Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Washington Winter Beer Fest, South Africa Luponic Distortion IPA and Belgian Beer Book

Ron Swarner

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Beer drinkers dress for the occasion at the annual Washington Brewers Guild-produced Winter Beer Fest in Seattle. Photo credit Pappi Swarner

MORNING FOAM FOR TUESDAY, NOV. 29 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom giblets. …

Somewhere between a joke and a necessity lives the holiday sweater. They can certainly be ugly — and something you’ll bump into repeatedly this weekend at the Washington Brewers Guild-produced 2016 Winter Beer Fest in Hangar 30 at Seattle’s Magnuson Park. Now, if being in a hangar full of people wearing ugly sweaters isn’t enticing enough on its own, add more than 50 breweries pouring 160+ dark malty stouts, robust winter warmers, barrel-aged gems and holiday-inspired beers.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has released its latest hop version of Luponic Distortion IPA, which showcases a lesser-known hop-growing region, South Africa.

Grab a glass and throw another log on the fire — or more realistically, bump up the thermostat a notch and throw on another blanket and settle in with Netflix. Craftbeer.com asked breweries to tell them about their biggest winter releases, and here are the two-dozen beers that don’t back down on flavor or ABV.

In the latest attempt to raise $50 million to build out its first U.S. brewery in Ohio, Scottish craft beer maker BrewDog announced that it would open a brewpub in any American city where at least 500 people invest in the company’s Equity for Punks USA crowdfunding campaign.

Wisdom of the Wood: Eight barrel-aging life lessons from a Craft Beer Program intern at the Brewers Association.

The Belgian Beer Book is a wonderful new coffee-table book (really, it’s about the size of a coffee table) written by two Belgians, Luc De Raedemaeker and Erick Verdonck. With lavish photographs and exhaustive information, the 700+ page book covers the history, culture, beer styles, food pairings, cafes and breweries of Belgium, along with advice on visiting the country.

Late culinary goddess Julia Child frequently sipped wine on the set of her iconic cooking show, The French Chef, and getting slightly tipsy only helped her further charm viewers with her masterful preparations of omelets, souffles, and coq au vin. So it seems only appropriate that Comedy Central’s Drunk History would relay the tale of Child’s incredible life.