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By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Thursday, April 25th, Optimism Brewing hosts the second annual Fierce Ladies Beer Fest, a craft festival featuring women-brewed beers. Fierce ladies, yes, but all genders are welcome.

“The fierce ladies from all over Washington state breweries dedicated International Womxn’s Day to brew up a batch of beer with the YCH Pink Boots Society Hop Blend featuring Loral, Mosaic, Simcoe, Sabro, and Glacier hops!” – According to the Facebook event page.

The beers and the festival benefit Pink Boots Society, an organization that assists, inspires and encourages women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education.

Tickets are $27 and include 10 tokens (4-ounce pours in a commemorative glass). The event goes from 6:00 – 9:00.

Optimism Brewing is kid- and dog-friendly, but you do have to be a grownup of legal age to partake in the drinking.

Here’s the list of current participating breweries. More may be added.

Stoup Brewing
Elysian Brewing
PicoBrew
Ghostfish Brewing Company
Georgetown Brewing
Lowercase Brewing
Outer Planet Craft Brewing
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery
Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Reuben’s Brews

Women-owned food truck Charlie’s Buns ‘N Stuff will be at Optimism serving sandwiches and burgers, a perfect pair to any of the women-brewed beers!

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By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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I’ve emboldened some text for those who skim and do not read. I do, however, encourage you to read. Sad it’s come to that.

Below I share the list of Washington breweries ranked from top to bottom in terms of 2018 production volume. This has nothing to do with “best” and “worst.” Last year, 404 breweries produced beer in Washington. They are all listed below, from the largest down to the smallest. To be honest, I haven’t even heard of some of the tiniest breweries.

If this stuff interests you, consider taking a gander at last year’s list for comparison sake.

I recently published a story about the economic impact of the local brewing industry on Washington’s economy (see it here). In that story, I pointed out that Washington is home to a lot of breweries, but very few breweries of substantial size. I suppose that depends on what you consider big and what you consider small. Read below and make your own determination about big and small.

Today I am sharing information provided to me by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. All breweries in Washington are required by law to report, and pay taxes on, how much beer they produce. Below I share information based on those reports for 2018.

One barrel = 31 gallons.
One barrel = 330 cans (12-oz).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In total, 404 breweries reported beer production to the state in 2018.
  • Some breweries are listed more than once because they have multiple brewing facilities. (Elliott Bay Brewing and 7 Seas Brewing, for example.)
  • Based on this information, only 11 breweries in Washington produced more than 10,000 barrels of beer in 2018.
  • Only 26 produced more than 5,000 barrels.
  • The majority of the breweries in the state (326) produced less than 1,000 barrels.
  • Twenty-one breweries produced less than 10 barrels.

BREWERY (BARRELS PRODUCED)

  1.  GEORGETOWN BREWING CO.  (88,527)
  2.  ELYSIAN BREWING COMPANY (57,270)
  3.  FREMONT BREWING COMPANY (44,430)
  4.  MAC & JACKS BREWERY INC. (34,444)
  5.  BALE BREAKER BREWING COMPANY (26,495)
  6.  IRON HORSE BREWERY (24,090)
  7.  SILVER CITY BREWERY (21,491)
  8.  PIKE BREWING COMPANY (14,140)
  9.  REUBENS BREWS (12,610)
  10.  NO-LI BREWHOUSE (10,669)
  11.  BLACK RAVEN BREWING COMPANY (10,182)

BREWERIES THAT PRODUCED LESS THAN 10,000 BARRELS 

12. FISH BREWING CO.
13. KULSHAN BREWING COMPANY
14. FREMONT BREWING
15.ASLAN BREWING COMPANY
16.TWO BEERS BREWING COMPANY
17. BOUNDARY BAY BREWERY AND BISTRO
18. 7 SEAS BREWING
19. SCUTTLEBUTT BREWING CO.
20. HALES ALES
21. MATCHLESS
22. MOLLUSK
23. EVERYBODY’S BREWING
24. ICICLE BREWING COMPANY
25. ODIN BREWING COMPANY
26. BACKWOODS BREWING COMPANY

