Bale Breaker announces the Harvest Collaboration Series

Collaborations are all the rage these days.  I recently told you about the Samuel Adams Brewing The American Dream Collaboration Pack and this year’s 3-Way IPA from Fort George Brewing (plus Great Notion Brewing and Reuben’s Brews) has been flying off shelves so fast that it’s been a bit difficult to find this year.

Now, Bale Breaker Brewing Company is ready to get in on the action.  They’ve partnered with Georgetown Brewing, Founders Brewing, Cloudburst Brewing and Pinthouse Pizza & Brewpub to create the Harvest Series Collaboration Series.  The beers have staggered release date from August through October.

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Chainline Brewing & Georgetown Brewing Prepare To Release Their Bunk Beds Collaboration

The majority of the craft beer styles we all love to enjoy are Ales.  Pales, IPAs, Stouts, Porters, Browns, Barleywines, Kolschs, Saisons, Lambics and more are all types of Ales.  When most people think of Lagers, they tend to, unfortunately, think of beers like Budweiser, Miller, Corona and the like.  While these brands are lagers (mass-produced, low-quality adjunct Lagers), don’t forget that most classic German beers are also Lagers. They include such classic styles as: Pilsner, Märzen/Oktoberfest, Bock/Doppelbock, Maibock, Helles Lager, Rauchbier and more.

There are also more American style Lagers such as Malt Liquor, Steam Beer (such as Anchor Steam*), Imperial Pilsner as well as Pale Lager and India Pale Lager, which are primarily intended to be lighter bodied versions of their Ale counterparts.  Creating a Pale Lager or India Pale Lager is quite similar to creating a Pale Ale or India Pale Ale, the main difference being the type of yeast used and, of course, the fermentation temperature.  Ales like things a bit warmer (mid to high 60’s), while Lagers like things a bit cooler (mid to high 30’s).

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The South Seattle Brewery Coalition Wants You To “Be Disloyal”

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Since I live in the South end, I’ve been a bit of an advocate for Seattle’s many South end breweries.  Back in 2015 I even published an article encouraging craft beer lovers to check out all of the breweries in SoDo, Georgetown, South Park and Columbia City. As I pointed out in that article, the South end rivals Ballard for the sheer number of breweries you can visit, albeit spread out a bit more than the concentration in Ballard.

In order to continue encouraging craft beer fans to visit Seattle’s South end breweries, they have come together to form the South Seattle Brewery Coalition (SSBC), which encourages you to “be disloyal” and drink someone else’s beer.  According to the SSBC: “We love challenging one another to make better beer, to provide more excellent service, and to better educate the wonderful people who have chosen to support our businesses.”

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Pilates & Pints Comes To Lucky Envelope And Counterbalance

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I’m not generally big on making new year’s resolutions.  I know a few people who sometimes do though, and those resolutions often revolve around some type of fitness goal like losing a few pounds, starting a new exercise routine, eating better, that kind of thing.  I even know a few people who decided to make January a dry month this year, where they would not drink for the whole month.

I wouldn’t necessarily call it a resolution but, this year, I’ve decided that I’ll be doing a dry February (well – January 26th to February 25th).  That means 30 days of no drinking.  At the same time, I’m trying to motivate myself to work out a bit more often than I do now and see if I can drop a few pounds.

Of course, you don’t have to eliminate alcohol from your diet to attain your fitness goals.  In fact, some studies have even shown that beer can be quite effective as a post-workout recovery beverage.  Perhaps that’s part of what motivated Happy Hour Fitness NW to start their Pilates & Pints program.  It sounds like a great way to combine your drive for working out with your craft beer-related social life in a comfortable and familiar setting.

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Poker N’ Pints Returns To South Seattle Next Month

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How would you like to visit five of Seattle’s South end breweries, have some poker-themed fun and help out Washington Wild and Brewshed Alliance at the same time?  Sound too good to be true?  Well Washington Wild is making it a reality as Poker N’ Pints returns to South Seattle on February 18th.

