Washington State Beer News (2019)

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by distantmantra, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,476) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    The $8 to $10 a glass sentiment I can understand a bit, but the other comment is a bit more difficult to discern. Is this his way of saying that he's a hard corer PBR/Rainer Ale/Montucky drinker?
     
  2. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,063) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Floodland bottles average $30 each, so I didn't even blink at the pour prices. Adam has a tiny operation and is driving all over the state for local produce, it's not cheap.
     
  3. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,476) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    You know that and I know that, but my guess is that most of the Seattle Times readership probably doesn't know that. I personally don't think the pricing is unreasonable, but I can see how a lot of folks unfamiliar with Floodland beers might be put off by that kind of pricing (especially if you happen to be a PBR/Ranier Ale/Montucky kind of guy).
     
  4. jpbebeau

    jpbebeau Aspirant (267) Sep 11, 2011 Washington

    Almost any pour of any beer at the Masonry any day of the week is gonna be $8. (But the readers probably don't know that, either.)
     
  5. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    Hey, question. When Chris Miller left Snipes, a dude named Chad took over. Chad, within the last couple years has opened his own brewery, either in or near Yakima. What is the name of his brewery? I'm on my phone and didn't feel like scrolling through the list here.
     
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  6. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,063) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Varietal in Sunnyside.
     
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  7. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    Thanks. I could not come up with it. Maybe I need a new hard drive for my head.
     
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  8. VashonGuy

    VashonGuy Meyvn (1,355) Mar 7, 2013 Washington
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    Probably faster RAM, and more of it.
     
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  9. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    As of yesterday afternoon, the whole Foods in Bellingham had what is likely one of the last kegs of Puyallup River Brewing's beers on tap, Hazey's Comet. If you feel the need to tick.
     
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  10. imposterzilla

    imposterzilla Initiate (84) Jan 23, 2019 Washington

    I have heard a few people in the Thurston county region are sitting on at least a few kegs of Puyallup River.
     
  11. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    Did they put out anything that will hold up? Shouldn't they be trying to pour them fresh-ish?
     
  12. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,063) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I don't remember them ever doing a barrel aged beer. I liked Puyallup River but lets not kid ourselves into thinking their beer is anything super special that you need to go out of your way to try before it's gone.
     
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  13. Robomunky

    Robomunky Devotee (400) May 14, 2015 Washington
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    Looks like Illuminati Brewing in Bellingham is closing on Saturday. I only got to visit once since moving here but liked the beer and the space. Bummer.
     
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  14. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    Yup, heard this today. For the record, this is the "new" version of Illuminati. Under original ownership, they were both a winery and brewery. Under current ownership they were just a brewery, but had added a kitchen.

    Their biggest hurdle was likely the location. Who is gonna go to the industrial neighborhood at 8pm?
     
  15. imposterzilla

    imposterzilla Initiate (84) Jan 23, 2019 Washington

    Not sure..rumors that some guy in Olympia has a keg of a stout of theirs.
     
  16. catscadia

    catscadia Initiate (76) Feb 25, 2016 Washington

    Any 3-way sightings in Eastern Washington yet?
     
  17. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,063) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Doesn't hit Seattle until tomorrow at the earliest, haven't heard anything about Eastern WA.
     
  18. stillill

    stillill Initiate (47) Mar 6, 2016 Washington

    Thursday
     
  19. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    Stemma quietly opened over the weekend. Website hasn't been updated yet though. Haven't swung by yet, maybe later in the week.
     
  20. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    As mentioned in another thread, I swung by Stemma yesterday. Nice space that still needs some finishing touches. 4 beers on, all solidly average, but they'll improve over time. They've got a nitro stout coming on by the weekend. They'll be holding a grand opening party this coming Saturday.
     
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  21. WA_Brian

    WA_Brian Disciple (374) Nov 17, 2015 Washington
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  22. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,063) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Black Raven kid friendly finally? Damn.
     
  23. Robomunky

    Robomunky Devotee (400) May 14, 2015 Washington
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    Drove by Melvin the other day and saw New Owner sign. Anyone heard anything about it? Can't help but be curious, after the shit show last year.
     
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  24. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    I haven't been by lately, but these rumors have kept bubbling up over the last 6-9 months. They were always dead, maybe they've finally pulled the plug?
     
  25. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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  26. sharpski

    sharpski Meyvn (1,154) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Curious situation. I’d assumed the brewery part of a brewpub was the highest margin, still selling beer at $5-6/pint but no 3-tier middlemen.
     
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  27. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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  28. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,476) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    There was a time when Harmon was about the only game in town when it came to locally produced beer in Tacoma, and I think at one time beer sales did OK there. However, that's no longer the case (the thought never even crosses my mind to stop by whenever I'm in town), though I get the impression the restaurant is still doing fine (especially for lunch, they seem to always get a good crowd). The restaurant has a full bar, and again, the times I've walked by in the late afternoon and evening, it seemed like a lot of customers were drinking cocktails and mixed drinks.

    I hear what you're saying, but I'm assuming with lagging sales of onsite brewed beer, perhaps this change in direction makes sense. I'm pretty sure not many people in Tacoma are going to miss Harmon beer.
     
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  29. stevesbeer

    stevesbeer Initiate (114) May 17, 2016 Washington
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  30. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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  31. stevesbeer

    stevesbeer Initiate (114) May 17, 2016 Washington
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  32. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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  33. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (3,539) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon
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  34. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    Well, they've been part of CBA for quite some while now. I wish I could say I'm at least a teensy bit surprised.....
     
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  35. SeaAle

    SeaAle Disciple (360) Jun 24, 2012 Oregon

    Pyramid is NAB, not CBA. Not much difference though. They're not independent.
     
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  36. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    Huh. Well, my bad.
     
  37. NWer

    NWer Crusader (783) Mar 10, 2009 Washington

    Don't let it happen again or we will have to let you go...
     
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  38. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,418) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    Like I have any problem spending my limited disposable income, Kendall drops this on me: http://www.washingtonbeerblog.com/f...lMSJSgwh29yIvOwuR2EQquKE64yUjWdjBtWQ4WAewZsBA

    The old New York Pizza location, next door to where the original Green Frog (RIP) was. But, in an entirely shocking, shocking I say!, development, it's right across the street from where a Seattle based invest firm bought up that side of the block, kicked out long-established business's, tore that section of town down below the ground, and is building cheap student housing.

    Yeah, lots of local politics. And, I will enjoy having a Flatstick. But, I hate that it's a product of a transient population. Also, really gonna hate having kids. Counterpoint, gonna love watching doggos fetch golf balls from broskis!
     
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  39. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,063) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Remember: you were also once the "transient population" in Bellingham. Gotta start somewhere.
     
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  40. SeaAle

    SeaAle Disciple (360) Jun 24, 2012 Oregon

    Sad news. One of my favorite Kitsap County breweries when I lived there is most likely soon going to be history. From their Facebook post.

    Sound Brewery restaurant will be closing with it's last day being Aug 24th. We will be open 2pm til 8:00pm for beer, wine, cider only today and next Sunday and 2:00pm til 9:00pm each day for the next couple of weeks. Feel free to bring in your own food. Thanks for your support over the last 3 years for the restaurant and almost a decade for the brewery. These last two weeks could be your last chance to get Sound beer. The brewery's fate remains unclear at this point but will likely be closing at the end of the month also.
    We've got plenty of most bottles, and a new dry hopped batch of Kanacitra cans available also!


    https://www.facebook.com/pg/soundbrewery/posts/?ref=page_internal
     
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