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Fresh Hop Tasting Thursday Night plus our Fresh Hop Fest continues!

Fresh Hop Tasting Thursday Night plus our Fresh Hop Fest continues!

Fresh Hop Tasting Thursday Night plus our Fresh Hop Fest continues!

Fresh Hop Tasting Thursday Night plus our Fresh Hop Fest continues!

         

The Highlights

Fresh Hop Tasting Thursday October 8th (5-8PM)

Victory Brewing Tasting Next Thursday (October 15th; 5-8PM)
Meet Melissa Twist, from Victory Brewing Company! We’ll have on tap their new and limited Hoppy Quad, plus their award wining Prima Pilsner (Ratebeer.com’s 12th highest rated pilsner in the world), Dirt Wolf Double IPA, Golden Monkey (2014 GABF Gold Medal), and one more to be named next week. 

Pumpkin Junction 2015
Saturday, October 17th – Saturday, October 31st
Join us for our 4th Annual Pumpkin Junction! We’ll turn over 25+ taps to all things pumpkin through Halloween. A few you can look forward to being on tap: Avery Rumpkin, Avery PumpKYn 2014 Vintage, Almanac Pumpkin Sour, Bainbridge Whiskey Jack 2014 Vintage, Trinity Emma’s Pumpkin Saison, Uinta Jacked B. Nimble Bourbon Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale, and many many more. We’ll announce the full lineup and details next week!

DRINKS TO-GO
You’re all familiar with the traditional growler fills, but we now offer Crowlers of beer, cider, and mead. We even offer to-go cups (with lids and straws) for our non-alcoholic beverages, including Stumptown Nitro Coffee, root beer, and kombucha! So if you need a last minute beer from our tap list, or need some delicious coffee in a pinch, you know where to go….The Beer Junction!

New Bottle Arrivals!
Baranof Island – Sitka Spruce Ale
Double Mountain – Killer Green Fresh Hop IPA
Hof Ten Dormal/ Stillwater – Red Wine Barrel Aged Arcana Stout
Off Color – Yuzu Fierce Berliner Weisse
Ommegang – Game of Thrones: Iron Throne Blonde, and Take the Black Stout (limit 4/ person on both). We also have gift packs featuring both of the bottles and a glass for $22.99!
Omnipollo – Nebuchadnezzar Imperial IPA, Zodiac IPA, and Magic #421 Smoothie IPA
Reuben’s – Fresh Hop Amarillo Pale Ale (limit 1/ person)
Stone – 24 Carrot Golden Ale, and Enjoy By 10.31.15 IPA
Wingman – Heavy Bevvy Scotch Ale

Plus, many more listed further below!

We’d love to get your vote! 
Voting for the annual Best of Western Washington contest is now underway. If you have a spare minute, and think we’re worth a vote, we’re currently nominated for BEST BEER STORE and BEST BEER SELECTION. You can vote for us in one or both categories. 

World’s Best Beer Award 2015
Fish Tale’s Beyond The Pale Ale has won the title of “The World’s Best Beer” from the World Beer Awards. The Olympia based brewery snatched up the award out of the 1,000+ different beers that were entered. Click the image, or here, for more information. 12oz bottles of Beyond The Pale are currently in stock. 

We hope to see you tomorrow night for the fresh hop tasting event!

– Morgan

We are now filling Crowlers!
Check out the video to see them in action.

What is a Crowler?

It’s a 32oz disposable aluminum growler we fill and can seam on site! When you’re finished just recycle them. No need to clean them out, or return them.

Great for those occasions when you forget your glass / stainless growler but still want to take something home that we have on tap.

Perfect for hiking/ camping trips too! Lighter weight than standard growlers, and when you’re finished just crush the can and recycle it.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 3rd
Sunday, October 11th

Our 1st Annual Fresh Hop fest is in full swing and we have plenty of fresh hop beers on tap. If you love the fresh hop beer season then you still have time to enjoy some of these rare fresh hop beers before they are gone for another year! We also have bottles of fresh hop beers in case you don’t get enough and need to take some home, or bring in those growlers and make sure to fill up on the beers you really like since many of the beers on tap are never bottled. We can even Crowler many of the beers for you if you forget your growlers!

Thursday, October 8th; 5-8PM

We are hosting a fresh hop tasting event that will feature 5 fresh hop beers. This is a great opportunity to try some of the freshest beers around, and see for yourself why beers lovers wait anxiously for this unique time of year to come. For this event we will be featuring the following 5 beers:

Silver City – Wet Hop Citra Ninkasi – Green Haze Schooner Exact – Amarillo Oakshire – Centurion Ninkasi – Total Crystalization

Tasting notes for the 5 beers are below.
Fresh Hop Tasting Notes
Sample the below 5 beers for just $4 from 5-8PM on Thursday, October 8th!

