While we’re changing how we’re doing or hop celebration in October, that doesn’t mean we won’t have any fresh hop nights. Since the harvest came early, so are the beers; and that means, one of our fresh hop focused events is going to happen in September.
Breakside Brewing down in Portland has been one of our good friends for the last several years. After hearing that they were coming out with several fresh hop beers in a short period of time, we thought it might be a great idea to grab them all at once at put them on for a special showcase. After all, they brew some of the best fresh hop beers all season.
On September 25th, we’ll be tapping those five kegs and giving everyone a head-start in their quest to try as many freshies as possible during our favorite season of the year. The list of beers includes:
We invite you to join us 09/19 for the release of Fremontii. We will be pouring the draft starting at 6pm. Bottleworks will be selling Bottles of Fremontii @ 11am. This beer will only be available at Brouwer’s, Bottleworks, The Masonry and Aslan. We all thought this would be a great way to welcome Aslan to Fremont. Look out there goes the neighborhood.
Fremontii is the result of an afternoon of barrel tasting and blending with Aslan, Brouwer’s and The Masonry. What we came up with was a blend of 3 barrels. 2/3 of the blend consisted of a rustic bock style beer, which was lagered in clean French oak puncheons throughout the winter of 2017. In the spring of 2018 it was re-barreled into second use bourbon barrels and well conditioned wine casks; we took one of each. The other 1/3 of the blend was a 30 month old cask of mixed culture pale Saison. Its difficult to say what “kind” of beer this is, but what we can say is that has well matured acidity, hints of bourbon, and sweet caramel, with classic brett brux in the background. Bottle conditioned with native yeasts and bacteria for 6 months prior to release. 9% ABV
July 21st is one of the most significant days for
Belgians. It is the day that Leopold I ascended to the throne and the
constitutional monarchy of Belgium was established. Citizens and the Belgian
diaspora alike celebrate this momentous day. L’union fait la force.
For us here, it is the start of Belgian Beer Week and we
thought it’d be a great idea to celebrate one of the most lauded and decorated
Belgian beers around – Huyghe’s Delirium Tremens. The idea then popped up to
include its siblings, Nocturnum and Red, since then we can represent the three
colors of the Belgian Flag.
On Sunday, July 21st, please help us celebrate
Belgian National Day with Huyghe. We’ll be offering flights of the three beers
all day and having a “keep the glass” special from 6-8 pm. The pink elephant
In the past, you may have noticed at your small bottle share that someone brought an interesting tart treat from an eponymously named brewery in Northern California. Surely you inquired afterward as to where you could find the brewery’s other beers. Well, until recently, the answer to that was not very many places. Recently, however, the good people at The Rare Barrel were gracious enough to send a shipment of beer of this way and some of your favorite sports probably picked some up.
We ended up picking up a few of their brews and thought about what to do with them. A couple went on during Sour Fest, and they were both terrific and two of the most popular beers at the festival. If you missed out, we have great news for you. On Aug 14th, we’ll be putting on all 4 of the beers we were fortunate enough to get from them for your enjoyment. The tap list will be:
Across the Sea Sour Ale w/ Coriander and Sea Salt
Apropos of Nothing Sour Ale w/Elderberries and Lavender
Pop’t Art Sour Ale w/ Blueberries, Boysenberries, and Cherries
Summer’s Gonna Hurt You Sour Ale w/ Peaches and Nectarines
Have you ever sat outside next to an airport and put down a few cold ones? No? That sounds weird, you say? That’s because you haven’t made it up to Arlington to go see the good people at Skookum, conveniently located adjacent to Arlington Municipal Airport. If you haven’t made the stop, you are definitely missing out, but we might have the next best thing.
On July 31st, we’ll be hosting Hollis and his wares in-house for a night with Skookum. They are one of our favorite Washington breweries and we are excited to be able to pour several of his offerings that evening. Tap list coming soon, both expect both hoppy and rich barley treats from them.
In this day and age, every brewery out there is throwing new and exciting beers out to the thirsty public seemingly all the time. It’s the era of FOMO – you can’t afford to be shamed on your semi-anonymous beer logging website for missing out on the Super Hazy Pastry Boi ™ of the week. Oh my god, it was sooooooooooo gooooooood. The horror of it all.
Well, you know what is always there for you? What will never be as fleeting as a 1-4-pack/pp limit of micro-brewery hop juice? That’s right, it’s the Trappists. They are a time-honored tradition of brewing excellence. When was the last time you ordered an Orval – the first commercially available Brett beer in the US; or maybe crack open a cellar-temped bottle of delicious Rochefort 10?
That time could be right now – or very soon. It’s the time of the year when we like to look beyond the hype and revisit beers that are on the top of your favorite brewers’ desert island list. Once again, we’ll be offering 20% all the Trappist beers in our cellar and a certain t-shirt might make a repeat appearance.
Please join us for a unique event where we’ll be pairing pours of some of New Belgium’s finest sour ales with beautiful flowers from […]. Flowers are available to everyone who partakes (while supplies last).
