Saturday, July 15, 2017

Silver City Brewery Announces Partnership with "Camp No Counselors" for Seattle Dates

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Silver City Brewery has officially partnered with Camp No Counselors for the Seattle leg of their events across the US and Canada to be held from August 24th - 27th.

A summer camp for grownups, Camp No Counselors offers guests a chance to get away from "adulting" for a weekend and relive their carefree teenage years with all sorts of crazy rad activities, such as slip 'n slide, water trampoline, dodgeball, capture the flag, and scavenger hunts.

Silver City beer (Ziggy Zoggy Lager and Tropic Haze India Pale Ale) will be served all-weekend long at camp. 

The brewery is kicking off a social contest for a pair of lucky beer fans to attend camp free of charge (normally $599/ticket). Details on how to enter can be found on the Silver City summer events website at
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Official Description:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go back to summer camp as an adult? Camp No Counselors is the all-inclusive, weekend-long sleepaway camp for grown-ups - as seen on ABC's "Shark Tank"!
Escape to a weekend experience that combines your favorite aspects of childhood fun along with the best of what being a grown-up has to offer. It's time to put away your phone, gather your friends, and free yourself from the stresses of adult life.

Each camp weekend is filled with land and water sports, arts 'n crafts activities, epic nightly theme parties, an open bar, delicious meals and, of course, all of your favorite classic camp activities. At CNC, the motto is "Play like a kid, party like a grown-up®".

30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival starts July 26, features Specialty Tent and introduces Safe Ride Home Program

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PORTLAND, Ore. — An estimated 80,000 people will flock to Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park in less than two weeks for the 30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival. The milestone event will take place July 26 through July 30; hours are Noon to 9pm Wednesday through Saturday, and Noon to 7pm Sunday.

The main festival will feature 91 independent craft breweries, with each brewery serving one beer; this year’s participants come from 13 different states, plus one from The Netherlands. The festival is also bringing back its popular Specialty Tent, featuring more than 90 rare, bold and experimental beers from the participating breweries. These beers are extremely limited in quantity and will pour on a rotating basis; beers will be available by tasters only and each taster will cost double or triple tokens.

The Oregon Brewers Festival presents more than two dozen beer styles ranging from fruit beers to radlers to IPAs to sours. The complete list of participating breweries is currently available on the festival website, and on the event’s Facebook page, under Beer List. The Oregon Brewers Festival is an official Untappd venue, and attendees are encouraged to follow the event on the mobile Untappd app and subscribe to push notifications; this will be the best way to find out when beers change over in the Specialty Tent or tap out in the main festival.

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The event also features live music, food booths, craft vendors and homebrew demonstrations. The Oregon Brewers Festival is not a ticketed event, and it is free to enter the festival grounds. In order to taste beer, the purchase of a 14 oz. souvenir tasting mug from the current year is required, which costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay five tokens for a full mug of beer, or one token for a taste. The purchase of mugs and tokens is made on-site. The event is cash-only, with eight ATMs located on-premise.

The Oregon Brewers Festival’s top priority is the safety of its attendees, so it has partnered with Great Western Malting, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Police Bureau, Radio Cab, SmartPark and Vision Zero to encourage its guests to get a Safe Ride Home. The Safe Ride Home program offers up to $18 in discounts for getting home safely. Attendees who park in a SmartPark garage can leave their car overnight and receive a $5 parking voucher, redeemable from 9am to Noon the day after attendance, making the overnight parking free. Attendees can also take a Radio Cab home and get a $13 discount off their fare. Check the website and look for the Safe Ride Home booths at the Festival for full details on the program.
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Patrons are also encouraged to take Tri-Met, as the MAX Light Rail has a station one block from the main festival entrance. Those who ride their bikes can park them for free in the Hopworks Urban Brewery secure bike corral; people riding BIKETOWN bikes may also use the Hopworks Bike Corral as a drop off station location. For those who bring a designated driver, the Crater Lake Soda Garden provides complimentary handcrafted soda (no mug purchase required). Minors, who are allowed into the event all hours when accompanied by a parent, also receive free Crater Lake Soda, and there is a face painter available Friday through Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, that industry has flourished, with nearly 5,000 craft breweries in America, according to the Brewer’s Association. The economic impact of the Oregon Brewers Festival on the local economy is annually more than $30 million. For more information visit or join @OregonBrewfest on social media.

Event Name: Oregon Brewers Festival
Venue: Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 300 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204
Dates: July 26-30, 2017
Social Media: @OregonBrewFest
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Hashtags: #OBF #OBF17 #OBF30years

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Redhook's Capitol Hill BrewLab To Open Aug 17th.

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SEATTLE – July 11, 2017 – Redhook Brewery is opening the doors of its new brewery and pub, called Redhook Brewlab, in the Pike Motorworks Building at 714 E. Pike Street in Capitol Hill on August 17, 2017

A Grand Opening Party with Redhook’s radio partner KEXP will take place on August 17 from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m., with live music and a one-of-a-kind taplist featuring 16 collaboration beers brewed with some of Redhook’s friends in the industry.

