Back in early 2011, a former real estate development professional joined forces with a veteran brewmaster and American Brewing Company was born. Ready for new challenges when the economy slowed down real estate deveopment, Neil Fallon knew he wanted to start a brewery, but he was new to the industry and was looking for the perfect partner to help his new venture be a success. Skip Madsen, who has brewed at Pike Brewing, Big Time Brewing, Boundary Bay Brewing and the old Water Street Brewing was just the partner Neil was looking for.
Together, they built a successful brewery that has arleady gained countless accolades throught the craft brewing community and inspired others to follow in their footsteps. It’s been nearly three years now since American Brewing Company opened their doors, and in that short time they already have some impressive accomplishments to show for it. According to American Brewing:
In its second year of operations, the American Brewing Company:
- Was named “Biggest Overachiever” in the Seattle Met Magazine’s Cheap Eats and Beer issue, July 2012
- Brave American Brown Ale was named one of the Best Seasonal Beers in Seattle Magazine, October 2012
- Named “Rookie of the Year” at the American Heart Association’s 2012 South Sound Heart and Stroke Walk. An award presented to first-time fundraising companies that demonstrate an outstanding effort as a team in raising funds for the Heart and Stroke Walk.
- Was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for their “Polska Porter” making this the second year in a row that they’ve medaled at this prestigious national competition.
- Breakaway IPA was listed number one in the Top 10 West Coast IPAs in Beer West Magazine, Winter 2012/2013.
That means it’s time once again to celebrate. American Brewing Company’s second anniversary is coming up on Saturday, March 2, 2013 (1PM – 11PM).
From the 2nd anniversary press release:
Along with their flagship beers-American Blonde, Breakaway IPA and Caboose Oatmeal Stout-American Brewing Company will proudly present their newest release, “Flying Monkey Dogfight Pale Ale”. “We were presented with a very unique opportunity this year”, says owner, Neil Fallon. “The Emerald City Comicon organizers approached us about brewing an official beer for this year’s convention.” Brewers Skip Madsen and Dan Payson set about creating a perfectly balanced pale ale that has a great citrusy nose. Though hop-forward it finishes dry and will be an excellent session beer at just 5.7% ABV (Alcohol by Volume). “The team at Comicon put all of their creative talent behind the marketing designs,” continues Fallon, “we’ll have limited edition glass growlers, t-shirts, and aluminum growlers for sale at our Anniversary Celebration”. For more information about the Flying Monkey Dogfight Pale Ale, please visit their blog site.
In conjunction with this celebration, they are incorporating a fundraising event for the Edmonds Food Bank. Bring a donation of canned goods and receive raffle tickets for a chance to win American Brewing Company swag, while helping to fill the shelves of the local food bank. “We are currently feeding 1,800 to 2,000 people each week,” says Peggy Kennedy, Director of the Edmonds Food Bank. According to Ms. Kennedy they are providing for approximately 370 families who shop for about a three day supply at each visit. They are in constant need of replenishing their store so any and all donations are gladly accepted.
American Brewing Company is extending their hours for this event in the hopes that it will allow everyone a chance to stop by and join in the celebration.
So, head on up to Edmonds on March 2nd and help American Brewing celebrate two amazing years. They’ll have live music, BBQ, a raffle and fundraising event (benefiting the Edmonds food bank), and you’ll have the chance to try their newest beer, Flying Monkey Dogfight Pale Ale (as listed in the press-release info above). Flying Monkey is a limited edition beer, brought to you by Emerald City Comiccon.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.