Discover A New Take On Some Familiar Hops With Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 006 From Firestone Walker

Firestone Walker Brewing Company puts out some truly exceptional beers.  Their Proprietor’s Vintage Series (which includes beers such as Bravo, Parabola, Stickee Monkee and more) can’t be beat and they make some excellent IPAs as well.  Their Double Jack Imperial IPA used to be my favorite (determined through repeated blind tastings) but, in late 2016, they decided to retire their Proprietor’s Reserve Series of beers which included Double Jack, Opal (a dry-hopped Saison) and Wookey Jack (Black Rye IPA).

I was initially disappointed when Firestone discontinued Double Jack but I later realized that they were merely adjusting to the ever changing landscape defined by all the craft beer enthusiasts out there.  Lately, the underlying attitude seems to be that having a few well known beers, even if those beers are excellent and highly rated, isn’t enough anymore.  Sure, you’re still respected and people will still think highly of your beers but, if you want to keep that buzz going and stay on the forefront of what’s happening in the craft beer World, you have to keep constantly coming out with something new and exciting.

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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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Pacific Rain Joins Ninkasi’s Year-Round Flagship Series

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The Pacific Northwest has a well-deserved reputation for having a large number of businesses who embrace the ‘local and sustainable’ movement.  That is, trying to use local ingredients as much as possible as well as looking out for the environment, so our beautiful Pacific Northwest stays beautiful for years and years to come.

Ninkasi Brewing Company embraces this philosophy and wants to celebrate the Pacific Northwest, as well as the fantastic and fresh local ingredients available.  To that end, Ninkasi Brewing is happy to announce the latest addition to their year-round Flagship Series of beers, Pacific Rain Pale Ale.  Featuring crystal clear, lava-filtered water from the McKenzie River and four Pacific Northwest-grown hop varieties: Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Nugget.

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Pyramid Celebrates 30 Years Of Snow Cap Winter Warmer – UPDATED

 

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Pyramid Brewing Company has been around for quite a while.  They began as Hart Brewing way back in 1984 and have been through several small changes, including changes in ownership, since then.  While their main brewing operation today is in Portland, they continue to produce beer at their Seattle brewery location on 1st Avenue South, right across from Safeco Field. Pyramid produces a number of different Ales, including their popular Winter Warmer, Snow Cap.

It’s amazing to think that Pyramid has been producing Snow Cap for 30 years now.  That’s longer than some of you reading this have even been alive.  Now, Pyramid is preparing three special releases in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Snow Cap.

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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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Pike No. 4 Session IPA Is Here For The Summer

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Most craft beer drinkers I know enjoy a good IPA or double IPA, and lord knows we have an abundance of great IPAs to choose from, especially here in the Northwest.  Trying to find a brewery or craft beer bar around here without an IPA on tap would be an exercise in futility.

Now, with those long Summer evenings upon us, it feels like we have a few more hours in the day to enjoy all those IPAs.  The problem is, too many strong single or double IPAs and you’ll go down long before the Sun does.  The solution, of course, is the Session IPA.  Session IPAs are designed to be hoppy on the palate but are lower in alcohol, allowing you to enjoy a few more without feeling like it’s time for bed.

Pike Brewing Company understand this so, back for the Summer is their Seasonal release: Pike No. 4 Session IPA.  This light and refreshing IPA comes in at just 4.2% ABV, meaning you can throw back a few more while enjoying the game or tossing some meat on the grill, and still be the life of the party.

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Seattle Cider Releases Their Berry Seasonal In Cans

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Canning is all the rage these days and, with Summer just about here, you’ll be wanting to grab some of your favorite beers and ciders in cans to take along on your hike, camping trip, bike ride, etc.  Well, Seattle Cider Company is ready to give you even more options on what cans you can bring along with you.  Starting today, June 3rd, Seattle Cider is releasing their popular Summer Seasonal Berry Cider in 16-ounce cans.

According to Seattle Cider Company: “Made with Pacific Northwest blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, Berry offers a 6.9 percent ABV and just 1.8 Brix, falling perfectly between Dry and Semi Sweet in sweetness. It’s deep pink color lends way to a softly tart start with a flavor of young raspberries, followed by a subtly sweet finish.”

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Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2016 – UPDATED

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I’ve been a fan of great craft beer ever since having my very first craft beer (a Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company, if memory serves).  However, I didn’t really immerse myself into the Seattle Craft Beer scene until sometime in 2010.  Before that I was, of course, still enjoying craft beer, but my journalistic focus was geared more towards the console video game market.  I used to operate a couple of console gaming review sites (focusing mostly on Xbox), which are now closed down.

That means I haven’t been attending Seattle Beer Week for as many years as some of you out there.  The first time I attended a Seattle Beer Week event (and actually knew that I was doing so), was back during Seattle Beer Week #4 in 2010, and the first Seattle Beer Week I ever wrote about was Seattle Beer Week #5 in 2011.  Right now, that sure seems like a long time ago.

Now, with 2016 upon us, we’re just one week away from the kickoff of Seattle Beer Week #8.  That means it’s time once again for me to give you my picks for what sound like the best events at this year’s Seattle Beer Week, just as I’ve done each year since 2012.

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The 2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Return To Seattle Cider Co. June 6th

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Last year I told you about the first annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards; a showcase for all of the wonderful ciders coming out of the Pacific Northwest area.  Last year’s event was a great success with awards going to cideries throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana and even British Columbia, Canada.

More than 25 different cideries participated in last year’s event.  Now, back for its second year, the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) are returning to The Woods, the shared tasting room for Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and Seattle Cider Company, with 38 participating breweries this year from across the Northwest.

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No One Can Pick Just One (Volume 2)

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Welcome to the second in a series of arttcles, where I search my soul to share with you some of my favorite brews.  In the extremely diverse world of craft beer, picking a single favorite beer is virtually impossible.  So why limit your ‘favorite’ selection to just one beer?  In this volume, which is a bit ‘late’ (I meant to post this last month) I’ll be talking about Some of my favorite Fall and Winter time craft beers.

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