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Maritime Pacific Brewing releasing its fresh hop XPA this Wednesday

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A couple years ago I posted a story about the first fresh hop beers of the season. Specifically, which breweries would be first out of the gate with fresh hop ales. Seemed like important info for hop hounds like me. Someone commented on that post and said, “I don’t care who’s got the first fresh hop beer of the season, I want to know who’s got the last.”

Good point. It got me to thinking.

We are now getting late in the fresh hop season. There  is still plenty of it out there, but supplies will soon start to dwindle. That’s why I was happy to hear that Maritime Pacific Brewing plans to release its fresh hop offering, XPA Fresh Hop Pale Ale, at the Jolly Roger Taproom this Wednesday. What’s more, it was brewed using one of my favorite hop varieties–Amarillo. I know being a fan of Amarillo hops is hardly original, but good is good no matter how many of us say so.

Urban Family Brewing ready to open its new Magnolia location

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We just received news that Urban Family Brewing is almost ready to open its new tasting room in Magnolia. The official opening is this Friday, October 24th. Details below. The brewery originally opened in downtown Ballard back in 2012, brewing in the back of its pub on Ballard Ave. It didn’t take long for Urban…

Welcome Narrows Brewing Company – our newest sponsor

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Today we’d like to welcome Narrows Brewing as our newest blog sponsor. The brewery has been open at the Narrows Marina since July of 2013. When five friends in Tacoma teamed up to open the brewery, one of the smartest decisions they made was to hire an experience, professional brewer: Joe Walts, formerly a brewer…

Washington Winter Beer Fest – tickets now on sale

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Tickets are now on sale for the Washington Winter Beer Fest. One of the most popular beer events of the year, Winter Beer Fest takes place on December 5 and 6, 2013 in Seattle. If you’ve been in the past, the location will be familiar: Magnuson Park’s Hangar 30.  This year’s lineup will once again…

Coming soon to downtown Tacoma – Odd Otter Brewing

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Raise a glass and toast Pike Brewing with me

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This isn’t a typical post. This one is kind of personal. It was 1985 or 1986 and we barely knew what the word microbrew meant. I was a college student and home brewer living in Bellingham. One Saturday, my roommate and I went to something called a microbrew festival. It’s a stretch to call it…

Hale’s Ales Brewery hosting a Ballard Brewmaster’s Dinner

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Hale’s Ale Brewery recently announced the opening of the newly remodeled Double Decker Room, the event space located above the pub, and today we happily share news of the first event (that we know of) happening in the spiffy, new upstairs digs: the Ballard Brewmaster’s Dinner. People debate the issue, but according to the most…

Why the South Sound IPA Festival is important & why you should go

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It’s simple, Tacoma is a town that loves beer. The city needs and deserves a big, well-organized and well-executed beer festival. I think Saturday’s South Sound IPA Festival is an important first step towards making that happen. I’ll explain. A lot of people have asked me why there wasn’t a Tacoma Craft Beer Festival this year….

New brewery opening Oct. 22 in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood

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Flying Lion Brewing Company hosts its grand opening celebration on Wednesday, October 22, from 4:00 P.M. until midnight, at its brewery in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood. The brewery is right next door to Full Tilt Ice Cream. They will conduct some giveaways throughout the week/weekend and intend to pour six beers for the opening: Sweet…

New beer release from Black Raven Brewing

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Quick note about a new beer, which Black Raven Brewing releases today at the brewery. JACKDAW PUMPKIN DARK SAISON From the brewery: “The Jackdaw is our pumpkin dark saison fall specialty beer. This ale drinks like a dark saison with the spice notes from the yeast blending in harmony with the fire roasted pumpkin and…