Dates Set For 2019 Bend Brewfest

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.

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Dark Heron IPA Returns For Emerald City Comic Con

Seattle is known for many different things.  Two of the most prominent are, of course, coffee and craft beer.  What some of you might not know, however, is that Seattle has a huge video game and comic book community.  The annual PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) started here (which I used to report on annually when I wrote about video games), and Emerald City Comic Con has been happening every year since 2003.  Last year’s attendance was over 95 thousand comic fans.

A few years back, Fremont Brewing Company partnered with ReedPOP, producer Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), to create an ECCC-themed beer.  The result was Dark Heron IPA. Now returning for its fourth year, Dark Heron features artwork by local Seattle artist Julia Reck and will be available on tap throughout ECCC’s run, and in cans for the first time.  

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Counterbalance Brewing Prepares For Their 4th Anniversary

How long can a duck stand on one leg?  Well, the mascot for Counterbalance Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) has been doing it for nearly 4 years now and he’s definitely ready to party.  You may recall that Counterbalance’s Multipass IPA came in as one of the finalists during Novemberfest at Beveridge Place Pub late last year and now they have another Fifth Element inspired beer coming your way as they prepare to celebrate another trip around the sun.

Come join Counterbalance Brewing this Friday and Saturday, January 25th and 26th, as they celebrate their 4th Anniversary with some new and returning beer releases, including their 4th Anniversary Big Bada Boom Hazy Double Mango IPA and 2019 Bourbon Barrel Kushetka Imperial Stout aged in 2Bar Spirits Bourbon Barrels.

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Get Your Tickets Now For Pike Brewing’s Annual Chocofest

Are you still searching for the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone? How about Valentine’s Day?  Have you thought about that yet? Yeah, I know. It’s still two months away but hear me out.  What if you could kill 2 birds with one stone?  Does your significant other enjoy craft beer? How about wine? How about spirits? How about small bites from top local restaurants? How about chocolate!? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then tickets to Pike Brewing Company‘s annual Chocofest might be just the gift you’ve been searching for.

Chcofest seems to grow bigger each year and is Pike’s most popular annual event. That’s why, in order to accommodate the more than 900 expected attendees, this year’s Chocofest will encompass all three levels of Pike including the brewery, the Pike Pub and Tankard & Tun.

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Reuben’s Hosts The Third Annual Hop Idol Homebrew Contest

Are you a homebrewer?  Do you think you’ve gotten pretty good at it?  Do you think your beers are good enough to be brewed on a large scale, canned and sold to the craft beer masses here in Seattle?  Then Ruben’s Brews has the contest for you.  Returning for the third straight year, Reuben’s Brews presents: “Hop Idol”.

It’s time to refine your best hoppy recipes and hone your brewing techniques so you can put your best brew(s) forward.  Don’t wait too long to start either, because the cutoff date for entries is February 27, 2019.  It all comes down to you and your brew, because (Best Ryan Seacrest impersonaltion) THIS………. is Hop Idol!

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Splinters Returns From Black Raven Brewing

More often than not in the craft beer World, it seems like hops are the big stars.  Much of this is due to the fact that IPA is still king when it comes to craft beer and, while I still enjoy drinking IPAs through the Fall and Winter, I really start to appreciate the complex malt character of less hop forward beers like Stouts, Porters and Scotch Ales to name a few.  I also enjoy many beers that have been barrel aged in Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch or other barrels and, let’s face it, there aren’t that many barrel aged IPAs out there (though they do exist).

I’m also rather picky about my Scotch Ales.  There are only a few locally made Scotch Ales that I really enjoy, and one of them is Second Sight from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).  Now, Black Raven is preparing to release Second Sight’s more mature brother, Splinters Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale.

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Festivus Returns From Black Raven Brewing

Like it or not, the holiday season is almost upon us.  Right now that means plenty of Fresh Hop Ales and Oktoberfest celebrations, but it also means that other Fall an Winter styles are appearing on craft beer store shelves for you to enjoy.

Regardless of which seasonal holiday(s) you choose to celebrate, you can usually find the right craft beverage to accompany your festivities.  There’s something out there for everyone, right?  Something for you, something for him, something for her, but what about… the rest of us?  Well, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is about ready to release their popular Fall Seasonal: Festivus.

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Counterbalance Brewing Prepares For Their 2nd Annual Fall Release Party

Have you been tracking down any of the wet, wild and wonderful Fresh Hop beers out there?  They just keep on coming this time of year, and that’s just fine by me.  Now, Counterbalance Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is ready to get in on the action.

Coming up next Saturday, March 29th from noon to 9 pm, Counterbalance Brewing is hosting their 2nd annual Fall release party, where they’ll be releasing their 2018 Fresh Hop Ale on draft.  Also making its return on that same day is one of Counterbalance Brewing’s early favorites, and the first beer they ever brewed commercially, Bad Wolf Dark Ale.

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Celebrate Oktoberfest At Queen Anne Beerhall

Harvest season is upon us.  For those of us here in the Northwest, that means lots and lots of Fresh Hop Ales – which makes me quite happy.  However, the abundance of wonderful Fresh Hop beers we get this time of year can sometimes obscure the start of another great annual beer tradition: Oktoberfest.

I’m a serious hop-head, but when Fall arrives, my palate sometimes needs an occasional break from the hops and starts craving something with more of those rich, toasty and bready malt flavors.  I’m referring, of course, to the traditional, German style Märzen/Oktoberfest.

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Field To Ferment Fresh Hop Arrives Today From Fremont Brewing

Don’t be sad that our Seattle Summer is winding down and Fall is set to return.  Instead, rejoice in knowing that the hop harvest is upon us and that means the return of Fresh Hop beers.  Several local breweries make Fresh Hop beers each year but one brewery really goes all out, releasing multiple Fresh Hop beers for us to enjoy each year.  That brewery is Fremont Brewing Company.

Each year, they release multiple versions of their Field To Ferment Fresh Hop Ale, each one featuring a different hop.  The first release in this year’s Field To Ferment series arrives today, 9/7 and features Centennial hops.  Also, set to return soon is their wildly popular Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop, using hops grown exclusively for Fremont on a single farm at the mouth of the Cowiche Canyon Conservation area in Yakima.

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