Killer Pumpkin Fest Returns For 2 Days – Saturday & Sunday

2013 KillerPumpkinFest

Returning this Saturday and Sunday to Brewpublic’s Killer Beer Week is the highly successful Killer Pumpkin Fest. One of the most successful events during Brewpublic’s Killer Beer Week returns this year bigger, badder and better this year. With over 32 Pumpkin Beers this is one event you do not want to miss this Saturday & Sunday October 19-20, 2013.

Now in it’s third year, The Green Dragon takes to the streets to make their Killer Pumpkin Festival even more killer than ever! Closing down 9th Ave for this year we’ve partnered with Camp Ukandu, a non-profit for children diagnosed with cancer, and are moving to the street this year as part of a two day festival. One of the biggest pumpkin festivals in the region (tip of the hat to Elysian Brewing), here’s a look at what we have going on in 2013:

  • 30+ Craft Beers made with Pumpkins and other Gourds.
  • Special Pumpkin Menu
  • Live music and vendors in the street from 11AM – 5PM
  • The Elysian Pumpkin Roadshow will be on hand to tap a 85 lb. pumpkin on Sunday at 3pm!
  • And of course, Pumpkin smashing all weekend.

Hopworks owner-brewmaster Christian Ettinger smashing pumpkins at Killer Pumpkin Fest 2012 at Green Dragon (photo by Allyson Riggs of Rogue)

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Eugene’s The Bier Stein presents Pumpkinpalooza – October 19 & 20

Pumpkinfest Poster

The Bier Stein will be dedicating the majority of its 30 taps to beers made with the most popular squash in America. The two-day event will feature a range of interpretations of the pumpkin beer style, from the classic amber hued, pie-spiced ale to pilsner, porter, and more. Pumpkin beer comes but once a year, and The Bier Stein’s previous pumpkin beer fests have been extremely well attended. This year’s fest will feature beers from about a dozen breweries. Elysian Brewing from Seattle, WA, arguably the most pumpkin-obsessed brewery, is bringing over a dozen different pumpkin beers, and a large, hollowed and charred pumpkin to fill with beer and tap on site! That will happen at 5pm on Saturday the 19th. Full beer list is below.

If pumpkins are your thing, you’ll want to get a taste of our auxiliary pumpkin menu, available all weekend. Pumpkin enchiladas, pumpkin soups, pumpkin salad, and pumpkin cheesecake are sure to pair well with a flight of pumpkin beers! Pumpkin-related clothing and/or costumery is encouraged to keep things festive. There will be a “guess the weight of the pumpkin” contest with prizes as well. The rarer selections will be tapped at 5pm Saturday in the Back Bar.

Elysian Brewing goes out of its way to use pumpkin and a veritable walk-in cabinet of spices in the most interesting ways possible. Mr. Yuck is a sour pumpkin ale with pumpkin in the mash, kettle, and fermentor (they use the “triple pumpkined” method in many brews). The Great Gherkin utilizes another member of the Cucurbit family – cucumber – and chai tea spices. Punkuccino adds a dose of cold-extract coffee… and then there’s the Calatrava Habanero Vanilla Epazote Pumpkin Ale, which needs no introduction. This event is part of Elysian’s Pumpkin Roadshow.

Pumpkinpalooza Pumpkinfest Poster will also include the debut of a beer brewed by The Bier Stein’s ‘Beer Baron’ Dave Stockhausen and beer steward Aaron Brussat at Agrarian Ales. Read More…

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Elysian’s 9th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Fest

Elysian GPBF

The 9th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival is just around the corner at Elysian Brewing in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. This year’s festival takes place over the course of three days, with one session each day from October 4 – 6, 2013.

If you are planning on attending, hopefully you already have your tickets for the Friday and Saturday sessions since they now are sold out. Tickets remain available for Sunday’s session. Sunday tickets are available at all 3 Elysian locations along with Full Throttle Bottles.

This years GPBF will feature more beer varieties than ever including sours, Belgians, porters, barrel-aged, IPA, cider, amber, barleywine, gruit, rauchbier, hefeweizen, classic pumpkin ales, and their first ever geuze and zwicklebiers!  You will find many ingredients beyond classic pumpkin pie spices including plums, coffee, habaneros, cranberries, chocolate, lavender, nettle, epazote and coconut.

