Airways Brewing releasing Tickle der Zwickel with a party this weekend

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Airways Brewing invites you to its first Oktoberfest celebration. The event serves as the release of Tickle der Zwickel Festbier. The event takes place on Saturday, September 27th at the Airways Beer & Bistro in Kent (not the brewery). To accompany the beer, enjoy a German-inspired menu, beer lineup, games, and music.

Mile High Mug Club members are invited for an exclusive Friday night preview on September 26. The beer will be available at both Airways locations, and the Bistro will feature special German menu items for members only.

FDA stands down on proposed regulation impacting breweries

This is Bessie. That is her real name. I am happy that hers has become the face of this issue, even if it is only here on the Washington Beer Blog.

Last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it is revising its proposal regarding the handling of spent grain. As originally reported in March, the FDA proposed a new set of regulations intended to increase food safety: the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Among other provisions, the proposal included a drastic change to the…

Bonfire Ale release party at Fremont Brewing this Thursday


Hard to believe it, but we’ll soon be reaching for winter beers. In fact, many of us intend to begin reaching for a winter beer this Thursday when Fremont Brewing Company releases Bonfire Ale. Join Fremont Brewing at the Urban Beer Garden this Thursday, September 25 for a release party that will include several different…

Geaux Brewing Celebrates 1st Anniversary on Oct. 11th


Geaux Brewing celebrates its 1st Anniversary with a party at the brewery on Saturday, October 11th. I assume that by now everyone understands that Geaux is pronounced go. Beyond teaching us a little bit about French orthography, Geaux Brewing has accomplished a lot in one year. They’ve brewed some fantastic beers and built a loyal…

Pacific Brewing & Malting is opening this Saturday


Updated Saturday, September 20: Last night we got a sneak peek. Pictures below. Updated Wednesday, September 17, 2014: We just received word that Pacific Brewing & Malting will open this Saturday, September 20. The tasting room will open at 1:00 and stay open into the evening (maybe as late as 10:00 or 11:00). This new…

Piketoberfest offers more than beer and oompah music


Pike Brewing Company presents the 2nd annual Piketoberfest, a benefit for the Pike Place Market Foundation. The event features beer, wine, cider and spirits along with artisan food, charcuterie and sausage. Compare offerings from local producers with those from their German counterparts. The event takes place on Sunday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m. at the…

Inland NW Craft Beer Festival – Spokane’s Big Beer Fest


When was the last time you tipped back a cold IPA from Perry Street Brewing or savored a Goatmeal Stout from Iron Goat Brewing? How long has it been since you enjoyed a delicious River City Red from River City Brewing? The Inland NW Craft Beer Festival offers beer from these and 27 other breweries,…

Wingman Brewers hosting Made in Tacoma on Saturday

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- by Casey McLain, South Sound Bureau Chief – The first day I walked into Wingman Brewers was more than two years ago. Head Brewer Ken Thoburn and Wingman friend Jason were transferring fermented wort from their fermenter to an oak barrel followed by peanut butter, and I quickly became aware of two things: Wingman…

Resistance is Futile: AB Inbev Will Assimilate SABMiller


On Saturday, Heineken announced that it rejected an overture from London-based beer giant SABMiller. One of those merger-acquisition things you hear about on TV that seems alien to our world of small, privately owned craft breweries. The overture was intended to help SABMiller fend off a possible takeover. Now, SABMiller is considering its next steps…

Washington Breweries Bring Home Medals from International Beer Cup

Ellie, Matt, and Heather McClung. Winning!

The winners of the 2014 International Beer Cup were announced on Saturday. Two Washington breweries brought home hardware: Scuttlebutt Brewing and Schooner Exact Brewing. The International Beer Cup, held each year in Yokohama, Japan, attracts more than 600 beers from 25 countries. The beers are judged by a panel of more than 60 judges from…