Behold, the power or Pliny – survey reveals the economic impact of Pliny the Younger

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Each year millions of swallows return to the cliffs of San Juan Capistrano. It’s a sure thing. You can count on it like clockwork. Likewise, each year thousands of beer geeks flock to Santa Rosa, California for the annual release of Pliny the Younger, the much-ballyhooed Triple IPA from Russian River Brewing.

When they release the beer on the first Friday in February, the lines wrap around the block and beer geeks wait for hours to secure sips of the coveted nectar that most people still consider craft beer’s largest whale. Sure, Russian River Brewing sells a lot of beer, and for them the economic impact is immediate and direct, but a recent survey shows that the economic impact for Sonoma County is also significant.

2016 Hop Stocks Report – looking forward to a great year for hops


The rhizomes are in the ground and the bines are beginning to climb the twine. The outlook for hop supplies in 2016 is encouraging for a couple of different reasons. Basically, existing hop inventories are up and so is hop acreage. This very good news, for both hop lovers and brewers, is based on information…

Blackbeard’s Brewing already expanding in Westport


Blackbeard’s Brewing Company in Westport, Washington has been open for just about one year, so they’re still what we consider a new brewery. See our story about the opening last May. Like so many other breweries in Washington, it didn’t take long for them to slam head-on into the need for more space and more…

Lucky Envelope Brewing celebrates a gangbuster first year on May 7th


It’s been a heck of a year for Lucky Envelope. The brewery opened last spring in Ballard, won a medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (an impressive feat, even for a seasoned brewery), and were named one of America’s best new breweries by Beer Advocate magazine. To celebrate these and other accomplishments, Lucky…

Sip Northwest, Best of the Northwest – submit your beer now


Calling all professional brewers! Sip Northwest, a beverage-focused magazine for which I am proud to write, is now accepting submissions for its fifth annual Best of the Northwest issue. It’s time for all of you Northwest breweries to assemble and ship your submissions. The annual Best Of issue comes out in October, but the judging…

Bacon and Beer Classic returns to Safeco Field on May 7th


On May 7th the Bacon and Beer Classic returns to Seattle. The event takes place at Safeco Field, is well-attended every year, and features over 100 craft beers and over 30 bacon-infused dishes from some of Seattle top restaurants and purveyors. Tickets are on sale now. Along with beer and food, enjoy fun and games…

New book focuses on wood and beer, co-authored by Dick Cantwell


Barrel-aged beers are all the rage these days, which is understandable given the pleasant effect wood-aging has on beer, but do you really understand the art and science behind wood and beer? The Brewers Association just announced the release of a new book that provides all the information you need on this topic. Wood and…

Watershed Pub and Kitchen Convergence Series #20, featuring Chainline Brewing


Tomorrow, April 27th, Watershed Pub and Kitchen hosts its April Convergence event starting at 6:00 PM. This is the 20th in the Convergence series and this time around the event features the beers of Kirkland’s Chainline Brewing. The series of events showcases food and beer pairing, using beers from one local brewer. The event benefits…

#DrinkWAbeer and win tickets to the Washington Brewers Festival


The Washington Beer Commission is excited to announce the second annual #DrinkWAbeer Instagram campaign. Your Washington Beer adventures take you all over the state, and this is your chance to show why you #DrinkWAbeer. Share your Washington Beer moments with the world by posting them to Instagram, answering the following question: “I #DrinkWAbeer because…” Be…

Three Magnets Brewing – traveling bottle release event


Saturday, April 30th, Three Magnets Brewing Company is holding a traveling exclusive bottle release for Little Juice IPA – Smoothie Edition, with stops in Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle. Times and locations are listed below. This thick, cloudy version of our Little Juice IPA starts with intense aromas of tropical fruit in the nose, followed by notes of…