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Bremerton Is Accessible By Ferry, Beer Is There.

July 22nd, 2011 No comments

Can't wait for tomorrow.

 

This year, the Washington Beer Commission added an event to their very popular brewers festival lineup. The Bremerton Summer Brewfest was born out of a need to recognize the wonderful collection of brewers hailing from across the pond. Kitsap and Jefferson Counties have seen a rapid increase in microbreweries over the past two years – why not let the rest of Washington know about it!?

 

The Bremerton festival goes down this Saturday, July 23, 2011 (that’s tomorrow!) from 12 PM – 9 PM. The event information can be found below, as provided by the Washington Beer Commission. But, the beer list was also published, which you can find by following this link. If you live in Seattle, you have to raise an eyebrow to any of the beers offered by rarely seen Battenkill Brewery, Valholl Brewery, and Slippery Pig Brewery. I have been impressed with what I have seen from Valholl, and this will be my first glimpse of Battenkill and Slippery Pig. Very exciting.

 

Of course, 7 Seas Brewing and Port Townsend Brewing (oh how I love these guys) will be pouring some goodies. For those of you who have yet to try Port Townsend’s Green Tea Gold, get on it. Also, thanks to Fremont Brewing for breaking out some Kentucky Dark Star – its delicious.

 

I have already got my ticket, scouted my ferry and mapped my exploration of the island area. I plan on a nice hearty 30 mile bike ride to kick up an appetite for beer. How are you going to get there?

 

 

Bremerton Summer BrewFest

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Noon – 9pm

BUY TICKETS NOW

Downtown Bremerton on Pacific Avenue between Burwell and 6th St.

Will Call and Event Entrance will be located at Pacific Avenue and 6th Street.MAP IT.

23 Washington Breweries pouring more than 50 Washington Summer Style Beers.SITE MAP

Click Here For Beer List

Breweries Scheduled to Attend:

American Brewing Co.
Battenkill Brewing Co.
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
DerBlokken Brewery
Diamond Knot Brewery
Elysian Brewing Company
Fremont Brewing Co.
Georgetown Brewing Co.
Hale’s Ales Brewery
Hood Canal Brewery
Harmon Brewing Co.
Iron Horse brewery
Mac & Jack’s Brewing Co.
Pike Brewing Company
Port Townsend Brewing
Redhook Brewery
Roslyn Brewing Co.
Silver City Brewery
Slippery Pig Brewery
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing
Sound Brewery
Valholl Brewing Co.
7 Seas Brewing

 

Live Music Stage Featuring:

New Old Stock 1:30pm

Lutes & Liars 4:00pm

Tumbledown 7:00pm

 

Parking and Transportation

Bremerton Summer BrewFest encourages you to carpool or take public transportation when possible. Free street parking is available in downtownBremerton for 2 to 3 hours. For extended parking, the following rates apply:

Lot 90 1st and Washington Ave Bremerton , WA 98337
0 -2 hrs $3.00
2 -4 hrs $6.00
4 – 12 hrs $8.00
C.A. (10hrs) $4.00
Lot 91 405 Washington Ave Bremerton , WA 98337
0 – 3 hrs $3.25
3 – 10 hrs $6.00
10-24 hrs $7.00

Take the Ferry

Bremerton Summer Brewfest is just a 5 minute walk from the Bremerton Ferry Terminal. If you are coming from Seattle we encourage you to walk on the ferry and avoid the ferry lines. Ferry information and schedules can be found at theWashington State Department of Transportation Website.

Food

Popcorn Chef will be on-site selling popcorn during Bremerton Summer BrewFest. For lunch and dinner options we encourage you to visit one of the many local restaurants located within walking distance of the event.  Paid attendees may leave and re-enter the event by showing their wristband and a piece of ID.

 

 

Don’t Forget Your Tickets: Washington Brewers Fest is Here!

June 14th, 2011 No comments

Black Raven was the fan fave last year. Can they repeat?

 

No brainer, right? The best Washington Beer event of the year, nice enough weather (Friday is set for 70 and sun), and my birthday. That’s all the incentive you need to get out to Washington Brewers Festival this weekend.

Set in St. Edwards Park (Kenmore, WA), the Brewers Festival is the largest of the Washington Beer Commission events. Every year, 60+ brewers pour over 200 beers for this amazing outdoor weekend. Add to the pot some excellent food offerings, games for the kids and some green space and you have a heck of a party.

I would implore you to grab tickets ahead of time and save $5.00. Right now, you can grab your Saturday and Sunday tickets for $20.00 at various outlets, or online. The Friday event is a 21+ only event and only $15.00. From past experience, some interesting and special ales get tapped on Friday.

So, jog, bike, bus or drive out to St. Edwards Park this weekend and support your Washington brewers. The shuttle service can get you out there if you want to leave the keys at home.

I won’t beat around the bush, I am most excited for the unveiling of Wingman Brewing. The new Tacoma grog shop is pouring 10 beers! Surely something that you will not want to miss during your adventure through 200 beers.

