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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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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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schoonerexactSchooner Exact has now successfully moved into its new facility in South Park. Tomorrow (Sat. May 16th) will be their first day open to the public and they’d like to invite their many fans to come down and check out the new digs. They’re going to have some live music and there will be BBQ food. The open house runs from 10:00 – 6:00.

This is part of Seattle Beer Week’s South Seattle Breweries Open House, but we’d like to extend a special shout-out to Marcus Connery, Matt McClung and Heather McClung. Congratulations! We look forward to spending some time down at the new tasting room. This is a good opportunity to extend another congratulations… to Heather, who is now the President of the Washington Brewers Guild.

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As we originally reported back in February, Seattle is about to get a new brewery. Fremont Brewing Company gets ever closer to opening for business. We just received this update.

We’re making great progress getting this show on the road. We’ve got all our equipment and we’re now getting everything hooked up. On March 24th, the brew system from Red Lodge Brewery, MT arrived on an 18-wheeler. The cold room is constructed and the refrigerant lines were run last week. The gas will get turned on this week so we can begin to run hot water tests on the brew system. Our tap handles are in production and we’re designing new shirts, pint glasses, coasters, and growlers. The retail room is being built out and the growler refrigerator is being refinished. One remaining component is to buy and install the canning equipment. Canning instead of bottling saves resources (because the percentage of recycled material in cans is far greater than in bottles), cuts transportation emissions (lighter), and keeps light out so beer stays fresh longer. Plus, our six-packs will stand out in the microbrew section of the grocery store.

Thank you so much for your interest and enthusiasm! This project has relied heavily on the goodwill of the Fremont community; our landlord, the Fremont Dock Company; and the posse of plumbers, electricians, and volunteer labor who’ve worked tirelessly to make this happen (not to mention yours truly who’s been keeping chaos at bay on the home front). We are keeping our commitment to brewing beer sustainably — with energy-saving infrastructure and with as much local and organic ingredients as we can procure. We’re a proud member — and the first brewery — of the Seattle Climate Partnership (http://www.seattle.gov/climate/partnership.htm). And we’re working with the City of Seattle to implement a “one-stop-shop” to assist small businesses that want to go green. Keep visiting the site and reading the blog for more detailed updates.

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Seth Gilligan from Gilligan's Brewing.

Seth Gilligan from Gilligan's Brewing.

Last night King 5 New ran a story about Washington beer. Seriously. Not kidding here. Specifically, it was a thumbs up to our local nano breweries. In short, it was a really good segment and provided some valuable face time for a couple of our local brewers (good job Seth and Heather!). King 5 has the story, and the video, up on their Web site.  Cheers to King 5 for showing the local beer scene a little love! Click Here!

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On April 8, the West Seattle Chamber of Congress presented the Business of the Year award to the Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub in recognition of their forward-thinking business approach. As we reported earlier, Elliott Bay recently became King County’s first certified organic brewery and Washington’s first brewery to operate two separate organic breweries (West Seattle and Burien). Three years ago, the company committed itself to becoming a 100 percent compostable operation, using nothing but biodegradable and post-consumer paper products.

This award is not only about environmental consciousness. Equally important is Elliott Bay Brewery’s support of local non-profits. Many businesses do the same, but EBB really does go the extra mile and has established itself as a highly valued member of the community in which it operates.

If this pat on the back sounds more personal than objective, well that’s because it is. When wearing a different hat, this humble reporter runs Beer Church—a group of beer lovers who organize, operate and participate in fundraisers for local non-profits. Todd Carden and the entire crew at Elliott Bay have always gone out of their way to support our efforts. If you visit the EBB Web site, you can find a list of non-profits that they have supported over the years. The list is impressive, but it is incomplete. The list doesn’t include, for instance, the many non-profit organizations that EBB has helped Beer Church support over the last 11 years.

It is nice when the good guys win.

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We attended the second of the two sold out sessions at last Saturday’s Washington Cask Beer Festival, held at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. Once again, they pulled off a great event. The crowd was large but manageable. The place was packed but you rarely had to wait in line for beer. The brewers themselves deserve heaps of credit, as does Lisa Miyashita and the rest of the crew that organized and ran the event. Because there are two separate sessions, with a two-hour break between, this is a particularly long day for the brewers and everyone who works the festival. We appreciate their efforts.

Tom Munoz (Silver City Brewing) pours a Big Daddy ESB.

Tom Munoz (Silver City Brewing) pours a Big Daddy ESB.

The Washington Cask Beer Festival attracts a beer-savvy crowd with an eclectic palate. Cask-conditioned beer—served at room temperature with no real recognizable carbonation—is not for the faint of heart. If the People’s Choice awards at this year’s Cask Fest were any indication, the crowd wanted to be wowed by something different.

For the first session, the People’s Choice first place award went to Call Me a Cab from Water Street Brewing. It was a blend of three distinctly different beers (IPA, Stout and Barleywine) that was aged in a Cabernet Sauvignon barrel for six years. It sounds intimidating, doesn’t it? Surprisingly, it was very good and, given that it weighed in at over 10%, it was frighteningly drinkable. It likely would have won first place in the second session as well, but the cask ran dry and many festivalgoers did not get to try it. Second and third place went to the Fat Scotch by Silver City Brewing and the Groovy Toasted Coconut Porter by the Northgate Ram.

In the foreground, Carter Camp (Port Townsend Brewing) chats with a festivalgoer. In the background, Ed Bennett (Boundary Bay Brewing) hands over the goods to a thirsty fan.

In the foreground, Carter Camp (Pt. Townsend Brewing) chats with a festivalgoer. In the background, Ed Bennett (Boundary Bay Brewing) hands over the goods to a thirsty fan.

For the second session, the people chose Ram Northgate’s Toasted Coconut Porter as their favorite. Second and third place went to the Vanilla Porter by Harmon Brewing and the Ginger Pale Ale by Laughing Buddha.

One out-of-state brewery at the fest. Laughing Dog from Sand Point, ID.

One out-of-state brewery at the fest. Laughing Dog from Sand Point, ID.

Ginger, vanilla, coconut? Carbernet barrels? Are you beginning to see a trend? I happened to be standing with a local brewer when they announced the winners of the second session. Half jokingly, he said, “Next year we’ll use pomegranate and chai tea.”

Thats Big Al (Alejandro Brown) from Big Al Brewing giving us a thumbs up. Apparently, its all good.

That's Big Al (Alejandro Brown) from Big Al Brewing giving us a thumbs up. Apparently, it's all good.

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