Friday, April 10, 2015

Alaskan Brewing Now Selling Cans in “Lower 48” Markets

Alaskan Brewing Now Selling Cans in “Lower 48” Markets
Two varieties available in all 17 states of distribution, Icy Bay IPA now in Alaska only

Press Release:

JUNEAU, Alaska (April 10, 2015) – Alaskan Brewing Company began shipping cans to all 17 states of distribution this month, and added another product to their existing can selection in Alaska. The introduction of cans to the rest of the Alaskan product lineup could prove an important step in the growth of Alaskan’s footprint.

“We brew and package our beer in Juneau.  Because we have no roads that connect us to the rest of the world, and because of the remote location of Alaska the shipping costs are always one of our primary concerns,” said Curtis Holmes, Plant Manager at Alaskan Brewing Co. “With cans being so much lighter in weight, we can see the potential of that allowing us to broaden our territories in the future.”

Courtesy of Alaskan Brewing Co
Holmes said cans are also a key part of allowing fans of the brewery to “Live Life Alaskan” by enjoying the great outdoors without lugging around the extra weight or having the risk of breakage that bottles bring. “Cans are just so convenient when you want to throw some beer in a cooler to relax with at the end of an adventure  – it has been great to enjoy our beer in cans here in Alaska and now we are excited to have the rest of our customers enjoy the same benefits.”

Alaskan Brewing installed a new state-of-the-art canning line in April 2014 that emphasized the importance of the quality of the beer.  They first began packaging Alaskan Amber and Freeride APA for sale in Alaska only. After a very successful in-state run, Alaskan is now offering those two varieties to the rest of their markets. In addition, Alaskan began canning Icy Bay IPA this month, with immediate sale of that variety available in Alaska only.
“We have a very dedicated fan base here in Alaska, so it is an ideal training ground for new varieties and packages of beer,” said Holmes. “We think Icy Bay IPA in a can is going to be a big hit – and if that proves true in Alaska, then the rest of our territories can expect to see it soon.”

Alaskan can fanatics participated in a photo contest last year that was so popular the brewery is running it again this year.

Courtesy of Alaskan Brewing Co
Below are some images of last year's winners and information on this year's contest - now open to all states where Alaskan is available.

Courtesy of Alaskan Brewing Co
In addition to Alaska, Alaskan Amber and Freeride APA in 12 ounce cans will be on the shelves soon in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Top Rung Brewing Releasing 3 New Beers This Weekend during It's 1 Year Anniversary

Top Rung Brewing is celebrating its first year this weekend with its Beerablation event. Three new beers will be released starting today with Bourbon Barrel Aged Pyrolysis. See info below.
Courtesy of Top Rung Brewing Co
Press Release:

On April 10th we will release our 1st bourbon barrel aged beer, our Bourbon Barrel Aged Pyrolysis Imperial Stout. This is a big beer and the bourbon takes our Pyrolysis Imperial Stout to new heights. Dark and malty with notes of coffee and chocolate boosted with a smooth bourbon finish.
On April 11th we will release our Flashover Red as part of our pilot batch series in the brewery tasting room only. The Flashover Red is based upon our 360 Red Ale but with the kick of Serrano, Anaheim, Jalapeno, and Habanero peppers balanced with vanilla bean and oak chips. This beer was designed to provide a beer with a good pepper aroma upfront with some subtle heat in the back. It will be released as part of our 1-year anniversary Beerbalation event this weekend at the brewery.
Jason Stoltz and Casey Stobol.
On April 11th we will release our seasonal, Good Jake Cascadian Dark Ale. This will be our second year for the Good Jake and there has been anticipation for this beer to come back. Dark black in color with a super big dark, malty, and hoppy aroma with a hint of coffee and chocolate notes throughout. ABV: 6.1%, IBU: 55. It will be released as part of our 1-year anniversary Beerbalation event this weekend at the brewery.