This year’s Brewers Fest WABL Beer is Big Time Makisupa Stout (6%), dry hopped with Jamaican Jerk spices. WABL members can enjoy that beer throughout the weekend.

Check out the whole like below. I took some time to underline some of the best and brightest new(ish) beers that I look forward to trying. Enjoy.

 

192 Brewing Co. Kenmore
Shticky Blonde Ale Blonde/Kolsch
Apple Ale Fruit Ale
Kenmore Gold Pale Ale
Another IPA IPA
Nilla Stout* Stout

 

7 Seas Brewing Gig Harbor
Cascadian Dark Ale CDA
British Pale Ale Pale Ale
Ballz Deep Double IPA Double IPA

 

Alaskan Brewing Co. Renton
Alaskan Raspberry Wheat Wheat
Alaskan Summer Ale Summer Seasonal

 

American Brewing Co. Edmonds
Breakaway IPA IPA
American Blonde Blonde Ale
Breakaway Caboose Outmeal Stout
Hop, Skip & Go Natural – Organic Pale Ale*

 

Anacortes Brewery Anacortes
Anacortes IPA IPA
Anacortes Hefeweizen Hefeweizen
Helles Lager Helles Lager
Locomotive Breath Imperial Stout

 

Baron Brewing / Three Skulls Seattle
Blood Orange Wit Wit
Imperial Red Red Ale

 

Big Al Brewing Seattle
Summer Ale Blond Ale
Big Hoppa IPA
Brougham Bitter ESB
Brewers Choice TBA

 

Big Time Brewery Seattle Sat and Sun Only
Decade IPA Imperial IPA
Cherry Trombipulator Belgian Style Triple

 

Black Raven Brewing Co. Redmond
Wisdom Seeker Double IPA
Citrus Hefeweizen Hefeweizen
Kentucky Coco Jones Porter
Possum Claus Bourbon Pecan* Nut Ale

 

Boundary Bay Brewery Bellingham
IPA India Pale Ale
Ginger Peach Fruit Flavored Blonde
Tripel (very good) Belgian
Cascadia Dark CDA
Ski to Sea ESB* ESB

 

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen Bellingham
Kolsch Kolsch
Vienna Lager Lager

 

Deschutes Brewery Bend Sat and Sun Only
Twilight Summer Ale Blonde
Hop In The Dark CDA Cascadian Dark Ale

 

Double Mountain Brewery
Vaporizer
India Red Ale
Hop Lava
Continental Lager

Diamond Knot Brewing Co

Hood River, OR
Dry Hopped Pale Ale
IRA
Northwest IPA
Pilsner

Mukilteo

Sat and Sun Only
Blonde Ale Blonde Blonde
Indian Pale Ale IPA
“666” Industrial Bavarian* Bavarian

 

Elliott Bay Brewing Co. Burien
Organic Demolition Strong Pale Pale Ale
One Hop Pale Ale w/citra Pale
West Side Brown Ale Brown Ale
Black Ops Belgian-style CDA Cascadian Dark Ale

 

Elysian Brewing Co. Seattle
Loser Pale Pale Ale
Prometheus IPA
Avatar Jasmine IPA
Rhubarbarella TBA

 

Emerald City Beer Seattle
Dottie Seattle Lager American Amber Lager

 

Firestone Walker Seattle
DBA British Style Pale Ale
Union Jack American IPA
Hemp Ale Brown Ale
Nectar IPA CA IPA

 

Fish Brewing Co. Olympia
Leavenworth Boulder Bend  Dunkel Dunkelweizen
Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale Blonde
Spire Mountain Dry Cider Dry Cider
Swordfish Double Cascadian Dark CDA

 

Flyers Restaurant & Brewery Oak Harbor
Pacemaker Porter Robust Porter
Afterburner IPA American Strong Pale Ale
Humbles Blonde Ale Blonde Ale
Barnstormer Brown Ale English Dark Mild
Daybreak Breakfast Stout* Stout

 

Foggy Noggin Brewing Bothell
Bit O Beaver English Bitter
Christmas Duck Porter
2011 Anniversary Ale-English Old English Ale

 

Fremont Brewing Co. Seattle
Universale Pale Ale NW Pale
Interurban IPA IPA
Summer Solstice Summer Ale
Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout
The Brother Double IPA (Dry Hopped)

 

Double IPA
Gallaghers’ Where U Brew Edmonds Sat and Sun Only
The Magic Bus IPA
The Counterfeit Rye Light Rye
The Monk Belgian wheat w/ orange
Georgetown Brewing Co. Seattle
Manny’s Pale Ale Pale Ale
Lucille IPA IPA
Brewer’s Choice TBA

 

Golden Hills Brewing Co. Reardan
Clem’s Gold Marzen
Lizzy’s Lager Red lager/vienna
Ben’s Brown Dark lager/swartzbier
Em’s Easy Lager

 

Grove Street Brewhouse Shelton Sat and Sun Only
Rye-rish Red Irish Red with Rye
IPAcalypse IPA

