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The Bergschrund set to open in Ballard this Friday

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Because liquor laws are so frequently governed by bizarre pretzel logic, we can’t actually declare this new Ballard drinking establishment to be what it actually is. Instead of saying exactly what it really is, I must tell you it is something else. So here it goes. The Bergschrund is a new beer-focused bar in Ballard…

Flying Bike Cooperative gets closer to takeoff

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Today is an exciting day for the 900 member-owners of Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery. It was in April of 2011 that I first told you about Flying Bike and its unusual approach to funding, building, and operating a brewery (see all of our stories about Flying Bike). Today, almost four years later, I am happy…

Holiday Brewmaster Dinner at the Jolly Roger this Sunday

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Maritime Pacific has something Jolly lined up for the holidays this year, and I’m not just talking about Jolly Roger, the company’s beloved Christmas Ale. On Sunday, December 21st Maritime Pacific hosts a Holiday Brewmaster Dinner. The event marks the finale of the first-ever “It Must Hold Beer” Stein Contest (details below). At the dinner,…

Lake Tapps Brewing releasing whiskey barrel-aged Parliament Porter

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This Thursday, December 18, from 6:00 – 8:00, Lake Tapps Brewing Company invites you to stop in and try the first release of its Parliament Porter, a beer aged in Parliament Distillery Ghost Owl Whiskey barrels. Like Lake Tapps Brewing, Parliament Distillery is in Sumner.  The beer has been resting in the barrels since Lake…

Grab a beer on top of the world

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There’s only one place in the city of Seattle where you can enjoy a tasty beer at 900-something feet above sea level.  I’m talking about the Sky View Observatory, located on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center, where you can now get some tasty food, beer and wine at the Sky View Cafe. For…

The Grouch, where he should be: in a can

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In 2010 Northern Ales moved 30 miles south from Northport to Kettle Falls, making it a very remote brewery but no longer deserving the title Washington’s Most Remote Brewery. See our stories in the archive. Admittedly, I haven’t shared any news from Northern Ales since the big move. Today, that changes. I just received news…

Wander Brewing begins bottling and distributing beer

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Unless you’ve visited Bellingham in the past six months or so, you probably have not come across beers from Wander Brewing. Chad and Colleen Kuehl began brewing last spring and opened the Brewhall (the Wander tap room) in May of 2014. Today we share news that Wander Brewing is now bottling its beer and some…

Beer Church Holiday Ale hits the streets and gets to work

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Beer Church is the philanthropic arm of the Washington Beer Blog. (read our previous posts about Beer Church.) Basically, we organize beer lovers for the sake of charitable giving. For instance, every year we work with some local breweries to produce Beer Church Holiday Ale, a beer to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of…

Brewers Association reviews the 2014 craft beer scene

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The Brewers Association recently released some facts about the state of craft beer in 2014. It’s all happy news. In fact, it’s hard for craft beer lovers to read information like this without cracking a smile. Some of the numbers are unimaginable. Like the number of new breweries opening each and every day: 1.5 breweries…

Wild Earth Brewing closes its doors

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Updated Dec. 12, with more detail from the brewery. Wild Earth Brewing opened in Roslyn, Washington last spring. Click here to see our previous posts about Wild Earth. The biggest problem that this small brewery faced, it could not make enough beer to keep up with demand. Not a bad problem to have, but a…