Courtesy of Top Rung Brewing Co

Top Rung Brewing
Top Rung Brewing Twitter

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fremont Brewing Invades Portland during CBC 2015

Fremont Brewing will be hosting an Arcade Night at Ground Kontrol in Portland during the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference on Wednesday, 4/15 from 5-9pm.  Featured beers will be Interurban IPA, Summer Ale, and The Sister Imperial IPA.

Courtesy of Fremont Brewing

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fort George Releasing Overdub IPA a New Session Ale

Overdub IPA: A New Session Seasonal 16-oz Fort George collaboration with Tape Op Magazine
the sound of Overdub IPA
Courtesy of Fort George Brewery
Press Release:
A good beer is like a good sound recording, balanced and pristine. Soft and subdued when it needs to be – In your face and crankin’ when it must. Done right, there’s nothing better than critical listening with a cold pint in your hand. Fort George invites you to put on your headphones and sample a can of Overdub IPA, their newest 16-oz collaboration with Tape Op, the creative music recording magazine. Pouring a solid gold with a crisp white head, Overdub IPA is a sensory overload of mango and papaya hop aromas, dank grapefruit tones, and mellow citrus finishing notes. This session-style IPA turns down the ABV, and engages the lupulin intensity toggle switch.

release parties
Join Fort George and Tape Op Saturday, April 18th at Bottles in Portland for the first chance at an Overdub IPA. Larry Crane of Tape Op and the folks from Fort George will be there with plenty of Overdub IPA, as well as some other Fort George favorites.

Courtsey of Fort George Brewing
Then get yourself to the Columbian Theater in historic downtown Astoria on Saturday, April 25th for a full show of authentic Portland rock and roll. Tape Op and Fort George collide for a night of live music featuring:
Sun Angle –  Portland trio known for their irreverent, expressive, spontaneous live shows – full of aggressive elation and gritty, raucous, surreal layers of sound.
The Minders – Formed in Denver, Colorado by Martyn Leaper and Robert Schneider (Apples in Stereo) – these rockers promise a bold, lush statement laden with hooks.
Summer Cannibals – A punk-flecked four-piece from Portland – centered around guitarist/vocalist Jessica Boudreaux and guitarist Marc Swart in 2012, their sound and full-volume fervor flows most fluidly during Summer Cannibals’ head-turning live shows.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – consisting of Mike Clark, Joanna Bolme, Jake Morris, and Stephen Malkmus (the main singer and songwriter behind the influential 1990s indie rock band Pavement) – bringing their punk-like-a-skunk sounds to Astoria.
There are no pre-sale tickets, so arrive early – $8 cash only at the door starting at 7:00pm.

Overdub IPA Release Party at Bottles
5015 NE Fremont Street
Portland, Oregon
5pm – 8pm
Headliner: Overdub IPA
Featuring: The Optimist, Vortex, Beta IPA 8 Series, OMEGATEX

Live Music presented by Fort George and Tape Op
Columbian Theater
1102 Marine Drive
Astoria, Oregon
$8 cash only – Doors at 7:00pm

about Tape Op
Tape Op began in 1996 by a then-novice recording engineer named Larry Crane. The first print run was about 500 Xeroxed copies, which Larry distributed among his friends. Between digital and print, Tape Op now sends out close to 70,000 magazines to a diverse worldwide audience, from home recordists to working professionals and everything in-between.
Tape Op is about learning how to make great recordings with whatever tools you have access to. It’s about education and creativity. Unlike most recording magazines, the primary focus is not reviewing equipment, but a discussion about making art. If you’re serious about sound, go to
Larry Crane enjoys a Beta IPA 7.0 during a discussion about the upcoming Overdub IPA collaboration.

about Fort George
Locally owned and operated in historic downtown Astoria, Oregon, Fort George crafts original beers available only in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at the pub or on your front porch, Fort George beer brings people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy. For more information about Fort George, go to or follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @FortGeorgeBeer.

about Overdub IPA
Look for Overdub IPA in grippy 16-oz four-packs and draft starting April 23rd, and from time to time throughout the year. Fort George beer is distributed only in the Pacific Northwest. For a location near you, check the beer finder at

Unite Red Ale Release Party April 10th

Unite Red Ale Release Party from 6-8pm on April 10th at Spinnaker Bay Brewing Company

unique versions of 'Unite Red Ale' were brewed by the women at six Washington breweries, as well as by female brewers all around the world.

