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.
Many craft breweries start out small, then slowly expand as they find some success and the demand for their beer grows. A few breweries, on the other hand, start out small and prefer to stay small by choice. One such brewery is Foggy Noggin Brewing Company in Bothell.
Since first opening their doors to the public back in 2010, Foggy Noggin has been brewing on a tiny 1/2 barrel system. 1 barrel is approximately 31 gallons, so brewing on a 1/2 barrel system means that Foggy Noggin produces just 15.5 gallons of beer per batch. That’s about enough to fill just one full size keg, though most of their beer finds it’s way into 1/6 barrel (5 gallon) or 1/4 barrel (7.5 gallon) kegs.
Now Foggy Noggin is preparing to celebrate their 8th Anniversary, with a 3-day-long celebration from March 23rd to 25th and the release of their special 8th Anniversary Ale.
Football season has returned, much to the delight of NFL fans everywhere and especially Seahawks fans right here in Seattle. After sweeping the pre-season 4 – 0, the ‘Hawks are ready to take on the challenge of making their way towards Superbowl LII (that’s 52 for those of you who aren’t up on your Roman numerals), and they’re going to need the help of you 12’s.
Of course, to cheer the Seahawks on properly, you’re going to need some good game-day beer. Sure, Marshawn Lynch is with the Oakland Raiders now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy a beer inspired by Lynch’s time with the ‘Hawks. That’s why Foggy Noggin Brewing Company is bringing back their popular football season brew: Cease & Desist IPA (Formerly 12th Man Skittles IPA – but I trust you see the legal issues he ran into there(?)).
After a long Fn week. I bet you could use a Fn beer, am I right? Now, are you a fan of English style IPAs? They differ a bit from American style IPAs with their bitter yet smooth finish and a pronounced but never over-the-top hop character. American style IPAs tend to be much more in your face with the hops, slapping you with a big blast of hop aroma and flavor. American IPAs also tend to have, on average, a higher ABV than English style IPAs.
Foggy Noggin Brewing Company up in Bothell has lots of experience brewing English style Ales. In fact, it’s their specialty. Now, they’d like to devote a special day to just English style IPAs so, this coming Saturday, June 24th, Foggy Noggin will be hosting their first ever/first annual English IPA Tap Takeover.
Are you a fan of English style barleywines? If you aren’t familiar with the style, English barleywines, as compared to American style barleywines, tend to be just a bit more on the sweet side with a more subdued hop character and more fruit esters.
Are you also a fan of small batch breweries? Then Foggy Noggin Brewing Company out of Bothell (ones of Washington’s smallest production craft breweries) has an event coming up that should be right up your alley. Next Friday, February 17th from 6 pm – 8 pm, Foggy Noggin is hosting a vertical tasting (2013, 2015, 2016) of their English style barleywine: Duck’s Ass. There are only 20 spots available for this special vertical tasting and the cost is $30 per person.
Are you ready for some football? If you are (and I know you are!) then you’re also ready for the return of a Seahawks/Marshawn Lynch-inspired IPA. They can’t call it “12th Man” or “Skittles” (due to a cease & desist order from Texas A&M University), so please welcome back Cease & Desist IPA from Foggy Noggin Brewing Company.
Only around for the Seahawks season, Cease & Desist IPA gets its unique, slightly tart flavor from the addition of Marshawn Lynch’s favorite fruity candy. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. Cease & Desist IPA returns this coming Saturday, September 10th – just in time for the Seahwaks home opener against the Miami Dolphins on the 11th. Go Hawks!
Due to both their location in a residential neighborhood and their small size, Foggy Noggin Brewing Company has always had somewhat limited taproom hours. With the warm weather returning, however, Foggy Noggin’s Jim Jamison wanted to change that. So, a few weeks back, he put a poll out on social media sites, asking which additional day (Friday or Sunday) his customers would prefer for the added hours.
Well, the results of that poll are in and Foggy Noggin Brewing is pleased to announce that, starting this Friday, May 6th, they will now be open on Fridays from 3- 7 pm (in addition to their regular hours of noon – 5 pm on Saturdays).
Just yesterday, I told you about a place where you can go to try flights of German style beers. Most of the styles contained in those flights are Lagers, but not the Alt. Traditional German Altbier (or Dusseldorfer Alt) is one of just a few traditional German Ales rather than Lagers (along with Kolsch, Gose, Hefeweizen, Berliner Weisse, Weizenbock and a few others).
From the German Beer Institute: One of only a handful of traditional German ales. Altbier is Copper-colored, cool-fermented, cold-conditioned, clean-tasting, with an aromatic hop presence, a firm creamy head, a medium body, and a dry finish. It is indigenous to the Rheinland, which is part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the northwestern part of Germany, near the Dutch border. The best known Altbiers come from the Düsseldorf, the state capital.
It’s time for a big celebration at one of the World’s smallest production breweries. Foggy Noggin Brewing Company in Bothell is getting ready to celebrate their 6th Anniversary this coming Saturday, March 26th. They’ll be releasing their 2016 Anniversary Ale and will be pouring rare beers all day long.
Foggy Noggin specializes in small batch English Style Ales and they do a fine job of it on their tiny, 1/2 barrel brewing system. Their doors first opened on March 20th, 2010 with just two beers on tap: Bit O’ Beaver (English Bitter) and Christmas Duck (Porter). Today they have up to 10 beers on tap at their modest taproom.
Back in January of 2014, Foggy Noggin Brewing Company introduced a new beer to honor the Seattle Seahwaks return to the Superbowl. They named their beer “12th Man Skittles IPA” and, as you might expect, were immediately contacted by Texas A&M University due to the use of “12th Man” in the beer’s name. I’m guessing Mars, Inc. (owner of Skittles) wasn’t too thrilled over the name either. So, in order to avoid any legal issues, Foggy Noggin cleverly renamed the beer “Cease & Desist IPA.”
Now, as the Seahawks prepare for their 2015 regular season opener against the St. Louis Rams, Cease & Desist IPA is back to help you quench your Fn game day thirst as you cheer on the Hawks.