Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March Craft Beer Events


Saturday 3rd - American Brewing Company 1 year Anniversary Party @ ABC Brewery (Edmonds, 1-11p) Come celebrate the awesomeness and success that has befallen American Brewing Company. There will be live music, awesome snacks (the advert says awesome) and new merchandise. Oh, and beer. You can also participate in a raffle to help raise funds for the Edmonds Food Bank. Get some more info through their Facebook page or through their website.

Sunday 4th - Seattle Urban Beer Hunt (Downtown Seattle, kicks off at 12p) Teams of 2, 4 or 6 will set out on foot for a challenge involving completing specific tasks and recovering select items. Players stick together to decipher clues, solve puzzles and race to finish. It all ends with an awards ceremony at a local pub with food and drink specials available.Cash prizes and costumes! Check out the site for registration fees and more details.

Friday 9th - Tacoma's Weekly Volcano Street Team Pub Crawl (Olympia, 6p) Join the cool cats of the Volcano's Street Team as they do a pub crawl of Olympic proportions. Meet up at Charlie's Sports Bar and Grill (by 6p) for some imbibing or meet up with the team en route. They will be visiting 8 bars total and prepare your happy dance for drink specials and door prizes at each place. Hit up the Volcano online for more info on the Street Team as well as the itinerary.

Sat. 10th & Sun. 11th - Custom Growler and Spring Seasonal CDA Release @ 7 Seas Brewery (Gig Harbor, 12p) If you don't already own one of 7 Seas super awesome growlers then you need to get on it. This years model is an emerald green color and decorated in loving devotion to the almighty hop. Love it so much and am currently talking myself out of buying our 3rd one. Although we don't have a '253' numbered on yet... Bring your 2011 growler on Saturday to get a 2012 of the same number. On Sunday all the left over growlers are up for grabs to anyone. Find more information about this event and pictures of the new growler on the 7 Seas website.

Tuesday 13th - Science Cafe @ Swiss Pub (Tacoma, 6:30p) Drink beer and learn sumptin' at the Science Cafe. A monthly event that pairs beer drinking and knowledge. This month's topic will be: "What's New in Stroke Care: Cool Toys & Cool Treatments" Thanks to recent developments in technology, care for people who have suffered a stroke has advanced to new and exciting frontiers. At the March Tacoma Science Café, join Aaron Heide, M.D., Director of Stroke Services at Auburn Medical Center, to discover the latest in how to prevent, treat, and recover from a stroke. Find out more about March's Science Cafes going on around the South Sound, for those of you not residing in Tacoma.

Wednesday 14th - Beer Tasting @ Tacoma World Beers (Tacoma, 4-7p) Tacoma World Beers will be hosting their first beer tasting. For $2 (and photo id) you can enjoy some different styles of beer from Sound Brewing and Port Brewing to start. Hopefully this is the first of many events of this nature, love love love it! You should also check out their new website at, they'll be posting up to the minute tap lists as they blow through those kegs.

Wednesday 14th - Sierra Nevada Brewers Night @ Parkway Tavern (Tacoma, 6-9p) You know the drill. Get there early to drink amazing Sierra Nevada beer and win some schwag. Sure to be a full house, as always!

Friday 23rd - Guest Tap Take Over @ Engine House No. 9 (Tacoma) From E-9's Book of the Face page: "The E9 is happy to announce that our friends from Stone Brewing & New Belgian brewing will be taking over our guest taps! As added bonus, the E9 brewers will be tapping up some of their special barrel beers. So far the lineup is looking GREAT! Stone 15th Anniversary, Stone Old Guardian, New Belgian La Folie, Ne Belgian Farmhouse, E9 Love Childe, E9 Bourbon Barrel Saison and so many more." Check on their Facebook page in the coming weeks for the whole lineup as the date gets closer. The Engine House is doing such great things recently, I'm so excited for and about them. That means you should be too.

Tuesday 27th - Ninkasi Pint Night @ Crown Bar (5p (from opening), Tacoma) Crown Bar will have the Spring Seasonal: Spring Reign, Total Domination IPA and the always delicious Oatmeal Stout on tap for your enjoyment. Great prizes and giveaways from the brewery and the fried oysters are always a fave of ours.

Friday 30th - Give Blood Get Beer @ The Swiss & The Rock: Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits (Tacoma, usually lunch time/early afternoon) Stop by the Cascade Regional Blood Services bloodmobile at either of these locations to donate some of your blood. You'll receive a coupon for a free pint of beer that can be redeemed the day following the blood drive. There is one about every month, check out the other times and places!