 

Hale’s Ales Brewery Seattle
Hale’s Supergoose IPA IPA
Hale’s Kolsch Kolsch
Hale’s Pale Ale American Pale Ale Sat and Sun Only

 

Harmon Brewing Tacoma
Rajah’s Royal IPA IPA
Vanilla Porter Porter

 

Hood Canal Brewery Kingston
Walker Wheat Wheat Ale
Dabob Bay IPA IPA
Big Beef Oatmeal Stout Stout

 

Howe Sound Brewing Co. Squamish, BC Sat and Sun Only
King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen Bavarian Hefeweizen
Howe Sound Lager Dortmunder Style Lager
Total Eclipse of the Hop Imperial IPA
Pothole Filler Imperial Stout

 

Iron Horse Brewery Ellensburg
Quilter’s Irish death Dark Ale
IPA IPA
High Five Hefe Wheat Beer

 

Issaquah Brewing/Rogue Issaquah
Kolsch Kolsch
Hop Bomb IPA IPA
Blue Square Oatmeal Stout

 

Kona Brewing Co. Kailua Kona, HI Sat and Sun Only
Longboard Lager Lager
Wailua Wheat Wheat

 

Mac & Jack’s Brewing Co. Redmond Sat and Sun Only
African Amber Blackcat Porter
IPA Serengeti Wheat
C U Lator Barleywine Ale
Maritime Pacific Brewing Seattle
Decompression Ale American Strong Ale
Extra Pale Ale (X.P.A.) Pale Ale

 

McMenamin’s Seattle Sat and Sun Only
Terminator Stout
Copper Moon Pale

 

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse Seattle
Hoptrocity Rye IPA
Yankee Drifter Blonde Ale

 

New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins, CO
Ranger IPA IPA
Fat Tire Super Cru (WHAT?) Strong Ale
Somersault Summer Ale

 

Ninkasi Brewing Eugene, OR Sat and Sun Only
Brewer’s Choice TBA

 

North Sound Brewing Co. Mount Vernon
Hop Chops IPA IPA
Baffing Spoon Scottish Ale Scottish
Bitter Rain ESB ESB

 

Northern Lights Brewing Co. Spokane Sat and Sun Only
Solar Winds Single Hop Pale Ale
Chocolate Dunkel German Style Dark Ale
Blue Berry Ale Fruit Ale

 

Odin Brewing Co. Seattle
Thor’s Equinox Strong Ale
Odin’s Pearl Belgian Wheat
Odin’s Gift* Ruby Ale

 

Old School House Brewery Winthrop
Ruud Awakening IPA IPA
Hooligan Stout Stout

 

Pike Brewing Company Seattle
Pike Monk’s Uncle Tripel Tripel Belgium
Pike Dry Wit Wheat Beer
Pike IPA India Pale Ale
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale Scotch Style Ale

 

Port Townsend Brewing Co. Port Townsend
Oaked Scotch Ale Scotch Ale
Triple Dry Hopped Hop Diggidy IPA
Green Tea Gold Golden Ale

 

Pyramid Brewery Seattle
Live Wire Imperial Hefeweizen
Uproar Imperial Red
Pyramid Hefeweizen Hefeweizen
Apricot Ale Wheat Ale with Apricot
Ram Restaurant & Brewery Seattle
Berry White Belgian White Ale
CoConut Porter Porter

 

Redhook Brewery Woodinville
Redhook Pilsner Pilsner
Redhook Wit Belgian Style Wit
Copperhook Copper Ale
Dunkleweizen Dark Wheat

 

Rock Bottom Bellevue Bellevue
Brewer’s Choice TBA

 

Roslyn Brewing Co. Roslyn
Roslyn German Style Dark Lager
Brookside German Style Pale Lager
Schooner EXACT Seattle
3-Grid India Pale Ale
Seamstress Union Raspberry Wheat
Schoon Lyte American- style Pilsner
King Street Brown Ale
Bravehorse Pale Ale* Pale

 

Scuttlebutt Brewing Co. Everett
Gale Force IPA IPA
Nitro Tell Tale Red Ale
The Dirty Blonde Blonde Ale
Scuttlebutt’s Tripel 7*
Silver City Brewery Bremerton
Ziggy Zoggy Zwickelbier (unfiltered lager)
Ridgetop Red Irish Red Ale
Whoop Pass Double IPA

 

Skookum Brewery Arlington Sat and Sun Only
Murder of Crows Bourbon Stout
Jackass IPA IPA
Effenheffen Hefeweizen
Hooskal Stout (Barrel Aged)
Snipes Mountain Brewing Sunnyside Sat and Sun Only
Moxee Pale Ale American Pale Ale
The Letter “C” American IPA
Lil’ Chief American IPA
Dos Borrachos American Pilsener

 

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company Snoqualmie
Plant 1 Powerhouse IPA IPA
Steam Train Porter Porter
Summer Beer Pre Prohibition Style Pilsner
Dry-Hopped Plant 1 Powerhouse IPA* IPA
 

