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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Populuxe Brewing Celebrates Their One Year Anniversary

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Nearly a year ago, in March 2013, the number of craft breweries in the already brewery-crowded neighborhood of Ballard increased by one.  That brewery, Populuxe Brewing, is getting ready to celebrate their first anniversary with a huge celebration that will be great fun for the whole family.  There will be live music, great food, activities for the kids and, of course, great craft beer from Populuxe who will also be releasing a special strong ale to mark to occasion.

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12 Breweries, 5 Events And Triple The IPA Goodness – UPDATED 2/10

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India Pale Ale was originally brewed with just slightly higher alcohol and more hops than standard Pale Ales or Porters of the day.  People often believe that the IPA style was specifically formulated with much higher alcohol and higher hop concentration, in order to help the beer survive the long (4 month) voyage from England to India.  However, the myth that IPA was far higher in alcohol or that it needed that higher alcohol and/or higher hop concentration to survive the journey has been debunked.  After all, Porters and even standard Pale Ales were able to make the same trip just fine without spoilage.

Even so, the IPA style continued to grow in popularity and has evolved considerably since it’s first appearance in England in the mid 18th century.  Today, American craft brewers have really taken the IPA style and run with it.  They’ve diversified the style with several different varieties of hops, increased the level of alcohol and the amount of hops used, and eventually created the Double or Imperial IPA and, later, the Triple IPA.

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3 Brewery Openings And An Anniversary

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It’s been a busy weekend for craft beer lovers in Seattle.  Three new breweries opened this weekend: Peddler & Populuxe on Friday and Machine House on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Airways Brewing held their 3rd anniversary celebration along with the release of their first beers in cans.  Hitting all four events took a bit of planning, but it was well worth the effort.

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