Ethan Stowell’s Bramling Cross restaurant is betting you’ll still have some energy and a hearty appetite left over after the end of Seattle Beer Week (SBW) on May 14th. That’s because just one day after SBW 2017 wraps up, on Monday, May 15th, they’ll be hosting a beer feast featuring beers from Fremont Brewing Company.
This evening of gastronomic delights, which Bramling Cross has described as a family-style feast, will feature several tasty selections from Chef Travis Post, all expertly paired with six different beers from Fremont Brewing Company.
Bottle releases have become a pretty big deal in the Seattle area. It feels like just about every other weekend, there’s a new release (or several) coming out at one local craft brewery or another. Fremont Brewing Company has definitely had their share of sought after releases, including their recent release of The Ancient One series (Dark Star & B-Bomb versions). I heard the line for those bottles started as early as 4:30 am.
Your possible adverse feelings about standing in line for a beer release notwithstanding, the time has come to let you know that Fremont Brewing will be releasing the 2016 Version of B-Bomb in just over one week on “B-Bomb Friday”, November 25th.
In a unique twist, however, Fremont isn’t just brewing one fresh hop recipe. They’ll be brewing during the whole hop harvest season up in the Yakima valley, and using four different hop varieties as each one his harvested throughout the season.
For most craft beer fans, seeking out a particular beer is a simple matter of checking a few of your local craft bottle shops to see if they have any in stock. This works just fine for most beers out there. However, there are those occasional and highly sought after beers where, if you really want to get your hands on a bottle or two, you’ll want to head to the bottle release at the brewery.
Fremont Brewing Company brews several beers that are popular enough to draw a line on the day of their release. The most recent was last month’s release of The Rusty Nail – a delicious, bourbon barrel aged Oatmeal Stout. Now, Fremont is ready to release another beer that could draw a crowd: The Lamb.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a pretty crazy last week or so leading up to Seattle Beer Week #8. Between being busy at work (both of them), still mourning a bit for our dog, Bailei, and trying to plan out my Seattle Beer Week 2016 schedule (picking from, literally, hundreds of events), I’ve barely had time to breathe.
The event list for Seattle Beer Week seems to get a bit bigger each year. There are always a few days where there are at least 2 or 3 different events all happening at the same time on opposite ends of town, so you have to make a choice. Hitting every single event is absolutely impossible (and severe liver abuse!), so you have to pick your battles (or is it bottles?)
Now, it’s here. Seattle Beer Week kicks off this evening at Reuben’s Brews in Ballard. They’ll be open at noon today, but the official opening ceremony for Seattle Beer Week won’t take place until 5 pm. The first keg of Daily Pale, the official beer of Seattle Beer Week #8, will be tapped and the Mayor’s Proclamation will be read.
I’ve been a fan of great craft beer ever since having my very first craft beer (a Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company, if memory serves). However, I didn’t really immerse myself into the Seattle Craft Beer scene until sometime in 2010. Before that I was, of course, still enjoying craft beer, but my journalistic focus was geared more towards the console video game market. I used to operate a couple of console gaming review sites (focusing mostly on Xbox), which are now closed down.
That means I haven’t been attending Seattle Beer Week for as many years as some of you out there. The first time I attended a Seattle Beer Week event (and actually knew that I was doing so), was back during Seattle Beer Week #4 in 2010, and the first Seattle Beer Week I ever wrote about was Seattle Beer Week #5 in 2011. Right now, that sure seems like a long time ago.
Now, with 2016 upon us, we’re just one week away from the kickoff of Seattle Beer Week #8. That means it’s time once again for me to give you my picks for what sound like the best events at this year’s Seattle Beer Week, just as I’ve done each year since 2012.
The cherry blossoms are back, people are picking up starters for their gardens and, most days, there’s a bit less of a chill in the air. Spring is here and that means Summer is right around the corner. That also means it’s time for the return of Summer Ale from Fremont Brewing Company.
To celebrate it’s return, Fremont Brewing is hosting a release party in their Urban Beer Garden next Thursday, March 31st from 5 – 9 pm. With tangerine, spicy and floral notes, this seasonal ale will have you anticipating those long Summer evenings ahead.
I recently told you about Payette Brewing Company, out of Idaho, bringing their beers to Seattle (full Payette Brewing launch details/Seattle events at this link). Now, in a case of turnabout is fair play, Seattle’s popular Fremont Brewing Company is bringing their beers to Idaho beginning this coming Monday, February 15th.
Fremont has teamed up with Hayden Beverage Company for distribution across Idaho and has several launch events scheduled in various locations around the state between the 15th and the 17th.
Winter officially starts tomorrow, December 22nd and, like many of you, my palate has already become accustomed to drinking darker, stronger, heavier beers as the temperatures outside drop below my usual comfort level. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’ve been enjoying all the wonderful Bourbon Barrel Aged beers that have been arriving recently from several local breweries. Fremont Brewing Company’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Abominable Ale or B-Bomb, for example, or their Bourbon Barrel Aged Darkstar. I think the Coffee Cinnamon variant of B-Bomb is my favorite.
Even with all these wonderful Barrel Aged beers available, however, a hophead like me still wants the occasional IPA to lighten things up a bit. As much as I do enjoy a good, thick, dark Stout or Porter (especially the Bourbon Barrel Aged variety), I need a break from them every now and then. That’s where Fremont’s next release comes in. Returning next Tuesday, December 29th is Fremont Brewing’s 77 Select Session IPA.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Fremont Brewing Company. After a successful Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star release on October 1st and their launch in Oregon State just 2 days ago, Fremont is ready to release their 2015 Vintage Bourbon Barrel Aged Abominable Ale – more commonly known as B-Bomb.
This rich, intense, caramelly, fruity, bourbony, vanilla-ish stout is one of my annual favorites and, now that I think about it, one of my very favorite bourbon barrel aged beers period. In fact, my own personal craft cellar has a rather high preponderance of B-Bomb (and Darkstar) bottles in different varieties. Last year’s Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb variant was one of my absolute favorites. I covet the few bottles I have left and save them for special occasions.