I know it’s only Fall. Winter doesn’t officially arrive until late December, but craft beer has always been a bit ahead of the curve (Pumpkin beers showing up in early August, anyone?) Being a big fan of Winter beers though, I certainly don’t mind when they start arriving a bit early.
Apparently, nether do many of the breweries in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Because, coming up this coming Saturday, November 3rd is the Ballard Brewed Winter Beer Festival to Benefit Bellwether Housing. Drink Winter beers from eleven different Ballard breweries and do your part to help Bellwether Housing – creating affordable housing in Seattle.
Fresh Hop Season is upon us. The first few Fresh Hop beers have already arrived and we’ll be seeing many more Fresh Hop releases in the coming weeks. With so many Fresh Hop beers to try, it would be nice to have a single place where you can try a bunch of them at once. Thankfully, the Seattle Fresh Hops Festival returns next month.
Packed to the brim with Fresh Hop beers from all across Washington, the 2017 Seattle Fresh Hop Festival is a dream come true for all you serious hop heads out there.
Have you been enjoying Fresh Hop season? I don’t know about you, but my lupulin levels must be through the roof. I love the abundance of hoppy beers available this time of year and am thankful that I live in the Northwest, which produces the best Fresh Hop beers available in the World.
So, have I had enough? Not by a long shot. I know there are opinions out there that hops are overused in the craft beer industry and that the IPA style has taken over too much and become too hoppy. To that I say, absurd. Yes, there are some ridiculously hoppy beers out there. That’s great for those of us who enjoy them. If you don’t, however, then don’t drink them. It’s just that simple.
The abundance and popularity of IPAs and hoppy Pale Ales doesn’t mean there aren’t other choices out there. Although, I will admit, most tap lists are rather hop-heavy this time of year for obvious reasons. If you’re like me though and just can’t get enough then you’re in luck, because the 2016 Seattle Fresh Hops Festival starts this Friday at Hale’s Palladium.
It took me quite a while to get into Belgian beers. It wasn’t that I didn’t like them – more that I just didn’t know them. I was so accustomed to drinking regular, American ale styles like Pale Ale, IPA, Brown Ale, Stout, etc. that I wasn’t accustomed to leaving my regular comfort zone with my beer choices.
Sometime in the last decade or so, however, I realized this limitation and forced myself to start branching out and start drinking a wider variety of beer styles, including Belgians; and I’m so glad I did. Now, Belgian beers are some of my favorites to enjoy. There are a wide variety of Belgian styles to choose from as well, with a wide range of flavors and aromas from musty, hay-like farmhouse ales, to the citrus, clove or bubblegummy aromas and flavors in many Saisons, Belgian Pales or Belgian Golden ales and more.