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Tonight (Thursday, June 11th) Black Raven Brewing will be at the Beveridge Place for a Brewers Night celebration. Come sample beers from one of Washington’s newest breweries. Beaux Bowman (with Andy and Kat) will bring some great beers from his new brewery in Redmond, including Trickster IPA (in a wooden cask), Tamerlane Brown Porter, Kristale Wheat, and Totem Northwest Pale! The fun gets started at 7:00 PM.

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We just got this note from Manny at Georgetown Brewing –

This is your last chance to drink 2009 Bob’s. Come out to Sport Restaurant and Bar tonight for our FINAL Bob’s Brown fundraising/drinking event for the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. Phew… my liver needs a break. It should be a good one. Keg is tapped at 6PM and we’ll have some cool giveaways including an autographed Edgar Martinez Jersey (SWEET!). Hope to see you tonight. Cheers, -Manny

We here at the WBB say, “twist my arm.” While Sport isn’t a great beer bar, we are suckers for a worthy cause, we love to catch the M’s there, and they certainly do have a good Kobe beef burger. Maybe we’ll see you there?

Follow Up –

We went to the event last night. Hosted by Ian Furness (KJR sports radio), the evening included a raffle for some really cool prizes. Someone walked away with an autographed Edgar Martinez jersey. Someone else walked away with a luxury suite –which handles up to 16 people– for an upcoming Mariners game. Lots of other great stuff, too. We even scored some M’s tickets!

Bob's Brown Ale - Sport Restaurant

Bob's Brown Ale - Sport Restaurant

Just in case people were not in a giving mood, they showed a video about a young family that has lost two children to cancer. The video really drove home the point about the importance of Ronald McDonald House. It was “pin-drop” silent in there. Not a dry eye in the house. Ronald McDonald house really does provide an angelic service and we’re proud of Georgetown for supporting such a great cause.

The event was the last in the series. No more brown beer until next year. They were very close to reaching their goal of $50,000. We’ll assume they did. We saw a lot of people drinking brown beer.  Cheers to that and cheers to Bob!

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Many Washington beer lovers have enjoyed the fine German-style lagers produced by Bart Traubek’s Alpine Brewing Company, but few of us have actually visited the brewery in Oroville. Well, it just so happens that we were passing through Oroville recently and stopped in for a visit. Okay, we admit it, there are other ways to get from point A to point B, but the GPS in the Washington Beer Cruiser automatically programs our routes that way. A normal navigation device would tell you that there are three or four faster ways to get from Whistler, BC to Coulee City, WA; however, the GPS in the Beer Cruiser seems to have a mind of its own.

Alpine Brewing Company - Oroville, WA.

Alpine Brewing Company - Oroville, WA.

Oroville is a beautiful little town, but it’s not exactly located at the center of the Universe. It’s nearly three hours north of Wenatchee. It’s two hours northeast of Winthrop. That having been said, a significant part of your visit to Alpine Brewing is the gettin’ there. We approached Oroville from the northwest. After spending the night in British Columbia’s remote and beautiful Similkameen Valley, we repatriated ourselves at an adorable little boarder crossing near Nighthawk, WA. About 30 minutes later, we arrived at the brewery in Oroville.

The border crossing at Nighthawk, WA.

The border crossing at Nighthawk, WA. Seriously.

Bart, who is the brewmaster and owner of Alpine, splits his time between King and Okanogan counties.  We’d made contact with him but were not able to meet him at the brewery. He was on his way, but we had a schedule to keep and unfortunately we missed each other by about an hour. Luckily, Jerry was there. While Bart might be the brewmaster, Jerry will tell you, laughingly, “I’m the one who does all the work.” (more…)

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Each year the North American Brewers’ Association sanctions a competition which provides a chance for commercial brewers to have their beers judged alongside the best beers in North America. This year’s awards were just announced and our Washington brewers deserve to be congratulated for another outstanding performance. This year, Washington brought home a total of  25 medals. Fish Brewing Company brought home a 26th medal (gold) for their Spire Mountain Cider.

