Thursday, April 28, 2011

Beer Potluck Numero Quatro

Last Friday night marked the installment of Beer Potluck #4 at Amocat Café in Tacoma. The home brews were out in force that night and we got to enjoy an eclectic variety of beers, delicious food and good company. We were small in numbers with a few elements (minions) missing from our usual crowd, but it was a typical Beer Potluck. Code… awesome.

Homebrewer Matt LaCroix, not only returned a borrowed growler (full of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale no less) of mine but let us taste some of his concoctions. His Rye IPA was so full of grapefruity goodness it was mutually labeled as the quintessential breakfast beer.  I was  huge fan of his cranberry blonde as well, even with all of its explodiness. It's possible that you may not be convinced of his skillage by just reading my thoughts on what I tasted but he did receive the Gold Medal for his Barleywine in the recent Parkway Pro-Am Homebrew competition. Just sayin'.

Another competition participant was present with beer in tow, Charles Smith of Monocle & Mustache Brewery. One of his beers (we’ll call it a CDA, since the jury plans on being out for forever and a day on what to name the style) was a big winner and chosen to be brewed & served at the celebratory Parkway event in November.  Very delicious, as was his 90min IPA. Congrats!

While the giant ass 3-litre bottle of blue Chimay was in attendance it remains (sadly) intact through another beer event, yet again. Which may be for the best since MGD wasn’t in attendance. That thing is practically our child & he should be present for the birth. Instead, we busted out 2 Dogfish Head beers. The Red & White along with the My Antonia. After tasting, neither fall into my ‘must have’ DFH category but it was nice to get a crowd consensus and add to my bottle cap collection of awesomeness. And we had amazing homemade beer bread (made by Rebecca Scott, owner of the future Beach Rose Bakery) along with Vietnamese sammys from Pho King. Yeah… say that last part a couple times fast and try not to laff.

May I have another Pho King tofu sandwich please?” If they didn’t get eaten so quickly I would have been saying that all night long.

This potluck weighed heavier for me on the nerdy beer talk side than the hostess with the most-est side. Discussions about beer judging and the art of home brewing were prevalent as was the term 'mouth hole'. We can only get so high brow, watcha gonna do?

Going to hit up some Big Deal Seattleites to make the trek down and join the next one. 
You know who you are.

A great time was had, thanks to all who made the effort to come out. 9a start time at work came way too early the next day but I survived. For the most part.

pinkies up for the homebrew,
the pissed liBEERian

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Homebrewing 101 - she CAN be taught!

Before I delve into the hilarity that is my personal experience of this class, I’ll cut to the chase for those who don’t feel like reading the novel length account of my randomness. The King County Library System is currently offering classes in the art of beer making. ‘The Basics of Homebrewing’ is led by certified BJCP beer judges and expert home brewers.

We had the awesome luck to be showered with the pearls of wisdom by Dan O'Leary & Mike Hausenfluck. Both guys are insanely knowledgeable about their chosen craft while utilizing humor and visual aids as a teaching method. Methods I do well with as I’m mostly a visual learner. Considering they gave me a precious little hop flower to fondle, there’s pretty much nothing they could do wrong at that point.

Hop flower.

Although I reside in World de Beer quite often, I admittedly don’t know much about how beer becomes beer to even be considered dangerous. When Basil said she thought we should start homebrewing, I was mildly interested. Mostly to the extent where I get to wear a cute apron and stir something with a big stick. Not only did it seem like an expensive & time consuming hobby, but a complex craft to dive into.

The best way to describe my experience would be to state that after the class concluded, I was so excited about home brewing I couldn’t sleep that night. I learned a (mash) ton about the beer making process and everything involved. Although our instructors are old hands at brewing, they made it seem easy, inexpensive & accessible to everyone. I would highly recommend this class to anyone interested in homebrewing or wanting to expand their knowledge of beer in general.

Kewt little guys!

