Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Fresh Hop events, Holy Mountain Brewing hug …

Holy Mountain’s Refraction Saison is brewed with 60% spelt, aged in oak puncheons and dry-hopped with HBC 342. Photo courtesy of Facebook

MORNING FOAM FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. …

Washington Beer Blog lists events around Seattle at which you can enjoy a selection of fresh hop beers, including the city’s first full-blown beer festival dedicated to fresh hop beers.

Even without an IPA, there is no denying that Holy Mountain’s line-up is exemplary. But that factor alone isn’t what makes the Seattle brewery special and worth a visit (or perhaps a few). What continues to set Holy Mountain in a class of its own is the humility that is exemplified by founders Mike Murphy and Colin Lenfesty, and their gratitude to their team and customers for their stunning success.

Today beginning at 3 p.m., Gigantic Brewing will be releasing its latest two beers, Null Space and Sodbusted Simcoe IV: The Goblet of Simcoe at the Gigantic Brewing Taproom and Champagne Lounge in Portland. Both beers will be draft only offerings.

Who wants to drink that dirty water? Some of New England’s leading breweries will compete Oct. 1 to see who can turn the questionable water of Boston’s Charles River into the tastiest suds. Six area breweries have signed on for the first ever “Brew the Charles” challenge, a highlight of HUBweek, a weeklong Boston-area festival celebrating innovation in art, science and technology.

Ballast Point Coconut Victory at Sea will soon be bottled by the San Diego, California-based brewery. Available on draft in the past, Ballast Point Coconut Victory at Sea uses the brewery’s base imperial porter, and infuses it with sweet roasted coconut. The resulting beer is dark and tropical.

Peaks and Pints didn’t attend the California Craft Beer Summit this year as we did last year, but did. This year the Summit boasted 60,000 square feet of exhibit space, four hands-on ingredient labs, 82 exhibitors, 28 educational sessions and nearly 6,000 attendees over the three-day event.

A Charleston man is under arrest this morning after police determined he was operating a craft brewery without a beard.