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.
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.
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.
There are several great restaurants in Seattle. Since my primary focus here at CraftBeerMonger.com is on craft beer though (and to a lesser degree craft cider and other craft alcoholic beverages), I haven’t visited as many of Seattle’s fine dining establishments as I’d like. Also, due to my somewhat unusual work schedule, I don’t get to downtown Seattle for a good meal very often.
That’s why I was pleased to receive an invitation recently from Urbane to experience, on them, their Fresh Hop dinner, featuring Fresh Hop beers from Georgetown Brewing Company. Urbane is a farm-to-table restaurant who prides themselves on sustainability and using locally-sourced ingredients. In fact, the vast majority of Urbane’s ingredients come from within a 200-mile radius of the restaurant located at 8th Ave and Olive Way in the Hyatt at Olive 8 building downtown.
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.
Seattle’s iconic Pike Brewing Company has been going through a few changes over the past year or so. They’ve expanded their brewery operations, opened the new Tankard & Tun upstairs from The Pike, and now they’re ready to open a new brewery beer garden for the Summer. Situated right in the brewery itself, Pike’s new brewery beer garden will be right near the brewery doors that open onto Post Alley below Pike Place Market. In
In other Pike Brewing News, the Flight of Dreams Opening in Nagoya Japan, featuring Pike Brewing, has been pushed back to September and Pike has also been named ‘Most Iconic Brand’ in Seattle Magazine’s 2018 beer awards. They also have two new beers about to release: Citrus Summer Ale and Hopsie.
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?
At first you wouldn’t think a brewery and a barbershop would have much in common and, for the most part, you’d be right. However Rudy’s Barbershop and Reuben’s Brews, both founded in Seattle, have similar sensibilities when it comes to community and making their customers feel comfortable and at ease in their establishments.
That’s why Rudy’s has partnered with Reuben’s Brews to create a beer that celebrates their 25th anniversary. Set for release this coming Saturday, June 9th, Reuben’s well release Good Hair Day Pale Ale. A portion of the proceeds from Good Hair Day will be donated to Equal Rights Washington to help support LGBTQ rights.
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.
They’ve been doing it for years. They keep changing partners too. Each year you wonder what could possibly make it so… hard… to find. They give you quick flashes of it at preview events, building up your anticipation, but hold back that final version until they’re ready for full release.
I’m referring of course to Fort George Brewery‘s annual release of 3-Way IPA. Each year this extremely popular collaboration brew is sought after by IPA fans everywhere, and it can go fast, making it somewhat difficult to find at times. For this year’s version of 3-Way, Fort George Brewery out of Astoria, Oregon has teamed up with Holy Mountain Brewing Company out of Seattle and Modern Times Beer out of San Diego. All three breweries are well known for making some excellent IPAs, so this sounds to me like the perfect recipe for a collaborative IPA made in hophead Heaven.