Saturday, March 4, 2017

Bale Breaker Selected to Brew the Official 2017 Seattle Beer Week Beer

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The 9th Annual Seattle Beer Week is May 4-14, 2017

Bale Breaker Brewing Co. is honored to be the first Yakima Valley brewery to brew an official Seattle Beer Week beer. Fresh off the Farm IPA will be packed with farm-fresh hops, of course, and it will be available in cans and on draught throughout Washington for the 9th annual Seattle Beer Week May 4-14

Seattle Beer Week (SBW or SBW9) was created to celebrate and showcase the tight-knit beer community of the Northwest. There will be hundreds of events in the city throughout this year’s 9th annual celebration of beer. For all Bale-Breaker-specific event updates, keep your eyes on Bale Breaker's SBW9 webpage or to be first to know about all the Seattle Beer Week events, follow @seattlebeerweek on Twitter. 

According to industry sources, suppliers and distributors, SBW is among the top three beer weeks in the country for the originality of events and the number of participants. 

For more information on Seattle Beer Week, visit
For Bale Breaker’s Seattle Beer Week events, visit 


The Official Beer of Seattle Beer Week 2017, Fresh off the Farm IPA was brewed in the center of hop field #41, just minutes from downtown Yakima, by Bale Breaker Brewing Company. Founded by fourth-generation hop growers, this truly farm-to-glass brewery crafted a brand-new IPA to celebrate the 9th Annual Seattle Beer Week. A big hop aroma on a clean Pilsner malt base perfectly showcases a few of the newest and most exciting hop varieties off their family’s hop farm. Whirlpool additions of Simcoe® and Mosaic® add depth to the nose generated from a post-fermentation charge of Ekuanot™, Loral™, and the still-experimental HBC 630. From the fields of the Yakima Valley to the streets of Seattle, Fresh off the Farm IPA delivers farm fresh flavor no matter where it's poured.

SBW #1 Pike Brewing Double IPA
SBW #2 Hales Ales Double IPA
SBW #3 Maritime Brewing Decompression Ale
SBW #4 Elysian Split Shot
SBW #5 Fremont Session Pale
SBW #6 Elysian / Schooner Exact / Black Raven / Georgetown / Naked City / Pike "6 Degrees of Collaboration"  IPA
SBW #7 Silver City Seiben Brau Lager
SBW #8 Reuben's Daily Pale
SBW #9 Bale Breaker’s Fresh off the Farm IPA  -  Can design by Blindtiger Design

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Stone Brewing Releasing Stone Doublicious Double IPA

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ESCONDIDO, CA (March 1, 2017) – Hopping up for one of the biggest sporting months of the year, Stone Brewing announces a brand new player to the Stone Brewing lineup. While rabid fans of basketball will soon gather to make predictions about who their big winner will be, beer fanatics will hoist a pint as Stone Doublicious Double IPA takes to our court along with Stone’s all-star lineup of IPAs, including:
  • The Aptly Named: Stone Delicious IPA
  • The Tropically Inspired: Stone Tangerine Express IPA
  • The Hop Mosh Pit: Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0
  • The Uniquely Malty IPA: Stone Pataskala Red X IPA
  • The Gin-Inspired Double IPA: Stone Jindia Pale Ale
  • The Devastatingly Dank Freshness Trendsetter: Stone Enjoy By 04.20.17 IPA
  • The Historically Inspired: Stone Give Me IPA or Give Me Death
  • The Elegantly Simple: Stone Hop Revolver IPA
  • The Heavy Metal-themed Collaboration: Marble / Odell / Stone Megawheat Double IPA
  • The Iconic: Stone IPA
…all delivering fanatics more than enough amazing IPA choices this March to create a fantasy team.

But wait, there’s more! Making its debut this March is the draft-only Stone Doublicious Double IPA, a more aggressive double dry-hopped version of Stone Delicious IPA, with an amped-up ABV. Loyal fans will recognize hints of citrus, herbs, lemon candy, melon, and fresh-cut grass. The flavors of kumquat, peach and lemon culminate in what tastes like a hard piece of “Hop Candy.” Overall balanced bitterness and sweetness make this highly drinkable beer a round-the-back-through-the-legs-reverse-slam-dunk.

