Splinters Returns From Black Raven Brewing

More often than not in the craft beer World, it seems like hops are the big stars.  Much of this is due to the fact that IPA is still king when it comes to craft beer and, while I still enjoy drinking IPAs through the Fall and Winter, I really start to appreciate the complex malt character of less hop forward beers like Stouts, Porters and Scotch Ales to name a few.  I also enjoy many beers that have been barrel aged in Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch or other barrels and, let’s face it, there aren’t that many barrel aged IPAs out there (though they do exist).

I’m also rather picky about my Scotch Ales.  There are only a few locally made Scotch Ales that I really enjoy, and one of them is Second Sight from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).  Now, Black Raven is preparing to release Second Sight’s more mature brother, Splinters Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale.

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Smoked Porter Turns 30 As Alaskan Brewing Prepares to Debut Their Expanded Taproom

Fall is here in the Emerald City and that means Stouts.  Everywhere you look, it seems breweries are preparing their annual Stout releases and, as much as I do love a good Stout, their abundance can sometimes overshadow the deliciousness of a good Porter.

The differences between Stouts and Porters can be subtle and the debate over what the exact differences are continues.  Basically though, Porters are a bit lighter in body and mouthfeel and sometimes, though definitely not always, can be slightly lower in alcohol.  Essentially, all Porters are Stouts, but not all Stouts are Porters.

Now that I’ve made things clear as mud for you, I’d like to tell you that one of the best known and best loved Porters in the Northwest, Alaskan Brewing Company’s Smoked Porter, is turning 30.  Alaskan Brewing is preparing to celebrate with the opening of their expanded taproom this Saturday.

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Grandfather Raven Returns From Black Raven Brewing

 

Have you been out there enjoying all of those wonderful, harvest season, Fresh Hop beers?  I know I have and I’m loving it.  Now, however, with the things getting a bit chillier outside, my palate is ready to welcome back all those wonderful, malty dark beers.

Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is ready to oblige.  They’ve announced that their popular, award winning Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout is set to make it’s annual return this coming Friday, October 19th.

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Celebrate Halloween At Hellbent’s Beer N Bones Blacklight Bash for Puerto Rico

Don’t you just hate it when Halloween falls on a Wednesday?  I mean, do you celebrate the weekend before or the weekend after?  Some might say both.  Some might say celebrate on the day anyway, even if it’s a Wednesday.  Personally, I like the idea of celebrating the weekend before and the weekend after.

If you’re planning on celebrating Halloween this year on the weekend before the 31st, then Hellbent Brewing Company has an event you might want to check out.  On Saturday, October 27th, they’ll be hosting a Beer N Bones Backlight Bash with a portion of the proceeds from sales of their Funky Red Patina going to benefit Solarize Puerto Rico.  They’ll also be releasing their 2018 Warm Fuzzies Winter Ale.

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Festivus Returns From Black Raven Brewing

Like it or not, the holiday season is almost upon us.  Right now that means plenty of Fresh Hop Ales and Oktoberfest celebrations, but it also means that other Fall an Winter styles are appearing on craft beer store shelves for you to enjoy.

Regardless of which seasonal holiday(s) you choose to celebrate, you can usually find the right craft beverage to accompany your festivities.  There’s something out there for everyone, right?  Something for you, something for him, something for her, but what about… the rest of us?  Well, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is about ready to release their popular Fall Seasonal: Festivus.

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The Seahawks Team Up With Elysian To Bring The Noise

 

Are you ready for some football?  Whether you are or not, I’m guessing you’re at least ready for a beer – maybe a football-themed beer?  If so, you’re in luck.  The Seattle Seahawks have teamed up with Elysian Brewing Company to brew the official beer of the Seattle Seahawks: The Noise Pale Ale.

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Stoup Brewing’s 2018 Fresh Hop Lineup

I love a parade – especially when it’s a parade of Fresh Hop Ales.  I say keep ’em coming and I know I’m not the only one!  Local breweries are definitely hearing that call and answering back in a big way.  So far this season, I’ve enjoyed Fresh Hop Ales from at least 8 Northwest breweries (mostly Seattle, but a few from Oregon), and I’m looking forward to having even more in the coming weeks.

Now Stoup Brewing Company in Ballard has announced their Fresh Hop lineup for the 2018 season, and it doesn’t disappoint.  Stoup if keeping it fresh with at least 5 different Fresh Hop Ales coming our way over the next few weeks.

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Counterbalance Brewing Prepares For Their 2nd Annual Fall Release Party

Have you been tracking down any of the wet, wild and wonderful Fresh Hop beers out there?  They just keep on coming this time of year, and that’s just fine by me.  Now, Counterbalance Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is ready to get in on the action.

Coming up next Saturday, March 29th from noon to 9 pm, Counterbalance Brewing is hosting their 2nd annual Fall release party, where they’ll be releasing their 2018 Fresh Hop Ale on draft.  Also making its return on that same day is one of Counterbalance Brewing’s early favorites, and the first beer they ever brewed commercially, Bad Wolf Dark Ale.

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SODO IPA, Comet Fresh Hop & Terrarium Making With Schooner Brewing

There’s a lot going on right now at Schooner Brewing (formerly Schooner Exact Brewing Company).  They’ve finished their remodel and re-branding from the old Schooner Exact taproom, but the changes aren’t so dramatic that you won’t recognize the place.  They’ve updated the style, added more seating, updated the menu and started rolling out some new beers.  Don’t worry though, your old Schooner favorites like 3 Grid IPA, Profanity Hill Porter, King Street Brown and more are still around too.

If you’re ready to try a new Schooner beer though, why not stop in for a pint of their SODO IPA, which is on tap now.  Also on tap for these waning days of Summer is their very popular Seamstress Union Raspberry Wheat.  Not your thing?  Then hang on till the first week of October when Schooner Brewing’s Comet Fresh Hop will make its debut.

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Celebrate Oktoberfest At Queen Anne Beerhall

Harvest season is upon us.  For those of us here in the Northwest, that means lots and lots of Fresh Hop Ales – which makes me quite happy.  However, the abundance of wonderful Fresh Hop beers we get this time of year can sometimes obscure the start of another great annual beer tradition: Oktoberfest.

I’m a serious hop-head, but when Fall arrives, my palate sometimes needs an occasional break from the hops and starts craving something with more of those rich, toasty and bready malt flavors.  I’m referring, of course, to the traditional, German style Märzen/Oktoberfest.

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