Malt extract on a tooth pick, tastes like Raisin Bran

KCLS is still offering courses throughout May that you can attend so check it out. Registration is required, but the class itself is free. Where & When:

Sunday, May 8th 2p – Des Moines Library   
Tuesday, May 10th 7p – Fairwood Library
Thursday, May 12th 7p – Fall City Library    
Thursday, May 7p – Shoreline Library
Monday, May 23rd 7p – Kirkland Library

Besides the (relevant) info above, here is my personal account of being in class…

Other than recording every beer I drink & where I drink it, I don’t know why I bother taking notes for anything.  I look back and am realizing that it takes me longer to decipher what the eff I was talking about, than to actually scribe a blog. That is why Basil joined me (in all fairness, it was actually her idea and follow through in registration that got us there) for The Basics of Homebrewing class. Naturally we decided to sit front and center so that we could be annoying to everyone and not just entertaining to us. I’m sure I could look at her notes, start typing and BAM! I’d have a blog. Essentially, it takes a village of minions to raise a Pissed LiBEERian blog.

Here is my version of note taking during the 2 hr session, some stuff was written for Basil to read so we wouldn’t get in trouble for talking during class:

(Three hearts are doodled on top of page, obviously to add a little flair to my title.)
Bottle Capper = fascinating! We want one!!
@Basil-Multipurpose cave with kegzzzzz! Start drafting design soon...
Malt extract + hops + yeast + water = magic
Beer is fermented grain.
Ninkasi. Yeahyeahyeah, I already know about & want to ‘totally dominate’ her. Hahaha
Hop addition reasons:  @60m: Bitterness @20m: Flavor @2m: Aroma
Exploding bottles =’s Basil being in charge of all measuring.
Why is wort called wort?
@Basil-Dibs on adding hops 1st
Liberate the Chlorine!
Louis Pasteur was the discoverer of yeast. Cuddle?
@Basil-Green pants guy has a bottle opener ring on his right hand. Epic. If MGD asked for my hand in matrimonial blissitude, do you think he’d hook me up with one of those?
There’s an app for that.

I thought I was being way studious at the time, but that’s the gist of what I have to go on people. I’m now slightly recalling the debate I got into with MGD during Belgianfest. We use a rating system of 1 thru 3 at events, marking everything we drink in the brochure for future reference. Well that’s a little restricting, no? I gave one beer a rating of 2.637, which did not fly in the world of MGD. His reason: “When you finally get around to writing this blog a few months later, how will you remember what you even meant by that?”

According to my notes, I want to give Louis Pasteur a cuddle. I have no idea why. Point taken.

I'll try to make (or at least record) some sense in the future. Until then, any way you slice it this was a fantastic class and it taught me mucho mucho a buncho about cerveza. 5 stars. Gold ones.

working up to teacher's pet,
the pissed liBEERian

Mike, myself and Dan, post class photo op

Photography work by Basil

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Eleventieth Tap Night Tacoma - 6p tonight!

Join the local 253 crowd in the tapping of some delicious cask ales this Monday evening, April 11th. All casks will be tapped at 6p sharp & the pouring will proceed until the casks runneth dryeth at 5 Tacoma locations. Drum roll please for tonight's lineup...

The Red Hot ~ Schooner Exact Nalley Valley 3-Gridlock Dry-Hopped IPA
The Parkway ~ Airways Brewing Ol' Wooden Hag Double IPA
Doyles ~ Belhaven Twisted Thistle
The Swiss ~ Silver City Indianola IPA
E9 ~ E-9 Dry-Hopped Red

I am really stoked to sample what's being offered at both The Red Hot & The Parkway, but hoping I can make it to the Swiss as well since Silver City is doing such a great job. Too bad my work schedule has changed yet again, although I'm not overly upset about being able to sleep in this morning. Luckily, I have a minion on standby to make the rounds until  I'm released from paid slavery at 8p. 

If you want to keep tabs on the haps for Tap Night Tacoma, 'Like' them on Facebook. You'll hear about what's being served & where as soon as they know, the caskedness goes down on the 3rd Monday of every month. Next month is the 1st Anniversary of the event! Hope to see you there!!

drink local,
the pissed liBEERian

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Belgianfest - Washington Beer Commission style yo!