It is that time of the year when a very special Northern Washington couple honors the memory of their late best friend to help raise money for a very noble cause. The Shadow Hike-a-Thon, now in its 9th year has raised over $40,000 for the Old Dog Haven in Oak Harbor and we are happy to partner with them for a second year.
Once again, they are partnering with their (and our!) friends at The North Fork on Mount Baker Highway to brew Gray Muzzle IPA with some proceeds benefiting the Old Dog Haven. This special brew will be available on June 21st after the Tiger Mountain hike here at Brouwer’s, beginning at 5:30 pm. As we did last year, all proceeds will go to the charity. We are happy to be able to help out a wonderful organization with a very noble goal.
From their page: “Old Dog Haven was founded in 2004 to provide safe, loving homes for abandoned senior dogs who have almost zero chance of adoption in a shelter. We do not have a kennel; all our dogs live in homes as members of temporary or permanent (Final Refuge) families. We take dogs 8 years and older from shelters and occasionally from owners in Western Washington. We adopt out dogs that have a reasonable life expectancy; however, more than 90% of our dogs are Final Refuge (permanent foster) or hospice residents – too frail, old or sick for adoption. ODH’s mission is to give these dogs a loving family and good quality of life in their final months, years, weeks or even days. We also assist owners who need to re-home their senior dog and help shelters and other rescues place their seniors.”
For more information about ODH, please visit: www.olddoghaven.org
Blend of spontaeneous and mix culture blonde ales aged in
red wine barrels. Refermented on 2 lbs per gallon of sweet dreams peaches.
Racked into fresh American whiskey barrels on black tea leaves and bottles
conditioned with brett.
Vern’s Peach Tea
Vern’s familial ties to Belgium are well documented; hell,
he even opened a restaurant in tribute to them. Fewer though, know that he has
family in the deep-south – Alexandria, Louisiana to be exact. Thus, the
time-honored tradition of sitting on a porch and drinking fruited iced tea watching
the days pass by is near and dear to his heart. Well, in comes his good
neighbor, Eric, who had a great idea for a beer – Peach Tea!
Well gee, what a swell idea. What they’ve done is blend North
Fork’s mixed culture blonde ale with some spontaneously fermented brew just for
the occasion. It was then refermented on a ton of Sweet Dream Peaches, known
around for their size and sweetness, at a rate of two pounds per gallon. It was
then racked into fresh whiskey barrels on black tea leaves. After sauntering
along, it was finally ready and then put into bottles
with brett to recondition. Now, it’s ready for you to enjoy in your best
rocking chair on a warm day.
An absolute defining sense of self. Local. Hoppy. Hazy. IPA.
That’s what we are offering you. We’ve collaborated with our
good friends at Matchless once again to bring you some hazy love to make that
man sitting in the elevator wish he was as lucky as you.
We’ll be releasing the beer at Bottleworks on Wednesday,
July 10th and having a get together at Brouwer’s on Thursday the 11th
at 6 p.m.
Stop by The Shop Around the Corner for a good read, pick
some daisies, and join us for a pint where we can reminisce about a simpler
time filled with dial tones and the three words that could make any heart
flutter – You’ve Got Ale!
Are you tired of all those sticky stouts from the previous
weekend? So are we! So we’re taking them all off and replacing them with
something a little more seasonal. That’s right, it’s sour time! Our favorite
festival of the year rolls on to give the Seattle beer nerds community a
chance to do lasting damage to their palates.
We live for the question, “What’s your sourest sour on right
now.” The answer is, “yes!” On May 16th, hop on over to Fremont for
one of the biggest days on the Seattle beer calendar. We’ll have sunshine,
snacks, sour beer, and slambics. You won’t want to miss
Beer Week is soon upon us and as you are all aware, we host
a couple pretty cool events during that time. Well, we usually sprinkle a
smaller night in there to round things out… usually. This year, being the
gluttons for punishment that we are, we’ve decided to host one of the most
talked about breweries in the PNW – Great Notion down in Portland. Last time we
hosted them, it was a packed house and all 6 kegs kicked within a couple hours
and we’d expect nothing less this time around.
We’ll be tapping 5 or 6 of their hoppy treats (we’re keeping
a couple goodies for Stout and Sour Fest) at 6 p.m. on
Tuesday, May 14th. Come out for a (hopefully) beautiful sunny day
during an off day of Seattle Beer Week.
Well, this one started out as a night with Matchless and
Logsdon since we love both of them and because Pat and John are such good
friends. They are releasing a special Farmhouse IPA and we figured it might be
a good time have them come in and pull a couple beers out the cellar for the
night. It was then brought up that maybe Dave at Whitewood Cellars might want
to be a part of it since he shares a space at Matchless. Funky barrel-aged cider too? Great idea! Anyone else?
