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Monday, July 28, 2014

Event Planner: WA: 7/30 Brouwer’s Café hosts Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America (12) tap takeover


Seattle - This Wednesday, Brouwer’s Café (400 N 35th Street) is hosting the next stop of the “Beer Camp Across America”. Presented by Sierra Nevada and in collaboration with 12 “exceptional” breweries, the 12 pack can be found in grocery stores throughout the United States. Adding to this, Sierra Nevada is hosting several festivals across the country.

Great stories are often shared over a pint or two, and when you get 13 gregarious brewers together in one place the tall tales and crazy ideas begin to flow as fast as the taps can fill the glasses. Gathering this much brewing talent to work on a single 12-pack has been an amazing experience. We’ve long admired our partners’ beers, and it’s been an honor to combine each other’s brewhouse smarts to devise a dozen brews whose flavors are so wonderfully all over the map.

Oh, and about that map: this summer we’re all getting on a bus together for a whirlwind cross-country celebration of our mutual passions.  For us, it feels more like gathering up our friends for the beer road trip to end all others. Come along with us and create some new stories of your own. There has never been a better time to be a beer lover.


As they have done at Super Deli and The Yard Café, the folks at Sierra Nevada are sharing all 12 of their beers, on draft. For those that are stumped on where to score a 12 pack, this will be a rare opportunity to check out the beers in person.

Included at this event will be breweries:

  • Russian River
  • Allagash
  • Bell’s
  • 3 Floyds
  • Cigar City
  • Ashville Brewers Alliance
  • New Glarus
  • as well as Ninkasi, Firestone Walker, Ballast Point, Victory, and Oskar Blues.

The event kicks off at 6pm with both 5 ounce ‘tasters’ and 12 ounce glasses for those looking to enjoy a couple. Plus the bar will feature rare beers from some of the featured breweries.

Event Planner *Pushpin: WA: 7/31 6pm Beveridge Place Pub hosts Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen


image sourced from Beveridge Place Pub

Chuckanut Brewery is excited to announce Beveridge Place in W. Seattle (6413 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136) will host the Chuckanut brewers for a Brewers Night July 31, Thursday. The event will feature a variety of award winning Chuckanut Beers including Chuckanut Pilsner (German style), Bohemian Pils (Czech style), and Smoke Porter. The party starts at 6 pm when Chuckanut’s brewers will be on hand to answer your questions and talk in detail about beer!

image sourced from Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen

Beveridge Place is one of the premier craft beer bars in Seattle and also offers hard ciders, wine, and non alcoholic beverages. Only those over 21 years old are welcome  to attend. 

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, located at 601 West Holly St, was awarded the National Small Brewpub/Brewer of the Year 2009 and National Small Brewery/Brewer of the Year 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. The full service “Kitchen” is open daily at 11:30am to guests of all ages with an eclectic fresh local menu. Bar specials include: Family Friendly HoPPY Hour Sun-Thurs 4-6pm, Monday Night $3 Pints, Kolsch NightTuesday’s and more. Check out additional information about Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen at our website or like us on Facebook

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

8/8/9: Brew-Five-Three: Tacoma Beer & Blues Festival returns for a second year

Benefitting the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, the "Brew-Five-Three" returns for a 2nd year of blues, food, and beer.

Located at 901 Broadway, in Tacoma's historic downtown, the festival features local beer and food, while local music acts entertain. 

Here is what the festival organizers had to say about what makes this year so special.

Brew-Five-Three promises to be bigger and better the second time around. Improvements sourced from survey results from last year’s festival goers include allowing re-entry and larger, now pint-sized souvenir glasses. Well-behaved dogs on leash will still be permitted. Brew Five Three remains a 21+ event; valid photo ID required; no exceptions. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver's license or passport) will result in denial of entry without refund. Brew Five Three will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, tents will be constructed and the festival will move under cover.

Advance tickets to Brew Five Three are on sale now. Tickets are $25 through June 21, and are $30 after June 21 to the day of the festival. Members of the military may purchase a $25 ticket without expiry. Designated drivers may purchase a ticket for $10 to enjoy live music, a variety of food vendors, and a festive outdoor atmosphere. To purchase tickets call the Broadway Center Box Office at 253.591.5894, tollfree 1.800.291.7593, visit in person at 901 Broadway in Tacoma's Theater District or online at www.BroadwayCenter.org, or visit The Red Hot or The Beer Essentials.