Elysian's Dave Chappell and Dick Cantwell at Killer Pumpkin Fest 2012

Elysian Beers Include:

  • Night Owl
  • Dark O’ The Moon Pumpkin Sout
  • Great Pumpkin Imperial ALe
  • Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pils
  • Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin Ale
  • Plumpkin
  • Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale
  • The Great Gherkin
  • Calatrava
  • Purple Pumpkineater Lavender Saison
  • Yuck Yuck Geuze
  • Headless Horsey
  • Kurbitinus Pumpkin DunkelHefeWeizenBock
  • Blight
  • The Gourdfather
  • Many more vintage ales..

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Weekend In Review: 17th Annual Boonville Beer Fest

Boonville Beer Fest (Instagram photo by @linemodifier)

One of the most anticipated craft beer events on the West Coast is undoubtedly the annual Boonville Beer Fest. This past weekend marked the 17th annual return of this event centered around the pioneering brewery that is Anderson Valley Brewing.

Located within the serene rolling hills and oak groves in the secluded town of Boonville, about 25 miles west beyond a winding mountainous pass from Ukiah in Mendocino County, Anderson Valley’s yearly pilgrimage witnesses a great deal of brewers, brewery representatives, industry folks and beer enthusiasts from all points north, south and east. With a large contingency of the turnout representing California, the festival showcased both popular and obscure, regional and journeyed companies for this unparalleled undertaking. Read More…

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Acacia Cooper Named Recipient of Falconer Foundation American Brewers Guild Scholarship

Acacia Cooper of Anderson Valley Brewing
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From an outstanding group of talented applicants, Acacia Cooper of Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Boonville, CA) has been named recipient of the 2013 Glen Hay Falconer Foundation scholarship to the American Brewers Guild.  Acacia will be attending the American Brewers Guild’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course which runs from January through June 2013.  The Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course is a 22-week distance education program with a final week of residential instruction.  The course is designed for brewers and homebrewers who lack formal training in brewing science and covers all the fundamentals of beer production and quality assurance.  
 
In making its final decision, the Selection Committee members were impressed by Acacia’s dedication, passion, and contributions to the broader brewing community.  In the words of committee members: “We were impressed by Acacia’s commitment to craft brewing as demonstrated both by her work as a brewer and her use of her chemistry background to produce an original study of green beer analysis that was presented to the MBAA.”  Adds another Read More…
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Choice Beers for Holiday Food Pairings

Holiday beer pairings

By Diana Carlton

Winter brings a number of wonderful holiday occasions, from cookie-decorating extravaganzas to sit-down dinners with family and friends. Whether you’re hosting the hottest holiday shindig or just looking for something tasty to bring to your in-laws’ holiday feast, here are some of the best beers to accompany special seasonal meals.

Brasserie Dupont Avec les Bons VoeuxIf you’re a fan of classy imported beers, a great one to try is Avec les Bon Voeux from Brasserie Dupont in Belgium. A delightful saison-style ale, it has a peachy fruitiness and a hoppy base that manages to be spicy rather than bitter. This beer used to be a new year’s gift from the brewery to its most distinguished customers, and it’s only recently that this special holiday beer has been available to the public. Pair it with a roast duck or goose for a main course, or with a dense chocolate or spice cake for dessert.

Scaldis Prestige (photo from UnTappd)If you really want to impress someone, your best choice is a bottle of Scaldis Prestige. This beauty from Belgium is triple-fermented, with the final fermentation happening in oak casks previously used for the finest burgundy wine. A multifaceted ale, its amber tone holds notes of caramel and cherries with a hint of spice. It would go well with grilled meat and game dishes, but would also be the perfect accompaniment to a rich baked brie. Sold in a wine-style bottle that runs about $40, this beer isn’t cheap. But as one of the few beers with a consistent 100 rating on RateBeer.com, it’s well worth the expense.

