Friday, April 7, 2017

Happy #nationalbeerday! from Bale Breaker Brewing Co

Happy #nationalbeerday! To celebrate, check out the how & why of Bale Breaker Brewing Company, located in one of the more unique locations for a brewery: a hop field. Featuring #yakimavalley hop fields, brewery footage, and interviews with Smith family-owners who grew up with hops in their DNA. Produced by @digitalvendetta

"I think this would be a good time for a beer."—Franklin D. Roosevelt
April 7, 1933 is the day that the Cullen–Harrison Act was enacted. This law, signed by then President Franklin D. Roosevelt, allowed people to buy, sell and drink beer in states that had enacted their own law allowing such sales for the first time since Prohibition.  

People across the country responded by gathering outside breweries, some beginning the night before. On that first day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed. 

National Beer Day was first created in 2009 by Justin Smith of Richmond, VA. 
(source: Wikipedia)


Courtesy of Worthy Brewing Co

BEND, OR – In response to an increase in demand for it’s diversified portfolio of balanced beers, Worthy Brewing has expanded it’s beer production capacity by adding three new 240 barrel fermenters and a 120 barrel brite tank. The upgrades will allow Worthy to produce 40,000 barrels annually.

In 2016, Worthy Brewing produced 15,000 barrels. Currently, Worthy is on track to brew 19,000 barrels in 2017. In addition to the four tanks, Worthy has also doubled it’s glycol capacity, beefed up it’s original 3 ton CO2 tank to 53 tons, and retrofitted it’s four vessel, 30 barrel brew system to allow one vessel to serve double duty as a wort receiver. 

Finally, Worthy is in the process of adding another 70,000-pound grain silo. These upgrades are expected in increase daily production by 25%.

“With the increased capacity, we’re investing in packaging infrastructure to allow for longer production runs and a larger variety of package options, including our new Worthy IPA 24 pack which will be available in Costco this May,” said Senior Director of Sales Casey O’Brien.

With the production expansion taking place, Worthy Brewing has also hired their first full-time Quality Manager, Victoria Chaplin. Chaplin has worked at several of Oregon’s renowned breweries including Bridgeport Brewing, Craft Brew Alliance and Full Sail Brewing. She attended Oregon State University for Food Science Technology, and holds certifications in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), packaging from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and beer sensory from AROXA.

“Victoria brings a wealth of experience and a creative spirit. We’ve always been committed to quality, but with Victoria we’ll now have the expertise and tools we need to insure that our packaged beers have a long and fresh shelf-life,” said Brewmaster, Dustin Kellner. “She’ll also be helping us with sensory analysis as we continue to evaluate experimental hops from the OSU-Indie Hops breeding program. With the success of Strata, we’re excited to participate in the quest to pioneer new flavors.”
Worthy Brewing Company opened its doors in early 2013, delivering remarkably balanced, filtered ales that are hand-crafted using premium ingredients and the pristine water from the Cascade Mountains in Bend, Oregon. Worthy’s campus includes a large outdoor biergarten, full restaurant, and a greenhouse and hop yard onsite for growing estate and experimental hops in conjunction with Oregon State University and Indie Hops. An expansion will be completed in Spring 2017, featuring the “Hopservatory,” with a large telescope, “The Hop Mahal,” a banquet space, “The Beermuda Triangle” expanded indoor seating, and “The Star Bar,” an open air mezzanine bar.


Courtesy of Zupan’s Markets
PORTLAND, Ore (April 6, 2017) – Zupan’s Markets has partnered with The Commons Brewery to release the fifth Farm-to-Market beer in its private label line. This light-bodied saison has a robust, champagne-like carbonation brewed with white peppercorn and white sage, with bright citrus and herbal notes that cleanse and refresh the palate.

“Zupan’s Markets is excited to be partnering with The Commons Brewery to expand our Farm-to-Market series into a new style – saison,” said Zupan’s Markets’ President and CEO Mike Zupan. “Together, we’ve created the ideal food beer, perfect to share with family and friends.”  

This Saison will be available starting Friday, April 7 at all three Zupan’s Markets locations in 750ml bottles for $15.99. With only 45 cases produced, it will be on shelves only for a limited time.

