A visit to Anacortes’ newest brewery, Bastion Brewing Co.

With all the new breweries opening in Bellingham and across the country, it’s easy to forget that this growth isn’t occurring in every city. Anacortes is one example, which, until recently, has had just one brewery for many years. The Anacortes Brewery (at The Rockfish Grill), which opened in 1994, is [...]


2016 GABF Roundup, winners from WA & B’ham

  In its 30th year of competition (35th year of the festival), the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) awarded 286 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the U.S., plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of amateur homebrewers paired with professionals. In a ceremony on Oct. 8 at the Colorado [...]


Recommended reading for beer enthusiasts, pro and home brewers: ‘Brewing Local’ by Stan Hieronymus

The latest book from Brewers Publications, Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer, examines the increased demand for locally brewed beers as well as beers made with “non-traditional” ingredients. Author Stan Hieronymus chronicles the history of how distinctly American beers came about, visits farm breweries, and forages for both plants and yeast to discover how brewers are [...]


The venerable IPA

Yesterday was “IPA Day,” a special day that was created in 2011 to celebrate the India pale ale through social media (#IPAday) and various events. With the popularity of IPA these days, some joke that every day is IPA Day. "Session" IPAs Even though I appreciate and enjoy drinking [...]


What should breweries in planning expect in a slowing market?

  We know that the craft beer industry is growing. We also know that it is growing at a slower rate than what they projected. BUT according to the most recent numbers released by the Brewers Association, there's more breweries and more being planned. You can listen to Bart Watson, Chief [...]


U.S. hop acreage reaches an all-time high

According to a report released last week by Hop Growers of America (HGA), an organization that promotes American-grown hops, U.S. hop acreage increased a whopping 18.5% this year. Total acreage now stands at 53,213, which is an all-time high and 8,303 more acres than 2015. With the number of craft breweries surging in [...]


Lagunitas Buys Stakes in 3 Breweries & Announces Opening in Portland

  Lagunitas is one of the hottest breweries in the US and it has extended that hot streak by purchasing stakes in 3 different breweries across the US. Those three breweries include Southend Brewery and Smokehouse in the historic section of Charleston, S.C., which will be rebranded as a Lagunitas brewpub; [...]


Skagit County creating powerful “Brewing Zone”

  We've been slowly gaining information from those in the industry about the potential of another brewery opening up in our area. A few partners will be leaving Jester King Brewing Company of Austin, Texas and heading to the Upper Left and hope to open a brewery in the Skagit Valley by the end [...]


AB InBev Fined $150,000 for Illegal Tied-House in Seattle

  AB InBev has been fined $150,000 for running an illegal exclusivity deal with Seattle's Showbox Sodo. Showbox SoDo According the Washington State Liquor Control Board report the officers performed an undercover operation and determined that all the products on site were AB only. They asked if they could [...]


Inspirations behind beer recipe formulations

In talking with many professional brewers and home brewers over the last two decades, I have learned that beer-recipe-formulation approaches vary greatly. Most brewers, however, start with a flavor profile in mind. It could be a simple goal, such as creating a balanced pale ale with tropical notes, or it might [...]


Two Bellingham breweries awarded medals at the 2016 World Beer Cup

The Brewers Association (BA) — the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers — announced the results of one of the largest commercial beer competitions to date, the 2016 World Beer Cup. The awards were presented at the conclusion of the Craft Brewers Conference & [...]


Brewers Association’s Top 50 Beer Producers of 2015

The Brewers Association recently announced the production numbers from 2015 and, while there was a slight decrease in momentum from 2014, they were looking pretty good. We predict they won't hit their 2020 prediction of 20% market share because the growth required to reach it would need another steep increase in [...]


Craft Brewing Reaches Record High Market Share

Some broken records sound good! Craft. Beer. Is. Blowing. UP. The Brewer's Association announced today the craft beer has officially reached it's largest market share, 11%. Let's look at some more numbers from the press release to get a better idea of how big that is. In 2014, craft brewers produced [...]


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