Monday, October 24th, 2016

Portland Trail Blazer lager, Death Hoppy Black Ale and Megadeth’s A Tout Le Monde

Ron Swarner

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A tout le monde / A tous mes amis / Je vous aime / Je dois partir / These are the last words I’ll ever speak/ And they’ll set me free.

MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, OCT. 24 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom rocker. …

Earlier this month, at the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, two South Sound beers stood head and shoulders above the competition. Located in Olympia, Fish Brewing Company‘s American style wheat beer with yeast, Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen, took the bronze, and Lakewood-based RAM Brewery brought home the gold for their Colorado Hometown Blonde, judged the best English-style summer ale out of dozens of competitors.

Pyramid Breweries announced the launch of its 1977 Lager in commemoration of the Portland Trail Blazer’s 1977 title run. As the third edition of the brew partnership with the Trail Blazers, raising a pint with this distinctly Portland beer celebrates the 40th anniversary of the team’s victorious season.

Stoup Brewing in Seattle celebrates its third anniversary Saturday, Oct. 29 with several beer releases, including variety of sours, some barrel aged, plus Vic Secret IPA, which makes use of a comically named new hop variety —Victoria Secret.

Three Creeks Brewing Co. announced the release on draft and in 22-ounce bottles of pub favorite Firestorm Red Ale along with the latest beer in its coveted Desperado Series, Frontier Justice Coffee Stout. Both beers are available now through December 2016.

Shmaltz Brewing Company has released Death Hoppy Black Ale, an homage to new life and the Jewish tradition of mourning. Seven days are spent mourning in Jewish culture, so when it came time to brew Death Hoppy Black Ale, Shmaltz’s Head Brewer Richie Saunders added seven hops, seven malts, and ended up with 7% ABV.

Anchor introduced barleywine to the United States in 1976 with its Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale. It’s one of six barleywines PorchDrining.com judges worthy of the beer style.

Megadeth’s A Tout Le Monde — according to its press release, written in Beer Nerdese — is a “flavorful Belgian style dry hopped golden saison with hoppy and spicy notes, topped by an unctuous head with a clean dry taste and a crisp dry finish.” The name comes from one of Megadeth’s best-known tunes, off 1994’s Youthanasia album, and whose title translates into English as “To all the world.”