“Stone Delicious IPA is a beer we really love,” said Jeremy Moynier, Senior Innovation Brewing Manager. “El Dorado and Lemondrop were two hops we embraced early on and were blown away by the intense flavors and aromas we got when using these hops together. Last year we started to toss the idea around of making an even bigger version of Delicious. When we tried Stone Doublicious Double IPA for the first time off of the tank, we knew we had a winner!”

A playful series of events to celebrate Stone IPA Madness and engage with fans will be taking place at several Stone Brewing locations as well as select accounts across the nation during the month of March. The kickoff event, Stone IPA Madness - Festival of Hops, will take place from 11am-5pm on Saturday, March 5th, at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido. For more information about the event, click here.  Also available for fans everywhere is an IPA-inspired Spotify playlist featuring 70's court jams to crank while enjoying Stone IPA Madness. To find an event near you, please visit:

Stone Doublicious Double IPA

Quick Facts

Name: Stone Doublicious Double IPA
Stats: 9.6% ABV, 80 IBUs
Availability: Limited National distribution during Stone IPA Madness. Draft only.
Hop Varieties: Nugget, Calypso, Lemondrop and El Dorado
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Tasting Notes

Appearance: Medium gold with an off-white foam.
Aroma: Citrus, lemon candy, melon, herbal, fresh cut grass, with some gourd and spices.
Taste: Tastes like a hard piece of “Hop Candy.” Lots of kumquat, peach and lemon.
Palate: Medium/full bodied. Very easy drinking for such a high ABV beer. Balanced bitterness and sweetness.
Overall: This is Stone Delicious IPA on steroids. Same great beer but with an amped-up ABV.

Stone Delicious IPA

Quick Facts

Name: Stone Delicious IPA
Stats: 7.7% ABV, 75 IBUs
Availability: Year-round, 12-ounce bottles in six-packs and twelve-packs, 22 ounce bottles and draft
Hop Varieties: Nugget, Calypso, Lemondrop and El Dorado
National Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI and Puerto Rico
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about stone brewing

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, the groundbreaking San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States. Recognized as an industry leader, Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times, has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice, and was named the “Top Rated Brewer in California” by RateBeer Best in January 2017. The multifaceted company is the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate their own brewery in Europe (Berlin, Germany), and also opened a production brewery in Richmond, Virginia in 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing…and pledging never, ever, to sell out to the man. For more information on Stone Brewing,  please visit or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and The Stone Blog.

Fremont Brewing and Stone Distributing Announce Southern CA Partnership

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SEATTLE -- –Beginning on March 6th, 2017, Fremont Brewing of Seattle, Washington will be distributed by Stone Distributing throughout its Southern California’s territories: San Diego and Los Angeles metropolitan areas and Orange, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. To celebrate their partnership, Fremont Brewing and Stone Distributing will host a kick-off launch party at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7th at Glendale Tap: 4227 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204 featuring six Fremont brews including their award-winning, barrel-aged Bourbon Abominable. Craft beer lovers are invited to taste the beer and meet the Fremont and Stone teams.

Additional launch events include:
·        Wednesday, March 8, 5:00 pm: Hamilton's: 1521 30th St. San Diego, CA 92102
·        Wednesday, March 8, 6:00 pm: 38 Degrees: 100 W Main St. Alhambra, CA 91801
·        Wednesday, March 8, 5:00 pm: Sunset Beer: 1498 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
·        Thursday, March 9, 7:00 pm: Local Peasant: 14058 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
·        Thursday, March 9, 5 – 8:00 pm: Bottlecraft (Little Italy): 2252 India St. San Diego, CA 92101

The Seattle-based brewery and taproom was founded in 2009 by Matt Lincecum and Sara Nelson and is now the third largest independently-owned craft brewery in the state with distribution throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and the Denver metropolitan region. Winner of countless awards, including Rate Beer’s 2016 Top Brewery in Washington and several World Beer Cup and GABF medals, Fremont’s brews include their flagship Universale Pale Ale, Interurban IPA, seasonal favorites Summer Ale and Field to Ferment Fresh Hop Ale, and numerous barrel-aged and special release styles.

