Friday, January 22, 2016

Oregon's 8th Annual Zwickelmania Arrives Feb. 13

Celebrate the Holiday Weekend with Brewery Open House Events and Chocolate Pop-ups

PORTLAND, Ore. (Jan. 22, 2016) What is Zwickelmania? Discover for yourself, and go behind the scenes at your favorite breweries, during Zwickelmania on Saturday, February 13th from 11a.m. to 4p.m.  It’s the one day every year when breweries throughout Oregon open their doors to beer novices and aficionados alike for this annual Presidents’ Day weekend tradition. This year, Valentine’s Day happens to fall on the same weekend, giving even more reason to celebrate. More than 120 breweries, both big and small, participate with meet-the-brewer events, tours and beer tastings. 
Zwickelmania guests can also experience Oregon beers paired with another Oregon favorite — chocolate! For the first time, look for special chocolate pop-ups with members of the Portland Chocolate Mob at select breweries in the Portland metro area. The Oregon Brewers Guild is partnering with Christian DeBenedetti and Andrea Slonecker, the experts and authors behind the new cookbook, Beer Bites (Chronicle, 2015), to provide exclusive beer and chocolate pairing tip cards — available at participating breweries. 


Oregon Brewers Guild executive director Brian Butenschoen says, “With more than 120 breweries open across nearly 30 cities, it is the best time to visit Oregon and check out your favorite brewery this Valentine's Day Weekend.”

For those planning a special holiday weekend getaway, be sure to check out the Zwickelmania event page for participating breweries in one of Oregon’s seven brewing regions. The Oregon Brewers Guild lays out maps, brewery listings and itineraries that you can view online or print out for Bend, Eugene, the Portland metro area, Salem and Southern Oregon.


Last year, more than 32,500 people toured 115 participating breweries statewide and the Oregon Brewers Guild expects that number to increase in 2016 with many beer fans enjoying a long holiday weekend. 

For more information, head to, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #Zwickel16.

About The Oregon Brewers Guild
The Oregon Brewers Guild is Oregon’s non-profit trade association for the state’s independent breweries. The Guild, which receives no state funding, comprises 147 brewing companies, 117 associate or supplier members and more than 3,500 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). For more information, see

About Zwickelmania

Zwickelmania, created by the Oregon Brewers Guild, celebrated its inaugural year in 2009. It takes its name from the zwickel, or sample port which mounts on the outside of fermentation or conditioning tanks and allows brewers to sample for quality assurance and control. Similarly, Zwickelmania offers a unique opportunity to taste beers where they were produced and interact with the brewers who created them.


About the Portland Chocolate Mob

The Portland Chocolate Mob is a passionate group of Chocolate Makers and Chocolatiers on a collective mission to share quality chocolate with the world. They are excited to work with local brewers to spread cocoa awareness and celebrate their love for chocolate. To learn more, check out

Thursday, January 21, 2016

4th Annual Black Out Beer Fest offers more than two-dozen dark beers

Courtesy of Lompoc Brewing Co

Fourth annual event is hosted by Lompoc Brewing

PORTLAND, Ore. – Get a taste of the dark side at the fourth annual Black Out Beer Fest on Friday, Feb. 19 from 4 to 10pm at Lompoc Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave. Hosted by Lompoc Brewing, the Black Out Beer Fest features more than 25 dark beers plus live music and food specials.

Featuring a range of styles including porters, stouts, coffee beers and black IPAs, the Black Out Beer Fest offers dark beer lovers an evening to celebrate. Participating breweries include 54°40′ Brewing, Baerlic Brewing, Buoy Beer, Breakside Brewery, Burnside Brewing, 
Cascade Brewing, Coin Toss Brewin, Double Mountain Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Everybody's Brewing, Fire On The Mountain, Fort George Brewery, Gigantic Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Kells Brew Pub, Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, pFriem Family Brewers, Portland U-Brew & Pub, Roots Organic Brewing, Stormbreaker Brewing, Three Creeks Brewing, Upright Brewing, Uptown Market and Widmer Brothers Brewing.

