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 Brewers is doing more than making beer in the transactional sense, and Wingman Brewers is Tacoma, and Tacoma is Wingman Brewers.

Before I ever wrote for Washington Beer Blog I was curious, and I had asked Ken if he felt like he wanted to compete with other local breweries.

Resistance is Futile: AB Inbev Will Assimilate SABMiller

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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

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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…

Bellingham Beer Week: Beer Dinner at The Local

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Bellingham Beer Week officially kicked off last Friday and runs through Sunday, September 21st. All five of Bellingham’s breweries, along with regional breweries, beer bars, restaurants, and retailers, are hosting events. Now in its third year, the object of Bellingham Beer Week is to celebrate the city’s growing craft beer scene. Visit the official website…

Naked City and Band in Seattle Announce Fall Lineup

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I don’t know about you, but for me just about any excuse to visit Naked City Brewery is a good one. Band in Seattle and Naked City happily announce the autumn lineup of artist performing in the Screening Room. These shows are taped and then appear on Band in Seattle, Friday nights at 11:00 p.m….

Odin Brewing Announces Grand Opening of New Taproom

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Updated September 15: Odin Brewing Company just announced the date for the official grand opening event at its new taproom: Friday, September 19th. The new brewery and taproom is located at 402 Baker Blvd. in Tukwila, about a half-block due east of the South Center shopping mall and a block west of the Green River…

Chuckanut Beer Dinner at the Cliff House Restaurant

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Information provided by Chuckanut Brewery: Chuckanut Brewery is excited to announce their first beer dinner held at the Cliff House Restaurant, 331 N State, will be in honor of the brewmaster’s birthday September 15. Billed as the Grand Brew Masters Dinner, Chuckanut’s award winning brewmaster Will Kemper will be on hand to talk about beers,…

Draft Quality Workshops – Learn How to Master Your Draft Beer System

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Most bars serving a good selection of craft beer know the importance of draft system maintenance. Smart bar owners think of all those kegs piled up in the cooler as an investment worth protecting. A clean, well-maintained draft system protects the investment. It also makes people happy because the beer tastes good. Today I share…

Great Artisan Craft Beer Festival at EMP Museum

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Great Artisan Beverage Company, which distributes beer across the Pacific Northwest, has made great strides in the world of craft beer in recent years, expanding its catalog to include some of the best breweries in all the land. Today the company announced it is hosting a beer festival to showcase its growing portfolio. The first-ever…

Seasonal and Special Beer Releases from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing

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Two press releases from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing. One about the annual release of Harvest Moon Festbier and the other about the introduction of  a new special release beer: Zippy Lemon Wheat. SNOQUALMIE FALLS BREWING RELEASES HARVEST MOON FESTBIER. 22oz “Bombers” and kegs to be available at taproom and finer beer stores throughout Washington and Idaho.