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Sixty Percent of Craft Beer Sucks

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Sixty percent of craft beer sucks and half of the breweries in America are doomed. Those are strong words, and I’m not sure I agree, but I would expect nothing less than something so incendiary from John Taffer. The boisterous, hot-headed host of TV’s Bar Rescue often brings people to tears. John Taffer is a…

Beer Dinner at Chambers Bay with Wet Coast Brewing

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We just learned that Chambers Bay Grill is hosting a beer dinner this evening (Friday, February 12) with Wet Coast Brewing of Gig Harbor. As of 10:00 AM, seats are still available. It’s a four course dinner, plus an intermezzo and dessert. Menu is below. “The only way we know how to celebrate Mardi Gras…

Washington Beer Collaboration Festival – a New Beer Fest

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The Washington Beer Commission just announced a brand new beer festival: The Washington Beer Collaboration Festival. The event takes place in Seattle at the South Lake Union Discovery Center lawn on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23. We’ll share more details as they become available. For now, mark your calendar. Washington Beer Collaboration Festival…

Pike Brewing Old Bawdy Vertical Tasting Event, March 3rd

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Pike Brewing invites you to take a trip into the cellar at this year’s Old Bawdy Brewer’s Night on Thursday, March 3. The annual event at the Pike Pub involves a vertical tasting, a rare chance to taste seven vintages (2009 to 2015) of Pike’s classic and award winning barley wines, side by side. Get…

Beer Release – Sauraha, Next Beer in the Barrel Project Series by Wander Brewing

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Last September, Wander Brewing of Bellingham won a gold medal for it’s Wild Warehouse: Barrel Project Release Number 1, the very first beer released in the series. The brewery just announced the release of the another offering from the Barrel Project series. Here is the release info from the brewery. (Pictured at right: Wild Warehouse,…

Chuckanut Mexican-Style Lager – a Beer for Tom Douglas Restaurants

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Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen is releasing a Mexican-style lager, brewed with malted barley from the Skagit Valley. The maltsters at Skagit Valley Malting Company created a specially malted batch of its popular Alba barley for Chuckanut Mexican-Style Lager, giving it a lighter color and body, along with the lower ABV you would expect in a…

Propolis Brewing’s Grand Opening Announced – Here’s a Preview

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A couple weeks ago at Port Townsend’s Strange Brewfest, the word spread quickly: Propolis Brewing’s new taproom was opening at 2:00 for a soft-opening preview. The brewery that made it’s name by creating beers of unique character, often using foraged ingredients, was finally opening a brewery and taproom in Port Townsend where beer fans could…

Hop Industry Report – Looking Back at a Bad Year, Ahead to a Good One

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While it is impossible to predict the weather, and therefore impossible to predict hop futures, the beer industry got some important information the other day when Hop Growers of America (HGA) released its 2015 Statistical Report. I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is, expect higher yields in 2016 and…

Chocolate Beer Week at The Beer Junction Starts Tomorrow

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The Beer Junction 4th Annual Chocolate Beer Week starts tomorrow. On Saturday, February 6th they’ll tap into 21 chocolate beers, with more coming throughout the week. They’ll offer these chocolate beers via sampler trays and you can even include a side of assorted chocolates. Or just order a glass of your favorite. They’ll also offer…

The Top Strange Brew is Coming to Seattle

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If you didn’t make it to Strange Brewfest this year, but want to try the number one Strange Brew, you are in luck. The top strange brew is coming to Seattle. The 12th Annual Strange Brewfest happened last weekend in Port Townsend. The event sees breweries stretch the limits of convention to create strange brews….