This year the festival will feature over 30 breweries, including:

  • 7 Seas Brewing
  • Airways Brewing
  • American Brewing
  • Backwoods Brewing
  • Bainbridge Island
  • Brickyard Brewing
  • Diamond Knot
  • Dick's
  • E9 (Engine House 9)
  • Everybody's
  • Fish Brewing
  • Fremont
  • Hale's Ales
  • Harmon
  • Hi-Fi
  • Iron Horse
  • M.T. Head
  • Narrows
  • No-Li
  • Odd Otter
  • Pacific Brewing & Malting
  • Puyallup River
  • Rainy Daze
  • Schooner Exact
  • Scuttlebutt
  • Tacoma
  • Two Beers
  • Valholl
  • Wingman
  • and Yakima Craft

Additionally there will be cider by:
  • Seattle Cider Company
  • Tieton Cider Works
  • and Schilling Cider
While enjoying a glass of craft cider or beer, enjoy music by Stephanie Anne Johnson - a previous contestant on NBC's The Voice - or the West Coast Women in Blues

Finally there will be food trucks by:
  • Athena's
  • Auto Pompa Pizzeria
  • Fish's Basket Mobile Fish Bar
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Lumpia World
  • Murph's BBQ
  • and Quack Dogs.
About the festival's benefactor

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges the following for support of the 2013-14 Season: ArtsFund, Ben B. Cheney Foundation, The Boeing Company, City of Tacoma, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The News Tribune, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and Pierce County Arts Commission

8/1 4pm The Sixgill presents the "Imperial India Pale Ale Invitational"

In Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, lies The Sixgill, and the new location for the annual "Imperial India Pale Ale Invitational". Previously hosted in the Ballard neighborhood, at The Noble Fir, the 'Invitational is an opportunity to choose from several Imperial/Double India Pale Ales, in one location.

BJCP definition of Imperial / Double India Pale Ale

A recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft brewers “pushing the envelope” to satisfy the need of hop aficionados for increasingly intense products. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an IPA; “double,” “extra,” “extreme,” or any other variety of adjectives would be equally valid.

Currently, the following beers will be available on draft, during the event.

  • 21st Amendment Hop Crisis Imperial IPA
  • Avery Anniversary Ale Imperial India Brown
  • Bear Republic Mach 10 Imperial IPA
  • Black Market Liberation Imperial IPA
  • Boundary Bay Imperial IPA
  • Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail Imperial IPA
  • Georgetown Lovely Reida Imperial IPA
  • Great Divide Showdown Rye Imperial IPA
  • Green Flash Le Freak Belgian Imperial IPA
  • Hopworks Ace of Spades Imperial IPA
  • Laurelwood Megafauna Imperial IPA
  • Oakshire Glen’s Hop Vice Triple IPA
  • Pelican Imperial IPA
  • Port Anniversary Imperial IPA
  • Reuben’s Blimey That’s Bitter!
  • Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
  • Snipes Mountain Vaquero Imperial IPA
  • Stone RuinTen Imperial IPA

The Sixgill is located at 3417 Evanston Avenue North, near Seattle's Fremont Bridge & Fremont Troll.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beer Release: NW: Coming Soon … Diamond Knot Fog Bank Fall Ale. A suitable replacement for Vienna Lager


August 13, 1947 was one such unforgiving day. Fog embraced the Strait of Juan de Fuca when the MV Diamond Knot, loaded with 75 percent of Alaska’s seasonal salmon catch and 100,000 gallons of fish oil, motored on toward Seattle. The fog got the best of the rudimentary navigation tools, and early that morning the Fenn Victory collided with the Diamond Knot, damaging the Diamond Knot enough to cause its sinking just off Port Angeles in 135 feet of water.

What could have been a complete disaster turned into a success as Firemen’s Fund and scores of salvage divers recovered more than 5,000,000 cans of salmon and the fish oil.

This August (2014) Diamond Knot Brewing releases their 20th Anniversary beer – Fog Bank Fall Ale.

One part Anniversary and one part memorial beer, but overall sentimental - Fog Bank Fall Ale celebrates that fateful day and the inspiration for the brewery’s namesake.

image courtesy Diamond Knot Brewing

For its owners, this year is special – as it marks another brewery breaking the 20 year barrier.

“Back 20 years ago, there were a few people who didn’t believe we could pull off an IPA, let alone an entire brewery,” said Bob Maphet, Diamond Knot founder and president. “Like Firemen’s Fund’s salvage effort, we defied the odds with three breweries, more than 130 employees and several dozen beer styles.”

Just like the 1947 salvage operation, Fog Bank Fall Ale will be released the 1st week in August, before concluding the last week in October.

Here is what the brewery had to say about their latest Fall seasonal.

… the reddish amber color will easily reflect the change in foliage and the bursting of maple reds. Just as crisp as those autumn mornings, the Fog Bank Fall Ale has a bright, crisp flavor with a full malty finish. With a mild 5.8% ABV, this seasonal is sessionable and the perfect transition from DK’s summer Blonde Ale to its darker winter brews.