Sound Brewery

Poulsbo
Kristal weizen bavarian kristalweizen
Bevrijder belgium double ipa
koperen ketel belgium pale ale
O’Regans Revenge irish red ale

 

Stone Brewing Co. Escondido, CA Sat and Sun Only
Stone Smoked Porter Porter
Stone IPA IPA

 

Trade Route Brewing Pacific Sat and Sun Only
Mango Weizen Fruit Beer
Jet Stream Blonde/Cream Ale
Hoppy Bitch IPA American IPA

 

Two Beers Brewing Co. Seattle
Ginger and Lime Panorama Wheat (Wheat Beer) Wheat Beer
Immersion Amber Amber
Father’s Day Festival Exclusive Infused Evo. IPA IPA
Trailhead ISA (India Session Ale) Session IPA

 

Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. Portland, OR Sat and Sun Only
Black IPA Black IPA
X114 Rotator IPA IPA
Citra Blonde Blonde Ale

 

Wingman Brewers Tacoma
Bourbon Barrel Porter* Porter
British Table Beer* Ale
Pocket Aces Double IPA* IPA
Pomegranate Porter (Sat) Porter
Belgian Sour Ale (Sat) Sour Ale
North West Red Ale Red Ale
P-51 Porter (Sun) Porter
Blue Beards Espresso Roast Porter (Sun) Porter
Pin-Up Pale Ale (Sun) Pale Ale


 

Washington Beer Commission Gets New Digs

May 5th, 2011 No comments

pre-pregnant Jess and the iconic Beaux Fingey enjoy 2010 Washington Brewers Fest - one of 6 WBC events

 

Sometimes you have to just reboot. Thats exactly what the Washington Beer Commission decided to do, by refurbishing its website and becoming more interactive.

Check out the new Washington Beer Commission site and be sure to follow them on Twitter, Facebook and through your RSS feed reader. The new site has some cool new tricks, including a Google Calendar that you can add to your own calendar (already done). Other features include a streaming news bar, updated news links, a brewery map and a new section devoted to brewery profiles.

The handiwork of Washington Beer Blog mastermind, Kendall Jones, is all over this puppy. I suspect that Kendall is their new webmaster – and kudos to the WBC for selecting a true beer gentleman (don’t take offense to that term, Kendall).

Use the site often, check back for updates and get your tickets to all events over there. I am very happy to see the WBC pick up their online presence and provide better information for beer drinkers around the great state of Washington.

Cheers!

 

Washington’s Cask Fest Is Coming, So Try These 6

April 5th, 2011 No comments

Time for Washington brewers to get creative

 

The dawn of the Cask is here this Saturday. I know damn well you are excited. Get tickets, like yesterday.

The Washington Beer Commission’s Cask Beer Festival is happening this Saturday, April 9, 2011. There are two sessions, the first from 12-4 PM and the second from 6-10 PM.  The first session is already sold out and I would doubt that the second session’s tickets last beyond tomorrow. Go here to immediately to get your tickets. You can also grab tickets at Big Time Brewery, Bottleworks, Malt & Vine and 99 Bottles. WaBL members get $5 off the price.

But, you are all in luck because the Beer Blotter team is sitting this one out (previous plans prohibit our attendance). That’s three more spots for the great beer public. Needless to say, we are not too pleased to be turning a shoulder to Cask. This festival is widely regarded as the best WBC event of the year.  It sells out every year.

Why is it so well-loved? Cask features over 70 beers, 50-60% of which you have probably never tasted. The area’s best brewers take their best base beers, add some crazy adjuncts and age creatively. By utilizing small volume casks, brewers are able to make something special without concerning themselves with cost.

Below is the total list of beers that will be poured at Cask. Its quite the read. But to sum it up, I thought I would give you 5 that you should not miss. Enjoy the Fest!

Beer Blotters’s Top 6 for Cask (No particular order)

  1. Black Raven Belgian IPA (the lemongrass and thyme is amazing on this beer)
  2. Fremont Brewing Totonac BBomb (the base beer is incredible, the vanilla can only make it better)
  3. Port Townsend Glasskisser (consistently pitted against BR’s Wisdom Seeker as my favorite WA 2x IPA)
  4. Schooner Exact Foxy Mocha & Coconut Porter (both of these look incredible)
  5. Sound Brewing Monk’s Indiscretion (Its about time to see a WA brewer doing big Belgian beers – this one blew my mind)
  6. Valholl Stouty Stouterson (WHAT?!?!)

 

 

Airways Brewing 

Kent

 

1) Nonstop to Maui-Dry Stout 

Easy drinking, roasty stout with chocolate, coconut and oak chips soaked in Maui Rum.

2) Ol’ Winey Hag-Imperial IPA

Our Sky Hag (Imperial IPA) with oak chips soaked in Syrah Port.

3) Fuel Stop Dublin-Strong Ale

A bigger version of an Irish Session Ale. Full body with a dry and slightly biscuity finish.

