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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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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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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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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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Last Friday night I went to Safeco Field to watch Randy Johnson pitch against the Mariners. It was a bit of a time warp, not only in baseball terms but in beer terms as well. It was a very poignant Seattle moment in the 6th inning when Randy left the game to a roaring, standing ovation and waved goodbye to Seattle baseball fans, presumably forever. It was –I don’t know how else to put it– a very Seattle moment. While it was good to see the Big Unit back on the mound in Seattle, it was sad to see so horribly few Washington beer choices.

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I love nostalgic moments like that, but this is 2009 and not 1994. Things have changed since the days when “Randy is pitching” was the only reason the Mariners ever sold more than 10,000 tickets to a game. Back then, our beer culture was still taking shape. Now it is in full bloom. Safeco field is a beer time machine. For Washington beer, I had the following choices: Redhook ESB, Mac and Jack African Amber, Manny’s Pale Ale, and Snoqualmie Falls Grand Slam Amber. I looked. I asked. I looked again. I asked again. That’s what I found. Those are all fine beers, but there’s not nearly enough of them and, let’s be honest, it is not exactly a well thought out selection. It does not really represent the vibrant beer scene that we enjoy here in Seattle.

In 2007, 10 percent of the beer consumed in Washington was craft beer. We can safely assume the number has continued to climb. Anecdotally, one distributor recently told me the number was now closer to 17 percent. The ballpark is a pretty good sampling of Washingtonians that is mixed with wide-eyed tourists. I admit that it is not a perfect representation of our society; however, the ballpark crowd must be quite similar to the segment of our population that chooses to drink craft beer. People willing and able spend $40 on a ticket to a baseball game can, presumably, spend $8 on a six-pack of beer. Demographically, the ballpark is full of “us.”

Safecofield is one of the jewels of our city. Many people from across the country and around the world consider it a must-see destination when they visit Seattle. They sit in the stands with a cup of Ivar’s Clam Chowder and a glass of some fuax craft beer from Coors. They enjoy a Kidd Valley hamburger and chase it down with a glass of Miller Lite.

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Safeco Field is a place that should showcase Washington beer. I know it might sound easier in theory than it actually is in practice, but I’d love to see a Washington Beer tent out in center field pouring a carefully-selected, thoughtfully-rotating selection of 12-14 Washington beers. Paint me a dreamer, but I think it would be wildly popular. It would be educational for tourists. It would be embraced by locals.

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Yesterday was Memorial Day — a day for us Americans to collectively thank the people who made the supreme sacrifice for America.

Back in the other Washington, lawmakers are trying to figure out how to pay for expanding health insurance for what could be as many as 50 million uninsured Americans. While they are not foolish enough to believe that we beer drinkers can shoulder that financial burden alone, they are considering a “beer tax” as part of the package. Below, you’ll find the Associated Press story about the proposed excise tax hike.

My two cents worth? How about we only apply the tax to non-American beer like Budweiser, Coors and Miller. For those who don’t know, Anheuser Busch is now owned by InBev–a Belgian-Brazilian company. In the U.S., Miller and Coors are pretty much the same thing. MillerCoors is a joint venture between two non-American beer companies: MolsonCoors (Coors is actually just a regional division of Molson) and SABMiller (South African Breweries acquired Miller in 2002).

On the other hand you have a company like Elysian Brewing, for example. It is owned by some nice American folks here in Seattle. When they make profit, it stays here. You know, in America.

That’s an extremely simplified description of the beer business landscape, I admit. You get my point. Don’t tax American beer!

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press Writer Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press Writer – Wed May 20, 6:52 pm ET

WASHINGTON – Joe Six-Pack may have to hand over nearly $2 more for a case of beer to help provide health insurance for all.

Details of the proposed beer tax are described in a Senate Finance Committee document distributed to lawmakers before a closed-door meeting Wednesday. Senators are focusing on how to pay for expanding health insurance for an estimated 50 million uninsured Americans, a cost that could range to some $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

You can’t raise that from beer money alone.

Lawmakers are looking at an extensive list of spending cuts and tax increases, including a new levy on the value of job-based health insurance. The latter proposal seems to be gaining ground. It could lead to higher income taxes for some people with particularly generous job-based health care.

Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said no decisions were made, but he will use the feedback to shape legislation he intends to introduce in the next few weeks. The committee has a critical role to play in the health care overhaul, since it writes tax law and oversees the government’s giant medical insurance programs. Baucus wants to write a bipartisan bill, a goal for President Barack Obama.

“Nothing’s pushed off the table,” Baucus told reporters after the daylong meeting. He said senators have come closer on some issues, but much remains to be resolved.

While many of the revenue raisers involve obscure provisions of federal law, most consumers can relate to a beer tax.

Taxes on wine and hard liquor would also go up.

And there might be a new tax on soda and other sugary drinks blamed for contributing to obesity. A tax of 3 cents per 12-ounce drink would raise about $50 billion over 10 years, according to congressional estimates. Diet drinks, however, wouldn’t be taxed.

The idea behind the proposed increases is to tax lifestyle choices that contribute to rising medical costs. Obesity puts people at risk for diabetes and heart problems. Alcohol abuse is a risk factor in several types of cancer, liver disease and psychological problems.

The soft drink industry and beer and wine producers are already lobbying to stop the proposals before they gain traction. The tax increases would lead to job losses for workers and higher costs for recession weary consumers, say the industries. Wine makers are also pointing to studies that suggest a glass a day can be good for health.

“Singling out wine for higher taxes to reform health care is misguided because wine is part of a healthy diet and lifestyle for millions of Americans,” said Robert P. Koch, president of the Wine Institute, which represents California’s industry.

Under the proposal lawmakers are considering, beer taxes would be increased by 48 cents a six-pack, from the current 33 cents. Beer is still the favorite choice of Americans who drink alcohol.

Wine taxes would rise by 49 cents per bottle, from the current 21 cents.

And the tax on hard liquor would increase by 40 cents per fifth, from the current $2.14.

Percentage-wise, wine drinkers would take the biggest hit, a 233 percent tax increase per bottle. The Wine Institute said the tax increase would be even bigger for wines with a higher alcohol content.

Hard liquor would see the smallest proportional increase, 19 percent per fifth.

The beer tax would rise by 145 percent per six-pack.

Proponents of the idea say it would equalize the tax treatment of alcoholic drinks, by charging the same tax rate based on alcohol content to all. But that would put an end to the current tax advantage enjoyed by beer and wine.

The higher alcohol taxes would bring in nearly $60 billion over 10 years.

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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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