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The NEW Washington Beer Blog

The much anticipated day has arrived. Well, it means a lot to us anyway. We have just moved the blog over to new servers that will grant us more flexibility and enable us to add cooler new features. For example, check out our swanky new events calendar over there on the right. As always, we encourage you to contact us if there is anything you’d like us to add or improve. We can’t guarantee that we’ll do everything, but we do what we can.


Kendall & Kim Jones
(aka Mr. and Mrs. Beerblog)


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Silas Reynolds knows beer and he knows food. He also knows that West Seattle needs another great pub. Silas is about to give them one.

Silas has formal training and professional experience in the culinary arts but has also worked as a self-described “keg monkey” for Arlen Harris at the LaConner Brewing Company. He was also instrumental in opening the Rockfish Grill and Anacortes Brewery. Today, he is the proprietor of the Porterhouse Pub — Mt. Vernon’s exceptional beer destination.

We just spent a few minutes with Silas at his new digs in West Seattle’s Admiral Neighborhood, where he will soon open a second Porterhouse Pub. The location could not be easier to find. It is literally next door to the historic Admiral Theater, near the corner of Admiral Way and California Avenue. If you know the neighborhood, we’re talking about the space that was formerly Black Bird.  It is a great space in a great neighborhood. Heck, the bar even has patio seating!

In Mt. Vernon, the Porterhouse is a “grown-ups only” establishment (21+). Anyone who knows West Seattle understand that it would be foolish to not allows parents to bring their kids. It’s a demographic reality. Silas is a West Seattle native and a new father, so he will make the West Seattle Porterhouse an all-ages pub.

There will be 25 tap handles pouring a rotating selection of west coast beers, with an emphasis on local beers. Cheers to that! They will likely have a featured brewery each month. That brewery will host a brewers night to kick things off and then will have four tap handles for the month.

Silas described the food as being, “Pub food with an ecclectic twist.” He also explained that he has an abnormally large number of farmers and gardeners in the family, so you can look forward to fresh, locally grown veggies.

He told us that he hopes to open in July. While we admire his vision and the purity of his intentions, we’ll be amazed if that happens. Very, very happy, but amazed. We will keep you posted as thing progress.

It just so happens that West Seattle’s Admiral neighborhood is the place that I call home. With all respect to Circa, my neighborhood so desperately needs a great beer bar. Mrs. Beer Blog and I could not be happier that Silas is bringing his show to town.

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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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We just got a message from Chris Devlin at the Bottleworks (who is also responsible for the Beer Retard blog).  The Bottleworks is now serving draft beer. In fact, they’ll even special order a keg for you. Read on and visit their blog for more information.

Not sure if you’ve been by BW in the last month or so, but we have 5 rotating selections on tap. People can drink a pint or snifter while shopping or they can open any bottle in the store and drink it there (with a small corkage fee). We’re also filling growlers of the draft beers. We have current information on what beers are pouring on our blog (http://bottleworks.com).

Getting the word out about the taps has been really slow. A lot of people are still coming in and have no idea we’d made changes. If you have a chance to come by, I hope you’ll have a beer and check out the new setup. And if you think it merits a mention on WA Beer Blog, that’d be cool. We need help getting the word out and you do a great job covering all the local beer stuff.

Thanks a lot. Hope to pour you a beer at BW soon,

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Seriously, if you’re going to the Washington Brewers Festival this Fathers Day weekend (and you should), you really need to read this and heed the advice.

The 2009 Washington Brewer’s Festival will be held June 19-21 at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore. Sometimes referred to as “the mother of all Fathers Day beer festivals,” this event is definitely the big daddy. What we’re talking about is approximately 50-something breweries pouring a couple hundred different beers. Most of the breweries are right here in Washington, though there are some out-of-state participants. If you love good beer, your attendance at this event is mandatory.

Parking! Transportation!

Parking is the big news this year. Currently there is construction going on at the park. As a result, parking is limited. On Saturday and Sunday, on-site parking is by permit only. Permits must be purchased in advance for $15. The parking fee will be donated to St. Edward State Park. The Washington Beer Commission has arrange shuttle buses from local park-and-rides. You can park at one of the P&Rs for free and catch a shuttle to the event. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the free shuttle. On-site parking is free on Friday (no permit required).

The Washington Beer Commission has spelled out the entire parking and transportation plan very well on their Web site. We strongly suggest that you visit the site and make your transportation plans according to their advice. http://www.washingtonbeer.com/directionswabf.htm

Festival Web Site – http://www.washingtonbeer.com/wabf.htm

About St Edward State Park

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We just got a message from Justin at the Green Frog Cafe Acoustic Tavern – a truly fine place to drink craft beer in Bellingham. We’re going to start adding Green Frog events to our soon-to-be-revamped Events Calendar. In the meantime, here’s what Justin told us.

We have a series of biweekly Brewers’ Nights that have been going on for about 8 months now, primarily featuring Washington beers. We are proud to host Big Al Brewing tonight, and we have several more Seattle area breweries lined up for the summer. Here are the dates we have scheduled so far:

June 10: Lazy Boy
June 24: Pike
July 8: Schooner Exact
July 22: Two Beers

We pride ourselves on getting beer that you can’t get anywhere else around here, and we’d love to be a part of the WA Beer Blog. We’re now following you on Twitter as well (@acoustictavern).

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A new beer festival is in the works in Tacoma. At this point, all we can really tell you is to mark the date – Saturday, October 3rd. We will keep you informed as more details come together. For now, here is the message we got from Chris down at the Red Hot in Tacoma (a great place for cool brews and hot dogs).

Myself and some other people who are passionate about craft beer are putting together the Tacoma Craft Beer Fest on Saturday October 3rd. It will take place at The Foss Waterway Seaport. 30,000 sq. foot building, outdoor promenade, should be a great time. Space and date is secured, details are being worked out.

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