I love Washington beer. We have some truly incredible breweries here in Washington state; some of the best in the nation in my humble opinion and, while I try to drink local as much as I can, I don’t limit myself to drinking beers from Washington exclusively. Our neighbor to the South, Oregon, also has some of the nation’s best breweries and I enjoy beers from them regularly.
Some of my favorite Oregon breweries are from the Bend area, which is why I’m pleased to announced that dates have been set for the 2019 Bend Brewfest. This year’s festival will take place on August 15th thru the 17th in the Les Schwab Amphitheater.
A few weeks ago, before ‘snomageddon 2019’ crippled much of Seattle, Tin Dog Brewing Company down in South Park was all set to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. Unfortunately, when the storms moved in, Tin Dog had to cancel their original plans for their own and everyone else’s safety.
Now that we’re thawing out, Tin Dog Brewing has rescheduled. Their 5th Anniversary celebration will now take place on Saturday, March 2nd – which is the same day as Washington Beer Open House. I know there are some of you out there who have still never visited Tin Dog. Well, WA Beer Open House is your perfect excuse to come down for a visit.
They’ll have a new beer to release, Sour flights from their cellar and tasters of their Gold, Silver and Bronze Award-Winning Blended Sours, Melange Deux and Mandala.
I can remember when Urban Family Brewing Company wasn’t yet a brewing company. They were a craft beer bar on Ballard Ave NW, pretty much across the street from The Noble Fir. As a craft beer bar, I only visited them a couple of times before they closed and moved across Salmon Bay to their current location on 26th Avenue West in Magnolia.
I think Urban Family is a bit homesick for Ballard though. They’ve just announced that, later this year, they will be moving the brewery to a new location, back in Ballard. Sentiment isn’t the only reason for the move though. They’re starting to outgrow their current location, and their new spot in Ballard will give them more room to expand, including more space for barrel aging and additional outdoor seating.