Are You Ready To Have Your Beak Tweaked By Black Raven Brewing?

 

Just the other day, I was telling you about how the changing seasons bring with them all the different Seasonal craft beers we enjoy as they make their annual returns.  As the weather warms that, of course, means it’s time for most people’s taste buds to leave Stouts, Porters and other malt-heavy beers behind (for the most part) and start seeking out crisper, lighter (in some cases), refreshing, hoppier beers.

For me, the tipping point each year is the annual Underberg Back In Black Stout Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe during Seattle Beer Week. It’s sort of the last hurrah for the year before the Seasonal changeover.  Granted, that changeover came a bit earlier this year, since Seattle Beer Week began a week earlier than in previous years.  That doesn’t mean I never drink Stouts in the Summer, but far less so than in the colder months.

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Hochzeit Pilsner Returns From Black Raven Brewing

 

When the temperatures cool down, our palates often crave something a bit more thick and malty, like a good Stout or Porter.  Likewise when the temperatures start to warm up, as they have been lately, we often crave something a bit lighter and crisper that’s not quite as heavy on the palate.  That’s why, as Summer approaches, we see more releases of lighter ales and Lagers (like yesterday’s release of Lima Loca from Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor)).

Now, after the release of their popular Wisdom Seeker Double IPA in March and in anticipation of their annual Flock Party anniversary celebration, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is pleased to announce this year’s release of their Summer Seasonal, Hochzeit Pilsner.

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Craft Beer Monger’s Top Picks For Seattle Beer Week #9

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).

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Discover The New Growler USA In Redmond

What happens when you take the basic concept of a growler refill station and decide to take it National?  Well, what happens is, you get something like Growler USA.  Founded in 2013 by Dan White (CEO), Dave Shaw (President), and Vern Whittaker (Retired CFO), Growler USA now has 10 locations across the U.S. and are slated to open 50 more throughout 2017-2018.

Each location boasts up to 100 taps of beer (including microbrewed craft beers), hard cider, draft wine & kombucha, plus an extensive food menu. Their tap list varies by location, of course, in order to offer locally-sourced options for their patrons, and their “True to the Brew” system ensures that each brewer’s vision for their product is honored.  Things are kept tightly controlled all the way from keg delivery and storage (using ‘gentle’ keg handling systems to avoid sloshing), to a meticulously maintained tap system and the proper glassware for each pour. Yesterday afternoon I took a trek out to their Redmond location, courtesy $30 in credit from Growler USA, to see what they had to offer first hand.

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Wisdom Seeker Returns This Weekend From Black Raven Brewing

Time for a short history lesson.  Benjamin Franklin (who lived from 1706 – 1790) is often credited with the quote: “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”  Unfortunately, he never said it. For one thing, the word ‘bacteria’ wasn’t first used until the year 1881.  For another, I happen to believe there’s just as much wisdom in beer than there is in wine.

In any case, perhaps that’s where Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) got part of the inspiration for one of their most popular beers: Wisdom Seeker Double IPA, which makes it’s annual return this coming Friday, March 10th.

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Reuben’s Brews Reveals Their 2017 Release Calendar

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These days, lining up for coveted craft beer releases has become a way of life here in Seattle.  Over the past year, I’ve waited in line for the release of at least 7 or 8 different beers – probably more.  The wait in line isn’t only about the beer though.  For many of these releases I could have skipped the line, come in later and still gotten my bottles, but then I would have missed the opportunity to hang out with all my friends who also attend these releases.

Half the battle during bottle releases or when anticipating the return of your favorite on-tap selections, however, is knowing when they’re coming.  Often times we don’t hear about a particular release until just a few days before it happens, meaning we may have to alter our plans or find a friend to pick up a few bottles, cans or growler fills for us if we can’t attend.  That’s why having a release calendar can really help.  To that end, Reuben’s Brews has just revealed their 2017 release calendar.

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Redfeather IPA Arrives This Week From Black Raven Brewing

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I hope you’ve all been having a wonderful Holiday season.  Winter officially arrived yesterday, though it feels like it’s already been here a bit longer.  To keep warm through our chilly Fall, I’ve been enjoying plenty of high octane, barrel aged beers (Lord knows, there have been enough great barrel aged releases around here lately).  I really love all those dark, strong, Winter-time beers but sometimes, even in the colder temperatures out there, my palate (and my liver) could use a break from something so heavy.

That’s where the Session IPA comes in.  Session IPAs are lower in alcohol, but still retain much of the hoppy punch you love from traditional IPAs. They’re crisp and refreshing and one the Northwest’s finest examples of the style, Redfeather Session IPA, returns tomorrow (12/23) from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).

Here is some more information about Redfeather Session IPA from Black Raven Brewing Company:

Release date: Friday, December 23rd

The Redfeather SIPA is brewed in the session IPA style. This beer presents the hop bitterness and flavor of a red IPA but in a more refreshing, lower alcohol version.

Additional crystal malts contribute the red hue and malt backbone to layer the hops onto. Hop varieties include Super Galena, Northern Brewer and Citra.

2016 GABF WINNER
Gold Medal – ESB category

ABV: 4.8%

On draft, growler fills and 22oz bottles available to go.

So, while I’m sure most of you will be digging into your cellars this Christmas to impress friends or family with a few extra special bottle selections (or just enjoying them yourself), be sure to stop by Black Raven to grab a growler or two of Redfeather Session IPA, so you and your guests have something a bit lighter and hoppier to enjoy as well.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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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Frost Beak Winter Lager Arrives This Weekend From Black Raven Brewing Company

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For some reason, I just wasn’t into the whole Pumpkin beer thing this year.  I have enjoyed Pumpkin beers in the past but, for some reason, they just didn’t appeal to me this year.  What I’ve been waiting for instead are the Winter Ales and Lagers.  Lucky for me, they’re beginning to arrive.

One such Winter time beer that I’ve had before and really enjoyed is making its return.  This coming Saturday, October 29th, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is releasing their Frost Beak Winter Lager.

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Teku Tavern Set To Open On October 18th – UPDATED

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We’re blessed here in the Northwest to live in an area where there are so many great breweries.  Having easy access to so many great beers is great for craft beer fans like us, but it’s also part of what allows Seattle to have some of the best tap and bottle shops around.  Some of the most popular and well known ones include The Beer Junction, Bottleworks and Chuck’s Hop Shop.

Now, joining those establishments is Seattle’s newest tap and bottle shop: Teku Tavern.  Named for the Teku style of glassware that has been called the “World’s best beer glass”, Teku Tavern is looking to, as they put it, elevate the beer scene in Seattle.  They’ll have 50 taps, 3 cask stations and 29 refrigerators of beer and cider to go.

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