The Beer
Redhook Brewlab will feature 16 taps of rotating small-batch beers, brewed on site by Redhook Head Brewer Nick Crandall, an eight-year brewing veteran who has spent his time at Redhook focused on innovation and new beer development, including two pub-favorite IPAs in Redhook’s line-up, the reformulated Big Ballard Imperial IPA and the hazy Bicoastal IPA. 

Crandall will bring his recipe ideas to life at Redhook Brewlab through a state-of-the-art eight-barrel brewhouse. The brewhouse is a High Efficiency Brewing System (HEBS), which is unique in that it uses a mash filter instead of a lauter tun, enabling significant water and grain conservation, quicker brewing times, and easier batch-to-batch turnover. The flexibility and efficiency of the brewhouse will allow Crandall to experiment with a wide variety of beer styles and recipes, and brew more than 100 different small-batch beers every year.

Redhook Brewlab is a beer-focused working space. The brewery will be a test ground to experiment and create new small-batch beers primarily for the pub, and to develop recipes that will eventually come to life on a wider scale in Washington and beyond. Examples include Crandall’s new Bicoastal IPA, and a few others planned for 2018: My Oh My Caramel Macchiato Milk Stout, Mothers of the Sun Raspberry Saison, Peaches for Me IPA brewed with peach and mango, and Tangelic Halo Tangerine IPA.

“Redhook was built on experimentation and taking risks back in the early 80s,” said Crandall. “Redhook Brewlab will allow us to experiment and test brewing boundaries, as well as get feedback directly from our guests. We’ll see what works and what might not. Ultimately, the next generation of Redhook’s core and seasonal beers will be born at Brewlab.”

With the launch of Brewlab, Redhook is also introducing its new Washington Native series, a rotating line-up of house IPAs that will feature ingredients exclusively sourced from the State of Washington. The Washington Native series will be a permanent fixture at Redhook Brewlab, and Crandall plans to brew the first release in the series with ingredients from two of his favorite sources, hops from Roy Farms in Moxee, Wash., and malts from Skagit Valley Malting in Burlington, Wash.

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The Space
Redhook Brewlab’s concept is an intersection of Seattle history and culture, a place where the city’s eclectic influences mix – art, science, brewing, food, and music.

Housed within the Pike Motorworks Building, Brewlab’s space is an open modern brewery and pub concept with an abundance of natural light. Large skylight windows above the front entrance on Pike street saturate the main bar and seating area with light, and floor-to-ceiling windows between the pub and brewery space give patrons a close-up view of the latest small-batch beers being brewed.

Redhook Brewlab space was designed by Graham Baba Architects and Arup Engineering, and brought to life by R|Miller Inc. Construction. The space and menu concept were created with input from famed Seattle restaurateurs James Weimann and Deming Maclise, who intentionally worked to emphasize the industrial features of the Pike Motorworks space while incorporating historic elements such as a 1930s bar salvaged from a Greyhound Bus Station in Soap Lake, Wash., and vintage lighting fixtures.

A focal point inside the brewpub is a custom mural by Grammy-nominated Seattle illustrator and Sub Pop Records Art Director Sasha Barr. The prominent mural on the wall near the front bar is a colorful collage celebrating the city, people, beer, architecture, and the neighborhood.

Large patios in the front and back of the space increase the seating capacity from 171 to 258, making Redhook Brewlab’s total outdoor patio space the largest in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The back patio features two firepits for a cozy beer drinking experience, and both patios will be open as weather allows.

In addition to developing Redhook’s latest small-batch beers, Crandall will take the lead on the music front, playing music from his extensive collection of vinyl records for guests to enjoy while he’s brewing beer. There are also plans to ramp up a local live music program, with an ongoing series of shows held at Redhook Brewlab.

The Food
Redhook Brewlab will offer a specially curated menu featuring ingredients from local Seattle purveyors. While the heart of the brewery is the eight-barrel brewing system, the heart of the kitchen is a stone-hearth oven from WoodStone in Bellingham, Wash.

From Executive Chef Adam Stevens: “I’d describe the menu concept as unabashedly good bar food, the kind of food we like to eat while drinking great beer. Our stone-hearth oven, the seasons, and local ingredients will dictate the menu, which will rotate throughout the year. In this way, the food aligns with our beers -- we won’t limit ourselves, we’ll be experimental, and we’ll always be having fun.”

For more information, please visit, or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. More information on the Grand Opening, which takes place on August 17 from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m., can be found here:

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 home of brewing experimentation, Redhook Brewlab, located in the Pike Motorworks Building in the heart of Capitol Hill, Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries.

Redhook’s beer lineup includes ESB, Long Hammer IPA, Bicoastal IPA, Big Ballard Imperial 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

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bale Breaker Brewing Company part of national Ales for ALS™ campaign, with local events planned July 14 & 15, 2017

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Now in its fifth year, Ales for ALS™ is a national fundraising and awareness campaign that was developed in Yakima and has raised $1,250,000 to date for ALS research.  A Yakima Valley kickoff event and a preceding golf tournament are hosted by Bale Breaker Brewing Company, one of seven participating Washington breweries.

