Registration is now open for Washington breweries to be a part of the 6th Annual Washington Beer Awards. Don’t miss out. Let’s make this the biggest field of Washington beers yet.
A press release with more info is below, and you can head to the event website to see more details and registration information.
Want to see which breweries won in past years? Go here.
Seattle, WA, March 1, 2018: Specialty Competitions LLC is proud to announce the return of the Washington Beer Awards®, the craft beer competition designed specifically to support Washington’s professional brewers. This is the sixth year for the Washington-only competition that provides an opportunity for all of Washington’s craft brewers to compete in a blind judging format and fosters recognition of brewing excellence in Washington.
Only Washington breweries with beers produced and sold in Washington can enter the competition. The event is endorsed by the Washington Beer Commission as a way to help promote our excellent Washington brews and raise awareness of our rich brewing culture.
In 2017, 165 breweries submitted 1,207 beers to the competition spanning 122 styles from the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines. Judging was conducted by dozens of trained judges who assessed the technical and stylistic accuracy of the entries. More than 190 awards were presented recognizing brewing excellence in the state.
The 2018 competition is expected to grow with additional entries and award categories. The competition will also recognize “Breweries of the Year” who receive multiple awards in various categories and also feature special awards for a “Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer” and a “Best Washington Malt Beer.” This competition also includes a “Pro-Am” category recognizing collaborations of homebrewers and professional brewers who have scaled up homebrewer recipes for production on a commercial scale. This year will also feature a “Collaboration Beer” category to celebrate the camaraderie of the industry.
Breweries can register entries from March 1st through March 31st. The 2018 judging will be conducted in early June with the winners being announced at the Washington Brewers Festival in mid-June. Details on the competition (including rules and registration information) as well as lists of the previous winners can be found at www.wabeerawards.com.
We look forward to recognizing another great year of Washington beers! Cheers!
When the calendar flips to a new year it means you usually have few weeks off from major beer events in Seatte. But, don’t get too comfy. Before you know it Seattle Beer Week (May 10 to 20) will be here and you won’t know what to do with yourself. Here are several events coming up in the next few months that you might want to check out:
Strong Ale Fest at Pine Box – Jan 18 – The crew at Pine Box are pulling out a bunch of strong ales from the cellar to help you warm up in the middle of winter. Prelim beer list includes Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Anniversary XXI, Fremont Coffee Coconut B-Bomb and Stoup Brewing 4th Nail.
Ellensburg Winterhop – Jan 20 – SOLD OUT. Too late to get in on this popular festival in Ellensburg.
Strange Brewfest in Port Townsend – Jan 26 & 27 – One of the region’s most unique festivals, the attending breweries will bring some crazy beers. Just remember, crazy does not always equal good.
Belgianfest – Jan 27 – The 9th Annual Washington Beer Commission Belgianfest will feature 100+ Belgian-style beers from Washington breweries.
Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow Kickoff – Feb 1 – The Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow is a series of events featuring Triple IPAs from Washington breweries. The kickoff at Brouwer’s Cafe will feature around 30 beers. If you can’t make the kickoff, check out the website for an event near you.
Pike Chocofest – Feb 11 – This Valentines Day celebration features beer, wine, cider and spirits paired with food bites, with a heavy emphasis on chocolate.
Hops & Props – Feb 24 – SOLD OUT (Designated Driver Tickets still available) – You have to get in on this festival at the Museum of Flight early if you want to attend. Solid beer lineup, and the setting can’t be beat.
Brouwer’s Cafe Hard Liver Festival – Feb 24 & 25 – Let the celebration of barleywine begin! One of the country’s largest barleywine fests, Hard Liver will feature at least 45 barleywines.
Beveridge Place Barleywine Bacchanal – Mar 15 to 18 – There will be 30 taps dedicated to barleywines, both fresh and older vintages. The selection will change daily, and over 70 barleywines are expected to be poured in total. Includes verticals and special releases.