Shmaltz He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 California EditionIf your tastes run to the less expensive and closer to home, never fear. Read More…

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This post was written by admin on December 20, 2012

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Anderson Valley Brewing Tasting @ Belmont Station

Taste the new Anderson Valley Brewing Heelch O’ Hops Double IPA,  Winter Solstice, Brother David’s Tripel and Dubbel, Boont Amber, and Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout in the store, and grab a glass of Winter Solstice or the very limited Wild Turkey bourbon Barrel Stout and Rosy Barl Sour Ale (Mowkeef Saison aged in Chardonnay barrels for a year and half, with Fresh Raspberries added in the last 6 months) on tap in the Biercafe.

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This post was written by admin on December 13, 2012

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Deschutes Brewery to Collaborate with Great Lakes Brewing and others for Class of ’88 Series

Deschutes Brewery Est. 1988

The big players in the craft beer movement continue to learn a valuable lesson – give the beer geeks what they want. Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon was on board with this sentiment since the beginning and have continued to push forth with new and innovative styles and have kept up with emerging and persisting trends. One such trend that seems to appease the lovers of malty goodness is collaboration beers.

Breweries such as Stone and Dogfish Head have galvanized much respect from the hardcore heads by working alongside each other and several others to put out awesome collaborative releases, even inventing a new beer style or two along the way. 

Deschtues Conflux SeriesDeschutes Brewery, as it continues to grow in production and capacity also expands its creative walls to keep the beer nerds like us coming back for new and interesting releases. A few prime examples of the Bend brewhouse’s imaginative spirit was illustrated when they forged ahead to develop a White IPA with renowned wheaten brewers Boulevard of Kansas City, and also the interesting master blend of high octane and barrel-aged brews that was put forth with Hair of the Dog of Portland in the first of these Conflux Series releases, “Collage.”

Great Lakes Brewing Co.Now, one of the Midwest’s finest craft beer producers, Great Lakes Brewing of Cleveland has announced that they will be brewing and releasing a beer with Deschutes to commemorate both breweries 25th anniversary. The beer, according to Great Lakes will be a Smoked Imperial Porter for Deschutes’ “Class of ’88″ Series.

Both Great Lakes and Deschutes will brew its own rendition of the collaborative recipe. This special beer will then be made available for a limited time in 22-ounce bottles and draft in May of 2013. According to a press release from Great Lakes, the idea was inspired by each brewery’s penchant for making award winning porters: Great Lakes’ Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter. The porter is one of four collaborative beers in Deschutes Brewery’s Class of ’88 series, which also includes collaborations with North Coast Brewing Company (Ft. Bragg, CA), Rogue Ales (Newport, OR), and Goose Island Beer Company (Chicago, IL).

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Weekend In Review: Inaugural Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

The Mother Hips on stage for the crowd at the first annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

Firestone WalkerWhat can one say about Firestone Walker Brewing Co. other than their commitment to excellence appears unparalleled in today’s brewing world. Perennial winners of some of the most prestigious and coveted awards in brewing industry, the Paso Robles brewhouse has asserted itself as a leader in the field since opening in 1996. Located in a region of Central California more known for excellence in artisan winemaking, Firestone Walker has claimed top honors amongst midsized breweries at the World Beer Cup (2004, 2006, 2010, 2012). Lead by chemist and brewmaster Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker has forged the way of setting a high bar for both consistency and creativity in the American craft beer market. With the reception of craft beer in the North America constantly growing, Firestone Walker, like many other breweries, also continues with expansion efforts to allow them to reach a greater audience. “Our brewery is a cutting-edge facility, right down to the bottling line,” Brynildson says. “This is enabling me to take Firestone Walker beers to the next level.”

Brewers camp site at California Mid-State Fairgrounds for Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer FestAs further evidence that Firestone Walker is committed to the appreciation and nurturing of a world replete with a delicious smorgasbord of flavorsome ales and lagers, the brewery recently hosted their first annual Invitational Beer Festival at the California Mid-State Fairgrounds in their hometown. Specific well-respected breweries from around the United States and beyond were invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind event, many of which have never before been distributed in the region or the West Coast for that matter. This included some special Read More…

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Anderson Valley Tasting @ Belmont Station

Anderson Valley Brewing Co.Taste the full array of Anderson Valley beers, including this year’s Summer Solstice. Many of Anderson Valley’s beers are now available in bottles and cans. And we have some very special drafts lined up for this night: Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout, Horse Tongue Wheat Sour Ale, and Brother David’s Barrel-aged Grand Cru.

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