Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ghostfish Brewing Releases Special Beer for Emerald City Pet Rescue

GhostFish Brewing
Seattle, WA – While you sit inside Ghostfish Brewing’s taproom you are bound to look out through the expansive wall of glass windows to see a parade of cute and adorable dogs stroll by. Led by volunteers, these dogs are out stretching their legs from their cozy stay at the nearby Emerald City Pet Rescue shelter. Emerald City Pet Rescue (ECPR) was established in 2013 in Seattle, WA as a non-profit dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating neglected animals. They predominantly pull animals from high-kill shelters from around the country and place them in loving forever homes.

Rescue Remedy Pacific Ale, a crisp and refreshing golden ale dry-hopped with New Zealand grown Wakatu hops, is the collaborative effort of Ghostfish Brewing and ECPR. “We’ve been brewing a lot of golden ales on the pilot system to have some easy-drinking summer beers in the taproom” said co- owner and Brewmaster Jason Yerger. “As it happens, that’s exactly the style of beer that ECPR was looking for, so this was the perfect opportunity to scale up our favorite recipe. We also had these New Zealand Wakatu hops we bought on a whim, and couldn’t resist dry-hopping it for a refreshing kick of lemon & lime flavor.”

This limited edition beer will be available in draught and 6-packs of 12oz aluminum cans for sale in the brewery taproom.

“Emerald City Pet Rescue is thrilled to have collaborated with Ghostfish Brewing on this very special limited run beer,” said Emerald City Pet Rescue Director Lou Kings. “The beer can lid features an innovative pull-tab, transforming the can into a refillable and stylish drinking vessel. The can art was designed by ECPR’s graphic designer, Brandon Miguelez, along with the guidance of Ghostfish Brewing’s amazing team. We are all very excited to showcase this beer both at the anniversary celebration as well as on draught at Ghostfish Brewing!”
Courtesy of Ghostfish Brewing Co
About Ghostfish Brewing Company

Ghostfish Brewing is the first and only dedicated gluten-free craft brewery located in Washington state. Since opening in February 2015, Ghostfish Brewing has been exploring the uncharted waters of never before-used brewing techniques and testing the limits of what can be created without wheat, barley, rye or oats. Ghostfish brews five year-round beers; Watchstander Stout (2015 GABF® Gold Gluten Free Beer), Vanishing Point Pale Ale (2015 Gold U.S. Open Beer Championship Gluten Free Beer), Shrouded Summit Witbier, Grapefruit IPA (2016 Gold U.S. Open Beer Championship Gluten-Free Beer, 2015 GABF® Bronze Gluten Free Beer), and Peak Buster Double IPA. The production brewery and taproom are located at 2942 1st Ave. S., Seattle, WA.

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Eugene brewers Unite for 19th annual High Street Mid-Valley Brewfest, Sept. 17

Courtesy of McMenamins
There’s no better place to celebrate Oregon’s vibrant craft beer scene than close to the fertile farms of the Willamette Valley at McMenamins High Street Pub during the 19th annual Mid-Valley Brewfest

10 Eugene-area breweries will present their best brews at the festival known for its laid-back vibe, hearty pub food and live music. Don’t miss the chance to take a tour of the brewery every half hour between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and sample two limited-release brews from High Street Brewery, the bitter-sweet Heavy Hand strong ale and the super-hopped Poweramp IPA.

September 17, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
All ages are welcome, must be 21 or older to drink
McMenamins High Street Brewery and Café, Eugene, Oregon
1243 High St., Eugene, Ore.
Brewery tours every half hour from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m., live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Participating breweries include:
·         Alesong Brewing
·         Coldfire Brewing
·         Elk Horn Brewery
·         McMenamins High Street Brewery
·         McMenamins on Monroe Brewery
·         McMenamins Thompson Brewery
·         Mazama Brewing
·         Plank Town Brewing
·         Sam Bond's Brewing
·         Viking Braggot Company

