Four IPA Releases Are Coming This Month From Hellbent Brewing

I know. I know. It’s still technically Winter and many of you are still in Barleywine and/or Imperial Stout mode, but I’m betting that hasn’t stopped you from enjoying some tasty IPAs too. After all, anytime is a good time for a tasty IPA.

Apparently Hellbent Brewing Company agrees. They’re set to release four different IPAs this month, and will be hosting their annual Poké & Pints For Public Lands event with the fourth release just after Spring arrives on March 20th. One of the IPAs is experimental. One is a POG. One is hop-forward and tropical, and the last is a PTG (Passionfruit, Tangerine, Guava) and will make wanna you hang loose. Say hello to Test Flight, Pau Hana, Expansion Pack and \m/ Shaka.

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Pyramid’s Apricot Ale Wins Bronze During Flagship February

It’s not just February, it’s Flagship February. Although some newer breweries are shunning the trend (Seattle’s Cloudburst Brewing Company comes to mind), many breweries have one (or more) flagship beers. These are the beers they’re know for – the beers that help build their brand and are still popular today. Some good examples would be Sierra Nevada‘s Pale Ale, Pike Brewing‘s Pike Place Ale or Pyramid Brewing Company‘s classic Hefeweizen.

I’ll be honest. I was oblivious to the fact that it was Flagship February myself until Pyramid Brewing reminded me by sending me a care package containing some of their most popular flagship beers including their classic Hefeweizen, their Apricot Ale (which was one of the first craft beers I tried in Seattle) and, another classic, McTarnahan’s Amber Ale from Portland Brewing Company.

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Counterbalance Brewing Prepares For Their 5th Anniversary

Each year, Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle holds an IPA competition to select their House IPA for the next year. Georgetown Brewing Company is often the winner with their Bodhizafa IPA but, for the past couple of years, there’s been another brewery nipping at their heels. That brewery is Counterbalance Brewing Company and their popular Multipass IPA, which has come in 2nd place the past two years.

If Multipass IPA is the only beer you’re familiar with from Counterbalance, then it’s high time you paid them a visit to try some of their other tasty offerings. Mark your calendar for next Friday and Saturday, January 24th and 25th when Counterbalance is set to celebrate their 5th anniversary.

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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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Portland Cider Co. Teams Up With Blue Star Donuts For Blueberry Bourbon Basil

Collaborations are all the rage in the craft beer world and, apparently, they’re popular in the cider world as well. If you enjoy cider, blueberries, bourbon, donuts and barrel-aged libations, then Portland Cider Co. and Blue Star Donuts have the collaboration for you.

One of Blue Star’s most popular donuts is their Blueberry Bourbon Basil donut (Which sounds incredible! I need to get down to Portland to try one.). This best seller was the inspiration for Portland Cider Co’s new Blueberry Bourbon Basil Cider.

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Enter Reuben’s Brews’ 4th Annual Hop Idol Homebrew Contest

Most homebrewers dream big. I mean, who wouldn’t like to take their homebrewing ‘hobby’ and turn it into a successful, commercial brewery? Like many of you, Reuben’s Brews founder, Adam Robbings, started out as a homebrewer himself before going pro. A few years back, as a tribute to Adam’s homebrewing roots, Reuben’s Brews launched their Hop Idol Homebrew Contest, giving homebrewers from across the nation a chance to see their beer scaled up, brewed on a professional brewing system and put on tap for all to enjoy.

Well, it’s that time once again for all the homebrewers out there. Make those final adjustments to your best recipes and fire up those brew kettles, because the 4th annual Hop Idol Homebrew Competition has arrived.

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Celebrate March Mildness With Machine House Brewery

March is here.  That’s a big deal to college basketball fans. Not that I’m a big college hoops fan, but you’d have to be in a coma to now know what March Madness is.  Traditionally, however, March doesn’t mean much of anything special to craft beer drinkers.

Machine House Brewery wants to change that and give craft beer drinkers a different reason to be excited for March. Back again this year is their annual March Mildness event, taking place at a number of craft beer locations around the Sound.  Drink up plenty of Machine House’s Dark Mild and win prizes.

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Urban Family Brewing Is Coming (Back) To Ballard

I can remember when Urban Family Brewing Company wasn’t yet a brewing company.  They were a craft beer bar on Ballard Ave NW, pretty much across the street from The Noble Fir.  As a craft beer bar, I only visited them a couple of times before they closed and moved across Salmon Bay to their current location on 26th Avenue West in Magnolia.

I think Urban Family is a bit homesick for Ballard though. They’ve just announced that, later this year, they will be moving the brewery to a new location, back in Ballard.  Sentiment isn’t the only reason for the move though.  They’re starting to outgrow their current location, and their new spot in Ballard will give them more room to expand, including more space for barrel aging and additional outdoor seating.

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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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Breweries To Host Nationwide Pint Night For Camp Fire Relief

I recently told you about Resilience IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and their drive to have as many breweries as possible across the US brew this beer and donate the proceeds to Camp Fire relief.

Sierra Nevada received an amazing response to their call. Over 1400 breweries nationwide brewed Resilience IPA and now, this coming Thursday, December 20th, all of those participating breweries will be hosting a Nationwide ‘Resilience Night’ for Camp Fire relief.

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