Weebles WABL, but they don't fall down! WAshington Beer Lovers did the Belgian beers justice this January during Belgianfest. Talk about sensory overload! I didn't realize until recently that so many beers fell into the Belgian Beer category. I'll also shamefully submit that I didn't know that Krieks fell under the Belgian umbrella until right before attending. For anyone who possesses as little knowledge as I formerly did, you can find out more by visiting Because the Krieks are my fave, here's a quick rundown on the style:

Kriek - Well, other than being delicious in my mouth they are categorized as a lambic made with cherries or cherry extract. Similarly Peche (peach), Framboise (rasberry), Cassis (currant)etc.

And now for the even funner stuff... PICTURES!!!! We (we ='s MGD but look, it's MY blog) took a ton so I'll let them do most of the talkin'. For once.

The Representing Breweries
(in order of our visitation)

First stop of the day, Elliott Bay BC
Those pouring for Odin Brewing know their stuff! We got quite the education on mace & it's use in Odin's Pearl.
Issaquah brought a whole lotta Menage-a-Frog along

Anacortes Brewery is having a bit too much fun on the job...
but know how to get down to business when beer is involved.
Dinner & a show. Oh Three Skulls, you always make me laugh.
Big Time Brewing looking as happy as was appropriate
Cheers from Hale's Ales

Quite the selection at Elysian Brewing
Snoqualmie wouldn't give me any beer until I gave them 1 wooden token and said 'Triskaidekaphobia' 3x fast
Something must be good at Black Raven to already be partially out of order
Silver City Brewing
Boundary Bay Brewery
Featuring Carl from Big Al Brewing. Happy brewers make great beer!

The Belgianfest Scene 
(the crazy crowd & late night antics)

Very early crowd shot. Can you spot Brew Dad?
Getting friendly with Kim from the Washington Beer Blog
They say Big Al is so nice 'cause it's freakin' true. He shared his Belgian waffle with me. This was right before I laughed and blew powdered sugar all over him. Please keep your big mouth jokes to yourself.
Mischievously toying with the Scuttlebutt paddle. You should see the look of concern (for his own safety) on MGD's face from behind the camera. Priceless.
A great shot of the entire Belgianfest crowd!
MGD enjoying some Big Al with owner of Beveridge Place Pub, Gary Sink
Even though I look a little crazy eyed, I think we are basically way kewt together.
Chris Miller from Snipes Mountain shows us how it's done. Twangzister... be gone!
Sweet Delirium Tremens suspenders, I lurv those little pink elephants!
Evening crowd shot, not a chance of winding down anytime soon!
Rarely do I have a problem taking matters into my own hands, especially when it comes to a lack of Big Al in my glass.
Snipes Mountain Twangzister is good until the very last drop. Even Bill Jenkins from Big Time lends a hand in order to extract the not-so-bitter end

 Effing Around w/ Big Al 
(a beer festival just isn't a beer festival without these guys!)

Please take a moment to notice the proper pinky placement by yours truly
How could a Belgianfest be complete without waffles!
Cheers from the Big Al booth with Micah Sims

Belgians of Outstanding Nature 
(what our unit loved most from the fest)

Big Al Kriek (well duh...)
Black Raven Pour Les Oiseaux (4 grain farmhouse ale/saison aged in French oak white wine barrels with brettanomyces)
Elysian Brewing Backhanded Compliment (Belgian-Style IPA)
Odin's Pearl White Ale (sweet and spicy Belgian hybrid Wit, made with mace)
Ram Brewing's BBBLage-A-Trois
Snipes Mt. Brewery Twangzister #3 (had the last of the 3 yr old Belgian strong aged in a bourbon barrel with house cultures and obnoxious amounts of Montmorency cherries, blended with a non-infectious Belgian strong that was fermented with two strains of Belgian yeast and Belgian candy syrup. And a partridge in a pear tree.)

Wrapping Up

If it looks like we had fun it's because we did. Major fun and laughs were had both day and night. If the Cask Beer Festival this weekend (another WABL event) is half as great as Belgianfest was, I'll be wearing my ridonkulously happy lady face.

If you are interested in attending the Cask Beer Fest on Saturday April 9th, click here for more info & tickets. I've heard this WABL event sells out like crazy time so hop on it!

the pissed liBEERian

I used this picture twice because I heart it so much. Deal with it.

Photography & Editing by TheRealMGD

Wednesday - The reason I need a clone.

