Raise a glass and toast Pike Brewing with me


This isn’t a typical post. This one is kind of personal. It was 1985 or 1986 and we barely knew what the word microbrew meant. I was a college student and home brewer living in Bellingham. One Saturday, my roommate and I went to something called a microbrew festival. It’s a stretch to call it…

Hale’s Ales Brewery hosting a Ballard Brewmaster’s Dinner


Hale’s Ale Brewery recently announced the opening of the newly remodeled Double Decker Room, the event space located above the pub, and today we happily share news of the first event (that we know of) happening in the spiffy, new upstairs digs: the Ballard Brewmaster’s Dinner. People debate the issue, but according to the most…

Why the South Sound IPA Festival is important & why you should go


It’s simple, Tacoma is a town that loves beer. The city needs and deserves a big, well-organized and well-executed beer festival. I think Saturday’s South Sound IPA Festival is an important first step towards making that happen. I’ll explain. A lot of people have asked me why there wasn’t a Tacoma Craft Beer Festival this year….

New brewery opening Oct. 22 in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood


Flying Lion Brewing Company hosts its grand opening celebration on Wednesday, October 22, from 4:00 P.M. until midnight, at its brewery in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood. The brewery is right next door to Full Tilt Ice Cream. They will conduct some giveaways throughout the week/weekend and intend to pour six beers for the opening: Sweet…

New beer release from Black Raven Brewing


Quick note about a new beer, which Black Raven Brewing releases today at the brewery. JACKDAW PUMPKIN DARK SAISON From the brewery: “The Jackdaw is our pumpkin dark saison fall specialty beer. This ale drinks like a dark saison with the spice notes from the yeast blending in harmony with the fire roasted pumpkin and…

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing gets Zippy! Are we having beer yet?


Today I’m happy to welcome Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company to the family of blog sponsors. Most of you are probably familiar with the brewery and it’s flagship beers, like Wildcat IPA, Haystack Hefeweizen, and Steam Train Porter, but today I want to tell you about a new offering from Snoqualmie Falls Brewery: Zippy Lemon Wheat…

Copper Coin celebrates 2nd anniversary this Wednesday


The Copper Coin in West Seattle celebrates its second anniversary this Wednesday, October 15th. In addition to some very special beers to share, they plan to offer a screaming deal on their Deluxe burger. “We’ve quickly crept up on our 2nd birthday down at Copper Coin, and it’s time to celebrate!” Says Gregg Graham, bar…

Meet our newest sponsor: Bargreen Ellingson


Today we welcome a new sponsor to the Washington Beer Blog: Bargreen Ellingson. Many local beer geeks might recognize the name because the Seattle store is very near Schooner Exact Brewing on First Avenue South. Restaurants and bars recognize the name because Bargreen Ellingson has been “Serving those who serve others since 1960.” The Tacoma-based…

Maritime Pacific Brewing collaborates with Batch 206 Distillery to create barrel-aged beer


Craft distilling is a relatively recent phenomenon in Washington. In fact, before the laws changed in 2009, there was no distilling industry in Washington. Of course, craft brewing is nothing new and some of our local breweries have been around for 20 and even 30 years. For example, Maritime Pacific Brewing fired up the brew kettle…

Hoptoberfest now underway at Beveridge Place Pub


UPDATED 10/14/14 Here are the final eight IPAs in the hunt for the championship. What does that mean? Read the original post below. Bale Breaker Topcutter IPA Georgetown Lucille IPA Hales Ales Supergoose IPA Harmon Point Defiance IPA Island Hoppin’ Elwha Rock IPA Reuben’s Brews Crikey IPA Schooner Exact 3-Grid IPA Two Beers Evo IPA