You’re here, so I assume you enjoy locally made craft beer. I’m also going to assume you’re a decent person because the vast majority of craft beer drinkers I know are decent people. So you probably are as well, right? Since you’re a decent person, then I know you also care about our Veterans.
I may not support the current administration in the White House, but I’ve always supported and respected our men and women in uniform. Veterans made sacrifices for our freedoms – some making the ultimate sacrifice. Many are still suffering in isolation, often leading to suicide. It’s the mission of Growing Veterans to end the loneliness and isolation that can lead to Veteran suicides and Aslan Brewing Company wanted to help. That’s why they’ve teamed up with Growing Veterans to create Charlie Foxtrot IPA, brewed with hops grown and hand-picked by Growing Veterans’ veteran members from their Growing Veterans Organic Hops program. It will be released next Saturday the 29th, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Growing Veterans.
I love a parade – especially when it’s a parade of Fresh Hop Ales. I say keep ’em coming and I know I’m not the only one! Local breweries are definitely hearing that call and answering back in a big way. So far this season, I’ve enjoyed Fresh Hop Ales from at least 8 Northwest breweries (mostly Seattle, but a few from Oregon), and I’m looking forward to having even more in the coming weeks.
Now Stoup Brewing Company in Ballard has announced their Fresh Hop lineup for the 2018 season, and it doesn’t disappoint. Stoup if keeping it fresh with at least 5 different Fresh Hop Ales coming our way over the next few weeks.
There’s a lot going on right now at Schooner Brewing (formerly Schooner Exact Brewing Company). They’ve finished their remodel and re-branding from the old Schooner Exact taproom, but the changes aren’t so dramatic that you won’t recognize the place. They’ve updated the style, added more seating, updated the menu and started rolling out some new beers. Don’t worry though, your old Schooner favorites like 3 Grid IPA, Profanity Hill Porter, King Street Brown and more are still around too.
If you’re ready to try a new Schooner beer though, why not stop in for a pint of their SODO IPA, which is on tap now. Also on tap for these waning days of Summer is their very popular Seamstress Union Raspberry Wheat. Not your thing? Then hang on till the first week of October when Schooner Brewing’s Comet Fresh Hop will make its debut.
Harvest season is upon us. For those of us here in the Northwest, that means lots and lots of Fresh Hop Ales – which makes me quite happy. However, the abundance of wonderful Fresh Hop beers we get this time of year can sometimes obscure the start of another great annual beer tradition: Oktoberfest.
I’m a serious hop-head, but when Fall arrives, my palate sometimes needs an occasional break from the hops and starts craving something with more of those rich, toasty and bready malt flavors. I’m referring, of course, to the traditional, German style Märzen/Oktoberfest.
Seattle’s iconic Pike Brewing Company has been going through a few changes over the past year or so. They’ve expanded their brewery operations, opened the new Tankard & Tun upstairs from The Pike, and now they’re ready to open a new brewery beer garden for the Summer. Situated right in the brewery itself, Pike’s new brewery beer garden will be right near the brewery doors that open onto Post Alley below Pike Place Market. In
In other Pike Brewing News, the Flight of Dreams Opening in Nagoya Japan, featuring Pike Brewing, has been pushed back to September and Pike has also been named ‘Most Iconic Brand’ in Seattle Magazine’s 2018 beer awards. They also have two new beers about to release: Citrus Summer Ale and Hopsie.
Each year, as Seattle’s Summer starts to wane, our palates grow eager with anticipation of one of the best Seasonal craft beer styles for hopheads: Fresh Hop Ales. Ordinarily, Fresh Hop Ale season doesn’t get started until late August or even early September, as the hop harvest gets under way. This year, however, hops at Puterbaugh Farms in Yakima Valley were ready early thanks to ideal growing conditions.
As a result, Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), always first out of the gate each year with their Fresh Hop IPA, is bringing it to you even earlier than usual. In just two days, on Friday, August 3rd, come down to Two Beers Brewing for the release of their 2018 Fresh Hop IPA.
Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) puts out lots of great IPAs including their popular Trickster IPA and, my personal favorite IPA from Black Raven, Wisdom Seeker Double IPA. They also put out some lighter IPAs like Beak Tweaker Citrus IPA and their Nothing But Flowers Session IPA.
Now, Black Raven is finally set to jump into the juicy, hazy New England style IPA craze with their latest offering: Nothing But Haze. Based on their Nothing But Flowers Session IPA, Nothing But Haze is still sessionable at just 5.0% ABV.
Seattle has lots of unique neighborhoods, each with their own identity and feel. One such neighborhood is Phinney RIdge and each year, the Phinney Neighborhood Association hosts a craft beer event known as the Summer Beer Taste. This year’s luau-themed event, Brewkilau, is set for this coming Saturday, July 21st.
Your $30 ticket for this event ($25 for PNA Members), gets you 10 beer tastes from 30+ different, local craft breweries and cideries, plus an assortment of pub snacks.
I love the craft beer community – especially here in the Northwest. It goes well beyond just beer. Sure, different breweries are in competition with each other to make the best beers and to sell the most beers, but I’ve always felt that, for the most part, there’s a real feeling of kinship between many local brewers and breweries. They don’t just provide a faceless product. They become part of the greater community and, as such, care about that community.
That’s why you’re constantly seeing local craft breweries hosting events that are geared towards helping out local charities and non profits. They want to give something back to the community that’s given to them. Also, let’s face it, as a craft beer consumer it feels good to know you’re helping out by really doing nothing more than enjoying the craft beers you love. What could be better?
As I’m sure you’re already aware, June is Pride Month and there are plenty of events all around Seattle to celebrate and stand up for the LGBTQ community. Considering the current political climate in our nation, I think that recognizing and celebrating Pride Month is more important that ever.
Pike Brewing Company feels the same way and recently released Pike Pride Ale in celebration of Seattle’s LGBTQ community. It’s available on tap now at Pike Brewing and Tankard & Tun and will be featured at several locations during Pride Week (June 18-24).
Other news from Pike includes their new Late-Night Hoppy Hour (with food specials from 9 pm to close (menu below)), a new seasonal menu at Tankard & Tun, and the exciting news that Pike has shipped over 600 unique pieces of beer art to Japan’s International Airport in Nagoya in preparation for the opening of a Pike Brewing restaurant and craft beer bar in Nagoya Airport.