“Zupan’s Markets embodies our mission of gathering with friends and family to enjoy a beverage, meal and conversation,” said Mike Wright, Founder of The Commons Brewery. “Our shared commitment to high quality ingredients made this partnership a natural fit.”
  • Profile: ABV 6.5%
  • Malts: 100% Castle (Belgian) Pilsner Malt
  • Hops: Magnum and Emerald
  • Other Ingredients: White Sage and White Peppercorn
About Commons Brewery
The Commons Brewery opened in December 2011 crafting small batch, approachable and balanced beers inspired by European brewing tradition. The Tasting Room is located in the heart of Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District at 630 SE Belmont Street and is open everyday from Noon to 10pm. For more information, visit
About Zupan’s Markets 
Founded by John Zupan in 1975, Zupan’s Markets is a local and family-owned gourmet market that has served Portland’s food-loving community for more than 40 years. Zupan’s Markets has three locations that focus on quality, selling everything from the best meats and wines to the freshest produce, baked goods, gourmet deli products, specialty foods, flowers and more, always emphasizing locally-sourced, artisan products when possible. For more information, visit

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Portland Beer Week returns June 8-18th, 2017

All Pictures Courtesy of the Portland Beer Week
Presented by General Distributors Inc. the 2017 Portland Beer Week is an 11-day celebration of beer in the greatest beer city on earth. Portland Beer Week is a city-wide, multi-venue, multi-medium, artistic and culinary inspired journey exploring beers many facets.

Our eleven-day beer and food adventure is co-presented by Whole Foods Market, Hotlips Pizza and Culmination Brewing and kicks off on Thursday, June 8th and will run through Sunday, June 18th with 100+ events taking place city-wide and into Portland's suburbs.

Portland Beer Week also raises money for non-profits and in 2016 our events donated over $10,000 to local charities.

Look out for collaborations with local food and beverage artisans such as an official Pizza from Hotlips Pizza and beer Ice Cream from Salt & Straw. An official 2017 beer week beer will be announced shortly, available in limited edition bottles and draft from Culmination Brewing and available at Whole Foods Markets and select independent retailers through General Distributors
Portland Beer Week 2017 trailer, filmed by Lucas Chemotti 

After the beer week kickoff on June 8th, the weekend leads into the three day Portland Fruit Beer Festival (June 9-11). This 7th annual event is the world's premiere showcase for fruit beers and appeals to an all-ages crowd in an outdoor atmosphere featuring local vendors, food, dj's and non-alcoholic drinks. Tickets are now on sale.

Returning in 2017 is the Portland Beer Week Seminar Series presented by Oregon State University and the HR Group. Up to five different seminars (tba) will be held in multiple locations across the city exploring subjects like branding for the beer industry, starting and building a brewery from nano to production, sustainability in brewing, barrel-aging beers and sour and wild ales.

Masters of IPA, an invitational event showcases America's best brewers of IPA's and hoppy beers and will move to a larger venue with a curated selection, glassware and meet the brewers hours on Friday, June 16th at Ecliptic Brewing from 1-9pm. Breweries, beers, and tickets will be announced soon.

The 6th annual Portland Beer and Cheese Fest returns on Saturday June 17th to this years venue The Bindery Annex building, home to Culmination Brewing and Oregon Mead and Cider. This years beer and pairing themed event focus's on a Cascadia theme with even more creameries, artisan chocolate, charcuterie and more hand-crafted snacks that pair beautifully with beer. Tickets are on sale now for the general and limited VIP session.

The 6th annual Rye Beer Fest will return with a new date and venue, relocating to the Happy Valley Station indoor/outdoor food cart pod and taproom on Saturday June 17th. Featuring 20+ rye beers, 18 food carts, all-ages and free entry. Tickets on sale now here.

SNACKDOWN! the official closing event of Portland Beer Week returns for it's 2nd year on Sunday, June 18th from Noon to 4pm. Presented by Gigantic Brewing and taking place in The Evergreen ballroom above Loyal Legion, this event takes brewer and chef pairings to a new and entertaining level. Only 250 tickets will be sold to this premier beer and food pairing experience featuring ten brewers paired with ten chefs under a WWF wrestling theme and tunes from DJ Rev. Shines. Get your tickets now.

These are just a few of the events of marquee events of the 2017 Portland Beer Week and we are currently planning much more. If your interested in getting involved, hosting, planning, sponsoring an event or showcasing a product whether it be food, drink, beer or cocktail get ahold of us at

Watch our website and calendar at, follow us at @portlandbeerweek on instagram, @pdxbeerweek on twitter and PDX Beer Week on facebook for updates and specials.

New Belgium Brewing to Launch Fat Tire Belgian White

Courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Co

For the first time in twenty-five years, Fat Tire introduces a Belgian White true to New Belgium’s Roots

