I first told you about Payette Brewing Company back in February of 2016. Their beers were just arriving in Washington State, including their Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, and Rodeo Rye Pale (Spring seasonal).
Now, Payette is preparing to release their next year-round offering: Aura Guava & Hibiscus Sour Ale. Payette has been putting out sours in 22 oz bottles for a while, and Aura Guava & Hibiscus was the standout from their rotating 22 oz sour series. It became popular enough that canning seemed to be the next logical step.
Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) uses the tag line, “Ales of great distinction and character”. I would have to agree with that assessment. Black Raven does indeed brew several different, delicious and very distinct beers. From their ever popular Wisdom Seeker Double IPA to other sought after beers like Trickster IPA, Great Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout, La Mort Bourbon, Gunpowder Plot Nitro Porter, Splinters Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale and every other beer in-between, you know when you’re drinking a Black Raven beer.
Now Black Raven is ready to add yet another beer to their extensive and impressive lineup. Coming this Friday, January 19th, Black Raven will be releasing Updraft American Style Pale Ale.
Bale Breaker Brewing Company brews some pretty tasty beers. You’re probably familiar with their popular Field 41 Pale Ale, Topcutter IPA or Bottomcutter IPA, since these three beers are part of their ‘Everyday’ (year-round) lineup. They also, of course, brewed the official beer for Seattle Beer Week 2017: Fresh Off The Farm IPA.
Now, Bale Breaker is adding a fourth beer to their Everyday series: Leota Mae IPA. It was named for the great-grandmother of one of Bale Breakers owners, and was created to honor the history of planting and harvesting hops in the Yakima valley, where Leota Mae used to work out in the hop fields.
Last year, I told you about a new Spring Seasonal from Pike Brewing Company: Hive Five – a tasty collaboration between Pike Brewing Company and Salish Lodge & Spa. Salish has 120,000 honey bees that live in their apiaries, which produce 600 pounds of superb and local honey every year. Pike’s brewers use this honey to brew Pike Hive Five.
After last year’s release, Hive Five was so popular that Pike has decided to bring it back year-round. Starting now, you’ll be able to pick up Hive Five year-round in cans at Pike Brewing Company and your local craft beer retailer.
Back in 2009, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) introduced one-off Cask beer that was brewed with vanilla, blueberries and a slightly more unusual ingredient: Catnip. Their press release below says it was called Kitty Kat Blues but I can also recall a version (which you can still get) of Kitty Kat Blues mixed with Trickster IPA – called Tricky Kitty.
The combination of ingredients worked well and, despite it’s slightly unusual description, Kitty Kat Blues has become one of my favorite Black Raven beers. Until now it’s been a seasonal offering, so it wasn’t always available when I wanted one. Now that’s all changed. This Friday, March 3rd Kitty Kat Blues joins Black Raven’s stable of year-round beers during a Cat Shirt launch party.
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.
Payette introduced themselves to the Seattle market with their Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, Rodeo Rye, Pistolero Porter and 12 Gauge Imperial Stout. They were warmly received with events at various locations throughout the city, including Toronado and The Sixgill. Now, they’re back to announce that their Recoil IPA has joined their year-round lineup and is now arriving in cans.
I’m a fan of just about every different style of craft beer available today, and there are indeed a wide variety of styles to choose from. There’s no denying, however, that the IPA is the current King of all craft bee styles. In fact IPA sales accounted for a full quarter of all craft bee sales in 2014* and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.
Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) founder, Joel VandenBrink, is an IPA fan as well and is also an avid hiker. So it makes perfect sense that this new addition to their award winning, year-round lineup is named after a famous local hiking trail. “Inspired by the Wonderland Trail, an exhilarating 93-mile trek around Mount Rainier, this hop-forward beer was developed to honor the treasures of the Pacific Northwest – hikes, hops and all.” Joel hiked this very trail himself, solo, just last year.
Seattle Cider Company seems to be quickly taking over the nation. Since they first launched back in 2012, they’ve continued to increase production and expand into new markets. Just this past February I told you about their expansion into Wisconsin (the 6th state, including Washington, to carry Seattle Cider Company ciders). Their ‘drier’, less-sweet ciders hold a growing appeal to those who find many other commercial ciders too sweet.
Now, Seattle Cider Company is set to expand into their 7th state: Minnesota. Their ciders should start appearing there on May 4th, along with a series of kickoff events planed throughout the week.
Seattle Cider Company has really taken off since they first launched back in August of 2013. Their original year round offerings: Dry and Semi-Sweet, have garnered acclaim from across Washington state and indeed across the nation as they continue to expand distribution. Their diverse portfolio of other ciders (including Three Pepper (Lmited), Gin Botanical (Lmited – Year Round), Pacific Northwest Berry (Seasonal), Washington Heirloom (Heritage) and more keeps cider fans coming back for more and wondering what they’ve got up their sleeve next.
Now joining their year round lineup on tap and in 16 oz cans is Seattle Cider’s new (and very popular around the taproom during it’s initial run) offering: Citrus. According to Seattle Cider Company: “This slightly tart yet refreshing cider is the first “infused” cider to be offered year round by the rapidly expanding cidery. Featuring a subtle medium-dry sweetness – falling right between Dry and Semi Sweet – this summer-worthy cider is complemented by a bold citrus flavor and slight bitterness, offering a palate cider lovers and IPA drinkers alike will appreciate.”