October Events With Counterbalance Brewing


Counterbalance Brewing Company hasn’t been around for too long.  They first opened their doors just this past February in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood and have been growing in popularity ever since.  I need to visit a bit more often but, so far, I’m a big fan of their Bad Wolf Dark Ale in particular and their Kushetka Russian Imperial Stout.

I recently featured Counterbalance Brewing (along with several of their neighbors) in a piece about visiting Seattle’s South End breweries.  Now, with October upon us, you have even more reasons to come visit Counterbalance.  They have several events lined up throughout the month, starting with today’s release of their Tabletop Supernova Imperial IPA.  Also, coming up soon is their Mariners/Sounders Doubleheader, which I told you about back in August.

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Flying Bike And Naked City Form A Brewmance


Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, the first cooperative brewery in Washington state, has teamed up with their new neighbor, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, to collaborate on the first of many beers that will be coming from their “Wort Line of Friendship” series.

This new beer, dubbed Brewmance Golden Ale, will be on tap at both Flying Bike and Naked City starting today, September 30th, when they both open their doors (11:30 AM at Naked City and 3:00 PM at Flying Bike).

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Black Raven Brewing Prepares To Release Fresh Hop Saison

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It’s Fresh Hop beer season.  Everywhere you look lately, fresh hop beers are popping up on taps in and bottles all around the Sound.  I’m loving it.  The wonderful aroma and taste of fresh hops filling my glass is an indulgence for such a hop-head like me.

Most Fresh Hop beers tend to be either IPAs or hoppy Pale Ales.  Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), however, decided to go a different way this year.  Instead of an IPA or a Pale Ale, their presenting us with a Fresh Hop Saison.

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Get Your Tickets Now For The 2015 Winter Beer Festival


Fall my be just getting started, but Winter is right around the corner.  That means Winter beers; rich, dark, bold Winter beers – many with an ABV that will help warm you up a bit.  The Washington Brewer’s Guild is pleased to present the 2015 Winter Beer Festival, happening December 4th and 5th at Magnuson Park.

Since the festival is not until December, the tap and food lineups have not yet been announced, but at least 50 breweries will be participating and food will be available from several local area food trucks.

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Great Reasons To Check Out Seattle’s South End Breweries

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Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood gets a lot of attention for the number of breweries in such a small area, and rightly so.  Ballard has, to many, become known as Seattle’s ‘Brewery District’.  The South End however, if you include SoDo, Georgetown and South Park, actually rivals Ballard in the number of available breweries to visit.  There’s even more if you include the Columbia City area of Rainier Avenue South.

SoDo has Two Beers Brewing (CBM Sponsor), Schooner Exact Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing (Gluten Free), Epic Ales (recently closed for transition to ‘Molusk‘) and Seapine Brewing. Georgetown has Machine House Brewing, Counterbalance Brewing and, of course, Georgetown Brewing.  Cross the first street bridge into South Park and you’ll find Burdick Brewery, Lowercase Brewing and Tin Dog Brewing.  Head the other direction towards the Rainier Valley and you’ll find Spinnaker Bay Brewing and Flying Lion Brewing.

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Stogies n Hops’ Annual Pig Roast With Firestone Walker Happens Tomorrow


I’m a big fan of Firestone Walker Brewing Company‘s beers.  The quality and consistency of every beer I’ve had from them is simply top notch.  Some of my favorite beers of all are Firestone Walker beers such as Double Jack (Double IPA), DBA, Parabola, Stickee Monkee, §ucaba and more including their ever changing but always delicious annual Anniversary offering.

I’m also a big fan of a good pig roast.  Well cooked pork is sinfully delicious and, of course, pairs well with many different styles of beer.  If you’re a fan of these wonderful gastronomic delights as well, then you’re in luck.  Tomorrow (Saturday, September 12th), Stogies n Hops (CBM Sponsor) is hosting their annual Pig Roast with Firestone Walker.

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The 2015 Ravenmaster’s Charity Golf Tournament Is Almost Here


I don’t know about you, but I’m not much of a golfer.  I tried, years ago during my college days.  I wasn’t horrible.  I just couldn’t quite get the knack of it.  I’m not sure I ever broke a score of 100, but I came close once or twice.  I plan to start playing again in the next few years.  Hopefully I’ll do a bit better this time.

Whether you’re nearly a pro or just a duffer like me, when  you’re golfing for charity, it doesn’t really matter how good you are.  It’s all about just having some fun and helping those in need.  So, set to return on Friday, September 25th is the Ravenmaster’s Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).  This year’s tournament will benefit Attain Housing: “Bringing our community together to partner with homeless families by providing affordable housing and empowering them with practical case management and hope.”

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Cease & Desist IPA Returns For the 2015/16 Seahawks Season From Foggy Noggin


Back in January of 2014, Foggy Noggin Brewing Company introduced a new beer to honor the Seattle Seahwaks return to the Superbowl.  They named their beer “12th Man Skittles IPA” and, as you might expect, were immediately contacted by Texas A&M University due to the use of “12th Man” in the beer’s name.  I’m guessing Mars, Inc. (owner of Skittles) wasn’t too thrilled over the name either.  So, in order to avoid any legal issues, Foggy Noggin cleverly renamed the beer “Cease & Desist IPA.”

Now, as the Seahawks prepare for their 2015 regular season opener against the St. Louis Rams, Cease & Desist IPA is back to help you quench your Fn game day thirst as you cheer on the Hawks.

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Washington Cider Week Starts Next Thursday


Yep; it’s Fall.  It may not quite be official yet by the calendar, but that chill is back in the air and our days have grown noticeably shorter with fewer hours of sunshine to enjoy.  Summer may be fading away, but we still have plenty of things to look forward to.  One of those things is Washington Cider Week, brought to you by the Northwest Cider Association.

Kicking off one week from today, on September 10th, Washington Cider Week brings cider tasting events, paired dinners and more in a 10-day celebration of Northwest craft cider.

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Fremont Brewing Releases Bellingham Beer Week No. 4


The 4th Annual Bellingham Beer Week (BBW) is almost here.  Kicking off this year on Friday, September 11th, BBW is a 9 day long event designed to celebrate and promote craft beer in Bellingham and beyond.

Fremont Brewing has released a special Bellingham Beer Week beer each year.  This year’s release is already on tap in the Fremont Brewing beer garden and will be coming in bottles this Labor Day weekend.

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