Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Pike Brewing Chocofest, Black Raven Redfeather SIPA and Dogfish Head Vanilla World Wide Stout

We heart Pike Chocofest!

MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, DEC. 23 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom sing-along.

Pike Brewing has picked a date for its annual Chocofest — Sunday, Feb. 12. The downtown Seattle brewery celebrates Valentine’s Day with unlimited food bites from premiere local restaurants and talented chocolatiers, alongside delicious sips from local brewers, wineries and distillers. There’s even a cask beer section, with unique cask beers available for just that one night.

Black Raven Brewing out of Redmond, Washington, releases its Redfeather SIPA — an award-winning sessionable, red IPA — today. This beer presents the hop bitterness and flavor of a red IPA but in a more refreshing, lower alcohol version.

One of America’s strongest imperial stouts, Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, will be a bit different when it rolls around again in 2017: Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout.

Just as General Washington boldly navigated the Delaware River in the freezing dead of night to take enemy forces by surprise, 21st Amendment Brewery is ambushing the cold with the re-release of its seasonal Belgian-style Saison, Sneak Attack, featuring the flavors of summer to combat the winter months.

It’s said that the devil is in the details and Oskar Blues Brewery’s 2017 Deviant Dale’s Imperial IPA is no different. Oskar Blues has limited this beer to a three-month seasonal offering, January through March, to take advantage of a small quantity of meticulously hand-selected hops. The beer is brewed immediately upon hop delivery to provide the optimal flavor the beer demands.

Draft magazine contributor and beer-lover abroad Joe Stange picks his favorites from this year’s travels.

Whoa! We haven’t posted, nor even listened to, our favorite Christmas song yet this year. Let’s sing it together, shall we?