Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks Unveils UnderCurrants

Wild and Sour Ales have really grown in popularity in the last few years. For the uninitiated they can seem intimidating to approach at first but, once you get past that initial uncertainly and try a few different Wild and Sour styles, most people find something they really enjoy.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company‘s Barrelworks is no stranger to Wild and Sour Ales. They’ve put out several extremely popular selections like Agrestic (American Wild Red Ale), Krieky Bones (Wild Ale Fermented With Sour Cherries), SLOambic (Wild Ale Fermented With Blackberries) and more.  Now Barrelworks is ready to release the latest in their Wild Ales Series: UnderCurrants (Wild Ale Fermented With Black Currants).

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Sam Adams Joins The Haze Craze

The New England Style/East Coast Style hazy IPA is everywhere these days.  So many breweries have jumped on the hazy bandwagon it seems like we get a few new citrusy, juicy, difficult-to-see-through IPAs nearly every week.  Despite their name, however, most of the New England Style IPAs we enjoy here in the Northwest come from right here on the West coast.

The Boston Beer Company (Aka: Sam Adams) has taken notice of the rise in popularity of this new IPA variant and they’ve decided it’s time for a nationally distributed New England style IPA that’s actually from New England. The Boston Beer Company is pleased to announce the release of their new Samuel Adams New England IPA on draft and in cans.

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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

Payette Brewing Releases A New Year-Round Sour

I first told you about Payette Brewing Company back in February of 2016.  Their beers were just arriving in Washington State, including their Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, and Rodeo Rye Pale (Spring seasonal).

Now, Payette is preparing to release their next year-round offering: Aura Guava & Hibiscus Sour Ale.  Payette has been putting out sours in 22 oz bottles for a while, and Aura Guava & Hibiscus was the standout from their rotating 22 oz sour series.  It became popular enough that canning seemed to be the next logical step.

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Firestone Walker Releases XXI Anniversary Ale

I’ve been a Washingtonian for nearly 20 years now.  I love the Washington craft beer scene and the plethora of wonderful craft breweries in the state, but some of my favorite breweries are still from California. One such brewery is Firestone Walker Brewing Company out of Paso Robles, CA.

Each year since their 10th Anniversary, Firestone Walker has released a special Anniversary Ale. They hold an annual blending session, with both brewers and winemakers in attendance, in order to craft the perfect blend for each year’s Anniversary Ale offering.  Now, Firestone Walker is preparing to release the latest version: XXI Anniversary Ale.

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Ninkasi Releases Green Haze Fresh Hop Pale Ale

What’s that you say?  Another Fresh Hop announcement?  Well what did you expect?  After all, it is Fresh Hop season, quite possibly the most wonderful time of the year (move over, Christmas!)  I’ve already told you about Two Beers‘ (CBM Sponsor) Fresh Hop IPA and Fremont Brewing‘s lineup of Fresh Hop Ales for this year.  Now, Ninkasi Brewing Company has announced the release of their 2017 Fresh Hop Pale Ale: Green Haze.

Brewed with over 400 pounds of Centennial Hops fresh off the bine at Goschie Farms (less than 2 hours from hop field to brew kettle!), Green Haze is about as fresh as you can get and should bring those grassy, Earthy notes you’d expect from a well made Centennial Fresh Hop Pale.

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Ninkasi Releases Their Summer IPA Variety Pack

Ninkasi Brewing Company out of Eugene Oregon puts out some excellent craft brews, including several different IPAs.  I really enjoy their Total Domination IPA and Tricerahops Double IPA, as well as their Hop Cooler Citrus IPA; and don’t forget about their Maiden The Shade Summer IPA, which I told you about just last week.

With Summer right around the corner, Ninkasi has decided to pull together a few of their most popular IPAs into the Summer IPA Variety Pack.  An easy way to please the hopheads in your life, this variety pack will include four different Ninkasi IPAs: Total Domination, Dawn Of The Red, Beer Run and Hop Cooler.

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Introducing The Bottle Shop Collaboration Project

Collaborations are nothing new in the craft beer World.  In fact, collaborations have produced some truly amazing beers.  Some examples that come to mind include Juicy Hop Bomb Double IPA from Georgetown Brewing & Two Beers Brewing (CBM Sponsor), Fist Bump from Cloudburst Brewing & Stoup Brewing and, of course, the popular 3-Way IPA Series from Fort George Brewing and the numerous other breweries they have partnered with for that series.

Collaboration beers have become so popular that they have even inspired the creation of collaboration-focused festivals such as the Washington Beer Collaboration Festival (Aug. 19, 2017).  Now, I’ve learned about yet another new series of collaborations taking place in what has been dubbed the Bottle Shop Collaboration Project.  11 Seattle area bottle shops are teaming up with several local craft breweries to create some special collaborative releases.

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Reuben’s Brews Names Hop Idol Winner

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Back in November of last year, I told you about Reuben’s Brews‘ Hop Idol homebrew contest.  As a call back to the homebrewing roots of founder Adam Robbings, Reuben’s Brews held this homebrew competition as a means to help inspire other homebrewers to chase their own brewery dreams.

Entrants could submit up to 5 entries each and all entries were due by January 17th. The judging took place the week of January 21st and now Reuben’s Brews is ready to announce the winner who will get to brew their beer with Reuben’s and see it distributed throughout Western Washington.  The winning beer will also be entered into the Washington Beer Awards Pro-Am competition as well as the Great American Beer Festival.

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Reuben’s Brews Announces “Hop Idol” Homebrew Contest

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There are lots of great craft breweries in the Seattle area, and many of those breweries were founded by people who started off as homebrewers before making the leap to professional brewer.  Adam Robbings, founder of Reuben’s Brews is one of them.

As a call back to Adam’s homebrewing roots, Reuben’s Brews has announced a homebrew competition as a means to help inspire other homebrewers to chase their own brewery dreams.  The winner will receive a cash prize but, more importantly, will brew their winning homebrew with the crew at Reuben’s Brews and see their beer on tap at Reuben’s and in limited distribution around the Northwest.  So fire up those brewing kettles and bring out your very best homebrew recipes, because (in my best Ryan Seacrest immitation) this… is Hop Idol!

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