NW Craft Brews

NW Craft Brews
2:52 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

The Friday beer: Russian River Brewing’s Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Elder
Paul Gibson

What's that? Pliny is on tap? Let's go get some! I'm sure those words have been spoken many, many times. Pliny the Elder is one of those beers that has taken on a cult-like following. People go crazy for it.

Over at Beeradovate, it rates a perfect 100.

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NW Craft Brews
1:16 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

The Friday beer: Deschutes Brewery’s Abyss

The Abyss
Paul Gibson

2011 was a good year for beer drinkers. We saw a huge growth in new breweries, experimental ales and carefully crafted draft lists at bars and restaurants. I'm always on the lookout for something new to try but sometimes, during special occasions, you want to go with what you know. Stick with something you trust.

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NW Craft Brews
2:23 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

The Friday beer: Boundary Bay IPA

The Boundary Bay IPA.
Paul Gibson

It's the time of year when people reflect back on what they are thankful for... friends, family, good health, a job (for those lucky enough to have weathered the tough economy).

Here in the Pacific Northwest we can also be thankful for a wealth of good beer.

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NW Craft Brews
2:18 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

The Friday beer: 4 winter ales to warm your holidays (in bottles)

Left to right: Ninkasi's Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt, Hopworks' Abominable Winter Ale, Rouge's Yellow Snow IPA, and Elyisan's Bifrost Winter Ale.
Justin Steyer KPLU

If you don't want to brave the chill winds for that walk to your favorite watering hole, here's four Pacific Northwest winter craft beers you can tote home in 22 oz bottles.

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NW Craft Brews
2:37 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

The Friday beer: Lazy Boy Brewing's Mistletoe Bliss

Lazy Boy Brewing's Mistletoe Bliss.
Paul Gibson

The holidays are here and so is the Mistletoe Bliss by Lazy Boy Brewing. This is a sweet, malty, somewhat boozy brown ale from Everett, Wash.

Whether you've been naughty or nice, this year give yourself a break from holiday shopping and find something special and unique. There are a lot of beers out there right now to help us celebrate this season.

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NW Craft Brews
3:00 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

The Friday beer: Alaskan Brewing's Winter Ale

The Alaskan Winter Ale
Paul Gibson

If anyone knows how to brew a winter beer it should be a brewery in Alaska. The Alaskan Winter Ale is a fine example of this seasonal style of beer – maltier, a higher ABV, something to help battle the cold days and long nights.

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NW Craft Brews
3:30 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

The Friday beer: Naked City Brewery's I&I Double IPA

Naked City Brewery and Taphouse and the I & I Double IPA on cask.
Paul Gibson KPLU

Naked City Brewery and Taphouse in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood recently celebrated their 3rd anniversary by throwing a party and serving up 15 of their own beers, including the I & I Double IPA on cask.

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NW Craft Brew
3:27 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

The Friday beer: Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic

Justin Steyer KPLU

In spirit of 11/11/11, last night I decided to pick up a bottle of Stone Brewing's latest release in their Vertical Epic series and crack it open at midnight.

Brewed with Anaheim Chilies, cinnamon sticks, and Belgian Flanders Golden Ale yeast (providing pretty intense clove and banana overtones), this beer is hard to categorize.

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NW Craft Brews
2:53 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

The Friday beer: Deschutes Brewery's Hop Trip

Deschutes Brewery's Hop Trip.
Paul Gibson

Fresh hop beers are a big trend with micro breweries right now. That extra dose of wet hops adds a wonderful herbal, grassy aroma and taste that is worth seeking out.

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NW Craft Brews
3:00 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

The Friday beer: Cask conditioned Whoop Pass Double IPA

Silver City Brewery's cask conditioned Whoop Pass Double IPA.
Paul Gibson

When I heard this particular version was cask conditioned and then delivered in a keg I was intrigued. I've liked the big bold hops I've had in previous Whoop Pass pours and this one did not disappoint.

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NW Craft Brews
9:55 am
Fri October 21, 2011

The Friday beer: Big Time's Hopgoblin Pumpkin Ale

Big Time Brewing Company's Hopgoblin Pumpkin Ale.
Paul Gibson

For many, the month of October means falling leaves, ghosts and goblins and pumpkins on doorsteps. It also brings the release of a number of pumpkin beers.

A recent find here in Seattle was Big Time Brewing Company's Hopgoblin Pumpkin Ale.

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NW Craft Brews
2:51 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

The Friday beer: Stone's vanilla bean smoked porter

The vanilla bean smoked porter
Paul Gibson

With the change in seasons comes a different style of beer, and these cooler and gray days are perfect for sipping on a porter. I've enjoyed Stone Brewing Co.'s Smoked Porter before, and when I saw a special release of the vanilla bean version on tap, I knew I had to give this rare find a try.

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