Friday, February 10th, 2017

Boundary Bay Irish-Style Red, Backwoods Brewing Hidden Stash Series and craft beer legal idiosyncrasies

Ron Swarner


Hotbox-Coffee-IPAMORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, FEB. 10 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom dumb craft beer laws. …

Boundary Bay Brewery released its Irish-Style Red seasonal. Every year it’s brewed to celebrate the spirit of the Bellingham Community and the Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Ordnance Brewing, located in Boardman, Oregon, will release four, wine-barrel-aged craft beers in 2017, the first being an Oat Brown Ale aged in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels provided by internationally acclaimed Dundee winemaker, Jesus Guillen.

Backwoods Brewing Co. has launched the Hidden Stash Series, a new small-batch series of limited-release beers. The first beer in the series is the SnuggleUp Stout, a bourbon wood-aged Russian imperial stout.

Bend, Oregon based GoodLife Brewing has a new head brewer, Tyler West, formerly of Oakshire Brewing. It’s a return home of sorts for West who prior to joining Oakshire in 2012 brewed at Silver Moon Brewing in Bend.

Oskar Blues Brewery will re-release Hotbox Coffee IPA that combines a burst of pine, citrus and mango from Simcoe hops and blends them with a cold brew extract from Hotbox Roasters’ Ethiopian beans, which bring cream, blueberry and cocoa notes to the mix. The beans were sourced from a family farm in the East African nation exclusively for this beer.

With the craft beer industry slowing, new brewer Wal-Mart could revive its prospects.

States have their own craft beer legal idiosyncrasies that are decades in the making.