Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Festival of the Dark Arts, Shortest Day CDA and Founders Brewing headed to Washington state

Ron Swarner

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Saturday Feb. 18, 2017, all areas of the Fort George Brewery block will be overflowing with dark art, darker entertainment, and the darkest selection of craft beer ever assembled.

MORNING FOAM FOR WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom scariness. …

Jack Harris co-founded Fort George Brewery in 2007. He began his brewing career at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse in 1990, and it was there in Hillsboro that he organized his first Stout Month, which featured four varieties. When he brought the event to McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub in Lincoln City, the stout count climbed to six. For next year’s annual Fort George Stout Month, the Astoria brewery will offer 60-plus stouts on one city block Saturday, Feb. 18. Tickets will go on sale for its Festival of the Dark Arts Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Founders Brewing — maker of the popular All Day IPA and coveted KBS brands — will expand distribution to the Pacific Northwest in 2017. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based brewery announced that it would extend its footprint to Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Beginning in January, Founders will ship bottles, cans and kegs of its year-round beers, seasonals and specialty releases to Washington. The Odom Corporation, Craig Stein Beverage, Sound Beverage, Crown Distributing and Marine View Beverage will distribute the company’s products throughout the state.

Small Town Brewery made a splash last year when the company’s “Not Your Father’s Root Beer” product notched more than $104 million in off-premise sales. And now, Small Town is making its first foray into the more mainstream craft set. The company announced the launch of a line of “classically brewed beers” under the “Not Your Father’s Taproom” moniker. Produced under contract by Craft Brew Alliance at the Redhook brewery in Woodinville, Washington — where Pabst brews its Rainer Pale Mountain Ale and has an agreement to purchase the facility over the next three years — the “Taproom” line includes a 6.5 percent “Taproom IPA” and an 8.5 percent “Cherry Ale.”

The shortest day of the year means the longest night, with more time to drink Full Sail’s new Shortest Day Cascadian Dark Ale. Shortest Day CDA, which has already won a gold medal from this year’s Great International Beer & Cider Competition, is brewed with 2-row pale, crystal, and de-husked chocolate malts. It pours a deep dark black with a lacy tan head, with aromas of dark roasty malt and hints of tropical and citrus fruit.

Ghostfish Brewing, Seattle’s award-winning gluten-free brewery, is hosting a party from 5-9 p.m. today to celebrate the launch of Winter Coat, the company’s winter seasonal beer brewed in collaboration with Tony’s Coffee of Bellingham.

With the Washington Huskies in position for their first Pac-12 title in more than 15 years, the official craft beer of UW athletics, Redhook Brewery, made a Cantaloupe IPA “Victory the Cry”, that will tap Saturday, Nov. 19 at Earl’s on the Avenue in Seattle.

For those of us who still believe in facts and still see global climate change as a real issue, be terrified by the fact that 2016 is set to be the warmest year on record.