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Beer lovers rejoiced last week with the announcement of Fremont Brewing’s Black Heron Project. The endeavor, a farmhouse brewing experience that is inspired by the ingredients and seasons native to the Pacific Northwest, will feature beers that (in the words of the brewers) are oak-fermented, bottle-conditioned and patient. To us, they are experimental, delicious, and wild – a complete testament to the famed brewery’s unwavering creativity and passion.
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Seattle is home to millions of breweries. Did you know that? That’s right! Some are just undocumented… But they are all fantastic. Truly fantastic. The best breweries! People from Portland, Denver cry when they see our breweries. They’re just bitter, those people. Bitter that more people come to OUR breweries. Not breweries in Portland. Not breweries in Denver. People just love Seattle beer. Every city thinks that they have better breweries, but they don’t. SAD.
Drinking a good beer is always a treat, but drinking a good beer to benefit a great cause? Well, that doesn’t just hit the spot – it hits it out of the park. And that’s what Pike Octopus Ink, from Pike Brewing Company, is all about. Not only does this brew delicately walk the line between rich, malty flavors and those bitter notes so synonymous with a classic Pacific Northwest IPA, it also benefits Seattle philanthropy Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.
On Saturday, hundreds of craft lovers came together to celebrate Chuck’s Hop Shop’s third anniversary. The event was a testament to the craft beer bar quickly and swiftly making its mark in Seattle’s Central District neighborhood.
When I got to Cloudburst Brewing on Friday for their First Ever Anniversary Party shortly after I had left work, no later than 5:00, the line was already out the door. It was an impressive feat for an event that started a few hours before – especially considering that many craft fanatics were finally able to get to the brewery from leaving their daily grinds.
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Have plans this Friday? No? Well, now you do. You’ll be coming down to Cloudburst Brewing to celebrate their one year anniversary. The brewery’s ‘First Ever Anniversary Party’ will be a time to celebrate and reminisce on Cloudburst’s biggest learnings and accomplishments. Oh, and to drink really good beer, of course.
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One of the best perks about living in Seattle is being a hop, skip and a jump from Portland, Oregon – a city overflowing with places to fill your pint glasses. And during my last trip south, there was one spot in particular at the tippy top of my list: Great Notion Brewing.
That’s right, The Bruery and Bruery Terreux have announced their overhaul for 2017 beer releases – which will be distributed across 29 states. Just try not to get excited for brand new year-round beers, seasonals from Bruery Terreux, (multiple!) barrel-aged beers that have never hit shelves, and a new beer series.
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There is no doubt about it: 2016 has been a year.
I would say that it has been a rollercoaster, but the cliche does not do it justice. This year has not been a rollercoaster. This year has been a journey through the entire amusement park – with that park being haunted by ghosts, designed by aliens, and operated by zombies – all the while being secretly funded by the next President of the United States. Oh – and on top of all of this, there is no escaping the park because they have locked the gates, thrown away the keys, and sentenced you to misery by playing MMMBop by Hanson on the park speakers on repeat. It never stops. There is no stopping the bop.
For me, Christmas time is synonymous with getting my hands on the darkest beers that I can find. And though I can be easily satisfied with a stout with a hint of peppermint, or a porter with a hint of pecan, there is one style in particular that I crave once Christmas tunes start playing and once the tree is decorated: The coveted barrel aged stout.
It’s no secret: We like IPAs in Seattle. In fact, we really, really, like IPAs in Seattle.
And it’s no wonder. Lucky for us Seattle folk, we are in close proximity to the Yakima Valley, which produces nearly 77% of the country’s hop crop. You read that right. 77%.
As everyone knows, we are in the midst of truly, trying times.
The political landscape is forcing us to drink on end. 2016 robbed us of our heroes. Celebrity couples are making us doubt if love is real. Really – we can’t even stand the thought of what could be next.
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Unless you’ve been in a coma for the past six months, you’re well aware that this has been the most absurd, controversial, heated and passionate election cycle that this country has ever seen. In recent months, the country has heard about Donald Trump’s, er, hand size, exhausted the topic of Hillary Clinton’s inbox, and experienced major deja vu at the Republican National Convention. I would say that it has been a roller coaster of a season, but the comparison does not do justice to the madness.
If you’re naming a beer these days, you have to make sure it lives up to the name. Anything hoppalicious? Prove it. What are the IBUs? What about throwing in midnight? Well, how dark is it, really? What about sunshine? Tell me the hop varieties first.
Here in Seattle, we get it: It’s really, really hard to say goodbye to summer.
Over the past few months, we’ve been lucky enough to get to know the guys and gals of Silver City Brewery. It all started when we were able to sit down over some beers and chat about their 20th Anniversary Celebration – at Chuck’s Hop Shop in Seattle. After a few rounds of beer – learning about their culture, their team, and their Anniversary celebration – we were hooked.
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When I think about my favorite places in all of Seattle, my mind doesn’t immediately wander to the the stereotypical Space Needle, the majestic Kerry Park, the cozy Volunteer Park Cafe, or the bustling Trader Joes in the University District (though I do frequent that quite regularly). No – even though these places, and countless others, are near and dear to my heart in the Emerald City, some of my fondest memories, instead, take place on the busy Leary Way strip.