Thursday, February 23, 2017
Release: Northwest: Coming Soon ... Payette Serendipity: Imperial IPA Series and Aura: Sour Ale Series
Labels: Boise, Northwest, Payette Aura Sour Ale Series, Payette Brewing Company, Payette Serendipity Imperial IPA Series, Release
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Labels: 10 Barrel Brewing, Brouwer's Cafe, Elysian Brewing, Event, Pelican Brewing Company, Seattle, Whitney Burnside
But that was the past and now many people reminiscence their first 10 Barrel Pearl, poured from the faucets in Portland, brewed by, you guessed it, Whitney. Celebrating her ascension from brewery helper to head brewer,
Starting on the evening (6pm) of March 2nd, Whitney invites you to swing by to enjoy a pint (or pints) as she answers questions about her past, present, and future. Who knows, there might even be one among you who will later say "Whitney Burnside inspired me to brew beer"
- Grapefruit Tarlette Gose: IBU 10 5.00% ABV "This Gose was inspired by a grapefruit tart that Whitney used to bake, featuring subtle flavors of cardamom, vanilla, honey and a touch of salt."
- Glen Coco Coconut Stout: IBU 35 6.50% ABV "Imagine a beer that tastes like a Mounds bar... This chocolatey stout was brewed with loads of coconut from Bob's Red Mill, freshly toasted in house. It's like dessert in a glass. Four for you, Glen Coco! (served in a snifter) -"
- A.W.D. Belgian Dark Strong: IBU 30 ABV 10.00% "We fought the "snowstorm" that hit Portland to brew this beautiful beer. Deep complex notes of sherry, caramel, cherry, fig and with subtle notes of chocolate in the finish. (Served in a snifter)"
- XS Session IPA: IBU 40 ABV 5.20% ABV "This IPA may be extra small, but it packs a massive citrus punch. Brewed with a blend of Golden Promise and malted red wheat, this session IPA is full bodied and highly quaffable. It was hopped with El Dorado, Galaxy, Amarillo, and Citra hops. The beer of Winners. #drinkportlandbeer."
- Alton Bruin Belgian Style Dark Dubbel Ale: IBU 20 ABV 10.00% "Alton Bruin is a Belgian Dark Strong that was aged in Merlot barrels for 1.5 years with the Roeselare lambic culture blend and fresh raspberries."
Saturday, February 18, 2017
In less than a week an annual festival returns to the corner of 35th and Phinney Avenue. We're speaking of Hard Liver, hosted and produced by Brouwer's Cafe. As it has in previous years, the event will feature barleywines from local breweries, as well as regional, national, and international addresses. And now a few tips, for the seasoned idiot or those experiencing a barleywine for the first time.
- Build a food base. A couple of quick options are: Original Pancake House, Norm's Eatery, Dish, and Roxi's Diner.
- Use public transportation or a 'buddy'. This writer's going to be honest, you're not Superman, Wolverine, or Deadpool, so you're going to get drunk if you try and drink more than 2 or three barleywines. So why not use a service Uber, Lyft, local cab company, or even a buddy.
- Be patient as you wait in line to get in. Due to fire code laws, Brouwer's Cafe (like any business) is only allowed to host a certain number of people at any given time. If you're in line, then you're gonna need to wait before you get in.
- Be patient as you sit at your table or stand around. Whether it's ordering a number 3 or ordering a large order of frites, it's gonna be slightly chaotic. But then again, show me any restaurant or bar that isn't, on a day like St. Patricks or New Year's Eve.
- Order by number and not by name. Despite what the menu says, you're encouraged to request from the server or bartender the number of the beer you wish to have. An example of ordering would be "I'd like a 12 ounce number 3".
- Finally and we can't believe we have to repeat this, know your limit and don't overdue it!
Now that we've covered the dos and don'ts, here's the (tentative) list of breweries that submitting beers for this year's festival.
(Olympia) Three Magnets Brewing (San Diego) Green Flash Brewing
(Anacortes) Anacortes Brewing (Portland) Hair of the Dog Brewing
(Boulder) Avery Brewing (Seattle) Holy Mountain Brewing
(Bainbridge Island) Bainbridge Brewing (United Kingdom) J.W. Lees
(San Diego) Ballast Point Brewing (Petaluma) Lagunitas Brewing
(Long Beach) Beachwood Brewing (San Marcos) Lost Abbey
(Missoula) Big Sky Brewing (Alpine) Melvin's Brewing
(Seattle) Big Time Brewing (Anchorage) Midnight Sun Brewing
(Bend) Boneyard Brewing (Deming) North Fork Brewing
(Bellingham) Boundary Bay Brewing (Seattle) Pike Brewing
(Netherlands) De Molen (Seattle) Reuben's Brews
(Milton) Dogfish Head Brewing (Bremerton) Silver City Brewing
(Seattle) Elysian Brewing (Arlington) Skookum Brewing
(Paso Robles) Firestone Walker Brewing (Escondido) Stone Brewing
(Olympia) Fish Brewing Company (Bellingham) Wander
(Seattle) Fremont Brewing And many more ...
For updates including a draft list from each participating brewery, visit Brouwer's Cafe's website.