Saturday 31st
- Cask Beer Festival (Seattle Center Fisher Pavillion, 12-4p & 5:30-9:30p, $35-40) This festival is just full of deliciousness. Join the fun in Seattle where they will be featuring over 70 one-of-a-kind handcrafted cask beers from the state’s most innovative breweries. It's gonna be a good one, check out the site for more details. We had a jolly good time last year, I can't wait for a repeat. And this year we won't have to be jealous of all the people leaving early to attend Hops and Props. Yay!
- Elliott Bay Pizza Anniversary Party @ Elliott Bay Pizza (Mill Creek, not to be confused with Elliott Bay Brewing) I was turned on to this happy little pizzeria and craft beer joint a couple of weeks ago by a friend. After some empirical research I am now completely stoked to attend their anniversary party that said friend forced me to buy tix to. It's already sold out so I'm sad for anyone reading this who doesn't have tickets (but still, yay me!) but if you are ever in the area, definitely stop by for a slice and a pint. Hit them up on Twitter for up to the minute tap list.

April 1st - Parkway Tavern AM-PRO Submission Deadline (Bottles can be dropped off at the Parkway or Beer Essentials) Beer submissions for Parkway Tavern's annual AM-PRO brewing are due on April 1st, no joke dudes. Beers will be judged on April 8th and you can find all the detaily things you need at the Washington Homebrewers Association site.

Reoccurring Events

Randall Wrecker Mondays @ Parkway Tavern (Tacoma, 6p) - A new beer (and much more!) will be thrown in the Randall every Monday night for your delight. They even have a punch card!

Beer Tasting Wednesdays @ Tacoma World Beers (Tacoma, 4-7p) Hit up your localest of local beer stores every Wednesday for a $2 beer tasting. You can always make your own tasting from the beers they have on tap but check out their Facebook page or sign up for the newsletter to see what special beers ate being served every week.

Cask Thursdays @ Airways Brewing Tap Room (Kent, 4p) - A firkin will be tapped every Thursday at their Tap Room. You can find weekly updates on what cask ales are being served on their website.

Growler Fills @ Wingman Brewery (Tacoma) - On the off chance that you can't find a pint of Wingman brew on draft in the area, you can now swing by the brewery for a growler fill of the good stuff. Their current growler fillin' hours are on Thursdays (2-6p) and Saturdays (12p-5p). Cash only at this time.

Check this post often for updates on events the fall into my knowledge bubble as March marches on!

the pissed liBEERian 
This is my 'pour faster' face from the last Cask Festival.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tacoma Drinks Washington Beer! Wed. 2/22 through Wed. 2/29

Get your drinking arm ready, it's time for one of my most favorite events of ever: 

 The Parkway Tavern & The Red Hot present...
Tacoma Drinks Washington Beer Week 2012!

See why it's my favorite? Look how happy I was for the first rendition of this event, with my growler and Eye Luv WA Beer shirt and beer sheet!
I do. I really, really do.
What's not to love about a giant bingo-y punch card-y thing, spending oodles of time at both the Red Hot and Parkway Tavern, special beer related events and the opportunity to win a special made growler for completing the arduous task that has been set forth?

Here's the dealio: 
 (Hopefully you already knew this event was happening and in preparation let your liver rest for a few days or maybe pumped some iron to prep your drinking arm.)

1. Pick up your super special beer sheet (pictured above) at either the Parkway Tavern or The Red Hot.
2. Drink WA beer at the Parkway Tavern or The Red Hot.
3. Get beer sheet stamped for specific breweries or random WA beer.
4. Try your bestest to attend the listed events from the Red Hot blog. I have an inkling that most likely, not every brewery will be available on tap the entire week. Drink the hard to find stuff ASAP.
5. Complete beer sheet by Wednesday, February 229th.
6. Get a 32oz commemorative growler (pictured below) for completing.
7. Pat self on back.
8. Give speech to adoring fans.
9. DO NOT add up how much $$ you spent drinking beer just to get a nifty growler.
10. Possibly finish early and work on completing a 2nd beer sheet like MGD and I did last year. This year we have decided that we will feel fulfilled enough by just finishing uno sheeto. I of course say this now, as it is only the first day of the challenge. I'll let ya know how that's working out later this week. Basically, at what point do we by default finish enough beer and look at the 2nd sheet and state "Damn, we got this! Let's keep drinkin'!"