BREWERIES THAT PRODUCED LESS THAN 5,000 BARRELS
(in descending order)

STOUP BREWING
DIAMOND KNOT BREWING COM.
MARITIME PACIFIC BREWING COMPANY
JESTER & JUDGE
TRIPLEHORN BREWING CO
CHUCKANUT BREWERY
FARMSTRONG BREWING COMPANY
HELLBENT BREWING
TEN PIN BREWING
GHOSTFISH BREWING COMPANY
SKOOKUM BREWERY
RAM BREWERY
NARROWS BREWING COMPANY
CLOUDBURST BREWING
DRU BRU
LOOWIT BREWING COMPANY
WANDER BREWING
20 CORNERS BREWING
54-40 BREWING COMPANY
ICE HARBOR BREWING COMPANY
BELLEVUE BREWING COMPANY
PORT TOWNSEND BREWING CO.
ORLISON BREWING CO.-  disco
SUMERIAN BREWING CO.
MCMENAMINS ANDERSON SCHOOL
THREE MAGNETS BREWING COMPANY
DICKS BREWING COMPANY
SCHOONER EXACT BREWING COMPANY
IRON GOAT BREWING
BIG E ALES
OPTIMISM BREWING
HEATHEN BREWING
NO-LI BREWHOUSE
SNOQUALMIE FALLS BREWERY AND TAPROOM
PARADISE CREEK BREWERY
HARMON BREWING & TAP ROOM
YAKIMA CRAFT BREWING CO.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND BREWING
CHAINLINE BREWING COMPANY
KULSHAN BREWERY
AIRWAYS BREWING COMPANY
URBAN FAMILY BREWING COMPANY
ELYSIAN BREWING COMPANY
RIVER CITY BREWING
ANACORTES BREWERY
WHITE BLUFFS BREWING
SINGLE HILL BREWING COMPANY
BARREL MOUNTAIN BREWING
OLD SCHOOLHOUSE BREWERY
LUCKY ENVELOPE BREWING
ROOFTOP BREWING COMPANY
RAM RESTAURANT & BREWERY

BREWERIES THAT PRODUCED LESS THAN 1,000 BARRELS
in descending order

ELLIOTT BAY BREWHOUSE & PUB
PEDDLER BREWING COMPANY
SAN JUAN BREWING COMPANY
SOUND BREWERY
BROTHERS CASCADIA BREWING
JELLYFISH BREWING COMPANY
DIAMOND KNOT BREWPUB @ MLT
ENGINE HOUSE NO 9
POSTDOC BREWING COMPANY
ELLIOTT BAY PUBLIC HOUSE & BREWERY
TRAP DOOR BREWING
NORTH JETTY BREWING
RAM RESTAURANT & BREWERY
TOP RUNG BREWING COMPANY
FORTSIDE BREWING COMPANY
WHIPSAW BREWING
VALHOLL BREWING COMPANY
GARDEN PATH FERMENTATION
REUBENS BREWS
SNOQUALMIE FALLS BREWING COMPANY-  disco
BEARDSLEE PUBLIC HOUSE
WET COAST BREWING COMPANY
ALPINE BREWING COMPANY
BIG TIME BREWING COMPANY
OBEC BREWING
STANDARD BREWING
LAZY BOY BREWING CO
RAINY DAZE BREWING COMPANY
LOWERCASE BREWING
OLD STOVE BREWING COMPANY
KIMOS
GRAINS OF WRATH BREWERY
PUYALLUP RIVER BREWING COMPANY
REDHOOK ALE BREWERY
RIVERPORT BREWING
COUNTERBALANCE BREWING COMPANY
PACIFIC BREWING & MALTING CO.
WADDELLS BREW PUB & GRILLE
WINGMAN BREWERS
MCMENAMINS
AT LARGE BREWING AND TAPROOM
STONES THROW BREWERY
WALKING MAN BREWING
BODACIOUS BERRIES FRUITS AND BREWS
OLD STOVE BREWING COMPANY
TWIN SISTERS BREWING COMPANY
12 STRING BREWING CO
ELLIOTT BAY BREWERY & PUB
BOMBING RANGE BREWING COMPANY
MCMENAMINS KALAMA HARBOR LODGE BREWERY
PERRY STREET BREWING COMPANY
NORTH SOUND BREWING CO
NOBOAT BREWING COMPANY
BAD JIMMYS BREWERY
ELK HEAD BREWING
NAKED CITY BREWERY AND TAPROOM

