Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Design a T-shirt, Win a Keg

Joel VandenBrink at Two Beer Brewing sent a message this morning. Here it is:

Two Beers Brewing Comany is calling all artists or designers to help us design our next round of t-shirts. If your design is picked you will win a keg of your favorite beer that we brew as well as recognition on our website and in our tasting room.


1. Something on the back and something on the front/side. Location does not matter.
2. Must look good in one color printing
3. Does not need to include the logo anywhere, but it is preferable.
4. The words “Take Some Time” need to appear somewhere.

Deadline: July 2nd. Winner will be informed the next week.

Winner will be picked on the above guidelines as well as the designs ability to match or enhance our current branding.

Questions can be addressed to Joel. Go to the website for contact information.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Water Street Brewing Closing its Doors

Sad news from Port Townsend showed up on Facebook this morning. It seems that Water Street Brewing is closing down. We wish them all the best. Great people thrust into a difficult situation.

As for Nina, Mark, and the entire crew at Water Street Brewing, we wish them nothing but the best.

Cheers to Queen Nina! Long live the Queen!

As posted on Facebook.

To all of the beautiful people…Water Street Brewing, as you know it, is closing the doors. After 6 plus years, countless parties and grand times, we will turn off the lights for the last time on Thursday evening. To all of you, Thank You! It’s been a blast! Love to y’all!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Results and more from the Washington Brewers Festival

We just received some information from the Washington Beer Commission regarding totals from last week’s Washington Brewers Festival.


Although the exact numbers are not yet known, we do know that attendance was approximately the same as last year. Impressive, considering the weather. While Sunday’s weather was sub-prime at best, Friday’s weather was nothing short of sublime. Friday night’s crowd was larger than anticipated—it appeared to be the largest Friday night crowd in festival history.

Top Token Collectors

The top token collectors (by brewery) were:

1. Black Raven Brewing (by a landslide)

2. Schooner Exact Brewing

3. Northern Lights Brewing

4. Foggy Noggin Brewing

5. Diamond Knot Brewing

To call it a landslide is an understatement. While other booths may have enjoyed the occasional line, the backup at Black Raven was enormous all weekend. The Coco Jones Porter is worthy of the attention. That’s the Black Raven beer we heard most people talking about.

Schooner Exact brought a lot of different beers. No doubt the Seamstress Union Raspberry Wheat was a big hit, but my favorite (with a name I shouldn’t repeat here) was the blend: two parts Raspberry Wheat and one part Brown Ale. Sinfully delicious.

To be sure, Diamond Knot makes great beer, but their charge into the top five was certainly aided by the fact that Michael Wilton (guitar player for Queensryche) was pouring his Whip Ale at the Diamond Knot booth on Friday night. Diamond Knot brews Whip Ale to Wilton’s specifications.

Pictured below is Don Webb of Naked City Brewery and Taphouse with Michael Wilton of Queensryche. To read the complete post visit the Washington Beer Blog.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Weekend Outlook: the weatherman says perfect weather for a beer festival

Don't let today's threatening skies fool you. The National Weather Service gives us two thumbs up for the Washington Brewers Festival happening this weekend at Saint Edwards State Park in Kenmore. In fact, the forecast could be described as perfect for a beer festival. Expect there to be plenty of sunshine with highs nearing 70.

To learn more about the festival, including ticket and parking information, visit the official festival website.

Click here to see the complete forecast for Kenmore, WA.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Blogging live from the Washington Brewers Festival - all weekend long

The Washington Beer Blog will be blogging live from the Washington Brewers Festival all weekend. For those of you who don’t already know, the mother of all Fathers Day brew festivals happens this weekend (June 18-20). The Washington Beer Blog will be set up on site, posting information live from the event. We encourage you to follow them on your mobile device while you’re at the festival, on your way to the festival, or even if you’re somewhere else missing the festival.