In addition to its reputation for consistent quality and innovation, Fremont Brewing is a recognized leader in sustainability and community engagement efforts such as giving generously to non-profit organizations, promoting the organic hop and local grain markets, and reducing their carbon footprint through conservation and green technologies. It is for these and many other initiatives that they were named Washington’s Manufacturer of the Year and King County’s Best Small Business.

“Fremont has waited 7 years to begin our relationship with Southern California and we wouldn’t choose any other partner than Stone Distributing for this adventure because they share our unyielding dedication to quality, creativity, and world-class beers,” said Matt Lincecum, Founder/Brewer of Fremont Brewing. “We’re excited to introduce the Golden State to everything from our rotating IPA’s and seasonals to our award-winning bourbon barrel aged beers and mixed fermentation Black Heron Project …Because Beer Matters!”

“We are thrilled to launch an amazing craft brewery alongside our exclusive Stone Distributing portfolio in Southern CA,” said Brian Dewey, Senior Director of Sales at Stone Distributing. “Their award winning beers and sustainable approach to market is such a complement to our current supplier partners and we hope Southern CA is as excited as we are to offer their beers to the craft fan base here.”
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About Fremont Brewing
Fremont Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find. Our beer is distributed in kegs, cans, and 22 oz bottles and can be enjoyed everyday at our kid- and dog-friendly Urban Beer Garden in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Because Beer Matters!

Cascade Brewing Wins Gold Medal for Framblanc at Oregon Beer Awards

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PORTLAND, Ore. – March. 2, 2017 – Cascade Brewing won a gold medal for its Framblanc 2015 at the Oregon Beer Awards, held Feb. 28 at Revolution Hall. The beer took tops honors in the “Wood and Barrel Aged Sour and Brett” category.
Framblanc features a blend of sour Blond and Triple ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to one year with white raspberries. Using fruit grown within 12 miles of Cascade's Blending House facility, this project showcases bold flavors of raspberries, grapefruit zest, white cranberries and peaches.
“To take home a gold medal in one of the most competitive categories, as judged by our peers and industry experts, means a great deal,” explained Tim Larrance, vice president of sales and marketing. “We have a huge appreciation for the brewing staff for making the beer, to the cellar staff for nurturing the beer and to the pub and sales staff that help get this beer into the consumer’s hands.”
Cascade has a very limited supply of Framblanc 2015 in bottles (less than 40 cases), which are only available at its two Portland pubs: the Cascade Brewing Barrel House and the Raccoon Lodge. The brewery is scheduled to release its Framblanc 2016 project in August, with nearly 1,000 cases for sale that will be distributed worldwide.
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The Oregon Beer Awards select and celebrate the state's top beers in 22 categories, and honor Oregon's exceptional breweries, bars and festivals in seven additional categories. It is the only statewide double blind beer tasting competition in Oregon. This year, 974 beers were entered by 112 breweries in 34 cities; in total, 44 different brewing companies won medals at the event, selected by more than 85 judges.
About Cascade Brewing
Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. Its distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales with an emphasis on project year-to-year variation. These beers offer a complex array of flavors derived from the acid, the fruit and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age. The resulting beers offer a complex array of flavors and aromas derived from with each project year release capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Cascade’s sour ales are brewed and blended in Portland, Oregon.
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Social Media: @CascadeBrewing
Hashtags: #CascadeSours #HouseofSour #Framblanc
Artwork: High res jpgs of the Framblanc bottle, label and Gold Medal are available via Dropbox

Coin Toss Brewing Co. celebrates first anniversary, launches Crowler Club

OREGON CITY, Ore. – March 2, 2017 – Coin Toss Brewing Co. is celebrating its first anniversary this Saturday, March 4, with an all-day anniversary party from 12pm to 8pm at the brewery and taproom, located at 14214 Fir St, Ste. H.

The event will feature a special release of Ace In The Hohl Double IPA, brewed to celebrate the occasion with all "A" hops: Amarillo, Azacca and Aurora. It comes in at 7.7% ABV and 77 IBUs.