So much happening tonight and so little time to do it all. I cannot be in 3 places at once but if I could, this is what I would include on my itinerary:

Anderson Valley Brewers night at Parkway Tavern (6-9p, Tacoma) Parkway has been hosting semi-regular brewers evenings full of fun & chaos for awhile now. You can stop by and meet the folks who run & operate the featured brewery, taste their beer and win lotsa schwag. Well, as long as I don't win it first but I probably won't make it to this event so good luck to ya. Anderson Valley will be serving their Imperial IPA, Imperial Pale, Black IPA, Boont Amber, Hop Ottin, Brother David's Double & Triple. Plus they will be randallizing some Hop Ottin as well. Yay-n-stuff.


Chuckanut Brewing Night at The Red Hot (6p, Tacoma) In addition to the awesome beers Chuckanut will be serving at The Red Hot tonight, (British IPA, Pilsner, Kolsch & Export Stout) the Cowboy Dog will be unleashed upon the masses for one night only. Check out the Red Hot blog for more info on this dog of awesomeness & Chuckanut Brewing. Yet again, more for you. I won't be der.


The Basics of Homebrewing hosted by KCLS (7-8:45p, Federal Way) It's a school night kids, imma be goin' to class with my favorite flavored minion... BASIL! This is a freebie offered by the King County Library System, but registration is required. We will crack open the world of home brewing tonight like a well lubed book. Or loved, whatever. We will be discussing ingredients, equipment & the beer making process as a whole. As long as Basil & I can hold off on the note passing and spit ball throwing, we might actually learn something.

get busy people!
the pissed liBEERian

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

get casked

2 WA Beer Cask Festival early session tickets... Free (yay for blog related media passes!)
2 WA Beer Cask Festival late session tickets... $74.44
Tooling around downtown Seattle during the 2hr break between sessions and after the event with one of my all time favorite people... sure to be as PRICELESS as ever.

Aleventures of magical proportions... activate!

Per standard operating procedure, WABL tends to deliver a doozy (the good kind) of an event. After reading the lineup for Cask Festival, I barely contained my tears of joy. So instead I just did a bit of fist pumping Jersey Shore style, had a spaz attack and put myself to bed. Tickets are already sold out for the 12-4p session so get your tickets now for the evening one (6-10p) by clicking here.

Borrowed the following cask lineup from the loverly folks who run the Washington Beer Blog. I even asked permission first because I don't always do what I want when I want. Shocking, I know... I won't bother highlighting which beers I'm most interested in trying because it's like 80% of the list. Just know that I'm beyond crazy excited!

Airways Brewing  Kent 1) Nonstop to Maui-Dry Stout  Easy drinking, roasty stout with chocolate, coconut and oak chips soaked in Maui Rum.
2) Ol’ Winey Hag-Imperial IPA
Our Sky Hag (Imperial IPA) with oak chips soaked in Syrah Port.
3) Fuel Stop Dublin-Strong Ale
A bigger version of an Irish Session Ale. Full body with a dry and slightly biscuity finish.
American Brewing Co.  Edmonds 1) Breakaway IPA   (ABV: 7%)Full bodied IPA with citrus notes
2) Ed’s Red
(ABV: 5%) Red ale dry-hopped with Falconer Flight hops.
Anacortes Brewery  Anacortes

