Friday, January 20th, 2017

Seattle Belgianfest beers, Graveyard of the Pacific collaboration and brewmaster vs head brewer

Ron Swarner

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Alesmith-Brewing-My-Bloody-Valentine-Red-AleMORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom thank you! …

Washington Beer Commission’s 8th Annual Belgianfest takes place at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion Saturday, Jan. 28. There are two separate sessions: afternoon and evening. The event will feature 42 Washington Breweries pouring more than 110 unique, innovative and delicious Belgian-style, Washington-brewed beers. Check out the 2017 Belgianfest beer list here.

North Jetty Brewing and Heathen Brewing collaborated to produce an imperial red ale that captures the relentless spirit of the Washington coast. Graveyard of the Pacific is a bold and aromatic ale named after a stretch of particularly treacherous water — from Tillamook Bay in the south to Vancouver Island in the north — that has claimed over 2,000 vessels and over 700 lives.

Craft breweries 2017 release calendars all on one porch.

“That’s why I say to my colleagues that they should write ‘bière de garde’ on the label because it’s profitable for everybody. We want to be different from Belgium and we want the people, especially in America, talk about French beer.” Jeff Alworth has a treasure-trove of recorded conversations with brewers over the years and now he’s letting them out little by little in his new Vignettes series.

Brewmaster? Head brewer? People tend to use the words interchangeably. Mitch Steele returns to his blog after a six-month hiatus to explain, in detail, the ten characteristics that make a brewmaster.

AleSmith Brewing Company’s Valentine’s Day seasonal My Bloody Valentine is now available in 22 ounce bottles (Peaks and Pints has it in our cooler). My Bloody Valentine Red Ale is the crimson red-blooded cousin of Evil Dead Red Ale, AleSmith’s Halloween brew. It has intense notes of caramel, toast and bittersweet chocolate, balancing an intense bouquet of floral hop aromas. The finish leaves a pleasant, full-bodied sweetness on the palate that leaves you pining for more.

Trump probably won’t be making any Ellen Show appearances in the next four years.