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Hopworks Urban Brewery Releases The Iconic Ace of Spades

HUB is back in the saddle again - Ace of Spaces is back!

 

Portland’s Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) has released its new 2011 version of Ace of Spades. Hold on to your butts.

Ace of Spades is the former GABF Gold Medal winning Imperial IPA that blew the socks off Seattle back in 2009. During Brouwers Cafe’s Hopfest 2009, a keg of Ace of Spades spun my head around, made me Google HUB, and plan a trip to see more. Since then, HUB has been producing some of our favorite NW IPAs, as well as one of our favorite stouts – Survival Stout.

HUB released Ace of Spaces again last year, when it became a bit more accesible in bottle form. Beer Blotter ran a review of that beer back in December, which you can view by visiting this link. We cannot wait to try it again this year!

 

Here is the HUB press release. Be sure to look for it next time you are at the supermarket:

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – Hopworks Urban Brewery’s (HUB) award-winning Organic Ace of Spades Imperial IPA is now available on tap and in 22 oz. bottles at select bars, restaurants and stores across the Northwest. The limited release beer won a gold medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Fest in the Imperial IPA category and is an annual favorite with beer enthusiasts across the region.

Named in honor of rock n’ roll icon Lemmy Kilmister and his band Motörhead’s popular song and album, Ace of Spades prominently features Amarillo, Cascade and Centennial hops, added at every point of the brewing process: mash tun, first wort, kettle, and dry hop.   All of the hoppy green goodness results in a beer with a huge citrus hop aroma, flavor and deep, clean bitterness.

Ace of Spades Imperial IPA is 9.5% ABV and more than 100 IBU.

Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) is Portland’s first Eco-Brewpub. HUB offers an assortment of award-winning, world class beers made from organic malts and locally-sourced hops on draught and in bottles across the Pacific Northwest. HUB incorporates a range of sustainable practices in the production of its beer and brewpub operations and makes every effort to protect “our” future with a thoughtful alternative.  The 20-barrel brewery produces 6,400 barrels a year and provides the SE Portland brewpub with ten different HUB organic beers on tap and two cask ales at all times. In early summer, Hopworks will open its second location, Bike Bar in North Portland, expanding the company’s love of beers, bikes and the environment.

HUB is located at 2944 SE Powell Blvd. and is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. For more information, please visit Hopworks online at www.HopworksBeer.com or follow on Twitter @HopworksBeer.

 


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Upright Brewing To Celebate 2nd Anniversary

Scandalous

 

Upright Brewing is one of the Northwest’s brightest young talents (to put in a sporting vernacular). In just 2 years they have managed to gain a much coveted spot on ratebeer.com‘s annual Top 100 Brewers In The World List (92 position) and they came in at number 14 in the top 50 breweries to visit list.  I’m fairly confident that if rate beer had made a top 50 list of best beer labels in the world that Four Play label over there would be highly ranked as well.

Needless to say, these guys are doing some really fantastic things.  They’ve effortlessly coupled innovation with pristine quality and impressive craftsmanship.  If you’ve had any of Upright’s beers and you’ve visited their basement brewery, I know I’m preaching to the choir.  It’s mostly just exciting that they have been acknowledged so quickly, especially since so many amazing NW breweries go under the radar.

For me, being a huge fan of saisons, Upright has become a brewery that I would rank very highly in my own list of most exciting breweries, either new, old or in between.  Their use of open fermentation is something that is most intriguing to me.   I still don’t know much about it, but it’s clearly working very well for these Portland fellows.  There is no doubt that Upright Brewing is a great inspiration to me and should be to anyone that has a dream of opening a brewery.

This anniversary party ranks up there in excitement levels (for me) with such recent Portland area events as the opening of the Cascade Barrel House and the opening of the Hair of the Dog Tasting room.  The prospect of getting a few bottles of Four Play and Apricot Anniversary Ale are what cellar dwellers dream of.  If anyone else is going down there let us know by adding a comment.  Maybe we can hook up and chat beer.

