Hoptimum Triple IPA Returns From Sierra Nevada Brewing

I enjoy all different styles of craft beer: Stouts, Farmhouse Ales and Saisons, Belgian Ales, Sour Ales, Pilsners, Lagers, Barleywines, and more, but I can’t deny that I drink more IPAs than any other style. I’m a serious hophead and I own it proudly.

Over the years, I’ve also discovered that I tend to enjoy stronger (higher ABV) IPAs the most – and it’s not because I’m trying to get drunk faster. The alcohol percentage in any beer can have a definite impact on its mouthfeel and body, changing the flavor from a similar beer that may have a lower ABV. That’s why the vast majority of my favorite IPAs are double IPA and triple IPAs, and that’s why I’m excited to announce that Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is bringing back their delicious, super hoppy triple IPA: Hoptimum.

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Claude Batch 2 Has Arrived From Fair Isle Brewing

Since they first opened their doors back in January of 2020, Fair Isle Brewing quickly gained a well earned reputation for making some of the very best Saisons and Farmhouse Ales in Seattle. On my very first visit last January, I was extremely impressed with the quality of every single beer I tried. Unlike some other new breweries, there was no learning curve here. Fair Isle opened their doors knowing what they were doing.

If you’re a fan of Saisons/Farmhouse Ales and you still haven’t tried any beers from Fair Isle, you’re truly missing out. As the weather warms up out there, it’s the perfect time for them to re-release a summer favorite: Claude.

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Fort George Stout Month 2021

 

I enjoy pretty much all styles of craft beer – everything from a light crisp Pilsner, to wonderful complex Saisons and Wild Ales, Old World Ales and more. I know I tend to drink a lot of IPAs (who doesn’t?), but I think my true favorites are really barrel-aged Stouts, Porters and Barleywines. There’s just something about their rich flavors and complex character that really appeals to me.

With that in mind, it’s time to get ready for Stout Month at Fort George Brewery in Astoria, Oregon. That means a whole lot of big, bold, barrel-aged goodness, which makes me very happy. Sadly, there will be no Festival of the Dark Arts this year, thanks to COVID, but Fort George has put together a great lineup of beers that will be available for shipping within Oregon and Washington.

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Let Tavour Help You Discover New Beers While We’re Locked Down

What a year it’s been. We’ve had to deal with political madness, various ongoing marches and protests across the nation, mask mandates and lockdowns that have hurt and even destroyed so many businesses and forced so many onto unemployment, sports teams playing without any fans in the stands, and more. Thank God for beer, right? It provides at least a bit of joy in these dark and uncertain times.

As I’m sure most of you know, during this latest lockdown, I encourage all of my readers to do their part in supporting our local craft breweries, craft bottle shops and craft beer bars (at least those who are able to still serve right now because they have outdoor seating). They need our help to survive and we want them to still be around when things finally get back to normal – or whatever the new normal will be. Just be sure to always wear your mask and practice proper social distancing when picking up your beverages from your favorite places.

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Firestone Walker XXIV Anniversary Ale Is On The Way

Each year, many craft beer fans eagerly await the arrival of Firestone Walker Brewing Company‘s anniversary ale. Always created from a complex blend of other Firestone Walker Ales, it’s different every year and always delicious.

This year’s blend is complete, and Firestone Walker XXIV Anniversary Ale should be arriving in the Seattle market within the next week or so.

Here are the details from Firestone Walker Brewing Company:

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Gemma And Helsar Are Available Now From Fair Isle Brewing

Fair Isle Brewing in Ballard has two new beers available now:

Gemma
a saison with foraged elderflower and rose hips

4.9% ABV
750mL | 375mL | Draft
BATCH: TWO
PACKAGED: JUNE 2020

Herbaceous and botanical, Gemma is a precious saison infused with rose hips and dried elderflowers foraged from the Cascades by Andrew’s long-time friend and ethnobotanist, Alex.

Batch two has a more pronounced floral and elderflower aroma followed by tart undertones from the rose hips.

 

 

Helsar
a saison infused with cascara from Costa Rica

4.8% ABV
375mL | 750mL | draft
BATCH: ONE
PACKAGED: AUGUST 2020

Cascara in Spanish means “husk” or “shell,” and is used to describe the skin of the coffee fruit that has been removed during depulping.

Named after the micromill where the cascara is sourced, Helsar is a tart saison with notes of cherry fruit leather, tangy apple cider, fresh tomatillos and followed by a lingering orange zest.

 

Order them both at Fair Isle’s online shop, then head down to the brewery for pickup (online preorder not required).

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

Cascade Brewing Releases Mango Road

There are several breweries in the Seattle/Tacoma area that make some truly excellent Sour Ales. Breweries like Holy Mountain, Urban Family, Mirage and Engine House No. 9 immediately come to mind, among others. I visit them all fairly regularly to satiate my thirst for delicious sours.

Before we had such great sour options around the Sound, however, the best Sour Ales Seattlites could hope to find came out of Portland – specifically Cascade Brewing. Their Sours are legendary around the Northwest and, while we have many great local options now, Cascade is still putting out World class Sour Ales that still catch my interest. They’re a must visit every time I’m in Portland. Now Cascade is preparing to release their latest offering: Mango Road.

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Medianoche Is Coming To Tavour From WeldWerks Brewing

The COVID-19 crisis has made things difficult for many businesses, forcing them to look for new ways to do business and get their products to consumers. Most craft breweries have been quick to adapt and one company that’s really been benefiting as a result is Tavour. Breweries are looking to them as another way to increase their distribution and get their beers into the hands of more consumers.

Just last week I was telling you how Mikkeller had started making their beers available through Tavour. Now, WeldWerks Brewing out of Colorado is getting in on the act. They’ll be making their popular Medianoche Imperial Stout available through Tavour starting next week.

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Mikkeller Beers To Be Available Through Tavour

I published an article introducing Tavour way back in 2015. They started somewhat small and most of the beers I could get through them back then I could also find at my local bottle shops. Since then, however, they’ve really grown. I started using Tavour again myself over the past few months, and I’ve really been impressed with the selection. I see lots of beers from them these days that I would never be able to find in any local shops.

As we’ve all been dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, many breweries have looked to Tavour to help increase sales. In fact, Seattle’s own Holy Mountain Brewing put some of their beers on Tavour last month which, to my knowledge, is the first time Holy Mountain beers have been available through Tavour. Now, the popular and well known brewery Mikkeller will start selling their beers through Tavour.

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The 18th Annual Hard Liver Fest & Other Upcoming Events At Brouwer’s Cafe

Seattle certainly has its share of craft beer events and festivals. I’ve been to more than my fair share and I’m betting many of you have as well. Some of my favorite annual events take place at one of my favorite craft beer bars in the city: Brouwer’s Cafe. I first discovered Brouwer’s way back in 2005, the year they opened, and immediately fell in love. They have great, Belgian inspired food and always have a great tap selection – especially during events/festivals.

Brouwer’s has several great events coming up over the next month. It all kicks off with the 18th annual Hard Liver festival coming up this Saturday, February 29th and culminates with their 15th anniversary celebration on March 28th. Now I know what you’re thinking. How can this be the 18th Hard Liver fest but only Brouwer’s 15th anniversary? Not to worry. This is a logical explanation for this discrepancy. The first few years of the Hard Liver fest were held at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center, before Brouwer’s Cafe opened.

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