The Beer Junction Celebrates Their 6th Anniversary

 

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Finding a good tap and bottle shop around Seattle isn’t all that difficult.  We’re fortunate to have several options for where to go beer shopping while enjoying a few pints on tap at the same time.  One of those places that stands out for me in particular, however, is The Beer Junction in West Seattle.  Offering Seattle’s largest selection of more than 1,300+ different beers (plus cider and mead) and an incredible 70 taps of beer, cider, mead and wine, The Beer Junction has become my favorite after-work destination to enjoy a few cold ones from their always excellent and diverse tap selection and check out what’s new in bottles and cans.

Each year, as their anniversary approaches, The Beer Junction teams up with a local brewery to create a special anniversary beer to help them celebrate.  Last year it was Cinq Houblon, a Saison brewed by Sound Brewing out on the Kitsap peninsula.  The year before that it was Black Sands Coconut Cream Imperial Stout, from Fort George Brewing in Astoria, Oregon.  I’m still aging a bottle of that one in my cellar at home.

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The Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Return To Seattle Cider Co. This Month – UPDATED

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Back in 2014, I told you about the first annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA), hosted at Seattle Cider Company‘s taproom: The Woods.  It was a great success and returned for its 2nd year in June 2015.  Now, here we are in June of 2016 and the PNWCA is returning for it’s third and biggest year yet.

“Growing every year, the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards has received more than 180 cider entries in 15 categories from 44 cideries found in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia. PNWCA raises awareness for the unique ciders being produced throughout the region while offering an easy way for the public to explore the world of cider.”

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Firestone Walker Celebrates 20 Years With Nitro DBA

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company makes some delicious beers.  Their Parabola is one of my all time favorites and their Double Jack is one of my top (if not my top) IPAs.  Also, in case you weren’t aware, the 2016 release of Stickee Monkee is out now.  Hurry and grab yourself a bottle before it’s all gone.

Another beer from Firestone Walker that is very popular is their flagship DBA (Double Barrel Ale).  They also made a special version called Double DBA for a couple of years, but it has since been discontinued.  Now, Firestone Walker is ready to bring us another DBA variant.  This week, they are launching Nitro DBA as a new year round draft offering in all Firestone Walker markets, including Seattle.

Also, to help celebrate their 20th Anniversary this year, Firestone is releasing Unfiltered DBA (UDBA), a 100-percent oak fermented and unfiltered version of DBA, which will be available in all Firestone Walker markets for a limited time.  Get it while you can.

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BrewDad’s Of Bonney Lake Opens In July

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The craft beer scene in the Puget Sound is rather large, so there are a number of different writers out there covering it.  Beyond Craft Beer Monger, of course, we have the Washington Beer Blog, Northwest Beer Guide, Northwest Brewing News, Two Brew Review, BrewDad and many more.

Each of these writers, including myself, have a passion for great craft beer.  Now, BrewDad writer Mike Besser is taking his passion for great craft beer beyond writing and opening up his own tap and bottle shop.  Next month, Northwest Caps & Taps in Bonney Lake will become BrewDad’s of Bonney Lake.

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The Washington Brewer’s Festival Happens This Weekend

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It’s that ‘Dads and Grads’ time of year.  I hope you’ve found the perfect Father’s Day or graduation gift for that special beer lover in your life.  If not then perhaps they’d enjoy a visit to the Washington Brewer’s Festival.  Hosted by the Washington Beer Commission and presented this year by Total Wine & More, the Washington Brewer’s Festival kicks off this Friday, June 17th and runs through Sunday the 19th at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

This all-ages festival is a celebration of craft brewing in Washington State and features over 110 Washington State breweries pouring over 500 different craft beers for you to enjoy.  Whether you attend just one day or all three, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.  Feeling extra adventurous?  Starting this year, there’s a Washington Beer 5K on Sunday the 19th.  There’s also a full lineup of food trucks, live music, a brewer’s keg toss, a kid’s play area (Saturday & Sunday only), and even a Rootbeer garden.

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Hochzeit Pilsner & Beaktweaker IPA Are Returning From Black Raven

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With the warmer weather we’ve been having lately (today’s forecasted rain notwithstanding), most craft beer drinkers are in the mood for something a bit lighter and/or hoppier.  With Summer just over two weeks away, there are lots of Summer Seasonal beers returning to fulfill those cravings.  Two such returning beers are Hochzeit Pilsner and Beaktweaker Citrus IPA, both from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).

Hochzeit is a traditional Plisner, brewed with Czech malt and Domestic and European hops for a clean and crisp taste.  Beaktweaker is a Citrus IPA that boasts bold citrus flavors, and is brewed with black lemon, orange peel and lemon peel.  Both of theses beers are great options for those warm Summer days ahead and both are arriving this month.

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Optimism Launches Pride Beer To Benefit Gay City

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New breweries are popping up in Seattle with such frequency, that I still haven’t been able to visit all of them yet.  One of the newer kids on the block I still need to get to is Optimism Brewing Company on Capitol Hill.  Founded by the husband and wife team of Troy Hakala and Gay Gilmore, Optimism wants to battle the pretension and snobbish ‘beer geek’ trends that have crept their way into some parts of the craft beer World and, as such, they don’t like to categorize their beers in to styles.

As Optimism puts it: “We do not use style names to describe our beers. Part of this is because we don’t brew beers to fit a style, we brew them to taste the way we want them to taste. Moreover, we believe that beer is “the every(wo)man’s drink”, not something that should be intimidating, pretentious or expensive. For this reason, we try to make beer approachable to everyone by describing our beers in ways that everyone can understand without beer-geek jargon. Most beer-drinkers do not even know that beer styles even exist, let alone have all 120+ memorized. We believe using flavor descriptors and a photo is the best way to encourage people to try beers that they otherwise wouldn’t have tried. Wine can be pretentious and filled with esoteric jargon to maintain an elitist status. Beer doesn’t need that.”

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Burdick Brewing Is Having An Equipment Sale

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Last year, Burdick Breiwng Company in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood closed the doors to their taproom.  They’re still in the same location and are still brewing beer, but the city wanted them to make some upgrades to the taproom that were cost prohibitive, so Burdick decided instead to focus on bottling their beers and getting them on more taps around the city.

Now, Burdick is ready to unload some of the equipment they no longer need, since the taproom is no longer open.  So, they are holding a sale this coming Saturday the 11th, where you’ll be able to pick up some great surplus items.

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Crikey Is Coming In Cans From Reuben’s Brews

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Crikey IPA has been around for a while now.  It was the first American Style IPA that Reuben’s Brews ever brewed and founder, Adam Robbings, is proud of the many awards its won and its status as a Reuben’s Brews fan favorite.

Until now, Crikey IPA has only been available in 22 oz bottles on on tap.  That will all change this Friday the 10th, however, as Reuben’s Brews is preparing to release Crikey IPA for the first time in 12 oz cans.

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Old Birdbrain Returns From Black Raven Brewing

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Barleywine season usually happens close to the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring.  However, there is no reason a barleywine must be released around that time.  Anytime is a good time for a great barleywine, and Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) has brought back a multiple award winner.

Just this past Saturday, June 4th Black Raven released the 2016 Vintage of Old Birdbrain Barleywine.  Sorry I didn’t tell you about the release before the 4th, but I was out of town and didn’t have access to a computer while I was away.

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