Congratulations to The Beer Junction (blog sponsor)! The beloved West Seattle beer stop is about to celebrate its 3rd anniversary.The Beer Junction opened in a diminutive space around the corner back on 42nd Avenue back in 2010, but the business has really picked up steam since moving into a bigger location on California Avenue in the heart of downtown West Seattle. The weekend-long anniversary celebration begins on Thursday, June 27 with the release and tapping of a very special anniversary brew. All of the details about the entire weekend can be found below.
To help commemorate the occasion, Schooner Exact Brewing (another West Seattle beer success story) came up with a special beer – Hop Sails 3rd Anniversary Double IPA. The beer weighs in at 8.3 percent alcohol and 88 IBUs. According to Morgan Herzog, owner of The Beer Junction, healthy late additions of Simcoe and Mosaic hops help this beer stand out from the crowd. To me, that sounds like a hop-lovers dream come true. Here is the official announcement from Morgan Herzog at The Beer Junction.
Celebrate Three Years At The Beer Junction!
July 3rd, 2010. That’s when we opened up our doors at 11AM at our original location (4707 42nd Ave S.W.), just around the corner from our current expanded space (4511 California Ave. S.W.). Three years is a big milestone for a small business. It’s the point you’ve on average broken even and are hopefully headed in the right long-term direction. We are excited to have (almost) passed this mark and are so thankful for all of our customers, employees, and friends who have helped us make it this far!
Starting this Thursday, June 27th, we’ll begin our weekend long anniversary celebration with a special bottle release and keg tapping of our 3rd Anniversary Beer brewed by our friends at Seattle’s Schooner Exact Brewing Company!
We don’t need to say it, but Schooner Exact knows how to make great beers. Their flagship 3-Grid IPA has been one of our top 10 selling beers each of the past three years. We approached Brewmaster and Founder Matt McClung on brewing an anniversary beer this past winter. Several ideas were discussed, but we kept coming back to brewing a great double IPA, especially in light of our anniversary being in the summer season.
Hop Sails 3rd Anniversary Double IPA: “Huge late additions of Simcoe and Mosaic hops top a base of specialty malts, making this double IPA anniversary beer special. At 8.3% and 88 IBUs, we have set the stage for you to let the celebration begin. Happy Birthday Beer Junction!”
The Label: Nick Bers, one of our long-time bartenders and on-the-side graphic artists created the initial sketch. Schooner Exact Co-owner, Heather McClung, took the sketch and turned it into the final product, including a small (but if you look for it noticeable) rendition of our store pet- The Oscar fish!
Thursday June 27th Bottle Release and Keg Tapping!
Starting at 11AM, bottles of Hop Sails will go on sale for $6.99 per 22oz bottle. Purchase a whole case of 12 bottles and receive 10% off ($75.49), plus a limited 3rd Anniversary T-shirt! At 5PM we’ll be tapping the very first keg of Hop Sails. That leads into our brewer’s night with Schooner Exact. In addition to Hop Sails, Schooner Exact will also be pouring the first keg of the most recent batch of Hopvine IPA, along with their current seasonal Seamstress Union Raspberry Wheat, 3-Grid IPA, and King Street Brown. Sample all five of these beers from 5-8PM for just $4!
Additional Anniversary Celebrations!
For all purchases over $40 (made Thursday June 27th through Wednesday July 3rd) receive a free Beer Junction pint glass! For all purchases over $100 receive a free Beer Junction t-shirt of your choosing!
To continue the celebration, we’ll also be putting on some special kegs from the cellar throughout the weekend, including Deschutes Black Butte 24th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Great Divide 19th Anniversary Wood Aged Strong Ale, and Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Special Reserve!
Cheers and thanks for all your support!