Loftus Ranches and YCH Hops created Ales for ALS™ in 2012 to support a very worthy cause - ALS research. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis, due to the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain.

Bale Breaker and the other 134 participating breweries across the country have access to a unique proprietary Ales for ALS™ hop blend. This year’s blend is composed of 25% Citra®, 25% Loral™ and 50% experimental varietals. Bale Breaker used this blend to create Bubba’s Brew IPA (6.7% ABV), which will be released this weekend at the 2nd Annual Birdies for Bubba Golf Tournament on July 14, and the 4th Annual Ales for ALS™ Event on July 15. Bale Breaker will be donating $1 per pint of Bubba’s Brew to ALS TDI, the world's leader in ALS research. 


Join Bale Breaker at River Ridge Golf Course for the 2nd Annual Birdies for Bubba Golf Tournament on Friday July 14. Part of our Ales for ALS™ fundraising efforts, this is a great way to spend a Friday! Our 9-hole two-person scramble tourney at River Ridge Golf Course includes prizes for KP's, fun side games on every hole, putting contest, food specials from River Ridge, and local craft brews. This year, compete for the hole-in-one prize from Stewart Subaru: a 2017 Subaru WRX STI (value $40,164). Single players $60, Teams $120 and 100% of proceeds go directly to ALS TDI.  12:30pm Shotgun start at River Ridge. All ages welcome! Visit the Spectator Green anytime for yard games and music where you can enjoy the sun. 


On July 15, Noon-9pm, everyone is invited out to the Bale Breaker lawn to enjoy great beer, food, and games at this free & family-friendly event. Check out live music by The Shreds and food by Guerra's Gourmet, Hop Town Pizza and Kim's Got Smoke. Try Boga (beer-yoga) at 2pm (free). Bale Breaker donates $1 from ANY pint sold that day to ALS TDI, the research organization dedicated to ending ALS.

Bale Breaker Brewing Company makes handcrafted ales that showcase the world-class hops grown in the heart the Yakima Valley. Hops are in the family's DNA: the great-grandparents of sibling-owners Meghann Quinn, Kevin Smith, and Patrick Smith first planted hops in the Yakima Valley in 1932, the year before Prohibition ended. Over four generations, their love of hops has evolved into a passion for craft beer. Today, Meghann, Kevin and Patrick are in the midst of running an independent production brewery surrounded by their family’s hop fields, just down the road from where they were born and raised.

The ALS Therapy Development Institute and its scientists actively discover and develop treatments for ALS. It is the world's first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Led by people with ALS and drug development experts, it understands the urgent need to slow and stop this disease. As the world's foremost drug discovery center focused solely on ALS, ALS TDI spends 87% of every dollar raised on research to find effective treatments and cures. Its innovative science and cutting edge approach have resulted in the identification of AT-1501, a promising treatment for ALS. It also pioneered the ALS Precision Medicine Program, the world's premier program and partnership with ALS patients to discover additional potential treatments. For more information, visit

Summer Seasonal Strawberry Cider released by Portland Cider Company

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PORTLAND, Ore. – July 10, 2017 – Strawberry has made its debut in the Portland Cider Company seasonal line of ciders. Delicate and delicious, Strawberry is a blend of Portland Cider Co.’s award-winning Pearfect Perry made with 100% Northwest pears – Bartlett and D’ Anjou specifically – and Oregon strawberries. With its light pink color, fresh strawberry aroma, and 5.4% ABV, Strawberry will quench your thirst and be your go to drink this summer.

Strawberry started as a limited release with the name Straw-Perry, and has joined Portland Cider Co.’s other fan favorites in the brand’s first seasonal bottle lineup. New name, same amazing flavors that had loyal Portland Cider customers blowing through the limited release in record time. Paying homage to the strawberries you can only find in Oregon, Strawberry pairs well with barbecue fare, campfires and summertime water fun.

“This is hands down our most anticipated cider release of the year,” said owner Lynda Parrish. “People are really excited that we’re making more of it this year and putting it in bottles for the first time, mainly because they know they can definitely get their hands on some now! It’s medium sweet, with the perfect amount of tartness from the Oregon strawberries to provide a refreshing drink for hot weather.”

Portland Cider Co. Strawberry is available July through August in 22oz bottles, as well as 1/6 barrel and 1/2 barrel draft kegs. Cider fans can then find Strawberry at select retailers within Portland Cider Co.’s distribution area or at its two taprooms in S.E. Portland and Clackamas. Portland Cider Co. is currently distributed in the states of Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and the Los Angeles area of California.
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About Portland Cider Company
Portland Cider Company was started in October 2012 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. It has two taproom locations: Portland Cider House at 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214; and Taproom & Cidery at 8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015. For more information, visit and follow @PortlandCider on so