Splinters Returns From Black Raven Brewing

More often than not in the craft beer World, it seems like hops are the big stars.  Much of this is due to the fact that IPA is still king when it comes to craft beer and, while I still enjoy drinking IPAs through the Fall and Winter, I really start to appreciate the complex malt character of less hop forward beers like Stouts, Porters and Scotch Ales to name a few.  I also enjoy many beers that have been barrel aged in Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch or other barrels and, let’s face it, there aren’t that many barrel aged IPAs out there (though they do exist).

I’m also rather picky about my Scotch Ales.  There are only a few locally made Scotch Ales that I really enjoy, and one of them is Second Sight from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).  Now, Black Raven is preparing to release Second Sight’s more mature brother, Splinters Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale.

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Smoked Porter Turns 30 As Alaskan Brewing Prepares to Debut Their Expanded Taproom

Fall is here in the Emerald City and that means Stouts.  Everywhere you look, it seems breweries are preparing their annual Stout releases and, as much as I do love a good Stout, their abundance can sometimes overshadow the deliciousness of a good Porter.

The differences between Stouts and Porters can be subtle and the debate over what the exact differences are continues.  Basically though, Porters are a bit lighter in body and mouthfeel and sometimes, though definitely not always, can be slightly lower in alcohol.  Essentially, all Porters are Stouts, but not all Stouts are Porters.

Now that I’ve made things clear as mud for you, I’d like to tell you that one of the best known and best loved Porters in the Northwest, Alaskan Brewing Company’s Smoked Porter, is turning 30.  Alaskan Brewing is preparing to celebrate with the opening of their expanded taproom this Saturday.

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The Ballard Brewed Winter Beer Festival Is Coming Up

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.

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Fresh Hops & Fine Cuisine At Urbane

There are several great restaurants in Seattle.  Since my primary focus here at CraftBeerMonger.com is on craft beer though (and to a lesser degree craft cider and other craft alcoholic beverages), I haven’t visited as many of Seattle’s fine dining establishments as I’d like.  Also, due to my somewhat unusual work schedule, I don’t get to downtown Seattle for a good meal very often.

That’s why I was pleased to receive an invitation recently from Urbane to experience, on them, their Fresh Hop dinner, featuring Fresh Hop beers from Georgetown Brewing Company.  Urbane is a farm-to-table restaurant who prides themselves on sustainability and using locally-sourced ingredients.  In fact, the vast majority of Urbane’s ingredients come from within a 200-mile radius of the restaurant located at 8th Ave and Olive Way in the Hyatt at Olive 8 building downtown.

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Grandfather Raven Returns From Black Raven Brewing

 

Have you been out there enjoying all of those wonderful, harvest season, Fresh Hop beers?  I know I have and I’m loving it.  Now, however, with the things getting a bit chillier outside, my palate is ready to welcome back all those wonderful, malty dark beers.

Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is ready to oblige.  They’ve announced that their popular, award winning Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout is set to make it’s annual return this coming Friday, October 19th.

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Celebrate Halloween At Hellbent’s Beer N Bones Blacklight Bash for Puerto Rico

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.

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Festivus Returns From Black Raven Brewing

Like it or not, the holiday season is almost upon us.  Right now that means plenty of Fresh Hop Ales and Oktoberfest celebrations, but it also means that other Fall an Winter styles are appearing on craft beer store shelves for you to enjoy.

Regardless of which seasonal holiday(s) you choose to celebrate, you can usually find the right craft beverage to accompany your festivities.  There’s something out there for everyone, right?  Something for you, something for him, something for her, but what about… the rest of us?  Well, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is about ready to release their popular Fall Seasonal: Festivus.

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Fresh Hop Releases From Schooner Brewing & Belltown Brewing

Man, I love living in the Northwest – home to the greatest hop growing region in the nation and possibly the World.  I can’t get enough of this year’s crop of Fresh Hop/Wet Hop beers, so it’s a good thing just about every craft tap list I see these days is packed with Fresh Hop/Wet Hop beers.

Does that mean we’ve had enough?  Never.  I’ve sampled nearly 30 different Fresh Hop/Wet Hop beers already this year, and I’m still ready for more.  Anticipating the continued demand for Fresh Hop beers this Season, Schooner Brewing and Belltown Brewing are preparing their Fresh Hop releases for later this week, featuring El Dorado and Mosaic hops respectively.

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Aslan Brewing Partners With Growing Veterans

You’re here, so I assume you enjoy locally made craft beer.  I’m also going to assume you’re a decent person because the vast majority of craft beer drinkers I know are decent people.  So you probably are as well, right?  Since you’re a decent person, then I know you also care about our Veterans.

I may not support the current administration in the White House, but I’ve always supported and respected our men and women in uniform.  Veterans made sacrifices for our freedoms – some making the ultimate sacrifice.  Many are still suffering in isolation, often leading to suicide. It’s the mission of Growing Veterans to end the loneliness and isolation that can lead to Veteran suicides and Aslan Brewing Company wanted to help.  That’s why they’ve teamed up with Growing Veterans to create Charlie Foxtrot IPA, brewed with hops grown and hand-picked by Growing Veterans’ veteran members from their Growing Veterans Organic Hops program. It will be released next Saturday the 29th, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Growing Veterans.

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Stoup Brewing’s 2018 Fresh Hop Lineup

I love a parade – especially when it’s a parade of Fresh Hop Ales.  I say keep ’em coming and I know I’m not the only one!  Local breweries are definitely hearing that call and answering back in a big way.  So far this season, I’ve enjoyed Fresh Hop Ales from at least 8 Northwest breweries (mostly Seattle, but a few from Oregon), and I’m looking forward to having even more in the coming weeks.

Now Stoup Brewing Company in Ballard has announced their Fresh Hop lineup for the 2018 season, and it doesn’t disappoint.  Stoup if keeping it fresh with at least 5 different Fresh Hop Ales coming our way over the next few weeks.

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