Another milestone: 245 breweries, but what does that mean?

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It was probably two or three years ago that people started asking me the question and I’ve heard several different versions of it. When will this madness stop? How many more breweries can we stand? At what point will we reach saturation?

My answer today is the same as it was then: not yet. In my opinion, as long as the total number of craft beer drinkers and enthusiasts continues to grow, and it does in fact continue to grow as I write this, there is room for more breweries. Sure, the sheer number of breweries makes it increasingly difficult to get bottles on the shelf at the grocery store, or beers on tap at the local pub, but that is a different issue.

Reuben’s Brews collaborates with UK brewery


A transatlantic collaboration between a Seattle brewery and a UK brewery produces Ottrey Porter, launching in Seattle on November 1st The other day I was talking to someone about the idea of our local breweries forging relationships with breweries overseas, similar to the way American cities have “sister cities” in other countries. Seriously, I did…

Naked City hosting a Beers Made By Walking tapping event this Thursday


A few months ago we told you about a uncommon program designed to incorporate hiking and urban strolling into the brewing process: Beers Made By Walking. (read that post.) Today we are happy to announce that this Thursday, October 23 Naked City Brewery hosts a Beers Made By Walking tapping event. List of beers is…

Downpour Brewing opens this Saturday in Kingston


This just in. Downpour Brewing, a brand new brewery in Kingston, Washington, is scheduled to open this Saturday, October 25. Located within walking distance of the ferry dock, the tasting room at Downpour Brewing promises to provide bar seating, TVs, picnic tables, and a kid’s play area. Also, outdoor seating. Downpour Brewing plans to offer…

Maritime Pacific Brewing releasing its fresh hop XPA this Wednesday


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…

Urban Family Brewing ready to open its new Magnolia location


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


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


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


- Story by Lynn Sherk, Washington Beer Blog Correspondent-at-Large  – Here in Seattle, we beer lovers have been spoiled by the frequent openings of new breweries around the city. Now it’s the south end’s turn to feel the love. Tacoma, get ready to meet Odd Otter Brewing Company. Founded by a group of five friends,…

Raise a glass and toast Pike Brewing with me


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…