Smoked Orange Pale Ale – Machine House Brewery

When the invite to the release party for this beer arrived, I was intrigued. We love the seasonal beers at Machine House. This one was described as “featuring a nice citrusy blend of First Gold and Cascade hops and cold-infused smoked oranges from Jack’s BBQ”. Sounds delicious.

We recently had dinner at Jack’s BBQ, which is also off of Airport Way, not too far from the Machine House Brewery. YUM. Coupled with Machine House, this beer sounded like a win!

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Seattle Beer Week 2015: Charging Hippo Brewers Dinner at the Watershed Pub

Magical, that’s what this was. What other Seattle Beer Week event featured great beer and food pairings along with beer talk and songs by Charging Hippo brewer/Kirby Krackle frontman Kyle Stevens? Good beer, good food, fun songs, great company, and a cozy setting.

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Lowercase Brewing and Burdick Brewing

We made a quick stop in South Park to check in at a couple of breweries.

Lowercase had a pair of really great Shandys – lemon and orange. Very refreshing on one of our recent sunny days.

Jen pouring a lemon shandy.

Jen pouring a lemon shandy.

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Seattle Beer Week 2015: Blue Lightning

We first visited Blue Lightning Brew back in February during Washington Beer Open House. We were impressed with the beers (and their clever names), the knowledgeable staff, and the passion of the brewer that gave us the tour.

I was stoked when I saw that they were participating in Seattle Beer Week. A great reason to check in again. Blue Lightning was offering Happy Hour prices all day, as well as a chance to win prizes (including a Mug Club membership!)

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Seattle Beer Week 2015: SEATTLE CASK-O-RAMA, Beveridge Place Pub

We start Seattle Beer Week at Beveridge Place Pub, where the event features cask brews from Seattle breweries.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, cask-conditioned beers are unfiltered, usually have less carbonation, and are traditionally served a little warmer than standard kegged beer. Done right, and served correctly, this can result in softer, more complex flavors.

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Whitewall Brewing Company – Marysville, WA

I love when home brewers open a brewery/tasting room, and more importantly, when they have good beer! I admire the dedication it takes to work full-time at other jobs and still have the energy to share your love of beer. One such example of this is Whitewall Brewing.

We stopped by Whitewall Brewing on our way up to LaConner recently. We weren’t expecting much…maybe a stamp in our WABL passport, but we found much more.

Whitewall is a new brewery in Marysville, having opened in March, 2014. The brewers were in a home brewing club, The Stilly Mashers, before opening up their own brewery. The Whitewall name came from putting together their names – Aaron Wight and Sean Wallner.

The outside looks industrial, but inside was very welcoming.

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Ruinten – Stone Brewing Company

Sometimes we’re in the mood for a good, hoppy, IPA, and Stone Brewing Company always delivers. We picked up the Ruinten at our local bottle shop on a weekend, and tried it out the next day.

According to Stone’s website, the Ruinten is the same recipe as the 2012 Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the famous IPA. It has five pounds of hops in each barrel, and the ABV has been cranked up accordingly. The Stone website boasts “The results are glorious, and we know you’ll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again.”

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Beer Camp Collaboration: Alt Route – Sierra Nevada with Victory Brewing

Ray and I spent the last few hours helping to pick hops at one of our local breweries (Two Beers Brewing) to use in one of their new brews, so it was kind of cool to me to try the Beer Camp Alt Route Altbier, a collab that Sierra Nevada did with Victory Brewing Company. You see, in researching Victory Brewing, they like to use whole flower hops in their beers, just like we picked tonight.

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Beer Camp Collaboration: Torpedo Pilsner – Sierra Nevada with Firestone Walker

Picking the first beer from the Beer Camp box was pretty difficult. Our post showing all of the beers proves what a great lineup it is. I ended up just picking a couple blindly out of the box and putting them into the fridge. The first one we’re reviewing is Sierra Nevada’s collaboration with Firestone Walker, called Torpedo Pilsner, a hoppy pilsner.

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