Both Pike Brewing Company and Silver City Brewing Company won four medals. Flyers Restaurant and Brewery (Oak Harbor) brought home three medals (congrats to Tony Savoy, the brewer at Flyers).  Three of Washington’s newest breweries — Big Al Brewing, Black Raven Brewing, and Chuckanut Brewery — brought home medals in their first attempt. Can I get a “Hell Ya!”

You can see the complete list of awards, and learn more about the awards, on the North American Brewers’ Association Web site.

Gold Medalists

Chuckanut Brewery – Dunkel

Silver City Brewing Co – Fat Scotch Ale

Pike Brewing Co – Pike Entire

Redhook Ale Brewery – Belgian Tripel

Silver Medalists

Ram Brewery (Tacoma) – Big Horn Hefeweizen

Silver City Brewing Co – Beautimus

Chuckanut Brewery – Strong Bock

Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – Spitfire Best Bitter

Harmon Brewing Co – Brown’s Point ESB

Pike Brewing Co – Pike Pale Ale

Black Raven Brewing Co – Trickster IPA

Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – First Flight Amber

Silver City Brewing Co – Ridgetop Red

Ice Harbor Brewing Co – Sternwheeler Stout

Pike Brewing Co – Old Bawdy Barleywine

Ram Brewery (Tacoma) – Big Horn Blond

Bronze Medalists

Ice Harbor Brewing Co – Kolsch Brand Ale

Silver City Brewing Co – Copper Mt. Bock

Pike Brewing Co – Pike IPA

Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – Barnstormer Brown Ale

Boundary Bay Brewery – Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Scuttlebutt Brewing Co – Old #1 Barley Wine 2008

Redhook Ale Brewery – Slim Chance Light Ale

Big Al Brewing – Smoked Porter

Hales Ales – Cerebus (Tripel)

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Maybe it was stupid of me, but I did a bunch of yard work late yesterday afternoon in the 90 degree sun. I kept hydrated, but it still sucked the life out of me. I found myself longing for a cold beer. Fear not, I did not reach for a lawn mower beer (PBR, Rainier, Coors Light, etc). I showered up, made myself smell presentable, and then headed to the Elliott Bay Brewery Pub where I enjoyed a Wit von Boorian — Elliott Bay’s latest seasonal offering. It is light, yet flavorful. It is aromatically effervescent. With a delightful wisp of citrus, the Wit von Boorian is a deliciously quenching and refreshing beer for a sultry summer’s eve.

Wit von Boorian recently went on tap at Elliott Bay’s West Seattle pub, and is also available at the brewhouse in Burien.

On the Elliott Bay Brewing blog, Doug Hindman describes Wit von Boorian this way:

Wit von Boorian is our first collaboration with Trappist monks!

We brewed this light, flavorful, and cloudy wheat beer with some very special ingredients: chamomile flowers, coriander seeds, and orange marmalade from St. Joseph’s Abbey, a monastery in Spencer, MA. Brother Brian was kind enough to expedite a shipment to us and we are most pleased with the results.

Cooks Illustrated selected the Trappist Orange Marmalade as its favorite, saying: “Trappist Seville Orange Marmalade earned strong points for its natural orange flavor and was also the favorite of our testers who liked a solid level of sweetness as well as a moderate amount of tartness.” These same qualities also came through in the finished beer along with an enticing chamomile aroma.

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We just got a quick update from the folks at Fremont Brewing. They tell us that they currently have beer in both fermenters and expect to tap their first kegs at the Latona in the next 2-3 weeks. We’ll keep you informed as more details and more updates come in.

If you don’t know about Fremont Brewing, read our original post about Seattle’s newest craft brewer.

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Tonight (Thurs. May 28) – Don’t miss the Hale’s Aftermath Imperial IPA release party at Hale’s Brewpub in Fremont. The event runs from 4-7 PM.  Taste this delicious beer alongside Imperial IPA’s from both Pike Place Brewery and Victory Brewery.

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