Tasting packages are required to drink the beers and cost $15, which includes a souvenir 15.5 oz glass tasting mug and eight beer tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 apiece. It costs four tickets for a full mug or $1 for a taste. Ticket sales take place at the door in Sidebar; advance tickets are not available. The beers will be served in Sidebar and in a tented and heated parking lot adjacent to the pub. 

The Black Out Beer Fest is for ages 21+. For more information, visit

McMenamins Releases Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown Ale

Courtesy of McMenamins
McMenamins first seasonal release of 2016 is here – Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown Ale. With its chestnut color, medium body and complex malt character this beer was made for January’s chilly days and nights. And, just like the lead character of its namesake (Ichabod Crane from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) the ale has a well-balanced character and is also quite nutty!

Wondering where to find the new brew? Check out McMenamins’ new app and search by location or by beer.

 Malts: Great Western Pale Ale Malt, Great Western Munich Malt, Great Western Flaked Barley, Great Western 15L Crystal Malt, Great Western 120L Crystal Malt, Great Western Chocolate Malt, Great Western Roast Material
Hops: Chinook (Bittering), US Golding (Flavor and Aroma)
ABV: 5.03%  IBU: 12  SRM: 18

Available: January 15 through February 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Stout Month At Fort George Brewery

Courtesy of Fort George Brewery
The Pacific Northwest Is About To Get Dark

Astoria, OR - February is forever Stout Month at Fort George Brewery. The shortest and darkest month is the perfect time to showcase the immense variety within this style. For lovers of rich, dark beer there is no better place than Fort George in February, pint glass in hand.

The Stouts
Every Monday starting February 1st, new Fort George specialty stouts will be released at the pub. Grab a pint, fill a growler, or sample a blind stout taster tray. At least eight unique stouts will be on tap in every location at the brewery.

February 1st 
Coffee Girl - Imperial Coffee Stout
Viva La Stout - Mexican Chocolate Stout
From Astoria with Love - Russian Imperial Stout
Murky Pearl – Oyster Stout
Blonde Stout
Long Dark Winter Milk Stout
Granola Bar Stout – Honey, Almonds, and Raspberries

February 8th 
Polish’s Black Walnut Stout
Kentucky Girl - Coffee Girl Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Voluptas Stout - Oatmeal and Fig Stout

February 15th
Tuesday’s Lunch - Roasted Peanut and Blackberry Imperial Stout
Almond Milk Stout

February 22nd
North VIII - 1yr Aged Russian Imperial Stout
Dirty Chai Stout

The Music
Enjoy live music every Sunday at 8pm during Stout Month. The upstairs at Fort George hosts a wide range of artists - never a cover.

January 31st - Wilkinson Blades - American Rock - Portland, OR
February 7th - The Lowest Pair - Sultry Country Duo - Minneapolis, MN & Olympia, WA
February 14th - The Donkey’s - Music for the Independent Soul - San Diego, CA
February 21st - Cedar Teeth - Northwest Roots Rock - Colton, OR
February 28th - Redwood Son - West Coast Americana - Redwood City, CA

Courtesy of Fort George Brewery
The Festival of Dark Arts – Saturday, February 13th – Noon to 10pm
Fill your senses and satiate your darkest stout desires. Yes, it is a stout fest with barrel-aged and specialty one-offs from 45 breweries including Barley Brown’s, Block 15, Boneyard, Breakside, The Bruery, Deschutes, Ecliptic, Evil Twin, Firestone Walker, Fremont, Gigantic, Perennial Artisan Ales, pFriem, The Commons, Trinity, Upright and many, many more. But, it’s also a magical menagerie of art and music, craft and creation spread out over an entire city block.

Main Stage – Upstairs Live Music
Noon - The Resolectrics - Rhythm & Blues - Portland, OR
2pm - Skamokawa Swamp Opera - Historical Rock Opera - Skamokawa, WA
4pm - Jackson Boone and the Ocean Ghosts - Cosmic Rock - Portland, OR
6pm - The Builders and the Butchers - Awesome Rock - Portland, OR
8pm - The Thermals - Power-Pop - Portland, OR

Make way for wandering minstrels, belly dancers, and burlesque shows. View demonstrations from ice sculptors, tattoo artists, and wood carvers. Warm yourself by the iron forge and glassblowing furnace, or watch fire dancing in the courtyard. Vendors and craftspeople will be located throughout the block, and everywhere you go the stouts will follow.

