Bramling Cross Hosts A Beer Feast With Fremont Brewing

Ethan Stowell’s Bramling Cross restaurant is betting you’ll still have some energy and a hearty appetite left over after the end of Seattle Beer Week (SBW) on May 14th.  That’s because just one day after SBW 2017 wraps up, on Monday, May 15th, they’ll be hosting a beer feast featuring beers from Fremont Brewing Company.

This evening of gastronomic delights, which Bramling Cross has described as a family-style feast, will feature several tasty selections from Chef Travis Post, all expertly paired with six different beers from Fremont Brewing Company.

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The PNA Summer Beer Taste Happens This Weekend

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Many of Seattle’s neighborhoods are tight knit communities.  Each is different in its own way and in the Phinney neighborhood, the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) helps bring the community together.  In their own words, the PNA exists to: “Build, engage and support our diverse community through programs, services and activities that connect neighbors and foster civic engagement.”

One of the best ways I know of to help connect the people in a community is an outdoor social gathering, and what better social gathering than a beer tasting?  Coming up this Saturday, July 23rd is the 10th Annual PNA Summer Beer Taste.

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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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Day Hike Returns For Summer From Two Beers Brewing

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While the rest of the nation was getting pounded with nasty weather late this past Winter, we were fortunate here in the Northwest to have an early Spring.  From the looks of things, it seems that Summer is showing up early as well.  The warmer weather is turning our taste buds away from all those delicious, but often to heavy for warm weather, Stouts and Porters and more towards those wonderful, hoppy Pale Ales and IPAs.

With that in mind, Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is bringing back their popular Summer Seasonal Session Ale, Day Hike. A bit lighter in both alcohol and IBUs (hops), Day Hike goes down easy on those hot Summer days.  Also returning on draft is Two Beers’ other Session IPA: Trailhead.

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Redfeather SIPA Arrives Tomorrow From Black Raven Brewing

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If you’re looking for a new Session IPA to sip on this Spring and Summer, then look no farther than Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).  Just this past January, they brought back their popular Son of Birdserker SIPA, which always arrives shortly after the release of their Birdserker Triple IPA, for obvious reasons.

Next up,  as part of their rotating SIPA series, is their latest release: Redfeather Session IPA.  Arriving tomorrow, April 15th, Redfeather SIPA is all set to carry you from Spring into Summer.

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