Seafair Summer Ale Is Coming From Pike Brewing

 

Summer is almost here.  We had a bit of a tease over Memorial Day weekend (one of the hottest on record in the Puget Sound), but now we’re back to ‘normal’.  Oh joy.  We might have to wait just a bit longer before Summer truly arrives in Seattle, but at least we can start to enjoy all of the Summer Seasonals that make their return about this time each year.

I’ve already told you about the seasonal return of Lima Loca and Day Hike Summer Ale from Two Beers Brewing (CBM Sponsor), as well as the return of Hochzeit Pilsner and Beak Tweaker from Black Raven Brewing (CBM Sponsor).  Now, Pike Brewing Company is preparing to get in on the action with the upcoming release of their new Summer Seasonal: Seafair Summer Ale.

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Day Hike Summer Ale Returns From Two Beers Brewing Company

Every year, when certain craft beer styles return to taps and bottle shop shelves, you know the seasons are changing.  We’re finally coming out of our long Northwest Winter and Summer is right around the corner. I can tell not only by the calendar on the wall, but by the return of certain beers.  One of those beers, which heralds the arrival of longer days and warmer nights is Day Hike Summer Ale from Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).

Light and crisp, Day Hike Summer Ale is the perfect accompaniment for all of your Summertime outings.  Coming in at just 4.1%, it won’t weigh you down or make you feel like you’re ready for a nap. Bring some to your next BBQ or while you’re out hiking, climbing, kayaking, cycling or however you like to fill your Summer days and nights.

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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 Wonderland Joins Deschutes’ Year-Round Lineup

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Bend Oregon is a great city for craft beer lovers.  Sure, there are plenty of great breweries right here in Seattle but that doesn’t mean we can’t also appreciate the well crafted libations coming from other great breweries throughout the Northwest and across the nation. There are lots of breweries in Bend who are doing it right and one of the oldest and most successful breweries to come out of Bend is Deschutes Brewery.

When I think Deschutes there are plenty of great beers that come to mind.  The Abyss and its variants are, of course, always a popular choice as is their well known Black Butte Porter (now at number XXVIII).  I’ve enjoyed a great number of Deschutes’ beers over the years including: Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Red Chair Northwest Pale (find this one on Nitro, if you can), Fresh Squeezed IPA, The Dissident and many, many more.

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Redfeather IPA Arrives This Week From Black Raven Brewing

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I hope you’ve all been having a wonderful Holiday season.  Winter officially arrived yesterday, though it feels like it’s already been here a bit longer.  To keep warm through our chilly Fall, I’ve been enjoying plenty of high octane, barrel aged beers (Lord knows, there have been enough great barrel aged releases around here lately).  I really love all those dark, strong, Winter-time beers but sometimes, even in the colder temperatures out there, my palate (and my liver) could use a break from something so heavy.

That’s where the Session IPA comes in.  Session IPAs are lower in alcohol, but still retain much of the hoppy punch you love from traditional IPAs. They’re crisp and refreshing and one the Northwest’s finest examples of the style, Redfeather Session IPA, returns tomorrow (12/23) from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).

Here is some more information about Redfeather Session IPA from Black Raven Brewing Company:

Release date: Friday, December 23rd

The Redfeather SIPA is brewed in the session IPA style. This beer presents the hop bitterness and flavor of a red IPA but in a more refreshing, lower alcohol version.

Additional crystal malts contribute the red hue and malt backbone to layer the hops onto. Hop varieties include Super Galena, Northern Brewer and Citra.

2016 GABF WINNER
Gold Medal – ESB category

ABV: 4.8%

On draft, growler fills and 22oz bottles available to go.

So, while I’m sure most of you will be digging into your cellars this Christmas to impress friends or family with a few extra special bottle selections (or just enjoying them yourself), be sure to stop by Black Raven to grab a growler or two of Redfeather Session IPA, so you and your guests have something a bit lighter and hoppier to enjoy as well.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

2016 US Open Beer Championship Winners

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The winners have just been announced for the 2016 US Open Beer Championship.  Unique in it’s format, the US Open Beer Championship is the only brewing competition to allow award winning home brewers to compete against commercial breweries Worldwide.  Beers from 95 different categories (including non-alcoholic) were ranked and the top 10 breweries and medal winners were also listed.

Four different breweries from Washington State took home awards, including: Reuben’s Brews, Heathen Brewing Company, Icicle Brewing Company and a sweep in the gluten free category by Ghostfish Brewing Company.  Congratulations to all the winners.  I’d also like to offer a special congratulations one of my favorite breweries, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, for being named National Grand Champion (details below).

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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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Nearing The Halfway Point Of Seattle Beer Week #8 – UPDATED

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Today, Monday May 16th, is day number 5 of Seattle Beer Week #8, which means we’re about halfway through.  Things kicked off last Thursday at Reuben’s Brews with the official tapping of the first keg of the official Seattle Beer Week beer: Daily Pale, followed by the opening night pub crawl.  I had to drop by Reuben’s, of course, for the kickoff and then found my way to Beveridge Place Pub for stop #3 on the crawl.

Since then, the events have been coming pretty much non-stop.  The highlights for me so far have been the Underberg Back In Black Stout Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe, Satanic Metal C.O.W. Night at Toronado and, even though I had to leave a bit early, Firestone Walker & Holy Mountain last night at The Pine Box.

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Birdserker Triple IPA Returns From Black Raven Brewing

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Just yesterday, I told you about the Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow (among other events happening between now and Spring).  At the Hop Mob Roadshow stops, you’ll have the opportunity to taste several different Triple IPAs from several different local craft breweries.  It will be a treat for your taste buds and a test of your fortitude, since most of these Triple IPAs will be as strong as some Barleywines.

Don’t want to wait until the Hop Mob kickoff event on Thursday, February 4th at Brouwer’s Cafe to taste a Triple IPA?  You’re in luck.  One of those breweries, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), is set to release their Triple IPA, Birdserker, this coming Saturday, January 23rd.

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77 Select Returns From Fremont Brewing

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Winter officially starts tomorrow, December 22nd and, like many of you, my palate has already become accustomed to drinking darker, stronger, heavier beers as the temperatures outside drop below my usual comfort level.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  I’ve been enjoying all the wonderful Bourbon Barrel Aged beers that have been arriving recently from several local breweries.  Fremont Brewing Company’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Abominable Ale or B-Bomb, for example, or their Bourbon Barrel Aged Darkstar.  I think the Coffee Cinnamon variant of B-Bomb is my favorite.

Even with all these wonderful Barrel Aged beers available, however, a hophead like me still wants the occasional IPA to lighten things up a bit.  As much as I do enjoy a good, thick, dark Stout or Porter (especially the Bourbon Barrel Aged variety), I need a break from them every now and then.  That’s where Fremont’s next release comes in.  Returning next Tuesday, December 29th is Fremont Brewing’s 77 Select Session IPA.

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