For all the official info (as if I'm not official) you can check out the Red Hot's blog post: Tacoma Drinks Washington Beer Week 2012. There are links to tap lists etc. that you may want to hang on to, as well as a list of beer related events you don't want to miss. 

As of my being chauffeured into work at 8:30a this morning and going over our MGP (Master Game Plan), MGD & I are planning on hitting every event that's listed. The fun starts tonight with the Tacoma debut of the Wingman/Airways collaboration Chocolate Rye beer (had it in Kent at the Airways Beer & Bistro awhile ago, twas delicious!) at the Red Hot and the Parkway Tavern will be hosting a brewers night with American Brewing Company (6-9p) for the release of their Scotch Ale and much more.

drink local
during this week if no other

Monday, February 13, 2012

February Craft Beer events - In & Around Tacoma

I'm too busy, lazy and overwhelmed to switch over to a new blog sites although I believe it is my heart's greatest desire to do so. If I added up all the hours I've spent tooling around on Blogger trying to figure out how to add functions that I really want to utilize (such as tabbed pages, an attractive front page and an event calendar), I could have been a master of disaster on Wordpress by now. Sigh.

Whenever I get past the busy/lazy/overwhelmedness situation, I'll be on it like gangbusters but until then here's a list of beer events in Tacoma and surrounding areas. I'll update this post as I get new info so check back if you are so inclined.

February 2012

Monday 13th - Tap Night Tacoma (Tacoma, 6p) Citywide selection of fresh cask ales pouring on the 2nd Monday of every month. Come out and support this sweet Tacoma event! More info on participating bars can be found on their Facebook page.

Tuesday 14th
-Science Cafe @ The Swiss Pub (Tacoma, 6:30p) Monthly science lectures hosted at local pubs, put on by the Pacific Science Center & KCTS9. This month's topic is "Sex in the Sea". You can find additional info on this lecture and other ones like it by visiting the website.
-Build Your Own Beer & Chocolate Pairing @ Airways Beer & Bistro (Kent, 11:00a-9:30p) Featuring Airways Triple Chocolate Stout paired with mini chocolate cupcakes and all kinds of fun toppings to choose from. More info here.

Wednesday 15th - Avery IPA 2 Ways (& more) @ The Red Hot (Tacoma, 6p) A few taps will be dedicated to Avery Brewing Co beers, a fine maker of the lovely India Pale Ale. Info on what beers be a pouring can be found here.

Thursday 16th - Don't be Effing Dumb @ Parkway Tavern (Tacoma, 7p) by not cancelling all previously laid out plans to make it to the Parkway before 7p. They won't say why, but if you take a moment to think about what highly limited beer made in Santa Rosa is currently being tapped at locations all over the place, you'll know why you should come. Early. (BTW, I make absolutely no claim as the correctness of that vague reference indicating what this event is about, it's merely a guess.)

Wednesday 22nd - American Brewing Company Scotch Ale Release @ Parkway (Tacoma, 6-9p) Come meet two of the great people behind American Brewing Company, Neil Fallon and Skip Madsen, while trying some of their tasty beers as well.

Wed. February 22nd through Wed. February 29th -It's that freaking time again!!! TACOMA DRINKS WASHINGTON BEER @ The Parkway Tavern and The Red Hot. No details yet other than the dates and pic of the growler you can win for completing the mission (should you choose to accept it) but this is how it worked last year... Pick up a bingo card style sheet at either the Parkway or Red Hot. It had about 25 squares on it featuring a different brewery in each square. Go to the bars, drink a pint of one of the listed breweries and get a stamp. If you fill out the entire sheet during the week long event you will have won yourself a special made growler (pictured below), oodles of fame and a well used liver. AMAZEBALLS, I loved this last year. I'm a sucker for themes and anything involving reward based drinking. MGD and I finished 2 sheets and this was also during Tacoma Craft Beer Fest weekend. If there was any way to top that, we will. Hop on the Tacoma Drinks Washington Beer train and you can be as happy of a winner as I was last year. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see my happy win face. :)

Thursday 23rd - Hilliard's Beer Release @ Red Hot (Tacoma, 6p) First ever keg of Hilliard's Beer in Tacoma will be tapped (E.xtra S.pecial B.elgian, it's a bitter made with Saison yeast) as well as their Saison in 16oz cans. Show up, drink, try to win a cool hat made of Hilliard Beer cans.