American Brewing Co.  

Edmonds

 

1) Breakaway IPA (ABV: 7%)  

Full bodied IPA with citrus notes

2) Ed’s Red (ABV: 5%)

Red ale dry-hopped with Falconer Flight hops.

Anacortes 

Brewery

Anacortes

 

 

1) Ten IPA (ABV: 10%)  

“Ten” was brewed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Rockfish Grill, the companion restaurant to the Anacortes Brewery. Made with a significant amount of malted rye in the grist and fresh hop additions of Centennial andColumbus to the mash, boil and fermenter.

2) India Pale Ale (ABV: 6.1% IBU: 118)

Our award winning IPA emphasized Northwest hop varieties and features significant hop flavor, bitterness and aroma from Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe.

Big Al 

Brewing

Seattle

 

1) Hop Villain Black IPA 

Hop Villain combines the solid hop character of an IPA with the rich malt flavor of a porter. Call it a black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale or an India Dark Ale. You bring the labels, Hop Villain brings the flavor!

2) Sourlicious

Inspired by the wild beer of Belgium, Sourlicious is a blend of barrel-aged beer and tank-aged wheat beer. Sourlicious shows warm vanilla flavors from the wood and firm tangy fruit throughout the finish.

3) Brewer’s Choice

Big Time Brewery 

Seattle

 

1) 2010 Trombipulator (ABV: 9%) 

Belgian-style Triple, primed with agave nectar.

2) Perspective IPA (ABV: 6.5%)

Yet another of Big Time’s signature big, bold and assertive IPAs. Simcoe andAmarillo hops dominate this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Raven Brewing 

Redmond

 

1) Robust Porter (ABV: 9.9%) 

A big robust porter with dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, rum soaked oak chips, Perle and Sterling whole leaf hops.

2) Saison (ABV: 7.1%)

Farmhouse ale with orange peel, lemon peel, mango, black pepper and nativeWashington wild yeast.

3) Belgian IPA (ABV: 6.0%)

American IPA meets Belgian yeast with lemongrass, lemon thyme, black lemon and whole leaf Citra hops.

Boundary BayBrewery 

Bellingham

 

1) Cabin Fever Winter Warmer 

Dark red and brown color, rich malty flavor.

2) Dry Hop ESB

English style pale, subtle blend of malts with a hop background.

Diamond Knot Brewing 

Mukilteo

 

1) Apple Cinnamon ESB 

Conditioned with fresh apple cider, cinnamon sticks and fresh apple.

2) Slane’s Irish Style Red Ale

Caramelly aroma gives way to a malty flavor and smooth finish.

3) Chocolate Raspberry Vanilla Brown Ale

Brown Ale conditioned with raspberries, chocolate and vanilla.

Elliott Bay  

Brewing

Burien & West Seattle

 

1) Hellmouth Imperial IPA (ABV: 7%)  

As a portal between Earth and Hell, a Hellmouth attracts demons and other supernatural creatures. Sounds like just the place to find fans of our dry-hopped Strong Pale Ale, weighing in at 7% ABV and 100+ IBUs.

2) Black Ops IPA

An example of the emerging “Black IPA” style, our rendition is fermented with a Belgian-style yeast strain and dry-hopped with three different hop varieties.

3) Organic Vanilla-n-Nibs Stout

Our certified organic house-brewed stout infused with organic vanilla beans and organic cocoa nibs from Theo Chocolates.

4) Mystery Cask

We’ll pull something special from the cellar to round out our selection of cask-conditioned beers for the festival.

Elysian Brewing Company 

Seattle

 

1) Rosemary’s Baby IPA (ABV: 6.5%)  

An IPA augmented with fresh rosemary branches in the mash and more fresh rosemary sprigs in the bright tank.

2) Loser Strong Pale Ale (ABV: 7%)

Pale ale brewed first for Sub Pop Records’ 20th anniversary. Bittered with Sorachi Ace, finished with Styrian Goldings.

3) Promethues / Stolen Fire IPA (ABV: 6.5%)

An IPA with stylistic elements variously crafted and stolen from Big Time’s Scarlet Fire. Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops.

4) Dragonstooth Imperial Oatmeal Stout (ABV: 7.8%)

An Elysian classic. Smooth, yet burly and hoppy.

Fish Brewing Company 

Olympia

 

1) Mudshark Porter (ABV: 5%, OG: 1.061, IBU: 24)  

Seven malt varieties. Medium body and robust flavor, rich notes of chocolate.

2) Organic IPA (ABV: 6.7%, OG: 1.065, IBU: 42)

Medium body with rich golden color. Organic Pale and Crystal malts, New Zealand hops.

3) Swordfish CDA (ABV: 7.5%, OG: 1.075, IBU: 65)

Black in color with white head. Aroma: citrus fruit (hops) up front with hints of coffee, nuts in the background. Flavor: big rich resinous citrus hops up front followed by complex malt that balances nicely with bitterness.

