Four Breweries Team Up To Host Ballard Oktoberfest

Is it really getting to be that time already?  Summer, especially in Seattle, always seems so darn short.  A couple of weeks ago I was already seeing pumpkin beers appearing on craft beer store shelves and now, here come the Oktoberfest announcements.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love Fall and the Seasonal craft styles that come along with it, but it’s a bittersweet reminder that the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and Summer is starting to fade.

Of course, as I just mentioned, Fall’s arrival also means Oktoberfest biers and Oktoberfest celebrations.  The Märzen/Oktoberfest style is probably my favorite style of Lager.  Sure, a well made Pilsner is great on a hot Summer day, but I love the more toasty malt flavors of a good Märzen.  If you’re also a fan of a good Märzen and other German/European styles (Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen, Kölsch, Vienna Lager, Roggenbier, etc.) then you’ll want to mark your calendar for September 16th and this year’s Ballard Oktoberfest.

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Bale Breaker announces the Harvest Collaboration Series

Collaborations are all the rage these days.  I recently told you about the Samuel Adams Brewing The American Dream Collaboration Pack and this year’s 3-Way IPA from Fort George Brewing (plus Great Notion Brewing and Reuben’s Brews) has been flying off shelves so fast that it’s been a bit difficult to find this year.

Now, Bale Breaker Brewing Company is ready to get in on the action.  They’ve partnered with Georgetown Brewing, Founders Brewing, Cloudburst Brewing and Pinthouse Pizza & Brewpub to create the Harvest Series Collaboration Series.  The beers have staggered release date from August through October.

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Frost Beak Winter Lager Arrives This Weekend From Black Raven Brewing Company

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For some reason, I just wasn’t into the whole Pumpkin beer thing this year.  I have enjoyed Pumpkin beers in the past but, for some reason, they just didn’t appeal to me this year.  What I’ve been waiting for instead are the Winter Ales and Lagers.  Lucky for me, they’re beginning to arrive.

One such Winter time beer that I’ve had before and really enjoyed is making its return.  This coming Saturday, October 29th, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is releasing their Frost Beak Winter Lager.

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Two Beers Brewing Prepares For Their 9th Anniversary

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It’s time once again to celebrate at Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).  Coming up just one week from tomorrow, Saturday, November 5th, Two Beers Brewing will celebrate their 9th Anniversary from 1 pm to 7 pm.  For this year’s Anniversary celebration, Two Beers is revisiting their past a bit.  They’ve dug into both their pantry and their cellar to bring back some special cask infusions that were more prevalent during the previous iteration of The Woods taproom, as well as some vertical tastings of their Alta Series’ beers, including the now retired Ascension 2013, High Divide 2013 among others.

Also returning in time for the Anniversary celebration is Two Beers’ popular Jive Espresso Stout, and they will be debuting the latest addition to their lineup: Tipsy Toboggan Winter Ale.  This Winter Warmer comes in at 6.8% and will be available on draft and in 12 oz cans starting on November 5th.

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XX Anniversary Ale Arrives Next Month From Firestone Walker

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One of my favorite California breweries has hit an amazing milestone.  This year, Firestone Walker Brewing Company celebrates their 20th year.  To help them celebrate, they are, of course, releasing the latest version of their annual anniversary Ale: XX Anniversary Ale.

I’ve been enjoying Firestone Walker’s Anniversary Ales since their XIII Anniversary Ale release back in 2009.  Each release is expertly blended together from a plethora of other Firestone Walker Ales by an entire team of experienced brewers and winemakers, and the blend is different every year.  Some have been more malty and some a bit more boozy, while others have been more on the hoppy side.  I’ve enjoyed them all, but I think their XIV Anniversary Ale may still be one of my favorites.  I’m really looking forward to tasting XX Anniversary Ale.

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Grandfather Raven Returns Tomorrow From Black Raven

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With Halloween right around the corner, pumpkin beers are everywhere right now.  I appreciate the style but, for some reason, I just haven’t been in a very pumpkiny mood this year.  What I’ve really been waiting for is the return of all those wonderful Winter Stouts.

Lucky for me, they’ve starting to arrive over the past month or so and, this Saturday, one of my local favorites is returning from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor): Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout.

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Dogtoberfest Happens This Saturday At Urban Feed and Garden

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Two of my biggest passions in life are craft beer and dogs.  I’m a huge fan of both, and love it when breweries team up to help our furry friends.  Coming up this Saturday, three Seattle breweries: Counterbalance Brewing Company, Tin Dog Brewing Company and Perihelion Brewery, are teaming up with Urban Feed and Garden to host Dogtoberfest, a family friendly event to benefit the Seattle Humane Pet Project.

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Firestone Walker Retires Proprietor’s Reserve Series Beers

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Sometimes, saying goodbye to an old friend can be difficult.  While selecting just one beer as my favorite is a virtually impossible task, I do have a few favorites for several different craft beer styles.  Firestone Walker Brewing Company‘s Double Jack double IPA, for example, is on my list of favorite IPAs (double IPAs actually).  Now, it looks like I’ll have to say goodbye to Double Jack and a few of his brothers.  Read on to find out why.

Part of the reason I don’t have a single favorite beer or a large number of set favorites is that new craft beers come out at such a brisk pace these days.  It seems you can hardly go a week lately without discovering one or more new beers on tap each time you visit your favorite craft beer bar or even some local breweries.  Sure, there are some breweries out there who come out with their set list of beers and hardly ever change or introduce something new, but that approach can seem downright boring next to the plethora of breweries who are constantly coming up with something new.  After all, craft beer drinkers are explorers.  Most love trying new things, so we don’t tend to fall into the same rut as those who prefer mass-produced American Lagers like Bud or Miller.

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Naked City Prepares For Their 8th Anniversary

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Sometimes, which breweries you tend to frequent will depend as much on location as it does on beer quality.  This is one of the reasons I don’t get to a few of my favorite Seattle breweries as often as I’d like to.  I work somewhat odd hours and live in the South end.  So visiting any Seattle breweries that are farther North in the city requires a bit of effort on my part, largely due to our craptacular traffic.

One of Seattle’s North end breweries that I don’t visit nearly as often as I’d like to is Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood.  Owner and head brewer, Don Webb, really enjoys his work, and it shows in the quality of beers Naked City continually puts out.  I’m particularly fond of The Big Lebrewski, their award-winning White Russian Imperial Stout.

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Corvus Kriekus Arrives This Weekend From Black Raven Brewing

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Are you a fan of Sour Ales?  Just a few years back, I wasn’t.  I hadn’t discovered them yet and decided that the best way to introduce myself to them would be attending the annual Sour Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe.  The first time I attended was back in 2011 and, since then, my love for sour beers has grown exponentially.

We’re fortunate in the Seattle area to have several local breweries that make some excellent Sour Ales.  One of those breweries is Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) out of Redmond.  This coming Saturday, October 8th, Black Raven is set to release the 2016 vintage of Corvus Kriekus.  This tart Ale is made using locally-sourced ‘Van’ and ‘Black Republican’ cherries from Wenatchee, WA.

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