The brewery will also tap two limited release kegs: Coffee Pie Hohl, its seasonal cherry ginger stout blended with local cold pressed coffee, and Double Up the Apricots, a new twist on its popular Apricot Saison.

“It’s humbling to reach this milestone,” said Coin Toss Brewing founder Tim Hohl.  “We have been overwhelmed by support from the community and look forward to celebrating with our customers and fans.”

Kingsland Kitchen will be serving up three dishes, each cooked with a different Coin Toss Beer, including Black Hohl Chili Cheese Fries, Apricot Saison Roast Pork Stuffing and Applesauce Sandwich, and Nine Eyes IPA braised British Banger. Food will be available for purchase between 2pm and 8pm.

Coin Toss is using the anniversary party as the launch for its Crowler Club. Crowlers are 32 oz. cans sealed with a cap on site; unlike a glass growler, the crowler’s aluminum packaging helps keep beers fresher for longer and maintains the quality by creating a barrier to light and oxygen, which prevents off flavors from developing. Coin Toss currently sells its non-imperial beers in crowlers for $8 each, with an offer to buy two at regular price and get a third for $5.
The Crowler Club will offer an exclusive annual membership that includes a crowler three-pack each month for 12 months, plus special member-only deals throughout the year. A Crowler Club membership will be available for $149 at the anniversary party, a $252 value.

The event will also feature Coin Toss schwag and gift certificate giveaways, brewery tours, and the opportunity to spend time with brewery founder Tim Hohl and head brewer Dave Fleming.

About Coin Toss Brewing Co.
Coin Toss Brewing Co. is committed to crafting the finest beers in honor of Portland’s illustrious history. The brewery offers a variety of signature brews available by the pint, growler or keg from its taproom in Oregon City and on tap around town. The Coin Toss moniker is a nod to the fateful event that determined Portland’s name. Although Asa Lovejoy lost that toss to Francis Pettygrove, Coin Toss would like to reach through the years and tell him: Heads or Tails? It’s Beer. You Win! Learn more at

Double the Luck at McMenamins this St. Paddy’s Day

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McMenamins is seeing double this year for St. Patrick’s Day. On March 17 and 18, many McMenamins locations will be hosting two-day St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. Party all weekend at these stops (listed below) or stop by any McMenamins location on Friday the 17th for seasonal Irish Stout, food specials, bagpipers and more!
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McMenamins St. Patrick’s Day Events
All McMenamins locations will be celebrating on March 17 with select locations celebrating both March 17 and 18. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

