Two Special Releases From Counterbalance Brewing & 2bar Spirits

I’ve always been an advocate for Seattle’s South end breweries.  Living in the South end myself I, of course, spend a lot of time at these places and enjoy seeing them succeed.  A couple of years back I penned an article with some great reasons to visit Seattle’s South end breweries and, earlier this year, I told you about the newly formed South Seattle Brewery Coalition.

That’s why I was very pleased when I heard the news that Counterbalance Brewing Company had teamed up with 2bar Spirits (who also happens to be in Seattle’s South end) for a unique Whiskey/Stout collaboration.

Aging Stouts in Whiskey barrels is nothing new.  Breweries have been doing it for years and indeed Whiskey and Bourbon barrel aged Stouts are some of my favorites.  This time, however, things went a bit in the other direction.  2bar Spirits used the actual mash bill from Counterbalance’s Kushetka Imperial Stout to produce this particular Whiskey, then aged it for 2 years in 2bar Whiskey barrels.

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Safeco Field Menu Updates For The 2017 Mariners Season

Spring has finally arrived in the Northwest and that means, of course, the return of baseball.  For the past few years, I’ve kept you up to date on what delicious craft beers and gourmet food choices you can expect to find each Seattle Mariners season at Safeco Field.

Well, it’s that time again and I’ve been invited back to check out some new offerings for this year’s menu. Ethan Stowell has, once again, partnered with Centerplate and the Seattle Mariners to bring you some amazing creations including: Seattle ‘Wings’ (Taylor Shellfish Farms fried oysters with Frank’s RedHot sauce), authentic Oaxacan chapulines (toasted grasshoppers with chile-lime salt seasoning), and frozen custard cookie sandwiches.

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Deschutes Brewery & Bendistillery Release Black Butte Whiskey

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Deschutes Brewery out of Bend and Portland Oregon puts out a wide variety of Ales.  Their most recognizable beers include Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, Jubelale and, of course, their Black Butte Porter – both the regular and the annually-released, barrel-aged version.

The barrel-aged version of Black Butte is a bit different each year and can include additions like chilies, cranberries, orange peel, figs, vanilla beans or any number of other special ingredients.  I particularly enjoyed this year’s release of Black Butte XXVIII.  It had smooth well-blended flavors of vanilla and cocoa with just a touch of smoke, giving you a feel for the barrel the beer spent 12 months maturing in.

Now Deschutes has teamed up with Bendistillery, the same distillery that created the Crater Lake line of spirits, to bring to us a project 20 years in the making: Black Butte Whiskey.  Double distilled from the wash of Black Butte Porter, it sort of brings things full circle.

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Bacon, Eggs & Kegs Returns To CenturyLink Field Next Week

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Brunch at CenturyLink, featuring bacon, cocktails, floats, fun and games and a huge beer lineup?  Yes please!  Seattle’s largest, locally produced brunch event, Bacon, Eggs & Kegs is returning for its third and biggest event next Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28 at CenturyLink Field from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

This over-the-top event will feature tastings from 30+ local breweries and cideries, boozy root beer floats, a 30-foot Bloody Mary bar with vodkas by Heritage Distilling Co., an Irish coffee bar, bacon butchery demos by Heritage Meats, 20+ local restaurants and chefs serving bacon and egg focused dishes, putt putt golf and duffleboard by Flatstick Pub, bacon bingo, dueling pianos, and much more.

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Burgundian Prepares For Their 4th Anniversary (UPDATED)

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Welcome to 2016!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are keeping warm out there in this chilly January weather.  I’ve been keeping myself warm with all the wonderful bourbon barrel aged stouts I’ve been picking up lately as well as all the other high ABV beers that have been on tap around town.

If you’re looking for a place to warm up this Winter season, enjoy some delicious craft beer, cider, spirits and great food, then maybe it’s time for a visit to Burgundian, which is getting ready to celebrate their 4th Anniversary next Saturday, January 16th.

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Girls Pint Out Hosts A Whiskey And Beer Pairing Event Next Wednesday

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For a long time, the craft beer World was dominated by men.  That may still seem like the case on the surface, but more and more women are discovering their love of craft beer and have become an important demographic.  Unfortunately, the marketing we see aimed at women, even for craft beer, is often somewhat demeaning or degrading, perhaps suggesting that women will only like the lighter, sweeter, more easy-drinking craft beers offerings out there.

I can tell you from my own personal experience, including with my own wife (whose favorite styles are Belgian Ales, Scotch Ales and Stouts) that is definitely not the case.  Girls Pint Out, a national craft beer organization for women, understands this.  Their mission is to build a community of women who love craft beer and who are an active, contributing part of the greater craft beer community.  They hold regular ‘Pint Night’ events at various locations and also host other special events.

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