BREWERIES THAT PRODUCED LESS THAN 500 BARRELS
in descending order

BRON YR AUR FRUIT & PRODUCE
MACHINE HOUSE BREWERY
VICTOR 23 BREWING
GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY RESTAURANT
BASTION BREWING COMPANY
FLYING LION BREWING
BADGER MOUNTAIN BREWING
SOUND TO SUMMIT BREWING-  disco
CRUCIBLE BREWING CO
DOOMSDAY BREWING COMPANY
ISLAND HOPPIN BREWERY
BENNIDITOS BREW PUB
MCMENAMINS
GIG HARBOR BREWING COMPANY
BELLTOWN BREWING/THE BREWHOUSE
COWICHE CREEK BREWING COMPANY
HALF LION BREWING COMPANY
FLYERS RESTAURANT AND BREWERY
BURWOOD BREWING COMPANY
WEST SEATTLE BREWING CO
ROSLYN BREWING COMPANY
REPUBLIC BREWING COMPANY
STRUCTURES BREWING
FLOATING BRIDGE BREWING
FLYING BIKE COOPERATIVE BREWERY
CASH BREWING COMPANY
BLEWETT BREWING COMPANY
MENACE BREWING
HOP NATION BREWING COMPANY
WELL 80 ARTESIAN BREWING COMPANY
POWERHOUSE RESTAURANT AND BREWERY
WHITEWALL BREWING
HOLY MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY
HOOD CANAL BREWERY
NW PEAKS BREWERY
SNIPES MOUNTAIN BREWING/ SNIPES MT RESTAURANT
WENATCHEE VALLEY BREWING CO
ELYSIAN BREWING COMPANY
STEAM PLANT GRILL
CAIRN BREWING
LA CONNER BREWING COMPANY
MCMENAMINS
ODD OTTER BREWING COMPANY
NORTH FORK
POPULUXE BREWING
RESONATE BREWERY + PIZZERIA
BIG BLOCK BREWING
NORTHWEST BREWING COMPANY
VARIETAL BEER COMPANY
BACKWOODS BREWING COMPANY
BIRDSVIEW BREWING CO
NORTHERN ALES
DIRTY BUCKET BREWERY
VALLEY BREWING COMPANY
FOUR GENERALS BREWING
GALLAGHERS WHERE U-BREW
DYSTOPIAN STATE BREWING CO.
DREADNOUGHT BREWING
GEAUX BREWING
TRICERATOPS BREWING COMPANY
CRUCIBLE BREWING CO.
PERIHELION BREWERY
COMMUNITEA KOMBUCHA
HOPWORKS URBAN BREWERY
LANTERN BREWING
MILLWOOD BREWING COMPANY
OUTLANDER BREWING
BIG HORN BREWING CO./RAM FAMILY RESTAURANT &
GRUFF BREWING COMPANY
192 BREWING COMPANY
SLIPPERY PIG BREWERY
RIVER MILE 38 BREWING COMPANY LLC-  disco
BARHOP BREWING
METIER BREWING COMPANY
THE SALISH SEA BREWING COMPANY
WESTERN RED BREWING
DOWNPOUR BREWING
LAKE STEVENS BREWING COMPANY
PYRAMID BREWING CO
DWINELL COUNTRY ALE
BLACK LABEL BREWING COMPANY
DOUBLE BLUFF BREWING
VALLEY HOUSE BREWING COMPANY
BLACKBEARDS BREWING COMPANY