Ft. Collins, Colo. – April 4, 2017 – New Belgium Brewing is pleased to announce a new beer to the Fat Tire trademark family with the launch of Fat Tire Belgian White Ale, a special release beer slated to hit shelves in August. This light-bodied, unfiltered wheat beer, brewed with juicy Seville orange peel and freshly ground coriander, will provide the perfect balance of refreshment and drinkability with just a hint of sweetness.  
“Fat Tire Belgian White captures the spirit and flavor of a truly authentic Belgian White beer,” said New Belgium’s Belgian Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. “We are sourcing the Seville orange peel and coriander through Old Town Spice Shop locally here in Fort Collins, so the spices are freshly ground less than a mile from our brewery. This gives the beer a fuller, fresher flavor and aroma resulting in a very drinkable Belgian White beer with just the right amount of complexity.”
Seville oranges have a brighter, less cloying sweetness than Valencia oranges that are typically used in Belgian White beers. Fat Tire Belgian White will be available in 12oz. bottles and on draft starting August 1. It will also appear in can variety packs.
New Belgium’s portfolio has started 2017 strong with Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA and Dayblazer Easygoing Ale having secured the top three spots for true craft beer launches in 2017 according to latest Nielsen reports. 
Technical details for Fat Tire Belgian White are as follows:
Fat Tire Belgian White
Style: White Wheat Ale
Flavor: Mild sweetness, minimal bitterness
Mouthfeel: Refreshing
Body: Light body
Yeast: American Wheat Ale Yeast
Hop Varieties: Nugget and Cascade Hops
Malt Varieties: Pale, White Wheat, and Oats
Fruits/Spices: Grains of Paradise, Fresh Ground Seville Orange Peel, Fresh Ground Indian Coriander
Color: Hazy Straw Hue with Creamy Head
Alcohol 5.2% ABV
IBUs: 12
For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at and Twitter @NewBelgium.
About New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews fourteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at

Monday, April 3, 2017

Silver City Brewery Announces the 2017 Mariners Pub Crawl Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Courtesy of Silver City Brewery
Saturday, June 24th, 2017
Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros

Event begins at 4:30pm, first pitch is at 7:10pm.

Mariners season is about to begin... leading to one of our favorite events of the season, now in it's 6th year- The Silver City Brewery Mariners Pub Crawl.

A legendary afternoon of jubilation and delicious beer, shared with the greatest of drinking companions over a night out at the ballpark, the Silver City Brewery Mariners Pub Crawl consists of 300+ craft beer fans uniting to take Pioneer Square by storm. Over 10 pubs in the area participate, each featuring Silver City beer on draft. Pub crawlers hit as many locations as feasibly (and responsibly) possible, and congregate at Safeco Field for a chill evening enjoying America's passtime.
Courtesy of Silver City Brewery  
Now in its 6th year, the Silver City Brewery Mariners Pub Crawl features classic Seattle hotspots such as FX McRory's, the Central Saloon, McCoy's Firehouse, and many more. Each of the participating restaurants and bars will feature at least one Silver City beer on tap, and Silver City beer will also be available for purchase at several locations throughout SafeCo Field.
Courtesy of Silver City Brewery
The event is open to everyone who enjoys Silver City beer and/or Mariners baseball. Even if you're not an MLB-fanatic, there are still plenty of good times to be had with great beer and great company on a (hopefully) gorgeous Pacific Northwest afternoon.
The brewery offers a ticket package for $40 that includes a ticket to the ballgame, an exclusive Silver City Brewery Mariners Pub Crawl t-shirt, and a pub passport with map that includes opportunities to win prizes. These prizes include brewery swag, tickets to Washington Beer festivals throughout the year, and more.
Courtesy of Silver City Brewery

Check-in for ticketholders will be at Swannies in Pioneer Square at 4:30pm. At this location, attendees will receive their Mariners game ticket, exclusive Pub Crawl t-shirt, and a printed copy of the pub passport w/map.

***Skip the lines! Early Pre-Check-In will be available at Silver City Taproom in the days leading up to the event. Pre-Check-In dates/times will be announced in early June***
Current list of pubs 

-Central Saloon
-Flatstick Pub
-Owl 'N Thistle
-FX McRory's
-Good Bar
-Henry's Tavern
-McCoy's Firehouse
Courtesy of Silver City Brewery
Silver City Bio:

For most in the Puget Sound, when you look west at the Olympic Mountains you're looking right at the "Silver City". The convergence point right before you jump off into the wilderness of the Olympic National Forest on your way to the Pacific Ocean, resting between the edge of the Puget Sound and the base of the Olympic Mountains, rests Silver City. This Urban-Suburban experience is a sweet brewer's mash of Seattle city life and breathtaking outdoor adventure, all within ones reach. Beer, well made, brings the people of the "Silver City" together in celebration of having it all.

Silver City Restaurant & Brewery 
is the Kitsap Peninsula's premier destination for award-winning, handcrafted beers, Northwest-inspired food, legendary hospitality, and great memories in a fun, friendly environment. 

Silver City was started in 1996 by Co-owners Steve & Scott Houmes, and it remains a locally owned and operated family establishment. Silver City Brewery's handcrafted beers are available on draft, in 22oz bottles, and 12oz bottle & aluminum can 6-packs around the Western Washington area in bars, restaurants, and grocery stores.

Silver City Brewery's production facility & brewery taproom is located at 206 Katy Penman Ave. in Bremerton, WA. Silver City Restaurant is located in Silverdale at 2799 NW Myhre Rd.