Here’s the details from Upright:

 

What/Why:
Oregon’s only farmhouse inspired craft brewery Upright Brewing is turning 2 years old and celebrating with a party on Sunday March 20th from 1-6pm at the Tasting Room. The party will also mark the return of perhaps the breweries most anticipated annual release Four Play a sour farmhouse cherry wheat beer aged in Pinot Barrels.

About Upright Brewing
During the last two short years the small production brewery just east of the Broadway bridge has been devoted to producing some of Portland’s most diverse range of beers, focusing on a French/Belgian inspired farmhouse-style, but brewing without inhibition as evidenced by their historic takes on English Old Ale and Oyster Stout or their authentic German Gose and Engelberg Pilsener.

Upright recently added three new tanks, using one to produce a year-round hop forward German-style pilsener for draft only. It’s called Engelberg Pils, a nod to Mt. Angel where all of the brewery’s hops are sourced. The other two tanks will enable the brewery to produce more one-off draft beers and also allow production of at least eight annual seasonal bottled batches throughout the year. As always, the numbered beers that Upright has focused on since the beginning will continue to be fermented in our unique open-top tanks. The new year has also brought expanded distribution for Upright’s beers with Lime Ventures now bringing the bottles and occasional draft beer to the Northern California market adding even more west coast cities that include north to Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.

About Four Play
In celebration of the brewery anniversary, it’s becoming tradition to release Four Play, a very Belgian-esque beer based on Upright’s wheat beer (named Four) but barrel-aged for a year with cherries, souring yeasts and bacteria. Four Play is blended from former pinot noir barrels that yield a rosy looking sour ale with wonderfully complex aromas and flavors. It’s always a limited release and the 2011 batch is represented by only 67 cases and 3 kegs, all of which the brewers believe is their finest and suitable for cellaring up to 5 years.

About the 2 Year Anniversary Party
In addition to the extremely rare Four Play one of only 3 kegs on draft Upright will also be releasing something even more rare in bottle, last years Apricot Anniversary Ale aged in Ransom Spirits Old Tom Gin Barrels of which there are less than 3 cases of 750ml bottles. To top it off look for a special cask of this years edition of the World Beer Cup award winning Gose stuffed Dry Hops and extra Salt.

Follow Upright Brewing:

Website
http://www.uprightbrewing.com

Twitter
http://twitter.com/uprightbrewing

Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/uprightbrewing

Blog
http://uprightbrewingblog.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

Drink Beer, Help Japan

Stop by, grab a beer, donate a little.

Just a last second notice to everyone that you can drink beers and support the Japan relief effort, tonight. Two of Ballard’s watering holes will be donating their proceeds to tsunami victims.

If you have a moment, stop by King’s Hardware or Sunset Tavern tonight to pitch in. King’s will be donating 100% of their proceeds from tonight’s sales of beer, burgers and more to victims. The Sunset is putting on a special show this evening, featuring 3 bands. All proceeds will be donated the relief effort, as well.

While you are visiting King’s Hardware, be sure to tell them to stop charging $8.50 (seriously) for their cans of Oscar Blues Gubna. That way you can drink more and help the cause.

Below, check out the more specific news from My Ballard, a neigborhood blog:

Updated: The Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) will also be raising money on Tuesday. Tonight, all door proceeds will go to relief funds for Japan.
Show starts at 9:30. $6 cover (for Japan relief) 21+
9:30p – Danielle Henry
10:30p – Wind-Up Bird
11:30p – Barry Sebastian

Earlier: Although the Japan earthquake and tsunami were half way around the world, people right here in Ballard are doing what they can to help. Mike Leifur, the general manager at King’s Hardware emailed us about their fundraiser. On Tuesday, March 15th, 100 percent of the proceeds from King’s (5225 Ballard Ave NW) will be donated to the International Medical Corps.

If you know of other businesses raising money for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief, post it in comments below.