Oskar Blues Brewery's Award-Winning Ten FIDY Imperial Stout Returns

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News flash.... Summer is comin' to a close. That means fall, colder weather, shorter days... sad times indeed. BUT if there's one thing that can warm you (and your belly) up it's the release of Oskar Blues Brewery's giant fuhCAN Ten FIDY Imperial Stout.
The 10.5% ABV half-baked, but fully-roasted dark mouth bomb is consistently rated as one of the best of its style around (100 ratings from both Beer Advocate and Rate Beer) and the 2016 edition is just as kickass as usual.
"Ten FIDY is the perfect illustration of the how good the malt we use really is," Tim Mathews,  
head of brewing operations, said.  "Shipped direct to the brewery from the Simpsons Malthouse in the UK; the roast, chocolate, espresso, and burnt sugar really pop.  It's a bear to brew and tests the brewer at every step, but all the sweat and tears are worth it!"
Ten FIDY is a complex beer. Like a Rubik's Cube. It continually brings a new experience for the drinker every time. Each sip or sniff can evoke a different appearance, aroma, and mouthfeel while never departing from the quality and consistency that Oskar Blues Brewery brings to every batch of beer.
It's complicated and that's a good thing.
This is an immensely viscous stout loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee underneath a smooth blanket of malt. This brew is constructed with colossal amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. And at 10.5% ABV you won't forget you're drinking a big, bold, badass beer that is #NeverTheSameStout.
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Look for Ten FIDY in four-pack, 12-ounce cans and on draft in all 50 states where Oskar Blues Brewery is sold from September through March only.(check out our Beer Finder at
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Victory Brewing Company Pays Homage to its Most Popular Brand Through Lighthearted ‘Monkey Tales’ Contest

Courtesy of Victory Brewing Co
Golden Monkey: Behind Every Enigma Lies a Great Story 

Downingtown, PA, September 1, 2016 – In celebration of its number one selling brew, Victory Brewing Company is creating a fun, exciting social media contest focusing on Golden Monkey and fans who have supported, and love, the all-seeing, all-knowing, mystically spirited, metallic simian since its introduction in 1997. Launched on August 29 and running through October 10, the contest encourages monkey zealots to get social with ‘Monkey Tales’ in the form of personal anecdotes, extraordinary observations or epic memories through creative and witty images or videos surrounding award-winning Golden Monkey.

A panel of six judges will review submissions and choose five photo and five video finalists from October 11 - October 14. The tales will be based on originality (25%), creativity of presentation (25%), appropriateness to the ‘Monkey Tales’ theme (30%) and positive public appeal through likes, shares and comments (20%). Victory fans will then vote for the Grand Prize Winner for photo and the Grand Prize Winner for video announced October 29 which en’tails’ rare, exclusive Golden Monkey memorabilia ranging from autographed banners to Golden Monkey posters. For a full list of contest rules and dates, visit

Strong and sensual, the award winning golden Belgian-Style Tripel glows with goodness and demands respect.  Imported malts and Belgian yeast are brewed with whole flower European hops to create a playfully delightful and profoundly satisfying ale abundant with exotic herbal and fruity notes. Available year round, Golden Monkey has a suggested retail price of approximately $11.99 for six 12-ounce bottles or cans and $9.99 for a 750ml bottle. With an ABV of 9.5%, the Monkey needs to be fully respected for its magical, mystical wisdom.

“My Golden Monkey tale will be different from what others have experienced because I see the monkey through a slightly different lens,” said Founder and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “However, we all have fallen in love with the spirit and the soul of this delicious and powerful ale because it resonates with so many craft beer fans. I can’t wait to see what this contest will bring.”

About Victory Brewing Company 
Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, PA. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. Victory’s second state of the art brewery opened in February of 2014 in Parkesburg, PA to serve fans of fully flavored beers in 37 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. Victory operates three brewpubs; the original Downingtown site, Victory at Magnolia in Kennett Square and Parkesburg featuring self-guided tours. In February 2016, Victory announced an alliance with Southern Tier Brewing Company under the parent company of Artisanal Brewing Ventures. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company please visit

Alaskan Brewing Celebrates 30 Years with Special Edition Beer

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JUNEAU, Alaska (Aug. 31, 2016) – Thirty years ago, a young couple in Juneau, Alaska started a brewery — a common occurrence today. But back then, there were fewer than 100 breweries operating in the US and none in Alaska. Now, the Alaskan Brewing Company ranks 22 out of more than 4,300 craft breweries by volume. As a celebration of 30 years in the business, Alaskan is releasing a special 30th Anniversary Beer, Perseverance Ale.

“A whole bunch of hard work, local know-how, cooperation, and perseverance went into the making of this brewery,” said co-Founder Marcy Larson. “So we thought Perseverance Ale – a Russian Imperial Stout with a lot of historical significance and local ingredients was a perfect beer to brew in celebration of our first 30 years.”

The style choice is a nod to Alaska’s rich Russian history, which “Seward’s Folly” officially ended on March 30, 1867, with the purchase of the vast territory in the name of the United States. Added to this traditional Russian Imperial Stout style are local ingredients Alaskan has become well known for, such as birch syrup and alder-smoked malts. The name refers to an ethic that has seen the brewery through many years of development, hardships and innovation. It is also a reference to the Perseverance Gold Mine, which operated in Juneau from 1912 to 1921. It was considered one of the most innovative mines, with a method of extracting gold that avoided many of the powerful chemicals used in other contemporary operations. For a time, it was the largest gold mine in the world.

