Monday, October 17th, 2016

Wookey Jack terminated, brewery anniversaries and mad scientist brewers



MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, OCT. 17 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom strangeness. …

Firestone Walker Brewing Company says it will stop brewing Wookey Jack, Double Jack and Opal. Firestone Walker’s Proprietor’s Reserve line is winding down, and the three beers referenced above will accordingly dwindle from distribution by the end of the year.

Vancouver, Washington’s established Loowit Brewing is celebrating their 4th Anniversary Saturday, Oct. 22. Loowit has won numerous Washington State Beer Awards, a silver at the World Beer Cup and recently helped launch North Bank Beer Week.

Love craft beer? Love Girl Scout cookies? Of course you do! Enjoy the best of both those worlds at the annual Spokane Craft Beer & Cookie Fest this coming weekend. As fundraisers go, this seems dreamy.

Ecliptic Brewing’s third orbit around the sun is Oct. 20. To celebrate they brewed an Imperial Porter with a gravity-warping amount of cherries. A blend of seven malts along with Columbus, Amarillo, Chinook, and Cascade hops complement the chocolatey cherry flavors.

As a woman who enjoys beer, Laura VandeZande would like for other women to enjoy beer as well. Looking back at her journey from Natural Light to Pliny the Younger, a few beers have stood out to her along the way.

The dad of three has gone from Hampstead publican with a microbrewery in the cellar to selling his Camden Town Brewery for multimillions. That’s how fast the craft beer craze has caught on, booming in recent years to 1700 small brewers in the UK.

There’s a little bit of mad scientist hiding in most brewers. And at the recent Great American Beer Festival, several of them had the chance to let it out.