Friday, April 19th, Gruff Brewing and Atwood Ales celebrate the release of their collaboration ale, “Assistant to the Regional Manager". A Belgian-style saison made with estate-grown beets, the release celebrates two of Whatcom County's two smallest breweries coming together. As Atwood Ales recalls it the conversation started when Atwood Ales volunteered their golden beets, grown on their farm near Blaine, Washington. The result is a beer that imparts earthy notes, inter-played with the soft breadiness provided by the malts, and a balanced bitterness throughout.
Look for this to be released at Gruff Brewing's taproom, just down the street from Boundary Bay Brewing Company & Bistro.
While you're there, enjoy "The Office"-themed trivia for $1 per person (with a maximum of 6 per team), a costume contest, and of course "Assistant to the Regional Manager" on draft. Everything starts at 6 pm with the release of Assistant to the Regional Manager, followed by trivia at 7 pm.
Gruff Brewing is located at 104 E Maple St #101, Bellingham, WA 98225. For more information visit https://www.gruff-brewing.com/.
About Gruff Brewing Company
When describing the origins of a business it can be easy to list the details while losing sight of the excitement that led to them. You can say something about how Gruff Brewing was started in a garage in 2013 by three friends who were born and raised in Bellingham Washington. You can go further into the details by talking about how those same three friends spent their childhood winters plowing through the powder at Mt. Baker together, and spent summers exploring the Pacific Northwest and skating every piece of fresh pavement they could find. But those details don’t describe the excitement that led three childhood friends to spend every free moment they had brewing beer together, the joy of sharing a new creation with friends in a soaking wet garage with the doors open on a frigid February afternoon, or the hope that others will enjoy their beer as much as they’ve enjoyed making it.
Established in 2016 in rural, northwest Washington State, our small, family farm grows ingredients for the on-site brewery where we produce unique ales inspired by French and Belgian farmhouse brewing traditions.
We start with local ingredients: water from our local aquifer; malt from less than 50 miles away in the Skagit Valley; and our estate-grown hops. Then, we add other ingredients sourced from our own farm; gathered and foraged from the peripheries of our property; or purchased from local organic farmers, producers and processors. Finally, we ferment at ambient temperatures, in open tanks, with expressive yeast strains, before packaging and bottle conditioning the vast majority of our beers. Our beers are meant to represent some aspect of time and place, with the ingredients, seasons, weather, microbes and our brewer all having both intentional and spontaneous influences on the flavors of our beers.
Our unique, bottle conditioned and draft farmhouse ales are available throughout western Washington and in limited quantities in British Columbia and Florida.