Lucky Envelope Brewing was founded by partners Barry Chan and Raymond Kwan back in late 2014. An award-winning home brewer and structural engineer and a finance strategist respectively, Barry and Raymond decided to leave their old careers behind to follow their dreams of opening a craft brewery.
They first opened their doors to the public in May of 2015 with a decidedly Asian/Thai inspiration. Even their name, Lucky Envelope, was inspired by the red envelopes which the older generation in China will gift to the younger generation during holidays and special occasions.
According to Raymond: “Some of our fondest memories involved special occasions or major milestones in our lives, and with that came red envelopes from our family and friends to wish us luck and prosperity for years to come. Our name and portion of our logo are derived from aspects of our cultural upbringing, and deciding to open a brewery is the first step in what we hope is one of the many traditions we hope to create here at Lucky Envelope Brewing.”
Continuing that dedication to Chinese tradition, Lucky Envelope is pleased to announce two special beers they’ll be releasing later this month to celebrate Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year: Mijiaya Historic and Buddha’s Hand.
Here is the full press release from Lucky Envelope Brewing:
Seattle, WA – Lucky Envelope Brewing whose founders are of Chinese descent will celebrate the Lunar New Year on Saturday, January 28th with two specialty beer releases.
“This is our second year celebrating Chinese New Year here in the tasting room and we are excited to release two unique beers with cultural influence” said Barry Chan, co-founder and Brewmaster. “The first beer is the Mijiaya Historic beer named after the 5,000 year-old Mijiaya archaeological site in Shaanxi (Northern China). After reading through archaeological research papers and sampling several test batches, we brewed up this beer based on the starch grains found in various brewing vessels excavated at the dig site. The end result is a flower, light, clean beer brewed with barley, Job’s tears, millet, Chinese squash, lily flowers, and yam.”
The second beer being released is the Buddha’s Hand Citron IPA which clocks in at 5.7% ABV and 51 IBU and boasts an unmistakably intense lemon aroma from the citron zest.
As an added bonus and continuation of the monthly Barrel-Aged release cadence, Lucky Envelope will be releasing a Strong Ale barrel-aged in a Westland Distillery Flagship Whiskey barrel for the past 12 months. The end result is a 10% ABV, 60 IBU beer with big notes of caramel, smoke, and a deliciously warm alcohol sweetness. Lucky Envelope regularly releases a barrel-aged beer on the last Saturday of each month.
The first 30 guests who purchase a drink that day will receive a lucky envelope with a special surprise inside.
Lucky Envelope takes its name from the Chinese tradition – tied closely with New Year celebrations – of elders bestowing often red-and-gold envelopes to loved ones as a gesture of luck and goodwill. Lucky Envelope is a family-friendly craft brewery headquartered in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The brewery has garnered accolades since its May 2015 opening, including earning a Bronze medal at the prestigious 2015 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) competition and several medals at the 2016 Washington Beer Awards, including Gold for their ENIAC Mosaic IPA.
The Mijiaya Historic sounds quite interesting. I’m always open to trying unique new beers and the list of ingredients in Mijiaya really intrigues me. Using starch grains like those excavated at an archaeological dig site? Job’s tears? Chinese Squash? Lily flowers? These definitely aren’t your every day craft beer ingredients. I’m also a big fan of citrus-leaning IPAs, so Buddha’s Hand sounds like it could be right up my alley.
I’m also a big fan of bourbon or whiskey barrel aged beers, so I definitely wouldn’t mind giving their Strong Ale aged in Westland Distillery Flagship Whiskey barrels as try. If you’re curious to try these new, unique beers as well, mark your calendar for Saturday, January 28th and visit Lucky Envelope Brewing to help them celebrate Chinese/Lunar New Year.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.