There are some good places to go in Seattle if you’re looking for butchery, charcuterie, smoked meats, sandwiches, sausages and the like. There are also some good places to go in Seattle if you’re looking for an excellent selection of craft beers or some top notch craft cocktails. Of course, trying to find all of these things under one roof has been a bit of a challenge, until now that is. Set to open this coming Saturday, January 20th in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood is The Shambles, Seattle’s new North end destination where deli • meats • bar.
Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) uses the tag line, “Ales of great distinction and character”. I would have to agree with that assessment. Black Raven does indeed brew several different, delicious and very distinct beers. From their ever popular Wisdom Seeker Double IPA to other sought after beers like Trickster IPA, Great Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout, La Mort Bourbon, Gunpowder Plot Nitro Porter, Splinters Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale and every other beer in-between, you know when you’re drinking a Black Raven beer.
Now Black Raven is ready to add yet another beer to their extensive and impressive lineup. Coming this Friday, January 19th, Black Raven will be releasing Updraft American Style Pale Ale.
Despite the fact that I just don’t get there often enough, I have a strong affinity for Naked City Brewery & Taphouse. As I’ve said many times before, Owner and Head Brewer, Don Webb truly loves his work and it shows in the quality of the beers Naked City produces. Some of my favorites of theirs over the years have included their Big Lebrewski Russian Imperial Stout, Rye Barrel Aged Old 48 Stout, The Can In Black Malt Liquor and Old Proper, their English Style Barleywine. Not to mention their popular, seasonal triple IPA, Cry Me A River, which you should be seeing again soon as the Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow returns next month.
Now, with well over 320 distinct beers under their belt, Naked City is preparing to celebrate their 10th Anniversary with the release of a beer that will be the first in a series of 10 collaboration beers along with a series of 10 concerts for charity.
Hellbent Brewing Company is one of those Seattle breweries that I just don’t get to visit as often as I’d like. My unusual work hours, combined with the fact that I live in the South end, mean that I don’t get to visit many North end breweries that often. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy their beers and will enjoy a few pints whenever I find beers on tap from breweries I don’t get to enough.
Between next Wednesday, January 17th and the beginning of February, Hellbent Brewing Company is set to release two beers and their first ever 16 oz cans. First us is a returning favorite: Big Island Toasted Coconut Stout. This beer was largely inspired by the fact that one of Hellbent’s owners, Randy Embernate, is from the big Island of Hawaii. Also on the way is their Sparrowhawk Belgian Blond and their House IPA and Dang! Citra IPA in 16 oz cans.
Are you ready to party? Lowercase Brewing Company certainly is. Their taproom on Airport Way South in Georgetown turned one just this past November, but the brewery itself (still in South Park) has been around for nearly four years now.
I won’t re-hash the story of how Lowercase wound up with a brewery in South Park but a taproom in Georgetown here, but if you read my previous article (at the link above), it will explain the situation. It actually wound up being a good thing for Lowercase because their Georgetown taproom is larger than their old one and in a better location to get more traffic.
In preparation for their upcoming 4th Anniversary celebration on January 20th (4 – 10 pm), Lowercase has brewed up 4 special beers (for 4 years): iRISH Stout, Strata IPA, Barrel-Aged Winter Warmer and Hop Snow Hazy IPA. There’ll also be live music and BBQ.
Since you’re here, I’m going to assume you’re a craft beer fan, right? Great. Now, do you also have an Instagram account? (If not, it’s easy to sign up free at Instagram.com). Next, by any chance are you a fan of ski season and hitting the slopes? Finally, do you enjoy winning gift cards that can net you free craft beer schwag and lift tickets?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, then you’ll want to get in on Bale Breaker Brewing Company‘s #FRESHOFFTHESLOPES Instagram Photo challenge. All you have to do is follow White Pass and Bale Breaker on Instagram, snap a picture that includes Bale Breaker & White Pass and post it to Instagram with the tag #freshofftheslopes. Each week (from Jan. 1st thru Jan. 31st) five winners will be selected to receive a $25 Bale Breaker Gift Card and a $25 White Pass Gift Card. Then, those winners are eligible for the Escape to High Camp Grand Prize Package (details below).
Pike Brewing Company is more than just a brewery. They also care deeply about beer heritage and about bringing as many different styles of beers as possible to market. Long before Pike Brewing existed, owners Charles and Rose Ann Finkel were the founders of Merchant Du Vin back in 1978 and today they are the World’s largest craft beer importer.
Today, Pike is still focused on making different styles of craft beer more accessible to everyone and, to that end, they have announced that their extremely popular, multi award-winning Belgian Tripel, Monk’s Uncle, is now available in 12 oz cans.
It took me a while to warm up to cans. I grew up in the era where the vast majority of beer that came in cans was horrible, mass-produced American Lagers. That likely tainted my response a bit, but I also still believe that beer tastes better out of bottles than out of cans. I’ve even read a few studies/blind tests that confirm this conclusion (albeit by a narrow margin).
Even so, I’ve come around on cans. The taste difference between can vs. bottle is virtually imperceptible to most and there’s also the fact that many new, highly sought-after beers only come in cans now (some also on tap, if you can find ’em). Now, Ninkasi Brewing Company has decided to jump on the can wagon and just announced that they’ll start canning their beers.
Back in November of last year, I told you aboutReuben’s Brews‘ Hop Idol homebrew contest. As a call back to the homebrewing roots of founder Adam Robbings, Reuben’s Brews held this homebrew competition as a means to help inspire other homebrewers to chase their own brewery dreams.
Entrants could submit up to 5 entries each and all entries were due by January 17th. The judging took place the week of January 21st and now Reuben’s Brews is ready to announce the winner who will get to brew their beer with Reuben’s and see it distributed throughout Western Washington. The winning beer will also be entered into the Washington Beer Awards Pro-Am competition as well as the Great American Beer Festival.
Is it too early to start thinking about Spring? I know we’re still in the middle of Winter right now, but it hasn’t been too horrible this year and who knows what news the groundhog will have for us this Thursday (Groundhog Day is February 2nd). At Pyramid Brewing they’ve been doing a bit more than just thinking about Spring and earlier this month they announced the release of their Spring seasonal, Triangulate Citrus Pale Ale. Dry hopped with Lemondrop™ hops and real lemon peel, Triangulate brings us Spring a bit early this year.
Also arriving now from Pyramid is their limited time Brewer’s Reserve Railroad Avenue, which will be available from mid-January to late April. An Imperial Porter, Railroad Avenue uses deep roasted malts and roasted barley with dashes of vanilla, cinnamon and dark brown sugar. According to Pyramid: “Railroad Avenue is a big, malty brew that conducts the palate to a nicely spiced, mildly sweet finish.”