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Two Beers, 7 years, and other big news from the brewery

The way I’d like to congratulate Two Beers Brewing Company on successfully navigating its first seven years is by offering up a quote: “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”

It’s been a helluva ride, that’s for sure. Since it opened seven years ago, Two Beers Brewing repeatedly proved itself absolutely fearless. Joel VandenBrink, the owner and brewmaster, stuck his neck out a few times along the way and, in most cases, earned the kind of rewards only risk can bring.

None of us should consider it a surprise to hear today’s news of more adventures brewing and more expansion blooming. No doubt, the future promises to bring more growth, more expansion, and more risk. It’s what Two Beers Brewing does. It’s what ships are for.

To begin with, let’s talk about the seven year anniversary party. Beer lovers are invited to join the celebration on Saturday, November 8th at The Woods tasting room in Sodo from 1:00 until 7:00. The party will include live music, food, and the release of two very special beers. Along with that, special prices on a large and varied selection of beers, not to mention food from one of Seattle’s favorite food trucks.

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The Special Beers

Okay, here it is. A beer to haunt the dreams of all you sour beer aficionados. At the party on November 8th, Two Beers Brewing will release its 7th Anniversary Sour Ale, a golden sour that was aged in white wine barrels for 15 months. The limited release beer will be available for purchase at the tasting room in 375 mililiter bottles fo $10. It clocks in at 10 percent ABV and 20 IBUs. The beer promises to deliver, “Aromas of apricot, cherry and cranberry, alongside herbal notes of cedar and hay. Tart, funky and clean on the palate, a full-bodied oak expression underlines the whole experience.”

The other special release beer is no less impressive: Overhang Bourbon Imperial Porter, the final beer in Two Beers Brewing’s Alta Series. Available in 22-ounce, wax-dipped, screen printed bottles ($14 each), this behemoth of a beer was aged in bourbon barrels for six months with cocoa, cinnamon and a touch of clove. Not for the faint of heart, this beer weighs in at 12.9 ABV and 60 IBUs.

The Expansion

The anniversary party also serves as a lease-signing celebration. Two Beers Brewing is taking over the adjoining space to the north, where it will build a new taproom. The plan is to add seating for nearly 100 people, more taps, more outdoor space, and games like skeeball and pool. The new and expanded tasting room is scheduled to open in March. The existing tasting room will be converted into more production space for the brewery.

Below, see the poster and the official press release about all of this fun stuff.

By the way, the quote comes from William GT Shedd, who was a great American transcendentalist thinker of the 19th century.

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Two Beers Brewing Turns Seven: New Sour Beer, New Expansions and New Tasting Room (Coming Soon!)

November 8 marks seven years for the growing Seattle-based brewery, celebrating new beers, expansions, a new tasting room coming soon and more!

SEATTLE (October 27, 2013) – On Saturday, November 8, Two Beers Brewing invites craft beer lovers everywhere to join them from 1-7pm at their SoDo tasting room to celebrate seven exhilarating years in business. Entering into its most exciting year yet, Two Beers Brewing Co. is celebrating with not only the release of two limited edition beers, but the signing of the lease on a brand new space, allowing the growing brewery to expand its production and tasting room size.

“Every year, I’m both amazed and honored by the support we see from craft beer lovers all over the Pacific Northwest, especially our home market,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing Co. “We’re excited to bring them even more in 2015.”

Two Beers Brewing’s brand new tasting room – being built out in the space right next door – will be double the size of the current tasting room, offering more than 24 taps, seating for nearly 100 people, an outdoor space, and games such as pool, skeeball and more. In turn, the current tasting room will be converted to additional production space. The new tasting room, to remain known as The Woods, is scheduled to open March 2015.

To mark such an exciting expansion, Two Beers Brewing is releasing a limited release 7th Anniversary American Sour Ale. A golden sour aged in white wine barrels for 15 months, this rare and delicious beer features aromas of apricot, cherry and cranberry, alongside herbal notes of cedar and hay. Tart, funky and clean on the palate, a full-bodied oak expression underlines the whole experience. Offering a 10 percent ABV and 20 IBUs, the Two Beers Brewing Co. 7th Anniversary Sour Ale will be available in 375ml cork-and-caged bottles, with only 400 available for purchase at the tasting room for $10.

November 8 will also mark the release of the final beer in Two Beers Brewing’s coveted Alta Series. Overhang Bourbon Imperial Porter – available in 22-ounce wax-dipped, screen printed bottles ($14 each) – is a uniquely boozy beer perfect for fall, aged in bourbon barrels for six months with cocoa, cinnamon and a touch of cloves. The result is a roasted caramel and molasses nose with a rich brown head. Brewed with Cascade hops, this limited edition beer offers a 12.9 ABV and 60 IBUs.

Attendees of the expanding brewery’s seventh anniversary party – taking place from 1-7pm on Saturday, November 8 – will enjoy $4-$5 pints of Two Beers Brewing’s year-round offerings, plus seasonal brews including bourbon barrel-aged Jive Espresso Stout, Nitro Jive Espresso Stout, the new Frontier American Strong Ale, IPA X5, Mango Peach Marigold-infused Evo IPA and bottle pours the past year’s Alta Series offerings. Offerings from Seattle Cider Company will also be on tap. Food will be available for purchase from popular food truck How Pickle Got Out of a Jam, accompanied by live music from &Yet and Pete Jordan of Cloud Person. Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket upon entry for a chance to win Two Beers Brewing swag, a mug club membership and more. New glassware, growlers, posters and Two Beers Brewing apparel will also be available for purchase. Please note this is a 21+ event.

For more information about the upcoming anniversary party, be sure to follow Two Beers Brewing on Facebook, Twitter (@twobeersbrewing) and Instagram (@twobeersbrewing). For more information about Two Beers Brewing, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.

Media interested in additional information, photos or tasting notes are encouraged to contact Caitlin Braam at [email protected]

About Two Beers Brewing Co. Two Beers Brewing Co. – makers of Evolutionary IPA and a host of Northwest-inspired beers – began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007. Today, Two Beers Brewing produces twelve unique beers including five year-round, seven seasonals, and a host of intricate infusions and limited releases in its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found on tap in bars and restaurants throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room Tuesday – Thursday from 3-9 pm, Friday from 3-10pm, Saturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1 – 6 pm. Select brews can also be found in 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. With a strong belief in supporting the local economy, Two Beers Brewing takes pride in using Washington ingredients to create all of its handcrafted beers. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.