Fremont Brewing 

Seattle

 

1) Totonac BBomb Bourbon Barrel-aged Dark Ale 

Bourbon Abominable Ale (BBomb) with organic vanilla beans.

2) The Brother Double IPA

Double IPA hopped with Chinook, Columbus, Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo hops.

3) Kentucky Dark Star Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee.

Georgetown 

Brewing

Seattle

 

1) Lucille IPA (ABV: 6.8%) 

Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo and Cascade hops.  Floral, citrusy and awesome. Anything so innocent and built like that just gotta be named Lucille.

2) Donkey Deux (ABV: 7.5%)

Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with Pilsner, Munich, special B Malts and 110 lbs of Belgian candi sugar. Fermented with traditional Belgian yeast, conditioned over three months, then bottle-conditioned. Dubbel Donkey is big on classic Belgian flavor!

3) Lisa’s “The Sun is Trying to Kill Me” Chocolate Stout (ABV: 8.5%)

Everyone loves Lisa, our Retail Manager, so we named a beer after her. She hates the sun and loves chocolate.  Theo Chocolate is her favorite, so that’s what we put in there.  It’s rich but very limited.

Hale’s Ales 

Seattle

 

1) SuperGoose IPA 

Very “big” IPA, full malt backbone with a distinct and complex hop profile. Amarillos, Centennials and Simcoe hops featured.

2) Red Menace ESB

Nicely balanced amber ale with equal influences of caramel malt sweetness and Centennial hop flavor and aroma.

3) Troll Porter

About as dark as a porter dare gets. Six different malts create a complex, mouth-filling dark ale with coffee or chocolate nuance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harmon Brewing Company 

Tacoma

 

1) Point Defiance IPA (ABV: 6.5% IBU: 70)  

An American style IPA dry hopped with Amarillo hops.

2) Black Tartan IPA (ABV: 7.5% IBU: 70)

Brewed with black malts and black wheat. Looks like a stout, tastes like and IPA.

3) Floridian IPA

IPA conditioned with grapefruit, pineapple and oranges.

Ice Harbor Brewing Company 

Kennewick

 

1) Ice Harbor IPA 

A medium malty IPA with an assertive but smooth bitterness. Cascade, Amarillo and Citra hops give the beer a complex character and aroma.

2) Ice Harbor Runaway Red Ale

A rich full bodied amber ale with a delicate fruity flavor. Crystal and Carastan malts give the beer a sweetness that is balanced with hop flavors from Simcoe and Cascade.

 

Iron Horse Brewery 

Ellensburg

 

1) Oaked IPA 

Oak aged cask IPA.

2) Irish Death Dark Strong Ale

Cask of our most popular. Might have a surprise for everyone.

Issaquah Brewhouse 

Rogue

Isssaquah

 

1) 11th Anniversary American Strong Ale (ABV: 9.4%) 

Oak Aged and Dry-hopped with Simcoe. 11 malts and 11 hops for 11 years.

2) Contraband American IPA (ABV: 6.9%)

Dry-hopped with Citra. Brewed exclusively for Bob Brenlin’s 3PUBS.

Mac and Jack’s Brewery 

Redmond

 

1) Dry Hopped IPA Cask 

2) Oak Aged Porter

3) Bavarian Wheat Ale

Maritime Pacific Brewing Company 

Seattle

 

1) Jolly-Gator 

This is our take on an English Old Ale. We blended a well-aged cask of our Jolly Roger with a cask of our Navigator Dark Weizen Bock. The result is subtle hints of the Bavarian Hefeweizen yeast with notes of chocolate and dried fruits finishing with a pleasing bitterness.

2) Tropicale

Not only did we dry-hop this cask Imperial IPA, we also infused it with the zest of orange, tangelo, and grapefruit resulting in a refreshing citrus character. All you need now is a hammock on the beach!

 

 

 

 

 

 

McMenamins 

Seattle/

Portland

 

1) Workingman’s Red Irish Red Ale (ABV: 4.77%)  

McMenamins Spring Seasonal has a reddish hue that strikes a perfect balance between the darker beers of winter and the lighter beers of summer. Its flavor is also perfectly balanced between the sweetness derived from malted barley and the bitterness derived from whole hope cones. It has a deep mahogany color and a slightly malty sweetness up front. This rich foundation and flavor is surprisingly smooth due to the perfect balance of noble hop flavors. It finishes with a toasty mouth feel and a bold, aromatic hop character that compliments the upfront sweetness exquisitely.

2) Monkeywrench Imperial Amber Ale (ABV: 7.74%)

Monkeywrench is a full-bodied Imperial Amber ale with a hint of roast chocolate and loaded with so many Chinook hops that we lost count!

Naked City Brewery 

Seattle

 

1) Spark in the Dark Smoked Porter (ABV: 6.2%) 

A very sessionable Brown Porter made with 60% Weyermann Rauch Malt, Munich, Crystal and Chocolate malts, Northern Brewer and Styrian Golding hops.