Saturday 25th
- Hops and Props @ The Museum of Flight (Seattle, 7-10p, $60-100 Sold Out!) As you can see on the site, this event sells out fast. This will be my first year attending and I'm super stoked. You may want to check out some of the info on the event and other write ups on it then mark it on your calendar for next year and buy tickets early!
- Washington Beer Open House @ Breweries throughout Washington (12p-5p... I know, right?!) 2nd go for this event, last year was a smash hit. Every Brewery may do something a bit different but it can include things like barrel tasting, food-beer pairings, seasonal releases, and whatever else. Hit up the official event info page on the Washington Beer Commission website.

Wednesday 29th - Fish Brewing Night @ Parkway Tavern (Tacoma, 6p) The wrap up event night for Tacoma Drinks Washington Beer, you can drink like a fish, if need be, to finish out that punch card!They'll be offering beers from both their Organic and Reel Ales line.

Saturday, Feb. 25th through Saturday, March 3rd - Beveridge Place Pub Barleywine Bacchanal, over 20 dedicated taps to big, fat barleywines!

Reoccurring Events

Randall Wrecker Mondays @ Parkway Tavern (Tacoma, 6p) - A new beer (and much more!) will be thrown in the Randall every Monday night for your delight. They even have a punch card!

Cask Thursdays @ Airways Brewing Tap Room (Kent, 4p) - A firkin will be tapped every Thursday at their Tap Room. You can find weekly updates on what cask ales are being served on their website.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Wingman Brewers cruise along the friendly Airways Brewing skies!!!

The flight crews at Kent's Airways Brewing and Tacoma's Wingman Brewers joined forces recently to make a collaboration beer. You can try out the Chocolate Rye Ale with Caraway at the Airways Beer & Bistro in Kent this Wednesday at 5:30p. Head over there and support your local craft beer brewers. Here is the official release...

Airways Brewing & Wingman Brewers Release Collaboration Beer

When: Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.
Where: Airways Brewing Beer & Bistro
320 W. Harrison Street
Kent, WA 98032
What: Airways Brewing, at its Downtown Kent Beer & Bistro, taps the first keg of the collaborative beer between it and Wingman Brewers of Tacoma. The beer – a Chocolate Rye Ale with Caraway – was brewed on the Wingman one-barrel system. Brewers Alex Dittmar of Airways and Ken Thoburn of Wingman, worked together to formulate the recipe.
In addition to the collaborative beer, the Bistro will feature Wingman’s Stratofortress – a Belgian Strong Ale aged on Cedar – in its tap lineup for the night.

 the pissed liBEERian

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Belgianfest 2012 - Get on it!!!

New venue this year. Waffles. New breweries be a pourin' and old faves still representin'. Waffles. Get your tickets now (advanced tickets are almost sold out) or roll the dice and try buying tix at the door. Did I mention waffles?

You can find all the info you need for Belgianfest 2012 on the Washington Beer Commission website and if you need even more convincing you can read about the amazing good time we had at last year's Belgianfest.

Waffles, general event happiness and the light shineth upon my little blonde head upon realizing that sour beers are included in the Belgian beer family.

Oh how far I've come in a year...

Here's the brewery lineup for this year, lovingly copy & pasted from the Washington Beer Blog event 'FYI'. Cue happy dance at seeing Tacoma represented by Wingman Brewers and Engine House No. 9!!!!

Hope to see you there!!!

The Complete List of Breweries and Beers


7 Seas Brewing
1) Le Havre Belgian Winter Ale
This seasonal offering is fashioned with reverence towards the long-standing tradition of Trappist Abbey-style beers of Belgium. Brewed with Pale Ale malt, oats, and dark crystal malts, hopped with Fuggles, and fermented with authentic Belgian Abbey yeast, the ale reveals intricate layers of spice, fig, bitter chocolate.  ABV: 8.0%

American Brewing Company
1) Big Pucker
Wood Barrel aged Sour Beer. Double Flanders Sour Ale aged in a used, oak Cabernet Franc Barrel.

Anacortes Brewery
1) Peppercorn Saison
A lighter 4.5% ABV Belgian farmhouse style made with several varieties of fresh cracked peppercorn.
2) Dubbel
A strong dark ale made with demerara sugar, honey and chocolate wheat.
3) Trippel
A strong 8.5% ABV light colored ale hopped for balance with saaz and styrian golding varieties.
4) Sour Red
Red ale soured with lactobacillis and brettanomyces aged in a bourbon barrel passed between multiple breweries.

