black Session Barleywine, and the brand new Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® Dark Ale (8 malts, 8 hops, 8% ABV). It also includes the rare, barrel-aged sour beer, 2014's Funky Jewbelation®, the Gold Medal winner Rejewvenator®, plus the unique collaboration beers with Terrapin Brewing (Reunion Ale '14 - A Beer For Hope®) and Cathedral Square Brewery (St. Lenny's -- The Immaculate Collaboration®). The only Chanukah themed Beer Gift Pack on any shelf this season is rounded off with year-round favorites Death of a Contract Brewer® Black IPA (7 malts, 7 hops, 7% ABV) and World Beer Championship Silver Medal winning Messiah Nut Brown Ale®.

The Gift Pack® features a custom glass, Chanukah candles and a beautifully hand-painted "Build Your Own" Beer Menorah portrait by local Ballston Spa, NY painter Jennifer Maher (www.yourtoyportrait.com; please see the attached portrait below). Transform each of the 8 iconic bottles, plus one Shamash bottle (0 malts, 0 hops, 0% ABV), into your very own beer menorah. Snap a photo and enter your masterpiece in the 5th Annual "Build Your Own Beer Menorah" Facebook competition for a chance to win a chosen prize!
Detailed information regarding Shmaltz's set of national events taking place at 18 Chosen Bars will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Shmaltz Brewing Company
Ranked in 2013 as one of the "Top 100 Brewers in the World" by RateBeer.com, Shmaltz won 9 Gold and 5 Silver Medals in the World Beer Championships in 2012. A recipient of the "Distinguished Business Award" by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Shmaltz was also included in the "Top 50 Fastest Growing Bay Area Companies" by San Francisco Business Times.

Founder and owner Jeremy Cowan established the company in San Francisco in 1996 with the first 100 cases of He'brew Beer® hand bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area in his Grandmother's Volvo. He'brew® now sells across 37 states, through 40 wholesalers and nearly 5,000 retailers. In 2007, Shmaltz released a new line of craft brewed lagers under the Coney Island® banner. The Coney Island brand was recently acquired by Alchemy and Science, a craft beer incubator, owned by Boston Beer (Sam Adams).

After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Shmaltz recently broke with tradition and opened its own New York State production brewery in Clifton Park, NY, 10 minutes north of Albany's capital district. Shmaltz's new home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 20,000 barrels of annual capacity. The new brewery packages 12 and 22 ounce bottles and kegs of their diverse core and seasonal favorites, and hosts fans and beer tourists in their new tasting room for tours, barrel-aged previews, and special releases.

In 2010/11, Cowan published his small business memoir, Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah: How It Took 13 Years, Extreme Jewish Brewing, and Circus Sideshow Freaks to Make Shmaltz Brewing Company an International Success. A free sampling of Chapter One and suggested beer pairings, can be viewed at www.craftbeerbarmitzvah.com. In 2012, Cowan spearheaded the creation of the non-profit New York City Brewers Guild (which manages NYC Beer Week) and served as its Founding President.

Cowan also has presented at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference, as well as previous Great American Beer Festivals, BevNet's Brewbound conference, Beer Advocate's Extreme Beer Festival, the Atlanta and the St. Louis Jewish Book Fairs, and the San Francisco and New York Jewish Museums.

Shmaltz Brewing beers have appeared in such distinguished media outlets as The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Beer Advocate Magazine, NPR's "Weekend Edition," Fox Business News, Men's Health, San Francisco Chronicle, The Jerusalem Report, New York Jewish Week, and Washington Post.

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