Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Gig Harbor Brewing Spice Winter Ale, Best of Craft Beer Awards and BC Cider Week

Ron Swarner


Dogfish-Head-Craft-Brewery-Beer-To-Drink-Music-To-17MORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY FEB. 2 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom love. …

Gig Harbor Brewing Co. has been busy this winter. It just released its seasonal beer, Gig Harbor Spice Winter Ale. It’s also barrel-aging its beers, with a barrel-aged Imperial Stout currently on tap in its Tacoma taproom.

Oregon dominated the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards, taking home more than twice as many medals as any other state. In a blind taste test with 88 certified beer judges, Oregon won 64 medals altogether, 18 of which were gold medals. In Washington state, gold medals went to Reuben’s Brews, Aslan Brewing, Kulshan Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Postdoc Brewing and Fremont Brewing. A list of winners can be found here.

In celebration of the upcoming 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has released Beer To Drink Music To ’17, a tropical blonde ale, and will unite with Crosley Radio, architect of the iconic turntable, to kick off a two-month city tour of independent record stores and beer bars, sharing the love of vinyl, analog music and craft brews.

Ninkasi Brewing Co. has released Pacific Rain, a Northwest pale ale brewed with lava-filtered water from the McKenzie River and a band of four flavorful hops.

Stone Brewing Co. announces the newest addition to its lineup of year-round offerings, Stone Tangerine Express IPA. Packed with whole tangerine and pineapple, this is Stone and this IPA is big, bold and not for kids.

The Northwest Cider Association announced the third annual BC Cider Week will move to the spring. The 10-day craft cider celebration will go down April 28-May 7 with cider events, tastings and festivities anticipated throughout British Columbia.

And finally, we wish we loved anything as much as this Dachshund loves his long-lost toy pig.