Participating breweries this year include: Counterbalance Brewing Company, Flying Lion Brewing, Lowercase Brewing, Machine House Brewery, and Tin Dog Brewing. Stop by each brewery to build your hand then, at your last stop, play your hand against the house to win a swag bag.

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Lowercase Brewing Prepares For Their 3rd Anniversary – UPDATED

 

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Lowercase Brewing Company first opened their doors back in early 2014 in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, sharing a building with another South Park newcomer, Burdick Brewing Company.  If you’ve been following their stories, however, then you know that both breweries had to close their taprooms last year due to prohibitively expensive building upgrades the city demanded to keep the taprooms open in that location.

Burdick simply closed their taproom and decided to go the production brewery route.  Lowercase Brewing, however, wanted to keep their taproom up and running so they started looking for a new location, which they found on Airport Way in Georgetown.  After a few delays with permits and such, Lowercase was finally able to open their new taproom last November.  The brewery itself stayed at their original location in South Park, allowing them to install an even lager brewing system and increase their capacity.  Incidentally, I have also heard rumblings that Burdick Brewing might be looking for a new taproom location as well.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Lowercase Brewing’s Georgetown Taproom Opens Next Week

 

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Last September, Lowercase Brewing Company was one of many breweries I mentioned in a Craft Beer Monger feature article about Great Reasons To Check Out Seattle’s South End Breweries.  They’ve been operating out of a space in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood since January 2014, but in early 2016 Lowercase found out they would have to close their taproom in South Park, so they started looking for a new location, and they found one in Georgetown.

Since then, they’ve been working hard to get the new Georgetown taproom ready for business.  Some initial permitting delays pushed back their original opening date but now they’re ready for their big reveal.  Lowercase Brewing is pleased to announced that the grand opening for their new taproom, on Airport Way in Georgetown, will be next Friday, November 11th starting at 4 pm.

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The Eleventh Annual IPA Cask-O-Rama Starts This Thursday

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One month ago, on September 29th, Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle (one of Seattle’s best local craft beer bars) kicked off their annual ‘Hoptoberfest’.  More than just a celebration of Washington-brewed IPAs, this month-long festival is their way of selecting their House IPA for the next year.

If you’re a regular at Beveridge Place Pub, then you know how this works.  For the uninitiated, Beveridge Place whittles down over 48 Washington IPAs to just 3 finalists based on your votes. Today and tomorrow is your last chance to vote on those 3 finalists, which must be done by blind ballot.  Order a taster try with all 3, and vote for your favorite without knowing which is which.  This year’s 3 finalists are: Reuben’s Brews‘ Crikey IPA, Georgetown Brewing‘s Bodhizafa IPA and Counterbalance Brewing IPA.  Visit Beveridge Place Pub today or tomorrow to have your blind tray and cast your vote.  I’ve already voted once, but I’ll probably go back and cast one more vote before the end of tomorrow.

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Ales For Animals And A New Beer From Counterbalance Brewing

 

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There are lots of animal lovers in the Seattle area, including myself.  Most local breweries and craft beer bars (at least those that don’t serve food) are even dog friendly and encourage us to bring our furry friends along for a visit.

Counterbalance Brewing Company loves animals too, so they’ve organized an event this coming Saturday to benefit Vet Techs Without Borders, dedicated to improving animal welfare worldwide by connecting volunteer veterinary support staff to the organizations that need their help.  Also, coinciding with this event, Counterbalance will be releasing a new beer, a Belgian Golden Strong Ale.

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Lowercase Brewery Expansion And New Taproom Update

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It’s been a few months since Lower Case Brewing Company announced the closing of their taproom in South Park.  The last hurrah was on April 30th, and that was followed by a ‘kill the keg’ party on May 1st.  At that time, Lowercase was optimistic that they’d be able to open their new taproom location in Georgetown by early Summer.

The bad news is that, primary due to unfortunate delays with required construction permits, an early Summer launch isn’t going to happen.  The good news, however, is that they now finally have all the permits they need to proceed with construction, so their new target is to have the new taproom open before the end of this Summer.

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