Claude Batch 2 Has Arrived From Fair Isle Brewing

Since they first opened their doors back in January of 2020, Fair Isle Brewing quickly gained a well earned reputation for making some of the very best Saisons and Farmhouse Ales in Seattle. On my very first visit last January, I was extremely impressed with the quality of every single beer I tried. Unlike some other new breweries, there was no learning curve here. Fair Isle opened their doors knowing what they were doing.

If you’re a fan of Saisons/Farmhouse Ales and you still haven’t tried any beers from Fair Isle, you’re truly missing out. As the weather warms up out there, it’s the perfect time for them to re-release a summer favorite: Claude.

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Lowercase Brewing Expands Their Hours

As we finally begin to slowly emerge from the insanity of the past year thanks (Ha!) to COVID-19, many local breweries are beginning to expand their hours again. I know they’re all looking forward to seeing more of us visit their taprooms for some much needed social time (sill responsibly distanced, of course), and Lowercase Brewing Company is ready.

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Yonder Cider & Bale Breaker Brewing Announce Joint Taproom In Ballard

Many of you probably know about Yonder Cider. However, if you haven’t been following the news you may not be aware that Yonder Cider was recently forced to close their carry-out taproom in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood due to a series of (in my opinion, unfounded) complaints form ONE anonymous and apparently disgruntled neighbor. It was sad and, frankly, maddening to see the city allow a single person’s unverified complaints to shut down a struggling small business with their bogus claims.

Thanks to a new partnership with Bale Breaker Brewing Company, however, Yonder will be back with a vengeance. That’s because Bale Breaker & Yonder have just announced that they will be opening a joint taproom in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood by this Summer. They will be moving into the space formerly occupied by the now closed Populuxe Brewing Company (RIP, Populuxe).

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Fair Isle Brewing Is Open For Business

I often hear the question; Has Seattle reached the saturation point for new breweries? I don’t think there’s an easy answer. Sure, Seattle is packed with over 330 breweries (many concentrated in Ballard and the South End), but is that too many? It depends on several factors: Location, size, the quality and uniqueness of the beers they produce, etc.

Seattle’s newest brewery: Fair Isle Brewing, opens their doors to the public today at 3 pm. Will they have what it takes to succeed in the saturated Seattle craft beer scene? I believe they will. Fair Isle is taking a slightly different approach with their taproom layout (details below), and will focus primarily on Saisons and other Wild Ales.

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Black Raven Releases Rye Lager

Are you a fan of rye beers? Not everyone is and that’s OK. I can’t recall what the first rye beer I ever had was, but I’ve been a fan of the style for as long as I can remember. Some of my favorites include Rye on Rye from Boulevard, Sah’tea from Dogfish Head and Old Birdbrain from Black Raven Brewing Company.

We may still be in the middle of Winter but I’m already thinking ahead to Spring and so is Black Raven. That’s why they released their Rye Lager just this past Monday the 20th.

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Get Your Tickets Now For Foggy Noggin’s 2020 Barleywine Vertical Tasting Event

It’s cold out there, so you’d better find a way to keep yourself warm, both inside and out. That’s why it’s a good thing that it’s also Barleywine season. Sitting by a roaring fire with good friends can be a good way to warm you up outside, but all the rich, luscious, high ABV Barleywines that start appearing this time of year are a great way to keep your insides warm as well.

Traditionally, American style Barleywines and English style Barleywines are a bit different from each other. American style Barleywines often put more emphasis on hop character than their English counterparts, but not always. English style Barleywines generally tend to have a richer, maltier character, often with a caramel like sweetness, and are usually a bit heavier in body.

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Dark Heron IPA Returns For Emerald City Comic Con

Seattle is known for many different things.  Two of the most prominent are, of course, coffee and craft beer.  What some of you might not know, however, is that Seattle has a huge video game and comic book community.  The annual PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) started here (which I used to report on annually when I wrote about video games), and Emerald City Comic Con has been happening every year since 2003.  Last year’s attendance was over 95 thousand comic fans.

A few years back, Fremont Brewing Company partnered with ReedPOP, producer Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), to create an ECCC-themed beer.  The result was Dark Heron IPA. Now returning for its fourth year, Dark Heron features artwork by local Seattle artist Julia Reck and will be available on tap throughout ECCC’s run, and in cans for the first time.  

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Black Raven Brewing Prepares To Release Nothing But Haze IPA

Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) puts out lots of great IPAs including their popular Trickster IPA and, my personal favorite IPA from Black Raven, Wisdom Seeker Double IPA.  They also put out some lighter IPAs like Beak Tweaker Citrus IPA and their Nothing But Flowers Session IPA.

Now, Black Raven is finally set to jump into the juicy, hazy New England style IPA craze with their latest offering: Nothing But Haze.  Based on their Nothing But Flowers Session IPA, Nothing But Haze is still sessionable at just 5.0% ABV.

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Populuxe Brewing Prepares For Their 5th Anniversary

There are breweries spread out all over Seattle, covering almost every neighborhood.  In fact, most Seattle residents live within just a few miles (or even closer) of at least one craft brewery.  That’s especially true if you live in Ballard, which still has the highest concentration of craft breweries in Seattle, most within just a few blocks of each other.

One of those Ballard breweries is Populuxe Brewing Company, which was first launched back in 2012 by co-founders Peter Charbonnier and Amy Besunder in a small space on NW 49th Street. They received a very positive response, kept on brewing and, in late 2016, a new, larger space became available right on the same lot. By September 2017, they were ready to debut their new space.

Much larger than the original space, Populuxe’s new taproom features 12 taps, plenty of seating and even an arcade room, packed with pinball machines and classic arcade games.  It’s the perfect venue for their upcoming beach blanket bingo themed 5th Anniversary celebration, which is set for this coming Saturday, March 10th.

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The Brewmaster’s Taproom Prepares For Their 1st Anniversary

There are quite a few breweries and craft beer bars right in Seattle, North of Seattle and East of Seattle.  South of Seattle though, until you get down closer to Tacoma, breweries and even craft beer bars become more sparse and difficult to find.  As far as breweries south of Seattle city limits go, we’ve got Odin in Tukwila, Elliott Bay in Burien and Airways Brewing (CBM Sponsor) in Kent (plus Strong Arm, Four Generals and Herbert B. Friendly in Renton).

Craft beer bars seem even more sparse South of Seattle.  The only ones that come immediately to mind are the Dog & Pony Alehouse (Renton), Pit Stop Taproom & Pub (Burien) and, of course, The Brewmaster’s Taproom (Renton).  Just a reminder, though, the the grand opening for Burien’s newest craft beer bar, Flight Path, happens tomorrow at 5 pm.

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