“You bet,” said a soft-spoken voice from the North. Eric
from The North Fork? Absolutely! You can come on down for this
friendship-palooza too. We were hoping to having a bit of dueling collabs, but
unfortunately, the gods of fermentation (the microbes) weren’t working to our
deadline. Still, on Monday, May 13th, we’ll have a couple very nice
treats from all four shops for you to enjoy including the rad collaboration
that sparked the idea for the evening. Here is what we will be pouring, beginning
at 6 p.m.:
Oh goodness, is Seattle Beer Week here already? It feels
like just yesterday we were drinking Barleywines and hoping for some sunshine
and warmth. Well, here we are: sweating, pounding lagers, and hoping for some
gray and rain. My how the tides have turned. Well, we have a way to turn back the clock…
Come on in May 10th to remind yourselves of a
simpler time, huddled en masse trying to survive Snowmaggedon by drinking dark,
boozy beers and eating hearty food because the local co-op ran out of turnips
and kale. We’ll have stouts on stouts on stouts the entire weekend. Stop in, order some heavy beer and some
heavier food, and forget about that big ball of fire in the sky; summer can
In the United States, we’re lucky to be able to enjoy most
of the fine Trappist beers that are available – in the bottle. Until very
recently, the only regularly available Trappist on draft was Chimay Triple, the
famous white label. Recently, they released their other offerings, but remained
the only widely available draft Trappist – until now…
One of the classic Monastaries has decided to start sending over one of their delicious brews. Westmalle, operated by the Cistercian monks outside of Antwerp, is sending us fortunate souls their Dubbel on draft. Originally founded in 1794, the monks began brewing in the 1930s out of an old cow bard they made in into a brewery. The rest, as they say, is history.
The first shipment is going to be very limited and we’ve
been able to procure one of those first kegs out west. We’ll be tapping
Westmalle Dubbel on April 11th. Please join us the evening for one
or two, or try it with its bottled brethren. We’re really excited and hope you will be too.
It’s that time of year again where we try to give back to
the community and give the Badass Women of Craft our stage to try and raise
funds for on organization that’s near and dear to us – Planned Parenthood.
That’s right! Drunk HERstory, now in its third rad year, will once again be held at Brouwer’s Café on March 27th. After the success of the past two years, we couldn’t keep the train from rolling on. This year, we’ll have 8women representing 8 breweries and they will regale you with tales of awesome women throughout the ages. The night will begin at 6 pm with an introduction by a representative from Planned Parenthood and then move into 4 unique skits to educate and entertain our guests.
Please join us again this year for Drunk HERstory as we try
to help out this wonderful organization!
Saturday, March 23rd @ 11am Bottles go on sale at Bottleworks.
Saturday, March 23rd @12pm The Party starts at Brouwer’s look for past Anniversary beers and Orval to be pouring!
The idea of a partnership between Brouwer’s and pFriem has been a topic of conversation since Josh pFriem opened his doors six years ago. While both parties knew it would be awhile before the fledgling brewery would be able to make that a reality, the conversation never ceased. Over the years, on the Washington and Oregon bike trails, Josh and Nat kept the idea alive. When it became time in June of 2017, a small contingency from Brouwer’s made the journey to Hood River to discuss a possible 13th anniversary brew for the restaurant.
In sitting down with Josh and Gavin, ideas began to be
thrown out in the open. pFriem already had a list of wonderful lambic-inspired
selections that would’ve been perfect for a custom blending project. That whole
time talking through it, everyone knew there was something out there that
begged the question that there was a fruit that needed to be worked with. Nat,
from Brouwer’s, was the first to ask what that fruit was. Gavin mentioned that
he’d always wanted to work with huckleberries, but that it wouldn’t
be an option since there would be no way to source that many foraged berries
during the upcoming harvest and having it in time for March. Neither side
willing to back down from a new challenge, the decision was quickly made to
schedule it for Brouwer’s 14th anniversary and see how many huckleberries we
could get our hands on in the meantime. It soon became time to take the hastily
scribbled line, “Light sour base w/ huckleberries aged in neutral or white wine
bbls,” and turn it into something tangible and delicious.
Like many of the fruited pFriem brews, this one starts out
as a lambic-inspired base beer that was brewed in January of 2018 and spent 8
months in former white wine barrels to give the beer a nice, soft, lightly tart
profile. The barrels were then blended together and racked back into those
barrels on top of a ton of huckleberries; there is one pound of huckleberries
for every gallon of beer in the barrel. This brew will also serve as a
milestone for pFriem, as it is the first time they’ve aged beer on the fruit in
the barrels the base beer was aged in, following a long tradition of making
fruited sours in the old country.
While we eagerly wait for the experiment to bear fruit, the
jammy nose of the huckleberries juxtaposed with their sharp tartness has given
everyone involved the impression that we are in for something truly special: a
uniquely northwest ale made by a wonderful Oregon brewery for a Washington
craft beer stalwart using ingredients from both – a true Cascadian partnership.
A beautiful hue of reddish violet crowned with slight pink
foam; deceiving notes of jammy berry pie and citrus lead into crisp acidity,
light funk, a bit of berry, and minor notes of oak. Finishes off-dry, tart, and