Two-Day Celebrations – March 17-18:
  • Edgefield:
    Irish or not, you're invited to join in our celebration! Take part in face painting from 1-4 p.m. or watch Irish dancers all afternoon. Live music will be playing at the Loading Dock, Little Red Shed and Winery Tasting Room (21 & over) throughout the day. Specials include Irish Stout, Irish Coffee, Irish Reuben and Irish Stew, as well as a Distillery and Roastery tasting. Join the Golf Tournament for $30 per person.
  • Grand Lodge:
    Party all day on St. Paddy’s day at Grand Lodge. Live music will be available at the Garage Door from 5:30-10 p.m. and at Pat’s Corner from 6-9 p.m. Food specials include Irish Stout, Irish Coffee, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Reuben and Irish Stew.
  • Old St. Francis School:
    Join the party in Bend this St. Paddy’s at Old St. Francis School! Live music will be playing throughout the day at O’Kanes, Father Luke’s and the Fireside Courtyard. Keep your eyes (and ears) open for the roaming bagpiper from noon-1 p.m. Food specials include Irish Stout, Irish Coffee, Irish Reuben and Irish Stew.
  • Hotel Oregon:
    Come to Hotel Oregon for an authentic St. Paddy’s celebration. Check out the Irish dancers in Mattie’s room at 5 p.m. and enjoy live music from 4-10 p.m. If you’re 21 & over, head to the Cellar Bar for a live performance by Brother’s Dunne. Food specials include Irish Stout, Irish Coffee, Irish Reuben and Irish Stew.
  • Olympic Club Hotel:
    Join the party at Olympic Club for a day full of live Celtic music. Fiddlehead & Irish Dancers will be performing from 6-9 p.m. We'll have our seasonal Irish Stout, Irish Coffee, Irish Reuben and Irish Stew ready for you as well.
  • Anderson School:
    You’re in luck! Enjoy a performance by the Andy Coe Band in Haynes Hall from 7-10 p.m. or listen to live music in the Shed from 1-6 p.m. Food specials include Irish Stout, Irish Coffee, Irish Reuben, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Sheppard's Pie and Irish Stew.
  • Wilsonville Old Church:
    Come party with us at McMenamins Wilsonville for two days straight! You can listen to live music on the patio from 3-5 p.m., followed by live performances inside until 10 p.m. Our food specials include Irish Stout, Irish Coffee, Irish Reuben and Irish Stew.
  • Kennedy School:
    Time to go back to school for St. Paddy’s! Enjoy live music in the Courtyard from noon-1:30 p.m. and the Gym from 3-9 p.m. Don’t miss the roaming Irish dancers at 6:30 p.m.! We’ll be serving Irish Stout, Irish Coffee, Irish Reuben and Irish Stew.
  • Gearhart Hotel:
    Party by the coast at McMenamins Gearhart this St. Patrick’s Day. Food specials include Irish Stout, Irish Coffee, Irish Reuben and Irish Stew. Spud & the Snakeskinners will be performing in Livingstone’s Room from 6-9 p.m. Pay in advance to join the “Nobody Here is From Ireland” golf tournament, including prizes and drink tickets. Don’t forget to wear your green!
·         Corvallis:
Join the party at McMenamins Corvallis Pub for two days straight. The Coastline will be performing live from 4-6:30 p.m., followed by The Noted from 7-10 p.m. Food specials include Irish Stout, Irish Coffee, Irish Reuben and Irish Stew.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Award-winning Reuben’s Brews Expanding Distrubution

Courtesy of Reuben's Brews
SEATTLE, Wash. (Feb. 28, 2017) Starting this summer, Beer lovers in Portland, Vancouver WA, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho will be in for a real treat as the award-winningest brewery in Washington state, Reuben’s Brews, expands distribution.

“For the last couple of years, people have been asking us when our beers will be available outside of Western Washington, particularly in Eastern Washington and Portland,” says Robbings. “We believe we have to earn the right to be called a Pacific Northwest brewery, and we hope that the quality of our beers - underlined by our beers’ recognition both nationally and internationally - will encourage beer lovers throughout the region to try and enjoy our brews.”

The brewery signed on with two new distributors: Maletis Beverage in Portland, Oregon will distribute Reuben’s Brews to the greater Portland area, including Vancouver, Washington; and Spokane-based Click Distributing East will cover Eastern Washington. Beers are expected to hit taps and store shelves in May and June with a detailed release schedule to follow.

Reuben’s Brews has garnered more than 100 medals in beer competitions since opening in 2012, including Gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup and has already added eight more medals for its beers since the start of the year. The brewery was second place overall at the Best of Craft Beer Awards after winning four medals, the brewery won three Best of the Northwest awards at the US Beer Tasting Championships, and Crikey IPA was named as a winner at the Good Food Awards.

In 2016, the brewery more than doubled its production, making expansion outside of its hometown of Seattle possible. The brewery recently signed a lease on another small warehouse in the brewery’s Ballard neighborhood. This one will have a very specific use – building on their award-winning sour program.

“We decided to wait until we had a separate facility before commencing barrel aged sours,” says Robbings. “We’re excited to build on our GABF Gold Medal winning Gose with new brett and barrel-aged sours in the coming months and years.”

About Reuben’s Brews
After the birth of their first child Reuben, Adam and Grace embarked on a mission to brew bloody good beer. Originally from the UK, Adam turned a passionate hobby into a family-run brewery crafting nationally and internationally recognized beers in a wide variety of styles. Since opening in 2012, Reuben’s has won awards for its beers around the world including at the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, the US Open and was named Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards. Find Reuben’s Brews in Western Washington and at its taproom located at 5010 14th Ave NW in Ballard, open 7 days a week. For more information, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@reubensbrews).

