Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Melvin 2X4 Day, Two Beers Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale and Cascade Brewing Sang Du Chene

Ron Swarner


Melvin-Brewing-2x4-DayMORNING FOAM FOR SATURDAY, FEB. 4 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom Budweiser. …

Melvin Brewing — Wyoming’s astonishingly talented brewer of hoppy ales — celebrates its multiple Great American Beer Festival-winning 2×4 IIPA today by shipping fresh kegs to certain bars in 30 states and three countries. 2×4 is of course the star of the show, but other beers which will make special appearances include Drunken Master IIPA, Asterisk IIPA, Citradamus IIPA, Carlton CDA, Pilsgnar Pilsner, Hubert, MPA Melvin IPA and rare kegs of the brewery’s much-lauded Lambda IIIPA.The swag, the hip-hop, the ninjas, and, of course, Melvin’s 2×4 will all be out to party at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, The Beer Junction in Seattle, The Hop and Hound in Bothell, Train Wreck Bar & Grill in Burlington, The Copper Hog Gastropub in Bellingham, Special Brews in Lynnwood, Trails End Taphouse in Snohomish, The Last Drop in Seattle, McKay’s Taphouse and Pizzeria in Bellingham and Collin’s Pub in Seattle.

Two Beers Brewing just announced the return of its Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale. This time around, they’ve partnered with Anchorhead Coffee, a local, small-batch coffee company.

Two Beers Brewing partner with Anchorhead Coffee to create Cold Brew

A couple of Pacific Northwest beers made Draft magazine’s list of “The best beers we tasted this week.” The national magazine called pFriem Family Brewers’ Vienna Lager a “…perfect an example of the style as you’ll find outside Vienna. Or Mexico. Or wherever.” In regards to Fremont Brewing’s Lush IPA, “Rarely have we encountered an IPA so much like a bowl of French onion soup, yet also so pleasant.”

Laurelwood Brewing has released its brand new creation, Belgian Golden Ale, with a sweet and spicy profile and crisp dry finish. Expect subtle hints of clove and fruit, with a light malty flavor in this new beer.

Cascade Brewing will launch Sang Du Chêne, its first bottle release to feature a newly redesigned label and logo. Meaning “blood of the oak,” Sang du Chêne features sour strong blond and triple ales aged in three large format oak vessels: foudres, puncheons and hogsheads. The oak influences provide flavors of toasted sugars, vanilla and spice, complemented by the bright acidity and fruity character of the beer.

The Beer & Brewing Magazine blind tasted and ranked 126 saisons.

By the hour, that emotionally charged Budweiser 2017 Super Bowl commercial keeps getting viewed: 7.9, 8.0, 8.1 million people watching the ad about co-founder Adolphus Busch’s immigration journey. It has received some pretty nasty reviews, including this tweet from “Trumpnado” of Tampa: “Boycott Budweiser! join me! Budweiser Debuts ugly Pro-Immigration Super Bowl propaganda Ad.”