Big Time
1) Jack Candy Grand Cru
Jack Candy is a pale Belgian style strong ale fermented with both Westmalle and Achouffe yeast strains. Saaz hops lend bitterness and spiciness. The name was inspired by a Walkabouts Song. 9.3% ABV
2) Black Jack Candy
Black Jack Candy is our Belgian style Grand Cru with aseptic Blackberry puree added.
9.3% ABV
3) Trombipulator Belgian Tripel
A nearly 1-year-old 1/4 bbl keg of our Trombipulator Belgian style Tripel features Fuggle hops, and Westmalle yeast. This was original brew #666 1st brewed in 1994 – named after the Parliament Album Trombipulation.
9.0% ABV

Black Raven Brewing
1) Belgian Style IPA
Northwest IPA that has been through a secondary fermentation with brettanomyces. Dry hopped with calypso, nugget, citra and Chinook. 7.3% ABV
2) Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort
Belgian style strong abbey brown aged in bourbon barrels. 8.8% ABV
3) Cask Saison
Four grain saison with brettanomyces. 6.6% ABV

Boundary Bay Brewery
1) Belgian Style Tripel
Strong in alcohol, our Belgian Style Tripel is golden in color, medium bodied and moderately hopped. The flavor and aroma are both dominated by alcohol and Belgian yeast. It has a nice malt backbone, is spicy, slightly earthy and finishes dry. Hops: Tettnang, Saaz. Malts: Pilsner, Belgian Aromatic, Caravienne, Munich, Special B, Vienna Original Gravity: 1.082 ABV: 8.9%

Diamond Knot Brewing Co.
1) Strong Belgian IPA
Crisp golden in color with a complex yet delicate flavor with a big hop-forward aroma, that gives away to citrus and floral tones. This will leave you begging for another. IBU: 40 ABV: 7.3%

Elliott Bay Brewing Co.
1) Batch 1000 Sour Blend
Exclusively for Belgianfest: a one-off blend of our 1000th brew fermented and aged in four different red wine barrels.
2) Long Black Veil
Black Ale based on the Dry Stout style and fermented with our house Belgian yeast strain.
3) Nitwit Imperial Wheat (cask)
Cask-conditioned strong Wit-style ale = 8% ABV.
4) Brandy-barrel-aged Fuerte Strong Ale
Rich 9% ABV amber ale aged for three months in Kentucky brandy barrels.
5) Saison de la Chance Redux
Our 13th Anniversary Saison re-created for the patrons of Belgianfest. 8.5% ABV

Elysian Brewing Co.
1) Yuzu’s Belgian-style Golden Ale
Yuzu’s is made with 100% pale malt, Turbinado sugar and Belgian Golden ale yeast. Bittered with Magnum and finished with Styrian Goldings hops. Organic dried lemon peel is added at the end of the boil, and yuzu juice is added both pre- and post-fermentation. 4.5% ABV
2) Bete Noel Belgian-style Ale
Brewed with Pale, Munich, Castle Aromatic and roasted barley and black malts, with amber Turbinado sugar added to the kettle. Bittered with German Northern Brewer, finished with Hallertauer hops and fermented with Belgian Golden Ale yeast. 8.5% ABV
3) Krokus Saffron Sour Wheat Ale
Brewed with pale, malted wheat, flaked wheat and wheat flour and hopped with Hallertauer and U.K. Fuggles. Infused with American saffron and fermented with the 4th generation sour tank collection of yeasts and bacteria. 6% ABV
4) Ferme noire Cascadian Dark Sasion
Our dark and hoppy ale fermented with a Saison yeast. The resulting beer adds a bone-dry, barnyard twang to an already slightly roasty and moderately hoppy beverage. Malts: pale, dark Munich, aromatic, and Carafa III Sugar: 50 lbs of Demerara Hops: Chinook, Amarillo, Cascade 8.2% ABV
5) Backhanded Compliment Belgian IPA CASK
Backhanded Compliment Cask version dry-hopped with Citra. Brewed with organic pale, Munich, Cara-Hell and Cara-Vienne malts and bittered with Chinook and finished with Amarillo and Citra hops. Fermented with Westmalle yeast. 6.2% ABV
6) Bete Blanche Belgian-style Tripel
A twist on the French expression “Bête Noire.” Brewed entirely from Pale malt and augmented in the boil with clear Belgian candy sugar. Bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Styrian Goldings hops. Fermented with Belgian ale yeast. 41 IBU. 6.9% ABV
7) Nibiru Belgian-style Tripel
Infused with Yerba Mate. Combining the tasty esters of Belgian yeast and the compelling tea-like flavors of the South American herb mixture. A mixture of German Northern Brewer, Czech Saaz and American Amarillo hops round out the uniqueness of this first beer of the Apocalypse. 7.65% ABV
8 ) The Prefessor
With plums and brettanomyces, Marris-Otter pale, Munich and wheat, and East Kent Goldings to bitter and finish, at the Tangletown brewery.  4.65% ABV