1) Ten IPA   (ABV: 10%)“Ten” was brewed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Rockfish Grill, the companion restaurant to the Anacortes Brewery. Made with a significant amount of malted rye in the grist and fresh hop additions of Centennial and Columbus to the mash, boil and fermenter.
2) India Pale Ale
(ABV: 6.1% IBU: 118) Our award winning IPA emphasized Northwest hop varieties and features significant hop flavor, bitterness and aroma from Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe.
Big Al Brewing  Seattle 1) Hop Villain Black IPA  Hop Villain combines the solid hop character of an IPA with the rich malt flavor of a porter. Call it a black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale or an India Dark Ale. You bring the labels, Hop Villain brings the flavor!
2) Sourlicious
Inspired by the wild beer of Belgium, Sourlicious is a blend of barrel-aged beer and tank-aged wheat beer. Sourlicious shows warm vanilla flavors from the wood and firm tangy fruit throughout the finish.
3) Brewer’s Choice
Big Time Brewery  Seattle 1)2010 Trombipulator (ABV: 9%)  Belgian-style Triple, primed with agave nectar.
2) Perspective IPA (ABV: 6.5%)
Yet another of Big Time’s signature big, bold and assertive IPAs. Simcoe and Amarillo hops dominate this one.
Black Raven Brewing  Redmond 1) Robust Porter (ABV: 9.9%)  A big robust porter with dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, rum soaked oak chips, Perle and Sterling whole leaf hops.
2) Saison (ABV: 7.1%)
Farmhouse ale with orange peel, lemon peel, mango, black pepper and native Washington wild yeast.
3) Belgian IPA (ABV: 6.0%)
American IPA meets Belgian yeast with lemongrass, lemon thyme, black lemon and whole leaf Citra hops.
Boundary Bay Brewery  Bellingham 1) Cabin Fever Winter Warmer  Dark red and brown color, rich malty flavor.
2) Dry Hop ESB
English style pale, subtle blend of malts with a hop background.
Diamond Knot Brewing  Mukilteo 1) Apple Cinnamon ESB  Conditioned with fresh apple cider, cinnamon sticks and fresh apple.
2) Slane’s Irish Style Red Ale
Caramelly aroma gives way to a malty flavor and smooth finish.
3) Chocolate Raspberry Vanilla Brown Ale
Brown Ale conditioned with raspberries, chocolate and vanilla.
Elliott Bay Brewing  Burien & West Seattle 1) Hellmouth Imperial IPA (ABV: 7%)  As a portal between Earth and Hell, a Hellmouth attracts demons and other supernatural creatures. Sounds like just the place to find fans of our dry-hopped Strong Pale Ale, weighing in at 7% ABV and 100+ IBUs.
2) Black Ops IPA
An example of the emerging “Black IPA” style, our rendition is fermented with a Belgian-style yeast strain and dry-hopped with three different hop varieties.
3) Organic Vanilla-n-Nibs Stout
Our certified organic house-brewed stout infused with organic vanilla beans and organic cocoa nibs from Theo Chocolates.
4) Mystery Cask
We’ll pull something special from the cellar to round out our selection of cask-conditioned beers for the festival.
Elysian Brewing Company  Seattle 1) Rosemary’s Baby IPA (ABV: 6.5%)  An IPA augmented with fresh rosemary branches in the mash and more fresh rosemary sprigs in the bright tank.
2) Loser Strong Pale Ale (ABV: 7%)
Pale ale brewed first for Sub Pop Records’ 20th anniversary. Bittered with Sorachi Ace, finished with Styrian Goldings.
3) Promethues / Stolen Fire IPA (ABV: 6.5%)
An IPA with stylistic elements variously crafted and stolen from Big Time’s Scarlet Fire. Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops.
