Of all the breweries in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, I think I’d have to say my favorite is Reuben’s Brews. The quality and consistency of their beers are top notch and I honestly have yet to be disappointed with any of their releases. So when I heard they were getting ready to launch their first barrel-aged sours, I was intrigued and delighted.
Reuben’s has show themselves to be the masters of Rye beers, hazy and West Coast IPAs, Goses and more, so I have high hopes that their new sour Ales will be at the same high level of quality I’ve come to expect from Reuben’s. Over 17 months in the making, the first releases from their barrel-aged sour series will be “Brettania” and “Tropical Funk”.
In the craft beer World, some breweries create more buzz than others. It usually has mostly to do with the quality of their beers. The greater the perceived quality of the offerings from said brewery, the greater the level of buzz and, of course FOMO.
One such brewery that often creates a buzz around their releases is Alesong Brewing & Blending out of Eugene, Oregon. Their creations, which are often Belgian inspired and/or barrel-aged, are quite popular – and quite tasty. I’m a particular fan of their Sour Ales and particularly enjoyed their Peche Sour, which was poured recently during Seattle Beer Week 10 at Brouwer’s Cafe for Sour Fest. Now, Alesong is preparing to release four new beers, in bottles and cans, on May 27th.
Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like the past year has flown by so quickly. Seattle Beer Week #8 almost feels like it was just a few weeks ago. Yet here we are, with Seattle Beer Week #9 kicking off in just two days. Have you had an opportunity to look over the ever-growing list of events on the official Seattle Beer Week website? With so many events to choose from, many of which happen on the same day or even at the same time, you may have to make some difficult choices regarding which events to attend. Here are my top picks for Seattle Beer Week #9.
Things get under way with the Official Seattle Beer Week Kickoff this Thursday, May 4th. There are 5 stops on the Seattle Beer Week (SBW) kickoff tour. Things start off at 4:30 pm at the new Flatstick Pub location in Pioneer Square. The other stops on this year’s kickoff tour include: Beveridge Place Pub (6:30 pm and Cask-O-Rama will be going on), Brouwer’s Cafe (7:45 pm), Naked City Brewery & Taphouse (9:00 pm), with the evening closing out at The Pine Box (10:30 pm).
Ethan Stowell’s Bramling Cross restaurant is betting you’ll still have some energy and a hearty appetite left over after the end of Seattle Beer Week (SBW) on May 14th. That’s because just one day after SBW 2017 wraps up, on Monday, May 15th, they’ll be hosting a beer feast featuring beers from Fremont Brewing Company.
This evening of gastronomic delights, which Bramling Cross has described as a family-style feast, will feature several tasty selections from Chef Travis Post, all expertly paired with six different beers from Fremont Brewing Company.
Seattle Beer Week is just around the corner. It kicks off on Thursday, May 4th and runs through Sunday May 14th. Just two days into the festivities though, on May 6th, Lucky Envelope Brewing is set to celebrate their 2nd Anniversary.
Lucky Envelope has been cranking out craft beers in Ballard since 2015 and now, they’re ready to mark the occasion with a new Anniversary IPA and three bottle releases. Then, one week after their anniversary, they’ll be hosting another event as part of their celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
There’s something special that brettanomyces yeast (or “Brett” for short) does to a beer. Lambics and Gueuze style beers owe their unique flavor profiles to Brett, as do wild yeast Saisons or Farmhouse styles.
When Brett is used in a hoppy Pale Ale or IPA, however, it can impart a decidedly juicy character to the hop flavors. I’ve noticed this in the Pale Ales and IPAs I’ve had that were fermented all or in part by Brett yeast.
If you haven’t tried a Pale or IPA fermented with Brett, then this is your chance. Coming up this Saturday, December 10th, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is releasing the next beer in their Corbeaux Series: Raven de Brett, a dry hopped Pale Ale.
For most craft beer fans, seeking out a particular beer is a simple matter of checking a few of your local craft bottle shops to see if they have any in stock. This works just fine for most beers out there. However, there are those occasional and highly sought after beers where, if you really want to get your hands on a bottle or two, you’ll want to head to the bottle release at the brewery.
Fremont Brewing Company brews several beers that are popular enough to draw a line on the day of their release. The most recent was last month’s release of The Rusty Nail – a delicious, bourbon barrel aged Oatmeal Stout. Now, Fremont is ready to release another beer that could draw a crowd: The Lamb.
The hits just keep coming from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor). Last month they gave us Corvus Frambicus (a delicious raspberry sour that was only available on tap), and Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout, which I picked up a couple of bottles of for my cellar.
Also, just this past Tuesday the 15th, they brought back one of their more unusual releases, which is one of my favorites from Black Raven: Kitty Kat Blues – a Pale Ale brewed with dried blueberries, vanilla beans and organic mountain grown catnip. Yes; catnip. I wasn’t able to make it out to Black Raven for this year’s release of Kitty Kat Blues, so I’m hoping they’ll still have some available tomorrow.
Now, before April is even over, Black Raven is bringing back another award winner: Pour Les Oiseaux 2015 Vintage. A Saison aged in white wine barrels and finished with Brettanomyces, Pour Les Oiseaux won a Gold Medal at the 2011 North American Brewer’s Association Awards (Specialty and experimental catagory).
There are plenty of solid craft breweries out there today that are doing it right and creating some truly delicious craft beers for all of us to enjoy. Of course some are doing it a little better than others, releasing beer after beer that gets people talking and, of course, drinking. One of those breweries is Black Raven Brewing Company in Redmond, WA (CBM Sponsor).
Each year, Black Raven has several releases that get people talking and even lining up, eager to get their hands on a few precious bottles or perhaps a growler fill (for those beers where growler fills are available). Just a few that come to mind include: Bourbon Barrel La Petite Mort, Grandfather Raven Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, Gunpowder Plot Nitro Porter, Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale and Wisdom Seeker, Black Raven’s wildly popular Double IPA, just to name a few.