SLAUGHTER COUNTY BREWING COMPANY
HAYWIRE BREWING CO
LUMBER HOUSE BREWERY
BENT BINE BREW CO
MILL CITY BREW WERKS
WHISTLE PUNK BREWING
LOGSDON FARMHOUSE ALES
NINE YARDS BREWING CORPORATION
ASHTOWN BREWING COMPANY
MELVIN BREWING
BADASS BACKYARD BREWING
MIDDLETON BREWING
BLACK FLEET BREWING
TACOMA BREWING COMPANY
FIRED UP BREWING
FIGUREHEAD BREWING COMPANY
LAGUNITAS TAP ROOM AND BEER SANCTUARY
RAVENNA BREWING COMPANY
BURKE-GILMAN BREWING COMPANY
COLE STREET BREWERY
DUNAGAN BREWING CO.
WANDERING HOP
ATOMIC ALE BREWPUB & EATERY
PAPAS CASINO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE-TEN PIN BRE
SHRUB STEPPE SMOKEHOUSE BREWERY-  disco
BELLWETHER BREWING COMPANY
CHIEF SPRINGS FIRE & IRONS BREW PUB
THE HEAVY METAL BREWING CO
NORTH 47 BREWING CO.
NORTHWEST BREWERY WORKS
LOST CANOE BREWING COMPANY
DECIBEL BREWING CO
QUIRK BREWING
HORSE HEAVEN HILLS BREWERY
BARHOP BREWING
DETAR BREWING
7 SEAS BREWING
RAILSIDE BREWING
DIAMOND KNOT BREWING CO.
TRUSTY BREWING COMPANY
STEAM DONKEY BREWING COMPANY
VASHON BREWING LLC
TIMBER MONSTER BREWING COMPANY
LOST WOODS BREWERY
THREE BULL BREWING CO
MULE AND ELK BREWING COMPANY
BROTHER ASS BREWING
DIRTY COUCH
SQUARE WHEEL BREWING
DOGHAUS BREWERY
LAHT NEPPUR BREWING AND LAHT NEPPUR CELLARS
MILL CREEK BREWPUB-  disco
MAELSTROM BREWING COMPANY
THE STATION U-BREW
ADAMS NORTHWEST BISTRO AND BREWERY
PROPOLIS BREWING
HOQUIAM BREWING COMPANY
QUARTZITE BREWING COMPANY
RIVER TIME BREWING
RAM RESTAURANT AND BREWERY
HIDEAWAY BREWING COMPANY
BAD BULLDOGS BREWERY
CAMP COLVOS BREWING
ILLUMINATI BREWING COMPANY
PASTIME BREWERY BAR & GRILL
ISSAQUAH BREWPUB
MCMENAMINS
ATWOOD ALES
LAKE CHELAN BREWERY
WILLAPA BREWING CO
TOP FROG BREWERY
TTS OLD IRON BREWERY
HEADLESS MUMBY BREWING
GLOBAL BEER COMPANY
MIRAGE BEER
ENGLISH SETTER BREWING
SHOUG BREWING COMPANY
DISCOVERY BAY BREWING
GHOST RUNNERS BREWERY
FLOODLAND BREWING COMPANY
FOB BREWING COMPANY
FOGGY NOGGIN BREWING
LOPEZ ISLAND BREWING COMPANY
BIG HOUSE BREW PUB
MOUNT OLYMPUS BREWING
NISQUALLY VALLEY BREWING COMPANY
COLUMBIA VALLEY BREWING AND RIVERSIDE PUB AT
DOG DAYS BREWING
HOPPED UP BREWING COMPANY
TIN DOG BREWING
LOVECRAFT BREWING