Courtesy of Fort George Brewery
Check the website at for updates and tickets. Hurry, the event is almost sold out.

The Traveling Carnival of Stouts
Fort George wants to share the stout love. Experience a taste of Stout Month on these nights around the Pacific Northwest. And check the event page at for new and updated Stout Month happenings.

Wednesday, February 3rd – 6pm to 9pm
10th Annual Ground Hogs Day Festival
Brooklyn Park Pub
3400 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, Oregon
Fort George Stouts paired with whiskey

Tuesday, February 9th – 8pm to 11pm
Fat & Stout Tuesday Celebration
Twilight Cafe and Bar
1420 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, Oregon

Wednesday, February 17th – 5pm to 8pm
Traveling Carnival of Stouts
Chuck’s Hop Shop Greenwood
656 NW 85th St.
Seattle, Washington
Several Fort George specialty stouts on tap

Thursday, February 25th – 5pm to 9pm
Traveling Carnival of Stouts
Parkway Tavern
313 N. I Street
Tacoma, Washington
A variety of Fort George specialty stouts on tap

February Stout Month
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103

Hopworks Donates More Than $55,000 To Local Organizations

Courtesy of Hopworks Urban Brewery
Announces 2016 Community Tap Partnerships
PORTLAND, OR - The beginning of 2016 marks the one year anniversary of the Community Tap program at Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB). Through this program, HUB supports local organizations that they admire by donating 1% of pint sale proceeds to monthly partners.

“Community Tap may be relatively new to Hopworks, but it already feels like a strong and innovative addition to our charitable process, ” said Brandie Ettinger, Hopworks Co-Owner and Community Relations Director. “The program allows us to build intentional relationships with local organizations through focused giving and support. The HUB team also shares in the excitement because we connect with groups that we respect and recommend to our employee-led decision committee.”

Last year HUB exceeded its $12,000 goal by raising $12,275 in cash donations for fourteen Community Tap partners - twelve at the Powell brewpub and two at BikeBar. Additionally HUB employees contributed more than 100 volunteer hours, and 20 hours of experiential education with Community Tap partners.

In addition to Community Tap, HUB donated more than $45,000 in beer, gift cards, and merchandise to 200 organizations in 2015. Combined with Community Tap, the value of HUB’s charitable donations are more than $57,600.

In 2016 HUB increases its Community Tap goal to $16,000. BikeBar will adopt the same twelve monthly partners as the Powell brewpub. The 2016 organizations - selected by a committee of Hopworks employees - each have a strong emphasis on environmental stewardship and community education.

“We’re fortunate to be a beneficiary of this awesome program,” said Andy Meeks, development officer for The Freshwater Trust. “Portland has a deeply ingrained beer culture and a lot of people who care about protecting their natural resources. The Community Tap program brings these two things together in a thoughtful way that makes a real difference."

2016 partners include:
Jan. | Urban Gleaners
Feb. | Bike Farm
Mar. | Freshwater Trust
Apr. | Trash For Peace
May | Bicycle Transportation Alliance
June | Gateway Green
July | Meals on Two Wheels
Aug. | Portland Youth Builders
Sept. | Portland Fruit Tree Project
Oct. | Backyard Habitat Program
Nov. | Columbia Springs
Dec. | Friends of the Outdoor School

About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hopworks Urban Brewery strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced organic and Salmon Safe hops, the company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 16,000 barrels of beer a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. Hopworks is a family-owned and operated business, the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest, a gold-level bike friendly business, and is recognized as one of Oregon’s Best Green Companies. Visit Hopworks online at and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Ecliptic Brewing to Release Hypernova Triple IPA

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PORTLAND, Ore. (Jan 19, 2016)Making its return after being brewed only for Portland and Seattle International Beer Fests in 2015, Hypernova Triple IPA will be released in both draft and 22oz bottles for the first time on February 3rd.  Coming in at 12% ABV and exploding with flavor and aroma, this beer is guaranteed to satisfy peoples craving for a hop forward beer with layers of character.  Hypernova Triple IPA is a once-a-year offering as part of Ecliptic Brewing’s Special Release line-up.