The Washington Beer Blog will have its feet on the street, its nose in the wind, and its ear to the ground. The goal is to make sure you know what’s going on at the festival while it’s still happening. Where’s the buzz cart? What are they pouring? What unexpected beer just showed up, and where? Who just ran out of beer? How crowded is the pint garden? Pretty much anything they can come up with to help you have a better festival experience.

You can find the Washington Beer Blog at the putting green, where you’ll have the opportunity to put your putting skills to the test and enter a drawing for season tickets to all Washington Beer Commission festivals. That’s right, sink a putt and you might score yourself free tickets to all of next year’s beer festivals.

Stop by the booth to say hello, give them a hot tip, or just because you need a handful of pretzels to munch on. They’ll have some other give-aways as well. You’ll just have to stop in and see then (or follow them online) to know what’s going on.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Beer Junction poised to open in West Seattle

Morgan Herzog has plans this weekend. The owner of the soon-to-be-open Beer Junction in West Seattle will spend the weekend pricing beers and stocking shelves. He hopes to open late next week. Initially, the Beer Junction will have approximately 600 beers from which to choose. That number is expected to creep closer to 1,000 in time.

The Beer Junction is located at 4707 42nd Ave. SW in the heart of downtown West Seattle. For those who know the neighborhood, it is one block east of Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub—around the corner from the Rocksport Bar and Grill, directly across the street from Jefferson Square.

To see the complete story on the Washington Beer Blog, including pictures of the Beer Junction, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Airways' Beer Garden Gets its Wings

Eventually the weather is going to change for the better. When it does, Airways Brewing in Kent will be ready. They just received approval for their beer garden. Everything is ready except the weather. In the process of getting this approval, they've learned that the beer garden makes Airways a 21+ establishment. So if you bring your kiddos, they'll have to wait quietly and politely outside the designated serving area.

Airways Brewing is located in Kent at the corner of 196th Street and West Valley Highway.

Thurs-Friday 4:00 - 8:00
Saturday 4:00 - 9:00

6644 S 196th St #T-100
Kent, WA, 98032

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Georgetown Brewing completes move to new location

For those of you who missed the news, Georgetown Brewing has now completed the move to the new location. This past Monday was the first day in the new digs. Fear not, it's only a few blocks from the old location. We first reported on this over a year ago, recognizing that it would be some time before they moved the retail operation. Now, the move is complete.

Along with the move comes extended Saturday hours. They are now open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday they are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The address is
Georgetown Brewing
5200 S. Denver St.
Seattle, WA 98108

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Washington brewers clean up at the NABA Awards

The results have been released for the 2010 North American Brewers Association (NABA) awards. Washington breweries took home a total of 22 medals, including 9 gold medals.

The gold medal winners included Flyers Brewery (Oak Harbor), Rock Bottom Bellevue, RAM Brewery Tacoma, RAM Brewery Seattle, Walking Man Brewing (Stevenson), Old Schoolhouse Brewery (Winthrop), Laht Neppur Brewing (Waitsburg), Silver City Brewery (Silverdale), and Fish Brewing (Olympia).

Washington's showing included a clean sweep of the Scotch Ale category. Laht Neppur won the gold, Walking Man the silver, and Black Raven the bronze.

The North American Beer Awards, held in conjunction with the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest, is a unique event sanctioned by the North American Brewers Association (NABA). Over 1,000 beers compete in 27 different categories. The competition provides an opportunity for commercially produced beers to be judged against the best beers in the country. The event is conducted as a single blind sampling followed by rank ordering of the entries within each category.

Click here to read the complete story, and see the list of Washington winners.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Slide Show - Washington Brewers Festival 2009

Everybody loves pictures. Especially when they're pictures of people drinking beer in the sun and having a good time at a beer festival. In anticipation of the upcoming Washington Brewers Festival (June 18-20), and to add some light to this otherwise dreary day, we have put together a slide show from last year's event. Don't let today's weather get you down. It must change sooner or later.

For information about this year's festival, click here to see all of our previous posts about the festival or go to the festival's official website.

Washington Brewers Festival 2009