Each year, as Seattle’s Summer starts to wane, our palates grow eager with anticipation of one of the best Seasonal craft beer styles for hopheads: Fresh Hop Ales. Ordinarily, Fresh Hop Ale season doesn’t get started until late August or even early September, as the hop harvest gets under way. This year, however, hops at Puterbaugh Farms in Yakima Valley were ready early thanks to ideal growing conditions.
As a result, Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), always first out of the gate each year with their Fresh Hop IPA, is bringing it to you even earlier than usual. In just two days, on Friday, August 3rd, come down to Two Beers Brewing for the release of their 2018 Fresh Hop IPA.
Are you a seasonal craft beer drinker? In other words, do you find that the style(s) of craft beers you crave tend to change with the seasons? If so, you’re not alone. Fall, for example, often makes us crave beers like Ambers, Bocks and Fest-style beers (like Oktoberfest). Winter has many people seeking out thick, strong Stouts and Porters. When Summer arrives though, most people like something a bit lighter on the palate.
Pyramid Brewing Company understands how your tastes can change with the seasons, but they also know that there are craft beer drinkers out there (like myself) who can enjoy any style just about any time of year. That’s why Pyramid’s new Coast Day Dry-Hop Hazy Lager is being released for Summer, but will be available year-round.
Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) has had quite the journey. They started off back in 2007, brewing just 100 barrels per year and, since then, they’ve never stopped growing. Year after year, Two Beers has just kept on expanding. They’ve updated and upgraded their taproom, The Woods, several times since 2007 and, back in 2013, they announced the launch of their wildly successful sister company: Seattle Cider Company.
Then just two years ago in 2016, Two Beer announced that they had been acquired by Agrial Group, a leading French agri-business cooperative. Since that acquisition, however, not much has changed. Now comes the first big announcement since that acquisition. Two Beers Brewing Company is pleased to announce the launch of their newest sister company: Sound Craft Seltzer Co.
Have you ever been a member of a craft brewery mug club? If you find that you’re a frequent visitor to some craft breweries more than others, joining a mug club could be a good way for you to save some money over time and even get access to special events and special releases. I myself have been a member of the mug club at Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) for several years now. Since they’re one of the breweries closest to my house, I tend to stop there quite a bit.
Now, with Spring upon us, Two Beers Brewing has announced the annual renewal for their mug club memberships. As with most mug clubs, not every member renews their membership each year. Any un-renewed membership slots are then available for new members to join. If you are already a member and are renewing your membership, there may be a few benefits for you as well.
We’ve had a couple of slightly chillier days recently but there’s no denying that Spring is in the air. Our days are getting longer, and our palates are starting to seek lighter beer styles that seem a bit more refreshing on a sunny Spring day.
Baseball is back too, of course. You can check out my recap of the Mariners food & drink preview event (showcasing the food & drink you can enjoy at Safeco this season) HERE. Pyramid Brewing Company is ready with their Seasonal Blond Ale: Curve Ball. It will be available from April thru July.
It seems like you can’t throw a rock in Seattle these days without hitting a brewery, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Despite the large and ever-increasing number of craft breweries in Seattle, we still don’t seem to have reached the saturation point. I believe that’s because Seattle craft beer drinkers really love to drink local.
Sure, Seattle has its iconic and big name breweries that are well known even outside the Seattle area. Others, however, have a more local, neighborhood feel and here in the Northwest we love to support small neighborhood businesses. That’s why two local, neighborhood breweries, Belltown Brewing Company and Schooner Exact Brewing Company, to form a new, limited-series collaboration brewery named SODO Brewing.
The parade of barrel-aged goodness continues in South Seattle with Schooner Exact Brewing Company. Available now, Schooner Exact released the 2017 version of their extremely popular Hoppy The Woodsman Whiskey Barrel Aged Ale just yesterday, November 1st.
In addition to the return of Hoppy The Woodsman, Schooner Exact is also pleased to announce their new Fall food menu (going live today) which, thanks to popular demand, now includes Fish and Chips. Other new items include Blackened Fish Tacos, Caprese Sandwich, and Pork Sliders. Also, on tap now in the Schooner Exact taproom, you’ll find their Schwarzbier Dark Lager and their Whiskey Dick Cantwell, Matt Where’s My Fucking Pumpkin Beer.
With so many breweries in Seattle, it seems like there’s always an anniversary celebration just around the corner (not that I’m complaining or anything!). Over the past few months I’ve told you about anniversary celebrations from such local breweries as Lucky Envelope, Hellbent, Stoup and Naked City and there’s still more anniversary celebrations to come before the year is out.
Now Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is getting ready to celebrate a major milestone. Coming up on Saturday, November 4th, they’ll be celebrating their 10th Anniversary. Rather than celebrating for just one day, however, Two Beers has nearly an entire week of events lined up, culminating with the Grand Celebration on the 4th.
Can you have too many craft beer festivals? It’s a quiet, behind-the-scenes type of debate here in the Northwest where breweries and craft beer festivals are plentiful. We have so many annual festivals that some attendees and some breweries can sometimes get festival fatigue. Those on the other side of the coin argue that there can’t be too much of a good thing and any reason one can find to create a new craft beer festival should be taken advantage of.
I can understand the viewpoint on both sides of this debate but I figure, as long as all these festivals can still find enough interested craft beer lovers to attend, then we’ll keep getting more. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to the Seattle Harvestfest, which will be coming to Utah Avenue South next Thursday, September 14th. Brought to you by Cask Creek Productions, this festival is a celebration of all the Fall/Harvest season styles we all enjoy.
A couple of years ago I told you about a beer delivery service named Tavour. They send you daily emails with different beers you can order (from breweries both near and far) and then, every couple of weeks, Tavour ships the beers you’ve ordered out to you – or you can pick your orders up at their warehouse location in Seattle.
One of the many local breweries Tavour has teamed up with is Three Magnets Brewing Company out of Olympia and they’d both like to invite you to a tasting and beer release party at the Tavour Warehouse this Thursday, August 31st. This is a ticketed but free event where you can taste some Three Magnets beers, including their new GoldStorm Double IPA and their Gold Medal winning, Tavour-exclusive: Autumnal Dark Farmhouse Ale, all while listing to Americana music by Joey Capaccio and Kend Winter.