The Seattle breweries that hosted this event were Hale's Ales Brewery, Pike Brewing, Elysian Brewing, and Fremont Brewing. The other Washington breweries were Dick's Brewing in Centralia and Birdsview Brewing in Birdsview.  Women from many other local companies also gathered at these locations to assist in brewing the Unite Red Ale on March 8th.
Unite Red Ale Release Party will be held from 6-8pm Fri, April 10th
The release party for the different versions of 'Unite Red Ale' will be held from 6-8pm on Friday, April 10th at Spinnaker Bay Brewing Co.  The Seattle Chapter of PBS felt that Spinnaker was an ideal location to host the official release party as it is a female-owned brewery.  Although this brew was to celebrate women in beer, both men and women are encouraged to join the party!  Proceeds will go to the Pink Boots Society, an international non-profit organization comprised of more than 1,700 women working in the beer industry with the mission to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers through education. 
Here are the official descriptions of each Unite Red Ale:
  • Hale's Ale's Unite Red Ale:  
    The Hale's version of the "Unite Red Ale" was split into two batches. Both batches were brewed with 2-row, C120, Vienna, Munich, Red X, and a small amount of Carafa III for color, with WIllamette hops used for aroma and Bravo for a stronger hop flavor. For some fun variety, one batch was fermented with house ale yeast and the other batch was fermented with Pilsner yeast. 4.6% ABV, 50 IBUs.
  • Pike Brewing's Unite Red Ale:  
    A red ale brewed with 2-row ESB, Crystal 80, Carapils, Munich, wheat, roasted barley, and rye.  Hops added to the boil were Willamette, Apollo; followed by dry hopping with Willamette and Cascade.  4.6% ABV, 50 IBUs.
  • Elysian Brewing's Unite Red Ale:  
    A black raspberry Berliner Weisse made with 50% wheat and 2.5lbs raspberries per barrel.  4.0% ABV, 5 IBUs.
  • Fremont Brewing Unite Pale Ale:  
    Brewed using Fremont's house yeast, Golden Promise malt, UK East Kent Goldings and Citra hops, Fremont's Unite Pale Ale has notes of citrus and stone fruit accompanied by a grassy character and a soft mouthfeel.  6.0% ABV, 40 IBUs.
  • Tin Dog's United Red Ale:
    Tin Dog's version of the "Unite Red Ale," affectionately known as Renegade Red was brewed with 2-row, Munich, Carastan, C80 and C120 for a rich caramel flavor and bittered with Willamette and Magnum with Crystal and Cascade hops to finish for a classic American Red Ale flavor.  5.4% ABV, 50 IBUs.
  • Birdsview:  

The Seattle Chapter of the Pink Boots Society was officially formed just three months ago and have hit the ground running with this collaboration and other fundraising projects.
The Unite Red Ale Release Party this Friday, April 10thwill include a food truck, raffles throughout the night, and of course, lots of delicious red ale served up by your local beer gals!  Tasters will be $2, pints will be $5.
Spinnaker Bay Brewing is located at 5718 Rainier Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118.

Lompoc Brewing Releasing New Spring Seasonal, Saison de L'Evolution

Lompoc Brewing celebrates season of change 
with new spring seasonal, Saison de L’Evolution

PORTLAND, Ore. – Lompoc Brewing will release its new spring seasonal, Saison de L’Evolution, on draft and in 22 oz bottles at a party at Sidebar, its barrel tasting room located at 3901 N Williams Ave, on April 21 from 4pm to Midnight.

Saison de L’Evolution, French for “Evolution of the Season,” is a hazy Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale that is dry and crisp with plenty of fruitiness complemented by a spicy bitterness. It’s brewed with dried orange and lemon peel, coriander, candied ginger and a Belgian Farmhouse Ale yeast from Wyeast Lab’s private collection. As the first Saison ever bottled by Lompoc, it represents the brewery’s commitment to change and evolution in the brewing industry and beyond.

