There are plenty of IPAs out there. So many that I’ve lost count of all the different IPAs I’ve sampled over the years. India Pale Ale is probably the number one most popular craft beer style out there and you’ll have no problem finding an IPA (or several) on tap at just about any craft beer bar out there and at most craft breweries.
Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) already makes several different versions of India Pale Ale including: Trickster IPA, Wisdom Seeker Double IPA, Son Of Birdserker Session IPA, Nothing But Flowers Session IPA, Beak Tweaker Citrus IPA and Birdserker Triple IPA. Even so, according to their latest announcement, Black Raven believes “The World needs another IPA! (Not really but we brewed one anyway.)” So, set for release today, December 23rd, Black Raven brings us Prototype IPA.
Now, a few more events are coming up fast at these popular Seattle craft beer spots. Do you like strong beers. Do you like imported beers? Do you like Foie Gras? Do you like beers from The Bruery? Do you like multi-course beer pairing dinners? If you answered yes to any of these questions then keep reading, because I’ve got information on a few events coming up later this week (and next month) that you might want to check out.
We’re fortunate here in the Northwest to have so many great craft beer events. With so many breweries and craft beer bars (not to mention Seattle Beer Week and the plethora of other craft beer festivals that take place throughout the year), the number of events happening each week and indeed almost every day is just amazing. It’s gotten to the point where you, quite literally, have to pick and choose because, sometimes, two (or more) events are happening at the same time on opposite ends of town.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining by any stretch of the imagination. As I said, we’re fortunate to have so many great events to choose from around here, and one place in particular that does a great job of hosting craft beer events is Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle (which also just won Pub Of The Year (WA) from Northwest Brewing News). Did you know that they have some type of craft beer event every single Thursday? Be sure to check their events page regularly, so you always know what events are coming up.
Odin Brewing Company first launched back in December of 2009, but have grown quickly. Their mission of creating not just a few large, single-batch beers but instead focusing on brewing beers that pair well with different foods has served them well. Most of Odin’s beers are available year round, with just a few special limited/seasonal releases like Equinox Dark Belgian Strong Ale with Brettanomyces yeast or Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout.
Odin originally had two locations: the brewery itself in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood and Odin’s Tap Room, Asgard Tavern, in Fremont. What many people may not be aware of, however, is that Odin has been in the process of moving their entire operation to their new location in Tukwila, WA, just outside Southcenter Mall and right next door to California Pizza Kitchen (you can even order pizza from CPK while you’re enjoying a few pints at Odin, and you’ll find a few Odin beers on tap at CPK!)
Breakside Brewing Company out of Portland, Oregon makes a wide variety of beers. I’ve had their Wanderlust IPA many times, but haven’t really explored the rest of their offerings too much. I’ll have to make sure I visit them the next time I make a trip down to Portland.
Now, with Winter bearing down on us, Breakside felt it was the right time to release their new Winter Seasonal: La Tormenta, a dry-hopped sour ale. There will be a special release party on December 5th at Bottleworks.
Each year, Brouwer’s Cafe put on some of Seattle’s best and most anticipated beer festivals. With Hop Fest, the Hard Liver Barleywine Festival, Sour Fest, the Back In Black Stout Fest as well as other festivals (for example: the Hop Mob Triple IPA Road Show), they’ve got a festival to cover just about every beer drinker’s taste (unless you’re a Bud drinker, in which case you’re out of luck). I was about to say that one of my favorite festivals is coming up at Brouwer’s, but I can’t say that. I’ve come to realize that I don’t have a favorite; I really do love them all. I’m a hophead at heart but I enjoy all beer styles, so I always find plenty of beers I truly enjoy at each one of their festivals.
Now, with December upon us, it’s time for Brouwer’s 8th Annual Big Wood Festival. This festival features all beers that have been aged in barrels or on wood chips. I’m a huge fan of wood aged beers, especially bourbon barrel aged stouts, so I’m really looking forward to Big Wood (as I do each year). As I said above, I can’t really pick a favorite festival at Brouwer’s Cafe – but they can.
There are a few craft beer spots in Seattle that I just don’t visit often enough. My unusual schedule and proximity to the South end of the city can sometimes make it difficult for me to frequent some of the spots I really enjoy in Fremont, Ballard and farther North. Two of those spots are The Sixgill and The Noble Fir, and they both have events coming up in the next week.
If you’re a fan of sour beers, you’ll want to drop by The Sixgill this Saturday. If you’re a fan of beers from breweries out of Chicago, you’ll want to drop by The Noble Fir next Tuesday. Let me fill you in.
Anchor Brewing Company has a colorful history. Originally opened by German immigrant Gottlieb Brekle during the California Gold Rush, it was purchased in 1896 by Ernst F. Baruth and his son-in-law, Otto Schinkel, Jr. who named it Anchor. The brewery burned down during the great quake of 1906, just 10 years later, but was rebuilt (in a new location – but still in San Francisco) in 1907. During the 1950’s Anchor Struggled to hold their own as American beer tastes shifted towards light, mass-produced lagers (Bud, Coors, etc.). They closed briefly in 1959 but opened again later than year under new ownership, after which the brewery burned down yet again and was rebuilt yet again a few block away.
Lacking interest in his own family’s appliance business, Fritz Maytag purchased the struggling Anchor Brewing in 1965, saving it from closing, and things only got better from there on out.
(Note: Anchor was sold to former Skyy vodka executives Keith Greggor and Tony Foglio in 2010, who plan to expand Anchor’s business while keeping its commitment to artisan brewing.)
Today, Anchor produces a wide variety of beers but their most notable is still the original Anchor Steam. In 1975, Anchor Brewing first brewed their Anchor Christmas Ale and have done so every year since. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Anchor Christmas Ale.
The holiday season kind of snuck up on me this year. Just yesterday, my wife and I had to go out to run a few errands and we were amazed at how large the holiday shopping crowds were. Granted, it was pretty nice out this weekend; cold but sunny and clear, so I suppose there were a lot of people trying to get a jump on their shopping.
As busy as everyone gets this time of year with family, shopping and general holiday preparations, it’s important to schedule a few diversions; y’know, to get your mind off all the happy, merry, cheery, I’m going to go insane if I hear ‘Jingle Bells’ one more time, omnipresence of the season. To help you out on that front, here are 10 great craft beer events coming up between tomorrow, November 18th and Thursday, December 18th, just one week before Christmas.
When Joel VandenBrink from Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) decided to launch Seattle Cider Company just over a year ago, he had no inkling of the incredible demand that would follow. Launching in August 2013, they laid out their sales goals based on expected demand. Their calculations were way off – in the best way possible. A mere six months after launching, Seattle Cider Company hit their 5 year sales goal. That’s right. They sold the amount of cider they had expected to sell in 5 years time in just six months. It was clear. Seattle was cider hungry and very happy to have the first cidery since prohibition back within the city.
Also in that short time, Seattle Cider Company has expanded their distribution. You can currently find ciders from Seattle Cider Company in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Illinois. Next up for distribution as they continue to expand is Austin Texas.