Engine House No 9 Brewery

1) Love child Kriek
5.9% ABV Ruby in color with a pink head. Aromas of cherries and oak. With a cherry and slight sour flavor finishes bright and clean.
2) Bourbon Saison
7.8% ABV Traditionally brewed saison, aged in bourbon barrel. With aromas of oak, bourbon, vanilla, clove and hints of sour. Giving way to flavors of banana, cloves bourbon and hints of sour finishing clean and dry.
3) Belgian White
5.0% ABV Grainy spicy wheat aromatics with hints of coriander and orange. Pleasant malt sweetness with zesty citrus, coriander and subtle spicy hop flavors. Finishes with a slight wheat tartness

Fish Brewing Company
1) Monkfish Belgian Style Tripel Ale
A cracking fine example of the classic style, Monkfish Belgian Style Tripel Ale is the color of nectar, with a sweet malty flavor and subtle hop aroma. Mingling in its character, fruity and spicy esters impart a heavenly complexity to this medium-bodied delight. Brewed using Pale malt, Honey malt, aromatic malt, Belgian candy sugar, Styrian Golding hops and, of course, Belgian Abbey yeast, Monkfish stands firmly in the Belgian triple tradition. 32 IBUs 9.0% ABV

Fremont Brewing Co.
1) The Lamb
Saison aged in French Oak wine barrels with brettanomyces lambicus.
2) Return of Blood Funnel

Gallaghers Where U Brew
1) The Monk
A delicious Belgium Triple with a smooth 8.5% fruity bite. Coriander and orange peel add to the decadence of this ale. The use of Orange peel during the dry hop adds to the amazing aromatics of this popular brew.
2) Black Imperial Belgium
The use of our Belgium yeast allows the fruity character of this beer to stand out. Its dark color compliments the full body mouth feel and is enjoyed by all.

Georgetown Brewing Co.
1) Frosty “The Waldman”
In the Winter Warmer tradition, this dark ale is brewed strong with Pale, Pilsner, Special B, Crystal, and Chocolate malts, and 10 lbs/bbl of rich molasses boost the holiday cheer. Northern Brewer hops contribute the bulk of the bitterness, while Sterling hops, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg add a spicy nose. Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast strain to lend a smooth and complex character. ABV 7.6%, IBUs 40
2) Waldman
Modeled after an English Ordinary Bitter with a few decidedly Belgian stylings, Waldman is brewed with Northern Brewer hops and 36 lbs of Belgian Candi Sugar then fermented with a Belgian ale yeast. We finish with Brettanomyces “Wild” yeast strain and a heavy does of dry hops. The Brett is carried over to the bottles where Waldman continues to develop complex flavors throughout the bottle conditioning.  ABV 6.1%, IBUs 35

Hale’s Ales
1) Hale’s “25″ Belgian Dubbel
The first edition of this beer was brewed to celebrate Hale’s Ales 25th anniversary in 2008. True to style, Hale’s “25″ Belgin Dubbel is moderately strong, very malty and possesses the unique flavor characteristics imparted by Belgian yeast.  7.3% ABV, 20 IBU’s
2) Hale’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Gold
Hale’s Belgian Gold is made with Pilsner, C-40 and Carapils Malts with a blend of various sugars. The beer is hopped with Goldings. This delicious beer has been aged in bourbon oak barrels for most of 2011. The combination of the wood and whiskey overtones combined with the belgian beer flavors makes this beer a true delight.  9% ABV, 15 IBU’s
3) Hale’s Belgian Wit
A classic, unadulterated Belgian Wit brewed with no spices. Crisp, refreshing and slightly tart.  4.8% ABV, 5 IBU’s

Hilliard’s Beer
1) Hilliard’s Saison
Simple beer, complex taste and aroma.  A special yeast and unique fermentation profile give this beer hints of coriander, orange peel, and maybe a bit of pepper. Castle Malting Pilsner Malt and Golding Hops, no spices added.  7.4% AVB