Seattle Scotch & Beer Festival – Mar 30 & 31 – Formerly known as Hop Scotch, this festival at Fremont Studios has a little more swanky vibe than your typical fest. Lots of great beer and scotch for tasting.
Did I miss a big event? Leave a note in the comments.
Are you done with 2017 and already thinking about all the tasty beer you’ll drink in 2018? I can’t blame you. Reuben’s Brews is on the same page, and below you’ll find more info about the brewery’s 2018 Beer Release Calendar.
Is it already time to start thinking about 2018? Yep! Especially when it includes talking about a stellar lineup of beer that Reuben’s Brews has planned for the Pacific Northwest next year. Always prolific in producing a wide variety of beers for its fans, 2018 is shaping up to be no different. Favorites like the year-round Gose and seasonal Roasted Rye are still featured, with a few new brews in the works (more on that in January!). Highlights include:
Bits and Bobs. Spring will see a brand new beer enter the line up this year, and every year in fact! Bits and Bobs will be a rotating seasonal brew, a different beer every year, drawing upon the brewery’s learnings from the prior 12 months. 2018 Bits and Bobs will feature a light, crisp malt profile, and will feature a hop that the brewery first experimented with in 2017. More to come in the next few weeks!
Imperial Release Series. This series has expanded to six beers, rotating every two months. This means a return to the lineup of the Imperial Rye IPA, one of the brewery’s first ever IPAs and a much loved favorite. And the Imperial Oatmeal Stout makes a return this winter!
Taproom Release Series. This series enables the brewery to share a broader range of its line up of beers. A new beer every month will be released in draft (and sometimes package). Highlights include the 2017 Wine Enthusiast Top 25 brew Blimey That’s Bitter! and 2018 Hop Idol beer (featuring the brewery’s home brew competition winner).
The Taproom Release Series is just the tip of the iceberg of the variety Reuben’s offers. It’s taproom in Seattle’s Ballard district continues to change up its 25 taps with a vast array of brews (plus much more – come visit!). Check out the calendar below for details!
We hope you are having a very happy holiday season and are looking forward to working with you more in the coming New Year. Cheers!
Brouwer’s Cafe puts on some amazing special events and festivals, and one of my favorites of the year is always Bigwood. This celebration of wood-aged beer includes stouts, sours, strong ales and more. They will be pouring more than 50 taps of wood-aged goodness.
The event will start when the doors doors open at 11am on December 7 and will run through December 10. While some high-demand beers will disappear pretty quickly, there will be plenty of fun stuff left if you can’t stop by until later in the weekend.
A preliminary list of beers for the event follows. It’s pretty impressive.
Alesong Cherry Parliament Pinot Noir Bbl-Aged Wild Red Ale (7.4%)
Alvinne/ Naparbier Gentleman Sour Oak-Aged Oud Bruin (11.5%)
Anderson Valley Grand Cru Port Bbl-Aged Sour Blend (9%)
Bear Republic Old Baba Yaga Cognac-Bbl Aged RIS (13%)
Belching Beaver Smoldering Pirate Bbl-Aged Sour w/ Tropical Fruit (6.5%)
B.F.M. Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien (11%)
Black Raven La Mort Rouge Wine Bbl-Aged Strong Dark ‘15 (9.3%)
