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3rd Annual Washington Cider Week, Sept. 5th thru 15th – What to Expect

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This year Washington Cider Week runs from September 5th through 15th, with special events across the state celebrating our local artisan cider industry, which is growing at a feverish pace these days. The celebration kicks off on Thursday, September 5th in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood at Capitol Cider, the city’s first cider-focused bar and restaurant….

Narrows Brewing Company Launches Wholesale and Retail Distribution

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by Margo Jorgenson* On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, Narrows Brewing launched their wholesale and retail distribution by delivering their first keg, a cask of Imperial Red Ale, to neighboring restaurant, Boathouse 19. This event was celebrated by the Narrows Brewing Company as a landmark achievement, commencing the expansion of their market. Narrows Brewing part-owner Scott…

Introducing, Great Artisan Beverage Co

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Four of Washington’s wholesale beer distributors have joined forces to create a new enterprise: Great Artisan Beverage Company. The new entity represents the combined efforts of Odom Corporation, Marine View Beverage , Sound Beverage, and C. Stein Beverage. In simplest terms, each of those four companies distributes beer to different territories in the Pacific Northwest….

Today: San Diego vs Seattle in a Beer Showdown

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We’ve been telling you about this for some time now: our West Coast Beer Town Showdown pitting the beers of Seattle against the beers of San Diego. You can see our previous post about the event here. I want to add some information for you today, since the day is now upon us. The event…

Washington Brewers Festival – List of Beers

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Updated: June, 11 — FREE TICKETS! Want to win a pair of tickets to the Washington Brewers Festival? All you need to do is go to our Facebook page, like us (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment telling us which of the breweries or beers below you are most excited to try at…

Congratulations to Tom Douglas – James Beard Foundation Award Winner

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This blog focuses primarily on beer and not on food. However, this is a big deal. The Washington Beer Blog wants to extend our congratulations to Tom Douglas and the local company bearing his name. Last night in New York the James Beard Foundation named Seattle’s own Tom Douglas “Outstanding Restaurateur.” For the uninformed, winning…

Can Washington Handle 15 More Breweries?

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Today I am sad to report that the Washington State Liquor Control Board discontinued Hazel Dell Brewpub’s microbrewery license. The brewpub, located in Vancouver, WA, closed its doors at the end of 2011. Now it is official. It is always sad to see a brewery close. On a positive note, I am happy to report…

Deschutes and Hair of the Dog – New Collaboration Beer

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Two of Oregon’s most beloved breweries have teamed up to create a collaboration beer. Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing announced today the release of a new collaboration brew. Here is the press release.. Deschutes Brewery & Hair of the Dog Brewing Company Collaboration Brew Arrives After years in the making, two Oregon…

Seattle Beer Week Survival Guide Part 2

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Seattle Beer Week is almost here. This is part two of our Seattle Beer Week Survival Guide. (See our previous post.) In part one of our Survival Guide we talked about the events that pique our interest. Today we approach it from a different angle: what’s happening at particular locations for Seattle Beer Week. There…

World Beer Cup 2012 – Winners Announced

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Washington breweries brought home a total of 11 medals from the prestigious World Beer Cup. The 2012 edition of the biannual competition featured 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories submitted by 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states. Awards were presented at the World Beer Cup Gala Awards Dinner on May 5,…