Feather Weather Returns For Winter From Black Raven

I hope you enjoyed our white Christmas.  If nothing else, it provided us with proof that Winter is indeed here, and Winter means Stout season.  There’s been a virtual flood lately of big, dark, bold and barrel-aged Stouts.  Have you been stocking up your cellar with them like I have?

Even though I love all those rich, heavy barrel-aged Stouts (and Porters), sometimes that 12% – 14% ABV can be a bit daunting to face – especially if you’re trying to down a whole 22 oz bottle by yourself.  So perhaps it’s time for a stout that’s a bit more approachable.  Arriving this Friday, and clocking in at just 6%, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is releasing their Feather Weather Mocha Stout.

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Chainline Brewing Hosts Bitter Is Coming II

As the weather gets colder and wetter out there, the Fall and Winter beer releases just keep on coming.  I hope your wallet hasn’t taken too hard of a hit yet, because there are still several more releases to come.  After all, Winter hasn’t even started yet.

Next up for Fall releases is Chainline Brewing Company out of Kirkland.  This coming Saturday, November 18th, they’ll be hosting Bitter is Coming II – Welcome To Winter (& Return of the De-Railer!).  This annual taproom party will be the setting for the release of three special, seasonal beers from Chainline.

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Firestone Walker Releases XXI Anniversary Ale

I’ve been a Washingtonian for nearly 20 years now.  I love the Washington craft beer scene and the plethora of wonderful craft breweries in the state, but some of my favorite breweries are still from California. One such brewery is Firestone Walker Brewing Company out of Paso Robles, CA.

Each year since their 10th Anniversary, Firestone Walker has released a special Anniversary Ale. They hold an annual blending session, with both brewers and winemakers in attendance, in order to craft the perfect blend for each year’s Anniversary Ale offering.  Now, Firestone Walker is preparing to release the latest version: XXI Anniversary Ale.

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Pike Entire 2017 Arrives Tomorrow

As I mentioned in a few articles earlier this week (the return of Ground Control from Ninkasi and today’s release of Overhang from Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor)), barrel-aged season is back.  I just loves all those thick, dark, woody, bourbony releases that start flowing this time of year, and now Pike Brewing Company is getting in on the act.

Arriving tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd (which also happens to be International Stout Day), Pike will be releasing their 2017 Pike Entire Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.  Aged for four months on Woodinville Whiskey bourbon barrels, Pike Entire is rich with chocolate and espresso flavors and clocks in at 9.9%

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Hellbent Brewing Prepares For Their 2017 Fresh Hoptoberfest

The end of Summer and the return of Fall is a double-edged sword in the Pacific Northwest.  The downside is that we start to lose our Summer sun and Summer temperatures.  The upside, however, is that Fall brings along with it all those wonderful, aromatic, tasty Fresh Hop Ales.

Hellbent Brewing Company is celebrating this Fresh Hop season in a big way.  They’re throwing a big party on Saturday, September 30th, featuring the release of their own Amarillo Fresh Hop IPA.

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Urbane Teams Up With Reuben’s Bews For Their Fall Menu

Last night my wife and I were fortunate to attend a special beer-pairing dinner at Urbane, located in the Hyatt hotel at Olive 8 in downtown Seattle.  It was a preview of a few of the new dishes Urbane will be adding to their Fall menu, all expertly paired with beers from Seattle’s own multi-award-winning (over 30 awards received so far in 2017 alone) Reuben’s Brews, one of the fastest growing breweries in Washington State with production set to increase by more than 50% this year over 2016.

The dinner was hosted by Urbane’s Executive Chef, Brian Pusztai and Reuben’s Brews was represented by brewery rep, Conrad Hermosillo.  Brian, Conrad and a few other members of the Urbane chef’s team greeted us upon our arrival and we prepared ourselves for a 3-course tasting menu by getting to know each other a bit while snacking on a very tasty cheese and charcuterie board.

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Lowercase Prepares For Their First Bottle Release

Some of the first Fall Seasonals I started seeing this year were appearing as early as mid August.  I suppose planning ahead isn’t a bad thing but, here in the Northwest where the Summers are notoriously short, we don’t need those early reminders that our sunny Summer days are numbered.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love many different Fall styles and welcome their return, I guess I’m just a little sad to see Summer come to a close this year.

If there’s one thing you can be sure of when Fall arrives though, it’s that along with it comes all the different Fall seasonal craft beers (even if some of them start appearing a bit early), including pumpkin and squash style beers.  I haven’t found myself as excited for the plethora of pumpkin and squash ales that always make their way to craft bottle store shelves this time of year, but there are always a few new, interesting ones that catch my attention.  One such beer is Wine Barrel-Aged sQUASH Ale from Lowercase Brewing Company.

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The 2017 Fresh Hops Festival Is Coming Up In October

Fresh Hop Season is upon us.  The first few Fresh Hop beers have already arrived and we’ll be seeing many more Fresh Hop releases in the coming weeks.  With so many Fresh Hop beers to try, it would be nice to have a single place where you can try a bunch of them at once.  Thankfully, the Seattle Fresh Hops Festival returns next month.

Packed to the brim with Fresh Hop beers from all across Washington, the 2017 Seattle Fresh Hop Festival is a dream come true for all you serious hop heads out there.

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Ninkasi Releases Green Haze Fresh Hop Pale Ale

What’s that you say?  Another Fresh Hop announcement?  Well what did you expect?  After all, it is Fresh Hop season, quite possibly the most wonderful time of the year (move over, Christmas!)  I’ve already told you about Two Beers‘ (CBM Sponsor) Fresh Hop IPA and Fremont Brewing‘s lineup of Fresh Hop Ales for this year.  Now, Ninkasi Brewing Company has announced the release of their 2017 Fresh Hop Pale Ale: Green Haze.

Brewed with over 400 pounds of Centennial Hops fresh off the bine at Goschie Farms (less than 2 hours from hop field to brew kettle!), Green Haze is about as fresh as you can get and should bring those grassy, Earthy notes you’d expect from a well made Centennial Fresh Hop Pale.

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Cease & Desist IPA Returns For The 2017/18 Seahawks Season From Foggy Noggin Brewing


Football season has returned, much to the delight of NFL fans everywhere and especially Seahawks fans right here in Seattle.  After sweeping the pre-season 4 – 0, the ‘Hawks are ready to take on the challenge of making their way towards Superbowl LII (that’s 52 for those of you who aren’t up on your Roman numerals), and they’re going to need the help of you 12’s.

Of course, to cheer the Seahawks on properly, you’re going to need some good game-day beer. Sure, Marshawn Lynch is with the Oakland Raiders now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy a beer inspired by Lynch’s time with the ‘Hawks.  That’s why Foggy Noggin Brewing Company is bringing back their popular football season brew: Cease & Desist IPA (Formerly 12th Man Skittles IPA – but I trust you see the legal issues he ran into there(?)).

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