Ya Sure, Ya Betcha: Cult Classic Big Ballard Returns

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SEATTLE, WASH. February 28, 2017 – Redhook Brewery is bringing back its fan-favorite Big Ballard Imperial IPA in 22-ounce bottles and six-packs, which will be available year round throughout Washington State. To celebrate the beer’s return, Redhook will host an open house launch party at fellow Washington original Filson’s Ballard location.
“Big Ballard is a fan favorite, so we’re thrilled to make it available in bottles for beer drinkers to enjoy at home,” says Redhook Innovation Brewer Nick Crandall. “Big Ballard has a legacy at Redhook. It’s an imperial version of Ballard Bitter that was first brewed in 1984. People love it; it’s been the # 1 selling beer in our Pub for years, so we are excited to get the beer into hands of more people.”

Like some of the early beers from Seattle’s original craft brewery, Redhook’s Big Ballard Imperial IPA was initially crafted as a take on the 1984 Redhook classic Ballard Bitter, an English-style Pale Ale with plenty of maltiness and upfront bitterness. In those early years, Ballard Bitter was branded with the catchphrase “Ya Sure Ya Betcha,” a nod to the area’s Scandinavian influence. Redhook first released Big Ballard Imperial IPA in 2010 as an ode to the bitter first-version, which was conceived at Redhook’s founding location, a converted transmission shop in the Ballard District of Seattle.
Now, years later, this version, brewed at Redhook’s Woodinville pub, makes its debut. This 2017 version of Big Ballard IIPA is a modern take on that original recipe, with a mix of classic, new and experimental hop varietals such as Mosaic, Cascade, Eureka and HBC-431.

Big Ballard Imperial IPA has a deep golden color and rich tropical fruit hop aromas that immediately hit the nose upon pouring. Hop-forward flavors nicely balance the complex and malty backbone of this beer. At 8.6 percent alcohol by volume the beer packs a punch. The subtle bitterness is artfully balanced at 66 IBUs.
Courtesy of Redhook Brewery
Redhook will celebrate Big Ballard’s return on March 11, 2017 with Filson, another Seattle Original, at Filson’s Ballard Avenue location from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Event details

Redhook Big Ballard Launch at Filson in Ballard
When: March 11, 2017; 1 - 4pm
Where: Filson - 5101 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
What: Please join Redhook and Filson, two Seattle institutions, as they celebrate the return of Big Ballard, Imperial IPA. Redhook will be at Filson’s new Ballard store sampling Big Ballard for anyone 21+ visiting that day. Come check out the Filson’s Ballard store, and sample the newest offering from Redhook, Big Ballard Imperial IPA. Cheers to two Seattle originals!

For additional information on Redhook Brewery, visit and follow the brewery on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Or, to find Big Ballard Imperial IPA near you, visit Redhook’s beer finder:

Big Ballard IIPA
Big Ballard IIPA is a tribute to Redhook’s original stomping grounds, which is now the epicenter of Seattle’s burgeoning brewing scene. Big Ballard boasts a bold and aggressive hop profile that belies its deep, golden body. A citrus and a piney, grassy nose paves the way for a bitter and dry finish. Malty notes give the beer a nice balance, but the delicious, hop-forward character gives Big Ballard its sturdy backbone.

Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel 40
Hops: Alchemy, Chinook, Cascade, HBC-431, Centennial, Mosaic, Eureka
ABV: 8.6%
IBU: 66

Courtesy of Redhook Brewery
About Redhook Brewery
Redhook was born out of the entrepreneurial spirit of 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 a better beer. 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 2017.

Redhook’s beer lineup includes ESB, Long Hammer IPA, Extra Special Lager (ESL), American Pale Ale, and a variety of seasonal beers, including Blackhook, Summerhook, and Winterhook. Redhook beers are available on draught and in bottles and cans around the country.

Redhook Brewery, Est. Seattle, WA 1981

A 100% chance of rain. Details on the first ever public release of Chocolate Rain from The Bruery® this March.