About Diamond Knot Brewing

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing is known for supporting local businesses and organizations. With a foundation as a small, craft brewery, the company’s mission is to provide exceptional craft beer, food and lively experiences. Started in 1994, the Washington-state company currently operates a the flagship Brewery & Alehouse and 10,000-square-foot Production Brewery & Taproom in Mukilteo and the new Brewpub @ MLT in Mountlake Terrace. For more company information, visit diamondknot.com.

Beer Release: NW: Coming Soon … Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest. The first bottled edition ever.


“Oaktoberfest is a real quaffer… It’s mellow and rounded with this gorgeous autumn orange hue—it’s the kind of beer you should be drinking out of a liter mug.” –Firestone Walker’s head brewery Matt Brynildson

Nicknamed the “Paso Märzen Bier.”, Firestone Walker announces the re-release of Oaktoberfest.

Deviating from previous years, the brewery is set to release packaged editions of this beer, throughout the Northwest. Unfortunately / fortunately for those who’ve already enjoyed a pint of this, from a nearby bar, the beer has acquired a drier and hoppier character. This is done to balance out the sweeter malt character of the style.

Always the craft beer ambassador, Matt had this to say about Oaktoberfest.

“Oaktoberfest has always provided us an opportunity to play around with new German hop cultivars,” Brynildson said. “We’re now focusing on Hallertau Tradition, and we contracted directly with several German farmers to make sure we had enough to last. When visiting some of my favorite German lager breweries, I’ve seen a ton of Hallertau Tradition in their closets, and it proved to be a natural fit for Oaktoberfest.”

“Nevertheless, this is not a hop-driven beer. It’s very traditional in style, incorporating equal amounts of Vienna malt and Pilsner malt, both from Germany. It all comes together to create this classic Märzen profile, with subtle honey-like aromas and hints of noble hop spice.”

The name Oaktoberfest is a nod to the brewery’s hometown of Paso Robles—Spanish for “Pass of The Oaks”—as well as the longtime presence of oak barrels as a central part of the Firestone Walker brewing operation. The checkered blue and white pattern on the label echoes the Bavarian flag and pays homage to the style.

If one is fortunate to visit Paso Robles, this October 11th, then you’re encouraged to attend the Madonna INN Oktoberfest, presented by Firestone Walker Brewing Company. As has been their custom, oak barrels are filled with Oaktoberfest, to be tapped at the festival.

“Tapping the barrels of Oaktoberfest has been an annual rite here for nearly a decade,” Brynildson said. “It’s a journey that has finally found its way into the bottle.”

Look for bottles and six-packs of Oaktoberfest, starting August 1st (2014).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Brewery News: OR: Gluten-free Harvester Brewing involved in Trademark dispute with Hope Wines. Help them rename the brewery.


By definition a trademark is:

a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product.

While the United States Patent and Trademark Office declares trademark to be:

… a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.  A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The term “trademark” is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.

Oregon - Brewed in Portland, Harvester Brewing is one a handful of breweries in the area, that brew beer for gluten-intolerant people.

Unfortunately, they are also one of a handful of breweries who have been involved in trademark litigation.

Earlier this month the brewery was served a termination request, to cease the use of the Harvest name. The instigating litigant was Hope Family Wines of Paso Robles.

Harvester Brewing


Harvester has attempted to work with Hope Family Wines. But so far they have been unsuccessful in their attempt to maintain recognition of the Gluten-free beers.

Hope Family Wines finds the use of “Harvester” in any form “unacceptable” so ideas like New Harvester Brewing or G.F.Harvester Brewing will not be permitted by Hope Family Wines. We would like it if the new name worked well with our love of farming, farmers, and tractors so we can continue using our tractor logo but we will consider non-tractor related ideas too.

As of this story, Harvester is now asking customers and gluten-free beer supporters, to assist rename the brewery.

Rather than spend time, money, and energy focused on a lengthy legal battle we have decided to ask our fans to help us choose a new name.

They ask that you submit your suggestions via contact@harvesterbrewing.com.

About Harvester Brewing

Our brewery consists of a new 7 BBL brewhouse built in Portland, OR by Metalcraft Fabrication. It was delivered in the Fall of 2011 during the construction of our brewery and we brewed our first batch in November 2011. In addition to the brewhouse we have two 7 BBL fermenters and four 7 BBL brite tanks.

We bottle all of our beer on site with a 6-head bottling machine built by Meheen Manufacturing of Pasco, WA.

We roast all of the chestnuts used in our beer on site in a gas-fired nut roaster from Jordan.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beer Release: OR: Get It Now ... The Commons Biere Royale

Situated in Southeast Portland, the Commons Brewery has brewed award winning ales since 2011. Primarily focused on "... approachable and balanced European-inspired beers", Commons has numerous awards.

