Counterbalance Brewing Announces Samsparilla Stout

People sometimes get confused about Counterbalance Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).  Based on their name, many people assume they’re located on Queen Anne hill.  That’s where you’ll find the counterbalance, one of the steepest slopes in all of Seattle, and definitely the tallest.  It increases in elevation by 450 feet in a span of just eight blocks.

Despite their name, however, Counterbalance Brewing is located in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, right next door to Sound Homebrew supply (503 S Michigan St, Suite B).  Founders Jeff Howell and Frank Lawrence selected the name because they both grew up on Queen Anne hill.

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Reuben’s Brews Reveals Their 2018 Release Calendar

Do you have a favorite craft brewery?  I get asked this question quite a bit, but I’ve found it virtually impossible to pick just one brewery as my overall favorite.  I have a whole list of favorites (as well as a list of breweries I tend to dislike/avoid), but narrowing it down to just one?  Nope.  I can’t do it.

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I regularly post a list of some of my favorite breweries (on ‘Follow Friday’) but, again, it’s a list rather than just one brewery.  Each time I post my list of favorites, however, Reuben’s Brews is included.  Ever since they first launched back in 2012, I’ve been a fan.  Their Rye beers and barrel aged stouts are always excellent and they’ve just been killing it lately with all of their different IPA releases.

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Firestone Walker Announces Wookus Imperial Black IPA

Back in late 2016, Firestone Walker Brewing Company announced, to the dismay of many craft beer fans, that they were discontinuing their Proprietor’s Reserve series of beers (which included their Opal Dry Hopped Saison, Double Jack IPA and Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA).  Since that decision, however, Firestone has been busy cranking out new beers at a furious pace by way of the Luponic Distortion Series as well as their Leo v Ursus Series.

I’ve really been enjoying the first three releases in the Leo v Ursus Series: Fortem (A worthy successor to Double Jack!), Adversus and Inferos.  Now, Firestone Walker is set to bring back a classic.  Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA has found new life as Wookus, the next beer in the Leo v Ursus Series.

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Urbane Teams Up With Reuben’s Bews For Their Fall Menu

Last night my wife and I were fortunate to attend a special beer-pairing dinner at Urbane, located in the Hyatt hotel at Olive 8 in downtown Seattle.  It was a preview of a few of the new dishes Urbane will be adding to their Fall menu, all expertly paired with beers from Seattle’s own multi-award-winning (over 30 awards received so far in 2017 alone) Reuben’s Brews, one of the fastest growing breweries in Washington State with production set to increase by more than 50% this year over 2016.

The dinner was hosted by Urbane’s Executive Chef, Brian Pusztai and Reuben’s Brews was represented by brewery rep, Conrad Hermosillo.  Brian, Conrad and a few other members of the Urbane chef’s team greeted us upon our arrival and we prepared ourselves for a 3-course tasting menu by getting to know each other a bit while snacking on a very tasty cheese and charcuterie board.

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Firestone Walker Announces Inferos – The Next Beer In The Leo v. Ursus Series

Firestone Walker Brewing Company has two different series’ of IPAs going right now.  First is the Luponic Distortion Series, which is currently in its 7th iteration (featuring Australian hops), and then, of course, they have the Leo v. Ursus Series.  Both series take an experimental approach, and they allow Firestone Walker to be constantly coming out with something new and unique – which is the industry trend these days.  Innovate or be left behind.

Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 007 arrived just last month and now, Firestone Walker is ready to bring us the next iteration in the Leo v. Ursus Series: Inferos.  An unfiltered Rye IPA that’s absolutely jam packed with over 4.7 pounds of Galaxy (and other) hops per barrel, Inferos sounds like a rye loving hop head’s dream.  I’ve always been a big fan of beers with rye in the malt bill and Inferos has an almost unheard of 25% rye in the malt bill.  With all that rye and all those hops, this sounds like a beer I’ll really enjoy.

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50 Craft Breweries Unveil Their Recipes For Homebrewers

Are you a homebrewer?  Even if you aren’t, but you are a craft beer fan, I’m willing to bet you know at least a few people who are homebrewers.  I myself first started homebrewing well over 20 years ago (but I’m between systems right now, which is killing me!) and back then, just like today, many homebrewers started out by trying to recreate some of their favorite craft beers at home.

Back in my early days, when craft breweries were few and far between, the holy grail for many homebrewers was to successfully reproduce or ‘clone’ beers like Sierra Nevada Brewing‘s Pale Ale.  If you could do that as a homebrewer back in the early 90’s, then you really knew your stuff.  The challenge was that you pretty much had to come up with the recipe on your own.  The homebrewing community was much smaller, there were few helpful recipe guides and there was no brewing software like BeerSmith or Brewtarget  to help you out.

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Counterbalance Brewing Debuts Their First Cans

I never used to be a big fan of the can.  Like most of you, I’m sure, I prefer to get my beers on tap whenever possible.  When it’s not possible, the bottle was and in many cases still is my favorite choice.  However, there can be no denying that cans have made a comeback in a big, big way.  They’re lighter, more portable, won’t break like glass bottles and they’re easy to pack out if you want to bring some beers long for a hiking or camping trip.

Many breweries have started canning recently and now Counterbalance Brewing Company is teaming up with the new Beer Star in White Center for the official release of their first canned beers.  First up for the can treatment are Counterbalance IPA and Raconteur Rye Pale Ale.

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Foggy Noggin Is Hosting An English IPA Tap Takeover

After a long Fn week.  I bet you could use a Fn beer, am I right?  Now, are you a fan of English style IPAs?  They differ a bit from American style IPAs with their bitter yet smooth finish and a pronounced but never over-the-top hop character.  American style IPAs tend to be much more in your face with the hops, slapping you with a big blast of hop aroma and flavor.  American IPAs also tend to have, on average, a higher ABV than English style IPAs.

Foggy Noggin Brewing Company up in Bothell has lots of experience brewing English style Ales.  In fact, it’s their specialty.  Now, they’d like to devote a special day to just English style IPAs so, this coming Saturday, June 24th, Foggy Noggin will be hosting their first ever/first annual English IPA Tap Takeover.

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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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2017 Old Birdbrain Barleywine Arrives This Weekend From Black Raven

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Barleywine season is almost here.  The 15th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival is coming up next month at Brouwer’s Cafe and the 15th Annual Barleywine Bacchanal will happen at Beveridge Place Pub in March.  With these and other barleywine festivals on the way, local breweries are working hard to get their 2017 barley wines ready to go.

To that end, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is just about ready to release their 2017 Old Birdbrain Barleywine, which has been a multiple award winner at the annual Great Alaskan Beer & Barleywine Festival. This year’s vintage will arrive this coming Friday, Jaunary 27th.

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