Join Counterbalance Brewing For A Fall Equinox Celebration

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People are sometimes confused by the location of Counterbalance Brewing Company.  Based on the name most locals assume, understandably, that they would be in or near the Queen Anne neighborhood.  They are not.  Counterbalance is, in the West end of Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.  They went with the Counterbalance name because that’s where founders Frank Lawrence and Jeff Howell grew up.

Now that you know where they are, why not come for a visit this weekend and help them welcome the return of Fall?  Coming up this Sunday the 24th, Counterbalance Brewing will host a release party for their Oktoberfestbier and Fresh Hop Ale.  Come join them for these two new releases while watching the Seattle Seahawks beat the Tennessee Titans.

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Four Breweries Team Up To Host Ballard Oktoberfest

Is it really getting to be that time already?  Summer, especially in Seattle, always seems so darn short.  A couple of weeks ago I was already seeing pumpkin beers appearing on craft beer store shelves and now, here come the Oktoberfest announcements.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love Fall and the Seasonal craft styles that come along with it, but it’s a bittersweet reminder that the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and Summer is starting to fade.

Of course, as I just mentioned, Fall’s arrival also means Oktoberfest biers and Oktoberfest celebrations.  The Märzen/Oktoberfest style is probably my favorite style of Lager.  Sure, a well made Pilsner is great on a hot Summer day, but I love the more toasty malt flavors of a good Märzen.  If you’re also a fan of a good Märzen and other German/European styles (Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen, Kölsch, Vienna Lager, Roggenbier, etc.) then you’ll want to mark your calendar for September 16th and this year’s Ballard Oktoberfest.

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Sierra Nevada Partners With Brauhaus Miltenberger To Create The Ultimate Oktoberfest Beer

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I wonder how many young craft beer drinkers today realize that they owe the wonderful proliferation of craft beer in the U.S., in small part, to President Jimmy Carter and his brother Billy.  On October 14th, 1978, spurred on by his brother Billy who was a homebrewer, Jimmy Carter signed a bill into law which allowed homebrewing of beer in the United States. Prior to this ruling, Sierra Nevada founders, Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi, had already been homebrewing in California’s Butte County.  When it became legal, however, they decided it was time to go pro and in 1979 Sierra Nevada Brewing Company as born in Chico.

Their first beer was the popular and iconic, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, followed soon after by Celebration IPA (now discontinued). Today, Sierra Nevada still brews many excellent and well known beers including: Torpedo Extra IPA, Otra Vez Gose, Hoptimum Triple IPA and, of course, their classic Bigfoot Barleywine plus, of course, their annual Beer Camp series of collaboration beers.  Now Sierra Nevada is ready to release their latest Seasonal creation.  This year, they have teamed up with Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger to create the ultimate Oktoberfest beer.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Turns 20

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There are far too many great breweries out there for me to pick a single favorite.  There are a handful, however, that I would consider my top ranked breweries.  High up on that list is Firestone Walker Brewing Company.  They are masters of barrel fermentation, barrel aging and blending, and I have never had a single beer from them that wasn’t outstanding.

Now, as they prepare to turn 20, they have a whole list of special events planned.  Unfortunately for us here in Washington, most of these events take place down in California so, unless you have the mean to head South for a visit, we’ll have to celebrate vicariously with some delicious Firestone Walker beers.

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Flocktoberfest 2016 Happens This Saturday at Black Raven Brewing

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Everyone loves a good party, and Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) certainly puts on quite a celebration each year for their annual ‘Flock Party’.  They provide great beers, food trucks, live bands, etc.  I’ve been to their Flock Party many times, and it’s always a great time.

It seems that this year, however, just one Flock Party isn’t enough for Black Raven.  So, this Saturday, September 10th get ready for Black Raven’s Flocktoberfest.  As with their annual Flock Party, there’ll be great beers, including the release of their Flocktoberfest Lager, great food, games and more.

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Oaktoberfest Returns From Firestone Walker

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It may still be Summer, but Fall beers are already starting to arrive.  In case you hadn’t noticed, Pumpkin beers are making their way back onto store shelves, and I’ve seen one or two Oktoberfest releases out there as well.

Last year, other than for a few select accounts, Firestone Walker Brewing Company didn’t release their Fall Seasonal, Oaktoberfest.  Now it’s back though, and this time it’s coming in 16 oz cans – only the second time Firestone has packaged this beer.  So dust off your lederhosen or pull your dirndl out of the closet, because Oktoberfest is right around the corner.   Continue reading

Get Your Tickets Now For The 2015 Winter Beer Festival

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Fall my be just getting started, but Winter is right around the corner.  That means Winter beers; rich, dark, bold Winter beers – many with an ABV that will help warm you up a bit.  The Washington Brewer’s Guild is pleased to present the 2015 Winter Beer Festival, happening December 4th and 5th at Magnuson Park.

Since the festival is not until December, the tap and food lineups have not yet been announced, but at least 50 breweries will be participating and food will be available from several local area food trucks.

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Great Reasons To Check Out Seattle’s South End Breweries

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Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood gets a lot of attention for the number of breweries in such a small area, and rightly so.  Ballard has, to many, become known as Seattle’s ‘Brewery District’.  The South End however, if you include SoDo, Georgetown and South Park, actually rivals Ballard in the number of available breweries to visit.  There’s even more if you include the Columbia City area of Rainier Avenue South.

SoDo has Two Beers Brewing (CBM Sponsor), Schooner Exact Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing (Gluten Free), Epic Ales (recently closed for transition to ‘Molusk‘) and Seapine Brewing. Georgetown has Machine House Brewing, Counterbalance Brewing and, of course, Georgetown Brewing.  Cross the first street bridge into South Park and you’ll find Burdick Brewery, Lowercase Brewing and Tin Dog Brewing.  Head the other direction towards the Rainier Valley and you’ll find Spinnaker Bay Brewing and Flying Lion Brewing.

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Hochtoberfest Returns From Black Raven Brewing

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What’s with all these Fall beers coming back?  The pumpkin ales are popping up everywhere, harvest ales are starting to show up, etc.  They’re on schedule but, somehow, it just seems a bit too soon this year.  I’m not done with my Summer yet!

Well, it looks like Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is about to add to my seasonal woes. Set for release this coming Saturday, August 29th Black Raven’s Fall Seasonal Marzen Style Lager, Hochtoberfest, makes it’s return.  Since I’m a fan of Marzen Style Lagers, however, I think I can forgive them for reminding me that Seattle Summer is winding down.

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Black Raven Brewing Prepares To Release Hochtoberfest Lager

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Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), who was just named one of the Top 10 Up And Coming Beer Companies by Ask Men magazine, brews a wide variety of styles to compliment every season.  Now, with Summer starting to fade and Fall hot on its heels, Black Raven is preparing to release their Fall seasonal lager: Hochtoberfest.

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