Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Opens This Friday

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Way back in February of this year, I told you about another new brewery coming to Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.  That brewery, Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Company, had originally set themselves a target of opening by April 2013.  Unfortunately, due to some delays in obtaining all the necessary licenses and a few other issues they had to work through (mostly some plumbing and drain issues), they did not hit that April target.  Instead, after an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign and lots of hard work, Bad Jimmy’s, Ballard’s newest brewery, will be opening their doors to the public this coming Friday, December 27th at 5:00 PM.

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Foggy Noggin Announces A Rare Barrel Aged Tasting Event

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One of Washington’s smallest and most unique breweries, Foggy Noggin Brewing in Bothell, has announced a special barrel aged tasting event.  Those in attendance will have the rare opportunity to sample 4 different barrel aged beers from Foggy Noggin, as well as comparing those barrel aged beers to their base beer, non-barrel aged counterparts.

Set for Friday, December 20th, this is an extremely limited event.  Only 20 tickets are available, so be sure to register early if you don’t want to miss your chance.  Tickets are $25 per person, and this is a 21 and over only event.  The barrel aged beers that will be featured at this event include:

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Seattle Cider Company Adds Second Seasonal Cider & Expands Distribution

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Seattle’s first cidery since the days of prohibition, Seattle Cider Company, launched just this past August, sharing The Woods tasting room with Seattle’s Two Beers Brewing Company.  Now, a mere 4 months later, they’re ready to release their second seasonal cider (the first was their Fall seasonal: Pumpkin Spice), and expand distribution into Eastern Washington and Alaska.

Available now through February, Seattle Cider Company’s New England Style Cider has arrived.  You can find it on tap and in 22oz bottles at The Woods tasting room, or in your local bottle shop.

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Big Wood Fest Starts This Thursday At Brouwer’s Cafe – UPDATED 12/4

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Craft beer is a wonderful thing.  The ever-increasing variety of styles and flavors means there’s something for everyone out there, and this time of year is especially joyous for those of us who enjoy the wonderful character, flavors and aromas wood aging can impart to different craft beer styles.  There’s just something magical that happens when you take already great craft beer and then give it wood and time.

To celebrate the diversity and complexity of the various wood aged beers out there, Brouwer’s Cafe holds an annual festival known as Big Wood, which features all wood aged beers.  This year’s Big Wood festival, the 6th annual, is set to kickoff this Thursday, 12/5 when Brouwer’s opens their doors at 11:00 AM.

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No One Can Pick Just One (Volume 2)

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Welcome to the second in a series of arttcles, where I search my soul to share with you some of my favorite brews.  In the extremely diverse world of craft beer, picking a single favorite beer is virtually impossible.  So why limit your ‘favorite’ selection to just one beer?  In this volume, which is a bit ‘late’ (I meant to post this last month) I’ll be talking about Some of my favorite Fall and Winter time craft beers.

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Final Departure Imperial Stout Returns From Airways Brewing

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The end is near; the end of 2013 that is.  That means it’s Winter beer time and, to that end. Airways Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is preparing to release the 2013 version of their Limited Edition beer: Final Departure Imperial Stout.  Thankfully, the Mayan’s were wrong about 2012 being the end of the World, so this will be the second year Airways Brewing will be releasing this special stout.

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Airways Brewing Beer & Bistro Celebrates Two Years

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Airways Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) first opened their doors in March of 2011.  Their brewery and taproom produces four year-round beers (Sky Hag IPA, Chocolate Stout, Pre-Flight Pilsner and Oatmeal PSA), plus a wide variety of casks and specialty batches (for example: Loud Lady Imperial IPA or Midnight Departure Cascadian Dark Ale).

Of course, a single location wasn’t enough for Airways Brewing so, in November of 2011, Airways Brewing Company opened their second location: Airways Brewing Beer & Bistro.  Serving salads, pizzas, sandwiches and more, Airways Brewing Company beers and other Washington state beers on a few guest taps, the Bistro has been open now for nearly two years.  That calls for a celebration, and Airway Brewing Beer And Bistro is set to party.

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BREW Seattle Is Coming November 14th

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If you’re a craft beer fan, then you know that there are plenty of craft beer festivals around Seattle.  In fact, you can’t go a month around here without some type of festival or other beer tasting event popping up and filling up your event calendar.  Well, does that crowded calendar have room for one more?

BREW Seattle is the first Seattle beer festival that is for Seattle Breweries only.  That’s right.  In order to celebrate the local indie craft beer boom that’s been taking place in Seattle, only breweries within the Seattle City limits may participate in this event.

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Two Beer Brewing Celebrates Six Years On November 2nd – UPDATED 11/1

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Back in 2007, an avid homebrewer named Joel VandenBrink took a leap of faith and launched Two Beers Brewing Company.  In that first year, Two Beers Brewing Company brewed a mere 100 barrels and struggled to stay afloat in the busy Seattle craft beer market.  Now, nearly 6 years later, they’re up to well over 6,000 barrels per year and produce twelve distinct and delicious beers from their brewery in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood.

With their newly expanded tasting room: The Woods, a special 6th Anniversary beer, the release of the final beer in their popular ‘Alta’ series and a whole new label design for all of their beers, Two Beers Brewing Company is ready to celebrate their 6th Anniversary in style.

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Naked City Turns 5 & Beveridge Place Turns 10 – UPDATED 10/22

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If you’re a craft beer lover, then you have to know how very lucky you are to be living in the Puget Sound.  The Seattle area and indeed the entire Northwest region of the U.S. is a veritable craft beer Mecca.  As a result, we have easy access to a wide selection of some of the very best craft breweries and craft beer bars in the whole nation.  Sometimes we tend to forget how good we have it here and start to take all of that incredible quality and selection for granted.

The time has come to alleviate that complacency and celebrate one of Seattle’s favorite craft breweries: Naked City Brewery & Taphouse – and one of Seattle’s favorite craft beer bars: Beveridge Place Pub.  These two staples of the Seattle craft beer scene are each celebrating major milestones this month.  Naked City celebrates their 5th Anniversary next Saturday, October 19th and Beveridge Place Pub celebrates their 10th Anniversary (at their current location) with 3 days of festivities starting on Thursday, October 24th.

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