Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Foggy Noggin Anniversary Ale, Portland Farmhouse Weekend and Vander Ghinste new beers

Ron Swarner

Foggy Noggin Brewing celebrates its seventh anniversary Saturday, March 18.

MORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 16 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom collapse. …

Foggy Noggin Brewing in Bothell celebrates its seventh anniversary Saturday releasing bottles of its 2017 Anniversary Ale as well as pouring rare beers all day. Tonight, there is an additional special event that features a vertical tasting of its Anniversary Ale covering all seven years of production. This event requires pre-registration online or at the tasting room.

The 5th annual Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival, part of the inaugural Portland Farmhouse Weekend, has announced their participating beer and breweries list, official exclusive beer by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales and additional affiliated events. Portland Farmhouse Weekend runs March 31-April 2 with the main festival Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2nd featuring more than 30 breweries and 80-plus beers.

Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste opened its doors in 1892 when Remi Vander Ghinste purchased a brewhouse for his 23-year-old son Omer. Omer named the brewery after himself and established the brand through stained-glass window marketing at local pubs. He and his wife would name their son Omer, beginning a family tradition of every first-born Vander Ghinste being named Omer. Today’s fourth-generation owner/manager Omer-Jean carries the torch, marrying family tradition with modernity. Two new limited-edition beers will be released later this year. The first will be the second series of the Cuvée Prestige with a stronger ABV than its predecessor at 7.6 percent. The second will be a new single-barrel, 100 percent spontaneously fermented beer.

Goose Island is getting ready to release a variety of new beers throughout the next quarter and into the rest of 2017.

The Lost Abbey Veritas 019, the 19th edition in the brewery’s “Veritas” line of beers, goes on sale online March 28. The California-based brewery calls this ongoing experiment a “relationship between fruit, barrel-aging, and the wild yeast Brettanomyces.

Pioneer Hops in Connecticut has begun calling hops known as Cascade elsewhere CONNcade and Chinook hops CONNnook. Before your knee jerks because you thought you heard the marketing alarm go off, consider that this might be truth in advertising.

Finally, a dude pushes a building real good. …