FUTURE PRIMITIVE BREWING
MOUNTAIN LAKES BREWING COMPANY
M. T. HEAD BREWING CO
HOOKUM BREWING CO.
TANEUM CREEK BREWING
LITTLE SPOKANE BREWING COMPANY
CRANES CASTLE BREWING
YOUNG BUCK BREWING
OFF-CAMBER BREWING
NORTHWOOD PUBLIC HOUSE AND BREWERY
SCAMP BREWING COMPANY
CASCADIA HOMEBREW
PAPER STREET BREWING COMPANY
DOGHAUS BREWERY-  disco
5 RIGHTS BREWING
FLYCASTER BREWING COMPANY
BAILEYS CORNER
V TWIN BREWING COMPANY
M.T. HEAD BREWING CO-  disco
OUTER PLANET CRAFT BREWING
HAAS INNOVATIONS BREWING
SCRAPPY PUNK BREWING
FIVE DONS BREWING
REDIFER BREWING COMPANY
LAGUNITAS TAP ROOM AND BEER SANCTUARY-  disco
MILEPOST 111 BREWING COMPANY
JONES CREEK BREWING
RAIL HOPIN BREWING CO.
THE GRAIN SHED
OLD IVY BREWERY AND TAPROOM
E2W BREWING
MONKA BREWING COMPANY
WICKED TEUTON BREWING COMPANY
101 BREWERY
FOX ISLAND BREWING
THE 238 BREWING CO
HEADWORKS BREWING
ENSO BREWING COMPANY
SOUND TO SUMMIT BREWING
NU HOME BREW & BOTTLES
SINGING HOPS BREWING COMPANY
WATER BUFFALO BREWERY
CIRCLE 7 BREW WORKS
HOH RIVER BREWERY
ALE SPIKE
NORTHISH BEER COMPANY
WATTS BREWING CO.
MANFISH BREWING
HUMBLE ABODE BREWING
BREW BAKERS
HI FI BREWING-  disco
FARM SHED BREW
BUSHNELL CRAFT
CARDINAL CRAFT BREWING
SADDLE ROCK PUB
FRIDAY HARBOR BREWING COMPANY
FOUR EYED GUYS BREWING
ST. BRIGIDS BREWERY
CAPTAINS BREWING COMPANY
NORTHWEST PASSAGE CRAFT BREWERY
UNDERGROUND BREWING
SCATTER CREEK BREWING
BOTTLE BAY BREWING CO.
LOST BEAR BREWS
KEYHOLE VALLEY BREWING
HEMLOCK STATE BREWING COMPANY
FATHOM & LEAGUE HOP YARD BREWERY
DER BLOKKEN BREWERY
TRIPLE R BREWERY
DUNGENESS BREWING COMPANY
GREAT WESTERN MALTING
BLUEBIRD BREWING
SMITTYS BREWING
BEERDED BROTHERS BREWING
ONE BREWING
BREWGENIX BREWING COMPANY
STONE CITY BREWING
HILLBILLY BREWING COMPANY
BEHESHT KOMBUCHA-  disco
NOSDUNK BREWING COMPANY
BARBARIAN BEVERAGE-  disco
NEW BOUNDARY BREWING-  disco
VESSEL ALES
DOG AND PONY BREWING COMPANY
SWINNERTON BREWERY
NO DROUGHT BREWING COMPANY
BROUWERIJ LES DEPLORABLES
YAKIMA HOPS & BREW SUPPLY
SNAPSHOT BREWING
JC BREWHOUSE
HOPS EXTRACT CORPORATION OF AMERICA
GEORGE WASHINGTON BREWING COMPANY
FISH BREWING PUB & EATERY
DIRTY BUCKET BREWERY
SKAGIT VALLEY MALTING

