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Local Breweries to Help Wildfire Fighters and Victims


Cool, humid weather and rain are helping firefighters contain the wildfires that are raging in Washington State and the Northwest. And now two local breweries are stepping up to help douse the fires – this time with beer involved – by raising money and goods for wildfire victims and firefighters on the front line.

Craft Brewers Conference Recap


Last week 11,500 brewers and brewery-related industry professionals descended on Portland, OR for the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC). Kendall and I were first-timers at the CBC this year, and while it was everything we expected in terms of amazing beer events, it was also a whole lot more: It’s a traditional conference with a huge…

Beer touring around Vancouver, BC (part 2)


This is the second of two stories we recently posted on Go Find Beer (our other, travel-focused blog) about the current state of the booming beer scene in Vancouver, BC. Reposted here on the Washington Beer Blog. See the previous story here. (Originally published Feb. 27, 2015) In Vancouver BC the beer scene is growing…

“Yeast Vancouver” Beer Touring


This is the first of two stories we recently posted about Vancouver’s booming beer scene on our beer-travel blog: We’ll post the other one here on the Washington Beer Blog as well, or you can go find it on GoFindBeer. (originally posted on Feb. 4, 2015) In early 2013, British Columbia changed their liquor…

Elysian Confirms – Anheuser-Busch Rumor is True


UPDATED Sat, Jan 24: See all of the stories we’ve written about this, click here. Breaking news – we don’t have all the details yet, but some rumors we caught wind of earlier this week are confirmed this morning in an email from Dick Cantwell, Brewmaster and Co-owner of Elysian Brewing Company. “I’m free to…

How You (and Beer) Can Help Celebrate the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Expansion


Last week, President Obama signed into law an expansion of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness (among other wilderness areas). The act protects over 22,000 new wilderness acres and creates nearly 40 miles of newly designated Wild and Scenic Rivers around the Pratt and Mid-Fork Snoqualmie Rivers. What does that have to do with beer? It’s the…

Chicago Beer Bar Discoveries


(As originally published on our other blog, Back when Goose Island was the only local brewery in town, Chicago already had some better beer bars, like the classic 20-year-old Hopleaf. Today there are over 50 breweries (most of them without tap rooms as of yet), and a slew of newer beer bars that locals…

Rooted in Roslyn: Wild Earth Brewing


Roslyn is the tiny town just east of Snoqualmie Pass possibly best known as the setting for that quirky show Northern Exposure. Now that tiny Eastern Washington town offers a new reason to take a quick detour from maddening I-90 traffic: a brand new brewery called Wild Earth Brewing. We stopped yesterday after day-hiking Ingalls…

Expansion Nearly Complete at American Brewing Co.

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In January, we told you about the $1 million expansion plans for American Brewing Company in Edmonds, WA. This week, as their taproom reopened after a nearly one-week closure for reconstruction, we stopped by to get an update from ABC’s marketing and public relations manager, Julie Anderson. The taproom was closed as part of the…

PNW Cider Awards – Festival Tickets On Sale Now


A few weeks ago, we told you about the first annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards and Festival coming to Seattle Cider Company’s SoDo tasting room, The Woods. Now, tickets are available at $30 advance, which includes a 13-ounce PNWCA tulip glass and eight tasting tokens redeemable for a five-ounce pour. Over 25 Northwest ciders are…