2) Hoptrocity Rye IPA (ABV: 7.4%)

18% rye malt lends a spiciness that accentuates the intense Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo hop profile while additional malts provide the perfect balance of sweetness.

3) Apricot Infused Pastime Red Ale (ABV: 6%)

Our Pastime Red brewed with Sorachi Ace and Citra Hops, then casked with a pound of apricots.

4) Cadillac Coat (ABV 6.5%)

IPA brewed with 4 additions of Falconer’s Flight hops. Dry hopped in the cask with additional Falconer’s Flight.

New Belgium Brewing 

Renton

 

1) Abbey (ABV: 7%) 

This fine Belgian-style Dubbel is crafted in the tradition of classic dubbels. Fermented with a traditional Belgian ale yeast strain, which gives it the characteristic clove and banana aromas that made it famous.  Rich caramel and chocolate malts round out the nose of this Abbey, while hints of sweet baking spice, crème Brule, coffee, and chocolate-covered bananas add depth to the flavor.  This 7.0% ABV ale finishes predictably warm and dry, yet remains smooth and soft on the palate to the end, with just a trace of a bittersweet, peppery aftertaste.

2) Trip 9 North Western Imperial IPA (ABV: 9.5%)

A true NW Imperial IPA brewed with the Falconer’s Flight hop. A portion of proceeds will go to Glen Hay Falconer Foundation.

3) Trip 8 Black IPA (ABV: 8.5%)

Brewed with Argentinean Cascade hops, coffee-roasted malt from Chile, and Brazilian Black Rapadura sugar. Dry-hopped with El Dorado hops from Yakima and features a Belgium yeast strain.

 

 

Pike Brewing 

Seattle

 

1) Pike 5X Chocolate Stout (ABV: 7.0%, IBU: 65, OG: 1.073)  

Pike 5X Stout with Theo Chocolate Nibs. Great chocolate nuance. Full-bodied velvety malt texture; hints of chocolate, licorice and espresso.

2) Pike Double IPA (ABV: 8.0%, IBU: 80, OG: 1.076)

A bouquet of herbal flowers is followed by the dry, crisp, evergreen and citrus character of humulus lupulus (hops) on the palate. This hop bomb is balanced with smooth, biscuity, earthy malt flavors.

Port Townsend Brewing Company 

Port Townsend

 

1) Citra Pale Ale (ABV: 6.5%) 

A single hop pale, hopped throughout the brew with, you guessed it, Citra hops.  This cask version has been dry hopped four separate times for your pleasure!

2) Glasskisser Imperial IPA (ABV: 8.5%)

Triple-dry hopped for your pleasure.

 

 

Ram Brewery 

Seattle

 

1) CoCo Nut Porter 

Rich, chocolaty porter infused with freshly toasted organic coconut.

2) Hopburst NW Bitter

A single hop, single malt beer using Pilsner malt and Falconer’s Flight hops. Light bodied with a refreshing, citrusy hop flavor and aroma.

3) Biere de Mars

Rock Bottom 

Bellevue

 

1) Hop Bomb IPA 

The ever-popular house IPA cask conditioned with a fruit juice primer.

2) Black Diamond Oatmeal Stout

Our most popular stout cask conditioned with a yet to be determined twist.

3) Coconut Big Black Wheat

A NW style wheat beer infused with toasted coconut.

RedHook Brewery 

Woodinville

 

1) Bourbon Barrel Eisbock 28 (ABV: 13% IBU: 38) 

Eisbock 28 is an ice processed winter warmer.  This rich lager is aged for months at temperatures well below freezing then transferred to bourbon barrels. Bourbon Barrel Eisbock 28 displays the bourbon flavors aligned with Eisbock’s original smooth maltyness and bittersweet complexity achieved by the sub freezing processing.

2) Cask Conditioned Big Ballard Imperial IPA (ABV: 8.6%)

We have cask conditioned our Big Ballard IPA which is an imperial IPA with assertive hop flavor and aromatics and a rich, deep golden color. The hop flavor and aroma are balanced by complex, malty undertones; an IPA brewed for diehard IPA drinkers.

Malts: 2 Row Pale, Munich, Caramel 60, malted Wheat and Carapils

Hops: Alchemy, Willamette, Chinook

 

 

 

Schooner EXACT 

Seattle

 

1) Coconut Porter 

Our roasty Profanity Hill Porter is infused with organic, unsweetened coconut to result in a pleasing, but not overly sweet coconut porter.

2) Bravehorse IPA

Made for our friends at the new Bravehorse Tavern, this IPA was bittered with Columbus and flavor and aroma contributed by the new hop blend Falconer’s Flight: a mix of Simcoe, Citra, and Sirachi Ace.

3) Foxy Mocha Brown

First created for the Beveridge Place’s Iron Brewer Contest, this version 2.0 uses Schooner EXACT roasted espresso beans and chocolate nibs from local chocolate purveyors.

