New Summer Beers From McMenamins


Spring is in full swing and Summer is right around the corner.  While I’m still enjoying the occasional Stout or Porter (because, let’s face it, they’re awesome), the warmer weather has my palate turning back towards Pale Ales, IPAs and other lighter beers.

With Summer just about here, it’s time for Summer beers to start returning.  McMenamins is ready to oblige with 3 new limited edition, small-batch beers: Jalapeño Miel De Oro Ale, Squeeze Play IPA and Hop Gremlin Double IPA, as well as one returning seasonal: Copper Moon, and they’re all releasing this month.

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Three Great Mardi Gras Options Around The Sound – UPDATED


Fat Tuesday is a little under two weeks away and, though we may not be in New Orleans, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Mardi Gras with the best of ’em.  Want to get in on the action, but aren’t sure where to go?  Here are a few options for where you can celebrate Mardi Gras in Seattle on Fat Tuesday, which is Tuesday, February 9th.

Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of all Mardi Gras events around Seattle.  It’s just a few select events from a few local craft beer spots in and around Seattle.

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Black Widow Porter Arrives Tomorrow From McMenamin’s – UPDATED

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I’m usually a fan of Fall but, I must admit, I’m missing those warmer Summer temperatures we were fortunate to enjoy this year.  The one consolation I’ve had is the return of so many wonderful Fall and Winter beers.  Bourbon barrel stouts, pumpkin ales of every variety, rich, smooth Porters and more; my palate is welcoming them all back with open taste buds.

Now, McMenamin’s is ready to get in on the act.  Arriving tomorrow, October 15th, is their Black Widow Porter.

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Penumbra Beer Bash: The Seattle Beer And Music Festival


Penumbra: “(Definition-a partial shadow, as in an eclipse, between regions of complete shadow and complete illumination) – AKA the darkness that defines the silver lining.”

We’re fortunate here in the Northwest to have a plethora of craft beer festivals and events; far too many to name them all here.  You can usually find at least one craft beer-related festival or other event going on somewhere around the Sound just about every week/weekend of the year (and often, far more than just one).  We also have a few notable music festivals in town but, so far, nobody has successfully combined both types of events into a single beer and music festival that does justice to both the beer and the  music.  Penumbra is here to change that.

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