Alaskan Brewing’s history is marked by innovation as well, not just as one of the pioneers and explorers of the craft brewing industry, but also through the use of local ingredients and breakthrough brewing methods.

“We have spent much of our time figuring out different ways of operating, because our remote location often did not let us conduct business as usual,” said co-Founder Geoff Larson. “Looking back now, we’ve realized that the challenge of brewing in Alaska has shaped us and made us who we are. After 30 years, it is the challenges that have made us stronger and more able to adapt as our business has needed to change. It’s been quite a ride!”

Larson says the fact that Alaska has been so much a part of the brewery’s identity is the reason that many of Alaskan’s beers reflect the state through the use of local ingredients, or by re-creating and reimagining historic brews. From adding spruce tips to flavor the iconic Winter Ale, to the use of alder-smoked malt in the highly regarded Alaskan Smoked Porter, and the re-creation of a 100-year-old recipe in Alaskan Amber, the brewery strives to reflect the best of the state in every beer it makes. The Larsons say that locally-based focus will remain a guiding principle for Alaskan Brewing for the next 30 years as well.

A short video celebrating 30 Alaskan years in the craft beer business - Courtesy of Alaskan Brewing

For more information, on the history of Alaskan Brewing, and on Perseverance Russian Imperial Stout, see


Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest at Burnside Brewing - September 20th - 24th

Courtesy of Willamette Week,  Burnside Brewing,  Portland Beer Week

9/1/2016 Portland, OR - Willamette Week, Burnside Brewing and Portland Beer Week present the Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest this September 20th - 24th at 7th and E. Burnside in Portland, Oregon. Featuring an outdoor beer garden, sunny and shaded seating and a rotating daily selection of the finest and freshest hop harvest beers of the season from some of the regions best breweries.

The Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest will rotate eight taps devoted to the latest, dankest fresh hop releases from the regions best breweries in an outdoor setting with Oktoberfest style street food options in an all-ages environment. Each day will feature atleast one brewery tapping this years fresh hop beers, so there will be something new and exciting every day. The week kicks off on Tuesday, September 20th with Seattle's Fremont Brewing. All beers will be available in two sizes - 16oz pints for $5 or half pints for $3. Cash is preferred but there will be an ATM on site.

Introducing Hop-Shine: Boost Your Beer at the Fest!
The Fresh Hop Pop-Up Fest will be demoing the new Hop-Shine fresh hop oil. Upgrade your beers for .50 cents a half pint or $1.00 a pint to get a huge aroma and flavor boost even to already flavorful beers. Individual bottles will be on sale for $18 each. Hop-Shine is not like the other extracts and uses no alcohol but does capture the real WHOLE HOP, FRESH HOP flavor and aroma using new techniques. Hop-Shine can be used lightly to freshen up a beer that’s already amazing without the beer loosing it’s brewers intended character which makes it a perfect fun new compliment to the Fresh Hop Pop-Up Fest. More info at

Featured Brewers & Tappings
The fest will have a variety of beers from many breweries like Burnside, Barley Browns, Ecliptic, Burnside, Goodlife and more that will rotate on through the five days of the fest. However each day different breweries will be on hand from 5-7pm to release this years fresh hop beers. The schedule so far is:

  • Tues. 6/20 - Fremont Brewing: Tapping 'Field To Ferment' Fresh Hop Pale Ale in two versions, one with Centennial fresh hops and the other with Simcoes. 
  • Wed. 6/21 - Laurelwood Brewing: Tapping Fresh Hop Workhorse IPA and Fresh Hop Free Range Red.
  • Thurs. 6/22 - Breakside Brewery: Tapping last years 'Beer of the Year' as chosen by Willamette Week: Fresh Hop Simcoe IPA and Fresh Hop Cascade Wanderlust. Possibly a TBD 3rd fresh hop beer if it's ready in time!
  • Friday 6/23 - Fort George Brewery: The release of Fresh Hop IPA with Amarillos and CoHoprative (mixed fresh hop).
  • Saturday 6/24 - TBA

Special Oktoberfest-style Street Food Menu
A special menu prepared by Burnside Brewing available ala carte for the beer garden pop-up.
  • Brautwurst with Stout Sauerkraut
  • Fressen Pretzel with Beer Cheese Sauce
  • Pork Schnitzel Sandwich
  • German Potato Salad
Courtesy of Willamette Week,  Burnside Brewing,  Portland Beer Week
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WHAT: Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest
WHEN: September 20 - 24th, 2016 from 11am - 8pm, All-Ages
COST: Free Entrance. $5 Pints, $3 half Pints. Hop-Shine Upgrade your beer for .50 - $1
WHERE: 7th & E. Burnside, Portland, OR 97214 in the Burnside Brewing Co. parking lot