Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Silver City Kwik Stout, Crux PCT Porter and Avery Tequilana

Ron Swarner



MORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 2 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom unrating. …

Silver City Brewery releases its Kwik Stout (5%) at its taproom at noon today. Available on tap and in exceedingly limited 22-ounce bottles, Kwik is a milk stout with a hearty dose of cocoa.

The Pacific Crest Trail stretches from Mexican border to the Canadian border, covering more than 2,600 miles along the way. On average, it takes thru-hikers about five months to complete the trek. Most hikers start in the south, and by the time they make it into Oregon, they’ve built up a mighty powerful thirst. Crux Fermentation Project has released a new that supports the Pacific Crest Trail Association, PCT Porter. Enough PCT hikers stop in Bend, Oregon for a shower, civilized meal and craft beer that Crux decided to brew a beer just for them and the organization that supports the hikers.

Redhook Brewery is bringing back its fan-favorite Big Ballard Imperial IPA in 22-ounce bottles and six-packs, which will be available year round throughout Washington state. To celebrate the beer’s return, Redhook will host an open house launch party at fellow Washington original Filson’s Ballard location.

Redhook Big Ballard IIPA returns as year-round beer in 22oz bottles and 6-packs

Hopping up for March Madness, Stone Brewing has announced a brand new player to its lineup. While rabid fans of basketball will soon gather to make predictions about who their big winner will be, craft beer fanatics will hoist a pint as Stone Doublicious Double IPA takes to the court along with Stone’s all-star lineup of IPAs.

Avery Brewing Co., a Boulder-based craft brewery and maker of White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale, has announced the release of Tequilana, a tequila barrel-aged sour.

Avery Brewing Releases Tequilana — No.43 Of Its Barrel-Aged Series

In the 1990s, amid U.S. craft beer’s initial boom, quality wasn’t an overwhelming concern for the nation’s microbreweries. It should have been. Many of them didn’t last. Though the number of breweries in the U.S. climbed from 284 in 1990 to 1,564 by 1999, that peak led to a steep slide that left the U.S. with nearly 120 fewer breweries by 2005. Brewers existential challenge is to make amazing beer or die.

As a beer nerd and a smartphone addict, Dan Bortz absolutely loves the fact that there is an app that caters to his vices. He logs my beers religiously, often adding locations and photos. The ability to look back at beers he’s consumed can be helpful because sometimes he simply can’t remember if he’s had a beer before. There is, however, one feature that he no longer uses. He doesn’t rate beers on Untappd anymore.