4) Dragonstooth Imperial Oatmeal Stout (ABV: 7.8%)
An Elysian classic. Smooth, yet burly and hoppy.
Fish Brewing Company  Olympia 1) Mudshark Porter (ABV: 5%, OG: 1.061, IBU: 24)  Seven malt varieties. Medium body and robust flavor, rich notes of chocolate.
2) Organic IPA (ABV: 6.7%, OG: 1.065, IBU: 42)
Medium body with rich golden color. Organic Pale and Crystal malts, New Zealand hops.
3) Swordfish CDA (ABV: 7.5%, OG: 1.075, IBU: 65)
Black in color with white head. Aroma: citrus fruit (hops) up front with hints of coffee, nuts in the background. Flavor: big rich resinous citrus hops up front followed by complex malt that balances nicely with bitterness.
Fremont Brewing  Seattle 1) Totonac BBomb Bourbon Barrel-aged Dark Ale  Bourbon Abominable Ale (BBomb) with organic vanilla beans.
2) The Brother Double IPA
Double IPA hopped with Chinook, Columbus, Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo hops.
3) Kentucky Dark Star Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee.
Georgetown Brewing  Seattle 1) Lucille IPA (ABV: 6.8%)  Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo and Cascade hops. Floral, citrusy and awesome. Anything so innocent and built like that just gotta be named Lucille.
2) Donkey Deux (ABV: 7.5%)
Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with Pilsner, Munich, special B Malts and 110 lbs of Belgian candi sugar. Fermented with traditional Belgian yeast, conditioned over three months, then bottle-conditioned. Dubbel Donkey is big on classic Belgian flavor!
3) Lisa’s “The Sun is Trying to Kill Me” Chocolate Stout (ABV: 8.5%)
Everyone loves Lisa, our Retail Manager, so we named a beer after her. She hates the sun and loves chocolate. Theo Chocolate is her favorite, so that’s what we put in there.  It’s rich but very limited.
Hale’s Ales  Seattle 1) SuperGoose IPA  Very “big” IPA, full malt backbone with a distinct and complex hop profile. Amarillos, Centennials and Simcoe hops featured.
2) Red Menace ESB
Nicely balanced amber ale with equal influences of caramel malt sweetness and Centennial hop flavor and aroma.
3) Troll Porter
About as dark as a porter dare gets. Six different malts create a complex, mouth-filling dark ale with coffee or chocolate nuance.
Harmon Brewing Company  Tacoma 1) Point Defiance IPA (ABV: 6.5% IBU: 70)  An American style IPA dry hopped with Amarillo hops.
2) Black Tartan IPA (ABV: 7.5% IBU: 70)
Brewed with black malts and black wheat. Looks like a stout, tastes like and IPA.
3)Floridian IPA
IPA conditioned with grapefruit, pineapple and oranges.
Ice Harbor Brewing Company  Kennewick 1) Ice Harbor IPA  A medium malty IPA with an assertive but smooth bitterness. Cascade, Amarillo and Citra hops give the beer a complex character and aroma.
2) Ice Harbor Runaway Red Ale
A rich full bodied amber ale with a delicate fruity flavor. Crystal and Carastan malts give the beer a sweetness that is balanced with hop flavors from Simcoe and Cascade.
Iron Horse Brewery  Ellensburg 1) Oaked IPA  Oak aged cask IPA.
2) Irish Death Dark Strong Ale
Cask of our most popular. Might have a surprise for everyone.
Issaquah Brewhouse, Rogue  Isssaquah 1) 11th Anniversary American Strong Ale (ABV: 9.4%)  Oak Aged and Dry-hopped with Simcoe. 11 malts and 11 hops for 11 years.
2) Contraband American IPA (ABV: 6.9%)
Dry-hopped with Citra. Brewed exclusively for Bob Brenlin’s 3PUBS.
Mac and Jack’s Brewery  Redmond 1) Dry Hopped IPA Cask  2) Oak Aged Porter
3) Bavarian Wheat Ale

