For those of you keeping count, how many beers do you drink per day? Would you say you drink at least 2.6 beers per day? If you do, I assume you’re drinking a mix of different style from different breweries. After all, not many craft beer drinkers I know (if any) stick to just one beer or even just one brewery.
If you want to keep up with Breakside Brewing Company’s entire 2018 release calendar, however, then you’ll have to have at least 2.6 Breakside beers each day (Yeah, I know. Don’t ask me how to have .6 of a beer. lol). That’s because they’re planning to release over 140 different beers this year. They recently revealed their release schedule for every beer that will be coming out this year.
Today, Monday May 16th, is day number 5 of Seattle Beer Week #8, which means we’re about halfway through. Things kicked off last Thursday at Reuben’s Brews with the official tapping of the first keg of the official Seattle Beer Week beer: Daily Pale, followed by the opening night pub crawl. I had to drop by Reuben’s, of course, for the kickoff and then found my way to Beveridge Place Pub for stop #3 on the crawl.
Fremont Brewing Company is one of my favorite Seattle Breweries in Washington, and Breakside Brewery is one of my favorite breweries in Oregon. So, I’m very pleased to announced that Fremont and Breakside have teamed up for a new collaborative beer dubbed: Back To The Future IPA. Hopefully Robert Zemeckis won’t mind the name.
Back To The Future IPA was brewed specifically for Seattle Beer Week (May 7 – 17). Breakside and Fremont plan to team up again to brew another collaboration beer for Portland Beer Week (June 11 – 21).
Breakside Brewing Company out of Portland makes some solid beers. I really enjoy their Wanderlust IPA, their seasonal Salted Caramel Stout and their Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec. Now, Breakside has two new beers: Lunch Break ISA and Amuse Belgian-Style Ale, and they’ll be pairing them up with sandwiches from Mammoth in Seattle this Friday, March 13th.
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.
If you’re a regular reader here, then you know that IPA is one of my favorite styles of craft beer. Single IPAs, double IPAs, Triple IPAs; I love them all and, with today being IPA Day, it makes me wish I’d planned ahead a bit better this year by stocking up on a few of my favorites before the ‘big day’ arrived. I usually do, but it’s been a busy Summer for me and I neglected to do so this year. That simply means my 2014 IPA day will be a bit more spontaneous, as I select from whatever IPAs I’ll find on tap once I’m off work this afternoon.
Thankfully, I made sure that I do have at least one bottle at home of Firestone Walker’s Double Jack, which I have verified through repeated blind taste testing is my favorite IPA (Double IPA that is). Taking advantage of the blind tasting options the past few years at both Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle during their annul IPApril and at Cooper’s Alehouse on Lake City Way during their annual IPA Fest, helped me narrow down what are probably my top 5 IPAs. No surprise to me, every one of them is a double IPA. Granted, this list is a bit limiting, even for me. I do also have several other favorite IPAs that I can either no longer get in this state (Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing, for example), that I don’t find on tap or in stores as often as I’d like or that are considered seasonal (such as Fresh Hop IPAs, for example).