Monday, January 16th, 2017

Big Al Brewing closes, Ecliptic Capella Porter bottles and Girl Scout Cookies

Ron Swarner

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Big Al Brewing closed its doors Saturday.

MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, JAN. 16 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom Russian neo-noir superhero craziness. …

Eight years ago, the beer scene looked a lot different. Craft beer was exploding, and Big Al Brewing opened in White Center. But Saturday was its last call. Alejandro Brown, aka Big Al, closed his Big Al Brewing in White Center.

Ecliptic Brewing’s award winning Capella Porter will finally be released in bottles. In 2016 Capella Porter won gold at the World Beer Cup, the US Open Beer Championships, and the Oregon Beer Awards proving it’s one of the countries’ best Porters. Beyond this, Ecliptic’s Brewmaster John Harris, known for creating other award-winning porters, wrote the recipe for Capella Porter.  These things combined have created a demand for Capella Porter beyond its current draft only offering and Ecliptic answered the call.

Rogue Ales is the latest brewery to get in on all that anticipatory fun, as they have just release their 2017 craft beer release calendar. To boot, as we’ve come to expect from Rogue of late, they’re doing it in fully Millennial-approved fashion.

Faced with a flight of beer British beer journalist Pete Brown had no desire to drink made him think philosophically for a bit, and wonder if there’s a different narrative to tasting and enjoying beer.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, the 61st annual American Hop Convention arrives at Bend, Oregon for the first time. Conventioneers, in addition to seminars on pest management, hop herbicides and hop aromas in beer, will hear lunch presentations from MillerCoors and Molson Coors executives and Gary Fish, founder of Deschutes Brewery.

Girl Scout Cookies are here! Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine has craft beer and Girl Scout Cookies pairing ideas.

The second weirdest thing to come out of Russia last week.