“We call this beer Hypernova for a reason, it is big and comes in with a bang!” said owner and head brewmaster John Harris.  “The response to this beer was very enthusiastic at the beer fests in 2015 and we are excited to be able to offer it to more people this year.”

About Hypernova Triple IPA
Like its cataclysmic namesake, Hypernova Triple India Pale Ale explodes with flavor.  Boasting a full malt backbone, Hypernova is layered with tons of hop bitterness and character. Two separate dry hop additions with loads of Simcoe, Amarillo, Motueka, Azacca, Calypso, Cascade, Chinook, and Columbus hops amplify Hypernova’s aroma to stellar proportions.
            ABV: 12%
            IBU: 90
            Gravity: 25°

Hypernova Triple IPA will be available in the pub (draft/bottles) starting at 11:00am on February 3rd.  The beer will then be distributed in limited quantities throughout their distribution network.

Ecliptic beers are available at the brewery (825 North Cook St), in bottle and on-tap throughout the area, and distributed by: Maletis Beverage (Portland, Salem, Vancouver WA), Bigfoot Beverage (Eugene, Bend, Coast), Fort George Distributing (Northern Oregon Coast), Summit Distribution (Southern Oregon), Click Distributing (Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Northern Idaho), Dickerson Distributing (Bellingham), Crooked Stave Artisans (Colorado), and Freedom Distributors (North Carolina).

Courtesy of Ecliptic Brewing Co
 About Ecliptic Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature beers include Spica Pilsner, Orbiter IPA, Phobos Single Hop Red Ale, and Capella Porter. For more information, visit:

Redhook's Original Blackhook Porter Returns With A Fresh New Look

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SEATTLE, WASH. – January 19, 2016 Redhook Brewery announced today that it will release its original Blackhook Porter, the iconic dark beer that helped pave the way for Redhook to become one of America’s first craft breweries more than 30 years ago, as the brewery’s new spring seasonal.

Born at the original Redhook Brewery in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood in 1983, Blackhook Porter has been a favorite of dark beer fans ever since. While Blackhook has been brewed on and off again for more than three decades, this year’s release marks the first time in years that the beer will be available nationally in bottles and on draught. 

Rick Buchanan checking temps - Courtesy of Redhook Brewery
 Blackhook Porter returns with a bold new label inspired by heritage Redhook beers, designed to pay tribute to Redhook’s history and strong Seattle roots. Blackhook is the first release in an updated series of three seasonal beers that Redhook will brew in the coming year, and the first beer in the brewery’s portfolio to feature the revamped heritage labels. 
Blackhook is one of the quintessential Redhook beers that helped change our direction as a craft brewery in Seattle in the early 80s,” said Nick Crandall, lead innovation brewer for Redhook Brewery. “After the original Redhook Ale, which many remember as ‘Banana Beer’ was released, the brewers were asked to create a second, better beer, and Blackhook was the answer.”

With the goal of creating something different for the brewery’s second release in 1983, Redhook’s brewers ditched the banana esters of the Redhook Ale and introduced dark roast malt characters and a cleaner yeast character to create Blackhook. The beer earned a reputation for converting dark beer skeptics into dark beer fans, and its popularity helped pave the way for a variety of other Redhook classics like ESB and Winterhook.

Many local beer lovers have fond memories of Blackhook. Manny Chao, local brewer and co-founder of Seattle’s Georgetown Brewing Company reminisces about his first Blackhook in 1991. “I remember I was a student at UW and Blackhook Porter was the first beer I fell in love with. It changed my life… and my liver,” said Chao. 

Brian Milbreath-Murphys Pub Wallingford - Courtsey of  Redhook Brewery

Blackhook has a rich malty backbone with caramel sweetness that compliments the smooth roasted malt character that creates a well-balanced porter. A revival of the traditional London-style, top-fermented porter, Blackhook’s roasted malts deliver coffee and chocolate characteristics balanced with hoppy bitterness.