This past Monday, at the Belmont Station (located at 4500 SE Stark Street), Commons released their newest ale - Biere Royale.

image sourced from The Beer Street Journal
image sourced from The Beer Street Journal

Biere Royale, modeled after the french cocktail Kir Royale, is a sour ale with black currants. First brewed as a popular draft-only beer for the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, the bottled version has a bright acidity from a house-grown Lactobacillus culture originally harvested from yogurt. Black Currants are added during primary fermentation to add additional acidity, fruitiness and a deep purple hue to the final product. The process was catalogued very well by our friend Sanjay at http://www.notsoprofessionalbeer.com/2013/09/brewing-with-yogurt.html.

Biere Royale

Sour Ale with Black Currants
ABV: 5.5%

Malts: Pilsner / Malted Spelt / Flaked Wheat/ Acidulated Malt

Hops: Saaz
Microorganisms: Sacchromyces, Lactobaccilus

Give Belmont Station a call, to see if they still have this unique beer on draft, else visit the brewery starting Thursday. Starting July 17th, The Commons Biere Royale will be available at the brewery, in 750ml (capped) bottles. Furthermore, there will be limited distribution to grocers and bottles shops, through mid-August.

In addition to Biere Royale, Belmont Station will have several other special draft beers for the occasion: Citrus Royale, the citrus companion to Biere Royale, Trillium, a limited blended, barrel aged sour farmhouse ale and Ortucky Common, a dark rye sour ale brewed specifically for the 2013 Puckerfest.

More on The Commons Brewery

Opened in December 2011, The Commons Brewery crafts approachable and balanced European-inspired beers. The tasting room is located at: 1810 SE 10th Avenue, Unit E (entrance on SE Stephens between 10th & 11th). Tasting room hours are Thursday 5-9pm, Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 2-9pm, and Sunday 2-6pm.

More on Belmont Station

Since its founding in 1997, Belmont Station has become Portland’s premier beer destination. The bottleshop features that have been thoughtfully selected, meticulously rotated, and properly stored under UV-filtered light to maintain the freshest selection of beer in the region. The adjacent features 20+ rotating taps and a cask “beer engine” pouring world-class brew on the cleanest draft system in Portland.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Event Planner: WA: Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America visits Seattle, Mill Creek, Yakima, & Richland


image courtesy Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
image courtesy Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

A shout-out  to fans of Firestone Walker, Allagash, New Glarus, Russian River, Vitctory, 3 Floyds, Cigar City, Oskar Blues, Ballast Point, Ashville Brewers Alliance, Bells's, or Ninkasi - because they're coming to Washington state.

With one tap take over completed, at Super Deli Mart, the "Beer Camp Across America" continues it's trip across Washington, with stops at The Yard, Brouwer's Cafe, Bill Place, Elliott Bay Pizza, Chuck's 85th, and McKay's. All you have to do is show up to one of the, previously reported, businesses. 

Beer Camp Across America is a tribute to the art, and sometimes absurd ambition, of American craft beer. This unprecedented variety pack is a celebration of our collective spirit: 12 different collaboration beers brewed alongside 12 exceptional brewers, together showcasing the sense of pride and passion shared by craft brewers nationwide. Beyond the pack, we’re embarking on a seven-city traveling beer festival. Join the tour and help make this the largest craft beer celebration in history!

Tomorrow, July 17th, Seattle's The Yard (located at 8313 Greenwood Avenue North) is the next bar to host all 12 beers from 12 different breweries). 

After The Yard, you'll have to visit one of the following locations, at the prescribed date. The locations, starting July 30th, are:

7/30     Brouwer's Cafe,  400 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103
8/01     Bill’s Place, 206 S 3rd Ave, Yakima, WA 98902
8/07     Elliot Bay Pizza, 800 164th St SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012
8/14     Chuck's 85th, 656 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117
TBD    Mckay’s Taphouse, 1312 Lee Blvd. Richland, WA 99352

For specific times, we advise you to contact the individual businesses for posted times.

Brewery News: OR: Cascade Brewery suspends interstate (mail-order) shipments

We are very sorry to report that at this time, we are suspending shipping our beer due to the legalities of sending beer across state lines. Our online store is currently closed. We will continue to work to address this issue, and keep you apprised of the situation if and when something changes. We value you as our customers and will continue to focus on brewing our world-class NW-Style sour ales. In the meantime, please enjoy our beers at the source.

image sourced from Cascade Barrel House's Google+ page
image sourced from Cascade Barrel House's Google+ page
The following was released by Cascade Brewing, via their Newsletter. After many months of shipping beer across state lines, Portland's Cascade has reassessed their support of mail-order beer. Currently, the brewery is looking into legal options. For now, supporters can still find bottles on shelves (throughout the Pacific Northwest) or directly at the Raccoon Lodge/Cascade Barrel House.

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