Issaquah Brewery
1) White Frog Ale
Belgian Style Ale: Summer Wit Beer. Aromas of coriander and orange spice dominate the nose. A very light mouthfeel is countered with sweet orange peel, coriander and subtle notes of chamomile. It finishes with delicate banana and clove spices. Surprisingly light and immediately quaffable. ABV: 5.2%
2) Menage A Frog Belgian Trippel
Menage A Frog has a brilliant golden amber color. Inviting aromas of toasty baguette, orange blossom honey, and delicate bubblegum spice follow through on a round entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with caramel pear and peach custard tart notes. Finishes in a bold peppery spice, delicate grassy herbal and citrusy hops, and toffee fade with lingering warming alcohol.
ABV: 9%

Lazy Boy Brewing Co.
1)Belgian Golden Ale
2)Belgian Dubbel

McMenamins Pubs & Breweries
1) Reinhold’s Flying Armadillo Dark Belgian Strong
A nice, full bodied Dark Belgian with a mild hop presence and a flavorful malty character.  Made with Wyeast Belgian Abbey II yeast. 7.75% ABV
2) Girl Next Door Belgian Blonde
This is a light bodied, smooth tasting and highly carbonated Belgian Blonde Ale. It is made with Pilsner, Wheat and Aromatic malts and hopped with US Golding hops. Brewed using Wyeast Belgian Abbey II yeast. 6.0% ABV.

Naked City Brewery
1) La Touche De Mal
Belgian Strong Golden Ale

New Belgium
1) Belgo
Belgian style IPA made with an authentic Trappist yeast strain and 4 varieties of hops.  7.0% ABV and 60 IBU’s
2) Trip 11 Farmhouse Ale
Farmhouse ale brewed with Rosemary and Sage.  8.5% ABV

Odin Brewing Co.
1) Thor’s Equinox
this Belgian Dark Strong Ale is a brew that is big in flavor without the chewy body holding you back from finishing the whole glass. We have showcased malt and a unique woody note from Angelica spice, creating a beer that is still Belgian, yet can satisfy stout and strong porter lovers as well. Aroma– dark fruits and portlike notes, Top note– strong maltiness, some molasses, Middle note- malt sweetness,  banana, End note– light tartness, woody, Color– dark nut brown. 9% ABV, 20 IBUs

Paradise Creek Brewery
1) Paradise Hoe
A refreshing and traditional Belgian Wit with a nose that offers you wonderful orange, subtle banana, clove and other sweet fruit. One taste of this cloudy straw colored ale confirms what you smell and opens up notes of coriander and just a dash of pepper. The white wheat and a little oats give this beer a nice medium bodied mouth feel. ABV 5.8%

Pike Brewing Company
1) Saison
2) Pike Monk’s Uncle
Big, full-bodied and complex with a yeasty nose, fruity esters and malty dryness. Hints of honey, spice and exotic fruit play with the senses. Powerful, yet gentle. ABV 9%

Ram Restaurant & Brewery
1) Barrel #1
Light, tart and refreshing – a blonde ale fermented in a barrel by many a mysterious critter – 4.5% ABV
2) Barrel #2
An intensely flavored dark ale, fermented in an old wine barrel with a couple of Brett strains and hints of lactobacilius. 6.5% ABV
3) BBlage-a-trois
A blend of 3 wildly fermented bbls made exclusively for this year’s Belgian Fest.

Redhook Brewery
1) Allocation
Allocation is a super drinkable Belgian Session Ale. Medium in body and amber hued with ample handfuls of wheat malt to keep the beer’s finish light and dry. Mild phenolic notes from the Trappist yeast offer up mild hints of spiciness and banana. It is tradition for the Monastic brewers in Belgium to get a daily allocation of the lightest (session) beer they produce after their work is done.

Schooner EXACT Brewing Co.
1) Schoon White
Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with Pilsner malt, wheat malt, unmalted wheat and oats. Fermented with a traditional Belgian Wit beer strain. Hallertauer hops and a subtle addition of spices including citrus zest and hibiscus make this a thirst quenching and refreshing beverage. 5.2 % ABV
22 IBU’s
2) Biere de SODO
A hoppy Belgian-style pale ale brewed with Pilsner malt, sugar and a generous helping of Styrian Golding hops. Fermented with a blend of a unique Belgian yeast and a special strain of brettanomyces, this beer is easy drinking with an ever so slight funkiness.
6.4% ABV, 38 IBU’s
3) Abbaye de Schooner Dubbel
A Belgian-style ale brewed with a complex and distinctive blend of German and Belgian malts. Hallertauer hops, Belgian candi sugar and organic flame raisins complement the rich, toasted, caramel malt and yeast finish.
6.9% ABV, 20 IBU’s
4) Saison Goélette
A traditional Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with Pilsner malt, rye malt, turbinado sugar and Hallertauer hops.
5.8% ABV, 24 IBU’s