Maritime Pacific Brewing Company  Seattle 1) Jolly-Gator  This is our take on an English Old Ale. We blended a well-aged cask of our Jolly Roger with a cask of our Navigator Dark Weizen Bock. The result is subtle hints of the Bavarian Hefeweizen yeast with notes of chocolate and dried fruits finishing with a pleasing bitterness.
2) Tropicale
Not only did we dry-hop this cask Imperial IPA, we also infused it with the zest of orange, tangelo, and grapefruit resulting in a refreshing citrus character. All you need now is a hammock on the beach!
McMenamins  Seattle/
1) Workingman’s Red Irish Red Ale (ABV: 4.77%)  McMenamins Spring Seasonal has a reddish hue that strikes a perfect balance between the darker beers of winter and the lighter beers of summer. Its flavor is also perfectly balanced between the sweetness derived from malted barley and the bitterness derived from whole hope cones. It has a deep mahogany color and a slightly malty sweetness up front. This rich foundation and flavor is surprisingly smooth due to the perfect balance of noble hop flavors. It finishes with a toasty mouth feel and a bold, aromatic hop character that compliments the upfront sweetness exquisitely.
2) Monkeywrench Imperial Amber Ale (ABV: 7.74%)
Monkeywrench is a full-bodied Imperial Amber ale with a hint of roast chocolate and loaded with so many Chinook hops that we lost count!
Naked City Brewery  Seattle 1) Spark in the Dark Smoked Porter (ABV: 6.2%)  A very sessionable Brown Porter made with 60% Weyermann Rauch Malt, Munich, Crystal and Chocolate malts, Northern Brewer and Styrian Golding hops.
2) Hoptrocity Rye IPA (ABV: 7.4%)
18% rye malt lends a spiciness that accentuates the intense Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo hop profile while additional malts provide the perfect balance of sweetness.
3) Apricot Infused Pastime Red Ale (ABV: 6%)
Our Pastime Red brewed with Sorachi Ace and Citra Hops, then casked with a pound of apricots.
4) Cadillac Coat (ABV 6.5%)
IPA brewed with 4 additions of Falconer’s Flight hops. Dry hopped in the cask with additional Falconer’s Flight.
New Belgium Brewing  Renton 1) Abbey (ABV: 7%)  This fine Belgian-style Dubbel is crafted in the tradition of classic dubbels. Fermented with a traditional Belgian ale yeast strain, which gives it the characteristic clove and banana aromas that made it famous.  Rich caramel and chocolate malts round out the nose of this Abbey, while hints of sweet baking spice, crème Brule, coffee, and chocolate-covered bananas add depth to the flavor. This 7.0% ABV ale finishes predictably warm and dry, yet remains smooth and soft on the palate to the end, with just a trace of a bittersweet, peppery aftertaste.
2) Trip 9 North Western Imperial IPA (ABV: 9.5%)
A true NW Imperial IPA brewed with the Falconer’s Flight hop. A portion of proceeds will go to Glen Hay Falconer Foundation.
3) Trip 8 Black IPA (ABV: 8.5%)
Brewed with Argentinean Cascade hops, coffee-roasted malt from Chile, and Brazilian Black Rapadura sugar. Dry-hopped with El Dorado hops from Yakima and features a Belgium yeast strain.
Pike Brewing  Seattle 1) Pike 5X Chocolate Stout (ABV: 7.0%, IBU: 65, OG: 1.073)  Pike 5X Stout with Theo Chocolate Nibs. Great chocolate nuance. Full-bodied velvety malt texture; hints of chocolate, licorice and espresso.
2) Pike Double IPA(ABV: 8.0%, IBU: 80, OG: 1.076)
A bouquet of herbal flowers is followed by the dry, crisp, evergreen and citrus character of humulus lupulus (hops) on the palate. This hop bomb is balanced with smooth, biscuity, earthy malt flavors.
Port Townsend Brewing Company  Port Townsend 1) Citra Pale Ale (ABV: 6.5%)  A single hop pale, hopped throughout the brew with, you guessed it, Citra hops. This cask version has been dry hopped four separate times for your pleasure!
2) Glasskisser Imperial IPA (ABV: 8.5%)
Triple-dry hopped for your pleasure.
Ram Brewery  Seattle 1) CoCo Nut Porter  Rich, chocolaty porter infused with freshly toasted organic coconut.
2) Hopburst NW Bitter
A single hop, single malt beer using Pilsner malt and Falconer’s Flight hops. Light bodied with a refreshing, citrusy hop flavor and aroma.
3) Biere de Mars
Rock Bottom   Bellevue 1) Hop Bomb IPA  The ever-popular house IPA cask conditioned with a fruit juice primer.
2) Black Diamond Oatmeal Stout
Our most popular stout cask conditioned with a yet to be determined twist.
3) Coconut Big Black Wheat
A NW style wheat beer infused with toasted coconut.
