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Today was the final day of the 2011 Oregon Brewfest. For four days, the Portland waterfront filled with beer lovers from across the country – and the beer selection was as awesome as the weather. This year, the brewers brunch was held at McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom. After breakfast and bonding over beers, the street closed between the ballroom and the brewfest so that brewers and brew lovers could march the official keg to the waterfront to be tapped by this year’s grand Marshall, beer guru, Fred Eckhardt. Below is a brief video of the parade and the opening ceremonies.
On Saturday, July 9th, the 4th Annual Rails to Ales Brewfest took place at the Train Depot in South Cle Elum. In total, 18 breweries, two hard cider makers, and a winery turned out to represent. Being a fan of hoppy beers, my favorites tended to be IPAs (Georgetown Brewing’s Lucille, Diamond Knot’s IPA, and the Snoqualmie Wildcat to name a few). There were some interesting discoveries for me as well (like the Dark Cherry Stout from Horse Heaven Hills Brewery out of Prosser). Of course, the Roslyn Brewing Company was also representing their lagers (but I didn’t get a taste because I had spent the hour before having pints at the brewery!). The Best in Show designation, decided by people’s choice ballots, went to Manny’s Pale Ale from Georgetown Brewing.
The Roslyn Brewing Company has been brewing quality German-style lagers since 1990. The Roslyn is a dark lager reminiscent of the original beers the Roslyn Brewery and Malting Company was brewing in the early 1900′s. The Brookside is a pale lager hopped predominantly with Yakima hops and tastes delicious on a hot summer day.
This memorial day weekend, we had the pleasure of meeting with Kent Larimer, Roslyn Brewing Company’s head brewer, to discuss the brewery and enjoy a beverage in the taphouse. We had a great time (as we always do) and enjoyed the beers and the conversations that accompanied them. The next time you’re in town for the weekend, be sure to stop the brewery to see the gang, enjoy a refreshing beer, or fill a growler to go (which is a popular option for Roslyn area campers). (This posting was syndicated from WhyRoslyn.com).
As a resident in the North East part of Ballard, I can’t tell you how happy I am to have Chuck’s 85th St. Market just down the road. In addition to Ice Cream treats and Espresso – they also have “over 600 wines under $20″ and a large selection of craft beers. As I write this, I’m sipping on an Elysian Dragonstooth Stout, which is just one of the many Elysion beers they sell in 22 ounce bottles. As I sifted through their beers, the owner (who I can only assume is Chuck), was quick to point out which beers they just got in stock that I might enjoy. Additionally, he mentioned that they are working on setting up in-store beer tastings in the near future. On the way out, I asked if he ever stocked Pliny the Elder. That’s when he told me that he had some in the back and he allows the sale of one per customer. He keeps it in the back to ensure that people who don’t know anything about beer don’t purchase it. As he put it, “If you don’t know to ask for Pliny, you don’t deserve to drink Pliny.” That philosophy, combined with a great beer selection, was enough to win me as a loyal customer. I encourage you to go check out Chuck’s and support a local beer lover… tell ’em the CrapMonkey sent you.
This year, we had the pleasure of visiting Munich, Germany to attend Oktoberfest. With over six million attendees each year, it is officially the largest fair in the world. This year was particularly special because it marked the 200th Anniversary of the festival. I was too busy consuming pretzels, sausage, kasspatzn, and beer to do any decent reporting, but please enjoy these scenes from the event captured in the video below and through photos posted in the photo gallery.
Taplister is a free application and website that helps you find out what’s on tap in your local pubs. The CrapMonkey Podcast caught up with Ken Baer, Chief Technology Officer of Taplister, to find out what this crowd sourcing tool was all about. Click below to hear the interview.
Lots of us will be Barbequing with a beer in hand on the fourth of July – but how many of you plan to use that brew to enhance the flavors of your meal? From glazing to basting to marinating - a little beer goes a long way to liven up your BBQ. The simplest approach to cooking with beer would probably have to include the hot dog. I like to get a rich, flavorful Stout and marinate brats in it for an hour or so, and then throw them on the grill. Brats don’t generally absorb a lot of the beer while marinating, so I also use a flavor injector to inject the Stout into the dogs as they cook. This keeps them moist for the entire duration they are cooking and the result is a deliciously juicy beer brat with a hint of stout flavor. Yum.
Are brats a little too elementary for you? There are lots of other great recipes to choose from:
Beer-Can Chicken: Cooking a chicken over a partially filled beer can keeps the meat amazingly moist and tender. We’ve actually done this with a Turkey (and a large can of Foster’s Beer) for Thanksgiving and the results were mouth watering.
Beer Marinated Portobello Mushrooms: If you have vegetarians in the household (as I do), this might be a great option for you (and it uses blonde ale, rather than the darker beers recommended in many of the other recipes referenced here).
Stoute Chili: What’s a BBQ without a little Chili? This one’s meaty, but I’m sure the clever cook could sub the beef for veggie grounds or Seitan.
Beer-BQ Sauce: Have your own traditional 4th of July BBQ recipe? Then maybe you just need to make a little Beer-BQ sauce to introduce into the mix.
One of the nicest things about Spring in Seattle is the arrival of Seattle Beer Week. On May 13th, the week kicks off with an opening party at Hale’s Brewery (the producer of this year’s official SBW beer). Following the kickoff – breweries and taphouses around Seattle explode with activity dedicated to enjoying quality beers. The week (which is actually closer to 10 days) was established to recognize Seattle’s role in the micro and craft brewing industry and to encourage locals to get out and appreciate the great beers that this region is known for producing. A complete list of events is available here and a map of participating locations is also available.