 

Events for Week of March 14, 2011

Upright Brewing Co. Picture courtesy of allecia.blogspot.com

And…here it is…your week in beer.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

$10.00 Tuesday Tasting – IPAs- New York, New York

7:30PM-9:30PM @ Jimmy’s No.43

Come try 6 different craft IPAs. Learn about the what makes these beers bitter and variations between them. $10 gets you a small taste of each beer and into the information session.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Irish (Inspired) Ale Class: Chicago, Illinois

7:00PM-9:00PM @ Whole Foods Market – Lincoln Park

Come one, come all and join our resident Beer Geek Sean Reilly as we explore the wonderful world of Irish and Irish Inspired Ales. It’s the eve of St. Pat’s and what a great way to usher in the evening. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Customer Service or  http://www.active.com

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy Firkin St. Pattys Day: West Chester, Pennsylvania

4:00PM-10:00PM @ Rams Head Bar And Grill

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In celebration, stop by Rams for some Victory brews. They will be tapping a firkin of Victory’s newest beer Headwaters Pale Ale at 4 pm and there will be live music from local musician Pete Groch.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Firkin Friday Featuring Brewdog: Atlanta, Georgia

6:00PM-2:00AM @ The Porter Beer Bar

Brewdog is known for making beers that push boundaries. Tonight, try their Paradox Islay, an imperial stout.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Fairfax Brewfest: Fairfax, California

7:00PM-9:00PM @ Faifax Pavillion

Beer Festival which will have 16 Breweries as well as a Cider maker. Unlimited drinks for $25 if you pre-order and $30 if you show up. Breweries include: Iron Springs (hosting), Marin Brew Co, Moylans, Lagunitas, Anderson Valley, and Speakeasy, and many other that you cannot find anywhere else, but Marin. LAsts from 1 PM until 5 PM.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Upright’s Two Year Anniversary: Portland, Oregon

1:00PM-6:00PM @ Upright Brewing Co.

bb.com is going to this- Upright rocks and today they are relasing a sour cherry barrel aged version of the Four. A cask of the upcoming Gose with extra salt and dry hops will be poured. Get there early to get your hands on a bottle of their first anniversary apricot ale aged in gin barrels. Only three cases are available.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Oskar Blues Spring Beer Dinner: Stamford, Conneticut

7:00PM- 9:00PM @ Coalhouse Pizza

The menu will include …. sweet potato & beet chips with homemade tzatsiki sauce, an organic mixed green and fresh fennel salad, homemade split pea soup, a goat cheese & asparagus pizza, lamb tenderloin with a miso-chili sauce served with spring vegetables, and our homemade stout ice cream. Each dish is paired with an Oskar Blues brew – Mama’s Little Yella Pils, G’Knight IPA, Dale’s, Old Chub and of course, TenFidy. Two members from the band “Keltic Kick” will be joining us for the evening. Tickets on sale now ~ $60 per guest. Visit our website for more information – http://www.coalhousepizza.com or give us a call directly: 203-977-7700.

If you go to an event, want us to post an event or want to share something about beer- leave a comment or email me at jess@beerblotter.com.

Seattle Breweries Give to a Worthy Cause

Written by Jess R.

It has been awhile since I had the time and energy to consistently contribute to bb.com. I am back. For the past three weeks, my day job has taken priority. As a fundraiser for Plymouth Housing Group, a local non-profit, I have been working overtime to get us ready for our annual gala, Seattle Dances!

Seattle Dances! is not your oridinary auction/fundraiser. Yes, we do have an auction but we also provide the guests with a Dancing with the Stars inspired entertainment. This past Saturday night, 8 local, Seattle “celebrities” partnered with professional dance instructors from Century Ball Room in Capital Hill to compete for votes and the Judge’s Choice Award. The dancers did an amazing job raising money for Plymouth Housing Group and promoting our mission to end homelessness.

One of the available auction items was a brewery tour of Seattle. 6 lucky individuals will enjoy a tour of three breweries located in Fremont/Ballard– NW Peaks Brewing Co., Fremont Brewing Co., and Maritime Brewing Co. All three breweries were more than willing to donate their time and beer to this worthy cause.

NW Peaks Brewing Co. is the new kid on the block and is considered a nano- brewery. Owner and brewer, Kevin Kline works a 9-5 job then tends to his new and growing brewery. Located in Ballard, NW Peaks operates out of a small space and is open for limited hours. However, this brewery represents the beginning of something great as a new addition to the local craft beer scene.

Kevin began a membership program, accepts inquiries to assist him in brewing and has the mentality of someone who wants to share his beer with the world. Just stop by and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Go to NW Peaks’ website for hours and other information (such as what beer is pouring, most importantly).

