Lucky Envelope Brewing Prepares To Celebrate Chinese New Year

Living in the South end and working the early hours I do, I don’t get to Ballard as often as I’d like.  Thankfully, I can usually find at least some beers from a few of my favorite Ballard area breweries either on tap at some good, local craft beer bars or in bottles or cans.

One of the breweries I try to visit when I do manage to get to Ballard is Lucky Envelope Brewing Company.  I enjoy their IPAs and a few of their more unusual offerings.  Now, Lucky Envelope is preparing to release five specialty beers in celebration of Chinese New Year – Year of the Earth Dog.   Continue reading

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Gunpowder Plot Returns From Black Raven Brewing

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I love this time of year.  I may be a serious hophead (I’ve been in hop-lovers Heaven this fresh-hop Season), but I think most of my favorite craft beers are still dark beers.  When Stout, Porter and Winter Lager season rolls back around, you’ll always find me with a big smile on my face.

Well, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is helping me out with that Winter beer smile.  Just two weeks ago they released Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout.  Last week they brought us Frost Beak Winter Lager and now, set for release this coming Saturday the 5th, is their Gunpowder Plot Nitro Porter.  Brewed to commemorate Guy Fawkes Day, Gunpowder Plot is rich and complex.  Brewed with bourbon-soaked coffee beans and cocoa nibs and served on Nitro, its a true pleasure to the palate.

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Tribute Porter Arrives Tomorrow From Black Raven

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Are you familiar with the traditional English Porter, Samuel Smith Taddy Porter?  It’s a classic example of the style and is even listed as one of the commercial examples for the style in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines (Style 13C. English Porter).

Now, through a special arrangement with Samuel Smith, three Washington breweries have been allowed to brew tribute versions of Samuel Smith’s beers for Seattle Beer Week 2016.  Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) has elected to brew a tribute to Taddy Porter.  I think Porters are an under appreciated style since so many people seem to favor Stouts.  I certainly enjoy a good stout myself but also seek out the occasional porter, so I’m curious to give this one a try.

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