Boundary Bay Bretta Whiskey Fever ’16 (9%)
Cascade Cranberry Sour (6.4%)
Crux Fermentation Project Tough Love Bbl-Aged Imp Stout (11.5%)
De Garde/ Jackie O’s With Friends Like These Oak-Aged Wild Ale(6.4%)
De Proef Préaris Grand Cru Maker’s Mark Bbl-Aged Quad ’15 (10%)
Birrificio Del Ducato/Drie Fonteinen Beersel Mattina (6.2%)
Dirty Couch Plausibility Whiskey Bbl-Aged Sour Porter (6.3%)
Ecliptic Falling Asteroid Whiskey Bbl-Aged Imp. Porter w/ Cocoa (12%)
Elliot Bay Ambrosia Kriek w/ Raspberries & Cherries (5.3%)
Engine House #9 The Duel Raspberry & Cherry Sour Ale(5.9%)
Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist 53 Bbl-Aged Imp Stout w/ Coffee (12.5%)
Finnriver Sour Plum Cyser ’16 (7%)
Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee Bbl-Aged Central Coast Quad ‘15(13.4%)
Fort George/Finnriver Shady Grove Sour Cider & Saison Blend (6.5%)
Founders Brewing CBS Maple Syrup-Bourbon Bbl-Aged Stout (11.7%)
Fremont Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb Bbl-Aged Winter Ale (14%)
Goose Island Foudre Project Bbl-Aged Flanders Red Ale (6.7%)
Hair of the Dog Jim ’17 BBl-Aged American Strong Ale Blend (11%)
High Water West Meets East Bbl-Aged Golden w/ Kiwi & Kumquat (6%)
Hanssens Oude Lambic (6%)
Holy Mountain Bbl-Aged King’s Head Double Brown ‘16 (9.2%)
Holy Mountain Volume 12 Golden Sour w/ Black Raspberries (5.5%)
Lagunitas Willet Whiskey Bbl-Aged Imperial Stout (11.7%)
Little Beast Dream State Foeder-Aged Ale w/ Strawberries (7%) *
Logsdon Kriek Vier Bbl-Aged Sour Quad w/ Cherries (9.2%)
Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa Wine Bbl-Aged Raspberry Sour (7%)
Matchless Big Wood Bar Variant Imperial Stout
Mazama Barrel-Aged Sour Sunset (8%)
Millstone Ciderberry Cider w/ Raspberries & Cranberries (8%)
Mission Trail Fairyland Port Bbl-Aged Pluot Cider (14.8%)
New Belgium Decennium Dark Sour Ale ‘15 (7.6%)
North Fork Electric Cherryland
Oud Beersel Bersalis Sourblend Sour Blonde Ale (6%)
pFriem Flanders Red Sour Ale ’15 (7%)
Propolis Pi Strawberry Rhubarb Bbl-Aged Golden w/ Brett (7.5%)
Reuben’s Brews something
Rodenbach Alexander Foederbier w/ Sour Cherries (5.6%)
Schneider Aventinus Cuvée Barrique Wine Bbl-Aged Doppelbock (9.5%)
Skookum Barrel-Aged Breakfast Stout
Standard Heschen Whiskey Bbl-Aged Imperial Stout (9%)
Stoup Rum Barrel-Aged Strong Dark
Structures Carcosa Wine Bbl-Aged Raspberry Sour (7.1%)
Telegraph Obscura Fortis ’14 Bbl-Aged Sour Belgian Strong Ale (9%)
The Ale Apothecary JW Lees Bbl-Aged Loganberry La Tache Cask(7.88%)
The Commons Bourbon Little Brother Bbl-Aged Quad ’16 (10%)
Three Magnets B.i.L. Barleywine Aged on Whiskey-Soaked Oak Chips (11.9%)
Trinity Damn, It Feels Good to be a Gangsta’ Dark Sour Ale (8.1%)
Urban Family Again & Again Oak-Fermented Saison w/ Grapes (6.9%)
Wander Foeder Phor Oak-Fermented Strong Dark w/ Cherries (10.8%)
The 13th Annual Winter Beer Festival will take place Friday evening, December 1st, and Saturday afternoon/evening, December 2nd, at Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle. This Washington Brewers Guild holiday tasting event will feature 50 local breweries pouring some of the most creative and delicious beers of the season at three different sessions. Nearly 200 locally made craft brews, fantastic food trucks, holiday gift shop, and even a little indoor snow will make this a can’t miss event.
