One month ago, on September 29th, Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle (one of Seattle’s best local craft beer bars) kicked off their annual ‘Hoptoberfest’. More than just a celebration of Washington-brewed IPAs, this month-long festival is their way of selecting their House IPA for the next year.
If you’re a regular at Beveridge Place Pub, then you know how this works. For the uninitiated, Beveridge Place whittles down over 48 Washington IPAs to just 3 finalists based on your votes. Today and tomorrow is your last chance to vote on those 3 finalists, which must be done by blind ballot. Order a taster try with all 3, and vote for your favorite without knowing which is which. This year’s 3 finalists are: Reuben’s Brews‘ Crikey IPA, Georgetown Brewing‘s Bodhizafa IPA and Counterbalance Brewing IPA. Visit Beveridge Place Pub today or tomorrow to have your blind tray and cast your vote. I’ve already voted once, but I’ll probably go back and cast one more vote before the end of tomorrow.
For some reason, I just wasn’t into the whole Pumpkin beer thing this year. I have enjoyed Pumpkin beers in the past but, for some reason, they just didn’t appeal to me this year. What I’ve been waiting for instead are the Winter Ales and Lagers. Lucky for me, they’re beginning to arrive.
One such Winter time beer that I’ve had before and really enjoyed is making its return. This coming Saturday, October 29th, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is releasing their Frost Beak Winter Lager.
It’s time once again to celebrate at Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor). Coming up just one week from tomorrow, Saturday, November 5th, Two Beers Brewing will celebrate their 9th Anniversary from 1 pm to 7 pm. For this year’s Anniversary celebration, Two Beers is revisiting their past a bit. They’ve dug into both their pantry and their cellar to bring back some special cask infusions that were more prevalent during the previous iteration of The Woods taproom, as well as some vertical tastings of their Alta Series’ beers, including the now retired Ascension 2013, High Divide 2013 among others.
Also returning in time for the Anniversary celebration is Two Beers’ popular Jive Espresso Stout, and they will be debuting the latest addition to their lineup: Tipsy Toboggan Winter Ale. This Winter Warmer comes in at 6.8% and will be available on draft and in 12 oz cans starting on November 5th.
One of my favorite California breweries has hit an amazing milestone. This year, Firestone Walker Brewing Company celebrates their 20th year. To help them celebrate, they are, of course, releasing the latest version of their annual anniversary Ale: XX Anniversary Ale.
I’ve been enjoying Firestone Walker’s Anniversary Ales since their XIII Anniversary Ale release back in 2009. Each release is expertly blended together from a plethora of other Firestone Walker Ales by an entire team of experienced brewers and winemakers, and the blend is different every year. Some have been more malty and some a bit more boozy, while others have been more on the hoppy side. I’ve enjoyed them all, but I think their XIV Anniversary Ale may still be one of my favorites. I’m really looking forward to tasting XX Anniversary Ale.
With Halloween right around the corner, pumpkin beers are everywhere right now. I appreciate the style but, for some reason, I just haven’t been in a very pumpkiny mood this year. What I’ve really been waiting for is the return of all those wonderful Winter Stouts.
Lucky for me, they’ve starting to arrive over the past month or so and, this Saturday, one of my local favorites is returning from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor): Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout.
Sometimes, saying goodbye to an old friend can be difficult. While selecting just one beer as my favorite is a virtually impossible task, I do have a few favorites for several different craft beer styles. Firestone Walker Brewing Company‘s Double Jack double IPA, for example, is on my list of favorite IPAs (double IPAs actually). Now, it looks like I’ll have to say goodbye to Double Jack and a few of his brothers. Read on to find out why.
Part of the reason I don’t have a single favorite beer or a large number of set favorites is that new craft beers come out at such a brisk pace these days. It seems you can hardly go a week lately without discovering one or more new beers on tap each time you visit your favorite craft beer bar or even some local breweries. Sure, there are some breweries out there who come out with their set list of beers and hardly ever change or introduce something new, but that approach can seem downright boring next to the plethora of breweries who are constantly coming up with something new. After all, craft beer drinkers are explorers. Most love trying new things, so we don’t tend to fall into the same rut as those who prefer mass-produced American Lagers like Bud or Miller.
Sometimes, which breweries you tend to frequent will depend as much on location as it does on beer quality. This is one of the reasons I don’t get to a few of my favorite Seattle breweries as often as I’d like to. I work somewhat odd hours and live in the South end. So visiting any Seattle breweries that are farther North in the city requires a bit of effort on my part, largely due to our craptacular traffic.
One of Seattle’s North end breweries that I don’t visit nearly as often as I’d like to is Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood. Owner and head brewer, Don Webb, really enjoys his work, and it shows in the quality of beers Naked City continually puts out. I’m particularly fond of The Big Lebrewski, their award-winning White Russian Imperial Stout.
Are you a fan of Sour Ales? Just a few years back, I wasn’t. I hadn’t discovered them yet and decided that the best way to introduce myself to them would be attending the annual Sour Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe. The first time I attended was back in 2011 and, since then, my love for sour beers has grown exponentially.
We’re fortunate in the Seattle area to have several local breweries that make some excellent Sour Ales. One of those breweries is Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) out of Redmond. This coming Saturday, October 8th, Black Raven is set to release the 2016 vintage of Corvus Kriekus. This tart Ale is made using locally-sourced ‘Van’ and ‘Black Republican’ cherries from Wenatchee, WA.
We’re blessed here in the Northwest to live in an area where there are so many great breweries. Having easy access to so many great beers is great for craft beer fans like us, but it’s also part of what allows Seattle to have some of the best tap and bottle shops around. Some of the most popular and well known ones include The Beer Junction, Bottleworks and Chuck’s Hop Shop.
Now, joining those establishments is Seattle’s newest tap and bottle shop: Teku Tavern. Named for the Teku style of glassware that has been called the “World’s best beer glass”, Teku Tavern is looking to, as they put it, elevate the beer scene in Seattle. They’ll have 50 taps, 3 cask stations and 29 refrigerators of beer and cider to go.