Airways Brewing Has A New Look And A New Location – UPDATED

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Back in March of this year, I told you about some coming changes for Airways Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).  Since opening six years ago on 196th Street in Kent (and the opening of Airways Brewing Beer & Bistro one year later), they’ve continued to grow, pushing the limits of their current brewery space.  The time had come to expand.

Well, Airways has been working on that expansion as well as re-branding themselves with a new logo which debuted earlier today, and now they’re ready to share some more details about the new space, their expanded hours and the grand opening date for the new brewery.

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STiVO Is Coming From Firestone Walker & Russian River

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Most craft beer enthusiasts have at least a few favorite breweries.  I have several but two of my favorite breweries are Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Russian River Brewing Company, both from California.  Unfortunately, Russian River stopped distributing to Washington state a couple of years ago; right around the time our state liquor laws changed and places like BevMo and Total Wine & More moved in.  Personally, I miss their wonderful sours more than I miss Pliny The Elder (and Pliny The Younger).

One of Russian River’s reasons for halting distribution to Washington was due to the changes in our state laws (I heard rumors that BevMo wanted to try and buy out Russian River’s entire supply of Pliny The Elder the year they moved into Washington).  However, it was also a financial as well as a supply and demand issue.  The last Russian River Brewing Company beers were shipped to Washington in December 2012.

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Tribute Porter Arrives Tomorrow From Black Raven

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Are you familiar with the traditional English Porter, Samuel Smith Taddy Porter?  It’s a classic example of the style and is even listed as one of the commercial examples for the style in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines (Style 13C. English Porter).

Now, through a special arrangement with Samuel Smith, three Washington breweries have been allowed to brew tribute versions of Samuel Smith’s beers for Seattle Beer Week 2016.  Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) has elected to brew a tribute to Taddy Porter.  I think Porters are an under appreciated style since so many people seem to favor Stouts.  I certainly enjoy a good stout myself but also seek out the occasional porter, so I’m curious to give this one a try.

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Full Throttle Bottles Sold – Taps To Be Added

 

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We’re fortunate in the Seattle area to have lots of great craft bottle shops around where we can find our favorite craft beers and ciders, and discover new ones from breweries and cideries both near and far.  One such bottle shop is Full Throttle Bottles.*

Nestled in the heart of Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, Full Throttle is a specialty beer and wine (and cider and mead) store that manages to carry an impressive selection of craft beers, craft ciders, wines and meads for you to choose from, despite its somewhat small size.

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Nearing The Halfway Point Of Seattle Beer Week #8 – UPDATED

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Today, Monday May 16th, is day number 5 of Seattle Beer Week #8, which means we’re about halfway through.  Things kicked off last Thursday at Reuben’s Brews with the official tapping of the first keg of the official Seattle Beer Week beer: Daily Pale, followed by the opening night pub crawl.  I had to drop by Reuben’s, of course, for the kickoff and then found my way to Beveridge Place Pub for stop #3 on the crawl.

Since then, the events have been coming pretty much non-stop.  The highlights for me so far have been the Underberg Back In Black Stout Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe, Satanic Metal C.O.W. Night at Toronado and, even though I had to leave a bit early, Firestone Walker & Holy Mountain last night at The Pine Box.

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Seattle Beer Week Kicks Off Today

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a pretty crazy last week or so leading up to Seattle Beer Week #8.  Between being busy at work (both of them), still mourning a bit for our dog, Bailei, and trying to plan out my Seattle Beer Week 2016 schedule (picking from, literally, hundreds of events), I’ve barely had time to breathe.

The event list for Seattle Beer Week seems to get a bit bigger each year.  There are always a few days where there are at least 2 or 3 different events all happening at the same time on opposite ends of town, so you have to make a choice.  Hitting every single event is absolutely impossible (and severe liver abuse!), so you have to pick your battles (or is it bottles?)

Now, it’s here.  Seattle Beer Week kicks off this evening at Reuben’s Brews in Ballard.  They’ll be open at noon today, but the official opening ceremony for Seattle Beer Week won’t take place until 5 pm.  The first keg of Daily Pale, the official beer of Seattle Beer Week #8, will be tapped and the Mayor’s Proclamation will be read.

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Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2016 – UPDATED

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I’ve been a fan of great craft beer ever since having my very first craft beer (a Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company, if memory serves).  However, I didn’t really immerse myself into the Seattle Craft Beer scene until sometime in 2010.  Before that I was, of course, still enjoying craft beer, but my journalistic focus was geared more towards the console video game market.  I used to operate a couple of console gaming review sites (focusing mostly on Xbox), which are now closed down.

That means I haven’t been attending Seattle Beer Week for as many years as some of you out there.  The first time I attended a Seattle Beer Week event (and actually knew that I was doing so), was back during Seattle Beer Week #4 in 2010, and the first Seattle Beer Week I ever wrote about was Seattle Beer Week #5 in 2011.  Right now, that sure seems like a long time ago.

Now, with 2016 upon us, we’re just one week away from the kickoff of Seattle Beer Week #8.  That means it’s time once again for me to give you my picks for what sound like the best events at this year’s Seattle Beer Week, just as I’ve done each year since 2012.

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Foggy Noggin Expands Taproom Hours

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Due to both their location in a residential neighborhood and their small size, Foggy Noggin Brewing Company has always had somewhat limited taproom hours.  With the warm weather returning, however, Foggy Noggin’s Jim Jamison wanted to change that.  So, a few weeks back, he put a poll out on social media sites, asking which additional day (Friday or Sunday) his customers would prefer for the added hours.

Well, the results of that poll are in and Foggy Noggin Brewing is pleased to announce that, starting this Friday, May 6th, they will now be open on Fridays from 3- 7 pm (in addition to their regular hours of noon – 5 pm on Saturdays).

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Top Rung Brewing Releases Raspberry Wheat Seasonal

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I finally had the opportunity to visit Top Rung Brewing Company down in Lacey a few weeks back at their 2nd Anniversary celebration.  I had a fun, if extremely crowded visit (it was their 2nd Anniversary celebration, after all) and even went home with a growler of their delicious Shift Trade IPA.

Now, with Spring upon us and Summer not far behind, Top Rung Brewing is ready to release their Raspberry Wheat Seasonal Ale.

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The 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet At Watershed Pub & Kitchen

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Just in case you’d forgotten, Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday.  Haven’t made plans yet to do something special for mom?  No need to panic.  You’ve still got time to make reservations for the Watershed Pub & Kitchen‘s 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet.

This year, instead of the usual, boring flowers and a card, give mom the gift of starting the day off with a hearty breakfast.  After all, she used to spend much of her time feeding you, right?  Why not return the favor?

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