Firestone Walker Releases Peachy Bones

Sour and Wild Ales can be an acquired taste.  I know a few people who just can’t get into them, but I also know many people who simply can’t get enough of them.  If you’re one of the later, then you know that some breweries just do their Sour and Wild Ales right.

One such brewery is Firestone Walker Brewing Company, who has given us several Sour/Wild gems like Agrestic, Bretta Rose, Krieky Bones and many more. Now Firestone is ready to reveal the latest offering from their Barrelworks Wild Ale series: Peachy Bones.

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Maiden The Shade Summer IPA And Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack Return From Ninkasi

Spring is being stubborn in the Northwest this year.  With a few  1-2 day exceptions our temperatures have been, on average, lower than they should be for this time of year.  Fear not though, it looks like warmer temperatures will return by mid week and should be sticking around this time.  It’s a good thing too because, though it may still be Spring, Summer seasonals are starting to arrive.

That warmer weather is good news for Ninkasi too as they prepare to roll out their Summer Seasonal Maiden The Shade IPA as well as their Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack featuring: Total Domination IPA, Maiden The Shade IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA and Prismatic Juicy IPA.  This year’s variety 12-pack features bottles and cans.  Both should arrive in early May.

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Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks Releases Bretta Rose Batch No. 005

Are you a fan of sour or wild ales?  Not everyone is and that’s just fine by me.  Fewer fans simply means there’s more for those of us who do enjoy them to drink.  For those who do enjoy them though, we have some breweries here in the Northwest who excel at making incredible sour and wild ales, including Holy Mountain, Urban Family, Engine House Number 9, Cascade and more.

Though I’m a huge fan of Washington (and Oregon) brewed beers, I don’t hide the fact that several of my favorite breweries are, in fact, from California including one of my all time favorites: Firestone Walker Brewing Company.  Firestone’s Barrelworks Wile Ale program has it’s roots all the way back in 2006, when Barrelworks’ Master Blender, Jim Crooks, took a trip to Belgium to work with Lauren Salazar (New Belgium Brewing).  He returned with some dregs from one of their 15 or so Foeders and placed it into a French oak wine barrel of freshly filtered and un-carbonated Firestone DBA. This experiment was the foundation of what would eventually become Barrelworks’/Firestone Walker’s Agrestic Ale.  Continue reading

Teku Tavern Set To Open On October 18th – UPDATED

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We’re blessed here in the Northwest to live in an area where there are so many great breweries.  Having easy access to so many great beers is great for craft beer fans like us, but it’s also part of what allows Seattle to have some of the best tap and bottle shops around.  Some of the most popular and well known ones include The Beer Junction, Bottleworks and Chuck’s Hop Shop.

Now, joining those establishments is Seattle’s newest tap and bottle shop: Teku Tavern.  Named for the Teku style of glassware that has been called the “World’s best beer glass”, Teku Tavern is looking to, as they put it, elevate the beer scene in Seattle.  They’ll have 50 taps, 3 cask stations and 29 refrigerators of beer and cider to go.

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BrewDad’s Of Bonney Lake Opens In July

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The craft beer scene in the Puget Sound is rather large, so there are a number of different writers out there covering it.  Beyond Craft Beer Monger, of course, we have the Washington Beer Blog, Northwest Beer Guide, Northwest Brewing News, Two Brew Review, BrewDad and many more.

Each of these writers, including myself, have a passion for great craft beer.  Now, BrewDad writer Mike Besser is taking his passion for great craft beer beyond writing and opening up his own tap and bottle shop.  Next month, Northwest Caps & Taps in Bonney Lake will become BrewDad’s of Bonney Lake.

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Final Departure Imperial Stout Becomes Airways Brewing’s First Packaged Product

Airways Brewing out of Kent, WA has just announced that their Imperial Stout, Final Departure, will become their first ‘packaged’ product to hit the market.  Up until now, Airways brewing beers have only available on tap or at other taprooms around the Seattle area.  I guess if you’re going to bottle your first beer ever, you want to get it done before the ‘End of Days’ arrive! 

Here’s the full press release from Airways Brewing:

KENT, Wash. (October 4, 2012) – Beginning today, Seattle and Tacoma-area craft beer lovers and prophecy enthusiasts can begin stocking up on Airways Brewing Company’s® Final Departure Imperial Stout™. The first packaged offering from the growing microbrewery – located just south of Seattle in Kent – Final Departure was brewed as a nod to the fast-approaching end of the Mayan calendar known as the “end of days” on December 21, ensuring the last beer you enjoy is one you’ll never forget.

 
“As our time on earth supposedly draws to an end, we’ve brewed up something special and truly unique for what may be the last beer you ever drink,” said Alex Dittmar, owner and head brewer at Airways Brewing Company. “Plus, we figured what better time to start bottling our beer – just in case.”

 
But don’t worry – this big, bold stout is sure to make those enjoying it forget what potentially lies just ahead. Intended to be opened on December 20, the day before the predicted end of the world, Final Departure Imperial Stout boasts a 9.9 percent ABV and 75 IBUs. As Airways Brewing’s darkest beer yet, notes of coffee and chocolate give way to a toasty finish accompanied by a firm hop bitterness. For those who dare to take a chance, this limited edition stout was designed get better with age, giving hope to a world after “the end of days.”

 
“We’re excited Airways Brewing has decided to bottle their amazing beer and we can’t wait to stock it on shelves,” said Erika Tedin, owner of Full Throttle Bottles, a specialty beer shop in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. “We’ve been patiently waiting to be able to share Airways beer with our customers and think Final Departure is a fabulous first introduction.”

 
Final Departure will be available in 22-ounce bottles throughout the Seattle and Tacoma area at select specialty bottle shops – including 99 Bottles, Special Brews, Full Throttle Bottle, Beer Junction, Dog and Pony, Beer Authority, The Red House, Malt and Vine, Pint Defiance, Vashon Thriftway and more – now through December 21.

 
For those who prefer to have their last beer be a draft one, Airways Brewing Company will be hosting an “End of Days” party on December 20 at the Airways Brewing Tap Room in Kent. Open from 3 pm to midnight, those anxiously waiting for the clock to strike midnight will enjoy three versions of Final Departure on tap – including the original, and two special versions aged in rum and whiskey barrels – plus Airways Brewing seasonal offerings and more.

For more information about Airways Brewing, Final Departure or the “End of Days” party, be sure to follow Airways Brewing Company on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.airwaysbrewing.com.

So, be on the lookout for Final Departure Imperial Stout at your local bottle shops soon, and don’t foget about their “End of Days” party on December 20th at the Brewery.  Congratulations to Airways Brewing on the launch of their first bottled beer.  Cheers! 

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.