“The velvety texture and smooth finish make Blackhook a favorite of dark beer fans,” said Crandall. “It’s also a fantastic beer to pair with dessert. Blackhook porter float, anyone?”

Blackhook hits shelves nationally in 12-ounce bottles this month and will be available in six packs, 12-packs and as part of Redhook’s “Foursome” variety 12 pack. The beer is also available on draught.

Check out the Redhook beer finder to locate some Blackhook near you. 5.2% ABV, 36 IBU.

About Redhook
Redhook was born out of the energy and spirit of the early 1980s in the heart of Seattle. While the term didn’t exist at the time, Redhook became one of America’s first craft breweries with its focus on creating “better beers.” From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard to a Fremont trolley barn that housed The Trolleyman brewpub, to its current breweries in Woodinville, Wash., and Portsmouth, N.H., Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries. Redhook will open a 10-barrel brewpub in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle in the fall of 2016.

While Redhook has “grown up” over the past 30 years, one thing has never changed — Redhook is still brewing great beers like ESB, Long Hammer IPA, Audible Pale Ale and a variety of seasonal beers. Most importantly, Redhook has fun doing it. Redhook beers are available on draught and in bottles and cans around the country. For more information, visit

Twitter and Instagram: @Redhook_Brewery

Oskar Blues Brewery Posts 30% Growth In 2015

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Strong growth in 2015 fueled by DALE'S PALE ALE and addition of new brews, 
Pinner Throwback IPA and Oskar Blues IPA 

Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC-- Oskar Blues Brewery, the first craft brewery in the country to brew & hand-can their beer, today announced continued strong growth, achieving over 30% growth in year-over-year sales. Colorado's funky and unapologetic brewery is the largest American craft brewery to package beer exclusively in cans, while reaching 192,000 BBLs in 2015.  
Growth continues to be fueled at both East and West Oskar Blues breweries. The North Carolina brewery in Brevard brewed 90,000 BBLs while Colorado contributed 102,000 BBLs to the mix. Brevard is in the second phase of its 17,000 square foot expansion project that will take capacity over 200,000 BBLs at that location. The Colorado brewery acquired an additional 60,000 square feet last year in Longmont and is increasing capacity and developing an Oak Aging event venue.  

Robust double-digit growth of Dale's Pale Ale achieved 43% FY 2015 year-over-year growth in Total U.S. Food (Scans). The original craft beer in a can and flagship of Oskar Blues Brewery remains nearly 50% of the brand mix amongst strong new brands Pinner Throwback IPA and Oskar Blues IPA, which combined, make 18% of the total 2015 brand mix. Dale's Pale Ale 6-pack cans ended the year as the number one selling 6-pack canned beer in US grocery segments.

The brewery expanded distribution to 45 U.S. states, parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K., with plans to reach all 50 states by mid-year 2016.  Oskar Blues will open a third brewery in Austin, TX that will include live music venue in April 2016. 
Crowler® (CAN + growler), the newest innovation coming from Oskar Blues and their development partner Ball Corporation, grew 1,000%, selling nearly 400 All-American Can Company seamers and over 1.3M cans in 2015.  A Crowler® (CAN + growler) is a 32-ounce CAN filled with fresh draft beer from the source in a portable growler-sized CAN.

Oskar Blues' "B. Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Soda Pop" grew 56% in 2015 on distribution increases of Root Beer in Colorado.  The brewery announced expanded flavors including Ginger Beer, Black Cherry and Orange Cream along with distribution additions in North Carolina and South Carolina in 2016.