Scuttlebutt Brewing 

Everett

 

1) Belgian Winter Ale-Belgian Strong Ale (ABV: 9.0%)  

This cask-conditioned version will fool you with its drinkability. Chocolate, raisin, and fresh pear flavors mask the 9% ABV.

2) Tell-Tale Red Cask-American Red Ale

This medium bodied beer resonates Amarillo and Columbus hops. Balanced and drinkable, this beer is an easy choice to make.

 

 

Silver City Brewery 

Bremerton

 

1) Fat Woody Bourbon Oak Aged Scotch Ale (ABV: 9.2%)  

Silver City Fat Woody Scotch Ale; cask conditioned and aged on Kentucky Bourbon soaked American White Oak.

2) Whoop Pass Double I.P.A. (ABV: 9%)

Cask Conditioned & Double Dry Hopped. Without a doubt, the boldest and hoppiest mother of a brew Silver City has ever created, with over 50lbs of Washington State Cascade and Columbus hops in each batch. Dry hopped in the tank and in the cask.

Welcome to hop country!

Snipes Mt. Brewery 

Sunnyside

 

1) Trainwreck CDA (ABV: 7.5% IBU: 65)  

A robustly hopped, dark brown IPA without any hint of dark malt, and no confusion whether or not it is an IPA.  Hopped with Simcoe and Citra, with Falconer’s Flight in the dry hop.

2) The Letter C (ABV:6.8% IBU: 45)

An “old fashioned” IPA styled after a turn of the century NW IPA. With C hops leading the charge, namely Chinook and Centennial, Amarillo, Summit and Warrior round out the subtly bitter beer.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing 

Snoqualmie

 

1) Plant 1 Powerhouse IPA 

Wilder Wildcat. 20% more malt and twice as much hops. We’ve also added Cascades to ride along-side the Wildcat’s normal Columbus hops. For Cask Fest, we’ve dry-hopped the Powerhouse with even more Cascades!

 

 

 

Sound Brewery 

Poulsbo

 

1) Sound Brewery Porter (ABV: 5.5% IBU: 32) 

Smooth creamy tan head covers a beautiful dark ruby brown beer. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and plums with toasted grains. Totally balanced with bitterness from noble hops and roasted grains.

2) Monk’s Indiscretion: (ABV: 9.9% IBU: 47)

Monk’s indiscretion is a very complex and unique Belgian style specialty ale. Triple dry hopped with fruity, aromatic northwest hops, Monk’s tastes balanced and smooth, but with an insanely hoppy aroma profile that we believe makes this beer totally unique.

3) Bevrijder Double IPA: (ABV: 8%  IBU:47)

Bevrijder is crafted from English malt, American hops and Belgian yeast to create a wonderfully complex, dry and balanced Belgian style double IPA.

Three Skulls-Baron Brewing 

Seattle

 

1)Belgian Golden Ale 

Belgian spiced with Candi Sugar, coriander and orange peel.

2) TBA

Two Beers 

Brewing

Seattle

1) Infused Evo IPA 

Mango and peach infused Evo IPA.

2) Infused 20:20 Blonde

Lavender, rose, dried elderberry and dried currant infused 20:20 Blonde.

3) Infused Panorama Wheat

Lime and ginger infused Panorama Wheat.

Valholl Brewing 

Poulsbo

 

1) Belgian IPA (ABV: 7.2%)  

Northwest IPA finished with Trappist yeast. Amarillo, Simcoe and Cascade hops in abundance.

2) Stouty Stouterson Imperial Oatmeal Stout (ABV: 12.8%)

Infused with sweet potatoes, brown sugar, raisins and cinnamon.

3) Belgian Golden Strong Ale (ABV: 9.2%)

Single malt, traditional strong ale. Golden with candi sugar.

 

 

Voters Pick Fremont, Big Time, Two Beers & Black Raven at Winter Beer Festival 2010

December 14th, 2010 No comments

Black Raven walks away victorious at Winter Beer Fest

Did you make it out to Winter Beer Festival 2010? Hope that you did.  We heard they poured some damn good beer.

The Washington Beer Commission has gone ahead and released the results for the attendants’ voting. I was very happy to see Fremont Brewing win for their Bourbon Abominable – an absolutely delicious beer.

It was no surprise that Black Raven Brewing walked home with a few awards, including the best booth decoration. Check out the official voting results below:

 

Winter Fest 2010
Thank you to all of you who came out to the 2010 Winter Beer Festival at Hale’s Palladium this past weekend. 34 Washington breweries from across the state poured a diverse sampling of amazing winter seasonal beers. This year’s People’s Choice Awards winners included:

Friday, Dec. 10
1) Iron Horse Mocha Death
2) Big Time Holy Molë

Saturday, Dec. 11 Session #1
1)Fremont Bourbon Abominable Ale “B Bomb”
2)Black Raven Festivus IPA

Saturday, Dec. 11 Session #2
1) Black Raven Bourbon Barrel Petite Mort
2) Two Beers 20:20 Blonde

Booth Decoration Winner:
Black Raven