Fremont Brewing Co. is quickly becoming a very popular brewery in Seattle with quality brews and a space that beckons local visitors. I love breweries who have wide open tasting rooms with the brewing equipment glistening in the backdrop. There is something very grassroots about this set-up. Fremont is just that.

Many words come to mind when I think of this brewery–community, environment, innovation and sustainability. I love that Fremont dry hops their IPA with various hops and ingredients, such as grapefruit, thai basil and orange. These dry hopped IPAs are only available at the brewery- just another reason to visit.

To round out this tour, the last stop is Maritime Brewing Co. The largest and most established of the three, Maritime Brewing Co. has been a staple in Seattle’s craft brewing industry for over twenty years. Owner, George Hancock is an advocate of great beer and of Washington brewers. Just over a year ago, Maritime opened the doors to the new Jolly Roger Taproom and Brewpub.

At the Jolly Roger, beer drinkers can get a taste of all that Maritime has to offer from their regular line up to cask conditioned ales and seasonal favorites like the Jolly Roger Christmas Ale. Stop by and don’t forget to take a peak at the menu- try the onion rings and the mahi sliders!

Thanks to Timperial Stout and DSR who have picked up my slack while I work away at my day job. More so, thank you to NW Peaks Brewing Co., Fremont Brewing Co. and Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. for bringing us great beer and giving back to the community!

 

 

Early Details Leak On Elysian/New Belgium Trip VIII

The Seattle area’s most high-profile collaborative brewing project is about to welcome its newest edition.  Trip VIII is nearly upon us.

I can remember when the first one arrived.  Now I feel like an old Seattle beer geek and I’ve only lived here for 4 years now.  Well, maybe I’m not that old.  Maybe it’s just that NBB and Elysian are that damn prolific.  Actually yeah, they really are prolific.  The fact that Elysian can (and periodically does) do a tap takeover at their own brewpub, and NBB has more offerings in their Lips of Faith line than many breweries do in their entire portfolio, is more than enough proof.

For a great summary of the previous Trip beers, please check out our article from September of last year here.

Without further adieu, check out the dazzling details on Trip VIII below (courtesy of beernews.org).

The Trip VIII Imperial IPA was brewed at Elysian Capitol Hill with the help of Alex Jesse visiting from New Belgium.

“The main idea behind Trip VIII was to brew a true Northwestern Imperial IPA, instead of a Californian or American IPA….I thought the whole story behind the Falconers Flight hops was really cool: a blend of NW hops to commemorate a NW brewing Legend and help send brewers to Seibel was awesome… The craziest part was I had no idea that Markus from Elysian was the first scholarship winner! The Pale Malt is grown and malted in the NW also.” – Alex Jesse, New Belgium Brewing Co.

These newfangled Falconers Flight hops have been showing up a lot in NW brews lately.  They are said to “imparting distinct tropical, citrus, floral, lemon and grapefruit tones”.  Sounds awesome!

Happening This Weekend: Airways Brewing Celebrates 1st Anniversary

1st Birthday Cake

Our good friends down at Airways Brewing in Kent, WA have a lot to celebrate these days.  You may have seen our article a few weeks back about their impending expansion.  If not, check it out here.

Probably the most impressive thing about that piece of news is the fact that Airways is just now turning one year old.  That’s an amazingly steep growth curve they’re working with.  We can only hope that in 5 years they will be taking over the world.  Well, lets not get too far ahead of ourselves.

In celebration of one successful year of business, Alex and Dione will be throwing a small birthday party.  Here’s the details from their site:

Join us in the Airways tap room for a small celebration from 1 pm to 8 pm on Saturday, March 12 for our first birthday. We’ll have dessert provided by Down Home Catering, giveaways including tickets to Thunderbirds Fan Appreciation Night, tickets to Cask Beer Festival, and we’re even going to let our very own DJ Wick have control of the music.Join us in the Airways tap room for a small celebration from 1 pm to 8 pm on Saturday, March 12 for our first birthday.

We’ll have the big party when we open the expanded tap room next month. But, this is a good way to thank our fans and customers for what’s been a great year.