Back in 2013, Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), released the first beer in what was dubbed their Alta Series. This is a line of specialty, high-octane brews that are Two Beers’ most over the top concoctions, pushing the limits of both complex flavors and ABV.
Upon it’s first release, the Russian Imperial Stout from their Alta Series was named Switchback, after switchback type hiking trails (in case you weren’t aware, Two Beers’ founder, Joel VandenBrink, is a huge hiking fan). Switchback was later renamed to Fall Line and was joined by the rest of the Alta Series beers: Overhang Imperial Porter, High Divide Double Blonde Ale and Ascension Triple IPA (although they haven’t brewed Ascension in a while).
It’s really been amazing to watch Seattle Cider Company grow so fast. First launched in August of 2013 by Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) founder Joel VandenBrink, Seattle Cider has continued to ramp up production and expand distribution. By August of 2015, they had increased production to over 23,000 barrels annually and expanded to more than ten states across the U.S.
Now, Seattle Cider Company is ready to expand distribution yet again. They have partnered with Missouri distributor, Major Brands, and starting on February 16th of this month, you’ll be able to find Seattle Cider Company Ciders across Missouri.
I recently told you about Payette Brewing Company, out of Idaho, bringing their beers to Seattle (full Payette Brewing launch details/Seattle events at this link). Now, in a case of turnabout is fair play, Seattle’s popular Fremont Brewing Company is bringing their beers to Idaho beginning this coming Monday, February 15th.
Fremont has teamed up with Hayden Beverage Company for distribution across Idaho and has several launch events scheduled in various locations around the state between the 15th and the 17th.
We may still be in the middle of Winter (damn, it was cold at my house this morning!), but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream ahead. Spring is a mere 2 months away and with the return of Spring comes the Cask Beer Festival, presented by the Washington Brewer’s Guild.
Not familiar with Cask Ale? Traditionally, Cask Ales are matured after fermentation in the container (the Cask) they are to be dispensed from, and are served without any additional carbonation beyond what carbonation they obtained from the Cask conditioning. This is why Cask Ales tend to be less carbonated and, often, served a bit warmer than their kegged counterparts.
Payette Brewing Company‘s founder Mike Francis has spent plenty of time in Seattle. A former industrial engineer for Boeing, Francis left the corporate life to work on his associate’s degree in Brewing Technology at the Siebel Institute in Chicago. After earning his degree, he spent some time brewing for Seattle’s Schooner Exact Brewing Company.
He left the Seattle area after working for Schooner Exact to head back to his home town of Boise, Idaho and in 2010 Payette Brewing was born. Now, Francis is ready to make his return to Seattle, when Payette beers debut here next month.
There seem to be a lot of high alcohol beers around lately. With Barrel Junction wrapping up at The Beer Junction (lots of high ABV, barrel-aged beers – a few are still on tap) and the Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow right around the corner (starting this Thursday at Brouwer’s Cafe and running through the 14th at various locations), we really have to pace ourselves. That can be difficult to do, however, when even more high alcohol beers are right around the corner.
Each year, as Spring approaches, I look forward to the annual return of Barleywines from all around Washington State and all across the U.S. Two of the biggest and best local events for enjoying all those wonderful Barleywines are returning soon. I’m talking, of course, about the Barleywine Bacchanal at Beveridge Place Pub and the annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival at Brouwer’s Cafe.
Last October I told you about Beardslee Public House, the new restaurant and brewery from the John Howie Restaurant Group. Since their opening, they have earned rave reviews for their beers thanks in no small part to Head Brewer Drew Cluley and assistant brewer (and Certified Cicerone), Paige Zahnle.
Beardslee opened their doors with an impressive 12 beers on tap right from the get go and now, less than a year old, they’re announcing even more new beers going on tap as well as their first ever bottled beers.
The Very Tin Dog That Tin Dog Brewing Is Named After
Nearly two years ago, I first told you aboutTin Dog Brewing in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. Founded by the husband and wife team of Lisa and Eric Rough, they have an emphasis on Belgian style beers including Wits Saisons, Belgian Pale Ales and more. It seems like just yesterday they were opening their doors to the public, but it was back on Saturday, February 5th 2014 and now, they’re preparing to celebrate their 2nd Anniversary.
With the Oscars airing the same date as Tin Dog’s Anniversary celebration, Sunday, February 28th, Tin Dog has decided to throw an Oscar-themed party – no tuxedo or red carpet gown required. Just bring yourself, your thirst for good beer and your Oscars trivia knowledge.
Back in September, I published an article that gave you lots of great reasons to visit some of the breweries in Seattle’s South end (I can’t believe I neglected to include Big Al Brewing Company in that article. I’m so sorry, Al! I’ll come by for a visit soon.) Now I’ve got another reason for you to visit the South end. Coming up on Saturday, February 20th is South Seattle Poker N Pints.
This one day, multi-brewery event lets you enjoy great craft beer from local breweries and play a little poker to win some swag, all while helping raise funds for the Washington Brewshed Alliance who has taken over the organization of this event this year from Lisa Rough of Tin Dog Brewing Company.
Oh hops, how do I love thee. Let me count the ways. Actually, I’d better not. With so many amazing hoppy beers out there, counting them all would take quite a while. For the moment, I only want to worry about a particular set of hoppy beers that are back and ready to hit the road. Returning for its third year and kicking off this week is the Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow.
I first told you about this event last month and now I wanted to update you with the full details. Set to make its first stop this Thursday the 4th at Brouwer’s Cafe, the Hop Mob Roadshow will also hit several other locations around the Sound, bringing you the biggest, boldest, strongest and, of course, hoppiest beers around.
Originally inspired by the rather ridiculous amount of hype attributed to a particular Triple IPA from a well known Northern California brewery, the Hop Mob set out to prove that Washington Brewers can make triple IPAs just as well (and in my opinion even better) than just about anyone else.