Oskar Blues' 2015 milestones:
  • Oskar Blues Brewery Depletions growth is at 30% FY 2015 
  • Oskar Blues Brewery has five 6-Pack SKUs (DPA, Pinner, OB IPA, Mama's and Old Chub) in the top 25 Craft 6-Pack SKUs in total US Food for 2015. 
  • CANundrum Mixed 12-pack growth measured 75% YTD 2015
  • Pinner Throwback IPA, a 4.9 % crushable beer, available year-round in cans and on draft is the #1 new Craft CAN brand in 2015 in Total US Food
  • Increased distribution to 45 states, parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K. 
The brewery also focused efforts on its do-goodery with several impactful initiatives carried out by its nonprofit arm, the CAN'd Aid Foundation. In 2015 alone, CAN'd Aid partnered with 52 organizations and provided nearly $400,000 in charitable contributions, bringing its doin' good efforts to $1.3 Million since its inception. Its core areas of focus included:
  • TOWNS: distributed 154,000 cans of water to disaster-stricken areas in South Carolina, Michigan and Texas. In addition, a team of 23 volunteers spent a weekend in Georgetown, South Carolina mucking and gutting homes.
  • TREADS + TRAILS: hosted children's mountain biking and cyclo-cross clinics featuring world-renown athletes Neko Mulally, Meredith Miller & Allen Krughoff and broke ground on an urban single track course in Colorado Springs. Provided outdoor experiential learning opportunities for underprivileged students through access to the bouldering bus - a bus retro-fitted with climbing holds, and has helped rebuild multi-use trails in various communities across the country.
  • TUNES: partnered with Grammy-award winning Steep Canyon Rangers to donate instruments & provide FREE music workshops for children, provided Blues music education to public schools in Colorado and helped make the arts accessible by supporting cultural experiences from coast to coast.
  • LOVE YUR MAMA: partnered with 19 community organizations to help them launch and run sustainable recycling programs through the Crush It Crusade, diverting 384,525 lbs. of waste from landfill - the equivalent of more than 10.5 million cans recycled (explore the hash tag #CrushItCrusade to see where in the U.S. people are recycling). Hosted community cleanup days at the Yampa River in Colorado.
Oskar Blues' inspired brand extensions also thrived in 2015. The brand made its first foray into caffeine with the launch of Hotbox Roasters, which provides premium hand-roasted coffee in Colorado retail locations and via subscription service online. Its in-house, hand built, REEB Cycles bike company and full service bike shop at CyclHOPS Bike CANtina grew 46% over 2014. The restaurant profile will also expand in 2016 with the launch of an additional CHUBurger location and first brick and mortar Hotbox Roasters location both in the RiNo district of Colorado.  
Courtesy of Oskar Blues Brewery
About Oskar Blues Brewery 
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with hand-canned, flagship brew Dale's Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and operates breweries in Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina, while producing 192,000 barrels in 2015. The original canned craft brewery continues push innovation with the announcement of an Austin, TX brewery in April of 2016 and creations like The Crowler while it distributes to 46 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K.  
In 2013, Oskar Blues founded the CAN'd Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that offers grassroots grants to those making a difference in the areas of community, the environment, music, and more. In 2015 alone, CAN'd Aid partnered with 52 organizations and provided nearly $400,000 in charitable contributions, bringing its doin' good efforts to $1.3 Million since its inception. To keep up with all things Oskar Blues, visit

Monday, January 18, 2016

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing Introduces The Keeper Series, Releases Seasonal Favorite Slane’s in February

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MUKILTEO, WA – Puget Sound maritime lore from the 20th Century is thick with shipping, fishing, cedar milling and early ferry traffic, not to mention rich native history and occasional recreation. The waters were sometimes dangerous and unpredictable. Operating bright beacons, our lighthouse keepers kept ships from running aground along the rugged shorelines.

The brew crew at Diamond Knot wanted to recognize the Mukilteo light station keepers who aided in navigation after the station’s opening back in 1906, and thus created The Keeper’s Series, a collection of big, bold, cellar-able ales hearty enough for any soul, but limited enough just for the lucky few who can get bottles from the less than 300 cases to be released.

The first release in the series is The Keeper’s Old Ale. Brewed using six different malts and barley; this beer has a lot of depth. It’s full-bodied and rich. Flavors of sweet plum, dark sugar, and raisin relax into a warm molasses finish. The character develops with time. We recommend storing Keeper’s bottles upright in a cool dry location with minimal light. Extended cellaring is also encouraged but not required for enjoyment. 
Courtesy of Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
The Series is bottled in 500ml Belgian-style bottles, complete with original artwork by Whidbey Island artist David Gignac, best known for his glass and metal sculptures and his edgy, dark drawings. The Old Ale finished with a 9.9% ABV and 45 IBUs.

