Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Yakima Fresh Hop Beer Week, Blewett Brewing Company opens …

Ron Swarner

Blewett Brewing Company opens Tuesday in Leavenworth. Photo courtesy of Facebook

MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, SEPT. 23 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom awkwardness. …

It’s fitting that in what is now the largest hop growing region in the world, Yakima, Washington hosts a Fresh Hop Beer Week. In 2015, the United States surpassed Germany with growing the most hops in the world and around 77% of the U.S. grown hops are from the Yakima Valley, just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the South Sound. The 2nd Annual Fresh Hop Beer Week kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and will take place over the course of six days, leading up to the 14th Annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival.

Leavenworth has a new brewery, Blewett Brewing Company, opening Tuesday, Sept. 27 just in time for the Bavarian village’s annual Oktoberfest. Blewett Brewing Company was founded by brothers Kyle Peterson and Eric Peterson, both of Leavenworth; and head brewer Grant Stoebner, also of Leavenworth.

Since 2006, The Lost Abbey has been experimenting with its Oak Aging Program, using barrels from across the spectrum of spirits, and now they will be releasing their second Tequila barrel-aged craft beer, Madonna and Child.

In the U.S., for the longest time, when you heard Guinness you thought of only the iconic stout that is a staple at every bar. But over the past few years the brewery has been dedicated to branching out and highlighting other beers to become known for more than the stout with the unique tap handle. Guinness’ latest release, Antwerpen Stout, is just one of several beers that are hitting shelves in the U.S. to help diversify the Guinness name.

The Boston Beer Company once was synonymous with good taste and explosive growth prospects. Today, the stock is down 25.18% year to date, as the company grapples with aggressive smaller breweries grabbing market share, along with larger competitors and others.

It is an indisputable fact that both marijuana and beer bring intense happiness to most adults. Ironically enough, these two have gone head to head in endless debates over which product is more enjoyable: alcohol or pot. But, what if… Just, what if… We could join the two together, making a wicked canna-brew.

Just when you thought you’d never again be blessed by an episode of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifiankis there’s a brand new one, and it’s guest starring Hillary Clinton. Happily Clinton remains a picture of stoic amusement, even when Zach talks about Trump’s butthole. WATCH:

Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton from Hillary Clinton