Ninkasi Brewing’s Maiden The Shade Gets A New Look

Spring is in full swing in the Northwest and Summer is right around the corner.  While I’m still enjoying plenty of tasty Stouts and Porters, the warming weather out there has begun to turn my palate back towards the hoppy beers of Spring and Summer.  Ninkasi is preparing to satisfy that hop craving with the impending return, and new look, of their popular Maiden The Shade IPA.

Dubbed a ‘Summer IPA’ by Ninkasi, Maiden The Shade boasts a combination of eight different hops and flaked barley for a smooth finish.  It will be available at Ninkasi and on craft beer store shelves wherever Ninkasi beers are sold starting on May 1st.

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Wisdom Seeker Returns This Weekend From Black Raven Brewing

Time for a short history lesson.  Benjamin Franklin (who lived from 1706 – 1790) is often credited with the quote: “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”  Unfortunately, he never said it. For one thing, the word ‘bacteria’ wasn’t first used until the year 1881.  For another, I happen to believe there’s just as much wisdom in beer than there is in wine.

In any case, perhaps that’s where Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) got part of the inspiration for one of their most popular beers: Wisdom Seeker Double IPA, which makes it’s annual return this coming Friday, March 10th.

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Spring Break IPA Arrives This Week From Black Raven Brewing

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I hear a lot of people saying, now that President’s Day (or ‘Not My President Day’ depending on who you talk to) and the rest of the holidays are behind us, they just want Spring to get here.  I can relate.  This Winter hasn’t bee too harsh, but I’m definitely ready for more sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Many breweries are getting into that Spring frame of mind too, as they prepare their Spring releases/Spring Seasonals.  To that end, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is happy to announce the impending release of their latest IPA (which they’ve created specially for Bartell Drugs): Spring Break Key Lime IPA.

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Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 005 Is On The Way From Firestone Walker

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company brews some of my favorite beers. I was dismayed a bit last October when they announced that they were discontinuing their Proprietor’s Reserve series, which included what was probably my favorite IPA of all time: Double Jack. However, I was thrilled earlier this year to learn that they’ll be putting their entire line of Vintage Reserve beers in 12 oz bottles, starting with Bravo.

As sad as I was to see Double Jack go, I’ve really been enjoying Firestone’s Luopnic Distortion Series of IPAs. For those who aren’t familiar with the series, Firestone is brewing a line of IPAs which will all have the same malt bill, but each new iteration will use different hops. The first 4 have already dropped and now, Firestone Walker is pleased to announced the imminent arrival of Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 005.

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The Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow Returns Next Month

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A few years back, IPA fans in Washington were dismayed to discover that Russian River Brewing would no longer be distributing their beers to Washington State.  That meant no more Pliny The Elder or Pliny The Younger for Washington (among many other great Russian River beers).  That drought of Pliny (and the over-the-top clamoring for it during the years when we could still get it here) led many Washington breweries to start crafting their own Triple IPAs.

The first two Triple IPAs I recall seeing, which were intended partly as a joke due to the insanity surrounding Pliny releases, were Big Time Brewing Company’s ‘Whiny The Complainer’ and Naked City’s ‘Cry Me A River’.  Super strong and over-the-top hoppy, I was an instant fan of both.  Since that time, more and more Washington breweries started crafting their own Triple IPAs and soon after the Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow was born.  That first year, just 14 Washington breweries participated.

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Recoil IPA In Cans & New Seasonal Highside Wheat From Payette Brewing

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It’s been nearly a year since I first told you about Payette Brewing Company‘s arrival in Seattle.  Hailing from Boise, Idaho, Payette was founded by Idaho native Mike Francis – a graduate of the Siebel Institute of Brewing and a former brewer for Schooner Exact Brewing Company here in Seattle.

Payette introduced themselves to the Seattle market with their Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, Rodeo Rye, Pistolero Porter and 12 Gauge Imperial Stout.  They were warmly received with events at various locations throughout the city, including Toronado and The Sixgill.  Now, they’re back to announce that their Recoil IPA has joined their year-round lineup and is now arriving in cans.

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Redfeather IPA Arrives This Week From Black Raven Brewing

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I hope you’ve all been having a wonderful Holiday season.  Winter officially arrived yesterday, though it feels like it’s already been here a bit longer.  To keep warm through our chilly Fall, I’ve been enjoying plenty of high octane, barrel aged beers (Lord knows, there have been enough great barrel aged releases around here lately).  I really love all those dark, strong, Winter-time beers but sometimes, even in the colder temperatures out there, my palate (and my liver) could use a break from something so heavy.

That’s where the Session IPA comes in.  Session IPAs are lower in alcohol, but still retain much of the hoppy punch you love from traditional IPAs. They’re crisp and refreshing and one the Northwest’s finest examples of the style, Redfeather Session IPA, returns tomorrow (12/23) from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).

Here is some more information about Redfeather Session IPA from Black Raven Brewing Company:

Release date: Friday, December 23rd

The Redfeather SIPA is brewed in the session IPA style. This beer presents the hop bitterness and flavor of a red IPA but in a more refreshing, lower alcohol version.

Additional crystal malts contribute the red hue and malt backbone to layer the hops onto. Hop varieties include Super Galena, Northern Brewer and Citra.

2016 GABF WINNER
Gold Medal – ESB category

ABV: 4.8%

On draft, growler fills and 22oz bottles available to go.

So, while I’m sure most of you will be digging into your cellars this Christmas to impress friends or family with a few extra special bottle selections (or just enjoying them yourself), be sure to stop by Black Raven to grab a growler or two of Redfeather Session IPA, so you and your guests have something a bit lighter and hoppier to enjoy as well.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

Magnanimous IPA Returns From Fort George Brewing

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Enjoying craft beer is all about appreciating the skill of the brew master and treating your taste buds, while having a great time with friends and family.  So, if you’re feeling resentful or holding onto a grudge about something this holiday season, Let it go.  Be like Fort George Brewing Company.  Be Magnanimous.

This Fall/Winter Seasonal Ale is brewed with Grand Fir trimmings from Earth & Sky Farm in Oregon City, which Fort George co-owner Chris Nemlowill has been storing in his basement since May when they were picked.  Magnanimous IPA is a great way for hopheads like me to enjoy the Holidays and Hops at the same time.

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Cease & Desist IPA Returns For Seahawks Season From Foggy Noggin Brewing

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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!

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Firestone Walker Announces Luponic Distortion Revolution 003

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Back in May of this year, Firestone Walker Brewing Company launched a new series of IPAs known as the Luponic Distorion series. Luponic Distortion Revolution 001 flew under the radar a bit, but many more people learned what this series was all about when Revolution 002 arrived in July.

Now, Firestone Walker is getting ready to launch the 3rd iteration in the series: Luponic Distortion Revolution 003. Like the previous beers in the series, Revolution 003 uses the same malt bill but all new hops, including a new, yet to be named hop.

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