This year’s lineup will include a variety of dark malty stouts, robust winter warmers, barrel-aged beauties, and many more palate pleasing offerings. The complete beer list will be unveiled soon. Here are the 50 participating breweries:
2017 Winter Beer Festival Brewery List
Anacortes Brewery, Anacortes
Aslan Brewing, Bellingham
Bale Breaker Brewing, Yakima
Beardslee Public House, Bothell
Black Raven Brewing, Redmond
Chainline Brewing, Kirkland
Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle
Counterbalance Brewing, Seattle
Crucible Brewing, Everett
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, Mukilteo
Dirty Bucket Brewing, Woodinville
Downpour Brewing, Kingston
Dru Bru, Snoqualmie Pass
Elliott Bay Brewing, Seattle/Burien
Fish Brewing, Olympia/Woodinville
Floating Bridge Brewing, Seattle
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, Seattle
Fremont Brewing, Seattle
Geaux Brewing, Auburn
Georgetown Brewing, Seattle
Ghostfish Brewing, Seattle
Hale’s Ales, Seattle
Hellbent Brewing, Seattle
Hop Nation Brewing, Yakima
Icicle Brewing, Leavenworth
Jellyfish Brewing, Seattle
Lake Stevens Brewing, Lake Stevens
Lowercase Brewing, Seattle
Mac & Jack’s Brewing, Redmond
Mollusk Brewing, Seattle
No-Li Brewhouse, Spokane
Old Stove Brewing, Seattle
Optimism Brewing, Seattle
Port Townsend Brewing, Port Townsend
Postdoc Brewing, Redmond
Rainy Daze Brewing, Poulsbo
Ram Restaurant & Brewery, Seattle/Tacoma
Ravenna Brewing, Seattle
Rooftop Brewing, Seattle
Schooner Exact, Seattle
Silver City Brewery, Silverdale
Slaughter County Brewing, Port Orchard
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing, Snoqualmie
Stoup Brewing, Seattle
Triplehorn Brewing, Woodinville
Watts Brewing, Bothell
Wet Coast Brewing, Gig Harbor
7 Seas Brewing, Gig Harbor/Tacoma
20 Corners Brewing, Woodinville
192 Brewing, Kenmore
DATES: Friday, December 1st
5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday, December 2nd
1st Session: Noon-4pm
2nd Session: 5:30pm-9:30pm
LOCATION: Hangar 30
Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
ADMISSION Advance tickets available now at washingtonbrewersguild.org $30 advance/$35 at the door. This event has sold out the last four years so buy now!
Admission includes a tasting glass and eight 5oz beer tastes.
Additional tokens are available for $2 each or three tokens for $5.
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only.
This is a 21+ only event.
If you haven’t noticed, fresh hop beer season is in full swing here in the NW. Beveridge Place Pub (BPP) is set to host its inaugural Fresh Hop Festival this Saturday, October 14, from 12pm to 6pm, which will be one of the final local fresh hop fests of the season. They will be closing off the parking lot to accommodate serving 36+ beers for the event. The prelim beer list for Saturday’s event is below, and there are some outstanding beers on the list, including several I have not yet seen pouring in Seattle.
In addition, BPP will be hosting a preview event tonight (Thursday, October 12) from 6pm to 9pm featuring a bartop cask of a new IPA from Stoup Brewing with a bunch of fresh Cascade hops picked from BPP’s patio thrown in, as well as 5 other fresh hop beers on tap.
A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Americares and Wings of Rescue to help with the hurricane recovery effort in Puerto Rico.
Below is a list of 47 beers tentatively available for the event. Only 36 will be on tap to start, and the others will be available for backup once something else kicks. You’ll just have to show up to find out what is pouring.
