Beak & Claw Arrives Today From Black Raven Brewing

It’s bright outside. Summer is almost here and you need a little shade. Heading out for a beer but forgot your sunglasses? Then you’ll need something dark to hold up and block those rays – but you probably still want something hoppy. After all, for most of us, Stout season is just about over.

A nice, hoppy, Black IPA would do the trick, right? Well, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) has you covered. Later today (6/1) they’re prepared to release a new Black IPA, and they had a little help with this one from a local homebrewer.  Say hello to Beak & Claw Black IPA.

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Cheese Wars Returns To Hellbent Brewing For Seattle Beer Week 10

 

Cheese is addictive. That’s not just an opinion.  There have even been studies done that show that cheese may even be as addictive as heroin. Well, despite that conclusion, I’m not ashamed to say that I’m hooked.  I’m a cheese addict, and I know many others who are as well.

Hellbent Brewing Company has picked up on this. Last year during Seattle Beer Week #9, they hosted an event called Roquefort One: A Cheese Wars Story, where they pitted two local food trucks against each other in an ultimate cheesy, beer-fueled competition to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Roquefort One was such a success, that Hellbent is bringing the event back next month for Seattle Beer Week 10.  This year it’s The Peach & the Pig vs. Wicked Good Grinders in Cheese Wars: The Last Cheddai.  The Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion will also be back this year in full costume to make this an event to remember.  Don’t worry though, no Bothans died to bring you this information.

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Homebrew Con Comes To Portland This June

Do you homebrew?  I started homebrewing way back in the late 80’s and I have more than 25 years of homebrewing experience.  Sadly though, when I moved a few years back I didn’t have a good place to brew so I actually wound up selling my 10 gallon, all-grain brewing system rather than let it sit, gathering rust and dust (I’d rather see a brewer put it to good use).  I have every intention of getting back into brewing again – and on an even larger system – but I’ll have to wait a few more years before I can make that happen.

I still have a great interest in homebrewing, even though I’ve allowed me membership to the American Homebrewer’s Association lapse until I have a new system, and I’m often impressed by some of the stellar beers being produced by homebrewers today. Equipment has improved, techniques are evolving all the time and homebrewing is as popular as it ever was, if not more so.  This year marks the 40th year for the National Homebrew Conference (Homebrew Con), and thousands of homebrewers from across the nation will come together in Portland this June 28 – 30 to talk homebrewing, attend workshops, learn new techniques and more.

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The Third Annual Ballard Beer Awards Return Next Week

Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has a high concentration of craft breweries , many within just a few block of each other.  That makes it ideal for checking out several craft breweries in a short time.  Have you explored all of the breweries in Ballard?  Do you have any favorites?  Would you like to help them win an award?

For the third year, four Ballard breweries are coming together for a friendly little competition known as the Ballard Beer Awards, and you get to help determine the winners.  In order to cast your votes, you’ll have to visit Ray’s Cafe rather than the breweries themselves.  The competition kicks off on April 16th and runs through May 11th.  The four breweries involved in this year’s competition are: Stoup Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Lucky Envelope Brewing and Maritime Pacific Brewing.

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Reuben’s Brews Announces Winner Of Hop Idol Homebrew Contest

I first told you about Reuben’s Brews’ Hop Idol homebrew competition back in late 2016, and the first winner was announced in early 2017. Well, the Hop Idol competition returned again this year and Reuben’s is ready to announce this year’s winner.

Like last year, this year’s Hop Idol winner will get to help brew their winning recipe on Reuben’s system and will see their winning beer distributed throughout the Northwest. It will also be entered into the Washington Beer Awards Pro-Am competition as well as the Great American Beer Festival.

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Counterbalance Brewing And Sound Homebrew Team Up For A Pro-Am Homebrew Competition

Homebrewing is a big part of the craft beer World.  In fact, many of today’s professional brewers started out as homebrewers themselves before launching their professional breweries.  Many homebrewers enjoy entering their creations into local and national homebrew competitions.  Winning an award for your homebrew is always a great feeling.  I’ve won a few myself in my homebrewing days (though I’m between systems right now).

What if winning meant more than just a ribbon or certificate?  What if winning meant that your beer could be scaled up, brewed on a professional brewing system and made available for commercial sale?  Well that’s exactly what Counterbalance Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and Sound Homebrew Supply are doing with their Really Big Georgetown Pro-Am Homebrew Competition.

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La Mort Rouge Returns From Black Raven Brewing

I recently attended the 9th annual Belgian Fest at Seattle Center.  I’m a big fan of well-made Belgian style beers and Belgian Fest offers some of the very best Belgian beers made by breweries in Washington State.  This year’s event featured well over 40+ Washington breweries, each pouring their very best Belgian Ales.

With so many breweries pouring so many different Belgian Ales, you’d think there would be no reason to go back for a 2nd sample of anything, in the interests of trying as many different beers as possible.  You’d be right to think this way but that’s now how things always work out.  The goal of trying every single beer offered at a festival is noble but usually unrealistic.  Believe me.  I’ve tried.  These days, if I find a beer at a festival that I truly enjoy, I’ll definitely go back for more.

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Belltown Brewing Announces Three New Beers

Belltown Brewing Company has been pretty busy since opening their doors.  Having received their on-site brewery license just this past October, Head Brewer, Adam Frantz, got busy right away creating new beers including: Bellfounder Pumpkin Porter, Belltown Coffee Brown, Bell St Whete Raspberry and their Harvest Lager. Their popular Speakeasy IPA has also been incredibly successful on tap at the Showbox Market and SODO, and Adam has been honored with the 2018 Glen Hay Falconer Foundation Scholarship. More on that below.

Next, Belltown announced an ambitious plan in conjunction with Schooner Exact Brewing Company to create a new, limited-series collaboration brewery named SODO Brewing, whose early offerings will include two IPAs, a Lager, and a Stout.  Even with all of that going on, Adam has still found the time to create three new beers: Renegade IPA, Chain Bite Black IPA and Mocha Stout.

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Are You Ready To Take Your LongShot With Samuel Adams?

The vast majority of brewers out there creating some of your favorite libations at countless craft breweries across the nation were, at one time, homebrewers.  They started out small-scale, found their passion and decided to take it to the next level.  Have you been homebrewing for a while?  Do you get lots of compliments on your beers and feel like you might want to make a career out of brewing?  Then you might want to seriously consider entering the Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest.

The winner will gain invaluable experience in a one-week ‘Brewership’ at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery.  Also, the winner and two runners up will attend the next Great American Beer Festival and will get a valuable scholarship for an online course at The Siebel Institute of Technology.  This is an amazing opportunity for the right person to really take their passion for brewing and take a shot at making it their life’s work.  

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La Mort Bourbon Returns From Black Raven Brewing

Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) makes lots of excellent beers.  Their popular Kitty Kat Blues was recently added to their year-round lineup and what is probably their most overall popular beer, Wisdom Seeker, just made it’s annual return as well.  Now, Black Raven is preparing to bring back one of my absolute favorites.  Arriving this Friday, March 24th is their popular and award-winning La Mort Bourbon.

Part of Black Raven’s Corbeaux Series and crafted by aging their equally popular La Petite Mort in Kentucky bourbon barrels, La Mort Bourbon is a complex beer that satisfies fans of Belgian Ales and bourbon-barrel aged beers alike.  I’m a big fan of both, which helps explain why this is one of my favorite offerings from Black Raven.

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