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(ORANGE COUNTY, CA) - Chocolate Rain began as a single cask of beer at the first Black Tuesday release event at The Bruery in 2009. For nearly two years, the legend and pent up demand for this revered imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with cacao nibs and vanilla beans, continued to grow. In 2011, that enthusiasm was bottled up, wax-dipped and released exclusively to members of The Bruery Reserve Society.

The Bruery has since drizzled Chocolate Rain to members of its beer Societies over the years. In 2017, there’s not only a chance of rain in select circles. In fact, this March, it’s going to pour for all. Today, The Bruery is releasing details on the first ever public release of Chocolate Rain, taking place on Friday, March 24, 2017.

About the Beer

Chocolate Rain is a decadent bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, featuring cacao nibs from TCHO and fresh vanilla beans. Rich in chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon, it truly puts the "imperial" in imperial stout. The 2017 edition is 19.6% ABV. An ideal beer to share, it pairs rather well with cacao nib gelato, Sartori Peppermint BellaVitano cheese, roasted pecans, cocoa chili-rubbed tenderloin and a memorable song. Over a year in the making, each 750-ml. bottle is wax-dipped and retails for $39.99.

Public Sale Details

The public sale will take place on Friday, March 24 at or around 10:00 a.m. PT on and at our Tasting Rooms (The Bruery Tasting Room and Bruery Terreux Tasting Room) upon opening at noon. Special, limited edition merchandise will also be available. There is a three bottle limit per person. All sales are first-come, first-served.

Members of the company’s Reserve Society and Hoarders Society will enjoy early, guaranteed access - and the highest number of bottles available to them for purchase, at their Society discount - during an allocations period that begins on Monday, March 6. Members of the Preservation Society will enjoy guaranteed access to three bottles of Chocolate Rain (2017) starting on Tuesday, March 14. Space is currently available to join the Preservation Society if you don’t want to leave your acquisition of this limited release to chance on the day of the public sale.

Three Options for Getting Bottles in-Hand

1. Ship Within California
Any beer purchased by the general public on, including bottles of Chocolate Rain on March 24, must be shipped. Shipping is available (for an additional fee), only in California, through Golden State Overnight. An adult, 21 years of age or older, must be present to receive and sign for the delivery. The first 500 shipments from The Bruery will include a specially-selected chocolate from TCHO to pair with the beer.

2. Purchase Directly at our Tasting Rooms
Bottles will be available to purchase first-come, first-served at both The Bruery Tasting Room and Bruery Terreux Tasting Room upon opening at noon on Friday, March 24. Chocolate Rain (and other treats) will also be available on tap for in-house consumption.

3. Pickup for Society Members
Society members enjoy the perk of climate-controlled storage and pickup of online purchases from our Society Fulfillment Center. Reserve and Hoarders Society members have until February 28, 2018 to pickup purchases from the 2017 calendar year. Preservation Society members have until June 30, 2017 to pickup any purchases made during the first quarter of 2017, including Chocolate Rain (2017) purchased this March. 
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Consider joining the Preservation Society to enjoy these pickup perks and more. Membership includes a number of other benefits, including the First Quarter Preservation Society package, which will feature:
  • Mocha Wednesday (2017) - our bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with coffee and cacao nibs.
  • A limited, experimental beer from The Bruery to be announced later this week (keep an eye on The Bruery Facebook page for the post.)
  • Beret with Peaches and Vanilla - an imperial sour witbier with spices aged in oak with raspberries, peaches and vanilla from Bruery Terreux.

Additional information about the Preservation Society is available here:

Details subject to change. Check the blog post for additional details and updates as the public release of Chocolate Rain on March 24 draws nearer.
Courtesy of The Bruery
Founded in 2008, The Bruery is a small, innovative craft brewery located in Orange County, CA that is family-owned and operated with CEO, Founder, and Master Cicerone® Patrick Rue at its helm. The Bruery produces barrel-aged and experimental beers, while Bruery Terreux®, launched in 2015, focuses on fermenting beer with wild yeasts and souring bacteria.

The Bruery offers three different tiers of Society memberships, each with their own level of access to limited release beers, discounts on purchases, Tasting Room perks, and access to Society-exclusive events and merchandise. Additional information is available at