7 Seas-Citra & Comet
Bale Breaker/Cloudburst Citra Slicker-Citra
Bale Breaker/Pinthouse Rollin’ Cones-Mosaic
Bale Breaker/Varietal Lucky Sucker-Citra/Mosaic/experimental
Boundary Bay 40 Mile IPA-various
Breakside Wanderlust IPA-Cascade
Breakside What The Fresh Beast Mosaic-Mosaic
Chainline Fuzzy Math Lager-Sterling
Cloudburst Farmers Only Wet Hop Pale-Citra
Ecliptic Altair Pale-Amarillo
Elliott Bay- Citra
Elliott Bay- Mosaic
FinnRiver Fresh Hop Cider
Flying Lion Pale-Mosaic
Fremont Field to Ferment-Citra
Georgetown Johnny Utah-Citra
Gigantic Sodbusted V-Simcoe
Holy Mountain Cone & Cone-Citra/Simcoe
Kulshan-citra, Simcoe, Mosaic
Lazy Boy-El Dorado
Loowit Hoprissian IPA-Centennial
Machine House Talisman Pale Cask-Equanot
Maritime X.P.A Pale-Amarillo
Matchless C.L.S Farms Pale-Centenial
Mazama Green Magic IPA-Centennial
Ninkasi Green Haze -Centennial
NW Peaks Rye Pale-Simcoe
Pfriem Oregon Amarillo Pale-Amarillo
Pike Wolf in the Woods-Amarillo
Reuben’s Crikey-Amarillo & Citra
Seapine Citra IPA-Citra
Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere-Cascade/Centennial
Silver City Juicy-Denali
Triplehorn Moxee Haze Double IPA-Citra Simcoe Azzaca
The 2017 Fresh Hop Throwdown at The Noble Fir is in the books, and Fresh Hop Wanderlust from Breakside Brewery took top honors from the judges. 18 fresh hop beers from WA and OR were featured at the event. There was a blind judging of all the beers earlier in the day, and the beers that placed in the Best of Show round are (in order):
1) Breakside Brewery Fresh Hop Wanderlust (Cascade)
2) Reuben’s Brews Amarillo Fresh Hop (Amarillo)
3) Aslan Brewing Stand IPA (Centennial)
There were a lot of great beers pouring (full list included below) and there was stiff competition across the board. A big thumbs up to the entire staff at The Noble Fir for another great year. Also, a big thanks to the judges that participated and the breweries that were a part of the Throwdown. This event is always a lot of fun.
I would imagine that several of these fresh hop beers are still on tap at The Noble Fir, so if you missed the event you can stop by when they open back up Tuesday (4pm) to see what is left.
Hiking and beer often go hand-in-hand. No, I don’t mean drinking during the hike. But, a tasty pint after a strenuous hike can often be the most enjoyable part of the day.
For Beers Made by Walking, hiking and beer come together in a more unique way. Local brewers were invited to head out on hikes and then craft new beers inspired by their experience on the trail.
Rather than recreate the wheel, for more information I’ll point you in the direction of this Beer Advocate interview with Eric Steen, who passionately puts together Beers Made by Walking, as well as the press release below with all the relevant details for the event at Naked City on Oct 7.
2017 Seattle Beers Made By Walking Tapping
Saturday, Oct. 7 /// 6:00 – 9:00pm
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse /// 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
$20 /// Tickets Available August 23, 2017
Calling all Washington craft beer and outdoor enthusiasts – The 2017 Seattle Beers Made by Walking special tapping event is coming to Naked City Brewery & Taphouse this Oct. 7th from 1:00-5:00pm PST. Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beers inspired by plants observed on the trail. Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape. This event showcases 10 place-based beers from 10 Washington State breweries inspired by one of three trails and hikes they attended over the summer organized by Washington Wild. Hikes included the Upper CCC Trail, Wallace Falls, and Cherry Creeks Falls.
All of the breweries participating are Partners of the Washington Wild Brewshed Alliance, an outreach program of Washington Wild of over 50 breweries that helps people make a simple connection: healthy watersheds mean clean water, and clean water makes better beer.
Tickets, available from Washington Wild, are $20 and include entry and eight 4 oz. pours. Early bird tickets are available before September 16th and include two extra 4 oz. pours. All proceeds of this event are donated to Washington Wild to help protect public lands, wild spaces, and clean and healthy watersheds in Washington State.
Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery
Flying Lion Brewing
Fremont Brewing Company
Hellbent Brewing Company
Machine House Brewery
Naked City Brewery
Postdoc Brewing Company
About Beers Made By Walking:
Beers Made By Walking is a program that invites people to step outside and see the place they live in a new light. We invite brewers to take nature walks and make beer inspired by the plants identified on the trail. Since 2011, we have worked with over 100 breweries in Oregon, California, Colorado, North Carolina, and Washington. Our hiking and tasting events act as educational experiences and fundraising programs for environmental organizations in the regions we serve. Please see beersmadebywalking.com for more information.
About Washington Wild:
Washington Wild defends, protects, and restores wild lands and waters in Washington State through advocacy, education, and civic engagement. Since 1979, Washington Wild has played an invaluable role in permanently protecting nearly three million acres of Wilderness throughout Washington State. We bring people together in the vigorous defense of our remaining wild forests, waters, and wildlife. By educating, empowering, and mobilizing our communities, Washington Wild builds powerful grassroots networks that help protect wild lands and waters throughout the state. To learn more about Washington Wild visit wawild.org, or call 206.633.1992. Connect with the us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The event moves to Seattle Center this year, where you’ll have 80+ pumpkin beers to choose from.
For all of you pumpkin beer haters: whatever. More for my wife and I. There is plenty of room in my life for both fresh hops and pumpkin beer.
More info from Elysian:
2017 marks the 13th year for Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival – and we invite you to join us at a brand new location – the Seattle Center, where 80+ pumpkin beers (plus a couple surprises) from near and far will be poured, including twenty or so from Elysian’s pumpkin-crazed brewers and their collaborators.
In addition to loads of pumpkin brews, local food trucks, Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, KEXP DJs Riz Rollins & Stevie Zoom, pumpkin carving, and fall festivities scattered throughout the event – New to GPBF this year (drumroll please…) we are partnering with FRED HUTCH!
We are so excited to partner with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for GPBF this year. Elysian and Fred Hutch began a partnership five years ago through Obliteride, an annual bike ride where every rider-raised dollar goes toward lifesaving research at Fred Hutch. Building on the relationship, we continued to support Fred Hutch through Base2Space, which allows people an opportunity to climb up the Space Needle and raise funds for cancer research. And, earlier this year, we joined Fred Hutch again for Slayride Banked Slalom, a race on the slopes of Stevens Pass to generate even more dollars for the organization. When we decided, for the first time in the 13 years of GPBF, to look for a partner to join us in this event, we looked no further than Fred Hutch. We are incredibly proud to say that 100% of the proceeds of GPBF will be provided to Fred Hutch in our joint and continued quest to search for the cure.
For those who haven’t been to GPBF – during each session, we have a giant, several-hundred pound pumpkin that is scooped, scorched, filled with Elysian pumpkin beer, sealed, conditioned, and then tapped at the fest for all to enjoy.
As you know Orange is the theme – interpret that as you will but the more orange, the better! …and if you want to bust out a full costume, that’s always encouraged! Each day of the festival, some of our finest will be roaming through the crowds to select the most festive bunch to compete for a prize.
More event details to follow, and please stay tuned to Elysian’s GPBF page as we fill in specifics like participating breweries, food vendors, and activities. For now, get your tickets, plan your costume – and we’ll see you there!
Quick note for all you Pumpkinfest fans – The weekend prior to GPBF, on Saturday, September 23rd, we will be hosting the 5th Annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off at our Production Brewery in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.
Rain or Shine
Seattle Center :: 305 Harrison Street Seattle, WA 98109
Friday, September 29th:: 4pm-10pm
Saturday, September 30th:: 2pm – 8pm
TICKET OPTIONS AND PRICING
Ticket price includes a Great Pumpkin Beer Festival snifter glass and 6 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets will be sold at the festival for $2 each.
$28/day :: Elysian Locations
$28/day + fees :: Online
$50 Two Day Pass :: PRESALE ONLINE ONLY (*It’s back with limited availability)
$5/day :: Online Only (no drink tickets or glassware included) Non-alcoholic beverages will be available.
WHERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Elysian Capitol Hill :: 1221 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Elysian Tangletown :: 2106 N 55th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Elysian Fields :: 542 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Elysian Bar:: 1516 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104