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.
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.
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?
In today’s America, it seems virtually impossible to escape the topic of politics. Everything seems so politically charged these days, especially with the circus going on in Washington D.C. So why fight it? Instead how about naming a beer after it?
This past Friday, Counterbalance Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) released Executive (Dis)order Belgian Golden Strong Ale. This beer does a lot more than just poke fun at politics though, a portion of the proceeds from all taproom sales of Executive (Dis)order will be donated to Legal Voice and their Beer Trumps Hate campaign. They’ve even setup a few events where you can buy a pint to help out – details below.
Since you’re here, I’m assuming you enjoy craft beer. How about hiking? Do you enjoy hiking as well? Great. Do you also enjoy doing what you can to help protect our Northwest forests, waters and wildlife? If the answer is still yes, then strap on your hiking shoes and get registered with Washington Wild for one (or more) of three hikes coming up later this month, in July and in August.
Each hike will follow a different trail where local craft breweries haven taken inspiration from the native plants along the trail for their next beers. Then, this October, there’ll be a special tapping event at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse to enjoy the fruits of those trail-inspired brewing labors.
The current political climate in this country has many people divided. With such diametrically opposed views on so many different topics, it’s enough to make your head spin. However, don’t let yourself get drawn into the ‘Us vs Them’ mentality where you start to categorize and label everyone. That only leads to blind hatred because, as you categorize everyone, you could then easily let yourself start to hate anyone who falls into certain categories.
Don’t let it happen. Don’t fall into the trap of hate. We’re stronger than that and y’know what? Beer is stronger than that. Rooftop Brewing Company understand this which is part of why, last year, they launched their Beer Trumps Hate campaign. Now, for 2018 they’ve released the latest beer to support their Beer Trumps Hate campaign: Imperial Peach Mint IPA. Brewed with peach puree and fresh mint, Imperial Peach Mint IPA has tropical fruit flavors and an effervescent character from the mint. It’s available now at Rooftop Brewing and several restaurants/bars around town and several events are scheduled to help raise awareness. This release in the Beer Trumps Hate campaign will support Washington Wild.
What could be better than enjoying some delicious craft beers and tasty food from some of Seattle’s favorite breweries, food trucks and restaurants on a crisp, Fall evening in October? I know, enjoying those tasty beers and delicious food all while helping raise money to help sick children’s dreams come true.
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington is in the business of making children smile. They do whatever they can to grant as many wishes as possible to local children with life-threatening medical conditions and now, they’ve teamed up with several local businesses to bring you an event filled with beer, cider and food samplings from some of Seattle’s favorite breweries, food trucks and restaurants.