Saison de L’Evolution will be available on draft and in 22 oz. bottles at all Lompoc pubs as well as in various establishments around the Northwest. The label, created by local designer Jen Ulrich, features an old red tractor in a field that is an original painting from local artist and beer writer John Foyston. Foyston spied the tractor on a hill in the now Rajneesh-free town of Antelope, Ore., which he passes through a couple of times every year on motorbike trips.

“There’s not much reason to stop in Antelope — the cafe is sometimes open and sometimes has gas — but I did stop one day to get a couple pics of the tractor,” explained Foyston. “Soon after, I painted it as part of my Western Rustscapes series. It’s one of my favorites.”

This is the second Lompoc label to feature a Foyston original; the label on Old Tavern Rat Barley Wine bottles is a painting of legendary Portland publican Don Younger.

Saison de L’Evolution will also be available in Eugene on April 23 at Growler Guys; at Beermongers in Portland on April 30 as part of a Lompoc tap takeover; and in Seattle on May 6 at a tasting at Beer Junction.

About Lompoc Brewing
A long-time Portland craft beer fixture established in 1996, Lompoc (pronounced Lom-Pock, not Lom-Poke) creates seven flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in 22 oz bottles and on draft at locations around town, and at its five neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Hedge House and Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in NW Portland. 
For more information, call 503-288-3996 or visit 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

11th Annual Oregon Garden Brewfest

One of our favorite brew festivals the 11th Annual Oregon Garden Brewfest returns for 2015,  with a change in date from April to Fathers Day Weekend. So make sure to grab Dad and take him to the OGB.
Courtesy of Oregon Garden Brewfest

Oregon Garden offers perfect Father’s Day Gift, changes date of

11th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest to Father’s Day weekend
Tickets are on sale now for the Northwest’s most scenic beer festival
SILVERTON, Ore. — The Oregon Garden has announced a new date for its popular Oregon Garden Brewfest, presented by Growl Movement. The 11th annual event, traditionally held in the spring, will take place June 19 through 21 this year, coinciding with Father’s Day. The popular Willamette Valley festival will feature 130 handcrafted beers, ciders and mead from more than 65 different breweries from across the nation. Event hours are Noon to 11 pm Friday & Saturday, and Noon to 5 pm Sunday.

“We have moved Brewfest to June in hopes of better weather and to more fully showcase the beauty of the Garden,” said Brittney Hatteberg, regional marketing manager for The Oregon Garden. “We encourage guests to grab a beer and take it with them as they explore our 80-acres, and by mid-June the Garden will look spectacular.”

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour’s drive from the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Garden Brewfest also features live music from a dozen regional bands on two stages, local food, and a Brewer’s Tasting Dinner. The Oregon Garden Brewfest is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday; minors are welcome all hours on Sunday.

Admission ranges from $15 to $50, but all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets; see ticket pricing and purchase in advance at

A full glass of beer costs four tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers pay a cover charge of $5 and receive a bottle of water. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton.

The fourth annual 
Oregon Garden Brewer’s Tasting Dinner will take place on the eve of the festival, June 18 at 7 pm. This six-course dinner, which features small plates paired with local beers from six area breweries, is attended by participating brewers, industry insiders and a few lucky beer aficionados; a limited number of tickets will be made available to the public this spring.

The ideal way to enjoy the Brewfest is to book a room at 
The Oregon Garden Resort, a Moonstone Hotel Property located just steps away from the festival. Brewfest Packages starts at $239 and include accommodations, two 3-day admission passes to Brewfest (each pass includes a tasting glass and five tasting tickets), a food voucher for the Oregon Garden Resort’s food booth, a continental buffet breakfast and admission to The Oregon Garden. Packages can be booked at or by calling 503-874-2500

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Growl Movement and sponsored by Venti’s CafĂ©, Wave Broadband, Pepsi and The Oregonian/Oregon Live. For more information about the event, visit