Silver City Brewery
1) The Giant Made Of Shadows
This Dark Strong Ale is rich in big malt character, candy like sweetness, and warming alcohol.  Suggestions of chocolate and dried fruits pair well with oak and vinous notes from extended aging in Tempranillo wine barrels. 9.5% ABV
2) Nutcracker 2005 Special Brown Ale
A festive beer (8.6 % ABV), Nutcracker rings in the Holiday Season with a medley of dark roasted malt, fruit and spice. Some hints of fruit (plum, cherry, peach) come from a wonderful and distinctive Belgian yeast strain. Additionally, ginger, orange and tangerine peel was added to spice things up.
3) La Fat 2007
La Fat is Silver City Fat Scotch Ale fermented with a Belgian yeast noted for creating big, spicy phenol character. La Fat goes through a secondary fermentation on French Oak.  La Fat combines classic Belgian characteristics with Scotch like toffee and caramel notes with hints of oak and peat. ABV 9.2%
4) Whitecap Wit
A Belgian witbeir (white beer) brewed by award winning Seattle homebrewer Nick Ladd in collaboration with Silver City Brewmaster Don Spencer for entry in the 2011 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am competition. Wheat and oats are mixed with malted barley to make a light and hazy (white) beer. Coriander, Fresh Tangelo and Valencia orange peel are added for a vibrant citrusy appeal. 5.5% ABV

Snipes Mountain Brewing
1) Golden Ale
Belgian-style Golden Strong made with Belgian pilsner malt, clear candi syrup and NW beet sugar. Fermented with an authentic Belgian golden strain. 9.5% ABV, 27 IBU’s
2) Darkstrong
Belgian-style Dark Strong made with three types of rye malt, dark candi syrup and aged for a year with Lactobacillus. 8.5% ABV, 28 IBU’s

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company
1) Triskaidekaphobia
Reminiscent of the Millennial Madness we created 12 years ago, Triskaidekaphobia is a great balance of crisp clean malt, lemony hops and spice. Unfiltered but clear to the eye, Trisky is made from 100% German pilsner malt, Belgian candi sugar, 100% Czech Saaz hops and Belgian ale yeast.8.6% ABV
2) Spring Fever
Orange hues, rich malt flavors, spicy coriander overtones and fruity, tropical aromas make this one beautiful beer for fans of Belgian styles. Spring Fever is crafted from the finest Two-Row, Munich, Carastan and Belgian Aromatic malts, Columbus and Czech. Saaz hops, spiced with coriander and fermented with Belgian ale yeast. 7.0% ABV

Sound Brewery
1) Dubbel Entendre
Comforting aromas of chocolate malt and dark toffee, with a hint of banana and stone fruits. A dark abbey style ale with a subtle rich maltiness and a dry, spicy finish. 8.0% ABV
2) Tripel Entendre
Complexity and balance from a simple recipe of the finest ingredients obtainable. Clear and light in color, this strong Belgian ale drinks smooth and easy but has the complexity to complement the finest meals or to savor alone at the end of the evening. 9.9% ABV
3) Koperen Ketel
Biscuity Belgian malt balanced with the finest Slovenian Styrian Goldings hops, Koperen Ketel has a delicate herbal, fruity aroma and a clean dry finish making for a refreshing, easy drinking copper color ale. 5.0% ABV

Wingman Brewers
1) Black Widow
A dark Belgian strong ale aged in a Pont21 Cabernet Sauvignon barrel from 21 Cellars. A Cab Sav nose is followed by the familiar Belgian flavors of ripe fruit and figs. 11.4% ABV
2) Cerise Noire
A light lambic influenced sour ale.  Featuring pediococcus, lactobasillus, brettanomyces, and black cherry tea. 6% ABV
1) Le Havre Belgian Winter Ale
This seasonal offering is fashioned with reverence towards the long-standing tradition of Trappist Abbey-style beers of Belgium. Brewed with Pale Ale malt, oats, and dark crystal malts, hopped with Fuggles, and fermented with authentic Belgian Abbey yeast, the ale reveals intricate layers of spice, fig, bitter chocolate.  ABV: 8.0%

the pissed liBEERian
To my heart's dismay, there will be no repeat of this situation at Belgianfest this year. Big Al Brewing won't be there. Sadness.



None of these are dinosaurs.
This poster makes me happy.

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