Many craft breweries start out small, then slowly expand as they find some success and the demand for their beer grows. A few breweries, on the other hand, start out small and prefer to stay small by choice. One such brewery is Foggy Noggin Brewing Company in Bothell.
Since first opening their doors to the public back in 2010, Foggy Noggin has been brewing on a tiny 1/2 barrel system. 1 barrel is approximately 31 gallons, so brewing on a 1/2 barrel system means that Foggy Noggin produces just 15.5 gallons of beer per batch. That’s about enough to fill just one full size keg, though most of their beer finds it’s way into 1/6 barrel (5 gallon) or 1/4 barrel (7.5 gallon) kegs.
Now Foggy Noggin is preparing to celebrate their 8th Anniversary, with a 3-day-long celebration from March 23rd to 25th and the release of their special 8th Anniversary Ale.
Football season has returned, much to the delight of NFL fans everywhere and especially Seahawks fans right here in Seattle. After sweeping the pre-season 4 – 0, the ‘Hawks are ready to take on the challenge of making their way towards Superbowl LII (that’s 52 for those of you who aren’t up on your Roman numerals), and they’re going to need the help of you 12’s.
Of course, to cheer the Seahawks on properly, you’re going to need some good game-day beer. Sure, Marshawn Lynch is with the Oakland Raiders now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy a beer inspired by Lynch’s time with the ‘Hawks. That’s why Foggy Noggin Brewing Company is bringing back their popular football season brew: Cease & Desist IPA (Formerly 12th Man Skittles IPA – but I trust you see the legal issues he ran into there(?)).
After a long Fn week. I bet you could use a Fn beer, am I right? Now, are you a fan of English style IPAs? They differ a bit from American style IPAs with their bitter yet smooth finish and a pronounced but never over-the-top hop character. American style IPAs tend to be much more in your face with the hops, slapping you with a big blast of hop aroma and flavor. American IPAs also tend to have, on average, a higher ABV than English style IPAs.
Foggy Noggin Brewing Company up in Bothell has lots of experience brewing English style Ales. In fact, it’s their specialty. Now, they’d like to devote a special day to just English style IPAs so, this coming Saturday, June 24th, Foggy Noggin will be hosting their first ever/first annual English IPA Tap Takeover.
That chill in the air is just starting to fade and the official start of Spring is just 5 days away, on March 20th. To mark the occasion, Beardslee Public House in Bothell has decided to host a Spring Solstice Brewer’s Dinner next Tuesday, March 21st.
This special dinner will be comprised of 4 distinct courses, plus a dessert course and each course, including dessert, will be paired with a different Beardslee beer. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase the limited bottling of their Barleywine 2-packs at a discounted price.
Are you a fan of English style barleywines? If you aren’t familiar with the style, English barleywines, as compared to American style barleywines, tend to be just a bit more on the sweet side with a more subdued hop character and more fruit esters.
Are you also a fan of small batch breweries? Then Foggy Noggin Brewing Company out of Bothell (ones of Washington’s smallest production craft breweries) has an event coming up that should be right up your alley. Next Friday, February 17th from 6 pm – 8 pm, Foggy Noggin is hosting a vertical tasting (2013, 2015, 2016) of their English style barleywine: Duck’s Ass. There are only 20 spots available for this special vertical tasting and the cost is $30 per person.
Are you ready for some football? If you are (and I know you are!) then you’re also ready for the return of a Seahawks/Marshawn Lynch-inspired IPA. They can’t call it “12th Man” or “Skittles” (due to a cease & desist order from Texas A&M University), so please welcome back Cease & Desist IPA from Foggy Noggin Brewing Company.
Only around for the Seahawks season, Cease & Desist IPA gets its unique, slightly tart flavor from the addition of Marshawn Lynch’s favorite fruity candy. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. Cease & Desist IPA returns this coming Saturday, September 10th – just in time for the Seahwaks home opener against the Miami Dolphins on the 11th. Go Hawks!
Last October, I took you inside Beardslee Public House (part of the John Howie Restaurant Group) for a closer look at Bothell’s newest gastropub. It was an impressive evening of pairings, showing off some of Beardslee’s inspired in-house menu creations and brewed in house beers.
Due to both their location in a residential neighborhood and their small size, Foggy Noggin Brewing Company has always had somewhat limited taproom hours. With the warm weather returning, however, Foggy Noggin’s Jim Jamison wanted to change that. So, a few weeks back, he put a poll out on social media sites, asking which additional day (Friday or Sunday) his customers would prefer for the added hours.
Well, the results of that poll are in and Foggy Noggin Brewing is pleased to announce that, starting this Friday, May 6th, they will now be open on Fridays from 3- 7 pm (in addition to their regular hours of noon – 5 pm on Saturdays).
Just yesterday, I told you about a place where you can go to try flights of German style beers. Most of the styles contained in those flights are Lagers, but not the Alt. Traditional German Altbier (or Dusseldorfer Alt) is one of just a few traditional German Ales rather than Lagers (along with Kolsch, Gose, Hefeweizen, Berliner Weisse, Weizenbock and a few others).
From the German Beer Institute: One of only a handful of traditional German ales. Altbier is Copper-colored, cool-fermented, cold-conditioned, clean-tasting, with an aromatic hop presence, a firm creamy head, a medium body, and a dry finish. It is indigenous to the Rheinland, which is part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the northwestern part of Germany, near the Dutch border. The best known Altbiers come from the Düsseldorf, the state capital.
It’s time for a big celebration at one of the World’s smallest production breweries. Foggy Noggin Brewing Company in Bothell is getting ready to celebrate their 6th Anniversary this coming Saturday, March 26th. They’ll be releasing their 2016 Anniversary Ale and will be pouring rare beers all day long.
Foggy Noggin specializes in small batch English Style Ales and they do a fine job of it on their tiny, 1/2 barrel brewing system. Their doors first opened on March 20th, 2010 with just two beers on tap: Bit O’ Beaver (English Bitter) and Christmas Duck (Porter). Today they have up to 10 beers on tap at their modest taproom.