Monday, March 20th, 2017

Belltown Brewing opens, Cider Rite of Spring and Veltins Grevensteiner cans

Ron Swarner

Belltown Brewing is now open in Seattle. Photo courtesy of Facebook

MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, MARCH 20 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom toilet water. …

Belltown Brewing opened this past weekend in Seattle and Washington Beer Blog was on the scene.

Sample more than 100 unique ciders from 30-plus Northwest cider-makers at the 2017 Cider Rite of Spring Saturday, March 25, in Portland. The 4th Annual Cider Rite of Spring is a celebration of the blossoming Northwest Cider industry— a cider-exclusive festival welcoming the return of spring.

America’s small and independent craft brewers come clean on what spring beers they are most excited to try this year.

Brauerei C. & A. Veltins was founded in 1824 and started supplying beer to nearby taverns in 1852 after founder Clemens Veltins traveled the world in search of beer knowledge. Luckily, he discovered that his hometown of Meschede-Grevenstein offered some of the finest brewing water in the world, providing beer with a soft, mineral quality uniquely characteristic of the Westphalia region. For the first time ever, Veltins’ Grevensteiner kellerbier will make its way across the pond for a can release in the United States.

The insanely popular Heady Topper beer, a double India pale ale sold in a can, is damn hard to get your hands on. It takes a road trip to Vermont. And even then you may have your work cut out for you. After all, the intensely hoppy beer made by The Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury has been rated the No. 1 beer in the world by BeerAdvocate, a global network of beer professionals and enthusiasts. And it is famously hard to get. Click here to discover how to get your hands on some Heady.

Since 1989 the Simpson family has been a mainstay on American television. It is the longest running animated show, sitcom and most recently primetime scripted series. The family of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Grampa are the most beloved family on TV today. paired each family member with a specifically chosen beer.

Stone Brewing Company is currently making a beer with treated sewage water. It’s called Full Circle Pale Ale, and is part of a recycled water initiative promoted by the city of San Diego. Full Circle Pale Ale is a lot better than the initial name for the brew, Toilet Porter.