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This Saturday, April 27, Reuben’s Brews in Seattle releases Nordic Haze at the brewery’s taproom in Ballard. Previously, it was available on draft and in crowlers only. Now they’re releasing the cans. Nordic Haze is a hazy IPA fermented with kveik yeast, a Norweigan yeast strain. Here’s the release notice from the brewery.

NORDIC HAZE CAN RELEASE

SATURDAY AT 11AM – THE TAPROOM

This Saturday we are releasing 16oz cans of Nordic Haze for the first time. This 6.4% hazy was brewed with an interesting strain of kveik, a historic Norwegian yeast that we just began experimenting with. This yeast adds depth and complexity to the profile of this beer, with layered stone fruits and green mango flavors coming from the yeast alone. Comet and Citra hops accentuate the orange citrus flavors of the yeast as well.

We are very excited about the flavors this yeast develops and we know you already are too, with our first batch selling out so quickly. So we brewed a larger batch than last time to make this release possible, and you will be able to find a very limited amount of Nordic Haze cans in distribution in the Pacific Northwest in addition to our release at The Taproom this Saturday.

Jubel!

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The old, once-elegant Elks Temple in downtown Tacoma sat vacant for 20 years. Well, not exactly vacant, but the residents weren’t exactly welcome or legal, so part of the $34 million dollars McMenamins and its group of investors spent on the massive renovation involved graffiti mitigation along with other clean-up work. Today, April 24th, McMenamins Elks Temple opens to the public. We were there on Monday for a preview event. (Photos by Kim Sharpe Jones.)

McMenamins Elk Temple
565 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
(425) 219-4370
mcmenamins.com/elks-temple

It’s no exaggeration to say that this was an ambitious project. To say the building, which was built in 1916, was in disrepair would be a gross understatement. For so long it was so sad to see the beautiful old building, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places, looking so sadly forgotten. That’s changed.

After walking through the massive structure, exploring all the different types of spaces that the McMenamins’ team created, it’s hard to imagine what else might have become of the old Elks Temple. Tacoma is known as “The City of Destiny” and this was clearly the old building’s ultimate destiny.

No mincing of words. It’s frickin’ beautiful! From the Tiki Bar in the basement (The Old Hideaway) to the amazing live music venue and the luxurious guest rooms upstairs, this might be the most spectacular thing Mike and Brian McMenamin have accomplished to date. And that’s saying something. Every fixture, every piece of art, every doorknob and doormat seems to have been perfectly considered. They have elegently embraced the history of the building and Tacoma.

Like their other properties, the artwork itself is worth a visit. In true McMenamins fashion, there’s a pocket-sized tiny bar that you’ll have to discover on your own. Also, there’s a brewery and several bars. Whatever kind of bar you’re looking for. To be honest, it’s hard to put into words. You simply must go explore it for yourself.

Here’s some advice. Start upstairs and work your way down because once you get to The Old HIdeaway in the basement, you will not want to leave. When I say that it’s a Tiki Bar, I’m talking about fruity drinks and lots of bamboo kitsch, sure, but I’m also talking about indoor fire pits and fountains, thunder and lightning, and more. Yes, they have beer on tap, too.

The property’s $34 million restoration project was funded in part by local investors. To a large extent, it was a partnership with the community that brought the old Elks Temple back to life.

Here are some highlights:

45 hotel rooms featuring unique artwork and private baths; many rooms have views of the Puget Sound and Old Town Tacoma, while others look to the interior atrium.

An intimate 700-capacity live music venue – with its original stage fully restored – that will host national touring artists, regional and local bands.

Three restaurants, each with its own menu, seating options and mood. Guests can choose to dine outdoors on the Spanish Steps or sip a cocktail next to a custom-built interactive indoor fountain.

Multiple small bars including a secret bar tucked under the sidewalk and a game room with pool tables and shuffleboards, featuring an antique bar originally sourced and built in Tacoma.

A seven-barrel brewery making small-batch and seasonal beers, as well as Hammerhead, Ruby and Terminator Stout.

A market and bottle shop featuring 16 taps of beer and cider and a large retail selection of McMenamins handcrafted bottled beer, spirits, wine, apparel and merchandise.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing just announced a new initiative as part of its Corporate and Social Responsibility division. Pale Ale for Trails aims to conserve America’s underfunded trails and river systems.

According to a press release from the company, Pale Ale for Trails will protect and repair trails and river systems by funding organizations dedicated to conservation, and through national clean-ups and trail restoration projects. To kick off the initiative, the brewery is partnering with the American Hiking Society for National Trails Day, a nationwide call-to-action with more than 1,200 events, on June 1, 2019. The brewery has also launched a trail clean-up pledge program, inviting citizens to support their local trails year-round. The exact details of Sierra Nevada’s financial pledge were not disclosed.