“The Keeper’s Series will be a winner right out of the gate,” said Sherry Jennings, Diamond Knot’s Chief Storyteller. “Not only is the beer a beer that you can drink now or save for later, the artwork captures the heart of The Keeper. I think we all have an affinity for this character our crew is taking along on this new journey.”

The Keeper’s Old Ale will be released February 8 at specialty bottle shops, ale houses and larger beverage retailers.
Slane’s Irish-Style Red Ale Back for its 21st Season

With plenty of time to get into the spirit of St. Paddy’s day, Diamond Knot will release its early spring favorite: Slane’s Irish Style Red Ale, on February 1. In its 21st year, Slane’s gives a nod to DK’s co-founder’s granddad, who brewed for Pabst back in the day. 
Courtesy of Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
This ale has a sweet, caramel aroma with a very tiny hint of toasty smokiness, imparted by the chocolate malt. Loads of caramel malt give this beer a beautiful red hue. Munich malt and flaked barley make for a big, malty full-bodied middle which drops off into a dry, crisp finish.

Slane’s Irish-Style Red Ale rings in at 5.6% ABV and 30 IBUs, and is available on draught, as well as in 22oz. bottles. Wildly successful, production is increased every year, and every year Slane’s sells out, leaving the brewers anxious for the next Slane’s brew day in December.

For more information on Diamond Knot Craft Brewing’s beer, head to

Founded in 1994, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing is a privately held company and Snohomish County’s oldest continuously-operating, independently-owned brewery. Handcrafted Diamond Knot ales can be found in 12 states, Japan and soon Korea, both in bottles and on draft.  Additionally, Diamond Knot operates three production breweries and two full-service restaurants in Washington; the Brewery & Alehouse in Mukilteo and the Brewpub @ MLT in Mountlake Terrace. Diamond Knot prides itself in providing exceptional craft beer, food and lively experiences, as well as being charitable members of the communities in which it operates.

Lompoc Brewing hosts 10th annual Chowder Challenge Feb. 20th

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Blind tasting event is a fundraiser for the Community Transitional School

PORTLAND, Ore. – A dozen regional restaurants and pubs will vie for the coveted Chowder Cup at the 10th annual Chowder Challenge on Saturday, February 20 from Noon to 3 pm. The blind tasting competition will take place at Lompoc Fifth Quadrant, located at 3901 N Williams Ave.This year’s participants are the 5th Quadrant, Burnside Brewing, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, D’s Bar, Farm House Cafe, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Produce Row, Saraveza, Sports on Tap, StormBreaker Brewing, Uptown Market and Widmer Brothers Brewing.Patrons (ages 12 and up) pay $10 for a tasting tray featuring a dozen two-ounce samples of New England-style clam chowders served in non-labeled tasting cups. After tasting all entries, attendees vote for their favorite. The chowder receiving the most votes is named the People's Choice Winner and takes home the coveted Chowder Cup and a cash prize; awards are also given for second and third place.The event also features live music, a beer garden, a raffle with gift cards from the participants, and pub food for purchase. The event is family friendly and open to all ages.
All net proceeds are donated to Portland’s Community Transitional School, which provides important educational services to children who are homeless or otherwise at risk of school failure.
The reputation of the New Old Lompoc’s clam chowder was the motivation behind the original Chowder Challenge. The New Old Lompoc restaurant on NW 23rd Ave. won the inaugural Chowder Cup; the Morrison Hotel stole it away in the following year, but it was wrested back by the New Old Lompoc at the next four events. In 2013, with the New Old Lompoc out of the competition while being rebuilt, the Ice Axe Grill swooped in and took the cup. In 2014, the New Old Lompoc – revived as the Lompoc Tavern – returned the cup to its original hands, and won again in 2015.

For more information about the event, visit