Silver City – Wet Hop Citra Pale Ale
Every fall, brewers around the world anxiously await the harvest of a principal brewing ingredient – the hop. Hops are traditionally dried, losing some of their intense raw character while retaining the necessary oils to season beer. Some brewers make the extra effort to obtain farm fresh or “wet” hops to create something special. This year, Silver City showcases the green, unkilned character of the Citra Hop. This beer features aromas of tangerine and orange blossom and full flavors reminiscent of pineapple and pine resin creating a tantalizing experience for any hop lover. 6.1% ABV

Ninkasi – Green Haze IPA

Schooner Exact – Amarillo Single Hop IPA
Each year we embark upon a journey to Eastern Washington to the Mecca of hops. We brew a home brew size batch using the FRESHEST of hops available, ones that are literally just picked from the vines. We then return back to Seattle and brew a second commercial batch. We present to you the results.  6.5% ABV

Oakshire – Centurion Pale Ale
American Pale ale with the use of Wet (freshly picked) hops from Crosby Hop Farms in Woodburn Oregon. Centurion. The metric system is all over this beer. We love numbers divisible by 10. 1000 lbs of malt, 100 lbs of hops, 10 lbs of love. Centennial love. See what we did there? 5.6% ABV

Ninkasi – Total Crystalation IPA
Fresh Hop IPA. We take our regular IPA and transfer this into a tank with whole leaf hops in it. The beer sits in this tank for a week and then is kegged. Extra hop flavor and aroma is derived from this process, taking an already hoppy beer to new lupulin levels! 6.7% ABV

Fresh Hop Information Center

Hop Union Aroma Wheel 
This unique tool allows you to select a particular hop character (citrus, herbal, pine, etc.) and they will give you a breakdown of the various hops that can be used to achieve that particular flavor or aroma profile. A great tool for beer novices or home brewers. 

More information here!

Fresh Hop vs Wet Hop

There are many questions regarding the difference between fresh hopped and wet hopped beers. Kendall from the Washington Beer Blog does a great job breaking down the difference and why it matters to what you are drinking.

Hop information and fun facts

We are lucky to live in an area of the United States that produces a vast majority of the hops used by brewers throughout the nation, and around the globe.  As seen in the figure, the cone is very simply made up. Bracts, and bracteoles (small bracts) are leaf like structures that surround the entire cone, attaching to a central axis. Underneath the bracteoles is where the magic of the hop plant is found, the lupulin glands. Lupulin glands contain the resins and oils most brewers are looking for when making beer. Although a multitude of chemicals are present in these glands, the three main ones are alpha and beta acids, along with essential oils. These three chemicals are very important in the making of modern beer. 
2015 North American Commercial Hop Production

Washington – 32,205 acres (70.8%)

Oregon – 6,807 acres (15%)

Idaho – 4,975 acres (10.9%)

Other States – 1,244 acres (2.7%)

Canada – 257 acres (0.6%)

Total – 45,488 acres (just over 71 square miles)

Ballast Point – Commodore Stout 
The Commodore came out of our search for a medium-bodied American Stout. The recipe began at our R & D pilot brewery, but quickly became a favorite of our crew. Strong flavors of roasty coffee and bittersweet chocolate balance with light citrusy hop aromas, highlighted by a crisp bitter finish. One sip of this gold medal-winning stout will have you ready to take command of your own fleet. 6.5% ABV

Bear Republic – Black Racer IPA
Black Racer blends Bear Republic’s love of hops with the Pacific Northwest’s appreciation for dark ales. Our pit crew brews this award winning ale which boldly defines a new frontier of flavors and always maintains pole position. Race to the Dark Side. 8.1% ABV

Cider House 101 – Cactus Red
Finally, a cider that we can call our own. This is a truly regional cider, unique to Southern California. We crafted a blend of two indigenous desert plants that grow all over Los Angeles County, the Cactus and the Agave. We use only the highest quality California grown Cactus Pears, and 100% Organic Raw Blue Agave nectar. Brilliant blood red appearance, glowing with rich texture and beautiful aromatics. 6.9% ABV

Deschutes – Hop Trip Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Each year around Labor Day, Deschutes brewers high-tail it over the pass to Doug Weather’s hop fields near Salem for the harvest. After bagging these aromatic jewels, we hustle back and toss them into the brew kettles within four hours of picking. Our reward: a pale ale with a uniquely bright citrus punch and fall spice. It’s something only Deschutes would take past the idle-talk stage. Brewed with Salmon Safe Hops. 6.1% ABV

Also new from Deschutes:
Jubelale

Fort George – Squash Buckler Pumpkin Ale 
Squash Buckler begins with the gathering of the fresh crop of sugar pumpkins by Organically Grown Company and their community of local farms, sometime around early September. Whole pumpkins are then sliced and diced, roasted in the Fort George wood-fired oven to caramelize the sugars, and then placed in the boil of this autumn seasonal. There are no additional flavorings or spices. Squash Buckler simply packs rich organic malts and fire-roasted pumpkin into a deep amber ale. 6.5% ABV

Reuben’s – Amarillo Fresh Hop Pale Ale 22oz (limit 1/ person)
The brew turned our really nice.  Orange juice and mango lead the aroma and flavor, it has a juicy body, and most importantly the wet hop character comes through really nicely.  It’s hard to describe that character – you have to try it yourself. It dissipates quickly – within a couple of weeks it will be subdued.  So you have to drink this fresh! But I’d describe it akin to freshly cut grass, “green.”  The beer right now literally smells of the hops we used fresh in the brewery on brew day!  6.0% ABV

