Monday, January 30th, 2017

Olympia indie music craft beers, Washington Hop Mob and Barely Beer Barons

Ron Swarner

Three Magnets teamed up with Diana Arens, former producer of the radio show Free Things Are Cool, program director at KAOS Olympia Community Radio, audio engineer at Dub Narcotic and Yoyo Studios, show organizer and Riot Grrrl band member who wanted to create “a strong beer for strong women.” The result is Free Things Are Cool Stock Ale, an 8.3% English strong ale.

MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, JAN. 30 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom beard bib. …

Olympia’s Three Magnets Brewing Co. collaborated with four notable members of Olympia’s indie music scene on a series of four beers to be bottled in early February; they’ll be part of a tasting and interactive art event at the Washington State History Museum March 2.

Washington Hop Mob kicks off Thursday. This year 49 Washington breweries stepped up and agreed to brew triple IPA for release the first week of February. At the official Hop Mob Kickoff event (next Thursday at Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle) 32 of these beers will be on tap. Thereafter, a series of Roadshow events take place over the course of 10 days at locations across Western Washington, including Peaks and Pints Friday, Feb. 3. Each event offers a chance to sample and enjoy no fewer than eight Triple IPAs.

Kulshan Brewing will release new beers, including two more in the Brewers Select series. Feb. 18, they’ll offer a three-year vertical tasting of their barleywine.

Draft magazine posted Alaska: beer in the last frontier. “It’s not Alaska’s beer that’s essentially different. It’s the context — dramatic mountain ranges in the backdrop; label art depicting wildlife that you might have actually seen that day; a near-total lack of pretentiousness in the rough-and-ready brewpubs, tasting rooms and dive bars; and that palpable sense of being in the most rugged, most remote state in the union. Context, even if it can’t make beer taste better, certainly can affect how we enjoy it.”

Barely Beer Barons, a new series premiering in early February 2017 on Amazon Prime, shows how three friends found their path to brewery ownership and the promise of fresh craft beer for their San Bernardino, California-based brewery. The show chronicles Brew Rebellion’s dream of brewing up a business, approaching the operation in their brand of unconventional, unfettered acumen. By their own accounts, “It’s ugly, but it’s all theirs.”

Theresa McCulla is ready to start the “best job ever” chronicling the history of American brewing for the Smithsonian National Museum.

No one said looking like a manly brewer (or wannabe brewer) was gonna be easy. And making that perfect facial statement can be a messy and time consuming chore. Thankfully, there’s The Beard Bib.