The 18th Annual Hard Liver Fest & Other Upcoming Events At Brouwer’s Cafe

Seattle certainly has its share of craft beer events and festivals. I’ve been to more than my fair share and I’m betting many of you have as well. Some of my favorite annual events take place at one of my favorite craft beer bars in the city: Brouwer’s Cafe. I first discovered Brouwer’s way back in 2005, the year they opened, and immediately fell in love. They have great, Belgian inspired food and always have a great tap selection – especially during events/festivals.

Brouwer’s has several great events coming up over the next month. It all kicks off with the 18th annual Hard Liver festival coming up this Saturday, February 29th and culminates with their 15th anniversary celebration on March 28th. Now I know what you’re thinking. How can this be the 18th Hard Liver fest but only Brouwer’s 15th anniversary? Not to worry. This is a logical explanation for this discrepancy. The first few years of the Hard Liver fest were held at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center, before Brouwer’s Cafe opened.

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Bale Breaker Debuts First Year-Round Hazy IPA

Yakima, Wash. – January 29, 2020 – Bale Breaker Brewing Company, a family-owned brewery located in the beautiful Yakima Valley, today announces that it will be adding a sixth 12oz can to its annual lineup named Hazy L IPA.

Hazy L IPA first debuted draft only in December 2019 and has received a great response from the market since its release.  This innovative take on the hazy IPA style features Citra®, Sabro™ and Mosaic® hops grown by BT Loftus Ranches.  With an approachable bitterness and a crisp body, this hazy IPA was thoughtfully crafted for everyday drinking.

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Fort George Stout Month Kicks Off Tomorrow

Here we are, smack in the middle of the Winter beer season. That means Stouts – big, bold, rich Stouts. I can enjoy a good Stout any time of year but, each February, Fort George Brewing Company out of Astoria, Oregon really brings the hits. Are you ready for this year’s Festival of Dark Arts and Stout Month?

As an added bonus, with this being a leap year, Stout month is a day longer this year. Fort George is taking advantage of that extra day and releasing more Stouts during Stout Month this year than ever before. Festival of Dark Arts tickets sold out in record time this year, so if you were fortunate enough to get one, I’m a bit envious. I’ll have to settle for drinking the Fort George Stouts that will make their way up to Seattle.

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Fair Isle Brewing Is Open For Business

I often hear the question; Has Seattle reached the saturation point for new breweries? I don’t think there’s an easy answer. Sure, Seattle is packed with over 330 breweries (many concentrated in Ballard and the South End), but is that too many? It depends on several factors: Location, size, the quality and uniqueness of the beers they produce, etc.

Seattle’s newest brewery: Fair Isle Brewing, opens their doors to the public today at 3 pm. Will they have what it takes to succeed in the saturated Seattle craft beer scene? I believe they will. Fair Isle is taking a slightly different approach with their taproom layout (details below), and will focus primarily on Saisons and other Wild Ales.

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Black Raven Releases Rye Lager

Are you a fan of rye beers? Not everyone is and that’s OK. I can’t recall what the first rye beer I ever had was, but I’ve been a fan of the style for as long as I can remember. Some of my favorites include Rye on Rye from Boulevard, Sah’tea from Dogfish Head and Old Birdbrain from Black Raven Brewing Company.

We may still be in the middle of Winter but I’m already thinking ahead to Spring and so is Black Raven. That’s why they released their Rye Lager just this past Monday the 20th.

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Introducing the Seattle Beer Bar Coalition (SBBC) & Georgetown Boop & Beep IPA Release

We are pleased to announce: Introducing the Seattle Beer Bar Coalition (SBBC)

Beer Release January 29th, 2020
Georgetown “Boop & Beep IPA”

January 6th was a good day for the beer community—The Seattle Beer Bar Coalition officially kicked off what will become a long and productive journey with a collaboration brew at Georgetown Brewing. The SBBC is made up of some of the city’s most well-known craft beer bars including Brouwer’s Cafe, Latona PubBottleworks, Fiddler’s Inn, The Yard Cafe, Watershed Pub & Kitchen, Trailbend Taproom, Olaf’s, The Pine Box, Toronado SeattleThe Shambles, Beveridge Place Pub, Hopvine Pub, and The Dray.

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Counterbalance Brewing Prepares For Their 5th Anniversary

Each year, Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle holds an IPA competition to select their House IPA for the next year. Georgetown Brewing Company is often the winner with their Bodhizafa IPA but, for the past couple of years, there’s been another brewery nipping at their heels. That brewery is Counterbalance Brewing Company and their popular Multipass IPA, which has come in 2nd place the past two years.

If Multipass IPA is the only beer you’re familiar with from Counterbalance, then it’s high time you paid them a visit to try some of their other tasty offerings. Mark your calendar for next Friday and Saturday, January 24th and 25th when Counterbalance is set to celebrate their 5th anniversary.

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Get Your Tickets Now For Foggy Noggin’s 2020 Barleywine Vertical Tasting Event

It’s cold out there, so you’d better find a way to keep yourself warm, both inside and out. That’s why it’s a good thing that it’s also Barleywine season. Sitting by a roaring fire with good friends can be a good way to warm you up outside, but all the rich, luscious, high ABV Barleywines that start appearing this time of year are a great way to keep your insides warm as well.

Traditionally, American style Barleywines and English style Barleywines are a bit different from each other. American style Barleywines often put more emphasis on hop character than their English counterparts, but not always. English style Barleywines generally tend to have a richer, maltier character, often with a caramel like sweetness, and are usually a bit heavier in body.

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Firestone Walker Announces Flyjack 96-Calorie IPA

There’s no denying that IPA is the most popular style of craft beer, and there are quite a few variations on the style. We’ve got the good old standard IPA (West Coast IPA – Clear, hoppy and bitter), Double IPA, Triple IPA, New England Style IPA (single or double), Milkshake IPA (single or double), Session IPA, Brut IPA, Sour IPA and more. Personally, Double IPAs (both West Coast & New England Style) are my favorite. There’s just something about that intense flavor and hop character that I just love.

Sometimes though, I wish I could get the flavor and hoppy character I enjoy from a Double IPA in a Single IPA or, better yet, a Session IPA. Most Session IPAs I’ve tried are too light on the hops and thin on the mouthfeel for my taste. Even with lower ABV and/or lower carbohydrates, I still want full flavor and a hoppy punch. Well, Firestone Walker Brewing Company just announced a new IPA called Flyjack. It’s a Session IPA at only 96 calories and 5 grams of carbs, but it’s supposed to be big on flavor.

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Sam Adams Reformulates Cold Snap & Announces Mountain Berry

Cold Snap limited release White Ale from Sam Adams has been around since 2014. Loaded with a plethora of spices, including orange zest, vanilla and other adjuncts, Cold Snap is a light and tasty Winter warmer.

The recipe for Cold Snap has been the same since 2014 – until now that is. Sam Adams has tweaked the recipe for the 2020 release, to make Cold Snap even more refreshing that before.

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