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Side by Side at Hale’s

We are doing the Side by Side at Hale’s. Currently, they’re featuring IPAs. Terminal Gravity (OR) by Firestone Walker (CA) by Hale’s Super Goose. This isn’t so much about which is better, however it is a great way to compare variation within the style.

Perhaps Dave Siler (the new “production manager” at Hale’s) brought the Firestone Walker with him. That’s where he came from. Maybe we’ll get to meet him tonight? We’ll see.

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Live from The Burcham

Wow! What a selection of Washington beers! Come on down to the Beveridge Place and find a delicious Washington brew that fulfills your beer fantasy! Currently 19 WA beers on tap. More on deck.

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Tonight (THU, MAY 28) 7:00PM – Iron Horse Brewers Night at the Beveridge Place Pub. Ellensburg’s finest makes the trek through the pass to bring us IPA, Loco-Motive Imperial Red, Black IPA, and a brand new brew – Bier de Garde! They’re sure to be giving away some schwag as well.

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Signs of Life in Chilliwack

We found two surprising things in Chilliwack, BC. One, the traffic is horrible. Two, they have a great little brewery.

We just stopped in and visited Larry and Brian at Old Yale Brewing Company. HOPS! Yes, really. The pale ale (single hopped with Cascades) is simple and delicious. The IPA is as aggressively hopped as many of the beers we are used to back home. Larry the brewmaster recognizes that he hops with a heavier hand than many of his Canadian brewing bretheren.

They sell beer in 22s, Party Pigs, 1/4 barrels and 1/2 barrels. Larry served us samples of his lager, pale, IPA and stout. We liked them all and got some double deuces to go.

We look forward to seeing Old Yale again when (someday) we make it to the Okanogan Beer Fest in Penticton.

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A Visit to BC, eh?

(Tues. May, 26) Your humble Beer Bloggers are taking a short break from Washington beer and have wandered up to Whistler, BC. Currently we are at the Whistler Brewhouse — Whistler’s lone brewery. They have a red ale that is acceptable, a pale ale that does not completely suck, a hefe that we actually like, and an IPA that exceded our expectations. For being so far away from home (where great beer springs eternal) we won’t complain about the beer.

We’ll be heading east from here, into the depths of the Canadian wilderness (Surrey, Abbotsford, Penticton, etc). We will be sure to let you know if we find any beer along the way that reminds us of home. Don’t hold your breath.

All kidding aside, we love our canucknucklehead brothers and sisters. Cheers from the Great White North!

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Live from the Dray

Beautiful day for a backyard BBQ at the Dray. Great beer, duh. They have the paella cooking – smells fabulous. Looking forward to finding something to pair it with when it is done. Crowd is growing. Loads of fun!

It’s been a helluva week. Goodbye SBW #1. This is a great, mellow way to bid it adieu. One of the photos below is of me and the lovely Mrs. Beerblog. If you see us, come say hello.

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Live from Bodacious Bev Fest

This is impressive. Too many great beers to mention on tap at the Bev tonight.

Lorraine, the Bev’s beer goddess, came up with a great idea — beer flights. The folks at the Bev brought in an amazing assortment of distinctively bodacious brews for this weekend’s Bodacious Brew Fest. With so many uncommon beers to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. Lorraine came up with the idea of dividing the beers into logically assembled groups. Way easier to make a decision.

We really liked the “Distinctively Hoppy” flight and the “Juice Bar” flight. The “Great Oak” flight is next.

Surprise! We liked a fruit beer. The Northern Lights Blueberry Creme Ale is amazing! So many great and unfamiliar beers from near and far.

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