As it does every year, Lucky Envelope Brewing has big plans for Chinese New Year. This weekend’s celebrate at the brewery in Ballard (Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd) includes the release of two collaboration beers brewed with Georgetown Brewing. They also have some other special releases planned, as explained below. The weekend’s activities also include giveaways and specialty merchandise releases.
Keep an eye on the company’s Facebook page for more information about each day’s events and releases.
“Every year we try to make our Chinese New Year celebration bigger and more exciting than the previous year,” said Raymond Kwan, co-founder of Lucky Envelope. The brewery is expected to release six specialty beers for the event including their Buddha’s Hand Citron IPA, Lychee Sour, Double Happiness Barrel-Aged Porter, Mijiaya Historic Chinese Beer, and the two collaboration lagers with Georgetown Brewing.
“It was an honor and pleasure to be able to brew not one, but two, collaboration beers with Manny, Matt and Jen from Georgetown Brewing,” says Barry Chan, co-founder and Brewmaster. “We spent a couple hours with their team trying different teas, herbs & spices to each come up with our own unique spins for the LuckyTown Chinese New Year Collaboration.” Lucky Envelope chose to use Jasmine and Honeysuckle in their “Lucky Pig Lager” while Georgetown Brewing’s “Happy Pig Lager” will feature Oolong tea.
Adding to the fun, Lucky Envelope will release its Double Happiness Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter, which was aged twice, first in a Malbec wine barrel and then in a Westland Distillery whiskey barrels. Described as “delightfully complex,” this one clocks in at 9.8 percent ABV, with “red stone fruit and oak tannin combining with vanilla, smoke, and caramel.”
Those who arrive early on Friday and Saturday will receive a celebratory lucky envelope with special coupons. The brewery will also be selling limited edition Year of the Earth Pig t-shirts while supplies last.
About Lucky Envelope Brewing
Lucky Envelope Brewing takes its name from the Chinese tradition – tied closely with New Year celebrations – of elders bestowing often red-and-gold envelopes to loved ones as a gesture of luck and goodwill. Lucky Envelope’s brewing philosophy is centered on Culturally Inspired Beer whose recipes draw from modern and historic styles, techniques, and ingredients. Lucky Envelope is an award-winning family-friendly craft brewery in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle . The brewery has garnered accolades since its May 2015 opening, including several medals at the 2018, 2017 & 2016 Washington Beer Awards and at the prestigious 2015 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) competition.