Churchkey Release Party – Celebs Celebrate Beer in Seattle

Tonight we attended the official release party for Churchkey Can Company – a new brewing company based in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. As we have previously reported, Churchkey formed an uncommon relationship with Seattle’s Two Beers Brewing.

Tonight, at King’s Hardware in Ballard, television and movie celebrity Adrian Grenier was there to help celebrate the launch of the new beer. The Entourage star is one of the partners in the new brewing venture. The beer, produced here in Seattle and packaged in a retro flat top steel can, is a light, Pilsner-style lager. As far as we know, this is the first beer packaged in flat-top steel can since the early 70s.

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Below we have pictures from tonight’s event. See our previous post for details about the beer.

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  1. Had their beer at the Portland Spring fest last weekend. I hope they start being as creative with their beer as they were with their branding. Expect typical Lager.

  2. try their taproom. and their other canned releases. they have plenty of unique beers. also check out their facebook and website postings to learn more.

    not sure why there is any statement that they are not creative, and which of their selection is a typical lager. are you sure you’re referring to the correct brewery and not a macro? did they have HoD CDa down at the Portland event?

  3. @Matt – Why be sure a hater? You certainly jump to conclusions quickly while concurrently being naive.

    I agree with KeefN. The brewery is incredibly creative. Have you heard of any of their infusions that they do? Rare and Unique ingredients are used all that time at Two Beers. Plus, what could possibly be wrong with “a typical lager?”

  4. I think that Matt was referring to Churchkey and not Two Beers Brewing Co. To say that Two Beers Brewing Co is not creative is just wrong. It would be better argument to say that they are creative to a fault. There is a relationship between the two companies, but they are not at all the same company. Churchkey beer is not a Two Beers Brewing Co product. Anyone who is unclear about how this whole thing works should refer to the original article I wrote last month. The two breweries work together, but Churchkey is not a Two Beers product.

    Two Beers Brewing Co recently started distributing beer to Portland. Once again, that is a totally different subject and has very little to do with Churchkey.

  5. This feels like a moment when the hipsters jumped the shark. Or I’m turning into an old fuddy duddy. Maybe a little bit of both.

    Their marketing is certainly blowing up and I’m sure they are getting their sales. Whether it is sustainable or not I don’t know. Something about needing a can opener just to get to borderline macro tasting beer won’t appeal to people for long.

    Of course I will readily admit I could be totally wrong. On a positive note I do think this could be the “gateway beer” for the upcoming generation and that is a good thing.
    Two beers ISA…now that is a good beer.

  6. This is a good pilsner-style beer with flavor, not a re-hash of a macro lager. I tasted it side-by-side with the Hilliard’s pilsner (on draft) at the event, and given the differences that always show up between packaged and draft beer, it held it’s own in the flavor department.

    The owners could have gone to a large regional brewer to roll out mass amounts, but they care enough about the beer to start with a home brewer’s recipe, then paired with a respected, small brewery. I agree with Kendal’s remarks in the email letter intro to this week’s blog: more folks trying and drinking craft beer is good for the industry. Let’s get the “hipsters” off PBR and onto craft beer.

    And Matt, there’s always the Breakside/ Gigantic Hoppy Hoppy Nano Beer made just for YOU! ;>)

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