(WA) Wandering the Hop Fields September 1st, 2009

Malt & Vine hosts a Big Al Brewer’s Night

     Bottleshops are often perceived synonymous with beer and wine. Malt & Vine is a bit of an enigma though in the state of Washington. With their existing license to distribute via retail beer and wine to consumers they added to that a license to allow consumption of beer and wine on the premises. Hence the recent announcement of a Brewer’s Night with Alejandro and crew.

“Brewers night with the good beer folks at Malt and Vine. Make sure you drop by, Alejandro is bringing a little surprise that will only ever be available at this event! See you there! …” source, Big Al Brewing

5:30 PM PST to 7:30 PM PST
Malt & Vine, 16851 Redmond Way Redmond, WA 98052

Boundary Bay releases three beers before the end of September

     Received word from the brewer’s at Boundary Bay (and Amy) that they will be releasing three beers before they reach the end of the September.

     Starting with their late August (technically last day the 31st) they released a Black IPA, following that will be the Traverse Ale, and finally the Harvest Ale.

“First up is a new one for us...a Black IPA which we released Monday, August 31st.  Basically, we took our traditional IPA recipe and added roasted barley which makes it black in color.  It came out stronger than our regular IPA, so be prepared!  Come try it and compare the difference in taste between our IPA, our Imperial IPA and this new Black IPA. We'd love to hear your opinions on which you like best and why.

This Thursday, September 3rd is the pre-release of the Traverse Ale.  Our Traverse Ale will officially be on tap here at the brewery as of Friday, September 4th, but we're having a little pre-game show the night before at our Happy Hour.  Making it's debut as our cask ale on Thursday, the Traverse Ale features generous amount of Vienna, Crystal, and Chocolate malts which give this ale a big malty body with a deep ruby color. The addition of Centennial, Mt. Hood, and Liberty hops provide a smooth refreshing finish, creating a perfect summer session beer to cool off with after a long “Traverse.”

Each year we brew the Traverse Red Ale in honor of the Bellingham Traverse, an endurance multi-sport challenge, that takes place on Sepember 19th! The Bellingham Traverse celebrates the life journey of salmon. Soloists, tandem and relay teams compete for survival on the course that demonstrates the urban and natural challenges that salmon face in their journey.

Our Harvest Ale will be making it's seasonal debut at our birthday celebration on Thursday, September 17th !  Come down to the beer garden for free cake and ice cream, our BBQ, happy hour music from Robert Blake and...best of all...our fall seasonal beer release.  The Boundary Bay Brewery Harvest Ale is a beautiful red-orange beer with rich malty flavors which were “harvested” from an extra long boil in the kettle and balanced with the addition of both Simcoe and Crystal hops. This is a full bodied beer, which is perfect for our cool fall evenings. This autumn seasonal has only a distant connection to the German “Oktoberfest” style from which it gets its inspiration. Maltiness is the predominate flavor component of any true Oktoberfest style and also really stands out in our Harvest Ale.” source, Boundary Bay Newsletter

     And if that’s not enough, you can come into the Bistro on the 17th and celebrate their 14th Birthday.

IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY! Wednesday, Sept 16th, but we're celebrating on Thursday, the 17th.  Come celebrate our 14th anniversary with cake & ice cream in the beer garden...and our BBQ will be going too!  5-7pm. Best of all, we're releasing our Harvest Ale that day!” source, Boundary Bay Newsletter

Brouwer’s Cafe Hop Fest Results Tallied

    Last Friday (August 28th, 2009) was the start of Brouwer’s Cafe Hopfest. Featured on draft were some truly rare (Barrel Aged Silver City Indianola / Whoop Ass) and odd (India Brown Ale with Maple Syrup). Throughout the evening though the attendants were asked to vote for their favorite India Pale Ale. Although you can still find some of the beers on draft the results for that day have been totaled.

  1. Russian River Pliny the Younger
  2. Hopworks Ace of Spades
  3. Diamond Knot Zeus Hop
  4. Silver City Indianola Pale/Whoopass aged in french oak
  5. Amnesia Goldihops

“Honorable mention needs to be given to the people that voted for "Tomme Arthur fathered my love child," and "Sloth hearts Chunk." Definitely the two most creative joke votes.” source, Brouwer’s Cafe ‘blog’


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