Festivals are a big part of the craft beer World, and a great way to discover new beers and new breweries. New festivals seem to pop up nearly every year and some, including myself, might say we’re starting to get too many. I have a lot of respect, however, for the festivals that helped start the craft beer festival craze and the Oregon Brewer’s Festival, which has been running for more than 30 years now, is definitely one of them.
We have great craft beer here in Washington State for sure, but we also recognize that there is a plethora of craft beer awesomeness coming out of our neighbor to the South. Showcasing all that embodies craft beer (and cider), this year’s Oregon Brewer’s Festival is set for July 24th thru the 27th.
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.
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.
Sierra Nevada received an amazing response to their call. Over 1400 breweries nationwide brewed Resilience IPA and now, this coming Thursday, December 20th, all of those participating breweries will be hosting a Nationwide ‘Resilience Night’ for Camp Fire relief.
The fires this year in California have been devastating – particularly the one known as the Camp Fire. Entire communities have disappeared and thousands have been displaced. It is also the deadliest wildfire in California state history, with the death toll reaching at least 81 people – and that number is expected to rise as the number of missing/unaccounted for people is still over 870 people.
Fortunately, I don’t know anyone directly affected by the fire(s) (though I do have relatives in Chico – where it got pretty close!), but I know a few people who have family and/or friends who have lost their homes. It’s a heartbreaking situation, but Sierra Nevada Brewing Company wants to help.
I know it’s only Fall. Winter doesn’t officially arrive until late December, but craft beer has always been a bit ahead of the curve (Pumpkin beers showing up in early August, anyone?) Being a big fan of Winter beers though, I certainly don’t mind when they start arriving a bit early.
Apparently, nether do many of the breweries in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Because, coming up this coming Saturday, November 3rd is the Ballard Brewed Winter Beer Festival to Benefit Bellwether Housing. Drink Winter beers from eleven different Ballard breweries and do your part to help Bellwether Housing – creating affordable housing in Seattle.
Don’t you just hate it when Halloween falls on a Wednesday? I mean, do you celebrate the weekend before or the weekend after? Some might say both. Some might say celebrate on the day anyway, even if it’s a Wednesday. Personally, I like the idea of celebrating the weekend before and the weekend after.
If you’re planning on celebrating Halloween this year on the weekend before the 31st, then Hellbent Brewing Company has an event you might want to check out. On Saturday, October 27th, they’ll be hosting a Beer N Bones Backlight Bash with a portion of the proceeds from sales of their Funky Red Patina going to benefit Solarize Puerto Rico. They’ll also be releasing their 2018 Warm Fuzzies Winter Ale.
You’re here, so I assume you enjoy locally made craft beer. I’m also going to assume you’re a decent person because the vast majority of craft beer drinkers I know are decent people. So you probably are as well, right? Since you’re a decent person, then I know you also care about our Veterans.
I may not support the current administration in the White House, but I’ve always supported and respected our men and women in uniform. Veterans made sacrifices for our freedoms – some making the ultimate sacrifice. Many are still suffering in isolation, often leading to suicide. It’s the mission of Growing Veterans to end the loneliness and isolation that can lead to Veteran suicides and Aslan Brewing Company wanted to help. That’s why they’ve teamed up with Growing Veterans to create Charlie Foxtrot IPA, brewed with hops grown and hand-picked by Growing Veterans’ veteran members from their Growing Veterans Organic Hops program. It will be released next Saturday the 29th, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Growing Veterans.
I love the craft beer community – especially here in the Northwest. It goes well beyond just beer. Sure, different breweries are in competition with each other to make the best beers and to sell the most beers, but I’ve always felt that, for the most part, there’s a real feeling of kinship between many local brewers and breweries. They don’t just provide a faceless product. They become part of the greater community and, as such, care about that community.
That’s why you’re constantly seeing local craft breweries hosting events that are geared towards helping out local charities and non profits. They want to give something back to the community that’s given to them. Also, let’s face it, as a craft beer consumer it feels good to know you’re helping out by really doing nothing more than enjoying the craft beers you love. What could be better?
As I’m sure you’re already aware, June is Pride Month and there are plenty of events all around Seattle to celebrate and stand up for the LGBTQ community. Considering the current political climate in our nation, I think that recognizing and celebrating Pride Month is more important that ever.
Pike Brewing Company feels the same way and recently released Pike Pride Ale in celebration of Seattle’s LGBTQ community. It’s available on tap now at Pike Brewing and Tankard & Tun and will be featured at several locations during Pride Week (June 18-24).
Other news from Pike includes their new Late-Night Hoppy Hour (with food specials from 9 pm to close (menu below)), a new seasonal menu at Tankard & Tun, and the exciting news that Pike has shipped over 600 unique pieces of beer art to Japan’s International Airport in Nagoya in preparation for the opening of a Pike Brewing restaurant and craft beer bar in Nagoya Airport.