Brouwer's Cafe is located at 400 N 35th Street in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Labels: Escondido, Northwest, Release, Stone Brewing Company, Stone Brewing's Jindia Pale Ale, Stone Pataskala Red X IPA
ESCONDIDO, CA ... Today, Stone Brewing announces two seasonal additions to its 2017 lineup of offerings with the brand new Stone Jindia Pale Ale, and the return of the much loved Stone Pataskala Red X IPA.
Making its debut as a Stone Imperial Seasonal, Stone Jindia Pale Ale is a double IPA, instilled with ginger, juniper berries, lemon peel and lime peel. The botanicals mix miraculously well with a double dose of the most delectable hops.
Steve Gonzalez, Stone’s Senior Manager of Small Batch Brewing & Innovation, jumped at the chance to create this beer as he had experience in his former job making gin blends. And he absolutely nailed it. The beer has the hop-forward component of a great IPA and also the complexity of aroma and flavors derived from gin botanicals.
“Our co-founder, Greg Koch, came up with the idea of an IPA with gin botanicals after we had done the Stone & Sierra Nevada NxS IPA, which had a portion of the beer aged in gin barrels,” said Jeremy Moynier, Senior Innovation Brewing Manager. “Along with hops, we added ginger, juniper berries, lemon peel and lime peel to create a truly unique beer.”
Returning for a second year, Stone Pataskala Red X IPA, is a red IPA brewed with a unique malt called Red X from Germany-based BESTMALZ. The beer features a backstory as vibrant as its hop bill. This specialty seasonal red IPA was first brewed in September 2015 as a fundraising beer to support music and arts education programs in Pataskala, Ohio, where co-founder Greg Koch grew up. People loved it, so it was added to the 2016 beer lineup and the name stuck. Rarely used in hoppy beers, the special German malt variety is typically reserved for German amber lagers, Irish red ales and other mildly-hopped beers. But that’s not the Stone way.
“We loved this beer and knew we had to bring it back this year,” said Moynier. “It’s a challenging beer to brew on the big scale with the amount of hops and Red X malt that we use. But I think when you taste it you will know it’s worth the effort! It has a beautiful balance of hops and malt and definitely makes you want to have more than one pint!”
Mosaic, Amarillo and Cascade hops provide this red IPA with an upfront fruity and piney aroma, transcending into stone fruit flavor and pleasingly lingering bitterness. Brewed with late hop additions and generously dry-hopped, the 7.3 % ABV beer is incredibly hop-forward, yet balanced by very unique cereal notes and biscuit undertones from the Red X malt. When all the ingredients are combined, this IPA showcases the signature qualities of classic hoppy Stone beers: citrusy, herbal, balanced just right.
Beginning today, both will be will be available in 12-ounce six-packs to retailers and on draft at restaurants and bars where Stone beer is sold.
ABOUT STONE BREWING
Release: Longmont: Coming Soon ... Left Hand's Hard Wired Nitro, Well Played, Saison au Miel, & Travelin’ Light
Labels: Left Hand Saison au Miel, Left Hand Brewing, Left Hand Hard Wired Nitro, Left Hand Travelin’ Light, Left Hand Well Played, Longmont, News, Release
Red ales became known as the symbol of Ireland’s rebellion and fight for independence from England. Inspired by the similarities to Samuel Adams, a hero of the American Revolution, the brewers at Sam Adams crafted an Irish Red characterized by a smooth malt backbone balanced by earthy English hops.
This hearty beer boasts a deep red color with aromatic notes of roasty caramel followed by malty, toasty and slightly sweet flavors. To achieve the comforting and satisfying profile the brewers were looking for, they used East Kent Golding and Fuggles hops to balance between earthy and citrusy notes. A sip of this robust brew is then finished with a smooth and rounded malt sweetness.
Pairing with Food: Irish Red’s roasted caramel sweetness helps tame the heat of spicy sausage while complementing the meat’s savory richness. Corned beef or ham are natural fits because the malt sweetness of the beer balances the meat’s saltiness and deepens the caramelized flavors. This brew pairs well with classic desserts like Apple and Pecan pie.
Brewed using all five Noble hop varieties from the oldest hop growing regions in the world, Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a crisp golden Bohemian Pilsner full of bright hop character. Jim Koch, Samuel Adams Brewer and Founder, first brewed Noble Pils as a gift to his daughter for her wedding. Since its initial 2009 release, the beer has developed a cult following.
Noble Pils is a traditional Bohemian Pilsner with a deep golden color and citrusy hop aroma. The honeyed malt character from a special Bohemian spring barley is balanced by delicate yet pronounced citrus, floral, and piney notes from the Noble hops.
Of the more than 100 hop varieties in the world, only five are considered “Noble.” Noble hops are aroma hops as opposed to bittering hops and contribute greater hop aroma than hop bitterness to beer. They are the original lager-brewing hops grown only in Bavaria and the Czech Republic, where the environment (much like terroir for wine grapes) contributes to their prized aroma and flavor. Many hops used in brewing today are descendants of these original hops.
Each Noble hop variety in Noble Pils adds specific flavors and aromas to the brew:
- Hallertau Mittelfrueh: lemony citrus
- and resinous pine notes
- Tettnang Tettnanger: citrus and spice notes
- Spalt Spalter: floral and fruity notes
- Saaz: fresh cut grass notes
- Hersbrucker: slight herbal notes
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