Stone – 24 Carrot Golden Ale 
Winner of Stone’s 2015 American Homebrewers Association competition. Brewed in collaboration with Juli Goldenberg & Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery. A carrot cake-inspired Belgian-style ale brewed with carrots, cinnamon, raisins & vanilla bean. 8.5% ABV

Uinta – Jacked B. Nimble Black Pumpkin 

Meet Jacked B. Nimble. He enjoys Halloween, pumpkin patches, and long walks on the beach. Jacked B. Nimble is an Imperial Black Pumpkin Ale, weighs in at 11.0% ABV, and is brewed with roasted malt and rye. The brew will have a light bitterness and finish with bold malt characters. With booziness and spice you might think we’re being too nice but we promise this isn’t a trick, it’s merely a treat! 11.0% ABV

Avery Rumpkin 
We wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, were aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Rumpkin is what happened! This first member of the Annual Barrel-Aged Series was brewed with roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm, and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. 17% ABV. 

Wingman – Heavy Bevvy Scotch Ale 
Aged on toasted American oak, there are hints of vanilla, spice, smoke, and maple in this deliciously malty Scotch Ale. 10.0% ABV

IPAs/ PALE ALES
Bear Republic – Black Racer IPA 22oz
Beer Valley – Leafer Madness Fresh Hop 22oz
Brouwerji Kees – Double Rye IPA 300ml
Brouwerji Kees – Farmhouse IPA 330ml
Deschutes – Hop Trip Fresh Hop Pale Ale 12oz
Double Mountain – Killer Green Fresh Hop 500ml
Fish Tale – Beyond The Pale Ale 12oz
Fremont – Mosaic Equinox Cowiche Fresh Hop 22oz
Guinness – Nitro IPA 11.2oz
Left Hand – Warrior Fresh Hop IPA 22oz
Omnipollo – Magic #421 Raspberry Smoothie IPA 330ml
Omnipollo – Nebuchadnezzar Imperial IPA 330ml
Omnipollo – Zodiac IPA 330ml
Stone – Enjoy By 10.31.15 IPA 12oz and 22oz

SCOTCH ALES
Great Divide – Claymore Scotch 12oz (returning)
Wingman – Heavy Bevvy Scotch Ale 22oz

SPECIALTY BEERS/ BARLEY WINES
Baranof Island – Sitka Spruce Tip 22oz
Brouwerji Kees – Barley Wine 330ml
Fremont – Brew 1000 (Limit 1/ person)
Ommegang – Game of Thrones: Iron Throne Blonde 750ml (limit 4/ person)
Ommegang – Game of Thrones: Take the Black Stout 750ml (limit 4/ person)
Stone – 24 Carrot Golden Ale 22oz

STOUTS/ PORTERS
Ballast Point – Commodore Stout 12oz
Brouwerji Kees – East India Porter 330ml
Brouwerji Kees – Export Porter 330ml
Hof Ten Dormal/Stillwater – Red Wine Barrel Aged Arcana Stout 330ml
Sierra Nevada – Barrel Aged Narwhal 750ml

LAGERS
Evil Twin – Pils Al Pastor 22oz

WINTER BEERS/ CIDER
Angry Orchard – Cinnful 12oz
Deschutes – Jubelale 12oz
Fish Tale – Ice Breaker Winterfish 12oz
Hopworks – Abominable 16oz Cans & 22oz Bottles
Shiner Holiday Cheer 12oz
Silver City – WOnderland Winter Ale 22oz

PUMPKIN BEERS
Avery – Rumpkin- Rum Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale 12oz (limit 4/ person)
Fort George – Squash Buckler Pumpkin Ale 22oz
Uinta – Jacked B. Nimble Black Pumpkin 750ml

SOURS
Hof Ten – Tildonk Sour 330ml
Off Color – Yuzu Fierce Berliner Weisse 12oz

CIDERS
Cider House 101 – Cactus Red 22oz

GROWLERS/ GLASSWARE
12th Man 64oz Growlers
12th Man Pint Glasses
Beer Junction 64oz Insulated Growlers
Beer Junction 64oz Mini-Keg Growlers
Oregon Trail 64oz Growlers
Sounders 64oz Growlers
UW 64oz Insulated Growlers

Fresh Hop Fest 2015!

Fresh hop tasting event featuring 5 fresh hop beers with the one and ONLY Devon “RANDALLLL” Simonsen pouring samples for only $4! 

Thursday, October 15th; 5-8PM
Victory Brewing will be here for a tasting event.

Saturday, Oct. 17th
Saturday, Oct. 31st
Pumpkin Junction 2015!
We turn over 25+ taps to all things pumpkin through Halloween!

Thursday, November 5th
Epic Brewing will be here for a tasting event, including a keg of their super rare, Sour Brainless on Peaches!

All upcoming events are listed on our website. 

 STORE HOURS
10AM to 10PM

Monday – Thursday:
11AM to 10PM

Friday & Saturday:
11AM to Midnight

Last call is 15 minutes before closing time

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