“Spending time in the wild is good for the body, mind and soul,” said Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman. “We have an obligation to enjoy these places in the least impactful way, and to protect them for generations to come.”

The partnership with American Hiking Society is the first of several Pale Ale for Trails projects to be rolled out across the Summer. Pale Ale for Trails falls under the umbrella of the company’s newly developed Corporate and Social Responsibility division, helmed by Ken’s daughter, Sierra Grossman.

As funding for trail maintenance has fallen, foot traffic has risen—a divergence that threatens the future of our gateways to the outdoors. Alongside partner organizations and adventurers nationwide, Sierra Nevada is committed to hands-on restoration and upkeep, and will champion the link between wilderness and well-being.

On National Trails Day, the brewery will join the American Hiking Society in bringing together thousands of volunteers for a day of trail work, followed by parties at the brewery’s facilities in Chico, CA and Mills River, NC.

To learn more and join the action, visit www.sierranevada.com/pale-ale-for-trails.

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A beloved double IPA makes its annual return. Here’s the release notice from Black Raven Brewing:

WISDOM SEEKER
Double IPA
Release date: Wednesday, April 24th

Folklore and mythology present the raven as an omniscient creature with special powers and abilities. The Wisdom Seeker Double IPA gets its special powers from an enormous amount of hops and malted barley. Brewed in the West coast Double IPA style, this bold brew features massive citrus and herbal hop additions and a full hop aroma. Seek your wisdom cautiously; this hop feast packs a punch.

ABV: 8.9%

Draft and 22oz bottles to go

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The folks from Garden Path Fermentation of Burlington, Washington visits The Beer Junction in West Seattle tonight (Thursday, April 18) and they’re bringing an assortment of beers (and a mead) for your tasting pleasure. In its year of existence, this brewery has quickly gained notoriety for its wild-fermented beers.

Garden Path Fermentation is a bit different. Unlike most breweries, the beers are fermented in a koelschip using their “native yeast culture cultivated from the air, flowers, and fruits of the Skagit Valley.” Everything they do is aged in oak barrels or oak foeders.

See what I mean? Even the words are different.

As much as possible, Garden Path uses ingredients sourced from the Skagit Valley. In addition to beer, they make mead and intend to eventually release some cider and wine. Thus, the word brewing does not appear in their name because the endeavor involves more than beer.

Ron and Amber, the owners of Garden Path Fermentation, previously worked at Jester King Brewery in Austin, Texas. That brewery is familiar to people who enthusiastically enjoy wild-fermented, mixed-culture, and sour beers. Ron and Amber are fonts of knowledge when it comes to this kind of beer, so don’t be afraid to ask questions like, “What’s a foeder (pronounced fooder)?” and “What’s a koelschip (pronounced coolship)?

Garden Path Fermentation Tasting Event
Thursday, April 18th (6-8PM)
(Try all five of the below from 6-8PM for just $5!)

1. THE PATIENT FISH THE SEA: Amber-colored barrel blend, inoculated with some of our funkier house yeast before bottle conditioning. (6.4%)

2. THE PRIME BARREL AGE:  A carefully curated blend of several different renditions of native yeast fermented, mature barrel-aged beer. (7.2%)

3. THE GARDEN PATHS LED TO FLOWERED: Hoppy blonde ale fermented in a foudre, blended with mature, barrel-aged beer, and dry hopped. (7.0%)

4. THE EASYGOING DRINK: Lightly tart and barnyardy, delicately hopped ale, fermented in a foudre, aged in oak and stainless.  (4.4%)

5. THE DRY TABLE MEAD: Dry, light, modest strength mead fermented in oak with our native yeast and Skagit fireweed honey from The Valley’s Buzz. (5.6%)

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By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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On Saturday, April 27th Top Rung Brewing celebrates its 5th anniversary at its taproom in Lacey, Washington. Among other things, the celebration includes the release of some special beers. Here’s the announcement from the brewery:

Top Rung Brewing is excited to announce that we will be celebrating our 5-year anniversary on April 27 by holding a 5-year Anniversary celebration at the brewery. Our celebration will feature four new beer
releases, including our Anniversary Ginger Lime Pale, limited release of some special barrel-aged beers,
live music, and Wicked Pies Pizza food truck.

