These days, the New England/Hazy IPA is all the rage. In fact, I’ve even visited a few places over the past year where I couldn’t find a single West Coast style IPA on tap – just hazies. Thankfully, there’s been a bit of push back lately, and I’m starting to see more West Coast IPAs available again.
One of my all time favorite West Coast style IPAs is Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Company out of California. I was sad when they discontinued Double Jack in 2016 in order to focus on the launch their Luponic Distortion series and Leo v. Ursus series of IPAs. Now though, by popular demand, Double Jack is back – at least seasonally.
The COVID-19 crisis has made things difficult for many businesses, forcing them to look for new ways to do business and get their products to consumers. Most craft breweries have been quick to adapt and one company that’s really been benefiting as a result is Tavour. Breweries are looking to them as another way to increase their distribution and get their beers into the hands of more consumers.
Just last week I was telling you how Mikkeller had started making their beers available through Tavour. Now, WeldWerks Brewing out of Colorado is getting in on the act. They’ll be making their popular Medianoche Imperial Stout available through Tavour starting next week.
I recently attended the 9th annual Belgian Fest at Seattle Center. I’m a big fan of well-made Belgian style beers and Belgian Fest offers some of the very best Belgian beers made by breweries in Washington State. This year’s event featured well over 40+ Washington breweries, each pouring their very best Belgian Ales.
With so many breweries pouring so many different Belgian Ales, you’d think there would be no reason to go back for a 2nd sample of anything, in the interests of trying as many different beers as possible. You’d be right to think this way but that’s now how things always work out. The goal of trying every single beer offered at a festival is noble but usually unrealistic. Believe me. I’ve tried. These days, if I find a beer at a festival that I truly enjoy, I’ll definitely go back for more.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company has two different series’ of IPAs going right now. First is the Luponic Distortion Series, which is currently in its 7th iteration (featuring Australian hops), and then, of course, they have the Leo v. Ursus Series. Both series take an experimental approach, and they allow Firestone Walker to be constantly coming out with something new and unique – which is the industry trend these days. Innovate or be left behind.
Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 007 arrived just last month and now, Firestone Walker is ready to bring us the next iteration in the Leo v. Ursus Series: Inferos. An unfiltered Rye IPA that’s absolutely jam packed with over 4.7 pounds of Galaxy (and other) hops per barrel, Inferos sounds like a rye loving hop head’s dream. I’ve always been a big fan of beers with rye in the malt bill and Inferos has an almost unheard of 25% rye in the malt bill. With all that rye and all those hops, this sounds like a beer I’ll really enjoy.
Pyramid Brewing Company was one of the first breweries I ever visited in Seattle, before I even moved here from California back in ’98. In those days there were far fewer breweries in Seattle. In fact, I’m not sure any of my current favorite Seattle breweries even existed back then. So Pyramid has been playing the game for years now, and they still have a few new tricks up their sleeve.
Today Pyramid is pleased to announced the limited release of their new H7 IPA. This unfiltered, imperial offering joins their new Brewer’s Reserve Series which, so far, only includes H7 and their Super Snow Cap, which I told you about just last November.
Are you a fan of rich, lush, complex, barrel-aged beers? If you are, then you’re probably already a fan of Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Many of their beers, particularly those in their Proprietor’s Vintage Series, are some of my favorites in this particular category.
Firestone’s Proprietor’s Vintage Series includes beers like: §ucaba Barleywine, Parabola Russian Imperial Stout (one of my all time favorite beers), Stickee Monkee Central Coast Quad (which Firestone released recently for only the 2nd time in bottles – find some if you still can), Velvet Merkin, Double DBA and more. Plus, of course, their entire Anniversary lineup (X through XVIII). Now, for the first time in bottles, joining the Proprietor’s Reserve Series, is Firestone Walker’s Helldorado Blonde Barleywine.