RedHook Brewery  Woodinville 1) Bourbon Barrel Eisbock 28 (ABV: 13% IBU: 38)  Eisbock 28 is an ice processed winter warmer. This rich lager is aged for months at temperatures well below freezing then transferred to bourbon barrels. Bourbon Barrel Eisbock 28 displays the bourbon flavors aligned with Eisbock’s original smooth maltyness and bittersweet complexity achieved by the sub freezing processing.
2) Cask Conditioned Big Ballard Imperial IPA (ABV: 8.6%)
We have cask conditioned our Big Ballard IPA which is an imperial IPA with assertive hop flavor and aromatics and a rich, deep golden color. The hop flavor and aroma are balanced by complex, malty undertones; an IPA brewed for diehard IPA drinkers.
Malts: 2 Row Pale, Munich, Caramel 60, malted Wheat and Carapils
Hops: Alchemy, Willamette, Chinook
Schooner EXACT  Seattle 1) Coconut Porter  Our roasty Profanity Hill Porter is infused with organic, unsweetened coconut to result in a pleasing, but not overly sweet coconut porter.
2) Bravehorse IPA
Made for our friends at the new Bravehorse Tavern, this IPA was bittered with Columbus and flavor and aroma contributed by the new hop blend Falconer’s Flight: a mix of Simcoe, Citra, and Sirachi Ace.
3) Foxy Mocha Brown
First created for the Beveridge Place’s Iron Brewer Contest, this version 2.0 uses Schooner EXACT roasted espresso beans and chocolate nibs from local chocolate purveyors.
Scuttlebutt Brewing  Everett 1) Belgian Winter Ale-Belgian Strong Ale (ABV: 9.0%)  This cask-conditioned version will fool you with its drinkability. Chocolate, raisin, and fresh pear flavors mask the 9% ABV.
2) Tell-Tale Red Cask-American Red Ale
This medium bodied beer resonates Amarillo and Columbus hops. Balanced and drinkable, this beer is an easy choice to make.
Silver City Brewery  Bremerton 1) Fat Woody Bourbon Oak Aged Scotch Ale (ABV: 9.2%)  Silver City Fat Woody Scotch Ale; cask conditioned and aged on Kentucky Bourbon soaked American White Oak.
2) Whoop Pass Double I.P.A. (ABV: 9%)
Cask Conditioned & Double Dry Hopped. Without a doubt, the boldest and hoppiest mother of a brew Silver City has ever created, with over 50lbs of Washington State Cascade and Columbus hops in each batch. Dry hopped in the tank and in the cask.
Welcome to hop country!
Snipes Mt. Brewery  Sunnyside 1) Trainwreck CDA (ABV: 7.5% IBU: 65)  A robustly hopped, dark brown IPA without any hint of dark malt, and no confusion whether or not it is an IPA. Hopped with Simcoe and Citra, with Falconer’s Flight in the dry hop.
2) The Letter C (ABV:6.8% IBU: 45)
An “old fashioned” IPA styled after a turn of the century NW IPA. With C hops leading the charge, namely Chinook and Centennial, Amarillo, Summit and Warrior round out the subtly bitter beer.
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing  Snoqualmie 1) Plant 1 Powerhouse IPA  Wilder Wildcat. 20% more malt and twice as much hops. We’ve also added Cascades to ride along-side the Wildcat’s normal Columbus hops. For Cask Fest, we’ve dry-hopped the Powerhouse with even more Cascades!
Sound Brewery  Poulsbo 1) Sound Brewery Porter (ABV: 5.5% IBU: 32)  Smooth creamy tan head covers a beautiful dark ruby brown beer. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and plums with toasted grains. Totally balanced with bitterness from noble hops and roasted grains.
2) Monk’s Indiscretion: (ABV: 9.9% IBU: 47)
Monk’s indiscretion is a very complex and unique Belgian style specialty ale. Triple dry hopped with fruity, aromatic northwest hops, Monk’s tastes balanced and smooth, but with an insanely hoppy aroma profile that we believe makes this beer totally unique.
3) Bevrijder Double IPA: (ABV: 8%  IBU:47)
Bevrijder is crafted from English malt, American hops and Belgian yeast to create a wonderfully complex, dry and balanced Belgian style double IPA.
Three Skulls-Baron Brewing  Seattle 1)Belgian Golden Ale  Belgian spiced with Candi Sugar, coriander and orange peel.
2) TBA
Two Beers Brewing  Seattle 1) Infused Evo IPA  Mango and peach infused Evo IPA.
2) Infused 20:20 Blonde
Lavender, rose, dried elderberry and dried currant infused 20:20 Blonde.
3) Infused Panorama Wheat
Lime and ginger infused Panorama Wheat.
Valholl Brewing  Poulsbo 1) Belgian IPA (ABV: 7.2%)  Northwest IPA finished with Trappist yeast. Amarillo, Simcoe and Cascade hops in abundance.
2) Stouty Stouterson Imperial Oatmeal Stout (ABV: 12.8%)
Infused with sweet potatoes, brown sugar, raisins and cinnamon.
3) Belgian Golden Strong Ale (ABV: 9.2%)
Single malt, traditional strong ale. Golden with candi sugar.

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