In addition, this year we’ll also have a VIB (Very Important Beer) area with only 40 tickets available for a special experience. Tickets are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4201923.

Come on out and join us at the brewery for a great time and join us in celebrating 5-years of #yourbeer at Top Rung. This event will be from 12:00 to 9:00 at the brewery located at 8343 Hogum Bay Lane NE in Lacey.

Top Rung Brewing is a 10-barrel production brewery with a tasting room in Lacey, Washington. Top Rung is a destination for craft beer drinkers to enjoy award-winning craft beer and experience a working production brewery facility. We bring you a Top Rung experience in our warm and inviting tap room.

Top Rung Brewing
8343 Hogum Bay Ln NE
Lacey, WA 98516
http://www.toprungbrewing.com

Wednesday-Friday 3:00-9:00
Saturday Noon-9:00
Sunday Noon-5:00.

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By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Lucky Envelope Brewing is about to celebrate its fourth anniversary and they need your help. You see, as the name suggests, Lucky Envelope is all about cultural tradition. In particular, the Chinese tradition of the lucky envelope. Problem is, according to Chinese tradition the number four is unlucky. So, they need us all to help them usher in the next year of their existence by enjoying some great beer and wishing them good fortune.

Join them on Saturday, April 27th at the brewery’s taproom in Ballard as they release some special beers for the occasion. And that’s not all. The festivities begin at noon and continue into the night.

“This year’s Anniversary celebration has cultural significance,” says co-founder Raymond Kwan. “The number four in Chinese tradition is unlucky because the Chinese word for the number sounds similar to the word death. Like some Western practices of excluding the 13th floor, you may find the 4th floor missing from some buildings in Asia.”

Lucky Envelope is releasing an Anniversary Hazy IPA brewed with Medusa, Mosaic, and Comet hops. They’re also releasing small batches of past customer-favorites: Tea Smoked Helles Lager, Strawberry Milkshake IPA, and Cuke Nukem Cucumber Sour. Rounding out this year’s anniversary lineup are a Blackberry Sour and Strawberry & Rhubarb Golden Strong Ale.

“We decided to re-release our Cuke Nukem Cucumber Sour which we brewed with friend and homebrewer Blake Doepker as last year’s Pro-Am entry into the Washington Beer Awards, which won a silver medal,” says co-founder and Brewmaster Barry Chan. “As a brewer with homebrewing roots, I wanted to recognize the homebrewing community for being so amazing and supportive of Lucky Envelope.”

Lucky Envelope Brewing takes its name from the Chinese tradition – tied closely with New Year celebrations – of elders bestowing red-and-gold envelopes to loved ones as a gesture of luck and goodwill. They’ll be handing out red envelopes at that anniversary celebration on a first-come-first-served basis, so get there early and see what you get.

Keep an eye on the Facebook event page.

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By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Here’s the release notice from Aslan Brewing:

Captain Planet IPA

7.0% ABV // 65 IBU // 15 P
big body + pineapple/coconut notes + smooth

An Earth Day celebration beer made in collaboration with our fellow B Corp friends at Crosby Hop Farm, along with our pals Skagit Valley Malting. Mashed with only Skagit Valley Malt, which consisted of mostly Vienna, and equal portions of pale and wheat malts. Hot side hop additions consisted of Idaho 7 and El Dorado hash. The beer was then finished with a judicious dry hop of Idaho 7 and El Dorado. The best way to describe this beer is piña colada. Notes of coconut and pineapple fill the aroma and flavor.

Hops: El Dorado, Idaho 7
Malt: Pale Ale, Vienna, Wheat

10% of its sales on Earth Day, 4/22 will be donated to The Hub Community Bike Shop. Join us at the Hub at 4PM as we gather to do an alley way cleanup in downtown Bellingham. Biking encouraged! More details at aslanbrewing.com/bhambeerweek

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