Firkin Fridays at Safeco Field – “Everybody Scores!”


Sat. April 12 – See our update at the bottom of this post to find out how the first Firkin Friday turned out. Original Post: Tomorrow will live in infamy. Friday, April  11, 2014 will rank right up there with the first time a father and son played together: Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey…

Chef John Howie Opening a Brewpub in Bothell


When a would-be brewery owner asks me for advice, I always tell them that one of the very first orders of business should be to hire a skilled, experienced, and preferably well-respected, brewer to guide the process of building a brewery and creating the beers. That’s exactly what local celebrity chef John Howie has done….

Seattle Beer Week Pick: Pike’s “Women in Brewing”


See all our posts about Seattle Beer Week 2014. Below, Seattle Beer Week event information.* From your local pub to the last big beer festival you attended, it’s pretty obvious that there are still more men than women in the craft beer world. It’s great to see more women out tasting and enjoying beer than…

New Beer Release: Foggy Noggin Brewing Chief Lightfoot


Seasonal Beer Release Announcement Foggy Noggin Brewing is releasing the return of one of our seasonal beer’s Saturday – April 12th (noon-4PM) at our tasting room in Bothell, WA. This beer will run about 6-8 weeks. Pint and Growler sales at the brewery tasting room. You will see this at some of our tap accounts…

New Beer Release: PSA Summer Ale from Airways Brewing


Spring into Summer with PSA® Summer Ale from Airways Brewing Company Kent-based microbrewery releases its annual summer beer. KENT, Wash. (April 8, 2014) – Just in time for when the days get longer and warmer, Airways Brewing Company is releasing PSA Summer Ale. This bright, citrusy pale ale is available from now until the end…

Oso Landslide Fundraiser at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen


The other day, Mari Kemper of Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen told me about an event that was being planned in Bellingham. “Whatcom breweries will be putting together a big fundraiser at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen’s back covered patio on May 2 for the Red Cross Oso Muslide Relief Fund,” she said. “We plan to have…

PNWCA Offers Cider Lovers Specialty, Limited-Release Ciders


Last month we told you about the first-ever Pacific Northwest Cider Awards – a cider awards program that also includes a public cider festival in Seattle. Below, we share information about both the competition and the festival. The judging will take place on Thursday, June 5th. The cider festival follows: Friday, June 6 thru Sunday…

Seattle Beer Week Events – Bob’s Three Pubs


See all our posts about Seattle Beer Week 2014. Below, Seattle Beer Week event information.* Did you know that three of Seattle’s best beer bars are operated by one person? The first of the three, Latona Pub, opened in 1986 and was one of the city’s first bars dedicated to craft beer (“microbrew” in those…

Celebrate Earth Week with Latona Pub


UPDATED 4/14/2014: We’ve added some pictures of kegs in motion. Scroll down. It just might be one of the coolest things that happens each year on the local beer scene. To celebrate Earth Week, Latona Pub serves beer delivered by non-motorized means. That is, all the beer pouring at the pub comes from kegs delivered…

FDA Backpedals on the Spent Grain Issue

This is Bessie. That is her real name. I am happy that hers has become the face of this issue, even if it is only here on the Washington Beer Blog.

The issue is not yet settled. In part because of pressure from the brewing industry and the farming industry, the FDA is reconsidering recently proposed changes to the Food Safety Modernization Act. The agency intends to issue a revised proposal this summer. (See all of our stories on this issue.) As we reported in March,…